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!

Check out Dev Madan's work at http://www.devmadan.com/

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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TAGS: Marvelman, Miracleman, Marvel Comics, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Mark Buckingham, Todd McFarlane, Eclipse Comics, MasterMan, Mick Anglo, Emotiv, Scenes a Faire, uncopyrightability, Angela, Medievel Spawn, Cogliostro, Spawn, Man of Miracles, Grant Morrison, Joe Quesada

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 86 - Quantum and Woody #1 & #2 (1997)

April 15, 2018

Greetings, comics enthusiasts! This week, the original "Odd Couple"* Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) check out the first two issues of another mismatched pair of knuckleheads, Christopher Priest and M.D. Bright's Quantum and Woody from 1997! After the creator bios, they go through every pages of issues #1 and #2, chuckling all the way. There's also a history of how Acclaim Entertainment acquired Valiant Comics and created the line that would host this series, all the way to the company's eventual bankruptcy. Then, a list of some of Acclaim's not-so-acclaimed video games and poorly-planned marketing schemes! All that, plus some listener mail, it's more fun than a dungeon full of minibosses!

*Except for that other Odd Couple, the play by Neil Simon that was actually the original

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Weird Comics History, ep 28 - Exploring the Mysteries of Marvelman… Miracleman, Part Two

April 10, 2018

There comes a time when everybody has to leave home... and that's no different for our new friend Marvelman, who, during this episode makes the trek across the Atlantic, and starts getting published stateside by Eclipse Comics.  Not before a little tweak in his title though.

For their middle installment of Exploring the Mysteries of MarveREDACTED... let's try that again.  Exploring the Mysteries of MarREDACTED.  Hmm... okay, we'll do it their way... For this installment of Exploring the Mysteries of Miracleman, Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) discuss more growing pains than a house full of Seavers when they continue their long-form look at our Kimota-shouting hero.  This week they will set the stage for the domestic (if you live in the United States) arrival (and sorta-kinda revival) of Miracleman... and briefly discuss the remaining Alan Moore run as well as the still unfinished Neil Gaiman run.

Then... they start getting into the nitty-gritty, and really the "meat and potatoes" of any real Miracleman discussion... the rights!  Welcome to the story, Mr. McFarlane... hope you survive the experience!

Next week we will do our best to "tie a bow" on Miracleman, his story, and the creative forces all vying for ownership!

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TAGS: Alan Moore, Alan Davis, Rick Veitch, John Totleben, Chuck Beckum, Chuck Austen, Neil Gaiman, Mark Buckingham, Eclipse Comics, Cat Yronwood, Todd McFarlane, Beau Smith, Spawn, Hellspawn, Brian Michael Bendis

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 85 - Weird Western Tales #12 (1972)

April 8, 2018

Git along, little doggies! In this episodes, cowpokes Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) dip their toes into the genre of Western Comics, when they read DC Comics' Weird Western Tales #12 from 1972! Concentrating on the first story, "Promise to a Princess!" featuring Jonah Hex, they still give biographical information for each creator involved in this anthology comic book, and detail every story therein. Then, after a break, the intrepid frontiersmen look at the history of Jonah Hex, and then America's Old West in total. They wrap things up by dispelling some of the Old West's most enduring myths. This episode is more fun than firing a six-shooter at a plugged nickel, you don't want to miss it!

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BREAK: A clip from A Fistfull of Dollars, 1967

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Weird Comics History, ep. 27 - Exploring the Mysteries of Marvelman, Part One

April 3, 2018

You ever have a Dream of Flying?  Join Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) as they dive deep into the world of Marvelman.  From his humble beginnings as a British replacement for a certain Big Red Cheese, to the stories people actually care about (ie. those written by Alan Moore, er we mean "The Original Writer".

We will be sharing this crazy story over the next three installments.  This time around you will be introduced to the reasons behind Marvelman's creation, we'll introduce you to his creator Mick Anglo... and discuss the move from Silver Age silliness to cynical 80's grittiness (including a purposely brief synopsis of the WARRIOR Magazine run... because we really don't want to "spoil" that for our dear listeners).

It's a fun-filled hour of chatter... and we don't even get to the lawsuit yet!  The... other lawsuit... the other, other lawsuit.

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