Episode 73: June 1991

Welcome to the seventy-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.

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

This week Mike and Jeff take a look at the Superman books with the June 1991 cover date The regular creative teams took a break that month leaving us with a “fill-in” arc called Red Glass and boy is it one acid trip of a story. Over the course of Superman #56, Adventures of Superman#479 and Action Comics #666 Superman finds himself in a world where apparently he killed all of his villains in 1988 and then left Earth. Now he’s back and he can’t seem to help himself from killing everyone from Lois Lane to the Martian Manhunter to the Doom Patrol. What is the secret behind Superman’s breakdown and why do things like Kryptonite and boom boxes keep talking to him? Frankly that description makes the story sound a lot more interesting than it was but the boys cover it anyway.

After that is a brief look at Adventures of Superboy #17, some talk about the episodes of the Adventures of Superboy television series that came out that month plus the usual Elsewhere in the DCU and Elsewhere, Elsewhere features. Finally the boys have a big announcement about a format change coming to From Crisis to Crisis in two weeks.

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