FCTC EPISODE 242: MARCH 1996 PART 1

Episode 242: March 1996 Part 1

Welcome to the two hundredth and forty-second 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.

Mike and Jeff kick off their coverage of the books with a cover date of March 1996, which was a team-up month that saw Superman teaming up with another hero in each of the five Superman titles.  It was sort of like a then modern version of DC Comics Presents, the Pre-Crisis Superman team up title.

It was a neat concept.

The first book they cover is Action Comics #719, where Superman teams up with Batman to save Lois Lane, who is on the brink of death thanks to the Joker.  Mike has a serious problem with this story for a variety of reasons.  Jeff liked it a lot more than Mike, and the boys go back and forth on this through the whole segment on that issue.  Then, in Superman: The Man of Steel #53, the Spectre comes to Gotham to take care of a Native American spirit that is mad at the Daily Planet because of technology and the Alpha Centurion and his ship might be to blame for this.  Oh, and the Lois is having problems with Clark sub-plot, much to Mike’s chagrin.

After that the boys get into the Hey, Wha’ Happened: Real World segment, starting with three episodes from the third season of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.  Those episodes include Never on Sunday, The Dad Who Came in From the Cold, and Tempus Anyone?  Then Jeff goes over what was going on in the real world and what movies were in theaters when this month’s comics were published.

Technical Note: There is a chirping about halfway through the episode that comes and goes.  Mike did everything he could to get rid of it, but he couldn’t quite get all of them.  So…listener beware and all that.

Below are the covers and select pages from the comics we covered on this episode.

Shows promoted in this episode include:

You can subscribe or listen to the show in a variety of ways. First there is the RSS Feed and then there is the Apple Podcasts link.  You can also find the show on Spotify and the Google Play Store.  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: Team Up Month continues with Plastic Man and Woozy Winks in Superman #110, Impulse in Adventures of Superman #532, and Captain Marvel and the Wizard Shazam in Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #4.  After that, they get into the Wha’ Happened: Elsewhere in the DCU segment where they talk about the Superman Family books that came out this month and select books from the larger DC Universe.

FCTC EPISODE 241 – LOIS AND CLARK SEASON 3: VIRTUALLY DESTROYED AND HOME IS WHERE THE HURT IS

Episode 241 – Lois and Clark Season 3: Virtually Destroyed and Home Is Where The Hurt Is

Welcome to the two hundredth and forty-first 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.

This time out Mike and Jeff do their final stand-alone episode discussing episodes of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.  Why is this the final stand-alone episode?  The boys go over that in the first part of the episode where Mike in particular lays out why he can’t spend as much time on the show as they have been.  Then they get into the two episodes that came out around the same time as the issues with a February 1996 cover date.  First up is Virtually Destroyed, where Lois and Clark find themselves trapped in a virtual reality made by the supposed illegitimate son of Lex Luthor.  This happens in and around them talking about the possibility of having children.  Also, Jimmy does some Tae Kwon Do.

It’s not quite as silly as it sounds, but it’s close.

Then, in Home is Where The Hurt Is, we are treated to a Christmas episode where Lois and Clark’s parents both come to Metropolis to celebrate the holidays.  Lois’ dad also brings an android he created to be a companion.  Yeah.  That’s creepy.  Anyway, Mindy Church is expanding her power base, so she has Joey Bermuda create a virus to kill the Man of Steel to get him out of the way.  This actually works, and Clark suddenly finds himself on the edge of death.  Will he survive?

Well, of course he will.  The show went four seasons.  Listen to find out how that happened.

After all that, the boys FINALLY get to the emails that have been piling up for three years.  They’re sorry they took so long.  They’ll try not to let you down again.

Shows promoted in this episode include:

You can subscribe or listen to the show in a variety of ways. First there is the RSS Feed and then there is the Apple Podcasts link.  You can also find the show on Spotify and the Google Play Store.  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: The boys dive into the first half of the books with a cover date of March 1996 (a.k.a. Team Up Month) by looking at Action Comics #719 and Superman: The Man of Steel #54.  After that becomes the Hey, Wha’ Happened: Real World edition, where Mike and Jeff talk about a few episode of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and what was going on in the real world when these books were published.

FCTC EPISODE 240: FEBRUARY 1996 PART 2

Episode 240: February 1996 Part 2

Welcome to the two hundredth and fortieth 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.

Mike and Jeff continue with their look at the Superman books with a cover date of February 1996.  First on the docket is Superman #109, which is a stealth Metropolis Mailbag episode with the twist of an ex-Team Luthor agent wanting revenge on the Man of Steel for ruining his life.  Superman didn’t, but this guy is not acting rationally.  Then, in Adventures of Superman #532 Lori Lemaris, presumed dead mermaid ex-girlfriend of Clark Kent, returns to Metropolis.  The big shock is that she is still alive.  The other shock is that her husband has been playing with magic and is out of control.  Finally, the boys ask, Hey, Wha’ Happened? Comics Edition and look at the Superman Family Books that came out this cover month as well as mentioning some other books from the larger DCU

Below are the covers and select pages from the books covered in this episode.

Podcasts promoted in this episode include:

You can subscribe or listen to the show in a variety of ways. First there is the RSS Feed and then there is the Apple Podcasts link.  You can also find the show on Spotify and the Google Play Store.  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: The final, standalone Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman episode because of…reasons.  Episodes discussed are Virtually Destroyed and Home is Where The Hurt Is. Plus…YOUR FEEDBACK!

FCTC EPISODE 239: FEBRUARY 1996 PART 1

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.

You can subscribe or listen to the show in a variety of ways. First there is the RSS Feed and then there is the Apple Podcasts link.  You can also find the show on Spotify and the Google Play Store.  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: 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.

REVIEW – SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL VOLUME 1 HARDCOVER

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Superman: The Man of Steel Volume 1 Hardcover Review

This book had a strange path to getting published.  Originally it was solicited as Superman: The Man of Steel By John Byrne Omnibus Volume 1 in October 2019 with a release date of July 7, 2020.  The book was going to collect (almost) the entire first year and change of John Byrne’s run on what became the various Superman titles.  That was cancelled and DC solicited another, smaller hardcover collection in March 2020 with the same release date.  This collection, titled Superman: The Man of Steel Vol. 1 HC, cut the omnibus in half.  Then the release date was changed again, and the book finally came out on August 25, 2020.

I will admit that I was disappointed that the omnibus was cancelled.  I will also admit that when it comes to this era of Superman that I have a firm bias even when I am criticizing aspects of it.  So, me wanting an omnibus of that first year is not even remotely surprising.  It’s the opposite of surprising.  It would be surprising if I didn’t want a fat, hardcover collection of books that I already own in variety of formats.

(This isn’t a cry for help.  I realize that me wanting to buy the same story over and over again is a bit odd, but they’re neat to have, I love this era, and if I keep buying it maybe they’ll make more.)

Despite being delivery of this book being delayed by a day and having a nice dent on the upper corner of the book (thanks Amazon) I finally got my copy and had some thoughts on what was in this collection and how it compares to previous collections of these comics.

Let’s begin.

First Impressions

This is a handsome volume.  The front cover of the dust jacket uses the art from the alternate cover of Man of Steel (1986) #1 with literally a new coat of paint.  The original had a blue suit and an orange tie, where this one has a gray suit, a reddish tie, and a more varied texture to the colors on the S symbol.  While it is darker in tone than the cover to the original issue, it actually pops more.  The back cover of the dust jacket likewise repurposes art from the cover of Superman: The Man of Steel Vol. 2, published in October of 2003.  Jerry Ordway is the artist and it is once again given a darker recoloring with a blue background instead of the tan of the original.  The background of this image is a little more washed out and some of the detail is lost, but the main figure looks great with the darker colors.

Under the dust jacket we have more repurposed art.  The front cover is the final page of Man of Steel (1986) #6, minus the dawn or dusk colored background and the thought balloons.  I was actually surprised that they went with this one and not the final page of Man of Steel (1986) #1, which is an oft used shot of Superman taking flight.  It does pop up later.  The back cover is from the splash page of Action Comics #584, again minus word balloons and backgrounds.  Contextually this is an odd choice given this is a Superman that has had his mind switched with a handicapped man and that man was using Superman to tear up real estate, but it’s a bold image and it’s on the back, under the dust jacket.  It’s interesting that there is no copy on either the front or back interior covers, but I’m good with that.  The white backgrounds are also an odd choice.  I’m not sure how I feel about them.

The inside flaps of the dust jacket have images from the splash page of Superman (1987) #1 and the previously mentioned last page of Man of Steel (1986) #1 on them.

From a purely visual standpoint, this is a nice-looking book.  It has a modern feel with the coloring, but since the art is between twenty-four to seventeen years old, it feels right for the era it was published in.  Having Ordway art on the back cover is fitting.  While John Byrne rightly gets most of the acclaim of revamping Superman, Jerry Ordway was there at the beginning and would stay with the Superman books full time until 1993.  I’m happy that whoever designed this gave Jerry his due.

A Look Inside

If you have read the previous trade paperback series, there isn’t anything new about the interiors.  After a title and dedication page, we have an essay that serves as an introduction called Superman: A Personal View by John Byrne.  This was originally published on the inside back cover of Man of Steel (1986) #1, so it’s a bit odd that the year 1991 is given next to the author credit.  From what I could tell nothing had been added from the original in 1986, but this is a minor quibble.

Unlike volumes 1-6 of the series of trade paperbacks titled Superman: The Man of Steel, which were published between 2003 and 2008, this collection puts the cover of the issue before the issue instead of having a cover gallery at the back.  I always prefer this.  I realize an argument could be made that not having the covers before the issue gives the reader a more streamlined reading experiences, but cover galleries in the back mean the reader can skip them and I always think seeing the cover before the issue is better.  Again, a very minor quibble, but one I apparently felt the need to mention.

After issues 1-6 of Man of Steel (1986) the placement of the comics matches that of Volume 2 and a bit of Volume 3 of the previously mentioned Superman: The Man of Steel trade paperback series.  Like those volumes, it does not reprint them in release order.  Instead, it puts them together more in story order.  You have Superman (1987) #1, followed by Action Comics #584, followed by Superman (1987) #2.  After that, you have issues 424 and 425 of Adventures of Superman are slotted in, which reads just fine except for the minor hiccup of there being a shot of Clark talking to the villain of Action Comics #584 in the pages of Adventures of Superman #424.  Originally, in the single issues Adventures 424 came out before the Action issue.  This is the sort of thing that you’d really have to be paying attention to notice.

If this sounds pedantic…it’s because it is.  I’m mentioning it purely out of wanting to compare this book to the previous version of this collection.

And…to be a bit of a pedant.

I mean, I’m doing a deep dive into a hardcover comic book collection.  This shouldn’t be shocking.

From there the books are in the same order as the Superman: The Man of Steel trades and ends on a fun but not terribly deep team-up with Etrigan the Demon, which has the “because of time travel or something this story never happened” trope Byrne plays with from time to time.  Then we are treated to the Why Superman? Why Today? essay by Ray Bradbury.  This has appeared in most trade paperback collections of Man of Steel (1986) going back to the first time the series got a proper collected edition in 1987.  Once again, the date 1991 is given and I am curious where that date is coming from.  One of the versions of that trade had a mostly black cover that I thought was put out in 1992 but it’s possible it came out the year before.  Release dates on non-first printings can be tricky.

Next are reprints of the introductions from volumes 2 and 3 of the Superman: The Man of Steel trades.  The first, which originally appeared in volume 2, is Reinventing The Wheel by Marv Wolfman, which recounts his experiences writing Superman before the reboot and his part in the revamp of 1986.  This is followed by what was originally titled Introduction in volume 3 but here looks like it’s called The Adventures of Superman.  Either way, it’s written by Jerry Ordway, who, like Wolfman, talks about his experiences with Superman before he started drawing the character and his thoughts on the stories that were reprinted in volume 3 of the 2003 trade series.

Finally, we have the covers from the first three volumes of the Superman: The Man of Steel trade series that I apparently can’t shut up about as well as some pages from Who’s Who: Update ’87.  The pages included here, with one notable exception, were reprinted in volumes 2 and 9 of the Superman: The Man of Steel trade series.  Amazing Grace, Bizarro, Bloodsport, Lex Luthor, Krypton and Kryptonite, Lois Lane, Magpie, and Metallo were included in those volumes.  For some reason, the people that put this collection together threw in Host (a.k.a Mummy Rocket Boots, and if you get that reference, thank you for listening to From Crisis to Crisis).  I had to check and double check that, but yeah…the previous collections did not have Host in them and it’s kind of weird that it was included here since those issues of Superman (1987) are not in this book.

I’m not complaining.  It’s just odd.

Final Thoughts

While I would have preferred the omnibus they initially dangled before us, this is a very well put together hardcover.  The coloring is a bit dark in places, but that doesn’t distract from the art or the writing.  If you are a completist, like me, then you need to get this book.  If you want a nice hardcover to put on the shelf, you need to get this book.  If you have never read these series and don’t feel like chasing down the previous trade paperback series, then you need to get this book.  It is a wonderful introduction to the Post Crisis adventures of Superman and is a well put together package.

Currently there is an Amazon listing for Volume 2 of this series, which looks like it collects the rest of the original omnibus.  I have already pre-ordered my copy and I encourage you to do the same if you can.  I realize that these things can be cancelled at a moment’s notice, but fingers crossed that the second volume comes out.

FCTC EPISODE 238: LOIS AND CLARK SEASON 3 – DON’T TUG ON SUPERMAN’S CAPE TO SUPERMANN

Episode 238: Lois and Clark Season 3 – Don’t Tug on Superman’s Cape to SuperMann

Welcome to the two hundredth and thirty-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 #649 in 2006 in an informative and hopefully entertaining format.

It’s time for another Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman episode!  Before Mike and Jeff get into the four Season 3 episodes that aired in October of 1995, they talk about what they’ve been doing since the pandemic started.

That’s right.  This episode was recorded in June of 2020.  Less than two months ago.  This is kind of a record for the guys.

Anyway, after going through how they’re holding up they dive into the episodes.  In Don’t Tug on Superman’s Cape, a rich couple wants to add Superman to their collection while Lois and Clark start having weird dreams about their upcoming wedding.  Then, in Ultra Woman, a woman and her scientist sister try to make Superman apathetic with Red Kryptonite, but it ends up giving Clark’s super-powers to Lois.  Not content to sit around she takes the identity of Ultra Woman and hilarity, along with some genuine heart-warming moments, ensue.  Chip Off the Old Clark is next and somehow a little boy has Superman’s powers, which leads the mother to claim that she had Superman’s love child.  An assassin tries to use the kid to his own ends, leading to one of the worst villain identity reveals of the entire series.  Finally, SuperMann features three genuine Nazis coming out of deep freeze to aid a secret group of other Nazis in their goal of taking over the United States.  They even expose Superman to radiation to keep him away.

You can subscribe or listen to the show in a variety of ways. First there is the RSS Feed and then there is the Apple Podcasts link.  You can also find the show on Spotify and the Google Play Store.  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: The boys dive into the first part of cover date February 1996 with Action Comics #718, Superman: The Man of Steel #53, and the newly renamed and revamped Hey, Wha’ Happened: Real World segment.

OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 43 – STARLIN’S BATMAN PART 5: THE CULT PART 1

Episode 43 – Starlin’s Batman Part 5: The Cult Part 1

Welcome to the forty-third 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.  Back in episode 39 they started a series covering Jim Starlin’s run of Batman and they are going to continue with that until they get through all of his issues, up to and including Batman: The Cult.

Speaking of Batman: The Cult

This time out Andy and Mike discuss the first two issues of the Prestige Format series Batman: The Cult.  Because of the subject matter, this episode is different from other episodes the guys have done.  The themes and events of this story resonated with Andy and Mike in a way they never have before given current events.  As such, topics that the guys would normally stay away from are dealt with head on.

This is a long winded way of saying there is about twenty or so minutes of heavy political talk at the beginning of this episode.

So…content warning; EXTREME POLITICAL DISCUSSION AHEAD.

After getting some things off their chests, Andy and Mike talk about the first two issues of The Cult.  They discuss the art by Bernie Wrightson and they talk about the way Jim Starlin crafted the story.  They also go into how certain events of the story have a weird kind of “now” feeling despite being published thirty years ago, how Robin is pretty dang awesome in this story, and how Andy and Mike both remember the trade paperback of this series being available in 1989 even though it wasn’t put out until 1991.

Below are the covers and select pages of the comics discussed in this episode.

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 Apple Podcast 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.  The show is also available on the Google Play Store and Spotify.

Next time: Andy and Mike’s coverage of the Jim Starlin run continues with the final two issues of Batman: The Cult!

FCTC EPISODE 237: THE TRIAL OF SUPERMAN PART 6

Episode 237: The Trial of Superman Part 6

Welcome to the two hundredth and thirty-seventh 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.

This time out Mike and Jeff finish up their coverage of the Superman books published with a January 1996 cover date.  They also finish up their coverage of The Trial of Superman, which has been one of the more interesting rides the boys have been on.  In Superman #108, the Man of Steel and Team Superman stand up to the Tribunal in a really awesome scene.  Unfortunately, Team Superman suffers a bit of a set back and by the end of the issue it appears that Superman has once again been killed.  This turns out not to be the case and in Adventures of Superman #531 the heroes return home after Superman receives his final sentencing.

Then Mike and Jeff introduce revamped Meanwhile at the Daily Planet and Elseworlds segments under the umbrella of Hey…Wha’ Happened? Normally the real world portions of this will be done at the beginning of a month’s coverage, but things got weird around the time the boys recorded this so you get both in this episode.  First, they look at the other Superman related books published with the January 1996 cover date.  Books discussed include Superman/Toyman #1, Superboy #23, Steel #23, and Showcase ’96 #1.  After that they look at the headlines during the month these comics were published in addition to the usual movie talk.

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

And here are scans of the comic that came with the Hunter/Prey Superman/Doomsday two-pack.

You can subscribe or listen to the show in a variety of ways. First there is the RSS Feed and then there is the Apple Podcasts link.  You can also find the show on Spotify and the Google Play Store.  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: It’s another Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman episode!  The boys discuss the third season episodes, Don’t Tug on Superman’s Cape, Chip off the Old Clark, Ultra Woman, and SuperMann.

FCTC EPISODE 236: THE TRIAL OF SUPERMAN PART 5

 

Episode 236: The Trial of Superman Part 5

Welcome to the two hundredth and thirty-sixth 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.

At last…it’s 1996!

That’s right, folks!  Mike and Jeff have finally…after several years…and several hiatuses…gotten to cover date 1996.  And since calendars are a thing they start with January 1996.  They also continue their examination of The Trial of Superman.  First up is Action Comics #717, where Superman and the Cyborg go at it for most of the issue, but that’s not a bad thing because the fight is cool.  Then, in Superman: The Man of Steel #52, Superman is once again brought before The Tribunal, but this is short lived as Superman busts loose, fights the Cyborg again, and Team Superman gets in on the action.

After that is…well, that’s pretty much it.  Normally Jeff would lead us through the Meanwhile, At The Daily Planet segment, but with Mike shaking up the format (buckle in, because he’s not done yet) things got jumbled.  So, you’ll get the revamped and renamed Wha’ Happened? Segment next time.  In its place, Jeff turns the Final Thought segment over to Michael and he talks about why he liked the CW’s Crisis on Infinite Earths better than the MCU’s Avengers: Endgame.

Things go smoother with the February 1996 books.  Promise.

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

You can subscribe or listen to the show in a variety of ways. First there is the RSS Feed and then there is the Apple Podcasts link.  You can also find the show on Spotify and the Google Play Store.  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: The Trial of Superman concludes with Superman #108 and Adventures of Superman #531.  Plus, the previously mentioned Wha’ Happened? segment and the Elsewhere in the DCU segment, where the boys talk about the Superman family titles that came out this cover month and the DCU as a whole!

OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 42: STARLIN’S BATMAN PART 4

Episode 42: Starlin’s Batman Part 4

Welcome to the forty-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.  Back in episode 39 they started a series covering Jim Starlin’s run of Batman and they are going to continue with that until they get through all of his issues, up to and including Batman: The Cult.

This time out Andy and Mike go over three…count them…THREE issues of Batman.  In Batman #421, the guys get back to the Dumpster Killer storyline and we actually find out who the killer is.  Along the way Batman does some really cool detective work, things get creepy when one of Batman’s sources gets “married”, and the issue ends on a frustrating note.  Then, in Batman #422, the Dumpster Killer is finally brought to justice, but it gets muddy when he’s freed on a technicality.  Don’t fret, though.  The killers gets his in the end.  Also, Robin has a run in with a pimp that sets up things involving Jason’s temper and where that is going to get him.  Finally, Batman #423 features a Todd McFarlane cover and a story about how Batman impacted three Gotham City Police officers.  All of this and some of your feedback too!

Also…listen to see if Andy and Mike find the question to life, the universe, and everything.

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

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 Apple Podcast 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.  The show is also available on the Google Play Store and Spotify.

Next time: Andy and Mike’s coverage of the Jim Starlin run continues with the first two issues of Batman: The Cult!