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

Salutations, noble comic book savages! In this episode, our intrepid explorers Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) plumb the depths of the dark interior of the African continent when they read Jungle Comics #2, published by Fiction House in 1940! They go through all nine(!) stories within the issues, providing creator bios and background information where applicable, with a special emphasis on the ninth story--the first appearance of the first female superhero, Fantomah by Fletcher Hanks! Then, after a break, the stalwart adventurers detail the life of Fantomah, and give a brief history of Fiction House, a seminal Golden Age comics publisher. You'll like the jungle so much, you'll never want to go back to Greystoke!

Chris & Reggie "Box-Set", Volume 6: The First Five

For this week's "Box-Set" we're going old-school... compiling the first five "pre-historic" episodes of Weird Comics History... before we even numbered 'em!

It's awkward... and (at least in the first episode) hard to hear at least one of your hosts... but they're still pretty fun!

These episodes are also available on our YouTube... and have been assembled into a Playlist:

Total Run Time 2 Hours, 24 Minutes, 19 Seconds

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

Weird Comics History, Episode 29
Exploring the Mysteries of Miracleman (Marvelman), Part 3

Order in the court!  (Ham and Cheese) For their final installment of "Exploring the Mysteries of Miracleman", your favorite legal eagles Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) don their long robes and powdered wigs and do their darnedest to figure out just who owns Marvelman! They will discuss the wheelings and dealings of one Spawny fellow... and spend far too much time discussing the characters of Angela, Cogliostro, and Medieval Spawn... but they promise it all (mostly) fits the story. Overall, it's an hour and change of audio likely to make you even more curious and confused about Marvelman, and just how his story finally "shook out".

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

Greetings, comics enthusiasts! This week, the original "Odd Couple"* Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) check out the first two issues of another mismatched pair of knuckleheads, Christopher Priest and M.D. Bright's Quantum and Woody from 1997! After the creator bios, they go through every pages of issues #1 and #2, chuckling all the way. There's also a history of how Acclaim Entertainment acquired Valiant Comics and created the line that would host this series, all the way to the company's eventual bankruptcy. Then, a list of some of Acclaim's not-so-acclaimed video games and poorly-planned marketing schemes! All that, plus some listener mail, it's more fun than a dungeon full of minibosses!
*Except for that other Odd Couple, the play by Neil Simon that was actually the original

Chris and Reggie "Box-Set", Volume 5: The Image Launch Line-Up

Our fifth "Box Set" Collection takes a look at the "Big 4" Image Comics launch titles... not necessarily in the order of release date... but perhaps in reverse order "quality-wise".  Your mileage may vary... give'em a listen anyway!

Total Running Time 4 Hours, 59 Minutes, 52 Seconds

Weird Comics History, Ep. 28 - Exploring the Mysteries of Marvelman (Miracleman), Part Two

There comes a time when everybody has to leave home... and that's no different for our new friend Marvelman, who, during this episode makes the trek across the Atlantic, and starts getting published stateside by Eclipse Comics.  Not before a little tweak in his title though.

For their middle installment of Exploring the Mysteries of MarveREDACTED... let's try that again.  Exploring the Mysteries of MarREDACTED.  Hmm... okay, we'll do it their way... For this installment of Exploring the Mysteries of Miracleman, Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) discuss more growing pains than a house full of Seavers when they continue their long-form look at our Kimota-shouting hero.  This week they will set the stage for the domestic (if you live in the United States) arrival (and sorta-kinda revival) of Miracleman... and briefly discuss the remaining Alan Moore run as well as the still unfinished Neil Gaiman run.

Then... they start getting into the nitty-gritty, and really the …

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

Git along, little doggies! In this episodes, cowpokes Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) dip their toes into the genre of Western Comics, when they read DC Comics' Weird Western Tales #12 from 1972! Concentrating on the first story, "Promise to a Princess!" featuring Jonah Hex, they still give biographical information for each creator involved in this anthology comic book, and detail every story therein. Then, after a break, the intrepid frontiersmen look at the history of Jonah Hex, and then America's Old West in total. They wrap things up by dispelling some of the Old West's most enduring myths. This episode is more fun than firing a six-shooter at a plugged nickel, you don't want to miss it!