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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 91 - Groo the Wanderer (1982)

What ho, fair comics enthusiasts! In this episode, professional barbarians Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) indulge their wanderlust when they read Sergio Aragones’ Groo the Wanderer #1, published by Pacific Comics in 1982! After a bio on Sergio and the issue’s “translator” Mark Evanier, they dive right into the fray of the first issue, detailing every page. After a break, they come back to wrap up the info about the creators, then tell the history of Pacific Comics. Plus, a...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 90 - Welcome Back, Kotter #1 (1976)

Hello, prime-time television enthusiasts! In this episode, Sweathogs Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) check out one of DC Comics’ experimental titles from their mid-1970s “Explosion,” when they read Welcome Back, Kotter #1 by Elliot S! Maggin and Jack Sparling from 1976! After the creator bios, and an explanation of the conditions that allowed such a comic book to exist, they do a complete read-through and make poor attempts at mimicking the character voices. After a break,...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 89 - Uncle Scrooge #1 (1952)

Ye cats, comic enthusiasts! This week, vocal bumblers Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) tackle the elephant-sized duck in the room when they read Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge #1 from 1952, written, drawn, and lettered by Carl Barks! After some biographical info about Barks, Disney, and Ducks, they go through the entire oversized issue, detailing Uncle Scrooge McDuck’s first comic book appearance. Then, while capping off the monumental life of Carl Barks, they try to untangle the...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 87 - Young Heroes in Love #1 (1997)

Hello, comics enthusiast–do you come here often? In this episode, romantics Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) check out the wildly creative landscape of late 1990s comic books when they read Young Heroes in Love #1 by Dan Raspler and Dev Madan, published by DC Comics in 1997! After a look at the conditions and causes behind this “throw it at the wall, see if it sticks” era and some other earnest attempts of the time, they read the entire issue, which introduces the core...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 86 - Jungle Comics #2 (1940)

Salutations, noble comic book savages! In this episode, our intrepid explorers Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) plumb the depths of the dark interior of the African continent when they read Jungle Comics #2, published by Fiction House in 1940! They go through all nine(!) stories within the issues, providing creator bios and background information where applicable, with a special emphasis on the ninth story–the first appearance of the first female superhero, Fantomah by...


Weird Comics History, ep. 29 - Exploring the Mysteries of Miracleman (Marvelman), Part Three

Order in the court! (Ham and Cheese) For their final installment of “Exploring the Mysteries of Miracleman”, your favorite legal eagles Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) don their long robes and powdered wigs and do their darnedest to figure out just who owns Marvelman! They will discuss the wheelings and dealings of one Spawny fellow… and spend far too much time discussing the characters of Angela, Cogliostro, and Medieval Spawn… but they promise it all (mostly) fits the...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 86 - Quantum and Woody #1 & #2 (1997)

Greetings, comics enthusiasts! This week, the original “Odd Couple”* Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) check out the first two issues of another mismatched pair of knuckleheads, Christopher Priest and M.D. Bright’s Quantum and Woody from 1997! After the creator bios, they go through every pages of issues #1 and #2, chuckling all the way. There’s also a history of how Acclaim Entertainment acquired Valiant Comics and created the line that would host this series, all the way to...


Weird Comics History, ep 28 - Exploring the Mysteries of Marvelman… Miracleman, Part Two

There comes a time when everybody has to leave home… and that’s no different for our new friend Marvelman, who, during this episode makes the trek across the Atlantic, and starts getting published stateside by Eclipse Comics. Not before a little tweak in his title though. For their middle installment of Exploring the Mysteries of MarveREDACTED… let’s try that again. Exploring the Mysteries of MarREDACTED. Hmm… okay, we’ll do it their way… For this installment of Exploring the Mysteries of...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 85 - Weird Western Tales #12 (1972)

Git along, little doggies! In this episodes, cowpokes Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) dip their toes into the genre of Western Comics, when they read DC Comics’ Weird Western Tales #12 from 1972! Concentrating on the first story, “Promise to a Princess!” featuring Jonah Hex, they still give biographical information for each creator involved in this anthology comic book, and detail every story therein. Then, after a break, the intrepid frontiersmen look at the history of Jonah...


Weird Comics History, ep. 27 - Exploring the Mysteries of Marvelman, Part One

You ever have a Dream of Flying? Join Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) as they dive deep into the world of Marvelman. From his humble beginnings as a British replacement for a certain Big Red Cheese, to the stories people actually care about (ie. those written by Alan Moore, er we mean “The Original Writer”. We will be sharing this crazy story over the next three installments. This time around you will be introduced to the reasons behind Marvelman’s creation, we’ll introduce...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 84 - Superman Meets the Quik Bunny (1987)

Happy Pesach! In today’s episode, our qlubhouse qharacters Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) investigate the mysteries of Easter–after reading Superman Meets the Quik Bunny by Mike Carlin, Carmine Infantino, and Dick Giordano from 1987! After some short biographical information for everyone, including “Quicky” the Quik mascot himself, our chocoloate milkoholics read the entire issue, spoiling even the puzzles for the uninitiated. Following a commercial break, it’s time for the...


Weird Comics History ep. 26 - Classic Comic Book Advertisements 2

Greetings, pulpophiles! In this episode, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) step back into the “between pages” of comic books, known as Classic Comic Book Advertisements, the Return! First, they’ll detail the history and innovations of GRIT magazine, despite never having seen a copy. Then, they discuss Joe Orlando and his unforgettable ad for Sea Monkeys, as well as the dark secret behind these “instant” aquatic life forms…and it’s not that they aren’t monkeys. Finally, the...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 83 - Ghost Rider #7 (1990)

Good evening, riders! In this episode, agents of vengeance Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) check out a listener-requested comic published by Marvel Comics in 1990–Ghost Rider #7 by Howard Mackie and Mark Texeira! After the usual biographical information and a little background about the skull-faced biker himself, they dive right into the issue which includes Marvel Comics’ version of Scarecrow. Then, they wrap up the story of Mr. Mackie and talk about some other characters of...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 82 - Jim Nastics #1 (1984)

Salutations, dusty-fingered listeners! In this episode, cheapos Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) sift through the back of the quarter bin to bring you some independent entertainment on a budget: Redstone Comics’ Jim Nastics #1, by Bill Mitchell and Alan Larsen, from 1984! After as much biographical information as could be found, and a look at the conditions that allowed this comic book to exist, they go through every page of this tense, Cold War-era drama. Then, our bouncing...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 81 - Ambush Bug Stocking Stuffer #1 (1986)

Greetings and Merry Christmas…in March? This week, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) dust off a “lost script” from last year and read Robert Loren Fleming and Keith Giffen’s Ambush Bug Stocking Stuffer #1, published by DC Comics in 1986! After some information about the creators, our holiday cheerists dive into all forty pages of this comic. Then, after a vocal break, they’ll describe every appearance of Ambush Bug, and a controversy that wound up shelving the character for...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 80 - Batman: Digital Justice (1990) w/ Bob Rozakis!

Power on, comics enthusiasts! In this episode, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) trip the LED light fantastic when they read the first all computer generated comic book, Pepe Merino’s Batman: Digital Justice from 1990! After some biographical information and a quick aside about the first computer drawn comic book, our ‘net-surfin’ duo delve into this four chapter story of a dystopian future controlled by machines. Then, they talk about the manufacturing processes of comic books...


Cosmic Treadmill, ep. 15 - Brave and the Bold #54 (1964)

The third (and final) part of our Teen Titans Medley finally gets its own upload. Come along with us and meet the Teens who would become Titans, when we read The Brave and the Bold #54 from 1964. – Originally aired in segment form during Weird Science DC Comics Podcast, Episode 93 (October 16, 2016). – You can get a hold of us at – For our weekly writings check out For Chris’ daily writings check out...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 79 - WCW: World Championship Wrestling #1 (1992)

Good evening, comics enthusiasts, and let’s get ready to rumble! This week, the tag team comic book podcasters Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) dive into an extreme era of professional wrestling when they read Mike Lackey and Ron Wilson’s WCW: World Championship Wrestling #1, published by Marvel Comics in 1992! After some biographical information about the creators–and wrestlers!–and a brief, but detailed, history of WCW, they head right into the squared circle and describe...


Cosmic Treadmill, ep. 7 - New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract

Another week… another episode from the “completionist collection”. Hey, if you’ve never listened to Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 25 (and shame on you, if that’s the case) this one’s New To You! Take a trip back with Reggie (@reggiereggie) and Chris (@acecomics) to the days when the Titans took in the traitorous Terra! They run down all of her appearances leading up to her betrayal… and go longform on the Judas Contract event. After that, they chatter on about Terra’s legacy… and at least one...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 78 - Avengers Spotlight #23 (1989)

Good evening, late-nite listeners! Heeeere’s Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) bringing you another deep dive into a comic book, this one specially chosen by Aaron Anderson: Avengers Spotlight #23 from Marvel Comics! After the usual biographies for Howard Mackie, Al Milgrom, John Byrne and Kieron Dwyer, the Hollywood Kids read both stories contained in this issue–the second one of the first appearances of The Vision in his all-white look! Then they talk about an old rural...


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