e286. The Legend of Harley Quinn

Episode Artwork featuring various incarnations of Harley Quinn

On last week’s episode, we delved into the world of classic literary character Hercule Poirot and his cultural significance across multiple iterations. This week, we go in the exact opposite direction. Recorded at the exact same time as last week’s show, Wayne and Mav are joined by returning guest Andrew Deman and first time guest, Laura Grafton to talk about quite possibly the most popular female superhero character being published today, Harley Quinn. On this episode we walk through her many various incarnations across several media types and try to figure out why she is so popular after all. From the comics to live and animated TV, movies and video games, Harley Quinn is ubiquitous. But why? We try to figure it out by talking about her history, her characterization, the male gaze, her trauma, her queerness, her insanity… all the things that make her her. Did we get everything? Well, listen and let us know what you think in the comments.

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