159 episodes

Host Anthony Desiato (My Comic Shop History) takes flight with an ongoing podcast series exploring Superman! Digging for Kryptonite is an examination of Krypton's Last Son across time and media, with deep dives into the creative visions, character elements, eras, and individual stories that have shaped the Man of Steel and the larger DC Universe for over 86 years. New episodes every Tuesday.

Digging for Kryptonite: A Superman Fan Journey Flat Squirrel Podcasts

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    • 4.8 • 48 Ratings

Host Anthony Desiato (My Comic Shop History) takes flight with an ongoing podcast series exploring Superman! Digging for Kryptonite is an examination of Krypton's Last Son across time and media, with deep dives into the creative visions, character elements, eras, and individual stories that have shaped the Man of Steel and the larger DC Universe for over 86 years. New episodes every Tuesday.

    Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes (PLUS: Superman 2025 Costume Reveal!)

    Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes (PLUS: Superman 2025 Costume Reveal!)

    Host Anthony Desiato and guest Nick Farina share their thoughts on James Gunn's recent reveal of actor David Corenswet in costume from the forthcoming SUPERMAN 2025 film. Now that the dust has settled after the initial unveiling, what impressions, questions, and predictions remain?
    Then, in the episode's main segment, Anthony and guest Chris Jacobsen (SUPERBOY BEYOND) dig into the Bronze Age period when Superboy shared his title and the spotlight with his teammates from the 30th Century: the 1977-1979 SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES run by Paul Levitz, Gerry Conway, Mike Grell, James Sherman, Joe Staton, and more.
    "A Superboy Fan Journey" Chapter IV. NOTE: The podcast is off next week for the Memorial Day holiday and will return in two weeks with coverage of the 1980s comic book series THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERBOY!
    Support the show and receive exclusive podcast content at Patreon.com/AnthonyDesiato, including the spinoff podcasts BEYOND METROPOLIS and DIGGING FOR JUSTICE!
    Visit BCW Supplies and use promo code FSP to save 10% on your next order of comics supplies.
    FACEBOOK GROUP: Digging for Kryptonite: A Superman Fan Group
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    Digging for Kryptonite is a Flat Squirrel Production. Key art Isaiah Simmons (2020-2024 version by Gregg Schigiel). Theme music by Basic Printer.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Aw Yeah Comics
    Fat Moose Comics
    Acme Comics
    Always Hold On To Smallville
    Sam Lim
    Hang On To Your Shorts Film Festival
    The Pop Break

    • 2 hr 1 min
    The Adventures of Superboy — 1961 Unaired TV Pilot

    The Adventures of Superboy — 1961 Unaired TV Pilot

    Host Anthony Desiato and guest Zach Moore (ALWAYS HOLD ON TO SMALLVILLE) dig into one of the most obscure pieces of Superman media: the unaired 1961 television pilot for THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERBOY, written & produced by Whitney Ellsworth and starring Johnny Rockwell in the title role. Anthony and Zach discuss the history and production of the pilot, which would have extended Superman's presence on screen following George Reeves' death and the end of ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN. They also discuss the pilot, "Raja's Ransom," in depth and share storylines from the 12 unfilmed scripts. "A Superboy Fan Journey" Chapter III.
    Support the show and receive exclusive podcast content at Patreon.com/AnthonyDesiato, including the spinoff podcasts BEYOND METROPOLIS and DIGGING FOR JUSTICE!
    Visit BCW Supplies and use promo code FSP to save 10% on your next order of comics supplies.
    FACEBOOK GROUP: Digging for Kryptonite: A Superman Fan Group
    FACEBOOK PAGE: @diggingforkryptonitepod
    INSTAGRAM: @diggingforkryptonitepod
    TWITTER: @diggingforkrpod
    EMAIL: flatsquirrelproductions@gmail.com
    WEBSITE: FlatSquirrelProductions.com
    Digging for Kryptonite is a Flat Squirrel Production. Key art Isaiah Simmons (2020-2024 version by Gregg Schigiel). Theme music by Basic Printer.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Sam Lim
    Always Hold On To Smallville
    Hang On To Your Shorts Film Festival
    Fat Moose Comics
    The Pop Break
    Paragons of Earth
    Aw Yeah Comics
    Acme Comics

    • 2 hr 14 min
    Superboy & Krypto in the Silver Age (PLUS: Filmation Superboy)

    Superboy & Krypto in the Silver Age (PLUS: Filmation Superboy)

    Host Anthony Desiato digs into Silver Age Superboy in both comics and animation, examining three key facets of the Boy of Steel's adventures in the late 1950s and 1960s. First, Anthony welcomes back Dan Greenfield (13th Dimension) to discuss the rare FILMATION SUPERBOY cartoons that aired on CBS from 1966-1969, which saw Superboy and Krypto contend with alien invaders, creatures running amok, and more.
    Then, in the episode's main segment, Rich Roney returns as he and Anthony break down a dozen key Silver Age comic book stories, including the first appearances of the Legion of Super-Heroes, Bizarro, the Phantom Zone, and Mon-El; early meetings with Robin, Supergirl, and Lex Luthor; and key tales like Superboy's public debut, Pete Ross learning Clark's secret, and the deaths of Ma & Pa Kent.
    Finally, Anthony introduces first-time guest Bryan Dempsey to discuss a selection of Silver Age comic book stories featuring Krypto and the Super-Pets, including "The Dog of Steel" (ADVENTURE COMICS #214), "The Super-Monkey from Krypton" (SUPERBOY #76), and "The Legion of Super-Traitors" (ADVENTURE COMICS #293).
    "A Superboy Fan Journey" Chapter II.
    Support BATTLE CHRONICLE SOL-STRYKER from friend of the show V Ken Marion right here!
    Support the show and receive exclusive podcast content at Patreon.com/AnthonyDesiato, including the spinoff podcasts BEYOND METROPOLIS and DIGGING FOR JUSTICE!
    Visit BCW Supplies and use promo code FSP to save 10% on your next order of comics supplies.
    FACEBOOK GROUP: Digging for Kryptonite: A Superman Fan Group
    FACEBOOK PAGE: @diggingforkryptonitepod
    INSTAGRAM: @diggingforkryptonitepod
    TWITTER: @diggingforkrpod
    EMAIL: flatsquirrelproductions@gmail.com
    WEBSITE: FlatSquirrelProductions.com
    Digging for Kryptonite is a Flat Squirrel Production. Key art Isaiah Simmons (2020-2024 version by Gregg Schigiel). Theme music by Basic Printer.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Paragons of Earth
    Always Hold On To Smallville
    Fat Moose Comics
    Aw Yeah Comics
    Acme Comics
    Sam Lim
    The Pop Break
    Hang On To Your...

    • 2 hr 14 min
    Must There Be a Superboy? (150th Episode)

    Must There Be a Superboy? (150th Episode)

    Host Anthony Desiato celebrates the milestone 150th episode of the podcast with a sprawling new event: "A Superboy Fan Journey," examining the concept of Clark Kent as Superboy across time and media.
    In this kickoff episode, Anthony and guest Rich Roney ponder some big-picture questions about "the adventures of Superman when he was a boy" and share their feelings about this aspect of the mythology.
    Later in the episode, Tyler Patrick (KRYPTON REPORT) tags in as he and Anthony break down a quartet of key Golden Age Superboy tales: the origin from MORE FUN COMICS #101, the "Perry White, Cub Reporter" story from ADVENTURE COMICS #120, Lana Lang's first appearance in SUPERBOY #10, and Krypto the Super-Dog's debut in ADVENTURE COMICS #210.
    Next week: Superboy in the Silver Age of comics!
    Support the show and receive exclusive podcast content at Patreon.com/AnthonyDesiato, including the spinoff podcasts BEYOND METROPOLIS and DIGGING FOR JUSTICE!
    Visit BCW Supplies and use promo code FSP to save 10% on your next order of comics supplies.
    FACEBOOK GROUP: Digging for Kryptonite: A Superman Fan Group
    FACEBOOK PAGE: @diggingforkryptonitepod
    INSTAGRAM: @diggingforkryptonitepod
    TWITTER: @diggingforkrpod
    EMAIL: flatsquirrelproductions@gmail.com
    WEBSITE: FlatSquirrelProductions.com
    Digging for Kryptonite is a Flat Squirrel Production. Key art Isaiah Simmons (2020-2024 version by Gregg Schigiel). Theme music by Basic Printer.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Fat Moose Comics
    Aw Yeah Comics
    Acme Comics
    The Pop Break
    Hang On To Your Shorts Film Festival
    Always Hold On To Smallville
    Paragons of Earth
    Sam Lim

    • 1 hr 57 min
    Superman '78 & The Metal Curtain | Superman Adventures by Millar (DOUBLE FEATURE)

    Superman '78 & The Metal Curtain | Superman Adventures by Millar (DOUBLE FEATURE)

    Host Anthony Desiato presents a special double feature! First, Anthony welcomes back Superman cosplayer Daniel Sanchez (@wearingthecape) to discuss a pair of comic book stories in the spirit of the classic Christopher Reeve movie series: SUPERMAN '78 by Robert Venditti & Wilfredo Torres and its sequel, SUPERMAN '78: THE METAL CURTAIN, by Venditti & Gavin Guidry.
    Then, in the second half, Rob O'Connor (All Star Superfan Podcast) returns for a discussion of writer Mark Millar's run on the late 90s comic book series SUPERMAN ADVENTURES, set in the style and continuity of SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES.
    Next week, Digging for Kryptonite celebrates its milestone 150th episode with the start of an epic new fan journey! Stay tuned.
    Support the show and receive exclusive podcast content at Patreon.com/AnthonyDesiato, including the spinoff podcasts BEYOND METROPOLIS and DIGGING FOR JUSTICE!
    Visit BCW Supplies and use promo code FSP to save 10% on your next order of comics supplies.
    FACEBOOK GROUP: Digging for Kryptonite: A Superman Fan Group
    FACEBOOK PAGE: @diggingforkryptonitepod
    INSTAGRAM: @diggingforkryptonitepod
    TWITTER: @diggingforkrpod
    EMAIL: flatsquirrelproductions@gmail.com
    WEBSITE: FlatSquirrelProductions.com
    Digging for Kryptonite is a Flat Squirrel Production. Key art Isaiah Simmons (2020-2024 version by Gregg Schigiel). Theme music by Basic Printer.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Fat Moose Comics
    Aw Yeah Comics
    Sam Lim
    Always Hold On To Smallville
    Hang On To Your Shorts Film Festival
    Paragons of Earth
    Acme Comics
    The Pop Break

    • 2 hr 13 min
    Superman Comics Buying Guide

    Superman Comics Buying Guide

    Host Anthony Desiato and guest Nick Farina present a special comic book buying guide for readers who are new to Superman or comics in general. They offer advice on where to find comics, how to choose between available formats, why continuity does not have to be intimidating, and what stories to seek out at three different budget tiers ($50, $200, and $500). Anthony and Nick also discuss the challenges in collecting DC Comics in terms of out-of-print editions, discontinued lines, and uncollected material generally.
    Support the show and receive exclusive podcast content at Patreon.com/AnthonyDesiato, including the spinoff podcasts BEYOND METROPOLIS and DIGGING FOR JUSTICE!
    Visit BCW Supplies and use promo code FSP to save 10% on your next order of comics supplies.
    FACEBOOK GROUP: Digging for Kryptonite: A Superman Fan Group
    FACEBOOK PAGE: @diggingforkryptonitepod
    INSTAGRAM: @diggingforkryptonitepod
    TWITTER: @diggingforkrpod
    EMAIL: flatsquirrelproductions@gmail.com
    WEBSITE: FlatSquirrelProductions.com
    Digging for Kryptonite is a Flat Squirrel Production. Key art Isaiah Simmons (2020-2024 version by Gregg Schigiel). Theme music by Basic Printer.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Acme Comics
    Fat Moose Comics
    Aw Yeah Comics
    Always Hold On To Smallville
    Sam Lim
    Paragons of Earth
    Hang On To Your Shorts Film Festival
    The Pop Break

    • 1 hr 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

bb j. ,

Just finished Episode of American Alien

Awesome podcast! Keep it up! Up up and away!

chase15307 ,

Great explorations of Superman’s character

Hi Anthony,

I love your podcast. I got back into comics recently and your show was the perfect one to get into. The way you approach discussion of Clark and Kal-El’s character is really engaging. Rather than go page by page, you opine on what were the most meaningful beats in the story and what that means for the characters as we follow their journeys.

The first Superman story I read was All Star by Morrison at the beginning of 2023 and that hooked me since. Your show has been great reference for which runs/series to get into. Your appreciation for comic shops as a community is also well-taken.

Anyway, I’m writing this by a waterfall in the woods in a rainstorm so I better get going. I’m excited to be making my way through the Loeb and Kelly run right now.

Sincerely,
Chase

Gloftus ,

Great exploration of a character

I’m not a huge Superman fan (he’s kind of a blindspot for me), but the passion expressed on this show MAKES me a Superman fan. I love how it’s across all types of media and how it explores his place in the wider DC universe, diving deep into his impact both in comics and culturally.

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