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Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 50 - Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part One! (1985)

Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 50 - Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part One! (1985)

July 30, 2017

For the landmark 50th episode of Cosmic Treadmill, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) celebrate with the 50th anniversary celebration of DC Comics, and read issue #2 of Crisis on Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez! After some creator bios and an exhaustive look at the conditions that created the DC Multiverse, our intrepid comics enthusiasts sift through every appearance of a central figure to Crisis--before the event ever happened! After a break, our Treadmillers summarize issue #1 and detail issue #2 of Crisis on Infinite Earths! And that's all we have time for this week--tune in next Sunday for part two of this series!

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BREAK: Talking with George Pérez/ SyFy WIRE

Weird Comics History, The Fifth One: Julius Schwartz’s Silver-Age

Weird Comics History, The Fifth One: Julius Schwartz’s Silver-Age

July 28, 2017

The first Weird Comics History two-parter fills out our "Old Home Week" (so, technically this is the fifth... and sixth one) as we discuss Julius Schwartz and the Silver-Age of DC Comics.

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Originally aired as segments during Weird Science DC Comics Podcast episodes #71 (May 15, 2016) and #72 (May 22, 2016)

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TAGS: DC Comics, Weird Comics History, Silver-Age, Julius Schwartz, Showcase, Barry Allen, Hal Jordan, Martian Manhunter, Justice League of America

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Weird Comics History, The Fourth One: Jason Todd’s 1-900 Number

Weird Comics History, The Fourth One: Jason Todd’s 1-900 Number

July 27, 2017

Old-Home Week continues as Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) briefly... ever so briefly, discuss how 50 cents could have either saved... or killed Batman's second sidekick!  They also reminisce about 1-900 numbers, so there's that.

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Originally aired as a segment on Weird Science DC Comics podcast, Episode 70 (May 8, 2016)

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TAGS: Batman, DC Comics, Weird Comics History, Jason Todd, 1-900 Numbers, Jim Starlin, 1980's, comic book gimmicks, Judd Winick, Infinite Crisis, Red Hood, Robin, Joker

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Weird Comics History, The Third One: The British are Coming!

Weird Comics History, The Third One: The British are Coming!

July 26, 2017

As part of Weird Comics History's "Old Home Week" join Reggie (@reggiereggie) and Chris (@acecomics) as they discuss the British Invasion of DC Comics during the 1980's.  They discuss some of the heavy-hitters to venture across the pond to produce some incredible work for old DC.

They also both totally forget that Grant Morrison is Scottish.  Whoops!  Mea Culpa... or would that be Wea Culpa?

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Originally aired as a segment during Weird Science DC Comics Podcast #69 (May 1, 2016)

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TAGS: DC Comics, Weird Comics History, Karen Berger, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Peter Milligan

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Weird Comics History, The Second One: Marvel Buys DC?!

Weird Comics History, The Second One: Marvel Buys DC?!

July 25, 2017

Join Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) for some Weird Comics Prehistory... that is to say, a very early (and relatively short) installment of Weird Comics History!  This time around they discuss that strange time in which Marvel came thiiiiiiiiiiis close to licensing DC's characters!

How can that be?  Well, hit that Play button and find out!

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Originally aired in segment form during Weird Science DC Comics Podcast, Episode #68 (April 24, 2016)

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TAGS: Weird Comics History, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, 1980s, Jim Shooter, John Byrne, Marvel's Superman, Warner Bros., J.J. Jackson

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Jim Shooter's Recollections: 

http://jimshooter.com/2011/08/superman-first-marvel-issue.html/

http://jimshooter.com/2011/10/superman-first-marvel-issue-byrnes-plo.html/

Chris Coverage and Comparison of John Byrne's Man of Steel #1

http://www.chrisisoninfiniteearths.com/2016/04/man-of-steel-1-1986.html

Weird Comics History, The First One: The DC Explosion!

Weird Comics History, The First One: The DC Explosion!

July 24, 2017

Behold, the first ever episode of Weird Comics History... from back when it was a 15 minute-ish segment on the Weird Science DC Comics Podcast.  Listen as Reggie (@reggiereggie) guides podcasting neophyte Chris (@AceComics) through his "first time out".

 

This inaugural auditory jem, we discuss the events leading up to... and falling out of the DC Explosion!

 

Marvel at the clunky stammering, behold Chris in all his mic-less glory!  Hey, at least it's just 15 minutes!

 

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Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 49 - Deadpool #11 (1997)

Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 49 - Deadpool #11 (1997)

July 23, 2017

In this episode, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) examine the little-known and once-used technique of "Gumping," that is to take a classic comic book (Amazing Spider-Man #47, for instance) and update it with new themes and characters like those that can be found in Deadpool #11 from 1997, written by Joe Kelly and drawn by Pete Woods! After some biographical information, it's on to the time-traveling, continuity-shattering events of the comic book to hand. Then, some wrap-up and a list of other comic book characters to break or obliterate the literary fourth wall. And finally: some listener mail! It's an episode jam-packed with silliness, so bring a happy attitude!

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BREAK: Joe Kelly promo for Free Comic Book Day 2013

Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 11 - Angel Love (1986-1987)

Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 11 - Angel Love (1986-1987)

July 20, 2017

Join Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) as they travel back to 1980's New York City to discuss the 1986-1987 series Angel Love by Barbara Slate.  Luckily this is they discovered their passion and... ahem, talent... for voice acting!

During the summer of 1986 most DC Comics featured a most curious house-ad promising, among other things at least the passing mention of COCAINE?!!  What many comics enthusiasts may not know is this book actually DID came out later on that year!  Angel Love is a New York transplant coming from a quiet corner in Scranton, Pennsylvania hoping to strike it big as a cartoonist.  Along the way she will face drug-addicted boyfriends, a vapid (and more fun to read about) roommate, a bum who likes to sleep on her couch, and countless chatty cockroaches.  Is this what life in the big city’s all about?

Find out with us as we check out Angel Love.

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Originally aired in segment form during Weird Science DC Comics Podcast, Episode 88 (September 11, 2016)

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TAGS: Angel Love, DC Comics, 1986, 1987, 1980s, Barbara Slate, Karen Berger, Romance Comics, COCAINE?!!

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Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 48 - Underground Classics Wonder Wart-Hog vol. 1 (1986)

Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 48 - Underground Classics Wonder Wart-Hog vol. 1 (1986)

July 16, 2017

This week, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) sift through some of the seamy world of Underground Comix and read Rip Off Inc. Presents Underground Classics Wonder Wart-Hog vol. 1 from 1986! Collecting various strips from the early days of Wonder Wart-Hog, they concentrate on the three-chapter story "Wonder Wart-Hog Meets the Mob!" But not without detailed information about Wonder Wart-Hog creator and artist Gilbert Shelton, and the writer of this specific story, Bill Killeen. After a break, our comics enthusiasts sift through the long history of comics to turn up 47 different homages to or parodies of Superman! You'll have to listen in and see if we missed any good ones!

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BREAK: The Hub City Movers, "Set Your Chickens Free" 45 RPM Flexi-Disc included with the comic book "Slip Hønsene Løs" (original title 'Set Your Chickens Free') by Gilbert Shelton issued by A/S Interpresse in Denmark in 1983.

Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 17 - Booster Gold (vol.2) #5 (2008)

Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 17 - Booster Gold (vol.2) #5 (2008)

July 13, 2017

In this re-upload from their "segment" days, Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) discuss an issue of Booster Gold in which the hero goes BACK TO THE PAST (just like the fellas do!) to try and undo the events of The Killing Joke!  After going through creator bios, our boys in the time-bubble read through the issue, and close out with a discussion on the event this issue sought to undo... which is sure to annoy some people!  Eh, who we kidding, you're gonna love it!

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Originally Aired on October 23, 2016 as part of Weird Science DC Comics Podcast, Episode 94

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TAGS: Booster Gold, Cosmic Treadmill, Infinite Crisis, The Killing Joke, Barbara Gordon, Batgirl, Oracle, Joker, Batman, DC Comics, 2008, Geoff Johns, Jeff Katz, Dan Jurgens

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Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 47 - Strange Tales #110 “Dr. Strange Master of Black Magic!”

Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 47 - Strange Tales #110 “Dr. Strange Master of Black Magic!”

July 9, 2017

Greetings, disciples of Vishanti! In this episode, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) delve into the Black Arts of comic book creation and read Strange Tales #110 from 1963, paying special attention to the first appearance of Doctor Strange, "Dr. Strange Master of Black Magic!" After some biographical information about a couple of fellas named Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, they break down every comic book story in the issue, focusing on the third tale about Doctor Stephen Strange. Then they detail the publishing history of Doctor Strange, and wrap up the creator biographies, with some additional examination of Steve Ditko, the man--and the perception! By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, I beseech thee listen to this episode!

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BREAK: Snippet of BBC program "In Search of Steve Ditko" by Jonathan Ross

Weird Comics History, Episode 8: The History of Charlton Comics, Part Two

Weird Comics History, Episode 8: The History of Charlton Comics, Part Two

July 6, 2017

​In this episode, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) dive into the lesser known history of Charlton Comics, from 1968 until its total demise in 1992. We'll learn about new Editor-in-Chief George Wildman and his assistant Nicola Cuti, who brought many innovations and new talent to Charlton's one-stop publishing process. We'll also learn about some new characters created for Charlton by some familiar names, and the ultimate fates of Charlton Comics' stable of superhero characters! You've hit the Bullseye with this one!

 

 
SOURCES:
 

Back Issue #79 (April, 2015)

Comic Book Artist #9 (August, 2000)

Comic Book Artist #12 (March, 2001)

http://www.toonopedia.com/yang.htm Don Markstein’s Toonpedia

Modern Comics http://www.ramonschenk.nl/charltoncomics/moderncomics.htm

Various Internet holes
 
FOR MORE CHARLTON, VISIT: 
 
Charlton Spotlight www.charltonspotlight.net
Charlton Arrow and Charlton Neo morttodd.com
Charlton Comics: The Movie charlton-movie.net
 
TAGS: Charlton, Charlton Comics, comics history, comic books, 1970s, 1980s, George Wildman, Nicola Cuti, Connecticut, Santangelo, John Byrne, Joe Staton, Alex Toth, E-Man, Rog-2000
Weird Comics History, Episode 7: The History of Charlton Comics, Part One

Weird Comics History, Episode 7: The History of Charlton Comics, Part One

July 5, 2017
This week Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) explore the little-known history of Charlton Comics, and explain why that information is little-known! First, they talk about the founders of Charlton, including their salacious beginnings and business philosophy. Then Chris and Reggie tell all about the working conditions at Charlton, which were infamously hysterical. Finally, we take a look at some of Charlton's most seminal creators, some of whom would have a long-lasting and profound impact on comics history! It's a great story that won't cost you anything, which is exactly how Charlton's owners would have wanted it.
 
SOURCES:
Comic Book Artist Magazine #9, August 2000
History of Charlton Comics - Charlton the Movie ComicCon Panel: https://youtu.be/myR-flxPH6o
Dick Giordano: Changing Comics One Day at a Time by Michael Eury
wikipedia and usual internet spelunking
 
Charlton Documentary charltonmovie.com
Charlton Neo morttodd.com
 
Tags: Charlton Comics, comic books, comics history, Dick Giordano, Joe Gill, Pat Musilli, Steve Ditko. Silver Age, Pete Morisi, Denny O'Neil, Steve Skeates, Roy Thomas, The Peacemaker, Blue Beetle, The Question​
Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 46 - Savage Dragon #1 (1992)

Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 46 - Savage Dragon #1 (1992)

July 2, 2017

This week, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) check out a third debut from Image Comics in 1992, The Savage Dragon #1 by Erik Larsen! After the usual creator and character bios, they go through every page of the inaugural issue, then discuss other iterations of the character as well as some more about the series--which continues today! To wrap up, our muckraking duo look at some of the contentious statements Erik Larsen has made over the years--and their contentious responses! It's an episode full of one-liners, smack talk, and declarations, and that's not even in the comic book!

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