Cosmic Treadmill ep. 75 - Superman: Grounded (2010-2011)

January 28, 2018

Greetings, groundlings! In this episode, perambulators Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) lace up their most comfortable walking shoes to read Superman #700-714 (2010-2011) by J. Michael Straczynski and Eddy Barrows (among others), better known as the Superman: Grounded story arc! After the requisite bios and an out-of-date contest offer, we'll stroll right into the tale, beginning with a prologue that appeared in the landmark anthology issue Superman #700. Then they detail every single issue until the end of this volume, and wrap up with some commentary from critics and creators alike! Make sure to stay hydrated while listening to this episode to avoid cramping!

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 74 - The One #1 (1985)

January 21, 2018

Zdravstvuyte, comics enthusiasts! In this episode, Cold Warriors Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) tackle a very complicated comic book miniseries that deals with an even more complicated twentieth geopolitical situation when they read 1985's The One #1 by Rick Veitch! After a quick creator bio and a high school history refresher, they'll push past nuclear nightmares and read all of The One #1, lending their special talents to the issue. After a break, they recap every other issue in the series, and close out the Cold War with some comic books inspired by that worldwide anxiety that might have been contemporaries of Rick Veitch's series! It's going to be apocalyptic!

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Weird Comics History, Episode 25 - Will Eisner

January 16, 2018

Artist, Educator, Businessman... Icon!

For this installment of Weird Comics History, Reggie (@reggiereggie) and Chris (@acecomics) discuss the life and times of one of comics' most enduring personalities, Will Eisner!  We explore everything from his childhood, to the foundation of the Eisner-Iger Studios, and even throughout his military service... learning that no matter what the scenario, Eisner and art went hand in hand.

SOURCES:
  • willeisner.com
  • Will Eisner: A Spirited Life by Bob Andelman (2005)
  • Will Eisner's Shop Talk (2001)
  • Eisner/Miller interview conducted by Charles Brownstein (2005)
  • Many interviews culled from Alter Ego magazine and around the web
 

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

  • Odd Facts. Tempo Star Books. 1975
  • A Contract with God. Baronet Books. 1978
  • Life on Another Planet. 1983
  • Comics and Sequential Art. 1985
  • New York: The Big City1986. ISBN
  • The Dreamer. 1986
  • The Building. 1987
  • A Life Force. 1988
  • Art of Will Eisner (2nd ed.). Kitchen Sink. 1989
  • To the Heart of the Storm. 1991
  • The Will Eisner Reader. 1991
  • Invisible People. 1993
  • Dropsie Avenue. 1995
  • Will Eisner Sketchbook, Kitchen Sink. 1995
  • Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative. 1996
  • The Princess and the Frog. 1996.
  • A Family Matter. 1998.
  • Last Day in Vietnam. 2000.
  • The Last Knight. 2000.
  • Minor Miracles. 2000.
  • Will Eisner's Shop Talk. Dark Horse Comics. 2001.
  • Fagin the Jew. 2003.
  • The Name of the Game. 2003.
  • Will Eisner's John Law: Dead Man Walking, IDW. 2004
  • The Plot: The Secret Story of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. WW Norton. 2005.

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TAGS: Will Eisner, Weird Comics History, History, Comic Books, The Spirit, Eisner-Iger, World War II, Golden Age Comics, Denis Kitchen, Kitchen Sink

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 73 - Fantastic Four #51 (1966)

January 14, 2018

Greetings, comic enthusiasts! In this episode, our sub-space explorers Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) examine a seminal issue in the legacy of Marvel Comics' First Family, issue #51 of Fantasic Four by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby! Including detailed bios of these titans of comic book history, they dive deep into the self-reflection and redemption of a character with no name in "This Man...This Monster!" Then, our literary duo discuss the nature of a tragic hero--and discuss some tragic heroes in comic books (with one special caveat)! It's an episode about humanity, that you won't want to miss if you're human!

Thanks to Aaron A for the book suggestion!

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 72 - Tales of the Teen Titans #50 (1985): The Life and Times of Terry Long

January 7, 2018

Here's your invite to the wedding event of the season! In this episode, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) examine one of the more unsettling characters in the DC Comics Universe, when they examine the life and times of Terrence Arthur Long, with a special concentration on his wedding to Donna Troy in Tales of the Teen Titans #50 by Marv Wolfman and George Perez! After the requisite creator bios, our ceremonial ushers detail every appearance of Terry Long leading up to the nuptials, then go through every appearance of his after the fact. They wrap up the episode with a look at other comic book weddings through the years! You'll want to make it to this episode on time!

Thanks to Jose Velez-Martinez for the suggestion!

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