Sunday, October 14, 2012

Episode #242: Superman Comic Books Cover Dated May 1961: Superman #145 & Action Comics #276!

Superman #145 & Action Comics #276!



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SUPERMAN 145, May 1961, was published on March 16, 1961. It contained 32 pages, still for the cover price of 10¢. Mort Weisinger was the editor, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye. All 3 stories were reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN vol. II, and were the final stories in that edition..

- THE SECRET IDENTITY OF SUPERMAN (9 pgs.), was written by Jerry Siegel, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye. This was Jerry's 28th silver age Superman story, and his 64th overall for this

- THE INTERPLANETARY CIRCUS (9 PGS.), was written by Robert Bernstein and drawn by Al Plastino.

- THE NIGHT OF MARCH 31st (8 pgs.), was written by Jerry Siegel, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Sheldon Moldoff. It was Siegel's 29th silver age Superman story, and his 65th overall for the era.This story was also reprinted in THE GREATEST SUPERMAN STORIES EVER TOLD, which was the edition in which I first read this story. Originally, this story was first covered way back in Episode 12. After the story, DC encouraged readers to list all of the "mistakes" they could find and send them in. Winners would win original art pages from this story, and others would win original Superman covers, and their names would be printed in a future issue. I'll keep you posted on what the results were in a future episode.

ACTION COMICS 276, May 1961, was published around march 30, 1961. it contained 32 pages, still for the cover price of a dime. Mort Weisinger was the editor, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye. This was Supergirl's 8th cover appearance.

- THE WAR BETWEEN SUPERGIRL AND THE SUPERMAN EMERGENCY SQUAD (14 pgs), was written by Robert Bernstein, pencilled by Wayne Boring and inked by Stan Kaye. This story was also reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN vol. III and SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERGIRL vol. I.

- Supergirl starred in the 13 page story, SUPERGIRL'S THREE SUPER GIRL-FRIENDS, written by Jerry Siegel and drawn by Jim Mooney. This was Siegel's 37th silver age Superman Family story, and his 66th overall. This story was reprinted in LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES ARCHIVES vol. I, SUPERBOY 147 and a replica edition of the same issue (published on January 2, 2003), SUPERGIRL ARCHIVES vol. II, SHOWCASE PRESENTS: LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES vol. I and SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERGIRL vol. I.

Elsewhere in DC Comics, 28 titles carried the May or May/June 1961 cover date.

Next Episode: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOK COVER DATED JUNE 1958: SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 29!

In 2 Weeks: SUPERMAN COMIC BOOK COVER DATED JUNE 1961: ACTION COMICS 277!

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