Superman #139
(August 1960)

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
1960-06-16
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
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
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched (squarebound #183, 187, 193, 197, 202, 207, 212, 217, 222, 227, 245, 252, 272, 278, 284)
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration.


The New Life of Super-Merman! (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]; Lori Lemaris; Lois Lane
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Jowett Institute of Physical Training / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The New Life of Super-Merman! (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Lori Lemaris (guest star); Ronal (guest star); Brett Rand (intro)
Synopsis
Superman, Ronal and Lori fake a romance between Superman and Lori so that Lois will give up on marrying Superman and marry Brett Rand.
Reprints

Superman Says... "Lend a Friendly Hand!" (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Schiff
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
advocacy; superhero
Characters
Superman
Synopsis
When he sees some boys being unfriendly to a refugee boy, Superman takes them across the world to see the conditions refugees have come from and tells them that they need to be nicer.

Indexer Notes

published in cooperation with the National Social Welfare Assembly

Presenting the Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Giant Superman Annual / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

The Jolly Jailhouse! (Table of Contents: 5)

Superman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Coleman
Pencils
Al Plastino
Inks
Al Plastino
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Colonel Stradi (intro, villain); Judge Rafol
Synopsis
Colonel Stradi runs a corrupt prison in Voroda. When he arrests Clark Kent and has him imprisoned there, Superman decides to reveal to the world what Stradi had been keeping secret.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

Shorty / comic story / 0.67 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It's closing time, Shorty...
Genre
humor

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Palisades Amusement Park / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

The Untold Story of Red Kryptonite! (Table of Contents: 9)

Superman / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
John Forte
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Supergirl [Kara Zor-El]; Krypto; Superboy [Clark Kent] (flashback); Kozz (flashback); Jonathan Kent (flashback, cameo); Martha Kent (flashback, cameo); Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Perry White; Superman Robot
Synopsis
While rescuing a bathyscaph from the ocean bottom where it rests next to a Red Kryptonite meteor, Superman remembers all the other times that Red Kryptonite has affected him in unpredictable ways. This time it causes his hair, beard and nails to grow uncontrollably, and it takes the combined efforts of Supergirl and Krypto to clean him up.
Reprints
Keywords
Fortress of Solitude; green kryptonite; red kryptonite

Indexer Notes

Inker credit from Bob Hughes, we formerly credited George Klein, as does the Showcase Presents: Supergirl (DC, 2007 series) #1 reprint.

Flashbacks to many Superboy / Superman Red Kryptonite stories.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Stephens Credit Sales / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Frontier Cabin / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

150 Civil War Soldiers / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Wilson Chemical Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

American Youth Sales Club / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The New Life of Super-Merman!
    Superman
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Jowett Institute of Physical Training
  3. 2. The New Life of Super-Merman!
    Superman
  4. 3. Superman Says... "Lend a Friendly Hand!"
    Superman
  5. 4. Presenting the Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told!
    Giant Superman Annual
  6. 5. The Jolly Jailhouse!
    Superman
  7. 6. ["It's closing time, Shorty..."]
    Shorty
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Palisades Amusement Park
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Metropolis Mailbag
  10. 9. The Untold Story of Red Kryptonite!
    Superman
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Stephens Credit Sales
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Frontier Cabin
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    150 Civil War Soldiers
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Wilson Chemical Co.
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    American Youth Sales Club
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • David Haglund
  • Jim Walker
  • Nick Caputo
  • Bob Hughes
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Matthew Head
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Dwayne Best
  • Pat Lang
  • Bob Rivard
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Allen Ross
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