This episode begins my journey through the Silver Age of Superman comics, month by month with each weekly episode, ending with Mort Weisinger’s retirement in 1970. This ought to keep me busy for a while. In this episode we begin with the Superman Family of comic book titles cover dated September/October 1954: SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 1 and WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 72.
While Jimmy Olsen had his start in the earliest Superman stories, and as a character, is almost as old as Superman and Lois Lane, his Silver Age is considered to begin with the first issue of his own title.
WORLD’S FINEST COMICS had its beginnings in NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR COMICS in 1939 and 1940. Its Silver Age is considered to have begun with the team up of Superman and Batman in the same story. Their first comic book team up occurred in SUPERMAN #76, May/June 1952. Their first team up in WORLD’S FINEST happened in issue 71.
For more about the history of the Superman Batman team, go to THE GOLDEN AGE OF COMIC BOOK PODCAST, Episode 58, August 24, 2008: http://goldenagecomics.org/wordpress/2008/08/24/golden-age-of-comic-books-august-24-2008-58/ .
I covered Superman’s and Batman’s first team up in WORLD’S FINEST COMICS in Episode 119: SUPERMAN AND BATMAN: TOGETHER AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME! http://supermanfanpodcast.mypodcast.com/2010/04/Episode_119_WORLDS_FINEST_COMICS_71_Superman_Batman_Together_Again_For_The_First_Time-303946.html .
SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 1 was published around July 22, 1954. The editor was Mort Weisinger, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Ray Burnley. They were also to art team on all three stories in the issue, which were written by Otto Binder. The stories were:
– THE BOY OF 100 FACES!
– THE CASE OF THE LUMBERJACK JINX
– THE MAN OF STEEL’S SUBSTITUTE
WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 72 was published on July 29, 1954. It wasedited by Jack Schiff, and the cover was drawn by Win Mortimer. The Superman and Batman story was titled FORT CRIME, written by Alvin Schwartz, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye. The other two stories in the issue were:
– THE FLYING ARCHERS, starring Green Arrow and written by France E. Herron and drawn by George Papp.
– THE TALONS OF TERROR, starring Tomahawk, also written by France Herron , with art by Nick Cardy.
Nest Episode: THE SUPERMAN COMICS COVER DATED JULY 1958: SUPERMAN 122 and ACTION COMICS 242!
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