√ 61 Things that are Super

not meant to be a comprehensive list

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[for a quick alphabetic index see Things that are Super: A – Z]

superman no. 1, joe shuster1. SUPERMAN. The first super-hero, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, originally featured  in ACTION COMICS No. 1 (June’38) and then other funny books to follow for many years.

2. SUPER BALL. The synthetic rubber ball, made of Zectron, sold by Wham-O. The idea was if you slammed this ball down really hard onto the sidewalk it would shoot up really high in the air. The object was to slam the ball so hard that it would literally fly into orbit around the Earth–or better yet achieve escape velocity and leave the solar system to puzzle some aliens in another star system.

Mom says: Don’t play with that thing in the house!

Super Ball ad~

3. SUPER DUPER COMICS. The F. E. Howard Canadian comic book. Only one issue, but No. 3 (May-June ’47).  The magazine introduced Doc Stearne Mr. Monster to the world and to Michael T. Gilbert, who adapted the character many years later for his own purposes.

see CAN COM 101: 57. SUPER DUPER COMICS No. 3
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4. SUPERGIRL. The cousin of Superman–at least in some incarnations.
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5. SUPER COMICS. An anthology of newspaper features, starring Dick Tracy, Little Orphan Annie and others–Dell’s SUPER COMICS ran from issue No. 1 dated May ’38 to No. 121 dated February-March ’49.
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6. SUPER HEROES VERSUS SUPER VILLAINS. The 1966 giant-sized reprint comic featuring Fly Man and other Mighty Comics Group heroes.

see SUPER-HEROES BY ANY OTHER NAME . . .

7. SUPER COMICS. From around the end of ’41, the one-shot SUPER COMICS published by Citren News (presumably based in Toronto) seems to have reprinted the contents of MLJ’s PEP COMICS No. 22 (December ’41), albeit in black & white and with alterations. According to the WECA restrictions, such a comic should not have been permitted and Citren doesn’t seem to have continued with the experiment. More SUPER COMICS–again featuring MLJ characters, including the Shield–were later published by F. E. Howard.

see CAN COM 101: 57. SUPER COMICS
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Dell Superheroes 4, the Fab Four8. SUPERHEROES. The Fab Four from Dell, who appeared in four issues of SUPERHEROES in ’67.

see SUPER-HEROES BY ANY OTHER NAME . . .

9. LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES. The group of teen heroes from the 30th century.

SUPERBOY No. 147/G-47 (May-June ’68); cover art: Neal Adams & Curt Swan. Starring the Legion of Super-Heroes.10. SUPERBOY. In some funny books, he’s Superman as a boy. Also a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes. And the subject of a long court battle.

11. SUPERSNIPE. Koppy McFad, the boy with more funny books than anyone else in America. Created by George Marcoux, Koppy was so into funnies that he fancied himself a super-hero and would dress up in red long underwear, a blue cape and a mask, to go about his neighbourhood righting wrongs. Published by Street & Smith, Supersnipe first appeared in THE SHADOW COMICS Vol. 2, No. 3 (March ’42), before getting his own title–SUPERSNIPE COMICS Vol. 1, No. 6 (October ’42)–which ran until the August-September ’49 issue (Vol. 5, No. 1).

see THE RUIN
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12. ROY THE SUPER BOY. An orphaned shoe-shine boy, who in MLJ’s TOP-NOTCH COMICS No. 8 (September ’40) became the sidekick of the Wizard. For a costume, Roy wears white socks (no shoes), blue short shorts, a red and white striped T-shirt with a blue high collar, and a red mask.

"The Champ of Lamps, Blue Beam" ARCHIE'S MADHOUSE 43 (October 65). Art by Dexter Taylor13. UNION OF SUPER HEROES. The super group of which Captain Sprocket and Blue Beam are members–as shown in ARCHIE’S MADHOUSE No. 43 (October ’65).

see SUPER-HEROES BY ANY OTHER NAME . . .

DC.SOSH14. SECRET ORIGINS OF THE SUPER DC HEROES. The big book from 1976, published in both hard and softcover format by Harmony Books, reprinting the classic origins and some more recent updates (for that time) of DC’s main super-heroes–Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Green Arrow, the Atom, Captain Marvel and Plastic Man. Cover art by Neal Adams.

whiterider.superhorse15. THE WHITE RIDER AND SUPER HORSE.  The super-powered cowboy and his amazing horse, published by Novelty Press, beginning in BLUE BOLT Vol. 1, No. 3 (August ’40).

16. SUPER-TURTLE. The Henry Boltinoff one-page and half-page features that ran in various DC comics, beginning in 1963. Super-Turtle was kind of like Superman, but a turtle.

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17. SUPER GOOF. From Gold Key, a comic featuring Walt Disney’s Goofy as a super-hero in red long johns and a blue cape, beginning with the October ’65 cover date issue (No.1).

SM245.BACK18. SUPER-CHIEF. The pre-Columbian Native American hero, with super-powers from the Great Spirit, created by Gardner Fox and Carmine Infantino. First appeared in ALL-STAR WESTERN No. 117 (March ’61).

superpup4c19. SUPER PUP. Published by Avon, Super Pup wears blue long johns and red trunks like Superman, but with yellow gloves, shoes and cape. Ran for two issues–starting with SUPER PUP No. 4 (March-April ’54) ending with 5 (July ’54).

supermouse.n1c20. SUPERMOUSE, THE BIG CHEESE. This Ned Pines funny animal hero first debuted in COO COO COMICS No. 1 (October ’42). Eventually graduated to his own self-titled comic book, SUPERMOUSE No. 1 (December ’48)–and survived until the late ’50s.

21. SUPER BOOK OF COMICS. Two series of premium giveaways produced by Western Publishing. The first for distribution by the Pan-Am Oil Company, Kelloggs and the Gilmore Oil Company–a coverless, 32 page funny book, reprinting prominent newspaper strips–ten issues, available in ’42 and ’43. The second run distributed by the Hancock Oil Company and Omar Bread, in ’47 and ’48–16 pages without a cover–some 30 issues were produced.

22. SUPER DUCK. The Cock-Eyed Wonder that first appeared in MLJ’s JOLLY JINGLES No. 10 (Summer ’43)–there were no previous issues. Supe gets his powers from vitamins and wears a red shirt, red cape and blue shorts or variants of those colours. The clothes and the super-hero act didn’t last for long and the funny animal evolved to eventually wear red lederhosen, a black T-shirt and a red cap. Gaining his own funny book–SUPER DUCK COMICS No. 1 (Fall ’44)–the Cock-Eyed Wonder remained popular for many years before his title bit the dust with issue 94 (December ’60). Super Duck was so popular in the ’50s that he was singled out by Dr. Wertham for attack in SEDUCTION OF THE INNOCENT.

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supercat.1c23. SUPER CAT. Originally, Fox published the adventures of Cosmo Cat in its magazines, beginning with ALL TOP COMICS No. 1 (Spring ’46)–the first story being by Pat Parrish. Cosmo was a super-hero cat wearing a red shirt, blue leggings, red shoes and yellow gloves–and a C on his chest.  By some point in the early ’50s, Star Publications has acquired Cosmo Cat and he’s called Super Cat, with the colours of his costume reversed–blue shirt, red leggings, blue shoes, red gloves and red cape–still with a C on his chest. Cosmo Cat/Super Cat appears in some issues of FRISKY ANIMALS. Ajax-Farrell then acquires FRISKY ANIMALS and after the demise of that title they launch SUPER CAT No. 1 (August ’57)–actually SUPER-CAT in the indicia. This title has a four issue run, with Super Cat on all the covers but only appearing inside the comic for issues 3 and 4.

24. SUPER-MYSTERY COMICS. A super-hero anthology funny book published by Ace Comics/Periodical House, from Vol. 1, No. 1 (July ’40) to Vol. 8, No. 6 (July ’49)–by ’47 the anthology shifts toward detective-crime adventures.

25. SUPER FUNNIES.  Published by Canada’s Superior Comics for four issues in 1953, SUPER FUNNIES included Dr. Acula among its features. Even though the title had a short run, it shifted format between issue 2 and 3–becoming (on the cover) SUPER WESTERN FUNNIES, featuring the Phantom Ranger in the last two issues.

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superwizard.stardust26. THE SUPER WIZARD, STARDUST. Fletcher Hanks (aka Hank Fletcher aka Hank Christy) created Stardust, the Super Wizard, for Fox’s FANTASTIC COMICS, beginning with issue No. 1 (December ’39). Under-appreciated in their time, Stardust and Hanks are now highly appreciated for their oddball view of the universe.

superspy.fantastic27. YANK WILSON, SUPER SPY. Created by Jack Farr, also for FANTASTIC COMICS No. 1. While more conventionally drawn than the Super Wizard, this feature is perhaps even more bizarre as the  Super Spy fends off an invasion from the empire of North Poleria in his debut. Hard to tell if Yank’s adventures are meant to be contemporaneous or futuristic.

SUPERHEROWOMEN.stanlee28. THE SUPERHERO WOMEN. A 1977 trade paperback publication from Fireside Books, with essays by Stan Lee, THE SUPERHERO WOMEN reprints milestone appearances of Marvel’s distaff  creations . . . Medusa, Red Sonja, Sue Storm, Ms Marvel, Hela, the Cat, the Wasp, Lyra the Femizon, Shanna the She-Devil and the Black Widow.

29. DC 100-PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR. In the 100 page format (including cover), DC reprinted many classic tales from its illustrious past and that of its acquisitions. Original issues had no ads (outside of house ads) and wrap-around covers.

see MY SUPERMAN SUMMER rise of the super spectaculars
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30. 5-STAR SUPER-HERO SPECTACULAR. In fact the first issue of the oddball DC SPECIAL SERIES, this was an 80-page giant with all new material and a Neal Adams cover.

AGMS142.SUPERHERO31. ARCHIE’S SUPER HERO SPECIAL. Issue No. 142 of ARCHIE GIANT SERIES MAGAZINE (October ’66), featuring Archie, Betty, Jughead and Reggie in their super-hero identities–Pureheart, Superteen, Captain Hero and Evilheart. Also a 1978 digest (148 pages), under the Red Circle imprint, reprinting stories from the  Mighty Comics Group as well as the Archie gang in their costumed roles.

32. SUPERTEEN. Part of the trend for every comic book publisher to convert their characters to super-heroes–a trend that came and went several times–Archie Comics rode this trend in the mid-60s and after Archie became Pureheart, Betty became Superteen–in LIFE WITH ARCHIE No. 50 (June ’66).

33. SUPER-HIP. In the ADVENTURES OF BOB HOPE No. 95 (October-November ’65), Bob’s square nephew Tadwallader Jutefruce becomes Super-Hip whenever he loses his cool–a swinging mod with a guitar that compells its listeners to dance to his rock and roll grooves. Created by Arnold Drake and Bob Oksner.

see THE MANY LOVES OF BOB OKSNER: BOB HOPE

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LINEOFSUPERSTARS34. THE LINE OF [DC] SUPER-STARS. DC’s slogan in the mid-70s.

DCSUPERSTARS.n17c35. DC SUPER-STARS. A mid-70s giant-sized spotlight series that featured funnies new or old or a mix of both.

36. GIANT-SIZE SUPER-HEROES. The June ’74 special issue from Marvel, featuring Spider-Man tangling with Man-Wolf and Morbius. Plus a bunch of pages reprinting Steve Ditko art from his AMAZING SPIDER-MAN run.

HIGH CAMP SUPER-HEROES '6637. HIGH CAMP SUPERHEROES. The ’66 pocket-size paperback from Belmont Books reprinting material from Radio Comics–although remastered and printed in black and white, with some panels that didn’t appear in the colour funny books. The cover openly exploits the camp trend and makes not so subtle references to DC and Marvel, with Jerry Siegel credited as the originator of Superman.

38. THE KROFFT SUPERSHOW. The ’76 – ’78 Sid and Marty Krofft Saturday morning kids’ variety show.

39. MARVEL SUPER HEROES. The ’66 king-size special from Marvel; plus. the ’67 ongoing spotlight series, picking up its numbering from FANTASY MASTERPIECES, originally giant-sized before becoming regular size.

superamerican.fight40. SUPER-AMERICAN. One Man against the Mad Dogs of Europe! A man from four thousand years in the future–when everyone is super–is sent to the present (the ’40s) to battle the forces of a dictator over-running Europe (a Hitler clone) and threatening America. Starting in FIGHT COMICS No. 15 (October ’41) before the U.S. got into the war–published by Fiction House–Super-American’s last fight was in FIGHT COMICS No. 18 (April ’42).

41. SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER-VILLAINS. The ’76 – ’78 DC series, teaming up many of their rogues (and also featuring the return of Captain Comet) which lasted until it was done in by the DC Implosion.

42. SPIDEY SUPER STORIES. A Marvel co-production with THE ELECTRIC COMPANY (Children’s Television Workshop) in the  mid ’70s.  Spider-Man (played by Danny Seagren) appeared in Spidey Super Stories segments of THE ELECTRIC COMPANY and Marvel produced the kid-friendly funny book, SPIDEY SUPER STORIES, spun off from that TV concept, with Spider-Man and other Marvel characters.

Spidey meets the Spoiler~

superadventure.n24c43. SUPER ADVENTURE COMIC. From K.G. Murray, in Australia, the title reprinted (mostly in black and white) material from National Periodical Publications–mainly Superman family and Batman stories. It had a few different runs, but remained in existence from 1950 and into the mid-70s.

SuperDC.13binky44. SUPER DC GIANT. A giant-sized spotlight series from DC in the early ’70s. The first of these, with a September-October ’70 date in its indicia, is oddly numbered S-13–best not to think about why it has this number, that way lies madness.

see I WAS A TEEN-AGE GIANT

45. SUPER DETECTIVE LIBRARY. A ’50s detective series from Amalgamated Press in the U.K.

46. SUPER FRIENDS. The team of Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman and Aquaman (plus other guest stars) who appeared in their own cartoon show produced by Hanna-Barbera (off and on) for Saturday morning TV from ’73 to ’86 on ABC.

SUPERFRIENDS.n1c47. SUPER FRIENDS. The funny books based on the cartoon series, published by DC.

48. THE SUPER POWERS COLLECTION. An action figure and toy line based on DC characters produced by Kenner in the ’80s. Also, the funny books based on the merchandise.

supermobile.corgi.kenner49. SUPERMOBILE. A toy produced by Corgi in the late ’70s, which is supposed to be a a vehicle used by Superman–to promote the toy it appeared in a few Superman comics and on the SUPER FRIENDS cartoon. Later produced by Kenner for the SUPER POWERS COLLECTION.

50. SUPER RABBIT. Timely’s super-powered rabbit, originally appearing in COMEDY COMICS No. 14 (March ’43).

51. SUPER-MAGICIAN COMICS. Published by Street & Smith from Vol. 1, No. 2 (September ’41) to Vol. 5, No. 8 (February-March ’47)–an anthology. Blackstone the Magician was the headliner until ’46 when he was replaced by other magicians.

52. JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. The Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice ’70 rock opera album.

53. JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. The Broadway musical based on the album, first staged in ’71.

54. JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. The ’73 movie based on the album and the stage play, directed by Norman Jewison.

and now the film~

55. SUPERSTAR: THE KAREN CARPENTER STORY. Todd Haynes’ novel movie using voice actors and Barbie dolls to tell the tragic story of Karen Carpenter’s life and death.

Watch it on youtube.

56. SUPERTRAIN. The NBC ’79 TV series, set on board a nuclear-powered bullet train–produced by Dan Curtis, it was the most expensive TV series to that date and was cancelled after three months.

opening credits~

cheryltiegs.pinkbikini57. SUPER-TEAM FAMILY. In the ’70s, after publishing SUPERMAN FAMILY, BATMAN FAMILY and TARZAN FAMILY, DC published the oddly titled SUPER-TEAM FAMILY, which featured team-ups and teams.

58. SUPERMODEL. The term popularized in the ’80s for high profile fashion models.

59. THE SUPERHERO CATALOGUE. A mail-out catalogue (sometimes spelled catalog) produced by the Joe Kubert School to advertise merchandise and publications featuring Marvel and DC characters.

see WEIHNACHTSMARKT: 2nd of December

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LCE.C34.christmas60. CHRISTMAS WITH THE SUPER-HEROES. Collections of holiday reprints published by National Periodical Publications (DC) in two tabloid sized issues of LIMITED COLLECTORS’ EDITION–C-34 (February-March ’75) and C-43 (February-March ’76).

61. LEGION OF SUPER-PETS. The team of Krypto the Super-Dog, Beppo the Super-Monkey, Comet the Super-Horse, Streaky the Supercat and Proty II.

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62. SUPER DOG. First appearance in  ZOO FUNNIES No. 5 (April ’46) from Children’s Comics Publishers. A puppy is given super-powers by the Spirit of Comic Books.

63. SUPER STOOGE. First appearance in SLICK FUN ALBUM ’56 (Gerald G. Swan Books, UK and Australia), also appeared in FUNNIES ALBUM. After performing an act of kindness, Stoogie is gifted with super-powers.

64. SUPER BOY. First appearance SUPER BOY 112 (’58) from French publisher Imperia. The son of a scientist fights super-villains on a futuristic Earth.

65. THE SUPER CATS aka The Fabulous Four. First appearance as the Super Cats in SPELLBOUND No. 1 (25th of September ’76) from British publisher D.C. Thompson. Previously appeared as the Fabulous Four in the DIANA ANNUALs for ’74 and ’76. Four sexy female space travellers.

66. SUPER SLAVE. First appearance MYSTIC COMICS No. 5 (March ’41) from Timely. A genie released from imprisonment in a bracelet for one thousand years.

67. SUPER-GIRL SANDRA. First appearance 8th of March ’69, in PRINCESS TINA (UK series published by IPC). Sandra comes from Mercury to Earth with an endless number of super-powers.

68. SUPERVOLADOR (super-flier). An Argentinian hero, Jet Carson has an alien belt that gives him flight and strength. Published in the ’60s, but not sure by who, Supervolador was scripted by S. O. Almendro and drawn by D. Mangrasotti.

69. SUPER MIKE. The multii-talented evil counterpart of ZAGOR–the western mash-up fantasy super-hero created by Sergio Bonelli in ’61 for the Italian funny book.

MOREFUN90.popp70. PERCIVAL POPP THE SUPER COP. Percival Popp is first introduced in MORE FUN COMICS No. 74 (December ’41) as a would-be detective who follows around police detective Jim Corrigan (aka the Spectre). Percival Popp then becomes a fixture in the Spectre feature. In MORE FUN COMICS No. 90 (April ’43), Corrigan gets a commission in the army and separates from the Spectre, which has the effect of rendering the Spectre invisible all the time. With Corrigan leaving to serve his country, the Spectre is now the sidekick of Percival Popp the Super Cop, who takes over the series.

superhombre.n1c71. SUPER HOMBRE. In ’58, Mick Anglo–creator of the British rip-off of Captain Marvel, Marvelman–was asked to create a similar hero for the Spanish publisher Editorial Ferma–and the result was Super Hombre. In ’65, Anglo sold that character to Britain’s Top Seller–this time as Miracle Man. In the British version, young Johnny Chapman uses a sun disc to become the hero.

72. SUPER COAT. The young sidekick of Mick Anglo’s Miracle Man aka Super Hombre–from Britains Top Seller. The boy gets Miracle Man’s powers by wearing a special suit jacket.

073. SUPER-DUPER. UK  comic from the ‘40s–featuring Electro-Girl, Powerman, Skybolt Kid.

74. SUPERGRAPHICS. The publishing company founded by Jim Steranko in 1969–publisher of such things as THE STERANKO HISTORY OF COMICS–Vol. 1 & 2–and the magazine COMIXSCENE which became MEDIASCENE which became PREVUE.

75. SUPERTRAMP. The British rock band, led by songwriters Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies, at the height of their popularity in the ’70s and early ’80s, with pop infused prog rock and art rock anthems and ballads.

SupertrampIt’s Raining Again (’82)~

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