Posts Tagged ‘Mark Waid’

December 28th, 2015  Posted at   Supergirl Mondays

Supergirl MondaysSupergirl Mondays is a weekly celebration of the Girl of Steel, who has graced the pages of DC Comics in a variety of forms for more than five decades.

This feature’s primary focus is to take an issue-by-issue look back at Supergirl’s adventures in the post-Crisis universe. From an artificial being on a mission to save her home world, to an Earth-born angel on a mission to save her soul, each Monday, before the airing of “Supergirl” on CBS, reflect on the earliest days of the incredible and winding journey of a frequently divisive, sometimes confusing, but always entertaining era for the Maid of Might.


With “The Supergirl Saga” concluded, the new Supergirl falls away from the comics page for a few months before moving on to the next chapter of her story. To that end, we use this brief pause to look for an interlude of our own, beginning this week with a look at two minor Supergirl-related “appearances” of note.

In this issue

Who's Who Update '88 #4
Who's Who Update '88 #4 (full wrap-around cover)

Issue: WHO’S WHO UPDATE ’88 #4
Cover date: November 1988
Cover price: $1.25 ($1.75 Can./60p U.K.)
Cover by Ty Templeton
Story: Appendix entry

Credits

Mark Waid, editor
Robert Greenberger, consulting editor, contributing writer
Peter Sanderson, researcher, contributing writer
Productionaires, production

Overview

Supergirl Who's Who entry

Thoughts

“The Supergirl Saga” comes to an end just in time for the titular character to get an entry in the appendix of the final issue of the second Who’s Who Update series. Wedged between appendix entries for Slipknot and the Thinker, a pair of Firestorm villains so lame (#sorryshag) they merited mention here only after being used as cannon fodder in SUICIDE SQUAD, Supergirl’s entry gives a succinct overview of the origin information presented in “The Supergirl Saga.”

Like with most WHO’S WHO entries, it provides no new information or any hints about what lies ahead for the character, but does serve well to document her existence at this time in DC Comics history for posterity.

In this issue

Adventures of Superman #446

Issue: ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #446
Cover date: November 1988
Cover price: 75 cents ($1 Can./50p U.K.)
Cover by Jerry Ordway
Story: “First Steps”

Credits

Writer/penciller: Jerry Ordway
Inker: Dennis Janke
Colorist: Petra Scotese
Letterer: Albert DeGuzman
Assistant editor: Renée Witterstaetter
Editor: Mike Carlin
Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster

Overview

The ghost of Zod!

Thoughts

Supergirl’s sole appearance in the three months after the end of “The Supergirl Saga” is this one. A one-panel (splash page) appearance amid a dream sequence as Superman is haunted by the deaths of the Phantom Zone criminals. While at first glance hardly worth a mention, I think this “appearance” is important if for no other reason than it shows she is still forefront on the minds of Superman and the creators now steering the books in the wake of John Byrne’s departure, particularly Jerry Ordway, who along with Roger Sterm, will be the primary guiding hand for the character for the next year.

Next time on Supergirl Monday: Fans react to “The Supergirl Saga”!

April 15th, 2014  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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BATMAN

“… My Beginning … and My Probable End.”
and “The Man Who Falls”
and “Batman Dies at Dawn”

GUEST HOSTS: Tom Panarese, of Taking Flight: A Robin & Nightwing Podcast; Michael Kaiser, formerly of Legends of the Batman; and Donovan Grant, of Next Dimension: A Dragonball Z Podcast and The Batman Universe!

ORIGINAL PUBLICATIONS: (see below)

WHAT TO EXPECT: Batman’s life in a selection of fans’ all-time favorite Batman stories illustrating why the character still resonates after 75 years!

ALSO FEATURING: Batman lauded and celebrated by longtime fans!

PLUS: Vignettes where Michael offers his thoughts on various facets of the Dark Knight’s mythology!

Bonus feature

“… My Beginning … and My Probable End.,” originally published in DETECTIVE COMICS #574 (cover date May 1987), has been reprinted in Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told, Vol. 1 trade paperback and Legends of the Dark Knight: Alan Davis hardcover.

“The Man Who Falls,” originally published in SECRET ORIGINS OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST SUPER-HEROES trade paperback (cover date 1990), has been reprinted in Batman Begins: The Movie & Other Tales of the Dark Knight trade paperback and Batman: Secrets of the Batcave trade paperback.

“Batman Dies at Dawn,” originally published in BATMAN #674 (cover date April 2008), has been reprinted in Batman: The Black Glove hardcover, trade paperback and Deluxe Edition hardcover.

DOWNLOAD: Directly or via iTunes

Fine print

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

September 29th, 2013  Posted at   Super-Random Super-Panel

Super-Random Super-Panel #148 (Steel Edition #17)

January 30th, 2013  Posted at   Super-Random Super-Panel

Super-Random Super-Panel #79 (Steel Edition #9)

July 29th, 2012  Posted at   Super-Random Super-Panel