Superman 56 – the Prankster uses Superman, and so does Smartypants

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The cover of Superman 56 (Jan/Feb. 49) copies that of the Susie/Mr. Mxyztplk cover.

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The Prankster looks a bit more “normal” in this story by William Woolfolk and Al Plastino.

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The Prankster decides to make Superman his partner, setting the hero up to inadvertently aid him in his crimes.  Some of the set-ups are good, but it puts Prankster close to Superman’s grasp repeatedly.

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The altered look of the character just emphasizes that this isn’t a great Prankster story, and there have been so many Prankster stories.

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The cover story, “Smartypants,” is nothing to put on the cover, though Schwartz, Boring and Kaye take credit for it.

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Clark Kent, and later Superman, are ordered to full all the demands of a precocious two-year old, despite the absurdity of them.

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The kid has none of Susie’s charm, and there is little to enjoy here.  Thanks to a reader of this blog (whose message is below) I discovered that this is somewhat a re-write of a story from the Superman newspaper strip.

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Superman 56 – the Prankster uses Superman, and so does Smartypants

  1. unclesporkums August 17, 2015 at 2:19 am Reply

    Just wanted to let you know that the Smartypants character had previously appeared in a different variation on this story in the newspaper strip from about a year or two prior, in 1947, I believe.

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  2. unclesporkums August 27, 2015 at 1:41 am Reply

    No prob! It was actually the same year 1948. My apologies. I have downloaded the strips in question from Newspapers.com and am able to share them, if you wish.

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  3. ultraboy8888 August 27, 2015 at 4:47 pm Reply

    sure!

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  4. unclesporkums August 27, 2015 at 9:40 pm Reply
  5. ultraboy8888 August 27, 2015 at 10:33 pm Reply

    awesome, thanks!

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  6. unclesporkums August 27, 2015 at 11:51 pm Reply

    You’re Welcome!

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