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Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen 2 & World's Finest Comics 73!

Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen 2 & World’s Finest Comics 73!

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The Superman Family of titles with the cover date of November/December 1954 cover date were SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 2 & WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 73.

SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 2 was published around September 21, 1954. It contained 32 pages for the cover price of 10 cents. Mort Weisinger was the editor. The cover was pencilled by Curt Swan. All three stories in this issue were written by Otto Binder, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Ray Burnley.

– THE FLYING JIMMY OLSEN!, 8 pgs.

– THE HIDE AND SEEK MYSTERY!, 8 pgs.

– JIMMY OLSEN, SUPERMAN’S EX-PAL!, 6 pgs.

This issue was reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN FAMILY vol. I.

WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 73 was published around September 30, 1954. It also contained 32 pages for a dime. The editor was Jack Schiff. The cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye.

– The Superman and Batman story: BATMAN AND SUPERMAN, SWAMIS, INC!, (12 pgs.) written by Edmond Hamilton, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye.

This story was reprinted in WORLD’S FINEST COMICS ARCHIVES vol. I and SHOWCASE PRESENTS: WORLD’S FINEST vol. I.

– Tomahawk: THE YANKEE SCHOOLMASTER: (6 pgs.) written by Bruno Prmiani and inked by Ray Burnley.

– Green Arrow: THE HERCULES ARROW: (6 pgs.) drawn by George Papp.

Next Episode: SUPERMAN: SERIAL TO CEREAL!

In two weeks: SUPERMAN FAMILY OF COMICS COVER DATED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 1955: SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 3 & WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 74!

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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.

Any artwork shown with the show notes is for entertainment purposes only. I do not make any money from this podcast. 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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Superman 122 & Action Comics 242!

Superman 122 & Action Comics 242!

 

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This episode begins our bi-weekly look at the Silver Age Superman stories in SUPERMAN and ACTION COMICS, beginning with the cover dated issues of July 1958. Next week we will continue looking at the Superman Family of titles, SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN and WORLD’S FINEST COMICS. This podcast will alternate titles in this fashion through editor Mort Weisinger’s final Superman issues in 1970.

SUPERMAN 122, July 1958, was published around May 1, 1958. It contained 32 pages for the cover price of 10 cents. Mort Weisinger was the editor of the Superman titles in this era. The cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye. It featured the third and last story of the issue, THE SUPER SERGEANT. Otto Binder wrote all three 8 page stories in this issue, which has been reprinted in SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF TOMORROW ARCHIVES vol. I and SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN vol. I.

– THE SECRETS OF THE SPACE SOUVENIRS was drawn by Al Plastino.

– SUPERMAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE was also drawn by Al Plastino. This story was featured in EPISODE 47: SUPERMAN FOR PRESIDENT!

– THE SUPER SERGEANT was pencilled by Wayne Boring and inked by Stan Kaye. It was featured in EPISODE 48: SUPERMAN IN THE ARMY!

ACTION COMICS 242, June 1958, was published on May 29, 1958. It also 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 Stan Kaye.

– The Superman story of the issue was the 13 page THE SUPER DUEL IN SPACE, written by Otto Binder and drawn by Al Plastino. Brainiac was first featured in EPISODE 21: BRAINIAC!  This story has been reprinted in SUPERMAN IN THE FIFTIES, SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF TOMORROW ARCHIVES, vol. I, SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN, vol. I, SUPERMAN: THE BOTTLE CITY OF KANDOR and SUPERMAN VS. BRAINIAC.

The other two stories in this issue were:

– Tommy Tomorrow: THE TRAFFIC COP OF 2058 A. D. (6 pgs.) was written by Otto Binder and drawn by Jim Mooney.

– Congo Bill: SAFARI FROM SPACE (6 pgs.) was written by Jack Miller and drawn by Howard Sherman.

DC Comic published 32 titles with the July or July/August 1958 cover date.

Next Episode: THE SUPERMAN FAMILY OF TITLES COVER DATED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 1954: SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 2 and WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 73!

In two weeks: SUPERMAN: SERIAL TO CEREAL!

Join the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST and MY PULL LIST groups on facebook, and follow the podcast and blogs on twitter @supermanpodcast.

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

Any artwork shown with the show notes is for entertainment purposes only. I do not make any money from this podcast. 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.

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen 1 & World's Finest Comics 72!

Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen 1 & World’s Finest Comics 72!

 

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This episode begins my journey through the Silver Age of Superman comics, month by month with each weekly episode, ending with Mort Weisinger’s retirement in 1970. This ought to keep me busy for a while. In this episode we begin with the Superman Family of comic book titles cover dated September/October 1954: SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 1 and WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 72.

While Jimmy Olsen had his start in the earliest Superman stories, and as a character, is almost as old as Superman and Lois Lane, his Silver Age is considered to begin with the first issue of his own title.

WORLD’S FINEST COMICS had its beginnings in NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR COMICS in 1939 and 1940. Its Silver Age is considered to have begun with the team up of Superman and Batman in the same story. Their first comic book team up occurred in SUPERMAN #76, May/June 1952. Their first team up in WORLD’S FINEST happened in issue 71.

For more about the history of the Superman Batman team, go to THE GOLDEN AGE OF COMIC BOOK PODCAST, Episode 58, August 24, 2008.

I covered Superman’s and Batman’s first team up in WORLD’S FINEST COMICS in Episode 119.l .

SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 1 was published around July 22, 1954. The editor was Mort Weisinger, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Ray Burnley. They were also to art team on all three stories in the issue, which were written by Otto Binder. The stories were:
– THE BOY OF 100 FACES!
– THE CASE OF THE LUMBERJACK JINX
– THE MAN OF STEEL’S SUBSTITUTE

WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 72 was published on July 29, 1954. It wasedited by Jack Schiff, and the cover was drawn by Win Mortimer. The Superman and Batman story was titled FORT CRIME, written by Alvin Schwartz, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye. The other two stories in the issue were:
– THE FLYING ARCHERS, starring Green Arrow and written by France E. Herron and drawn by George Papp.
– THE TALONS OF TERROR, starring Tomahawk, also written by France Herron , with art by Nick Cardy.

Nest Episode: THE SUPERMAN COMICS COVER DATED JULY 1958: SUPERMAN 122 and ACTION COMICS 242!

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– The SUPERMAN PODCAST NETWORK at http://www.supermanpodcastnetwork.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.

Any artwork shown with the show notes is for entertainment purposes only. I do not make any money from this podcast. 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 241, June 1958!

Action Comics 241, June 1958!

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As I mentioned on my Superman year in review episode, I am beginning 2011 by changing the focus of this podcast to the silver age Superman. The first part of the episode chronicles my search for when the silver age of Superman stories can be said to have begun.

The featured Superman story of this episode is THE SUPER KEY TO FORT SUPERMAN, from ACTION COMICS 241, June 1958, published around April 29, 1958. It contained 32 pages for the cover price of a dime. The editor was Mort Weisinger, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye. The story was written by Jerry Coleman, pencilled by Wayne Boring and inked by Stan Kaye. This story has been reprinted in THE GREATEST SUPERMAN STORIES EVER TOLD, SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF TOMORROW ARCHIVES, vol. I and SHOWCASE PRESENTS; SUPERMAN, vol. I.

A regular feature of my coverage of the silver age Superman stories will include a look at the other DC Comics titles published that month, in this case the cover date of Jone (or June/July) 1958.

Then I discuss how I will cover the silver age of Superman stories, all the way to editor Mort Weisinger’s retirement in 1970. That should keep me busy for a while.

To listen to other Superman podcasts, check out the following:

Covering the golden age Superman:

– THE THRILLING ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN podcast, http://www.greatkrypton.com/ .

– THE GOLDEN AGE SUPERMAN podcast, http://goldenagesuperman.libsyn.com/ .

Covering the bronze age Superman:

– SUPERMAN IN THE BRONZE AGE podcast: http://www.supermaninthebronzeage.com/ .

Covering the Superman reboot from 1986 – 2006:

– FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS podcast: http://www.supermanhomepage.com .

Covering Superman comic books from 2006 – present:

– SUPERMAN FOREVER RADIO podcast: http://www.supermanforever.com/ .

Covering the world of Superman in general:

– SUPERMAN FAMILY PODCAST: http://www.supermanfamily.com/ .

Next Episode: SUPERMAN FAMILY OF STORIES, SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 1954: WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 72 & SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 1!

You can join the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST and MY PULL LIST groups or pages on facebook, and follow both the podcast and blog on twitter @supermanpodcast.

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

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

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.

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. Any art shown on this podcast is for entertainment purposes only, and not for profit.

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

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