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Superman 19, November/December 1942!

Superman 19, November/December 1942!

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NOTE: This episode has been revised. After I discovered that only the first 30 seconds of the final edited episode had recorded (how this happened I don’t know) I re-recorded the episode and uploaded it.

The imaginary stories for this episode come from SUPERMAN 19, November / December 1942, published on September 4, 1942. The editor was Whitney Ellsworth. Jack Burnley drew the cover, which portrayed Superman carrying an automobile, without tires on its wheels, with a family aboard, running down the street. That’s road service, Superman style. This issue was reprinted in SUPERMAN ARCHIVES, vol. V.

Three of the issue’s four stories are featured:

CASE OF THE FUNNY PAPER CRIMES was written by Jerry Siegel, pencilled by John Sikela and inked by Ed Dobrotka. This story was also reprinted in SUPERMAN FROM THE THIRTIES TO THE EIGHTIES.

SUPERMAN’S AMAZING ADVENTURE, originally unnamed, but given a title for the Archive, was written by Jerry Siegel and drawn by Leo Nowak. Since I don’t have a copy of the SUPERMAN ARCHIVE, the plot for this story came from MIKE’S AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS at http://dcindexes.com.

SUPERMAN, MATINEE IDOL was written by Jerry Siegel, pencilled by Joe Shuster and inked by John Sikela. This story was also reprinted in SUPERMAN FROM THE THIRTIES TO THE EIGHTIES.

Next Episode: SHOWCASING LOIS LANE IN SHOWCASE 10!

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(L to R:) Superman 1, 1939 cover drawn by Joe Shuster, according to Mike's Amazing World Of Comics, while the Grand Comic Book Database and  the Comic Book Database credits Leo O'Maliea as the cover artist & Action Comics 22, cover pencilled by Joe Shuster and inked by Paul Cassidy!

(L to R:) Superman 1, 1939 cover drawn by Joe Shuster, according to Mike’s Amazing World Of Comics, while the Grand Comic Book Database and the Comic Book Database credits Leo O’Maliea as the cover artist & Action Comics 22, cover pencilled by Joe Shuster and inked by Paul Cassidy!

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This July 4th holiday was the perfect time to compare Superman’s most familiar introduction as champion of “Truth, Justice and the American Way” and his original as “Champion of the Oppressed”. Superman stories that are highlighted in this episode are SUPERMAN issue 1 and the untitled EUROPE AT WAR story from ACTION COMICS 22, March 1940.

If you are interested in reading the stories referred to in SUPERMAN issue 1, they have been reprinted in:

– SUPERMAN FROM THE THIRTIES TO THE SEVENTIES
– SUPERMAN ARCHIVES vol. I
– SUPERMAN: THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD vol. I
– SUPERMAN CHRONICLES vol. I

If you are interested in reading the untitled story EUROPE AT WAR from ACTION COMICS 22, it has been reprinted in:

– SUPERMAN: THE ACTION COMICS ARCHIVE vol. II
– SUPERMAN CHRONICLES vol. III

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(L to R:) Action Comics 101 Oct. 1946, Superman 51 March/April 1948 & Adventure Comics 373 October 1968!

(L to R:) Action Comics 101 Oct. 1946, Superman 51 March/April 1948 & Adventure Comics 373 October 1968!

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Win Mortimer was born on May 1, 1919 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He died on January 11, 1998. He was survived by his wife Eileen, three children, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was a prolific comic book artist who drew many stories and covers, mostly for DC Comics, throughout his adult life. While he is not very famous, Win Mortimer drew many Superman covers and stories, mostly in the 1940’s and 1950’s. This episode features three of them:

CRIME PARADISE, in ACTION COMICS 101, October 1946, published around August 15, 1946.

THE MAGNETIC MOBSTER, in SUPERMAN 51, March/April 1948, published around January 7, 1948. It was written by Alvin Schwartz and both pencilled and inked by Win Mortimer, who often inked his own work.

THE TORNADO TWINS, in ADVENTURE COMICS 373, October 1968, published around August 29, 1968. This story was written by Jim Shooter. It was reprinted in LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES ARCHIVE vol. VIII.

Next Episode: SUPERMAN: THE WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON: THE REVIEW!

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Action Comics 125 (Oct. 1948) & Superman 125 (Nov. 1958)!

Action Comics 125 (Oct. 1948) & Superman 125 (Nov. 1958)!

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This episode continues our quarterly look at every 25th issues of ACTION COMICS and SUPERMAN. Mort Weisinger was the editor for both issues.

ACTION COMICS 125, October 1948, was published around August 14, 1948. It contained 48 pages and sold for a dime. The cover was pencilled by Wayne Boring and inked by Stan Kaye. The four stories in this issue were:

Superman: THE MODERN NOSTRADAMUS, drawn by Al Plastino.

Congo Bill: MAN AGAINST MANHUNTER, drawn by Edwin J. Smalle, Jr.

Zatara: THE PHONY PITCHMAN, drawn by William F. White.

Vigilante: THE RELUCTANT ANNIE OAKLEY, pencilled by Jerry Robinson and inked by Mort Meskin.

SUPERMAN #125, November 1958, published around September 18, 1958 (two years before I was born). It contained 32 pages and also sold for a dime. It contained three stories, all of which were reprinted in SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL ARCHIVES vol. I & SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN vol. I.

LOIS LANE’S SUPER DREAM was written by Jerry Coleman and drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger. This story was also part of EPISODE #83: LOIS LANE’S SUPER DREAMS!

CLARK KENT’S COLLEGE DREAM was written by Jerry Coleman and Al Plastino. Along with the reprint editions mentioned earlier, this story was also reprinted in THE GREATEST SUPERMAN STORIES EVER TOLD (1987).

SUPERMAN’S NEW POWER was also written by Jerry Coleman, pencilled by Wayne Boring and inked by Stan Kaye.

Next Episode: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WIN MORTIMER!

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Irwin Donenfeld was born on March 1, 1926, and died on November 29, 2004 (which would have been one day after my late mother’s 66th birthday). His parents were DC Comics co-founder Harry Donenfeld and Gussie Donenfeld. Irwin and his wife had six children: Rita Lynn (a real estate agent who died in Kissimmee, Florida on November 24, 1990), Amy, Mimi, Ben, Harry and Luke (who received a Curt Swan sketch as recounted in episode 113: A CURT SWAN TOAST.

For more information about DC Comics’ other founders listen to the following episodes: 94-Jack Liebowitz, 95-Harry Donenfeld and 108-Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson.

Next episode: SUPERMAN ON THE COVER OF TIME MAGAZINE!

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Since February is Black History Month, I thought it would be appropriate to dedicate the first episode of the month to a very small, but notable, role Superman played in the civil rights movement. In episodes which ran from June 10 – July 1, 1946, Superman fought a racist organization called THE CLAN OF THE FIERY CROSS, which was the name of the story. The rituals and code words used by the Clan came from real life Ku Klux Klan, through the eyewitness accounts of Klan infiltrator Stetson Kennedy.

This episode will summarize the plot of the radio show and a brief biography of Stetson Kennedy.

The sources used as research for this episode were:

http://www.supermanhomepage.com/radio/radio.php?topic=radio-reviews/070146-fierycross,

http://scan.net.au/scan/journal/display.php?journal_id=118,

http://www.ferris.edu/JIMCROW/question/july09/ NOTE: this website does not celebrate the Jim Crow era. It documents the history of the era from the perspective of civil rights.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adventures_of_Superman_(radio),

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stetson_Kennedy.

Next Week: A Curt Swan Toast!

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Action Comics #1!

Action Comics #1!

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Since 2010 is DC Comics’ 75th anniversary, this is an appropriate year to focus on some unexplored areas of Superman’s corner of the DC Universe. This episode explores the other characters and creators who were also featured, after Superman, in ACTION COMICS issue 1, cover dated June 1938. The websites http://www.comics.org/issue/293/ and http://dcindexes.com/features/comic.php?comicid=5 provided stories synopses, and http://lambiek.net/artists/index.htm provided creator biographies.

All of the stories in ACTION 1 were originally untitled but have since been provided names after DC began reprinting their early stories in Archive editions. After Superman’s first story, CHAMPION OF THE OPPRESSED, the other stories, in order of appearance, and with a brief publication history, are:

CHUCK DAWSON: THE A-G GANG 6 pg. western adventure, ACTION 1 – 22, written and drawn by Homer Fleming.

ZATARA: THE MYSTERY OF THE FREIGHT TRAIN ROBBERIES 12 pg. occult, ACTION 1 – 132, 136, 138 & 141, NEW YORK’S WORLD’S BEST COMICS 1 – WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 51, written and drawn by Fred Guardineer.

STICKY MITT STIMSON, 4 pg., crime, only appearance, written and drawn by Russell Cole.

MARCO POLO: 4 pg. historical adventure, ACTION 1 – 17, written and drawn by Sven Elvin.

PEP MORGAN: THE LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP, adventure, ACTION 1 – 41, written and drawn by Fred Guardineer.

SCOOP SCANLON, THE FIVE STAR REPORTER, 6 pg. adventure, ACTION 1 – 13, written and drawn by William (Bill) Ely.

TEX THOMSON: MURDER IN ENGLAND, 12 pg. adventure, ACTION 1- 32, Mr. America: ACTION 33 – 51 and the Americommando ACTION 52 – 74, written and drawn by Bernard Bailey. Tex Thomson would be a major character in THE GOLDEN AGE, a four issue DC Elseworld’s mini-series in 1993, collected in a paperback edition in 1995. It should still be available.

NEXT EPISODE: Since February is Black History Month, it’s appropriate to feature a storyline from the 1940’s Superman radio show where the Man Of Steel battled racism in SUPERMAN VS. THE CLAN OF THE FIERY CROSS!

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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.

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

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