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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...

Duration: 01:16:17

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...

Duration: 01:07:37

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...

Duration: 01:20:40

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...

Duration: 00:46:32

Weird Comics History, Episode 24: The Fifth Week

Where is my Pet-er Park-er Where is my Justice Leeeeague Where is my Un-canny X-Men Where have all the cah-mics gooone? Well, gentle listener… if you have a calendar handy, you’ll know that we’re currently in the final week of a month that has FIVE Wednesdays! That puts us in the sticky-wicket known as a “fifth week”. Not much on the racks this week unless you’ve got your eye on an overpriced (and likely underwhelming) Annual… or perhaps you’re one of the “lucky ones”, and your...

Duration: 01:31:26

Cosmic Treadmill ep. 66 - The Death of Superman, Part 4 - Reign of the Supermen II and the Return of Superman! (1994)

Welcome back from the birthing matrix, listeners! This week, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) conclude their celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Death of Superman by detailing the final issues leading to Superman: The Man of Steel #25–Superman’s rebirth! And we don’t mean Rebirth! After some quickie creator bios for the new faces in this episode, they careen through the many Superman group comics involved here–and one Green Lantern comic, besides! Then, after wrapping...

Duration: 01:36:49

Cosmic Treadmill, Ep. 2 - Action Comics #252 (First Supergirl!)

Happy Thanksgiving! This time out we’re reuploading our second ever Cosmic Treadmill episode… where we chat all about our favorite Kryptonian orphan, Supergirl! We laugh… and we cry, as we recount a very traumatic few days in the life of Kara Zor-El… join us, won’t you? **SALTY LANGUAGE WARNING** – POLL Results: 33% - Sandman #6 (24 Hours) 58% - Action Comics #252 9% - Poor ol’ Sugar and Spike #97 From 24 votes. Thanks everyone who took part! – You can get a hold of us at...

Duration: 00:37:01

Cosmic Treadmill ep. 65 - The Death of Superman, Part 2: Reign of the Supermen (1993)

Hello again, friends! In this episode, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) return to their 25th Anniversary celebration of the DC Comics event “The Death of Superman” with a look at 1993’s “Reign of the Supermen,” which ran through Action Comics #687, Superman: The Man of Steel #22, Superman #78, and Adventures of Superman #501–four comic books which were all released on the same day! After introducing soe new creators and describing two related comics that came out during a...

Duration: 01:49:37

Cosmic Treadmill, Ep. 4 - The World of Krypton (1979)

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to… ask the Matricomp if a certain pair of Kryptonians ought to be wed! During this Cosmic Treadmill Classic Co-head-ushers, Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) keep their peepers perked for Bronze-Age wedding crashers when Jor-El decides to make an honest woman out of Lara. Whattaya mean “That’s not the way I remember The World of Krypton going!”? Well, that’s because we’re not reading that one… but it’ll get a mention! – Issues...

Duration: 00:45:55

Cosmic Treadmill ep. 64 - The Death of Superman, Part 2: Funeral For a Friend

Greetings, fellow mourners. In this episode, pallbearers Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) somberly detail the second chapter in the Death of Superman saga, 1992-93’s Funeral For a Friend by DC Comics! After some recap, they describe Justice League America #70, which came out the same day as Superman #75 and served as a bridge into the eight-issue Funeral For a Friend series! And when those details are done, the show wraps up with some other funnybook funerals through the...

Duration: 01:22:03

Cosmic Treadmill, ep 1: Booster Gold #1 (1986)

Reading a comic book… then discussing it on the air, how hard could that be? Well, Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) found out the first couple of times they tried recording this… without anything resembling a script or shownotes! Fortunately, gentle listener… that’s not the version you’re going to be (hopefully) downloading today. In this, the VERY FIRST episode of the Cosmic Treadmill, the guys discuss the first appearance of DC Comics’ first post-Crisis Superhero (or is...

Duration: 00:34:57

Cosmic Treadmill ep. 63 - The Death of Superman, Part 1

Greetings, comics enthusiasts! To celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the landmark event, our pallbearers Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) dive deep into DC Comics’ Death of Superman from 1992! After providing some context for the series by describing its contributing factors, and an exhaustive look at the many creators involved in this story, they break down every comic book leading up to Superman’s demise in the landmark issue Superman vol. 2 #75, which gets their...

Duration: 01:45:27

Cosmic Treadmill, Ep. 6 - Superman: Kryptonite Nevermore!

In this very special re-upload, junior geologists Reggie (@reggiereggie) and Chris (@acecomics) talk a lot about… sand! Sand Supermen in fact… when they cover the classic Denny O’Neil and Curt Swan story we now refer to as Kryptonite Nevermore! They chat about each issue… however, this comes from a time before they discovered their love of (and indisputable talent for) voice-acting… so it’s on the brief side. They wrap up their discussion by looking at the times where DC saw fit to send...

Duration: 01:06:34

Cosmic Treadmill ep. 62 - Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1 (2014)

Happy Halloween! In this episode, Witchfinder General Chris (@AceComics) and Supreme Warlock Reggie (@reggiereggie) peer into the darker side of Archie Comics when they read Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1 from 2014! After the requisite creator and character bios, they commune with the issue, picking apart every scene and detailing any easter eggs. After a break, they provide a history of European and American witch trials, and a partial history...

Duration: 01:24:33

Real Comics History, ep. 4 - The Year in Comics 1995

That sound you just heard was that of a bubble bursting! What goes up, must come down… even in the world of comics. Much of this “coming down” just happened to occur in the year 1995. Our time-trapped twosome deliver another heaping dollop of nostalgia when they chat about things like the O.J. Simpson murder case, Sony PlayStaton, WCW Monday Nitro… and even some comic books! Comic events discussed include X-Men: The Age of Apocalypse, The Death of Aunt May, DC vs. Marvel (or Marvel vs. DC...

Duration: 01:21:53

Cosmic Treadmill ep. 61 - X-Factor #71 (1991)

Hello! In this episode, our blorks Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) read a title that was effectively rebooted–without being renumbered! It’s Peter David’s and Larry Strohman’s X-Factor #71, published by Marvel Comics in 1991! There’s the usual creator bios, and enough X-Men backstory to help frame the issue being read. Then, they dive into the history of the X-Men, including some of Chris’ personal reminiscences collecting the X-Men series! It’s like attending a day of...

Duration: 01:39:10

Cosmic Treadmill, ep 15 - Swamp Thing #61 (1987)

In Forest Dark or Glade Beferned, No Blade of Grass shall go Unturned. Let those who have the Daylight Spurned, Tread not where this Green Lamp has Burned. For this week’s re-upload, Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) travel to the Banyam Complex on planet J586 and sit in on a sermon delivered by the Priest of O. Somewhere along the way of this dazzling radio-opera, Reggie really messes up his throat… and a great time is had by all! – Poll-Results: 38% - Superman:...

Duration: 00:40:16

Cosmic Treadmill ep. 60 - Trigger Girl 6 (2012) + Fanzines!

Greetings, comics enthusiasts! This week, our untrained assassins Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) dive into the first four issues of Image Comics’ Creator-Owned Heroes and read every chapter of Trigger Girl 6 by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and Phil Noto! Inspired by the format of Creator-Owned-Heroes, the pair wander off on a tangent into the Weird and Comically Historical world of fanzines–specificially, comics fanzines! Describing a history and technique lasting since the...

Duration: 01:45:23

Cosmic Treadmill, Ep. 18 - Plastic Man #1 (1943)

He’s a real good guy in a bright red suit and he always wears goggles and a belt that’s a beaut! Plastic Maaaaaaa*hic*nnn Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) stretch themselves to their limit this time around discussing a Golden Age tale of Plas and the gang. They also dig deep into the life and times of Jack Cole, his work for Playboy Magazine and friendship with the recently-departed Hugh Hefner as well as his unfortunate and mysterious end. – Twitter Poll Results: 35% -...

Duration: 01:20:10

Cosmic Treadmill ep. 59 - Parallax: Emerald Night #1 (Final Night, 1996)

Good evening…forever! In this episode, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) brace themselves against the freezing temperatures of DC Comics’ 1996 crossover event Final Night, paying special attention to the crossover Parallax: Emerald Night #1 by Ron Marz and Mike McKone! After some creator bios, they detail the events leading up to Final Night, and then break down three issues of the event–including brief recaps of the crossover issues! In the second half, they delve deeply into...

Duration: 01:26:36

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