Cosmic Treadmill ep. 116 - Action Comics Weekly: Green Lantern Part Three (1988/89)

November 18, 2018

Welcome back, comics enthusiasts! In this episode, our weary weekly warriors Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) continue their look at the Green Lantern stories included in Action Comics Weekly, tackling issues #624 to #635 from 1988 and 1989! Consisting of one long story written by Christopher Priest and drawn by M.D. Bright, our calendar-efficient pair tackle every sweet second of Hal Jordan's dalliance with Captain Atom, and his meeting a three-hundred year-old ring-bearer named Malvolio! It's the only time this character ever appeared in comic books, so you won't want to miss it!


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Cosmic Treadmill Special: Young Animal “Gatherum”, Episode 15

November 15, 2018

"Don't know what you've got, til it's gone" - A Disney Princess (we think)

It was with this flurry of episodes that Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) learned that the Young Animal imprint was going to draw to a close just three months later.  It was bittersweet news, to say the very least... but somehow, we managed to keep our will to live.

Today's discussions originally aired in segment form during the following episodes of the Weird Science DC Comics Podcast:

Episode 174 (05.06.2018) - Shade the Changing Woman #3

Episode 175 (05.13.2018) - Eternity Girl #3

Episode 176 (05.20.2018) - Cave Carson Has an Interstellar Eye #3

Episode 177 (05.27.2018) - Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #3

Episode 178 (06.03.2018) - Young Animal "Season Two" Halftime Report



Chris is on Infinite Earths, Episode 4: Justice League America #52 (1991) PLUS: The Story of Super-Blog Team-Up!

November 14, 2018

Yes... we're only four episodes in... it's another bwah-ha-ha book, but there's a special reason for that.  And really, that's not the meat and potatoes of this episode anyway.  This time out, Chris (@acecomics) is joined by another Chris... Chris Bailey (@Charlton_Hero) of the SuperHero Satellite who shares the origins of the Mighty Super-Blog Team-Up!

After Chris (the usual one) discusses his first offering to #SuperBlogTeamUp, Chris (the other one) shares his comic book "secret origin"!  From his early days, reading coverless comics that missed the trash can... to his introduction to the internet comics community. 

Then... the main event, from the germ of an idea of a blogging crossover, to what became the Super-Blog Team-Up!

All that... plus, a special announcement!  It's a great time... check it out!

(The Super-Blog Team-Up content begins at timestamp 21:04)


Super-Blog Roll Call (current and alumni):

SuperHero Satellite:

LongBox Graveyard:

Flodo's Page:

Silver-Age Sensations: no longer online

Chasing Amazing:

Bronze Age Babies:

Superior Spider-Talk:

Between the Pages:

Fantastiverse: no longer online


The Unspoken Decade:

The Daily Rios:

The Middle Spaces:

Mystery V-Log: no longer online

In My Not So Humble Opinion:

Ultraverse Network:

The Idol-Head of Diabolu:

Firestorm Fan:

Marvel Super-Heroes Podcast:

Legion of Super-Bloggers:

Too Dangerous For a Girl:

ITG Blogcast:

The Crapbox of Son of Cthulhu:

Coffee & Comics Blog/Podcast:

DC in the 80's:

Comic Reviews by Walt:

Back in the Bronze Age:

and, me... Chris is on Infinite Earths:



Chris' first Super-Blog Team-Up offering:

The Super-Blog Team-Up Archives (courtesy of LongBox Graveyard):


TAGS: Chris is on Infinite Earths, Justice League America, Keith Giffen, J.M.DeMatteis, Blue Beetle, Guy Gardner, DC Comics, #superblogteamup, #sbtu, Charlton_Hero, Chris Bailey


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 115 - Action Comics Weekly: Green Lantern Part Two (1988)

November 11, 2018

Greetings, Jordanites and Jordanettes! In this episode, anti-Apartheid protesters Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) continue their look at the Green Lantern parts of Action Comics Weekly from 1988-1989, this week covering issues #615 through #623, and Green Lantern Special #1 from 1988! Providing biographical information for creators along the way, our weekly warriors go through every page of these issues, lending their arguable vocal talents and commentary. It's another oft-forgotten chunk of Green Lantern history, you don't want to miss this!


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Cosmic Treadmill Special: Young Animal “Gatherum”, Episode 14

November 8, 2018

We enter the second month of Young Animal's "Season Two"... and it feels like the writing might already be on the wall.  In other news... we actually discuss an issue of Doom Patrol this time around!  Yay?

Um, yeah... about that... we don't usually break out the "colorful language" warning... but, here we be.

Today's discussions originally aired in segment form during the following episodes of the Weird Science DC Comics Podcast:

Episode 170 (04.08.2018) - Shade the Changing Woman #2

Episode 171 (04.15.2018) - Eternity Girl #2

Episode 172 (04.22.2018) - Cave Carson Has an Interstellar Eye #2

Episode 173 (04.29.2018) - Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #2 & Doom Patrol (vol.6) #11



Reggie’s Comics Stories ep. 3 - C.C. Beck: Preacher’s Son (2000)

November 7, 2018

Shazam, everbody! In this episode of Comics Stories, Reggie (@reggiereggie) reads an essay written by C.C. Beck, and published in the book Streetwise (edited by Jon Cooke and John Morrow, 2000), titled "Preacher's Son." It's a fascinating look at Beck's life and his mind, with lots of great anecdotes and few punches pulled. No stone is left unturned in this essay, here's hoping you all enjoy listening!



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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 114 - Action Comics Weekly: Green Lantern Part One (1988)

November 4, 2018

Greetings, Wednesday warriors! In this episode, ScienCell janitors Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) begins a multiple-part series on DC Comics Action Comics Weekly, published in 1988 and 1989, concentrating on the Green Lantern stories starring Hal Jordan! Featuring work by  Gil Kane, Christopher Priest, Peter David and Tod Smith–and therefore our ring-polishers provide biographical information for each of them. After explaining what this series is and how it came to be, our Oan tour guides pore over issues #601 through #614, exploring Hal Jordan's journey through life, love...and Oprah Winfrey? This is just the beginning of what will prove to be a lot of Green Lantern, you don't want to miss it!


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BREAK: "The Store That Refused to Sell Oprah a Handbag" from the Oprah Winfrey Show


Cosmic Treadmill Special: Young Animal “Gatherum”, Episode 13

November 1, 2018

Sniff, sniff... hey, this episode's got that "new season smell"!

That's right, folks... in the wake of Milk Wars, Young Animal finds itself with an unnecessary (and unearned) reboot!  All new number ones!  Don't worry, we don't play that game... this is still "episode 13" to us.

Today's discussions originally aired in segment form during the following episodes of the Weird Science DC Comics Podcast (they're all consecutive... makes ya feel pretty optimistic about the line when you omit Doom Patrol!):

Episode 166 (03.11.2018) - Shade the Changing Woman #1

Episode 167 (03.18.2018) - Eternity Girl #1

Episode 168 (03.25.2018) - Cave Carson Has an Interstellar Eye #1

Episode 169 (04.01.2018) - Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #1


TAGS: Young Animal, DC Comics, 2018, Shade the Changing Woman, Cave Carson Has an Interstellar Eye, Mother Panic: Gotham A.D., Eternity Girl, Marley Zarcone, Cecil Castellucci, Jon Rivera, Michael Avon Oeming, Jody Houser, Ibrahim Moustafa, Magdalene Visaggio, Sonny Lieu


Chris is on Infinite Earths, Episode 3: Bloodlines #1 (2016)

October 31, 2018

Bloodlines #1... from 2016?  Well if that seems like rather a random book to discuss here... you're not entirely off the mark.  Without this book, however, it's quite likely that this very podcasting "channel" would never have come to be!  You might consider this issue to be the gentle flapping of a butterflies wings, which ultimately led to over a hundred episodes (and counting) of the Cosmic Treadmill.

Join Chris (@acecomics) as he shares the genesis of his comics-podcasting "career", with many thanks to his friends over at Weird Science DC Comics.



That fateful Bloodlines post:

Chris's first appearance on a Podcast:

Review of Bloodlines #1 via Chris is on Infinite Earths:

TAGS: Bloodlines, DC Comics, J.T. Krul, V. Ken Marion, 2016, Loose Cannon


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 113 - ICP: Halls of Illusion #1 (2002)

October 28, 2018

What's up, ninjas! In this episode, Juggalos-in-training Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) check out the world of the Wicked Clowns when they read Insane Clown Posse: Halls of Illusion #1, published by Chaos! Comics in 2002! After some biographies for creators Jesse McCann and Gerardo Sandoval, they provide a detailed history of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope's often misunderstoof group. Then, they go through every page of the comic, with the usual throat-shredding panache. After a break, containing the song upon which the comic is based, the hatchet-swinging two close out their look at ICP, provide a brief history of clowns, and talk about other famous comic book clowns through history. Plus: a bunch of listener mail! It's better than catching a bottle of Faygo to the head, you don't want to miss it!

Thanks to Toby Hagen for the suggestion!


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