Saturday, February 6, 2016

Episode #335 Part II: Superman Family Comic Book Cover Dated September 1961: World's Finest Comics #120!

World's Finest Comics 120, September 1961!



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First, I'd like to welcome a new podcast to the Silver Age neighborhood: GIANT SUPERMAN PODCAST, hosted by Jon M. Wilson and Bob Fisher, also available on iTunes!

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS 120, September 1961, was published around July 18, 1961. It contained 32 pages still for the cover price of only a dime. Jack Schiff was the editor, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Sheldon Moldoff.

- THE CHALLENGE OF THE FACELESS CREATURES (13 pgs.), written by Jerry Coleman and drawn by Jim Mooney. This story has also been reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: WORLD'S FINEST vol. II.

- Tommy Tomorrow starred in the seven page story titled, THE WEAPONS THAT BOOMERANGED, written by Jack Miller and drawn by Jim Mooney.

- Green Arrow and Speedy were featured in the six page story, THE DEADLY TROPHY HUNT, written by Ed Herron and drawn by Lee Elias. This story was also reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: GREEN ARROW vol. I.

Also highlighted in this episode were the issue's ads and other features.

If you are curious about the ads for Tootsie Roll Fudge which were published during this era of DC Comics, check out this 1950's TV commercial.

Elsewhere in DC Comics, 28 titles carried the September or September/October 1961 cover date, according to Mike's Amazing World Of DC Comics.

Next: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOKS COVER DATED OCTOBER 1961: PART I: SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 28 & PART II: SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 56!


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,
- The COMICS PODCAST NETWORK,
- The SUPERMAN WEBRING of websites, and

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, January 30, 2016

Episode #335 Part I: Superman Family Comic Book Cover Dated September 1961: Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #55!

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen 55, September 1961!



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SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 55, September 1961, was published on July 6, 1961. It contained 32 pages, still for the cover price of only 10¢. The editor was Mort Weisinger, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye. It featured the issue's third and final story.

- THE MONSTER THAT LOVED AQUA-JIMMY (8 pgs.), writer unknown according to Mike's Amazing World Of DC Comics and the Grand Comic Book Database, while comicbookdatabase.com credits Robert Bernstein as the author. Al Plastino was the artist. This story was also reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: AQUAMAN vol. I.

- JIMMY THE RED, THOR'S BEST PAL (8 pgs.), written by Robert Bernstein, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye. This story was also reprinted in SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 112, July 1968, published on May 28, 1968.

- JIMMY OLSEN'S SECRET POWER (9 pgs.), was written by Robert Bernstein, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye. This story was also reprinted in SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 113, August/September 1968, published on June 11, 1968, an 80 Pg. Giant for the cover price of a quarter.

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

Next Episode: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOK COVER DATED SEPTEMBER 1961 PART II: WORLD'S FINEST COMICS 120!

Then we will feature: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOKS COVER DATED OCTOBER 1961: PART I: SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 28 & PART II: SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 56!


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,
- The COMICS PODCAST NETWORK,
- The SUPERMAN WEBRING of websites, and

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!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Episode #334 Part II: Superman Family Comic Book Cover Dated August 1961: Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #27!

Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane 27, August 1961!



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SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 27, August 1961, was published around June 27, 1961. It contained 32 pages still for the cover price of a dime. Mort Weisinger was the editor, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Sheldon Moldoff, featuring the issue's first of three stories.

- LOIS LANE'S SUPER-BRAIN (9 pgs.), writer unknown according to Mike's Amazing World Of DC Comics, while the Grand Comic Book Database and ComicBookDatabase.com credit Robert Bernstein. Kurt Schaffenberger was the artist, and the story was reprinted in SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 95, September/October 1969, published on July 8, 1969, a 64-Pg. Giant for the cover price of a quarter.

- THE BATTLE OF THE SISTERS (9 pgs.), writer unknown according to Mike's Amazing World Of DC Comics, while the Grand Comic Book Database credits Jerry Siegel. The penciller was Curt Swan and the inker was Stan Kaye. Since there is some disagreement with the writer credit, we will not count this story towards Jerry Siegel's silver age comic book production. This story has not been reprinted.

- THE LAST DAYS OF LOIS LANE (8 pgs.), was written by Otto Binder, according to Mike's Amazing World Of DC Comics, while the Grand Comic Book Database credits Robert Bernstein. The artist was Kurt Schaffenberger. This story was reprinted in SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 84, July 1965, published on May 14, 1968 with the cover price of 12¢.

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

For some background on the monster-of-the-month plot common in BATMAN and WORLD'S FINEST COMICS during Jack Schiff's run as editor, click here.

Elsewhere in DC Comics, 31 titles carried the August or August/September 1961 cover date, according to Mike's Amazing World Of DC Comics. They were previously covered at the end of Episode 250, for the week of December 5, 2012.

Next Episodes: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOKS COVER DATED SEPTEMBER 1961: PART I: SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 55 & PART II: WORLD'S FINEST COMICS 120!

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,
- The COMICS PODCAST NETWORK,
- The SUPERMAN WEBRING of websites, and

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, January 16, 2016

Episode 334 Part I: Superman Family Comic Book Cover Dated August 1961: World's Finest Comics #119!

World's Finest Comics 119, August 1961!



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WORLD'S FINEST COMICS 119, August 1961, was published on June 6, 1961. It contained 32 pages for the cover price of 10¢. Jack Schiff was the editor, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye.

- The thirteen page Superman/Batman story was titled, THE SECRET OF TIGERMAN, written by Jerry Coleman, pencilled by Dick Sprang and inked by Stan Kaye. This story was reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: WORLD'S FINEST vol. II.

- Tommy Tomorrow starred in the seven page story, THE EARTH KING OF PLANETOID PLEXIS, written by Jack Miller and drawn by Jim Mooney.

- The six page Green Arrow and Speedy story was titled, THE MAN WITH THE MAGIC BOW, writer unknown, drawn by Lee Elias. This story was reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: GREEN ARROW vol. I.

Also highlighted in this episode are this issue's ads and other features.
This episode begins with MY PULL LIST segment for the comic books published in December 2015, which I received in my latest shipment from the Discount Comic Book Service.

Next episode: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOK COVER DATED AUGUST 1961 PART II: SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 27!

Then we continue our journey through the Superman Family comic books until we catch up with the Superman titles cover dated July 1964 with: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOKS COVER DATED SEPTEMBER 1961: PART I: SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 55 & PART II: WORLD'S FINEST COMICS 120!

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,
- The COMICS PODCAST NETWORK,
- The SUPERMAN WEBRING of websites, and

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, January 9, 2016

Episode #333: Superman 2015: The Year In Review!




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We begin 2016 by looking back at the Superman titles I read during 2015: ACTION COMICS, SUPERMAN and SUPERMAN: LOIS AND CLARK.

After summarizing the storylines in each title I review them and give my overall ratings for the year. Then I pick my favorite title of the year.

To finish the episode I highlight what is coming up on the podcast, including a few changes I'll be making to future episodes.

The first silver age Superman titles to be reviewed in 2016 will be: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOKS COVER DATED AUGUST 1961: PART I: WORLD'S FINEST COMICS 119 & PART II: SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 27!

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,
- The COMICS PODCAST NETWORK,
- The SUPERMAN WEBRING of websites, and

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, December 31, 2015

Episode #332: Superman Comic Book Cover Dated June 1964: Action Comics #313!

Action Comics 313: June 1964!



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ACTION COMICS 313, June 1964, was published around April 30, 1964. It contained 32 pages for the cover price of 12¢. Mort Weisinger was the editor, and the cover was pencilled by Curt S wan and inked by George Klein. It featured Supergirl's 11th appearance on the cover.

- THE END OF CLARK KENT'S SECRET IDENTITY (13 pgs.), writer unknown, was drawn by Al Plastino and has not been reprinted as of yet.

- Supergirl starred in the 12 page story titled, LENA THORUL, JUNGLE PRINCESS, written by Leo Dorfman, drawn by Jim Mooney and lettered by Milt Snappin. This story has also been reprinted in 100-PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR (DC-21), October 1973, cover price 50¢ and featured Superboy on the cover. This cover was drawn by Nick Cardy. SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERGIRL vol. II also reprinted this story.

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

Elsewhere in DC Comics 31 titles carried the June or June/July 1964 cover date, according to Mike's Amazing World Of DC Comics.

We begin 2016 with: SUPERMAN 2015: THE YEAR IN REVIEW!

SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOK COVER DATED AUGUST 1961: PART I: WORLD'S FINEST COMICS 119 & PART II: SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 27!


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,
- The COMICS PODCAST NETWORK,
- The SUPERMAN WEBRING of websites, and

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!

Episode #331 Part II: Superman Family Comic Book Cover Dated July 1961: Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #54!

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen 54: June 1961!



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SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 54, July 1961, was published on May 18, 1961. 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 John Forte. It featured the issue's second of three stories. The Grand Comic Book Database notes that this cover was inspired by the December 1938 issue of THRILLING WONDER STORIES (just as the previous issue was inspired by the July 1940 issue of the same magazine).

- ELASTIC LAD'S WRESTLING MATCH (8 pgs.), written by Robert Bernstein, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by John Forte. This story was reprinted in SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 111, June 1968, published on April 9, 1968.

- KING OF THE GIANT ANTS (9 pgs.), featured on the cover, was also written by Robert Bernstein, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye. This story was reprinted in SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 113, August/September 1968, published on June 11, 1968, an 80 Pg. Giant for the cover price of a quarter.

- BABY JIMMY OLSEN (10 pgs.), writer unknown, was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye, but was never reprinted as of yet.

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

During this episode I also mention the superhero related Christmas gifts I received and review the November 2015 comic books I received in the MY PULL LIST segment.

Next, for the last episode of 2015: SUPERMAN COMIC BOOK COVER DATED JUNE 1964: ACTION COMICS 313!

Beginning 2016: SUPERMAN 2015; THE YEAR IN REVIEW!

SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOKS COVER DATED AUGUST 1961: PART I: WORLD'S FINEST COMICS 119 & PART II: SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 26!


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,
- The COMICS PODCAST NETWORK,
- The SUPERMAN WEBRING of websites, and

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!