Episode 60: August 1990

Welcome to the sixtieth 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 time out the boys discuss the Superman books that came out with the August 1990 cover date on them. In Superman #46 the Man of Steel teams-up with two heroes from Infinity, Inc. to fight the new Terra-Man. Adventures of Superman #469 begins with a serious public display of affection before two old enemies show up to get revenge on…Clark Kent! Then Soul Search begins in Action Comics #656 with Superman going to…Hades to fight for the souls of Jerry White and Jimmy Olsen. This is all followed by a quick look at Superboy: The Comic Book #7, Elsewhere in the DCU and the Elsewhere, Elsewhere feature.

Quick note; From Crisis to Crisis will be one or two days late next week due to a scheduling conflict. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up on that.

Another quick note: Mike states at one point that the Superboy comic the boys discuss this month is the last one penciled by Jim Mooney. This is not the case. He pencils the next issue as well.

Once again we present scans from the issues we discuss in the episode starting with the page Michael talked about from Superman #46.

Next is the page from Adventures of Superman #469 where Superman sends Dreadnaught on a little trip.

The final two scans are from Action Comics #656.  This first one is the fantastic splash page after Superman is sent to Hell.

And finally Superman calls out Blaze at the end of the issue.

Next week: Superman fights Blaze, the death of a supporting character and the return of a certain toy-centric villain.

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  1. Great episode! However, even though you gushed about Ordway’s art in the Superman issue, which was actually drawn by Jurgens (as mentioned by Jeffery, even though he went along with you on the compliments).

  2. Another episode knocked out of the park! I think every book this month really nailed it. I have a real fondness for westerns so it was interesting to see the big guy take on Terraman. Damn you Mike for piquing my interest with Infinity Inc. another series I should have picked up years ago. Adventures was probably my favorite, with the panel of Superman tagging Dreadnaught. A great piece of art. The awkwardness between Clark, Lois and Lana was priceless. Yeah how are things at the dress shop? gold! Ahh I would like to apply for the co-host position but I am allergic to lead. I didn’t hear anything!I know nothing! I see nothing!

  3. Hi guys,

    Listening to the show right now but I must stop and send this:

    Michael: You MUST read Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (just the first three, the books go very downhill from there) but the original three are required reading!


    Robert Gillis

  4. Michael—

    After listening to the most recent “From Crisis to Crisis” I am concerned that Jeffrey Taylor may have disappeared and I am writing you your alibi – I mean, an explanation of what must have happened.

    Thousands of your listeners heard Jeffrey’s horrible rendition of “Anything you can do I can do better,” the second most hated song in the known galactic multiverse (right after “grandma got run over by a reindeer.” )

    “Anything you can do I can do better,” written by Satan, is played continuously in the eight circle of Hell. Everyone knows this.

    Anyway, there were obviously some sort of audio difficulties with the last podcast. At the end, with Jeffrey singing Anything you can do I can do better,” we listeners could clearly hear you saying, “I can’t TAKE THAT! I can’t TAKE THAT!” as you begged him to stop — but a window must have been open because there was the sound of a car backfiring repeatedly.

    Afterward, you made the comment, I have to get rid of a TODDY (well, that’s what WE heard). Naturally, you would need a drink after that horrific singing experience, and you do advertise that your podcast has a two drink minimum.

    What was weird is that after all that car backfiring Jeffrey got very quiet and said nothing else. I think it’s obvious that he is ashamed of singing that hated song, so that explains perfectly his continued absence. He’s obviously left town, and that is in no way suspicious.

    So there you have it, a perfectly valid, “non-indictable by a grand jury” explanation of what MUST have happened when we heard all that shooting – um, car backfiring.

    Anyway, I’m sure that this being a Superman podcast, Jeffrey will soon return with help from a fortress matrix, the eradicator, and spiritual guidance from the ghost of Pa Kent.

    But if Jeffrey DOES return, he must vow NEVER to sing that song again.

    Robert Gillis

  5. Another bit of trivia I don’t think you guys covered – the colored aliens in the Adventures issue are named for their color separation codes.

    Great episode guys! I laughed outloud several times.

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