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
- Merry Marvel MARCHing Society: Acts of Vengeance – By A Bunch Of Great Podcasters
- FW Team Up – From The Fire and Water Podcast Network
- Fallen Walls, Open Curtains – From Tom Panarese at Pop Culture Affadavit
- Siskoid’s Blog of Geekery – The amazing blog by Siskoid
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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.