Superman #221
(November 1969)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price
0.15 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly, with the exception of March and September
On-sale Date
1969-09-16
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 (editor); E. Nelson Bridwell (assistant editor)

Issue Notes

On sale date 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 B536180.

The Two-Ton Superman! (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Murphy Anderson
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Job Number
W-355
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White
Synopsis
Superman becomes super-fat, shattering a phone booth
Keywords
changing in a phone booth

The Revolt of the Super-Slave! (Table of Contents: 1)

Superman / comic story / 11.67 pages (report information)

Script
Leo Dorfman
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
George Roussos
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
W-354
Genre
superhero
Characters
General Santanta (villain); Superman [Clark Kent]; Super-Pancho
Synopsis
A dictator uses a remote island to harvest flowers for nerve gas. A slave named named Pancho attempts to summon Superman, but is caught, and dressed in a makeshift Superman costume to be taunted. The attempt gets Superman's attention, so he gives Super-Pancho a helping hand.
Reprints
Keywords
Forbidden Island of Remora; jaguars; zykk flowers

Key to the Superman "Family" Portrait (Table of Contents: 2)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell ?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
W-513

Indexer Notes

Index to portrait appearing on following page. This is a full rewrite of the previous versions, expanding each entry to a full paragraph.

The Superman Family (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Curt Swan; John Forte (Legion of Super-Heroes figures only)
Inks
George Klein
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
W-513
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Supergirl [Kara Zor-El]; Jonathan Kent (statue); Martha Kent (statue); Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Lucy Lane; Lana Lang; Perry White; Jor-El (statue); Lara (statue); Krypto the Super-dog; Comet the Super-horse; Beppo the Super-monkey; Streaky the Super-cat; Lori Lemaris; Professor Potter; The Legion of Super-Heroes [Saturn Girl; Cosmic Boy; Lightning Lad; Sun Boy; Chameleon Boy]; Bizarro #1; Mr. Mxyzptlk
Synopsis
Pin up of the entire Superman Family
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This is the modified version with the Legionnaires drawn by John Forte.

There is an opinion that the Lois and Lana heads might be redrawn or inked by Kurt Schaffenberger, but there was no consensus on this when discussed on the GCD lists.

The Two-Ton Superman! (Table of Contents: 4)

Superman / comic story / 5.67 pages (report information)

Script
Cary Bates
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
George Roussos
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
W-358
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Stros (an alien)
Synopsis
As a reward for helping irrigate their planet, an alien race bestows on Superman the honor of drinking the sacred scarlet nectar, which had not been bestowed for 25 years. Unfortunately, it had undergone a chemical change and become poison. Superman's invulnerability partially saved him, but instead caused a large weight increase.
Reprints
Keywords
Alphatron Space Center; Martian Landing Module; sacred scarlet nectar

Indexer Notes

No villain.

Part II: The Slimming of Superman! (Table of Contents: 5)

Superman / comic story / 4.5 pages (report information)

Script
Cary Bates
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
George Roussos
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane
Synopsis
Superman has an urgent deadline to return to his former weight, so he exercises hard, coming close by the deadline, but has to use a tool from another world to finish it.
Reprints
Keywords
Nullifier

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

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

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
W-512

Indexer Notes

Letters from: John Seymour, Mary Phillips, Marley Schaefer, Leonard Philip Zenna, Billy Prophet, Ricky D. Long, John Giannini, Eddie Barker, Victor White, and Peter G. Haag.

There is also a notice from Independent News Company at the bottom of the page announcing a Retail Display Plan.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Two-Ton Superman!
    Superman
  2. 1. The Revolt of the Super-Slave!
    Superman
  3. 2. Key to the Superman "Family" Portrait
  4. 3. The Superman Family
    Superman
  5. 4. The Two-Ton Superman!
    Superman
  6. 5. Part II: The Slimming of Superman!
    Superman
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Metropolis Mailbag
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