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(Top L - R:) World's Finest Comics 113 & Superman 141! (Bottom L - R:) Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane 21, Action Comics 270 & Adventure Comics 278!

(Top L – R:) World’s Finest Comics 113 & Superman 141!
(Bottom L – R:) Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane 21, Action Comics 270 & Adventure Comics 278!

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As I celebrate my 50th birthday this week, on this episode I feature the Superman stories that were published the month I was born: September, 1960! Thanks to MIKE’S AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS  for being an invaluable resource for this episode, as always!

DC published 27 titles during the month of September 1960, five of them Superman titles. They carried the cover date of November or November / December 1960, and a few carried the cover date of December 1960. All of the Superman titles that were published this month carried the November 1960 cover date.

– WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 113: published on September 6, 1960 and edited by Jack Schiff. The cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye. It featured the Superman / Batman story, BAT-MITE MEETS MR. MXYZPTLK, written by Jerry Coleman, pencilled by Dick Sprang and inked by Sheldon Moldoff. This story was reprinted in BATMAN FROM THE THIRTIES TO THE SEVENTIES, WORLD’S FINEST COMICS ARCHIVES vol. III and SHOWCASE PRESENTS: WORLD’S FINEST vol. II. (I may have mistakenly said vol. III. That’s what I had written in my notes.)

The remaining Superman related titles were edited by Mort Weisinger.

– SUPERMAN 141: published on September 15, 1960. The cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye. SUPERMAN’S RETURN TO KRYPTON was written by Jerry Siegel, pencilled by Wayne Boring and inked by Stan Kaye. It was reprinted in SUPERMAN IN THE SIXTIES, SUPERMAN: THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD vol. II and SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN vol. II.

– SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 21 was published on September 22, 1960. The cover featured the second story in the issue, and was pencilled by Curt Swan and Kurt Schaffenberger (who inked Lois Lane and maybe Lana Lang). the rest of the cover was inked by Stan Kaye. THE LOIS LANE DOLL was written by Edmond Hamilton and drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger. It was reprinted in SUPERMAN: THE BOTTLE CITY OF KANDOR. THE BATTLE BETWEEN SUPER LOIS AND SUPER LANA was drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger. The writer credit was unknown. It was only reprinted in 80 PAGE GIANT #3, with the cover date of September 1964.

I was disappointed to learn that no Superman titles were published on my birthday of September 27, 1960. The final two Superman related titles were published on September 29, 1960.

– ACTION COMICS 270: The cover was drawn by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye. THE OLD MAN OF METROPOLIS was written by Otto Binder, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by John Forte. It was reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN vol. II and SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERGIRL vol. I. SUPERGIRL’S BUSIEST DAY was written by Jerry Siegel and drawn by Jim Mooney. This story was reprinted in SUPERGIRL ARCHIVES vol. II and SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERGIRL vol. I.

– ADVENTURE COMICS 278: The cover was drawn by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye. SUPERGIRL IN SMALLVILLE was written by Otto Binder and drawn by Al Plastino. It was reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERGIRL vol. I.

Next Episode: HOW CLARK KENT MET LOIS LANE!

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Superman #200, October 1967!

Superman #200, October 1967!

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While the three issue Elseworld’s mini-series LAST FAMILY OF KRYPTON still has one issue remaining to be published by DC Comics, I thought I would present this similar story from SUPERMAN 200. It was published under the title SUPER-BROTHER AGAINST SUPER-BROTHER, with the cover date of October 1967, published on August 3, 1967. The editor was Mort Weisinger, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye. The story was written by Cary Bates, the same writer of the current LAST FAMILY OF KRYPTON. The story art was drawn by Wayne Boring.

At the end of the story the editors dedicated the 200th issue of SUPERMAN to the 100th Anniversary of Canada becoming a United Federation.

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(Top L to R:) Adventure Comics 253, October 1958, Superboy 86, January 1961, Superman  181, November 1965! (Bottom L to R:) World's Finest Comics 155, February 1966, Issue 159, August 1966 & Issue 172, December 1967!

(Top L to R:) Adventure Comics 253, October 1958, Superboy 86, January 1961, Superman 181, November 1965!
(Bottom L to R:) World’s Finest Comics 155, February 1966, Issue 159, August 1966 & Issue 172, December 1967!

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My personal Superman legacy continues this episode with a look at some of the earliest Superman stories that I read. While they all might not literally be the earliest Superman stories I ever read, they are the ones that stand out in my memory of the Man Of Steel’s stories from my childhood. All of them were edited by Mort Weisinger.

– SUPERMAN MEETS ROBIN THE BOY WONDER: ADVENTURE COMICS 253, October 1958, published around August 28, 1958. Written by Dave Wood, and drawn by Al Plastino. This story was reprinted in THE GREATEST TEAM-UP STORIES EVER TOLD and SUPERBOY: THE GREATEST TEAM-UP STORIES EVER TOLD.

– THE ARMY OF LIVING KRYPTONITE MEN from SUPERBOY 86, January 1961, published around November 17, 1960. The writer was Jerry Siegel and the artist George Papp. This story has been reprinted in LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES ARCHIVE vol. I, SUPERMAN VS. LEX LUTHOR and SHOWCASE PRESENTS: LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES vol. I.

– SUPERMAN 181, November 1965, published on September 16, 1965. The art for this issue was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by George Klein. THE SUPER SCOOPS OF MONA VINE was written by Leo Dorfman and THE SUPERMAN OF 2965 was written by Edmond Hamilton.

– WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 155, February 1966, published on December 9, 1965. EXIT BATMAN, ENTER NIGHTMAN was written by Edmond Hamilton, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by George Klein. This story was reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: WORLD’S FINEST vol. III.

– WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 159, August 1966, published on June 9, 1966. THE CAPE AND COWL CROOKS was written by Edmond Hamilton, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by George Klein. This story has been reprinted in SUPERMAN / BATMAN: THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD and SHOWCASE PRESENTS: WORLD’S FINEST vol. III.

– WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 172, December 1967, published on October 26, 1967. SUPERMAN AND BATMAN – BROTHERS was written by the teen aged Jim Shooter, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by George Klein.

Next Episode: LAST CITY OF KRYPTON in SUPERMAN 200!

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For three of the next four weeks I will feature my personal Superman legacy. This week I highlight some of my other favorite Superman artists. I divided them into two groups, Classic, for the years before the 1986 MAN OF STEEL mini-series, and Modern, after the 1986 MOS series.

CLASSIC:

WAYNE BORING: featured in Episode 76. For more information on Wayne Boring, go to his website: http://www.wayneboring.blogspot.com/.

KURT SCHAFFENBERGER: featured in Episode 5.

AL PLASTINO & JIM MOONEY: I grouped them together because I find their individual art styles very similar. For more information about Al Plastino, go to http://www.alplastino.com/. Jim Mooney was the subject of Episode 13 .

NEAL ADAMS: featured in Episode 77 . For more information about Neal Adams go to his websites: http://www.nealadams.com/ , and http://www.nealadamsentertainment.com/ .

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MODERN:

JOHN BYRNE: featured in Episode 25 . For more information about John Byrne, go to his website: http://www.byrnerobotics.com/.

JERRY ORDWAY: for more information about Jerry Ordway, go to his website: http://ordstersrandomthoughts.blogspot.com/.

ALEX ROSS: featured in Episode 110. For more information about Alex Ross, go to his website: http://www.alexrossart.com/. For a peek at his art studio, go to: http://www.alexrossart.com/rossreport.asp?id=483.

STUART IMMONEN: for more information about Stuart Immonen go to his website: http://www.immonen.ca/. To read his web comic MOVING PICTURES, go to: http://www.immonen.ca/comics/.

Next Episode: SUPERMAN LEGACY MONTH WEEK II: MY EARLIEST SUPERMAN STORIES!

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Superman #414, December 1985!

Superman #414, December 1985!

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This episode features the second part of the story which began as the main story of DC COMICS PRESENTS 87. Part one of this story was highlighted in Episode 138: THE ORIGIN OF SUPERBOY PRIME: DC COMICS PRESENTS 87!

REVENGE IS LIFE – DEATH TO SUPERMAN! appeared in SUPERMAN 414, December 1985, published on September 15, 1985. Julius Schwartz was the editor and Eduardo Barreto drew the cover. Elloit S! Maggin wrote the story, which was pencilled by Curt Swan, inked by Al Williamson (mistakenly credited as Murphy Anderson in the episode), lettered by Ed King and colored by Gene D’Angelo. There are no reprints available on this story, but can be read online at http://superman.nu/tales2/revenge/.

Next Episode: SUPERMAN LEGACY MONTH, WEEK I: MY FAVORITE SUPERMAN ARTISTS, AFTER CURT SWAN,OF COURSE!

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

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