Episode 242: March 1996 Part 1
Welcome to the two hundredth and forty-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.
Mike and Jeff kick off their coverage of the books with a cover date of March 1996, which was a team-up month that saw Superman teaming up with another hero in each of the five Superman titles. It was sort of like a then modern version of DC Comics Presents, the Pre-Crisis Superman team up title.
It was a neat concept.
The first book they cover is Action Comics #719, where Superman teams up with Batman to save Lois Lane, who is on the brink of death thanks to the Joker. Mike has a serious problem with this story for a variety of reasons. Jeff liked it a lot more than Mike, and the boys go back and forth on this through the whole segment on that issue. Then, in Superman: The Man of Steel #53, the Spectre comes to Gotham to take care of a Native American spirit that is mad at the Daily Planet because of technology and the Alpha Centurion and his ship might be to blame for this. Oh, and the Lois is having problems with Clark sub-plot, much to Mike’s chagrin.
After that the boys get into the Hey, Wha’ Happened: Real World segment, starting with three episodes from the third season of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Those episodes include Never on Sunday, The Dad Who Came in From the Cold, and Tempus Anyone? Then Jeff goes over what was going on in the real world and what movies were in theaters when this month’s comics were published.
Technical Note: There is a chirping about halfway through the episode that comes and goes. Mike did everything he could to get rid of it, but he couldn’t quite get all of them. So…listener beware and all that.
Below are the covers and select pages from the comics we covered on this episode.
Shows promoted in this episode include:
- The Longbox Crusdade – Hosted by Pat, Jarrod, Jason, and Delvin
- Knightcast – Hosted by Ryan Daly and Chris Franklin
- Midnight: The Podcasting Hour – Hosted by PJ Frightful
- The Flopcast – Hosted by Kevin and Kornflake
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Next Time: Team Up Month continues with Plastic Man and Woozy Winks in Superman #110, Impulse in Adventures of Superman #532, and Captain Marvel and the Wizard Shazam in Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #4. After that, they get into the Wha’ Happened: Elsewhere in the DCU segment where they talk about the Superman Family books that came out this month and select books from the larger DC Universe.