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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Episode #95: Comics in 1986 | “The Dark Knight Returns” (1986)

Following the death of Robin #2, Jason Todd, Batman retired from crimefighting and faded into legend. 10 years later with crime on the rise, Harvey Dent successfully (and supposedly) rehabilitated, and the Mutant gang ravaging the city, an aged Bruce Wayne reluctantly dons the cowl once again to save his city. Join John, Jeff, and Tony as we talk about the trailers for Logan and Guardians of the Galaxy, DC Comics TV properties, DC Rebirth, and Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns! Don’t forget to check out the trailers below.

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Episode #82: Comics in 1986 | “The Man of Steel” Miniseries (1986)

If you want to understand the basis for the modern take on Superman, you have to start with Richard Donner’s 1978 film and John Byrne’s 1986 comic book miniseries. The Crisis on Infinite Earths had just ended, the Silver Age Superman had bid everyone farewell, and it was time to establish a Superman for the modern age. In this episode, I review the 6-issue miniseries and talk about what it did well, its flaws, and whether or not Superman is still relevant today.

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