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Monday, January 18, 2016

The Power Records Podcast Episode 12: Superman!

sgThe Fire and Water Podcast Presents: THE POWER RECORDS PODCAST, Episode 12

Chris Franklin and I welcome guest The Irredeemable Shag to discuss three Power Record adventures all starring The Man of Steel: "The Best Cop in the World", "The Mxyzptlk-Up Menace", and "Tomorrow The World." 

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Opening and closing themes courtesy Peter Pan Records.

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1 comment:

Xum Yukinori said...

Thank you for another nostalgic comic book journey, gentlemen.

I find the character portrayal of Superman on this record to be reminiscent of the old Filmation Superman cartoons of the 1960s.

All good points about “The Greatest Cop in the World” – those are the same Alfred Hitchcock “refrigerator questions” I had. And I almost want to draw that scene Chris described revealing Superman as the mastermind behind the “Quasar Beams in the Junkyard Car Headlights” gambit…

Regarding the biggest “refrigerator question” on why Superman could come and go from Kandor but did not bother to free the Kandorians out of the bottle city with the same method: my understanding was that the micro-waver beam effects were only temporary on those exposed to Brainiac’s original shrinking ray (i.e. the Kandorians). So Superman really did not have to worry too much about Ron-Za setting up martial law, he could have just bided his time until the micro-waver beams wore off and then easily deal with “The Mighty Mouse Cop of the World”…

I think this is the only time I have ever heard Mxyzptlk’s name pronounced as “mix-spit-TULK”. Every other audio iteration I recall is either “mix-yez-PIT-il-lick” or the Superfriends’ “MIX-zell-plick”.

Frank Welker voiced the Superfriend’s Mxyzptlk, by the way. And I do agree with Chris that the Power Records actor did capture an accurate portrayal of the character, although different from Welker’s. In fact, this actor also added a bit of “age” to the voice (that other Mxyzptlk voice actors did not seem to do), and to me that fits the artistic depiction of a funny looking older man that acts like a mischievous kid….

And yes, the “frying bacon mask” scene in “Tomorrow the World” was a bit unsettling, though the “bombastic Johnny Quest” soundtrack made me chuckle a little as it was happening. This makes me question my sense of humanity…

(I think my words for describing “ten sunburns at once” on my face would be along the lines of “AHHHHH! ANNNHHHH! AAAAGGGGHHHHHH!”... but maybe that is just me…)

And back to the soundtrack, it was so wonderfully goofy when these record stories blared the “dah-ta-ta-dahh!” music when they (mostly) introduce Superman in these stories. In my mind I envision this trio of medieval trumpeters suddenly popping up from behind Superman’s back, playing those notes, and then ducking back behind Superman again.