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Giant Superman Annual #6!

Giant Superman Annual #6!

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Now that MegaCon is over, we’re returning through the time barrier to pick up our journey through the silver age adventures of Superman, and finishing our look at the Superman titles cover dated January 1963.

 SUPERMAN ANNUAL 6, cover dated Winter 1962 – 1963, was published on November 15, 1962 (5 years later this date would be when my sister was born). It contained 80 pages for the cover price of a quarter. The editor was Mort Weisinger, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by George Klein.

 – THE FIRST TWO SUPERMAN (13 pgs.), written by Otto Binder, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Ray Burnley. This story was originally published in ADVENTURE COMICS 257, February 1959, released around December 30, 1958. (I mistakenly stated that the cover date was February 1958, and the release date was around December 30, 1957.)

 – THE FIRST SUPERGIRL (10 pgs.), was part I of the 3-part story THE GIRL OF STEEL, originally published in SUPERMAN 123, August 1958, released around June 17, 1958. This story was written by Otto Binder, pencilled by Dick Sprang and inked by Stan Kaye, and was covered in Episode 168 for the week of Wednesday, March 2, 2011..

 – SUPERMAN’S KID BROTHER (8 pgs.), was written by Otto Binder, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Ray Burnley, originally published in SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 19, March 1957, released around January 15, 1957. This story was covered in Episode 212 for the week of January 4, 2012.

 – THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (11 pgs.), written by Otto Binder and drawn by Al Plastino, originally published in ADVENTURE COMICS 247, April 1958, released around February 27, 1958 (which would be my son’s birthday in 1990).

 – LOIS LANE WEDS ASTOUNDING MAN (9 pgs.), was written by Otto Binder (according to Mike’s Amazing World Of DC Comics), while comics.org credits Jerry Siegel as the writer. Both sources agree on the penciller, Kurt Schaffenberger.

 – THE MYSTERY OF MIGHTY BOY (19 pages), was written by Otto Binder and drawn by George Papp, originally published in SUPERBOY 85, December 1960, released on October 6, 1960.

 – THE SUPERMAN OF THE PAST (9 pgs.), was written by Otto Binder and drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger, originally published in SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 19, August 1960, released on June 28, 1960.

 Next Episode: SUPERMAN COMIC BOOK COVER DATED JANUARY 1963: ACTION COMICS 296!

 In 2 Weeks: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOK COVER DATED MARCH 1960 PART I: SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 43!

 In 3 Weeks: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOK COVER DATED MARCH 1960 PART II: WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 108!

 In 1 Month: SUPERMAN COMIC BOOK COVER DATED FEBRUARY 1963 PART I: SUPERMAN 159!

 In 5 Weeks: SUPERMAN COMIC BOOK COVER DATED FEBRUARY 1963 PART II: ACTION COMICS 297!

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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/.

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. I make no claims of ownership of these images, nor do I earn any money from this podcast.

Thanks for listening to the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST and, as always, thanks to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, creators of Superman!

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Superman #152 & Action Comics #287!

Superman #152 & Action Comics #287!

SUPERMAN 152, April 1962, was published on February 6, 1962. It contained 32 pages for the cover price of 12¢. Mort Weisinger was the editor, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by George Klein, featuring the first story of the issue. All three stories were reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN vol. III.

– THE ROBOT MASTER (9 pgs.), written by Jerry Siegel, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by George Klein. This was Siegel’s 39th silver age Superman story, and his 105th overall for the era. Previously, he wrote two stories for ADVENTURE COMICS 294, March 1962: DIAL M FOR MONSTER, drawn by Al Plastino, and THE HALLOWEEN PRANKS OF THE BIZARRO SUPERMEN, pencilled by John Forte and inked by George Klein.

– SUPERBABY CAPTURES THE PUMPKIN GANG (9 pgs.), written by Leo Dorfman (according to comics.org) and drawn by George Papp.

– THE TV TRAP FOR SUPERMAN (8 pgs.), written by Bill Finger (according to comics.org) and drawn by Al Plastino.

ACTION COMICS 287, April 1962, was published on February 27, 1962 (28 years before my son’s birthday). It contained 32 pages for the cover price of 12¢. Mort Weisinger was the editor, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by George Klein, who were the art team for the Superman story in this issue.

– The Superman story in this issue was titled, PERRY WHITE’S MANHUNT FOR SUPERMAN (12 pgs.), writer unknown, was reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN vol. III.

– Supergirl starred in the 14 page story, SUPERGIRL’S GREATEST CHALLENGE, written by Jerry Siegel and drawn by Jim Mooney. This was Siegel’s 67th silver age Superman Family story, and his 106th overall for the era. The story has been reprinted in LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES ARCHIVE vol. I, SHOWCASE PRESENTS: LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES vol. I and SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERGIRL vol. I.

Elsewhere in DC Comics, 26 titles carried the April or April/May 1962 cover date.

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

In 2 Weeks: SUPERMAN COMIC BOOKS COVER DATED MAY 1962: SUPERMAN 153 7 ACTION COMICS 288!

I also do a brief review of BILLION DOLLAR BATMAN by Bruce Scivally. Why is Batman discussed on a Superman podcast? Because on radio, Batman only appeared in episodes of the ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN radio show.

When we all get home after our day trip through the time barrier to the silver age adventures of Superman, let’s all remember to take care of each other out there.

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You can join the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST group or page on facebook, and follow the podcast on twitter @supermanpodcast.

SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is a proud member of thefollowing:
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ICS PODCAST NETWORK! – http://www.comicspodcasts.com/,
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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/.

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. I make no claims of ownership of these images, nor do I earn any money from this podcast.

Thanks for listening to the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST and, as always, thanks to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, creators of Superman!

Superman Annual #4!

Superman Annual #4!

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GIANT SUPERMAN ANNUAL 4, 1962, was published on November 9, 1961, during the same month as SUPERMAN 150 & ACTION COMICS 284, which were covered on Episode 264, during the week of April 3, 2013. This annual contained 80 pages for the cover price of a quarter. The editor was Mort Weisinger and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by George Klein.

– A DOGHOUSE FOR SUPERMAN (10 pgs.), originally published in SUPERMAN 84, September/October 1953, released around July 3, 1953, written by William Woolfolk and drawn by Al Plastino.

– SUPERBOY MEETS SUPERMAN (8 pgs.), originally published in SUPERBOY 47, March 1956, released around January 5, 1956, written by Otto Binder, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by John Fischetti.

– THE ALIEN WHO CONQUERED SUPERMAN (12 pgs.), originally published in ACTION COMICS 165, February 1952, released around December 19, 1951, written by Bill Finger, pencilled by Wayne Boring and inked by Stan Kaye.

– THE BRIDE OF FUTUREMAN (8 pgs.), originally published in SUPERMAN 121, May 1958, released around March 18, 1958, written by Jerry Coleman and drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger.

– THE OUTLAWS FROM KRYPTON (12 pgs.), originally published in ACTION COMICS 194, July 1954, released on may 27, 1954, written by Bill Finger, pencilled by Wayne Boring and inked by Stan Kaye.

– THE BOY WHO KILLED SUPERMAN  (8 pgs.), originally published in SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 28, April 1958, released around February 25, 1958, written by Otto Binder, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye. This story was also reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN FAMILY vol. II, and was first covered in Episode 239.

– RIP VAN SUPERMAN (8 pgs.), originally published in SUPERMAN 107, August 1956, released around June 14, 1956, written by Bill Finger, pencilled by Wayne Boring and inked by Stan Kaye. This story was also reprinted in SUPERMAN: PAST AND FUTURE.

– THE ORIGIN AND POWERS OF THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (2 pgs.), pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye. For an added bonus, google Fortress Lad.

– THE MENACE OF PLANET Z (12 pgs.), originally published in ACTION COMICS 168, May 1952, released around March 19, 1952, written by Bill Finger, pencilled by Wayne Boring and inked by Stan Kaye.

In this episode I also highlight the titles that caught my interest for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, this Saturday, May 4, 2013.

Next Episode: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY & THE SUPERMAN COMIC BOOKS COVER DATED FEBRUARY 1962: SUPERMAN 151 & ACTION COMICS 285!

In 2 Weeks: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOKS COVER DATED MARCH 1959: SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 35 & WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 100!

The new home for THE SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is http://thesupermanfanpodcast.blogspot.com. Send e-mail to supermanfanpodcast@gmail.com.
You can join the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST group or page on facebook, and follow the podcast on twitter @supermanpodcast.

SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is a proud member of thefollowing:
– 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://supermanpodcastnetwork !

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/.

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. I make no claims of ownership of these images, nor do I earn any money from this podcast.

Thanks for listening to the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST and, as always, thanks to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, creators of Superman!

Adventure Comics Issues #267 & #340!

Adventure Comics Issues #267 & #340!

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EPISODE NOTE: On this episode, the scheduled topic was on SUPERMAN 149 & ACTION COMICS 282, with a guest host joining me. Unfortunately, a work schedule change this week for the guest host forced the postponement of this topic until next week.

Jerry Siegel is most famous for being the co-creator and original writer of Superman, but he also made some key contributions to the Legion Of Super-Heroes, although he did not write the original Legion story (titled THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES,done by writer Otto Binder and artist Al Plastino, published in Adventure Comics 247, April 1958). Siegel’s first Legion story was titled PRISONERS OF THE SUPER-HEROES, published in ADVENTURE COMICS 267, December 1959, around October 29, 1959. This story was reprinted in SUPERMAN ANNUAL 8, Winter 1964, published around November 21, 1963, LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES ARCHIVE vol. I and SHOWCASE PRESENTS: LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES vol. I.

In THE THREE SUPER-HEROES, from ACTION COMICS 267, covered in Episode 220, Siegel and artist Jim Mooney introduced Chameleon Boy, Colossal Boy and Invisible Kid, during Supergirl’s failed first attempt to join the Legion.

Five more Legionnaires were introduced in SUPERGIRL’S THREE SUPER GIRL-FRIENDS, published in ACTION COMICS 276, May 1961, published around March 30, 1961, also drawn by Jim Mooney. After being introduced to legionnaires Phantom Girl and Triplicate Girl, then Legion candidates Shrinking Violet, Bouncing Boy, Sun Boy and Brainiac 5 joined Supergirl in competition for spots on the Legion for one male and one female candidate each. The Maid of Might and Brainiac 5 earned Legion membership in this story, covered in Episode 242.

The Legion Of Super-Pets made their first appearance in THE LEGION OF SUPER TRAITORS, from ADVENTURE COMICS 293, February 1962, published around December 28, 1961, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by George Klein. This Legion was comprised of Krypto, Streaky the Super Cat, Comet the Super Horse and Beppo the Super Monkey.

Siegel introduced us to Ultra Boy in THE BOY WITH ULTRA POWERS, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by George Klein, published in SUPERBOY 98, July 1962 and published around May 17, 1962.

He also brought Mon-El into the Legion in ADVENTURE COMICS 300, September 1962, published around July 26, 1962. In THE FACE BEHIND THE LEAD MASK, pencilled and inked by John Forte and also inked by Al Plastino, Mon-El helped save the Legion, but had to return to the Phantom Zone after his lead antidote serum wore off. Edmond Hamilton would have him return permanently in issue 307.

We also have Jerry Siegel to thank for two of the most unusual Legionnaires, Bouncing Boy and Matter Eater Lad. Bouncing Boy’s origin was detailed in ADVENTURE COMICS 301, October 1962, published around August 28, 1962 and pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Sheldon Moldoff. Matter Eater Lad’s origin was given in THE FANTASTIC SPY, from ADVENTURE COMICS 303, December 1962, published around October 30, 1962 and drawn by John Forte.

Siegel had the first female Legion leader elected, Saturn Girl, in THE STOLEN SUPER-POWERS, drawn by John Forte, published in ADVENTURE COMICS 304, January 1963, November 29, 1962. This story also contained the first Legion death, Lightning Lad (who was revived in ADVENTURE COMICS 312, in a story written by Edmond Hamilton and drawn by John Forte).

At the end of the episode, Jerry Siegel’s first and last Legion stories are featured, PRISONER OF THE SUPER HEROES, and COMPUTO THE CONQUEROR (from ADVENTURE COMICS 340, January 1966, published around November 25, 1966) respectively.  This final story was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by George Klein. It was reprinted in LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES 3, April/May 1973 and published around February 13, 1973. I own a copy of this issue. The story was also reprinted in LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES ARCHIVE vol. V and SHOWCASE PRESENTS: LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES vol. II.

Next Episode: SUPERMAN COMIC BOOKS COVER DATED NOVEMBER 1961: SUPERMAN 149 & ACTION COMICS 282!

In 2 Weeks: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOKS COVER DATED JANUARY 1959: SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 6 & SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 34!

Check out SLIPSTREAM, the weekly web comic book I’m drawing and lettering, which is written by Jeffrey Taylor, co-host of the FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS PODCAST and contributor to the SUPERMAN HOMEPAGE. New pages of SLIPSTREAM can be found each

Tuesday at http://www.clockworkcomics.co.uk. Adam Dechanel, another contributor to the SUPERMAN HOMEPAGE, also writes and draws E. O. S. for Clockwork Comics, and new pages are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Clockwork Comics is the home website for amazing web comics and e-books!

The new home for THE SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is http://thesupermanfanpodcast.blogspot.com. Send e-mail to supermanfanpodcast@gmail.com.

You can join the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST group or page on facebook, and follow the podcast on twitter @supermanpodcast.

SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is a proud member of thefollowing:
– 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://supermanpodcastnetwork !

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/.

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. I make no claims of ownership of these images, nor do I earn any money from this podcast.

Thanks for listening to the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST and, as always, thanks to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, creators of Superman!

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Download Episode 91!

Mike Grell was born on September 13, 1947. He is most well known for his work with DC Comics, on the LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, GREEN ARROW and his own creation, WARLORD.

For more information about Mike Grell:

http://www.mikegrell.com – Mike Grell’s official web site.

http://seattleknights.com

http://lambiek.net/artists/g/grell-mike.htm

Mike Grell art for sale:

http://www.comicartfans.com

http://www.catskillcomics.com

http://artworkworld.com

Interviews with Mike Grell:

http://aquamanshrine.blogspot.com/2009/02/aquaman-shrine-interview-with-mike.html : about how Mike Grell first got his jop with DC Comics.

http://www.popthought.com/display_column.asp?DAID=711 , http://columns.stlcomics.com/tftlof/X/ , http://www.popthought.com/display_column.asp?DAID=710

About the Legion Of Super-Heroes:

– Legion Omnicon: http://adventure247.blogspot.com

– Legion Abstract: http://legionabstract.blogspot.com

– Legion World: http://www.legionworld.net/

Legion Of Super-Heroes podcasts:

– The Legion Of Substitute Podcasters: http://www.legionofsubstitutepodcasters.com

– Super Future Friends: http://superfuturefriends.blogspot.com NOTE:explicit language

-lotsa Legion: http://lotsalegion.libsyn.com .

Next week: ACTION COMICS WEEKLY!

Superman Fan Podcast is a proud member of the Comics Podcast Network! http://www.comicspodcasts.com .

You can join the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST and MY PULL LIST groups on facebook, and twitter @supermanpodcast .

The website for SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is http://supermanfanpodcast.mypodcast.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 .

Superman and all related characters are trademark and copyright DC Comics.

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

(Top L - R:) Cosmic Boy mini-series, Legion Of Super-Heroes 37, Superman  (vol. II) 8, Action Comics 591. (Bottom L - R:) Legion Of Super-Heroes 38, Superman 21, The Adventures Of Superman 444, Superman 22.

(Top L – R:) Cosmic Boy mini-series, Legion Of Super-Heroes 37, Superman (vol. II) 8, Action Comics 591. (Bottom L – R:) Legion Of Super-Heroes 38, Superman 21, The Adventures Of Superman 444, Superman 22.

Download Episode 66!

The stories involving Superman in the Pocket Universe are a sort of prequel to the SUPERMAN IN EXILE storyline from the early 1990’s, now collected in one edition by DC Comics. The events in the pocket universe lead up to Superman exiling himself from Earth.

The issues we will look at are:
the COSMIC BOY miniseries from 1986
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES 37, August 1987
SUPERMAN 8, August 1987
ACTION COMICS 591, August 1987
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES 38, September 1987
THE SUPERGIRL SAGA, consisting of:
SUPERMAN 21, September 1988,
ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN 444, September 1988 and
SUPERMAN 22, October 1988.

Expanded show notes can be found at http://supermanfanpodcast.blogspot.com . Send your e-mail 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 your 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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After not having recorded a podcast for three weeks, I’m back after taking a week of vacation to attend my son’s graduation from Marine Corps boot camp. During the first half of the episode I talk about Family Day and my son’s boot camp graduation. Then I share my thoughts about the recently concluded story from ACTION COMICS #858-863, and epilogue issue #864.

Expanded show notes can be found at http://supermanfanpodcast.blogspot.com . Send e-mail to supermanfanpodcast@gmail.com .

MY PULL LLIST 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 SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST and, as always, thanks to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

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