Superman the Comic #1

Published
December 1978
Page count
128
Cover price
1.00 AUD
Colour
Some colour
Size
Magazine size
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Format
Comic series
Branding
None

Credits

Editing
, editor

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover Untitled (Superman) Cover, 1 page

"Win a Philips Sound System Details Inside"

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Code
S-2921
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen

Credits

Art
Rich Buckler, penciller
 
Frank Giacoia, inker
 
, inker (Australian reworking)
Colours
, colourist
Text
, letterer
Editing
Julius Schwartz, original editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #326 (August 1978)
Superman Reveals His Secret Identity!

Notes

Although unnumbered, this appears to be the first issue of the series as it invites readers on the last page to “join Superman for thrill-packed adventures next issue.” Competition closed January 31st 1979.

Show/hide 1. Presenting a 64 page Superman Family Novel (Superman Family) Table of contents, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman Family
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman; Supergirl; Jimmy Olsen; Lois Lane; Nightwing & Flamebird; Krypto

Credits

Art
Kurt Schaffenberger, line art
Text
Ben Oda, letterer
Editing
E. Nelson Bridwell, editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
The Superman Family (DC, 1974 series) #190 (July-August 1978)

Notes

Stories include Superman, Supergirl, Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, Nightwing & Flamebird, Krypto. This Contents page reprint is slightly re-edited to fit this magazine format. In colour.

Show/hide 2. The Museum of Eternity Part 1: Somebody Stole My Town (Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Writing
Tom DeFalco, scripter
 
E. Nelson Bridwell, plotter (co-plotter)
Art
Kurt Schaffenberger, penciller
 
Tex Blaisdell, inker
Text
Clem Robins, letterer
Editing
E. Nelson Bridwell, editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
The Superman Family (DC, 1974 series) #190 (July-August 1978)

Notes

In colour.

Show/hide 3. Superman Movie Report (Superman) Text article, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Christopher Reeve

Credits

Writing
, author
Art
, photographer
Text
, typeset
Editing
Jack C. Harris, original editor
 
Ed Summer, Contributing Editor [as Edward Summer]
Management
Joe Orlando, original Managing Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
All-New Collectors' Edition (DC, 1978 series) #C-62 (1979 [March 1980])
Christopher Reeve

Notes

Text feature about the Superman: The Movie featuring Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Glenn Ford and special effects. In black and white.

Show/hide 4. Two Great Superman Classics (Superman) Table of contents, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Art
Curt Swan, penciller
 
Vince Colletta, inker

Reprint history

First print
United States
DC Special Series (DC, 1977 series) #5 ([November] 1977) —Superman Spectacular
 (Single page)

Notes

Reprints a single page with additional text to lead into the two Golden Age Superman reprints in this issue. Black and white.

Show/hide 5. Untitled (Superman) Comic story, 11 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Bob Pierson (a baby, introduction); Clara Pierson (his mother); Leila (villain, introduction)

Credits

Writing
Jerry Siegel, scripter
Art
Leo Nowak, line art [signed as Joe Shuster]
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original editor [attributed]
 
Murray Boltinoff, original Assistant Editor [attributed]
 
Mort Weisinger, original Assistant Editor [attributed]

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #13 (November-December 1941)
Baby on the Doorstep
Also printed
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #253 (June 1972)
Baby on the Doorstep
 
United States
Superman Archives (DC, 1989 series) #4 ([July] 1994)
Baby on the Doorstep

Notes

In black and white. Also referred to as "Case of the Abandoned Baby". Story title taken from the Archives reprint.

Show/hide 6. The Origin of Superman (Superman) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Art
Curt Swan, penciller
 
Bob Oksner, inker
Editing
Julius Schwartz, editor
 
E. Nelson Bridwell, Associate Editor
 
Bob Rozakis, Assistant Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #300 (June 1976)
 (Cover)

Notes

Black and white. This begins an eight page "sealed section" which was sealed with two staples on the outer side of the pages: "Here, at last… you will discover the Secrets of this Super Sealed Section".

Show/hide 7. Map of Krypton (Superman) Illustration, 2 pages
Show/hide 8. The Story of Superman's Life (Superman) Text article, 2 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero

Reprint history

Also printed
United States
Showcase Presents Superman (DC, 2005 series) #3 (April 2007)

Notes

Contains panels by Curt Swan, Al Plastino and John Sikela. Black and white.

Show/hide 9. How the Super-Family Came to Earth from Krypton (Superman Family) Recap, 2 pages
Show/hide 10. With Best Wishes from your Super-Pal, Superman (Superman) Illustration, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Art
Curt Swan, penciller

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman Annual (DC, 1960 series) #3 (Summer 1961)
This version
United States
The Amazing World of Superman, Metropolis Edition (DC, 1973 series) (1973)

Notes

Black and White

Show/hide 11. The Superman Time Capsule (Superman) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Code
S-1144

Credits

Writing
Jerry Coleman , scripter
Art
Win Mortimer, penciller
 
Curt Swan, penciller (new splash page)
 
Win Mortimer, inker
 
Murphy Anderson, inker (new splash page)
Text
, letterer
Editing
E. Nelson Bridwell, original editor (US reprint)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman (DC, 1955 series) #1 (1955)
This version
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #250 (April 1972)

Notes

Panels reduced and recombined to cut page count from 11 pages. Black and white

Show/hide 12. The Museum of Eternity Part 2: Doorways In the Sky (Superman) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Writing
Gerry Conway, scripter
Art
Kurt Schaffenberger, penciller
 
Dan Adkins, inker
Text
Shelly Leferman, letterer
Editing
E. Nelson Bridwell, editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
The Superman Family (DC, 1974 series) #190 (July-August 1978)

Notes

Colour

Show/hide 13. The Museum of Eternity Part 3: Captives at the Edge of Forever (Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Writing
Tom DeFalco, scripter
Art
Win Mortimer, penciller
 
Frank Chiaramonte, inker
Text
Jean Simek, letterer
Editing
E. Nelson Bridwell, editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
The Superman Family (DC, 1974 series) #190 (July-August 1978)

Notes

Colour. Inserted between pages six and seven of this story is a four page Philips Competition, including a pin-up of the Superman family (see next feature) with a form to name each of the characters pictured. The competition closes on 31 January 1979.

Show/hide 14. Introducing the Superman Family Illustration, 2 pages
Show/hide 15. The Museum of Eternity Part 4: A Cage of Light (Krypto, the Superdog) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Krypto, the Superdog
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Writing
Bob Toomey, scripter
Art
Juan Ortiz, line art
Text
Jean Simek, letterer
Editing
E. Nelson Bridwell, editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
The Superman Family (DC, 1974 series) #190 (July-August 1978)

Notes

Colour

Show/hide 16. Superman Presents a Collection of Special Features (Superman) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Art
Murphy Anderson, line art
Editing
E. Nelson Bridwell, editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #245 (December 1971-January 1972)
Also printed
Australia
Giant Superman Album (KG Murray, 1973? series) #31 ([November 1977?])

Notes

New text boxes added to the page to summarise contents of this section.

Show/hide 17. The Superman Family Album (Superman Family) Recap, 4 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman Family
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Writing
E. Nelson Bridwell, scripter
Art
Kurt Schaffenberger, penciller
 
Curt Swan, penciller
 
Pete Costanza, penciller
 
Jim Mooney, penciller
 
Kurt Schaffenberger, inker
 
John Forte, inker
 
Pete Costanza, inker
 
Jim Mooney, inker
Text
, letterer
Editing
Julius Schwartz, original Co-Editor
 
Murray Boltinoff, original Co-Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
The Superman Family (DC, 1974 series) #172 (August-September 1975)
The Superman Family Album
Also printed
Australia
Superman Supacomic (KG Murray, 1974 series) #200 ([June 1976?])
The Superman Family Album

Notes

Panels from past issues. Covers facts about Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane and Supergirl.

Show/hide 18. Clark Kent’s Other Jobs Text article, 0.8 pages

Featuring

Genre
Superhero

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #197 [G-36] (June-July 1967) (June-July 1967)
 (80pg Giant Magazine G-36)
Show/hide 19. The Origin of Super-Horse (Supergirl) Text article, 0.5 pages

Featuring

Feature
Supergirl
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Editing
Mort Weisinger, editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #334 (March 1966)
 (80-Pg Giant G-20)
Also printed
Australia
Superman Presents Supergirl Comic (Murray, 1977 series) #28 ([February 1978?])
Show/hide 20. Supergirl’s Boy Friends (Supergirl) Text article, 0.7 pages

Featuring

Feature
Supergirl
Genre
Superhero

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Superman Presents Supergirl Comic (KG Murray, 1973 series) #23 ([January 1977?])
 (Supergirl's Boyfriends)
Show/hide 21. Clark Kent’s Clothes Text article, 0.6 pages

Featuring

Genre
Superhero
Show/hide 22. Supergirl’s Time Trips Text article, 0.7 pages

Featuring

Genre
Superhero
Show/hide 23. When Superman Kissed Lois Lane Text article, 0.8 pages

Featuring

Genre
Superhero

Credits

Editing
Mort Weisinger, editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
80 Page Giant (DC, 1964 series) #3 (September 1964)
Show/hide 24. The Superboy Legend (The Superboy Legend) Recap, 2 pages

Featuring

Feature
The Superboy Legend
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Writing
E. Nelson Bridwell, scripter
Art
Bob Brown, penciller
 
Murphy Anderson, inker
Editing
Murray Boltinoff, editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superboy (DC, 1949 series) #175 (June 1971)
Also printed
Australia
Giant Superman Album (Murray, 1978? series) #41 ([September 1980?])

Notes

Black and white. Recaps the rejuvenation of Ma and Pa Kent from Superboy 145, March 1968 ("The Fantastic Faces”). Begins: "A lot of new readers want to know how come my parents used to look like this..."

Show/hide 25. Super Queries (Superman) Comic story, 2 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero

Notes

Questions and answers about Superman. Black and white

Show/hide 26. The Case of the Living Trophies (Superman) Comic story, 9 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Code
S-1161

Credits

Writing
Jerry Siegel, scripter
Art
John Sikela, line art
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #45 (March-April 1947)
This version
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #251 (May 1972)
Also printed
United Kingdom
Superman (KGM, 1950 series) (1950)
 
Australia
Giant Lois Lane Album (Colour Comics, 1964 series) #11 ([June 1974?])

Notes

Panels reduced to bring the page count down from 12 pages. Black and white.

Show/hide 27. The Museum of Eternity Part 5: Fight With the Phantom Zone Fiends (Nightwing and Flamebird) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Nightwing and Flamebird
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Writing
Paul Kupperberg, scripter
Art
Ken Landgraf, penciller
 
Romeo Tanghal, inker
Text
Todd Klein, letterer
Editing
E. Nelson Bridwell, editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
The Superman Family (DC, 1974 series) #190 (July-August 1978)

Notes

Black and white

Show/hide 28. The Secrets of Superman's Fortress (Superman) Recap, 4 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Code
B-782

Credits

Writing
Leo Dorfman, scripter
Art
Curt Swan, penciller
 
Murphy Anderson, inker
Editing
Murray Boltinoff, editor

Reprint history

Also printed
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #395 (December 1970)
 (14 page story)
 
United States
The Amazing World of Superman, Metropolis Edition (DC, 1973 series) (1973)
 (Two pages only)
 
Australia
Superman Supacomic (KG Murray, 1974 series) #179 ([September 1974?])
 
Australia
Superman (KG Murray, 1977 series) #3 ([May 1977?])

Notes

Reprint includes the first four pages of this story only.

Show/hide 29. The Museum of Eternity Part 6: Finale (Supergirl) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Supergirl
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Writing
Jack C. Harris, scripter
Art
Jack Abel, penciller
 
Frank Giacoia, inker
Text
Shelly Leferman, letterer
Editing
E. Nelson Bridwell, editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
The Superman Family (DC, 1974 series) #190 (July-August 1978)

Notes

Colour


Notes

This appears to be the first issue of the series as it invites readers on the last page to “join Superman for thrill-packed adventures next issue.” Competition closed January 31st 1979.

Status

This issue includes help from

  • Neil A Hansen

AusReprints ID

  • 2044

Entry created

  • 04/12/2004

Cover added

  • 04/12/2004

Index completed

  • 04/12/2004

Last updated

  • 19/09/2019