Superman #144
(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
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 ad in Action Comics #274 and copyright registration.


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

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

Honor House Prod. Corp. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Super-Weapon! (Table of Contents: 2)

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: 3)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
advocacy

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Script
Henry Boltinoff
Pencils
Henry Boltinoff
Inks
Henry Boltinoff
Colors
?
Letters
Henry Boltinoff

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Golly - Some puddle!
Genre
humor
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Zenith Company / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

The Sea Beasts from One Billion B.C.! (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Showcase; Aquaman and Aqualad / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Superboy's First Public Appearance! (Table of Contents: 7)

Superman; An Untold Tale of 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

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

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

Script
Mort Weisinger
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Letters from Mike Hughes, Ed Winters, Dennis Cain, Don Glut, Sam Weiner, Michael Lerner, Mark Rhodes, Susan and Robert Vegdoves.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

Cora the Car Hop / comic story / 0.67 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Here comes a customer!
Genre
humor

Coming... Super-Attractions! (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Adventure Comics; Action Comics; Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

The Orphans of Space! (Table of Contents: 11)

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.

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

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

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

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

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

American Seed Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Orphans of Space!
    Superman
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Honor House Prod. Corp.
  3. 2. The Super-Weapon!
    Superman
  4. 3. A Salute to Our American Indians!
  5. 4. ["Golly - Some puddle!"]
    Little Pete
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Zenith Company
  7. 6. The Sea Beasts from One Billion B.C.!
    Showcase; Aquaman and Aqualad
  8. 7. Superboy's First Public Appearance!
    Superman; An Untold Tale of Superman
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Metropolis Mailbag
  10. 9. ["Here comes a customer!"]
    Cora the Car Hop
  11. 10. Coming... Super-Attractions!
    Adventure Comics; Action Comics; Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane
  12. 11. The Orphans of Space!
    Superman
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Stephens Credit Sales
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Jowett Institute of Physical Training
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    American Seed Co.
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Dwayne Best
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