Welcome to Jon Reads Comics!

This is the home of virtually all the podcasts produced by Jon M. Wilson! All shows on the site are listed below. Each show has a link to the list of episodes and a link to the individual show’s feed. (Right-click the feed link and copy to get the URL, then paste this into your podcatcher.)

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Hi Jon,

I hope you are doing well. I have been enjoying your “Superman In Crisis” podcast, and have been reading the books along with you. I have been waiting to finish reading the entire project before writing in with my thoughts on this period of Superman comics.
I’ve been a Superman fan for as long as I can remember, and got into the comics, like so many fans with “The Death of Superman” Since I came in with Death storyline the Superman comics I have the greatest affinity for, is the Post-Crisis time period, but I like pretty much like all the different incarnations of Superman, and appreciate aspects for the different periods in his history. Outside of “Crisis on Infinite Earths” and “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow” I have not really read much from this particular period of the character’s history and was interested in seeing what it held.
Now that I have completed this reading project I must say it was interesting. The first thing I was struck by was how different each title felt. If you wanted short lite stories you went to Action Comics. DC Comics Presents had Superman all over the place with different team-ups. World’s Finest usually had crime stories where Superman and Batman don’t really team up but attack the same problem from different angles. And the main Superman title had full length stories, and a little continuity, and seemed to tell the most substantial stories.
After reading this year and a half of Superman before the big reboot, I can see why they felt the need to do something so drastic. While I have not read a ton of early 80’s DC Comics, much of what I read did feel old, and probably did not attract many new readers. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed a lot of what was covered, but I have a hard time seeing what would attract readers who either were not already reading Superman, or were much younger new readers. So much of the creators on the main Superman books had been there from the early 70’s, that it did feel like new blood was needed to bring new ideas to the character.
Thanks for doing the podcast and giving me the chance to see this part of the character’s history. It’s been a wild ride and I feel it does end on a strong note with “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow.” I had fun reading along with you, and look forward to your next project.

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