Hey Kids, Comics! #328 - Toby to Tom: Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Men - You Had Me at McGuire

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Who likes some Spider-Man? Especially on the big screen! Welcome to a mini-arc all about Spidey on the big screen. Starting, naturally with Toby McGuire and the films of Sam Rami!

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Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston are joined by fellow podcaster Aaron Prado. This trio of Web-heads share their thoughts and memories on the first three films featuring your Friendly Neighborhood…well, you get it.

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Enjoy this journey into the early years of Spider-Man on the big screen. Discover three takes on three films that brought Spidey and his rouges gallery to life for fans everywhere.

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Hey Kids, Comics! #327 - I'm Gonna Git You Blood Sucka!

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From almost unnoticed beginnings to super-stardom in comics, Marvel’s human/vampire hybrid Blade has been kicking the ass of the undead for nearly a half century! And 326 regular issues later, “Hey Kids, Comics!” is finally giving him an issue of his own!

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This week your hosts Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston are joined by comic scholar Weldon Adams as they discuss, rather pointedly, the life and times of Blade. The origins and fluctuating status of the character at Marvel, Andy’s big question about vampire wealth, and the evolution of Blade from wooden stake aficionado to wielder of his namesake weaponry are all explored.

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The living and the undead alike are in for a great time with the latest issue of JediCole’s longest running podcast!

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Hey Kids, Comics! #326 - Let's Hear it for 'The Boys'!

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In 2008, Garth Ennis’ “The Boys” was optioned for a feature film. That never happened. In 2010 it was again optioned by a film studio. Nothing further transpired. Now nearly a decade later, comic fans have been treated to an original Netflix series based on the unique, violent, and thought-provoking take on the super-hero genre that began back in 2006.

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This week the JCU’s “Boys”, Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston are joined by Mrs. JediCole herself, Catherine Houston for a lively discussion of the television series. Discover what a couple of long-time comic fanboys have to say about the adaptation of a comic that only one of them has read! Plus the great insights of someone who literally married into comics and has embraced so much of what they have to offer in and out of the medium.

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SPOILER ALERT! This week’s issue of the show does not hold back, so if you are keen to watch “The Boys” and do not want to know anything, just about everything gets talked about, hinted at, implied, or expressed. You have been warned, you will hear all about “The Boys” this week.

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Hey Kids, Comics! #325 - Hey Adults, Comix!

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To commemorate 325 regular issues of the show, ‘Hey Kids, Comics!’ is honored to see hosts Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston joined by comic creator and historian (as well as musician, author, and playwright) Michael H. Price!

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This week a topic that is long overdue is explored, the Underground Comix movement in America. Speaking directly from personal experience and vast knowledge, Mr. Price broadens the scope of this issue tremendously. From the obvious subjects like the infamous R. Crumb to more obscure creations from the 60s like “God Nose” (which has its own unique history presented on the show), prepare yourself to be immersed in an important aspect of comic book history that has fallen into obscurity.

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Even if you know (or have read) “Zap Comix”, “Devil Girl”, or “Fat Freddy’s Cat”, you will still find this one of the most compelling episodes of the show in its long and storied history.

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Don’t forget to check Amazon for more Michael H. Price goodness!

Don’t forget to check Amazon for more Michael H. Price goodness!

Hey Kids, Comics! #324 - Comics Co-Opted or: (How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Comic Book Characters as Ideologues

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To one degree or another, comic book fans have always made their favorite characters their own. But what happens when comic book characters are appropriated by non-fans for purposes that have more to do with activism than with collecting, reading, and enjoying comics?

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This week Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston are joined by former crime reporter Danny Gallagher in an exploration of how characters like the Punisher and V (of “V for Vendetta”) have been co-opted for purposes far beyond the intentions of their creators.

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In spite of the rather weighty nature of the topic, this issue brings some humor into the mix and is often derailed to the point of being one of the longer episodes produced. All of that and some frozen yogurt on the side!

Find more of Danny Gallagher’s work here!


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https://www.dallasobserver.com/authors/danny-gallagher-6372514

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Hey Kids, Comics! #323 - Hit the Streets: Brawling for Dollars

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It is our pleasure to save you, your invoice is in the mail.

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Given the volume of super heroes in comics, both super powered or laden with mega-science and those street level vigilantes that comprise this story arc, it is amazing that any of them have the audacity to demand payment for what the bulk of their ilk give away for free - assuming they are on the scene at that moment. So was “Hit the Streets” concludes, your hosts Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston tackle the weighty issue of the for-hire, mercenary type super-hero.

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What compels a hero to have to have a paycheck for their good deeds? What prevents this from being everyone’s approach? These and other on the clock questions will be explored this week on HKC!

Human Target…How Did We Forget Thee?

Human Target…How Did We Forget Thee?

Hey Kids, Comics! #322 - Hit the Streets: Seduction of the Gun

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In the real world, law enforcement officers of every variety have a trusty sidearm and, at times, rifles or machine guns at their disposal.  It is simply a necessity.  In comics most street level heroes tend to eschew firearms in favor of powers or high tech devices that are less likely to be lethal.  Yet there are exceptions to every rule.

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This week’s installment of “Hit the Streets” finds Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston under the gun as it were as they explore pistol-packing and heavily armed super heroes.  Not simply firearms, either, but your hosts include any kind of ballistic weapon in the catalog when it comes to “gunning for crime”.

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Get ready for an arsenal of comic characters who have chosen the gun as part of their field equipment when they go out on the mean streets to stamp out, or shoot out, crime!

Oh Ghost, how did we forget thee?

Oh Ghost, how did we forget thee?

Hey Kids, Comics! #321 - Hit the Streets: Two-Fisted

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Put ‘em up! Put ‘em up! There is a unique breed of comic book hero who takes on crime like a man. With their fists! So as “Hit the Streets” continues, Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston discuss the masters of fisticuffs.

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Being a street-level hero is tough enough. When you don’t have a lot of gadgets or super powers it can be tougher still. This weeks issue profiles those who ball up their hand into a fist and smack crime down the old-fashioned way. Granted, some can boast a powers along with a good right hook!

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Fist-fighting isn’t just for wild west saloons as your hosts will illustrate as they take on the heroes who punch criminals with the might fist of justice time and time again!

Sprit…How did we forget thee?

Sprit…How did we forget thee?

Hey Kids, Comics! #320 - Hit the Streets: We Are the Night

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So much more crime tends to occur under cover of darkness that it is little wonder so many street-level heroes devote the hours from twilight to dawn to the elimination of said crime.

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As “Hit the Streets” continues, Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston walk the night streets to patrol with the heroes who elect to carry the night shift. From the obvious Batmans and Moon Knights to the more obscure and fanciful “creatures of the night” who devote their lives to combating the criminal element after dark.

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Join your hosts on a special after dark discussion of what heroes do in the night.

Nightman…how did we forget thee?

Nightman…how did we forget thee?

Hey Kids, Comics! #319 - Hit the Streets: Streetwise

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The boys fell a little behind schedule, so this will be the first of two issues released this week. And it is the start of a brand new arc!

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“Hit the Streets” finds Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston initially struggling to define the nature of this story arc. Concentrating on the so-called street-level heroes, your hosts discovered that they must first determine which characters qualify for such a designation before they could possibly move forward into the remaining issues of this arc.

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So this week the conversation centers around working out what characters will have a shot at being profiled as the arc moves forward and which are simply in another league, if not a league of their own. Enjoy this HKC! examination of the super-heroes, powered and normal, who take their brand of justice to the city streets rather than the global or intergalactic theater.

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Hey Kids, Comics #318 - Lights! Camera! Action Figures!

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Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston, your hosts for this weekly comic book podcast, have long celebrated the Tanzanite Age of Comic Book Movies. For this issue they are celebrating the amazing offshoot of said age, the rise of the comic book movie-themed toy!

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For over three decades now action figures and toys based on comic book movies have been a part of the collecting vernacular for children and adults alike. Andy and Cole take an in-depth look at the hits and misses, the highs and lows, and the advent of the collector market that drove the comic movie toy industry into existence.

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From the early Playmates action figure line based (loosely) on Tin Burton’s “Batman” to the commitment on the part of Hasbro to make action figures based on Marvel Studios films at least half of their annual Marvel Legends releases, this episode digs deep into the modern comic movie toy box!

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Hey Kids, Comics! #317 - Optical Allusions

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Look! Hey Kids, Comics! has a new issue and it is all about the power of the eye! One thing you see a lot of in comic books is characters whose power originates from they eyeballs. From Superman’s various fill-in-the-blank visions to various beams, rays, hypnois, and eye-contact powers there was a lot to spot for this topic!

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Your hosts Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston look around the importance of the eyes in not only comic books, but in human culture and the tales of the ancients. See for yourself just how much eye action can be found in the pages of super-hero comic books. Now switch to your ears and give the show a listen.

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Hey Kids, Comics! #316 - Summer Fun 2019: European Vacation

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Summer is upon us and your hosts Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston are going to take a vacation. No! Not another hiatus, but a virtual vacation courtesy of Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. This year’s Summer Fun issue is all about “Spider-Man: Far From Home”!

WARNING! Spoilers abound in this issue. If you have not seen the movie, see it before you listen! You have been warned…

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Just when you thought “Avengers: Endgame” was an unstoppable box office juggernaut, along came a spider and took over the record! With little wonder, as your HKC! hosts will be gushing, as this was not only the best Spidey film ever made, it was just a really well made and more importantly FUN summer movie!

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With more mysteries (and hidden clues) than a season of Scooby-Doo, there was plenty to talk about and your hosts will bear that out in this issue. Join the fun with a lively discussion about Spidey’s European debut and the many twists and turns that make his latest adventure a joy to watch.

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Hey Kids, Comics! #315 - Don't Cry For Me San Diego

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Though it is about a week late popping up on the JCU site, this year’s rant from Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston about the cool exclusives from San Diego Comic Con that they will be missing out on (along with countless other fans and collectors) is here at last…in the nick of time for Comic Con and those fortunate enough to attend and drop serious bucks on the exclusives covered here and so many more!

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It has become something or a tradition for your hosts to really bear their collector’s soul and rail against the “Collection Assassin that is the SDCC exclusive. This year initially seemed devoid of much to talk about, but soon the announcements came fast and furious and Andy and Cole just became furious. About as furious as they get, anyway.

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This time they are joined by friend of the show Michael Fraley who adds his voice to the foul cries and SDCC angst. If you can’t go to the biggest comic/media show in America, at least you can join HKC! Collector misery loves company after all.

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Hey Kids, Comics #314 - Lend Me a Sinner

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Hey Kids, Comics! is back! The late Spring hiatus is behind us and Summer arrives with the latest issue of HKC! hot on its heels! As promised after “Man Plus”, your hosts Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston bring you a look at the henchmen and sidekicks of super-villains!

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If you are going to be a criminal mastermind it is important that you have some help along the way. From some local “toughs” to the really committed aiders and abetters who don themed costumes and join the idiom of a villain wholeheartedly, the henchman is commonplace in comics.

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If your caper goes afoul (or a fowl if you are Penguin), it is important to have someone to take the fall on your behalf. Busy super-villains don’t have time for the courts and prison, better to have plenty of pawns at hand to shield you from the long arm of the law. Your hosts take a good look at the wonderful world of henching in ways never explored on Venture Brothers!

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Hey Kids, Comics! #313 - Man Plus

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Is a cyborg half a man or half a machine? Are characters like Metallo, Robotman, and the Brain more machine than man? What is the measure of a man when he is fused with artificial constructs? These are the kinds of questions, if not the specific ones, posed by your HKC! hosts in this issue of the show which is all about cyborgs!

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Hosts Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston talk up the cyborgs of comic book history, naturally including Victor Stone who took up the mantle of exactly what he had become! Join them in exploring the variety of cybernetic people (and even animals!) that have been a part of comics for decades. And learn a new French children’s song in the process, Fannys!

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Prepare to be enhanced with this cyber-friendly issue of the show!

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Hey Kids, Comics! #312 - In His Hands

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Some hands are deadlier than others. That is certainly what many a foe who fell to the “deadly hands of Shang-Chi - Master of Kung-Fu” discovered over the decades. So it was only natural that Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston had to return to Marvel Comics’ most fascinating martial arts hero for one more issue.

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Shang-Chi as a living weapon is the focus of this exploration of the character. Your hosts are joined by comic artist and actual martial artist Bobby Blakey for a discussion of one man at the height of physical condition and martial skill. The deadliest hands (and feet) in the Marvel Universe are discussed along with the importance of maintaining your gi.

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Leaping out of the previous issue of HKC!, a further look at Shang-Chi as the living weapon his father Fu Manchu had forged him to become only to have him turn to good, this proved to be a unique issue of the show that is sure to entertain and inform. And will inspire others to discover one of the most unique comics in the Marvel catalog, or so JediCole certainly hopes.

Leopard Men as promised…

Leopard Men as promised…

Hey Kids, Comics! #311 - Fu Fighters

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And now, one of Marvel Comics’ more obscure characters is about to be thrust into the spotlight. None other than Shang-Chi (Master of Kung-Fu) is getting the Marvel Cinematic Universe treatment and Hey Kids, Comics! could not be happier!

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Join hosts Andrew Farmer and lifelong Shang-Chi fan Cole Houston as they explore the preeminent non-super-powered martial arts character of comics and his connection to the pulp villain Fu Manchu.

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Enter the strange world of martial arts, super-science, and maniacal plots for world domination that were the order of the day in the pages of “Hands of Shang-Chi: Master of Kung-Fu”. This title transcended its roots as a Bruce Lee wannabe and became one of the more compelling forgotten gems of the Marvel Universe in the 80s. Find out more in this issue of the show…

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Hey Kids, Comics! #310 - What Did We Just See?: Ad Infinitum

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Oh snap! The final issue of the latest story arc has arrived! This week your hosts Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston take you on a journey into their thoughts on the long journey to Avengers: Endgame (and the long three hour bladder-buster that was this movie). With a topic of this magnitude, two guests were in order - none other than Aaron Prado and DeNae Cortez of Wonder Twin Powers Activate Show!

WARNING! Spoilers abound in this issue! If you don’t want to know what happens before seeing “Avengers: Endgame”, go see “Avengers: Endgame” then listen to this episode.

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The biggest super-hero movie in history, once considered impossible, has arrived and is now the subject of this SPOILER RICH issue of HKC! with much fanfare and high expectations. Now that it has been unleashed on the world it is time to get the special perspective available no place else!

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With every hero in the catalog on board, this is the movie that cannot help but succeed. But did it please everyone? Find out from the panel of guests that run the gamut from the casual fanboys to hardcore Starlin aficionados. This issue strives to be as epic as the movie that it showcases!

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Lucky for your hosts, their entire audience is still around and, ideally, anxious for this amazing issue that completes “What Did We Just See?”

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Hey Kids, Comics! #309 - What Did We Just See?: Thunderstruck

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“Lightning from my hands!” - Captain Sparklefingers

Hey gang! Welcome to the latest issue (and the near-conclusion of an arc) of “Hey Kids, Comics!” This week Warner Brothers’ lighthearted super-hero offering “Shazam!” is the topic.

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Hot on the heels of Catherine Houston’s guest appearance on the show, this issue features none other than Cole’s dad, Don Houston, joining the fun with Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston! A fan of Captain Marvel (the Fawcett Publications hero introduced 27 years before Marvel Comics’ hero of the same name) in the early 40s, this film had special significance to this week’s guest.

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Get ready for an amazing adventure with one of the most enduring characters in comic book history and a look at the movie that brought fun back to DC Cinematic Universe! Please be aware that this is another SPOILER RICH edition of the show, please go see the movie before you listen to this issue.

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