Episode 257: Kingdom Come Epilogue

Welcome to the two hundredth and fifty-seventh 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 conclude their coverage of Kingdom Come (finally) with an episode jam packed with all kinds of Kingdom Come extras.  At the top of the episode, the boys interview writer Elliot S! Maggin.  Elliot is one of the preeminent Superman writers, not only of the Bronze Age but of all time.  He has written the Man of Steel in the comics and in prose and it’s the prose side of things that Mike and Jeff wanted to talk to him about because Elliot wrote the novel version of Kingdom Come.  The boys ask Elliot about the process of writing the book, his thoughts about the story of Kingdom Come, his thoughts about Superman as a character, and also about his Superman work from before the mandate of this show.

After that Mike and Jeff dig into the collected editions and merchandise associated with Kingdom Come.  This includes the various hardcovers, absolutes, and softcover collections, the trading card set, the action figures, and the audio drama.  There are several digressions along the way comparing the merchandise from this series to the merchandise that came out with other big time comic book events.  Then, after the credits, more with Elliot S! Maggin!

Below are the covers and select pages from the two main books Mike and Jeff discussed during this episode.

Here are the links to the Kingdom Come related episodes of Views From The Longbox and Dorkness to Light that Mike recorded with Professor Alan and Em Middleton back in 2016.

And here is a link to the various Elliot S! Maggin written books that you can buy.  Mike particularly recommends Superman: Last Son and Superman: Miracle Monday.

Finally, here is a piece that Mike got from artist and podcaster Jarrod Alberich of the Kingdom Come Superman.  Check out Jarrod’s podcasting efforts at The Longbox Crusade and his art site is his site The Yard Sale Artist.

Shows Promoted In This Episode

The From Crisis to Crisis theme is by Lucian Desar.

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Next Time: Mike and Jeff kick off their coverage of the cover date September 1996 books by discussing Superman #115 and Adventures of Superman #538.