SUPER POWERS 25 ANNIVERSARY- BLOG CROSSOVER

Are you ready for a blog crossover of epic proporations?

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Today I and a metric pantload of other blogs are banding together to not only fight the forces of boredom but to also the 25th Anniversary of the Super Powers Collection!  Because of my known man-crush somewhat small attachment to Superman I was asked to handle his end of that toy line.

And here we go.

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Preamble

I can state without any hint of hyperbole that the Super Powers line of action figures and accessories are my absolute favorite when it comes to translating super-hero characters into molded plastic form.

I mean I liked Megos when I was very little and I still think they are kind of keen. Kenner and Mattel have produced some pretty kick ass figures as well. DC Direct, at times, has been sixteen pounds of awesome stuffed into an eight pound bag, but none of that changes the fact that the figures produced by Kenner (that name again) between 1984 and 1986 not only looked good but had a great concept behind and had the best hook you could expect from a toy; they did things. Squeeze the legs and the figures punches. Squeeze the arms and the figures kicks. As a kid (I was aged 8-10 between ’84 and ’86) that was really cool and I still feel the same way as an adult.

(Keep in mind that none of this comes from any kind of rational argument and that I am biased as hell.)

One of the things that did change from childhood to adulthood is who my favorite figures were. When I was younger it was hands down the Batman related figures because up until age 11 I was a huge Batman fan. Nothing was cooler on Christmas morning in 1985 that not only getting Batman, Robin, the Joker and the Penguin but also getting the Batmobile. In all honesty the Batmobile is still my favorite piece from the set, but as far as figures go it is the Man of Steel and his secret identity and villains that comprise my current favorites of the line.

To Be Continued Under the Cut, Because This Bad Boy is Chock Full of Pictures

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FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS EPISODE 15: DECEMBER 1987

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Episode 15: December 1987

Welcome to the 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.

This week Jeffrey and Michael close out comic book year 1987 with three fairly good stories.  No annuals or crossovers this week but the boys do delve into Clark’s first love (which Mike thinks is a little “fishy”), the end of the Circle storyline and the death of Superman with a mysterious guest-star (hint: he’s dead as of this writing and has a Black Lantern ring).  All of this, plus hints of the Millennium event to come and the announcement of the writer Michael and Jeffrey got to “sit down” with for next week’s episode.  Yes, From Crisis to Crisis has pulled off it’s first interview, but you have to wait seven days for that and the end of the episode to find out just who the “lucky” writer is.

You can subscribe to the show in two ways. First there is the RSS Feed and there is also theiTunes link .

If you want to comment on the show or contact the hosts you can always private message Mike and Jeff, at the Superman Homepage, leave comments here or at the Homepage or here or email them by clicking this link.  All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome. The guys will try to incorporate e-mails into the episodes once the show gets rolling.

Seriously, let us know what you think.

FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS EPISODE 14: NOVEMBER 1987

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Episode 14: November 1987

Welcome to the 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 week Michael and Jeffrey check out one of the best months in the Crisis to Crisis era so far as they explore the books that came out in November 1987.  Well, three of the books came out with the cover date November 1987.  One of them came out with a cover date of December 1987, but that wasn’t actually a Superman title so it doesn’t count and besides it finishes off a story that continued out of this month’s Action Comics, so it made no sense to cover it next month, which is kind of full as it is so please stop judging us.

(Deep breath)

All right.  This time out the boys discuss the first Post-Crisis appearance of a certain citizen of the fifth dimension, see the birth of a new hero and watch as Booster Gold does a really good job of beating Superman senseless.  It was a fun month and both Jeffrey and Michael had a really good time recording this one.

You can subscribe to the show in two ways. First there is the RSS Feed and there is also theiTunes link .

If you want to comment on the show or contact the hosts you can always private message Mike and Jeff, at the Superman Homepage, leave comments here or at the Homepage or here or email them by clicking this link.  All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome. The guys will try to incorporate e-mails into the episodes once the show gets rolling.

Seriously, let us know what you think.

FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS EPISODE 13: OCTOBER 1987

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Episode 13: October 1987

Welcome to the thirteenth 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 week Jeffrey and Michael delve into the Superman books that came out cover date October 1987, which meant they came out in July of that year. July 1987 was a big month for Superman. Not only did he have to contend with his powers going out of control and the gang war heating up in Metropolis but he also was also the victim of mind control by a being called Sleez and had to team up with Batman to deal with a vampire problem. To top it all off Superman IV: The Quest for Peace was released into theaters, which also meant a comic book adaptation. Mike and Jeff don’t cover either of those in any great detail but they are worth a mention.

Michael would like to apologize for two small things this week the first being that he did not include the cover to Adventures of Superman Annual #1 in last week’s graphic. It just slipped his mind. Also this week and last week the episode name kind of got messed up as far as the download is concerned, so if you play this on your iPod or Zune and it bears a different episode title that is the reason.

The appropriate punishment has been meted out. You can be assured of that.

You can subscribe to the show in two ways. First there is the RSS Feed and there is also theiTunes link .

If you want to comment on the show or contact the hosts you can always private message Mike and Jeff, at the Superman Homepage, leave comments here or at the Homepage or here or email them by clicking this link.  All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome. The guys will try to incorporate e-mails into the episodes once the show gets rolling.

Seriously, let us know what you think.