Robert E. Howard, Mark Finn, Conan, Crisis on Infinite Earth

This time out, we got crises, we got kudos, we got barbarians, we got chainmail bikinis, and while Stephen and Matthew flashback to 1985, Rodrigo nods and thinks about larping… We got a little love for the alien penis beast (and really, who needs more love than the alien penis beast?) we got a little love for the floppy pamphlet (which actually sounds dirtier than alien penis beast) but most of all, we got a little love for Uncle Barry, Cousin Kara, and even the late, lamented Ten-Eyed Man. Strap on your rocket pack, straighten your cape, and prepare yourself for a new post-Crisis reality, where Matthew’s only one-tenth as strong, but Stephen’s cape is twice as long, and for some reason, Rodrigo has a hook for a hand, the Major Spoilers podcast is on the air!

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Crisis on Infinite Earths
(from the wiki) Crisis on Infinite Earths is a twelve-issue American comic book limited series (identified as a “12-part maxi-series”) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 to simplify their then-55-year-old continuity. The series was written by Marv Wolfman, and illustrated by George Pérez (pencils/layouts), with Mike DeCarlo, Dick Giordano, and Jerry Ordway (who shared inking/embellishing chores). The series eliminated the concept of the Multiverse in the fictional DC Universe, and depicted the deaths of such long-standing superheroes as Supergirl and the Barry Allen incarnation of the Flash.

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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...


  1. About CRISIS being a bad intro to comics… I was a die-hard Marvel guy till 1987 when I picked up Justice League #6 (I wanted to get #5 because the Guy Gardner vs Batman cover was awesome, but the local newsstand was sold out of 5… anyway, story for another time). I dug it, and when I was at a flea market a couple days later I got my mother to lend me the money to buy the whole run of Crisis. Maybe it was my experience with comics in general, but I was able to follow it with no problem.

    Years later – 2003, my now-wife and I moved into a condo and I unboxed all my trades and such, and she asked me which of the books I had I thought were worth her reading. I pitched Preacher, Y: The Last Man, Fearful Symmetry (can’t bring myself to call it Kraven’s Last Hunt), Daredevil Born Again, Marvels, and Kingdom Come, but she wanted to know what the slipcased hardcover was. I told her I thought Crisis would be a little overwhelming, but she wanted to take a shot. Now, again, bear in mind, my wife moderates a videogame board and was a big X-Files and Millenium fan, so sci-fi things aren’t entirely new to her… but apparently she found it easy to read. So… there’s that…

  2. Thanks for the “alien penis beast” mention! I’m telling you, if I ever start a band that WILL be my band’s name. FYI: the iTunes comment you read – the “interwebbernets” one – that was mine too. Seriously, you guys are great. Loved the the 2+ hour show today – it took me through HALF of my work day (I had to pause several times to answer phone calls and do actual, you know, work).

    As for Crisis on Infinite Earths….. a little backstory first. I have to admit, I started off as a Marvel only guy. When I was much, much younger, my grandmother bought me G.I. Joe comics, and that was it. Then I graduated to Uncanny X-Men – the second Brood arc (issue #232ish, or somwhere in there) is where I jumped on. I stayed on (all the x-titles) until the early 90’s, at which point I a.) just couldn’t afford it anymore; b.) began to lose interest (mostly because girls didn’t read comics); c.) all of the above. I left comics pretty much altogether. Oh, and during this time, my DC reading was nil.

    Fastforward to college and the years following. I began to get into comics again, but couldn’t justify spending the $2+ that it cost then to buy, so I began reading trades and graphic novels at the local bookstore. THIS is how I learned about the original Crisis. It made sense, sort of, to me – DC had this tremendous history that needed to be rectified with itself (a history that I was completely unaware of), and Crisis was the mechanism to do that. Within the DC universe, it was a huge event – characters that had been beloved were DYING, worlds that readers had grown up with were DYING, and everything was turned on its head. It was probably a great time to be a DC reader (I wouldn’t know) because of the whole uncertainty of it all. Add to that the fact that there was no World Wide Web where geeks like us were talking about comics all the time, and the apprehension, I would imagine, was amazing.

    All of that being said, I think the following “Crises” have cheapened the whole concept of Crisis on Infinite Earths. Zero Hour, Infinite, and now Final (really, does *anyone* believe that will be the case?) have taken away the “big event” feel of the original Crisis, at least for me. When I first discovered Crisis, I was shocked at the things that I read – and then I found all the subsequent stuff, and its all just BLAH BLAH BLAH. Dated art and printing methods aside, I think that the original crisis is the best, hands down.

  3. Hey, another great show, guys! You have helped inspire me to start my own podcast doing reviews of movies and such. Last week we covered Hancock and Batman: Gotham Knight, and next week I may have an interview with Michael Uslan, producer of the Batman movies. SO thanks for the entertainment, and keep up the good work! (Any comments or advice on my podcast would be appreciated)

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