FCTC EPISODE 234: THE DEATH AND RETURN OF SUPERMAN COMMENTARY

Episode 234: The Death and Return of Superman Commentary

Welcome to the two hundredth and thirty-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.

This time out Mike and Jeff present a commentary for the 2019 animated film The Death and Return of Superman.  Clocking in at over two and a half hours, this film is actually two movies in one.  In late 2018, Warner Brothers Animation and DC Entertainment released The Death of Superman and in the spring of 2019, they released Reign of the Supermen.  Then, later in 2019, they released both films together (because cash grab and the boys are here for it) and after a number of attempts to get a commentary recorded the boys finally sat down and got it done.

The commentary begins right at the beginning of the episode, so if you are going to watch the movie along with the commentary, they both start at the same time.  In addition to talking about the film, Mike and Jeff discuss Easter eggs, comparisons between this movie and the previous direct-to-home-entertainment animated Superman: Doomsday, the characters, and the cast.  The commentary can be watched with the film or by itself.  It’s up to you how you want to listen to the episode.

Below are images of the characters as well as posters of the various films.

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: Some Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Season 3 talk.  Specifically, the episodes Contact, When Irish Eyes Are Killing and Just Say Noah.

OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 41 – STARLIN’S BATMAN PART 3: TEN NIGHTS OF THE BEAST PART 2

Episode 41 – Starlin’s Batman Part 3: Ten Nights of the Beast Part 2

Welcome to the forty-first 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 they finish up their look at the four part “mini-series within a series”…Ten Nights of the Beast!  In Batman #419, the Dark Knight and Robin continue their cat and mouse game with the KGBeast continues and leads to an exciting if not choppy ending.  Things wrap up in Batman #420, which features the ultimate confrontation between Batman and the Beast, with an ending that leads to a short conversation on the ethics of the Dark Knight.  The guys also read some feedback and Mike tells a story from his misspent youth.

Note: Mike says the story happens in the late eighties.  It actually happened in the late nineties.  Mike wasn’t going to strip clubs when he was 14.

Below are the covers and selected pages from the comics discussed during 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 Batman issues 421-423!

BAILEY’S BATMAN PODCAST EPISODE 29 – STACKED DECK: THE GREATEST JOKER STORIES EVER TOLD

Episode 29 – Stacked Deck: The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told

The Joker turns 80 this year.  I’d love to tell you that this is why I decided to do this episode, but it’s just a coincidence.

This is why I will never call myself a professional podcaster.

That, and this isn’t how I make my living.

Anyway, this time out I am joined by Tom Panarese (from Pop Culture Affidavit and Required Reading With Tom and Stella) joins me once again to talk about a greatest stories ever told book.  Tom and I have previously talked about The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told Volumes 1 and 2, so we thought we’d complete the hat trick and cover The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told.  However, I wanted to throw a curve ball into this by covering Stacked Deck: The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told Expanded Edition, a printing that was put out in 1990 that reprinted The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told in a lovely, purple, leather bound edition with a few extra stories thrown in.

It’s a gorgeous book.

Over the course of two and a half hours Tom and I talk about the Joker’s first appearance, his evolution from homicidal maniac to jokey clown criminal and then back to homicidal maniac.  At one point I drop in an audio version of one of the stories that was released in the sixties.  Tom and I have a lot of fun with this collection and then, after we’re done with the comics in the book, we talk about what stories should be included in a modern version of this sort of affair.  We also talk about the Joker as a character and zero in on the point he went from preeminent Batman rogue to the absolute arch-enemy to the Dark Knight.

Below are a collections of splash pages and covers from the stories discussed in this episode.

I’d like to thank Tom again for coming out and playing.  As always, we had a lot of fun.

Next Time: No idea, but I’m sure it will happen sooner rather than later.

FCTC EPISODE 233: DECEMBER 1995 SUPPLEMENTAL

Episode 233: December 1995 Supplemental

Welcome to the two hundredth and thirty-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.

Welcome to the very last supplemental episode (at least for the moment) of From Crisis to Crisis.

That’s right, folks, even though Mike and Jeff don’t mention it in the episode proper this episode not only closes out cover date December 1995 (and cover date 1995 in general) it also closes out talking about the side books in their own dedicated episode.

Didn’t they just say they were going to keep this going a couple of episodes ago?  Probably, but Mike the Editor talked to Mike the Host and after a long, drawn out fight that raged throughout the Fortress of Bailetyude Mike the Editor won out.

So, starting in two or three episodes you will hear the regular segments folded into the talk of the main books and the side/family books will be folded into the Elsewhere segments and not given as much attention.  There will be exceptions (like the event books Mike and Jeff actually like) but for the most part that is how things will be going for the foreseeable future.

Anyway, this time out the boys kick things off with Superboy #22, which as The Kid fighting an Underworld Unleashed Killer Frost.  Then things circle back to The Trial of Superman in Steel #22, which has some great scenes with Supergirl and Steel.  Next up Underworld Unleashed gets wrapped up with the boys’ thoughts on the second and third issue of that event.  Showcase ’95 #12 is next, which has yet another pilot episode of Supergirl.  Finally, Jeff breaks down what was going on in the real world in the Meanwhile, At the Daily Planet segment and Mike tells you what was going on Elsewhere in the DC Universe.

Below is a gallery of covers and select pages from the books the boys discuss in the episode.  Mike put scans of the original paper versions of the covers to Underworld Unleashed issues 2 and 3.

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: A surprise that has been a long time coming.

OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 40 – STARLIN’S BATMAN PART 2: TEN NIGHTS OF THE BEAST PART 1

Episode 40 – Starlin’s Batman Part 2: Ten Nights of the Beast Part 1

Welcome to the fortieth 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 they continue their look at Starlin’s run with the first two installments of the “mini-series within a series” Ten Nights of the Beast.  In Batman #417, a rogue Soviet agent known as the KGBEast (cagey beast!) is in Gotham and while the FBI and the VIA are both on the Beast’s trail, Batman gets involved because he may be the only one to stop the carnage.  The action and political intrigue continues in Batman #418, where the Beast continues making his way through the list and Batman has his first confrontations with the Soviet super soldier.

Below is a gallery of the cover and select pages from the comics discussed during the course of 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: The thrilling conclusion to Ten Nights of the Beast!

FORTRESS OF BAILEYTUDE SHOWCASE PRESENTS… THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER

Fortress of Baileytude Showcase Presents… The Hunt For Red October

This time out the show finally lives up to the original premise that I had for it several years ago. Instead of talking comics I am talking movies, because I like movies and thought, “Hey, why not talk about them from time to time?”  My first subject is a film that I just love to pieces…The Hunt For Red October.  And I am not alone!  Joining me to talk about this cracker jack of a movie is none other than Zaki Hasan.  Zaki co-hosts The MovieFilm Podcast and hosts Nostalgia Theater: A MovieFilm Podcast.  He is also a movie reviewer and has written reviews for a number of newspapers and sites.

For a little over an hour we focus in on the cast of The Hunt For Red October.  The story is pretty simple, but it’s the performances that really make the film memorable and we go over the main cast, which includes but is not limited to Tim Curry, Sam Neil, Alec Baldwin, and, of course, Sean Connery.  What makes their performances so good?  What are the best scenes?  How many times does Mike lapse into a Sean Connery impersonation?  Listen and find out!

A huge thanks to Zaki for coming out to play on this one.

Next Time: If everything goes to plan I’ll have a special Fourth of July episode for your listening pleasure.

OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT SPECIAL – REMEMBERING DENNY O’NEIL

Overlooked Dark Knight Special – Remembering Denny O’Neil

No real preamble this time out. This isn’t a normal episode. Andy and Mike got together on the morning (or afternoon for Andy) of June 15, 2020 to talk about the death of writer/editor/legend Denny O’Neil. The guys were huge fans of Denny as both as an editor and they wanted to spend nearly an hour talking about him. It’s a very off the cuff conversation. There are no notes involved. It’s just two fans talking about their feelings on Denny with a tangent or two along the way.

RIP Denny O’Neil.

 

OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 39 – STARLIN’S BATMAN PART 1

Episode 39 – Starlin’s Batman Part 1

Welcome to the thirty-ninth 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.  In one episode they will talk about Bat books from the late seventies and early eighties.  In another episode they will talk about the animated Adventures titles that DC published in the nineties.

Sometimes they talk about whatever strikes their fancy.

Which is what they are going to do starting with this episode.

For several years now (since 2012 actually) Mike has been wanting to cover the Jim Starlin run of Batman and now that Ryan and Chris over at Batman: Knightcast have changed the remit of their show, Mike thought the time was right to finally talk about these comics.  Andy is an agreeable sort of fellow, so it wasn’t a hard sell.

So, starting in this episode and continuing for the next few month, the guys are going to look at every issue of Jim Starlin’s run (which spanned Batman issues 414-430, as well as the four issue Batman: The Cult prestige format series) and discuss them.  This time out they start with issue 414, which begins a mystery regarding a serial killer in Gotham that, surprisingly, doesn’t get resolved at the end of the issue.  Then they talk about issue 415, which was a Millennium crossover story and because of that they didn’t have much to say about it.  Finally, before reading some feedback, they briefly touch on issue 416, which they actually covered several years ago, so it doesn’t get the full synopsis and discussion treatment.

Below are the covers and select pages from the books 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: The Starlin’s Batman Run coverage continues with the first two chapters of Ten Nights of the Beast!

IT ALL COMES BACK TO SUPERMAN EPISODE 18 – SUPERMAN AND COUNTDOWN TO INFINITE CRISIS PART 2 – SUPERMAN: SACRIFICE

Episode 18 – Superman and Countdown to Infinite Crisis Part 2 – Superman: Sacrifice

JLMay 2020 continues…

In case this is your first experience with JLMay, it is an annual podcasting crossover where a bunch of different networks and shows get together to cover a particular maxi-series, fifth week event, or crossover.  It started in 2016 and over the years we’ve talked about JLA: Year OneJustice (the Alex Ross grown up Super Friends series), The Silver Age (a DC Fifth Week Event), and Blackest Night.  This year we’re covering Countdown to Infinite Crisis.

Not Infinite Crisis.

Countdown to Infinite Crisis.

The event before the event.

This time out I continue my look at what Superman was up to around the whole Countdown to Infinite Crisis era by examining the Sacrifice story line.  To say that this arc was important to the lead up to Infinite Crisis is an understatement.  Sacrifice was one of the most pivotal moments of this era and since it tied into what was going on in the OMAC Project mini-series, I thought it would be a good idea to bring in the people covering that mini-series for JLMay.

Jon and Maggie Schaefer-Hames (hosts of Married With Comics) were nice enough to stop by and talk about the issues of Superman, Action Comics, Adventures of Superman, and Wonder Woman that made up the Sacrifice arc as well as the issues of Adventures of Superman and Wonder Woman, which detailed the immediate aftermath of how Wonder Woman solved the Maxwell Lord problem.  We also talk about the era in general and get into a few tangents about the way some artists depicted women in the early 2000’s and how Marvel and DC were doing pretty much the same thing in different ways with Infinite Crisis and Civil War.

Here are the covers and select pages from the comics we discussed.

Oh, and here’s the picture of me from 1991 when I had glasses with round frames.  It comes up in the episode.

A huge thank you to Jon and Maggie for appearing on this episode and making it as fun as it was.

The fun of JLMay 2020 rages on!  Be sure to check out the following shows over the course of May to continue the epic coverage of the event before the event.

Also, if you are listening to these shows and digging this podcast crossover, be sure to use #JLMay2020 if you’re sharing these episodes on social media.

It All Comes Back to Superman is available on a variety of formats.  It’s on Apple Podcasts, the Google Play Store, and even Spotify.  If you like accessing the RSS Feed directly, you can do that here.  Feedback for the show can be left below or you can head on over to the It All Comes Back To Superman Facebook Page.  The email address for the show is [email protected].

Next Time: Jon and Maggie of Married with Comics join me to talk about the Sacrifice story line!

IT ALL COMES BACK TO SUPERMAN EPISODE 17 – SUPERMAN AND COUNTDOWN TO INFINITE CRISIS PART 1

Episode 17 – Superman and Countdown to Infinite Crisis Part 1

Welcome to another exciting installment of  JLMay 2020!

In case this is your first experience with JLMay, it is an annual podcasting crossover where a bunch of different networks and shows get together to cover a particular maxi-series, fifth week event, or crossover.  It started in 2016 and over the years we’ve talked about JLA: Year OneJustice (the Alex Ross grown up Super Friends series), The Silver Age (a DC Fifth Week Event), and Blackest Night.  This year we’re covering Countdown to Infinite Crisis.

Not Infinite Crisis.

Countdown to Infinite Crisis.

The event before the event.

This episode kicks off a three part series that explores what Superman was up to around the time of Countdown to Infinite Crisis.  This mainly involves the OMAC Project mini-series, but eventually Superman plays in the Villains United sandbox, but that will have to keep until the third part of this series.  For this first installment, I give a rundown of where Superman was as a character in 2005.  This involves a good bit of history, but I try to break it up with some musical interludes, so hopefully that makes it more interesting to listen to.  Then I get into Superman issues 217 and 218, which involves Superman dealing with a world that suddenly fears him.  What do I think of these issues?  What do I think of that concept?  What does OMAC stand for?  All of that and more is explored over the course of an hour and change.

Below are the covers and select pages from the comic discussed in this episode.

The fun of JLMay 2020 rages on!  Be sure to check out the following shows over the course of May to continue the epic coverage of the event before the event.

Also, if you are listening to these shows and digging this podcast crossover, be sure to use #JLMay2020 if you’re sharing these episodes on social media.

It All Comes Back to Superman is available on a variety of formats.  It’s on Apple Podcasts, the Google Play Store, and even Spotify.  If you like accessing the RSS Feed directly, you can do that here.  Feedback for the show can be left below or you can head on over to the It All Comes Back To Superman Facebook Page.  The email address for the show is [email protected].

Next Time: Jon and Maggie of Married with Comics join me to talk about the Sacrifice story line!