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Chris is on Infinite Earths, Episode 15: The Man of Steel #1 (1986)

Hello Heroes! This time out we discuss The Man of Steel #1... the first, The Man of Steel #1, that is... written and drawn by John Byrne. Before getting into the book itself, we take a quick peek into that strange time where Superman, and many of DC's top books, were very nearly published by... Marvel Comics?! From there, we jump into the book... and compare the finished product (of the first issue) to what's known about John Byrne's original "Marvel Comics' Superman" pitch. Is what we...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 136 - Teen Titans #12 (1967)

Hello, Podcast Pursuers! In this episode, gear duo Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) get a case of the Haneys when they read Teen Titans #12 by Bob Haney and Irv Novick, published by DC Comics in 1967! After dispensing the usual biographical information, the fab fellas dive right into every page of this way-out comic book, lending their voices and a little bit of cynicism to the otherwise silly occurrences. Then they look at a history of satellites, and how they might have shaped...


Reggie's Comics Stories ep. 13 - Comic Book Implosion

Hey everyone! In this less-raspy, less-echo-filled episode, Reggie talks at you about the DC Comics Explosion/Implosion, which happened in 1978, and reads some excerpts from Comic Book Implosion, compiled by Keith Dallas and John Wallace for TwoMorrows Publishing. This book provides a unique look at DC Comics' period of change, as well as what the rest of the comics industry was up to at the time, and comes with the highest recommendation. Just a few tidbits to wet your whistle, then it's...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 135 - Hip Hop Family Tree #1 (2015)

Greeting, b-boys and b-girls! In this episode, culture vultures Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) explore the earliest days of hip-hop music and culture when they read Ed Piskor's Hip-Hop Family Tree #1, published by Fantagraphics in 2015! After talking about Ed Piskor's rising career, our music historians go through every page of this issue, lending their improbable voice talent to these actual persons. After a short break, they come back to talk a little bit about New York, to...


Cosmic Treadmill Special: Sandman Universe "Gatherum", Episode 4

Welcome to the fourth installment of the Sandman Universe Gatherum... where (in at least two of our titles) the decompression really starts to set in. -- Today's discussions originally aired in segment form during the following episodes of the Weird Science DC Comics Podcast: Episode 203 (12.23.2018) - Lucifer (vol.3) #3 Episode 204 (01.06.2019) - Books of Magic (vol.3) #3 Episode 205 (01.13.2019) - The Dreaming #5 Episode 206 (01.20.2019) - House of Whispers...


Chris is on Infinite Earths, Episode 14: DC Comics Presents #85 (1985)

Good Day, Fellow Professors of Extra-Dimensional Studies! This time out, Chris (@acecomics) is joined by his good pal, Dave Schultz (@SellingOutShow) to discuss a very special issue of DC Comics Presents featuring a team-up (of sorts) between Superman and Swamp Thing! From there, Dave shares his comics "Secret Origin" and gives Chris a guided tour of his Swamp Thing fandom! It's quite the education for your humble host! HOT TAKE: A Reaction to "The Anatomy Lesson" from a November, 1983...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 134 - The Flash #268 (1978)

Greeting, citizens of Central City! In this episode, comics enthusiasts Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) look at the hobby of comics collecting--as depicted in a comic book, when we read The Flash #268 by Cary Bates and Irv Novick, published in 1978! After the usual biographical information, our plodding speedsters go through every page of the issue and try to figure out what makes The Flash vol. 1 #26 just so darned special! After a little break, our bin-divers discuss the...


Cosmic Treadmill Special: Sandman Universe "Gatherum", Episode 3

Good Morning, Somnolent Strangers... it's time for another compilation of Sandman Universe Discussions. We are about at the half-way point of our initial "weekly blitz" of episodes. In around three weeks time, we'll be all caught up to DC/Vertigo... at which point, this program will likely become more of a monthly feature. We hope you're all still enjoying these little sleepwalks into The Dreaming! -- Today's discussions originally aired in segment form during the following episodes of...


Reggie's Comic Stories ep. 12 - John Mejias and the Puerto Rican War

Hello folks! In this episode of Reggie's Comics Stories, Reggie (@reggiereggie) attempts to overcome a lingering sickness to bring you an interview with artist John Mejias, who is coming to a close on his graphic novel The Puerto Rican War--a work wherein all the panels are done in woodcut! Reggie muses about the line between fine art and comics, and then tries to talk up Mr. Mejias without gushing over how much he likes the work. And fails. But don't let that stop you from checking out this...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 133 - The Indestructible Hulk #12 (2013)

Hello, berserkers! In this episode, S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) check out a more recent offering by Marvel Comics: Indestructible Hulk #12 by Mark Waid and Matteo Scalera! After the usual biographical information, they talk about what brought Bruce Banner and his verdant alter ego into the employ of S.H.I.E.L.D., and catch the listener up to the very moment that they read the issue in question. After that, our completionists tell the rest of the...


Cosmic Treadmill Special: Sandman Universe "Gatherum", Episode 2

In this second "compilation" episode, the gang's all here as we welcome Lucifer and Books of Magic into the fold, and continue along with The Dreaming and House of Whispers (already in progress). Will Lucifer's nebulous storytelling, and Books of Magic's decompressed to the Nth degree nature be enough to spoil the party? Listen in... and find out! -- Today's discussions originally aired in segment form during the following episodes of the Weird Science DC Comics Podcast: Episode 198...


Chris is on Infinite Earths, Episode 13: Gon, Book I of IV (1996)

This week's episode is a little bit different from our usual superhero fare... actually, it's a whole lot different. Today we're going to meet a tiny dinosaur named Gon (created by Masashi Tanaka), and take a look at his first tankōbon volume, which contains three stories... and zero words! Ya see, Chris (@acecomics) picked this book to review before heading out on vacation, thinking its lack of words would make for a quick and easy synopsis. Let's just say, he learned a lesson in "cutting...


Cosmic Treadmill SPECIAL - Comix Tawk, Episode 6: The Four Kinds of Fans

Hello folks! Since we're still under the weather at Cosmic Treadmill HQ, we've decided to lift the paywall over at and share with the public a fairly recent episode of Comix Tawk! Comix Tawk is a twice-monthly exclusive program wherein Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) have an off-the-cuff conversation about the industry we hold so dear. Sometimes they get a little too passionate... this might be one of those times. This one based around the "Four...


Cosmic Treadmill Special: Sandman Universe "Gatherum", Episode 1

Hello everyone, and welcome to a brand-new offering from the Chris and Reggie Channel. In the spirit of our old Young Animal Gatherum (all 30 hours of which are available in the archives), we have decided to begin compiling our discussions of The Sandman Universe titles, which appear as segments on the Weird Science DC Comics Podcast. Listen along as a long-time Sandman fan (@reggiereggie) takes a neophyte (@acecomics) under his wing, and together they try and make sense of this...


Cosmic Treadmill, ep. 132 - Jack Chick's "Dark Dungeons"

Hello, Panicking Pals! This week we were unable to release an all-new episode, and so we decided to share a sampling from the Cosmic Treadmill, After Dark Collection (exclusive to Chris and Reggie Patrons). During this episode, we look at Evangelist Jack Chick and his comic book tracts, and the Satanic Panic of the 1980s and 1990s, and how it fueled Jack's ministry. We also read the tract "Dark Dungeons" in its entirety... it does deal with very adult themes--so put the kids to bed before...


Chris is on Infinite Earths, Episode 12: Mother Panic #1 (2017)

No, gentle listener, this isn't the return of the Young Animal Gatherum... This time out, I give a peek behind the curtain and tells the story about how a review he did on a site other than his own, managed to affect change on Chris is on Infinite Earths! What happened when Chris received his first bit of clapback? Well, lemme tell ya, It's a story of angry comments, curse words, appeals to motive, and over-reaction... with just a little bit of ranting about the current sensationalized...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 131 - Dinosaurs Attack! #1 (2013)

Say hello to yesteryear, comic book enthusiasts! In this episode, time-travelers Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) take a trip to the Mesozoic Age...or was that the Devonian? They check in on some ancestors that never quite existed when they read Dinosaurs Attack! by Gary Gerani, Herb Trimpe, and Earl Norem, published by IDW in 2013! After the necessary biographical information, our saurian scientists dive into the 1988 Topps trading card set that birthed this comic book series,...


Reggie's Comics Stories ep. 11 - Arnold Drake's Memo

Hello, fans of the weird! In this episode, Reggie talks about one of his favorite creators, Arnold Drake, and concentrates on a memo he wrote in 1966 to DC Comics' executives about changing their content to be more like Marvel. It's very strangely worded, so it requires a little deconstruction! Enjoy this look at a lesser-known piece of comics history, and let us know what you...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 130 - The Brotherhood #1 (2001)

Greetings, comrades! In this episode, mutant-hunters Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) look at a time that Marvel's X-Men line of titles was in flux...and that resulted in The Brotherhood #1, published in 2001, by Writer "X" and Esad Ribic! After a look at the editorial landscape at Marvel at the time, they go through every page of this book, lending their commentary and vocal rudeness along the way. Then they discuss the mysterious Writer "X", who it could have been...and who it...


Chris is on Infinite Earths, Episode 11: Batman #416 (1988)

Greetings teen-aged sidekicks! This time out, Chris (@acecomics) is joined by his pal Jody Yerdon (@regalfan) to discuss one of the, in their opinion, greatest (and most underrated) Batman stories ever put to print! Batman #416 sees the post-Crisis meeting of Dick Grayson and Jason Todd... and is chock full of some amazing Bat-Family Drama! Ever late-to-the-party, Chris ranked this as the best comic book he'd read in 2016... and it is still his very favorite Batman story, despite (or...