Episode 155

Published on:

11th Jun 2024

SUPERMAN: THE SECRET YEARS & The Final Days of Pre-Crisis Superboy

Host Anthony Desiato digs into the final days of Pre-Crisis Superboy — before the skies turned red and Clark Kent's past as Superboy was stripped from continuity in John Byrne's MAN OF STEEL reboot.

First, Anthony and guest Rob O'Connor (All Star Superfan Podcast) shine a light on an overlooked gem: the 1984-1985 miniseries SUPERMAN: THE SECRET YEARS by Bob Rozakis, Curt Swan, and Kurt Schaffenberger — with covers by Frank Miller! — which chronicled Clark Kent's junior year in college at Metropolis University and showed his transition from Superboy to Superman.

Then, Case Aiken (Men of Steel) tags in for the Post-Crisis storyline "The Greatest Hero of Them All" by John Byrne, Paul Levitz, and Greg LaRocque. If Clark Kent was never Superboy, then who inspired the Legion of Super-Heroes and had all those adventures with them in the future? This 1987 crossover sought to reconcile this continuity conflict over four issues spanning LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #37-38, SUPERMAN #8, and ACTION COMICS #591. Pocket Universe, here we come!

"A Superboy Fan Journey" Chapter VI. Next week: An interview with Superboy TV actor GERARD CHRISTOPHER!

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Digging for Kryptonite is a Flat Squirrel Production. Key art Isaiah Simmons (2020-2024 version by Gregg Schigiel). Theme music by Basic Printer.

Mentioned in this episode:

Hang On To Your Shorts Film Festival

Fat Moose Comics

Sam Lim

Aw Yeah Comics

Always Hold On To Smallville

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Digging for Kryptonite: A Superman Fan Journey
From the Host of My Comic Shop History
Host Anthony Desiato (My Comic Shop History) takes flight with an ongoing podcast series exploring Superman! Digging for Kryptonite is an examination of Krypton's Last Son across time and media, with deep dives into the creative visions, character elements, eras, and individual stories that have shaped the Man of Steel and the larger DC Universe for over 86 years. New episodes every Tuesday.
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Anthony Desiato

Anthony Desiato, owner and founder of Flat Squirrel Productions, is a lifelong Superman fan, documentary filmmaker (MY COMIC SHOP COUNTRY), and podcaster. He hosts a network of podcasts including: DIGGING FOR KRYPTONITE, ANOTHER EXCITING EPISODE IN THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, SUMMONING THE ZORDS, and MY COMIC SHOP HISTORY.