SUPERMAN 183, January 1966, was published on November 18, 1965 It contained 80 pages for the cover price of 25¢. Because this issue contained 80 pages, it also carried the issue number of G-18. Mort Weisinger was the editor, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan, inked by George Klein and lettered by Ira Schnapp.
After reading an e-mail and comment from last week’s episode, the stories covered were:
– (8:39) CASE OF THE FUNNY PAPER CRIMES (13 pgs.), written by Jerry Siegel. According to Mike’s Amazing World Of DC Comics, the story was pencilled by John Sikela and inked by Ed Dobrotka, while the Grand Comic Book Database Ed Dobrotka was the penciller and John Sikela was the inker. This story was originally published as the first of four stories that appeared in SUPERMAN 19, November/December 1942, released on September 4, 1942. It contained 64 pages for the cover price of a dime. This story was also reprinted in SUPERMAN FROM THE 30’S TO THE 70’S, SUPERMAN ARCHIVE vol. V and SUPERMAN CHRONICLES vol. X..
– (21:37) FAMOUS STORIES OF THE GOLDEN AGE, a list of Golden Age Superman stories that were published during the 1940’s, which DC Comics might publish in future 80-page Giants.
– (28:21) CLARK KENT’S COLLEGE DAYS (10 pgs.), written by Jerry Coleman and drawn by Al Plastino. This story originally appeared as the second of three stories published in SUPERMAN 125, November 1958, released on September 9, 1958. It contained 32 pages for the cover price of 10¢.This story was also reprinted in the GREATEST SUPERMAN STORIES EVER TOLD (which is where I first read this story), SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF TOMORROW ARCHIVES vol. I and SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN vol. I. We originally covered this story back in Episode 176, for the week of April 27, 2011.
– (37:45) WHEN SUPERMAN LOST HIS POWERS (13 pgs), written by Robert Bernstein, pencilled by Wayne Boring and inked by Stan Kaye. This story was originally published as the first of two stories that appeared in ACTION COMICS 262, March 1960, released on January 28, 1960. It contained 32 pages for the cover price of a dime. This story was also reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN vol. II and SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF TOMORROW vol. III. We first covered this story in Episode 208, for the week of December 11, 2011.
– (47:50) A SUPERMAN QUIZ FOR MOM AND DAD, a list of twelve questions about Superman from stories that Mom and Dad may have read when they were young. Answers were printed upside down at the bottom of the page.
– (1:02:59) THE MYSTERIOUS MR. MXYZPTLK (12 pgs.), written by Jerry Siegel, pencilled by Joe Shuster and inked by Ira Yarbrough. This story first appeared as the fourth and final story in SUPERMAN 30, September/October 1944, published around June 30, 1944. It contained 64 pages for the cover price of 10¢. This story was also reprinted in SUPERMAN FROM THE 30’S TO THE 70’S, SUPERMAN FROM THE 30’S TO THE 80’S, THE GREATEST SUPERMAN STORIES EVER TOLD (where I first read this story), SUPERMAN: THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD vol. II and SUPERMAN ARCHIVES vol. VIII. NOTE: When originally published, the Fifth Dimensional Imp’s name was spelled Mr. Mxyztplk, but was changed to the then current spelling when reprinted in this issue. His name would be changed to Mxyzptlk in SUPERMAN 131, February 1963, which we covered in Episode 194 for the week of August 31, 2011. (During this episode I mistakenly said we covered this story in Episode 353 Part I for the week of October 19, 2016). After this spelling change Mr. Mxyztplk was considered the 5th Dimensional Imp of the Earth-2 Superman and Mr. Mxyzptlk plagued the Superman of Earth-1.
– (1:20:22) SUPERMAN, CARTOON HERO (12 pgs.), written by Jerry Siegel, layouts by Joe Shuster, finished pencils by Ed Dobrotka and inks by John Sikela. This story was originally published as the fourth and final story in SUPERMAN 19, November/December 1942, released around September 4, 1942. It contained 64 pages for the cover price of a dime. This story was also reprinted in SUPERMAN FROM THE 30;S TO THE 70’S (where I first read this story), SUPERMAN FROM THE 30;S TO THE 80’S, SUPERMAN ARCHIVES vol. V and SUPERMAN CHRONICLES vol. X.
– (1:34:56) THE EYE OF METROPOLIS (13 pgs.), written by Bill Finger, pencilled by Wayne Boring and inked by Stan Kaye. This story first appeared as the first of three stories published in ACTION COMICS 250, March 1959, released on January 29, 1959. It contained 32 pages for the cover price of 10¢.This story was also reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN vol. I and SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF TOMORROW ARCHIVES vol. II. We first covered this story in Episode 184 for the week of June 22, 2011.
Also highlighted in this episode are the issue’s ads and other features.
Next Episodes: SUPERMAN COMIC BOOKS COVER DATED JANUARY 1966: PART IV: ACTION COMICS 332 & PART V: SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 90 (with the ELSEWHERE IN DC COMICS segment at the end of the episode).
Then we will cover: THE SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOKS COVER DATED FEBRUARY 1966; PART I: WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 156, PART II: SUPERMAN 184, PART III: ACTION COMICS 333 & PART IV: SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 63!
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