FCTC EPISODE 239: FEBRUARY 1996 PART 1

Episode 239: February 1996 Part 1

Welcome to the two hundredth and thirty-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.

After only a month (not a bad record for this show) Mike and Jeff are back with a brand, spanking new episode of From Crisis to Crisis!  This time out they begin their examination of the books with a cover date of February 1996.  First up is Action Comics #718, which features a new antagonist (because she’s not quite a villain but isn’t an according to Hoyle hero) named Demolitia.  She’s kind of like Bloodsport without the Vietname or White Supremacy baggage.  She also really hates a weapons manufacturer, which brings her into conflict with Superman and the discussion about that scenes brings some conflict between the shows.  Then, in Superman: The Man of Steel #53, Lex Luthor and the Contessa have a meet cute, Superman fights a guy that looks like Jimmy Olsen mutated into a reptile, and a fight breaks out at Bibbo’s bar, which begins a short plotline where he gets back into the boxing game.  Finally, it’s the segment formerly know as Meanwhile, At The Daily Planet…and is now known as Hey, Wha’ Happened: The Real World, where the boys talk about the real world events and the movies that went down around the time these comics were published.

Below are the covers and selected pages from the comics discussed in this episode.

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Next Time: The boys wrap up cover date February 1996 with Superman #110 and Adventures of Superman #532, as well as the Superman Family books published that month and a look at the larger DC Universe.

2 thoughts on “FCTC EPISODE 239: FEBRUARY 1996 PART 1”

  1. I understand that rape as a plot point can be upsetting. But I don’t understand why its seen as more horrific than other depictions of violence which is very common place in superhero comics. Is it any more horrific, for instance, then the overused flashbacks to the murders of Bruce Wayne’s parents?

  2. I will totally agree that the ritualistic murder of the Waynes (copyright Zaki Hasan) is upsetting. Violence in any form can be upsetting. And you could argue that both murder and rape are overused tropes to motivate a character.

    To me, the difference is that, in the case of the Waynes, they’re dead. Bruce is the one that is most effected by their death, not the Waynes themselves. In the case of sexual assault, the woman or man, more often than not, has to live on after the assault occurs. They are dealing with an extreme violation of their body and mind. Murder victims don’t wonder if they could have something different. They don’t have people ask what they were wearing or how hard they fought back. Their history of living is not brought up as is often the case with a rape survivor and his or her sexual history. Also, a murder victim has a much better chance of seeing their killer go to jail or suffer the consequences of their death than a rape survivor does and they’re not even around to see it. It’s more for the families and society.

    I just think rape is worse than murder.

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