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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...


Cosmic Treadmill, ep. 3 - New Teen Titans #38 (Who is Donna Troy?)

Happy belated Valentine’s Day folks… today Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) deliver a gift in the form of… well, the gift Terry Long wanted to give to Donna Troy… namely, finding out just who in the world she is! We know what you’re thinking… “Didn’t we already get this one as part of Teen Titans Medley?” and the answer is, yes. Unfortunately one of your Cosmic Treadmillers is a bit obsessive about the numbering (we won’t reveal which one), and so you’re getting it all by its...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 77 - Heartbreak Comics (1984)

Hello and good day to you, comics enthusiasts! This week, our North American hosts Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) travel North of the border and read a tale of romance, betrayal, and tough-as-nails milkmen in Heartbreak Comics (1984) by David Boswell! After some biographical details and a brief introduction to the World’s Toughest Milkman, they detail all 40 pages of Heartbreak Comics, including voices for all the strange characters in this world. After cleaning up some...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 76 - Monster vol. 1 (1994)

Konichiwa, comics enthusiasts! This week, Chris (@AceComics) sends Reggie (@reggiereggie) into unfamiliar territory and tasks him with reading his first ever tankobon collection of manga: Naoki Urasawa’s Monster vol. 1! Originally published in Japan in 1994, then translated and republished in North America in 2006, our fellows read all eight chapters of that first volume, after a creator bio and a very brief description of manga. Then, they tell the rest of the story, as detailed in...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 75 - Superman: Grounded (2010-2011)

Greetings, groundlings! In this episode, perambulators Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) lace up their most comfortable walking shoes to read Superman #700-714 (2010-2011) by J. Michael Straczynski and Eddy Barrows (among others), better known as the Superman: Grounded story arc! After the requisite bios and an out-of-date contest offer, we’ll stroll right into the tale, beginning with a prologue that appeared in the landmark anthology issue Superman #700. Then they detail...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 74 - The One #1 (1985)

Zdravstvuyte, comics enthusiasts! In this episode, Cold Warriors Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) tackle a very complicated comic book miniseries that deals with an even more complicated twentieth geopolitical situation when they read 1985’s The One #1 by Rick Veitch! After a quick creator bio and a high school history refresher, they’ll push past nuclear nightmares and read all of The One #1, lending their special talents to the issue. After a break, they recap every other...


Weird Comics History, Episode 25 - Will Eisner

Artist, Educator, Businessman… Icon! For this installment of Weird Comics History, Reggie (@reggiereggie) and Chris (@acecomics) discuss the life and times of one of comics’ most enduring personalities, Will Eisner! We explore everything from his childhood, to the foundation of the Eisner-Iger Studios, and even throughout his military service… learning that no matter what the scenario, Eisner and art went hand in hand. SOURCES: willeisner.comWill Eisner: A Spirited LifeWill Eisner’s...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 73 - Fantastic Four #51 (1966)

Greetings, comic enthusiasts! In this episode, our sub-space explorers Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) examine a seminal issue in the legacy of Marvel Comics’ First Family, issue #51 of Fantasic Four by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby! Including detailed bios of these titans of comic book history, they dive deep into the self-reflection and redemption of a character with no name in “This Man…This Monster!” Then, our literary duo discuss the nature of a tragic hero–and discuss some...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 72 - Tales of the Teen Titans #50 (1985): The Life and Times of Terry Long

Here’s your invite to the wedding event of the season! In this episode, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) examine one of the more unsettling characters in the DC Comics Universe, when they examine the life and times of Terrence Arthur Long, with a special concentration on his wedding to Donna Troy in Tales of the Teen Titans #50 by Marv Wolfman and George Perez! After the requisite creator bios, our ceremonial ushers detail every appearance of Terry Long leading up to the...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 71 - Star Brand #1 (1986)

Happy new year, happy New Universe! In this episode, space-cases Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) investigate the prolific and controversial life of one-time Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter, when they read Star Brand #1 from 1986! There’s a bio on penciller John Romita, Jr., and a bit of information on the rise and fall of Marvel’s New Universe, but much of the episode is given over to Jim Shooter–his accomplishments, his failures, and his editorial philosophy! All...


Real Comics History, ep. 7 - The Year in Comics 1962

You can get a hold of us at – Originally aired in lieu of a Young Animal Segment during Weird Science DC Comics Podcast, Episode 122 (May 7, 2017) – For our weekly writings check out For Chris’ daily writings check out For our half-hearted blog/image depository check out – Visit us on Facebook at: and on Twitter...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 70 - Christmas With the Superheroes #1 (1988)

Happy holidays and season’s greetings, everyone! In this episode, our resident grinches Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) shake their bellies like bowls full of jelly and get infused with the Christmas spirit when they read DC Comics’ Christmas With the Superheroes #1 from 1988! After what they’d hoped would be truncated biographies for every creator on every story in this anthology, our comic book elves read through the entire issue in their impeccable squawky style. If you...


Real Comics History, ep. 6 - The Year in Comics 1954

1954… a year that changed comics forever! Join Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) as they give a quick and dirty reminiscence of their five-part Weird Comics History series on the Comics Code Authority (Episodes 1-5, available in the archives!)… and chat up a bunch of other (less-noteworthy) comics biz events of the year. There’s also some at-the-time relevant Young Animal news (at 22:35)… which you’re free to ignore! – You can get a hold of us at...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 69 - The Pro. (2002)

Step into our budoir, comics enthusiasts. In this sinfully sultry episode. Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) delve into the “bluer” side of funnybooks when they read Garth Ennis, Amanda Conner, and Jimmy Palmiotti’s prestige format The Pro. published by Image Comics in 2002! After some squeaky clean creator bios, and a downright pleasant review of the conditions at Image Comics that made this comic book possible, our intrepid but tepid explorers spelunk the seedy and slightly...


Real Comics History, ep. 5 - The Year in Comics 1968

C’mon get happy everybody! For this week’s “classic” re-upload, flower children Reggie (@reggiereggie) and Chris (@acecomics) discuss the year in comics… 1968! This isn’t so much an “according to them” sorta show, considering that neither of the fellas had yet graced the planet with their presence… however, with the benefit of hindsight (and the internet) they break down all the big news in the comics biz. What better way to prepare for this weekend’s milestone 69th episode than...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 68 - Spawn #1 (1992)

Hell…o, living comics enthusiasts! This week, our wicked hosts Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) look at the last of four launch titles when Image Comics opened for business in 1992: superstar artist Todd McFarlane’s Spawn #1! After some author information, it’s right into dissecting the issue, and the origin story for this rather…familiar character. Then, they talk about some of Todd’s controversial public statements before closing out with a look at Todd the Toy Master, and a...


Cosmic Treadmill, Ep. 8 - Sugar and Spike #97

Welcome to the final “classic” Cosmic Treadmill, and what an episode to end on… Sugar & Spike. Please enjoy an hour of baby talk… some of which actually comes from babies! – You can get a hold of us at – Originally aired in segment form during Weird Science DC Comics Podcast, Episode 85 (August 21,2016) – For our weekly writings check out For Chris’ daily writings check out For our...


Cosmic Treadmill ep. 67 - The New Defenders #126 (1983)

Greetings, comics enthusiasts! Our erstwhile heroes Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) dive into an unusal iteration of a unorthodox superhero team, when they read J.M DeMatteis and Alan Kupperberg’s The New Defenders #126 from 1983! After the requisite author bios, they detail the history of the Defenders to 1983, then dissect the issue in their inimitable way. Then, more about the Defenders (including something about a Netflix show) and a list of radio, television and movie...


Cosmic Treadmill, Ep. 9 - Sandman #6 “24 Hours” (1989)

It’s just another day in the lives of some diner patrons… or so they thought. Join Reggie (@reggiereggie) and Chris (@acecomics) as they pop in on this greasy spoon for a cuppa joe… only to find themselves trapped there with a decidedly more disturbing Doctor Destiny! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll probably cry some more! 24 Hours never went so fast! – Originally aired in segment form during Weird Science DC Comics Podcast, Episode #86 (August 28, 2016) – You can get a hold of us at...


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