Thursday, December 18, 2014

Super Mates Episode 21: Merry Christmas from the DC Animated Universe!


Have a Timm and Dini Christmas, it’s the best time of the year! Chris and Cindy celebrate the season by discussing some favorite yuletide themed works by Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, and the fine folks at Warner Brothers Animation!

First off is The Batman Adventures Holiday Special. Follow the heroes and villains of Gotham throughout December, as they spread Christmas cheer…and mayhem! Batman and Batgirl face off against Clayface, Harley and Ivy, Mister Freeze and the Joker! This comic inspired The New Batman Adventures episode, “Holiday Knights” and that episode is discussed as well.

The focus shifts to the Justice League animated series, and the season two episode, “Comfort and Joy”. The Justice Leaguers spend the holidays in their own unique ways: Green Lantern and Hawkgirl party, Flash tries to find the perfect gift for some special kids, and Superman shares his homespun Christmas with his fellow alien friend, the Martian Manhunter. It’s a funny, touching, and surprisingly spiritual day in the life of the World’s Greatest Super Heroes.


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Be sure to let us know what you think! Let your voice be heard! We’d love to read it aloud in an upcoming episode. Drop us a line in our comments section, or email us at supermatespodcast@gmail.com. If you're listening on iTunes, please consider leaving a review of our show! We’re also on Facebook!


Chris (aka Earth 2 Chris) co-hosts the Power Records Podcast with the esteemed Rob Kelly over at the Fire and Water Podcast feed! 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Super Mates Episode 20: Coloring Books! with Brian Heiler


Grab your box of Crayolas and join Chris, Cindy and their special guest, Brian Heiler in a discussion of something every kid knew so well…coloring books! Brian, in addition to being the author of Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings, and editor-in-chief of the Mego Museum.com, is also the mastermind behind Plaid Stallions.com. There he hosts Coloring Book Theatre, exploring the highs and lows of licensed coloring books. From a neutered Fonzie in a tan jacket, to David Lynch’s not-suitable-for-kids Dune, Brian shares some of the best and most bizarre coloring books ever to be printed in black and white.

Chris drags out his stack of childhood coloring books and pulls out gems featuring Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, Captain America, the Super Friends and Star Trek. It’s a colorful, random, waxy discussion about those wonderful time-wasters we all remember.


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Be sure to let us know what you think! Let your voice be heard! We’d love to read it aloud in an upcoming episode. Drop us a line in our comments section, or email us at supermatespodcast@gmail.com. If you're listening on iTunes, please consider leaving a review of our show! We’re also on Facebook!

Be sure to check out Plaid Stallions!
And stop by the Mego Museum!

Chris (aka Earth 2 Chris) co-hosts the Power Records Podcast with the esteemed Rob Kelly over at the Fire and Water Podcast feed! 

Next time: It’s Christmas-time! The Franklins discuss some classic Christmas stories from the DC Animated Universe, including The Batman Adventures Holiday Special comic, and episodes “Holiday Knights” and “Comfort and Joy”.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Super Mates Episode 19: Star Trek New Visions by John Byrne


Chris and Cindy beam back aboard the Enterprise to review two recent photonovel comics by industry legend John Byrne, and published by IDW! These “lost episodes” feature actual images of Shatner, Nimoy and company…recomposited to fit Byrnes’s new stories!

First up is Star Trek Annual, 2013: “Strange New Worlds”. The Enterprise intercepts a transmission from Delta Vega… the planet where Captain Kirk was forced to kill his best friend Gary Mitchell…driven mad by god-like power in the 2nd series pilot, “Where No Man Has Gone Before”. Has Mitchell returned? And if so, what does he want?

In Star Trek: New Visions #2, “Time’s Echo”, a startling message from 1,000 years ago surfaces. A message sent by…Captain James T. Kirk! How could the Enterprise have sent this message centuries before the crew was ever born?

Also, Byrne reveals the true fate of Captain’s Yeoman Janice Rand.

It’s classic Star Trek as you like it! Did the Franklins? Listen and find out!


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Be sure to let us know what you think! Let your voice be heard! We’d love to read it aloud in an upcoming episode. Drop us a line in our comments section, or email us at supermatespodcast@gmail.com. If you're listening on iTunes, please consider leaving a review of our show! We’re also on Facebook!

Chris (aka Earth 2 Chris) co-hosts the Power Records Podcast with the esteemed Rob Kelly over at the Fire and Water Podcast feed! 

Next time: Plaid Stallion head honcho and Rack Toys author Brian Heiler stops by to talk about genre-related coloring books …just in time for Christmas!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Super Mates Episode 18: Disney World, Marvel Universe Live, The Flash, TV and Movie News & Feedback. PHEW!!!


How did Chris and Cindy spend their Fall Vacation? Well pull up a chair and will show you some slides. No, wait! Don’t leave! We promise not to torture you with pictures of the world’s biggest ball of twine. No, we’re talking Disney World, people! We give you the run down of the Halloween goodness we experienced in the Happiest Place on Earth. Then we talk about Marvel Universe Live, where you’ll believe a Nuclear Physicist Can Ride…a dirt bike? Plus, Cap goes all Reb Brown!

Then its couch potato time as we discuss some of the new fall comic-related TV series, mostly…The Flash! We hit upon the recent movie announcements from Marvel and DC as well.

And we wrap things up with a heaping helping of YOUR feedback!

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Be sure to let us know what you think! Let your voice be heard! We’d love to read it aloud in an upcoming episode. Drop us a line in our comments section, or email us at supermatespodcast@gmail.com. If you're listening on iTunes, please consider leaving a review of our show! We’re also on Facebook!

Chris (aka Earth 2 Chris) co-hosts the Power Records Podcast with the esteemed Rob Kelly over at the Fire and Water Podcast feed! 

Next time: We take a look at two issues of John Byrne’s Star Trek: New Visions Photonovel comics!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Super Mates Episode 17: The Monster Squad and Super Friends vs. Monsters!


It’s the final trip to the House of Franklin-Stein, and the Franklins have saved the best for last! Okay, maybe not the best, but certainly the most fun! Chris, Cindy and special guest-son Andrew discuss director Fred Dekker’s love letter to all things monsterific, 1987’s The Monster Squad!
Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Creature descend upon 1987 suburbia to bring about an age of never-ending evil. The only thing standing in their way is a bunch of foul-mouthed kids! Along the way the find that Scary German Guys aren’t so scary, monsters CAN be your friends, and most importantly…Wolfman’s got nards!

Then we dig into that dusty longbox one more time, and pull out Super Friends #10. The World’s Greatest Super Heroes rush to the aid of a beautiful blonde woman, plagued by a legion of Monsters! But all isn’t what it seems, and there are lessons to be learned before the end credits roll!

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Be sure to let us know what you think! Let your voice be heard! We’d love to read it aloud in an upcoming episode. Drop us a line in our comments section, or email us at supermatespodcast@gmail.com. If you're listening on iTunes, please consider leaving a review of our show! We’re also on Facebook
Chris (aka Earth 2 Chris) co-hosts the Power Records Podcast with the esteemed Rob Kelly over at the Fire and Water Podcast feed! 

Next time: We catch up on feedback, and talk about the comic-related shows of the new fall TV season, including The Flash!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein commentary: A Special Halloween Fire and Water/Super Mates Crossover!!!

It's a special bonus podcast! Chris and his Power Records Podcast pal Rob Kelly jaw about one of their favorite flicks, Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein in a joint production between The Fire and Water Podcast and Super Mates!

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Super Mates Episode 16: The Wolf Man and Spider-Man vs. Werewolf by Night!

On our third trip to the House of Franklin-stein, Chris and Cindy are joined by their son Andrew to discuss his (and Chris’) favorite Universal Monster film, 1941’s The Wolf Man!

Lon Chaney, Jr. gives an iconic performance as the doomed Larry Talbot, the prodigal son who returns to his Welsh home only to stumble into a nightmarish world of ancient folklore and gypsy curses! When Larry intervenes to save a life, he is bitten by a wolf, or was it a werewolf? Will Larry convince his father, Sir John (played by Claude Rains) of his plight in time, or is his fate sealed? It’s Greek tragedy with rubber snouts and yak’s fur!!!

Then we rummage once again through our cobwebbed longboxes and dig out Marvel Team-Up #12, featuring Spider-Man and The Werewolf by Night! Our friendly neighborhood wallcrawler is on assignment in San Francisco when he stumbles upon a mad (and we do mean bat-crap crazy) plot involving Marvel’s favorite lycanthrope, Jack Russell, a handful of mind-controlled civilians, and the mysterious magician known as Moondark! Will Spidey survive? Will the Franklins? Listen on!

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Be sure to let us know what you think! Let your voice be heard! We’d love to read it aloud in an upcoming episode. Drop us a line in our comments section, or email us at supermatespodcast@gmail.com. If you're listening on iTunes, please consider leaving a review of our show! We’re also on Facebook!

Chris (aka Earth 2 Chris) co-hosts the Power Records Podcast with the esteemed Rob Kelly over at the Fire and Water Podcast feed! 

Next time: It’s our final trip into the House of Franklin-stein, as Chris, Cindy and returning son Andrew dish on the modern revamp of the classic monster rally films: 1987’s The Monster Squad! We’ll discuss Wolfman anatomy, how to successfully redesign classic monsters, and more! Plus, one final tie-in super hero/monster mash-up! It’s a Halloween blow-out!!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Super Mates Episode 15: Horror of Dracula and Batman vs. … Christopher Lee?


It’s our second trip to the haunted House of Franklin-Stein! This time Chris and Cindy Franklin tackle the Prince of Darkness with Hammer’s 1958 opus, Horror of Dracula! Christopher Lee is pure evil as the blood-sucking count, out for revenge against those who would dare oppose him. Peter Cushing is the screen’s best Van Helsing (don’t even TRY to argue about it), dedicated to ending his unholy reign of terror once and for all!

Then the Super Mates venture into the comics crypt for a look at Detective Comics #455. Batman and Alfred run afoul of a clever vampire, who bears a striking resemblance to a certain actor known for wearing fake fangs! It’s Batman’s Adventure in Hammer-Land! What did our intrepid couple think of it? Will Cindy poke stake holes through it?

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Be sure to let us know what you think! Let your voice be heard! We’d love to read it aloud in an upcoming episode. Drop us a line in our comments section, or email us at supermatespodcast@gmail.com. If you're listening on iTunes, please consider leaving a review of our show! We’re also on Facebook!

Chris (aka Earth 2 Chris) co-hosts the Power Records Podcast with the esteemed Rob Kelly over at the Fire and Water Podcast feed! 

Next time: It’s part three of The House of Franklin-Stein! Chris and Cindy are joined by their son Andrew to discuss the sad tale of their favorite Universal Monster….Larry Talbot, aka The Wolf Man!!! Grab your silver-headed cane and join the hunt!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Super Mates Episode 14: The Bride of Frankenstein and Superman vs. Dracula and Frankenstein


Welcome to the House of Franklin-stein! It’s part one of our blood-curdling horror series, where Chris and Cindy Franklin take a look at some of their favorite classic horror films, and comics featuring super heroes vs. legendary monsters!

First up is 1935’s masterpiece, Bride of Frankenstein! Boris Karloff returns as the monster, and he demands a mate! Colin Clive is back as reluctant Dr. Henry Frankenstein, forced to return to his mad experiments at the insistence of his own creation, and the devilish Dr. Pretorius. Both are after an Eve for the monster’s Adam. That’s where the Bride, played by Elsa Lanchester comes in! It’s a hair-raising, hissing film experience brought to you by the original master of the macabre, James Whale. Join the Super Mates for a lively discussion on Universal’s finest hour!

Then it’s off to the dusty longboxes, deep in the House of Franklin-stein to pull out Superman #344. The cover by Jose Luis Garcia Lopez (Praise Be His Name) promises a spine-tingling throw-down between the Man of Steel, the Prince of Darkness, and the Modern Prometheus. Does the actual story live up to the hype? It’s by Paul Levitz, Len Wein and Curt Swan…what do you think? 


Be sure to let us know what you think! Let your voice be heard! We’d love to read your comments in an upcoming episode. Drop us a line in our comments section, or email us at supermatespodcast@gmail.com. If you're listening on iTunes, please consider leaving a review of our show! We’re also on Facebook!

Chris (aka Earth 2 Chris) co-hosts the Power Records Podcast with the esteemed Rob Kelly over at the Fire and Water Podcast feed! 

Next time: It’s part two of The House of Franklin-Stein! Jump into blood-soaked color with Hammer’s Horror of Dracula! Christopher Lee is one bad-arse vampire, and Peter Cushing is so good as Van Helsing he makes Hugh Jackman cry! Plus, a super hero comic that ties into this movie in a very cool and unexpected way! Be there!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Super Mates Episode 13: Guardians, State of the Comic Book Movie, and Your Feedback!


In this episode, Chris and Cindy Franklin gush about the Guardians of the Galaxy, and that segues into discussion on the state of the comic book movie. Where they’ve been, where they are at, and where they are possibly going. Can Marvel Studios do no wrong? Is DC/WB finally getting on track? Will Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice shock and awe us?

Then it’s time to dig into the Super Mates Mail Bag for more feedback from you, our fantastic listeners! Topics include: How bad was that 70s Spidey TV movie? How evil were the Super Enemies? How right were the Justice Lords? Just who is Donna Troy, anyway? And, how does Cindy manage to poke holes in every airtight story she reads?

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Be sure to let us know what you think! Let your voice be heard! We’d love to read it aloud in an upcoming episode. Drop us a line in our comments section, or email us at supermatespodcast@gmail.com. If you're listening on iTunes, please consider leaving a review of our show! We’re also on Facebook!

Chris (aka Earth 2 Chris) co-hosts the Power Records Podcast with the esteemed Rob Kelly over at the Fire and Water Podcast feed! 

Next time: It’s part one of our Halloween Horror Series, The House of Franklin-Stein! Join us for discussion of the Universal Classic, The Bride of Frankenstein! Plus, one of your favorite super heroes takes on famous monsters!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Super Mates Episode 12: Who is Donna Troy? and San Diego Comic Con News


Cindy and Chris Franklin discuss some comic-related movie and toy news from the recent San Diego Comic Con, including the teaser trailer and other reveals for Batman v. Superman: The Dawn of Justice. Also some news on another possible DC hero coming to the screen (if you smell the magic word he may or may not be cooking) and some new merchandise from the soon-to-finally-be-on-DVD-and-BluRay 66 Batman TV series.



Then it’s off to the topic at hand; the classic story “Who is Donna Troy?” by Marv Wolfman, George Perez and Romeo Tanghal from New Teen Titans #38, Jan. 1984. Robin uses his detective skills to finally solve the mysteries of Wonder Girl’s buried past. It’s a private, personal story that stands out amongst all the great Titans tales spun during this monumental era. What did the Franklins think of it? Did Cindy use her mutant power to find a plot hole in this long-lauded tale? Listen and find out!


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Special thanks to Glen Cadigan for his excellent Titans Companion books from TwoMorrows, which is an invaluable resource on all things Titans!

Be sure to let us know what you think! Let your voice be heard! We’d love to read it aloud in an upcoming episode. Drop us a line in our comments section, or email us at supermatespodcast@gmail.com. If you're listening on iTunes, please consider leaving a review of our show! We’re also on Facebook!
 

Chris (aka Earth 2 Chris) co-hosts the Power Records Podcast with the esteemed Rob Kelly over at the Fire and Water Podcast feed! http://www.fireandwaterpodcast.blogspot.com/


Next time: The state of comic book movies; where we’ve been, where we are, and what’s to come. Plus, your feedback!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Super Mates Episode 11: Super Friends, Super Enemies, Justice League and Justice Lords!


Chris and Cindy squeeze a volcano and end up in a parallel world! Okay, they don’t do that, but Superman does, in the classic World’s Greatest Super Friends episode, “Universe of Evil”! Our Man of Steel must contend with some devil-worshipping Super Enemies, while his evil counterpart makes mincemeat out of our Super Friends. It’s childlike, nonsensical awesomeness!
Then the Super Mates get a little more serious and review the even more classic Justice League episodes, “A Better World, Parts 1 and 2”. Superman murders President Luthor? The Justice League takes over the world? Not quite, but the Justice Lords do, and they want to spread their order to our world (or the Justice League’s anyway). It’s the “evil universe” trope colored in very thought-provoking shades of gray!
Plus, has an evil twin invaded Super Mates HQ (in other words, our house)?
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Be sure to let us know what you think! Are you fans of Super Friends or Justice League? Do you have an evil twin? Let your voice be heard! We’d love to read it aloud in an upcoming episode. Drop us a line in our comments section, or email us at supermatespodcast@gmail.com. If you're listening on iTunes, please consider leaving a review of our show! We’re also on Facebook!

 
Chris (aka Earth 2 Chris) co-hosts the Power Records Podcast with the esteemed Rob Kelly over at the Fire and Water Podcast feed!

Next time: A classic, stand-out issue from a classic run; “Who is Donna Troy?” from New Teen Titans #38, by Wolfman and Perez!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Super Mates Episode 10: Spider-Man TV Pilot Film with Andrew Leyland


This episode, Chris and Cindy Franklin are joined by Andrew Leyland of such fine podcasts as Hey Kids, Comics!, The Fantasticast, and Palace of Glittering Delights to discuss Andy’s topic of choice; the 1977 Spider-Man TV pilot film!

Journey with Andy and the Super Mates on a free-wheeling trip back to the decade of polyester and see how the Spidey legend was reinterpreted through 70s eyes…and low TV budgets!

The trio explores the history of the series, and how it measures up to Spidey comics of the time, and contemporary comic-to-TV adaptations like Wonder Woman and the Incredible Hulk. Do they, as Andy would say “take the Mick out of it”? Or do they give it a radioactive thumbs up? Listen on True Believers!!!

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Be sure to let us know what you think! What did you think of this film, and the TV series? Would you like to hear more guests on the show? Let your voice be heard! We’d love to read it aloud in an upcoming episode. Drop us a line in our comments section, or email us at supermatespodcast@gmail.com. If you're listening on iTunes, please consider leaving a review of our show! We’re also on Facebook!



Chris (aka Earth 2 Chris) co-hosts the Power Records Podcast with the aforementioned Rob Kelly over at the Fire and Water Podcast feed! http://www.fireandwaterpodcast.blogspot.com/



Next time: Evil Twins episode! Super Friends: Universe of Evil and Justice League: A Better World!


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Super Mates Episode 9 - SM Mailroom: Feedback on 80s Toys, Batman, Star Trek and more!


Cindy and Chris play Santa Claus and read the letters and comments YOU have sent them. And just like the Jolly One, a lot of these letters are about toys…specifically our 80s Toys episodes. So there is even MORE discussion on great 80s toys like Super Powers, Secret Wars, G.I. Joe, Transformers, M.A.S.K., Masters of the Universe, Jem, Spectra and more!

Oh, and there’s talk of Batman, Star Trek, comics, movies and all sorts of stuff that geeks need to live! 


Thanks to everyone who has written in, and please…send MORE!!!   
 Let your voice be heard! We’d love to read it aloud in an upcoming episode. Drop us a line in our comments section, or email us at supermatespodcast@gmail.com. If you're listening on iTunes, please consider leaving a review of our show! We’re also on Facebook!

Chris' Deviant Art Page can be found here: Earth 2 Chris Deviant Art Gallery
Chris (aka Earth 2 Chris) co-hosts the Power Records Podcast with the aforementioned Rob Kelly over at the Fire and Water Podcast feed!


Next time, Cindy and Chris are joined by Andrew Leyland of Hey Kids, Comics! and the Fantasticast podcasts to discuss the 70s Spider-Man TV pilot movie! FUNKY!!!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Super Mates Episode 8: Batman by Alan Brennert - with Rob Kelly


In this very special episode, Chris and Cindy Franklin are joined by Chris’ friend and podcasting mentor, Rob Kelly! Rob is the co-host of The Fire and Water Podcast, the writer of the award-winning Ace Kilroy web strip, the editor and compiler of Hey Kids, Comics! True-Life Tales from the Spinner Rack, and one helluva nice guy to boot!

Rob and the Super Mates discuss three Batman tales penned by award-winning television writer and successful novelist, Alan Brennert. Brennert has only written a handful of comics in his career, but all are great gems, and his Batman tales are some of the character's best in his 75 year history.

“To Kill A Legend” from Detective Comics #500: Batman is offered a chance to save his parents in a parallel reality. But should he deny that world a Batman?

“Interlude on Earth-Two” from The Brave and the Bold #182: Batman finds himself mysteriously pulled to the alternate world of Earth-Two… a world where his counterpart has long been dead! He must strike an uneasy alliance with the Robin of that world to stop a vengeful Hugo Strange from destroying Gotham!

“The Autobiography of Bruce Wayne” from The Brave and the Bold #197: Shortly before his tragic death, the Batman of Earth-Two recalls how he came to marry the love of his life…his former foe, the Catwoman!

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Big thanks to Rob for stopping by for a very lively discussion! Be sure to check out Rob’s blogs and podcasts, starting at the Aquaman Shrine, with The Fire and Water Podcast. Do yourself a favor and sample the awesome webstrip that Rob co-created and writes, Ace Kilroy! And you, as a comic fan, owe it to yourself to own and love a copy of Hey Kids, Comics! True LifeTales From the Spinner Rack!



Be sure to let us know what you think! What did you think of these tales? Would you like to hear mor guests on the show? Let your voice be heard! We’d love to read it aloud in an upcoming episode. Drop us a line in our comments section, or email us at supermatespodcast@gmail.com. If you're listening on iTunes, please consider leaving a review of our show! We’re also on Facebook!

Chris (aka Earth 2 Chris) co-hosts the Power Records Podcast with the aforementioned Rob Kelly over at the Fire and Water Podcast feed! 

Next time, Cindy and Chris read YOUR comments on past episodes!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Super Mates Episode 7: Legends of Batman and Wonder Woman


In this episode, Chris and Cindy Franklin share two of their favorite comic book mini-series; The Untold Legend of the Batman by Len Wein, John Byrne and Jim Aparo, and The Legend of Wonder Woman by Kurt Busiek and Trina Robbins.

Batman is targeted for destruction by a foe who knows his every secret! The Darknight Detective must reexamine his own history to discover the shocking identity of this merciless tormentor before it is too late!

Listen as Chris and Cindy wade through flashbacks filled with Silver Age retcons, and question how long it takes to build a Batmobile! Plus, how does this thing REALLY end, anyway? It’s apparently open for debate…and they have one!

Then, on to Paradise Island, where Queen Hippolyta mourns the loss of her daughter in the Crisis on Infinite Earths. She gazes back through time to witness Wonder Woman’s battle with the evil Atomia and her subatomic world!

Our hosts delight at Robbins’ great Golden Age-inspired artwork, but bemoan the presence of the most irritating brat ever to grace the comic page…SUZIE!!!

So slide down the Batpole, hop in the Invisible Plane, and join us for a nostalgic trip, deep in the recesses of long boxes everywhere!

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Be sure to let us know what you think! What did you think of these two mini-series, or what’s your opinion on retcons and reboots like Crisis on Infinite Earths? Let your voice be heard! We’d love to read it aloud in an upcoming episode. Drop us a line in our comments section, or email us at supermatespodcast@gmail.com. We’re also on Facebook!

Chris (aka Earth 2 Chris) co-hosts the Power Records Podcast with the Esteemed Rob Kelly over at the Fire and Water Podcast feed! Check them out here:


Next time, Chris and Cindy are joined by Rob Kelly of the Fire and Water podcast to talk about some of the greatest Batman stories ever told, by writer Alan Brennert!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Super Mates Episode 6: 80s Toy Memories Part 2


Chris and Cindy Franklin dig deeper into their 80s toy box! Chris waxes poetically about his love for the be-all-end-all of DC toy lines, Kenner’s Super Powers Collection. Oh, yeah, he also mentions its “pretty-in-its-own-way” cousin, Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars. Cindy talks about My Buddy, and of course the conversation must touch upon his demon-spawn, Chucky!

But there’s more! You’ll get fond childhood memories of Care Bears, Transformers, and My Little Pony along the way. Chris laments how M.A.S.K. went Nascar, and Cindy says some truly, truly outrageous things about Jem!

This episode has more 80s goodness than a Trapperkeeper stuffed with a Flock of Seagulls!

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Be sure to let us know what you think! What are your favorite 80s toys? Let your voice be heard! We’d love to read it aloud in an upcoming episode. Drop us a line in our comments section, or email us at supermatespodcast@gmail.com. We’re also on Facebook!

Chris (aka Earth 2 Chris) co-hosts the Power Records Podcast with the Esteemed Rob Kelly over at the Fire and Water Podcast feed! Check them out here:


Next time, Chris and Cindy will discuss two legendary comic mini-series: The Untold Legend of the Batman, and The Legend of Wonder Woman!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Super Mates Episode 5: 80s Toy Memories Part 1


Journey with Chris and Cindy Franklin back to the decade of excess…excessively cool toys that is!

But first the happy couple does their geeky duty and Rap About Cap…Captain America: The Winter Soldier film! In this spoiler-free mini-review, both gush about how they love Chris Evans (for totally different reasons) and why you should run out to a theater and see this movie…after you listen to this episode of course!

Then on to the toys! From roided-up barbarians to fruit-scented dolls, it’s Part 1 of our 80s toy retrospective as Chris and Cindy recall childhood adventures with the Masters of the Universe, Barbie, Strawberry Shortcake, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Cabbage Patch Kids and more! How did Cindy’s mom manage to get a Cabbage Patch doll in 1983, and not get mobbed? What horrible fate befell Duke from G.I. Joe?

Listen and find out!

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Be sure to let us know what you think! What are your favorite 80s toys? Let your voice be heard! We’d love to read it aloud in an upcoming episode. Drop us a line in our comments section, or email us at supermatespodcast@gmail.com. We’re also on Facebook!
Chris (aka Earth 2 Chris) co-hosts the Power Records Podcast with the Esteemed Rob Kelly over at the Fire and Water Podcast feed! Check them out here:
http://www.fireandwaterpodcast.blogspot.com/


Come back next time for Part 2 of our trip to the age of Trapper Keepers! Super Powers, Care Bears, Secret Wars, My Buddy, Transformers, My Little Pony, M.A.S.K. and more await!