BAILEY’S BOOKSHELF: S:TMOT BOOK ONE ANNOUNCEMENT

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(Bailey’s Bookshelf is a new feature here at the Fortress that is replacing Collected Editions as the place where I talk about the Superman related trades, hardcovers and omnibuses in my collection.  There isn’t a huge reason for the change.  I just wanted to have a title that was a better fit for the site.)

Once again my buddy Devin Clancy comes through.

Devin posted an Amazon link to the From Crisis to Crisis Facebook page that announced that Superman: The Man of Tomorrow Book One was available for pre-order.  After checking the link I found out that S:TMOT Book One was going to reprint the issues of Superman and Adventures of Superman that take place after the books that were reprinted in Superman: The Man of Steel Vol. 9.

Excited doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel right now.

Superman (Vol. 2) #023One of the reasons for my excitement is that DC seems to be willing to continue putting out collected editions of the Post Crisis Superman.  I’ve been wanting this for years and I have written about that from time to time on this blog.  That era of Superman is unique because there was so much long form storytelling going on where events and sub-plots built on each other until eventually Superman became a weekly comic stretched over three then four then five titles.  They all had their own look and feel but there was a consistent narrative going on that was attempted with other characters but it just never popped the way it did with Superman and all that started with the comics that are going to be reprinted in this collection.

Adventures of Superman #446It doesn’t hurt that the stories are good as well.  Superman #23 featured the conclusion to the Silver Banshee story that began in Action Comics #595 and continued into Superman #17.  It was also Roger Stern’s first issue as writer on Superman and he would stay with the character full time until 1994.  Jerry Ordway started his time as both writer and penciller of Adventures of Superman starting with number 445.  That issue had the return of the Milton Fine version of Brainiac and his story would continue to run through all of the books reprinted in this volume.  Kerry Gammill began penciling Superman with issue 24 and he was the best possible artist to follow John Byrne on that title.  Gangbuster returns in this run, which is curious because Jose Delgado is in a wheelchair so what the heck is going on there?  Superman deals with the ramifications of what happened in the pocket universe.  Then, right there at the end, Invasion happens and Superman has to defend Metropolis from an attack by the Thanagarians.  It’s a fantastic run of comics that not only have an amazing mix of action and character but also lead into Exile, one of my favorite Superman stories ever

Superman (Vol. 2) #025On a very personal level this was the run of Superman where I went from trying to get the books as they came out to HAVING TO GET THE BOOKS AS SOON AS THEY COME OUT!  John Byrne got me in the door and his run on Superman will always be special to me but these were the stories that turned me from a casual reader into a die-hard, can’t miss an issue, haunting the spinner racks in the hopes that the next issue had hit the stands reader and collector.  Everything I have ever done in the fan community that had to do with Superman started with these comics.  It was my personal Golden Age for the Man of Steel and seeing them collected like this just makes the twelve year old in me so happy.

It makes the forty year old me kind of happy too.

Adventures of Superman #447Plus…it’s a hardcover.  As nice as the Superman: The Man of Steel line was (and they were some nice looking trade paperbacks) having these books reprinted in hardcover feels like DC is taking this era seriously.  Yes it’s a higher price point but at the same time I think it is totally worth it.

Then again I’m biased, so there’s that.

There is precious little info on this trade outside of the bare bones description on Amazon. They mention Dan Jurgens in the creator credit, which will hopefully be corrected because despite my love for Jurgens on Superman he didn’t work on the books reprinted in this volume.  There’s not even a place holder cover yet, which brings up the question; what will be on the cover?  To be honest any on of the covers to the books reprinted in this hardcover would work, especially the one to Adventures of Superman #446, which is one of my favorite Ordway pieces ever.

To be honest I am hoping and praying they go with some version of this house ad.

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I’ve loved this image since the very first time I saw it in the Modern Masters: Jerry Ordway book that Two Morrows put out.  It’s just such a striking ad (and a bit of a friendly poke that John Byrne was no longer with the character) and I think with some digital recoloring and some tweaking it would make one hell of a cover.

So once again I am put in the position where I have to wait for more info.  Hopefully this book won’t be announced for one date and then get delayed by six months like Superman: The Man of Steel Vol. was.  As always I implore you to pre-order this book, which will make it more likely to be produced.  Here is a friendly link to the Superman Homepage Store and I encourage you to order the book there because I write for the Homepage and I want to support the home team.

I am so excited for this hardcover.  April can’t come fast enough.

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REBIRTH REPORT INSTALLMENT 2: SUPERMAN #1

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“Son of Superman Part 1” (20 pages)

  • Storytellers: Peter J Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
  • Inker: Mick Gray
  • Colorist: John Kalisz
  • Letterer: Rob Leigh
  • Assistant Editor: Andrew Marino
  • Editor: Eddie Berganza

Non-Spoiler Review

A great read with only one questionable moment.  After one last moment of reflection Tomasi races headlong into the future and begins to explore the family dynamic between Clark, Lois and Jonathan.

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REBIRTH REPORT INSTALLMENT 1: SUPERMAN REBIRTH #1

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“Superman Rebirth” (20 pages)

  • Storytellers: Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
  • Penciller: Doug Mahnke
  • Inker: Jaime Mendoza
  • Colorist: Wil Quintana
  • Letterer: Rob Leigh
  • Assistant Editor: Andrew Marino
  • Editor: Eddie Berganza

Non-Spoiler Review

This comic was everything that it needed to be.  It brought new readers up to speed on who this Superman is and why he is taking up the mantle once again.  It was a character driven story with some fantastic artwork by Mahnke and Mendoza.

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FSTB EPISODE 201 – SUPERMAN #145

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Episode 201: Superman #145

Welcome to the two hundred and first episode of From Silver to Bronze: A Superman Podcast!  This podcast has a simple premise; examine just about every Superman comic published between Action Comics #241 to Action Comics #396 in an informative and hopefully entertaining format.

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

This time out we are joined by Jon Wilson and Bob Fisher to discuss Superman #145.  Bob hosts the amazing Superman Forever Radio podcast and Jon has hosted a number of Superman related shows, including Golden Age Superman and the New 52 Adventures of Superman.  Together they host the Giant Superman Podcast and since they talk about Silver Age comics and we talk about Silver Age comics it seemed like a good idea to get us all together to talk about this issue.

There are three…count them THREE Superman stories to talk about this time out.  In Superman’s Secret Identity Jimmy Olsen gets a “great idea” on how to find out if Lois would blab Superman’s true identity if she knew it and a man is nearly killed in the process.  Then in The Interplanetary Circus an interplanetary cirus (imagine that) shows up in Metropolis and hilarity ensues.  Finally the guys talk about The Night of March 31st where all kinds of weird stuff happens for some unknown reason.

Thanks to Bob and Jon for coming out to play this time out.  Be sure to check out their shows because they are keen!

Next Time: More Silver Age fun with Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane #25!

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SECRET FILES FRIDAY – JIMMY OLSEN

Welcome to another installment of Secret Files Friday!  I have gone and run out of Superman related Who’s Who entries to post so I have moved on the the Secret Files and Origins entries that popped up starting in late 1997.  While they weren’t as detailed as Who’s Who I have a real soft spot for the Secret Files and Origins line so I wanted to give them some love.  The week’s entry is Jimmy Olsen!)

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(originally published in Superman Secret Files and Origins #1, January 1998)

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FCTC EPISODE 200: THE LISTENER APPRECIATION EPISODE

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Episode 200: The Listener Appreciation Episode

Welcome to the two hundredth 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 is it, folks!

The 200th episode of From Crisis to Crisis.

We never thought we would go the distance.

This time out we dedicate this entire episode to you the listeners starting with an interview with the one…the only…Dan Jurgens!  This will be Dan’s third time on the show and it is always amazing and awesome and other words that start with the letter “A” to have him come back.  As usual Dan is full of great stories about how the comics we’ve been covering came to be.  From the Toyman’s dark turn to Doomsday’s origin to Zero Hour Dan gives us a lot of fun anecdotes and explanations for why the stories went down the way they did.

After that we spend two hours diving into the email bag and read all of the cards and letters (so to speak) that y’all have sent over the past few months.  Topics include; why Jeff doesn’t like Max Landis, thoughts on Man of Steel and what we think we’ll see in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, how many hours it will take you to listen to all 200 episodes of this show, the timeline of the Post Crisis era, the deep, dark secret of J David Weter, what changes we would have preferred after Zero Hour, what we were really doing during all of the weeks there were no new episodes, the difference between die-cut and embossed and what makes for an interesting team-up character for the Man of Steel.

This episode was sponsored by Jason Sandberg.  Make sure you follow this link to check out his childrens’ book Candy and the Cankersaur, which looks like a lot of fun.

If the show Dorkness to Light (which Michael mentioned towards the end of the episode) sounds like a show you would like to listen be sure to follow this link.

And here’s that link to Superman: The Man of Steel Vol. 9.  At the time of the recording of this episode there was no information about what was going to be included in the trade but since that time the full solicitation has been listed.  Be sure to look at the editorial reviews for a familiar name.

More than anything we would like to thank you for listening to the show.  Whether you’ve been there from the beginning or just joined us we appreciate that you choose to spend some of your precious time listening to us talk about the Post Crisis Superman.  It means a lot to us and from the bottom of our cold, dead hearts…thank you.

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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.

If you want to comment on the show or contact the hosts you can always private message Mike and Jeff, at the Superman Homepage, leave comments here or at the Homepage or here or email them by clicking this link. All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome.

Next Time: It’s time for another Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman episode.  This time out we’ll cover Metallo, The Chi of Steel and The Eyes Have It.

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SECRET FILES FRIDAY – LOIS LANE

Welcome to another installment of Secret Files Friday!  I have gone and run out of Superman related Who’s Who entries to post so I have moved on the the Secret Files and Origins entries that popped up starting in late 1997.  While they weren’t as detailed as Who’s Who I have a real soft spot for the Secret Files and Origins line so I wanted to give them some love.  The week’s entry is Lois Lane!)

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(originally published in Superman Secret Files and Origins #1, January 1998)

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FCTC EPISODE 199: MARCH 1995 PART 2

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Episode 199: March 1995 Part 2

Welcome to the one hundred and ninety-ninth 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 not only cover the back half of the cover dated March 1995 Superman titles but they also welcome a guest.  Joining the boys is Russell Burlingame who is not only a fan of this era but is also a head writer over at ComicBook.com.  After getting Russell’s history with Superman (or maybe his conversion story would be more appropriate) the boys and guest dive into Adventures of Superman #521, which features the return of the Thorn.  It also features her seeing if the 100 is back in business as well as the Riot Grrrls, because someone apparently liked them.  Then in Action Comics #708 Mister Miracle stops by and gives Superman a hand with the return of Death Trap.  This is followed by looking at the ancillary titles in the form of Steel #13, Showcase ’95 #3 and Outsiders #16.  Finally the boys and guest take a trip down memory lane with Elsewhere in the DC Universe.

For those interested here are the covers to the ancillary books we discussed in this week’s episode.

During the episode Mike gives another shout out to Trentus Magnus, host of Trentus Magnus Punches Reality.  Not only does Trentus talk about the Adventures of Superman issues in episode 95 of his show but he also talked about Dead Again in episode 123.  Be sure to head on over to Two True Freaks, click on the Trentus Magnus Punches Reality link and scroll down to check those out because it’s a great show and Trentus is a lot of fun.

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.

If you want to comment on the show or contact the hosts you can always private message Mike and Jeff, at the Superman Homepage, leave comments here or at the Homepage or here or email them by clicking this link. All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome.

Next Time: It’s the 200th episode.  We have an interview.  And emails.  It’s a lot of fun.

 

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HOUSE AD – SUPERBOY: WATERY GRAVE

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FCTC EPISODE 198: MARCH 1995 PART 1

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Welcome to the one hundred and ninety-eigth 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.

Happy New Year, everyone!

In a rare bit of happenstance this episode is hitting the Internet on December 31st, which means nothing to people reading this in the weeks, months and hopefully years to come but for you lucky few who catch these things when they drop it’s a holiday.  Things return to normal this time out with the first half of the March 1995 cover dated Superman books.  First up is Superman: The Man of Steel #42 a book so “good” that Mike promptly forgot that he was supposed to do the synopsis.  Then in Superman #98 Superman and Cat Grant visit the Toyman to see what made him go from a murderer to the killer of children. After discussing Superboy #13 (which is the first part of the Watery Grave storyline) the boys discuss Superman: Kal, an Elseworlds story that takes place in medieval times by Dave Gibbons and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Praise Be His Name).  Finally Mike and Jeff hop into a cab, pay their $6.50 and take you to a segment they like to call Meanwhile, At The Daily Planet.

At one point in the episode Mike mentions that he was on an episode of Supergirl Radio where he and Rebecca Johnson (one of the hosts of the show) talk about Cat Grant.  You can find a link to that episode here.  Give the show a listen.  It’s really good.

Usually we post the covers to the other comics we talk about in the episode.  This time out we only have the Superboy cover, so here it is in all its glory.

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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.

If you want to comment on the show or contact the hosts you can always private message Mike and Jeff, at the Superman Homepage, leave comments here or at the Homepage or here or email them by clicking this link. All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome.

Next Time: The boys finish up the March 1995 books with Adventures of Superman #521, Action Comics #708, Steel #13, Showcase ‘95 #3 and Outsiders #16

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