FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS EPISODE 256: KINGDOM COME PART 2

Episode 256: Kingdom Come Part 2

Welcome to the two hundredth and fifty-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.

Mike and Jeff continue their coverage of the epic four issue mini-series turned graphic novel Kingdom Come.  In this installment, they discuss the final two issues and cover a lot of ground.  There is a debate on whether or not the newer super powered beings in the story could be classified as villains or not.  The boys also discuss whether or not Superman and Wonder Woman would ever ultimately work out as a couple, what “pulling a Geoff Johns” means, the deeper themes of the story, and whether Diana was right and wrong about her approach to the ending.  They also discuss the epilogue, which was exclusive to the collected edition.

Below are the covers and select pages from the two main books Mike and Jeff discussed during this episode.

Shows Promoted In This Episode

The From Crisis to Crisis theme is by Lucian 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 finish their coverage of Kingdom Come by looking at the various collected editions, adaptations, and merchandise associated with the series.

FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS EPISODE 255: KINGDOM COME PART 1

Episode 255: Kingdom Come Part 1

Welcome to the two hundredth and fifty-fifth 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 interrupt their normal coverage for a special three-part series covering one of the most important Superman stories of the nineties.

This time out Mike and Jeff begin their coverage of Kingdom Come, which was originally published from May to August in 1996 as a four issue prestige format mini-series and now lives as an evergreen collected edition.  This story was watershed moment for DC Comics, not just in terms of its influence on later stories but also as line in the sand for where DC was going to take its super-hero universe for the rest of the nineties.  This wasn’t the intent of the story, but it did line up with a larger initiative to focus on the characters of the universe instead of falling back on the tropes that were popular in the early nineteen-nineties.

During this installment, the boys discuss the first two issues of Kingdom Come, which were titled Strange Visitor and Truth and Justice, respectively.  It’s twenty years in the future and the super-powered beings run amok, not caring about the collateral damage their rumbles cause.  After a tragedy in Kansas, The Spectre approaches Pastor Normal McCay and recruits him to be the guide through the current DC Universe and to help in judgment of a tragedy to come.  Norman and The Spectre bear witness to Superman coming out of retirement and reforming the Justice League.  But is Superman making the right decisions?  What about the Batman and his forces?  And what about Lex Luthor and his Mankind Liberation Front?  All three factions work to save the world, which could lead to Armageddon. Mike and Jeff discuss these issues in depth as well as giving a brief history of how Kingdom Come came about.

Below are the covers and select pages from the two main books Mike and Jeff discussed during this episode.

Shows Promoted In This Episode

The From Crisis to Crisis theme is by Lucian 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 continue their coverage of Kingdom Come by talking about issues 3 and 4.

FCTC EPISODE 254: AUGUST 1996 PART 2

Episode 254: August 1996 Part 2

Welcome to the two hundredth and fifty-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.

Mike and Jeff finish up their coverage of the August 1996 cover dated books and things get really dramatic, especially between Lois and Superman.  In Action Comics #724, Brawl (you know, the character that looks like what happens when Jimmy Olsen and Blanka from Street Fighter 2 had a one-night stand) returns and Superman has to take him on, but it becomes clear that things aren’t what they seem.  Then, in Superman: The Man of Steel #59, the Parasite makes his move, but the real drama is the continuing deterioration of Lois and Clark’s relationship.  Also, Lois receives a job offer from Franklin Stern.  After that, the boys discuss, Hey, Wha’ Happened in the rest of the DC Universe by looking at the Superman Family books, which includes Steel #29, Superboy #30, Showcase ’96 #7, and the two Legends of the Dead Earth annuals Superman Annual #8 and Superboy Annual #3

Below are the covers and select pages from the two main books Mike and Jeff discussed during this episode.

Shows Promoted In This Episode

Here is the House Ad for The Superman/Batman Adventures show that Mike and Jeff mentioned in the episode.

And here’s what the opening looked like.

The From Crisis to Crisis theme is by Lucian 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 begin what started out as a single episode and then became a two-parter and then morphed into a three-part examination of Alex Ross and Mark Waid’s classic mini-series Kingdom Come.

FCTC EPISODE 253: AUGUST 1996 PART 1

Episode 253: August 1996 Part 1

Welcome to the two hundredth and fifty-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.

Mike and Jeff dive into the August 1996 cover dated books with one comic that they…didn’t care for and one that Mike liked and Jeff thought was better by comparison.  In Superman #114, the Brainiac Puts His Mind In Superman’s Body And Superman’s Mind In The Body Of Some Kid Named Chaz And Chaz’ Mind In Brainiac’s Body story comes to a conclusion.  It was a story.  Decisions were made.  Then, in Adventures of Superman #537, there are monsters on the loose!  Finally, the boys answer the eternal question, “Hey, Wha’ Happened?” by looking at the major new stories and movies that came out the month these comics were published.

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

Here is the Watch This Space about the funeral for Jerry Siegel.

Here is a link to the books written or edited by Jim Beard, one of the Baldy winners from this episode.  Jim is a great guy.  Buy his books.

Shows Promoted In This Episode

The From Crisis to Crisis theme is by Lucian 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 finish their look at the August 1996 cover dated books with Action Comics #724 and Superman: The Man of Steel #59, as well as the Superman Family books that came out that month.

FCTC EPISODE 252: JULY 1996 PART 2

Episode 252: July 1996 Part 2

Welcome to the two hundredth and fifty-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.

The Brainiac Has Put His Mind In Superman’s Body and Superman’s Mind In The Body of Some Kid Named Chaz storyline continues in the back half of the July 1996 Superman titles.  In Action Comics #723, Lois has a weird run in with Brainiac-Superman, Superman-Chaz tries to call Lois, and someone ends up dead by the end of the issue.  Then, in Superman: The Man of Steel #58 (which Mike calls #28 for some reason) Brainiac-Superman fights with Supergirl but then convinces her that everything is fine and she leaves as Superman-Chaz escapes the asylum and makes his way into Metropolis only to find everyone under Brainiac’s control.  Finally, the boys answer the question, Hey, Wha’ Happened? (or as they call it this time, Hey, You Okay Gracie?) with Superboy #29, Steel #28, the Superman related story in Showcase ’96 #6 and Adventures of Superman Annual #8.

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

Shows Promoted In This Episode

The From Crisis to Crisis theme is by Lucian 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 dive into the August 1996 cover dated books with Superman #114 and Adventures of Superman #537.

FCTC EPISODE 251: JULY 1996 PART 1

Episode 251: July 1996 Part 1

Welcome to the two hundredth and fifty-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.

Mike and Jeff kick off the back half of 1996 (at least in terms of the cover dates) with the first half of the July 1996 books.  In Superman #113 the boys find a very jubilant Clark Kent, who seems just fine with the recent break up with Lois, but Martha isn’t buying it.  Also, Lois finds out about an upcoming wedding and Jimmy acts like a jerk.  Then, in Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #5, Lex and the Contessa are getting hitched, and the race is on for Superman, Lois, and the SCU to put a stop to it.  Do they succeed?  Well…no, the don’t, but it’s a cool issue anyway.  Finally, in Adventures of Superman #536, Brainiac is back in the first of a four-part story by Tom Peyer, Mark Waid, and a whole bunch of artists.  Finally, Mike and Jeff ask, “Hey, Wha’ Happened?” in the real world with the two part finale to the third season of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (Through a Glass Darkly and Bigs Girls Don’t Fly), the big news events from the month these comics were released (Mike and Jeff have some personal stories to share), and the movies that came out that month as well.

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

Here is the cover that has been released for the upcoming Superman: The Man of Steel Volume 3 hardcover.

And here is that cool Stuart Immonen subscription ad.

Shows Promoted In This Episode

The From Crisis to Crisis theme is by Lucien Desar.

“Wagner Bridal Chorus” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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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 wrap up cover date July 1996 with Action Comics #723 and Superman: The Man of Steel #58 as well as looking at the other Superman family books and what was going on elsewhere in the DCU.

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.

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.

FCTC EPISODE 248: JUNE 1996 PART 1

Episode 248: June 1996 Part 1

Welcome to the two hundredth and forty-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.

Things return to normal (somewhat) this time out as Mike and Jeff begin their look at the books with a cover date of June 1996.  Normal because the whole “three issues a month” thing is over and done with.  First up is Superman #112, where Lois and Clark finally…FINALLY…get away to talk about their relationship troubles.  The only hiccup is that NASA needs to give Superman a glorified beeper to help out with the Mars mission if the need arises.  And it does.  Also, Morgan Edge escapes from jail.  Then, in Adventures of Superman #535, the fallout from the breakup continues as Lois and Lori have a heart to heart about whether or not Lois and Clark can be friends or not as Lex Luthor takes control of Alpha Centurion’s soldiers and forces them to go on a rampage.  Meanwhile, Superman is in Smallville telling Jonathan and Martha about the break-up.  Oh, and Dana and Jimmy break up, but that isn’t the end of Dana.

After the comic talk is done, the boys discuss a TERRIBLE episode of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman’s third season called It’s A Small World After All as well as asking, Hey, Wha’ Happened in the real world while these books were on the stands.

Below are the covers and select pages from the comics Mike and Jeff discussed during 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: Mike and Jeff reach an important milestone as Superman and (eventually) guest star Jay Garrick deal with a whole bunch of tornados tearing through Kansas in Action Comics #722 and Superman: The Man of Steel #57.  They’ll also be taking a look at the other Superman related books that came out during the June 1996 cover date and chatting about some of the other DC books that were published as well.

FCTC EPISODE 247: MAY 1996 PART 2

Episode 247: May 1996 Part 2

Welcome to the two hundredth and forty-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.

There was only one main book to talk about this time out, but Mike and Jeff certainly make a meal of it.  To finish out cover date May 1996 the boys talk about Superman: The Man of Steel #56.  This issue features the return of Mister Mxyzptlk, and boy is Mxy unhappy when he finds out that Lois and Clark have broken up.  It’s almost sweet in a way.  They also discuss Bibbo’s big fight, which was one of the more pleasant sub-plots to come out in 1996.  After that, Mike and Jeff answer the very important question of Hey, Wha’ Happened elsewhere in the DC Universe by looking at Superboy #27, Steel #26, Showcase ’96 #5, DC vs. Marvel #4, and a few other non-Superman related comics that came out that month.

Here are the covers and select pages from the comic discussed in 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: The boys dive into cover date 1996 Part 1 by looking at Superman #112 and Adventures of Superman #535 as well It’s A Small World After All, a terrible episode from the third season of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.