I’M SORRY…

…I COULDN’T HEAR YOU OVER HOW UTTERLY F***ING AWESOME THIS IS!

Finally!  Ruby Spears Superman animated series from 1988 coming out on DVD.

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(Images and link swiped from the Superman Homepage, but I write and produce content for the site so I look at this like swiping a stapler from work.)

I cannot express how excited I am for this release.  I have been wanting this on DVD ever since I bought my first DVD players back in 2001 and I wanted it out on video long before that.  I loved this series and yes I have seen it since it first aired and it is still all about some awesome.

Now all I need is the last three seasons of Superboy and I…am…set.

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FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS EPISODE 12: SEPTEMBER 1987

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Episode 12: September 1987

Welcome to the 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 week Michael and Jeffrey look at the Superman books bearing the cover date of September 1987, which includes Superman #9, Adventures of Superman #432, Action Comics #592 and even though it does not have a cover date outside of 1987 Adventures of Superman Annual #1. This is a pretty exciting month too that has Superman going up against the Joker, Lex proving was an evil man he is, a gang war begins in Metropolis, another Fourth World character comes to town and the word is brought to a small town in South Dakota. Michael also does a terrible impersonation of the guy from Superman The Movie that talks to Superman after he exits the revolving door and makes his first appearance. Why Jeffrey puts up with this guy is anyone’s guess.

Also listen for a special appearance by Michael’s dog Boo.

You can subscribe to the show in two ways. First there is the RSS Feed and there is also theiTunes 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. The guys will try to incorporate e-mails into the episodes once the show gets rolling.

Seriously, let us know what you think.

FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS EPISODE 11: AUGUST 1987 PART 2

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Episode 11: August 1987 Part 2

Welcome to the eleventh 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 #649in 2006 in an informative and hopefully entertaining format.

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

This week Jeff and Mike finish off the Superman books from cover date August 1987 by looking at Adventures of Superman #431 and Superman Annual #1. In the first book they discuss a complete throw away villain named Dr. Stratos and in the second they discuss another Silver Age concept getting a then modern update in the form of Titano. After that Mike and Jeff get to a good number of e-mails. Highlights include Jeff and Mike listing their favorite Superman artists, Mike getting a lesson in stanza and meter and Mike going on for way too long about a very minor point from Man of Steel #3.

Special note: At one point Mike says the word revengeance. He has no idea why he would do such a thing and there was no way to edit it out. So he apologizes now.

Also, this is another long one but a lot of that time is spent with listener e-mails.

You can subscribe to the show in two ways. First there is the RSS Feed and there is also theiTunes 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. The guys will try to incorporate e-mails into the episodes once the show gets rolling.

Seriously, let us know what you think.

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FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS EPISODE 10: AUGUST 1987 PART 1

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Episode 10: August 1987 Part 1

Welcome to the tenth 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 week Michael and Jeffrey present a special, slightly longer than usual episode. Instead of looking at a particular month in the life of the Crisis to Crisis Superman they are splitting the books that came out with the cover date of August 1987 into two episodes. Why? Because Superman #8 and Action Comics #591 were part of a crossover that began in Legion of Super-Heroes #37 and ended in Legion of Super-Heroes #38. This story, which doesn’t have a flashy story arc name, was intended to clear up how the Legion had formed despite the fact that in the Post Crisis DCU Superman had never been Superboy. The boys give a little Legion history and then dive right into the story itself and because of the impact this story had not just on the Superman books but on the Legion of Super-Heroes Jeffrey and Michael are taking a little extra time to discuss it and thus they decided to divide the month over two weeks. Next week, in part two, Michael and Jeffrey will look at the rest of the books that came out that month in addition to tackling a good number of e-mails.

You can subscribe to the show in two ways. First there is the RSS Feed and there is also theiTunes 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. The guys will try to incorporate e-mails into the episodes once the show gets rolling.

Seriously, let us know what you think.

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THE FIVE STAGES OF COMIC FAN GRIEF

All right.  I am feeling snarky at the moment.  Here are…

THE FIVE STAGES OF COMIC FAN “GRIEF”

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"Comic book fans scare me."

  1. DENIAL: “Oh, come on!  They can’t be doing that!  What are they thinking?  That could never, ever happen!
  2. BITCHING ON THE INTERNET: (typing) “This is the WORST idea ever!  They can’t do this!  That writer has NO idea what he is doing.  WTF!  OMG!  They should ALL be FIRED!!!!!!!!
  3. BITCHING AT THE COMIC SHOP: “Can you believe they’re doing this?  There is no way that could every work.  Am I wrong here?  Who agrees with me?  You don’t?  Then you are a moron!”
  4. MORE BITCHING ON THE INTERNET: (more typing) I was at the comic shop today and some mouth breather was telling me I’m wrong!  Can you BELIEVE that?  It is so obviously the worst idea ever and everyone responsible needs to be shot EXECUTION STYLE!”
  5. ACCEPTANCE: (more typing) “So I bought the first issue and you know what…it wasn’t that bad!  This guy is the best writer EVER!  I am so on board with this.  Best issue ever!”

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FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS EPISODE 9: JULY 1987

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Episode 9: July 1987

Welcome to the 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 in 2006 in an informative and hopefully entertaining format.

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

This week your hosts, Jeffrey Taylor and Michael Bailey, jump in the way back machine to check out that came out with the cover date of July 1987, which included Superman #7, Adventures of Superman #430 and Action Comics #590. Notable events include Superman’s first encounter with Rampage, a very troubled and confused Clark Kent and a team-up with the Metal Men to fight a chemically Kryptonian Chemo.

You can subscribe to the show in two ways. First there is the RSS Feed and there is also theiTunes 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. The guys will try to incorporate e-mails into the episodes once the show gets rolling.

Seriously, let us know what you think.

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FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS EPISODE 8: JUNE 1987

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Episode 8: June 1987

Welcome to the eighth 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 in 2006 in an informative and hopefully entertaining format.

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

This week your hosts, Jeffrey Taylor and Michael Bailey, examine the books that came out with the cover date of June 1987, which included Superman #6, Adventures of Superman #429 and Action Comics #589. Notable events include Superman fighting Host, the secret of Catherine Grant’s past and a team-up with the Green Lantern Corps that calls back to Action Comics #585. Mike and Jeff also dip into the Metropolis E-Mail Bag and answer a few listener questions. Mainly Mike rambles on about cover dates but somehow it remains entertaining. This does cause the show to run about twenty minutes longer than usual, but the boys really like to read the e-mail.

You can subscribe to the show in two ways. First there is the RSS Feed and there is also theiTunes 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. The guys will try to incorporate e-mails into the episodes once the show gets rolling.

Seriously, let us know what you think.

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IS THAT WHAT I THINK IT IS?

So I am doing some surfing…

Wait.  I have a question.

Does anyone call it “surfing the web anymore”?  Seriously.  Is that an archaic term these days?

I’m just curious.

In any case, I was poking around on some of the hype sites despite trying not to do that so as much these days for my own sanity and because I have been so freaking busy.  Over at Comic Book Resources they had a five page preview of Adventure Comics #1.  In the spirit of full disclosure I am looking forward to Adventure Comics #1 like you wouldn’t believe.  I have followed Conner Kent since he first appeared and I like the character quite a bit.  Also I am kind of jazzed that Superman is getting his “family of titles” back.  August can’t come fast enough for me.

So I’m checking out the five page preview and then I get to this page.

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Uh…is that Superboy…like the old school, adventures of Superman when he was a boy Superboy at the top of this page?

When I saw the previous page with Superboy flying with the Legion I was of the opinion that when Clark traveled to the future he put on the costume but while in Smallville he was just, for lack of a better term because the term does suck, a red blue blur.  Here we see a young kid in a Superman…well, Superboy costume saving the day.

Maybe Superman: Secret Origin is going to have some genuine surprises.

For the record I have no problem if they bring back Superman growing up as Superboy.  As much as I like a Clark Kent that put on the costume for the first time as an adult (heck, I co-host a podcast about it called From Crisis to Crisis) Superman as a character is versatile enough that changes like this can be made.  I may not connect to it on a deep and emotional not to mention nostalgic level but if done right it can be kind of cool.

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