Episode 216: Year One Annuals Part 1
Welcome to the two hundredth and 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.
After a lengthy intro that began life as what was supposed to be a brief discussion about the Justice League film from 2017 but devolved into a tangent on why the John Williams’ Superman theme is universal Mike and Jeff finally get into the first part of a two-part look at the Superman related annuals from 1995. DC once again had a line wide theme for their annuals and in ’95 that theme was Year One.
They were legends from the beginning, or at least that’s what they house ads touted.
The Superman and Superman related titles went all in on this theme and the boys start with Superman: The Man of Steel Annual #4, which is part clip show and part previously untold first meetings between Superman and the founding members of the Justice League. This is followed by Superman Annual #7, which features a team up with Doctor Occult (another Siegel/Shuster creation) and the Man of Steel’s first encounter with the supernatural. Next up is Superboy Annual #2, which is incredibly important to The Kid’s story because this is the issue where we find out who Conner’s other Daddy was.
At least until Geoff Johns changed that nearly a decade later.
But for now…this is the other daddy.
Mike and Jeff also briefly discuss Shadow Dragon Annual #1.
Below is a gallery of covers and selected pages from the comics discussed.
And here is the video for the Superman trailer Mike played at the beginning of the episode.
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Next Time: More Year One related annuals! Adventures of Superman Annual #7. Action Comics Annual #7! Steel Annual #2! Doomsday Annual #1!