DC Comics Presents #86 (Superman & Supergirl)

DCCPShow 86

Episode #86 (Superman & Supergirl)

Russell’s Comic Brag
The League Of Regrettable Superheroes
The League Of Regrettable Superheroes

You know about Batman, Superman, and Spiderman, but have you heard of Doll Man, Doctor Hormone, or Spider Queen? In The League of Regrettable Superheroes, you’ll meet one hundred of the strangest superheroes ever to see print, complete with backstories, vintage art, and colorful commentary. So prepare yourself for such not-ready-for-prime-time heroes as Bee Man (Batman, but with bees), the Clown (circus-themed crimebuster), the Eye (a giant, floating eyeball; just accept it), and many other oddballs and oddities. Drawing on the entire history of the medium, The League of Regrettable Superheroes will appeal to die-hard comics fans, casual comics readers, and anyone who enjoys peering into the stranger corners of pop culture.

Justice League Of America 173
Justice League Of America #173

At Green Arrow’s recommendation, Black Lightning is considered as a prospective Justice League member but the other heroes disagree on his admittance. Meanwhile, a new super-villain surfaces in the person of The Regulator, a former research scientist who has the power to command armies of rats and other vermin. Unaware of the threat he poses, the Justice League continues with its test of Black Lightning’s abilities. Disguised as villains, they battle him while Superman serves as judge of his initiation. Although he passes the test, Black Lightning declines to join the team, claiming prior responsibilities to his solo career.


I have reclaimed the podcasting chair once again and will be bringing you DC Comics Presents #86.  The episode begins with some Listener Feedback as well as a long awaited edition of Russell’s Comic Brag.  Next, I will be updating the Spotlight segment on Superman‘s Guest, Supergirl with some items recently added to my comic and video collections.  After that, we finally get into our issue; DC Comics Presents #86.  The show closes with a trip to the Comic Spinner Rack.

3 comments on “DC Comics Presents #86 (Superman & Supergirl)

  1. Glad to hear you again, Russell!
    Well, we’re definitely into the Crisis on Infinite Earths big-time, now, and Supergirl’s unsettled mood seems to foreshadow her eventual fate. Reading this story at the time it came out, I’d never have guessed what was coming for her. I’d somehow missed the leaked story of what was coming. The story itself feels a bit unstructured, but that may be, in part, because it was part of the Crisis storyline, with hints of that larger event. We see, in this story, the heroes and villain working together to fight the larger threat to the universe, as we would see throughout the Crisis.
    You wondered, at one point, what affect a green sun might have on Superman and Supergirl. I recall an early Silver Age story “Superman Under the Green Sun!” which some research tells me appeared in Superman #155 (cover-dated August, 1962). In that story, Superman was powerless under such a sun. Fortunately, the green light of the sun had been artificially created by a planetary tyrant, and Superman managed to return the sun to its normal color, and his powers were restored.


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  3. Hey Russell,
    Nice to hear you finished #86.
    If I may pull back the curtain just a bit, do you run some sort of “silence-elimination” program or “dead air zap” program on your recordings? I wonder, because when listening to my recordings in #84, I feeling like I’m rushing, and there are no thoughtful gaps. I suppose it could just be how my mind races when trying to record a meaningful podcast, but it seems unnaturally fast to me, “like a speeding train”. This may be a downside of using that type of program. (Seems to me that the BTTB boys may have made reference to using that on some of their shows, but I’m not sure where i heard of this type of an application.) Anyway, nice to hear you’re back in the groove again.
    Your friend, Kirk G.


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