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Author: Karl Stern

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When It Was Cool Podcast is hosted by veteran podcaster Karl Stern and his wife Tonya. When It Was Cool Podcast features reviews, conversation, and nostalgia about pop culture from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990's including classic rock, comics, television, toys, music, movies, and more. Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Super Friends, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Six Million Dollar Man, Mego, and much more.
140 Episodes
Joe shocks Mike with another classic movie that he's never seen until recently, they discuss Mike's answer to Joseph's mix-tape challenge and then cover the latest round of the Retro Pop-Culture Battle Royale. From there they jump into the episode's topic and talk about Spider-Man in the comics and TV from the 70s and 80s.
Today we pull two retro reviews from the Patreon files at to give a look at what you could be getting by supporting us on Patreon. Review number one takes a look back at the sports entertainment styled American Gladiators game show where contestants battled athletes in a variety of bizarre contests. Then we take a look at an all time classic movie - Back to the Future! Come join us!
Previously released to our Patreon supporters at this is our review of the four Indiana Jones movies in one collected edition. Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, Last Crusade, and Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls. When It Was Cool relives the action adventure franchise starring Harrison Ford in this collection of reviews from
It's time to head Uphill Both Ways again. In episode #56, "Act Naturally", Joseph and Mike recap the latest round of the Retro Pop-Culture Battle Royale (which brings the participants down to the 'Sweet 16'), Joe delivers on Mike's Mixtape Challenge, Mike tries to defend the movie "Xanadu", and finally they run down some singers who managed to successfully (but maybe not critically), transition into one or more acting gigs. "You have thirteen hours in which to solve the labyrinth, before your baby brother becomes one of us... forever."
On this episode of the When It Was Cool Podcast from Karl and Tonya discuss what happened to classic rock and why is rock music apparently dead, despite still being the most widely played music genre world wide. Dead and Company, Rush, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, and more are discussed. Then we review the amazing 1974 made for TV movie Bad Ronald and boy is it something else! From soda pops to retro TV and more! This is the When It Was Cool Podcast!
The second ten collected episodes of the Marvel Universe in Order Podcast from featuring reviews of Fantastic Four issue 5,6,7 Amazing Fantasy issue 15 featuring the 1st appearance of Spider-Man, Journey Into Mystery 83, 84, 85 (Thor), Incredible Hulk 3, Tales to Astonish 35 (Ant Man), and Strange Tales 101. Support When It Was Cool on Patreon for more podcasts like this one!
The latest The 100 List from is the 100 Greatest Superhero Movies of All Time. As we do with each of these list, we discuss the results on a podcast special. Join Karl from When It Was Cool as he talks about the multiple Batman movies on the list, the vast range of Superman movie quality, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, why the DC movie universe did so poorly, and the multiple non-DC or Marvel movies that made the list. Plus Karl gives you his thoughts on which movies should have performed better. The Patreon version is ad free.
The guys share their thoughts on the latest Godzilla movie, talk a little old-school wrestling, Mike reveals his Mixtape Challenge and his secret love of the film 'Convoy' while Joe admits never having seen the movie despite his family having a CB radio when he was a kid. Oh, and there are some POP CULTURE BATTLE ROYALE second round results as well. All this and more are covered in episode 55, "Free Fallin'". From
Free for the first time are the first ten episodes of the Marvel Universe in Order Podcast from This podcast reviews the Marvel Universe comic books in chronological order. This episode covers Fantastic Four 1, Fantastic Four 2, Tales to Astonish 27 (Ant Man), Fantastic Four 3, Tales to Astonish 29, Incredible Hulk 1, Fantastic Four 4, Tales to Astonish 32, Incredible Hulk 2, and Amazing Fantasy 14 (a proto X-Men story). If you enjoy, please support us on Patreon.
On this episode of the When It Was Cool flagship podcast from, hosts Karl and Tonya discuss a recent experience with a storage unit auction/clearance that's both interesting, sad, and even macabre. Karl talks about the upcoming mega-article at WIWC the 100 Greatest Superhero Movies of All Time. Then on the second half of the show they discuss their upcoming concert schedule including seeing The Rolling Stones at the Superdome in New Orleans next month! All this and much more on the new When It Was Cool podcast!
Comments (5)

Tracy Murray

It has only been one episode, but I am already loving it, keep up the good work, guys.

Jun 17th

Brooke Allen

Tried to get into this... just a man reminiscing about days gone by.

Apr 7th

Joshua Bradford

can't image a better name for a podcast for man children living in the past.

Jun 14th

Mina Tochumy


May 23rd


seems promising 👺

May 11th
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