Cosmic Treadmill ep. 95 - Creepy #1 (1964)

June 17, 2018

Ghoul evening, comics enthusiasts! In this episode, the cadaver-friendly duo of Chris (@AceComics) snd Reggie (@reggiereggie) examine a spooky offering: Creepy #1, produced in 1964 by Warren Publishing! After some information about James Warren and his company, they'll read every story in this trend-setting black-and-white horror anthology, providing biographical information about the creators along the way--putting special emphasis on "The Success Story" by Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson, including the true origin of that gory story. After a break, they'll wrap up the life of James Warren and his company, and then tell the tale of one Myron Fass, who also produced black-and-white comics magazines for his company, Eerie Publishing. It's a bone-chilling episode sure to keep you cool, just in time for Summer!

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 94 - Godzilla vs. Barkley #1 (1993)

June 10, 2018

Game on, comics enthusiasts! In this episode, fast breakers Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) take it to the key when they read Dark Horse Comics' Godzilla vs. Barkley #1 by Mike Baron and Jeff Butler from 1993! After some biographical information on the creators--and Charles Barkley and Godzilla--they dribble through every page of this humorous and possibly unfactual comic book. After a break, they continue to describe the illustrious careers of these characters, and provide a bibliography of every appearance of Godzilla in comics! It's a slam dunk of an episode, don't miss it!

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BREAK: A snippet from "The Making of Nike's Godzilla vs. Barkley," Scientific American Frontiers ep. 301, aired on PBS in 1992 https://youtu.be/IW36Vj9XzMY

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 93 - Kill Image #1 (1993)

June 3, 2018

Hello, revenge enthusiasts! In this episode not meant for young children, publisher assassins Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) read a decidedly mean comic from 1993, produced by Hart D. Fisher and Joe Duncan, Boneyard Press' Kill Image #1! After a history of Boneyard Press and the conditions surrounding the publication of this book, including the creation of Image Comics, our pair read the entire book and do a great job butchering the voices of actual people. After a break, they dive back into the salacious history of Hart Fisher--his lawsuits, his public beefs, and what he's up to now! This episode may test the boundaries of free speech--it certainly tests the boundaries of taste!

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BREAK: Hart D. Fisher on talk show Sally, hosted by Sally Jesse Raphael, 1993 (snippet, taken from Fisher's YouTube account)

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 92 - Silver Age: 80 pg. Giant #1 (2000)

May 27, 2018

Greetings, comics enthusiasts! In this episode, unlikely heroes Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) do their bit for the podcast crossover event #JLMAY2018 when they read DC Comics' Silver Age: 80 pg. Giant #1 by Mark Waid, Eduardo Barreto, and others! They run down the other issues in the series to set the stage for the grand finale, which tests their (lack of) voiceover skills to the limit! After a break, our raspy pair the other stories in this issue, including creator bios for all of them. To wrap up, a discussion of what the Silver Age was--in comics and in American history! It's a millennium event that you don't want to miss! Which means it isn't actually Millennium.

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 91 - Groo the Wanderer #1 (1982)

May 20, 2018

What ho, fair comics enthusiasts! In this episode, professional barbarians Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) indulge their wanderlust when they read Sergio Aragones' Groo the Wanderer #1, published by Pacific Comics in 1982! After a bio on Sergio and the issue's "translator" Mark Evanier, they dive right into the fray of the first issue, detailing every page. After a break, they come back to wrap up the info about the creators, then tell the history of Pacific Comics. Plus, a little etymology lesson on the word "barbarian!" All this, and a couple of nice reviews found on Stitcher. This episode is more fun than a tankard of mead, you don't want to miss it!

Thanks for J. Jones-Goldstein for the suggestion!

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 90 - Welcome Back, Kotter #1 (1976)

May 13, 2018

Hello, prime-time television enthusiasts! In this episode, Sweathogs Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) check out one of DC Comics' experimental titles from their mid-1970s "Explosion," when they read Welcome Back, Kotter #1 by Elliot S! Maggin and Jack Sparling from 1976! After the creator bios, and an explanation of the conditions that allowed such a comic book to exist, they do a complete read-through and make poor attempts at mimicking the character voices. After a break, our TV addicts talk about a few other television shows turned into surprisingly popular comic books, then talk about American television in the 1970s, and the conditions that allowed such a television show to exist. Plus, some listener mail--and some mixed news for the Treadmill clan. You won't need a laugh track to enjoy this one!

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 89 - Uncle Scrooge #1 (1952)

May 6, 2018

Ye cats, comic enthusiasts! This week, vocal bumblers Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) tackle the elephant-sized duck in the room when they read Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge #1 from 1952, written, drawn, and lettered by Carl Barks! After some biographical info about Barks, Disney, and Ducks, they go through the entire oversized issue, detailing Uncle Scrooge McDuck's first comic book appearance. Then, while capping off the monumental life of Carl Barks, they try to untangle the complex working of Disney comics--and name some of the colorful folks that got involved in licensing along the way! It's an episode that fans of Walt Disney and comics history won't want to miss!

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 88 - Young Heroes in Love #1 (1997)

April 29, 2018

Hello, comics enthusiast--do you come here often? In this episode, romantics Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) check out the wildly creative landscape of late 1990s comic books when they read Young Heroes in Love #1 by Dan Raspler and Dev Madan, published by DC Comics in 1997! After a look at the conditions and causes behind this "throw it at the wall, see if it sticks" era and some other earnest attempts of the time, they read the entire issue, which introduces the core characters of this series. Then, after a break, our legal eagles look at some other creator-owned properties published by the Big Two of comic books, and how these agreements have left a few of these characters virtually unusable. A bit of viewer mail and a thanks to the folks leaving iTunes reviews, and that wraps up this episode that will surely pull at your heartstrings!

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Scare Tactics, "Inhumanifesto" https://youtu.be/FwWRdEviw70

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 87 - Jungle Comics #2 (1940)

April 22, 2018

Salutations, noble comic book savages! In this episode, our intrepid explorers Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) plumb the depths of the dark interior of the African continent when they read Jungle Comics #2, published by Fiction House in 1940! They go through all nine(!) stories within the issues, providing creator bios and background information where applicable, with a special emphasis on the ninth story--the first appearance of the first female superhero, Fantomah by Fletcher Hanks! Then, after a break, the stalwart adventurers detail the life of Fantomah, and give a brief history of Fiction House, a seminal Golden Age comics publisher. You'll like the jungle so much, you'll never want to go back to Greystoke!

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BREAK: Promo for the JLMay 2018 Podcasting/Blog crossover event, we're going over DC Comics' Silver Age event from 2000!

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Weird Comics History, ep. 29 - Exploring the Mysteries of Miracleman (Marvelman), Part Three

April 17, 2018

Order in the court!  (Ham and Cheese)

For their final installment of "Exploring the Mysteries of Miracleman", your favorite legal eagles Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) don their long robes and powdered wigs and do their darnedest to figure out just who owns Marvelman!

They will discuss the wheelings and dealings of one Spawny fellow... and spend far too much time discussing the characters of Angela, Cogliostro, and Medieval Spawn... but they promise it all (mostly) fits the story.

Overall, it's an hour and change of audio likely to make you even more curious and confused about Marvelman, and just how his story finally "shook out".

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