Episode 59: The 1990 Superman Related Annuals

Welcome to the fifty-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.

Last week the guys recorded an extra long episode. This week they go in the opposite direction for reasons explained at the end of the episode. Before that, though, Jeff and Mike look at the two Superman related annuals from 1990. The first is Adventures of Superman Annual #2, which guest stars the L.E.G.I.O.N. and, despite having a rather abrupt ending, was a good, old fashioned super-hero team-up complete with a couple of really solid fight scenes. This story continues in L.E.G.I.O.N. ’90 Annual #1 where Vril Dox, Jr. finally faces off against his father…Brainiac! The problem is that the younger Dox wants to kill his old man and the Man of Steel isn’t having any of that. After that the boys read some e-mails until they had to unexpectedly stop. Thankfully there was enough material recorded to make a full sized episode and the boys promise that there will be more e-mails next time.

Check out the scans below the cut!

Not a whole lot of ads this time out, but we have a few to present.  The first is the ad for the Swamp Thing television series that aired on the USA Network back in 1990.

This was one of the most boring shows to ever air on television.  It was a lot better than the Swamp Thing animated series and Return of Swamp Thing, but then again few things are worse.

Mike likes this film.  He thinks it is good, clean, dumb fun.  Sure it wasn’t as good as the first film but there are some really cool scenes in this movie.

Finally an ad for a book that was eventually published, just not as Superman Annual #3.  At some point Mike will hunt up the ad for the supposed Action Comics Annual #3 that never came out in any form.  All of this is discussed in the episode, so keep an ear out for the discussion on this ad.

Next week: August 1990, where Superman teams up with two former members of Infinity, Inc, Lois and Clark catch some fireworks and Superman goes to Hades…literally.

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More to follow…

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  1. Bibliomike says:

    I acted in my high school theater with a young kid who got a bit part in Robocop 2. But he was left on the cutting room floor.

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