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(Top L to R:) Action Comics 577, March 1986 & Action Comics 579, May 1986! (Bottom L to R:) Action Comics 646, October 1989 & Superman: The Man Of Steel 15, September  1992!

(Top L to R:) Action Comics 577, March 1986 & Action Comics 579, May 1986!
(Bottom L to R:) Action Comics 646, October 1989 & Superman: The Man Of Steel 15, September 1992!

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Before featuring Keith Giffen I mention a few things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday, including my listeners.

Keith Giffen was born on November 30, 1952 in Queens, New York City. He is a comic book artist and writer who has created a wide variety of comic book stories for many publishers. Giffen has worked for independent publishers as well as industry giants DC Comics and Marvel. He is most famous for two separate runs as artist and plotter on LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, and as writer on JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL and JUSTICE LEAGUE EUROPE. Keith Giffen has also created the humorous character Ambush Bug, who is a vehicle for Giffen to satirize the conventions of super hero comic books. In 2010 Giffen wrote the 12 issue mini-series THE AUTHORITY: THE LOST YEARS, as well as the titles BOOSTER GOLD and DOOM PATROL. He has drawn a handful of Superman stories, and his work on the Legion, for whom the Man of Steel served as inspiration, makes him an interesting subject of this episode.

Keith Giffen’s earliest Superman stories:

– DC COMICS PRESENTS #81, May 1985. ALL THIS AND KOBRA TOO! was scripted by Robert Loren Fleming, with Keith Giffen serving as plotter/penciller. Bob Oksner was the inker, the letterer was Bill Pearson, and the colorist was Anthony Tollin.

– DC COMICS PRESENTS #88, December 1985. PROPHECY OF THE DEMON was written by Steve Englehart, pencilled by Keith Giffen, inked by Karl Kessel, lettered by Albert DeGuzman and colored by Gene D’Angelo.

– WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #322, December 1985. THE SEARCH ws written by Dwight John Zimmerman, pencilled by Keith Giffen, inked by Karl Kessel, lettered by Duncan Andrews and colored by Nansi Hoolahan.

The Keith Giffen Superman stories featured in this episode are:

– ACTION COMICS #577, March 1986, published on December 19, 1985. The editor was Julius Schwartz. The cover was pencilled by Keith Giffen and inked by Bob Oksner. CAITIFF: FIRST OF THE VAMPIRES was plotted and pencilled by Keith Giffen and scripted by Robert Loren Fleming. Bob Oksner was the inker, Gene D’Angelo the colorist and Milt Snapinn the letterer.

– ACTION COMICS #579, May 1986, published on February 27, 1986. Julius Schwartz was still the editor, and the issue contained 32 pages for the cover price of 75 cents. The cover was pencilled by Keith Giffen and inked by Karl Kessel. PRISONERS OF TIME was written by Randy and Jean Marc Lofficer, pencilled by Keith Giffen, inked by Kark Kessel, inked by Bob Oksner, lettered by Milton Snapinn and colored by Gene D’Angelo.

– ACTION COMICS #646, October 1989, published on September 5, 1989. The editor was Mike Carlin, and the issue contained 32 pages, still for the cover price of 75 cents. The cover was drawn by George Perez. BURIAL GROUND was scripted by Roger Stern, plotted and pencilled by Keith Giffen, inked by Dennis Janke, lettered by Bill Oakley and colored by Glenn Whitmore.

– SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL #15 (Triangle # 1992: 13) September 1992, was published on July 14, 1992. The issue contained 32 pages for $1.25. The editor was still Mike Carlin, and the cover was pencilled by Jon Bogdanove and inked by Dennis Janke. SANCTUARY was written by Louise Simonson, pencilled by Kerry Gammil (for the Metropolis scenes) and Keith Giffen (for the scenes in Hell). Dennis Janke and Trevor Scott were the inkers, Bill Oakley the letterer and Glenn Whitmore the colorist.

None of these stories had any reprint information available about them.

I would also like to welcome two new podcasts to the Superman Family of Podcasts (there’s no formal organization by that name. I just like to type it like that).

– SUPERMAN IN THE BRONZE AGE, hosted by Charlie Niemeyer, contributor to the SUPERMAN HOMEPAGE website at http://supermanhomepage.com. His weekly podcast reviews the Superman stories edited by Julius Schwartz, who served as Superman editor from 1970 – 1986. His podcast can be found at http://supermaninthebronzeage.com.

– SUPERMAN FOREVER PODCAST, hosted by J. David Weter is a weekly podcast that covers classic and modern Superman in all media, along with the latest Superman news each week. It can be found at http://www.supermanforever.com.

Next Episode: STUART IMMONEN!

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

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

(Top L to R:) Superman 51, The Adventures Of Superman 474 & Action Comics 661, all cover dated January 1991! (Bottom L to R:) Superman 176, The Adventures Of Superman 598, Superman: The Man Of Steel 120 & Action Comics 785, all cover dated January 2002!

(Top L to R:) Superman 51, The Adventures Of Superman 474 & Action Comics 661, all cover dated January 1991!
(Bottom L to R:) Superman 176, The Adventures Of Superman 598, Superman: The Man Of Steel 120 & Action Comics 785, all cover dated January 2002!

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Beginning this month in 1990, the Superman titles with the cover date of January 1991 carried an additional number under the masthead. Somewhere on the cover was a small triangle containing the year and another number. This was an aid to comic book readers in an era when the individual Superman titles were part of one overall storyline. A plot begun in SUPERMAN one month would continue in the other Superman titles with the same cover date. The triangle number assisted Superman fans in reading the issues in the correct order. With January of 1992, and each subsequent year, the triangle number would begin with a new number one.

The Superman books cover dated January 1991, with the triangle number of 1991 numbers 1 – 3 were, SUPERMAN 51, THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN 474 and ACTION COMICS 661. The triangle numbering continued through the Superman issues cover dated January 2002, SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL 120, SUPERMAN 176, THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN 598 and ACTION COMICS 785. The Superman titles cover dated February 2002 and afterward would not carry the triangle numbering. They would not return until the recently concluded NEW KRYPTON storyline which involved all of the Superman related titles, with the exception of SUPERMAN / BATMAN, which were published 2009 – 2010.

This episode also highlights some, but not all, of the major Superman storylines which were published during the triangle era. Most of them have been collected in trade paperbacks or other collected editions. Click on the GRAPHIC NOVEL link at DC Comics. You can also find these issues and their collected editions at used book stores, internet vendors such as http://www.instocktrades.com, http://www.mycomicshop.com, or the back issue bins of your local comic book shop.

Next Issue: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KEITH GIFFEN!

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

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

(Top L to R:) Superman 247, January 1972 & Superman 296, February 1976. (Bottom L: to R:) Superman 300, June 1976, Superman 400, October 1984 & Superman 416, February 1986!

(Top L to R:) Superman 247, January 1972 & Superman 296, February 1976.
(Bottom L: to R:) Superman 300, June 1976, Superman 400, October 1984 & Superman 416, February 1986!

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Elliot S! Maggin was born on November 15, 1950 in Brooklyn, New York. He is most well known for writing comic book stories for DC Comics in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The character he is most associated with is Superman, working for Superman editor Julius Schwartz. This episode explores his life and career and highlights some of his best Superman stories.

During the episode, I failed to mention that he began to use the ! after his middle initial by accident. Because of the poor reproduction (compared to today) of comic books, he would end sentences with an ! instead of a period. He accidentally signed his script Elliot S! Maggin and it printed that way. Editor Julius Schwartz then declared that his name would always appear that way in his stories.

To learn more about Elliot S! Maggin, you can go to http://superman.nu/esm/maggin.php .

The stories featured in this episode are:

– MUST THERE BE A SUPERMAN from SUPERMAN 247, January 1972, published on November 11, 1971. This was Elliot’s first published Superman story. It has been reprinted in THE GREATEST SUPERMAN STORIES EVER TOLD, SUPERMAN IN THE SEVENTIES, SUPERMAN: THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD, vol. I & GREEN LANTERN: IN BRIGHTEST DAY. It can also be read online at http://superman.nu/tales2/yes/ .

– WHO TOOK THE SUPER OUT OF SUPERMAN from SUPERMAN 296, February 1976. It began the four issue story involving Mr. Xavier, which involved a famous scene of Clark and Lois on a date, receiving news coverage, even. All four issues of this story can be read at http://superman.nu/tales2/whotook/about.php .

– SUPERMAN 2001 from SUPERMAN 300, June 1976, published on March 11, 1976. It has been reprinted in SUPERMAN: PAST AND FUTURE. This story was featured in Episode 24 of this podcast.

– THE LIVING LEGENDS OF SUPERMAN from SUPERMAN 400, October 1984, published on July 12, 1984. The stories in this issue were reprinted in SUPERMAN: THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD, vol’s. I & II. It can also be read online at http://theages.superman.nu/400/ .

– THE EINSTEIN CONNECTION from SUPERMAN 416, February 1986, published on November 14, 1985. It was inked by comic book artist Al Williamson, the subject of Episode 13 . This story has been reprinted in SUPERMAN VS. LEX LUTHOR. ( During the episode I mistakenly guessed that it was reprinted in SUPERMAN IN THE EIGHTIES.) This story can also be read online at http://superman.nu/tales2/einstein/ and http://superman.nu/tales2/ghost/ .

Next Episode: SUPERMAN: THE TRIANGLE YEARS!

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

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

Action Comics 150, November 1950 & Superman 150, January 1962!

Action Comics 150, November 1950 & Superman 150, January 1962!

 

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This episode continues a quarterly look at the issues of both ACTION COMICS and SUPERMAN.

ACTION COMICS 150, November 1950, was published around September 15, 1950. It contained 48 pages for the cover price of a dime. Mort Weisinger was the editor. The art team for the cover was penciller Wayne Boring and inker Stan Kaye. There was no reprint information available for this issue. The stories in this issue were:

– Superman: THE SECRET OF THE 6 SUPERMAN STATUES, 12 pages, pencilled by Wayne Boring and inked by Stan Kaye. The writer was unknown.

– Tommy Tomorrow: THE FORGOTTEN HEROES OF SPACE – an 8 page science fiction story, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by John Fischetti.

– Congo Bill: BARE HANDS – a 6 page adventure story, drawn by Ed Smalle.

– Vigilante: SIX SLUGS FOR VIGILANTE – a 10 page modern western story, drawn by Dan Barry.

SUPERMAN 150, January 1962, published on November 1961, contained 32 pages for 12 cents. This issue was reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN vol. III. Mort Weisinger was the editor for this issue. The cover was drawn by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye. The three stories in the issue were:

– THE ONE MINUTE OF DOOM: a 9 page story written by Jerry Siegel and drawn by Al Plastino.

– THE DUEL OVER SUPERMAN: a nine page story written by Robert Bernstein and drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger.

– WHEN THE WORLD FORGOT SUPERMAN: an 8 page story written by Jerry Siegel, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Wayne Boring.

Next Week: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELLIOT S! MAGGIN!

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

SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is at http://thesupermanfanpodcast.blogspot.com/. Send e-mail about this podcast to supermanfanpodcast@gmail.com.

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

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