Superman Fan Podcast Episode #273: Superman Family Comic Books Cover Dated April 1959: Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane #8 & Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #36!

Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #8 & Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #36!

Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane #8 & Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #36!

SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 8, April 1959, was published around February 12, 1959. It contained 32 pages for the cover price of 10¢. The editor was Mort Weisinger, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye. All three stories have been reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN FAMILY vol. III and SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE ARCHIVE vol. I.

– THE SUPERWOMAN OF METROPOLIS (8 pgs.), written by Alvin Schwartz (according to comics.org) and drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger.

THE UGLY SUPERMAN (9 pgs.), written by Robert Bernstein (again according to comics.org) and drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger. This story was also reprinted in SUPERMAN ANNUAL 3, covered back in Episode 248, and in SUPERMAN IN THE FIFTIES.

– QUEEN FOR A DAY (9 pgs.), written by Robert Bernstein (according to comics.org) and pencilled by Wayne Boring. Dcindexes.com lists the inker as Stan Kaye, while comics.org names the inker as possibly John Giunta.

SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 36, April 1959, was published around February 19, 1959. The issue 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. It featured the issue’s third and final story on the cover. All three stories have been reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN FAMILY vol. III.

– SUPER SENOR’S PAL (9 pgs.), written by Otto Binder, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Ray Burnley.

– LOIS LANE’S SISTER (9 pgs.), written by Otto Binder, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye..

– HOW JIMMY OLSEN FIRST MET SUPERMAN (8 pgs.), written by Otto Binder, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Ray Burnley. This story was also reprinted in SUPERMAN ANNUAL 5.

Elsewhere in DC Comics, 32 titles carried the April or April/May 1959 cover date, according to Mike’s Amazing World Of DC Comics. They were featured at the end of Episode 186.

Next Episode: SUPERMAN COMIC BOOKS COVER DATED APRIL 1962: SUPERMAN 152 & ACTION COMICS 287!

In 2 Weeks: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOKS COVER DATED MAY 1959: WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 101 & SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 9!

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