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Episode 182: Zero Hour Part 3

Welcome to the one hundred and eighty-second episode of From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman Podcast! This podcast has a simple premise; examine just about every Superman comic published between Man of Steel #1 in 1986 to Adventures of Superman #649 in 2006 in an informative and hopefully entertaining format.

Part index. Part commentary. Part history lesson. All podcast.


Zero Hour marches on with Mike and Jeff delving deeper into this reality changing event. In Zero Hour #3 the heroes converge on New York City as the JSA makes its “final” stand against Extant. In Superman #93 Jonathan and Martha Kent receive some late night vistors; Jor-El and Lara. Their mission? To bring their son back to a not at all blown up Krypton. The crossovers continues with Batman: Shadow of the Bat #31 (where an “Alfred” returns), Green Lantern #55 (where Kyle Rayner has it out with Major Force), Hawkman #13 (where lots of confusing stuff happens) and finally Justice League America #92 (featuring the return of Triumph for the first time).

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So for those that were hoping for the latest From Crisis to Crisis today I apologize.  We are not on another unintended hiatus.  Work was work this past week so I am a bit behind.  The episode will be up tomorrow.  In the meantime, here’s Mr. Conway Twitty.

And here’s the cover to the issue of Comics Value Monthly that covered Zero Hour.

Comics Value Monthly- Zero


A “mulligan” is defined by Wikipedia as, “a section chance to perform an action, usually after the first chance went wrong through bad luck or a blunder. Its best-known meaning is in golf whereby a player is informally allowed to replay a stroke (though this is against the formal rules of golf). The term has also been applied to other sports and games, and to other fields generally. The origin of the term is unclear.”  It’s a word I hear Jack McCoy use frequently on old episodes of Law and Order, which is actually where I first heard the term.  Today I am going to give myself a mulligan on something I posted some time ago.

One of the features here at the Fortress is the House Ads page.  I like posting these, especially the Post Crisis ones, because when you see them all together you get a visual history of that era of Superman.  Those ads are how DC chose to sell those books to the comic reading audience.  One of them, which I posted in an old From Crisis to Crisis post and really can’t find anymore, was an ad for Time and Time Again, the story where Superman bounced around time and first met the Linear Man.  It’s on of my favorite Post Crisis/Pre-Death stories and for awhile the copy I had for it was one from a letters page and to be honest because of the early nineties printing technology the thing looked like crap.

Luckily I had a back up, though for the longest time I didn’t know it.  From time to time in the ’90s DC would put out little giveaways to comic shops that were previews of whatever they wanted to sell at the time.  They put one out in 1991 that was called Sneak Previews #1, which had snippets from a then upcoming Justice Society mini-series and Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn II.  I was leafing through it recently and smack dab in the middle of that book was this bad boy.

Ad- 1991 Time and Time Again

We have a large format scanner at work and recently I finally plunked down the money to get this bad boy scanned for reals.  The quality is still not 100%.  You can see the staples, the paper has not aged well and I have to play with the border a bit but you get the gist.  I am just happy to have a higher quality version of it and I hope you like it.

Here endeth the mulligan.


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Episode 181: Zero Hour Part 2

Welcome to the one hundred and eighty first episode of From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman Podcast! This podcast has a simple premise; examine just about every Superman comic published between Man of Steel #1 in 1986 to Adventures of Superman #649 in 2006 in an informative and hopefully entertaining format.

Part index. Part commentary. Part history lesson. All podcast.




With the prelude out of the way Mike and Jeff dig into Zero Hour in earnest. They kick things off with Zero Hour #4, which begins with the death of a major villain (temporarily) and Extant putting his plans into motion. The Crisis of Infinite Batmans takes place in Superman: The Man of Steel #37 where the Man of Steel has to deal with different versions of the Dark Knight Detective. The crossovers continue in Superboy #8 where the Kid meets a very ticked off Pre-Crisis Superboy. In Batman #511 Batgirl is up and around as Batman and Robin fall into a time anomaly. In Flash #94 Wally gets to know Impulse before getting pulled to the future. Finally in Legionnaires #18 and Valor #23 End of an Era continues with the final battle with Glortih and Mordru.


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Welcome to another of the re-tooled Who’s Who Wednesdays, a regular feature here at the Fortress where every Wednesday (hence the name) I will present an entry from the original series of Who’s Who comics that DC published between 1984 and 1988.  Superman was well represented in those series and I wanted to share the entries with you just in case you have never seen them.  Today’s entry is H.I.V.E!


(originally published in Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #10 December 1985)

Be sure to check out Episode Ten of the amazing Who’s Who: The Definitive Podcast of the DC Universe hosted by Rob Kelly and the Irredeemable Shag.  It is an awesome podcast that I cannot recommend highly enough.

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As the title of this post suggest Jeffrey and I have finally gotten to Zero Hour: Crisis in Time over on From Crisis to Crisis.  To celebrate this and because it seemed like a fun idea I am going to be devoting most (not all but most) of the posts to that event and its follow up Zero Month.  This will be similar to the coverage I gave to the Death and Return of Superman, just on a smaller scale.

To kick things off I have the article from Wizard: The Guide to Comics #36 (August 1994) that Jeff and I talked about in the most recent (as of this posting) episode of the show.  It was a fairly in depth article with some great pictures to go along with it.  What I don’t have is the cover, which I chose not to scan because it was Spider-Man related and that didn’t feel like it belonged here.  Oddly enough it was a Spider-Man cover drawn by future Marvel Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada.  Anyway, here is the article.

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