OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 23: THE DOCTOR AND MISTER CHICKEN

Episode 23: The Doctor and Mister Chicken

Welcome to the twenty-third 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 things return to normal and Mike and Andy travel back to the late seventies to talk about two solid Batman stories.  In Batman #317 Robin continues to hang around and the Dynamic Duo take on the Riddler in a plot where…”shockingly”…the Riddler leaves clues and Batman and Robin must solve them to catch the villain.  The commentary on this issue includes a lengthy discussion on where the Riddler fits into Batman’s rogues gallery.  Then in Brave and the Bold #156 the Dark Knight teams up with Doctor Fate.  Sort of.  It’s complicated but still a good read.

Below is a gallery of images from the comic covered 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.

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Next Time: Animated Batman!  Be there!

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FCTC EPISODE 221: SEPTEMBER 1995 PART 1

Episode 221: September 1995 Part 1

Welcome to the two hundredth and twenty-first 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.

This time out Mike and Jeff kick off their discussions about the Superman books with a September 1995 cover date with the resolution to one story and a special guest star in the next.  In Action Comics #713 the whole Savior storyline wraps up as Ramsey Murdoch finally becomes the Savior, emphasis on the word “finally”.  There’s also some bits and bobs involving the fallout of Jimmy rage quitting the Planet, Cat Grant’s problems at work and another example of why Lois and Clark should not leave town for a date.  This is followed by Superman: The Man of Steel #48, which guest stars future (or current or past, depending on when you read this) movie sensation Aquaman!  It seems there are monsters from the deep attacking the shore and Superman momentarily forgets that he is in a DC book for moment leading to the always hilarious fight followed by a team-up against a new undersea threat.

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

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Next Time: September 1995 continues with Superman #104 and Adventures of Superman #427

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FCTC EPISODE 220: AUGUST 1995 SUPPLEMENTAL

Episode 220: August 1995 Supplemental

Welcome to the two hundredth and twentieth 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.

This time out Mike and Jeff are trying out yet another new format by putting all the side and related titles into their own episode.  They don’t know how well this is going to work, but they are willing to give it a shot.  So, over the course of this episode the boys will be talking about the supplemental issues from cover date August 1995.  There are two books they spend the most time on, the first being Superboy #18.  In this issue The Kid takes on Champion, a super powered fighter sent to attack Superboy by a crooked guy named Gamboli for fun and profit.  Or at the very least profit.  Then in Steel #18 things heat up with John’s battle with Hazard and we get more with Chindi.  After that the boys trip hammer through Loose Cannon #3, New Titans #124 and Outsiders #21 because two out of the three of those books are really freaking bad.

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

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Next Time: Cover date September 1995 begins with Action Comics #713 and Superman: The Man of Steel #48!

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FCTC EPISODE 219: AUGUST 1995 PART 2

Episode 219: August 1995 Part 2

Welcome to the two hundredth and nineteenth 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.

This time out Mike and Jeff wrap up the Triangle Numbered books with an August 1995 cover date, which features a major event in the life of Jimmy Olsen!  In Superman #103 the once and future Mr. Action draws out Arclight to get a big story and things don’t go as planned leading Jim to make a rash decision regarding his employment at the Daily Planet.  Then, in Adventures of Superman #526, it’s Bloodsport vs. Bloodsport as the prison holding both men foolishly decide to let them have a boxing match, which couldn’t possibly lead to a full-blown riot, right?  Oh wait, it does lead to a full-blown riot.  Finally, the boys take a look at what else was going on in the DCU during this cover month.

(One again the subject matter of the second book leads Mike and Jeff into a discussion about some very real-world topics.  Mike gives a heads up about this before that particular segment but the boys felt you should get a heads up here as well.)

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

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Next Time: Mike and Jeff cover the supplemental books with an August 1995 cover date.  These books include Superboy #18, Steel #18, Loose Cannon #3, New Titans #124 and Outsiders #21.

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FCTC EPISODE 218: AUGUST 1995 PART 1

Episode 218: August 1995 Part 1

Welcome to the two hundredth and eighteenth 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.

(Official FCTC Heads Up…During the discussion Mike and Jeff have about Superman: The Man of Steel #47 the talk gets very political.  The boys realize this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so they want to make you aware of it before the episode begins.  Things get real, as they see.  So…consider yourself warned.)

Things get back to normal as Mike and Jeff get into the first half of the Superman books with a August 1995 cover date on them.  First up is Action Comics #712, which should be called The Death of Clark Kent Epilogue as it deals with the one loose end from the conclusion of that story line.  Jimmy Olsen is still a captive of Conduit, even though he’s dead, and Superman is forced to jump through a number of hoops to save him.  Then in Superman: The Man of Steel #47 we go back in time with an adventure with a young Perry White where he meets Franklin Sterns for the first time as they deal with racism, bigotry and the super strong members of the Aryan Brotherhood!  Finally the boys talk about what else was going on in the real world during the month these comics were published in a segment they like to call Meanwhile, At The Daily Planet Building.

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

And here is the video from the DC Comics commercial that was played during the episode.  Not only did they slap this thing on the Batman: The Animated Series VHS tapes they made it available to comic shops to use as television commercials, which is why you see the little bit at the end.

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Next Time: The boys wrap up August 1995 with Superman #103 and Adventures of Superman #526!

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FCTC EPISODE 217: YEAR ONE ANNUALS PART 2

Episode 217: Year One Annuals Part 2

Welcome to the two hundredth and seventeenth 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.

The Year One fun continues this time out as Mike and Jeff finish up their look at the Superman related annuals from 1995!  First up is Adventures of Superman Annual #7, where we learn about how Superman first encountered the Fourth World and how the Metropolis Special Crimes Unit was formed.  We also get to see when Maggie Sawyer came to Metropolis and how she met Dan Turpin and Toby Raynes.  Then Superman learns his limitations and that there is a lot of ambiguity in the universe in Action Comics Annual #7.  There is also an antagonist that is very much like something from the world of Doctor Who, which Mike wouldn’t have noticed five years ago.  This is followed by a brief look at Steel Annual #2, where we find out more of John’s backstory, and Doomsday Annual #1, which is an anthology book charting the various places Doomsday has been in the universe before killing Superman.

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

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Next Time: The boys finally get back to the Triangle numbered books with the first two August 1995 cover dated Superman books.  These books include Action Comics #712 and Superman: The Man of Steel #47!

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FCTC EPISODE 216: YEAR ONE ANNUALS PART 1

Episode 216: Year One Annuals Part 1

Welcome to the two hundredth and sixteenth 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.

After a lengthy intro that began life as what was supposed to be a brief discussion about the Justice League film from 2017 but devolved into a tangent on why the John Williams’ Superman theme is universal Mike and Jeff finally get into the first part of a two-part look at the Superman related annuals from 1995.  DC once again had a line wide theme for their annuals and in ’95 that theme was Year One.

They were legends from the beginning, or at least that’s what they house ads touted.

The Superman and Superman related titles went all in on this theme and the boys start with Superman: The Man of Steel Annual #4, which is part clip show and part previously untold first meetings between Superman and the founding members of the Justice League.  This is followed by Superman Annual #7, which features a team up with Doctor Occult (another Siegel/Shuster creation) and the Man of Steel’s first encounter with the supernatural.  Next up is Superboy Annual #2, which is incredibly important to The Kid’s story because this is the issue where we find out who Conner’s other Daddy was.

At least until Geoff Johns changed that nearly a decade later.

But for now…this is the other daddy.

Mike and Jeff also briefly discuss Shadow Dragon Annual #1.

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

And here is the video for the Superman trailer Mike played at the beginning of the episode.

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.

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Next Time: More Year One related annuals!  Adventures of Superman Annual #7.  Action Comics Annual #7!  Steel Annual #2!  Doomsday Annual #1!

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FCTC EPISODE 215: SUPERMAN VS ALIENS

Episode 215: Superman vs Aliens

Welcome to the two hundredth and fifteenth 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.

In space, no one can hear you scream.

On this podcast you can hear Mike and Jeff talking about the first cross-company crossover of the show!

To be fair you might be able to hear this episode in space, but you would need to have some kind of special suit, or you would have to listen to it in the ship you are traveling in, but that is beside the point.

This time out the boys are looking at the DC Comics/Dark Horse Comics crossover Superman/Aliens or, as the spine of the book calls it, Superman vs. Aliens.  Have you ever wondered who would win in a fight between the Man of Steel and a Xenomorph?  Well this is the three issue prestige format series for you.  Written by Dan Jurgens with art by Jurgens and Kevin Nowlan, this series kicks off when a distress buoy covered in Kryptonian writing crashes to Earth and Lexcorp calls in Clark Kent and Lois Lane to cover the story.  The Kryptonian writing has Clark’s interest so he travels to where the buoy came from on a Lexcorp space craft and discovers what he believes to be a lost Kryptonian city that somehow survived the planet’s destruction.  He meets a young woman named Kara but also comes across the Xenomorphs from the Aliens franchise and because he is far from a yellow sun his powers are waning.  Add to that problem are the four survivors Superman sent back to Earth who, unbeknownst to the Man of Steel, are carrying chest bursters.  Superman and Kara must survive the Aliens attacking them, so he can get back to Earth to save it from the destructive creatures he inadvertently sent there.

Before getting into that Jeff and Mike have a healthy discussion about the Alien franchise in general.  They discuss the movies and touch on other media like the comics and the video games.  But mostly they talk about the movies.

Because the first two are amazing.

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

And here is a gallery of bits and bobs from the edition of Previews where the first issue was solicited.

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Next Time: The beginning of a two part look at the Superman related annuals from 1995, which fell under the Year One banner!  Issues covered are Superman: The Man of Steel Annual #4, Superman Annual #7, Superboy Annual #2 and, to a very lesser extent, Shadow Dragon Annual #1.

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OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 22: HE HAS A PRETTY GOOD EAR

Episode 22: He Has A Pretty Good Ear

Welcome to the twenty-second 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.

Except for this month.

This month Andy and Mike are celebrating Superman’s birthday.

Why?

There are two answers to that question.

One: Superman and Batman are best mates.

B: Andy and Mike like Superman.

So there you go.

This time out things take an animated turn as Andy and Mike not only discuss an issue of Batman Adventures but also talk over an episode of Superman: The Animated SeriesBatman Adventures #25 technically features the first meeting between the DCAU versions of the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel and as you would imagine the threat they face is so dire that only the World’s Finest team can save the day.  From Superman’s world you have Lex Luthor (with red hair and a beard) and from Batman’s side of things you have…Maxie Zeus.

Yes.  That’s right.  Maxie Zeus.  Not the Joker.  Not the Riddler.  Maxie Zeues.

To be fair it looks like he’s been hitting the gym.

The story is still good.  Andy and Mike promise.

After that it’s commentary time as the guys talk all over (and sometimes just watch) an episode of Superman: The Animated Series.  In Knight Time, Batman has gone missing and Superman heads to Gotham to investigate.  He finds the Tim Drake Robin, who informs the Man of Steel that Batman is indeed missing and that’s really weird.  Superman dons the cape and cowl and poses as Batman to find out who is responsible for the Dark Knight’s disappearance.  Along the way Superman (as Batman) and Robin face off against the Mad Hatter, the Riddler and Bane, but they aren’t the real foe behind the abduction!  Listen to find out who that is…unless you’ve seen the episode already…in which case you already know who the real villain is.

Below is a gallery of images from the comic covered in this episode.

And here is the pin-ups from that issue that Andy and Mike discussed.

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.

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Next Time: Things go back to normal.  For this show, at any rate.

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FCTC EPISODE 214 – LOIS & CLARK SEASON 2: THE FINAL FOUR

Episode 214 – Lois & Clark  Season 2: The Final Four

Welcome to the two hundredth and fourteenth 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.

This time out Mike and Jeff wrap up their three part look at the back half of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Season 2 with four…count them…four episodes!  First up is Target: Jimmy Olsen, where JBO (as all the cool kids call him) discovers that the weird rash that he gets at the same time every year is not some kind of social disease but rather the side effects of some Manchurian Candidate type experimenting done on him as a kid.  There’s evil scientists, a really ‘90s love interest and probably the best fight scene of the season between Jimmy and Lois.  Next up is Individual Responsibility, which features the Chin himself, Bruce Campbell, playing Bill Church, Jr.  Seems Junior is taking over the running of Intergang and has some issues with the editorials Perry White has been running.  He kidnaps Perry, which would usually be wrapped up rather quickly because of Superman but Junior has gotten his hands on Red Kryptonite, which makes the Man of Steel the Man of Apathy.

That fantastic episode is followed by Whine, Whine, Whine, which has Superman being sued by a supposed musician after Superman saves said slacker from a falling speaker.  A rather ham-fisted examination of the litigious nature of people here in the United States follows along with a boat-load of cameos including the late great Adam West and Frank Gorshin.  Finally there’s And The Answer Is…, where Ma and Pa Kent have been kidnapped by a millionaire that has learned all about Superman’s secret identity thanks to a diary left behind by Tempus.  Clark has to save his parents but only if Superman will kill Lois Lane.  Which he does.  Sort of.  There’s also a major cliffhanger that the boys will be discussing a bunch of episodes down the road.

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Next Time: It’s a cross-company cross-over with Superman Vs. Aliens!

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