Thursday, October 5, 2017

Episode 371 Part III: Superman Comic Book Cover Dated July 1964: Action Comics #314!

Action Comics 314, July 1964!

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ACTION COMICS 314, July 1964, was published on May 28, 1964. It contained 32 pages for the cover price of 12¢. The editor was Mort Weisinger, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan, inked by Sheldon Moldoff and lettered by Joe Letterese.

- (6:27) THE DAY SUPERMAN BECAME THE FLASH (14 pgs.), written by Edmond Hamilton, drawn by Al Plastino and lettered by Joe Letterese. This story was reprinted in THE BEST OF DC 8.

- (25:22) The METROPOLIS MAILBAG letter column.

- (32:30) SUPERGIRL'S TRAGIC ORDEAL (11 pgs.), written by Leo Dorfman and drawn by Jim Mooney. This story was reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERGIRL vol. II.

Also highlighted in this issue are the ads and other features in this issue.

The final episode covering DC Comic's July 1964 Superman Family titles will feature SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 78! At the end of this episode the segment, ELSEWHERE IN DC COMICS, where I will feature the other DC Comics titles which carried the July or July/August 1964 cover dates, thanks to Mike's Amazing World Of DC Comics.

Then we will feature: SUPERMAN COMIC BOOKS COVER DATED AUGUST 1964: PART I: 80 PG. GIANT 1 (featuring Superman), PART II: WORLD'S FINEST COMICS 143, PART III: SUPERMAN 171, PART IV: ACTION COMICS 315 & PART V: SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 51. At the end of this episode will be the next ELSEWHERE IN DC COMICS segment.

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1 comment:

  1. As I mentioned in a Facebook comment, I LOVE this comic! I have vivid boyhood memories of the cover, with the Superman costume accented by Flash's yellow boot, sleeve cuffs similar to the Flash's costume, and a mask, red like the Flash's, but open at the top like Kid Flash's. Wonderful design! I also have very fond memories of the story, "The Day Superman Became the Flash", showing alternative "origins" that would have led Superman to become the Atom, Aquaman, Green Arrow, Batman, and the Flash. I recall that some of the planets were under red suns, and some, yellow suns, allowing Kal-El's fate to match more closely the "real" counterparts'. Even as a boy, I thought that, when he was on the planet of the giants, it made little sense for him to wear a mask, or hide his identity. He was the only person his size on that planet! It was also interesting how, on the water world, he somehow developed telepathy, which otherwise was not one of the many super-powers he displayed throughout his career. The tragic ending of Flash Kal-El really upset me as a boy, too. As an adult, one of the things I like best about this story is that it follows the classic Silver Age narrative that Jor-El sent his son to Earth, not, as modern versions have it, to be a savior/Christ figure, but to be saved, more like Moses as a baby.
    As for the Supergirl story, it was "off", even by Silver Age standards, I think, and, like you, I'd give this one a lower rating, even though I always enjoyed seeing Zor-El and Allura with super powers.