IT ALL COMES BACK TO SUPERMAN EPISODE 8 – SUPERMAN THE MOVIE: 40 YEARS OF THE FASTEST TYPIST EVER SEEN

Episode 8: Superman The Movie – 40 Years of the Fastest Typist Ever Seen

In the second part of what has become the wrap up to my celebration of Superman’s 80th birthday I am presenting the audio from a panel I was on at Dragon Con 2018.  Superman The Movie: 40 Years of the Fastest Typist Ever Seen was an hour long conversation about the 40th anniversary of…you guessed it…Superman The Movie.  Joining me on this journey through time and space was Michael French (of Retroblasting fame) author James Palmer, Father Bryan Small and James Hudgens.  Over the course of the hour we discuss how the film was developed, the cast, the crew, the spiritual/religious elements to the film, the impact the movie had and the legacy of the film.  It was a fun panel to be on and it was an honor to share the stage four fellow Superman The Movie fans.

During the wrap up section of this episode I told the audience to come back here to check a few things out.  First up is a link to Caped Wonder, a site run by the always awesome Jim Bowers.  Jim is a tireless defender and promoter of the Christopher Reeve Superman films and the site is a joy to visit.  Jim recently teamed up with Jay Towers to start The Caped Wonder Superman Podcast through iHeart Radio, so be sure to check that out as well.  Years ago Jim posted a bunch of trailers for Superman The Movie and I played the audio from two of those videos during the presentation.  So, credit to Jim is given because credit is due.

Next, here is a link to a PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation I put together for this panel.  It is mainly visual but I thought you might like to see what the audience was seeing during as we were talking.

Finally, two good friends of mine recently wrapped up a podcast looking at Superman: The Movie in five minute chunks.  Head on over to The Fire and Water Podcast Network and listen to Superman Movie Minute.  The show is hosted by Rob Kelly and Chris Franklin and it’s a serious deep dive into this film that I was lucky enough to guest on for an episode or two.  They not only talk about the film but the merchandise and even got to interview Richard Donner at one point.  It’s an amazing show and I would say that even if they hadn’t invited me to be on two of the installments.

Finally, thanks, as always, to Joe Crowe and Gary Mitchel for continuing to put me on panels like this one.  It makes con so much fun and I appreciate their faith in me.

Next Time: Another Dragon Con 2018 panel!  This one is about the 25th anniversary of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman!

 

 

 

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VIEWS FROM THE LONGBOX EPISODE 266: ANNIVERSARY COMICS WITH FRIENDS

Episode 266: Anniversary Comics With Friends or Why Did I Do This To Myself?

In the second part of the extremely late and yet still entertaining set of episodes celebrating 10 years of Views From The Longbox I am joined by The Irredeemable Shag (of The Fire and Water Podcast) and Andrew Leyland (of The Overlooked Dark KnightHey Kids ComicsListen to the ProphetsThe Fantasticast and The Palace of Glittering Delights) to talk about three…count them…three anniversary issues of super-hero comics.  These comics include Brave and the Bold #150, Star Wars #50 and Amazing Spider-Man #250.  I also spend about twenty or so minutes at the end when the guys have left to talk to you about the show and where it’s going.

Here are some pages from the comics we talked about on this episode.

Thanks again to Shag and Andy for being on the show.  It was a lot of fun to record and edit.

Next Time: To be continued…

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IT ALL COMES BACK TO SUPERMAN EPISODE 7 – ACTION COMICS: 80 YEARS OF SUPERMAN

Episode 07 – Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman

For the seventh episode of this show I am joined by Andrew Leyland (of The Overlooked Dark Knight, Hey Kids Comics, Listen to the Prophets, The Fantasticast and The Palace of Glittering Delights) to talk about the hardcover collection Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman.  This book was released in April of 2018 and was meant to celebrate not only the 80th birthday of Superman but the 80th birthday of Action Comics as a title.  Andy and I compare this book to a previous collection meant to celebrate Superman’s birthday before diving into this volume.  What stories did they choose to reprint?  What were the essays like? What was Jor-El like in college?  Andy and I ask and answer all of those questions and more.

After the main conversation I read some listener feedback and then explain why certain projects that were planned for 2018 fell by the wayside.  During this segment I also get a little personal and open up about a loss my wife and I suffered earlier this year.

Next Time: The Superman birthday celebration continues with the audio from the Superman The Movie : 40 Years of the Fastest Typist Ever Seen panel from DragonCon 2018.

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FCTC EPISODE 224: OCTOBER 1995 PART 1

Episode 224: October 1995 Part 1

Welcome to the two hundredth and twenty-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.

Cover date October 1995 begins as two villains that have faced the Man of Steel in previous episodes return.  In Action Comics #714 The Joker is back in Metropolis because a toy magnate was stupid enough to want to produce Joker related toys without cutting the Clown Prince of Crime in on the action.  Then, in Superman: The Man of Steel #49, kids with bat wings are popping up in Metropolis again and Superman has to save Keith and his friends from the Fagin-like bad guy…Skyhook!  Plus, Clark is having some weird dreams about the destruction of Krypton?  Is this some foreshadowing for another major storyline that will stretch across the Superman titles?

Yes.

The answer to that question is yes.

The Trial of Superman is coming in a few episodes.  Get ready.

Below is a gallery of covers and selected pages from the comics discussed.

You can subscribe to the show in two ways. First there is the RSS Feed and there is also the iTunes link. Are you on Facebook? Be sure to “like” the official FCTC page, which you can find by clicking on this link.

You can email the show by clicking this link. All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome.  Also be sure to give us a review over on iTunes and feel free to comment on the show here at the site!

Next Time: Mike and Jeff cover Superman #105, Adventures of Superman #528 and Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #2.

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VIEWS FROM THE LONGBOX EPISODE 265: 10 THINGS IN 10 YEARS

Episode 265: 10 Things In 10 Years

Well…this is awkward.

So, it’s almost fitting that this episode is over a year late.  I think one of the hallmarks of Views From The Longbox as a show is that I would record stuff and then release it months later because of…reasons.  In keeping with that “tradition” here is the first episode in a two part extravaganza designed to celebrate the show’s 10th anniversary, which is coming out over a year after I recorded it.  This was done on purpose because you probably expect nothing less.

At least that’s the story I’m sticking to.

In this first part of a two part celebration of Views as a show I sit down with good friend and long time ally of mine, Big Honkin’ Steve (check out his podcasts over here) to talk about how things have changed for us as both podcasters and geeks over the past ten years.  A lot has happened since June of 2007, both in terms of us as fans and the geek world in general.  I came up with a list of ten things that stood out and over three hours Steve and I go through that list.  How has the technology of doing these shows changed?  What was the podcasting landscape like back in ’07 as compared to 2017?  What about the television and film worlds?  What about Superman?  Together, Steve and I ask these questions and others and answer them and probably sound like we’re two old men yelling a clouds and telling kids to get off our lawns.

Sort of.  We’re mostly positive.

Thanks to Steve for appearing on the show.  He is a much better friend than I deserve.

Next Time: I finally wrangle Andy and Shag on a show together.

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FORTRESS OF BAILEYTUDE SHOWCASE PRESENTS…MY FAVORITE STAN STORY

FOBSP: My Favorite Stan Story

On November 12, 2018 Stan Lee passed away.  To say that he was an important creative force in comic books is a gross underestimation of what he meant not only to fandom but the world in general.  Stan Lee co-created dozens of characters and wrote hundreds of comic books but for me personally there was one creation that stands above them all.

The Incredible Hulk.

So I thought it was appropriate to take about an hour and a half to talk about my history with the Hulk and why I love the character so much but more importantly I take a look at my single favorite Stan Lee written comic ever…Incredible Hulk #1.  Sprinkled throughout are some sound clips of the man himself about the creation of the Hulk plus a Power Records style performance of Incredible Hulk #1.

Stan Lee was a lot of things to a lot of people.  To some he was a figure of controversy.  To others he was the best ambassador comic book ever had.  He was a writer, an editor, a creator and a larger than life figure.  To me he was the guy that introduced the cartoons I was watched as a kid and part of the creative force behind the best Marvel comics character ever created.  He will be missed.

RIP Stan.  I hope you are at peace now.

Here are some pages from the comic discussed in this episode.

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FCTC EPISODE 223: SEPTEMBER 1995 SUPPLEMENTAL

Episode 223: September 1995 Supplemental

Welcome to the two hundredth and twenty-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.

On this thrill (and technical difficulties) packed episode Mike and Jeff look at the supplemental books published with a September 1995 cover date.  First up on the docket is Superboy #19, where we find out who Champion is and get to see Knockout’s dark side.  Then in Steel #19 John Henry and the really bad ‘90s characters mount a final assault on Hazard and Black Ops and the final page is a kick in the pants.  For John, anyway.  Mike and Jeff are pretty much neutral on the ending.  Then the boys blitz through New Titans #125, Outsiders #22, Showcase ’95 #8 (which is actually really good), and Loose Cannon #4.  Finally, Mike and Jeff look at what else is going on the DCU during this month as well as looking at what happened in the real world and film in segments they like to call Elsewhere in the DCU and Meanwhile, At The Daily Planet.

(Technical Note: You are not imagining things if Mike’s voice sounds a little strange.  The boys record this over Skype and for some bizarre and unknown reason Mike’s voice got pitched down something fierce.  He tried to compensate in editing but there are moments where he sounds a little deeper than normal.  Mike has no idea why this is happening.  It seems to be a Skype thing.  It could be the recording software.  Anyway, it didn’t ruin the episode but it’s there.  So…heads up and stuff.)

Below is a gallery of covers and selected pages from the comics discussed.

You can subscribe to the show in two ways. First there is the RSS Feed and there is also the iTunes link. Are you on Facebook? Be sure to “like” the official FCTC page, which you can find by clicking on this link.

You can email the show by clicking this link. All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome.  Also be sure to give us a review over on iTunes and feel free to comment on the show here at the site!

Next Time: Mike and Jeff cover Action Comics #714 and Superman: The Man of Steel #49.

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OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 26: ANNUALS AND SEQUELS

Episode 25: Annuals and Sequels

Welcome to the twenty-sixth episode of The Overlooked Dark Knight.  The is a non-index index show where the hosts, Andrew Leyland and Michael Bailey, look at Batman comics that rarely, if ever, get talked about.  In the second episode of the month they discuss the various books that were associated with the animated Batman shows of the nineties, though just about everything is fair game.

This time out the guys review at the first annuals of the two animated tie-in books they’ve been looking at over the past year.  Batman Adventures Annual #1 turns the title into an anthology book as Batman examines his rogues gallery and wonders if he ever came close to having one of them walk the straight and narrow.  Then, in Batman and Robin Adventures Annual #1, we are treated to a sequel to the greatest Batman film ever released into theaters.  No, not Dark Knight.  Not 1966’s Batman: The Movie.  Not even the 1989 Batman film.  No, this story is the sequel to Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and features the return of Bruce’s lost love, Andrea.

It’s pretty keen.  Then again all of the stories are pretty keen.  This was a good episode for Batman stories.

Below is a gallery of images from the books discussed in this episode.

Andy and Mike want your feedback on this episode so they can read it on an upcoming show!  You even have options in how you leave your feedback.  The most direct way is to leave a comment right here on the site.  You can also send all questions, concerns, fears and trepidations to [email protected].  Then there’ the Facebook page, where you can also leave a Batman related question for Andy and Mike to answer at the beginning of the show.  If you talk about this show on the social medias please include a #overlookeddk so the guys know where to find it.

If you want to subscribe to the show here’s the RSS Feed and the iTunes link.  If you use iTunes please leave us a review.  Not only will we read that on the air like the other feedback but it really helps the show out.

Next Time: A special tribute to Norm Breyfogle.

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FORTRESS OF BAILEYTUDE SHOWCASE PRESENTS…REMEMBERING NORM BREYFOGLE

FOBSP: Remebering Norm Breyfogle

On September 24, 2018 artist Norm Breyfogle passed away.  Breyfogle was an extremely talented artist and is probably best known for his work on Detective Comics, Batman, and Batman: Shadow of the Bat.  He was definitely my favorite Batman artist when I was reading the books in 1989 and 1990.  Because of this I wanted to talk about how his work had an impact on me but I’m not alone for this conversation.  Joining me is Tom Panarese, host or co-host of such shows as Pop Culture Affidavit, In Country and Required Reading With Tom and Stella.  Through the course of the hour or so that we talk Tom and I cover a lot of ground; where we first remember seeing Norm’s work, things we loved about his style, some of the moments or pages that stand out for us and a discussion on Batman in general.

Norm was an amazing artist.  He will be missed.

During the course of the discussion we talk about certain pages and covers that stood out to us.  Below is a gallery of those images.

Next Time: Donovan Morgan Grant and I versus Batman v Superman.

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OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 25: THE ONE WHERE BATMAN SAVES DENNY O’NEIL

Episode 25: The One Where Batman Saves Denny O’Neil

Welcome to the twenty-fifth episode of The Overlooked Dark Knight.  The is a non-index index show where the hosts, Andrew Leyland and Michael Bailey, look at Batman comics that rarely, if ever, get talked about.  In the second episode of the month they discuss the various books that were associated with the animated Batman shows of the nineties, though just about everything is fair game.

This time out Andy and Mike talk about some…weird stories.  In Batman #318 we are introduced to Firebug…became the name Firefly was already taken.  In all seriousness this is an interesting story that once again feels like it would have been home on one of the action/super-hero shows that were on television when this issues was on the stands.  A man dressed in an amazing red and yellow costume is setting fires to get revenge for his family.  What happened?  Listen and find out.  Then they talk about the Batman story from Detective Comics #487 where Batman has to protect a writer that has gotten into the cross-hairs of the League of Assassins because they just happened to hear him talking to himself as he was jogging by.

Seriously.  That’s what caught their attention.

Below is a gallery of images from the books discussed in this episode.

And here is a gallery of the ads that the guys yakked about this time out.

Andy and Mike want your feedback on this episode so they can read it on an upcoming show!  You even have options in how you leave your feedback.  The most direct way is to leave a comment right here on the site.  You can also send all questions, concerns, fears and trepidations to [email protected].  Then there’ the Facebook page, where you can also leave a Batman related question for Andy and Mike to answer at the beginning of the show.  If you talk about this show on the social medias please include a #overlookeddk so the guys know where to find it.

If you want to subscribe to the show here’s the RSS Feed and the iTunes link.  If you use iTunes please leave us a review.  Not only will we read that on the air like the other feedback but it really helps the show out.

Next Time: Animated Batman!  Annuals!  The sequel to The Mask of the Phantasm!

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