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Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 69: The Pro. (2002)

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Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 69:
The Pro. (2002)
By Garth Ennis, Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti
Image Comics


Step into our budoir, comics enthusiasts. In this sinfully sultry episode Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) delve into the "bluer" side of funnybooks when they read Garth Ennis, Amanda Conner, and Jimmy Palmiotti's prestige format The Pro. published by Image Comics in 2002! After some squeaky clean creator bios, and a downright pleasant review of the conditions at Image Comics that made this comic book possible, our intrepid but tepid explorers spelunk the seedy and slightly sticky pages of The Pro., with some dialogue altered to preserve decency. After revealing some thoughts on the book, there's a list of times characters did the nasty in mainstream comic books. It's an episode that will put your partner in the mood...to leave the room! ***WARNING: THIS EPISODE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN***

Here's what a Pro. Pro has to say about the epis…

Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 65 - Reign of the Supermen, Part One

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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 three-month Superman publishing hiatus, they dissect each issue in their usual style. After a little discussion of their memories of reading this series as it came out, our pair look at other times heroes had to be replaced by understudies! It's an episode jam-packed with returns!





Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 64: Superman - Funeral For a Friend (1992-1993)

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Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 64:
Superman: Funeral For a Friend (1992-1993)

Greetings, fellow mourners. In this episode, pallbearers Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) somberly detail the second chapter in the Death of Supermansaga, 1992-93'sFuneral For a Friendby DC Comics!

After some recap, they describeJustice League America#70, which came out the same day asSuperman#75 and served as a bridge into the eight-issueFuneral For a Friendseries!

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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BREAK AUDIO: Cable report on Mid Ohio Con 1992 and the Death of Superman

Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 63: The Death of Superman

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Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 63:
The Death of Superman (1992)
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 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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Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 62: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1 (2014)

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Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 62
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1 (2014)
Script - Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Artist - Robert Hack
Letterer - Jack Morelli
Cover Price: $4.99

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 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!

Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 61: X-Factor #71 (1991)

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Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 61:
X-Factor #71 (October, 1991)
"Cutting the Mustard"
Written by Peter David with Pencils by Larry Stroman
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 classes at the Xavier School for Gifted Children, without paying tuition!

Thanks to Jesse DeJong for the suggestion!

You can reach us at weirdcomicshistory@gmail.com to share your memories of 90's X-Men, the works of Peter David, and those weird Mall-Conventions!


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Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 60: TRIGGER GIRL 6 and a Brief History of Fanzines

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Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 60:
TRIGGER GIRL 6

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--specifically, comics fanzines! Describing a history and technique lasting since the 19th Century, they 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.
Reach out to us at weirdcomicshistory@gmail.com Check us out on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/cosmictmillhistory Thanks again to Jeffrey Brown for the suggestion! @tsujigo
To check out Jeffrey's work: https://society6.com/tsujigo6


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