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Cosmic Treadmill Special: Young Animal "Gatherum", Episode 16

We've reached the second-half... of the second-season, and if we're being honest... it feels like, for the most part, we're just lumbering toward that finish line. Join Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) as they examine the four Young Animal offerings for signs of truncation... and, you know them... they're probably going to kvetch about Doom Patrol's tardiness yet again! Only two episodes to go... plenty of insanity still to go around! Oh, and if you're listening to this on the...


Reggie's Comics Stories ep. 4 - Bob Wood: Crime Does Not Pay, Eventually

Hey folks! In this episode of Reggie's Comics Stories, I bring you the salacious and tragic tale of Bob Wood, against the backdrop of a New York City that was a lot less put-together than was shown in contemporary media of the time! Except perhaps in that true crime magazine co-created by Wood himself, Crime Does Not Pay. It's a tale of vice, sex, and crime––and that's only what's contained in the four-color pages!...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 116 - Action Comics Weekly: Green Lantern Part Three (1988/89)

Welcome back, comics enthusiasts! In this episode, our weary weekly warriors Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) continue their look at the Green Lantern stories included in Action Comics Weekly, tackling issues #624 to #635 from 1988 and 1989! Consisting of one long story written by Christopher Priest and drawn by M.D. Bright, our calendar-efficient pair tackle every sweet second of Hal Jordan's dalliance with Captain Atom, and his meeting a three-hundred year-old ring-bearer...


Cosmic Treadmill Special: Young Animal "Gatherum", Episode 15

"Don't know what you've got, til it's gone" - A Disney Princess (we think) It was with this flurry of episodes that Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) learned that the Young Animal imprint was going to draw to a close just three months later. It was bittersweet news, to say the very least... but somehow, we managed to keep our will to live. Today's discussions originally aired in segment form during the following episodes of the Weird Science DC Comics Podcast: Episode 174...


Chris is on Infinite Earths, Episode 4: Justice League America #52 (1991) PLUS: The Story of Super-Blog Team-Up!

Yes... we're only four episodes in... it's another bwah-ha-ha book, but there's a special reason for that. And really, that's not the meat and potatoes of this episode anyway. This time out, Chris (@acecomics) is joined by another Chris... Chris Bailey (@Charlton_Hero) of the SuperHero Satellite who shares the origins of the Mighty Super-Blog Team-Up! After Chris (the usual one) discusses his first offering to #SuperBlogTeamUp, Chris (the other one) shares his comic book "secret origin"!...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 115 - Action Comics Weekly: Green Lantern Part Two (1988)

Greetings, Jordanites and Jordanettes! In this episode, anti-Apartheid protesters Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) continue their look at the Green Lantern parts of Action Comics Weekly from 1988-1989, this week covering issues #615 through #623, and Green Lantern Special #1 from 1988! Providing biographical information for creators along the way, our weekly warriors go through every page of these issues, lending their arguable vocal talents and commentary. It's another...


Cosmic Treadmill Special: Young Animal "Gatherum", Episode 14

We enter the second month of Young Animal's "Season Two"... and it feels like the writing might already be on the wall. In other news... we actually discuss an issue of Doom Patrol this time around! Yay? Um, yeah... about that... we don't usually break out the "colorful language" warning... but, here we be. Today's discussions originally aired in segment form during the following episodes of the Weird Science DC Comics Podcast: Episode 170 (04.08.2018) - Shade the Changing Woman...


Reggie's Comics Stories ep. 3 - C.C. Beck: Preacher's Son (2000)

Shazam, everbody! In this episode of Comics Stories, Reggie (@reggiereggie) reads an essay written by C.C. Beck, and published in the book Streetwise (edited by Jon Cooke and John Morrow, 2000), titled "Preacher's Son." It's a fascinating look at Beck's life and his mind, with lots of great anecdotes and few punches pulled. No stone is left unturned in this essay, here's hoping you all enjoy...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 114 - Action Comics Weekly: Green Lantern Part One (1988)

Greetings, Wednesday warriors! In this episode, ScienCell janitors Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) begins a multiple-part series on DC Comics Action Comics Weekly, published in 1988 and 1989, concentrating on the Green Lantern stories starring Hal Jordan! Featuring work by Gil Kane, Christopher Priest, Peter David and Tod Smith–and therefore our ring-polishers provide biographical information for each of them. After explaining what this series is and how it came to be, our Oan...


Cosmic Treadmill Special: Young Animal "Gatherum", Episode 13

Sniff, sniff... hey, this episode's got that "new season smell"! That's right, folks... in the wake of Milk Wars, Young Animal finds itself with an unnecessary (and unearned) reboot! All new number ones! Don't worry, we don't play that game... this is still "episode 13" to us. Today's discussions originally aired in segment form during the following episodes of the Weird Science DC Comics Podcast (they're all consecutive... makes ya feel pretty optimistic about the line when you omit Doom...


Chris is on Infinite Earths, Episode 3: Bloodlines #1 (2016)

Bloodlines #1... from 2016? Well if that seems like rather a random book to discuss here... you're not entirely off the mark. Without this book, however, it's quite likely that this very podcasting "channel" would never have come to be! You might consider this issue to be the gentle flapping of a butterflies wings, which ultimately led to over a hundred episodes (and counting) of the Cosmic Treadmill. Join Chris (@acecomics) as he shares the genesis of his comics-podcasting "career", with...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 113 - ICP: Halls of Illusion #1 (2002)

What's up, ninjas! In this episode, Juggalos-in-training Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) check out the world of the Wicked Clowns when they read Insane Clown Posse: Halls of Illusion #1, published by Chaos! Comics in 2002! After some biographies for creators Jesse McCann and Gerardo Sandoval, they provide a detailed history of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope's often misunderstoof group. Then, they go through every page of the comic, with the usual throat-shredding panache. After a...


Cosmic Treadmill Special: Young Animal "Gatherum", Episode 12 - Milk Wars!

Welcome to Milk Wars... hope you (and we) survive the experience! A little forewarning... your usually even-keeled hosts, Reggie (@reggiereggie) and Chris (@acecomics) did not enjoy this event... and they're going to spend the next two hours tellin' ya alllllllll about it. Join them as the Young Animal imprint undergoes an unnecessary, unearned, and nonsensical... reboot?! Well, in fairness, they were in existence for an entire year! Oh yeah... Colorful language warning. These discussions...


Reggie's Comics Stories ep. 2 - R.F. Outcault and the Yellow Kid

Hully gee, folks! In this episode of Comics Stories, Reggie (@reggiereggie) provides a quick overview of R.F. Outcault and his seminal creation, the Yellow Kid! He'll talk about its origins as magazine filler, up to a contentious property fought over by New York City's largest newspapers–leaving the creator entirely out of it. It's a quick listen that we're trying out, so let us know what you...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 112 - Twisted Tales (1987)

Ghoul gravening, scabies and mental men! In this horrific episode, our haunted house scavengers Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) sift through the strange story of Eclipse Comics and the career of Bruce Jones, when they read Twisted Tales from 1987! After some background information--including why this unnumbered issue of a Pacific Comics series came out from Eclipse after Pacific's demise--they go through all three Bruce Jones-penned stories in the book, lending their arguable...


Cosmic Treadmill Special: Young Animal "Gatherum", Episode 11

Get out yer brooms, dangerous humans... for today we're clearing the decks! In this strange(r than usual) installment, Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) will be wrapping up the entire first season of DC's Young Animal in preparation for, next week's.................... Milk Wars. Also included a little bonus feature... Mister Miracle 101 (pre-King/Gerads). These discussions originally aired as segments on the following episode of the Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Episode 143...


Chris is on Infinite Earths, Episode 2: Justice League #1 (1987)

Continuing the "journey" of Chris is on Infinite Earths! Chris never really wanted to start a blog... and with this episode, he can (kinda) prove it! Justice League #1 (1987) originally appeared on on New Year's Day, 2017... though, it was originally supposed to hit the internet on New Year's Day, 2015 at the Bwa-Ha-Blog! (which never became a thing). Ya see, it was something of a New Year's Day tradition for Chris to start (and abandon) a brand-new blog... so...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 111 - Vartox Week! Covering the Life and Times of Vartox the Valerian

Greetings, Eternals! In this episode, Brutal Exterminators Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) examine one of the weirdest characters in DC Comics' pantheon: it's Vartox Week! A discussion of every appearance of Vartox, with special concentration on Superman #281 by Cary Bates and Curt Swan, and Power Girl vol. 2 #7 by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and Amanda Conner! Without skimping on the requisite creator bios, our swoon-proof mortals detail every issue in which Vartox appears,...


Cosmic Treadmill Special: Young Animal "Gatherum", Episode 10

It's so hard to say goodbye... and that's exactly what we do during this episode. Two of our Young Animal pals draw to their conclusion this time around. Carry on, Cave... See ya, Shade. It's not a "forever farewell", however... because there's something called "Milk Wars" on the horizon. In addition to sayin' ciao... we actually have a full line up! That almost never happens! These discussions originally aired as segments on the following episodes of the Weird Science DC Comics...


Reggie's Comics Stories ep. 1 - Mort Weisinger: The Man Who Wouldn't Be Superman (1975)

Hello, comics enthusiasts! Welcome to the debut episode of a new show hosted by Reggie (@reggiereggie), wherein he'll be telling stories about comic books–the history, the industry, and pretty much anything interesting that didn't happen within the comic book pages themselves. In this episode, he'll read an interview with Mort Weisinger from The Amazing World of DC Comics (1987), conducted by Guy H. Lillian III, titled "Mort Weisinger: The Man Who Wouldn't Be Superman." It's a rare look into...