Episode 252: July 1996 Part 2

Welcome to the two hundredth and fifty-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.

The Brainiac Has Put His Mind In Superman’s Body and Superman’s Mind In The Body of Some Kid Named Chaz storyline continues in the back half of the July 1996 Superman titles.  In Action Comics #723, Lois has a weird run in with Brainiac-Superman, Superman-Chaz tries to call Lois, and someone ends up dead by the end of the issue.  Then, in Superman: The Man of Steel #58 (which Mike calls #28 for some reason) Brainiac-Superman fights with Supergirl but then convinces her that everything is fine and she leaves as Superman-Chaz escapes the asylum and makes his way into Metropolis only to find everyone under Brainiac’s control.  Finally, the boys answer the question, Hey, Wha’ Happened? (or as they call it this time, Hey, You Okay Gracie?) with Superboy #29, Steel #28, the Superman related story in Showcase ’96 #6 and Adventures of Superman Annual #8.

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

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The From Crisis to Crisis theme is by Lucian Desar.

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Next Time: Mike and Jeff dive into the August 1996 cover dated books with Superman #114 and Adventures of Superman #537.

One thought on “FCTC EPISODE 252: JULY 1996 PART 2”

  1. Dear Jeffrey and Michael,

    I just wanted to say yet another, “Thank you” for continuing to provide FCTC. I still look forward to each episode. I left something in the tip jar. I wish it could be more, but with the pesky pandemic, and jobs, and an 8-year old to take care of…it’s been challenging. But, I wanted to contribute *something* for as much as I’ve enjoyed listening to FCTC over the past year.

    I’m just catching up with the last few episodes, so first of all, congratulations on the fun and informative interview with Jon Bogdanove! I always liked Jon’s art on “Man of Steel”, but it went from “like” to “LOVE” with (and this will be no surprise to anyone) the infamous “Man of Steel” #37. That issue made me realize just what an amazing talent Jon is. I finally was able to obtain two of the promotional posters for that issue (so I have both the Batmen side and the Supermen side), and I just need to find the time to get them framed. I’m so appreciative for all of the quality work Jon did with Superman.

    Second, congratulations on over 250 episodes! That is certainly an achievement, especially when you consider the original 5 year mission…became an extended mission. But hey, look what an extended mission did for the original “Star Trek”! There are those of us who are very glad that (even though there have been some sabbaticals over the years) you are both continuing with it!

    Finally, to tie in to the comment above, congratulations on making it to over “The Halfway Point”! Just 10 more years to go! In my personal opinion, you likely have just *three years left of comics* to review for this version of Superman, as the post-Crisis version of Superman that I feel would be at the heart of your show would be the Byrne-created, Carlin-curated version. The demarcation line on that version, at least for me, is “Superman” # 151, when the new editor (who’s name I will never utter again) takes over. Although that won’t stop me from enjoying all the thoughts and input you will both have on 1999 to 2006!

    I’ll end with a very important question – as we are approaching the “Electric Blue” era, will you have a special roundtable discussion for FCTC on “Superman” #123 that will at least have input from The Irredeemable Shag? I recall that this was the era that brought Shag back to the Superman titles. Maybe it will be roundtable with *just* Shag all by himself…? Hopefully you can pry him away from his “Red Bee” fan fic that he is working on to participate 🙂

    You are both doing the Great Rao’s work – long may it continue!

    Thank you both,

    Zane Johnson

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