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(L to R:) Action Comics 481, March 1978 & Action Comics 482, April 1978!

(L to R:) Action Comics 481, March 1978 & Action Comics 482, April 1978!

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During this holiday season, I thought it would be the perfect time to highlight the only appearance of the Supermobile. Before the era of action figures with multiple accessories, the two issues that the Supermobile appeared in were fun action stories. And what red blooded American man or woman wouldn’t want to get a Supermobile for Christmas? Built of Supermanium, the hardest metal known to man, impervious to fading, denting or scratching, with an interior equipped with everything a driver needs to duplicate Superman’s powers, the Supermobile is the perfect gift for anyone’s stocking stuffer. The Supermobile can travel on or off-road, as well as underwater, in the air and in outer space. And the fuel mileage is infinity, which can’t be beat!

The Supermobile appeared in the following issues:

– ACTION COMICS 481, March 1978, published on December 26, 1977 (during my senior year of high school). Julius Schwartz was the editor, and the cover was drawn by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. IT’S A BIRD … IT’S A PLANE … IT’S SUPERMOBILE was written by Cary Bates, pencilled by Curt Swan, inked by Frank Chiarmonte, lettered by Jean Simek and colored by Gene D’Angelo.

– ACTION COMICS 482, April 1978, was published on January 30, 1978. THIS IS A JOB FOR SUPERMOBILE! was done by the same creative team who did issue 481.

This story had no reprint information available. These two issues were the middle installments of a four issue storyline which began with ACTION COMICS 480 and ended with issue 483, involving the villain Amazo, who I briefly summarize his creation and abilities.

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(Top L to R:) Action Comics 577, March 1986 & Action Comics 579, May 1986! (Bottom L to R:) Action Comics 646, October 1989 & Superman: The Man Of Steel 15, September  1992!

(Top L to R:) Action Comics 577, March 1986 & Action Comics 579, May 1986!
(Bottom L to R:) Action Comics 646, October 1989 & Superman: The Man Of Steel 15, September 1992!

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Before featuring Keith Giffen I mention a few things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday, including my listeners.

Keith Giffen was born on November 30, 1952 in Queens, New York City. He is a comic book artist and writer who has created a wide variety of comic book stories for many publishers. Giffen has worked for independent publishers as well as industry giants DC Comics and Marvel. He is most famous for two separate runs as artist and plotter on LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, and as writer on JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL and JUSTICE LEAGUE EUROPE. Keith Giffen has also created the humorous character Ambush Bug, who is a vehicle for Giffen to satirize the conventions of super hero comic books. In 2010 Giffen wrote the 12 issue mini-series THE AUTHORITY: THE LOST YEARS, as well as the titles BOOSTER GOLD and DOOM PATROL. He has drawn a handful of Superman stories, and his work on the Legion, for whom the Man of Steel served as inspiration, makes him an interesting subject of this episode.

Keith Giffen’s earliest Superman stories:

– DC COMICS PRESENTS #81, May 1985. ALL THIS AND KOBRA TOO! was scripted by Robert Loren Fleming, with Keith Giffen serving as plotter/penciller. Bob Oksner was the inker, the letterer was Bill Pearson, and the colorist was Anthony Tollin.

– DC COMICS PRESENTS #88, December 1985. PROPHECY OF THE DEMON was written by Steve Englehart, pencilled by Keith Giffen, inked by Karl Kessel, lettered by Albert DeGuzman and colored by Gene D’Angelo.

– WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #322, December 1985. THE SEARCH ws written by Dwight John Zimmerman, pencilled by Keith Giffen, inked by Karl Kessel, lettered by Duncan Andrews and colored by Nansi Hoolahan.

The Keith Giffen Superman stories featured in this episode are:

– ACTION COMICS #577, March 1986, published on December 19, 1985. The editor was Julius Schwartz. The cover was pencilled by Keith Giffen and inked by Bob Oksner. CAITIFF: FIRST OF THE VAMPIRES was plotted and pencilled by Keith Giffen and scripted by Robert Loren Fleming. Bob Oksner was the inker, Gene D’Angelo the colorist and Milt Snapinn the letterer.

– ACTION COMICS #579, May 1986, published on February 27, 1986. Julius Schwartz was still the editor, and the issue contained 32 pages for the cover price of 75 cents. The cover was pencilled by Keith Giffen and inked by Karl Kessel. PRISONERS OF TIME was written by Randy and Jean Marc Lofficer, pencilled by Keith Giffen, inked by Kark Kessel, inked by Bob Oksner, lettered by Milton Snapinn and colored by Gene D’Angelo.

– ACTION COMICS #646, October 1989, published on September 5, 1989. The editor was Mike Carlin, and the issue contained 32 pages, still for the cover price of 75 cents. The cover was drawn by George Perez. BURIAL GROUND was scripted by Roger Stern, plotted and pencilled by Keith Giffen, inked by Dennis Janke, lettered by Bill Oakley and colored by Glenn Whitmore.

– SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL #15 (Triangle # 1992: 13) September 1992, was published on July 14, 1992. The issue contained 32 pages for $1.25. The editor was still Mike Carlin, and the cover was pencilled by Jon Bogdanove and inked by Dennis Janke. SANCTUARY was written by Louise Simonson, pencilled by Kerry Gammil (for the Metropolis scenes) and Keith Giffen (for the scenes in Hell). Dennis Janke and Trevor Scott were the inkers, Bill Oakley the letterer and Glenn Whitmore the colorist.

None of these stories had any reprint information available about them.

I would also like to welcome two new podcasts to the Superman Family of Podcasts (there’s no formal organization by that name. I just like to type it like that).

– SUPERMAN IN THE BRONZE AGE, hosted by Charlie Niemeyer, contributor to the SUPERMAN HOMEPAGE website at http://supermanhomepage.com. His weekly podcast reviews the Superman stories edited by Julius Schwartz, who served as Superman editor from 1970 – 1986. His podcast can be found at http://supermaninthebronzeage.com.

– SUPERMAN FOREVER PODCAST, hosted by J. David Weter is a weekly podcast that covers classic and modern Superman in all media, along with the latest Superman news each week. It can be found at http://www.supermanforever.com.

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(Top L to R:) Superman 247, January 1972 & Superman 296, February 1976. (Bottom L: to R:) Superman 300, June 1976, Superman 400, October 1984 & Superman 416, February 1986!

(Top L to R:) Superman 247, January 1972 & Superman 296, February 1976.
(Bottom L: to R:) Superman 300, June 1976, Superman 400, October 1984 & Superman 416, February 1986!

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Elliot S! Maggin was born on November 15, 1950 in Brooklyn, New York. He is most well known for writing comic book stories for DC Comics in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The character he is most associated with is Superman, working for Superman editor Julius Schwartz. This episode explores his life and career and highlights some of his best Superman stories.

During the episode, I failed to mention that he began to use the ! after his middle initial by accident. Because of the poor reproduction (compared to today) of comic books, he would end sentences with an ! instead of a period. He accidentally signed his script Elliot S! Maggin and it printed that way. Editor Julius Schwartz then declared that his name would always appear that way in his stories.

To learn more about Elliot S! Maggin, you can go to http://superman.nu/esm/maggin.php .

The stories featured in this episode are:

– MUST THERE BE A SUPERMAN from SUPERMAN 247, January 1972, published on November 11, 1971. This was Elliot’s first published Superman story. It has been reprinted in THE GREATEST SUPERMAN STORIES EVER TOLD, SUPERMAN IN THE SEVENTIES, SUPERMAN: THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD, vol. I & GREEN LANTERN: IN BRIGHTEST DAY. It can also be read online at http://superman.nu/tales2/yes/ .

– WHO TOOK THE SUPER OUT OF SUPERMAN from SUPERMAN 296, February 1976. It began the four issue story involving Mr. Xavier, which involved a famous scene of Clark and Lois on a date, receiving news coverage, even. All four issues of this story can be read at http://superman.nu/tales2/whotook/about.php .

– SUPERMAN 2001 from SUPERMAN 300, June 1976, published on March 11, 1976. It has been reprinted in SUPERMAN: PAST AND FUTURE. This story was featured in Episode 24 of this podcast.

– THE LIVING LEGENDS OF SUPERMAN from SUPERMAN 400, October 1984, published on July 12, 1984. The stories in this issue were reprinted in SUPERMAN: THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD, vol’s. I & II. It can also be read online at http://theages.superman.nu/400/ .

– THE EINSTEIN CONNECTION from SUPERMAN 416, February 1986, published on November 14, 1985. It was inked by comic book artist Al Williamson, the subject of Episode 13 . This story has been reprinted in SUPERMAN VS. LEX LUTHOR. ( During the episode I mistakenly guessed that it was reprinted in SUPERMAN IN THE EIGHTIES.) This story can also be read online at http://superman.nu/tales2/einstein/ and http://superman.nu/tales2/ghost/ .

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Superman #414, December 1985!

Superman #414, December 1985!

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This episode features the second part of the story which began as the main story of DC COMICS PRESENTS 87. Part one of this story was highlighted in Episode 138: THE ORIGIN OF SUPERBOY PRIME: DC COMICS PRESENTS 87!

REVENGE IS LIFE – DEATH TO SUPERMAN! appeared in SUPERMAN 414, December 1985, published on September 15, 1985. Julius Schwartz was the editor and Eduardo Barreto drew the cover. Elloit S! Maggin wrote the story, which was pencilled by Curt Swan, inked by Al Williamson (mistakenly credited as Murphy Anderson in the episode), lettered by Ed King and colored by Gene D’Angelo. There are no reprints available on this story, but can be read online at http://superman.nu/tales2/revenge/.

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DC Comics Presents 87, November 1985!

DC Comics Presents 87, November 1985!

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Before Superboy Prime became a villain in INFINITE CRISIS, he was the only superhero of Earth Prime. During the silver age multiverse in DC Comics, Earth Prime was our world, where superheroes were only fictional comic book characters. Superboy Prime first appeared in DC COMICS PRESENTS 87, November 1985, published on August 1, 1985. The editor was Julius Schwartz, and the cover was drawn by Eduardo Baretto. YEAR OF THE COMET was written by Elliot S! Maggin, pencilled by Curt Swan, inked by Al Williamson, lettered by Ed King and colored by Gene D’Angelo. The second story of the issue was THE ORIGIN OF SUPERBOY PRIME, done by the same creative team. There is no reprint information available that I could find. If you would like to read this issue, you can check the back issue bins of your local comic book shop or internet vendor. The stories are also available at the following links: http://superman.nu/tales2/comet/ and http://superman.nu/tales2/superboyprime/.

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

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The cover for Superman 416, drawn by Eduardo Bareto. with the interior stories written by Elloit S! Maggin, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Al Williamson!

The cover for Superman 416, drawn by Eduardo Bareto. with the interior stories written by Elloit S! Maggin, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Al Williamson!

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Comic book artist Al Williamson died last Saturday, June 12, 2010. He was born on March 21, 1931. His comic book career began when he was 17 years old, and he was the youngest artist in the EC Comics bullpen. He is most well known for his adventure and science fiction stories, such as the comic strip and book FLASH GORDON, as well as the comic book adaption of the movie STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Beginning in the 1980’s he had a 20 year career as a comic book inker, first at DC and then Marvel.

At DC, Al first drew and inked an 8 page Superman story, THE LIVING LEGENDS OF SUPERMAN, for SUPERMAN 400, October 1984. He inked SUPERMAN issues 408 – 416, with the exception of 411, which was the Julius Schwartz birthday issue (discussed in episode 78). He also inked Superman stories for DC COMICS PRESENTS 79 and 85-87. Al inked two covers for SUPERMAN, 408 and 409.

This episode highlights the one issue of SUPERMAN that I have which Al Williamson inked, 416, February 1986, published on November 18, 1985. The first story, THE EINSTEIN CONNECTION, was written by Elliot S! Maggin, pencilled by Curt Swan, colored by Gene D’Angelo and lettered by Ed King. This story was reprinted in the trade paperback SUPERMAN VS. LEX LUTHOR. The second story, THE GHOST OF SUPERMAN-FUTURE, had the same creative team, except for letterer Dave Andrews.

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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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