Wednesday, May 01, 2013

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 121

April showers bring May flowers Supergirl!

House ad for Action Comics #252 (May 1959), the first appearance of Kara Zor-El, Supergirl; printed in Adventure Comics #259 (April 1959)

Ad designed and lettered by Ira Schnapp

You may think you know that the artwork in this ad came direct from the cover of Action #252...but, as the Firesign Theater says, everything you know is wrong!

Cover of Action Comics #252 (May 1959), pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Al Plastino, letters by Ira Schnapp

The ad art is actually taken from the splash panel of the Supergirl story in Action:

Splash panel of "The Supergirl from Krypton!" in Action Comics #252 (May 1959), script by Otto Binder, pencils and inks by Al Plastino

A story which brings us this heartwarming moment of Superman empathy and familial bonds!

Also premiering in the DC Universe in this very issue: Richard Corben, Metallo!

Panel from "The Menace of Metallo!" in Action Comics #252 (May 1959), script by Robert Bernstein, pencils and inks by Al Plastino

Yes, Metallo! The only supervillain whose superpower is to die of a massive cardiac arrest.

Geez, Superman, I know he was a villain, but that's a pretty tasteless tagline:

BWAH-HA-HA-HA Silver Age Superman is a jerk!


Smurfswacker said...

Who suspected that Richard Corben would be re-animated later in the decade and become a prominent underground comics artist?

SallyP said...

Superman was a JERK'S jerk, back in the day! The stuff he put poor Kara through was ridiculous!

Blam said...

I'm on Team Red Skirt, in case anyone's interested.

Now, speaking of guys who power their bodies with foreign objects in their chest cavities, off to see Iron Man 3...