FCTC EPISODE 248: JUNE 1996 PART 1

Episode 248: June 1996 Part 1

Welcome to the two hundredth and forty-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.

Things return to normal (somewhat) this time out as Mike and Jeff begin their look at the books with a cover date of June 1996.  Normal because the whole “three issues a month” thing is over and done with.  First up is Superman #112, where Lois and Clark finally…FINALLY…get away to talk about their relationship troubles.  The only hiccup is that NASA needs to give Superman a glorified beeper to help out with the Mars mission if the need arises.  And it does.  Also, Morgan Edge escapes from jail.  Then, in Adventures of Superman #535, the fallout from the breakup continues as Lois and Lori have a heart to heart about whether or not Lois and Clark can be friends or not as Lex Luthor takes control of Alpha Centurion’s soldiers and forces them to go on a rampage.  Meanwhile, Superman is in Smallville telling Jonathan and Martha about the break-up.  Oh, and Dana and Jimmy break up, but that isn’t the end of Dana.

After the comic talk is done, the boys discuss a TERRIBLE episode of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman’s third season called It’s A Small World After All as well as asking, Hey, Wha’ Happened in the real world while these books were on the stands.

Below are the covers and select pages from the comics Mike and Jeff discussed during this episode.

Shows promoted in this episode include:

You can subscribe or listen to the show in a variety of ways. First there is the RSS Feed and then there is the Apple Podcasts link.  You can also find the show on Spotify and the Google Play Store.  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 reach an important milestone as Superman and (eventually) guest star Jay Garrick deal with a whole bunch of tornados tearing through Kansas in Action Comics #722 and Superman: The Man of Steel #57.  They’ll also be taking a look at the other Superman related books that came out during the June 1996 cover date and chatting about some of the other DC books that were published as well.

OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 46 – STARLIN’S BATMAN PART 8: A DEATH IN THE FAMILY PART 1

Episode 46 – Starlin’s Batman Part 8: A Death in the Family Part 1

Welcome to the forty-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.  Back in episode 39 they started a series covering Jim Starlin’s run of Batman and they are going to continue with that until they get through all of his issues, up to and including Batman: The Cult.

It’s here.

What is quite possibly the most controversial Batman story ever.

Andy and Mike have gotten to…A Death in the Family.

Not the second Incredible Hulk pilot where David comes across a supposedly crippled heiress that is being slowly poisoned by her step-mother, forcing David to become the Hulk on several occasions and he even fights a bear (or, more accurately, a guy in a bear suit) at one point. No.  The guys are covering the story that made headlines because DC decided to use the then new technology of 900 numbers for something other than a phone sex line.

In this first part of the coverage, Andy and Mike talk about Batman #426 and #427, which are the first two parts of A Death in the Family, but when you consider that the issues are double sized it is almost like they are the first four parts of the story.  Jason is out of control and Bruce benches him before getting involved in yet another Joker escapes Arkham case  Along the way, Jason finds out that the woman that he thought was his mother was not, in fact, his mother, so he goes on a quest of his own.  “Shockingly” those two quests collide and Jason eventually finds his mother, but not before the Joker does and some really bad things happen.  Jason and his mother are locked in a room with a bomb and at the end of issue 427 it explodes.  Did Jason survive?

Well, no.  He didn’t.  Sorry for the spoiler.

Mike and Andy really dive into the story, both from a historic stand point and a critical one with Andy being very honest about his feelings about it and Mike admitting that nostalgia googles were worn while he re-read it.  It’s a stark look at what the story represents and how it’s told.

Below are the covers and select pages from the comics discussed during this episode.

Promos played during this episode include…

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 Apple Podcast 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.  The show is also available on the Google Play Store and Spotify.

Next Time: The penultimate episode in the Starlin’s Batman series and the conclusion of A Death in the Family.

THE SUPERMAN AND LOIS TAPES EPISODE 4: THE PERKS OF NOT BEING A WALL FLOWER or THAT TRUCK HAS A 50/50 CHANCE

Episode 4: The Perks of Not Being a Wall Flower or That Truck Has a 50/50 Chance

In their fourth episode, The BAM Crew (Bethany, Alison, and Michael) discuss the third episode of the first season of Superman and Lois, which was titled The Perks of Not Being a Wall Flower.  And it’s a pretty lively discussion with Alison raising some concerns about how realistic it is for Lois to be investigating Morgan Edge for a small town paper, Bethany having issues with all the teenage shenanigans, and Michael going absolutely crazy for the fight between Superman and Subjekt 11.

They talk about other stuff, but those are some of the best moments.

After all of that, Mike delivers another Professor Bailey’s Superman 101, Bethany reveals who had the most punchable face and the Crew goes over the feedback they’ve received since last time.

The Superman and Lois Tapes can be found on both Apple Podcasts and Spotify. The show can be reached by email at [email protected].  You can also leave comments here or over at the Facebook page for the show, which you can get to by clicking this link.

The main theme for the show is “Heroes” by the awesome Mike Schmidt.  You can find his work over at Speed Force Music.  The music under the news segment is called “NewsSting” and is by Kevin McLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
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Next Time: The BAM Crew discusses Haywire.

FCTC EPISODE 247: MAY 1996 PART 2

Episode 247: May 1996 Part 2

Welcome to the two hundredth and forty-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.

There was only one main book to talk about this time out, but Mike and Jeff certainly make a meal of it.  To finish out cover date May 1996 the boys talk about Superman: The Man of Steel #56.  This issue features the return of Mister Mxyzptlk, and boy is Mxy unhappy when he finds out that Lois and Clark have broken up.  It’s almost sweet in a way.  They also discuss Bibbo’s big fight, which was one of the more pleasant sub-plots to come out in 1996.  After that, Mike and Jeff answer the very important question of Hey, Wha’ Happened elsewhere in the DC Universe by looking at Superboy #27, Steel #26, Showcase ’96 #5, DC vs. Marvel #4, and a few other non-Superman related comics that came out that month.

Here are the covers and select pages from the comic discussed in this episode.

Shows promoted in this episode include:

You can subscribe or listen to the show in a variety of ways. First there is the RSS Feed and then there is the Apple Podcasts link.  You can also find the show on Spotify and the Google Play Store.  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 boys dive into cover date 1996 Part 1 by looking at Superman #112 and Adventures of Superman #535 as well It’s A Small World After All, a terrible episode from the third season of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

THE SUPERMAN AND LOIS TAPES EPISODE 3: “HERITAGE” or HOLOGRAMPS IS A BIG JERK

Episode 3: “Heritage” or Hologramps is a Big Jerk

In their third episode, The Bam Crew (you know, Bethany, Alison, and Michael) discuss Heritage, the second episode of the first season of Superman and Lois, which aired on March 2, 2021.  Topics discussed during the course of the episode include theories on how Jordan and Jonathan may or may not manifest their powers, how history tends to repeat itself, the “controversy” of calling a cook-out a barbecue, how the show gets things done in terms of the destruction of Krypton, why “hologramps” is the best name ever, and why Jor-El is a big jerk.  Mike goes over the Easter Eggs from the episode and delivers another Professor Bailey’s Superman 101 lesson, this time about Morgan Edge.  The crew then closes things out with your listener feedback, so write in, y’all!

The Superman and Lois Tapes can be found on both Apple Podcasts and Spotify. The show can be reached by email at [email protected].  You can also leave comments here or over at the Facebook page for the show, which you can get to by clicking this link.

The main theme for the show is “Heroes” by the awesome Mike Schmidt.  You can find his work over at Speed Force Music.  The music under the news segment is called “NewsSting” and is by Kevin McLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

Next Time: The BAM crew discusses The Perks of Not Being a Wallflower.

FCTC EPISODE 246: MAY 1996 PART 1

Episode 246: May 1996 Part 1

Welcome to the two hundredth and forty-sixth 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.

Mike and Jeff are back with the first part of the May 1996 cover dated books and boy is this year flying by.  First up is Adventures of Superman #534, which has Superman fighting a bunch of monsters created by a rogue pharmacist who compounded a knockoff version of the DMN drug.  This does not best please Lord Satanus, who has to try and take care of things on the down low.  Then, in Action Comics #721, everyone gets lucky!  No, the entire population of Metropolis doesn’t suddenly start having massive orgies, but everyone that bought a lotto ticket wins, which creates havoc across the city.

After that, the boys answer the question, Hey, Wha’ Happened: In The Real World by looking at two pretty dreadful episodes from the third seasons of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.  In Forget Me Not, Lois struggles to regain her memory while also investigating strange occurrences at the rest home she is being treated at.  Then, in Oedipus Wrecks, the brother of Bad Brain Johnson seeks to get revenge for his brother and to prove his worth to his abusive mother.  Oh, and the doctor treating Lois hypnotizes her into loving him, which is gross.  Finally, Mike and Jeff go over the real world events and the films that happened or came out in March of 1996.

Below are the covers and select pages from the comics we covered on this episode.

Shows promoted in this episode include:

  • But First, Let’s Get Nerdy – Hosted by
  • For All Mankind – Hosted by Rob Kelly and friends
  • Hamilton vs Burr: A Werewolf Tale – By Jarrod Alberich, Nathaniel Niles, Ace Wheelie, and Kenneth Solomon
  • Merry MARCHing Marvel Society 2021: Acts of Vengeance – By a Bunch of Crazy People

You can subscribe or listen to the show in a variety of ways. First there is the RSS Feed and then there is the Apple Podcasts link.  You can also find the show on Spotify and the Google Play Store.  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: There is just one main book to cover, and that’s Superman: The Man of Steel #56.  Mike and Jeff also answer, Hey, Wha’ Happened in the Superman related comics that came out with a May 1996 cover date.

OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 45 – STARLIN’S BATMAN PART 7: CONSEQUENCES

Episode 45 – Starlin’s Batman Part 7: Consequences

Welcome to the forty-seventh 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.  Back in episode 39 they started a series covering Jim Starlin’s run of Batman and they are going to continue with that until they get through all of his issues, up to and including Batman: The Cult.

This time out Andy and Mike look at a two part story that began in Batman #424 and continued in Batman #425 and was probably one of the more serious stories told during Jim Starlin’s Batman run.  What happens when Robin hears a woman screaming and after he and Batman take down the bad guys those bad guys get released because of diplomatic immunity?  And what if Robin confronts the bad guy and that bad guy ends up falling to his death, which Robin may or may not have caused?  And what if that bad guy’s father wants revenge and kidnaps Commissioner Gordon?  All of those questions are asked and answered over the course of this episode, with some critical analysis and a few laughs along the way.

Below are the covers and select pages from the comics discussed in this episode.

Promos played during this episode include…

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 Apple Podcast 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.  The show is also available on the Google Play Store and Spotify.

Next Time: This is it, folks!  Andy and Mike begin their coverage of what is possibly the most controversial Batman storyline ever.  That’s right…the guys have gotten to A Death in the FamilyOr, they’ve gotten to the first two issues of that storyline at the very least.

VIEWS ON… EPISODE 3: TRUMBO

Episode 3: Trumbo

The most irregular show on The Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network is back and this time I am heading back to the cinema.  Recently I watched the 2015 movie Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, and John Goodman.  It’s an amazing movie that dramatizes the story of writer Dalton Trumbo, one of the writers that were blacklisted in the fifties due to his communist affiliations.  Joining me to discuss the film is Rob Kelly (he of The Film and Water Podcast, Fade Out, Pod Dylan, Superman Movie Minute, Treasurycast, and more) and we spend about an hour going through what we liked about the movie, what performances stood out to us, the Hollywood blacklist in general, and Diane Lane.

During our discussion, Rob mentioned a documentary about Dalton Trumbo called Trumbo.  It’s an interesting documentary because it is a mix of footage from the time, interviews with Trumbo, interviews with his son, and dramatic performances of Trumbo’s writing.  It is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime.

And if you are interested in the Hollywood Blacklist, you can find several articles here, here, and here.

The theme to Views On… is “Open Those Bright Eyes” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Views On… is available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.  You can email the show by clicking this link with all questions, concerns, fears, and trepidations.  Also, if you could leave a review over on Apple Podcasts, that would be keen.

Next Time: No clue.  As usual, the next episode has not been recorded yet, but this is an irregular show, so it will return at some point.

THE SUPERMAN AND LOIS TAPES EPISODE 2: “PILOT” OR SAM LANE’S PUNCHABLE FACE

Episode 2: “Pilot” or Sam Lane’s Punchable Face

In their second episode, Bethany, Alison, and Michael talk about the pilot episode of Superman and Lois, which was titled, “Pilot” and aired on February 23, 2021.  With all of the introductions wrapped up in the last episode the BAM crew jump right into their thoughts about the episode.  Bethany gives us a lesson on what a “fruit salad” is in terms of the military, Alison does the math on how old the kids were when Kara got to Earth, and Michael feels old at the mention of Clark going to a Soul Asylum concert.  Bethany reveals who has the most punchable face of the episode (it was a battle between Kyle and Sam) and Michael goes through the direct and indirect Easter Eggs tucked away in the episode and delivers the first Professor Bailey’s Superman 101 Lesson.

The Superman and Lois Tapes can be found on both Apple Podcasts and Spotify. The show can be reached by email at [email protected].  You can also leave comments here or over at the Facebook page for the show, which you can get to by clicking this link.

The theme for the show is “On My Way”  by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License

THE SUPERMAN AND LOIS TAPES EPISODE 1: PLEASE ALLOW US TO INTRODUCE OURSELVES

Episode 1: Please Allow Us To Introduce Ourselves

Welcome to the first episode of The Superman and Lois Tapes, a podcast dedicated to the CW series Superman and Lois.  Most episodes will be devoted to the latest episode of the series where the hosts (Bethany, Alison, and Michael) will talk about what they liked, what they didn’t like, and any Easter eggs that they happen to spot.

First episodes of podcasts are hard, so Bethany, Alison, and Michael overcome this by spending about an hour and change talking about why they wanted to do this show and what their backgrounds with Superman are.  Alison tells Michael all about Tyler Hoechlin’s acting career (because Michael doesn’t watch much television), Michael gives a few mini TEDTalks about Superman in the comics, and Bethany expands on the pros and cons of Clark and Lois having two sons instead of a son and daughter.  Other topics include the previous CW super-hero crossovers, the evolution of the DC CW shows, and Nightwing and Wally West are brought up as well.

This show is very new, so there won’t be any links to where you can subscribe to the show outside of the main Fortress of Bailetyude Podcasting Network feed.  The show does have an email address, which is [email protected].  You can also leave comments here or over at the Facebook page for the show, which you can get to by clicking this link.

The theme for the show is “On My Way”  by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License

Next Time: The BAM crew talks about the pilot episode and the 30 minutes special that will follow it.