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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 96 - Excalibur #1 (1988)

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Cheerio, comics enthusiasts! In this episode, Anglophiles Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggie) head over to jolly old England when they read Chris Claremont and Alan Davis' Excalibur #1, published by Marvel Comics in 1988! After introducing the creators and the team of muties, they go through the entire issue, mangling all sorts of accents along the way. After a break, the blokes wrap up Claremont's and Davis' biographies, and then tell the tortured tale of Marvel's European publishing arm for many decades, Marvel UK! This episode is more filling than a steak and kidney pie, you don't want to miss it!

Cosmic Treadmill ep. 95 - Creepy #1 (1964)

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Ghoul evening, comics enthusiasts! In this episode, the cadaver-friendly duo of Chris (@AceComics) snd Reggie (@reggiereggie) examine a spooky offering: Creepy #1, produced in 1964 by Warren Publishing! After some information about James Warren and his company, they'll read every story in this trend-setting black-and-white horror anthology, providing biographical information about the creators along the way--putting special emphasis on "The Success Story" by Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson, including the true origin of that gory story. After a break, they'll wrap up the life of James Warren and his company, and then tell the tale of one Myron Fass, who also produced black-and-white comics magazines for his company, Eerie Publishing. It's a bone-chilling episode sure to keep you cool, just in time for Summer!

Cosmic Treadmill ep 94 - Godzilla vs. Barkley #1 (1993)

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Game on, comics enthusiasts! In this episode, fast breakers Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) take it to the key when they read Dark Horse Comics' Godzilla vs. Barkley #1 by Mike Baron and Jeff Butler from 1993! After some biographical information on the creators--and Charles Barkley and Godzilla--they dribble through every page of this humorous and possibly unfactual comic book. After a break, they continue to describe the illustrious careers of these characters, and provide a bibliography of every appearance of Godzilla in comics! It's a slam dunk of an episode, don't miss it!

Cosmic Treadmill, ep. 93 - Kill Image #1 (1993)

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Hello, revenge enthusiasts! In this episode not meant for young children, publisher assassins Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) read a decidedly mean comic from 1993, produced by Hart D. Fisher and Joe Duncan, Boneyard Press' Kill Image #1! After a history of Boneyard Press and the conditions surrounding the publication of this book, including the creation of Image Comics, our pair read the entire book and do a great job butchering the voices of actual people. After a break, they dive back into the salacious history of Hart Fisher--his lawsuits, his public beefs, and what he's up to now! This episode may test the boundaries of free speech--it certainly tests the boundaries of taste!

Cosmic Treadmill ep. 92 - Silver-Age: 80 pg. Giant #1 (2000) #JLMay

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Greetings, comics enthusiasts! In this episode, unlikely heroes Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) do their bit for the podcast crossover event #JLMAY2018 when they read DC Comics' Silver Age: 80 pg. Giant #1 by Mark Waid, Eduardo Barreto, and others! They run down the other issues in the series to set the stage for the grand finale, which tests their (lack of) voiceover skills to the limit! After a break, our raspy pair the other stories in this issue, including creator bios for all of them. To wrap up, a discussion of what the Silver Age was--in comics and in American history! It's a millennium event that you don't want to miss! Which means it isn't actually Millennium.

Cosmic Treadmill ep. 91 - Groo the Wanderer #1 (1982)

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What ho, fair comics enthusiasts! In this episode, professional barbarians Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) indulge their wanderlust when they read Sergio Aragones' Groo the Wanderer #1, published by Pacific Comics in 1982! After a bio on Sergio and the issue's "translator" Mark Evanier, they dive right into the fray of the first issue, detailing every page. After a break, they come back to wrap up the info about the creators, then tell the history of Pacific Comics. Plus, a little etymology lesson on the word "barbarian!" All this, and a couple of nice reviews found on Stitcher. This episode is more fun than a tankard of mead, you don't want to miss it!

Cosmic Treadmill ep. 90 - Welcome Back, Kotter #1 (1976)

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Hello, prime-time television enthusiasts! In this episode, Sweathogs Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) check out one of DC Comics' experimental titles from their mid-1970s "Explosion," when they read Welcome Back, Kotter #1 by Elliot S! Maggin and Jack Sparling from 1976! After the creator bios, and an explanation of the conditions that allowed such a comic book to exist, they do a complete read-through and make poor attempts at mimicking the character voices. After a break, our TV addicts talk about a few other television shows turned into surprisingly popular comic books, then talk about American television in the 1970s, and the conditions that allowed such a television show to exist. Plus, some listener mail--and some mixed news for the Treadmill clan. You won't need a laugh track to enjoy this one!