Saturday, April 12, 2014

Episode #295 Part II: Superman Comic Book Cover Dated January 1963: Superman Annual #3!

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!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Episode #296 Part VI: MegaCon 2014 Wrap Up & Interviews!

Far left: Thurl Ravenscroft as Aquaman. Top Right: MegaCon banner. Bottom left to right: interviewees: Thurl Ravenscroft (closeup), Bill McCray and Laura Martin.



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In this final episode on MegaCon 2014 I share my thoughts about the convention,which I attended on Saturday, March 22 and Sunday March 23, while missing its first day on Friday, March 21. Following my recap of MegaCon are a few interviews I conducted on Sunday. MegaCon 2014 occurred in the South Concourse of the North/South building.

MegaCon 2015 is scheduled for Friday, April 10 - Sunday, April 12, 2015, returning to the West Concourse Building in Halls A4 - B4. For continuing updates on scheduled guests and events for next year's MegaCon, periodically check the convention's websitefacebook pagetwitter account or on instagram.

Next Episode: We return to our weekly journey through the time barrier to finish up our look at the Superman comic books cover dated January 1963 in Episode 295 with:

- PART II: SUPERMAN ANNUAL 6!

- PART III: ACTION COMICS 296!

The Superman Fan Podcast is now available on Stitcher, for your smart phone, tablet or computer.

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 the following:
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- The SUPERMAN PODCAST NETWORK at http://supermanpodcastnetwork !
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- 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!


Friday, March 28, 2014

Episode #296 Part V: MegaCon 2014: Kickstarter Panel!




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This was the final panel I attended Sunday, and my final panel for MegaCon 2014. It started around 1:45 p.m., at the same time the AGES OF HEROES ERAS OF MEN panel was ending, so I joined the Kickstarter panel already in progress. The panelists were Jimmy Palmiotti, Frank Tieri and Nelson DeCastro. They answered questions from the audience and shared their experiences with Kickstarter projects to give advice on the do's and don'ts of doing a Kickstarter project.

Next Episode: MEGACON 2014 WRAP UP & INTERVIEWS!

The Superman Fan Podcast is now available on Stitcher, for your smart phone, tablet or computer.

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 the following:
- The LEAGUE OF COMIC BOOK PODCASTERS at http://www.comicbooknoise.com/league ,
- The SUPERMAN PODCAST NETWORK at http://supermanpodcastnetwork !
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- 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!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Episode #296 Part IV: MegaCon 2014: The Capes, Cowls And Culture: Ages Of Heroes, Eras of Men Panel!

(L to R) Julian Chambliss, William Svitavsky and Thomas Donaldson.


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This panel was the first one I attended at MegaCon on Sunday, March 23, 2014, around 1:00 p.m. The panelists, Julian Chambliss, William Svitavsky and Thomas Donaldson, discuss the book they edited, AGES OF HEROES, ERAS OF MEN, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, and also available at AmazonBlackwell and Ingram.

The panelists, all comic book readers themselves, put together an anthology of essays by scholars in many fields, exploring the changing depictions of superheroes divided into three eras: Golden Age, Silver Age and Modern. In a discussion with the audience, they shared how the current culture of the time influenced the evolving superhero.

Next Episode: KICKSTARTER PANEL!

The Superman Fan Podcast is now available on Stitcher, for your smart phone, tablet or computer.

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 the following:
- The LEAGUE OF COMIC BOOK PODCASTERS at http://www.comicbooknoise.com/league ,
- The SUPERMAN PODCAST NETWORK at http://supermanpodcastnetwork !
- 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!

Episode #296 Part III: MegaCon 2014: Break-In Stories!

(L to R) Russell Lissau, Frank Tieri, Mike Miller, Steve Horton and panel moderator Roland Mann.



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This was the third and final panel I attended at MegaCon on Saturday, March 22, 2014. It was not a how-to on breaking in to comic book stores or comic book publisher offices, but rather an informative panel of five comic book professionals sharing their stories on how they broke in to the industry and began their careers. During the discussion, they shared tips on how to's and not do's for others to get their break in the comic book industry.

Next Episode: MEGACON 2014 PART IV: CAPES, COWLS AND CULTURE: AGES OF HEROES, ERAS OF MEN EXPLORES COMICS CULTURE PANEL!

The Superman Fan Podcast is now available on Stitcher, for your smart phone, tablet or computer.

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 the following:
- The LEAGUE OF COMIC BOOK PODCASTERS at http://www.comicbooknoise.com/league ,
- The SUPERMAN PODCAST NETWORK at http://supermanpodcastnetwork !
- 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!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Episode #296 Part II: MegaCon 2014: Spotlight On Bill Sienkiewicz Panel!

(L to R) J. David Spurlock and Bill Sienkiewicz.



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The second panel I attended at the 2014 MegaCon was the SPOTLIGHT IN BILL SIENKIEWICZ PANEL, which occurred on Saturday, March 22, 2014. J. David Spurlock, writer, comic book agent and publisher of Vanguard Productions served as moderator. Vanguard Productions produces art books on various comic book artists. This panel served as a discussion of Bill Sienkiewicz's career, his artistic influences and evolution of his art style. J. David Spurlock and Bill Sienkiewicz worked together on TALES FROM THE EDGE, a comic book anthology available from Vanguard Productions.

After this panel is an interview with J. David Spurlock about his career as a comic book writer, agent and publisher.

The Bill Sienkiewicz panel is © J. David Spurlock and Bill Sienkiewicz. All rights reserved.

Next Episode: MEGACON 2014 PART III: BREAK-IN STORIES!

The Superman Fan Podcast is now available on Stitcher, for your smart phone, tablet or computer.

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 the following:
- The LEAGUE OF COMIC BOOK PODCASTERS at http://www.comicbooknoise.com/league ,
- The SUPERMAN PODCAST NETWORK at http://supermanpodcastnetwork !
- 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!

Episode #296 Part I: MegaCon 2014: The Kubert School Panel!



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This panel was the first one I attended at the 2014 MegaCon. It began at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Adam Kubert led the panel, showing a video about the school, then discussing how the Kubert school prepares students for not only a comic book career, but other graphic art jobs as well. He also answered questions from the audience.

The Kubert School Of Cartoon And Graphic Art website has all of the details you will require to learn how to apply to the school, which is fully accredited and accepts all forms of financial aid. The video Adam shared at the MegaCon can be viewed on the school's website. Correspondence Courses are available, as well as art supplies.

Next Episode: MEGACON 2014 PART II: THE SPOTLIGHT ON BILL SIENKIEWICZ PANEL!

The Superman Fan Podcast is now available on Stitcher, for your smart phone, tablet or computer.

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 the following:
- The LEAGUE OF COMIC BOOK PODCASTERS at http://www.comicbooknoise.com/league ,
- The SUPERMAN PODCAST NETWORK at http://supermanpodcastnetwork !
- 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!