Episode 58: July 1990

Welcome to the fifty-eighth 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.

You might want to grab a cup of coffee and a snack this week, folks because Mike and Jeff sure had a lot to say in this week’s episode. This is rather appropriate when you consider that the books they discuss this week, all of which have the July 1990 cover date, are extra sized with eight additional pages each. In Superman #46 the Man of Steel faces off against an Oto shaman as Pete Ross is held hostage. Then in Adventures of Superman #468 we get the return of Hank Henshaw and a mopey Clark Kent. Finally, as far as the main books are concerned, there is Action Comics #655 where Lois gets into some trouble with a para-military group hiding out in a familiar habitat. The extras in each of these issues are quite cool. In the Superman issue we get Jimmy Olsen’s diary, in Adventures of Superman there’s the Man of Steel’s journal and in Action we get Ma Kent’s photo album.

But that’s not all! There’s also Superboy: The Comic Book #6, which is much better than the previous two issues. and features Superboy’s arch enemy Lex Luthor!  This is followed by Elsewhere in the DCU and the Elsewhere, Elsewhere segments. In between all of that there are major digressions; some on point, some not so much.

We have a few more scans this week.  The first is the Superman is Mad as Hell ad that was in the back of this month’s worth of books.  Mike really likes this ad.

More scans below the cut!

Next up is the splash page to Adventures of Superman #468, which is just a fantastic piece of Superman art.

Speaking of splash pages, here is the one from Action Comics #655.  By the way, Mike really digs Bob McLeod’s artwork.

Jeff and Mike also made mention of the final page to Ma Kent’s Photo Album, so here it is in all of it’s cheap, early nineties comic book paper glory.

Finally, the Dick Tracy ad for the month.

Next week: Two annuals where Superman teams up with L.E.G.I.O.N. ’90 and fights a certain Coluan bad guy.

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