Superman #217
(June-July 1969)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price
0.25 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly, with the exception of March and September
On-sale Date
1969-04-08
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; E. Nelson Bridwell (assistant editor)

Issue Notes

Also designated on cover as Giant (DC, 1969 series) #G60 and as G-60 on indicia page.

On sale date confirmed from the publication date reported to the U.S. Copyright Office found in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Third Series, Volume 23, Part 2, Periodicals, January-December 1969. Class B periodical. Copyright registration number B496117.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Vince Colletta
Colors
Jack Adler ?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Job Number
W-141
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Here's a fantastic collection of famous firsts...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Lori Lemaris; first Supergirl (not Kara); Brainiac; Mala; Metallo
Synopsis
Superman displays vignettes of interior stories
Keywords
green kryptonite

How Can This Be Possible? (Table of Contents: 1)

The Brave and the Bold / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
?

Characters
Batman; Sgt. Rock

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Promo for The Brave and The Bold #84, featuring a Batman and Sgt. Rock team-up. Cover is depicted.

Table of Contents (Table of Contents: 2)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell ?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

The Outlaws from Krypton! (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colors
?
Letters
Pat Gordon ?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Mala (villain); two Kryptonians (villains); Superman; Lois Lane; Jor-El (flashback); Clark Kent
Reprints
Keywords
green kryptonite

Why? (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Aquaman

Indexer Notes

Promo for Aquaman #45, with cover depicted

The Girl in Superman's Past! (Table of Contents: 5)

Superman / comic story / 9.67 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Letterese ?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lori Lemaris; Lois Lane
Synopsis
Superman recalls his college romance with Lori Lemaris, a mermaid from sunken Atlantis.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Origin and first appearance Lori the Mermaid.

The Super-Duel in Space (Table of Contents: 6)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Al Plastino
Inks
Al Plastino
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Brainiac (intro, villain); Superman; Lois Lane; Clark Kent; Koko; Professor Kimda; Jonathan Kent (flashback); Martha Kent (flashback); Superboy (flashback); Superbaby (flashback)
Synopsis
While on an experimental rocket, Clark and Lois encounter the alien Brainiac, who plans to shrink and bottle the great cities of Earth and then use them to repopulate his planet. Superman gets inside Brainiac’s ship when the villain snatches Metropolis and there finds a bottle with the Kryptonian city of Kandor. He enters the bottle and with the help of a scientist there restores the cities of Earth while Brainiac lies in suspended animation for his trip home. Because there is not enough power to restore Kandor, Superman places the city in his Fortress, as Brainiac rockets away empty-handed.
Reprints
Keywords
Fortress of Solitude (cameo); Kandor (intro); Krypton (flashback)

Indexer Notes

Art altered to include Brainiac's skull terminals. First Appearance Brainiac and Kandor.

Calling Members of the Mighty I Patrol (Table of Contents: 7)

Iverson / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Indexer Notes

Ad in comic format for Iverson Bicycles designed by George Barris. A division of Stelber Industries, Elmhurst, N.Y.

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

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

Script
?
Pencils
? (clip art)
Inks
? (clip art)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Batman; Superman; Wonder Woman

Indexer Notes

Ad for Palisades Amusement Park, N.J., with coupons for free admission and free rides.

The First Supergirl! (Table of Contents: 9)

Superman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Dick Sprang
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colors
?
Letters
Pat Gordon ?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; Super-Girl; Jimmy Olsen
Synopsis
Jimmy Olsen is given the gift of a magic totem bestowing 3 wishes on the owner, he uses one wish to give Superman a super companion - Super-Girl.
Reprints
Keywords
green kryptonite

Indexer Notes

Originally part 1 of a 3-part novel, this chapter was originally titled "The Girl of Steel" and was slightly edited to be read independently for Superman Annual (DC, 1960 series) #6. It is that version reprinted here.

Super-Girl differently colored in this reprint to distinguish her from Supergirl (Kara Zor-El), who had not yet been created when this story first appeared.

This Super-Girl was a try out to gauge reader reaction to the character.

[The World's Greatest Heroine] (Table of Contents: 10)

Superman and Supergirl / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Jim Mooney
Inks
Jim Mooney
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Supergirl
Synopsis
Pin-up of Supergirl's public introduction.
Reprints

The Menace of Metallo! (Table of Contents: 11)

Superman / comic story / 12.67 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Bernstein
Pencils
Al Plastino
Inks
Al Plastino
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Letterese ?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Metallo [John Corben] (villain, intro, origin); Lois Lane; Professor Vale; Edith; Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Sherry Blair
Synopsis
Criminal John Corben, who is nearly killed in an auto accident, is given a robot body powered by uranium. When he is hit by bullets meant for Lois, she assumes he is really Superman. Recognizing a good idea, Corben impersonates Superman to collect more uranium. Running out of sources of uranium, Corben learns that he can also be powered by kryptonite. But he doesn't realize that the kryptonite he steals is fake, prop kryptonite and collapses.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Origin and first appearance Metallo.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Here's a fantastic collection of famous firsts..."]
    Superman
  2. 1. How Can This Be Possible?
    The Brave and the Bold
  3. 2. Table of Contents
  4. 3. The Outlaws from Krypton!
    Superman
  5. 4. Why?
    Aquaman
  6. 5. The Girl in Superman's Past!
    Superman
  7. 6. The Super-Duel in Space
    Superman
  8. 7. Calling Members of the Mighty I Patrol
    Iverson
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Pallisades Amusement Park
  10. 9. The First Supergirl!
    Superman
  11. 10. [The World's Greatest Heroine]
    Superman and Supergirl
  12. 11. The Menace of Metallo!
    Superman
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