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February 14th, 2020    

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #200: Farewell for Now!

After nearly four years, it's come down to this: the 200th episode of the longest-running weekly episodic comic book podcast in ALL of Place to Be Nation! And sadly, it's also time for a Hard-Traveling Hiatus. Greg and Nick explain why they're taking an indefinite break from podcasting, and along the way they look back at the people who helped make 200 an achievable number. From their favorite episodes to their favorite guests, the boys reminisce and look to the future. It's a candid discussion about the very real burnout both have felt at times doing the show, and how they're planning to recharge some of their passions. Thanks to all of the fans and friends of the show! Once mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke shared an intense love of comics, which made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. One day, it might again.

February 7th, 2020    

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #199: Fix It or Nix It — Birds of Prey (2002 TV series)

In honor of the release of the new film Birds of Prey, Nick and Greg turn to the DC Universe streaming app to check out the first episode of the 2002 Birds of Prey TV series. Long-maligned, this show has been largely forgotten, but can the boys save it? What works, what doesn't, and what were they thinking?!

January 31st, 2020    

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #198: Off the Page — Arrow Series Finale

In a bittersweet HTF, the boys bid farewell to their favorite live-action comic book show as Arrow comes to an end. Nick and Greg delve into the final episode, discussing the Easter eggs, callbacks, flashbacks and character reunions that made the episode a fitting farewell to the Emerald Archer. Also, what does the future hold for the cast and crew?

January 24th, 2020    

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #197: Off the Page — Arrow’s Two Greatest Episodes

 Our month-long celebration of the CW show Arrow continues! This week, Nick and Greg go Off the Page once more to watch and discuss the two episodes they consider the series' best: "The Climb" (season 3, episode 9) and "Kapiushon" (season 5, episode 17). Nick and Greg rewatch these episodes for the first time in years to determine if they stand the test of time and hold up as the best, which the boys voted them earlier this month. Along the way, they discuss standout performances from Stephen Amell, Josh Segarra, Matt Nable and Willa Holland, the twisting threads of seasons 3 and 5, the bold endings of the episodes and how both work in the greater context of the show. Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comics, which has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. In Off the Page, the boys examine a comic book media property outside the printed page.

January 17th, 2020    

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #196: The Longbook Hunters — Arrow Season 2.5

The march toward episode 200 continues, as does Arrow Month! Greg and Nick crack open the digital pages of the first collection of Arrow tie-in comic "Arrow Season 2.5" this month, and the results are surprising. Defying decades of history, this tie-in actually provides some helpful, additive information to the show between two of its pivotal seasons, picking up in the aftermath of Deathstroke's Siege on Starling City. Written by veteran Arrow scribes Marc Guggenheim and Keto Shimizu, with art from respected pros Joe Bennett and Szymon Kudranski, this story delves into the rise of a new Brother Blood and the Arrowverse debut of Black Adam! Also, the boys reflect on the monumental Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover TV special, their new Arrow series rewatch project and some exciting news in the superhero movie and television worlds. Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comics, which has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys.

January 10th, 2020    

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #195: Off the Page — Arrow pilot episode

It’s another abbreviated episode as Arrow Month continues! Nick and Greg rewind the clock to 2012 as they watch the very first episode of the CW’s Arrow! The boys discussed what worked from the start, what didn’t, and how the show evolved from its premiere. The boys also kick off an unofficial series rewatch! Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comics, which has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys.

January 3rd, 2020    

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #194: Countdown — Best Arrow Episodes

Greg and Nick celebrate the impending end of the beloved CW television show Arrow by kicking off Arrow Month! First up, a countdown of the top 5 episodes in the show’s 8-season run. Then, a bonus countdown of all 8 seasons of Arrow. And then, even more bonus content with a discussion on the latest Star Wars film, The Rise of Skywalker! Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comics, which has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys.

December 27th, 2019    

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #193: The Longbook Hunters — Star Wars: Devilworlds

Greg and Nick wrap up Wing-It Month by taking advantage of Star Wars fever! The boys take a look at an issue of Star Wars: Devilworlds, a collection of Marvel U.K. short stories set in a galaxy far, far away. It’s Alan Moore writing Star Wars! But does it work? Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comics, and together, they are the Hard-Traveling Fanboys.

December 20th, 2019    

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #192: Countdown — Best Comic Book Settings

Wing-It Month continues as the boys count down their favorite settings in all of comics — from the grimy streets of Gotham to the majestic colors of Asgard, these are the cities, realms and planets that most enhance the stories of their characters.

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

December 12th, 2019    

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #191: Off the Page — CW’s Crisis on Infinite Earths (parts 1-3)

Wing-It Month continues as the HTF offer up a lengthy review/recap of the first three parts of the CW's ambitious Arrowverse crossover event Crisis on Infinite Earths! Greg and Nick offer their thoughts on how the event is shaping up more than halfway through, from surprising cameos and shocking twists to heartwarming and heartbreaking farewells. Hear from them about how this may be greatest the superhero television event of them all!

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.

December 6th, 2019    

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #190: Off the Page — Spider-Man Unlimited

The boys are back in the studio and revisiting a topic from the days of yore. Several years ago, the Hard-Traveling Fanboys penned a column looking at the first two episodes of the ill-fated 1999 cartoon Spider-Man Unlimited. Now, more than five years later, they're looking to the END of that series to see if it improved. From the High AF Evolutionary and his Knights of Wundagore to Counter-Mary Jane, from sym-by-otes to a literal Shit Storm, it's a show you can't miss!

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.

November 29th, 2019    

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #189: GIANT-SIZED Special Edition-The Essential Jim Ross, Volume Two

The Hard-Traveling Fanboys are the Longest-Running Weekly Episodic Comic Book Podcast in ALL of Place to be Nation. Together with the Manager Todd Weber, the HTF celebrate this Thanksgiving Season by presenting a SECOND carefully-curated selection of the greatest musical appearances from Good Old JR himself, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross. Jim's unique vocal stylings continue to be the only way to truly recognize the singular achievement of never once missing, nor phoning in an episode. Featuring songs by Lizzo, Aerosmith, Lil Nas X, John Michael Montgomery, Tenacious D, the immortal Freddy Fender and more!

*celebrity voice impersonated

November 22nd, 2019    

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #188: Countdown — Worst Costumes

The streak lives on this week with an abbreviated and phoned in, yet all brand-new episode of Countdown! This time out, Greg and Nick are here to take down their least favorite comic book threads of all time. So listen in and hear what they consider to be the worst of the worst. 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.

November 15th, 2019    

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #187: Off the Page — Wonder Woman (1974)

Nick and Greg are back to explore another piece of comic book media. In this case, it's a curious 1974 television movie Wonder Woman! Starring Cathy Lee Crosby and a show-stealing Ricardo Montalbon, this is a different version of Wonder Woman than you've likely encountered, and one rooted in the 1970s! But does it work? Opinions may vary, and at least one Hard-Traveling Fanboy may surprise you with his takes!

November 8th, 2019    

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #186: The Longbook Hunters - The Golden Age

In this edition of The Longbook Hunters, Nick and Greg venture into Elseworlds with a look at the 1993 book “The Golden Age” by James Robinson and Paul Smith. This story traces the post-World War II lives of DC Comics’ earliest superheroes, including Green Lantern Alan Scott, Liberty Belle and Johnny Quick. With a cast of dozens (maybe hundreds), it’s a bold and risky book that exposed the Hard-Traveling Fanboys to many new ideas and characters. Does the narrative hold up? 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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