Episode 71: April 1991

Welcome to the seventy-first 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.

The Man of Steel is still time lost this week as Time and Time Again continues through the Superman books with a May 1991 cover date. In Superman #54 a villain returns again for the first time as the Man of Tomorrow deals with the Nazis in 1943 Warsaw. Then in Adventures of Superman #477 he teams up with a newer (relatively speaking) incarnation of the Legion of Super-Heroes to take on the deadly Sun-Eater. Finally in Action Comics #664 Superman goes walking with dinosaurs, runs into an old Atom villain and gets bounced around time a bit before finding himself in…Camelot!

After all of that the boys take a look at Adventures of Superboy #15, where ironically enough the Boy of Steel is also time lost. Then there’s some Superboy television talk, Elsewhere in the DCU and Elsewhere, Elsewhere!

And now…THE SCANS!

The splash page to Superman #54.  This is not only a great shot of Superman but begins the great shadowing effect that is used throughout the issue.  Plus Mike likes the dialogue.

This is a great example of why Mike and Jeff like Ordway’s art so much.  The S on Superman’s chest looks great here.

This is another example of the shadowy effect the art team used throughout the issue.

All righty.  Superman has apparently had enough of their @#$%.

Superman stands off against the train.  Awesome is a good way to start describing this panel.  Not only does Superman look pretty epic but the lighting effect is great.

Speaking of lighting, this page from the Action Comics issue is fantastic.  There’s also an element of loneliness to the art, which just adds to the mood of the story.

When did you ever think you’d get a butt crack joke in an issue featuring Superman?

A woolly Superman meets a woolly mammoth.

Sorry, couldn’t resist.  The page is pretty darn cool though.

Another great page.  The coloring effects are great, especially the outline of Superman in the second panel.

An epic shot of Camelot, which makes for a great cliffhanger for the next phase of the story.


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Next Week: Time and Time Again concludes where Superman teams up with the Demon, meets up with the Legion on final, tragic time and then…well, that would be telling.

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  1. Bibliomike says:

    Great episode, guys, as always. (And Rachel did a nice job with that “Quantum Leap” tribute at the beginning!)

    The question about whether Superman should or shouldn’t have helped the people in Warsaw reminds me of something Vonda McIntyre wrote in her novelization of “Star Trek IV,” which tried to take the film’s time travel paradoxes and pitfalls more seriously than did the film itself. Someone — I think it’s Dr. McCoy — calls b.s., basically, on the idea of not interfering in the past solely on the basis that it *is* the past. “Isn’t *our* present someone else’s past?” he asks. The point being, he feels an obligation to help if at all possible (the woman to whom he gives a new kidney, e.g.). All in all, it seems pretty daring of DC to have a story where Superman is present during the Holocaust. Putting fictional superheroes in the midst of real-life tragedies is dicey stuff, but I though this story handled it well.

    Thanks for recapping the important Sun-Eater plotline of the LSH. For my money, though, even better was the follow-up story a few issues later, “The Ghost of Ferro Lad.” Yeah, it’s a little cheesy, but it’s a fun story and holds up surprisingly well all these years later.

    It’s interesting that, in the dinosaur issue, Superman makes a point of noticing that Earth of the past has a moon with fewer craters. By the final issue of the story, of course — spoiler alert — Earth of the future will have no moon at all. I don’t know if this was intentional foreshadowing or symmetry or not, but it does make me wish there were a few more of those kind of touches unifying the whole story (apart from the “all subplots accounted for,” which I still do like). Each episode in the story is pretty cool in itself; and you mentioned last week, rightly, that there is a kind of emotional arc in that Superman wants to get back to Lois; but I’m not sure how closely it all hangs together in the end. I’ll look forward to hearing your thoughts on that question when all is said and done.

    “What Up Dog” was a pretty good album, as I recall — my college roommate (I was a freshman in early 1991) had a copy (on cassette — I feel old) and we listened to it a fair amount. More disturbing than the “Dinosaur” song, though, was a song (?) called “Credit Card,” where the singer/speaker basically sics his pit bull on a shopowner to avoid paying. So go figure.

    Again, a nice show — keep ’em coming!

  2. Tom says:

    What’s more embarrassing: your notes about O-Town or the fact that I’m going to correct you?

    The group you were thinking of is 98 Degrees. Nick Lachey, one of that group’s singers, was married to Jessica Simpson. O-Town was a band that was created on the first season of the ABC/MTV reality series “Making the Band.”

    [hangs head in shame. Walks dinosaur]

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