Superman: Tales from the Phantom Zone

DC Comics

United States

Published
[June] 2009
Page count
148
Cover price
19.99 USD; 22.99 CAD
Colour
Colour
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/646374

Credits

Editing
Bob Joy (Editor, Collected Edition)

Issue contents Hide all

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

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman; Ak-Var; Jax-Ur; Quex-Ul; Mon-El; Dr. Xadu; General Zod; Lori Lemaris; Gra-Mo; Black Zero

Credits

Art
Gary Frank
Editing
Bob Joy (Editor, Collected Edition)
Show/hide 1. Superman: Tales from the Phantom Zone! (Superman) Foreword, introduction, preface, afterword, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Jimmy Olsen [Elastic Lad]; Jax-Ur; Professor Vakox; Dr. Xadu

Credits

Script
Leo Dorfman (illustration)
Pencils
Curt Swan (illustration)
Inks
George Klein (illustration)

Notes

Frontispiece. The illustration is a detail from the story from Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen (DC, 1954 series) #62.

Show/hide 2. Superman: Tales from the Phantom Zone! (Superman) Foreword, introduction, preface, afterword, 2 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Jax-Ur; Professor Vakox; Dr. Xadu

Credits

Script
Edmond Hamilton (illustration)
Pencils
Gerorge Papp (illustration)
Inks
George Papp (illustration)

Notes

Title page. The illustration is a detail from the story from Superboy (DC, 1949 series) #104.

Show/hide 3. Contents Foreword, introduction, preface, afterword, 2 pages

Featuring

Characters
Superman; Jax-Ur; Ak-Var (arm only)

Credits

Script
Edmond Hamilton (illustration)
Pencils
Curt Swan (illustration)
Inks
George Klein (illustration)

Notes

Publication data on right 2/3 of right-hand page, illustration on left 1/3 of right-hand page and right 1/3 of left-hand page, actual listing of contents on 2/3 of left-hand page. The illustration is a detail from the story from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #336. The second story is mistakenly listed as being from Adventure Comics #289 in the publication data, but correctly listed as from Superboy #89 in the Contents.

Show/hide 4. The Phantom Superboy (Superboy) Comic story, 13.67 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy; Lana Lang; Jonathan Kent; Prof. Lang; Dr. Xadu; General Zod; Krypto; Martha Kent; Clark Kent robot; Phantom Zone

Credits

Script
Robert Bernstein
Art
George Papp
Colours
? (original)
Drew Moore (color reconstruction)
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original editor)

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Superman Presents Superboy Comic (Murray, 1976 series) #117 ([October 1979?])
From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #283

Synopsis

After Professor Lang finds a box of Kryptonian weapons, Superboy is accidentally projected into the Phantom Zone, the place where Kryptonian criminals were exiled. But using mental telepathy he activates an electric typewriter and tells Pa Kent how to free him.

Show/hide 5. Part I... Superboy's Big Brother (Superboy) Comic story, 9 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy [Kal-El]; Mon-El [also as Bob Cobb]; Martha Kent; Jonathan Kent; Krypto (cameo); Jor-El (flashback); Lara (flashback)

Credits

Script
Robert Bernstein
Art
George Papp
Colours
? (original)
Drew Moore (color reconstruction)
Letters
Joe Letterese
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original editor)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Superboy (DC, 1949 series) #89

Synopsis

When a space ship crashes outside Smallville, Superboy finds an amnesiac super-powered youth who might be his older brother. He christens him Mon-El and sets him up with a secret identity, but he soon finds evidence that Mon-El is not in fact Kryptonian.

Notes

Letterer credit from GCD index of original publication.

Show/hide 6. [Part II...] The Secret of Mon-El! (Superboy) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy; Mon-El [Bob Cobb; Lar Gand] (origin); Martha Kent; Jonathan Kent; Lana Lang; Miss Joyce; King Mycerinua; Rhodopis; Jor-El (flashback); Lara (flashback); Phantom Zone

Credits

Script
Robert Bernstein
Art
George Papp
Colours
? (original)
Drew Moore (color reconstruction)
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original editor)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Superboy (DC, 1949 series) #89

Synopsis

Trying to prove Mon-El isn't actually Kryptonian, Superboy accidentally exposes him to lead, which both poisons him and returns his memory. He remembers that he is a space explorer from Daxam named Lar Gand, who visited Krypton, meeting Jor-El and Lara, before arriving on Earth. To save his life, Superboy sends Lar Gand into the Phantom Zone until he can cure him of his lead poisoning.

Show/hide 7. The Phantom Lois Lane! (Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane) Comic story, 9 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Lois Lane; Superman; Lana Lang; Lori Lemaris; Jax-Ur (cameo); Mon-El (cameo); Perry White (cameo); Jimmy Olsen (cameo); Linda Lee Danvers [Supergirl] (cameo); Phantom Zone

Credits

Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
George Klein
Colours
? (original)
Drew Moore (color reconstruction)
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane (DC, 1958 series) #33 (May 1962)
The Phantom Lois Lane!
Also printed
Australia
Super Adventure Comic (Colour Comics, 1960 series) #11 ([August 1962?])
The Phantom Lois Lane
From GCD
from Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane (DC, 1958 series) #33

Synopsis

After Superman gives Lois and Lana brooches made of space metals, Lana sends Lois and Lori Lemaris into the Phantom Zone. But Superman realizes Lana is acting out of character and figures that the brooch must be responsible, destroys it, and frees Lois and Lori.

Show/hide 8. Superman's Phantom Pal! (Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen) Comic story, 9 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Jimmy Olsen [Elastic Lad]; Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Jimmy Olsen Fan Club; Dagger Gang; Lucy Lane; Phantom Zone; Jax-Ur; Professor Vakox; Dr. Xadu; Mon-El

Credits

Script
Leo Dorfman
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
George Klein
Colours
? (original)
Drew Moore (color reconstruction)
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original editor)

Reprint history

Based on
United States
Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen (DC, 1954 series) #62 (July 1962)
Superman's Phantom Pal!
 
Australia
Mighty Comic (KG Murray, 1973 series) #117 ([February 1977?])
Superman's Phantom Pal
 
Australia
Superman (Murray, 1978 series) #20 ([June 1981?])
Superman's Phantom Pal
Printed in
Australia
Super Adventure Comic (Colour Comics, 1960 series) #12 ([November 1962?])
Superman's Phantom Pal!
Also printed
United States
The Superman Family (DC, 1974 series) #178 (August-September 1976)
Superman's Phantom Pal!
 
Australia
Mighty Comic (KG Murray, 1973 series) #117 ([February 1977?])
Superman's Phantom Pal
 
Australia
Superman (Murray, 1978 series) #20 ([June 1981?])
From GCD
from Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen (DC, 1954 series) #62

Synopsis

When Jimmy becomes Elastic Lad again he uses his powers to enter the Phantom Zone where he has an opportunity to discover Superman's secret identity.

Show/hide 9. The Face Behind the Lead Mask! (Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes) Comic story, 11.67 pages

Featuring

Feature
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Legion of Super-Heroes [Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl; Lightning Lad; Sun Boy; Superboy; Chameleon Boy (statue); Bouncing Boy (statue); Shrinking Violet (statue); Invisible Kid [Lyle Norg] (statue)]; Lex Luthor; Urthlo; Mon-El

Credits

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
John Forte
Al Plastino (page 4 and some Superboy and Luthor heads only)
Inks
John Forte
Al Plastino
Colours
? (original)
Drew Moore (color reconstruction)
Letters
Milton Snapinn
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #300 (September 1962)
The Face Behind the Lead Mask!
Also printed
Australia
Giant Superboy Album (Colour Comics, 1965 series) #5 ([June 1969?])
The Face Behind the Lead Mask
 
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #377 (June 1969)
The Face behind the Lead Mask
 
Australia
Superman Supacomic (Colour Comics, 1959 series) #146 ([October 1971])
The Face Behind the Lead Mask
 
Australia
Super Heroes Album (Murray, 1977 series) #12 ([April 1979])
The Face Behind the Lead Mask
 
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #497 (March 1983)
The Face Behind the Lead Mask!
 
United States
The Legion of Super-Heroes Archives (DC, 1991 series) #1 (1991)
The Face behind the Lead Mask
 
United States
Showcase Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes (DC, 2007 series) #1 ([April] 2007)
The Face Behind the Lead Mask!
From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #300

Synopsis

At a regular meeting of the Legion of Super-Heroes, the Legionnaires lose control of their powers. Urthlo arrives and announces that he now controls the Legionnaires' powers and there is nothing they can do about it. But Saturn Girl comes up with a serum to temporarily cure Mon-El and immunize him against lead, and Superboy releases him from the Phantom Zone to knock out Urthlo, who turns out to be an automaton created by Lex Luthor sent into the future to destroy the Legion.

Notes

Letterer credit from GCD index of original publication.

Show/hide 10. The Super-Revenge of the Phantom Zone Prisoner! (Superman) Comic story, 9.67 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman; Quex-Ul; Supergirl; Mon-El; Jax-Ur (unidentified); Jor-El (flashback); Perry White; Rog-Ar; Gold Kryptonite; Phantom Zone; Fortress of Solitude; Krypton

Credits

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
George Klein
Colours
? (original)
Drew Moore (color reconstruction)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #157 (November 1962)
The Super-Revenge of the Phantom Zone Prisoner!
Also printed
Australia
Superman Supacomic (Colour Comics, 1959 series) #50 ([October 1963?])
The Super-Revenge of the Phantom-Zone Prisoner
 
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #227 [G-72] (June-July 1970) (June-July 1970)
The Super-Revenge of the Phantom Zone Prisoner!
 
Australia
Giant Superman Album (Colour Comics, 1961 series) #20 ([November 1972?])
The Super-Revenge of the Phantom Zone Prisoner!
 
Australia
Giant Superman Album (Murray, 1978? series) #40 ([June 1980?])
The Super-Revenge of the Phantom Zone Prisoner
From GCD
from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #157

Synopsis

Superman releases Quex-Ul from the Phantom Zone since he has served his sentence, but Quex-Ul vows revenge on the son of the man who pronounced him guilty. However, when the freed prisoner displays heroic behavior, Superman wonders if Quex-Ul was truly guilty and travels back in time to Krypton to witness Quex-Ul being hypnotized into believing himself guilty. When Supergirl tells Quex-Ul he is innocent, he sacrifices himself to keep Superman from being exposed to the Gold Kryptonite trap he has set for him. In doing so, Quex-Ul loses his powers and his memory, so Superman sets him up in a new life in Metropolis.

Show/hide 11. The Untold Story of the Phantom Zone! Part I: The Crimes of Krypton's Master Villains! (Superboy) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy; Jor-El; Lara; Ha-Kor; Gra-Mo; Jax-Ur; Professor Vakox; Dr. Xadu; Phantom Zone

Credits

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Art
George Papp
Colours
? (original)
Drew Moore (color reconstruction)
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original editor)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Superboy (DC, 1949 series) #104

Synopsis

Jor-El invents the Phantom Zone Projector as a more humane way to punish criminals than sending them into space and successfully submits it into a Science Council competition. The disgruntled loser of the competition, Gra-Mo, takes over Krypton's robots to take his revenge, and ironically becomes the last criminal to be punished in the old way. Months later, after many convicts have been sent into the Phantom Zone, the prisoners try to take over Jor-El's mind with mental telepathy, so he blasts the Zone Projector into space with other forbidden weapons.

Show/hide 12. [The Untold Story of the Phantom Zone!] Part II: The Kid Who Knocked Out Superboy! (Superboy) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy; Gra-Mo; Jonathan Kent; Martha Kent; Jax-Ur; Lana Lang; Chief Parker; Superboy robots; Kryptonite; Phantom Zone

Credits

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
George Klein
Colours
? (original)
Drew Moore (color reconstruction)
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original editor)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Superboy (DC, 1949 series) #104

Synopsis

Gra-Mo and his accomplices land on Earth and, with the help of Jax-Ur in the Phantom Zone, plot to destroy the son of Jor-El. Using a robot, they try to convince Superboy that he has broken his vow against taking a life, but Superboy sees through their ruse and banishes them to the Phantom Zone.

Show/hide 13. The Man from the Phantom Zone! (Superman) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman; Ak-Var; Professor Vakox (unidentified); Jax-Ur; General Zod; Kru-El; Vas-Quor [also as Gan-lar]; Brenn-Bir; Kyl-Ibo; Sirma Sen; Van-Zee; Thara; Zim-Ra; Val-Kon; Dru-Mar; Hab-Dis; Red Kryptonite

Credits

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
George Klein
Colours
? (original)
Drew Moore (color reconstruction)
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original editor)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #336

Synopsis

Superman releases Ak-Var from the Phantom Zone since he has served his sentence for an attempted theft of a Kryptonian relic. Before sending him back to Kandor, Superman allows Ak-Var to explore Earth. In Kandor, Ak-Var greets his three old friends and unpunished accomplices in the relic heist, Vas-Quor, Brenn-Bir, and Kyl-Ibo. Later, these three demonstrate super-abilities as they rob a Kandorian museum, and the authorities think Ak-Var must be to blame. After framing him, Ak-Var's friends arrange a mock trial. But Superman, who has been monitoring the situation, intervenes and with Ak-Var's help exposes the frauds. Ak-Var explains that he accidentally gave his friends super-powers due to his exposure to a piece of Red Kryptonite he had picked up on his tour of Earth.

Show/hide 14. The Man Who Destroyed Krypton! (Superman) Comic story, 24 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Black Zero [also as Chief Inspector Watkins]; Kandor; Jor-El (statue); Lara (statue); Jax-Ur; Professor Vakox (unidentified); Taz-Ki; Jimmy Olsen; Perry White; Lois Lane; Lex Luthor (statue); Brainiac (statue); Krypton; Fortress of Solitude; Phantom Zone

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Art
Al Plastino
Colours
? (original)
Drew Moore (color reconstruction)
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original editor)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #205

Synopsis

Superman meets Black Zero, an agent of an interstellar pirate empire, who is sent out to destroy planets as they begin to achieve space travel. After learning that Black Zero was ultimately responsible for the destruction of Krypton, Superman releases Jax-Ur from the Phantom Zone to help him protect Earth and defeat Black Zero.

Show/hide 15. Phantom Zone Character profile, 2 pages

Featuring

Characters
Aethyr; Ak-Var; Az-Rel; Dr. Xa-Du; Faora; Gaz-Or; General Zod; Gra-Mo; Jax-Ur; Jer-Em; Kru-El; Mon-El; Nadira; Nam-Ek; Quex-Ul; Va-Kox

Credits

Art
Rick Veitch
Colours
? (original)
Drew Moore (color reconstruction)
Letters
type
Editing
Bob Greenberger

Reprint history

From GCD
from Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (DC, 1985 series) #18

Notes

Usually written as Dr. Xadu and Professor Vakox, these names are spelled Xa-Du and Va-Kox here.

Show/hide 16. Crossing Over Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

Featuring

Characters
Jax-Ur; Gra-Mo

Credits

Script
?
Edmond Hamilton (Illustration)
Pencils
Curt Swan (illustration)
Inks
George Klein (illustration)
Letters
typeset
? (illustration)

Notes

On back cover. The illustration is from the story from Superboy (DC, 1949 series) #104.


Status

AusReprints ID

  • 42575

Cover added

  • 22/11/2010

Index completed

  • 22/11/2010

Last updated

  • 30/10/2009