Cosmic Treadmill ep. 62 - Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1 (2014)

October 29, 2017

Happy Halloween! In this episode, Witchfinder General Chris (@AceComics) and Supreme Warlock Reggie (@reggiereggie) peer into the darker side of Archie Comics when they read Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1 from 2014! After the requisite creator and character bios, they commune with the issue, picking apart every scene and detailing any easter eggs. After a break, they provide a history of European and American witch trials, and a partial history of Archie Comics, with scrutiny on the core Riverdale teens! It's a spooky, groovy, and fact-filled episode you will not want to miss!

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BREAK: Theme song to Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996)

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Real Comics History, ep. 4 - The Year in Comics 1995

October 26, 2017

That sound you just heard was that of a bubble bursting!  What goes up, must come down... even in the world of comics.  Much of this "coming down" just happened to occur in the year 1995.  Our time-trapped twosome deliver another heaping dollop of nostalgia when they chat about things like the O.J. Simpson murder case, Sony PlayStaton, WCW Monday Nitro... and even some comic books!

Comic events discussed include X-Men: The Age of Apocalypse, The Death of Aunt May, DC vs. Marvel (or Marvel vs. DC if you prefer),  Marvel's attempt to self-distribute their books... which led to our current Diamond monopoly... and the most devastating thing to happen that year, Chris walking away from comics for awhile.  It's a sobering tale of a boy and his lunch money...

Throughout this re-upload, Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) mention an episode of Cosmic Treadmill they were researching during this time.  The episode in question is #24 (January 15, 2017) where they discuss the Spider-Man Clone Saga.  It is available in the archives. 

Share your own stories from 1995 with us... unless you weren't born yet, that'll just make us feel really bad about ourselves... we'll probably begin questioning our life decisions as well... You can get a hold of us at weirdcomicshistory@gmail.com

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Originally aired in lieu of a Young Animal segment during Weird Science DC Comics Podcast #106 (January 15, 2017)

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TAGS: 1995, comics history, speculation, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, X-Men, Age of Apocalypse, DC vs. Marvel/Marvel vs. DC, Heroes World, Diamond Distribution, the direct market, Aunt May, Spider-Man Clone Saga, Ben Reilly, Amazing Spider-Man #400, X-Men (vol.2) #45, O.J. Simpson, WCW Monday Nitro, Sony Playstation, The Smashing Pumpkins

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 61 - X-Factor #71 (1991)

October 22, 2017

Hello! In this episode, our blorks Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) read a title that was effectively rebooted--without being renumbered! It's Peter David's and Larry Strohman's X-Factor #71, published by Marvel Comics in 1991! There's the usual creator bios, and enough X-Men backstory to help frame the issue being read. Then, they dive into the history of the X-Men, including some of Chris' personal reminiscences collecting the X-Men series! It's like attending a day of classes at the Xavier School for Gifted Children, without paying tuition!

Thanks to Jesse DeJong for the suggestion!

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Cosmic Treadmill, ep 15 - Swamp Thing #61 (1987)

October 19, 2017

In Forest Dark or Glade Beferned,

No Blade of Grass shall go Unturned.

Let those who have the Daylight Spurned,

Tread not where this Green Lamp has Burned.

For this week's re-upload, Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) travel to the Banyam Complex on planet J586 and sit in on a sermon delivered by the Priest of O.  Somewhere along the way of this dazzling radio-opera, Reggie really messes up his throat... and a great time is had by all!

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Poll-Results:

38% - Superman: Kryptonite Nevermore! (always a bridesmaid!)

48% - Swamp Thing #61 (1987)

14% - Sandman #6 "24-Hours"

From 42 Votes!  Huge thanks to those who voted... and David (@Lavahog) from the @parlipod Podcast for spreading the word!

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Originally aired in segment form during Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Episode #92 (October 9, 2016)

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TAGS: Swamp Thing, Alan Moore, Alfredo Alcala, Tatjana Wood, John Totleben, DC Comics, 1987, 1980's, comic books, comics history, pre-Vertigo

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 60 - Trigger Girl 6 (2012) + Fanzines!

October 15, 2017

Greetings, comics enthusiasts! This week, our untrained assassins Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) dive into the first four issues of Image Comics' Creator-Owned Heroes and read every chapter of Trigger Girl 6 by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and Phil Noto! Inspired by the format of Creator-Owned-Heroes, the pair wander off on a tangent into the Weird and Comically Historical world of fanzines--specificially, comics fanzines! Describing a history and technique lasting since the 19th Century, they go on about fanzines of the past, and name a few printed fanzines that you can read today! Only the most ardent enthusiasts need apply.

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Find more creator-owned work by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray at paperfilms.com

Check out the fanzine Baxter Stock at dcinthe80s.com

Take a peek at rootsoftheswampthing.com for more about their Swamp Thing-centric fanzine, The Holland Files

BREAK: "How to Make a Mini Comic or 'Zine" by Crab McEgret, https://youtu.be/h4Pb5tLQ4NE

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Cosmic Treadmill, Ep. 18 - Plastic Man #1 (1943)

October 12, 2017

He's a real good guy in a bright red suit and he always wears goggles and a belt that's a beaut!  Plastic Maaaaaaa*hic*nnn

Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) stretch themselves to their limit this time around discussing a Golden Age tale of Plas and the gang.  They also dig deep into the life and times of Jack Cole, his work for Playboy Magazine and friendship with the recently-departed Hugh Hefner as well as his unfortunate and mysterious end.

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Twitter Poll Results:

35% - Kryptonite Nevermore!

38% - Plastic Man #1 (1943)

27% - Swamp Thing #60 (1987)

With 34 Votes!  Big thanks to everyone who voted/shared!

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Big thanks to @DancingMike for the intro song!

You can get a hold of us at weirdcomicshistory@gmail.com

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Originally aired as a segment during Weird Science DC Comics Podcast #95 (October 30, 2016)

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TAGS: Plastic Man, DC Comics, Quality Comics, 1940's, 1943, Golden Age Comics, Jack Cole, Playboy Magazine, Hugh Hefner, art spiegelman, The New Yorker

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 59 - Parallax: Emerald Night #1 (Final Night, 1996)

October 8, 2017

Good evening...forever! In this episode, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) brace themselves against the freezing temperatures of DC Comics' 1996 crossover event Final Night, paying special attention to the crossover Parallax: Emerald Night #1 by Ron Marz and Mike McKone! After some creator bios, they detail the events leading up to Final Night, and then break down three issues of the event--including brief recaps of the crossover issues! In the second half, they delve deeply into Parallax: Emerald Night #1 and then close out with Final Night #4 and even an epilogue as presented in Green Lantern #81 that came out the following month. This series will leave you feeling chilled to the bone! But its humanity will warm your heart.

Thanks to LJ Hollywood for the suggestion!

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BREAK: "What if the Sun Disappeared Right Now?" by Bright Side, https://youtu.be/YAjDtCuOHrA

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Cosmic Treadmill, Ep. 19 - Weird War Tales #6 (1972)

October 5, 2017

By popular demand!  In the first poll-winning re-upload, Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) learn that war is hell (and strange!) when they read and discuss Weird War Tales #6 from 1972.  This special book was a request by good friend Deron Murphree who cites this as his first comic book, and was actually the final installment to originally be a segment on the Weird Science DC Comics Podcast!

From this point on, our Treadmillers would break off and go solo... and it's during this very episode that you can listen to their "Request Rules"... which were abandoned almost immediately, so disregard them when you hear 'em!  Imagine the Cosmic Treadmill only discussing a single comic every (other) week... p'shaw!

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Thanks to Deron Murphree for the request!

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POLL RESULT:

Weird War Tales #6 (1972) - 42%

Plastic Man #1 (1943) - 29%

Superman: Kryptonite Nevermore - 29%

31 Votes Total... which is about 29 more than we hoped for/expected!  Thanks everyone for voting!

Originally aired as a segment during Weird Science DC Comics Podcast #96 (November 6, 2016)

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TAGS: Weird War Tales, 1970's, 1972, Bronze Age Comics, Joe Kubert, Bob Haney, Alex Toth

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 58 - Akiko on the Planet Smoo (1995)

October 1, 2017

Greetings, fellow classmates! In this episode, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) travel to a fantastic oblong planet created by Mark Crilley in Akiko on the Planet Smoo, published by Sirius Comics in 1995! After some information about Mark, they go through the very first one-shot issue in detail. Then they clue into the long-running and much-beloved Akiko series as a whole and give a brief history of Manga, concentrating on its infiltration of the U.S. market. Our travelers list a few other young comic book adventurers, and close out the episode with some listener correspondence! It's such a good episode, you'll think it was done by Chris and Reggie's replacement robots.

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Thanks again to Bobbie Bain for the suggestion!

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