OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 48 – STARLIN’S BATMAN PART 10: FINALE

Episode 48 – Starlin’s Batman Part 10: Finale

Welcome to the forty-eighth 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 is, folks.  Andy and Mike have reached the end of their look at the Starlin run of Batman.  The guys only have one book to cover this time and it is far from the explosive finale to a run that you might expect.  Then again, after you kill Robin there are few places to go.  In Batman #430, Batman has to stop a man with a rifle from killing more people while at the same time trying to keep the man from getting killed by the police.  As the Dark Knight goes about his mission, he is reminded of his past and details of Bruce’s father’s life are revealed.  After that, Andy and Mike go through the comments left over on the main Fortress site about past episodes.

Below is the cover and select pages from the comic 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: Ignore what Mike says at the end of the episode.  The next episode is all feedback, all the time.

THE SUPERMAN AND LOIS TAPES EPISODE 8: BATMAN V SUPERMAN OR WE WANT A LOIS AND ALFRED MOVIE

Episode 8: Batman v Superman or We Want A Lois and Alfred Movie

This time out The BAM Crew (Bethany, Alison, and Michael) continue their hiatus episodes by continuing their look at the Superman and Lois of the Synderverse.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Ultimate Edition) came out in 2016 and people are still arguing about it.  It has its fans and its detractors and it can be guaranteed that right now, as you are reading this, people are having an all out street fight on Twitter about the pros and cons of the film.  The Crew has a rather spirited conversation about it and their opinions may surprise you.  Alison defended the Batman seen in the movie, Bethany has serious issues with how Superman is portrayed, and Michael is conflicted depending on the character and the scene.

They all left the episode as friends, though.

After the movie discussion Michael delivers another Professor Bailey’s Superman 101 lesson (this time about Lex Luthor), Bethany reveal the people that don’t have a The Most Punchable Face (it was a shorter list), and The Crew  goes through the emails and the comments they have received in the past week.

The Superman and Lois Tapes can be found on both Apple Podcasts and Spotify. The show can be reached by email at [email protected].  You can also leave comments here or over at the Facebook page for the show, which you can get to by clicking this link.

The main theme for the show is “Heroes” by the awesome Mike Schmidt.  You can find his work over at Speed Force Music.

Next Time: The BAM Crew continue their trip through the Snyderverse with (possibly the first part of) Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

FCTC EPISODE 250: THE JON BOGDANOVE INTERVIEW

Episode 250: The Jon Bogdanove Interview

Welcome to the two hundredth and fiftieth 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.

To paraphrase a movie villain, “They never believed the boys could go the distance.”

And yet, here Mike and Jeff are.

For the 250th episode, the boys have FINALLY “sat down” with artist Jon Bogdanove to talk about his time drawing Superman.  Jon talks about how he came to work on Superman: The Man of Steel, what inspirations he brought to drawing the character, some great stories from around the Death and Return era, why he drew so many versions of Batman for the Zero Hour cover, how the long hair was never a mullet, and what Superman means to him.  It was a great conversation and both Mike and Jeff thank Jon for being so generous with his time and for talking with them on this landmark episode.

Note: The audio has some issues.  Nothing unlistenable, but for whatever reason there were some problems.  So…heads up and all that.

The From Crisis to Crisis theme is by Lucien Desar.

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: Mike and Jeff kick off the July 1996 cover dated books with Superman #113, Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #5, and Adventures of Superman #536.

THE SUPERMAN AND LOIS TAPES EPISODE 7: MAN OF STEEL (2013) or EUGENICS IS BAD

Episode 7: Man of Steel (2013) or Eugenics is BAD

The BAM Crew (Bethany, Alison, and Michael) is back, though this time they aren’t discussing the latest episode of Superman and Lois because that show is on hiatus.  Nope, this time they are using that hiatus to look at other live action (and potentially animated) adventures of Superman and Lois and they are starting with the most recent cinematic take of the characters.

That’s right, folks…The Crew is diving into the Snyderverse.

First up is 2013’s Man of Steel, which seems to be the most controversial take on the character since the last controversial take on the character.  Alison discusses the concept of hope in past Superman films compared to this version, while Bethany puts forward the theory that eugenics might be bad.  Then Michael goes through the things he liked and didn’t like about the movie, leading to lively discussions about the depiction of Krypton in the film, Jonathan Kent’s parenting style, how that parenting style shaped this particular version of Superman, the amount of destruction in the movie, and how eugenics is bad.

After the extra long discussion (did they mention that eugenics is bad) Michael goes through the Easter Eggs of the movie and delivers an extended Professor Bailey’s Superman 101 segment all about the evolution of Superman’s origin over the decades in both the comics and on the screen.  Finally, Bethany reveals who had The Most Punchable Face of the film.

The Superman and Lois Tapes can be found on both Apple Podcasts and Spotify. The show can be reached by email at [email protected].  You can also leave comments here or over at the Facebook page for the show, which you can get to by clicking this link.

The main theme for the show is “Heroes” by the awesome Mike Schmidt.  You can find his work over at Speed Force Music.

Eugenics is bad.

Next Time: The BAM Crew continue their trip through the Snyderverse with the Ultimate Edition of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 47 – STARLIN’S BATMAN PART 9: A DEATH IN THE FAMILY PART 2

Episode 47 – Starlin’s Batman Part 9: A Death in the Family Part 2

Welcome to the forty-seventh 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.

Poor Jason is dead.  Poor Jason Todd is dead.  All gather round his coffin now and cry.

In the second part of their coverage of A Death in The Family, Andy and Mike look at the aftermath of the death of Jason Todd.  To be fair, most of the third part of this story is made up of exposition that details what happened in the first two parts, but eventually  things get going again and Bruce has to deal with the fact that the man that killed his partner has been named the ambassador of Iran.  That’s right, folks.  The Joker has diplomatic immunity.  Superman is even called in all Dark Knight Returns style to keep an eye on the Caped Crusader, but will that stop Bruce from facing off with the Joker when he addresses the UN?

Well, no.  Of course not.  But stuff happens and it’s mostly good.

Below are the covers and select covers from the books 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 Jim Starlin’s Batman run comes to an end with a look at Batman #430 and some of the feedback we’ve gotten about this series.

VIEWS FROM THE LONGBOX EPISODE 274 – MMMS 2021 ACTS OF VENGEANCE: CAPTAIN AMERICA

Episode 274 – MMMS 2021 Acts of Vengeance: Captain America

The Merry Marvel MARCHing Society crossover continues with an all-star panel of comic book podcasters teaming up to talk about the Captain America issues that tied into Acts of Vengeance.  Joining me to talk about these amazing issues of Cap are Jarrod, Delvin, and Jason from The Longbox Crusade, and those guys are so much fun to record with.  We do bits, joke around, talk about Captain America issues 365-367, and generally have a great time.  What is the office culture like in the Red Skull’s organization?  Are Ron Lim and Kieron Dwyer a good fit as artists?  What is up with that back-up feature where a dude spits into another dude’s mouth?  And are the Red Skull’s cuff links on point?  Listen and find out.

Below are the covers and select pages from the comics discussed during this episode.

A Proud Participant in the Merry Marvel MARCHing Society 2021 event!

Views is available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.  You can also like the official Views From The Longbox Page over on Facebook.  You can email the show by clicking this link with all questions, concerns, fears, and trepidations.  Also, if you could leave a review over on Apple Podcasts, that would be keen.

Thanks again for Jarrod, Delvin, and Jason for stopping by!

Next Time: Either a shoot the breeze episode with Andy Leyland or a “lost” episode with Paul Spataro.

THE SUPERMAN AND LOIS TAPES EPISODE 6: “THE BEST OF SMALLVILLE” OR 50 SHADES OF SUSPICIOUS

Episode 6: “The Best of Smallville” or 50 Shades of Suspicious

This time out The BAM Crew (Bethany, Alison, and Michael) discuss the fifth episode of the CW series Superman and LoisThe Best of Smallville (or as Bethany wanted to call it 50 Shades of Suspicious) brought up a lot of thoughts and feelings among The Crew this week.  Bethany loved the fact that the festival felt so small town authentic, while Alison noticed some things about Martha in this episode.  Then Michael (with an assist by Bethany) go full flow chart on the audience with a theory about certain super powered antagonists from this episode.

The phrase “meatsacks getting overclocked” becomes a thing at one point in the discussion.

As usual, Bethany gives her choice for The Most Punchable Face of the episode and Michael delivers another installment of Professor Bailey’s Superman 101, this time about the town of Smallville..

The Superman and Lois Tapes can be found on both Apple Podcasts and Spotify. The show can be reached by email at [email protected].  You can also leave comments here or over at the Facebook page for the show, which you can get to by clicking this link.

The main theme for the show is “Heroes” by the awesome Mike Schmidt.  You can find his work over at Speed Force Music.

Next Time: The BAM Crew discusses The Best of Smallville.

FCTC EPISODE 249: JUNE 1996 PART 2

 

Episode 249: June 1996 Part 2

Welcome to the two hundredth and forty-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.

Mike and Jeff have reached another milestone.  This one isn’t as obvious as other anniversary episodes, but with this installment the boys have reached the official halfway point of their mandate.

Only eleven years into their five-year mission.

Anyhoo, this time out the boys finish up the June 1996 cover date books, both of which have Superman battling nature in the form of a twister.  Or tornado.  Or something based on a hit film that came out around the time these books were released.  In Action Comics #722 Superman tries his best to take care of the tornados tearing through Smallville but he faces a number of setbacks along the way.  Pete Ross is also in the issue and really wants to fight the tornados, which makes sense when you read the issue.  The tornado action continues in Superman: The Man of Steel #57, where Superman teams up with the Jay Garrick Flash, who is awesome and makes any book he appears in better.

After that the boys answer the question Hey, Wha’ Happened in the rest of the DCU, starting with the Superman family books.  They trip hammer through Superboy #28, Steel #27, Showcase ’96 #5, and Supergirl Annual #1 before looking at some of the other comics DC put out that cover month.

Content warning: The discussion about the Robin issue mentions sexual assault, so trigger warning for those with sensitivities about that subject.

Here are the covers and select pages from the books discussed during this episode.

Shows Promoted 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: Another interview!  Mike and Jeff had an amazing conversation with artist Jon Bogdanove.  We learn how he came on to the Superman titles, his process on some of our favorite episodes, and so much more.

VIEWS FROM THE LONGBOX EPISODE 273 – MMMS 2021 ACTS OF VENGEANCE: MOON KNIGHT AND THE INCREDIBLE HULK

Episode 273 – Merry Marvel MARCHing Society 2021 Acts of Vengeance: Moon Knight and The Incredible Hulk

Views is back just in time to take part in the newest podcasting crossover epic called The Merry Marvel MARCHING Society.  This year a bunch of us have banded together to cover the best ever, ain’t no doubt about it Marvel crossover OF ALL TIME…Acts of Vengeance.

I’m dedicating two episodes of Views to this crossover.  This time out I am talk about two different titles that crossed over with the event.  In Marc Spector: Moon Knight issues 8-10, Marc teams up with The Punisher to take on Flag-Smasher and the forces of ULTIMATUM.  Moon Knight also has to take on three zed-list villains, who actually give him a run for his money.  Then, in Incredible Hulk #363, Doctor Doom tasks the Gray Gargoyle with either capturing or killing the Hulk, which is easier said than done.

All of this and a brand new theme song!

Below are the covers and select pages from the comics discussed during this episode.

Podcasts promoted during this episode are…

A Proud Participant in the Merry Marvel MARCHing Society 2021 event!

Views is available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.  You can also like the official Views From The Longbox Page over on Facebook.  You can email the show by clicking this link with all questions, concerns, fears, and trepidations.  Also, if you could leave a review over on Apple Podcasts, that would be keen.

Next Time: Jarrod, Delvin, and Jason from The Longbox Crusade join me to talk about the Captain America issues that crossed over with Acts of Vengeance!

THE SUPERMAN AND LOIS TAPES EPISODE 5: HAYWIRE OR BAD, BAD BOY

Episode 5: Haywire or Bad, Bad, Boy

This time out The BAM Crew (Bethany, Alison, and Michael) discuss the fourth episode of the first season of the CW series Superman and Lois.  Haywire is about a lot of things.  It’s about Superman having to deal with escaped supervillain Thaddeus Killgrave.  It’s about a freak of the week.  It’s about Lois trying to stop Morgan Edge from getting his hooks into Smallville.  Mainly, though, it’s about Sam Lane telling the Kent boys that they shouldn’t distract their dad and the Crew had some opinions on this.

Especially Bethany.

You will be shocked at who has the most punchable face this time out.

The Crew also discusses how weird it is that the government has a special schoole for super powered kids, how much this episode pays homage to Smallville and Michael devotes this episode’s Professor Bailey’s Superman 101 to the history of Kryptonite.

The main theme for the show is “Heroes” by the awesome Mike Schmidt.  You can find his work over at Speed Force Music.  The music under the news segment is called “NewsSting” and is by Kevin McLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

Next Time: The BAM Crew discusses The Best of Smallville.