Cosmic Treadmill ep. 100 - Marvel Comics’ Age of Apocalypse Part One: X-Men Alpha #1 (1995)

July 22, 2018

Hello, dwellers of an alternate dystopian future! In this Giant-Size episode, dimension-shunters Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) check out Marvel Comics crossover so big, they'll need multiple parts to get through it! It's Age of Apocalypse, part one, specifically dealing with 1995's X-Men Alpha #1 by Scott Lobdell, Mark Waid, Roger Cruz and Steve Epting! After laying down some substantial story groundwork, our pair dive right into biographies for all four creators that are directly involved in X-Men Alpha #1! After dissecting that issue to the last panel, our guys are pretty tuckered out, so they table further apocalyptic events until the next episode! You won't want to miss the first installment of this dimensionally-sneaky series!

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 99 - American Splendor #1 (1976)

July 15, 2018

Heya, fellow comics enthusiasts! In this episode, everymen Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) do a little gazing at someone else's navel when they read Harvey Pekar's American Splendor #1 from 1976! After some biographical information, peppered with lots of quotes from the subject himself, our pair go through every story in this 52-page anthology, providing information on all of the contributing artists (including Robert Crumb) as they go. Then, after a break, our eavesdroppers discuss the details and impact of American Splendor, and wrap up the life of Harvey Pekar as well. It's an episode packed with the mundanity of life, you don't want to miss it!

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BREAK: Harvey Pekar on Late Night with David Letterman, July 31, 1987 (snippet)

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 98 - Nightwing #93 (2004)

July 8, 2018

Hello! In this episode, our caring and compassionate comics readers Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) tackle an uncomfortable subject when they read Devin Grayson and Patrick Zircher's Nightwing #93, published by DC Comics in 2004! After some biographical information and a little place-setting, the duo use their vocal stylings to read the entire issue. Then they look at the ciritical reaction to the book and some background information on Devin that might help explain--or illuminate the reasoning behind some of these story choices. After that, our rabble-rousers talk about some other coordinated fan responses to the comic book industry. And then some listener mail! It's a jam-packed episode that you may listen to only consensually.

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 97 - Young Romance #1 (1947)

July 1, 2018

Hello, romanticizers of four-color funnybooks! In this episode, love doctors Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) tackle the mysteries of love, when they read the first romance comic book ever published: Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's Young Romance #1 from 1947! After the needed run-down on Jack and Joe, our heartstrong pair discuss the conditions that created the romance comic, and then read all four (or five?) stories contained within the first one--with special emphasis on "The Plight of the Suspicious Bridegroom" and its unconvential storytelling device. Then, after an informative break, our duo talk about other romance comics and why they practically vanished in the 1970s. All this, and some listener mail! This episode will surely make you swoon!

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BREAK: Coronet Presents "Are You Popular?" (1947) snippet  https://youtu.be/nyEo6hHnoq4

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 96 - Excalibur #1 (1988)

June 24, 2018

Cheerio, comics enthusiasts! In this episode, Anglophiles Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggie) head over to jolly old England when they read Chris Claremont and Alan Davis' Excalibur #1, published by Marvel Comics in 1988! After introducing the creators and the team of muties, they go through the entire issue, mangling all sorts of accents along the way. After a break, the blokes wrap up Claremont's and Davis' biographies, and then tell the tortured tale of Marvel's European publishing arm for many decades, Marvel UK! This episode is more filling than a steak and kidney pie, you don't want to miss it!

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BREAK: snippet of "Common British English Expressions" by ETJ English https://youtu.be/A6yqru8vdLw

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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!

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