FCTC EPISODE 251: JULY 1996 PART 1

Episode 251: July 1996 Part 1

Welcome to the two hundredth and fifty-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.

Mike and Jeff kick off the back half of 1996 (at least in terms of the cover dates) with the first half of the July 1996 books.  In Superman #113 the boys find a very jubilant Clark Kent, who seems just fine with the recent break up with Lois, but Martha isn’t buying it.  Also, Lois finds out about an upcoming wedding and Jimmy acts like a jerk.  Then, in Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #5, Lex and the Contessa are getting hitched, and the race is on for Superman, Lois, and the SCU to put a stop to it.  Do they succeed?  Well…no, the don’t, but it’s a cool issue anyway.  Finally, in Adventures of Superman #536, Brainiac is back in the first of a four-part story by Tom Peyer, Mark Waid, and a whole bunch of artists.  Finally, Mike and Jeff ask, “Hey, Wha’ Happened?” in the real world with the two part finale to the third season of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (Through a Glass Darkly and Bigs Girls Don’t Fly), the big news events from the month these comics were released (Mike and Jeff have some personal stories to share), and the movies that came out that month as well.

Here are the covers and select pages from the books discussed during this episode.

Here is the cover that has been released for the upcoming Superman: The Man of Steel Volume 3 hardcover.

And here is that cool Stuart Immonen subscription ad.

Shows Promoted In This Episode

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Next Time: Mike and Jeff wrap up cover date July 1996 with Action Comics #723 and Superman: The Man of Steel #58 as well as looking at the other Superman family books and what was going on elsewhere in the DCU.

FCTC EPISODE 250: THE JON BOGDANOVE INTERVIEW

Episode 250: The Jon Bogdanove Interview

Welcome to the two hundredth and fiftieth 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.

To paraphrase a movie villain, “They never believed the boys could go the distance.”

And yet, here Mike and Jeff are.

For the 250th episode, the boys have FINALLY “sat down” with artist Jon Bogdanove to talk about his time drawing Superman.  Jon talks about how he came to work on Superman: The Man of Steel, what inspirations he brought to drawing the character, some great stories from around the Death and Return era, why he drew so many versions of Batman for the Zero Hour cover, how the long hair was never a mullet, and what Superman means to him.  It was a great conversation and both Mike and Jeff thank Jon for being so generous with his time and for talking with them on this landmark episode.

Note: The audio has some issues.  Nothing unlistenable, but for whatever reason there were some problems.  So…heads up and all that.

The From Crisis to Crisis theme is by Lucien Desar.

You can subscribe or listen to the show in a variety of ways. First there is the RSS Feed and then there is the Apple Podcasts link.  You can also find the show on Spotify and the Google Play Store.  Are you on Facebook? Be sure to “like” the official FCTC page, which you can find by clicking on this link.  You can email the show by clicking this link. All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome.  Also be sure to give us a review over on iTunes and feel free to comment on the show here at the site!

Next Time: Mike and Jeff kick off the July 1996 cover dated books with Superman #113, Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #5, and Adventures of Superman #536.

FCTC EPISODE 249: JUNE 1996 PART 2

 

Episode 249: June 1996 Part 2

Welcome to the two hundredth and forty-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.

Mike and Jeff have reached another milestone.  This one isn’t as obvious as other anniversary episodes, but with this installment the boys have reached the official halfway point of their mandate.

Only eleven years into their five-year mission.

Anyhoo, this time out the boys finish up the June 1996 cover date books, both of which have Superman battling nature in the form of a twister.  Or tornado.  Or something based on a hit film that came out around the time these books were released.  In Action Comics #722 Superman tries his best to take care of the tornados tearing through Smallville but he faces a number of setbacks along the way.  Pete Ross is also in the issue and really wants to fight the tornados, which makes sense when you read the issue.  The tornado action continues in Superman: The Man of Steel #57, where Superman teams up with the Jay Garrick Flash, who is awesome and makes any book he appears in better.

After that the boys answer the question Hey, Wha’ Happened in the rest of the DCU, starting with the Superman family books.  They trip hammer through Superboy #28, Steel #27, Showcase ’96 #5, and Supergirl Annual #1 before looking at some of the other comics DC put out that cover month.

Content warning: The discussion about the Robin issue mentions sexual assault, so trigger warning for those with sensitivities about that subject.

Here are the covers and select pages from the books discussed during this episode.

Shows Promoted In This Episode

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Next Time: Another interview!  Mike and Jeff had an amazing conversation with artist Jon Bogdanove.  We learn how he came on to the Superman titles, his process on some of our favorite episodes, and so much more.

FCTC EPISODE 248: JUNE 1996 PART 1

Episode 248: June 1996 Part 1

Welcome to the two hundredth and forty-eighth 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.

Things return to normal (somewhat) this time out as Mike and Jeff begin their look at the books with a cover date of June 1996.  Normal because the whole “three issues a month” thing is over and done with.  First up is Superman #112, where Lois and Clark finally…FINALLY…get away to talk about their relationship troubles.  The only hiccup is that NASA needs to give Superman a glorified beeper to help out with the Mars mission if the need arises.  And it does.  Also, Morgan Edge escapes from jail.  Then, in Adventures of Superman #535, the fallout from the breakup continues as Lois and Lori have a heart to heart about whether or not Lois and Clark can be friends or not as Lex Luthor takes control of Alpha Centurion’s soldiers and forces them to go on a rampage.  Meanwhile, Superman is in Smallville telling Jonathan and Martha about the break-up.  Oh, and Dana and Jimmy break up, but that isn’t the end of Dana.

After the comic talk is done, the boys discuss a TERRIBLE episode of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman’s third season called It’s A Small World After All as well as asking, Hey, Wha’ Happened in the real world while these books were on the stands.

Below are the covers and select pages from the comics Mike and Jeff discussed during this episode.

Shows promoted in this episode include:

You can subscribe or listen to the show in a variety of ways. First there is the RSS Feed and then there is the Apple Podcasts link.  You can also find the show on Spotify and the Google Play Store.  Are you on Facebook? Be sure to “like” the official FCTC page, which you can find by clicking on this link.  You can email the show by clicking this link. All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome.  Also be sure to give us a review over on iTunes and feel free to comment on the show here at the site!

Next Time: Mike and Jeff reach an important milestone as Superman and (eventually) guest star Jay Garrick deal with a whole bunch of tornados tearing through Kansas in Action Comics #722 and Superman: The Man of Steel #57.  They’ll also be taking a look at the other Superman related books that came out during the June 1996 cover date and chatting about some of the other DC books that were published as well.

FCTC EPISODE 247: MAY 1996 PART 2

Episode 247: May 1996 Part 2

Welcome to the two hundredth and forty-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.

There was only one main book to talk about this time out, but Mike and Jeff certainly make a meal of it.  To finish out cover date May 1996 the boys talk about Superman: The Man of Steel #56.  This issue features the return of Mister Mxyzptlk, and boy is Mxy unhappy when he finds out that Lois and Clark have broken up.  It’s almost sweet in a way.  They also discuss Bibbo’s big fight, which was one of the more pleasant sub-plots to come out in 1996.  After that, Mike and Jeff answer the very important question of Hey, Wha’ Happened elsewhere in the DC Universe by looking at Superboy #27, Steel #26, Showcase ’96 #5, DC vs. Marvel #4, and a few other non-Superman related comics that came out that month.

Here are the covers and select pages from the comic discussed in this episode.

Shows promoted in this episode include:

You can subscribe or listen to the show in a variety of ways. First there is the RSS Feed and then there is the Apple Podcasts link.  You can also find the show on Spotify and the Google Play Store.  Are you on Facebook? Be sure to “like” the official FCTC page, which you can find by clicking on this link.  You can email the show by clicking this link. All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome.  Also be sure to give us a review over on iTunes and feel free to comment on the show here at the site!

Next Time: The boys dive into cover date 1996 Part 1 by looking at Superman #112 and Adventures of Superman #535 as well It’s A Small World After All, a terrible episode from the third season of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

FCTC EPISODE 246: MAY 1996 PART 1

Episode 246: May 1996 Part 1

Welcome to the two hundredth and forty-sixth 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 are back with the first part of the May 1996 cover dated books and boy is this year flying by.  First up is Adventures of Superman #534, which has Superman fighting a bunch of monsters created by a rogue pharmacist who compounded a knockoff version of the DMN drug.  This does not best please Lord Satanus, who has to try and take care of things on the down low.  Then, in Action Comics #721, everyone gets lucky!  No, the entire population of Metropolis doesn’t suddenly start having massive orgies, but everyone that bought a lotto ticket wins, which creates havoc across the city.

After that, the boys answer the question, Hey, Wha’ Happened: In The Real World by looking at two pretty dreadful episodes from the third seasons of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.  In Forget Me Not, Lois struggles to regain her memory while also investigating strange occurrences at the rest home she is being treated at.  Then, in Oedipus Wrecks, the brother of Bad Brain Johnson seeks to get revenge for his brother and to prove his worth to his abusive mother.  Oh, and the doctor treating Lois hypnotizes her into loving him, which is gross.  Finally, Mike and Jeff go over the real world events and the films that happened or came out in March of 1996.

Below are the covers and select pages from the comics we covered on this episode.

Shows promoted in this episode include:

  • But First, Let’s Get Nerdy – Hosted by
  • For All Mankind – Hosted by Rob Kelly and friends
  • Hamilton vs Burr: A Werewolf Tale – By Jarrod Alberich, Nathaniel Niles, Ace Wheelie, and Kenneth Solomon
  • Merry MARCHing Marvel Society 2021: Acts of Vengeance – By a Bunch of Crazy People

You can subscribe or listen to the show in a variety of ways. First there is the RSS Feed and then there is the Apple Podcasts link.  You can also find the show on Spotify and the Google Play Store.  Are you on Facebook? Be sure to “like” the official FCTC page, which you can find by clicking on this link.  You can email the show by clicking this link. All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome.  Also be sure to give us a review over on iTunes and feel free to comment on the show here at the site!

Next Time: There is just one main book to cover, and that’s Superman: The Man of Steel #56.  Mike and Jeff also answer, Hey, Wha’ Happened in the Superman related comics that came out with a May 1996 cover date.

FCTC EPISODE 245: APRIL 1996 PART 2

Episode 245: April 1996 Part 2

Welcome to the two hundredth and forty-fifth 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 close out cover date April 1996 with only one regular Superman book.  So, this episode is a bit different.  As such, the boys kick things off with some announcements about an upcoming Post Crisis collected edition before moving into a handful of emails that, shockingly, are not three years old.  After that they talk about Superman #110, where the discussion is less argumentative (at least compared to the last episode) and more nuanced in terms of the characterization of Lois and Clark.

Then the boys get into the Hey, Wha’ Happened segment, which is a little longer than usual because they are making up for something they didn’t cover last time.  First up are three more episodes from the third season of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanI Now Pronounce You…, Double Jeopardy, and Seconds form a trilogy of episodes that not only feature the return of John Shea as Lex Luthor, but also features frog eating clones.  It is a wild ride where you get two Lois Lanes, Lex with a death ray, and the Lois and Clark premiere of Bibbo!

But seriously…these episodes are the turning point for the show.  A tipping point that goes down, not up.

After that Mike and Jeff cover the Superman Family related comics, but some other select books from elsewhere in the DC Universe.

Below are the covers and select pages from the comics we covered on this episode.

And here is that awesome jam piece discussed in the email section.

And here is the Jerry Siegel eulogy page from Superman #110.

Shows promoted in this episode include:

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Next Time: The boys begin their look at the cover date May 1996 books with Adventures of Superman #534 and Action Comics #721 in addition to asking Hey, Wha’ Happened in the real world with a look at two episodes from the third season of Lois and Clark as well as the major news event that happened and movies that came out the month the comics they are covering came out.

FCTC EPISODE 244: APRIL 1996 PART 1

Episode 244: April 1996 Part 1

Welcome to the two hundredth and forty-fourth 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.

This time out Mike and Jeff get deeper into 1996 with the cover date April books.  First up is Action Comics #720, which is a huge issue because this is the book where Lois ends the engagement.  It’s right there on the cover.  This book went into several printings.  It was a thing.  The boys have a lively discussion with Mike taking exception to several things Lois says during the course of the issue and Jeff not agreeing with them and while it may sound like they’re fighting, they really aren’t.  Then, in Superman: The Man of Steel #55, the break-up continues and a side character that Mike and Jeff have HATED FROM DAY ONE meets his final fate.  Also, Mike and Jeff are more in agreement over this issue compared to the Action issue.  Then, the boys ask, Hey, Wha’ Happened in the real world and discuss the movies that came out the month these books were published.

Below are the covers and select pages from the comics we covered on this episode.

Shows promoted in this episode include:

You can subscribe or listen to the show in a variety of ways. First there is the RSS Feed and then there is the Apple Podcasts link.  You can also find the show on Spotify and the Google Play Store.  Are you on Facebook? Be sure to “like” the official FCTC page, which you can find by clicking on this link.  You can email the show by clicking this link. All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome.  You can  follow us on Twitter if you’re into such things!  Also be sure to give us a review over on iTunes and feel free to comment on the show here at the site!

Next Time: The heartbreak continues in Superman #111, which is the only main book the boys will be covering because of how the books were released in 1996.  After that they ask Wha’ Happened: Elsewhere in the DCU with the Superman family books and select DC Comics from cover month April 1996.

FCTC EPISODE 243: MARCH 1996 PART 2

Episode 243: March 1996 Part 2

Welcome to the two hundredth and forty-third 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 wrap up cover date March 1996 (which also served as an unofficial team-up month) by looking at three…count them…THREE books.  In Superman #110, the Man of Steel teams up with Plastic Man to solve the mystery of siblings (Tiger and Treasure Hunt) trying to get Superman and Plastic Man to help them stop the other from stealing a weapon.  Turns out this isn’t the real reason and the issue ends on a gag.  Then, in Adventures of Superman #532, Superman teams up with Impulse on a world spanning chase involving a villain that normally fights Superboy.  After that, in Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #4, Superman and Captain Marvel team-up to fight against people that took the demon drug, which was really a means to distract the Wizard Shazam from the fact that his son, Lord Satanus, is in Metropolis.  Finally, in Wha’ Happened: Elsewhere in the DCU, the boys talk about the other Superman related books published this month, as well as select books from the overall DCU.

Fun fact…one of those Elsewhere books talks about a major story beat before the comic it happened in came out.

Below are the covers and select pages from the comics we covered on this episode.

And here are the two Superman related house ads from these issues.

Shows promoted in this episode include:

You can subscribe or listen to the show in a variety of ways. First there is the RSS Feed and then there is the Apple Podcasts link.  You can also find the show on Spotify and the Google Play Store.  Are you on Facebook? Be sure to “like” the official FCTC page, which you can find by clicking on this link.  You can email the show by clicking this link. All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome.  Also be sure to give us a review over on iTunes and feel free to comment on the show here at the site!

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.

FCTC EPISODE 242: MARCH 1996 PART 1

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:

You can subscribe or listen to the show in a variety of ways. First there is the RSS Feed and then there is the Apple Podcasts link.  You can also find the show on Spotify and the Google Play Store.  Are you on Facebook? Be sure to “like” the official FCTC page, which you can find by clicking on this link.  You can email the show by clicking this link. All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome.  Also be sure to give us a review over on iTunes and feel free to comment on the show here at the site!

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.