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Download Episode 166!

Curt Swan was born on February 17, 1920. I have covered Swan’s life and career in three previous episodes:

EPISODE 2: MY FAVORITE SUPERMAN ARTIST: CURT SWAN!

Episode 61: CURT SWAN: I FLEW WITH SUPERMAN!

EPISODE 113: A CURT SWAN TOAST!

This episode features the first characters or titles that Curt Swan first drew stories for at the beginning of his career:

– Boy Commandos
– Newsboy Legion
– REAL FACT COMICS
– Robin’s solo stories in STAR SPANGLED COMICS
– GANG BUSTERS
– Tommy Tomorrow.

The information for this episode comes from Wikipedia and MIKE’S AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS. Since only a few of Curt Swan’s first stories for these characters or titles have plot synopses for them, this episode will feature a brief history of each character, group or title.

For more information about the story, THE TRUE STORY OF BATMAN AND ROBIN in REAL FACT COMICS 5, November/December 1946, go to Bill Jourdain’s podcast and blog THE GOLDEN AGE OF COMICS, January 3, 2009.

Also, Michael Bailey and Jeffrey Taylor, co-hosts of the FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS podcast, is leading an effort to have the Superman and Batman story, DARK KNIGHT OVER METROPOLIS collected in a reprint edition. If you would like to do your part, here’s how:
– E-mail Editor Ian Sattler ian.sattler@dccomics.com.
– In your own words, explain why you think DARK KNIGHT OVER METROPOLIS should be collected.
– Be short and to the point, as well as polite. Don’t be rude or demanding.
– Mention that you heard it on FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS. It’s not about ego for Michael and Jeffrey. It’s to give a focused voice to our efforts.
– MOST IMPORTANT: If DC agrees, pre-order the book when it is solicited so that DC knows to print enough copies.
– follow FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS and the SUPERMAN HOMEPAGE at http://supermanhomepage.com for updates.
– You will be able to order it through the SUPERMAN HOMEPAGE, or you can order it using the Diamond Order code at your local comic book shop.
– It’s important to show DC that we will follow through and actually buy this edition, so that they will be more inclined to reprint other storylines, not just for Superman, but other characters in the DC Universe.

Next Episode: SUPERMAN FAMILY OF COMICS COVER DATED MARCH/APRIL 1955: SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 4 & WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 75!

In 2 weeks: SUPERMAN COMICS COVER DATED AUGUST 1958: SUPERMAN :123 & ACTION COMICS 243!

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SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is at http://thesupermanfanpodcast.blogspot.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.

Any artwork shown with the show notes is for entertainment purposes only. I do not make any money from this podcast. 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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Superman: Serial To Cereal by Gary Grossman!

Superman: Serial To Cereal by Gary Grossman!

Download Episode 164!

SUPERMAN: SERIAL TO CEREAL was written by Gary Grossman, and published by Popular Library in August 1977. The book chronicled the history of Superman on the screen, from the movie serials of the 1940’s to the TV series of the 1950’s.

Gary Grossman covered the history of movie serials, the development of the two Superman serials, as well as the ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN TV show. He explored the careers of the principal producers, directors and actors involved in the various Superman productions, with plenty of personal anecdotes from everyone.

At the back of the book was an appendix of complete credits to the serials SUPERMAN (1948) and ATOM MAN VS. SUPERMAN (1950), and THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN TV series.

Although I did not mention them in the episode, I have covered the careers of the following actors involved in the productions:

– Kirk Alyn: EPISODE 43: KIRK ALYN & GREGORY REED: SUPERMAN ACTORS!

– George Reeves: EPISODE 55: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GEORGE REEVES!

-Phyllis Coates: EPISODE 56: A DOUBLE FEATURE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PHYLLIS COATES! / THE SUPERMAN COMIC STRIP!

– Noel Neill: EPISODE 102: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NOEL NEILL!

Next Episode: THE SUPERMAN FAMILY OF COMICS COVER DATED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 1955: SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 3 & WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 74!

In two weeks, in honor of Curt Swan’s birthday: CURT SWAN’S EARLIEST COMIC BOOK STORIES!
Two weeks after this episode we will return to out regular look at the August 1958 cover dated issues of SUPERMAN 123 & ACTION COMICS 243.

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SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is a proud member of the LEAGUE OF COMIC BOOK PODCASTERS at http://www.comicbooknoise.com/league and the COMICS PODCAST NETWORK! http://www.comicspodcasts.com/, the SUPERMAN WEBRING of websites, and The SUPERMAN PODCAST NETWORK at http://www.supermanpodcastnetwork.com/ !

SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is at http://thesupermanfanpodcast.blogspot.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.

Any artwork shown with the show notes is for entertainment purposes only. I do not make any money from this podcast. 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.

(L to R:) Al Plastino, Action Comics 120, May 1948 & Action Comics 361, March 1968!

(L to R:) Al Plastino, Action Comics 120, May 1948 & Action Comics 361, March 1968!

Download Episode 157!

Al Plastino was born on December 15, 1921 in New York City. He is best known as one of the artists on the Superman family of titles for DC Comics. Al was also the artist to a number of comic strips. To learn more about Al Plastino you can go to his own website: http://www.alplastino.com . There you can learn more about his career and view samples of his comic book art and his paintings. There is even a video interview, so you can hear his voice yourself. There is some static in the background, but otherwise the sound is fine.

There are two other interviews with Al Plastino that you can listen to online:

http://www.wtv-zone.com/silverager/interviews/plastino_1.shtml .

http://www.wtv-zone.com/silverager/interviews/plastino_2.shtml .

The two Al Plastino Superman stories featured in this episode are:

– ACTION COMICS 120, May 1948, published around March 19, 1948. SUPERMAN, STUNT MAN was written by Alvin Schwartz.

– ACTION COMICS 361, March 1968, published on January 30, 1968. THE POWER OF THE PARASITE was written by Jim Shooter.

There is no reprint information for either story.

Next Episode: The 3rd Annual Superman Christmas Story: METROPOLIS MAILBAG: SUPERMAN 64!

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SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is at http://thesupermanfanpodcast.blogspot.com/ . Send e-mail about this podcast to supermanfanpodcast@gmail.com.

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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.

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

More Fun Comics 101 (January/February 1945) where Superboy first appeared in the issue's 3rd story, Adventure Comics 103 (April 1946), Superboy's first appearance in that title & Superboy 1 (March/April 1949) the first issue of his solo title!

More Fun Comics 101 (January/February 1945) where Superboy first appeared in the issue’s 3rd story, Adventure Comics 103 (April 1946), Superboy’s first appearance in that title & Superboy 1 (March/April 1949) the first issue of his solo title!

 

Download Episode 149!

This episode features Superboy’s earliest comic book appearances: NEW FUN COMICS 101 (Jan./Feb. 1945) – 107 (Jan./Feb. 1946) and ADVENTURE COMICS 103, April 1946. Also featured is the first issue of SUPERBOY, March/April 1949, published on January 8, 1949.

The first Superboy story can be read online at http://superman.nu/tales3/birthOfSuperboy/?page=1.

The earliest Superboy stories have been reprinted in ADVENTURES OF SUPERBOY, published on August 17, 2010. It contains the Superboy stories originally printed in NEW FUN COMICS 101 – 107 and ADVENTURE COMICS 103 – 121.

SUPERBOY #1 was reprinted in MILLENNIUM EDITION (62): SUPERBOY #1.

Next Episode: SUPERMAN: WAR OF THE WORLDS!

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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.

Adventure Comics 128, May 1948 & Superman & Batman Generations 4, April 1999!

Adventure Comics 128, May 1948 & Superman & Batman Generations 4, April 1999!

Download Episode 147!

As we continue to celebrate DC Comics’ 75th Anniversary, this episode features two stories, published about 50 years apart, which show how Clark Kent and Lois Lane met for the first time.

– ADVENTURE COMICS 128, May 1948, published around March 26, 1948. The editor was Jack Schiff, and the cover was drawn by J. Winslow Mortimer. The ten page story HOW CLARK KENT MET LOIS LANE was written by Bill Finger and drawn by George Roussos. It was reprinted in SUPERMAN FROM THE THIRTIES TO THE SEVENTIES.

– SUPERMAN & BATMAN: GENERATIONS issue 4 (of 4), 1999, was published on February 10, 1999. It was published under DC’s Elseworlds imprint. The editor was Joey Cavalieri, and the cover, story and art was done by John Byrne. The story featured in this episode was part of the issue’s second story, 2919.

Next Episode: A SUPERMAN FAN REVIEW: SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN & SUPERMAN: LAST FAMILY OF KRYPTON!

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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.

Superman 19, November/December 1942!

Superman 19, November/December 1942!

Download Episode 139!

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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SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is at http://thesupermanfanpodcast.blogspot.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 the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST and, as always, thanks to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

(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!

Download Episode 134!

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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SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is a proud member of the LEAGUE OF COMIC BOOK PODCASTERS at http://www.comicbooknoise.com/league and the COMICS PODCAST NETWORK! http://www.comicspodcasts.com/.

SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST is at http://thesupermanfanpodcast.blogspot.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 the SUPERMAN FAN PODCAST and, as always, thanks to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

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