THAT COVERS IT – AMAZING HEROES #136

As the cover copy suggest this issue of Amazing Heroes celebrated Superman’s 50th birthday.  It is jam packed with pin-ups, interviews with creators and actors, personal anecdotes by comic creators of every stripe and a lot of fun and informative articles.  It was a meaty read and I am glad it was included in the giant box of fanzines that the manger of the comic shop I was going to in 1997 gave to me.  It is not expensive on eBay so if you don’t have a copy I strongly suggest picking one up.

ZERO MONTH SAMPLERS

Zero Month got not one but two sampler comics that were sent to comic shops.  Both of them are pretty neat too.  One was mostly black and white while the other was pretty much full color.  The biggest difference between the two is that the black and white one has just Zero in the title and the other one was straight up called Zero Month.  I’d love to sit here and type about why this was and when the word “Month” was added but I can’t because…I don’t know.  It’s interesting nonetheless and maybe someone can clue me in to why things played out the way they did.  No matter the reason here are the samplers.

First up is the Zero Sampler.

Next up is the Zero Month version.

FCTC EPISODE 187: ZERO MONTH PART 1

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FCTC_Ep_187_LargeEpisode 187: Zero Month Part 1

Welcome to the one hundred and eighty-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.

Part index.  Part commentary.  Part history lesson.  All podcast.

Zero Hour is over.  Done and dusted.  The timeline has been reset and the DCU has a fresh coat of paint on it.

What does this mean for Superman?

So glad you asked!

This time out Mike and Jeff kick off their two part look at the Zero Month issues of Superman.  All of these books came out with the cover date of October 1994 and all of them were numbered zero, which made remembering the issue numbers really easy.  In Superman: The Man of Steel #0 the villain known as Conduit has a serious mad-on for Clark Kent.  Who is this Conduit guy and what does he have to do with Clark’s old classmate Kenny Braverman?  That question is answered in Superman #0 where we learn what motivated Kenny to hate Clark Kent with the fire of a thousand burning suns.  After that we take a look at Superboy #0 where the Kid and Tana Moon take a little vacation and pal around with Professor Emil Hamilton and the Kid proves that he shouldn’t be allowed to have x-ray specs.  Then the boys hop into a cab, pay their $7.50 and discuss what was going on in the real world when these comics were on the stands.  Finally, as promised two episodes ago, Mike and Jeff dip into the mailbag and read a bunch of your e-mails!

During the course of the intro to this episode we mention a video that DC sent to comic shops to promote Zero Hour and Zero Month.  As promised here it that video for your viewing pleasure.

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Next Time: Adventures of Superman #0, Action Comics #0, Steel #0 and Outsiders #0!

WHO’S WHO CLASSIC – ELASTIC LAD (PRE-CRISIS)

Welcome to another installment of Who’s Who Classic, a regular feature here at the Fortress where every Monday I will present an entry from the original series of Who’s Who comics that DC published between 1984 and 1988.  Superman was well represented in those series and I wanted to share the entries with you just in case you have never seen them.  Today’s entry is Elastic Lad (Pre-Crisis)!

Jimmy Olsen - Elastic Lad(originally published in Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #9, September 1985)

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Also be sure to check out this episode of the Who’s Who: The Definitive Podcast of the DC Universe hosted by my friends Rob and Shag as they give this entry a whole lot of crap.

BIZARRO WORLD – CLASSIC WHO’S WHO

(originally published in Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #2, April 1985)

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If you would like to hear a really awesome podcast talking about this entry check out Who’s Who: The Definitive Podcast of the DC Universe hosted by Rob Kelly and the Irredeemable Shag.  You can find the episode where they cover this entry HERE.

Bizarro WorldWelcome to another installment of Who’s Who Classic, a regular feature here at the Fortress where every Monday I will present an entry from the original series of Who’s Who comics that DC published between 1984 and 1988.  Superman was well represented in those series and I wanted to share the entries with you just in case you have never seen them.  Today’s entry am Bizarro World!

ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #500 DELETED SCENES PART 3

Welcome back to the Fortress’ presentation of the “deleted scenes” from Adventures of Superman #500.  The collector’s/bagged edition of that comic had eight pages that were exclusive to that version and with few exceptions had never been reprinted, even in the trade paperback.  This time out we’ll be looking at the fifth and sixth pages.

By this point in the story Jonathan has found his son but is shocked to discover that Clark is being led away in what appears to be a religious procession.  Jonathan finds this awful uncommon odd because as far as he was told Kryptonians put science over worship.  Both pages are amazing and I especially like the coloring, which gives them an other-worldly feel.  The second page was used in the house ads for Adventures of Superman #500.  Both are featured in the Death and Return of Superman omnibus.

Next time: Fighty McFightenstein (trademark and copyright Andrew Leyland, all rights reserved) and let’s get the flock out of Dodge.

More to follow…

SUPERMAN IN WHO’S WHO: 90’S EDITION PART 17

Superman in Who’s Who: 90′s Edition continues today with the eighth in a fairly lengthy series of posts about the men and women that opposed the Man of Steel in the late eighties and early nineties.  This time out I present a couple of villains that originally appeared in the Bronze Age but eventually received Post Crisis makeovers.  I liked both of these revamps quite a bit.

Yes, even Terra-Man.

Next time: One’s looking for a husband.  The other is looking for a book.  Frankly I think the sitcom writes itself from there.

More to follow…

FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS EPISODE 19: FEBRUARY 1988

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Episode 19: February 1988

Welcome to the nineteenth 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.

Part index. Part commentary. Part history lesson. All podcast.

This week Jeffrey and Michael…well, normally this is where Michael would normally write something like, “This week Jeffrey and Michael conclude their look at the issues of Superman that tie into the Millennium event,” but in all honesty only one book really and truly ties into that crossover. At any rate the Superman books with the cover date February 1988 are covered this week, which included Superman #14 (a team-up with Green Lantern), Adventures of Superman #437 (Jose’s finest hour) and Action Comics #597 (Pa Kent proves that he can’t think on the fly).

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If you want to comment on the show or contact the hosts you can always private message Mike and Jeff, at the Superman Homepage, leave comments here or at the Homepage or here or email them by clicking this link.  All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome. The guys will try to incorporate e-mails into the episodes once the show gets rolling.

Seriously, let us know what you think.