THE SUPERMAN AND LOIS TAPES SEASON 3 EPISODE 5 – ALL HAIL THE CUSH!

Episode 5 – All Hail The Cush!

The Crew is back with another exciting episode where Bethany, Benji, and Michael break down another episode of Superman and Lois! This time they are discussing the fifth episode from Season 3, which was titled Head On. Lois is getting chemo, but that’s not going to stop her from snooping around. Also, Sarah helps out an old friend and we find out the awesome nickname that Kyle has for himself as he helps to chaperone the school dance! Plus, while there is no Professor Bailey’s Superman 101 for this episode, the Crew still goes through who has the Most Punchable Face and Who is the Most Aesthectically Pleasing!

Michael is writing the reviews for Superman and Lois over on The Superman Homepage.  Check out his review for Head On by clicking here.

Finally, go and check out Benji’s podcasting efforts over on The GeekCast Radio Network!  They co-hosted So You Wanna Be A Hawkeye series and you can find the first epiosde of that by clicking here.

The Superman and Lois Tapes can be found on both Apple Podcasts and Spotify. The show can be reached by email at thesupermanandloistapes@gmail.com.  You can also leave comments here or over at the Facebook page for the show, which you can get to by clicking this link.

The main theme for the show is “Heroes” by the awesome Mike Schmidt.  You can find his work over at Speed Force Music.

Next Time: The Crew will be back to talk about the sixth, seventh, and eighth episodes of Superman and Lois Season Three!

A KRYPTONIAN ONION ON MY BELT INSTALLMENT 1 – ZERO HOUR IN 1994

Installment One: Zero Hour in 1994

(Welcome to the first installment of A Kryptonian Onion On My Belt, an irregular feature here at the Fortress where I ramble on about something to do with Superman, however tangential.)

Earlier today I was scrolling through the various social media apps and came across an article from ComicBook.Com about the upcoming Zero Hour 30th Anniversary Special and, I’m not going to lie, I got excited.

Like really excited.

Zero Hour: Crisis in Time, for those of you who haven’t read it or just forgot, was a five-issue event that was published on a weekly basis through the month of July and into the first week of August in 1994. It was an event with a purpose. The Post Crisis on Infinite Earths era of DC was becoming muddled, at least as far as the continuity of the universe was concerned. Certain characters were getting revamped, and those revamps started playing havoc with the other titles.  The biggest “offender” was Hawkman. Initially Hawkman was relatively untouched by the Post Crisis makeovers, but in June of 1989 DC put out the first issue of a three issue prestige series called Hawkworld. Written and drawn by Tim Truman, Hawkworld did an overall on Katar Hol, the second version of Hawkman that first appeared in Brave and the Bold #34 (Feb/Mar 1961). Because of the changes to Katar’s history, most of his Post Crisis appearances were suddenly filed under, “That Didn’t Happen.”

This had an impact on Action Comics #650, published in January of 1990, and became one of many issues writer/artist Dan Jurgens had with DC’s continuity. He told Wizard: The Guide to Comics in 1994, “Continuity wise Hawkman was probably the straw that broke the camel’s back. When we did Action Comics #650…we wanted a flashback sequence to Superman #18…when Hawkman took Superman to what was left of Krypton. And the Hawkman editor at the time said, ‘No, you can’t do that. Hawkman and Superman have never met.’ Huh? A year and a half into the new Superman and you’re re-writing Superman’s continuity already? You can’t do that—that’s screwing the fans. That’s really what happened—all these changes ended up screwing the fans.” He went on to say, “I don’t think fans should have to have a clear-cut understanding of what happened in a 1965 DC comic book, but, by God, if you’r reading a character we restarted a year and a half ago and you’re already being told a story didn’t happen, you’re getting the shaft! That’s irresponsible of the publisher.

You have to admire Dan’s commitment to the readers. Some creators would have probably just rolled with the punches and found a work around, but Dan wanted to play fair with the people buying and reading the comics. This led Dan, along with editor K.C. Carlson, to pitch the idea of Zero Hour, which was a way of reestablishing the relationship between the characters and where they stand. Dan also wanted to give the DCU a fresh kick off, which would come in the form of a Zero Month.  During Zero Month, all participating books would put out a zero issue that would either introduce the character (if they were new) or reintroduce the character (if they needed it).

DC pulled out all the stops when it came to this event. The promotional materials were top tier, and they even produced a video that was sent to shops that had the various editors explaining what Zero Hour and Zero Month was and what they can expect from the various characters. This video was hosted by someone dressed as Parallax and…you know what…just watch it for yourself. It’s pretty awesome.

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IT ALL COMES BACK TO SUPERMAN PRESENTS…REUSE, RECYCLE, RE-RELEASE EPISODE 1 – 7 WAYS MIKE DEFENDS OF SUPERMAN

Episode 1 – 7 Ways Mike Defends Superman (Originally Presented on Views From The Longbox

Welcome to the first episode of It All Comes Back to Superman Presents…Reuse, Recycle, Re-Release, a sub-series of It All Comes Back to Superman Series II where I will occasionally re-present an episode of one of my other shows (either the first iteration of It All Comes Back to Superman or one of the Superman centric episode of Views From The Longbox) and represent them here for…no real reason other than it sounded like a good idea to get all of my non-From Crisis to Crisis Superman podcasting in one place…eventually. These episodes are presented in their entirety with original opening and closing themes, ads, commentary that may not mean anything anymore, and humor that may not have aged well.

For this first episode I’m going back to Views From The Longbox Episode 15, originally released on January 1, 2013. That episode kicked off my Superman at 75: The Celebration of a Legend series that was centered on celebrating Superman’s…75th birthday. It’s right there in the title. In the first installment, titled 7 Ways Mike Defends Superman, I recorded an hour long reply to a cracked article titled 7 Ways Batman is Objectively Better Than Superman. That article got under my skin a little over a decade ago and I felt that I needed to respond.

Did I really need to do that? Not really, but it made for a solid way to beging a podcast series.

Feedback for It All Comes Back To Superman Series Presents…Reuse, Recycle, Re-Release can be sent to itallcomesbacktosuperman@gmail.com. You can subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes or stream it through Spotify and AudibleThe Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network is on Patreon. It’s mostly a tip jar as I have no time at the moment to produce exlcusive content, but if you like the content I do produce please consider contributing a dollar a month.

The closing theme to the show is titled Journey and was composed by Pontus Rufelt. It is licensed from Shockwave-Sound.

Next Episode – The first part of a two part episode where Andrew Leyland and I discuss Superman’s Silver and Bronze Age origins that was part of Superman at 75: The Celebration of a Legend.

CHANGES TO FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS

Hey, everyone. Michael here with some updates on From Crisis to Crisis, because some things have changed and I wanted to break those changes down for you even though if you do listen to the show you’ll be hearing about this for a number of upcoming episodes.

Last year I made the decision to start transferring all of my shows from the previous way I distributed my podcasts to Libsyn. The reason for this is simple…the old way wasn’t working anymore. From 2008 until last year I put out my shows in the most spit and bailing wire method possible. I copy and pasted/typed the HTML file for the RSS feed and would upload that to the server I rent space from after I would upload the sound file. This worked out just fine and dandy, dandy and fine for well over a decade but starting in 2022 and continuing into 2023 it started taking days, sometimes weeks, sometimes months for the episode to show up in Apple Podcasts and other pod catching apps. I’m not 100% sure why this happened. I suspect it had something to do with Google doing away with updating Feedburner.

Anyway, I got tired of the delays so I started the whole moving to Libsyn thing. Overlooked Dark Knight went first. Then It All Comes Back To Superman. Then I started to move FCTC, but instead of just starting fresh like the other two shows I tried moving the entire feed and it…didn’t work out. I suspect the problem was due to the backwards way I used to do my shows. So, I backed out of that and started a new feed, but in the process of that I nuked the old FCTC feed.

It was a whole thing.

I was able to create a new feed, which was the easiest thing to do with all of this. So that took care of that.

Which brings us to today. For the moment and for the foreseeable future this is how From Crisis to Crisis is going to work.

There will be two feeds.

Feed #1 – From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman Podcast – The Classic Feed will have all of the episodes of the show up to 272. The 1997 cover dated books are the cut off there. I don’t see that feed going away anytime soon, so if you want to listen to old episodes that feed will be there. I would like to eventually create a new feed over on Libsyn but that’s when things are a little more stable.

Feed #2 – From Crisis to Crisis: The Married Years – A Superman & Lois Podcast will have it’s own feed that starts with episode 263 (the beginning of our Final Night coverage) and will be the home for the show going forward. I toyed with the idea of starting the numbering over, but Jeff didn’t like that idea and we feel like it’s kind of like Superman becoming Adventures of Superman.

And that’s pretty much it. The show is not going anywhere. Jeff and I are both very excited getting to the Electric Blue era and while the five year mission is decidedly not a five year mission anymore we’re committed to getting to the end of this journey.

Two more things…with new feeds that means that Apple Podcast reviews are needed. It pushes the shows up the chain and gives them more visibility. So, if you could leave reviews at each of the feeds I would appreciate it.

I will also mention that the Fortress has a Patreon, so if you want to and, more importantly, can afford it, please consider giving $1 a month. That will definitely help offset the cost of the new podcasting feeds. Eventually I want to start doing Patreon exlusive things again, but for the moment I can’t, so all I’m asking for is $1. If you don’t want to or can’t, no hard feelings. There is absolutely no pressure here.

Take care, everyone. And thanks for the years of support! We really appreciate it.

IT ALL COMES BACK TO SUPERMAN SERIES TWO EPISODE 2: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SUPERMAN! PART 2 – ANNIVERSARIES PAST & PRESENT

Episode 2: Happy Birthday, Superman! Part 2 – Anniversaries Past & Present

Welcome to the second episode of It All Comes Back to Superman Series Two, the pretty much the same, not really all that new reaffirmation of my Kryptonian faith. I am your host, Michael Bailey, and this time out I am finishing my two part series celebrating Superman’s 85th anniversary because…I really want to.

It’s just that simple.

In this installment I look at how Superman’s birthday has been celebrated over the decades and how big and small those celebrations have been. The bulk of this section is spent on the 50th anniversary, but that’s because his 50th was probably the biggest birthday the character has had judging by the sheer amount of…stuff that happened in and around 1988. I also talk about the barebones celebration from 1968, the almost non-existant celebration from 1998 and how the anniversaries ramped up for 2013 and 2018. After that I talk about the Superman comics and television series that came out in 2023 and what I thought of them.

(Note, during the first segment I state that the Lex Luthor and Brainiac makeovers went down in Action Comics #543. This is wrong. It was Action Comics #544. I totally kept blowing that one over and over again. My bad.)

Here are the covers to some of the anniversary issues I talked about during the course of this episode.

Here are the pictures that were sent to me by my buddy Alan of the Smithsonian American History Museum exibition Superman: Many Lives, Many Worlds.

Here are some more bits of business from Smithsonian exhbition plus something from the Cleveland Expo as well.

And here are the covers to Time Magazine and Radio Times that marked the 50th anniversary.

Feedback for It All Comes Back To Superman Series Two can be sent to itallcomesbacktosuperman@gmail.com. You can subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes or stream it through Spotify and AudibleThe Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network is on Patreon. It’s mostly a tip jar as I have no time at the moment to produce exlcusive content, but if you like the content I do produce please consider contributing a dollar a month.

The opening and closing theme to the show is titled Journey and was composed by Pontus Rufelt. It is licensed from Shockwave-Sound.

Next Time: Taking a short break for personal reasons but new episodes will return (hopefully) in mid-2024!

THE OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 81 – HAPPY CHRISTMAS 2023

Episode 81 – Happy Christmas 2023

Welcome back to The Overlooked Dark Knight, the podcast that shines a light on Batman stories hardly anyone talks about!

It’s Christmas time, so Andy and Mike thought it would be fun to look at not one but two Yuletide themed Batman stories. Or, at the very least, two stories that take place at Christmas. First up is Brave and the Bold #184, where the Huntress of Earth-2 crosses over to Earth-1 to spend the holidays with her Uncle Bruce and ends up helping Bruce through a crisis of faith when it comes to light that Thomas Wayne might have been a criminal!

Spoiler warning…he wasn’t.

Then they look at a story from DC Special Series #21, which featured early Batman work from Frank Miller. Batman is investigating some criminal activity and ends up having to save an ex-con who has had a change of heart because of his job as a department store Santa. There’s also something about a star that was a running theme through that special. Mike also nearly ends the show when Andy makes a comment about All-Star Batman and Robin.

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

Andy and Mike want your feedback on this episode so they can read it on an upcoming show!  You even have options in how you leave your feedback.  The most direct way is to leave a comment right here on the site.  You can also send all questions, concerns, fears and trepidations to overlookeddarkknight@gmail.com.  Then there’ the Facebook page, where you can also leave a Batman related question for Andy and Mike to answer at the beginning of the show.  If you talk about this show on the social medias please include a #overlookeddk so the guys know where to find it.

The opening and closing theme for the show the time out was “We Wish you a Merry Christmas” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

Next Time: No clue!

IT ALL COMES BACK TO SUPERMAN SERIES TWO EPISODE 1: HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, SUPERMAN! PART 1 – 45/40/35/30/10

Episode 1: Happy Birthday, Superman! Part One – 45/40/35/30/10

Welcome to the first episode of It All Comes Back to Superman Series Two, the pretty much the same, not really all that new reaffirmation of my Kryptonian faith. I am your host, Michael Bailey, and this time out I am starting a two part series celebrating Superman’s 85th anniversary because…I really want to.

It’s just that simple.

For this first installment I do an off the cuff solo episode where I talk about six of the sub-anniversaries happening during Superman’s 85th. Superman The Movie, Superman III, the Ruby Spear Superman animated series, the live action Superboy series, Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and Man of Steel all have big anniversaries this year and I thought it would be fun to go through them all in one shot instead of devoting specific episodes to them for…reasons. Various reasons. Reasons I go through during the episode itself.

I mentioned during the episode that I had done a commentary for Superman The Movie back in 2013. That was on episode 153 of Views From The Longbox, which I don’t have a handy link to…sadly…because the post with the show notes for that episode no longer exists. Views is readily available on just about all podcatching services, so it should be easy to find.

For those interested, episode 155 of Views was a commentary for Superman II and episode 162 was the commentary for Superman IV that I did with Scott Gardner. Not to be outdone, if you search for episode 135 of the Palace of Glittering Delights where Andy Leyland had me on to yak over the “coherence cut” of Superman IV.

Feedback for It All Comes Back To Superman Series Two can be sent to itallcomesbacktosuperman@gmail.com. You can subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes or stream it through Spotify and AudibleThe Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network is on Patreon. It’s mostly a tip jar as I have no time at the moment to produce exlcusive content, but if you like the content I do produce please consider contributing a dollar a month.

The opening and closing theme to the show is titled Journey and was composed by Pontus Rufelt. It is licensed from Shockwave-Sound.

Next Time: The second part of Happy Anniversary, Superman!

THE OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 80 – JOKER: THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE OR THE PEOPLE VS. JACK NAPIER

Episode 80 – The Joker: Devil’s Advocate or The People vs Jack Napier

Welcome back to The Overlooked Dark Knight, the podcast that shines a light on Batman stories hardly anyone talks about!

This time out Andy and Mike take a look at the 1995 graphic novel Joker: The Devil’s Advocate. Written by Chuck Dixon with art by Graham Nolan and Scott Hanna this story explores what happens when the Joker is finally put on trial for his crimes. The problem? Batman doesn’t believe that the Joker is behind the murders he is being tried for. The hook? Batman’s right. The guys talk about the writing, the art, and the deeper ideas explored in this story up to and including captial punishment. After that Andy and Mike go through your feedback from previous episodes!

Below are the cover and select pages from the book discussed during this episode.

Andy and Mike want your feedback on this episode so they can read it on an upcoming show!  You even have options in how you leave your feedback.  The most direct way is to leave a comment right here on the site.  You can also send all questions, concerns, fears and trepidations to overlookeddarkknight@gmail.com.  Then there’ the Facebook page, where you can also leave a Batman related question for Andy and Mike to answer at the beginning of the show.  If you talk about this show on the social medias please include a #overlookeddk so the guys know where to find it.

The opening and closing theme for the show is Superhero Intro by Stringer Bell and taken from the royalty free site Pixma Bay.

Next Time: The guys celebrate Christmas 2023!

THE OVERLOOKE DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 79: PLEASE HAMA DON’T HURT EM

Episode 79: Please Hama, Don’t Hurt Em

Welcome back to The Overlooked Dark Knight, the podcast that shines a light on Batman stories hardly anyone talks about!

In this exciting episode Andy and Mike talk about the very brief seven issue Batman run written by Larry Hama. It was the dawn of a new age in Gotham. No Man’s Land was over, a new century was beginning, and the Batman titles underwent a seismic creative shift with newer writers either taking on over taking over the exploits of the Dark Knight. Novelist Greg Rucka was writing Detective Comics. Devin Grayson, plucked from the cream of the fan fiction crop, took on new title Batman: Gotham Knights. But what about the flagship title Batman? Well, that fell to veteran writer and editor Larry Hama. Best known for his work on G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and Wolverine, Hama jumped over to DC Comics to write one of their best known and most popular characters. It seemed like a good fit. Hama was known for world building and writing action packed stories with clever dialogue.

So why did his run last only seven issues?

Andy and Mike talk about all seven of those issues and try to answer that question by looking at Batman issues 575 to 581. They talk about characters such as Banner and Orca and the themes that Hama seemed to be exploring as well as the style of his writing, which didn’t seem to mesh with the new Batman ethos. They also talk about the art by Scott McDaniel where a rare disagreement between the hosts breaks out in a fierce, no holds barred, two men enter, one man leaves Thunderdome battle.

Actually, it’s a mild disagreement. That’s all.

Below are the covers from the books discussed during this episode.

Andy and Mike want your feedback on this episode so they can read it on an upcoming show!  You even have options in how you leave your feedback.  The most direct way is to leave a comment right here on the site.  You can also send all questions, concerns, fears and trepidations to overlookeddarkknight@gmail.com.  Then there’ the Facebook page, where you can also leave a Batman related question for Andy and Mike to answer at the beginning of the show.  If you talk about this show on the social medias please include a #overlookeddk so the guys know where to find it.

The opening and closing theme for the show is Superhero Intro by Stringer Bell and taken from the royalty free site Pixma Bay.

Next Time: The guys talk about The Joker: Devil’s Advocate!

OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 78 – THE ULTIMATE BAT LIBRARY

Episode 78 – The Ultimate Bat Library

Welcome to the seventy-eighth episode of The Overlooked Dark Knight. The is a non-index index show where the hosts, Andrew Leyland and Michael Bailey, look at Batman comics that rarely, if ever, get talked about.

This time out the guys are taking requests…or at the very least a request…and talking about what books they consider to be part of an essential library of Batman collected editions. What was the criteria that Andy and Mike set up for themselves? What books did they both pick? What are the most obvious choices and which choices are out of left field? Listen and find out already!

No images this time to keep their choices a surprise!

Andy and Mike want your feedback on this episode so they can read it on an upcoming show!  You even have options in how you leave your feedback.  The most direct way is to leave a comment right here on the site.  You can also send all questions, concerns, fears and trepidations to overlookeddarkknight@gmail.com.  Then there’ the Facebook page, where you can also leave a Batman related question for Andy and Mike to answer at the beginning of the show.  If you talk about this show on the social medias please include a #overlookeddk so the guys know where to find it.

If you want to subscribe to the show here’s the RSS Feed and the Apple Podcast link.  If you use iTunes please leave us a review.  Not only will we read that on the air like the other feedback but it really helps the show out.  The show is also available on Audible and Spotify.

The opening and closing theme for the show is Superhero Intro by Stringer Bell and taken from the royalty free site Pixma Bay.

Next Time: Andy and Mike take a look at the original graphic novel The Joker: Devil’s Advocate!