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ACTION COMICS (1938-2011) #304
CGC NM: 9.4
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COMMENTS: Off-White to White pages
weightlifting cover; Origin & 1st app Black Flame
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Off-White to White pages
weightlifting cover; Origin & 1st app Black Flame
Cover pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Sheldon Moldoff. "The Interplanetary Olympics!", script by Leo Dorfman, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by George Klein; Superman and Lana are taken to the planet Vorn, where Superman is invited to compete in the Interplanetary Olympics. Supermen of America ad. One-page Shorty story by Henry Boltinoff. Origin & 1st appearance of Black Flame in "The Maid of Menace!", script by Leo Dorfman, art by Jim Mooney; Black Flame, a super-powered villainess, tells Supergirl she is her descendant from the 40th century, but Supergirl eventually deduces that she is really from Kandor, and wipes out her powers with Gold Kryptonite.

Artists Information

Swan was a house artist at DC working on titles like Tommy Tomorrow, he began gravitating towards Superman and his related books, Superboy, World's Finest and Jimmy Olsen, he would eventually leave DC thanks to his personality issue with Editor In Chief Mort Weisinger. He would eventually return and go on to be the artist that defined the look of Superman in the Silver Age, eventually becoming the editor of the title, but after thirty years of keeping up standards of all things Superman, Swan was given the boot in favor of John Byrne's Superman reboot, Swan's comic work began to taper off after this dismissal and he eventually retired, but will forever be recognized as the Silver Age Superman's finest artist.

Moldoff is best known for his early work on DC's Hawkman and Hawkgirl, and was one of Bob Kane's primary "ghost artists" on Batman. He co-created the Batman villains Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, the second Clayface, and Bat-Mite, as well as the original heroes Bat-Girl, Batwoman, and Ace the Bat-Hound.

James Noel Mooney was an American comics artist best known for his long tenure at DC Comics and as the signature artist of Supergirl, as well as a Marvel Comics inker and Spider-Man artist, both during what comics historians and fans call the Silver Age of comic books. He sometimes inked under the pseudonym Jay Noel.