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All-Star Superman (2011)!

All-Star Superman (2011)!

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ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, the animated straight to DVD movie from DC Comics and Warner Premiere, was released on February 22, 2011. Dwayne McDuffie, who wrote the script adaption of Grant Morrison’s and Frank Quitely’s comic book mini-series, unfortunately passed away on the previous day due to some complications from a surgical procedure.

The director was Sam Liu. Some of the major voice cast members were: James Denton as Clark Kent / Superman, Christina Hendricks as Lois Lane, Anthony LaPaglia as Lex Luthor, Ed Asner as Perry White, Matthew Grey Gubler as Jimmy Olsen and Alexis Denisof as Dr. Leo Quintum.

This episode is mostly a spoiler free review of the movie, along with some of my views of its portrayal of the Man of Steel, compared with some other Superman films.

To read my reviews of the original comic book mini-series ALL-STAR SUPERMAN:

EPISODE #11: ALL-STAR SUPERMAN!

ALL-STAR SUPERMAN: THE REVIEW!

Next Episode: MEGACON 2011 PREVIEW!

Drop me a line if you plan to attend MegaCon at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from March 25 – 27, 2011, and I look forward to meeting you there!

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SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is at http://thesupermanfanpodcast.blogspot.com/ . Send e-mail about this podcast to supermanfanpodcast@gmail.com.

The theme of this podcast is PLANS IN MOTION, composed by Kevin MacLeod, and part of the royalty free music library at http://incompetech.com.

MY PULL LIST is my spoiler free comic book review blog of the titles I read every week. It can be found at http://mypulllist.blogspot.com/. Send e-mail about this blog to mypulllist@gmail.com.

Superman and all related characters are trademark and copyright DC Comics. Any art shown on this podcast is for entertainment purposes only, and not for profit.

Thanks for listening to the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST and, as always, thanks to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

Superman 64, February 1992!

Superman 64, February 1992!

 

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For the third annual Superman Christmas episode, the featured story is METROPOLIS MAILBAG, from SUPERMAN 64, February 1992, published on December 17, 1991 (the very day my daughter was born). METROPOLIS MAILBAG (which was also the name of the long running letter column in the SUPERMAN title) was written by Dan Jurgens, drawn by Jackson (now Butch) Guice, lettered by John Costanza and colored by Glenn Whitmore. The assistant editor was Dan Thorsland, and Mike Carlin was the editor. The cover was pencilled by Dan Jurgens and inked by Brett Breeding.

It turns out that Santa Claus isn’t the only one who gets mail from around the world.

Next Episode: SUPERMAN 2010: THE YEAR IN REVIEW!

Coming to the podcast airwaves in January 2011: THE THRILLING ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN podcast, hosted by Michael Bradley, who has written to this podcast. At the end of this episode you can hear a promo for his new podcast. Check it out at http://www.greatkrypton.com/ .

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SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is a proud member of the LEAGUE OF COMIC BOOK PODCASTERS at http://www.comicbooknoise.com/league and the COMICS PODCAST NETWORK! http://www.comicspodcasts.com/, and is now a proud member of the SUPERMAN WEBRING of websites, and is one of the founding members of the SUPERMAN PODCAST NETWORK at http://www.supermanpodcastnetwork.com/ !

SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is at http://thesupermanfanpodcast.blogspot.com/ . Send e-mail about this podcast to supermanfanpodcast@gmail.com.

The theme of this podcast is PLANS IN MOTION, composed by Kevin MacLeod, and part of the royalty free music library at http://incompetech.com.

MY PULL LIST is my spoiler free comic book review blog of the titles I read every week. It can be found at http://mypulllist.blogspot.com/. Send e-mail about this blog to mypulllist@gmail.com.

Superman and all related characters are trademark and copyright DC Comics. Any art shown on this podcast is for entertainment purposes only, and not for profit.

Thanks for listening to the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST and, as always, thanks to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

(Top L to R:) Superman 87, March 1994 & Superman 88, April 1994! (Bottom L to R:) Action Comics 758, October 1999 & The Final Night 1 (of 4), all November 1996!

(Top L to R:) Superman 87, March 1994 & Superman 88, April 1994!
(Bottom L to R:) Action Comics 758, October 1999 & The Final Night 1 (of 4), all November 1996!

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Stuart Immonen has had a long career as a comic book artist and writer. His wife Kathryn also works in the industry as a writer. Stuart studied art at York University in Toronto. His first comic book work was the self published series PLAYGROUND. Stuart began working for DC Comics and Marvel in 1993.

I was first exposed to Stuarts art on the title THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (vol. IV, better known as the “5 Years Later Legion”), beginning with issue 39, January 1993. He stayed on the title through issues 61 and 0 (a ZERO HOUR tie-in) and LEGIONNAIRES 10, January 1994.

Stuart also worked as penciller, and sometimes plotter/writer on the Superman titles:

– SUPERMAN 87 and 88, March and April 1994.

– THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN 520, February 1995 – 550, September 1997.

– Stuart contributed art for SUPERMAN; THE WEDDING ALBUM, December 1996.

– ACTION COMICS 738, October 1997 – 758, October 1999.

He also wrote and pencilled SUPERMAN: END OF THE CENTURY in 2000.

He also did two webcomics: NEVER AS BAD AS YOU THINK and MOVING PICTURES, which took place during WWII and had the Nazi theft of Europe’s art treasures as a backdrop. MOVING PICTURES was published in a softcover by Top Shelf Productions during the summer of 2010.

The Stuart Immonen stories featured on this episode:

– SUPERMAN 87 and 88, parts I and V of the 5 issue BIZARRO’S WORLD storyline that crossed over the Superman titles cover dated March and part of April 1994.

– ACTION COMICS 758, October 1999 (Triangle No. 1999:38)

– FINAL NIGHT, a four part miniseries that crossed over the entire DC Universe. It brought back the classic Legion nemesis Sun Eater to threaten Earth’s Sun. It was published weekly, carrying the cover date of November 1996, and was published in September of that year.

Next Episode: THE SUPERMOBILE!

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SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is at http://thesupermanfanpodcast.blogspot.com/ . Send e-mail about this podcast to supermanfanpodcast@gmail.com.

The theme of this podcast is PLANS IN MOTION, composed by Kevin MacLeod, and part of the royalty free music library at http://incompetech.com.

MY PULL LIST is my spoiler free comic book review blog of the titles I read every week. It can be found at http://mypulllist.blogspot.com/. Send e-mail about this blog to mypulllist@gmail.com.

Superman and all related characters are trademark and copyright DC Comics.

Thanks for listening to the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST and, as always, thanks to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

(Top L to R:) Action Comics 577, March 1986 & Action Comics 579, May 1986! (Bottom L to R:) Action Comics 646, October 1989 & Superman: The Man Of Steel 15, September  1992!

(Top L to R:) Action Comics 577, March 1986 & Action Comics 579, May 1986!
(Bottom L to R:) Action Comics 646, October 1989 & Superman: The Man Of Steel 15, September 1992!

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Before featuring Keith Giffen I mention a few things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday, including my listeners.

Keith Giffen was born on November 30, 1952 in Queens, New York City. He is a comic book artist and writer who has created a wide variety of comic book stories for many publishers. Giffen has worked for independent publishers as well as industry giants DC Comics and Marvel. He is most famous for two separate runs as artist and plotter on LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, and as writer on JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL and JUSTICE LEAGUE EUROPE. Keith Giffen has also created the humorous character Ambush Bug, who is a vehicle for Giffen to satirize the conventions of super hero comic books. In 2010 Giffen wrote the 12 issue mini-series THE AUTHORITY: THE LOST YEARS, as well as the titles BOOSTER GOLD and DOOM PATROL. He has drawn a handful of Superman stories, and his work on the Legion, for whom the Man of Steel served as inspiration, makes him an interesting subject of this episode.

Keith Giffen’s earliest Superman stories:

– DC COMICS PRESENTS #81, May 1985. ALL THIS AND KOBRA TOO! was scripted by Robert Loren Fleming, with Keith Giffen serving as plotter/penciller. Bob Oksner was the inker, the letterer was Bill Pearson, and the colorist was Anthony Tollin.

– DC COMICS PRESENTS #88, December 1985. PROPHECY OF THE DEMON was written by Steve Englehart, pencilled by Keith Giffen, inked by Karl Kessel, lettered by Albert DeGuzman and colored by Gene D’Angelo.

– WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #322, December 1985. THE SEARCH ws written by Dwight John Zimmerman, pencilled by Keith Giffen, inked by Karl Kessel, lettered by Duncan Andrews and colored by Nansi Hoolahan.

The Keith Giffen Superman stories featured in this episode are:

– ACTION COMICS #577, March 1986, published on December 19, 1985. The editor was Julius Schwartz. The cover was pencilled by Keith Giffen and inked by Bob Oksner. CAITIFF: FIRST OF THE VAMPIRES was plotted and pencilled by Keith Giffen and scripted by Robert Loren Fleming. Bob Oksner was the inker, Gene D’Angelo the colorist and Milt Snapinn the letterer.

– ACTION COMICS #579, May 1986, published on February 27, 1986. Julius Schwartz was still the editor, and the issue contained 32 pages for the cover price of 75 cents. The cover was pencilled by Keith Giffen and inked by Karl Kessel. PRISONERS OF TIME was written by Randy and Jean Marc Lofficer, pencilled by Keith Giffen, inked by Kark Kessel, inked by Bob Oksner, lettered by Milton Snapinn and colored by Gene D’Angelo.

– ACTION COMICS #646, October 1989, published on September 5, 1989. The editor was Mike Carlin, and the issue contained 32 pages, still for the cover price of 75 cents. The cover was drawn by George Perez. BURIAL GROUND was scripted by Roger Stern, plotted and pencilled by Keith Giffen, inked by Dennis Janke, lettered by Bill Oakley and colored by Glenn Whitmore.

– SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL #15 (Triangle # 1992: 13) September 1992, was published on July 14, 1992. The issue contained 32 pages for $1.25. The editor was still Mike Carlin, and the cover was pencilled by Jon Bogdanove and inked by Dennis Janke. SANCTUARY was written by Louise Simonson, pencilled by Kerry Gammil (for the Metropolis scenes) and Keith Giffen (for the scenes in Hell). Dennis Janke and Trevor Scott were the inkers, Bill Oakley the letterer and Glenn Whitmore the colorist.

None of these stories had any reprint information available about them.

I would also like to welcome two new podcasts to the Superman Family of Podcasts (there’s no formal organization by that name. I just like to type it like that).

– SUPERMAN IN THE BRONZE AGE, hosted by Charlie Niemeyer, contributor to the SUPERMAN HOMEPAGE website at http://supermanhomepage.com. His weekly podcast reviews the Superman stories edited by Julius Schwartz, who served as Superman editor from 1970 – 1986. His podcast can be found at http://supermaninthebronzeage.com.

– SUPERMAN FOREVER PODCAST, hosted by J. David Weter is a weekly podcast that covers classic and modern Superman in all media, along with the latest Superman news each week. It can be found at http://www.supermanforever.com.

Next Episode: STUART IMMONEN!

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MY PULL LIST is my spoiler free comic book review blog of the titles I read every week. It can be found at http://mypulllist.blogspot.com/. Send e-mail about this blog to mypulllist@gmail.com.

Superman and all related characters are trademark and copyright DC Comics.

Thanks for listening to the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST and, as always, thanks to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

(Top L to R:) Superman 51, The Adventures Of Superman 474 & Action Comics 661, all cover dated January 1991! (Bottom L to R:) Superman 176, The Adventures Of Superman 598, Superman: The Man Of Steel 120 & Action Comics 785, all cover dated January 2002!

(Top L to R:) Superman 51, The Adventures Of Superman 474 & Action Comics 661, all cover dated January 1991!
(Bottom L to R:) Superman 176, The Adventures Of Superman 598, Superman: The Man Of Steel 120 & Action Comics 785, all cover dated January 2002!

Download Episode 153!

Beginning this month in 1990, the Superman titles with the cover date of January 1991 carried an additional number under the masthead. Somewhere on the cover was a small triangle containing the year and another number. This was an aid to comic book readers in an era when the individual Superman titles were part of one overall storyline. A plot begun in SUPERMAN one month would continue in the other Superman titles with the same cover date. The triangle number assisted Superman fans in reading the issues in the correct order. With January of 1992, and each subsequent year, the triangle number would begin with a new number one.

The Superman books cover dated January 1991, with the triangle number of 1991 numbers 1 – 3 were, SUPERMAN 51, THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN 474 and ACTION COMICS 661. The triangle numbering continued through the Superman issues cover dated January 2002, SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL 120, SUPERMAN 176, THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN 598 and ACTION COMICS 785. The Superman titles cover dated February 2002 and afterward would not carry the triangle numbering. They would not return until the recently concluded NEW KRYPTON storyline which involved all of the Superman related titles, with the exception of SUPERMAN / BATMAN, which were published 2009 – 2010.

This episode also highlights some, but not all, of the major Superman storylines which were published during the triangle era. Most of them have been collected in trade paperbacks or other collected editions. Click on the GRAPHIC NOVEL link at DC Comics. You can also find these issues and their collected editions at used book stores, internet vendors such as http://www.instocktrades.com, http://www.mycomicshop.com, or the back issue bins of your local comic book shop.

Next Issue: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KEITH GIFFEN!

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MY PULL LIST is my spoiler free comic book review blog of the titles I read every week. It can be found at http://mypulllist.blogspot.com/. Send e-mail about this blog to mypulllist@gmail.com.

Superman and all related characters are trademark and copyright DC Comics.

Thanks for listening to the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST and, as always, thanks to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

Superman: War Of The Worlds, 1998!

Superman: War Of The Worlds, 1998!

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For the third Halloween episode of the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST, the featured story is the Elseworlds story, SUPERMAN, WAR OF THE WORLDS. It was published on October 14, 1998. It was written by Roy Thomas, drawn by Michael Lark, lettered by Willie Schubert and colored by Noelle Giddings.

This episode takes a brief look at the original WAR OF THE WORLDS story and highlights some of the major radio and movie adaptions. Also featured are some of the comic book “Easter eggs” in the Elseworlds stories which come from the earliest Superman comic book stories.

Next Episode: ACTION COMICS 150 & SUPERMAN 150!

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MY PULL LIST is my spoiler free comic book review blog of the titles I read every week. It can be found at http://mypulllist.blogspot.com. Send e-mail about this blog to mypulllist@gmail.com.

Superman and all related characters are trademark and copyright DC Comics.

Thanks for listening to the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST and, as always, thanks to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

Superman: Secret Origin 1, November 2009 & Superman: Last Family Of Krypton 1, October 2010!

Superman: Secret Origin 1, November 2009 & Superman: Last Family Of Krypton 1, October 2010!

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Recent episodes of this podcast have focused on older aspects of Superman history. So this week I thought it would be a good time to take a look at two recent mini-series, with the recent publication of the third and final issue of SUPERMAN: THE LAST FAMILY OF KRYPTON. This episode first looks at the six issue mini-series SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN. The first issue was published during the last week of September, 2009. With various delays with the final three issues, the series did not conclude until the final issue was released during the last week of August of this year. THE LAST FAMILY OF KRYPTON had a more regular publication schedule, being released from August to the first week of October this year. It was the first ELSEWORLDS story published in about a decade.

While avoiding spoilers, I review both series and discuss how SECRET ORIGIN changes details of the Superman origin as depicted in THE MAN OF STEEL mini-series of 1986, and whether I think it’s a good thing or not.

Next episode: SUPERBOY’S NEW FUN ADVENTURES!

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SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is at http://thesupermanfanpodcast.blogspot.com/. Send e-mail about this podcast to supermanfanpodcast@gmail.com.

MY PULL LIST is my spoiler free comic book review blog of the titles I read every week. It can be found at http://mypulllist.blogspot.com. Send e-mail about this blog to mypulllist@gmail.com.

Superman and all related characters are trademark and copyright DC Comics.

Thanks for listening to the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST and, as always, thanks to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

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