The Samurai Prince

Meet Mateo Henley, one of Tampa's best MCs and the frontman of Samurai Shotgun. Of course, he loves comics. You're getting 5.1 answers from him starting now.

The Samurai Prince

Posted by Mateo Henley | July 19, 2017 | Featured, Special Guests
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Mateo Henley, a.k.a Prince Golden, is an Ohio born MC, who has called Tampa home since 2005. Not only is he one of the more respected MCs in Tampa, but he is also the lead of a nationally up-and-coming rock group, Samurai Shotgun.

This comic book head doesn’t collect anymore, but Mateo still haunts all the comic book movies and loves the action at MegaCon and ComicCon. He’s a self proclaimed “Marvel man” and has been since the age of six, when an older cousin introduced him to the world of comics. We got him to answer five out of the six questions we had for him; you’ll see what we’re talking about when you get to the end.

Without further ado: Prince Golden!

What comics did your cousin introduce you to when you were younger?

My cousin introduced me to Spawn and X, along with some other Image and Dark Horse comics.

I dug Spawn a lot, him being a black superhero—or anti-hero, if you will. At that time there weren’t too many big, black superheroes, and I like how it took a darker approach.

I dug Spawn a lot, him being a black superhero—or anti-hero, if you will. At that time there weren’t too many big, black superheroes, and I like how it took a darker approach.

X of Dark Horse gave me the same feeling; it’s darker and bloody with the whole anti-hero story.

Did you have a regular comics spot growing up? If so, tell us about it.

Oh man! I can’t remember most of the spots where I picked up comics, but the first one I ever went to was called Mullberry Lane [now closed] on the east side of Columbus, OH. It was a super small shop, but that’s where I got X-Men, Ghost Rider, Savage Dragon, and more. I’d ride my bike there sometimes or stop by after school and see what new comics they had.

What draws you to Marvel over DC?

Once I saw X-Men, I was sold. I explored the whole Marvel universe as much as I could, with trading cards, cartoons, and toys. I just always thought Batman and Superman were “ok.” No diss against DC!

Now that I’m older, its funny to see that both companies (basically) have many of the same characters and powers.

Do you have a favorite character, or group? Why do they appeal to you?

Hmm, that’s a tough one.

I’ll have to say X-Men just because I was so into them and so many of the members had drama and backstories that all intertwined.

Most of them had a really rough past, and that happens in real life to real people. Of course, they’re mutants, and it’s in comics; so, it may be rougher at times than real life.

Most of them had a really rough past, and that happens in real life to real people. Of course, they’re mutants, and it’s in comics; so, it may be rougher at times than real life.

Have comics ever influenced your music? If so, how?

Yes, for sure, comics have had a big influence in my music, along with anime. My band Samurai Shotgun has a song called “Sabretooth,” and, yep, you guessed it, it’s about the Marvel villain. That’s the first time I wrote a whole song about a comic character, and it was fun.

The mention of comics will never stop in my music. [Laughs]

What is your favorite comic that you own? Why?

That’s another tough question. [Laughs] I will have to get back to you in the future on that one.

[Editor’s note: When Mateo gets back to us in the future (which we can only assume will happen via DeLorean), we’ll update this post. Until then, let’s start rumors on why he won’t share which of his comics is his favorite. We’ll go first: Mateo, a humble guy, didn’t want to answer this question because he owns an Amazing Fantasy #15.]

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Listen to the comic book inspired song, Sabretooth by Samurai Shotgun.

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