Episode #65: Superman & Madame Xanadu
This time out, we’ll be getting into DC Comics Presents #65. The episode begins with a Spotlight on Superman’s Guests, Madame Xanadu. Then, we will delve into our issue, DC Comics Presents #65. The episode closes with a trip to the Comic Spinner Rack.
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Like you, I didn’t know much about Madame Xanadu, but I think you did a good job with this issue. I found the storyline a little confusing at times, but that wasn’t due to your coverage. I think it was the way the story was written in the first place.
I’m not a big fan of Superman team-ups with the magical folk in the DC Universe, in general. I think of Superman as more “science-fiction” oriented. Batman is a better fit, usually, with the occult, due to his association with darkness and mystery, I think. There are a few exceptions. For example, I do like Superman and the Spectre together, if the story is good, and I wonder if that’s because both characters are Jerry Siegel creations. Also, I enjoy a Superman-Dr. Fate team-up, from time to time. I’m not sure why that is, but I do recall that, in those early 1960s crossovers with the Earth-1 Justice League and the Earth-2 Justice Society, the stories sometimes used Dr. Fate as an Earth-2 counterpart to Superman. I think DC may not have wanted to confuse young readers with two VERY similar Supermen on the two Earths. They often used Dr. Mid-Nite as an Earth-2 counterpart to Batman, too, I suspect for a similar reason.
As always, thanks for a fun podcast.
I don’t have a ton of DCCP issues, but I do own this one. Can’t speak much for the story, it’s been an age since I’ve read it myself, so thanks for the recap. I bought it chiefly for Gray Morrow, whose work I adore – I think he lends the right amount of ‘mood’ to this challenging story & makes it worthwhile.
Though I suspect you might not, there are further Gray Morrow-drawn Madame Xanadu adventures, if you wanted to check them out. Morrow did a run of issues in the 1987 Spectre series, where Madame X & the Grim Avenger share an ‘interesting’ relationship.
And her solo Vertigo series from the mid-late 00’s is really quite good!
Anyway, I appreciate the work you put into this show – great job!