Episode 74: Armageddon 2001 Part 1

Welcome to the seventy-fourth 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.

Armageddon comes to From Crisis to CrisisArmageddon 2001 that is. Mike and Jeff dive into one of the major crossovers from 1991 and kick off part 1 of a 2 part episode looking the adventures of Waverider as he plies the time stream searching for the hero that becomes the greatest villain of all…MONARCH! In Armageddon 2001 #1 we see the origin of Waverider and a glimpse into a dark future for the DC Universe. The boys follow Waverider into Superman Annual #3 which shows a future where Superman goes too far leading to a final battle with…BATMAN! Then in Action Comics Annual #3 we see a world where Superman runs for President and actually wins. Its two hours of time spanning audio and we see two possible futures for the Man of Steel plus the origin of a character that will be popping up here and there in the Superman books for the next few “years”.

No scans this time out (or next time out for that matter) because these books are bigger than the average issue and have a square binding so putting that on Mike’s scanner is rather difficult and would pretty much ruin the issue.

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Next week: The second and final part of the Superman end of Armageddon 2001. Lois dies and Superman hooks up with a certain red head.

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  1. Michael – EXCELLENT point on the comic’s naive view of how everyone would think it’s a great thing that Superman was elected to office. In the real world, I bet even Superman would be hard-pressed to win more than 60% of the vote, especially against Forrest, who seem to evoke a Reagan-era conservative ideology. Thus , 40% of the country would be calling for Superman’s head on every little thing. Plus, you have to wonder how other nations might react. The comic suggests a little intimidation, but in real-world politics that also often presages tough talk, and declarations that they will respond with force to what they claim are bullying tactics.

    There’s a LOT of compelling ground that could be covered in the premise of Superman as President. I wish that perhaps a writer like Greg Rucka had the chance to do a multipart miniseries delving into the subject. Seems like he could come up with a fascinating story.

    Then again, it might not be worth the trouble. Hearing the speech Superman makes in the Action issue sadly provoked the thought that if this issue was released today and DC gave it ANY amount of press, the Fox News crowd would work themselves up into a lather calling Superman’s views “socialist” and decrying DC for “indocrination of liberal ideals” via a beloved children’s icon.

    I can totally here Newt Gingrich saying with a straight face that depicting Superman – an alien – as the President of the United States, in conjunction with those views makes this issue a key player in the vast “secular socialist machine” that’s trying to mainstream “radical” views. Bill O’Reilly would call DC “Pinheads of the Week” and Limbaugh would reach back into the original Superman appearances and tag him as a socialist from the start – propeganda that’s been hiding in plain sight since 1938. (He’d also probably argue that the vast drop in Superman sales since the 40s shows that the “free market” has rejected those socialist values time and again.)

    And yes, aint that Grummet art in this awesome?

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