When It Was Cool Podcast

When It Was Cool Podcast is hosted by veteran podcaster Karl Stern. When It Was Cool Podcast features reviews, conversation, and nostalgia about pop culture from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990's including comics, television, toys, music, movies, and more. Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Super Friends, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Six Million Dollar Man, Mego, Transformers, classic rock music, and much more.
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Apr 15, 2017

Karl is a lifelong comic book reader and Tonya from When It Was Cool has never read comic books.  Together they are reading the Marvel 616 Universe in order starting with the Fantastic 4 issue 1 from 1961.  This series is exclusive for Patreon supporters of When It Was Cool at the five dollar and higher level but episode one is free for everyone!

Mar 27, 2017

On this episode of the When It Was Cool podcast, host Karl Stern is joined by Tonya from When It Was Cool to discuss her recipe section of the website Tonya's Diner, Karl discusses an email about the 1960's Batman TV show, then Karl and Tonya have a laughter filled discussion about childhood in the 1970s and 1980s in contrast to today.  On this edition of the When It Was Cool Podcast - food, superheroes, fun, and more!

Mar 15, 2017

It's episode 19 of the flagship When It Was Cool Podcast now with new intro and audio upgrades! On this episode host Karl Stern talks about the comic book characters Moon Knight, Red Tornado, and Captain Marvel (Shazam), plus the When It Was Cool family trip to the birthplace of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley and the music history of this area. We read an email talking about the Six Million Dollar Man Maskatron action figure and much more!  A fun time- When It Was Cool.

Mar 1, 2017

When It Was Cool Tonya and Karl talk about their trip over the weekend to the giant Nashville, TN Flea Market and what they saw and bought.  There are photos on the website.  Then the conversation switches to Tonya's new hobby of collecting Funko Pops! We discuss what they are, what we have, and what we want!  Patreon supporters have an extended edition in the Patreon feed so be sure to check that out too!

Feb 1, 2017

On today's show Karl talks about music memories and reads feedback to the show dealing with rock music.  Karl talks about listener memories on music and Joseph Perry's recent When It Was Cool article 17 Hard Rock Albums turning 40 years old in 2017.  Karl discusses Queen and the amazing Freddie Mercury, Rush and Farewell to Kings, KISS, Blue Oyster Cult, Styx, Aerosmith, Joan Jett, Ozzy Osbourne, Robert Plant, Stevie Nicks, and George Michael.  This episode of the When It Was Cool Podcast talks music memories!  Patreon supporters have an extended version in the Patreon feed at 

Jan 22, 2017

This week Karl from When It Was Cool talks about his love of the 1970s - 1980s Saturday morning cartoon series The Super Friends and it's various relaunches including Galactic Guardians and more!  Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Wendy and Marvin and Wonder Dog, Zan and Jayna and Gleek the Wonder Twins, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Green Lantern, The Atom, The Flash, Apache Chief, Samurai, El Dorado, Black Vulcan, the Legion of Doom, Darkseid, and so much more!  DC comics Justice League of America for the Saturday morning cartoon audience!

Jan 7, 2017

Karl and Tonya from When It Was Cool looks back at all the celebrities who died in 2016 and how they impacted our fandom.  George Michael, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Chyna, Muhammad Ali, Gene Wilder, Glenn Frye, and others.  We also discuss the CNN Chicago documentary and talk about Peter Cetera.  Elton John discussed and much more from When It Was Cool on this weeks podcast.

Dec 28, 2016

When It Was Cool Podcast looks at what we got for Christmas now and in years past.  What gifts were cool and what did not live up to expectations in years past. Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Spider-Man, Hulk, and much more. Plus dumb kid stories of the past and how times have changed since I was a dumb kid.

Dec 19, 2016

This is a spoiler filled review of the new Star Wars Rogue One movie.  This review will examine major plot points and characters.  Listen only if you have already seen Star Wars Rogue One or do not mind spoilers.  There is no extended cut version of this episode of When It Was Cool.

Dec 7, 2016

Saturday Morning Cartoon Memories! Remember when Saturday mornings meant no school and awesome cartoons? Let's jump in the When It Was Cool time machine and revisit The Superfriends, Thundarr the Barbarian, Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, Scooby-Doo, Bugs Bunny, Shazam, Mr. T., The Smurfs, and many long forgotten Saturday morning favorites.  Grab the pipe wrench and get ready to turn the antenna because Saturday morning fun is on the way! 

Nov 28, 2016

When It Was Cool host Karl Stern takes a Patreon request for a show today to talk about his personal journey through music.  Growing up as a young kid on 1970's country music like George Jones, Kenny Rogers, and Don Williams and then discovering pop music of the early 1980s with The Police, Styx, Journey, Chicago, and top 40 before becoming exposed to early Hip Hop and heavy metal as a teenager and growing into a fan of Black Sabbath, Dio, Metallica, Rush, KISS, and more.  This When It Was Cool episode is all about music.  Patreon supporters be sure to get your extended cut on the Patreon page of 

Nov 21, 2016

Karl Stern is joined by Podcast of the Week winner Tony from Comic Conversations to discuss the current state of comic books and even Tony's background covering Lucha Libre! This is a bonus show and if a follow up to Karl's DragonKing Dark show on the Dark Matter Network.  A full length regular edition of When It Was Cool is coming later this week.

Nov 14, 2016

This episode of When It Was Cool Podcast is all about G.I. Joe - A Real American Hero. It's about GI Joe action figures, the Sunbow and DIC GI Joe cartoon series, the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe comics, and much more.  This is the first part in a series of show focusing on the things we cover at When It Was Cool individually.  Yo Joe!

Nov 9, 2016

On this edition of the When It Was Cool Podcast, host Karl Stern is joined by Tonya to discuss the Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders concert they saw the previous night in Nashville, TN. After that Karl transitions into talking about the Hasbro Universe which is building a joint movie universe similar to Marvel and DC Comics, how G.I. Joe fits into this.  A new Marvel Legends find and discussion about the 3.75 Marvel line and much more.

Oct 30, 2016

Karl and Tonya from When It Was Cool discuss their loves and hates for Halloween's past and present.  From the 1970's until now we take a look at some of the really cool fun that Halloween has to offer and some of the charm it has lost over the years.  This is the free version, there is an extended cut version for Patreon Members available on the Patreon page.  If you are a Patreon contributor please download that version directly from the Patreon member's page.

Oct 27, 2016

The When It Was Cool family visited one of the largest Halloween haunted house attractions in the United States this past weekend - Netherworld just outside of Atlanta, GA. It was insane! Netherworld haunted attraction is like being dropped into a horror movie with amazing special effects, actors, and scenes. A completely mind blowing Halloween adventure and Karl and Tonya talk about the experience on this show as well as some of the latest posts on the website.

Oct 18, 2016

On this episode of When It Was Cool podcast, host Karl Stern talks about the website reaching it's first month of existence and all the work that goes into a website and podcast. A listener email about some horror movie recommendations. The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie, G.I. Joe Flash figure from 1982, and a discussion about the problem with the direction of Marvel Comics and how DC has surpassed them for now.

Oct 13, 2016

We have a lot to talk about this episode as host Karl Stern is joined by his wife Tonya to talk about a busy weekend for When It Was Cool.  We visited three flea markets and found some Star Wars toys and found a really cool flea market called the Ghost Town flea market with some really vintage and retro stuff there.  We also visited Doomsday Haunted Attraction trail that was kind of ho hum until the big surprise ending! When It Was Cool will talk about all that and more on this edition of the When It Was Cool podcast.

Oct 3, 2016

On the third episode of the When It Was Cool Podcast, host Karl Stern talks about a variety of topics including Stevie Nicks, Rush and the Signal's album, G.I. Joe collecting in the early 1980's with the first wave of action figures, the era of comic books between the Golden Age and Silver Age and looks at Atlas Comics that came before Marvel, and an update on the Halloween Haunted House attraction tour.

Sep 25, 2016

On the second episode of the When It Was Cool Podcast host Karl Stern is joined by his wife Tonya to talk about their trip to a Haunted House Halloween Attraction last night. They discuss the atmosphere and animatronics plus Creepy Clowns, monsters, and more. Then they talk about old scary dolls that Tonya collects, Cabbage Patch Kids, and My Little Pony. Learn about Tonya almost dying by fire and being saved by a liquored up old grounds keeper. G.I. Joe, classic rock music, and much more! Please visit Added code for Podbean verification b5t7njkc

Sep 16, 2016

The debut episode of the When It Was Cool podcast featuring veteran podcast host Karl Stern talking about retro and classic toys, television, movies, music, and much more. When It Was Cool covers the best of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

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