Episode 56: May 1990

Welcome to the fifty-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.

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

You would think that after a month like April 1990 that the Superman creators would want to take it easy and relax a bit. Well you would be WRONG! While the month starts quiet May 1990 builds and builds and ends in sixteen different types of awesome and this makes Mike and Jeff very happy. First up in Superman #43, which features the final fate of Jimmy Olsen’s mother and the introduction of a “Kryptonite Man”. Then in Adventures of Superman #466 four space explorers are hit with cosmic rays which changes them forever in most fantastic ways and boy does it end badly. Oh, and a major character is introduced in this issue so keep an ear out for that. Then there’s Action Comics #653 where Amanda McCoy FINALLY confronts Clark Kent complete with a certain piece of jewelry that might pose a problem for the Man of Steel. Finally there’s Superboy: The Comic Book #4, which is pretty awful all things considered. So you get all of this in addition to Elsewhere in the DCU, Elsewhere Elsewhere and YOUR e-mails.

In the episode we read an e-mail from listener Matt Linkous.  Matt was nice enough to send along two scans from a gift book that contained a two page origin of Superman.  We thought they were pretty keen so here they are.

Thanks for pointing these images our way, Matt.

Next week: A certain Caped Crusader comes to town as Intergang makes its move!

Next week: The fate of Jimmy’s mother! Four fantastic astronauts are caught in the world’s strangest accident! Amanda McCoy confronts Clark Kent! Come back same super time, same super website.

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