So, I actually listened to the third episode, about the public domain hero, Micro-Face, when it first aired, and thought it was kind of interesting. I just went back and read the transcripts of the first two episodes. And the first episode, about Doorman, was just…not good. I mean, I get it, it’s not actually a program for comics geeks on obscure characters, it’s a general interest economics program, and in this episode, they’re dealing with the economics of comic book characters. But, still, it’s just bad.
As I wrote upthread, they bungle Doorman’s actual character and powers (he isn’t a guy that turns into a door, or at least that’s not all he is), but that’s kind of a nitpick. More importantly, they, and their supposed expert on obscure super heroes, seem to completely miss the fact that he’s supposed to be kind of a dumb character.
They also don’t have a serious offer to “buy” him - it’s clearly a stunt. And they interview an Archie Comics exec, who gives them the reasoning that even the most obscure character could be valuable so no one will sell them the rights. But they only make a token request to buy one of his company’s characters. The idea of “buying” Doorman is just a transparent stunt, and Marvel clearly has no real reason to talk with them, so the idea that Marvel won’t sell them “obscure character number 6,782” because he might be the next billion dollar franchise star is honestly kind of shoddy journalism.
They also don’t deal with the fact that a couple of decades ago, you could walk in off the street and license a Marvel character for cheap. That’s how Marvel lost the film rights to the Fantastic Four for so long. There’s been a revolution in the value of comic book IPs, and they barely even touch on that.
And, as I pointed out, they don’t deal at all, like not even the vaguest mention, with the fact that Doorman, like just about all Marvel characters, is tangled up with other characters and IP, and, as I also mentioned a couple of times in this thread, he’s closely associated with Squirrel Girl, who actually has earned Marvel a fair amount of money for several years now.