Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Superman #211

Superman #211 (On Sale: September 17, 1968) has a fairly cover by Curt Swan and Jack Abel.

"You, Too, Can Be a Super-Artist" is by Frank Robbins, Ross Andru and Mike Esposito. Clark Kent investigates the E.M.M. art school which takes the money of students with no artist talent. He enrolls in the school and demonstrates incredible skill at duplicating the artistic style of master painters. The school administrator decides to use Clark's ability to create forgeries. Superman travels back in time to meet Rembrandt and Gainsborough so that he can duplicate their famous paintings.

Our cover story is "The Name of the Game is Superman" by Dave Wood, Curt Swan and Jack Abel. Smallville optometrist Homer Ferret lures Clark Kent into a trap. He believes that Clark is Superman and relates several anecdotes that provide evidence to support his theory. He threatens to electrocute Clark if he doesn't admit the truth. If Clark doesn't admit that he is Superman, then the electricity will expose him anyway.

Edited by Mort Weisinger.


MikeS said...

Was this the issue where the guy buys a Clark chocolate bar and a pack of Kent cigarettes at the general store at the end with a caption saying something like "the answer's right in his hands?" I know I saw this in some story as a kid (I always thought it was a Superboy story) but it's driving me nuts trying to remember what issue this was in.

Nick said...

Don't know about the cigarettes and chocolate bar, but the "Super-Artist" story was interesting because it seemingly punched holes in those art school ads that, ironically, were a common feature of comic books in those years.