Welcome to the first episode of It All Comes Back To Superman! I am your host, Michael Bailey and this show will be my monthly reaffirmation of faith when it comes to being a fan of the Man of Steel. Sometimes I will be alone. Sometimes, like this time, I will have a guest. Joining me for this inaugural episode is the one, the only Siskoid! Siskoid is not only a part of The Fire and Water Podcasting Network where he co-hosts such shows as First Strike: The Invasion Podcast, Gimme That Star Trek, oHOTmu Or Not, FW Team-Up, The Lonely Hearts Romance Comics Podcast and The Hero Points Podcast but is also part of The Legion of Super-Bloggers.
The Legion of Super-Bloggers is the reason that I asked Siskoid to be part of this particular episode as I am discussing a Superman story that involves the Legion of Super-Heroes. Legion of Super-Heroes #37, Superman #8, Action Comics #591 and Legion of Super-Heroes #38 served to explain how a team of heroes inspired by Superboy could exist in a universe where Superman never was Superboy. Siskoid and I talk about the writing and the art with some personal anecdotes thrown in for good measure but the main thrust of the conversation is how these issues tried to fix a problem created by the Crisis on Infinite Earths. Superman #8 and Action #591 were also the first two Superman books I picked up back in 1987 and were the reason I started buying the Superman titles on a regular basis.
So this is not only the 30th anniversary of this story but it’s also the 30th anniversary of me being a Superman reader and collector.
During the course of the discussion we mention that the cover to Superman #8 looks an awful lot like the cover to Fantastic Four #249. Here is a side-by-side shot of those covers.
And here are the pages from Legion of Super-Heroes #37 and Superman #8 that were identical.
And here is a gallery of other images and covers from the books discussed in this episode.
Finally, here is the Who’s Who entry I mentioned that has a different take on Mon-El cradling the body of Superboy.
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Next Time: It’s a mix tape kind of episode as I go through the various Superman themes that have popped up over the past seven decades!