The Mysterious Mr. Mxyztplk, the 4th story in Superman 30. Note the slight difference in the spelling of his name from his first appearance compared to his modern incarnation.
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April 1 is the traditional birthday of Mr. Mxyzptlk, according to the web site http://supermanhomepage.com. This episode highlights his golden and silver age through his post-crisis appearances. The issues highlighted and their reprints are:
SUPERMAN 30: THE GREATEST SUPERMAN STORIES EVER TOLD (1987) and vol. II of the current edition.
SUPERMAN 33: No reprint information available.
SUPERMAN 40: SUPERMAN IN THE FORTIES trade paperback.
SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 52: no current reprint edition, reprinted in SPJO 122, Aug./Sept. 1969 issue.
ACTION COMICS 273: SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN VOL. II.
SUPERBOY 83: no reprint information available.
ADVENTURE COMICS 310: SHOWCASE PRESENTS: LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES VOL. I.
ADVENTURE COMICS 355: LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES VOL. VI.
SUPERMAN #349: no reprint information available, but the web site http://www.tgfa.org/comics/superman/superman.htm has the entire story available to read on line.
ACTION COMICS 583: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE MAN OF TOMORROW?, trade paperback out of print, hardcover edition available July 8, 2009. (I said June 2009 in this episode.) Go to http://dccomics.com/dcu/graphic_novels or http://collectedcomicslibrary.com blog and podcast for more information. This story is also reprinted in the trade paperback DC Universe: The Stories Of Alan Moore.
SUPERMAN 11: the out of print trade paperback LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN.
SUPERMAN 31: No reprint information available.
ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN 463: SUPERMAN VS. THE FLASH trade paperback, with an Alex Ross cover.
SUPERMAN 49, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN 472, STARMAN 28, ACTION COMICS 659 and SUPERMAN 50: reprinted in the out of print trade paperback KRISIS OF THE KRIMSON KRYPTONITE.
SUPERMAN 75: No reprint information available.
SUPERMAN 160 & 161, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN 582 & 583, SUPERMAN: MAN OF STEEL 104 & 105, ACTION COMICS 769 & 770 and EMPEROR JOKER 1: reprinted in the EMPEROR JOKER trade paperback.
ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN 638: the trade paperback Superman: Ruin Revealed.
ACTION COMICS ANNUAL 10: No reprint information available.
COUNTDOWN 31 & 23: the trade paperbacks COUNTDOWN VOL. II & VOL. III respectively.
ALL-STAR SUPERMAN 6: ALL-STAR SUPERMAN VOL. I hardcover and trade paperback.
I called in to episode 509 of FANBOY RADIO, broadcast live on Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 7:00 p. m. The host Scott Hinze interviewed David Weber, the author of my favorite SF novel series Honor Harrington. I called the show around the 45 minute mark and asked about any movie or TV options on the series. To learn more about the Honor Harrington series, you might enjoy this interview with the author. As of this posting this episode was not yet available, but check back in a few days at http://fanboyradio.com , or on Fanboy Radio’s podcast feed on iTunes.
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