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 #65 - November 19, 2017
Reign of the Supermen, Part One (1993)
By Dan Jurgens, Louise Simonson, Jerry Ordway, Karl Kesel & Roger Stern
Art by Dan Jurgens, Jon Bogdanove, Jackson Guice & Tom Grummett
DC Comics
Hello again, friends! In this episode, we return to our 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 some new creators and describing two related comics that came out during a three-month Superman publishing hiatus, we dissect each issue in our usual style. After a little discussion of their memories of reading this series as it came out, we look at other times heroes had to be replaced by understudies! It's an episode jam-packed with returns!




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Episode #64 - November 12, 2017
Superman: Funeral For a Friend (1992/1993)
By Dan Jurgens, Louise Simonson, Jerry Ordway & Roger Stern
Art by Dan Jurgens, Jon Bogdanove, Jackson Guice & Tom Grummett
DC Comics
Greetings, fellow mourners. In this episode, your favorite pallbearers somberly detail the second chapter in the Death of Superman saga, 1992-93's Funeral For a Friend by DC Comics! After some recap, we 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 funny-book funerals through the years. This episode puts the "fun" in "funeral!"





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Episode #63 - November 5, 2017
The Death of Superman (1992)
By Dan Jurgens, Louise Simonson, Jerry Ordway & Roger Stern
Art by Dan Jurgens, Jon Bogdanove, Jackson Guice & Tom Grummett
DC Comics
Greetings, comics enthusiasts! To celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the landmark event, your pallbearers 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, we break down every comic book leading up to Superman's demise in the landmark issue Superman (vol.2) #75, which gets their special attention. Then our grief-stricken duo get down to brass tacks and talk about the dollar values of these comics today, and discuss several other times Superman has departed this mortal coil throughout his existence. It's an action-packed adventure that ends with tragedy, a deal you won't get this side of Shakespeare!



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Episode #62 - October 29, 2017
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1 (2014)
By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Robert Hack
Archie Comics
Happy Halloween! In this episode, Witchfinder General Chris and Supreme Warlock 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, we commune with the issue, picking apart every scene and detailing any easter eggs. After a break, we provide a history of European and American witch trials, and a partial history of Archie Comics, with scrutiny on the core Riverdale teens! It's a spooky, groovy, and fact-filled episode you will not want to miss!




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Episode #61 - October 22, 2017
X-Factor #71 (1991)
By Peter David & Larry Stroman
Marvel Comics
Requested by Jesse DeJong
Hello! In this episode, we blorks 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, we 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 classes at the Xavier School for Gifted Children, without paying tuition!



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Episode #60 - October 15, 2017
Trigger Girl 6 (2012) & A Brief History of Fanzines
By Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray & Phil Noto
Image Comics
Requested by Jeffrey Brown @tsujigo
Greetings, comics enthusiasts! This week, we untrained assassins dive into the first four issues of Image Comics' Creator-Owned Heroesand read every chapter of Trigger Girl 6 by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and Phil Noto! Inspired by the format of Creator-Owned-Heroes, we then wander off on a tangent into the Weird and Comically Historical world of fanzines--specifically, comics fanzines! Describing a history and technique lasting since the 19th Century, we go on about fanzines of the past, and name a few printed fanzines that you can read today! Only the most ardent enthusiasts need apply.





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Episode #59 - October 8, 2017
The Final Night (Parallax: Emerald Night #1) (1996)
By Ron Marz & Mike McKone
DC Comics
Requested by Luke @LJ_Hollywood
Good evening...forever! In this episode, we brace ourselves 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, we 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, we delve deeply into Parallax: Emerald Night #1 and then close out with Final Night #4 and even an epilogue as presented in Green Lantern #81 that came out the following month. This series will leave you feeling chilled to the bone! But its humanity will warm your heart.





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Episode #58 - October 1, 2017
Akiko on the Planet Smoo (1995)
By Mark Crilley
Sirius Comics
Requested by Bobbie Bain
Greetings, fellow classmates! In this episode, we travel to a fantastic oblong planet created by Mark Crilley in Akiko on the Planet Smoo, published by Sirius Comics in 1995! After some information about Mark, we go through the very first one-shot issue in detail. Then we clue into the long-running and much-beloved Akiko series as a whole and give a brief history of Manga, concentrating on its infiltration of the U.S. market. Our travelers list a few other young comic book adventurers, and close out the episode with some listener correspondence! It's such a good episode, you'll think it was done by our replacement robots.





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Episode #57 - September 24, 2017
Strikeforce: Morituri #1 (1986)
By Peter B. Gillis and Brent Anderson
Marvel Comics
This week, we who are about to die check out an offbeat Marvel comic from 1986, Strikeforce: Morituri #1 by Peter B. Gillis, Brent Anderson, and Whilce Portacio! After the usual biographical information, we look at the origins of the phrase "morituri" and when it became part of popular culture. Then, we time-travelers dive into a dystopian future where the world is under constant threat of alien attack, and is protected by...Joe Piscopo. After some discussion about potential adaptations of this property that never were, I tell a story about the eerie parallels between this series and my real life at the time that I read it. All that, plus a crack at the listener mailbag! You won't want to miss this trip into a dark and strangely-dressed future!






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Episode #56 - September 17, 2017
Trekker: Rites of Passage (2017)
By Ron Randall
Dark Horse Books
Requested by Ruth and Darrin Sutherland
Greetings from the retro-future! This week we take a trip to the year 2226 and examine the gritty, noir world of Mercy St. Clair in Ron Randall's Trekker: Rites of Passage from 2017! After a biography of the singular creator, we time-travelers read the entire graphic novel, lending our voices to all of the pertinent characters. Then we take a look at the history of the science fiction genre, and how it contributed to--and helped invent--comic books! Don't be a priv, catch 'em on the neb!





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Episode #55 - September 10, 2017
Trouble (2004-2005)
By Mark Millar & Terry Dodson
EPIC/Marvel Comics
This week, we have one last summer fling with the five-part series by Mark Millar and Terry and Rachel Dodson Trouble,which came out on Marvel's Epic imprint in 2003-2004. we'll recap every single issue of this controversial series, paying special vocal attention to issue #5. After a break, there's a shocking realization about Trouble, and then we talk about the climate at Marvel and detail two fellows that were as innovative as they were crass. Plus: how to make $20,000 at Marvel Comics! It's a scintillating look at teenage sexual exploration that we largely sidestep to avoid feeling like dirty old men!





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Episode #54 - September 3, 2017
Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part Five
By Marv Wolfman and George Perez
DC Comics

Whew! The Cosmic Treadmillers pull into the last station on their tour of the 1985-86 landmark DC Comics 12-issue event, Crisis on Infinite Earths!After some recap, we dive into the longest, most detailed, and heavily "voiced" read of Crisis on Infinite Earths #12. Following a musical interlude, our weary duo look at the effects of this event and what they think are the positive- and anti-matters of this series--including their recollections of reading it for the first time!  This concludes our 50th episode celebration. And look! We're already four episodes closer to a hundred.





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Episode #53 - August 27, 2017

Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part Four
By Marv Wolfman and George Perez
DC Comics
After an unplanned break, we intrepid Crisisteers bring you the fourth of five installments about DC Comics' 1985-86 12 issue maxiseries event, Crisis on Infinite Earths! After some recap, we read issues 9, 10, and pay special vocal attention to issue number 11, providing bios for each character we meet along the way! Including, to Chris' chagrin, the Spectre. Plus, at the very end of the episode: The Monitor Tapes! There's one episode left in this series, so you won't want to miss this!







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Episode #52 - August 13, 2017

Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part Three
By Marv Wolfman and George Perez
DC Comics 
Whew! After that blitz of character information last episode, the Crisistorians continue their journey through the 12-issue maxiseries Crisis on Infinite Earths and read some more maudlin issues: six and seven, with special "voice detail" on issue eight! You'll still get all the new character bios, our take on the impact of these titles at the time, and when consumed after the fact. It's going to poke a hole in your Netherverse and rattle your Antimatter Cannon, you don't want to miss it!






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Epsiode #51 - August 6, 2017
Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part Two
By Marv Wolfman and George Perez
DC Comics
This episode is a doozy! We intrepid multiversal explorers forge ahead with our look at DC Comics' 1985-86 Universe-destroying and -reshaping maxi-series Crisis on Infinite Earths! Before diving into the comics for this segment, we detail the rest of the JLA/JSA/etc. crossovers not discussed in the last episode. Then, we read issues three through five of Crisis, lending our voice talents to #4 and providing biographical information for every character as they appear in the series. And we do mean EVERY character! It's the longest episode of Cosmic Treadmill yet and we're not even halfway through the series!







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Episode #50 - July 30, 2017

Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part One
By Marv Wolfman and George Perez
DC Comics
For the landmark 50th episode of Cosmic Treadmill, we celebrate with the 50th anniversary celebration of DC Comics, and read issue #2 of Crisis on Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez! After some creator bios and an exhaustive look at the conditions that created the DC Multiverse, we intrepid comics enthusiasts sift through every appearance of a central figure to Crisis--before the event ever happened! After a break, our Treadmillers summarize issue #1 and detail issue #2 of Crisis on Infinite Earths! And that's all we have time for this week--tune in next Sunday for part two of this series!






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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 #19 - November 6, 2016
Weird War Tales #6 (1972)
By Bob Haney, Marv Wolfman, Robert Kanigher and Friends
DC Comics
Requested by Deron Murphree
By popular demand!  In the first poll-winning re-upload, we learn that war is hell (and strange!) when we read and discuss Weird War Tales #6 from 1972.  This special book was a request by good friend Deron Murphree who cites this as his first comic book, and was actually the final installment to originally be a segment on the Weird Science DC Comics Podcast!



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Episode #18 - October 30, 2016
Plastic Man #1 (1943)
By Jack Cole
Quality Comics
We stretch themselves to our limit this time around discussing a Golden Age tale of Plas and the gang.  We 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.


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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 #15 - October 9, 2016
Swamp Thing #61 (1987)
By Alan Moore & Alfredo Alcala
DC Comics
For this week's re-upload, we 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!



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Episode #14 - October 2, 2016
Kamandi, the Last Boy on Earth #1 (1974)
By Jack Kirby
DC Comics
Requested by Jim Werner
In preparation of the King of Comics, Jack Kirby's 100th Birthday Reggie and Chris have decided to reupload their (relatively short) chat about Kamandi, the Last Boy on Earth #1 from 1972.  Listen in wonderment as they dodge an anthropomorphic menagerie of critters and take that left-turn at Planet of the Apes!


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Episode #13 - September 25, 2016
Doom Patrol #121 (1968)
By Arnold Drake & Bruno Premiani
DC Comics
What would you do if you were given the opportunity to sacrifice yourself for the lives of people you don't even know?  In this reupload, Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) bow their heads to bid farewell to the World's Strangest Heroes as they shuffle (or blast!) off this mortal coil to save the lives of 14 complete strangers living in Codsville, Maine.  They also discuss some of the behind the scenes shenanigans leading up to this issue regarding the mysterious (or, not so mysterious) omission of Doom Patrol co-creator Arnold Drake!


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Episode #12 - September 18, 2016
Guy Gardner: Warrior #29 (1995)
By Beau Smith and Phil Jimenez
DC Comics
This week we belly up to the bar at our favorite watering hole... Warriors!  Along the way we'll meet a veritable Who's Who in the DC Universe (see what we did there?) and keep our fingers crossed that no party crashers show up to trash the place!  Either way, it's gonna be a good time... so check it out!

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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 #10 - September 4, 2016
Prez #1 (1973)
By Joe Simon & Jerry Grandenetti
DC Comics
Requested by Jim Werner
This week we get ready to hail to the Chief when we chat about the unprecedented (pun!) 1972 Presidential election wherein a young man named from Steadfast, U.S.A. Prez Rickard finds himself winning the highest seat in the land!  In addition to the comic itself, we registered voters cast our ballot for the DC-cratic ticket of Joe Simon and Jerry Grandenetti.


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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 #6 - August 7, 2016
Superman: Kryptonite Nevermore!
By Denny O'Neil & Curt Swan
DC Comics
In this very special re-upload, your favorite junior geologists talk a lot about... sand!  Sand Supermen in fact... when we cover the classic Denny O'Neil and Curt Swan story we now refer to as Kryptonite Nevermore!  We 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.  We wrap up our discussion by looking at the times where DC saw fit to send Superman back into the sandbox, and even address some Death of Superman related fan (and Wizard Magazine) theories!  It's a good time as always, so check it out!


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Episode #5 - July 31, 2016
Green Lantern: Emerald Twilight
By Ron Marz and Friends
DC Comics
We got... two tickets to Oa(dice), pack your rings we leave tonight!
We Substitute Lanterns take you on a tour of one man's perceived failure when they (briefly) share the tragic tale of Emerald Twilight.  In the wake of Coast City's destruction, Hal Jordan ain't quite feeling himself... after an abuse of power gets the attention of the Guardians of the Universe, they decide it might be time to have a chat with the protector of Sector 2814... a decision that they will likely regret... should they live so long.
In addition to covering the issues, we historians discuss the controversy both before... and after the story went to print.  What was Gerard Jones' original plan for the leadup to Green Lantern (vol.3) #50?  What does the A in H.E.A.T. stand for?  Are there any potential back-doors out of crossing Jordan...'s rubicon?  What the heck is a Malvolio?  Did we use a lot of this information in their Green Lantern (vol.3) #51 episode???  Listen and find out!


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Episode #4 - July 23, 2016
World of Krypton (1979)
By Paul Kupperberg & Howard Chaykin
DC Comics
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 your co-head-ushers 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!




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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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Episode #2 - July 10,2016
Action Comics #252 (1959) - First Supergirl!
By Otto Binder and Al Plastino
DC Comics
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?





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Episode #1 - July 3, 2016
Booster Gold #1 (1986)
By Dan Jurgens
DC Comics
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 he?) Booster Gold, created by Chris' very good friend Dan Jurgens (I hear they once took a picture together... just ask Chris, he'll tell ya!).

It's a fun-filled half-hour of 80's excess... fashion... pop-culture... and horrible impressions of cultural icons Yakov Smirnoff and Balki Bartokomous.  Also, Booster Gold's in there somewhere!  Listen in and see how far we've (hopefully) come!




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