THAT COVERS IT – COMICS FEATURE #8

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SECRET FILES FRIDAY – TANA AND ROXY

Welcome to another installment of Secret Files Friday!  Each week I present another entry from the various Secret Files and Origins specials that started popping up in late 1997.  While they weren’t as detailed as Who’s Who I have a real soft spot for the Secret Files and Origins line so I wanted to give them some love.  The week’s entry is Tana and Roxy!

(originally published in Team Superman Secret Files & Origins #1, May, 1998)

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FCTC EPISODE 208 – JUNE 1995 PART 2

Episode 208 – June 1995 Part 2

Welcome to the two hundredth and eighth 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.

The Death of Clark Kent continues!

This time out Mike and Jeff finish off the Superman books with a cover date of June 1995.  In Superman #101 Clark believes that his parents and fiancé are dead but soon discovers that Jonathan and Martha are still among the living leading them to changing their names and moving to northern California.  Oh, and Conduit tries to nuke Colorado.  Because @#$% Superman and Colorado.  This is followed by Adventures of Superman #524 Clark fights a forest fire, which blows his cover as bearded Wayne Jordan.  Meanwhile Conduit and Shadowdragon fight and Jimmy finds himself in hot water.  Then the boys dip into the satellite books with Steel #16, Outsiders #19, Showcase ’95 #6 and Loose Cannon #1 and then take a quick look at the other DC books that came out that month in a segment they call Elsewhere in the DC Universe.

The Cover Gallery For This Episode

The Image Gallery

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Next Time: The Death of Clark Kent concludes (more or less) with Action Comics #711 and Superman: The Man of Steel #46.  The boys also discuss Superboy #17 and New Titans #123.

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PREVIEWS OF THE DEATH OF CLARK KENT

So I’ve posted the cover to the Previews that contained the solicitation for Superman #100.  Then I posted the black and white house ad.  Now, as Paul Harvey used to say, is the rest of the story…or the rest of the stuff in that edition of Previews that had to do with Superman #100 and The Death of Clark Kent.  First up is a the listing of the Gems of the Month.

Okay, it’s not much.  Just another shot of the cover, but it counts.

On a similar note.

Again, just another shot of the cover.  Again, it’s a great image and I still thought it was worth posting.

If you are in the mood for something more substantial.

The copy plays fast and loose with how the story actually went but it’s not a huge deal.  This is a piece meant to entice retailers and those that looked through Previews to buy copies of Superman #100.  Hype is the name of the game and Superman kind of fakes his own death so it’s stretching the truth and not an outright lie.

They sure got a lot of mileage out of that image though.

Not that I’m complaining.  I want that on a T-shirt.

And now the solicitations themselves.  Nothing too eye popping here.  Superman #100 obviously deserved the color treatment.  I am somewhat amused that they refer to foil covers as being “enhanced” but that’s because I miss the ’90s.  I left in the solicitation for the signed and numbered edition of The Death of Superman trade paperback because I didn’t know it existed until seeing this page.  It’s a neat bit of crass commercialism as well.  Pimping an older “Death of” story along with a new one just makes sense and I approve of this.  I also love the breathless copy on the solicitations.  It’s practically daring you not to read the issue.

And that’s that for Superman #100 in Previews.  I know I keep writing this but I really wish that cover had gotten a wider release.  It is so sharp and dramatic.  Maybe it will get a retro release in the future.

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HOUSE ADS – PREVIEWS AD FOR SUPERMAN #100

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THAT COVERS IT – PREVIEWS VOL. 5 NO. 1

For those of you that aren’t “in the know” I co-host a show called From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman Podcast.  My buddy Jeffrey Taylor, and I have been going through the Post Crisis adventures of Superman since 2009 and recently we came back after an extended hiatus.  It’s been a lot of fun and we really hit the ground running again with our coverage of The Death of Clark Kent.  A recent Facebook post by Dan Jurgens displaying some of the covers he did for Previews (you know, the ordering catalog for comic shops) reminded me that I had scanned a handful of pages from the edition that contained the solicitations for Superman #100 and the other Supermam books that came out that month.

Which is a roundabout way of saying that I’m sorry I didn’t get to this sooner.  Mea culpa.  I should have had this up a few weeks ago.

Anyway, here is the cover to that edition of Previews and in a word this piece is stunning.  It sells the idea that for whatever reason Clark Kent might be going away.  The spotlight, the broken glasses, the torn clothes revealing the Superman uniform…it’s just a gorgeous cover.  I am curious if this was originally going to be the cover for Superman #100 or if it was specifically done for Previews.  Either way it is fantastic.

Stay tuned over the next couple of days for more scans from this Previews.  There is some neat stuff in there and I look forward to sharing it with you.

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RANDOM COVER POST – SUPERMAN ADVENTURES VOL 1

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RANDOM LAZY COVER – SUPERMAN LEGENDS #30

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SECRET FILES FRIDAY – THE WILD MEN

Welcome to another installment of Secret Files Friday!  Each week I present another entry from the various Secret Files and Origins specials that started popping up in late 1997.  While they weren’t as detailed as Who’s Who I have a real soft spot for the Secret Files and Origins line so I wanted to give them some love.  The week’s entry is The Wild Men!

(originally published in Team Superman Secret Files & Origins #1, May, 1998)

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FCTC EPISODE 207 – JUNE 1995 PART 1

Episode 207 – June 1995 Part 1

Welcome to the two hundredth and seventh 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.

The Death of Clark Kent continues!

It’s a new world for the Superman books this time out as Mike and Jeff begin their look at the comics with a June 1995 cover date.  Not only are the comics more expensive now (the cover price jumped from $1.50 to $1.95 in the United States) but the release order of the books changed and the paper stock has gone from newsprint to a slicker stock.

The boys would renumber the series and start off with a new number one but that would be silly.

First up this time out is Action Comics #710, where Lois runs into people trying to kill her and a rude clerk at a computer store and if you think that mentioning a computer store from 1995 would spark a conversation about what computers Mike and Jeff have owned then congratulations because you’ve obviously been listening to the show for some time.  This issue ends on an explosive note and leads directly into Superman: The Man of Steel #45 where Superman fights a whole lot of Conduit robots.  Towards the end of the issue Superman believes that his parents are killed, which leads him to abandon his Never-Ending Battle and become a nudist.  After that the boys discuss Superboy #16 (guest starring Loose Cannon) and barely talk about New Titans #122 and an issue of Deathstroke, both of which were awful.  Finally they scrounge up some change, pay the cabbie $6.50 and head over to the segment they like to call Meanwhile, At The Daily Planet!

The Cover Gallery For This Episode

The Image Gallery

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: The Death of Clark Kent continues Superman #101 and Adventures of Superman #524.  They also talk about Steel #16, Outsiders #19, Showcase ’95 #6 and Loose Cannon #1.

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