Cosmic Treadmill ep. 37 - RoboCop vs. The Terminator #1 (1992)

April 30, 2017

This week, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) do their best to save humanity from the coming robot war when they read RoboCop vs. The Terminator #1, published by Dark Horse Comics in 1992! First, they'll provide some background information on creators Frank Miller and Walter Simonson, then they talk about the two science-fiction films that justified this crossover. After reading the comic book, our time-addled duo look at the rest of this miniseries, as well as the many films, television shows, video games and further comics spawned by each robot-themed franchise. You have all the time you'd like to take TO COMPLY!

Thanks to Ryan Douglas for the pick!


BREAK: Epic Rap Battles of History - Robocop vs. The Terminator


Cosmic Treadmill, ep. 21 - Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane #106

April 27, 2017

By special request of Toby Hagen from, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) read Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #106 cover dated November, 1970, a story titled "I Am Curious (Black)!" In the comic book, Lois Lane turns African-American for 24 hours, and in the podcast, Chris and Reggie fumble through the issue and a partial history of black representation in comics. It's unclear as to which one is more cringe-worthy!



TAGS: Lois Lane, Superman's Girl Friend, I Am Curious (Black), African-Americans in comics, Robert Kanigher, Vince Colletta, Werner Roth, DC Comics, history, comics history, Black Like Me, civil rights, 1960s


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 36 - New Warriors #1

April 23, 2017

This week, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) read the first issue of that team of teens with 'tude, The New Warriors from 1990, written by Fabian Nicieza and drawn by Mark Bagley! After the usual biographies, they go through every page of the issue, then continue the story with rough breakdowns of all five volumes with the same title. Then, after completing the creators' bios, the guys talk a little about the direct market and rampant comic books speculation prevalent when The New Warriors #1 was released. Plus: listener mail! You won't want to miss this episode, which should be immediately bagged and boarded with a minimum of handling.

This issue picked by Wayne Boothe



Cosmic Treadmill, ep. 24 - Spectacular Spider-Man #226 (1995)

April 20, 2017

It's a mind-bending episode as Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) read through issue 226 of Spectacular Spider-Man and try to untangle the mysteries of Spider-Man's Clone Saga! After some creator bios and back story, they do their best to detail the events of the Clone Saga and the drama behind the scenes that nearly spun it out of control. Plus: Spidercide, for no particular reason! You'll want to have your Carrion Virus to hand for this one.



Snippet from Superior Spider Talk #10: Amazing Friends w/ Tom DeFalco



TAGS: comic books, comics, history, Spider-Man, Clone Saga, Tom DeFalco, Ben Reilly, Scarlet Spider, Bob Budiansky, Bob Harras, Kaine, Marvel Comics, 1990s, comics speculation


Cosmic Treadmill, ep. 22 - Youngblood #1 (1992)

April 17, 2017

Happy 25th Birthday Youngblood (and Image Comics)!

In this episode, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) dip into the best example of the comic book industry's EXTREME! period and read Youngblood #1 by Rob Liefeld! Both stories in this flip book get dissected, examined and voiced by the diligent Cosmic Treadmill team, even the parts that they didn't understand. They also detail the life and times of Rob Liefeld, and provide a complete history of the Youngblood property, from its first secret sighting that precedes this issue, all the way up! It's gonna be a teeth-gritting, air-squatting trip back to those aggressive 1990s.


BREAK CLIP: 501 Jeans commercial featuring Rob Liefeld, directed by Spike Lee

TAGS: comics, comic book history. Youngblood #1, Rob Liefeld, Image Comics, Extreme Comics, Hank Kanalz, Dan Fraga, 1990s, comic book speculation, Marvel, New Mutants, Deadpool, Cable, Badrock


Keywords: Comics, Comic Books, Comic Book Podcast, Comics Podcast, Batman, Superman, DC Comics, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Podcast, Comic Book, superhero, superhero podcast, DCU, DC YOU, dc rebirth, dc comics rebirth, batman rebirth, superman rebirth, green arrow rebirth, green lantern rebirth

Cosmic Treadmill ep. 35 - New Teen Titans Drug Awareness PSA

April 16, 2017

In this very special episode of the Cosmic Treadmill, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) read through 1983's The Keebler Company Presents DC Comics’ the New Teen Titans by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez! After some in-depth creator bios, our sober duo examine the first, second and third New Teen Titans comic books created specifically for 1980s anti-drug programs. Later, they look at the history of drug abuse prevention in America and explore the secret origin of First Lady Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" campaign. After detailing the Peculiar Tale of the Protector, Chris and Reggie talk about some other comic book PSAs about a variety of uncomfortable topics! Tune in and get high...on podcasts!


BREAK AUDIO: DC Comics' Marketing Video for Anti-Drug Campaign Licensing

Check out Chris' reviews for all three New Teen Titans' PSAs!


Weird Comics History, Episode 19: Classic Comic Book Advertisements

April 13, 2017

In this episode, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) will teach you how to kill a man with one touch, become the life of any party, and pull six cars for one mile using only your neck! We'll go over some seminal comic book ads and detail the lives of novelty purveyor S.S. Adams and bodybuilder Charles Atlas. Then, a brief discussion about comic book advertising, and why we don't really see it anymore! Have some scissors ready to clip those mail-in coupons!

The Deadliest Ads Alive! A History of Martial Arts Ads in Comic Books by Dan Kelly, 2012, Hogan’s Alley Publishing
Life of the Party:A Visual History of the S.S. Adams Company Makers of Pranks & Magic for 100 Years by Kirk Demarais, 2006, S.S. Adams LLC S.S. Adams Co.
Charles Atlas: The Man, the Myth and the Muscles by David Baines, 2014 Birch Tree Publishing Charles Atlas

BREAK: "The Man Who Knew Charles Atlas"; Rich Alcott interviews Matou Panagopolous

TAGS: comic books, comics history, karate, judo, Count Dante, Dim Mak, S.S. Adams, novelties, dribble glass, joy buzzer, Charles Atlas, hero of the beach, bodybuilding, vaudeville, strongman


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 34 - Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters Book One

April 9, 2017

This week, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) set their sights on Mike Grell's 1987 revamp of Oliver Queen, Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters Book One! They'll do the usual creator biographies and provide a detailed history of the character Green Arrow. Then they read the entire issue, complete with historical background for the city of Seattle and some other references, and continue on to describe the other two books in this prestige-format series! After the break, the fellas go beyond The Longbow Hunters and follow Green Arrow until today, as well as complete the biographies. And to finish up, Reggie and Chris dissect that most daunting of comic book mysteries: time and continuity! It's a gritty reimagining of the Cosmic Treadmill you won't want to miss!

This issue was selected by the folks over at Warlord Worlds



DC in the 80's 2-part interview with Mike Grell

Comic Book Artist #8, 2000, TwoMorrows Publishing


Cosmic Treadmill, ep. 25 - Teen Titans Medley

April 6, 2017

This week, Reggie (@reggiereggie) didn't finish his Weird Comics History script on time, so instead we offer what we call Chris' Podcasting Classix, and present episodes previously recorded as part of the podcast--two of which are of unique personal interest to Chris (@AceComics)! We've got the first appearance of the Teen Titans in Brave and the Bold #54 (1964), then "Who is Donna Troy?" from New Teen Titans #38 (1984), and finally Tales of the Teen Titans Annual #3 (1984) which also includes an overview of the landmark story "The Judas Contract" and some details about the character Tara "Terra" Markov! It's a Titan-riffic episode--and it's longer than most, so bring plenty of snacks before listening to this one!


BONUS: A collection of Chris' ruminations on "The Judas Contract" on his blog, right here!

TAGS: Comic books, history, DC Comics, Teen Titans, Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Bob Haney, Ross Andru, Brave and the Bold, Tara Markov, Terra, Deathstroke, the Judas Contract, Donna Troy, Dick Grayson, 1980s


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 33 - Animal Man #5

April 2, 2017

In this episode, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) break outta 'Toon Town and read Animal Man #5 from 1988! First, they provide biographical information about the book's creators, and after the issue they talk about the many lives...and deaths if Animal Man afterwards. To wrap-up, they discuss other comic book characters known to break the fourth wall, including one that literally broke it! You'll feel addressed directly with this episode!