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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Miscellaneous Thoughts

This really makes me want to go out and replace my poor dead game system, because it looks like that much fun.

Especially since my friend at work lent me the first Thunderbolt TPB and has promised to lend me the second when he gets it back from a friend of his. From what he said, it sounds hilarious.

Though, that reminds me...are there ANY good psychologists/psychiatrists in either DC or Marvel?

Well, aside from Doc Samson at least. Or Emma Frost who seems to act like one occasionally. Does she actually have a degree/license?

(Of course, considering the whole seducing her patient thing, the operative question should probably be if she actually HAD a license. Heh.)

I'm just wondering. It seems most psychologists are evil, which is a shame because there are a lot of characters who could really benefit from psychological help.

...maybe they can send Guy Gardner back to school. He'd be an awesome psychologist. :-)


  • At June 10, 2009 9:41 AM, Blogger Ethan Hoddes said…

    Emma was never a psychologist, she just self-appointed herself during the Morrison run to seduce Scott. Other than supervillain/hero, her only specified profession was teacher (though I guess it's also not clear if she's licensed to do that. Unlike Xavier she was the principal of a fully-operational 'cover' private school, so she probably at least had forged credentials of some sort). Tangentially, though Xavier's degree is in genetics, I think, he seems to act as a psychologist as much as anything.

    I think there was a sixties or fifties comic called "Psychotherapy" dedicated to the never-quite-caught-on genre of psychiatric procedural drama. Maybe the guy from that could be revived.

  • At June 10, 2009 11:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Actually, I'm not sure if Doc Sampson would really count as "good". All he did was mess the Hulk up more, lie to the She-Hulk about her powers, and helped cover up the whole "Don't worry, throwing the Hulk into space is foolproof!" plan. Plus his origin, in which he tried to seduce Betty Ross, turning Banner back in the Hulk after they finally cured him. I think his license would be revoked by now.

  • At June 10, 2009 1:26 PM, Blogger CalvinPitt said…

    Well, in Doc Samson's favor, he did try (and mostly succeed) in getting Speedball out of his stupid-ass "Penance" phase. He made Robbie face up to why he doing something so stupid, and start to get past it.

    The only other psychologist/psychiatrist I know of is Dr. Karla Sofen, aka Moonstone/Meteorite/Norman Osborn's Ms. Marvel. I think she has an actual degree in something, and I know since the start of Thunderbolts she's generally been portrayed as someone who understands how people think well enough to manipulate them (or thinks she understands them well enough).

  • At June 10, 2009 2:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If you're talking about the original (real) Thunderbolts, as led by Baron Zemo, don't get the idea that the current crew bears any resemblance beyond the name. Really, for that, see the Secret Six.

  • At June 10, 2009 2:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    And I forgot to sign again...

    -- Jack of Spades

  • At June 10, 2009 8:00 PM, Blogger Your Obedient Serpent said…

    Hey, Leonard helped Bruce make a LOT of progress back in the Peter David days. Unfortunately, as soon as they made ANY progress -- integrating Banner, Fixit, and Green Hulk into the personality later known as "The Professor" -- Bruce quit therapy, insisting that he was now "cured".

    Leonard objected profusely, but, you know -- that whole thing with "the patient has to WANT to change" gets turned up to 11 when the patient in question is the Incredible Hulk.

  • At June 10, 2009 8:47 PM, Blogger SallyP said…

    Aw heck, Guy is already the best psychologist in the DC Universe. He's always known that Batman was nuts.

  • At June 11, 2009 2:00 PM, Blogger Scott said…

    Brother Voodoo, who may or may not be the new Sorceror Supreme, is listed as having an 'MD in Psychology' - don't know if this means he really has a Ph.D in Psychology or an MD/Ph.D combo in Psychiatry, but he's never been shown to be either malicious or incompetent in the job, like pretty much everyone else (and yes, I'm including Samson in that, much as I believe he gets a bad rap most of the time).

  • At June 11, 2009 2:52 PM, Blogger LurkerWithout said…

    The only even close to "good" psychiatrist for DC would be Harley when she's being written as an anti-hero...

  • At June 12, 2009 5:23 PM, Blogger Jeff R. said…

    Father Craemer in Suicide Squad did the job fairly well (As a councillor), and there have been some other staff psychologists (most recently Dr. Isobel Migdalia Hernandez in the mini) associated with that team.


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