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March 1: Tim Daly, voice of Superman in Superman: The Animated Series, born in New York, NY in 1956.
March 1: Zack Snyder, director of the Man of Steel movie, born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA in 1966.
March 1: Jensen Ackles, Jason Teague in Smallville TV series, born in Dallas, Texas in 1978.
March 9: Artist Rick Burchett (Superman Adventures) born in 1952.
March 12: Traditionally recognized as the birthday of Perry White, editor of the Daily Planet.
March 14: Kirk Alyn, star of two serials, Superman and Atom Man vs Superman, dies in 1999 of natural causes, aged 88.
March 25: Krypto The Superdog premieres in the U.S. on Cartoon Network in 2005.
March 26: Artist Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Action Comics) born in 1948.
March 31: In 1959, Action #252 introduces us to Superman's cousin, Supergirl.

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February 12, 2015: Video Interview with Diedrich Bader for "Justice League vs. Bizarro League"Print

Justice League vs. Bizarro League On Saturday, February 7 Warner Bros. Home Entertainment invited Los Angeles fans to get an early look at its latest animated adventure - LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League - with a family-friendly event which included filmmakers and members of the voice cast attending for red carpet media interviews and a post-screening panel discussion.

Superman Homepage reporter Rennie Cowan attended the event, and caught up with Diedrich Bader, the voice of Guy Gardner, for a quick chat on the red carpet:

In LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League, Batman has joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman's clumsy - but well-meaning - clone, Bizarro. Bizarro's creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the world's greatest Super Heroes, but an even greater and mysterious threat may force the Justice League and Bizarro League to band together to defeat evil.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and The LEGO Group, LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on February 10, 2015.


February 12, 2015: From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman PodcastPrint

From Crisis to Crisis Welcome to the 181st episode of From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman Podcast! This podcast has a simple premise; examine just about every Superman comic published between Man of Steel #1 in 1986 to Adventures of Superman #649 in 2006 in an informative and hopefully entertaining format.

Part index. Part commentary. Part history lesson. All podcast.

ZERO HOUR CONTINUES!

OR BEGINS!

IT REALLY DEPENDS ON HOW YOU WANT TO LOOK AT IT!

With the prelude out of the way Mike and Jeff dig into Zero Hour in earnest. They kick things off with ZERO HOUR #4, which begins with the death of a major villain (temporarily) and Extant putting his plans into motion. The Crisis of Infinite Batmans takes place in SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL #37 where the Man of Steel has to deal with different versions of the Dark Knight Detective. The crossovers continue in SUPERBOY #8 where the Kid meets a very ticked off Pre-Crisis Superboy. In BATMAN #511 Batgirl is up and around as Batman and Robin fall into a time anomaly. In FLASH #94 Wally gets to know Impulse before getting pulled to the future. Finally in LEGIONNAIRES #18 and VALOR #23 End of an Era continues with the final battle with Glortih and Mordru.

Next Time: ZERO HOUR continues in ZERO HOUR #3, SUPERMAN #93, BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT #31, GREEN LANTERN #55, HAWKMAN #13 and JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA #92.

You can subscribe to the show in two ways. First there is the RSS Feed and there is also the iTunes link. You can also download the episode directly.

If you want to comment on the show or contact the hosts you can always private message Mike and Jeff, leave comments here or email them at fromcrisistocrisis@gmail.com. All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome.


February 11, 2015: Details on "Convergence" Titles in Week 2 of MayPrint

Convergence: Superboy #2 Across April and May DC Comics will put their normal publishing schedule on hold for the "Convergence" event, which will resurrect characters and stories from previous continuities. DC Comics has released cover images and solicitation information on the #2 issues of the "Convergence" miniseries set to be released in the second week of May.

A few days ago we brought you details on "Convergence: Superman #2" and "Convergence: Justice League #2", which will both be released in the first week of May. Here below are the #2 Convergence titles Superman fans might be interested in for release on May 13...

CONVERGENCE: SUPERBOY #2
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Art by KARL MOLINE and JOSE MARZAN, JR.
Cover by BABS TARR
Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD
On sale MAY 13. 40 pg, FC, 2 of 2, $3.99 US. RATED T
STARRING HEROES FROM ZERO HOUR! Superboy and Kingdom Come Superman face off over Metropolis - but can these two find a way to work together and save both their worlds?
This extra-sized issue includes a sneak peek at what's coming up in the DC Universe!

Convergence: Supergirl Matrix #2 CONVERGENCE: SUPERGIRL: MATRIX #2
Written by KEITH GIFFEN
Art by TIMOTHY GREEN II and JOSEPH SILVER
Cover by HOWARD PORTER
Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD
On sale MAY 13. 40 pg, FC, 2 of 2, $3.99 US. RATED T
STARRING HEROES FROM ZERO HOUR! Supergirl and Ambush Bug fight against... uh... we don't really understand what Keith Giffen is doing here, but we trust it'll work out great!
This extra-sized issue includes a sneak peek at what's coming up in the DC Universe!

Convergence: MOS #2 CONVERGENCE: SUPERMAN - THE MAN OF STEEL #2
Written by LOUISE SIMONSON
Art by JUNE BRIGMAN and ROY RICHARDSON
Cover by WALTER SIMONSON
Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD
On sale MAY 13. 40 pg, FC, 2 of 2, $3.99 US. RATED T
STARRING HEROES FROM ZERO HOUR! Will Steel be forced to murder the Gen13 kids in cold blood? Well, what other way is there for him to save Metropolis?
This extra-sized issue includes a sneak peek at what's coming up in the DC Universe!

Source: Blastr.com and ComicVine.com


February 11, 2015: Dwayne Johnson Says Black Adam Could Face Off Against SupermanPrint

Black Adam In the latest issue of "Total Film" magazine, Dwayne Johnson talks about playing the role of Black Adam in the upcoming "Shazam!" movie, and explains how his character could one day go up against Superman.

    "It was all agreed that the worlds are all interconnected... One day you will see Black Adam go at it with Superman or Batman or any of the DC characters. But that said, there's a great independence to Black Adam from the DC world, allowing us to inject, not only viciousness, but also winking humour."

This issue of "Total FIlm" is available from (real and digital) newsstands from Friday 13 February 2015.


February 11, 2015: "Superman #38" Heads for Second PrintingPrint

Superman #38 DC Comics has announced that "Superman #38" has sold out and will head back to the press for a second printing.

    Last week, SUPERMAN #38 revealed the Man of Steel's new power - the Super Flare. Unlocked during a battle with the super-villain Ulysses, the Super Flare is a destructive, large-scale blast of intense heat capable of incinerating everything within a quarter mile. It also - at least so far - depletes Superman's cells of solar energy, leaving him powerless for about a day.

    Of course, we probably don't need to tell you this since a lot of you read the comic. How do we know? Well, Superman #38 is sold out and is now in its second printing.

The second printing of "Superman #38" will arrive in stores on March 11.


Mild Mannered Reviews - Injustice: Year Three - Chapter #19Print

Injustice: Year Three - Chapter #19

Mild Mannered Reviews - Injustice: Year Three - Chapter #19

Released Digitally: February 2, 2015

"House of Mystery"

Writer: Brian Buccellato
Penciller: Bruno Redondo
Inker: Bruno Redondo
Cover: Neil Googe with Rex Lokus

Reviewed by: T.A. Ewart (aka liheibao)

    Swamp Thing's re-entry to the story will hopefully breathe some much needed life, in addition to sense as well. The premise for this year's folly just doesn't add up over the course of a linear, logical examination, and it stems from the change in writer's, but also a lack of knowledge in writing magical characters. For instance, Mxyzptlk isn't a magical creature. It's been said more than once, that the science and technology of Mxy's dimension resembles magic, because it is so advanced. However, either way, Mxy is portrayed as a being of limitless power: So why does he need to possess the Spectre? Does he require more limitless power? The Spectre isn't a magical, so much as a mystical being, but that he's possessed by Mxy makes one question just what it means to be God's Wrath these days. A being imbued by God, you would think, should be unable to be possessed, unless willing to go along with Mxy's plans. The idea that magic is a weakness for Regime Superman, has been discussed in a previous review, but here it seems that ambient magical energy works like Kryptonite against Regime. Magic has rules, applications, and most of all, limitations for all but the highest mages and wizards. Even then, it doesn't work like Kryptonite and has to be used to effect him specifically, unless otherwise stated. Excalibur could cut Superman, but that would be about it unless the wielder has the needed strength to impose more than just a cut. Superman could still break, melt, freeze, etc. in regards to Excalibur's overall strength. It's a sword of sharpness, not an indestructible blade. When magic is used well, the story can be very entertaining, but this just feels and reads rushed and ignorant.

Click here to read the complete review of Injustice: Year Three - Chapter #19.


Mild Mannered Reviews - Action Comics #39Print

Action Comics #39

Mild Mannered Reviews - Action Comics #39

Scheduled to arrive in stores: February 4, 2015

Cover date: April 2015

"Under The Skin"

Writer: Greg Pak
Penciller: Scott Kolins and Aaron Kuder
Inker: Scott Kolins

Reviewed by: Michael Bailey

    Over the past few issues I have written about my misgivings concerning Lana's problem with Superman. I wrote that I didn't like it but understood it. It appears that the problem Lana had with Clark was short lived and that she was just grieving for the death of her parents. Part of me feels like I should have seen that from the beginning and I think I did on some level but for the most part I ignored that in favor of letting my emotion take over. Maybe I should feel bad about this.

    Or maybe I should commend Greg Pak for writing something that elicited such feelings from me.

    Or maybe the Ultra-Humanite was taking control.

    At the end of the day comic books are just another form of storytelling and if that story is good enough then you stop seeing how it is put together and just let the emotion of the piece hit you square in the chest. I think this is why many of us are so passionate about our hobby. These stories make us feel something and if the writer is doing it right then that becomes the main concern. On that level Pak wrote one heck of a story that made for a great follow up to the DOOMED storyline.

Click here to read the complete review of Action Comics #39.


February 11, 2015: Nolan North on Voicing Superman for "Justice League vs. Bizarro League"Print

Justice League vs. Bizarro League On Saturday, February 7 Warner Bros. Home Entertainment invited Los Angeles fans to get an early look at its latest animated adventure - LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League - with a family-friendly event which included filmmakers and members of the voice cast attending for red carpet media interviews and a post-screening panel discussion.

Superman Homepage reporter Rennie Cowan attended the event, and caught up with Nolan North, the voice of Superman, for a quick chat on the red carpet:

In LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League, Batman has joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman's clumsy - but well-meaning - clone, Bizarro. Bizarro's creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the world's greatest Super Heroes, but an even greater and mysterious threat may force the Justice League and Bizarro League to band together to defeat evil.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and The LEGO Group, LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on February 10, 2015.


February 11, 2015: Video Interview with Michael Jelenic for "Justice League vs. Bizarro League"Print

Justice League vs. Bizarro League On Saturday, February 7 Warner Bros. Home Entertainment invited Los Angeles fans to get an early look at its latest animated adventure - LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League - with a family-friendly event which included filmmakers and members of the voice cast attending for red carpet media interviews and a post-screening panel discussion.

Superman Homepage reporter Rennie Cowan attended the event, and caught up with screenwriter Michael Jelenic, for a quick chat on the red carpet:

In LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League, Batman has joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman's clumsy - but well-meaning - clone, Bizarro. Bizarro's creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the world's greatest Super Heroes, but an even greater and mysterious threat may force the Justice League and Bizarro League to band together to defeat evil.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and The LEGO Group, LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on February 10, 2015.


February 11, 2015: Shopping - BizarroPrint

February 10, 2015: Details on "Convergence: Superman #2"Print

Convergence: Superman #2 Across April and May DC Comics will put their normal publishing schedule on hold for the "Convergence" event, which will resurrect characters and stories from previous continuities. DC Comics has released cover images and solicitation information on the #2 issues of the "Convergence" miniseries set to be released in May.

Amongst the issues are two that we think Superman fans will be interested in:

CONVERGENCE: SUPERMAN #2
Written by DAN JURGENS
Art by DAN JURGENS and NORM RAPMUND
Cover by LEE WEEKS
Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD
On sale MAY 6. 40 pg, FC, 2 of 2, $3.99 US. RATED T
Flashpoint Kal-El has kidnapped Lois while she's in labor! Will Superman reach them in time - or will Flashpoint Batman have to deliver the Man of Steel's only child?

Convergence: JL #2 CONVERGENCE: JUSTICE LEAGUE #2
Written by FRANK TIERI
Art by VICENTE CIFUENTES
Cover by MARK BUCKINGHAM
Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD
On sale MAY 6. 40 pg, FC, 2 of 2, $3.99 US. RATED T
STARRING HEROES FROM THE PRE-FLASHPOINT DCU! Witness the brutality of the battles between worlds as Flashpoint Aquaman proves to the Justice League how far he's willing to go to protect his kingdom.
This extra-sized issue includes a sneak peek at what's coming up in the DC Universe!

See the other 8 DC titles announced at ComicBookResources.com and HitFix.com.

Covergence Meanwhile, EW.com posted the following sneak peek image in a chat with "Convergence" writer Jeff King from Convergence #0. The image is a two page spread by artist Ethan Van Sciver depicting all the various deaths of Superman throughout DC history.

    "The piece of artwork - it's emblematic of the entire series," says King. "It's literally a history of the deaths of Superman. It ties into Superman: Doomed, it ties into Action Comics #35, so you can see that the seeds for Convergence were planted a long time ago."

Read the full interview at the Entertainment Weekly website.


February 10, 2015: Cleveland Makes Plans for Superman StatuePrint

Model of Proposed Superman Statue for Cleveland As most Superman fans know, the character was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, two friends living in Cleveland, Ohio in the 1930s. Now, the city of Cleveland is preparing to honor their creation by erecting a larger-than-life statue of a flying Superman near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as part of the elevated walkway that will connect downtown Cleveland to the lakefront.

    The statue will be about five miles from the Glenville neighborhood where Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created Superman in the early 1930s.

      Richard Pace, of Cumberland Development who is co-developing 20 acres of city-owned land at North Coast Harbor with Trammell Crow Co. of Dallas, said the burnished steel statue of Superman is long overdue.

    "For years people have asked why Cleveland does not have a statue to commemorate the creation of Superman and honor local creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster," said Pace, a founding member of the Siegel and Shuster Society. "Now we will."

    Sculptor David Deming has been quietly working on the statue for almost seven years in his Lakewood studio as part of the Superman Monument Committee. He said the statue will be atop a 30- to 35-foot pedestal base that will be "Superman blue" with small ribbons of red and yellow through it. The statue itself will measure 12 feet from the tip of Superman's boot to his outstretched hand.

    "I want the pedestal to look crystalline and keep the Superman colors intact," said Deming, who was the former president of the Cleveland Institute of Art and a nationally renowned sculptor. "I would also like the pedestal to be illuminated from the interior."

    He said the statue itself will be a burnished steel, as in "Man of Steel," and will be placed in the center of the walkway, which curves around as it descends. The statue will be a little higher than the walkway itself. It's a classic version of Superman that owes much to artist Joe Shuster's original vision of the character.

Model of Proposed Superman Statue for Cleveland
Model of Proposed Superman Statue for Cleveland
Models of Proposed Superman Statue for Cleveland

Read the full report with additional photos at Cleveland.com


February 10, 2015: Video Interview with Khary Payton for "Justice League vs. Bizarro League"Print

Justice League vs. Bizarro League On Saturday, February 7 Warner Bros. Home Entertainment invited Los Angeles fans to get an early look at its latest animated adventure - LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League - with a family-friendly event which included filmmakers and members of the voice cast attending for red carpet media interviews and a post-screening panel discussion.

Superman Homepage reporter Rennie Cowan attended the event, and caught up with Khary Payton, the voice of LEGO Cyborg, for a quick chat on the red carpet:

In LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League, Batman has joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman's clumsy - but well-meaning - clone, Bizarro. Bizarro's creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the world's greatest Super Heroes, but an even greater and mysterious threat may force the Justice League and Bizarro League to band together to defeat evil.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and The LEGO Group, LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on February 10, 2015.