Thursday, June 26, 2014

Episode #299 Part II: Superman Family Comic Book Cover Dated April 1960: Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #44!

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen 44!


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NOTE: This is the 350th individual episode of THE SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST. Thank you for following me through the time barrier to explore the silver age adventures of Superman!

SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 44, April 1960, was published around February 18, 1960. It contained 32 pages for the cover price of a dime. Mort Weisinger was the editor, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye, featuring the first of the issue's three stories on the cover. All three stories in this issue have been reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN FAMILY vol. III.

- THE WOLF-MAN OF METROPOLIS (9 pgs.), was written by Otto Binder, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye. This story has also been reprinted in SUPERMAN: THE STRANGE TRANSFORMATIONS OF JIMMY OLSEN.

- JIMMY'S LEPRECHAUN PAL (8 pgs.), was written by Jerry Siegel, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by John Forte. This was Siegel's 82nd silver age Superman story, and his 126th overall for the era. Previously he wrote SUPERBOY MEETS SUPERGIRL for SUPERBOY 80, April 1960, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by John Forte. This story was reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERGIRL vol. I and SUPERBOY: THE GREATEST TEAM-UP STORIES EVER TOLD.

- MISS JIMMY OLSEN (9 pgs.), written by Robert Bernstein, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye, was also reprinted in SUPERMAN: DAILY PLANET.

Also highlighted in this episode were the issue's ads and other features, including the JIMMY OLSEN'S PEN PALS letter column.

Next Episode: SUPERMAN COMIC BOOK COVER DATED MARCH 1963: ACTION COMICS 298!

In 2 Weeks: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOK COVER DATED MAY 1960 PART I: WORLD'S FINEST COMICS 109!

In 3 Weeks: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOK COVER DATED MAY 1960 PART II: SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 17!

In 1 Month: SUPERMAN COMIC BOOK COVER DATED APRIL 1963 PART I: SUPERMAN 160!

In 5 Weeks: SUPERMAN COMIC BOOK COVER DATED APRIL 1963 PART II: ACTION COMICS 299!

If you're going to be in London, England between June 10 and July 12, 2014, you might be interested in the play, THE CORRUPTION OF DORIAN GREY at The Lion And The Unicorn Theatre. Click here for ticket information.

The Superman Fan Podcast is now available on Stitcher, for your smart phone, tablet or computer.

The new home for THE SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is http://thesupermanfanpodcast.blogspot.com. Send e-mail to supermanfanpodcast@gmail.com.

You can join the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST group or page on facebook, and follow the podcast on twitter @supermanpodcast.

SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is a proud member of the following:
- The LEAGUE OF COMIC BOOK PODCASTERS at http://www.comicbooknoise.com/league ,
- The SUPERMAN PODCAST NETWORK at http://supermanpodcastnetwork !
- COMICS PODCAST NETWORK! - http://www.comicspodcasts.com/,
- The SUPERMAN WEBRING of websites, and
- The SUPERMAN PODCAST NETWORK at http://supermanpodcastnetwork !

The theme of this podcast is PLANS IN MOTION, composed by Kevin MacLeod, and part of the royalty free music library at http://incompetech.com/.

Superman and all related characters are trademark and copyright DC Comics. Any art shown on this podcast is for entertainment purposes only, and not for profit. I make no claims of ownership of these images, nor do I earn any money from this podcast.

Thanks for listening to the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST and, as always, thanks to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, creators of Superman!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Episode #299 Part I: Superman Family Comic Book Cover Dated April 1960: Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #16!

Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane 16!



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SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 16, April 1960, was published on February 9, 1960. It contained 32 pages for the cover price of 10¢. Mort Weisinger was the editor, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye, featuring this issue's third and final story. All three nine page stories were drawn by classic Lois Lane artist Kurt Schaffenberger, and have been reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN FAMILY vol. III.

- LOIS LANE'S SIGNAL WATCH, writer unknown, according to Mike's Amazing World Of DC Comics and Comic Book Database, while the Grand Comic Book Database lists the author as possibly Jerry Siegel. Since there is some disagreement on the writer credit for this story, I won't add it to Jerry Siegel's total for his silver age career.

- THE MYSTERY OF SKULL ISLAND, again, writer unknown according to Mike's Amazing World Of DC Comics and the Comic Book Database.com, while the Grand Comic Book Database credits Robert Bernstein as the author.

- THE KRYPTONITE GIRL, according to Mike's Amazing World Of DC Comics and Comic Book Database.com, the writer is unknown, while the Grand Comic Book Database lists Jerry Siegel as the writer. Since there is some disagreement about the author of this story, I'll also not add this credit to Jerry Siegel's silver age comic book career.

Also highlighted in this episode are the issue's ads and other features, including the LETTERS TO LOIS column.

Next Episode: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOK COVER DATED APRIL 1960 PART II: SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 44!

In 2 Weeks: SUPERMAN COMIC BOOK COVER DATED MARCH 1963: ACTION COMICS 298!

In 3 Weeks: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOK COVER DATED MAY 1960 PART I: WORLD'S FINEST COMICS 109!

In 1 Month: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOK COVER DATED MAY 1960 PART II: SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 17!

If you're going to be in London, England between June 10 and July 12, 2014, you might be interested in the play, THE CORRUPTION OF DORIAN GREY at The Lion And The Unicorn Theatre. Click here for ticket information.


The Superman Fan Podcast is now available on Stitcher, for your smart phone, tablet or computer.

The new home for THE SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is http://thesupermanfanpodcast.blogspot.com. Send e-mail to supermanfanpodcast@gmail.com.

You can join the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST group or page on facebook, and follow the podcast on twitter @supermanpodcast.

SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is a proud member of the following:
- The LEAGUE OF COMIC BOOK PODCASTERS at http://www.comicbooknoise.com/league ,
- The SUPERMAN PODCAST NETWORK at http://supermanpodcastnetwork !
- COMICS PODCAST NETWORK! - http://www.comicspodcasts.com/,
- The SUPERMAN WEBRING of websites, and
- The SUPERMAN PODCAST NETWORK at http://supermanpodcastnetwork !

The theme of this podcast is PLANS IN MOTION, composed by Kevin MacLeod, and part of the royalty free music library at http://incompetech.com/.

Superman and all related characters are trademark and copyright DC Comics. Any art shown on this podcast is for entertainment purposes only, and not for profit. I make no claims of ownership of these images, nor do I earn any money from this podcast.

Thanks for listening to the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST and, as always, thanks to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, creators of Superman!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Episode #298 Part II: Superman Comic Book Cover Dated February 1963: Action Comics #297!

Action Comics 297!


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ACTION COMICS 297, February 1963, was published on December 27, 1962. It contained 32 pages for the cover price of 12¢, and, according to the Statement Of Ownership printed inside, had a total circulation of 435,000 copies. Mort Weisinger was the editor, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by George Klein, the same art team for the Superman story in this issue.

- THE MAN WHO BETRAYED SUPERMAN'S IDENTITY (13 pgs.), was written by Leo Dorfman, and was reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN vol. IV.

- Supergirl starred in the 13 page story, THE FORBIDDEN WEAPONS OF KRYPTON, written by Leo Dorfman and drawn by Jim Mooney, and was reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERGIRL vol. II.

Elsewhere in DC Comics, 30 titles carried the February, or February/March 1963 cover date, according to Mike's Amazing World Of DC Comics.

Also highlighted in this episode are this issue's ads and other features, including the METROPOLIS MAILBAG letter column.

Next Episode: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOK COVER DATED APRIL 1960 PART I: SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 16!

In 2 Weeks: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOK COVER DATED APRIL 1960 PART II: SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 44!

In 3 Weeks: SUPERMAN COMIC BOOK COVER DATED MARCH 1963: ACTION COMICS 298!

The Superman Fan Podcast is now available on Stitcher, for your smart phone, tablet or computer.

The new home for THE SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is http://thesupermanfanpodcast.blogspot.com. Send e-mail to supermanfanpodcast@gmail.com.

You can join the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST group or page on facebook, and follow the podcast on twitter @supermanpodcast.

SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is a proud member of the following:
- The LEAGUE OF COMIC BOOK PODCASTERS at http://www.comicbooknoise.com/league ,
- The SUPERMAN PODCAST NETWORK at http://supermanpodcastnetwork !
- COMICS PODCAST NETWORK! - http://www.comicspodcasts.com/,
- The SUPERMAN WEBRING of websites, and
- The SUPERMAN PODCAST NETWORK at http://supermanpodcastnetwork !

The theme of this podcast is PLANS IN MOTION, composed by Kevin MacLeod, and part of the royalty free music library at http://incompetech.com/.

Superman and all related characters are trademark and copyright DC Comics. Any art shown on this podcast is for entertainment purposes only, and not for profit. I make no claims of ownership of these images, nor do I earn any money from this podcast.

Thanks for listening to the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST and, as always, thanks to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, creators of Superman!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Episode #298 Part I: Superman Comic Book Cover Dated February 1963: Superman #159!

Superman 159!


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SUPERMAN 159, February 1963, was published around December 20, 1962. It contained 32 pages for the cover price of 12¢. According to the Statement Of Ownership which was printed in this issue, the monthly circulation of this title at this time was 740,000 copies. The editor was Mort Weisinger, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by George Klein,the same art team who drew this issue's three part imaginary novel, as it was described on the cover.

LOIS LANE: THE SUPER-MAID OF KRYPTON (26 pgs.), was written by Edmond Hamilton, and reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN vol. IV.

- Part I: LOIS LANE'S FLIGHT FROM EARTH (9 pgs.)

- Part II: THE FEMALE LUTHOR FROM KRYPTON (9 pgs.)

- Part III: THE DOOM OF SUPER-MAID (8 pgs.) (SPOILER ALERT!)

Also highlighted in this episode are this issue's ads and other features, including the METROPOLIS MAILBAG letter column.

Next Episode: SUPERMAN COMIC BOOK COVER DATED FEBRUARY 1963 PART II: ACTION COMICS 297!

In 2 Weeks: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOK COVER DATED APRIL 1960 PART I: SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 16!

In 3 Weeks: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOK COVER DATED APRIL 1960 PART II: SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 44!

In 1 Month: SUPERMAN COMIC BOOK COVER DATED MARCH 1963: ACTION COMICS 298!

The Superman Fan Podcast is now available on Stitcher, for your smart phone, tablet or computer.

The new home for THE SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is http://thesupermanfanpodcast.blogspot.com. Send e-mail to supermanfanpodcast@gmail.com.

You can join the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST group or page on facebook, and follow the podcast on twitter @supermanpodcast.

SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is a proud member of the following:
- The LEAGUE OF COMIC BOOK PODCASTERS at http://www.comicbooknoise.com/league ,
- The SUPERMAN PODCAST NETWORK at http://supermanpodcastnetwork !
- COMICS PODCAST NETWORK! - http://www.comicspodcasts.com/,
- The SUPERMAN WEBRING of websites, and
- The SUPERMAN PODCAST NETWORK at http://supermanpodcastnetwork !

The theme of this podcast is PLANS IN MOTION, composed by Kevin MacLeod, and part of the royalty free music library at http://incompetech.com/.

Superman and all related characters are trademark and copyright DC Comics. Any art shown on this podcast is for entertainment purposes only, and not for profit. I make no claims of ownership of these images, nor do I earn any money from this podcast.

Thanks for listening to the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST and, as always, thanks to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, creators of Superman!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Episode #297 Part II: Superman Family Comic Book Cover Dated March 1960: World's Finest Comics #108!

World's Finest Comics 108!


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WORLD'S FINEST COMICS 108, March 1960, was published around January 14, 1960. It contained 32 pages for the cover price of a dime. Jack Schiff was the editor, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye.

- The 12 page Superman/Batman story was titled THE STAR CREATURES, written by Jerry Coleman and pencilled by Dick Sprang. Mike's Amazing World Of DC Comics and the Grand Comic Book Database credit Sheldon Moldoff as the inker, while the Comic Book Database.com lists Charles Paris as the inker. This story was reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: WORLD'S FINEST vol. I, which also credits Charles Paris as the inker.

Also highlighted in this episode are this issue's ads and other features, including:

- Tommy Tomorrow, starring in the six page story titled, THE SORCERER FROM SPACE. Mike's Amazing World Of DC Comics credits Otto Binder as the writer, while the Grand Comic Book Database and the Comic Book Database.com do not list a writer for this story. Jim Mooney was the artist for this story.

- Green Arrow starred in the seven page story, THE CREATURE FROM THE CRATER, written by Ed Herron and drawn by Lee Elias.

Elsewhere in DC Comics, 27 titles carried the March or March/April 1960 cover date, according to Mike's Amazing World Of DC Comics, which were covered in Episode 208, for the week of Wednesday, December 27, 2011.

Next Episode: SUPERMAN COMIC BOOK COVER DATED FEBRUARY 1963 PART I: SUPERMAN 159!

In 2 Weeks: SUPERMAN COMIC BOOK COVER DATED FEBRUARY 1963 PART II: ACTION COMICS 297!

In 3 Weeks: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOK COVER DATED APRIL 1960 PART I: SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 16!

In 1 Month: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOK COVER DATED APRIL 1960 PART II: SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 44!

The Superman Fan Podcast is now available on Stitcher, for your smart phone, tablet or computer.

The new home for THE SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is http://thesupermanfanpodcast.blogspot.com. Send e-mail to supermanfanpodcast@gmail.com.

You can join the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST group or page on facebook, and follow the podcast on twitter @supermanpodcast.

SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is a proud member of the following:
- The LEAGUE OF COMIC BOOK PODCASTERS at http://www.comicbooknoise.com/league ,
- The SUPERMAN PODCAST NETWORK at http://supermanpodcastnetwork !
- COMICS PODCAST NETWORK! - http://www.comicspodcasts.com/,
- The SUPERMAN WEBRING of websites, and- The SUPERMAN PODCAST NETWORK at http://supermanpodcastnetwork !

The theme of this podcast is PLANS IN MOTION, composed by Kevin MacLeod, and part of the royalty free music library at http://incompetech.com/.

Superman and all related characters are trademark and copyright DC Comics. Any art shown on this podcast is for entertainment purposes only, and not for profit. I make no claims of ownership of these images, nor do I earn any money from this podcast.

Thanks for listening to the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST and, as always, thanks to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, creators of Superman!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Episode #297 Part I: Superman Family Comic Book Cover Dated March 1960: Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #43!

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen 43!


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SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 43, March 1960, was published around January 5, 1960. This issue contained 32 pages for the cover price of 10¢. Mort Weisinger was the editor, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye, featuring the issue's third and final story. All three stories have been reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN FAMILY vol. III.

- JIMMY OLSEN'S FOUR FADS (8 pgs.), the writer was unknown, but the art team was penciller Curt Swan and inker Stan Kaye.

- PHANTOM FINGERS OLSEN (9 pgs.), writer unknown, was pencilled by Wayne Boring and inked by Stan Kaye.

- JIMMY OLSEN'S PRIVATE MONSTER (9 pgs.), was written by Jerry Siegel, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by John Forte. This was Siegel's 80th silver age Superman family story, and his 123rd overall for this era. Previously, he wrote, KRYPTO'S MEAN MASTER for ADVENTURE COMICS 269, February 1960, and LIFE ON KRYPTON in SUPERBOY 79, March 1960. Both of these stories were drawn by George Papp.

Also highlighted in this episode were the ads and other features in this issue, including the JIMMY OLSEN'S PEN PALS letter column.

Next Episode; SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOK COVER DATED MARCH 1960 PART II: WORLD'S FINEST COMICS 108!

In 2 Weeks: SUPERMAN COMIC BOOK COVER DATED FEBRUARY 1963 PART I: SUPERMAN 159!

In 3 Weeks: SUPERMAN COMIC BOOK COVER DATED FEBRUARY 1963 PART II: ACTION COMICS 297!

In one month: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOK COVER DATED APRIL 1960 PART I: SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 16!

In 5 Weeks: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOK COVER DATED APRIL 1960 PART II: SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 44!

The Superman Fan Podcast is now available on Stitcher, for your smart phone, tablet or computer.

The new home for THE SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is http://thesupermanfanpodcast.blogspot.com. Send e-mail to supermanfanpodcast@gmail.com.

You can join the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST group or page on facebook, and follow the podcast on twitter @supermanpodcast.

SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is a proud member of the following:
- The LEAGUE OF COMIC BOOK PODCASTERS at http://www.comicbooknoise.com/league ,
- The SUPERMAN PODCAST NETWORK at http://supermanpodcastnetwork !
- COMICS PODCAST NETWORK! - http://www.comicspodcasts.com/,
- The SUPERMAN WEBRING of websites, and- The SUPERMAN PODCAST NETWORK at http://supermanpodcastnetwork !

The theme of this podcast is PLANS IN MOTION, composed by Kevin MacLeod, and part of the royalty free music library at http://incompetech.com/.

Superman and all related characters are trademark and copyright DC Comics. Any art shown on this podcast is for entertainment purposes only, and not for profit. I make no claims of ownership of these images, nor do I earn any money from this podcast.

Thanks for listening to the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST and, as always, thanks to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, creators of Superman!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Episode #295 Part III: Superman Comic Book Cover Dated January 1963: Action Comics #296!

Action Comics 296!



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ACTION COMICS 296, January 1963, was published on November 29, 1962. It contained 32 pages for the cover price of 12¢. Mort Weisinger was the editor, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by George Klein.

- The 13 page Superman story was titled THE INVASION OF THE SUPER-ANTS, writer unknown, with art done by Al Plastino. This story has been reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN vol. IV.

- Supergirl starred in the 12 page story titled THE GIRL WHO WAS SUPERGIRL'S DOUBLE, written by Leo Dorfman and drawn by Jim Mooney. This story was reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERGIRL vol. II.

Elsewhere in DC Comics, 30 titles carried the January or January/February 1963 cover date, thanks to Mike's Amazing World Of Comics.

Also highlighted in this episode are the issue's ads and other features, including the METROPOLIS MAILBAG letter page.

Next Episode: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOK COVER DATED MARCH 1960 PART I: SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 43!

In 2 Weeks: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOK COVER DATED MARCH 1960 PART II: WORLD'S FINEST COMICS 108!

In 3 Weeks: SUPERMAN COMIC BOOK COVER DATED FEBRUARY 1963 PART I: SUPERMAN 159!

In a month: SUPERMAN COMIC BOOK COVER DATED FEBRUARY 1963 PART II: ACTION COMICS 297!

The Superman Fan Podcast is now available on Stitcher, for your smart phone, tablet or computer.

The new home for THE SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is http://thesupermanfanpodcast.blogspot.com. Send e-mail to supermanfanpodcast@gmail.com.

You can join the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST group or page on facebook, and follow the podcast on twitter @supermanpodcast.

SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is a proud member of the following:
- The LEAGUE OF COMIC BOOK PODCASTERS at http://www.comicbooknoise.com/league ,
- The SUPERMAN PODCAST NETWORK at http://supermanpodcastnetwork !
- COMICS PODCAST NETWORK! - http://www.comicspodcasts.com/,
- The SUPERMAN WEBRING of websites, and- The SUPERMAN PODCAST NETWORK at http://supermanpodcastnetwork !

The theme of this podcast is PLANS IN MOTION, composed by Kevin MacLeod, and part of the royalty free music library at http://incompetech.com/.

Superman and all related characters are trademark and copyright DC Comics. Any art shown on this podcast is for entertainment purposes only, and not for profit. I make no claims of ownership of these images, nor do I earn any money from this podcast.

Thanks for listening to the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST and, as always, thanks to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, creators of Superman!