Episode 79: August 1991 Part 1

Welcome to the seventy-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.

A new format and a new monthly Superman title kick off this week!

Mike and Jeff are back with the last episode of 2010 and even though they recorded this one on the day before Christmas Eve the Superman books they discuss have an August 1991 cover date. In Superman: The Man of Steel #2 we meet Sgt. Belcher and Rorc, two minions of Cerberus. They continue Cereberus’ attack on Lexcorp and threaten reign down destruction on the city if their demands are not met. Then, in Superman #58, Cadmus, through the Bloodhounds, capture Superman. It seems that the director of Cadmus believes Superman to be a threat and boy is Superman peeved about that. Finally in Flash #53 Superman and the Wally West Flash have to save Jimmy Olsen from a madman. Add to that Jeffrey’s elsewhere in the real world and you have a full episode of From Crisis to Crisis.

And now…the scans!

We start off this week’s batch of scans with a fantastic trio of panels showing Clark Kent making a phone call.

It might have seemed like we were being pithy before with the “talking on the phone” comment but this is an amazing series of panels.  Clark looks great and the lead up to the shirt rip is just awesome.

As we mentioned during the episode Bogdanove draws a great capeless Superman.

This is not only the first appearance of Fran but also another example of why Bogdanove’s art is so solid.  The shot of Fran on the bottom of the page as she rubs her eyes rang true to Mike and Jeff.

Superman looks pretty epic in that second panel.

Another fantastic shot of Superman in that top panel.

Superman: The Man of Steel #2 didn’t have a letters page so instead they inserted this preview page of the other Superman titles coming out this month.

This is the very dynamic splash page to this week’s issue of Superman.  Guardian looks pretty keen.

Not only did this flashback serve to remind old readers of the Exile storyline but it also caught up new readers on what happened and looked pretty snazzy as well.

The nine panel grid was becoming a thing of the past by 1991 but Jurgens uses it here to good effect, especially the shot of Dubbilex scanning Westfield’s mind in the seventh panel.

The shot of Superman at the top of the page is composed of 100% win.

Mike and Jeff like when Jurgens draws Superman with his arms wrapped in his cape and folded.  It looks very dynamic.  The Guardian looks pretty cool here as well.

And that is is for the scans this week.  Quick note about this portion of the post; Mike is going to be cutting back on the scans starting next week.  They are neat and look great but they also take a lot of time to prep and post.  So starting with the September 1991 books the only scans besides the episode graphic and related covers will be the relevant ads.  We apologize to those that liked this feature but Mike wants to get these posts done as soon as possible.

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Next week: August 1991 continues with Adventures of Superman #481, Action Comics #668 and Adventures of Superboy # 19.

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