Meanwhile…Take some time this week to remember your original happy hour: Saturday mornings as a kid, waking up at dawn, jumping on the couch with a bowl of chocolate cereal, turning on the ‘toons, tuning out the outside world and working your way into a sugar hangover before noon. This week we’re going straight to the wild wild west to celebrate the first comic book hero (or “dime novel” hero if you want to be a dick about it): cowboys and the emergence of the American Western hero in pop-culture. When did it start, where did it go & how does it still influence the pop culture that we celebrate today? To help us hop-a-long this old western train of thought is director, Timothy Woodward Jr (Traded, Weaponized) to discuss the release of his latest old west hero pic Hickok (Available NOW on Amazon & UltraHD) staring Luke Hemsworth.

James Butler Hickok, better known as “Wild Bill” Hickok, was a real life folk hero of the American Old West. Best known as a gambler & gunfighter, something happened to Wild Bill that catapulted him from mere man to a Western Legend. Yes, there’s a real story behind Hickok, but we don’t much care about that because if there’s one thing that years of watching westerns has taught us… When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.

From oral storytelling to ballads written in scrolls, printed in dime novels & comic books, or shown in TV & movies, the “hero” has always satisfied our archetypal wish fulfillment. Where heroes like Hercules, Perseus, King Leonidas once stood, the heroes of the America Old West Hickok, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Lone Ranger, Zoro now rode & would eventually step aside for the super heroes of today. Yes, that includes Saturday morning TV… Hosted by Grim Shea & Marke. mattypradio.com

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