Famous First Edition #C-61 [Whitman]
([March] 1979)

DC, 1974 Series
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Volume
8
Price
2.00 USD
Pages
72
Indicia frequency
quarterly
On-sale date
1978-12-12
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand
Whitman W [with Face]
Editing
Joe Orlando (managing editor); Paul Levitz (editor); Vin Sullivan (original editor)
Color
Color
Dimensions
Tabloid
Paper Stock
Cardboard covers; Newsprint interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched

Issue Notes

This issue is a variant of Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #C-61. There exist further variants.

Whitman edition, with the DC bullet replaced with a Whitman one, WHITMAN placed below the price, and the UPC replaced with a black and white drawing of Superman flying.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster (see notes); Leo O'Mealia (see notes)
Inks
Joe Shuster (see notes); Leo O'Mealia (see notes)
Colors
?
Letters
?; Todd Klein (logo design)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Logo design credit from Todd Klein.

In an article in Alter Ego (TwoMorrows, 1999 series) #27 (August 2003) where Ken Gale and Rich Morrissey interview Vin Sullivan (who remembered O'Mealia), Rich states that O'Mealia photostatted and cut out the Shuster work from the first panel from Action Comics #10 for the cover and drew the ornate detailing surrounding it. O'Mealia may also have retraced the photostat or done some retouching of the figure and building backgrounds.

[Foreword] (Table of Contents: 1)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jenette Kahn
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Jenette goes into the background of this book and its creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, and dedicates this reprint to them. Appears on the inside front cover in this issue.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster; Leo O'Mealia
Inks
Joe Shuster; Leo O'Mealia
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Original front cover. See notes above for the art credits listed.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Johnson Smith & Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[Two-Page Origin of Superman] (Table of Contents: 4)

Superman / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Shuster

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Just before the doomed planet, Krypton, exploded to fragments, a scientist placed his infant son within an experimental rocket-ship, launching it toward Earth!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Ma (Mary) Kent (intro); Pa Kent (intro); Krypton
Synopsis
After the planet Krypton is blown up, a couple finds a baby in a rocket and adopt him. The young boy grows up to be Superman.
Reprints
Keywords
Krypton

Indexer Notes

First version that mentions Krypton and foster parents.

[Clark Kent Gets a Job] (Table of Contents: 5)

Superman / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Outer waiting-room of the Daily Star...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Clark Kent; George Taylor (intro, not named); Bea Carroll (villain)
Synopsis
Clark Kent applies for a job at the Daily Star, but is turned down until Superman stops a lynching and Clark phones in the story. Then Superman gets singer Bea Carroll to confess to the murder of Jack Kennedy.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Redrawn sequence edited out of the story from Action #1 when it was recut from comic strip format to comic book format. Superman wears red boots. In the Millennium Edition reprint, this untitled story is given the title of "Superman -- Champion of the Oppressed!"

[The Coming of Superman] (Table of Contents: 6)

Superman / comic story / 11.67 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Shuster ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A tireless figure races thru the night.
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; George Taylor (intro, not named); Lois Lane (intro); Daily Star; Evelyn Curry; Bea Carroll (villain); Butch Matson (villain); Senator Barrows (villain); Alex Greer (villain)
Synopsis
Superman delivers a witness to the governor to stop an execution, then stops a wife-beater. Later Superman, as Clark Kent goes out with Lois, but she earns the wrath of Butch Matson and Superman must save her. Finally, Clark is assigned a story on the South American republic of San Monte. He heads to Washington DC to find out who is behind Senator Barrows pushing legislation which will embroil the United States in a war in Europe by grabbing lobbyist Alex Greer and scaring the truth out of him.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Continued in next story sequence. Superman wears blue boots in this story.

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

Superman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

[Revolution in San Monte] (Table of Contents: 8)

Superman / comic story / 12.67 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
As they topple like a plummet to the street below, eighty stories distant, Greer shrieks insanely the entire length of the building!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Alex Greer (villain); Emil Norvell (villain); Lois Lane; Lola Cortez; George Taylor (cameo)
Synopsis
Clark Kent and Lois Lane go to San Monte in South America to cover the war brewing. Superman proves the war is being fomented by munitions manufacturers.
Reprints
Keywords
Evening News

Indexer Notes

Clark apparently works for the [Cleveland] Evening News, as he sends pictures there. Superman wears blue boots.

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

Superman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

Superman & Action Comics Invite You to Become a Charter Member of the Supermen of America (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 2 pages (report information)

Scientific Explanation of Superman's Amazing Strength--! (Table of Contents: 11)

Superman / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Shuster ?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Adapted (not reprinted) from page 1 in Action Comics #1.

[The Blakely Mine Disaster] (Table of Contents: 12)

Superman / comic story / 12.67 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Shuster

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A creaking of timber - an ominous rumble - and then, with a terrific crash, the Blakely coal mine caves in, entrapping a lone miner within its terrible confines!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Clark Kent; George Taylor; Stanislaw Kober; Thornton Blakely (villain)
Synopsis
Clark investigates accidents in a shoddily run mine.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Superman appears in only one panel in this story, wearing blue boots. In the Millennium Edition reprint, this untitled story is given the title of "Cave-In at the Blakely Mine!"

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

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

[Superman Plays Football] (Table of Contents: 14)

Superman / comic story / 12.75 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Shuster

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Exhilarated by the demon Speed, a drunken, irresponsible driver races faster -- faster still!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Coach Randall (villain); Tommy Burke; Mary; Wallace Dodd (cameo)
Synopsis
Superman impersonates a football player to straighten out a fixed game.
Reprints
Keywords
Evening News; football

Indexer Notes

Clark works for the Evening News in this story. Superman wears blue boots. In the Millennium Edition reprint, this untitled story is given the title of "Superman -- Football Hero!"

Acquiring Super-Strength (Table of Contents: 15)

Acquiring Super-Strength / activity / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Reprints

Boys and Girls: Meet the Creators of the One and Only Superman - America's Greatest Adventure Strip! (Table of Contents: 16)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Superman (inset); Jerry Siegel (photo); Joe Shuster (photo)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Has photos and bios of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

[Biff Dugan] (Table of Contents: 17)

Superman / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Smashed desks, overturned filing cabinets, strewn plaster, gaping holes in the walls, shining steel fixtures drooping in sad caricature of their former modernistic splendor, greeted the startled Detective Sergeant's eyes...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Biff Dugan (intro, villain); Sergeant Blake
Synopsis
After Superman eludes Sergeant Blake by changing to Clark Kent, Clark blackmails the detective into allowing him a jailhouse interview with Biff Dugan. When Dugan escapes, Clark switches to Superman and returns Dugan to his cell.
Reprints

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

Action Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Johnson Smith & Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[Pin-Up] (Table of Contents: 20)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Original back cover. Illustration also used in reduced size in the Supermen of America promo in this issue.

[Pin-up of Current Superman] (Table of Contents: 21)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (signed)
Inks
Dick Giordano (signed)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Appears on inside back cover in this issue.

[Pin-up of Future Superman] (Table of Contents: 22)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (signed)
Inks
Dick Giordano (signed)
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints
Keywords
Metropolis [future]

Indexer Notes

Appears on the back cover of this issue.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. [Foreword]
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  5. 4. [Two-Page Origin of Superman]
    Superman
  6. 5. [Clark Kent Gets a Job]
    Superman
  7. 6. [The Coming of Superman]
    Superman
  8. 7. ["And so begins the startling adventures..."]
    Superman
  9. 8. [Revolution in San Monte]
    Superman
  10. 9. ["Attention all American youth!"]
    Superman
  11. 10. Superman & Action Comics Invite You to Become a Charter Member of the Supermen of America
  12. 11. Scientific Explanation of Superman's Amazing Strength--!
    Superman
  13. 12. [The Blakely Mine Disaster]
    Superman
  14. 13. ["Hey fellers!"]
  15. 14. [Superman Plays Football]
    Superman
  16. 15. Acquiring Super-Strength
    Acquiring Super-Strength
  17. 16. Boys and Girls: Meet the Creators of the One and Only Superman - America's Greatest Adventure Strip!
  18. 17. [Biff Dugan]
    Superman
  19. 18. ["Follow the adventures of the one and only Superman..."]
    Action Comics
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  21. 20. [Pin-Up]
    Superman
  22. 21. [Pin-up of Current Superman]
    Superman
  23. 22. [Pin-up of Future Superman]
    Superman
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