(April 1961)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
monthly with the exception of March, June, September and December
On-sale date:
1961-02-07
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand:
Superman DC National Comics
Editing:
Mort Weisinger
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US; then standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
newsprint
Binding:
saddle-stitched (squarebound #183, 187, 193, 197, 202, 207, 212, 217, 222, 227, 245, 252, 272, 278, 284)
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

The Orphans of Space! (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
Stan Kaye
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ira Schnapp

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Supergirl [Kara Zor-El]; Krypto
Reprints:

The Super-Weapon! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lex Luthor (villain); Bert Talbot (intro, villain); Jimmy Olsen
Synopsis:
Lex Luthor designs Weapon-X, a device that can drain Superman's powers and use them to power a weapon powerful enough to destroy Superman. Bert Talbot is supposed to use the weapon to help spring Luthor from prison but instead decides to try to use the weapon to destroy Superman himself.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Kryptonite

Indexer Notes

Inker formerly listed as Stan Kaye.

A Salute to Our American Indians! (Table of Contents)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Jack Schiff
Pencils:
Bernard Baily
Inks:
Bernard Baily
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

["Golly- some puddle!"] (Table of Contents)

Little Pete / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)

Genre:
humor

Superboy's First Public Appearance! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Al Plastino
Inks:
Al Plastino
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Superboy [Clark Kent] (flashback); Jonathan Kent (flashback); Martha Kent (flashback); Lana Lang; Franklin Delano Roosevelt (flashback); Smallville Mayor Courtney (flashback); Gregg Peterson (flashback); Dirk; Mugsy
Synopsis:
The story of Superboy's debut and first meeting with President Roosevelt.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

An Untold Tale of Superman

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Metropolis Mailbag / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Mort Weisinger; Mike Hughes; Ed Winters; Dennis Cain; Don Glut; Sam Weiner; Michael Lerner; Mark Rhodes; Susan and Robert Vegdoves
Pencils:
Wayne Boring
Inks:
Stan Kaye
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

["Here comes a customer!"] (Table of Contents)

Cora the Car Hop / comic story / 0.75 page (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)

Genre:
humor

The Orphans of Space! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Al Plastino
Inks:
Al Plastino
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Supergirl [Kara Zor-El]; Krypto; Interstellar Council of United Planets [Zog]
Synopsis:
In his Fortress of Solitude, Superman disassembles a strange machine he found in space. When the machine explodes and destroys the Earth, Superman, Supergirl and Krypto are the only survivors.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Fortress of Solitude; green earthite; Kandor; red kryptonite

Indexer Notes

Most of this story is a Red Kryptonite dream.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Orphans of Space!
    Superman
  2. 1. The Super-Weapon!
    Superman
  3. 2. A Salute to Our American Indians!
  4. 3. ["Golly- some puddle!"]
    Little Pete
  5. 4. Superboy's First Public Appearance!
    Superman
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Metropolis Mailbag
  7. 6. ["Here comes a customer!"]
    Cora the Car Hop
  8. 7. The Orphans of Space!
    Superman
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Dwayne Best
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Bob Hughes
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Hughes
  • Dwayne Best
  • Pat Lang
  • Bob Rivard
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Allen Ross
  • Ed Boner