Episode 5: March 1987

Welcome to the fifth 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 in 2006 in an informative and hopefully entertaining format.

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

This week your hosts, Michael Bailey and Jeffrey Taylor, examine the books that came out with the cover date of March 1987 and is the first post-Crisis crossover, both in terms of the books crossing over with each other and in terms of crossing into a major DC event. Superman #3, Adventures of Superman #426 and Action Comics #586 were all chapters of the Legends crossover that DC published in late 1986/early 1987. Jeff and Mike discuss Legends as a mini-series before going into the issues themselves with a little more Legends talk right there at the end. This episode clocks in at about an hour and eighteen minutes, which is a tad longer than normal but the extra space is worth it. At least the guys think so, but what do they know?

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  1. Mike says:

    LOL on “Whatever Darkseid wants!” I love it! I don’t actually think it’s a shame the book for “It’s a Bird…” is being updated. Anything to get a wider audience for a Superman stage show. If Spidey can be a 21st-century hit on Broadway (although I realize that remains to be seen), why not Supes?

    I thought the comparison of “Legends” to Job was appropos, and very cool. It occurred to me, too, when I first read the mini-series. I find that “Legends” starts stronger than it finishes. (By the way, Jeff, is your wife an ordained minister? My wife and I are. Your mention of the M.Div. made my ears perk up. )

    Great job — keep ’em coming!

  2. Excellent show as always. I especially appreciated the mention of Warlord. Mike Grell’s run on that title is what turned me from a comics reader into a comics collector. (I own a complete run as well as every guest appearance, so I obviously like the character. Ha!) It’s a true shame that DC editorial felt the need to tie the series into Legends — and then move into a Power Girl origin revamp linked to Atlantis. The post-Crisis DC did a huge number of things right, including launching Suicide Squad and the new Justice League out of Legends, but tying Warlord into mainline continuity wasn’t one of them.

    Re: Jeffrey’s comment about “event fatigue” . . . The misuse and abuse of events hadn’t yet turned most of us off. As Michael noted, most of us tended to be excited to see more great (i.e. exciting and new) work from great creators. The endless tie-ins and endless event-to-event cycle didn’t exist, either, and while Secret Wars II was a blah event for Marvel, both companies were generally still doing a good job of keeping events focused, entertaining, and memorable *without* overhyping or focusing only on separating us from our $$$.

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