Hey Kids, Comics! #285 - Family Reunions: We Are Family

• September 14th, 2018
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Hey Kids, Comics! #284 - Family Reunions: Along Came a Spider

• September 10th, 2018

"Amazing", "Spectacular", "Friendly Neighborhood" - Call him what you will, Spider-Man has long been a flagship Marvel Comics character...and unless some criminal was impersonating him, pretty much his own thing.  In more recent years, however, a LOT of new characters have vied to become, in the words of David Pumpkins' beat-boy skeletons, "part of it!"

This week's installment of "Family Reunions" sees Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston diving headlong into the Spider-Verse with a look at Spider-Man family members from the old classics like Aunt May and Mary Jane Parker to the myriad Spider-Men and Spider-Women that have become fairly prevailent over the last few years.

Note:  That's David S. Pumpkins.

 

 

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The Rantcor Pit #77 - Something Wicket This Way Comes

• September 8th, 2018

We celebrate the wonderous career of actor Warwick Davis!

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Hey Kids, Comics! #283 - Family Reunions: Last Son and Then Some

• September 6th, 2018

Superman may be the Last Son of Krypton, but that has never meant that he had to go it alone as an orphan and sole survivior.  

"Family Reunions" returns with Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston exploring the life and times of Superman and the Superman Family.  A family that began with, but by no mean ever ended with, Smallville's most accomodating, Ma and Pa Kent.

Discover how much of Krypton's life and culture survived, who took up the iconic "S" when the Man of Tomorrow seemingly expired at the crispy fists of Doomsday, and those that are part of the inner circle of Clark Kent and/or Kal-El.

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The Rantcor Pit #76 - The Spirit of ‘76

• August 25th, 2018

In 1977 a little science fiction film called "Star Wars" changed everything, becoming not only a box-office smash but an international cultural phenomenon that prevails to this day.

But before that fateful summer, what was going on in America.   What were things like even just a year before there was a Star Wars?

Cole Houston and Eddie Medina explore the Bicentenial year of the United States with a look at popular culture of the day back when George Lucas and company were about to begin principle photography on the little movie that could.  From movies and music to toys and even, enexpectedly, fast food, everything that was in '76 would seemingly change the following year.  Vic Medina joins the exploration of this virtual time capsule of the year before the year that made that Galaxy Far, Far Away world famous.

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Hey Kids, Comics! #282 - Family Reunions: First Family Ties

• August 24th, 2018

They were Marvel's First "Family of Super-Heroes", even though only two were technically related when they go their start!  But isn't that the point of this story arc?  To explore how family does not always come from birth or marraige.

The Fantastic Four and all who have joined them in battle or in support, is the focus of this, the second chapter of "Family Reunions".  Reed, Sue, Ben, and Johnny may be the iconic quartet, but the likes of Crystal, Sandman, She-Hulk, and even (yes, believe it or not) Ghost Rider have been a part of the team, and in most cases, the family as well.

Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston discover how diverse a family the FF has become over a great many decades from Alisha Masters to a future herald of Galactus, your hosts discover that this is some kind of family!

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Hey Kids, Comics! #281 - Family Reunions: Off the Bat

• August 17th, 2018

Families.  

The ones you are born into you can't pick in advance.  To a large degree the same holds true for the ones you marry into, by and large.  But then there is the family you choose.  A term generally reserved for friends, but sometimes it encompasses colleagues, allies, cohorts, and other supporters who become as close as flesh and blood.

In this new arc, Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston spotlight five super-hero "families" that are prevalent in comics and have considerable history.  As this exploration begins the focus is on the so-called Batman Family.  Perhaps the most dysfunctional and, at once, high-functioning of these four-color families, those that Batman allows to into his inner circle are a fiercely loyal and tough as nails bunch.  Discover the curious nature of Gotham's first family as "Family Reunions" takes off like a bat out of...well, DC Comics!

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Hey Kids, Comics! #280 - V for Versus

• August 10th, 2018

Get well versed in the verses of versus with Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston as they converse about comics that pit one iconic character (or characters) against anohter, usually in a cross-licesned scenario.  What began, effectively, with "Aliens vs. Predator" has become a staple to this day.  Join the discussion of how the early pioneers of "vs." comics led to AVP opening the floodgates!

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Hey Kids, Comics! #279 - No Fly Zone or: (Hard-Selling Heroes)

• August 2nd, 2018

Comic books have been around for over 100 years.

Super-hero comics have been a part of that mix for at least three-quarters of their history.

During that time thousands of characters have graced the pages of said comics.  Among those numbers are many unassalable icons.  Despite any flaws they are considered paragons or figureheads.  Then there are those characters that, when introduced, my have been acceptable, but would be impossible to pitch to a publisher today.  Characters and plots alike, actually.

Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston seek to explore a handful of these and open the door (or floodgate) to thinking about so very many more.

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The Rantcor Pit #61 - Wonderful World of Wookiees (re-uploaded)

• July 30th, 2018

Due to a technical error our original post of episode 61 was deleted so we are uploading it again...REMASTERED...with adjusted sound and added music.

We are joined by Chris and Caleb of The Holy Nerdy Podcast to discuss everyone's favorite hairy bipedal creatures. No, not Sasquatch, WOOKIEES!

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