Episode 49: November 1989

Welcome to the 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.

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

This is the week of tangents as Michael and Jeffrey look at the Superman books with a November 1989 cover date. First up is Superman #38, which sees Superman taking Jimmy Olsen to the Cadmus Project and generally acting like a whiny brat. After discussing how thick headed Superman can act sometimes and a tangent about the work of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, which sort of ties into what the boys are talking about.

No really. It does. They promise.

Then the boys dig into Adventures of Superman #460, where we learn the full origin of the Eradicator and Jeff and Mike talk about Coke 2 and what color Birch Beer should be. This is followed by the first part of The Brainiac Trilogy in Action Comics #647. Not only does this issue feature Superman fighting robots but it also sees the return of a classic Superman villain. Michael also struggles with the pronunciation of the word “automated” and “Coluan”, which should be worth a cheap laugh or two. Add in the usual Elsewhere in the DCU and the rest of the world and you have a pretty standard yet entertaining episode of the show.

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  1. MattComics says:

    Once again good episode and I have to say simply this: They kid reading Laura Ingalls got no business throwing stones at the kid reading Babysitters Club.

    Anyways, we seem to be heading into the Krypton Man stuff but first a nice pit-stop at the awesome Brainiac Trilogy.

    In regards to the Krypton Man even before getting into the actual nuts and bolts of the storyline itself this touches on something that over the years has grown to bug me a bit with Post-Crisis Superman stories. Just looking at it across the board there is no denying the dramatic milage to be gained from having Superman in situations where he must retain and assert his humanity against forces that would seek to control or change him. But it seems like the Post-Crisis writers went to this well *a lot*.

    There was always something messing with his costume, his powers, his personality and so on. To a degree that gets a little tedious for me because if starts to feel like the writers are avoiding wanting to deal with Superman as Superman. With this in mind the appearance of the blue Shockey-Smurf version of Superman later on seems inevitable.

    If Pre-Crisis writing often gets accused of abusing Krypton or Kryptonite I’m inclined to say this may be the Post-Crisis equivalent. It’s hard for the more cynical part of my brain not to begin thinking that on some level maybe they didn’t have enough faith in Superman to carry the book as Superman.

  2. MattComics says:

    Your response to my email in the podcast reminded me that I actually wrote that email in the first place thust making my post above the second time I threw that topic at you which was actually not something I intended to do. My apologies. I just sorta blanked that I had done the email.

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