Cosmic Treadmill Podcast


CHRIS AND REGGIE'S COSMIC TREADMILL
We are open for business and would love to hear your requests.  We will discuss, analyze, voice-act, and more-or-less ruin any comic from any publisher... from any time.  Please send requests to WeirdComicsHistory@gmail.com or via Twitter: 
@reggiereggie @acecomics @CosmicTMill

Episode #49 - July 23, 2017
Deadpool #11 (1997)
By Joe Kelly & Pete Woods
Marvel Comics
In this episode, we examine the little-known and once-used technique of "Gumping," that is to take a classic comic book (Amazing Spider-Man #47, for instance) and update it with new themes and characters like those that can be found in Deadpool #11 from 1997, written by Joe Kelly and drawn by Pete Woods! After some biographical information, it's on to the time-traveling, continuity-shattering events of the comic book to hand. Then, some wrap-up and a list of other comic book characters to break or obliterate the literary fourth wall. And finally: some listener mail! It's an episode jam-packed with silliness, so bring a happy attitude!



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Episode #48 - July 16, 2017
Underground Classics: Wonder Wart-Hog
By Bill Killeen & Gilbert Shelton
Rip-Off, Inc.
Requested by Matt D.
This week, we sift through some of the seamy world of Underground Comix and read Rip Off Inc. Presents Underground Classics Wonder Wart-Hogvol. 1 from 1986! Collecting various strips from the early days of Wonder Wart-Hog, we concentrate on the three-chapter story "Wonder Wart-Hog Meets the Mob!" But not without detailed information about Wonder Wart-Hog creator and artist Gilbert Shelton, and the writer of this specific story, Bill Killeen. After a break, we comics enthusiasts sift through the long history of comics to turn up 47 different homages to or parodies of Superman! You'll have to listen in and see if we missed any good ones!





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Episode #47 - July 9, 2017
Strange Tales #110 (1963)
Dr Strange Master of Black Magic
By Stan Lee & Steve Ditko
Marvel Comics
Greetings, disciples of Vishanti! In this episode, we delve into the Black Arts of comic book creation and read Strange Tales #110 from 1963, paying special attention to the first appearance of Doctor Strange, "Dr. Strange Master of Black Magic!" After some biographical information about a couple of fellas named Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, we break down every comic book story in the issue, focusing on the third tale about Doctor Stephen Strange. Then we detail the publishing history of Doctor Strange, and wrap up the creator biographies, with some additional examination of Steve Ditko, the man--and the perception! By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, we beseech thee listen to this episode!





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Episode #46 - July 2, 2017
Savage Dragon #1 (1992)
By Erik Larsen
Image Comics
This week, we check out a third debut from Image Comics in 1992, The Savage Dragon #1 by Erik Larsen! After the usual creator and character bios, we go through every page of the inaugural issue, then discuss other iterations of the character as well as some more about the series--which continues today! To wrap up, we muckrakers look at some of the contentious statements Erik Larsen has made over the years--and their contentious responses! It's an episode full of one-liners, smack talk, and declarations, and that's not even in the comic book!





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Episode #45 - June 25, 2017
Superman (vol.2) #70 (1992)
By Dan Jurgens
DC Comics
Requested by Eric Shea
Good evening! In this episode, we children of the night investigate a comic book about vampires--Superman vol. 2 #70 from 1992 by Dan Jurgens! After a bibliography of our man Dan, we discuss the secret and not-so-secret origins of Superman before diving into a brief run-down of the issue that preceded this, Man of Steel #14, and then digging coffin-deep in our inimitable style for Superman #70! Later, there's a history of vampires and other great Superman/Robin team-ups throughout DC Comics history. No can hear you scream, in the dark, in the night...so enjoy this episode undisturbed!




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Episode #44 - June 18, 2017
Gen¹³ The Thirteens (1996)
By Brandon Choi, J. Scott Campbell & Jim Lee
Image/WildStorm Comics
Greetings, mallrats and skate betties! This week, we dive into a trio of comic books from 1996, all with the same issue number. It's Gen¹³ issues #13A, #13B and #13C by Jim Lee, Brandon Choi and J. Scott Campbell! After the usual creator bios and background information, we delve into and provide voices for each of these issues, detailing the origins of all featured characters as well as other "valuable" information about their first appearances. After a break, we wrap up the Gen¹³ series and other relevant creator info, then talk about some of our favorite gimmick covers from that period in comics history known as the Chromium Age! You're going to want two copies of this episode--one for listening to and the other for bagging and filing away!




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Episode #43 - June 11, 2017
Daredevil #161 (1979)
By Roger McKenzie and Frank Miller
Marvel Comics
Requested by Deron Murphree
In this episode, we delve into the seedy side of late 1970s New York City, when they read Daredevil #161 by Roger McKenzie and Frank Miller! After dispensing with the usual biographical information, we discuss the history of two Daredevils, then set the stage before reading the issue in question. Then, after detailing the history of Daredevil after #161, we give some historical background for this issue's location, Coney Island, then wrap up by naming some more handicapped superheroes. It's almost as fun as an amusement park, so don't miss it!






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Episode #42 - June 4, 2017
Starman: Star Shadows (1992)
By Len Strazewski, John Calimee & Vince Giaranno
DC Comics
Part of the #BestEventEver / #EclipsoTDW25 Crossover Event
Greetings from the dark side of the moon! In this episode, we pore through a segment of DC Comics' 1992 event "The Darkness Within" in conjunction with #BestEventEver! We're specifically dealing with the four-issue sub-miniseries "Star Shadows" from Starman, and even more specifically detailing the second issue of that sub-miniseries, Starman #43, by Len Strazewski and Vince Giarrano! After some crreator bios--including those of regular Starman artist John Calimee and Eclipso creator Bob Haney, they break down all four issues in this miniseries, paying special vocal attention to #43. Then we talk some more about Eclipso and other comic book events that took place in Annual issues. It's going to get dark, bring a flashlight for this one!




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Episode #41 - May 28, 2017
Manifest Destiny #1 (2013)
By Chris Dingess and Matthew Roberts
Skybound-Image Comics
Circle the wagons and prepare for American history when we read a more recent comic about a much older time: Skybound Comics' Manifest Destiny #1 by Chris Dingess and Matthew Roberts! There's scant biographical information about the creators, but plenty of information about the expedition of Lewis and Clark, of which they go into great detail. Then, we read through the entire first issue of Manifest Destiny and do their best not to offend too many folks from the United Kingdom, or Australia, or both. After revealing some secrets of the Oregon Trail, we talk about the comics history of history...in comics, and then list some other works of comic book historical fiction that we happen to like. Listening to this episode constitutes thirty percent of your final grade, so you don't want to miss it!




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Episode #40 - May 21, 2017
Captain America #405 (CapWolf!)
By Mark Gruenwald and Rick Levin
Marvel Comics
Requested by Pauly P.
This week, we become werewolf hunters when we read issue #405 of Captain America from 1992 by Mark Gruenwald and Rik Levins--"Dances With Werewolves!" Including the usual creator biographies and history of the character, we go through every issue of the six-part "Man and Wolf" story arc, paying special attention to issue #405 which contains the emergence of Capwolf! Then we wrap it all up with a cultural and comic book history of werewolves, and list a few other times in comics that heroes were subject to bizarre transformations. You'll want your silver bullets loaded for this one, it's a howler!




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Episode #39 - May 14, 2017
Green Lantern (vol.3) #51 (1994)
By Ron Marz and Darryl Banks
DC Comics
Requested by V. Ken Marion
This week, we stay chill while recounting the origin story of Kyle Rayner in Green Lantern (vol.3) #51 by Ron Marz and Darryl Banks! After some creator biographies and some catch up with the character and the story leading up to this momentous issue, we detail the entire comic book, including Kyle's ultra-hip lingo. After a break, we get to the real juicy stuff: how Peter Gabriel influenced the creation of Kyle Rayner, and a little salacious murder...most refrigerated! Not to be missed!



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Episode #38 - May 7, 2017
Elfquest #1
By Wendy and Richard Pini
WaRP Graphics
Hail and fare well! This week we dig into the self-published classic comic ElfQuest #1 by Richard and Wendy Pini from 1978! First, we learn a little about the weird comics historian himself, Chris, and his connection to the ElfQuest series. Then, after a little bio of the married creative team, they describe the entire first issue--and continue detailing the entire story of the First Quest! Then our stalwart adventurers unravel the publishing history of ElfQuest and where you can find evidence of the series outside of their own book. It all wraps up with a look at other married creative couples in comic books, and how you can go read ElfQuest online--for FREE!




Episode #37 - April 30, 2017
Robocop vs. The Terminator
By - Frank Miller & Walt Simonson
Dark Horse Comics
Requested by Ryan Douglas
This week, we do our best to save humanity from the coming robot war when we read RoboCop vs. The Terminator #1, published by Dark Horse Comics in 1992! First, we'll provide some background information on creators Frank Miller and Walter Simonson, then talk about the two science-fiction films that justified this crossover. After reading the comic book, our time-addled duo look at the rest of this miniseries, as well as the many films, television shows, video games and further comics spawned by each robot-themed franchise. You have all the time you'd like to take TO COMPLY!





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Episode #36 - April 23, 2017
New Warriors #1 (1990)
By - Fabian Nicieza & Mark Bagley
Marvel Comics
Requested by Wayne Boothe
This week we read the first issue of that team of teens with 'tude, The New Warriors from 1990, written by Fabian Nicieza and drawn by Mark Bagley! After the usual biographies, we go through every page of the issue, then continue the story with rough breakdowns of all five volumes with the same title. Then, after completing the creators' bios, we talk a little about the direct market and rampant comic books speculation prevalent when The New Warriors #1 was released. Plus: listener mail! You won't want to miss this episode, which should be immediately bagged and boarded with a minimum of handling.



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Episode #35 - April 16, 2017
New Teen Titans Drug Awareness Specials (1983)
Writers - Marv Wolfman & Joey Cavalieri
Artists - George Perez, Ross Andru & Adrian Gonzales
DC Comics
In this very special episode of the Cosmic Treadmill, we read through 1983's The Keebler Company Presents DC Comics’ the New Teen Titans by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez! After some in-depth creator bios, your sober duo examine the first, second and third New Teen Titans comic books created specifically for 1980s anti-drug programs. Later, we look at the history of drug abuse prevention in America and explore the secret origin of First Lady Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" campaign. After detailing the Peculiar Tale of the Protector, we talk about some other comic book PSAs about a variety of uncomfortable topics! Tune in and get high...on podcasts!




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Episode #34 - April 9, 2017
Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters, Book One
By - Mike Grell 
DC Comics
Requested by Ruth & Darrin Sutherland
This week, we set our sights on Mike Grell's 1987 revamp of Oliver Queen, Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters Book One! We do the usual creator biographies and provide a detailed history of the character Green Arrow. Then we read the entire issue, complete with historical background for the city of Seattle and some other references, and continue on to describe the other two books in this prestige-format series! After the break, we go beyond The Longbow Hunters and follow Green Arrow until today, as well as complete the biographies. And to finish up, we dissect that most daunting of comic book mysteries: time and continuity! It's a gritty reimagining of the Cosmic Treadmill you won't want to miss!


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Episode #33 - April 2, 2017
Animal Man #5
By - Grant Morrison & Chas Truog
DC Comics
Requested by Jim Werner
In this episode, we break outta 'Toon Town and read Animal Man #5 from 1988! First, we provide biographical information about the book's creators, and after the issue we talk about the many lives...and deaths if Animal Man afterwards. To wrap-up, we discuss other comic book characters known to break the fourth wall, including one that literally broke it! You'll feel addressed directly with this episode!
 

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Episode #32 - March 26, 2017
Defenders #1
By - Steve Englehart & Sal Buscema
Marvel Comics
Requested by Ryan Douglas
We conclude our month-long tour through Marvel Comics with The Defenders #1 from 1972--the fourth or fifth appearance of the team! They'll describe every moment of the issue and discuss other iterations of the Defenders team, and go through the usual creator biographies--but stay tuned, comics enthusiasts, because the real story is in the writer, Steve Englehart! It's an episode full of laughs and gasps, you won't want to miss it!




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Episode #31 - March 19, 2017
Incredible Hulk #181
By - Len Wein & Herb Trimpe
Marvel Comics
Requested by Branden Murray
Grab a bowl of poutine and put on your heavy coat when we head into woodsy Canada and read the Incredible Hulk #181 from 1974! After some biographical information about creators and industry giants Len Wein and Herb Trimpe, we go through every crushing blow and...soul-swapping magic spell of this comic book. Then, we provide a detailed background of the sensational character find of 1974, Wolverine! We're the best at what we do, and what we do is...hopefully nice! Enjoy!


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Episode #30 - March 12, 2017
Generation X #1
By - Scott Lobdell and Chris Bachalo
Marvel Comics
Requested by Andrew in Belfast
In this episode, the mutant kids will have their say when we read Marvel Comics' Generation X #1 from 1994! They provide some detailed biographies of the creators Scott Lobdell and Chris Bachalo, and then try to pick apart the complex web of events that are 1990s and early 2000s X-Men comic books. Then, our muties talk about other youth-based comic book teams. Tell your parents you're not following their rules and pull the posters from your bedroom walls, because we're talkin' 'bout my Generation X!




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Episode #29 - March 5, 2017
Superior Foes of Spider-Man #1
By - Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber
Marvel Comics
Requested by LJ Hollywood
Comics investigators Chris and Reggie dive into the seedy underbelly of the Marvel Comics Universe when they detail the nefarious doings of The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #1 by Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber! After some creator biographies, including Nick's political past--and present!--our duo go through the entire issue, providing background information on every character. Then they discuss other "unlikely" superhero and supervillain teams in comics history! Plug in your headphones and keep this on the D.L.--this episode is a heist!
 


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Episode #28 - February 26, 2017
WildC.A.T.S: Covert Action Teams #1
By - Jim Lee and Brandon Choi
Image Comics
Requested by V. Ken Marion
The treadmill goes explosively covert when we read the first issue of WildC.A.T.s Covert Action Teams by Brandon Choi and Jim Lee! We go through every blessed panel of this Image Comics launch title from 1992, and detail Jim Lee's storied career from his rejection letters to becoming co-publisher of DC Comics. The fellas also discuss other volumes in the WildC.A.T.s series and its curious mainstream popularity in the mid-1990s. So pull on your draping face-masks for a high energy, gut-blasting episode...of secrecy!




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Episode #27 - February 12, 2017
Flash (vol.2) #0
Writer - Mark Waid
Artist - Mike Wieringo
DC Comics
Requested by Bryan Trevitt
Join us on another Crisis-inspired jaunt through speedster history when we read Flash vol. 2 #0 by Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo! After some biographical details about the creative team, we delve into the issue proper and discover the truth about what inspired Wally West to become the Flash! Then, after some notable quotables from Mr. Waid himself, Chris and Reggie talk about legacy characters in comic books--what they think about them and why publishers never seem to let them stick around! It's a wild romp of an episode that will take you all over the...time!



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Episode #26 - January 29, 2017
Boris the Bear #1 (July, 1986)
Writers - Mike Richardson, Randy Stradley
Artist - James Dean Smith
Dark Horse Comics
Requested by Joe Crawford
We take a trip through comicdom's murky, finger-stained past to read Boris the Bear #1 from 1986! We'll describe every gory detail of the book, then attempt to put the comic in context by detailing the post-TMNT black & white comic book explosion! All that and a few creator bios. Turn off your Care Bear stare while listening to this episode!



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Episode #25 - January 22, 2017
Teen Titans Medley
The Brave and the Bold #54 (July, 1964)
Writer - Bob Haney
Artist - Bruno Premiani
New Teen Titans #38 (January, 1984)
Tales of the Teen Titans Annual #3 (July, 1984)
Writer - Marv Wolfman
Artist - George Perez
DC Comics
This week we present episodes previously recorded as part of the weirdsciencedccomics.com podcast--two of which are of unique personal interest to Chris! We've got the first appearance of the Teen Titans in Brave and the Bold #54 (1964), then Who is Donna Troy? from New Teen Titans #38 (1984), and finally Tales of the Teen Titans Annual #3 (1984) which also includes an overview of the landmark story The Judas Contract and some details about the character Tara "Terra" Markov! It's a Titan-riffic episode--and it's longer than most, so bring plenty of snacks before listening to this one!
     The Life and Times of Tara Markov
     Who is Donna Troy?


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Episode #24 - January 15, 2017

Spectacular Spider-Man #226 (July, 1995)
Writer - Tom DeFalco
Artist - Sal Buscema
Marvel Comics
Requested by Christian Faulds
It's a mind-bending episode as we read through issue 226 of Spectacular Spider-Man and try to untangle the mysteries of Spider-Man's Clone Saga! After some creator bios and back story, we do their best to detail the events of the Clone Saga and the drama behind the scenes that nearly spun it out of control. Plus: Spidercide, for no particular reason! You'll want to have your Carrion Virus to hand for this one.





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Episode #23 - January 1, 2017
Batman #681 (December, 2008)
Writer - Grant Morrison
Artist - Tony S. Daniel
DC Comics
Requested by Matches Balone
 As requested by esteemed comics enthusiast Matches Balone, we read Batman #681 from 2008! We give some details on writer Grant Morrison and penciller Tony S. Daniel, and provide a synopsis of the entire Morrison run on Batman that led to this issue--and beyond! We also speculate on the true identity of Batman's nemesis Doctor Simon Hurt, a character we may never see again. Join us for the monumental death of Batman...then his resurrection, then his death again, and another resurrection!




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Episode #22 - December 18, 2016
Youngblood #1 (April, 1992)
Story & Art - Rob Liefeld
Script - Hank Kanalz
Image Comics
In this episode, we dip into the best example of the comic book industry's EXTREME! period and read Youngblood #1 by Rob Liefeld! Both stories in this flip book get dissected, examined and voiced by the diligent Cosmic Treadmill team, even the parts that they didn't understand. We also detail the life and times of Rob Liefeld, and provide a complete history of the Youngblood property, from its first secret sighting that precedes this issue, all the way up until...today! It's gonna be a teeth-gritting, air-squatting trip back to those aggressive 1990s.






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Episode #21 - December 4, 2016
Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #106
Writer - Robert Kanigher
Artists - Werner Roth & Vince Colletta
DC Comics
Requested by Toby Hagen
By special request of Toby Hagen from 42shadesofgeek.co.uk, We read Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #106 cover dated November, 1970, a story titled "I Am Curious (Black)!" In the comic book, Lois Lane turns African-American for 24 hours, and in the podcast, we fumble through the issue and a partial history of black representation in comics. It's unclear as to which one is more cringe-worthy!



 



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Episode #20 - November 20, 2016

Fantastic Four #293 (with 294-295)
Writers - John Byrne & Roger Stern
Artists - John Byrne & Jerry Ordway
Marvel Comics
Requested by Toby Reid
Welcome to our first episode unhitched from the main Weird Science DC Comics Podcast, which will run every other Sunday until every single comic book in the world is read! This week we detail Fantastic Four #293 (August 1986), requested by listener Toby Reid, and talk about the following two issues to complete the story arc. There's also creator bios, and an explanation as to why one creator started this arc, but another creative team completed it! It's sure to be... Fantastic! Four!


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Episode #17 - October 23, 2016
Booster Gold (vol.2) #5 (2008)
By Geoff Johns, Jeff Katz, and Dan Jurgens
DC Comics
In this re-upload from our "segment" days, we discuss an issue of Booster Gold in which the hero goes BACK TO THE PAST (just like the fellas do!) to try and undo the events of The Killing Joke!  After going through creator bios, our boys in the time-bubble read through the issue, and close out with a discussion on the event this issue sought to undo... which is sure to annoy some people!  Eh, who we kidding, you're gonna love it!



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Episode #16 - October 16, 2016
The Brave and the Bold #54 (1964)
By: Bob Haney & Bruno Premiani
DC Comics
Requested by Freni Sillona
See Cosmic Treadmill, Episode #25 where this piece was included as part of our Teen Titans Medley!


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Episode #11 - September 11, 2016
Angel Love (1986-1987)
By Barbara Slate
DC Comics
Join us as we travel back to 1980's New York City to discuss the 1986-1987 series Angel Love by Barbara Slate.  This is from before we discovered our passion and... ahem, talent... for voice acting!
During the summer of 1986 most DC Comics featured a most curious house-ad promising, among other things at least the passing mention of COCAINE?!!  What many comics enthusiasts may not know is this book actually DID came out later on that year!  Angel Love is a New York transplant coming from a quiet corner in Scranton, Pennsylvania hoping to strike it big as a cartoonist.  Along the way she will face drug-addicted boyfriends, a vapid (and more fun to read about) roommate, a bum who likes to sleep on her couch, and countless chatty cockroaches.  Is this what life in the big city’s all about?
Find out with us as we check out Angel Love.


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Episode #7 - August 14, 2016
New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
By Marv Wolfman & George Perez
DC Comics
See Cosmic Treadmill, Episode #25 where this piece was included as part of our Teen Titans Medley!


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Episode #3 - July 17, 2016
New Teen Titans: Who is Donna Troy?
By Marv Wolfman & George Perez
DC Comics
See Cosmic Treadmill, Episode #25 where this piece was included as part of our Teen Titans Medley!


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