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  • Writer's pictureGabe Powers

Episode 3: Gabe Describes European Super Criminals to His Girlfriend, Kristine

Gabe describes the European phenomenon of comic and pulp-based super criminals/villains to his most special guest, Kristine Fisher, who happens to be his significant other (she also knows a lot about silent comedies, but that’s not particularly helpful for her here). The planned guest didn’t pan out, so she’s doing her best to keep him on topic and help him pronounce all the scary foreign names. Hopefully she (and you) learn a little something along the way.

Super criminals and villains are a surprisingly broad subject, even when we stick to European iterations, so this podcast is mostly limited to serials from the silent era and mid-1960s. Specifically, we cover Louis Feuillade’s Fantômas (1913) and Les Vampires (1915), Fritz Lang’s Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922), André Hunebelle’s Fantômas (1964), and Italian fumetti neri adaptations, including Mario Bava’s Danger: Diabolik (1968), Umberto Lenzi’s Kriminal (1966), and Piero Vivarelli’s Mister X (aka: Avenger X, 1967) and Satanik (1968). EDIT: I realize I mistakenly referred to the X-Men character as Fantômas, but it is Fantomex.

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For a more complete list of Euro-villain movies, see this compilation list:

For a preview of next month’s podcast with Now Playing Network mastermind Jim Laczkowski, check out this list: Musical clips this episode include: “Dr. Mabuse” by Propaganda “Dr. Mabuse” by Blue Systems/Systems in Blue

“Deep Deep Down” by Ennio Morricone & Christy “Dr. Mabuse” remix by Blue Talking Please let me know if any of the clips are too loud – I’ve been trying to make sure volume levels are consistent across various listening devices, despite the compression inherent in the MP3 format.



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