Episode 34: “Holiday” 1988

Welcome to the thirty-fourth 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 Mike and Jeff kick off 2010 by returning to their regular format and examining the books that came out with the cover date of…well, there’s actually no cover date on these books at all. Mike explains why in the episode but suffice to say this month could either be referred to as “Holiday 1988” (because other books that came out at the same time bore that cover date) or, as Jeffrey puts it, the first of two “gray months”. In any case the books the guys discuss are Superman #25, featuring the return of Brainiac and Adventures of Superman #448, featuring a very cranky Superman. Plus Mike gives you all you need to know about Invasion! in less than five minutes and a few e-mails to boot.

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  1. tbore says:

    Not terribly important, but the book that Brainiac is reading aloud at the hospital is a P.G. Wodehouse book, “Leave It to Psmith”.

  2. Superman #25 features compelling psychodrama, both in terms of Clark’s anxiety about killing and in terms of the Luthor/Brainiac dynamic. Roger Stern & Kerry Gammill pull it off convincingly, and for the time period at least, one couldn’t ask for more in terms of must-read storytelling. As I’ve said before, whatever we think of John Byrne’s tenure, he was a tough act to follow, and the Super-office truly stepped up to the plate with the editors and creators who came after Byrne. The build-up to Exile begins in earnest here, and boy is it a doozy . . .

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