World's Finest Comics #142

DC Comics

United States

Published
June 1964
Page count
36
Cover price
0.12 USD
Colour
Colour
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/18437

Credits

Editing
Mort Weisinger

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover The Origin of the Composite Superman! (Superman and Batman) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman and Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Composite Superman; Superman [Clark Kent]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]

Credits

Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
George Klein
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Notes

Letters credit from Todd Klein via his Klein Letters blog (18 September 2016, http://kleinletters.com/Blog/ira-schnapp-in-worlds-finest-comics-part-1/).

Show/hide 1. Are You a Good Neighbor? Public service announcement, 1 page

Featuring

Genre
Advocacy

Credits

Script
Jack Schiff
Art
Sheldon Moldoff

Notes

Published in cooperation with the National Social Welfare Assembly.

Show/hide 2. The Composite Superman (Superman and Batman) Comic story, 18 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman and Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Composite Superman [Joe Meach] (intro) (origin); Legion of Super-Heroes [Sun Boy; Brainiac 5; Mon-El; Saturn Girl]; Commissioner James Gordon; Lois Lane; Superman [Clark Kent]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Jimmy Olsen

Credits

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
George Klein (part 1)
Sheldon Moldoff (part 2)

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Century Comic (Colour Comics, 1961 series) #101 ([November 1964?])
The Composite Superman Part 2: The Battle Between Titans
 
United States
World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #223 (May-June 1974)
The Composite Superman!
 
Australia
Superman Presents Wonder Comic Monthly (KG Murray, 1973 series) #126 ([October 1975?])
Part 2: The Battle Between Titans
 
Australia
Superman Presents Wonder Comic Monthly (KG Murray, 1973 series) #126 ([October 1975?])
The Composite Superman
 
United States
Showcase Presents: World's Finest (DC, 2007 series) #Volume 2 ([October] 2008)
The Composite Superman!
From GCD
from World's Finest Comics #142 (June 1964)
 
From World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #142

Synopsis

A freak accident gives Joe Meach the powers of the entire Legion of Super-Heroes and he becomes the Composite Superman. With power exceeding Superman's he seems about to conquer the two heroes, but his powers begin to fade. Unable to reproduce the original lightning strike he loses power and memory both. Batman and Superman are bewildered as to why the Composite Superman fled... where he went... or who he is.

Notes

Klein/Reed say Moldoff inks, Delich/ Lang say Klein. Bob Hughes splits the difference. 2/05.

Show/hide 3. "My new assistant is always eating!" (Tricksy World's Greatest Stunt Man) Comic story, 0.67 pages

Featuring

Feature
Tricksy World's Greatest Stunt Man
Genre
Humor
Characters
Tricksy; assistant

Credits

Script
Henry Boltinoff
Art
Henry Boltinoff
Letters
Henry Boltinoff

Synopsis

Tricksy's new assistant is so hungry, he leaves the trapeze for lunch without catching Tricksy.

Notes

Appears between chapters of the first story.

Show/hide 4. "Watch for the first Superboy 80 page annual!" (Superboy) Promo (ad from the publisher), 0.33 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy
Characters
Superboy

Notes

Promo for Superboy Annual # 1. Cover thumbnail.

Show/hide 5. Coming Super-Attractions! Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

Credits

Letters
Typeset

Notes

Text promo on upcoming DC issues.

Show/hide 6. "Be first in your neighborhood to read each issue of World's Finest...." Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

Featuring

Characters
Superman; Batman

Credits

Letters
Typeset

Notes

Promo, with order form, for subscriptions to several DC comics.

Show/hide 7. Flame Dragon From Krypton (Superman) Comic story, 9 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson] (cameo, as statue); Supergirl [Kara Zor-El]; Krypto (cameo); a Kryptonian Flame-Dragon (intro, villain); Superman robots; Lois Lane; Perry White; "Plates" Finnegan (villain); Jimmy Olsen

Credits

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #142 (January 1961)
Flame-Dragon From Krypton!
Also printed
Australia
Superman Supacomic (Colour Comics, 1959 series) #22 ([May 1961?])
Flame-Dragon From Krypton
 
Australia
Superman Supacomic (Colour Comics, 1959 series) #61 ([September 1964])
Flame-Dragon from Krypton!
 
Australia
Superman Supacomic (Colour Comics, 1959 series) #61 ([September 1964])
 
United States
Showcase Presents Superman (DC, 2005 series) #Vol. Two (July 2006)
Flame-Dragon From Krypton!

Synopsis

A Kryptonian Flame-Dragon makes its way to Earth. When it swallows a Red Kryptonite meteor Superman must stay away from the Flame-Dragon for fear the Red Kryptonite will affect him also. Superman tricks it into exhausting its flame, then freezes it and tosses it into space. He tricks Lois Lane by relying on Krypto, Batman, and Supergirl to protect his secret identity.

Notes

Surprise Feature 1 page cut

Show/hide 8. "Be My Guest at America's Greatest Amusement Park" (Superman) Advertisement, 0.5 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Characters
Superman

Notes

Ad, with discount coupons, for Palisades Amusement Park.

Show/hide 9. "100 individual magnets" Advertisement, 0.5 pages

Featuring

Characters
Boys

Notes

Ad, with order coupon, for magnets from Dept. 6.

Show/hide 10. "Astroforce" Advertisement, 1 page

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Characters
Space soldiers

Notes

Ad, with order coupon, for plastic space soldiers from Dept. 6.

Show/hide 11. "Boys! Men!" Advertisement, 1 page

Featuring

Characters
Mike Marvel

Credits

Art
? (photograph)
Letters
Typeset

Notes

Ad, with order coupon, for Mike Marvel System.

Show/hide 12. "America's Most Exciting War Game" Advertisement, 1 page

Featuring

Genre
War

Credits

Letters
Typeset

Notes

Ad, with order coupon, for Task Force game from Helen of Toy.


Status

AusReprints ID

  • 33346

Entry created

  • 30/08/2007

Index completed

  • 28/03/2017

Last updated

  • 28/03/2017