Episode #93 (Superman & The Elastic Four)
Russell’s Comic Brag
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And once again re-re-reclaiming the podcasting chair for another episode, we will be discussing DC Comics Presents #93. The episode begins with some Listener Feedback, followed by everyone’s favorite segment, Russell’s Comic Brag. (OK…I might be exaggerating!) Next, I will be updating the Spotlights on two of Superman‘s Guests, Elongated Man and Plastic Man, while creating new ones for his other Guests, Elastic Lad and a mystery elastic villain. After an appropriate Podcast Promo, we’ll get into our issue; DC Comics Presents #93. The show closes with a trip to the Comic Spinner Rack.
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While I enjoy Plastic Man, Elongated Man, and even Jimmy Olsen as Elastic Lad, individually, I’m not sure having all of them in the same story, with Malleable Man, was the best team-up with Superman. Elastic Lad and Elongated Man always struck me as having virtually identical powers, with the difference that Jimmy Olsen’s power generally didn’t last very long. Plastic Man always seemed more of a “shape shifter” than the other two, at least in my mind. In any case, although this was a decent story, it just seemed unnecessarily “gimmicky” to have all of them in one story. That’s probably an odd thing to say, though, since super-stretching is kind of an inherently “gimmicky” power.
As I said, this wasn’t a bad story, but, at the time it was published, the DC universe was in the post-Crisis “sorting out” of all the various heroes of all the various Earths now being all on the one-and-only Earth, and DC had decided to end the DC Comics Presents title within a few months, so it’s not clear how well this story fit into the overall DC continuity (if there even was a solid continuity) current at the time. I think you’ve done a fine job covering this issue, despite that it wasn’t the greatest issue.
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