Welcome to the two hundredth and fourteenth 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 time out Mike and Jeff wrap up their three part look at the back half of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Season 2 with four…count them…four episodes! First up is Target: Jimmy Olsen, where JBO (as all the cool kids call him) discovers that the weird rash that he gets at the same time every year is not some kind of social disease but rather the side effects of some Manchurian Candidate type experimenting done on him as a kid. There’s evil scientists, a really ‘90s love interest and probably the best fight scene of the season between Jimmy and Lois. Next up is Individual Responsibility, which features the Chin himself, Bruce Campbell, playing Bill Church, Jr. Seems Junior is taking over the running of Intergang and has some issues with the editorials Perry White has been running. He kidnaps Perry, which would usually be wrapped up rather quickly because of Superman but Junior has gotten his hands on Red Kryptonite, which makes the Man of Steel the Man of Apathy.
That fantastic episode is followed by Whine, Whine, Whine, which has Superman being sued by a supposed musician after Superman saves said slacker from a falling speaker. A rather ham-fisted examination of the litigious nature of people here in the United States follows along with a boat-load of cameos including the late great Adam West and Frank Gorshin. Finally there’s And The Answer Is…, where Ma and Pa Kent have been kidnapped by a millionaire that has learned all about Superman’s secret identity thanks to a diary left behind by Tempus. Clark has to save his parents but only if Superman will kill Lois Lane. Which he does. Sort of. There’s also a major cliffhanger that the boys will be discussing a bunch of episodes down the road.
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Next Time: It’s a cross-company cross-over with Superman Vs. Aliens!