Weird Comics History ep. 26 - Classic Comic Book Advertisements 2

March 27, 2018

Greetings, pulpophiles! In this episode, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) step back into the "between pages" of comic books, known as Classic Comic Book Advertisements, the Return! First, they'll detail the history and innovations of GRIT magazine, despite never having seen a copy. Then, they discuss Joe Orlando and his unforgettable ad for Sea Monkeys, as well as the dark secret behind these "instant" aquatic life forms...and it's not that they aren't monkeys. Finally, the impressionable hosts talk about two-dimensional toy soldiers, the ads that enticed them, and the man who drew two of the most memorable ones, Russ Heath! It's an episode jam-packed with commercialism, and you won't even have to pay C.O.D.

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REFERENCE SITES: grit.com, boards.straightdope.com, thortrains.net, the usual suspects

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 83 - Ghost Rider #7 (1990)

March 25, 2018

Good evening, riders! In this episode, agents of vengeance Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) check out a listener-requested comic published by Marvel Comics in 1990--Ghost Rider #7 by Howard Mackie and Mark Texeira! After the usual biographical information and a little background about the skull-faced biker himself, they dive right into the issue which includes Marvel Comics' version of Scarecrow. Then, they wrap up the story of Mr. Mackie and talk about some other characters of the Big Two that share the same name. It's more fun than hanging out on a Brooklyn rooftop, you don't want to miss it!

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Thanks to Wayne Boothe for the suggestion!

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 82 - Jim Nastics #1 (1984)

March 18, 2018

Salutations, dusty-fingered listeners! In this episode, cheapos Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) sift through the back of the quarter bin to bring you some independent entertainment on a budget: Redstone Comics' Jim Nastics #1, by Bill Mitchell and Alan Larsen, from 1984! After as much biographical information as could be found, and a look at the conditions that allowed this comic book to exist, they go through every page of this tense, Cold War-era drama. Then, our bouncing heroes turn the show over to our listeners, as they read YOUR keen finds in the darkened undertables of comic shops around the world. It's an episode so precious, you'll want to bag and board it!

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Thanks to the following folks for contributing!

Michael Alan Carlyle (@SonofCthulhu) from The Crapbox of Son of Cthulhu

Jeremiah Jones-Goldstein (@bigox737) from the Comics Comics Comics Blog

Chris (@btoandbatbooks) from The Batman Universe's Bat-Books for Beginners and Batgirl to Oracle Podcasts

Alex Martin (@martinalguy) who creates the cover-art for the Weird Science DC Comics Podcast

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Ryan (@CineCrisis) of the CineCrisis YouTube Channel

Professor Alan (@ProfessorAlan) of the Relatively Geeky Network and Quarter-Bin Podcast

Chris (@CharltonHero) curator of Super-Blog Team-Up and proprietor of the Super-Hero Satellite

Karen (@BTPBlog) from the Between the Pages Blog

Paul O'Conner (@LBoxGraveyard), writer of 4 Seconds from Thrillbent Comics and proprietor of Long Box Graveyard

Clinton Robison (@CoffeeComicsBlg) from the Coffee and Comics Podcast

Walt Kneeland (@waltkneeland) from Comic Reviews by Walt

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 81 - Ambush Bug Stocking Stuffer #1 (1986)

March 11, 2018

Greetings and Merry Christmas...in March? This week, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) dust off a "lost script" from last year and read Robert Loren Fleming and Keith Giffen's Ambush Bug Stocking Stuffer #1, published by DC Comics in 1986! After some information about the creators, our holiday cheerists dive into all forty pages of this comic. Then, after a vocal break, they'll describe every appearance of Ambush Bug, and a controversy that wound up shelving the character for more than fifteen years! This episode is like opening the biggest present on Christmas morn, only to find it full of spring-loaded snakes!

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BREAK: "Ambush in the Goldenrod" by New England Forests (neforests.com) https://youtu.be/b8eyYLxmff0

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 80 - Batman: Digital Justice (1990) w/ Bob Rozakis!

March 4, 2018

Power on, comics enthusiasts! In this episode, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) trip the LED light fantastic when they read the first all computer generated comic book, Pepe Merino's Batman: Digital Justice from 1990! After some biographical information and a quick aside about the first computer drawn comic book, our 'net-surfin' duo delve into this four chapter story of a dystopian future controlled by machines. Then, they talk about the manufacturing processes of comic books through the years, as a segue to an interview with one-time Production Director and comics creator, Bob Rozakis! It's more episode than could be contained on a CD-ROM, so sit back and enjoy the tale!

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Thanks again to Deron Murphree for the suggestion!

And special thanks to Bob Rozakis for agreeing to be on the show!

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Cosmic Treadmill, ep. 15 - Brave and the Bold #54 (1964)

March 1, 2018

The third (and final) part of our Teen Titans Medley finally gets its own upload.  Come along with us and meet the Teens who would become Titans, when we read The Brave and the Bold #54 from 1964.

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Originally aired in segment form during Weird Science DC Comics Podcast, Episode 93 (October 16, 2016).

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TAGS: Brave and the Bold, Teen Titans, Bob Haney, Bruno Premiani, Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Wonder Girl, 1964, Silver-Age, Cosmic Treadmill, DC Comics

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 79 - WCW: World Championship Wrestling #1 (1992)

February 25, 2018

Good evening, comics enthusiasts, and let's get ready to rumble! This week, the tag team comic book podcasters Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) dive into an extreme era of professional wrestling when they read Mike Lackey and Ron Wilson's WCW: World Championship Wrestling #1, published by Marvel Comics in 1992! After some biographical information about the creators--and wrestlers!--and a brief, but detailed, history of WCW, they head right into the squared circle and describe the blow-by-blow of this issue. Then they'll talk about other wrestling comics, wrestling in comics, and comics in wrestling! It's not over until someone taps out or gets thrown in a casket, so sit back and enjoy the ride!

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BREAK: WWF Promotional Consideration (1990) https://youtu.be/beYHrrMojJc

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Cosmic Treadmill, ep. 7 - New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract

February 22, 2018

Another week... another episode from the "completionist collection".  Hey, if you've never listened to Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 25 (and shame on you, if that's the case) this one's New To You!

Take a trip back with Reggie (@reggiereggie) and Chris (@acecomics) to the days when the Titans took in the traitorous Terra!  They run down all of her appearances leading up to her betrayal... and go longform on the Judas Contract event.  After that, they chatter on about Terra's legacy... and at least one of them pops a few blood vessels at the very thought that she'd ever be brought back.  Jokes on him, many times over by this point!

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TAGS: Tales of the Teen Titans, New Teen Titans, Judas Contract, Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Nightwing, Terra, Jericho, Deathstroke

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 78 - Avengers Spotlight #23 (1989)

February 18, 2018

Good evening, late-nite listeners! Heeeere's Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) bringing you another deep dive into a comic book, this one specially chosen by Aaron Anderson: Avengers Spotlight #23 from Marvel Comics! After the usual biographies for Howard Mackie, Al Milgrom, John Byrne and Kieron Dwyer, the Hollywood Kids read both stories contained in this issue--the second one of the first appearances of The Vision in his all-white look! Then they talk about an old rural discount chain from whence Aaron's issue derived, and wrap up with a list of superheroes that had arguably unfortunate changes to their standard costumes. Even one character that never really had a standard costume! It's a great show, ladies and gentlemen, we hope you'll tune in for the duration.

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Cosmic Treadmill, ep. 3 - New Teen Titans #38 (Who is Donna Troy?)

February 15, 2018

Happy belated Valentine's Day folks... today Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) deliver a gift in the form of... well, the gift Terry Long wanted to give to Donna Troy... namely, finding out just who in the world she is!

We know what you're thinking... "Didn't we already get this one as part of Teen Titans Medley?" and the answer is, yes.  Unfortunately one of your Cosmic Treadmillers is a bit obsessive about the numbering (we won't reveal which one), and so you're getting it all by its lonesome.  Join us for a half-hour and revisit this beloved classic story.

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Originally aired in segment form during Weird Science DC Comics Podcast, Episode 80 (July 17, 2016)

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TAGS: DC Comics, comics history, Marv Wolfman, George Perez, New Teen Titans, Wonder Girl, Donna Troy, Dick Grayson, Terry Long

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