Saturday, January 16, 2016

Episode 334 Part I: Superman Family Comic Book Cover Dated August 1961: World's Finest Comics #119!

World's Finest Comics 119, August 1961!

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WORLD'S FINEST COMICS 119, August 1961, was published on June 6, 1961. It contained 32 pages for the cover price of 10¢. Jack Schiff was the editor, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye.

- The thirteen page Superman/Batman story was titled, THE SECRET OF TIGERMAN, written by Jerry Coleman, pencilled by Dick Sprang and inked by Stan Kaye. This story was reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: WORLD'S FINEST vol. II.

- Tommy Tomorrow starred in the seven page story, THE EARTH KING OF PLANETOID PLEXIS, written by Jack Miller and drawn by Jim Mooney.

- The six page Green Arrow and Speedy story was titled, THE MAN WITH THE MAGIC BOW, writer unknown, drawn by Lee Elias. This story was reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: GREEN ARROW vol. I.

Also highlighted in this episode are this issue's ads and other features.
This episode begins with MY PULL LIST segment for the comic books published in December 2015, which I received in my latest shipment from the Discount Comic Book Service.


Then we continue our journey through the Superman Family comic books until we catch up with the Superman titles cover dated July 1964 with: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOKS COVER DATED SEPTEMBER 1961: PART I: SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 55 & PART II: WORLD'S FINEST COMICS 120!

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  1. Ha! The World's Finest heroes... plus 1. I love it. Tigerman's costume is one of the more redundant designs I've ever seen -- clad head to toe in tiger print, complete with a tiger print cape, yet we had to put a 'T' on his chest just in case we weren't sure what he was.

    It was interesting that they took the phrase "Napoleon of Crime", usually used for Prof. Moriarty in the Sherlock Holmes stories, and created a villain who was a military general who dressed like he was Napoleon. I wonder if the Purple Legion just recruited former military or if they trained all of those men themselves. The story made them seem like a pretty large organization with over 20 units.

    I agree with your overall assessment. An okay story, but the triple reversal all crammed on to one page at the end seemed a bit excessive.

    re: Tootsie Roll Fudge -- I don't have any recollection of this stuff either. From Googling, I can't even tell when it was discontinued. Maybe I wasn't even alive yet... I did find this commercial from a kids show in the 1950s, though -- Paul Winchell Commercial - Tootsie Roll Fudge

    1. Thanks for the link. I've always found it odd that there hasn't been anything online about Tootsie Roll Fudge. As far as the Purple Legion Gang, they would need to pull a lot of jobs to afford such a large operation, especially to be able to pay double for any gang members taken to jail.