Cosmic Treadmill ep. 47 - Strange Tales #110 “Dr. Strange Master of Black Magic!”

July 9, 2017

Greetings, disciples of Vishanti! In this episode, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) delve into the Black Arts of comic book creation and read Strange Tales #110 from 1963, paying special attention to the first appearance of Doctor Strange, "Dr. Strange Master of Black Magic!" After some biographical information about a couple of fellas named Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, they break down every comic book story in the issue, focusing on the third tale about Doctor Stephen Strange. Then they detail the publishing history of Doctor Strange, and wrap up the creator biographies, with some additional examination of Steve Ditko, the man--and the perception! By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, I beseech thee listen to this episode!


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BREAK: Snippet of BBC program "In Search of Steve Ditko" by Jonathan Ross


Weird Comics History, Episode 8: The History of Charlton Comics, Part Two

July 6, 2017

​In this episode, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) dive into the lesser known history of Charlton Comics, from 1968 until its total demise in 1992. We'll learn about new Editor-in-Chief George Wildman and his assistant Nicola Cuti, who brought many innovations and new talent to Charlton's one-stop publishing process. We'll also learn about some new characters created for Charlton by some familiar names, and the ultimate fates of Charlton Comics' stable of superhero characters! You've hit the Bullseye with this one!



Back Issue #79 (April, 2015)

Comic Book Artist #9 (August, 2000)

Comic Book Artist #12 (March, 2001) Don Markstein’s Toonpedia

Modern Comics

Various Internet holes
Charlton Spotlight
Charlton Arrow and Charlton Neo
Charlton Comics: The Movie
TAGS: Charlton, Charlton Comics, comics history, comic books, 1970s, 1980s, George Wildman, Nicola Cuti, Connecticut, Santangelo, John Byrne, Joe Staton, Alex Toth, E-Man, Rog-2000

Weird Comics History, Episode 7: The History of Charlton Comics, Part One

July 5, 2017
This week Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) explore the little-known history of Charlton Comics, and explain why that information is little-known! First, they talk about the founders of Charlton, including their salacious beginnings and business philosophy. Then Chris and Reggie tell all about the working conditions at Charlton, which were infamously hysterical. Finally, we take a look at some of Charlton's most seminal creators, some of whom would have a long-lasting and profound impact on comics history! It's a great story that won't cost you anything, which is exactly how Charlton's owners would have wanted it.
Comic Book Artist Magazine #9, August 2000
History of Charlton Comics - Charlton the Movie ComicCon Panel:
Dick Giordano: Changing Comics One Day at a Time by Michael Eury
wikipedia and usual internet spelunking
Charlton Documentary
Charlton Neo
Tags: Charlton Comics, comic books, comics history, Dick Giordano, Joe Gill, Pat Musilli, Steve Ditko. Silver Age, Pete Morisi, Denny O'Neil, Steve Skeates, Roy Thomas, The Peacemaker, Blue Beetle, The Question​

Cosmic Treadmill ep. 46 - Savage Dragon #1 (1992)

July 2, 2017

This week, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) check out a third debut from Image Comics in 1992, The Savage Dragon #1 by Erik Larsen! After the usual creator and character bios, they go through every page of the inaugural issue, then discuss other iterations of the character as well as some more about the series--which continues today! To wrap up, our muckraking duo look at some of the contentious statements Erik Larsen has made over the years--and their contentious responses! It's an episode full of one-liners, smack talk, and declarations, and that's not even in the comic book!


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