Superman #61
(November-December 1949)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1949-08-29
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand
Superman DC National Comics
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (credited); Mort Weisinger (actual)
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.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane
Reprints

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

Kodak / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Prankster's Radio Program! (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
William Woolfolk ?
Pencils
Al Plastino
Inks
Al Plastino
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; The Prankster (villain); Lois Lane
Synopsis
The Prankster takes over Superman's radio show--and Supes has to fill 24 hours of radio time HIMSELF!!
Reprints

Hal Newhouser (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Wheaties / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Captain Tootsie Saves the Day! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Captain Tootsie; Tootsie Rolls / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Courtship of the Three Lois Lanes! (Table of Contents: 5)

Superman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
William Woolfolk ?
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Peggy Wilkins (introduction, Lois Lane's roommate); Lois Lane; Bill Smith; Perry White
Synopsis
Lois decides Superman might be more likely to fall in love with her if she changed her hair color.
Reprints

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

Daydream Mike and His Wonderful Bike!; Columbia / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Kellogg's Pep / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Sunshine Nelly / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Callahan
Pencils
Jack Callahan
Inks
Jack Callahan
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
That's me!
Genre
humor; children
Characters
Sunshine Nelly
Reprints

How to Be a Sports Announcer (Table of Contents: 10)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Stern
Pencils
Raymond Perry ?
Inks
Raymond Perry ?
Colors
Raymond Perry ?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction
Reprints

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

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
R-rip" "Gosh, no wonder, look at the splinters!
Genre
humor
Characters
Little Pete
Reprints

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

Cracker Jack / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Hollywood's Top Adventure Star! (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

The Adventures of Alan Ladd / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Superman Returns to Krypton! (Table of Contents: 14)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Al Plastino
Inks
Al Plastino
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent] (origin retold); Jor-El; Lara; Pa Kent (unnamed); Ma Kent (unnamed); Swami Riva [Dan Rivers] (introduction, villain); Lois Lane; Perry White
Synopsis
Superman tails Lois as she investigates Swami Riva. When the swami hexes Superman, he appears to weaken, and the swami begins to sell his ability to hex Superman to members of the underworld. Superman traces the gem in the swami's turban to a meteorite, then follows the path of the meteorite back in time and across space to the planet Krypton, which he surveys as a phantom. He learns how Jor-El failed to convince his people of their impending down and sent his son to Earth where he was adopted by the elderly Kents. Superman returns to the present and puts Swami Riva out of business.
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Indexer Notes

Writer credit by Martin O'Hearn.

Superman learns his origin for the first time. Green Kryptonite introduced in this story.

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

Bazooka / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editorial Advisory Board (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

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

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

Superman Socks / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Spoiling the Gangsters' Scheme (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

"U. S." Royal; U. S. Royal Bike Tires / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

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
The jackpot winner is--
Genre
humor
Reprints

Superman's Secret Message (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

Supermen of America / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 21) (Expand) /

Daisy B-B Guns / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 22) (Expand) /

Electric Football / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Kodak
  3. 2. The Prankster's Radio Program!
    Superman
  4. 3. Hal Newhouser
    Wheaties
  5. 4. Captain Tootsie Saves the Day!
    Captain Tootsie; Tootsie Rolls
  6. 5. The Courtship of the Three Lois Lanes!
    Superman
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Daydream Mike and His Wonderful Bike!; Columbia
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Kellogg's Pep
  10. 9. ["That's me!"]
    Sunshine Nelly
  11. 10. How to Be a Sports Announcer
  12. 11. ["R-rip" "Gosh, no wonder, look at the splinters!"]
    Little Pete
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Cracker Jack
  14. 13. Hollywood's Top Adventure Star!
    The Adventures of Alan Ladd
  15. 14. Superman Returns to Krypton!
    Superman
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Bazooka
  17. 16. Editorial Advisory Board
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    Superman Socks
  19. 18. Spoiling the Gangsters' Scheme
    "U. S." Royal; U. S. Royal Bike Tires
  20. 19. ["The jackpot winner is--"]
    Shorty
  21. 20. Superman's Secret Message
    Supermen of America
  22. 21. [no title indexed]
    Daisy B-B Guns
  23. 22. [no title indexed]
    Electric Football
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