Right: Action Comics #304 (September 1963), pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Sheldon Moldoff
(Click picture to 100-foot-puppet-of-Lex-Luthor-size)
Yep, you read the header right: this is a Different Story, But Pretty Much the Same Cover! We've gotten used to Silver Age comic stories being reprinted ad infinitum on a cycle of a decade or so, keeping with the universal truth that no one past the age of 15 ever reads comic books. However, this isn't one of those cases! Although the story in Action #304 takes its title and initial premise from the story in #220Superman performs poorly against mighty galactic athletes in the Interplanetary Olympicseach takes a different approach. #220 is a fairly straightforward story where Superman discovers one of his competitors is cheating by concealing Kryptonite in the Olympic Area. #304 ups the stakes by not only including Lana Lang (huh?), but by eliminating the possibility of Kryptonite in the area fairly early on in the story. The eventual outcome: Superman has been "throwing" the competition by performing poorly, to prevent aliens from stealing his superpower when he performs amazing deeds (huh?). The baddies escape on their rocket-powered planetoid (huh?) but luckily are apprehended by the Intergalactic Police ("To Protect and Serve...In Spaaaaaaaaaace!"). Stick around over the next couple weeks for each day's Official Comic Book Panel of the Day of the 2012 Olympics...I'll be presenting panels and sequences from both stories!
In the meantime, here's the cover of Superman #284, which does reprint the story from Action Comics #304. Who says this ism't the age of generous five-ringed Bully-bloggering?
Cover of Superman v.1 #284 (February 1975), pencils and inks by Nick Cardy