Action Comics #256!
ACTION COMICS 256 (which I misidentified in the introduction as issue 258), September 1959, was published around July 30, 1959. It contained 32 pages for the cover price of a dime. The editor was Mort Weisinger, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye, the art team for the Superman story in this issue.
THE SUPERMAN OF THE FUTURE was written by Otto Binder. this 12 page story was reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN vol. I
Congo Bill starred in the second story of the issue, JANU, THE JOKER OF THE JUNGLE. This 7 page story was drawn by Howard Sherman, and was Congorilla’s 8th appearance.
Supergirl’s 5th solo story was THE GREAT SUPERGIRL MIRAGE. Writer Otto Binder and artist Jim Mooney created this 7 page story. Host Daniel Reed has posted his first episode of SUPERGIRL’S COSMIC ADVENTURES, at http://supergirlpodcast.blogspot.com. I have listened to it, and highly reccomend it to any comic book fan.
Elsewhere in DC Comics, 32 titles carried the September or September/October 1959 cover date.
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