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(L to R) Superman 233, January 1971 & Superman 240, July 1971!

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Denny O’Neil passed away on June 11, 2020. He was born on May 3, 1939. He was a comic book writer and editor who wrote for Charlton, DC and Marvel and was an editor at both Marvel and DC. When Julius Schwartz became editor of the SUPERMAN title after Mort Weisinger’s retirement, he asked Denny O’Neil to become the new writer for the series. He only lasted for a year before asking editor Schwartz to take him off the title because he found it hard to relate to an omnipotent character. This episode will feature O’Neil’s Superman stories.

During the 2011 MegaCon, I attended a panel that Denny O’Neil was on: EPISODE 117 PART IV: COMICS WRITERS ON THE ART OF WRITING! posted on March 29, 2011.

NOTE: if you’re interested in other podcasts that discussed Denny O’Neil’s comic book career, check out the following episodes:

– Collected Comics Library: EPISODE 530: REMEMBERING DENNY O’NEIL

– Comic Geek Speak: COMIC GEEK SPEAK PRESENTS CLASSIC GEEK SPEAK: AN INTERVIEW WITH DENNY O’NEIL from 2013. 

– Word Balloon Podcast: EPISODE 27: DENNY O’NEIL MUST ANSWER THE QIESTION, from March 2006.

   DENNIS O’NEIL – OUT FROM BATMAN’S SHADOW WITH HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL, from January 23, 2018

   COMICS; BATMAN IN THE O’NEIL STYLE, WITH GREG RUCKA, posted on July 2, 2020.

– (9:20) Denny O’Neil’s first Superman story was SUPERMAN 233, January 1971, published on November 5, 1970. It contained 32 pages for the cover price of 15¢. The cover was drawn by Neal Adams. SUPERMAN BREAKS LOOSE was written by O’Neil, pencilled by Curt Swan, inked by Murphy Anderson and lettered by Ben Oda. This story was reprinted in SUPERMAN FROM THE 30’S TO THE 70’S, SUPERMAN IN THE SEVENTIES, MILLENNIUM EDITION SUPERMAN 233 (ME 58) (which is the edition of the story I have), SUPERMAN: THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD vol. II and SUPERMAN: KRYPTONITE NEVERMORE (which reprints SUPERMAN 233-238 and 240-242). The creative team remained the same for most of these issues, except where noted otherwise.

– (32:27) SUPERMAN 234, February 1971, was released on December 15, 1970. HOW TO TAME A WILD VOLCANO (15 pgs.), was lettered by John Costanza.

   – SUPERMAN 235, March 1971, was published on January 12, 1971. The cover was pencilled by Carmine Infantino and inked by Neal Adams. THE SINISTER SCREAM OF THE DEVIL’S HARP was 22 pages long.

   – SUPERMAN 236, April 1971,  was released on February 9, 1971. PLANET OF THE ANGELS (15 pgs.), also lettered by John Costanza, was also reprinted in BEST OF DC 12 in 1981.

   – SUPERMAN 237, May 1971, was published on March 16, 1971. ENEMY OF THE EARTH (22 pgs.), was also lettered by John Costanza.

   – SUPERMAN 238, June 1971, was released on April 15, 1971. The cover was pencilled by Carmine Infantino and inked by Murphy Anderson. MENACE AT 1000 DEGREES (15 pgs.), was also lettered by John Costanza.

SUPERMAN 239, June/July 1971, was published on April 6, 1971. It was a 64 Page Giant for the cover price of 25¢. The .cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Murphy Anderson. This issue contained four stories of Superman’s Greatest Battles.

– (48:29) SUPERMAN 240, July 1971, was released on May 13, 1971. The cover was pencilled by Carmine Infantino and inked by Neal Adams. TO SAVE A SUPERMAN (15 pgs.), was inked by Dick Giordano and inked by John Costanza.

– (1:04:47) SUPERMAN 241, August 1971, was published on June 15, 1971. It contained 48 pgs. for the cover price of a quarter. THE SHAPE OF FEAR was 22 pages long.

   – SUPERMAN 242, September 1971, was released on July 13, 1971. It contained 48 pages for the cover price of 25¢. THE ULTIMATE BATTLE was 22 pages long. This story was the final part of the KRYPTONITE NEVERMORE storyline.

   – SUPERMAN 244, November 1971, was published on September 16, 1971 (11 days before my 11th birthday). It contained 48 pages for the cover price of a quarter. The cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Murphy Anderson. THE ELECTRONIC GHOST OF METROPOLIS (24 pgs.), was lettered by John Costanza.

   – SUPERMAN 247, January 1972, was released on November 11, 1971. It contained 48 pages for the cover price of 25¢. The cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Murphy Anderson. Denny O’Neil wrote the second of the issue’s three stories. WHEN ON EARTH, the first installment of the series THE PRIVATE LIFE OF CLARK KENT. This story was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Murphy Anderson.

   – SUPERMAN 253, June 1972, was published on April 13, 1972. This issue contained 48 pages for the cover price of a quarter. The cover was drawn by Nick Cardy. Denny O’Neil wrote the issue’s first of three stories, THE KID WHO SAVED SUPERMAN, which was 22 pages long.

   – SUPERMAN 254, July 1972, was released on May 11, 1972. This issue contained 32 pages for the cover price of 20¢. Denny O’Neil’s final Superman story was titled, THE KID WHO STOLE SUPERMAN’S POWERS. This story was 15 pages long.

Next Episodes: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOKS COVER DATED MARCH 1966: PART I: SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 91, PART II: ACTION COMICS 334 (80 Pg. Giant starring Supergirl), PART III: WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 156 & PART IV: ACTION COMICS 335!

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Curt Swan, A Life In Comics by Eddy Zeno Published by Vanguard Productions!

Curt Swan, A Life In Comics by Eddy Zeno Published by Vanguard Productions!

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Curt Swan was born on February 17, 1920 (NOTE: I mistakenly said 1910). To honor his birthday this year I want to share some of their thoughts on working with Curt Swan, as recorded in Eddy Zeno’s book, CURT SWAN: A LIFE IN COMICS. The comic pros mentioned here are Mort Walker, Murphy Anderson, Carmine Infantino, Julius Schwartz, Sheldon Moldoff, Elliot S! Maggin (no typo), Len Wein, Mark Waid and Joe Kubert.

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(L - R:) The original art to the cover of SUPERMAN 411, autographed by the DC staff as a birthday gift for Julius Schwartz and the printed version of the cover!

(L – R:) The original art to the cover of SUPERMAN 411, autographed by the DC staff as a birthday gift for Julius Schwartz and the printed version of the cover!

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DC Comics editor Julius Schwartz celebrated his 70th birthday in 1985. For a birthday surprise, writer Elliot S! Maggin proposed a surprise birthday issue of SUPERMAN, starring Julius Schwartz, to DC executive Paul Levitz. Maggin and artist Curt Swan created the story in advance so that it could be inserted into the production schedule in place of the middle issue of a Lex Luthor trilogy Schwartz was working on. That story would appear in the next issue, 412. The staff was able to pull off the surprise, with a few close calls. The issue appeared on June 13, 1985, with the cover date of September 1985. The story, THE LAST EARTH PRIME STORY, was written by Elliot S! Maggin, pencilled by Curt Swan, inked by Murphy Anderson, lettered by John Costanza and colored by Gene D’Angelo, with the tag: aided and abetted by Dick Giordano, Paul Levitz, Bob Rozakis.

Julius Schwartz described the story in his autobiography MAN OF TWO WORLDS: MY LIFE IN SCIENCE FICTION AND COMICS, written with Brian M. Thomsen and published by Harper Entertainment in 2000. The book may not be in print any more, so check your local library, used book store or internet vendor.

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DC Comics Presents Batman #1, September 2004, the first of 8 Julius Schwartz tribute comic book published by DC Comics!

DC Comics Presents Batman #1, September 2004, the first of 8 Julius Schwartz tribute comic book published by DC Comics!

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After Julius Schwartz passed away in 2004, DC Comics did eight tribute issues recreating iconic issues of titles he edited during his long career. Current artists re-create those covers, with the original covers being reproduced inside. The stories were done by creative teams who either worked with Julie or were inspired by him.
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Superman and all related characters are copyright DC Comics.

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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