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164: Arthur Dent/ Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy with Marty

This week Marty Merrick joins Bruce to talk about the very English Arthur Dent, central character from Douglas Adams classic sci-fi comedy Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. This episode explores all of Arthur's adventures in the 5 part trilogy (yes, that doesn't add up) from Earth, to the end of the universe, back to Earth a couple of times in search of Tea and the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything.

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163: Miracleman with Bruce

Miracleman was originally just a substitute for Captain Marvel created by Mick Anglo for British audiences of the 1950's, but in 1982 Alan Moore re-invented the character for modern audiences. Originally known as Marvelman, Miracleman went from a second rate impostor to one of the greatest examples of modern comic book heroes in just 16 issues, before being handed off to the wonderful Neil Gaiman for a second re-invention that is reaching a whole new generation of comic readers via Marvel reprints (and hopefully some forthcoming new stories).

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162: Deadpool Part Two

this is episode two of a two part series about Deadpool.

This week Bruce completes another multi-part epic journey, this time exploring the "Merc with a Mouth" Deadpool. The unexpected box office success has shown that the masses have an appetite for the character, but his comic book roots have a winding story that many casual fans may not know about.

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161: Deadpool Part One

This week Bruce embarks on another multi-part epic journey, this time exploring the "Merc with a Mouth" Deadpool. The unexpected box office success has shown that the masses have an appetite for the character, but his comic book roots have a winding story that many casual fans may not know about.

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160: The Vision with Bruce

This week Bruce talks about the synthezoid Avenger, The Vision. Created by Ultron from the body of the original Human Torch with the brain patterns of Wonder Man, The Vision became a singular hero in his own rite. He fell in love with the Scarlet Witch and survived many an existential crisis while struggling with the question, "what does it mean to be human?"

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159: The Haunted Tank with Bruce

This week Bruce talks about one of the more bizarre concepts from DC's War comics, The Haunted Tank. This is a high concept comic about a World War II tank that is haunted by the ghost of a confederate general from the American Civil War, and it just happens to be crazy enough to work. Over the years the concept was re-imagined to better fit in an updated version of the DC universe, but one thing is constant - a Tank that is haunted is a crazy idea!

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158: Jason Todd (Robin / Red Hood) Part Two

This is part 2 of a 2 part episode all about Jason Todd. He was the second Robin who was brutally murdered by the Joker. He was resurrected when Superboy Prime super punched reality and became an anti-hero known as the Red Hood. Bruce had so much to say that he couldn't fit it all into one episode.

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157: Jason Todd (Robin/ Red Hood) Part One

This is part 1 of a 2 part episode all about Jason Todd. He was the second Robin who was brutally murdered by the Joker. He was resurrected when Superboy Prime super punched reality and became an anti-hero known as the Red Hood. Bruce had so much to say that he couldn't fit it all into one episode.

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156: Beta Ray Bill with Marty Merrick

This week Marty joins bruce to talk about the horse-faced Korbinite Beta Ray Bill. Built to be a defender for his people who were forced to be refugees by a cosmic war, he quickly gained many Asgardian attributes after proving himself worthy to wild Mjolnir. Listen to hear all the ins and outs of this classic character created by Walt Simonsson.

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155: Black Manta with Bruce

This week Bruce looks at Aquaman's arch nemesis Black Manta, a character who went from having no origin story to having three. The depths to which the blood feud between Manta and Aquaman went to may well shock you.

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154:Patsy Walker/ Hellcat with Bruce

This week Bruce brings you a solo episode about a character that started in Romance/ Humor comics and successfully made the transition to full on Marvel superhero. Patsy Walker has what is perhaps the most interesting publishing history in all of comics, so you won't want to miss this one.

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153: Luke Skywalker with Jim Beverly (CONTAINS SPOILERS!)

This week Jim joins Bruce to discuss the entire history of Luke Skywalker. THIS EPISODE CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS FOR THE FORCE AWAKENS! There, you've been warned. Discussion sticks primarily to the new cannon, but a little of the old extended universe does get worked in.

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152: More 2000 AD with Keith Richardson

On this episode Bruce talks with 2000 Ad graphic novels editor Keith Richardson about a wide range of 2000 AD characters and topics. This is a one of a kind episode that you don't want to miss.

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151: Lightning Lad with Dan and Tom

This week Dan and Tom from When Nerds Collide provide a nice episode all about Legion of Superheroes main Legionnaire, Lightning Lad.

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150: Archie with Jess Hall and Jordan Phegley

This week Jess and Jordan join Bruce to talk about one of the most iconic characters in comics, Riverdale's own Archie Andrews. From early slapstick humor, to crossovers with the Punisher and Ninja Turtles, to facing a zombie apocalypse we discuss all of our favorite moments from over 70 years of great Archie comics.

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149: Optimus Prime with Charles and Darryl from Transmissions

This week Charles Shelton and Darryl Laughy from the Transmissions podcast join Bruce to talk about the Autobot leader, Optimus Prime. From his humble beginnings as Orion Pax to becoming an action master, they cover his whole story.

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148: More Regrettable Heroes with Dan Ritchie

This week Dan joins Bruce to talk about more regrettable superheroes from the long history of comics. Hope you enjoy this episode as much as the previous Regrettable Superheroes edition.

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147: Devil Dinosaur with Bruce

This week Bruce talks about one of Jack Kirby's lesser known creations Devil Dinosaur. First created in 1978, Devil Dinosaur only lasted 9 issues, but his Marvel comics legacy has loomed large. He continued to show up as part of the Fallen Angels, the Savage Lands, and even as a villain in Nextwave. Listen to this episode to get caught up on the brightly colored reptiles history before the launch of the All New, All Different Marvel title, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur.

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146: Halloween Special! Werewolf by Night with Jess Hall

This week Jess joins Bruce to talk about classic horror comic character, Marvel's Werewolf By Night, a.k.a. Jack Russell. We try to get into the Halloween spirit by talking about this Transylvanian Lycanthrope that grew up in sunny Southern California. Listen to this episode to learn all about the man and the monster.

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145: Jim Hammond, The Original Human Torch with Tom Norris

This week Tom joins Bruce to talk about one of the founding members of the Marvel Universe, Jim Hammond - The Human Torch. His name is sort of ironic since he's actually not a human, but he first appeared in Marvel Comics #1 in 1939. He's had a long and interesting history, so check out this episode to learn all about it.

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144: Taskmaster with Bruce

This week Bruce talks all about Marvel's Taskmaster.

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143: Dazzler with Dan Ritchie

This week Dan joins Bruce to talk about Marvel's disco queen, Dazzler. The character was originally conceived as a cross promotion with Casablanca Records, but as the movie and pop star aspirations faded away the comic book heroine endured.

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142: Gandalf with Sian Webb

This week Sian joins Bruce to take a trip to Middle Earth to discuss the Grey Wizard, Gandalf. One of Tolkien's most recognizable characters makes for interesting discussion of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy (books and films). So listen to this episode to learn about this supernatural being with a soft spot for hobbits.

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141: The Flash (Barry Allen) with Bruce

This Week Bruce tackles the Silver Age Flash, Barry Allen. Barry Allen created the speed force, discovered Earth-2 and Earth Prime, and used a cosmic treadmill all before he met his demise in the Original Crisis. After he was resurrected at the hands of Grant Morrison and Geoff Johns, he went on to create The New 52.

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140: Angel / Archangel with Ryan Christopher

This week Ryan joins Bruce to discuss one of the original X-Men, Warren Worthington III - better known as Angel. When he nearly died in a plane crash, his life was saved by Apocalypse, who turned him into the Horseman Death. After freeing himself from Apocalypse, he went on to be known as Archangel. Listen to this episode for all the details!

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139: Rick Grimes with Rob Ritchie

This week Rob joins Bruce to talk about the central character from the Walking Dead, Rick Grimes. Rick was just a small town kid who grew up to be a small town Sherrif, married a local girl and had a child. All pretty boring stuff until he woke up from a coma and the world had ended. Listen to this episode to learn all about Rick's back story, as well as comments about his exploits among the walkers and speculation about his future.

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138: Snake Eyes with Matt Quiet

This week Matt joins Bruce to talk about the most mysterious member of G.I. Joe, Snake Eyes. We talk about his secret origins, as well as his tories in the pages of Marvel, Devil's Due and IDW.

 

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137: Regrettable Superheroes

This week Bruce talks about some forgotten heroes from comic books that are significant or interesting. This is a shorter episode, don't worry - back to business as usual next week.

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136: Jenny Sparks with Rachel Pandich

This weeks Rachel Joins Bruce to talk about the "Spirit of the twentieth century" Jenny Sparks.

Sparks was born at the stroke of midnight on New Years Day 1900, and died at the same time in the year 2000. Along the way she was part of Stormwatch and The Authority. Created by Warren Ellis for Jim Lee's Wildstorm Comics (now part of DC), Jenny only appeared in comics for 3 years, but has left an impression for the ages.

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135: Iron Man with Bruce

This week Bruce tackles one of Marvel's mainstays, Iron Man. As a prisoner of war, Tony Stark found the inspiration that would lead him to be a high tech hero. After developing his armor, he became a founder of Marvel Comcs Avengers, and went on to fight villains along with his inner demons. Extra attention is given to "Demon in a Bottle", "Extremis" and "Civil War" that served as the framework for the many Marvel Studios movies starring Robert Downey, Jr.

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134: Spider Jerusalem with James Maddox

This week writer and convention organizer Jame Maddox joins bruce to discuss the most outrageous journalist in comics, Spider Jerusalem. Spider was heavily inspired by Hunter S. Thompson, and never hesitated to be a part of his own story. Fearlessly dedicated to bring the people the "absolute truth" his columns were part of his own mission to bring down malevolent powers that abused the citizenry for their own amusement. The central character of Transmetropolitan.

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133: ROM the SpaceKnight with Tom Norris

This week Tom Joins Bruce to discuss one of his favorite forgotten characters. Rom was once a gentle poet on the utopian planet of Galador, but when his society was threatened by Dire Wraiths, he volunteered to become the first Space Knight. He later came to Earth in pursuit of the Wraiths where he fell in love with an Earth woman before publishing rights banished him to Limbo along with the Wraiths.

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132: Ant Man (Scott Lang) with Chris Elvins

This week Chris joins Bruce to talk about the thief turned superhero Scott Lang. After stealing Hank Pym's shrinking Ant Man suit in order to save his daughter's life, Pym told Lang that he could keep the suit as long as he agreed to be a good guy. Listen to this episode to hear all about the comic origins of the character in Marvel's newest theatrical release.

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131: Jubilee with Dan Ritchie

This week Dan joins Bruce to discuss one of his favorite 90's X-Teens, Jubilation Lee, better known as simply Jubilee. Orphaned when hitmen killed her parents, Jubilee decided to live in the local mall where she had to steal to survive. She later followed Dazzler, Rogue and Storm through a portal to their base in the Outback. While in Australia she established a long lasting relationship with Wolverine that lead to her being part of the X-Men and Generation X. After being bitten by the son of Dracula, she became the X-men's favorite Vampire. Listen up to learn all the crazy details of this girl's life.

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130: Mad Hatter with Jim Beverly

This week Jim joins Bruce to discuss the mind controlling Batman villain Jervis Tetch, also known as the Mad Hatter. This odd looking, Lewis Carroll obsessed neuroscientist has perfect mind control technology, and uses it for some of the darkest, most sinister reasons imaginable. He also spent some ill fated time with the Secret Six, has shown up in live action and animated television incarnations, and has also spent some time in the Arkham video games universe.

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129: Ghost Rider/ Johnny Blaze with Bruce

This week Bruce talks about Marvel's Spirit of Vengence, Ghost Rider (the Johnny Blaze version). Bound to the fallen Angel Zarathos as the result of a bad deal he made with Mephisto, Johnny Turns into Ghost Rider at night and delivers justice to the sinners of the world while atop his fiery motorcycle. Immortalized on film by Nicholas Cage, Ghost Rider has quite the comic book history.

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128: Luke Cage / Power Man with Bruce

This week Bruce talks about one of the first street level heroes, the man with bullet proof skin, the original Hero for Hire, Luke Cage, a.k.a. Power Man. Born Carl Lucas, after being sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit, Cage was the subject of a prison secret experiment that tuned him into Power Man.

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127: Hawkman with Chris Elvins

This week Chris joins Bruce to discuss the confusing history of Hawkman. Whether it's the goldan age archeologist Carter Hall, or the silver age displaced Thanagarian police officer Kator Hol Hawkman is always a savage and interesting character. Unfortunately, due to this mismanagement of his continuity he has been fairly neglected in recent years. Listen to this episode to learn all about this founding member of both the Justice Society and the Justice League.

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126: Power Girl with Tom Norris

This week Tom joins Bruce to talk about Earth-2's last daughter of Krypton, Kara Zor-L, better known as Power Girl. Though she is a parallel Earth's version of Super Girl, she managed to create her own unique style that allowed her to stand out of the crowd and free herself from other people's expectations.

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125: Iceman with Matt Quiet

This week Matt joins Bruce to talk about one of the original 5 X-Men, Bobby Drake, better known as Iceman. Bobby struggled with his family, his powers his age, and recently, his romantic identity. Listen to this episode to learn all about how the youngest of the original X-Men has come to be one of the omega level mutants in the Marvel universe.

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124: Tom Strong with Tobias Ellis

This week Tobias joins Bruce to talk about Alan Moore's throwback to pulp heroes, Tom Strong. Born in 1900 to ship wrecked parents on the mysterious island of Attabar Teru, Tom was raised in a high gravity chamber on a strict diet of Galoka root. As a result, he had super human strength, reflexes and intellect and became the world's first science hero. Listen to this episode to find out how one of the comic book world's greatest writers put a new spin on an old concept.

 

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123: Juggernaut from the vault!

I've had a couple of folks request that I release my long lost Juggernaut episode, so here it is! Learn all about the long history of Professor X's evil step brother. Powered by the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak Cain Marko has long been a thorn in the side of Xavier and the X-Men.

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122: Doctor Strange with Tinzien

This Week Tinzien joins Bruce to talk about the Sorceror Supreme, Dr. Stephen Strange. This episode discusses his beginning as an arrogant neurosurgeon who was humbled when he lost his surgical skill in a tragic accident. Strange's constant search for a cure lead him to the mystical arts that he would eventually master, and with the help of a few ancient relics, rise to wear the mantle of the Earth's mightiest mystic.

 

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121: Ultron with Chris Elvins

This week Chris joins Bruce to discuss the mechanical menace that serves as the Avengers nemesis in Marvel's massive movie Age of Ultron. The guys discuss the comic book origins and evolution of the ultimately evil artificial intelligence, and compare and contrast it to the story we get in the movie. Be sure to listen to this episode to get a finer understanding of all the nuances that make Ultron such a compelling villain.

 

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120: Scarlet Spider with Ryan Christopher

This week Ryan joins Bruce to talk about one of his favorite characters, Ben Reilly the Scarlet Spider. A clone of Peter Parker created by the Jackal with the express purpose of killing Spider-Man, Ben managed to ascend to the hero ranks himself. Though he started swinging along New York's impressive skyline in a red suit with a blue hoodie and named the Scarlet Spider by a reporter at The Daily Bugle, he would eventually accept the Spider-Man mantle before sacrificing himself to save Peter's life. listen to this episode to learn about the short but interesting life of this clone that Spider-Man, with time, came to think of as a brother.

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119: X-23 with Cody Webb

This week Cody joins Bruce to talk about a character that first appeared on television before making her transition to the comics, X-23. Created as an attempt to recreate the weapon X experiment using damaged DNA from Wolverine, Laura Kinney would eventually escape the facility and make her way to the Xavier Institute. After rapidly aging due to an energy blast from Nimrod, X-23 became a member of the X-Men, The Avengers, X-Force and the Wolverines.

 

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118: Constantine with Matt Smith

This week Matt joins Bruce to discuss DC's top demonologist and mystic, John Constantine. First appearing as a mysterious figure in the pages of Alan Moore's Saga of the Swamp Thing, Constantine went on to star in his own very succesful and long running Hellblazer comic under the Vertigo imprint. He made enemies in the underworld in a gambit to cure his lung cancer, then later convinced God it was in the best interest of Heaven if his soul never goes to hell. Able to outsmart demons and angels alike, Constantine seems to bring nothing but death and suffering to those who get close to him. This episode contains no explicit language, but does discuss sensitive subject matter that may not be suitable for young children. Parental discretion advised.

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117: Christian Walker / Powers with Sean Keenan

This week Sean joins Bruce to discuss the central character from one of Sean's favorite comics, Brian Michael Bendis' Powers. Once one of the world's greatest superpowered heroes, Christian Walker has lost his superhuman gifts and now works for the police in the "Powers Division". Though no longer able to fly and or use superstrength, Walker still leads the fight against superpowered villains with his partner Pilgrim. The discussion dives into the thousands of years that constitute Walker's life, and of course there is ample comparison between the character from the comics and the one appearing in the new show on Playstation Network.

 

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116: The Almighty with Tom Norris

This week Tom is actually in studio to discuss the greatest public domain character that you've never heard of, The Almighty. First appearing in 1933, the almighty was orphaned on a distant planet before being sent to Earth where he was raised by Moonshiners. Discussion includes his early purple jungle explorer costume, he brief foray into gnithnamian armor, and of course his mis-guided phase with a bozo haircut and pants with oversized buttons. Listen to this episode to learn how the Almighty summoned the power of the cosmos by uttering the word "Gnithnam!"

 

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115: Hawkeye with Steven Knauer

This week Steven from Additional Pylons joins me to talk about Marvel's greatest archer, Hawkeye. Clint Barton went from a dysfunctional family into foster homes until he and his brother decided to run away and join the Circus. While traveling under the big top, Clint discovered his knack for archery and got the stage name Hawkeye. As an adult he decided to try his hand at the super hero game, eventually becoming a member of the Avengers and founder of the unforgettable West Coast Avengers. Listen to learn why Hawkeye never misses his target.

 

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114: Thor with Chris Elvins

This week Chris joins me to discuss the pirme Asgardian of the Marvel Universe, Thor Odinson. We talk about the circumstances of his introduction to midgard as a parapalegic doctor, his redemption in the eyes of his father, his time in Central Park as a frog. Beta Ray Bill, Sif and The Warriors three also get a mention, and of course we explain the circumstances leading to the current Female Thor.

 

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113: Lobo with Jess Hall

This week Jess joins me to talk about the main man. Lobo is the last Czarnian because as a school science project he killed everyone else on his planet, but at least he gave himself an A. We discuss his evolution over the years, beginning as a parody of Wolverine and growing into a character that found himself parodied a few times. Discussion also includes his controversial new look for the New 52. Listen to learn all about this character that Stan Lee has claimed to be his favorite.

 

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112: Captain America with Dan Ritchie

This week's episode is a birthday present to my guest Dan. His favorite character in all of comics is none other than America's favorite son, Cap. I'll tell you up front that this is a long one, but it is absolutely full of goodness. The episode contains much more than the basics everyone already knows about Cpt. Steve Rodgers from movies and television and really dives into the details that make Cap such a land mark guy in not only Marvel, but all of comics. So go ahead and listen, it's guaranteed to intrigue international listeners as well as folks here in the states.

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111: Nick Fury with Jordan Phegley

This week Jordan joins me to discuss Marvel's ever present man of action Nick Fury. He started his career as the leader of the Howling Commandos during World War II before moving on to the CIA, and eventually becoming the director of the mysterious multinational agency S.H.I.E.L.D. We talk about why he never ages, how he got that eye patch, and the circumstances that led to his strange, current position in the Marvel Universe. Listen to learn pretty much all there is to know about Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

 

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110: Northstar with Chris Elvins

I have been asked to cover one of the members of the Canadian super team Alpha Flight, and what better way to do it than with an actual Canadian. My friend Chris, from the great northern nation, actually joins me to discuss the landmark character Northstar. As the first openly gay super hero in major comics, he did a lot to build on social awareness amongs comics and readers. Also as a former member of the Quebec separatist movement, Northstar helped give some awareness of the political climate in Canada at the time. Now it is time to expand your horizons by listening to my first honest to goodness international episode.

 

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109: Powerpuff Girls with Rachel Pandich

This week Rachel joins me to discuss a topic requested by someone who is possibly the youngest of the listeners. A 7 year old girl (via her mother of course) has requested that we discuss The Powerpuff girls, from their creation from sugar, spice and everything nice (plus a dash of chemical X) to their ascension as the lone defenders of Townsville. Tune in to hear all about these tiny ladies who pack a heckuva punch!

 

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Episode 108: Ben Grimm/ Thing with Dan Ritchie

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This week Dan joins me to talk about the toughest member of the Fantastic Four, Ben Grimm a.k.a. The Thing. We talk about his troubled youth growing up on Yancey Street and his adventures as a pilot before the tragic incident that forever transformed him. Of course we cover memorable FF moments including the time he died and got to meet Jack Kirby. Listen this episode to learn all about clobberin' time.

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Episode 107: The Reverse Flash with Joe from Geeky Faucet

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The man in the yellow suit has piqued the interest of viewers of CW's The Flash, so Joe and I decided to discuss the comic book inspiration for the character, Eobard Thawne - the Reverse Flash. I am sure everyone is excited by the series return from the holiday break, and many people may have questions about exactly who this guy is. I think this episode will get everyone caught up with the character that first appeared in 1966, and we even give our own theories about where the show is going with him.

 

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Episode 106: Onslaught with Matt Quiett

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Onslaught was the psionic entity created inadvertently when Professor X allowed his mind to make contact with Magneto's. The result was a devastating dark force that seemed to represent the inevitable destruction of all humans and mutants alike. Thankfully, due to the sacrifice of all the non-mutant heroes this force was stopped (and perhaps unfortunately lead to the Heroes Reborn story).

 

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Episode 105: Aquaman with Tom Norris

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Arthur Curry, sometimes known as Orin, is the Atlantean-Human hybrid known to the world as Aquaman. This week Tom joins me to discuss the long and intricate history of this oft underestimated hero. Listen to learn how he can do so much more than simply "talk to fish".

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Heroes and Villains 104: Catman with Arthur Worley

Responsible for the death of both his parents, Thomas Blake was destined for super villainy at an early age. After a personal descent into a pathetic version of the man he once was, he lived with a pride of lions to unlock the true abilities that he knew he still had in him. Then membership in the Secret Six truly elevated Blake to carve out his own anti-hero niche as the one and only Catman.

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Heroes and Villains 103: Vash The Stampede/ Trigun

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This week I tackle my first manga/ anime character, Vash the Stampede, The Humanoid Typhoon, The Six Billion Double Dollar Man. Learn about this multi-faceted character born from an interdimensional being that is dedicated to two things: love and peace. This much beloved character is the central character of the space opera Trigun, which spawned an anime series as well as a feature length movie, so download and enjoy!

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Heroes and Villains 102: Second Annual Christmas Special with Guests Galore!

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This week several members of the Heroes and Villains family drop by for the annual Christmas party. We talk about what we would like for Christmas, as well as our holiday habits and plans for the new year. Guests include Matt QuiettJoe The Geeky FaucetArthur Worley, and of course Dan and Tom. So grab a cup of cheer and join the festivities.

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Heroes and Villains 101: Booster Gold with Brock Sager

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This week Brock joins me to discuss Booster Gold. He was a security guard in the 25th century who decided to steal some gadgets and a time machine to travel back to the 20th century and try to become a super hero. Listen to this episode to find out how that worked out for him.

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Heroes and Villains 100th Episode Roast of Bruce with a Bevy of Guests

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This episode celebrates nearly two years of the podcast with a good natured roast of the host, Bruce Leslie. Guest's include Dan and Tom, Rachel, Jess and JordanSean, Chad, and Adam. So listen to laugh and remember the first 99 episodes.

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Heroes and Villains 99: 2000 AD

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This week I review a collection of graphic novels from 2000 AD. Characters covered include Judge Death, Zombo, ABC Warriors, D.R. & Quinch, Slaine, Kingdom, Shakara and Button Man. Listen to this episode to hear about some great comics you probably don't know much about.

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Heroes and Villains 98: The Penguin with Charlie West

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This week Charlie joins me to discuss Oswald Cobblepot, A.K.A. The Penguin. He is one of Batman's longest standing foes, and with the recent popularity of Gotham there is a resurgence of interest in this character. Listen to learn all about the many incarnations of this flightless bird.

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Heroes and Villains 97: Mister Sinister with Dan Ritchie

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This week Dan joins me to discuss a character whose name says it all, Mister Sinister. This mad geneticist was a contemporary of Charles Darwin, and thought that the rise of mutants would be the key to the future evolution of humans. Thanks to some time spent with Apocalypse, he was granted an extraordinarily long life span as well as an unhealthy obsession with the Summers family. Listen to this episode to learn all the key facts about Mister Sinister.

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Heroes and Villains 96: The Hulk with Chad O'Connor

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This week Chad joins me to discuss the most incredible of heroes, The Hulk. We cover everything about Bruce Banner and his alter ego from the day he saved Rick Jones from a Gamma bomb to the shocking revelations of Original Sin. Tune in to find out exactly what makes the Hulk so incredible.

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Heroes and Villains 95: The Silver Surfer with Joey Tortorich

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This week Joey joins me to discuss the cosmic adventurer The Silver Surfer. Norin Radd made the ultimate sacrifice to save his home world and the woman he loved by volunteering to serve as the herald of Galactus. He soullessly led the devourer of planets to world after world until the made it to Earth. On Earth Surfer met the Fantastic Four and learned the value of humanity. Listen to this episode to learn everything you need to know about Norin Radd, better known as The Silver Surfer.

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Heroes and Villains 94: Halloween Special! Hellboy with Jess Hall

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This Week Jess joins me for the second annual Halloween special to discuss Mike Mignola's Hellboy. As the offspring of an unholy union between a demon and a human witch, Hellboy was called to Earth by another unholy union - Rasputin and Nazis. Despite his "Devilish" beginnings and apocalyptic destiny, Hellboy managed to save humanity time and time again as "the world's leading paranormal investigator". Enjoy the witching season by turning off the lights and listening to this haunting episode.

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Heroes and Villains 93: From the Vault! Martian Manhunter

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This week's episode is the re-release of the previously unavailable 2nd episode, Martian Manhunter.

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Heroes and Villains 92: Multiple Man with Arthur Worley

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This week Arthur joins me to discuss one of his favorite lesser known heroes, Multiple Man. Though he was created nearly 40 years ago, he really came into his own when Peter David recently began writing his adventures. Listen to learn all about the changeling who can duplicate himself at will.

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Heroes and Villains 91: Adam Strange with Ryan Higgins

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This week Ryan joins me to discuss Adam Strange, an average Earth based archeaologist who occasionally travel 25 trillion miles via Zeta Beam to visit his sweet heart on Rann. Listen to learn about this classic sci-fi adventurer in the vein of Flash Gordon and Buck Rodgers.

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Heroes and Villains 90: The Maxx with Bubba Wheat

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This week Bubba joins me to discuss the trippy character The Maxx. Follow us as we explore the fractured mind of a vagrant who is also a super hero who is also a jungle king who is also a rabbitt who is also a spirit animal who is also a plumber and just might be a re-animated corpse. Got it?

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Heroes and Villains 89: Blade Runner/ Deckard with Chad O'Connor

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This week Chad joins me to discuss Rick Deckard, the central character from the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? as well as the movie Blade Runner. We talk about the dystopic world that this bounty hunter exists in, and of course we ask the question, "is Deckard a replicant?" Listen and enjoy!

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Heroes and Villains 88: Plastic Man with Jordan Phegley

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This week Jordan joins me to discuss the Golden age crook turned hero, Plastic Man. We talk about Eel O'Briens transformation from burgular and safe cracker to stretchy hero and notorious wisecracker in both Golden Age Quality Comics as well as post Crisis DC comics. Listen to learn evrything you need to know about Plas.

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Heroes and Villains 87: Guy Gardner with Sean Keenan

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This week Sean joins me to discuss the "back up" Green Lantern, Guy Gardner. When Abin Sur crashed on Earth his power ring detected two people suitable to guard sector 2814. For arbitrary reasons it went to Hal Jordan, and left Guy to deal with the frustration of being "passed over". We discuss all the details of the evolution of Guy Gardner as a Green Lantern, to Warrior, and back again. Listen, learn, enjoy!

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Heroes and Villains 86: O.M.A.C , One Man Army Corps

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This week's show, by listener request, is O.M.A.C. - one man army corps. Listen the learn all about this character that was created by the legendary Jack Kirby. Originally based on the concept of "Captain America of the future" this creation has had many different incarnations.

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Heroes and Villains 85: Geo-Force with Brock Sager

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This week Brock joins me to discuss his favorite comic book character, Geo-Force. We talk about this little used super hero from the Markovian royal family. Obviously we discuss his relationship with Batman as a founding member of the Outsiders. Listen and enjoy!

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Heroes and Villains 84: Storm with Aaron Reese

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This week Aaron joins me to discuss his favorite "weather witch" Storm. We talk about this Princess from a mysterious African lineage as she progresses from an Orphan on the Streets of Cairo to becoming the leader of the X-men and Queen of Wakanda. Listen to hear all about this mystical mutant Orroro, better known as Storm.

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Heroes and Villains 83: Twilight Sparkle with Rachel Pandich

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This week Rachel joins me to discuss Twilight Sparkle from My Little Ponys: Friendship is Magic. We talk about how a toy created in 1983 has evolved into a phenomenon that has sent waves throughout pop culture. We also discuss how this unicorn pony grew from a book worm into an Alicorn princess. Bronies and Pegasisters rejoice, this episode is for you.

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Heroes and Villains 82: Star-Lord with Jess Hall

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This week Jess joins me to discuss Peter Quill, also known as Star-Lord. This charismatic leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy has had quite a character evolution over the years, listen to this episode to learn all about it.

Direct download: HV82-Starlord.mp3
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Heroes and Villains 81: Rocket Raccoon with Joey and Mike Tortorich

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This week Joey and Mike join me to discuss Rocket Raccoon, a character inspired by a Beetle's song. This diminuitive character with a mammoth personality has a much richer history than many people realize. This episode should be just the thing to whet your appettite for the shure fire block buster Guardians of the Galaxy from Marvel Studios

Direct download: HV81-RocketRaccoon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EST
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Heroes and Villains 80: Black Panther with Arthur Worley

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This week Arthur joins me to talk about the King of Wakanda, T'Challa the Black Panther. Powered by an ancient herb and the Panther God, Black Panther changed the superhero landscape as the first black superhero.

Direct download: HV80-Blackpanther.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EST
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Heroes and Villains 79: Doomsday with Joe from Geeky Faucet

 

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This week Joe joins me to discuss the creature that killed Superman, Doomsday. The result of a terribly cruel Krypton experiment that began a quarter million years ago, Doomsday slowly involved into the ultimate killing machine. He eventually found his way to Earth where he inevitably crossed paths with Superman and mutually assured destruction. 

Direct download: HV79-Doomsday.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EST
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Heroes and Villains 78: Cyclops with Dan Ritchie

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This week Dan joins me to discuss the first member of the X-men, Cyclops. He was orphaned at 12 years old and tormented by Mr. Sinister for the following few years. He finally met Charles Xavier and had a healthy father figure (until he was reunited with Corsair). Listen to learn about the life and many loves of Scott Summers a.k.a. Cyclops.

Direct download: HV78-Cyclops.mp3
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Heroes and Villains 77: Starkiller (Star Wars Comics) with Ryan Allgood

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This week Ryan joins me to discuss Darth Vader's secret apprentice, Starkiller. After being orphaned as a boy, Galen Marek was abducted by Vader with the express purpose of turning him into the ultimate killing machine to usurp power from Darth Sidious. After getting fed up by Vader's constant betrayal, Galen chose a different path in life. Listen to this episode to get all the info about the seceret apprentice known as Starkiller.

Direct download: HV77-Starkiller.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EST
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Heroes and Villains 76: X-Force's Domino with Joey Tortorich

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This week Joey joins me to discuss the feisty female with extremely good luck, Domino. As a core member of X-Force, not to mention Cable's main squeeze, she has been a part of some of the greatest battles in Marvel's 90's comics. Listen to this episode to hear all about her.

Direct download: hv76-domino.mp3
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Heroes and Villains 75: Usagi Yojimbo with Charlie West

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This week Charlie joins me to discuss the legendary Stan Sakai's signature character Usagi Yojimbo. Usagi is a ronin rabbit wandering the Japanese landscape trying to avenge the death of his Daimyo Lord Mifune. Along his quest he meets many interested (and sometimes sinister) characters. An exploration of the life of the leaderless Samurai, this episode will not disappoint.

 

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Heroes and Villains 74: Tank Girl with Rachel Pandich

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This week Rachel joins me to talk about the personification of punk rock, Tank Girl. Tank Girl makes her own rules and lives life on her on terms, be sure to listen to this episode which may be as chaotic as the comic that inspired it.

Direct download: HV74-tankgirl.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EST
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Heroes and Villains 73: Y The Last Man with Sean Keenan

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This week Sean from the Hero Movie Podcast joins me to discuss Yorick Brown, the titular character from Y the Last Man. After a mysterious plague hits the Earth every male mammal dies except for Yorick, asking the question why is Y the last man?

Direct download: HV73-Yorick.mp3
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Heroes and Villains 72: Magneto with Arthur Worley

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This week Arthur Worley joins me to discuss the life and times of the founder of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Magneto. We start with his childhood in a Nazi concentration camp and follow it all the way to present day. Get to know all about one of the key figures in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Direct download: HV72-Magneto.mp3
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Heroes and Villains 71: Black Widow

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This week I talk about the seemingly eternally youthful Black Widow. She was once the KGB's top field agent, but now she is top of the heap at S.H.I.E.L.D. The only thing that is truly certain is that she is first and foremost loyal to herself. Listen to learn all about this mysterious maiden who was mentally manipulated many of Marvel's main men!

Direct download: HV71-Blackwidow.mp3
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Heroes and Villains 70: Godzilla with Jess Hall

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This week Jess joins me to talk about Godzilla, the King of All Monsters. Listen to this episode to learn all you need to know about the giant mutated dinosaur before you see the blockbuster summer movie starring Bryan Cranston

Direct download: HV70-Godzilla.mp3
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Heroes and Villains 69: Spawn with Rafael Berrios

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This week Rafael joins me to talk about Spawn, the best selling independent comic book super hero ever. There is plenty to learn about this epitome of 90's comics trends.

Direct download: HV69-Spawn.mp3
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Heroes and Villains 68: Alan Scott, The Golden Age Green Lantern with Eric Isaacson

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This week Eric joins me to discuss the Golden Age Green Lantern, Alan Scott. With an interesting and unique story, Alan Scott is not only the first Green Lantern, but also the only "Magic" Green Lantern. Enjoy!

Direct download: HV68-Alanscott.mp3
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Heroes and Villains 67: Jesse Custer/ Preacher with Dan Ritchie

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This week Dan joins me once again to discuss the most irreverant character ever, Garth Ennis' Jesse Custer. As the central (and titular) character in Preacher, he is on a quest to confront God and hold him accountable for abandoning the people who depend on him. WARNING: this episode is not for everyone...

Direct download: HV67-Preacher.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:46pm EST
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Heroes and Villains 66: From the Vault! Mandrake the Magician

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This week I have unlocked the vault and brought you my first ever episode, as well as the first ever superhero, Mandrake the Magician. I put a new little intro into it and I also debut a new intro theme. Check it out and enjoy.

Direct download: HV66-Mandrake.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:02pm EST
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Heroes and Vilains 65: Falcon with Dan Ritchie

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Fresh off the heels of Captain America: The Winter Soldier Dan Joins me to talk about Sam Wilson/ Falcon and his really cool wings. Tune in to learn all about this guy who has helped Cap out time and time again.

Direct download: hv65-falcon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EST
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