Episode 239: February 1996 Part 1

Welcome to the two hundredth and thirty-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.

After only a month (not a bad record for this show) Mike and Jeff are back with a brand, spanking new episode of From Crisis to Crisis!  This time out they begin their examination of the books with a cover date of February 1996.  First up is Action Comics #718, which features a new antagonist (because she’s not quite a villain but isn’t an according to Hoyle hero) named Demolitia.  She’s kind of like Bloodsport without the Vietname or White Supremacy baggage.  She also really hates a weapons manufacturer, which brings her into conflict with Superman and the discussion about that scenes brings some conflict between the shows.  Then, in Superman: The Man of Steel #53, Lex Luthor and the Contessa have a meet cute, Superman fights a guy that looks like Jimmy Olsen mutated into a reptile, and a fight breaks out at Bibbo’s bar, which begins a short plotline where he gets back into the boxing game.  Finally, it’s the segment formerly know as Meanwhile, At The Daily Planet…and is now known as Hey, Wha’ Happened: The Real World, where the boys talk about the real world events and the movies that went down around the time these comics were published.

Below are the covers and selected pages from the comics discussed in this episode.

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Next Time: The boys wrap up cover date February 1996 with Superman #110 and Adventures of Superman #532, as well as the Superman Family books published that month and a look at the larger DC Universe.