Episode 19: February 1988

Welcome to the nineteenth 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.

Part index. Part commentary. Part history lesson. All podcast.

This week Jeffrey and Michael…well, normally this is where Michael would normally write something like, “This week Jeffrey and Michael conclude their look at the issues of Superman that tie into the Millennium event,” but in all honesty only one book really and truly ties into that crossover. At any rate the Superman books with the cover date February 1988 are covered this week, which included Superman #14 (a team-up with Green Lantern), Adventures of Superman #437 (Jose’s finest hour) and Action Comics #597 (Pa Kent proves that he can’t think on the fly).

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  1. Although Millennium was largely over for the Super-titles by the time this month’s issues hit, I found the crossover more disruptive here than in last month’s stories. The tale in Superman #14, though a bit of fun, was probably unnecessary and sometimes outright silly — and I say so despite being a fan of Hal Jordan for nearly as long as I’ve been a Super-fan. Yes, Millennium should probably have remained a Green Lantern Corps storyline (rather than a DC Universe event), but it wasn’t Millennium that kept Superman #14 from clicking, I think. Indeed, last month’s issues worked quite well within the context of the second post-Crisis-1985 crossover. Despite Pa’s boneheadedness (ugh!), I’d say I prefer Action #597’s Silver Age qualities over Superman #14’s relative pointlessness.

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