May 22nd, 2015  Posted at   Superman & Batman

Superman & BatmanWelcome to episode 32 of SUPERMAN & BATMAN, featuring your two favorite heroes in one podcast together!

The show’s premise is simple: Each episode, host Michael Bradley celebrates seven decades of the World’s Finest heroes by looking at stories featuring the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight, chosen at random mostly from the pages of World’s Finest Comics.

This episode

“Buried Alive!”

SPECIAL CONWAY’S CORNER CROSSOVER EDITION!

GUEST HOST: Aaron “Head” Moss of the Task Force X and Head Speaks podcasts!

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION: WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #269 (cover date July 1981)

WHAT TO EXPECT: Superman and Batman written by Gerry Conway!

ALSO FEATURING: Gerry Conway, Gerry Conway and, just possibly, Gerry Conway!

PLUS: A show of appreciation for Gerry Conway and the creators who gave us so much joy, plus a look at the book’s other content — including a bonus review of the Red Tornado feature!

DOWNLOAD: Directly or via iTunes

Conway’s Corner Crossover

Be sure to check out all the other shows involved in the Conway’s Corner Crossover, celebrating the works of Gerry Conway!

– The Fire and Water Podcast, Episode 125: An interview with Gerry Conway himself! (And don’t miss Conway’s own blog!)
– Flowers & Fishnets, Episode 11: Reviewing the Green Arrow and Black Canary stories from WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #245!
– Super Mates, Episode 31: Examining tales from SUPERMAN FAMILY #186 and 187, featuring Lois Lane and the Supermans of Earth-1 and Earth-2!
– Mythmaking ETC’s From Kid to Flash, Episode 18: A look at SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER-VILLAINS #8 and 9!
– The Hammer Strikes, Episode 12: Reviewing THE MIGHTY THOR #224!
– Quarter-Bin Podcast, Episode 52: A double dose of Conway with JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #188!
– Between the Pages, blog post: The sweet superhero stories of Gerry Conway!
– The Lanterncast, Episode 200: Featuring reviews of BRAVE AND THE BOLD #174 and SUPER TEAM FAMILY #12!
– King-Size Comics Giant-Size Fun, Episode 22: A discussion of DC SPECIAL SERIES #1!
– The Vault of Startling Monster Horror Tales of Terror, Episode 48: Covering TOMB OF DRACULA!
– Pop Culture Affidavit Presents: 80 Years of DC Comics, Episode 6: Looking at CINDER AND ASHE!
– Back to the Bins, Unnumbered Episode: Looking at AMAZING ADVENTURES #11 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #129!
– Head Speaks, Episode 11, Covering FIRESTORM #1 and #2!
– Comic Book Time Machine, Episode 49: They heard you like crossovers, so they put a crossover in your crossover so you can crossover while you crossover with SUPERMAN VS. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN!
– And more to come!

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Welcome to the world of Tangent Comics — where you only know the names. Parallel Lines: A DC Comics Tangent Universe Podcast is a bi-weekly, issue-by-issue exploration of DC Comics’ Tangent Universe events, hosted by Shawn Engel and Michael Bradley.

Cover to TANGENT: SUPERMAN'S REIGN #3

“This is gonna get ugly.”

Heroes of the DCU come face-to-face with a less-savory side of the Tangent Universe as the guys look at SUPERMAN’S REIGN #2. And if that weren’t enough, things really heat up when the Superman makes his presence known. Plus, a backup continues the history of the Tangent Universe as we get our first look at what happened after the second wave’s conclusion!

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NEXT TIME: Out of the frying pan and into the fire with SUPERMAN’S REIGN #4!

Parallel Lines: The DC Comics Tangent Universe PodcastNever miss an episode: Subscribe via iTunes or the RSS Feed! All feedback is warmly welcomed. Send your thoughts to tangent(at)greatkrypton.com! Share your thoughts on the episode and the stories discussed. Seriously, we want to hear from listeners. You also can connect with us on Facebook to leave feedback and get show-related updates and content!

Welcome to the world of Tangent Comics — where you only know the names. Parallel Lines: A DC Comics Tangent Universe Podcast is a bi-weekly, issue-by-issue exploration of DC Comics’ Tangent Universe events, hosted by Shawn Engel and Michael Bradley.

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“… They come for me again. And they are not alone.”

The Flashes and Green Lanterns of two worlds meet for the first time as questions are answered and more mysteries surface as “Superman’s Reign” continues. Meanwhile, the fate of the Tangent Joker is revealed, and the Tangent Superman learns people are gunning for hi dictatorial head — again. Uh oh. Plus, a special backup continues the history of the Tangent Universe!

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NEXT TIME: Heroes of the DCU come face-to-face with The Superman!

Parallel Lines: The DC Comics Tangent Universe PodcastNever miss an episode: Subscribe via iTunes or the RSS Feed! All feedback is warmly welcomed. Send your thoughts to tangent(at)greatkrypton.com! Share your thoughts on the episode and the stories discussed. Seriously, we want to hear from listeners. You also can connect with us on Facebook to leave feedback and get show-related updates and content!

May 1st, 2015  Posted at   Special Reports

A comment on a recent episode of Wahoo! A Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos Podcast got me thinking about Nazis.

On Wahoo!, hosts Brian and Dion discuss Sgt. Fury stories taking place during World War II, but published in the 1960s, long after the end of the war. But comics had been popular for decades before then, with Superman’s debut, generally considered the beginning of the comics industry as we know it today, coming in 1938.

So as the war in Europe began heating up, what was comic books’ response? Judging by the covers, DC Comics and Marvel Comics took very different approaches to the war.

Marvel came out swinging as early as MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #4 (cover date February 1940), which featured one of their top heroes at the time, the Sub-Mariner, plowing through a trio of Nazi seamen.

Marvel Mystery Comics #4

The Submariner and Marvel’s other headlining hero, the Human Torch, continued to occasionally chop down Nazi forces on covers every few months for the next year. Then in 1941, Marvel debuted their big gun as Captain America hit the scene like a sock to Hitler’s jaw — literally (or at least visually!) on the cover to CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1 (cover date March 1941).

Captain America Comics #1

And with the Star-Spangled Avenger leading the way, the proverbial floodgates were opened. Until the end of the war, to not see one of Marvel’s super-heroes taking on Nazi, SS or Axis troops on a cover seems to be the rarity.

But over at DC Comics, it was a very different story.

There certainly was no shortage of pro-America covers and those promoting the purchase of war bonds and stamps. A smattering of books even featured Superman or other heroes fighting back generic and non-descript armies. But it wasn’t until more than a year after the bombing of Pearl Harbor that the specific enemy in that war was shown with ACTION COMICS #58 (cover date March 1943) and the infamous and unfortunate “slap a Jap” cover.

Action Comics #58

The next month, things spread a bit farther across the line with four covers (WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #9, STAR SPANGLED COMICS #19, BOY COMMANDOS #2 AND ACTION COMICS #59) directly addressing the Axis threat.

But afterward, things again quieted down. Through Japan’s formal surrender in the fall of 1945, covers occasionally addressed the war effort, encouraged purchasing war bonds and even featured heroes taking on Axis forces. But, such covers were mainly found on issues of titles featuring Superman (SUPERMAN and ACTION COMICS) or Jack Kirby and Joe Simon’s Commandos (STAR SPANGLED COMICS and their own self-titled book).

And such covers never came with the frequency or gusto of Marvel. The majority of DC’s war-themed covered focused on supporting the troops and being pro-America, rather than taking down the Nazis and other Axis members.

And that’s not to say there’s anything wrong with either approach, and an in-depth look at the insides of books from both companies might tell yet two more stories. But I find the difference on their covers, at the very least, interesting. And I’m curious why such a difference exists, though we will likely never know.

But if you were a member of the Axis, would you want this coming at you?

Superman #23

Me, neither.

(Special thanks to Mike’s Amazing World for help with this post.)

Welcome to the world of Tangent Comics — where you only know the names. Parallel Lines: A DC Comics Tangent Universe Podcast is a bi-weekly, issue-by-issue exploration of DC Comics’ Tangent Universe events, hosted by Shawn Engel and Michael Bradley.

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“Ten years. I guess the joke was on me.”

The crossover 10 years — or at least 19 bi-weekly episodes — in the making is here! A return to the Tangent Universe finds a much darker world, and if that wasn’t enough, two of the DC Universe’s finest get stranded smack in the middle of it all. Plus, in a backup, the history of the Tangent Universe gets put under the microscope!

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NEXT TIME: Questions are answered and more mysteries arise!

Parallel Lines: The DC Comics Tangent Universe PodcastNever miss an episode: Subscribe via iTunes or the RSS Feed! All feedback is warmly welcomed. Send your thoughts to tangent(at)greatkrypton.com! Share your thoughts on the episode and the stories discussed. Seriously, we want to hear from listeners. You also can connect with us on Facebook to leave feedback and get show-related updates and content!