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Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane 19!

Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane 19!

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This episode features the first official IMAGINARY STORY by DC Comics: MR. & MRS. CLARK (SUPERMAN) KENT! from SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE #19, August 1960, published on June 28, 1960. Jerry Siegel wrote the story, which was drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger. The editor was Mort Weisinger. This story was reprinted in the reprint edition DC’S GREATEST IMAGINARY STORIES.

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Action Comics #60 & Superman #125!

Action Comics #60 & Superman #125!

 

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The stories featured in this episode share the plot device of Lois Lane dreaming.

The first story is LOIS LANE — SUPERWOMAN! published in ACTION COMICS #60, May 1943, published around March 16, 1943. Jack Schiff was the editor. The story was written by Jerry Siegel and drawn by George Roussos. It was reprinted in SUPERMAN: THE ACTION COMICS ARCHIVE vol. IV.

The second and final story featured is LOIS LANE’S SUPER DREAM! published in SUPERMAN #125, November 1958, published around September 18, 1958. Mort Weisinger was the editor. This story was written by Jerry Coleman and drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger.

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Superman #132!

Superman #132!

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The imaginary story SUPERMAN’S OTHER LIFE was published in SUPERMAN #132, October 1959, August 6, 1959. It was made possible by none other than Batman and Robin!

This story has been reprinted in:

THE GREATEST SUPERMAN STORIES EVER TOLD,

SUPERMAN: THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD vol. II,

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN, vol. I.

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Superman from the opening of the Fleischer Superman cartoons from the 1940's!

Superman from the opening of the Fleischer Superman cartoons from the 1940’s!

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The Fleischer Studio produced the first films of Superman, in a cartoon series that ran from 1941 – 1943. A new DVD collection of the series, MAX FLEISCHER’S SUPERMAN 1941 – 1942 was released on April 7, 2009.

The cartoons in the series were:

SUPERMAN, the pilot cartoon, released September 26, 1941, running time 10:22. This cartoon earned the last Academy Award nomination for Fleischer Studios and lost to Disney’s LEND A PAW, starring Pluto. After a brief origin portraying the last survivor of an exploding planet rocketed to Earth as a baby, being found and turned in to an orphanage and growing up to be reporter Clark Kent, the story involved a mad scientist who threatened the city with a destructive ray at midnight.

THE MECHANICAL MONSTER, November 28, 1941, 10:14. Another mad scientist used an army of robots to rob the city on solo missions.

BILLION DOLLAR LIMITED, January 9, 1942, 8:35. Superman protected a train, loaded with gold and bound to the National Mint, from a masked gang who attempted to hijack the train and steal the gold.

THE ARCTIC GIANT, February 27, 1942, 8:35. A frozen dinosaur was discovered in Siberia and shipped to Metropolis to be displayed, still frozen, in a museum. After the refrigeration generator malfunctioned, the dinosaur awoke and threatened the city.

THE BULLETEERS, March 27, 1942, 8:02. A gang, piloting a bullet shaped flying car, terrorized and robbed Metropolis. This cartoon included the first specific mention of Metropolis.

THE MAGNETIC TELESCOPE, April 24, 1942, 7:38. Another mad scientist used a magnet on top of an astronomical observatory to pull celestial bodies closer to Earth for observation. One fell out of control and crashed into the city, coming to a stop in the water off the docks. The city authorities warned the scientist to stop his dangerous experiments.

ELECTRIC EARTHQUAKE, May 15, 1942, 8:42. A Native American scientist used an underwater base to cause earthquakes in Manhattan, because the island rightfully belonged to Native Americans, in his opinion. This was a less objectionable portrayal of a minority because, even though the villain was a Native American, he was brilliant, which differed from the portrayal of Native Americans in this era. Also, there were no racial comments by any of the characters. When he told the Planet staff his claims, Clark asked, “Well, what do you want us to do about it?”. The villain answered, “Print the truth.”

VOLCANO, July 10, 1942, 7:56. Clark and Lois covered the threatening eruption of Mt. Monokoa on an island. Lois was trapped on the volcano slope when it erupted, and a lava flow threatened the population.

TERROR ON THE MIDWAY, August 28, 1942, 8:22. Clark and Lois covered a circus, where a giant gorilla escaped from its cage and terrorized the crowd.

JAPOTEURS, September 18, 1942, 9:05. Japanese spies attempted to steal the world’s largest bomber plane and fly it to Tokyo. This cartoon contained the typical racial caricature of oriental people in this era. As mentioned before, this was the first Superman cartoon produced under the Famous Studios name after Paramount took control of the studio.

SHOWDOWN, October 16, 1942, 8:14. A criminal wore a Superman costume while performing robberies for his crime boss, who was based on Al Capone. The real Superman was wanted by the police for the crimes.

ELEVENTH HOUR, November 20, 1942, 7:58. Clark and Lois were held in a Yokohama hotel with barred windows. At 11:00 every night, Clark, as Superman, would remove the bars from his window and fly away to sabotague the Japanese military. Lois faced a firing squad as a spy. This was another cartoon that continued the racial caricature of oriental people common to the era.

DESTRUCTION, INC., December 25, 1942, 8:32. The body of a munitions plant guard was found in a swamp. Lois went undercover at the plant and was discovered by a shady manager and two of his henchmen.

THE MUMMY STRIKES, February 19, 1943, 7:46. An expert Egyptologist was found dead near the mummy of King Tush in a museum. His assistant Janet Hogan was convicted of his murder. A Dr. Wilson contacted Clark Kent about evidence he had found that might clear her name. Lois, suspicious of s story, secretly followed Clark into the museum. It was unusual to watch a cartoon with a character who had the same last name as me.

JUNGLE DRUMS, March 26, 1943, 8:00. Nazi soldiers used an ancient African temple as a base to radio the coordinates of Allied convoys to German submarines. Lois’s plane was shot down and she was captured by members of an African primitive tribe loyal to the Nazi leader. He portrayed a high priest that the tribe worshiped. The African tribe was portrayed in the typical racial stereotype common to the era.

THE UNDERGROUND WORLD, June 18, 1943, 8:13. The Daily Planet financed an expedition led by an explorer of hidden caverns discovered by his long lost father. Clark and Lois accompanied the explorer where they discovered an underground civilization of winged humanoids.

SECRET AGENT, July 30, 1943, 7:39. An undercover woman had infiltrated a Nazi spy organization. She broke her cover to carry information about the group to her superiors in Washington, D. C. She was being chased by Nazi agents. This was the only cartoon in the series that did not include Lois Lane, but it is possible that Joan Alexander voiced the female agent. This cartoon was the last episode of the series.

For more information about the 1940’s Superman cartoon and the Fleischer Studio:

http://www.bambooweb.com/articles/f/l/Fleischer_Studio.html

http://www.toonopedia.com/fleischr.htm

http://www.timbergalley.com/

http://www.flixens.com/the_real_heroes_of_superman_part_3

http://www.supermanhomepage.com/movies/movies.php?topic=m-fleis2

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This episode begins an annual summer feature of Superman’s “imaginary stories”. Part I is a brief history of DC’s imaginary stories. The featured publication for this episode is THE GREATEST IMAGINARY STORIES EVER TOLD, published on September 1, 2005. The Superman imaginary stories featured in this episode are:

SUPERMAN’S OTHER LIFE, SUPERMAN #132, October 1959, reprinted in THE GREATEST SUPERMAN STORIES EVER TOLD, SUPERMAN: THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD vol. II and SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN, vol. I

Featured in THE GREATEST IMAGINARY STORIES EVER TOLD:

MR. AND MRS. CLARK (SUPERMAN) KENT, SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE #19, August 1960.

THE AMAZING STORY OF SUPERMAN-RED AND SUPERMAN-BLUE, SUPERMAN #162, July 1963, also reprinted in THE GREATEST SUPERMAN STORIES EVER TOLD and SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN vol. IV.

THE THREE WIVES OF SUPERMAN, SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE #51, August 1964.

THE FANTASTIC STORY OF SUPERMAN’S SONS, SUPERMAN #166, January 1964.

The final story of THE GREATEST IMAGINARY STORIES EVER TOLD is SUPERMAN AND BATMAN — BROTHERS in WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #172, December 1967.

The last official imaginary story was WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE MAN OF TOMORROW, originally published in SUPERMAN #423 and ACTION COMICS #583, September 1986. This story was reprinted in DC UNIVERSE; THE STORIES OF ALAN MOORE and WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE MAN OF TOMORROW.

The DC Comics Annuals for 1991 tied into the ARMAGEDDON 2001 mini-series. The 1991 Superman Annuals were:

SUPERMAN ANNUAL #3 was titled EXECUTION 2001.

ACTION COMICS #3, titled EXECUTIVE ACTION.

THE ADVNETURES OF SUPERMAN ANNUAL #3, titled BEYOND THE REACH OF TIME.

Beginning in 1991, DC began publishing “imaginary stories” inder the ELSEWORLDS imprint. The Superman ELSEWORLDS stories were:

SUPERMAN: SPEEDING BULLETS, 1993.

ELSEWORLD’S FINEST: SUPERGIRL AND BATGIRL, 1994.

Also in 1994, the DC Annuals carried the ELSEWORLDS banner. The 1994 Superman ELSEWORLDS Annuals were:

SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL ANNUAL #3, titled UNFORGIVEN.

SUPERMAN ANNUAL #6, titled THE FERAL MAN OF STEEL.

THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN ANNUAL #6, titled THE LONGEST NIGHT.

SUPERBOY ANNUAL #1, titled MEN OF STEEL.

Other Superman ELSEWORLD titles were:

SUPERMAN: KAL, 1995.

SUPERMAN: AT EARTH’S END, 1995.

SUPERMAN’S METROPOLIS, 1996.

KINGDOM COME, 1996.

SUPERMAN AND WONDER WOMAN: WHOM GODS DESTROY, 1997.

SUPERMAN: THE DARK SIDE, 1998.

SUPERMAN: DISTANT FIRES, 1998.

JLA: THE NAIL, 1998.

SUPERMAN AND BATMAN: GENERATIONS, 1999.

SUPERMAN: WAR OF THE WORLDS, 1999.

SUPERMAN: A NATION DIVIDED, 1999.

SUPERMAN AND BATMAN: GENERATIONS 2, 2001-2002.

SUPERMAN: RED SON, 2003.

SUPERMAN AND BATMAN: GENERATIONS 3, 2003-2004.

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MY PULL LIST is my spoiler free comic book review blog of the titles I read every week. It can be found at http://mypulllist.blogspot.com/ . Send e-mail about this blog to mypulllist@gmail.com .

Superman and all related characters are trademark and copyright DC Comics.

Thanks for listening to this episode of the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST and, as always, thanks to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

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