Episode #181: 80 Years of Superman — Part 1

On April 18, 1938, the world was introduced to the first superhero. He looked like a circus strongman. He performed feats of strength and daring like Hercules or Tarzan. He defended the common man and stood up against evil and corruption. He was: Superman. Now 80 years later Superman has become an integral part of western culture and his influence can be seen across the world. In Part 1 of our homage to the Man of Steel, John talks the character of Superman and the evolution of Superman comics from 1938 to 2018.

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Episode #177: “Batman ’88” | The Killing Joke & A Death in the Family (1988)

In 1986, Frank Miller introduced us to a dark and gritty Batman who’s pulling a Murtaugh and definitely getting too old for this #@&% in The Dark Knight Returns. In 1987, Frank Miller jumped back and showed us Bruce Wayne’s formative first year as the Batman in Batman: Year One. In 1988, Alan Moore, Jim Starlin, Brian Bolland, and Jim Aparo decided to beat the crap (literally) out of the Bat family by crippling Batgirl and killing Robin. This episode we take a look at two of the most influential Batman stories of all time: The Killing Joke and A Death in the Family.

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Episode #155: “Cannon Fodder” | Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

When the United States and North Korea threaten nuclear war… oops, sorry… jump back 30 years. When the United States and the Soviet Union threaten nuclear war, it takes a mind-wiped Lois Lane and some random school kid’s letter for Superman to decide to rid the world of nuclear weapons. He gets more than he bargained for, however, when Lex Luthor returns to the scene and has engineered the perfect weapon of mass destruction: Golan-Globus… (Sorry… did it again…) Nuclear Man!

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