Episode 11: August 1987 Part 2

Welcome to the eleventh 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 #649in 2006 in an informative and hopefully entertaining format.

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

This week Jeff and Mike finish off the Superman books from cover date August 1987 by looking at Adventures of Superman #431 and Superman Annual #1. In the first book they discuss a complete throw away villain named Dr. Stratos and in the second they discuss another Silver Age concept getting a then modern update in the form of Titano. After that Mike and Jeff get to a good number of e-mails. Highlights include Jeff and Mike listing their favorite Superman artists, Mike getting a lesson in stanza and meter and Mike going on for way too long about a very minor point from Man of Steel #3.

Special note: At one point Mike says the word revengeance. He has no idea why he would do such a thing and there was no way to edit it out. So he apologizes now.

Also, this is another long one but a lot of that time is spent with listener e-mails.

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  1. On the question of canon/continuity, I’m less uptight now than I was twenty or twenty-five years ago. I love continuity to no end — the Legion and the JSA are long-time favorites — but perfectly good stories can be spoiled by (a) nitpicking whether/when/how they happened or (b) attempting to force them into continuity. Consistency in character portrayals, powers, etc. is one thing, and probably essential to serial storytelling, but as I get older, I don’t take exception to occasional omissions, contradictions, and errors in continuity unless they’re entirely ridiculous and unnecessary. Not everyone else will agree, I know, but I honestly believe that, if our goal is enjoying and appreciating the comics on their own merits, concern for continuity shouldn’t trump solid storytelling, much less having F-U-N.

  2. Mike says:

    I think the fact that, as you’ve said, there are so many variations and so much diversity in the Superman stories, across all media, Superman has truly become a modern myth. The situation is like that with King Arthur: although the basic contours (usually) remain the same, there is room for countless creative retellings.

  3. Way after the fact and all but out of curiosity, how did you determine to include an annual with the “August 1987” group when Annuals don’t generally have months in their indicia? Ridiculously good memory about release dates?

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