FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS EPISODE 21: APRIL 1988

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Episode 21: April 1988

Welcome to the 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.

Part index. Part commentary. Part history lesson. All podcast.

This week Michael interrupts Jeffrey a lot as they discuss the Superman books that came out during the cover date of April 1988. They spend the bulk of the episode discussing Superman #16 with a good number of tangents thrown in for good measure. In addition to talking about the first From Crisis to Crisis appearance of the Prankster they also delve into Adventures of Superman #439 and Action Comics #599. Michael didn’t mean to interrupt Jeffrey at the beginning. He was just really, really excited about recording this episode.

At least that’s what Michael tells himself.

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SMALLVILLE SEASON 9 EPISODE 1: “SAVIOR”

So I’m watching Smallville again.

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Warning…here be spoilers!

Personally I blame it on the DVR, whick makes taping recording shows too freaking easy.  I also put some of the blame on Big Honkin’ Steve, but not in a bad way because appearing on the two episodes of Starkville’s House of El got me kind of jazzed for a while there, though that excitement dimmed a little between then and sitting down to watch the first episode.

Here’s the deal; I haven’t followed Smallville regularly since episode 100 when I thought they made the wrong choice in terms of the person that needed to die.  I have seen an episode here and there and bought season five and six when they dropped down to $20 at Wal-Mart, but as far as being a week in/week out viewer…well, it’s been a while.  The main reason I am tuning in this season is that Clark is finally wearing some sort of costume.  I have been accused of being a purist, but to me it isn’t really Superman until the costume is there.  Also Zod has some promise so I sat down last night and gave the first episode a look-see.

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The opening “last time on Smallville” thing caught me up to speed though I have talked to enough people to know what’s going on.  The opening scene was fairly exciting and the special effects were quite good for the series.  I must admit that it was neat seeing a Superman sized disaster happen even if there was that whole, “What the huh?” moment with Lois and the mysterious ninja woman.  There was a fair bit of drama as well when Clark caught a look at Lois through the window.  I have never had a problem with Tom Welling’s portrayal of Clark Kent and I think he sold the conflict Clark is feeling in that look he gives her.

After that it fell into the standard Smallville season opener.  Each character gets an introduction that begins to set up their arc.  Clark is somehow conflicted though at least he has his powers in the opener and is in control of himself somewhat.  Usually he either has no powers or is under the influence of…something.  This opener reminded me that I actually like Clark on this show and want to see him get to that point where he becomes Superman.  Chloe had an interesting time of it and I liked her interplay with Dr. Emil Hamilton.  This is my first exposure to Hamilton on the  show so I am not sure if he was on last season but boy did they Smallville him.  Gone is the kindly old scientist look.  Well, at least he wasn’t a hip, young, cool scientist that listened to hip, young, cool music.  Lois was a lot of fun and the more I see Erica Durance the more I like her in the role.  The writing for her is strong and she embodies Lois even if she isn’t quite where we are used to her being.

I will admit that I liked Zod.  A lot.  I like the way they introduced him and he seems like the character to watch this season.  Callum Blue had an intensity about him and the scene at the end where he finally convinces his men (and women) that they should follow him had a great intensity to it.  I am curious as to why they made him a Major though I am sure that will get explained at some point.  I don’t know if he can top Terance Stamp for me but I am going to enjoy watching him try.

Then there’s John Corben.  Metallo is one of my favorite Superman villains and has been for some time.  I like the concept of a villain that is powered by the main weakness of the hero but is also a villain that Superman can just lay into because as long as the head is kept alive the body is pretty much fair game.  His introduction as a reporter…I don’t know if he is smarmy or just extremely confident…was nice and I kind of dug the squeaky chair thing from last year’s season opener.  It is almost a shame that he is going to be Metallo in the next episode because it would have been nice for him to develop a little more as a character before outfitting him with the cyborg body but it looks kind of cool just the same.

The over arcing story and character beats were interesting as well.  I am not all that familiar with Tess but it seems like she and Zod are going to be connected in some way.  Alia was an interesting character as well, though the reveal that she was one of Zod’s people had some of the wind taken out of it for me because you pretty much knew she was going to be around.  I also felt for Chloe when she asked Clark to go back in time and bring Jimmy back and dug how Oliver is still around though why don’t they just give him a Green Arrow series already?

My one problem with the episode is that once again Clark is forced to take action out of guilt.  Clark did something in the future and it is going to destroy the world.  My main gripe with Smallville has always been that everything seems to be Clark’s fault and I am tired of it.  To me what makes Superman great is that he doesn’t act out of guilt but out of altruism.  But this concept seems so ingrained into the show that I doubt they could take it out at this late stage of the game.

That problem aside I thought this was a solid opening and I am looking forward to watching the rest of the season.

Especially the Justice Society.

Oh snap.

More to follow…

FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS EPISODE 20: MARCH 1988

Episode 20: March 1988

Welcome to the 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.

Part index. Part commentary. Part history lesson. All podcast.

This week Jeffrey and Michael give you the low down on the Superman books that came out with the cover date of March 1988. In that month Superman first met the creepy, kooky, altogether ooky Skyhook, had his initial run in with the circus mentalist known as Brainiac and helped the organization known as Checkmate get some comic book exposure before getting their own series a week or so later. It was a pretty standard month in the grand scheme of things but it was an enjoyable one nonetheless.

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FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS EPISODE 19: FEBRUARY 1988

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Episode 19: February 1988

Welcome to the 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.

Part index. Part commentary. Part history lesson. All podcast.

This week Jeffrey and Michael…well, normally this is where Michael would normally write something like, “This week Jeffrey and Michael conclude their look at the issues of Superman that tie into the Millennium event,” but in all honesty only one book really and truly ties into that crossover. At any rate the Superman books with the cover date February 1988 are covered this week, which included Superman #14 (a team-up with Green Lantern), Adventures of Superman #437 (Jose’s finest hour) and Action Comics #597 (Pa Kent proves that he can’t think on the fly).

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YOUTUBE TUESDAY FOR 09/15/2009

Remember when I used to do YouTube Tuesday?

Yeah.  I do too.

This week we are going to hop into the Time Bubble and travel back to the early 1990’s.  The ’90s are kind of the red headed stepchild of comic book eras.  The vast majority of readers that are still around today or that dropped their books during that time period tend to say things like, “grim and gritty,” and “foil covers” and “boy does this crap suck all of the ass on planet Earth.”  Some of that is fair and some of it…isn’t.  I have long felt that the early ’90s were a really exciting time to collect comic books.  The books themselves may not have been the best but the overall atmosphere was a whole heck of a lot of fun.  It was a time when a comic book creator could appear in a commercial with Spike Lee for 501 Button Fly jeans.

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Or on Dennis Miller’s late night talk show.

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FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS EPISODE 18: JANUARY 1988

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Episode 18: January 1988

Welcome to the 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.

Part index. Part commentary. Part history lesson. All podcast.

This week Jeffrey and Michael start the second “year” of the From Crisis to Crisis era with January 1988. Unfortunately (for the guys at any rate) this year starts with the third worst (again, to the guys, opinions vary) DC crossover of all time; Millennium. For those unfamiliar with this event Michael and Jeffrey do spend about ten minutes talking about it before getting into the issues of Superman (#13), Adventures of Superman (#436) and Action Comics (#596) that not only served as the crossover issues for Millennium but also as the second time the three books formed one, big story. In those three issues we are treated to the first From Crisis to Crisis appearance of the Toyman, Clark’s return to Smallville in pursuit of a Manhunter controlled Lana and the big secret that has been hidden from the small town for years. All of this and the Spectre too.

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FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS EPISODE 17: WORLD OF KRYPTON

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Episode 17: World of Krypton

Welcome to the 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.

Part index. Part commentary. Part history lesson. All podcast.

This week Michael and Jeffrey take a look at the first of three mini-series that were published in late 1987 thru most of 1988 to not only celebrate Superman’s 50th anniversary but also to give some insight into the back story of various aspects of Clark’s history. This time out the boys cover the four issue mini-series World of Krypton, which was written by John Byrne with art by Mike Mignola and covers by Byrne and Walt Simonson. This is a very epic story that takes places over thousands of years and established plot points that would be expanded upon for the next two to three years. Jeffrey and Michael do a good bit of disagreeing this week, so there’s that too.

Next week the boys get into 1988 with the books carrying the January 1988 cover date, which were part of the Millennium crossover.

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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 16: THE MARV WOLFMAN INTERVIEW

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Episode 16: The Marv Wolfman Interview

Welcome to the 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.

Part index. Part commentary. Part history lesson. All podcast.

This week Michael and Jeffrey are both really happy to bring you the very first From Crisis to Crisis Pro Interview! A few weeks back the boys “sat down” with none other than Marv Wolfman, writer of the issues of Adventures of Superman they have been discussing for the past twelve or so episodes in addition to a lengthy run on the Pre-Crisis Superman as well as the Ruby Spears 1988 animated series. Marv was very gracious with his time and revealed a lot of the behind the scenes goings on during his time with the Man of Steel. Thrill to Marv talking about his Pre-Crisis work on Action Comics! Cheer at why he recast Lex Luthor as a ruthless businessman! Cry at the real reason he left Adventures of Superman after only one year! All of this and how the Garbage Pail Kids led to the 1988 Ruby Spears Superman series that aired on CBS.

Jeffrey and Michael would like to thank Marv Wolfman again for taking time out of his schedule to take part in this interview. It was a lot of fun, Marv. Thanks a bunch.

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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.