Thursday, January 24, 2019

Episode #386 Part III: Superman Family Comic Book Cover Dated September 1965: World's Finest Comics #152!

World's Finest Comics 152, September 1965!

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WORLD'S FINEST COMICS 152, September 1965, was published on July 22, 1965. It contained 32 pages for the cover price of 12¢. Mort Weisinger was the editor, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan, inked by George Klein and lettered by Ira Schnapp.

- (17:23) THE COLOSSAL KIDS (16 pgs, Part I was 9 pgs. long), written by Edmond Hamilton, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by George Klein. This story was reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: WORLD'S FINEST vol. III.


- (53:19) WEAPONS OF DESTINY (6 pgs.), writer unknown according to Mike's Amazing World Of DC Comics, while the Grand Comic Book Database credits Otto Binder as the writer. The artist was Bill Ely and the letterer was Pat Gordon. This story was originally published as the first of five stories in TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED 13, May 1957, released on March 19, 1957. It contained 32 pages for the cover price of a dime. The editor was Jack Schiff and the cover was drawn by Jack Kirby. The editor caption at the beginning of this reprint explained that this was the first of a new feature, the EDITOR'S ROUND TABLE, a new feature that would highlight the editors' favorite stories.

- (57:08) CAPE AND COWL COMMENTS letter column.

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


Then we will cover: SUPERMAN COMIC BOOKS COVER DATED OCTOBER 1965: PART I: SUPERMAN 180, PART II: 80 PAGE GIANT 15 (starring Superman and Batman, also the final issue of the series. There will be other 80 PAGE GIANT issues, but they will be considered part of their respective comic book series.), PART III: SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 60, PART IV: ACTION COMICS 329 & PART V: SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 88!

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  1. I notice on the cover of this issue that the costumes of the Colossal Kids are similar in color scheme to the clothes usually worn by Mr. Mxyzptlk, and I wonder if this was a subtle clue to their secret. The idea that kids could give blood is kind of an odd one, but I guess, as you suggested, perhaps the doctor was a magical construct designed to throw the World's Finest team off the trail. I do wonder why, if Superman believed that they had given blood, he thought they might have been Kandorians. It also seems "over the top" for Batman to try to expose them to a variety of kryptonite. Surely, if they were vulnerable to kryptonite, either green or gold kryptonite, separately, would have been sufficient. It also seems to be a stumble on the part of our heroes that they never seemed to consider the possibility that the boys were non-Kryptonian aliens.

    1. You could say that this was not the World's Finest Heroes Finest Hour.