Superman Fan Podcast Episode #156: The Supermobile!

(L to R:) Action Comics 481, March 1978 & Action Comics 482, April 1978!

(L to R:) Action Comics 481, March 1978 & Action Comics 482, April 1978!

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During this holiday season, I thought it would be the perfect time to highlight the only appearance of the Supermobile. Before the era of action figures with multiple accessories, the two issues that the Supermobile appeared in were fun action stories. And what red blooded American man or woman wouldn’t want to get a Supermobile for Christmas? Built of Supermanium, the hardest metal known to man, impervious to fading, denting or scratching, with an interior equipped with everything a driver needs to duplicate Superman’s powers, the Supermobile is the perfect gift for anyone’s stocking stuffer. The Supermobile can travel on or off-road, as well as underwater, in the air and in outer space. And the fuel mileage is infinity, which can’t be beat!

The Supermobile appeared in the following issues:

– ACTION COMICS 481, March 1978, published on December 26, 1977 (during my senior year of high school). Julius Schwartz was the editor, and the cover was drawn by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. IT’S A BIRD … IT’S A PLANE … IT’S SUPERMOBILE was written by Cary Bates, pencilled by Curt Swan, inked by Frank Chiarmonte, lettered by Jean Simek and colored by Gene D’Angelo.

– ACTION COMICS 482, April 1978, was published on January 30, 1978. THIS IS A JOB FOR SUPERMOBILE! was done by the same creative team who did issue 481.

This story had no reprint information available. These two issues were the middle installments of a four issue storyline which began with ACTION COMICS 480 and ended with issue 483, involving the villain Amazo, who I briefly summarize his creation and abilities.

Next Episode: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AL PLASTINO!

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