Superman #164
(October 1963)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly, with the exception of March, June, Sept. and Dec.
On-sale date
1963-08-01
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Periodical 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 Adventure Comics #312 and copyright registration.


The Showdown Between Luthor and Superman! (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
George Klein
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Lex Luthor
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Treasure Chest of Fun (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

The Showdown Between Luthor and Superman! Part I (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
George Klein
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Lex Luthor; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Jor-El (flashback)
Synopsis
When Luthor escapes from jail, he challenges Superman to meet him in a fair fight without his super powers. The two head to a desert-like world where they brawl until Superman knocks out the villain. Luthor retaliates by using secret weapons hidden in his shirt pocket.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

102 Ships of All Nations / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Casey the Cop / 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
Casey, there's a new burglar in town.
Genre
humor
Characters
Casey the Cop

Try a Tongue Teaser! (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Tootsie Roll / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

Part II: The Super-Duel! (Table of Contents: 7)

Superman / comic story / 8.67 pages (report information)

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
George Klein
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Lex Luthor; Jor-El (hallucination); Lara (hallucination)
Synopsis
While Superman struggles to survive, Luthor meets the few remaining inhabitants of the planet and becomes their hero when he reactivates their scientific machines and temporarily solves their water shortage problem. But Superman finds Luthor, defeats him in combat, and returns him to prison on Earth, after providing the people of the planet with sufficient water on which to survive.
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Indexer Notes

The planet is unnamed here, but its inhabitants will rename it Lexor in honor of their hero sometime after this story.

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

Tootsie Roll Pop / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Metropolis Mailbag / letters page / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
Mort Weisinger
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Indexer Notes

Letters from Jay Wing, Edward Simpson, Marc M. Weiner, Richard Bullock, Leona Brelsford, Fred Smith

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

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

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

Palisades Amusement Park / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Garcelon Stamp Co. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Play It Safe! (Table of Contents: 13)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Schiff ?
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp
Editing
Jack Schiff

Genre
non-fiction; advocacy

The Fugitive from the Phantom Zone! (Table of Contents: 14)

Superman / comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Bor-Ak (intro, death, flashback); Bor-Ak's bride (intro, death, flashback); Lon-Ra (intro, death, flashback); Phantom Zone; Jimmy Olsen; Krypton (flashback); Ras-Krom (intro, Phantom Zone villain); Phantom Zone inhabitants [Jax-Ur; Professor Vakox]
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Keywords
Phantom Zone

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

Tootsie Roll Fudge / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

132 Roman Soldiers / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

147 Famous Automobiles / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

100 Toy Soldiers / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

American Body Building Club / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

Wallace Brown, Inc. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Showdown Between Luthor and Superman!
    Superman
  2. 1. Treasure Chest of Fun
    Honor House Prod. Corp.
  3. 2. The Showdown Between Luthor and Superman! Part I
    Superman
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    102 Ships of All Nations
  5. 4. ["Hi! Boys and girls..."]
  6. 5. ["Casey, there's a new burglar in town."]
    Casey the Cop
  7. 6. Try a Tongue Teaser!
    Tootsie Roll
  8. 7. Part II: The Super-Duel!
    Superman
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Tootsie Roll Pop
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Metropolis Mailbag
  11. 10. Coming... Super-Attractions!
    Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane; Superboy; Adventure Comics
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Palisades Amusement Park
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Garcelon Stamp Co.
  14. 13. Play It Safe!
  15. 14. The Fugitive from the Phantom Zone!
    Superman
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Tootsie Roll Fudge
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    132 Roman Soldiers
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    147 Famous Automobiles
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    100 Toy Soldiers
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
    American Body Building Club
  21. 20. [no title indexed]
    Wallace Brown, Inc.
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