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August 30th, 2019    

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #176: Secret Origins — WWE Referee Jason Ayers

 In the debut of Secret Origins, a new recurring fifth-week feature, the Hard-Traveling Fanboys welcome a special first-time guest: WWE SmackDown Live official Jason Ayers! Greg and Nick grill Jason about his love of comics, from its beginnings through its ups, downs and recent resurgence. In the process, he explains how comics help cope with the travel involved with being a wrestling referee, the Marvel Comics stories that defined his youth, his fandom of Jonathan Hickman, the joys of back-issue digging, and the hilarity of the early '90s WCW comic. Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. In Secret Origins, the boys talk with guests to uncover their personal history with comic books and the stories that turned them into fans.

August 29th, 2019    

Freak Out Drive-In #13: Get Out with Nate Milton

Pull into the Freak Out Drive-In, a live watch horror podcast with host Jennifer Smith. In the threatening thirteenth episode, Jenny welcomes Nate Milton to experience Get Out.
 
Written and directed by Jordan Peele, this 2017 thriller was a critical and financial triumph, as well as a genuinely thought-provoking social commentary on race relations. Jenny and Nate discuss that plus: the re-watchability of the film, Childish Gambino's Redbone, white people, hypnotism, Allison Williams' outstanding performance, gazebos, call center jobs, the alternate ending and so much more! So pour a cup of tea and settle in at the Freak Out Drive-In!

August 29th, 2019    

DC4U #12: DC Current Events/Justice League Unlimited Memories

Welcome to DC4U, the only all-DC Comics podcast on PTBN Pop! Each week hosts Russell Sellers and Todd Weber take you on a journey into the great, fun, hilarious and sometimes weird side of DC Comics. No matter who you are, there’s something at DC for you!

Russell & Todd dive into what’s going on with DC Comics right now in the monthly Current Events. The guys explore Krypton's cancellation, Brandon Routh leaving "Legends of Tomorrow," G. Willow Wilson moving on from Wonder Woman, Young Justice and Shazam comic delays, the Titans S2 trailer and lots more. Sellers & Weber also read listener lists of favorite "Justice League Unlimited" episodes.

August 28th, 2019    

Marvel Age Podcast Featuring the Sarcastic Four: 1972 Part One

This episode takes a concentrated look at roughly one-third of the most-significant of Marvel’s output throughout 1972. The Sarcastic Four talk in depth about Stan Lee returning to Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four as the FF meet the Air Walker the newest herald of Galactus in issues 120-123; Shanna the She-Devil's debut issue; the interminable Kree-Skrull War terminates in Avengers 95-97; Daredevil and Karen break up and DD moves to San Francisco with Black Widow in Daredevil 86-87; Spidey and Human Torch join forces in Marvel Team-Up 1-2; Dracula's Marvel debut in Tomb of Dracula 1-2; Werewolf by Night makes the scene in Marvel Spotlight 2-3; Adam Warlock makes Todd uncomfortable in Marvel Premiere 1-2; and the Beast mutates in Amazing Adventures 11-13. The boys discuss the contributions of creators Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, Steve Englehart, Steve Gerber, John Buscema, Neal Adams, Joe Sinnott, Gil Kane, Mike Ploog, Gene Colan and Tom Sutton.

Welcome to the Marvel Age! Each month PTBN Comics’ very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers and Todd Weber) take an in-depth,year-by-year look at Marvel Comics’ publishing history, focusing the most significant stories from that year. The team looks at important character debuts, discusses significant comic creators, and places social and historical context of the era onto the books-all culminating in a holistic look at the Marvel Age of Comics.

August 26th, 2019    

The Year In Pop: 1977

In the sixth episode of The Year In Pop, co-hosts Andy Atherton and Scott Criscuolo are joined by J Arsenio D’Amato and George Ribellino to discuss all of the goings on in the news, sports, TV, music and movies for the year 1977. The guys talk in depth about Reggie Jackson’s three home runs in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series; Seattle Slew’s winning The Triple Crown; Three’s Company; the groundbreaking mini-series Roots; the New York City Blacout; The Summer of Sam; the death of Elvis Presley; Billy Joel’s album “The Stranger”; Smokey And The Bandit & Star Wars. 

August 23rd, 2019    

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #175: The Longbook Hunters — The Boys Vol. 1: The Name of the Game

The wildly popular new Amazon Prime TV series "The Boys" has its roots in a comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan), and our own Hard-Traveling Fanboys dedicate this month's Longbook Hunt to the first trade collection of the 70-plus-issue series. Nick and Greg compare The Boys to Ennis' other work, and they delve into the complex morality of Billy Butcher and his band of misfits. Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. Over the course of their travels through comicdom, they have encountered numerous stories via the wonder of trade paperbacks and graphic novels. Once a month, Nick and Greg will review one of those collections in The Longbook Hunters.

August 22nd, 2019    

DC4U #11: Legends of the Superheroes: The Roast!

Welcome to DC4U, the only all-DC Comics podcast on PTBN Pop! Each week hosts Russell Sellers and Todd Weber take you on a journey into the great, fun, hilarious and sometimes weird side of DC Comics. No matter who you are, there’s something at DC for you!

Justice League Month concludes as this week Russell and Todd examine the hilarious (?) hijinks found in the network TV Special from 1979, Legends of the Superheroes: The Roast! This relic features Adam West and Burt Ward returning to their roles as the Dynamic Duo as DC's costumed heroes get "roasted" by their friends, family and villains while showbiz legend Ed McMahon hosts this trainwreck. This bizarre relic from days gone by must be seen to be believed. A lost DC classic? Perhaps. A must-watch? It is for us.

August 20th, 2019    

Looking Forward, Looking Back Sports #1

On the inaugural sports edition of Looking Forward, Looking Back, host Andy Atherton is joined by “The Cowboy” Roger Morrissette, Scott Criscuolo & Peter Winson. The guys look forward to the upcoming NFL season by discussing: the biggest offseason moves, rookies that will break out, the veterans that will have big seasons, and which teams on are the upswing and which teams are moving down. They then give their picks for division winners, wild cards and who will win Super Bowl LIV. They then look back at the last NBA & NHL seasons as they go over which teams overachieved and conversely which teams disappointed. They then go over the playoffs and finals for both and talk about the most interesting outcomes and surprises that occurred on the Toronto Raptors & St. Louis Blues' ways to the championships in their respective leagues.

August 16th, 2019    

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #174: Off the Page — Preacher Season 2 Premiere

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys.

In Off the Page, the boys take a look at comic book media outside the books themselves -- games, TV shows, movies and so forth.

To celebrate the recent debut of Preacher’s fourth and final season, Greg and Nick pick back up with the show’s second season. Have the season 1 issues been ironed out? What works and what doesn’t? Will the HTF ever actually watch the rest of the series? (Probably not.)

August 15th, 2019    

DC4U #10: Justice League of America #200

Justice League Month continues as Russell and Todd dive into a true classic, JLA #200! Writer Gerry Conway and a host of superstar artists including George Pérez, Pat Broderick, Jim Aparo, Dick Giordano, Gil Kane, Carmine Infantino, Brian Bolland and Joe Kubert created one of the best introductions to a super team ever. Does it hold up to modern standards? What makes this the perfect "jumping on" point for the book? Is Snapper Carr worse than Rick Jones? All this and more on DC4U!

 

August 14th, 2019    

Sunday Groove 22: Desert Island Albums with Andy Halleen

 

Welcome to The Sunday Groove, where David Sunday discusses a musical topic each month. This episode welcomes back friend, frequent guest, and producer of Sunday Groove, Andy Halleen. We talk about which albums we would take to a deserted island. Please contact me @SundayGroovePTB on twitter, or David Sunday on Facebook and let me know your thoughts.

August 9th, 2019    

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #173: Countdown — Best Rogues Galleries

The boys are back to settle a recent heated debate between them: what are the best rogues galleries in comic books OTHER than Batman's? Nick and Greg bring their lists to the table and the results are certainly unique and, at times, even attitudinal! Which villains get the respect they deserve, and which are thrown under the Fantasticar? Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. And if there’s anything that fanboys love, it’s debating what book is better than another book or which character is “cooler.” Enter Countdown, a monthly episode where Greg and Nick will each give a top five list and debate the merits therein.

August 8th, 2019    

DC4U #9: Justice League 4U

Welcome to DC4U, the only all-DC Comics podcast on PTBN Pop! Each week hosts Russell Sellers and Todd Weber take you on a journey into the great, fun, hilarious and sometimes weird side of DC Comics. No matter who you are, there’s something at DC for you!  
After a week off, the guys are back to talk the bravest and the boldest Justice League stories, writers and creators, then they select their dream JL team lineups. And then, the guys head into controversial territory with a discussion of the 2017 Justice League movie-why it failed, what went right and why the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement isn't helping anyone. 

August 7th, 2019    

Laugh-In Theater #10 - Dogma with JT Rozzero

In the tenth episode of Laugh-In Theater, host Andy Atherton is joined by JT Rozzero (Place To Be Podcast) to do a live watch of the 1999 comedy, Dogma. The guys discuss 90’s fashion; growing up in Roman Catholic families;  the careers of Matt Damon & Ben Affleck; Kevin Smith’s knack for dialogue; and give their thoughts on the View Askewniverse as a whole. So, grab yourself a Mooby Burger,  “Buddy Christ” and don’t forget to put the car in gear.

August 2nd, 2019    

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #172: Fix It or Forget It — Jonah Hex

For the first time in a long time, the Hard-Traveling Fanboys unveil a brand new recurring show! In Fix It or Forget It, Nick and Greg will tackle the worst of the worst in comic book movies -- box office bombs, critical duds and movies that left fans scratching their heads. But rather than simply pile on the critiques of these stinkers, the boys are challenged to fix these movies and turn them into something watchable.

In this first episode, the boys take on the Warner Bros. calamity "Jonah Hex," starring Josh Brolin! How did DC Comics' resident gunslinger go so wrong, and could his conversion to the big screen have been fixed? Nick and Greg give it a shot in this pilot episode.

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys.

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