Weird Comics History ep. 31 - The Direct Market, Part Two

September 25, 2018

Hello, investors! In this episode, rabid speculators Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggierggie) finish their talk about comic books' direct market, taking it from about 1988 until the present day! They talk about comic book collecting during a speculator's bubble, and how this affected distribution and the the operating companies when that bubble burst. Our armchair economists also look at Marvel's financial dealings during the period, including the fateful acquisition of Heroes World, and what really cause them to file for bankruptcy in 1997. It's not all doom and gloom, however, when they discuss how comic book retailers reinvented themselves as something more in the late 1990s and into the 21st Century. Plus: Anedcdotes and recollections of the period! After this episode, you should know enough about the crazy business of comic books to stay as far away from it as possible.

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 108 - Savage Combat Tales #1 (1975)

September 23, 2018

Face front, soldiers! In today's mission, Privates Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) dive into the life and work of the beloved editor, writer--and cartoonist!--Archie Goodwin, when they read Atlas/Seaboard Publishing's Savage Combat Tales featuring Sgt. Stryker's Death Squad #1 from 1975! With the usual biographical information about the artists, this episode contains a full run-down of Archie Goodwin's career, along with many quotes by the people that worked with him and the man himself. Plus, our troops detail every moment of this seminal war comic in the usual fashion! Be sure to enlist for listening to this episode right away!

Thanks to Kirk Spencer (@Big5Army) for the suggestion!

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Cosmic Treadmill Special: Young Animal “Gatherum”, Episode 7

September 20, 2018

Stop us if you've heard this one before... We have no Doom Patrol today.

Hmm, since that might just stop you from checking out this episode, please forget we said anything!

Okay, all joking aside... this episode features discussions/reviews of the other four Young Animal books (including a Mother Panic storyline that we... liked?!), which originally aired as segments on the following episodes of the Weird Science DC Comics Podcast:

Episode 125 (05.28.2017) - Mother Panic #7

Episode 127 (06.11.2017) - Shade the Changing Girl #9

Episode 128 (06.18.2017) - Bug! The Adventures of Forager #2

Episode 129 (06.25.2017) - Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #9

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TAGS: DC Comics, Young Animal, 2017, Shade the Changing Girl, Cecil Castellucci, Marley Zarcone, Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye, Jon Rivera, Michael Avon Oeming, Mother Panic, Jody Houser, Shawn Crystal, Bug! The Adventures of Forager, Lee Allred, Michael Allred, Laura Allred

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Weird Comics History ep. 30 - The Direct Market, Part One

September 18, 2018

Hello, comics enthusiasts! In this episode, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) tackle a subject they've been meaning to cover since the very beginning: the comic book industry's direct market! In part one of two, they'll cover the dirty beginnings of newsstand distribution, and how it developed through the 20th Century. They'll talk about some of the big figures in early comics fandom, and the developing aftermarket that developed around comic book collection. This will lead them to discuss Phil Seuling, the first to directly distribute comics from the publisher to retailers and collectors, and that business would continue and expand in interesting ways, which are covered in great detail. At the end, they leave things off just when things are about to get hot—and comic book distribution will get really, irrevocably weird!

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 107 - American Honda Presents DC Comics’ Supergirl (1984)

September 16, 2018

Hello, safety enthusiasts! In this episode, traffic coordinators Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) learn they'd better click it or get a ticket when they read the PSA comic book American Honda Presents DC Comics’ Supergirl from 1984! After biographies for the creative team, including the legendary Joe Orlando and Angelo Torres, they break down every weird, dream-like beat of the issue. Then, after a break, the buckle up buddies detail the history of the seatbelt. And finally, they get through some listener mail, after way too long! Listening to this episode could reduce your liability insurance by ten percent, you won't want to miss it!

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BREAK: Crash Test Dummies PSA "Locker Room" (1988)

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Cosmic Treadmill Special: Young Animal “Gatherum”, Episode 6

September 13, 2018

Hellooooooooooooo Animals!

We've got a big episode for this installment of the Young Animal Gatherum... not only do we have an issue from ALL FOUR of our ongoings, we're also launching the first Young Animal miniseries... Bug! The Adventures of Forager

These five reviews originally aired in three segments during the following episodes of the Weird Science DC Comics Podcast:

Episode 121 (04.30.2017) - Mother Panic #6 & Doom Patrol #6

Episode 123 (05.14.2017) - Shade the Changing Girl #8 & Bug! The Adventures of Forager #1

Episode 124 (05.21.2017) - Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #8

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TAGS: DC Comics, Young Animal, 2017, Doom Patrol, Gerard Way, Nick Derington, Shade the Changing Girl, Cecil Castellucci, Marley Zarcone, Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye, Jon Rivera, Michael Avon Oeming, Mother Panic, Jody Houser, Shawn Crystal, Bug! The Adventures of Forager, Lee Allred, Michael Allred, Laura Allred

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 106 - Captain N: The Game Master #1 (1990) + A History of Valiant Comics

September 9, 2018

Ready player one: start! In this episode, gamers Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) dive into the weird world of Videoland when they read Captain N: The Game Master #1, published in 1990 by Valiant Comics! After a brief look at the history of video games and Nintendo, our Italian plumbers read all four stories in the issue, providing creator biographies whenever it "seems" applicable. After a short break, the guys return to provide an exhaustive history of Valiant, thanks to exhaustive research by Ryan McLelland, and talk about some of Nintendo's less popular innovations. It's more fun than you can shake a joystick at, and you won't even need to put your quarters up!

Read Ryan McLelland's full article about Valiant at http://2guys1review.com/2017/02/08/rise-fall-resurrection-valiant-comics/

Read the rest of Randy Studdard's treatise at http://www.nintendoplayer.com/feature/the-man-behind-captain-nintendo/

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BREAK: Captain N: The Game Master television intro (NBC, 1989)

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Cosmic Treadmill Special: Young Animal “Gatherum”, Episode 5

September 6, 2018

Greetings Young and Animalistic ones!

This week's episode... kinda like a unicorn and bigfoot all wrapped into one, Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) will be discussing ALL FOUR Young Animal books!  PLUS: Our first "State of the Imprint Address" wherein data is crunched and cancellation fears begin to raise their ugly head!

These Segments originally aired on the Weird Science DC Comics Podcast, on the following episodes:

Episode 116 (03.26.2017) - Mother Panic #5 & Doom Patrol #5

Episode 118 (04.09.2017) - Shade the Changing Girl #7

Episode 119 (04.16.2017) - "State of the Imprint Address"

Episode 120 (04.23.2017) - Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #7

Next Week:  All four books again... PLUS, the debut of Bug! The Adventures of Forager

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TAGS: DC Comics, Young Animal, 2010s, 2017, Doom Patrol, Gerard Way, Nick Derrington, Shade the Changing Girl, Cecil Castellucci, Marguerite Sauvage, Mother Panic, Jody Houser, Shawn Crystal, Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye, Michael Avon Oemine, Jon Rivera

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 105 - Marvel Comics’ Age of Apocalypse Part Six: X-Men Omega #1 & X-Men Prime #1 (1995)

September 2, 2018

It's the dawn of a new day, comics enthusiasts! In thie episode, time-jumpers Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggeireggie) conclude their six(!) part look at Marvel Comics' 1995 X-Men event, Age of Apocalypse, when they read X-Men Omega #1 by Scott Lobdell, Mark Waid and Roger Cruz! After some quick biographical recap, they detail every moment of this show-stopping conclusion, providing context wherever available. Not content to leave things there, our Doctors Who then go over X-Men Prime #1 by Scott Lobdell, Fabian Nicieza, and...many talented artists. After some post-Apocalyptic biographies for event architects Lobdell and Nicieza, our pair discuss the fallout from this "self-contained" event, and share their personal thoughts about it--one having read it for the first time for this podcast, the other having bought it as it came out in 1995! We bet you can guess which is which. Listen in to find out if you're right!

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Cosmic Treadmill Special: Young Animal “Gatherum”, Episode 4

August 30, 2018

Stop us if you heard this one...

Welcome to a Doom Patrol-less installment of the Young Animal Gatherum!  No worries though, we've got the rest of the line-up to keep us company... a couple of 'em twice!

These segments originally aired on the Weird Science DC Comics Podcast, on the following episodes:

Episode 111 (02.19.2017) - Mother Panic #3 & Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #5

Episode 113 (03.05.2017) - Shade the Changing Girl #6

Episode 114 (03.12.2017) - Mother Panic #4

Episode 115 (03.19.2017) - Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #6

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