SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 4, March/April 1955, was published around January 20, 1955. It contained 32 pages for 10 cents. Mort Weisinger was the editor. The cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye, featuring the third and final story of the issue, KING FOR A DAY. The first two stories of the issue were THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SUPERMAN and THE HUNTED MESSENGER. All three stories were eight pages long and were done by the same creative team: writer Otto Binder, penciller Curt Swan and inker Ray Burnley. This issue was reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN FAMILY vol. I.
WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 75, March/April 1955, was published around January 27, 1955. It also contained 32 pages and sold for a dime. Jack Schiff was the editor, and the cover was drawn by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye. The Superman/Batman story was the twelve page story SUPERMAN AND ROBIN!, written by Bill Finger, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye. This story has been reprinted in WORLD’S FINEST COMICS ARCHIVE vol. I, SUPERMAN IN THE FIFTIES, BATMAN ANNUALS vol. II and SHOWCASE PRESENTS: WORLD’S FINEST vol. I.
The last two stories in this issue were:
– THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS ARROWS, featuring Green Arrow, drawn by George Papp.
– THE BATTLE OF THE MEDICINE MEN, featuring Tomahawk, which was pencilled by Bruno Premiani and inked by Ray Burnley.
With the untimely death of comic book writer Dwayne McDuffie this week, I also mention two comic book titles he wrote which I read and still have those issues, ICON by Milestone/DC and DAMAGE CONTROL by Marvel. While DAMAGE CONTROL has not been collected in any reprint editions that I am aware of, ICON has been collected in two editions, collecting the first 32 of the title’s 42 issue run. They are titled ICON: A HERO’S WELCOME and ICON: MOTHERSHIP CONNECTION.
Jill Pantozzi, who writes THE NERDY BIRD blog at http://www.thenerdybird.com, and the column HEY, THAT’S MY CAPE at newsarama.com, mentioned some of her favorite comic book pros. She also proposed, for those on twitter, tweeting some of your favorite comic book creators, and using their twitter names @ if they are also on twitter. At the end of your post, add the hashmark #CreatorLove. Let’s show our appreciation for those in the comic book industry while they’re here to enjoy it, and re-read some of Dwayne McDuffie’s great comic book stories. You can read Jill’s full column at http://www.newsarama.com/comics/hey-thats-my-cape-mcduffie-appreciate-creators-110223.html .
If you plan on going to MegaCon on March 25 – 27, 2011, contact me, and I hope to see you there! For more information about MegaCon, visit the convention’s website: http://megaconvention.com.
Next Week: SUPERMAN COMICS COVER DATED AUGUST 1958: SUPERMAN 123 & ACTION COMICS 243!
In two weeks: SUPERMAN FAMILY OF COMICS COVER DATED MAY/JUNE 1955: SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 5 & WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 76!
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