Superman Fan Podcast Episode #373 Part III: Superman Family Comic Book Cover Dated September 1964: 80 Page Giant #3!

80 Page Giant 3 (starring Lois Lane and co-starring Lana Lang), September 1964!

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80 PAGE GIANT 3, September 1963, was published around July 23, 1964. It contained 80 pages, like the title said, for the cover price of a quarter. Mort Weisinger was the editor, and the cover was drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger.

– (7:51) SUPERBOY’S MOST AMAZING DREAM (12 pgs.), written by Otto Binder, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye. This story was the first of three stories published in ADVENTURE COMICS 211, April 1955, published around February 24, 1955.

– (25:39) THE GIRL WHO STOLE SUPERMAN (9 pgs), writer unknown according to Mike’s Amazing World Of DC Comics, while both the Grand Comic Book Database and Comic Book Database.com credit Jerry Coleman as the writer. Kurt Schaffenberger was the artist. It was the third and final story printed in SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 7, February 1959, published around December 24, 1958. We first covered this story in Episode 266 for the week of April 24, 2013. It was also reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN FAMILY vol. II and SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE ARCHIVES vol. I.

– (36:32) THE FLYING GIRL OF SMALLVILLE (7 pgs.), written by Jerry Coleman and drawn by Craig Flessel. This story appeared as the third and final story in SUPERBOY 72, April 1959, published on February 19, 1959.

– (51:05) LANA LANG, SUPERWOMAN (9 pgs.), writer unknown according to Mike’s Amazing World Of DC Comics, while the Grand Comic Book Database and Comic Book Database.com credit Jerry Siegel as the writer. Curt Swan was the  penciller and Stan Kaye was the inker. It was the second of three stories which first appeared in SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 17, May 1960, published on March 24, 1960. We first covered this story back in Episode 301 Part II for the week of September 7, 2014. 

– (1:06:37) THE BATTLE BETWEEN SUPER-LOIS AND SUPER-LANA (9 pgs.), writer unknown according to Mike’s Amazing World Of DC Comics, while both the Grand Comic Book Database and Comic Book Database.com credit Jerry Siegel as the writer. The artist was Kurt Schaffenberger. This story was the second and final story published in SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 21, November 1960, released on September 22, 1960. We covered this story in Episode 314 Part II for the week of February 4, 2015.

– (1:21:38) MR. AND MRS. CLARK (SUPERMAN) KENT (8 pgs.), written by Jerry Siegel and drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger. This was his 98th silver age Superman Family story, and his 143rd for the era. It was originally published as the third and final story in SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 19, August 1960, released around June 28, 1960. It carried the sub-heading, THE 1ST OF AN IMAGINARY SERIES, what came to be known as Imaginary Stories. We originally covered this story in Episode 307 Part II for the week of November 12, 2014.

– (1:39:35) THE DAY SUPERMAN MARRIED LANA LANG (9 pgs.), writer unknown according to Mike’s Amazing World Of DC Comics, while the Grand Comic Book Database and Comic Book Database.com credit Jerry Siegel as the writer. Kurt Schaffenberger was the artist. This story was the first of three stories in SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 26, July 1961, originally published on May 11, 1961.We first covered this story in Episode 331 Part I for the week of December 9, 2015.

– (1:54:31) SUPERMAN’S GREATEST SACRIFICE (9 pgs.), writer unknown according to Mike’s Amazing World Of DC Comics, while the Grand Comic Book Database and Comic Book Database.com credit Robert Bernstein as the writer. Kurt Schaffenberger was the artist. It was the first of three stories originally released in SUPEeRMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 5, November/December 1958, published around September 16, 1958. We covered this story first in Episode 254 for the week of January 2, 2013.

– (2:10:24) LOIS LANE’S ROMEO (8 pgs.), writer unknown according to Mike’s Amazing World Of DC Comics, while the Grand Comic Book Database and Comic Book Database.com credit Robert Bernstein as the writer. The artist was Kurt Schaffenberger.  This was the second of three stories published in SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 10, July 1959, released on May 14, 1959. We first covered this story in Episode 279 for the week of August 28, 2013.

Also highlighted in this episode are the issue’s ads and other features, including the text articles, FAMOUS OLD LANA LANG STORIES, LOIS LANE’S INTERPLANETARY ADVENTURES, WHEN SUPERMAN KISSED LOIS LANE, LOIS LANE’S ROMANCES and LANA LANG’S ROMANCES.

We will finish looking at the Superman Family cover dated September 1964 with: PART IV: WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 144 & PART V: ACTION COMICS 316.

Then we will feature: SUPERMAN COMIC BOOKS COVER DATED OCTOBER 1964: PART I: SUPERMAN 172, PART II: SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 52, PART III: ACTION COMICS 317 & PART IV: SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 80!

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