Superman Fan Podcast Episode #250: Superman Comic Books Cover Dated August 1961: Superman #147 & Action Comics #279!

Superman #147 & Action Comics #279!

Superman #147 & Action Comics #279!

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SUPERMAN 147, August 1961, was published on June 13, 1961. It contained 32 pages for the cover price of 10¢. Mort Weisinger was the editor, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye. It recreated the classic cover of ADVENTURE COMICS 247, which introduced the Legion Of Super-Heroes. All three stories have been reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN vol. III.

– THE GREAT MENTO (7 pgs.), was written by Robert Bernstein and drawn by Al Plastino.

– KRYPTO BATTLES TITANO (8 pgs.), was written by Jerry Siegel and drawn by Al Plastino. This was Siegel’s 35th silver age Superman Family story, and his 75th overall for this era. He also wrote BIZARRO, PRIVATE DETECTIVE for ADVENTURE COMICS 286, July 1961, drawn by John Forte.

– THE LEGION OF SUPER-VILLAINS (11 pgs.), was written by Jerry Siegel, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Sheldon Moldoff. This story was Siegel’s 36th silver age Superman story, and his 76th overall for this era. Not only did this story introduce the Legion Of Super-Villains, but the Adult Legion Of Super-Heroes as well. It was also reprinted in SUPERBOY 147, May/June 1968, published on May 14, 1968, which itself was reprinted in a replica edition released on January 2, 2003. This story was also reprinted in   LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES ARCHIVE vol. I and SHOWCASE PRESENTS: LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES vol. I.

ACTION COMICS 279, August 1961, was published on June 29, 1961. It 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, sporting a bright pink cover.ACTION COMICS 279, August 1961, was published on June 29, 1961. It 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, sporting a bright pink cover.

– The 13 page Superman story was titled THE SUPER RIVALS. MIKE’S AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS website at dcindexes.com does not list a writer, but THE GRAND COMIC BOOK DATABASE at comics.org lists the writer as possibly being Robert Bernstein. Both websites agree on the artist, John Forte.- The 13 page Superman story was titled THE SUPER RIVALS. MIKE’S AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS website at dcindexes.com does not list a writer, but THE GRAND COMIC BOOK DATABASE at comics.org lists the writer as possibly being Robert Bernstein. Both websites agree on the artist, John Forte.

– Supergirl starred in the 12 page story titled, SUPERGIRL’S SECRET ENEMY, written by Jerry Siegel and drawn by Jim Mooney. This story was Siegel’s 37th silver age Superman Family story, and his 77th overall for this era. it continued the story begun in ACTION COMICS 278, covered in Episode 246.

Elsewhere in DC Comics, 31 stories carried the August or August/September 1961 cover date, according to  Mike’s Amazing World Of DC Comics.

Next Episode: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOKS COVER DATED OCTOBER 1958: SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 32 & WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 97!

In 2 Weeks: SUPERMAN COMIC BOOK COVER DATED SEPTEMBER 1961: ACTION COMICS 280!

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