Ep. 365: Marvel Comics Writer Jason Aaron Shares His Love of Great Storytelling in Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Professional Wrestling

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There are two guests on this WWE SummerSlam weekend episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show

Jason Aaron is the writer of such comics books and graphic novels as Thor, Star Wars, Avengers, Punisher, Conan The Barbarian, The Goddamned, Sea of Stars, and many other popular must-read titles.

The new Marvel Cinematic Universe film Thor: Love and Thunder was heavily inspired by Aaron’s The Mighty Thor and Thor: God of Thunder.

Jason Aaron reflects on his journey from “breaking into” the comic book business to his triumph as a writer at Marvel. He also shares what he does to remain focused, positive and to ensure that he always appreciates the good fortune for the amazing career he has earned and enjoyed so far.

Jason Aaron also passes along some of the wisdom he has learned along the way about what it takes to succeed at an elite level as a professional creative person.

And Jason Aaron and Chauncey DeVega have a wide-ranging conversation about their mutual love of the art, drama and physical storytelling that is the best of professional wrestling and why CM Punk’s return and his feud with MJF was one of the greatest recent stories in all of sports.

Irv Muchnick is one of America’s leading sports journalists and investigative writers.

His essays and other writing have appeared in Sports Illustrated, People, The Washington Monthly, and the Sunday magazines of the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of three books, Chris & Nancy, Wrestling Babylon, and Concussion Inc..

Muchnick shares his thoughts on the rise and fall of (now former) WWE CEO and Chairman Vince McMahon and how history may remember him and his legacy not just for sports and professional wrestling but for American society more broadly.

Muchnick also reflects on how it feels to see many of the stories about scandal, crime, corruption, and other bad behavior in the world of professional wrestling and sports that he exposed years and decades ago now being “discovered” by the mainstream news media.

And Chauncey DeVega offers his analysis of “season one” of the House Jan. 6 hearings, explains why there are no Republican “heroes”, and warns that Rep. Liz Cheney is not a friend of democracy and should never be trusted.

Chauncey also shares his review of the new documentary Fire of Love.

Quick Episode Summary

  • 00:48 introductions, thanks, and shout-outs
  • 19:33 the pathetic desperate search for Republican heroes by the American people and the House Jan. 6 committee
  • 37:40 Review: Fire of Love
  • 46:30 Irv Muchnick
  • 01:07:00 Jason Aaron
  • 01:44:30 ILAC, affirmations, and encouragements to positive action

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