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FCTC EPISODE 218: AUGUST 1995 PART 1

Episode 218: August 1995 Part 1

Welcome to the two hundredth and eighteenth 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.

(Official FCTC Heads Up…During the discussion Mike and Jeff have about Superman: The Man of Steel #47 the talk gets very political.  The boys realize this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so they want to make you aware of it before the episode begins.  Things get real, as they see.  So…consider yourself warned.)

Things get back to normal as Mike and Jeff get into the first half of the Superman books with a August 1995 cover date on them.  First up is Action Comics #712, which should be called The Death of Clark Kent Epilogue as it deals with the one loose end from the conclusion of that story line.  Jimmy Olsen is still a captive of Conduit, even though he’s dead, and Superman is forced to jump through a number of hoops to save him.  Then in Superman: The Man of Steel #47 we go back in time with an adventure with a young Perry White where he meets Franklin Sterns for the first time as they deal with racism, bigotry and the super strong members of the Aryan Brotherhood!  Finally the boys talk about what else was going on in the real world during the month these comics were published in a segment they like to call Meanwhile, At The Daily Planet Building.

Below is a gallery of covers and selected pages from the comics discussed.

And here is the video from the DC Comics commercial that was played during the episode.  Not only did they slap this thing on the Batman: The Animated Series VHS tapes they made it available to comic shops to use as television commercials, which is why you see the little bit at the end.

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Next Time: The boys wrap up August 1995 with Superman #103 and Adventures of Superman #526!

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FCTC EPISODE 217: YEAR ONE ANNUALS PART 2

Episode 217: Year One Annuals Part 2

Welcome to the two hundredth and seventeenth 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.

The Year One fun continues this time out as Mike and Jeff finish up their look at the Superman related annuals from 1995!  First up is Adventures of Superman Annual #7, where we learn about how Superman first encountered the Fourth World and how the Metropolis Special Crimes Unit was formed.  We also get to see when Maggie Sawyer came to Metropolis and how she met Dan Turpin and Toby Raynes.  Then Superman learns his limitations and that there is a lot of ambiguity in the universe in Action Comics Annual #7.  There is also an antagonist that is very much like something from the world of Doctor Who, which Mike wouldn’t have noticed five years ago.  This is followed by a brief look at Steel Annual #2, where we find out more of John’s backstory, and Doomsday Annual #1, which is an anthology book charting the various places Doomsday has been in the universe before killing Superman.

Below is a gallery of covers and selected pages from the comics discussed.

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Next Time: The boys finally get back to the Triangle numbered books with the first two August 1995 cover dated Superman books.  These books include Action Comics #712 and Superman: The Man of Steel #47!

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FCTC EPISODE 216: YEAR ONE ANNUALS PART 1

Episode 216: Year One Annuals Part 1

Welcome to the two hundredth and sixteenth 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.

After a lengthy intro that began life as what was supposed to be a brief discussion about the Justice League film from 2017 but devolved into a tangent on why the John Williams’ Superman theme is universal Mike and Jeff finally get into the first part of a two-part look at the Superman related annuals from 1995.  DC once again had a line wide theme for their annuals and in ’95 that theme was Year One.

They were legends from the beginning, or at least that’s what they house ads touted.

The Superman and Superman related titles went all in on this theme and the boys start with Superman: The Man of Steel Annual #4, which is part clip show and part previously untold first meetings between Superman and the founding members of the Justice League.  This is followed by Superman Annual #7, which features a team up with Doctor Occult (another Siegel/Shuster creation) and the Man of Steel’s first encounter with the supernatural.  Next up is Superboy Annual #2, which is incredibly important to The Kid’s story because this is the issue where we find out who Conner’s other Daddy was.

At least until Geoff Johns changed that nearly a decade later.

But for now…this is the other daddy.

Mike and Jeff also briefly discuss Shadow Dragon Annual #1.

Below is a gallery of covers and selected pages from the comics discussed.

And here is the video for the Superman trailer Mike played at the beginning of the episode.

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Next Time: More Year One related annuals!  Adventures of Superman Annual #7.  Action Comics Annual #7!  Steel Annual #2!  Doomsday Annual #1!

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FCTC EPISODE 215: SUPERMAN VS ALIENS

Episode 215: Superman vs Aliens

Welcome to the two hundredth and fifteenth 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.

In space, no one can hear you scream.

On this podcast you can hear Mike and Jeff talking about the first cross-company crossover of the show!

To be fair you might be able to hear this episode in space, but you would need to have some kind of special suit, or you would have to listen to it in the ship you are traveling in, but that is beside the point.

This time out the boys are looking at the DC Comics/Dark Horse Comics crossover Superman/Aliens or, as the spine of the book calls it, Superman vs. Aliens.  Have you ever wondered who would win in a fight between the Man of Steel and a Xenomorph?  Well this is the three issue prestige format series for you.  Written by Dan Jurgens with art by Jurgens and Kevin Nowlan, this series kicks off when a distress buoy covered in Kryptonian writing crashes to Earth and Lexcorp calls in Clark Kent and Lois Lane to cover the story.  The Kryptonian writing has Clark’s interest so he travels to where the buoy came from on a Lexcorp space craft and discovers what he believes to be a lost Kryptonian city that somehow survived the planet’s destruction.  He meets a young woman named Kara but also comes across the Xenomorphs from the Aliens franchise and because he is far from a yellow sun his powers are waning.  Add to that problem are the four survivors Superman sent back to Earth who, unbeknownst to the Man of Steel, are carrying chest bursters.  Superman and Kara must survive the Aliens attacking them, so he can get back to Earth to save it from the destructive creatures he inadvertently sent there.

Before getting into that Jeff and Mike have a healthy discussion about the Alien franchise in general.  They discuss the movies and touch on other media like the comics and the video games.  But mostly they talk about the movies.

Because the first two are amazing.

Below is a gallery of covers and selected pages from the comics discussed.

And here is a gallery of bits and bobs from the edition of Previews where the first issue was solicited.

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Next Time: The beginning of a two part look at the Superman related annuals from 1995, which fell under the Year One banner!  Issues covered are Superman: The Man of Steel Annual #4, Superman Annual #7, Superboy Annual #2 and, to a very lesser extent, Shadow Dragon Annual #1.

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OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 22: HE HAS A PRETTY GOOD EAR

Episode 22: He Has A Pretty Good Ear

Welcome to the twenty-second episode of The Overlooked Dark Knight.  The is a non-index index show where the hosts, Andrew Leyland and Michael Bailey, look at Batman comics that rarely, if ever, get talked about.  In the second episode of the month they discuss the various books that were associated with the animated Batman shows of the nineties, though just about everything is fair game.

Except for this month.

This month Andy and Mike are celebrating Superman’s birthday.

Why?

There are two answers to that question.

One: Superman and Batman are best mates.

B: Andy and Mike like Superman.

So there you go.

This time out things take an animated turn as Andy and Mike not only discuss an issue of Batman Adventures but also talk over an episode of Superman: The Animated SeriesBatman Adventures #25 technically features the first meeting between the DCAU versions of the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel and as you would imagine the threat they face is so dire that only the World’s Finest team can save the day.  From Superman’s world you have Lex Luthor (with red hair and a beard) and from Batman’s side of things you have…Maxie Zeus.

Yes.  That’s right.  Maxie Zeus.  Not the Joker.  Not the Riddler.  Maxie Zeues.

To be fair it looks like he’s been hitting the gym.

The story is still good.  Andy and Mike promise.

After that it’s commentary time as the guys talk all over (and sometimes just watch) an episode of Superman: The Animated Series.  In Knight Time, Batman has gone missing and Superman heads to Gotham to investigate.  He finds the Tim Drake Robin, who informs the Man of Steel that Batman is indeed missing and that’s really weird.  Superman dons the cape and cowl and poses as Batman to find out who is responsible for the Dark Knight’s disappearance.  Along the way Superman (as Batman) and Robin face off against the Mad Hatter, the Riddler and Bane, but they aren’t the real foe behind the abduction!  Listen to find out who that is…unless you’ve seen the episode already…in which case you already know who the real villain is.

Below is a gallery of images from the comic covered in this episode.

And here is the pin-ups from that issue that Andy and Mike discussed.

Andy and Mike want your feedback on this episode so they can read it on an upcoming show!  You even have options in how you leave your feedback.  The most direct way is to leave a comment right here on the site.  You can also send all questions, concerns, fears and trepidations to [email protected].  Then there’ the Facebook page, where you can also leave a Batman related question for Andy and Mike to answer at the beginning of the show.  If you talk about this show on the social medias please include a #overlookeddk so the guys know where to find it.

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Next Time: Things go back to normal.  For this show, at any rate.

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FCTC EPISODE 214 – LOIS & CLARK SEASON 2: THE FINAL FOUR

Episode 214 – Lois & Clark  Season 2: The Final Four

Welcome to the two hundredth and fourteenth 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.

This time out Mike and Jeff wrap up their three part look at the back half of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Season 2 with four…count them…four episodes!  First up is Target: Jimmy Olsen, where JBO (as all the cool kids call him) discovers that the weird rash that he gets at the same time every year is not some kind of social disease but rather the side effects of some Manchurian Candidate type experimenting done on him as a kid.  There’s evil scientists, a really ‘90s love interest and probably the best fight scene of the season between Jimmy and Lois.  Next up is Individual Responsibility, which features the Chin himself, Bruce Campbell, playing Bill Church, Jr.  Seems Junior is taking over the running of Intergang and has some issues with the editorials Perry White has been running.  He kidnaps Perry, which would usually be wrapped up rather quickly because of Superman but Junior has gotten his hands on Red Kryptonite, which makes the Man of Steel the Man of Apathy.

That fantastic episode is followed by Whine, Whine, Whine, which has Superman being sued by a supposed musician after Superman saves said slacker from a falling speaker.  A rather ham-fisted examination of the litigious nature of people here in the United States follows along with a boat-load of cameos including the late great Adam West and Frank Gorshin.  Finally there’s And The Answer Is…, where Ma and Pa Kent have been kidnapped by a millionaire that has learned all about Superman’s secret identity thanks to a diary left behind by Tempus.  Clark has to save his parents but only if Superman will kill Lois Lane.  Which he does.  Sort of.  There’s also a major cliffhanger that the boys will be discussing a bunch of episodes down the road.

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Next Time: It’s a cross-company cross-over with Superman Vs. Aliens!

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FCTC EPISODE 213 – LOIS & CLARK SEASON 2: TEMPUS, Y’ALL!

Episode 213: Lois & Clark Season 2: Tempus, Y’all!

Welcome to the two hundredth and thirteenth 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.

This time out the boys continue their look at the last handful of episodes of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Season 2.  Just like last time the episodes are a mix of great/terrible/really freaking great.  First up is Lucky Leon, which features two of the most important moments of this season; Lois and Clark finally go on their first, official, for reals date and a supporting character that Mike and Jeff have raved about dies.  You also get to hear about how one of the guest stars ended up playing Lex Luthor and a musical interlude with Ernie Hudson (who was not in the episode).

Next up is Resurrection which is just…freaking…awful.  Not only is it a sub-par follow up to an amazing episode but it introduces a character named Dan Scardino, who thankfully doesn’t stick around but that doesn’t keep him from sucking out loud.  There’s also a fight with a little person, a shockingly bad representation of a virus and Curtis Armstrong, who deserved better than this episode.

And then…

Then there’s Tempus Fugitive.

This is quite possibly the best episode of the entire series for a variety of reasons.  First, it introduces the character of Tempus, who is the best of the original villains created for the show.  Second, it introduces H.G. Wells to the series, who becomes a fun recurring character.  More than anything this episode has a conversation between Lois and Clark that defines not only the version of Superman from this show but also the Post Crisis version of Superman from the comics.  It’s not that the boys didn’t have a few problems with the episode (mostly about the use of time travel) but there are so many amazing moments (“How…dumb…was she?”) that they can’t help but gush over it.

Keep an ear out for two appearances by Mike’s wife and one appearance by one of Mike and Rachel’s fur babies, Mayday!

You can subscribe to the show in two ways. First there is the RSS Feed and there is also the iTunes link. Are you on Facebook? Be sure to “like” the official FCTC page, which you can find by clicking on this link.

You can email the show by clicking this link. All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome.  Also be sure to give us a review over on iTunes and feel free to comment on the show here at the site!

Next Time: Mike and Jeff conclude their look at Lois and Clark Season 2 with the last four episodes, which includes Target: Jimmy Olsen, Individual Responsibility, Whine, Whine, Whine and And The Answer Is…

 

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FCTC EPISODE 212 – STILL MORE LOIS & CLARK SEASON 2

Episode 212: Still More of Lois and Clark Season 2

Welcome to the two hundredth and twelfth 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.

This time out Mike and Jeff begin a three episode stretch where they finish out the second season of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.  In management there is a concept called “The Compliment Sandwich”.  The idea is that when you are giving feedback or criticism to a subordinate you should start with a compliment, give the criticism and then give another compliment.

The episodes discussed during this episode fit into that paradigm.

In The Phoenix we see the return of John Shea as Lex Luthor as well as the start of Lois and Clark trying to make the whole dating thing work.  Both of these are huge developments and both have their ups and downs.  On one hand John Shea is back.  On the other his bald cap is hard to look at.  Next up is Top Copy which is an awful episode where special guest star Raquel Welch plays an assassin that poses as the host of a news show.  Intergang is involved and so is Kryptonite lipstick because why not?  Finally there is The Return of The Prankster where the Prankster returns and there is talk of some wonderful performances and talk of Rocky Horror and a pretty serious conversation about how the bad guys treat Lois.

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You can email the show by clicking this link. All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome.  Also be sure to give us a review over on iTunes and feel free to comment on the show here at the site!

Next Time: Mike and Jeff continue their look at Lois and Clark Season 2 with Lucky Leon, Resurrection and Tempus Fugitive!

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OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 21: TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT WHEN 2 BECOME 1…

Episode 21: Tonight Is The Night When 2 Becomes 1…

Welcome to the twenty-first episode of The Overlooked Dark Knight.  The is a non-index index show where the hosts, Andrew Leyland and Michael Bailey, look at Batman comics that rarely, if ever, get talked about.  In the second episode of the month they discuss the various books that were associated with the animated Batman shows of the nineties, though just about everything is fair game.

Except for this month.

This month Andy and Mike are celebrating Superman’s birthday.

Why?

There are two answers to that question.

One: Superman and Batman are best mates.

B: Andy and Mike like Superman.

So there you go.

To celebrate Superman’s birthday and the friendship of the World’s Finest team the guys have chosen two stories that could be considered twice told tales.  First up is World’s Finest #271, which celebrated the 200th comic-versary of Batman and Superman appearing in stories together in the pages of that title as opposed to sharing the cover and nothing else.  In this titanic tale Superman is attacked by the Atoman and we are treated to the many and varied origins of the Superman/Batman team.  Included in this segment is a healthy discussion of the Superman radio show, which is awesome.

The radio show is awesome.  The discussion is okay.

After a quick break and a snippet from a Spice Girls song Andy and Mike discuss Superman/Batman Annual #3, which was published in 2009 and featured a modern take on the favorite character of Rob and Shag from The Fire and Water Podcast ; Composite Superman!  Much love is given to the late Len Wein’s writing, the cover by the late Bernie Wrightson and the interior art by Chris Batista, who obviously liked the look of the Michael Keaton version of Batman.

Below is a gallery of covers and pages from the comics we discussed this time out.

Andy and Mike want your feedback on this episode so they can read it on an upcoming show!  You even have options in how you leave your feedback.  The most direct way is to leave a comment right here on the site.  You can also send all questions, concerns, fears and trepidations to [email protected].  Then there’ the Facebook page, where you can also leave a Batman related question for Andy and Mike to answer at the beginning of the show.  If you talk about this show on the social medias please include a #overlookeddk so the guys know where to find it.

If you want to subscribe to the show here’s the RSS Feed and the iTunes link.  If you use iTunes please leave us a review.  Not only will we read that on the air like the other feedback but it really helps the show out.

Next Time: Mike and Andy discuss Batman Adventures #25 as well as provide a commentary for the Superman: The Animated Series episode “Knight Time”.

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FOB SHOWCASE PRESENTS – MIKE AND RACHEL VS MARVEL PHASE 3 PART 3

Mike and Rachel vs Marvel Phase 3 Part 3 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Welcome to the third installment of a Fortress of Baileytude Showcase Presents mini-series… Mike and Rachel vs Marvel Phase 3!  The premise of this series is simple; Mike and his wife Rachel watch one of the Marvel Phase 3 films and then talk/argue about them.  This is all a part of the Fortress’ desire to catch a few new listeners based on the upcoming release of Avengers: Infinity War.

Because coat tails were meant for riding.

This is the shortest installment of Mike and Rachel vs Marvel Phase 3 but sometimes if you really like something you don’t have much to say about it.  Such is the glory of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.  Mike tells the story of the time he talked to the head make-up artist for Drax the Destroyer and also relates the time the son of one his high school friends schooled Mike on how to pronounce the name “Thanos”.  Rachel talks about the things she liked about the movie and how the ending made her cry.  The Baileys also mount a spirited defense of the Zune.

And they mention the Irredeemable Shag, but they didn’t say his name three times so he didn’t appear.

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Next Time: The Baileys finally decided which movie to talk about next and settled on Spider-Man: Homecoming!

 

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