FCTC EPISODE 132: JERRY ORDWAY INTERVIEW PART 1

Episode 132: Jerry Ordway Part 1

Welcome to the one hundred and thirty-second 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 Mike and Jeff welcome writer/artist Jerry Ordway back to the show.  Jerry was kind enough to “sit down” with the boys for about three hours, so Mike and Jeff decided to split this episode is half…or something resembling half.  In this first installment Jerry talks about what it was like to see his cover to Adventures of Superman #424 on notebooks and other school supplies, what separated Morgan Edge and Lex Luthor as characters, the origins of the new Lord Satanus, where Kismet came from, what some of the plans were if the creators had been allowed to marry off Lois and Clark instead of killing Superman and much, much more.

Mike and Jeff would like to once again thank Jerry for being so generous with his time.  Thanks, Jerry!

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Next time: Part 2 of our extended interview with writer/artist Jerry Ordway!

RETURN OF SUPERMAN ARTICLES

The Death of Superman made headlines around the world.  His return garnered news coverage as well just not on the same level.  Christopher J. Warden was nice enough to send me scans of several of those articles and I thank him profusely for doing so.  This first one is from the Detroit Free Press.

This next one is a scan from something called Meijer’s Collectors Corner.  If the copy of this free giveaway is any indication Meijer was a chain of stores throughout the mid-western United States that decided to jump on the comic book collecting bandwagon because, hey, it was the nineties and everyone was doing it.  If Google is any indication this chain is still around today.

I have no idea where this last article comes from but I am suprised that they used Curt Swan art for the piece.  Not that I have anything against Curt Swan’s artwork.  He’s not my favorite Superman artist but I do respect the man.  My point, if I even have one, is that he had nothing to do with Superman’s return.

Oh well.  The article is neat to see nonetheless.

More to follow…

FCTC EPISODE 131: ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #500

Episode 131: Adventures of Superman #500

Welcome to the one hundred and thirty-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 is a big one, folks!  Mike and Jeff have gone all in with their coverage of Adventures of Superman #500!  No stone is left unturned!  No cover is ignored!  No personal history is left unrevealed!  From the trading card insert to the four previews at the end of the book nothing is left out!  The boys even find time to discuss the Wizard Magazine Superman Tribute Edition because…well…it felt like the right time to talk about it.  Don’t miss this exciting episode as Mike and Jeff discuss the story that bridges Funeral For A Friend with Reign of the Supermen!

Here is a gallery of the pages that were exclusive to the bagged version of this issue.

Here are scans of the card that came in the bagged edition.

Next time: Part 1 of an extended interview with writer/artist Jerry Ordway.

FCTC EPISODE 130: SUPERGIRL AND TEAM LUTHOR

Episode 130: Supergirl and Team Luthor

Welcome to the one hundred and thirtieth 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 Mike and Jeff continue their look at the books that came out in the months between the end of Funeral For A Friend and the beginning of Reign of the Supermen.  In Supergirl and Team Luthor we get to see Supergirl and Lex Luthor filling in the void left in Metropolis by the death of Superman.  It also features how insensitive and creepy Supergirl can be.  Then the boys look through the Newstime special which not only has a beautiful Denis Rodier cover but also features a plethora of fake articles and ads that are just keen.  Finally Mike and Jeff go through two months of Meanwhile at the Daily Planet and Elsewhere at the DCU.

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Next time: Adventures of Superman #500!

DC ANIMATED ANTHEM DAY!

And lo there came a day…a day unlike any other…when bloggers across the Internet that focus their energies on DC characters band together to…well, to show off some cool videos featuring the animated opening sequences of the characters we happen to cover.  This is a Superman blog, so I thought it would be keen to show you not one animated opening for the Man of Steel but a whole bunch of them!

So let’s get to it!

First up is the opening sequence to the 1966 Filmation New Adventures of Superman series.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XY9rOVu0RBk

Part of me thinks I shouldn’t like this series.  Another part of me can’t help but love it.  Sure the stories are kind of simplistic, but so were the comics that were being produced around the same time.  The DVD set had a neat featurette on the creation of this series, so I thought I would throw those in as well.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_QsKZtK3xA

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8ELoVkLog8

About twenty years later (in 1988 to be exact) an animation studio called Ruby-Spears decided to take a crack at the Man of Steel.  Marv Wolfman was hired as the head story editor, which was pretty dang cool.   Oddly enough it was because of his animation work and not because he had written Superman in the comics both before and after Crisis on Infinite Earths.  I was 12 years old when this series hit and to say I was excited about it is an understatement.  I had been reading the Superman comics regularly for over a year by the time this show premiered so the fact that there was an animated series based on my new favorite character was a big freaking deal.  The opening sequence to this series is amazing and the YouTube video below really doesn’t do it justice.  Buy the DVD set.  It is worth it.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meKa6t6hNug

Flash forward about eight years.  A little show called Batman: The Animated Series does very well in the ratings leading the WB, still a new channel at the time, to ask the people responsible for that series to produce one about Superman.  On September 6th, 1996 the series premiered in prime time.  They took the first three episodes and edited them together into an animated film and I vividly remember having a bunch of people over to my apartment to watch it.  The series lasted until the year 2000 and was, to my mind, one of the best adaptations of Superman ever produced.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUcKJflBG8Q

Finally I present a series that, oddly enough, I never watched.  I know.  I am a horrible Superman fan.  In my defense I am terrible about following episodic television.  Something always gets in the way.  This series looked interesting, though and originally it was supposed to be about Superboy but legal difficulties threw a monkey wrench into those plans.  The intro is very cool and has a jazzy, seventies vibe to it.  All they needed was some flutes in there and it would have been perfect.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIpz-wrxxzc

By the way, they re-did the opening credits in the second season.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7iz3PgO1Ic

And that is it for my end of this crossover.  As I mentioned a bunch of us single character bloggers banded together from remote galaxies for this theme so be sure to check out what everyone else did for their particular end of the DCU.  How?  Just follow the dancing links below!

Animated Anthem Day

On a personal note to the regular followers,; I will be back to regular blogging soon, folks.  I have a lot of neat stuff in store as Jeffrey and I head into the final chapter of the Death and Return of Superman saga on our show From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman Podcast.  Coming soon…Reign of the Supermen!

More to follow…