Welcome to the seventy-third 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 Mike and Jeff take a look at the Superman books with the June 1991 cover date The regular creative teams took a break that month leaving us with a “fill-in” arc called Red Glass and boy is it one acid trip of a story. Over the course of Superman #56, Adventures of Superman#479 and Action Comics #666 Superman finds himself in a world where apparently he killed all of his villains in 1988 and then left Earth. Now he’s back and he can’t seem to help himself from killing everyone from Lois Lane to the Martian Manhunter to the Doom Patrol. What is the secret behind Superman’s breakdown and why do things like Kryptonite and boom boxes keep talking to him? Frankly that description makes the story sound a lot more interesting than it was but the boys cover it anyway.
After that is a brief look at Adventures of Superboy #17, some talk about the episodes of the Adventures of Superboy television series that came out that month plus the usual Elsewhere in the DCU and Elsewhere, Elsewhere features. Finally the boys have a big announcement about a format change coming to From Crisis to Crisis in two weeks.
And now for the scans!
Jeffrey talked about this image during the episode. It is rare to get the first person perspective of Superman flying.
Mike still insists that Superman should be holding a electric guitar and have a couple of scantily clad women clinging to his legs on this poster. Superman is so metal!
Poor Mxyzptlk and poor Metallo. Both of their deaths looked kind of painful.
Look at the last two skulls on the bottom shelf for a fantastic Young Frankenstein reference.
To repeat what Jeffrey said in the episode, “Daaaammmnnn!”
Mike sees this panel and suddenly thinks of this song…
Mike wasn’t too keen on the art in this story but these five pages are fairly spectacular. It is almost like the camera is focused inside the blackness of Superrman’s mind and then pans out to the massive, Day After like destruction of Metropolis. Pretty darn awesome.
This was a great morphing shot of J’onn. Jeff and Mike liked it quite a bit.
Mike really wants Superman to turn around and tell the massive military force descending upon him, “No really…this isn’t what it looks like.”
As if the guys didn’t beat this dead horse enough during the episode….”Nooooooooooooo!”
As Mike said in the episode…ouch.
Here’s the ad Jeffrey mentioned that was at the bottom of this month’s Re:Action letters page. Sorry that the scan is kind of fuzzy.
Here’s the subscription ad from this month’s batch of issues. Check out those 1991 prices and try not to cry.
Another Armageddon 2001 ad. Mike and Jeff will be talking about Superman Annual #3 on next week’s episode.
All four Superman titles for only $40. Sigh. Sure it was only eight dollars cheaper than if you bought the books off the rack, but still.
And that is it for the week, at least as far as the scans go.
Next week: Part 1 of the show’s look at Armageddon 2001. A new hero is born. Superman vs. Batman. Superman for President? It’s all covered in next week’s episode.
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