Cosmic Treadmill ep. 100 - Marvel Comics’ Age of Apocalypse Part One: X-Men Alpha #1 (1995)

July 22, 2018

Hello, dwellers of an alternate dystopian future! In this Giant-Size episode, dimension-shunters Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) check out Marvel Comics crossover so big, they'll need multiple parts to get through it! It's Age of Apocalypse, part one, specifically dealing with 1995's X-Men Alpha #1 by Scott Lobdell, Mark Waid, Roger Cruz and Steve Epting! After laying down some substantial story groundwork, our pair dive right into biographies for all four creators that are directly involved in X-Men Alpha #1! After dissecting that issue to the last panel, our guys are pretty tuckered out, so they table further apocalyptic events until the next episode! You won't want to miss the first installment of this dimensionally-sneaky series!

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 99 - American Splendor #1 (1976)

July 15, 2018

Heya, fellow comics enthusiasts! In this episode, everymen Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) do a little gazing at someone else's navel when they read Harvey Pekar's American Splendor #1 from 1976! After some biographical information, peppered with lots of quotes from the subject himself, our pair go through every story in this 52-page anthology, providing information on all of the contributing artists (including Robert Crumb) as they go. Then, after a break, our eavesdroppers discuss the details and impact of American Splendor, and wrap up the life of Harvey Pekar as well. It's an episode packed with the mundanity of life, you don't want to miss it!

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BREAK: Harvey Pekar on Late Night with David Letterman, July 31, 1987 (snippet)

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 98 - Nightwing #93 (2004)

July 8, 2018

Hello! In this episode, our caring and compassionate comics readers Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) tackle an uncomfortable subject when they read Devin Grayson and Patrick Zircher's Nightwing #93, published by DC Comics in 2004! After some biographical information and a little place-setting, the duo use their vocal stylings to read the entire issue. Then they look at the ciritical reaction to the book and some background information on Devin that might help explain--or illuminate the reasoning behind some of these story choices. After that, our rabble-rousers talk about some other coordinated fan responses to the comic book industry. And then some listener mail! It's a jam-packed episode that you may listen to only consensually.

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 97 - Young Romance #1 (1947)

July 1, 2018

Hello, romanticizers of four-color funnybooks! In this episode, love doctors Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) tackle the mysteries of love, when they read the first romance comic book ever published: Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's Young Romance #1 from 1947! After the needed run-down on Jack and Joe, our heartstrong pair discuss the conditions that created the romance comic, and then read all four (or five?) stories contained within the first one--with special emphasis on "The Plight of the Suspicious Bridegroom" and its unconvential storytelling device. Then, after an informative break, our duo talk about other romance comics and why they practically vanished in the 1970s. All this, and some listener mail! This episode will surely make you swoon!

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BREAK: Coronet Presents "Are You Popular?" (1947) snippet  https://youtu.be/nyEo6hHnoq4

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