Archive for January, 2012

5 Reasons why the 1987 John Byrne Superman kicked ass

Posted in 80s, comic books, nostalgia, pop culture, Superman with tags , , , , , on January 11, 2012 by Paxton

Superman Week

Last year I talked about the 25th anniversary of the John Byrne mini-series Man of Steel.  That 1986 mini-series was a post-Crisis on Infinite Earths reboot of Superman which updated his origin and character and served to make him a little less powerful and thus, more interesting.

The reboot led to a revamp of Action Comics, a renaming of the old Superman book to The Adventures of Superman as well as the launch of a brand new Superman book.  The new Superman book as well as Action Comics would be written and drawn by John Byrne.  The Adventures of Superman would be written by Marv Wolfman and drawn by Jerry Ordway.  And this month, the post Crisis Superman reboot celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Here is a DC in-house ad advertising the launch of the new Superman titles.

DC House Ad - Superman reboot

The three issues that started the reboot and featured in this ad are Superman #1, The Adventures of Superman #424 (previously titled Superman) and Action Comics #584.  This reboot was a pretty big event and DC advertised it to the hilt.

For the most part, I wasn’t a fan of the Marv Wolfman Adventure issues, but I was a HUGE fan of the Byrne Superman and Action Comics titles.  His art and action packed writing style made Superman fun to read.  I still have many of the original issues.

Anyway, in celebration of the 25th anniversary, here are 5 reasons why the John Byrne Superman titles kicked so much ass.

Superman vs Teen Titans Superman vs Superboy Superman vs Legion

Superman got into fights with EVERYONE – Under John Byrne, Action Comics essentially became a free-for-all.  It turned into a team up book starring Superman and another character (a la Brave & the Bold for Batman).  Within the majority of those issues, Superman wound up getting into a fight with his co-stars, usually over some misunderstanding.  But Byrne drew the fights with awesome jaw cracking detail.  The regular Superman title was the same way with Supes fighting the Legion, Metallo, Supergirl and a giant mutant ape.

Superman fights 1 Superman fights 2 Superman fights 8

Superman fights 6 Superman fights 7 Superman fights 5

Superman fights 9

Superman didn’t always win his fights (Bizarro, Metallo, Superboy, Rampage, Supergirl) – So, as I said,  Superman fought a lot.  And surprisingly, he actually got his ass kicked…a lot.  At least every other issue featured a panel of Superman getting either smacked in the face or being hit so hard he flies through the air.  Check out the myriad of comic panels above showing the Man of Steel on the receiving end of a Bronx haymaker.

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Nerd Lunch Episodes 17 & 18: Busting a list and reading some fan fiction

Posted in 24, Jack Bauer, movies, podcast, TV shows with tags , , , , , , on January 3, 2012 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

So, I was taking a break over the holidays, but the podcast doesn’t.  So while I was out, we had two episodes go live.


Episode 17 went live the week of Christmas. In that episode the three of us fly without a fourth chair and decide to bust a top 25 list from IGN featuring the Top 25 Sci-Fi movies of all time.  The list is pretty good, but the top 2 spots are shocking.  And this episode is an extra LOOOONG version as it clocks in around 1.5 hours due to the number of movies we begin discussing.  Come see what Sci-Fi classics the three of us can’t stand.

Torchwood LA

Going live this week is Episode 18.  In that episode we are joined again by Jay from  In this episode we all point our browsers towards to feast our hungry eyeballs on the awesome buffet that can be found there.  We all pick a fan fiction story about a favorite TV property, read it, and review it for the rest of the group.  It’s a lot of fun.  Check it out to see who wears the pants in the Horde and if Jack Bauer accepts an invitation to join Torchwood.

Download this episode from iTunes or listen to it on Feedburner. And yes, we are still on the Zune Marketplace.