Welcome to the two hundredth and twenty-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.
This time out Mike and Jeff continue their discussion of the September 1995 cover dated Superman books. Up first is Superman #104, which has a cover that is a tad misleading. It’s a good cover but it writes a check that the story doesn’t necessarily cash. In this issue a warrior from Apokolips Boom Tubes to Earth and seeks the Man of Steel’s help in saving his daughter, who is about to be executed by Darkseid. Superman heads to Apokolips and suddenly the issue becomes a conversation on freedom and when to step in and save a people from a brutal dictatorship.
Oh, and a bad guy returns “from the dead”. He’s not in the issue as much as the cover would have you believe, but he is there.
Then in Adventures of Superman #527 the Alpha Centurions returns to make his first appearance…in this timeline anyway. The hero from one of Superman side trips during Zero Hour makes a dramatic entrance and Superman spends a good deal of the issue acting like a jealous high school boyfriend because he remembers the fact that during Zero Hour Alpha Centurion and Lois were an item. We also see more of the Contessa Erica Alexandra Del Portenza, who seems to take a shine to the Alpha Centurion.
Mike also goes off on a tear about why he’s excited about the books he and Jeff are currently covering and will be covering down the road.
Below is a gallery of covers and selected pages from the comics discussed.
(Audio Note: Jeff’s audio is a bit garbled at times. It’s not too bad and the episode was able to be released but Mike wanted you to know about it ahead of time. Or ahead of time if you read the show notes.)
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Next Time: It’s time for September 1995 Supplemental! Books covered, to one extent or another, will be Superboy #19, Steel #19, New Titans #125, Loose Cannon #4, Showcase ’95 #8 and Outsiders #22!
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