Weird Comics History, Episode 11: Who is Arnold Drake?

June 29, 2017

Reggie (@reggiereggie) and Chris (@AceComics) decided to re-release their three-part biography of prolific author and co-creator of the Doom Patrol, Arnold Drake! They'll go through his entire life: the innovation, the controversy, and ultimately his recognition as one of the most important comics creators of his generation. If you missed it, here's your chance to catch up! And if you've already listened to these segments, check 'em out all stitched together in single episode format and relive those wonderful memories from late May 2016!

TAGS: Arnold Drake, Doom Patrol, Bruno Premiani, DC Comics, It Rhymes With Lust, Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadman, Jerry Lewis, Bob Hope, Bob Haney, Silver Age, comics, comic books, history, comics history



Cosmic Treadmill ep. 45 - Superman #70, 1992

June 25, 2017

Good evening! In this episode, children of the night Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) investigate a comic book about vampires--Superman vol. 2 #70 from 1992 by Dan Jurgens! After a bibliography of our man Dan, they discuss the secret and not-so-secret origins of Superman before diving into a brief run-down of the issue that preceded this, Man of Steel #14, and then digging coffin-deep in their inimitable style for Superman #70! Later, there's a history of vampires and other great Superman/Robin team-ups throughout DC Comics history. No can hear you scream, in the dark, in the enjoy this episode undisturbed!


Chris' written review of the issue!

BREAK: A Superman toy commercial from the 1990s...forgot the details


Weird Comics History, Episode 15: Piranha & Paradox Press

June 22, 2017

Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) bring you another classic episode from way back when Weird Comics History was a segment of the Weird Science DC Comics Dot Com Podcast! This combines two parts from episodes 76 and 77 of that podcast, and they're all about DC Comics' first imprints meant to appeal to independent creators: Piranha Press and Paradox Press! These are relevant to Underground Comix in that it was another venue for people to showcase their non-superhero work, and of course some of the lessons learned from these imprints would be applied to Vertigo later on. So consider this your extra credit work!



Cosmic Treadmill ep. 44 - Gen13 #13a, 13b, and 13c

June 18, 2017

Greetings, mallrats and skate betties! This week, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) dive into a trio of comic books from 1996, all with the same issue number. It's Gen13 issues #13a, #13b and #13c by Jim Lee, Brandon Choi and J. Scott Campbell! After the usual creator bios and background information, they delve into and provide voices for each of these issues, detailing the origins of all featured characters as well as other "valuable" information about their first appearances. After a break, the two wrap up the Gen13 series and other relevant creator info, then talk about some of their favorite gimmick covers from that period in comics history known as the Chromium Age! You're going to want two copies of this episode--one for listening to and the other for bagging and filing away!

BREAK: Trailer from the Gen13 animated movie by Paramount Pictures and WildStorm


Weird Comics History, Episode 10: Marvel’s U-Decide Stunt (2002)

June 15, 2017

This week Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) talk about one of the truly weirdest publishing gimmicks in comic book history, Marvel Comics' "U-Decide" stunt from 2002! Beginning with a discussion about the changing of Marvel's executive board and the conditions that caused this bizarre three-way wager, we'll learn about the three personalities involved in the U-Decide comics, what those comic books contained, and list the actual sales figures to determine the outcome of this bet. It all happened in the Internet Age, so this episode is sure contain some classic online bickering!



Open Letter and blow-by-blow coverage:


Sales Data:




TAGS: Marvel, comic books, comic book history, U-Decide, Captain Marvel, Genis-Vell, Marville, Ultimate Adventures, Peter David, Ron Zimmerman, Bill Jemas, Joe Quesada, M.D. Bright, Duncan Fegredo, ChrisCross, comics internet, trolling, Kal-AOL


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 43 - Daredevil #161

June 11, 2017

In this episode, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) delve into the seedy side of late 1970s New York City, when they read Daredevil #161 by Roger McKenzie and Frank Miller! After dispensing with the usual biographical information, the two discuss the history of two Daredevils, then set the stage before reading the issue in question. Then, after detailing the history of Daredevil after #161, they give some historical background for this issue's location, Coney Island, then wrap up by naming some more handicapped superheroes. It's almost as fun as an amusement park, so don't miss it!


Thanks to Deron Murphree for the suggestion!

BREAK: Snippet of Frank Miller interview from the Masters of Comic Book Art, 1987


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 20 - Fantastic Four #293

June 8, 2017

Welcome to the reupload of our first episode unhitched from the main Weird Science DC Comics Podcast, which will run every other Sundayuntil every single comic book in the world is read! This week Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) detail Fantastic Four #293 (August 1986), requested by listener Toby Reid, and talk about the following two issues to complete the story arc. There's also creator bios, and an explanation as to why one creator started this arc, but another creative team completed it! It's sure to be...Fantastic! Four!

TAGS: Cosmic Treadmill, comics history, Fantastic Four, Marvel Comics, John Byrne, Roger Stern, Jerry Ordway, Superman, Jim Shooter, She-Hulk


Weird Comics History ep. 21 - DC Comics Millennium Event 1988

June 6, 2017

NO MAN ESCAPES THE COSMIC TREADMILL! In this meticulous episode, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) pore over DC Comics' 1988 event Millennium, orchestrated by Steve Englehart and Joe Staton--and including the 29 tie-in issues supplementing this bizarre story! After a look at the conditions that (arguably) necessitated this crossover, our duo break down all 37 issues of Millennium. Complete with backgrounds on the pertinent characters and some personal musings on the event, this is sure to be the most comprehensive coverage of DC Comics' Millennium anywhere on the internet!


Chris' whole series on Millennium here

BREAK 1: Promo for 2017's #BestEventEver #EclipsoTDW25

BREAK 2: Burger King 1988 Super Powers Cup Holder Commercial


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 42 - Starman #43

June 4, 2017

Greetings from the dark side of the moon! In this episode, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) pore through a segment of DC Comics' 1992 event "The Darkness Within" in conjunction with #BestEventEver! They're specifically dealing with the four-issue sub-miniseries "Star Shadows" from Starman, and even more specifically detailing the second issue of that sub-miniseries, Starman #43, by Len Strazewski and Vince Giarrano! After some crreator bios--including those of regular Starman artist John Calimee and Eclipso creator Bob Haney, they break down all four issues in this miniseries, paying special vocal attention to #43. Then they talk some more about Eclipso and other comic book events that took place in Annual issues. It's going to get dark, bring a flashlight for this one!


And please be sure to check out further Eclipso: TDW coverage at these fine sites:

and you can follow along on Twitter using the hatchtags #BestEventEver & #EclipsoTDW25


Weird Comics History, Episode 16: Underground Comix, Part Four

June 2, 2017

Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) conclude their history of Underground Comix, by now arguably not underground at all! We talk about the histories of Marvel's Epic imprint and DC's Vertigo imprint, and then go on to talk about the final frontier of underground comics today: the internet. We also describe minicomics and ashcans, give a nod to Steve Ditko, and talk about dirty comic books from the back of the shop! It's sure to be a mixed bag of leftover information that didn't quite fit anywhere else in the series. Enjoy!

Break snipped: Levi's 501 "Button Your Fly" commercial from 1990, directed by Spike Lee, starring Rob Liefeld

TAGS: comic book history, underground comix, Epic Comics, Vertigo, webcomics, minicomics, ashcans, Steve Ditko, Cherry Poptart, Omaha the Cat Dancer, Doujinshi, lolicon, manga