Episode 15: December 1987

Welcome to the fifteenth 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 week Jeffrey and Michael close out comic book year 1987 with three fairly good stories.  No annuals or crossovers this week but the boys do delve into Clark’s first love (which Mike thinks is a little “fishy”), the end of the Circle storyline and the death of Superman with a mysterious guest-star (hint: he’s dead as of this writing and has a Black Lantern ring).  All of this, plus hints of the Millennium event to come and the announcement of the writer Michael and Jeffrey got to “sit down” with for next week’s episode.  Yes, From Crisis to Crisis has pulled off it’s first interview, but you have to wait seven days for that and the end of the episode to find out just who the “lucky” writer is.

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  1. While it’s outside the FCtC era, Michael, you mentioned something in passing that I’d like to pursue here. During the recap of Superman #12, you said you consider Superman’s Silver Age to begin in the 1950s. Do you take Action Comics #241 (Jun 1958), “The Super-Key to Fort Superman,” as the starting point, or is there another story/issue you prefer? Comics “ages” don’t suddenly begin or end in a single month, of course, but as you know, #241 is the favored choice of many Super-readers, fans, and commentators. I’m generally of the opinion that, although certain earlier appearances may arguably fit Earth-1 continuity, the “Weisinger Era” couldn’t, on balance, have a more appropriate anchor than that issue — however arbitrary the choice may finally be. Never mind that, as you know, DC began its Superman: Man of Tomorrow (AKA Silver Age Superman) Archives series with #241. Anyway, it’s neither here nor there re: FCtC, but I’d love to hear your basic reasoning on the matter. I’m sure others would as well. Thanks as always!

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