FCTC EPISODE 179: AUGUST 1994 PART 2

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Episode 179: August 1994 Part 2

Welcome to the one hundred and seventy-ninth 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.

So now that Worlds Collide is wrapped up what else was going on during the cover date of August 1994? So glad you asked because the answers is, “A lot!” especially when it comes to the Superman titles with a cover date of August 1994. In Superman #92 Massacre comes to Metropolis and it wasn’t to get a Big Belly Burger. He’s after the Man of Steel and soon the fight is on! The battle continues into Adventures of Superman #515 and Superman battles for his life against a foe that seemingly can’t be touched. Things must have turned out okay because Superman takes on another returning villain in Action Comics #702. The second Bloodsport is back and Ron Troupe is caught in the melee. After that Mike and Jeff discuss what else was going on in the DC Universe despite having covered a chunk of that during the previous episode.

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Next time: Zero Hour begins with a prelude episode where the boys look at why DC needed Zero Hour in the first place before going through Showcase ’94 issues 8 and 9!

WHO’S WHO WEDNESDAY – SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER-VILLAINS

Welcome to another of the re-tooled Who’s Who Wednesdays, a regular feature here at the Fortress where every Wednesday (hence the name) I will present an entry from the original series of Who’s Who comics that DC published between 1984 and 1988.  Superman was well represented in those series and I wanted to share the entries with you just in case you have never seen them.  Today’s entry is The the Secret Society of Super-Villains!

SSOSV A SSOSV B

Originally published in Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #20 (October 1986)

Be sure to check out Episode Twenty of the amazing Who’s Who: The Definitive Podcast of the DC Universe hosted by Rob Kelly and the Irredeemable Shag.  It is an awesome podcast that I cannot recommend highly enough.

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PRE-CRISIS HOUSE ADS – SUPERMAN VS. SPIDER-MAN

The very first DC/Marvel crossover was not Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man.  You would think so.  It makes sense.  Take DC’s biggest hero of 1976 and Marvel’s biggest hero of 1976 and team them up in a treasury sized comic.  It would be like printing money.  Well, it didn’t work like that.  The first Marvel/DC crossover was actually the Marvelous Wizard of Oz.  The hows and whys are pretty simple and laid out in this edition of Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed.

A year later Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man came out and made comic book history.  The house ad for it was pretty neat.

Ad- 1976 Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man

Five years later the two iconic characters met again.  The house ad is also pretty awesome.  I love the interaction between Dr. Doom and Parasite.

Ad- 1981 Superman and Spider-Man 2

All things being equal I prefer the second team-up to the first.  Don’t get me wrong.  That first one is great.  I just prefer the art and in most cases the plot of the second one.  To be fair Doom and Parasite are not exactly equal as villains, but that actually worked for the story.  Plus you had Superman squaring off against the Hulk and Spider-Man facing off against Wonder Woman.

If you are interested in hearing my thoughts on both of these specials listen to Episode 37 and Episode 50 of Back to the Bins.  Scott Gardner, Chris Honeywell and I talk both of these stories in detail.  Both of those links are direct downloads.  They are also not safe for work.  Just to tell you.  If you want to listen to other people talk about these specials check out the following podcasts:

  • Hey Kids Comics Vol. 2 #13.  Andy and Micheal Leyland finished off their Happy Birthday, Superman series by looking at the second Superman and Spider-Man meeting.  I would also urge you to listen to their show in general and their Happy Birthday, Superman series in specific.
  • Superman in the Bronze Age Episode 52.  While this show is on extended, extended hiatus Charlie Niemeyer had a really great Superman show focusing on the character’s Bronze Age adventures.  For Episode 52 Charlie teamed up with Josh Bertone and Donovan Morgan Grant to talk about Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man.  After that check out the rest of Charlie’s efforts because this was a great show and I miss it.