RANDOM COVER POST – SUPERBOY THE COMIC BOOK #7

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SECRET FILES FRIDAY – SCORN

Welcome to another installment of Secret Files Friday!  Each week I present another entry from the various Secret Files and Origins specials that started popping up 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 Scorn!

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

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FCTC EPISODE 204 – APRIL 1995 PART 2

Episode 204 – April 1995 Part 2

Welcome to the two hundredth and fourth 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 continue their look at the April 1995 cover dated Superman books.  First up is Adventures of Superman #522, which tells the story of how Metropolis went from being blown up real good to being all fixed up complete with its own version of Times Square.  This is followed by Action Comics #709 where Superman and Warrior tussle and Dan Turpin takes care of business on his day off.  Finally the boys take a quick peek at Steel #14, Outsiders #17 and Showcase ’95 #4 before checking out what was going on Elsewhere in the DC Universe.

The Cover Gallery For This Episode

The Image Gallery

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Next Time: The Death of Clark Kent begins with Superman: The Man of Steel #44 and the landmark Superman #100!  Non Death of Clark Kent comics include Superboy #15 and New Titans #121!

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SPECIAL REPORT FROM WIZARD: THE GUIDE TO COMICS #66

When I first mentioned on Facebook that I was going to be covering the Electric Blue era of Superman someone (I apologize because I honestly forget who) asked if I was going to post the costume ideas that were in an issue of Wizard: The Guide to Comics around the time the big change was announced.  This led me to start digging through my Wizard collection because I honestly remember two different articles and one of those may not exist.  I have this dim memory of readers submitting their ideas for Superman’s new look, which may or may not have happened.  The second article, which was very real, was one that I found in Wizard: The Guide to Comics #66.

Two things stick out to me about this article with the first being Dan Jurgens quote about how this change will be the new status quo.  He said, “I guess if we get a billion letters saying it sucks, we’ll probably back out, but I highly doubt that’s going to happen.”  That quote is interesting not because the new look only lasted a year but because of something another writer on the Superman books at the time said in another Wizard publication.

 More on that next week.

That’s a tease.

Because I can do that sort of thing.

The second part that stuck out to me was the ideas other artists had for Superman’s new look.  J. Scott Campbell seems to prefer letting classic costumes stay classic.  Kevin Lau’s design was similar to more recent Superman costumes in video games and other media.  Jerry Ordway’s remarks about the underpants surprised me but his ideas were on point for the ’90s.  Joe Quesada’s design was…not to my liking.  Andy Kubert’s remarks seemed like he preferred a sleeker look for the Man of Steel.  John Romita, Sr.’s idea for Superman wasn’t surprising as it was very Marvel.  Oddly enough the new look that was chosen for Superman is very close to his idea with some minor tweaks.

 I dug the Visual Evolution of Superman that ran at the top and bottom of the second and third pages of the article.  Wizard was usually good about giving a sense of history of the character they were writing about during this era.  In the end this article did exactly what it was supposed to do; tease the upcoming change and give us just enough information to get us interested.

So to the person that was asking for this article to be posted…here you go.  I hope this is what you were looking for.

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HOUSE AD – WORLD’S FINEST 1983

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THAT COVERS IT – COMICS FEATURE #49

I found this issue at a local comic shop and picked it up solely because I liked the cover.  To me it is a great encapsulation of what was going on with my two favorite heroes in 1986.  To be fair it’s just the art from the Man of Steel house ad placed on top of a page from what has become commonly known as The Dark Knight Returns but it hits me right in the nostalgia center of my brain.  That’s kind of weird because I didn’t start collecting comics until about a year after this but I have found it is possible to feel nostalgic for a comic or comic era you weren’t present for.

I need to dig into this soon.  No matter what the Rolling Stones say time is never on my side.

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DO THE CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN INSTALLMENT 4

Installment 4: Adventures of Superman #545

Adventures of Superman #545

“Power Crisis!”

  • Cover Date: April 1997
  • Released on February 19, 1997
  • Triangle Number: 1997/16
  • Writer: Karl Kesel
  • Pencils: Scot Eaton
  • Inker: Jose Marzan, Jr.
  • Editor: Joey Cavalieri

Spoiler Free Synopsis

Dinner plans change.  Complications with super powers continue.  An old enemy returns.  Dr. Electron gets atomized.

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NEW SUPERMAN BOOKS FOR 02/15/2017

Below is the list of the new Superman comics I picked up this week.

  • Superman #17
  • Super Sons #1
  • Trinity #6
  • Justice League #15
  • Superman Action Comics Vol. 1: Path of Doom

Super Sons is finally here, which I am beyond excited for.  I wanted that book as soon as DC announced it.  Superman #17 had a really moody cover that I really like.  I picked up the Path of Doom trade because…well, that’s what I do.  I also picked up Superboy #148 to add to my Silver Age collection.  All in all it was a really good week as a Superman fan.  We got another new title (which we share with the Batman folks but I think there’s room at the table for everyone), another trade and the main books continue to be amazing.

I “picked up” a handful of digital books as well.  I bought a few more than usual this week because my tax return came in.

  • Action Comics (1991) #s 25, 26, 720-724 and 750
  • Adventures of Superman (1987) #s 534-537
  • Superman (1987) #s 111-114
  • Superman: The Man of Steel (1991) #s 55-59
  • Superman: The Man of Tomorrow (1995) #s 5 and 6

List of Books Released Digitally

In case you were interested in a complete list of Superman books now available over on Comixology…

  • Action Comics (1938) #s 25, 26, 749 and 750
  • Adventures of Superman (1987) #s 562 and 563
  • DC Comics Presents (1978) #s 53-55
  • Superman (1987) #s 139 and 140
  • Superman: The Man of Steel (1991) #s 83 and 84
  • Superman: The Man of Tomorrow (1995) #11
  • Superman and Batman vs. Aliens and Predator #s 1 and 2

Still no sign of the Superman Red/Superman Blue special, Superman Forever #1 and I am not seeing the Superman: Save The Planet special either.  This is a bit annoying.  If you are reading these books for the first time those specials are necessary to the ongoing Superman narrative.  DC and Comixology continue to leave money on the table.

 

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SECRET FILES FRIDAY – THE GUARDIAN

Welcome to another installment of Secret Files Friday!  Each week I present another entry from the various Secret Files and Origins specials that started popping up 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 The Guardian!

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

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FCTC EPISODE 203 – APRIL 1995 PART 1

Episode 203: April 1995 Part 1

Welcome to the two hundredth and third 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.

Normal coverage returns this time out with Mike and Jeff tackling the first part of the Superman books with a cover date of April 1995.  First up is the wrap up to the Deathtrap story in Superman: The Man of Steel #43.  Superman and Mister Miracle are in trouble so Miracle’s wife Big Barda suits up to lend a hand.  Then Agent Liberty returns in Superman #99 and we are introduced to a new villain named Arclight.  This issue also features the amazing battle of the conservative vs the liberal between Agent Liberty and Lois Lane!  The boys also look at Superboy #14 and New Titans #120 before hopping into a cab to the feature they like to call Meanwhile, At The Daily Planet!

If you want more information on the New Titans issue covered in this episode be sure to check out Tom Panarese’s My Life as a Teen Titan feature over on his fantastic blog Pop Culture Affidavit.

The Cover Gallery For This Episode

The Image Gallery For The Superman Books For This Episode

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Next Time: The Road to The Death of Clark Kent continues with Adventures of Superman #522, Action Comics #709, Steel #14, Outsiders #17 and Showcase ’95 #4!

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