Episode 57: June 1990

Welcome to the fifty-seventh 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 Superman receives a visitor from Gotham City as the Dark Knight is over Metropolis. Yes it is your two favorite heroes together in one adventure that stretches through all three of the main Superman books this month. The story begins in Superman #44 where Intergang makes a move against Cat Grant and a certain radioactive ring piques Batman’s interest and leads to him traveling to the Big Apricot. The action and intrigue continues in Adventures of Superman #467 where Superman and Batman finally team-up, Batman meets Gangbuster, Lex Luthor meets Bruce Wayne for the first time again and Intergang strikes again! The story concludes in Action Comics #654 where the fight is taken to Intergang, Batman reveals everything about the Kryptonite ring to Superman and Superman places the ultimate trust in the Dark Knight.

But that’s not all, folks! We have Superboy: The Comic Book #5 that sees three teenagers from the future coming to visit Superboy and acting like complete jerks. We have a story in Secret Origins #49 where the Newsboy Legion gets into all kind of hi-jinks. We have Elsewhere in the DCU and Elsewhere, Elsewhere. Plus the usual banter and arguments and Mike even gets on a soapbox a time or two.

Oh, and before we forget Mike reads a letter that was printed in the Superboy issue by the Superman Homepage’s own Barry Freiman, which the guys thought was just plain awesome.

As promised here’s that final page from Action Comics #654 that Jeffrey suggested Mike scan.  It’s pretty keen.

Starting with this episode we thought it might be fun to include scans of some of the more interesting ads that were mentioned during the course of the episode.  First up this week is the Dick Tracy ad that Mike and Jeff liked so much.

Next and finally for this week is the subscription ad and if Mike can remember to do so and finds the time he might go ahead and scan past Superman related subscription ads because some of them are quite cool.

Next week: Superman in Smallville, the return of a certain doomed astronaut and Lois gets into trouble yet again. Plus, a diary, a journal and a scrapbook.

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  1. penfold says:

    Jeffrey actually called it right the first. Batman *did* give Superman the ring. You see Batman holding the case in the next to last panel on page 19. In the last panel, Batman is gone and you can see the case sitting on the desk by the phone.

  2. Greetings Mike and Jeffrey,

    Just a brief note or two on FCTC #57. This trilogy, “Dark Night over Metropolis” has always been one of my very favorite stories of the era. There are so many reasons WHY this is a great story – many of which you discussed. Agreed that Amanda McCoy’s death was shocking for its randomness and also the implied rape – a visceral, tragic end for a tragic character. And the end scene in the Bat cave – one of the greatest scenes for Superman and Batman EVER. If they ever make the World’s finest movie (which they won’t) this scene MUST be included.

    Also – -great discussion regarding summer blockbusters. Jaws did set the precedent and Star Wars proved that blockbusters made oodles of money. Great points about how so much of what movies come out is a choice between what is the least sucky. Transformers II, anyone? As always, a great analysis.

    On a nitpicking thing, PLEASE lose the, “tick tock tick tock {hypnotic music} tick tock Sooooperboy” bumper. In technical terms, it is, um, sucky.

    GREAT job as always guys, A Tor Rentals store opened in my neighborhood so I have been able to follow along page by page with you, rather than dig out the issues out of the long boxes upstairs.

    Enjoy your summer!

    Take care guys and keep up the great work.

    Robert Gillis

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