Episode 72: May 1991

Welcome to the seventy-second 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.

Time and Time Again phases out and an old enemy returns in the Superman books with the May 1991 cover date. Mike and Jeffrey dive right in with Superman #55 where there’s a lot of Merlin and the Demon and at some point Superman shows up. Time and Time Again concludes in Adventures of Superman #478 with Superman once again teaming up with the Legion of Super-Heroes to stop an evil Daxamite from destroying the Moon! Action Comics #665 is next and even though Superman has returned to 1991 he doesn’t have long to rest as Baron Sunday is up to no good.

As a bonus Mike and Jeff cover Superman: For Earth, a prestige format book where Superman deals head on with environmental issues. It’s a pretty heavy handed story but it has a very important conversation between Lois and Clark. Then the boys cover Adventures of Superboy #16 where Superboy meets Superman. Finally there  are the usual Elsewhere in the DCU and Elsewhere, Elsewhere segments.

And now…the scans!

First up is the cover to Superman: For Earth, which was drawn by Jerry Ordway.  This is a very majestic looking cover and it extends to the back.

Next is the cover to Adventures of Superboy #16.  It’s been a few weeks since we showcased a cover to this book and Mike apologizes for that.  It just slipped his mind.  He removed it from the episode graphic because it looked better and had intended to post the covers here but it just didn’t work out that way.

The younger Clark is wearing brown slacks, just like on the cover of Man of Steel #1.

This is a very strong page where Ordway does a Kirby homage and does it well.  It’s four panels of wall to wall action and is evocative of the better Kirby action scenes from the Silver Age.

This image is not only a fantastic piece of art but also begins the disappearing/reappearing beard thing that Mike and Jeff talked about during the episode.  In this panel Superman has no beard.

This panel is from the next page and again, no beard.  Also again the art is fantastic.

And here Superman has the beard on his non-armored half.

Mind you we’re not trying to make fun of this but felt it was worth mentioning nonetheless.

Moving on to Adventures of Superman this panel looks like it really, really hurts.

Mike loves the look on Superman’s face in this panel.

This is a very spectacular splash page.  Jurgens went all out to give us the destruction of the Moon and nothing less than a full page would have done it justice.

This is a really nice panel from this week’s Action Comics issue showing Lois and Clark reuniting.

Another really solid panel from Action Comics where we see Superman tucking his cape in just like during the Byrne years.

Finally we get to the ads from this week’s batch of issues.  First up is the movie poster from The Rocketeer.  This is a fantastic movie and if you haven’t seen it already you should do so as soon as you can.

Here’s the full page ad for Armageddon 2001, which will be covered on the show in two weeks.  The art from this ad was taken from one of the last pages of the first Armageddon 2001 special.

The quality of this scan is not the greatest but it was smaller than the standard full page ad.  Still and all it’s a nice piece of M.D. Bright artwork.

This ad was side by side with the Green Lantern ad in the letters page of Adventures of Superboy #16.  Mike and Jeff forgot to mention this on the show.

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  1. Michael Bradley says:

    I know you guys are leery of “this is the last time we see…” comments, but do you know of any references to the Pocket Universe Superboy after this? I had forgotten about the one in the Adventures of Superman issue, thinking there were no more references to him after the “Five Years Later” LoSH jump.

  2. Dave M says:

    While there are numerous mentions of the Pocket Universe and the trio of Phantom Zone villains ‘Superboy’ himself isn’t mentioned directly after this so far as I can remember, barring his brief Zero Hour appearance that is.
    Mind you the watching Time Trapper mentions the Pocket Universe in Action #864 a couple of years back, this is a lead in to Legion of 3 worlds…. so whether the PU is still an in-continuity event or was retroactively erased by the Time Trapper (or the Infinite Crisis reset) is anyones guess!

  3. Tom says:

    And Pocket Earth itself makes an appearance in Legion #38 when they try to pull it in to replace the dying Earth.

    Sorry to hear your Legion #38 story, Mike. I was one of the people who actually bought it when it came out. Pretty good story, too.

  4. penfold says:

    I think Supergirl mentions him in the Supergirl miniseries from the early or mid 90’s in issue #1 or 2. She exposits her origin to some scientist guy and I swear to think she mentioned “their version, which was Superboy”. Or something like that.

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