Archive for October, 2015

October 28th, 2015  Posted at   Superman & Batman

Superman & Batman Special PresentationWelcome to a special presentation 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

BELIEVE A GIRL CAN FLY: A ‘SUPERGIRL’ PILOT ROUNDTABLE

“Supergirl,” Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”

GUEST HOSTS: Michael Bailey, of Views From the Longbox; Bob Fisher, of Superman Forever Radio; Chris and Cindy Franklin, of Super Mates; and Alan Middleton and Emily Middleton, of the Relatively Geeky Network!

ORIGINAL BROADCAST: Oct. 26, 2015, on CBS

WHAT TO EXPECT: Supergirl hits the live-action small-screen in her own show for the first time!

ALSO FEATURING: James “The Grown Man” Olsen, Cat “The McBeal Wears Prada” Grant and Win “Not Toyman” Schott!

PLUS: A look ahead!

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October 26th, 2015  Posted at   Supergirl Mondays

Supergirl MondaysAs Supergirl takes flight in her newest incarnation in the form of her first live-action television show, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back at an era for the character that is not only one of the most divisive, but also likely will be, in time, one of the most historically ignored: the post-Crisis Supergirl.

Coming into comics with the death of Superman, “Funeral For a Friend” and “Reign of the Supermen,” the post-Crisis incarnation of Supergirl also is one that cemented a love of the character that, for me, is nearly as strong as my love for Superman. And while there are podcasts, blogs and Tumblrs, centered on this era of Superman comics, none have done so with a specific focus on Supergirl’s story.

So to that end, we begin Supergirl Mondays, a weekly issue-by-issue retrospective of the Maid of Might’s story in the post-Crisis universe. Each Monday, before the airing of “Supergirl” on CBS, take a look back at the the earliest days of the incredible, winding and, yes, at times, somewhat confusing journey of the all-new, all-different Supergirl.

But first, a little history

While DC Comics’ copyrighting of the Supergirl name goes back to 1944, and a few of female characters calling themselves Supergirl (or even Superwoman) appeared throughout the next 15 years, the most well-known version of the character, Kara Zor-El, Superman’s Kryptonian cousin, debuted in ACTION COMICS #252 (cover date May 1959) in “The Supergirl From Krypton,” which was written by Otto Binder and illustrated by Al Plastino.

The character was an immediate success and went on to fill the back-up slot in that book for more than a decade. She then moved over to headline DC’s long-running ADVENTURE COMICS in 1969, where she stayed until getting her own self-titled, although short-lived, book in 1972. As comics moved into the Bronze Age, Supergirl shifted into a recurring spot in the then-new SUPERMAN FAMILY, her guest appearances in Superman-related stories increased exponentially, and she was given her own self-titled book in 1982.

Unfortunately, despite also starring in her own big-screen movie in 1984 (a move spurred on by the success of the Christopher Reeve series of Superman films), the character’s fate was sealed with DC’s landmark CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS in 1985 when DC editorial chose to kill the character in an iconic moment for the series and DC history. In the wake of that series, Superman’s history was rewritten, and Kara Zor-El no longer existed as DC sought to return Superman to being the sole survivor of Krypton.

But, despite the new editorial direction, the disappearance of Kara Zor-El didn’t mean Supergirl was gone forever.

The beginning

Superman (Vol. 2) #16

Issue: SUPERMAN (Vol. 2) #16
Cover date: April 1988
Cover price: 75 cents ($1 Can./40p U.K.)
Cover by John Byrne
Story: “He Only Laughs When I Hurt!”

Credits

Story and pencils by John Byrne
Inking by Karl Kesel
Coloring by Tom Ziuko
Lettering by John Costanza
Editing by Michael Carlin
Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster

Overview

After the main story details Superman’s inaugural run-in with Oswald Loomis, a.k.a. the Prankster, an epilogue takes us to later that night in Antarctica where heat sensors alert a group of U.S. Navy scientists of something buried within the ice. Investigating further, the men are stunned by what they find.

Superman #16, Page 22 final panel

Thoughts

I can only imagine what readers of the time — especially those who had been reading the books since before the reboot and, perhaps, still were mourning the loss of a much-beloved character — thought of this shocking end.

Is this Kara Zor-El returned somehow? A new character? A hoax? A dream? An imaginary story?

Adding to the mystery is Byrne’s redesign of the costume, which with exceptions of the lack of a headband and touch of red on her shoulders — and the hardly noticeable red piping on the top of her boots rather than yellow, is essentially the same as the final costume worn by Kara.

It’s an interesting way to begin the story of a new Supergirl, that much is sure.

Next time on Supergirl Monday: The mystery deepens.

October 22nd, 2015  Posted at   Parallel Lines: The DC Comics Tangent Universe Podcast
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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.

Farwell for now

“… feedback and farewell …”

After 30-plus episodes and more than a year and a half of documenting the Tangent Universe, the guys have reached the end of their mission. In this episode, Shawn and Michael clean out the mailbag, offer their final thoughts on the Tangent Universe, offer their thanks and bid goodbye. It’s been a great ride, everyone. Thank you for the support!

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NEXT TIME: That, friends, is in DC’s hands …

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!

October 8th, 2015  Posted at   Parallel Lines: The DC Comics Tangent Universe Podcast

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.

Dan Jurgens: Tangent Universe

“… the one and only Mr. Dan Jurgens.”

He’s the “father” of the Tangent Universe and a comics legend. And now, he’s this podcast’s very special guest. This episode, Shawn and Michael are joined by writer and artist Dan Jurgens for an in-depth chat about the Tangent Comics project he spearheaded in 1997, the sequel in 1998, the Superman’s Reign maxiseries from 2008 and more. Many thanks to Mr. Jurgens for taking time for the show!

DOWNLOAD THE EPISODE directly, or subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed using the links below!

NEXT TIME: Feedback and farewell!

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!

October 6th, 2015  Posted at   Superman & Batman

Superman & BatmanWelcome to episode 36 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

“The Alien Who Doomed Robin”

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION: World’s Finest Comics #110 (cover date June 1960)

WHAT TO EXPECT: Superman and Batman not-fighting to fight for Robin’s life!

ALSO FEATURING: Robin, a goofy looking alien and proof that Gotham City has way to many chemical factories.

PLUS: A look at the book’s other content and what else was on the stands!

DOWNLOAD: Directly or via iTunes

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Subscribe to the show via iTunes or the RSS Feed! Got questions or comments? Additions or corrections? How about a story suggestion? Drop a line! Share your thoughts on the episode and the issue. Seriously, I want to hear from listeners. You also can connect with show on Facebook and Twitter to send feedback and get show updates!

Superman & Batman is a proud member of the Superman Podcast Network. And don’t forget to visit the Superman Homepage!