(August-September 1955)

DC, 1955 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines:
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand:
Superman DC National Comics
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth (credited editor); Robert Kanigher
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Silver Age, then Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched (Squarebound #112-117, 120, 200)
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

The Brave and the Bold! (Table of Contents)

Golden Gladiator; Viking Prince; Silent Knight / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Robert Kanigher
Pencils:
Russ Heath (Golden Gladiator); Joe Kubert (Viking Prince); Irv Novick (Silent Knight)
Inks:
Russ Heath (Golden Gladiator); Joe Kubert (Viking Prince); Irv Novick (Silent Knight)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset; Ira Schnapp (logo design)

Genre:
adventure; historical
Characters:
The Golden Gladiator; The Viking Prince; The Silent Knight
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Kanigher has stated in more than one interview (Comics Journal, Alter Ego) that he did basic layouts and wrote the copy for all of his covers. Logo design credit from Todd Klein via his Facebook page, used with permission.

Hi there, Pal! Win Some of these 100 Silver Anniversary Prizes! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Jowett Institute of Physical Training / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Thunder of the Chariots! (Table of Contents)

Golden Gladiator / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
France Herron
Pencils:
Russ Heath (signed)
Inks:
Russ Heath (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Gaspar Saladino

Genre:
historical
Characters:
The Golden Gladiator (intro); Praetor Clodius Crassus; Cinna (villain); Caius; Lucia; Crixus; Cotta
Synopsis:
Marcus, a young shepherd, is grabbed and falsely accused of attacking a Praetor by the conniving soldier Cinna. Sentenced to a slave galley for life, Marcus becomes a muscled giant. He saves the crew from a loose lion by slinging his chain. He's sold to Cinna and handed to the gladiators and trained. He beats down hated rivals and rides a bull, despite sabotaged weapons from Cinna. He even wins the chariot race with only a shield. He's given the golden helmet and breastplate of the Golden Gladiator - but Cinna plots revenge.
Reprints:
Keywords:
chariot race; Gladiator; Rome; slave galley

Indexer Notes

1) Indicia is on the first page of this story. 2) Marcus's story echoes SPARTACUS, the 1951 novel by Howard Fast, which became the 1960 movie starring Kirk Douglas.

To the Boys and Girls of America -- (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

DC Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Battle for the Dragon Ship! (Table of Contents)

Viking Prince / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Robert Kanigher
Pencils:
Joe Kubert
Inks:
Joe Kubert
Colors:
?
Letters:
Gaspar Saladino

Genre:
historical
Characters:
The Viking Prince; Captain Olaf; Gunnda; Sardluck (villain); Thorvald (villain)
Synopsis:
A blond Viking is pulled from the water, but has no memory of his past. Gunna names him "Jon, the Shining, [after] the great Viking Prince of old!" But a spy knows him and reports to Baron Thorvald that "the youth" still lives. The spy threatens Jon's hosts, but gets a surprise as he fights with fish net, sword, and anything handy. Baron Thorvald comes in a dragon ship to capture him. The Viking Prince has himself shot from a catapult to tear the dragonship sail. He brawls with Vikings as Thorvald jumps overboard. Together they'll fight tyranny, as Jon seeks his lost identity.
Reprints:
Keywords:
dragonship; Viking

The Sea Rovers (Table of Contents)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Robert Kanigher
Pencils:
Jerry Grandenetti
Inks:
Jerry Grandenetti
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction; historical
Characters:
Vikings
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script and art credits verified from copies of DC editorial records sent to Gene Reed from Nelson Bridwell in 1986.

Never Underestimate a New Idea! (Table of Contents)

Binky / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Jack Schiff
Pencils:
Win Mrtimer
Inks:
Win Mortimer
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ira Schnapp

Genre:
teen
Characters:
Binky; Allergy

The Fighting Legions of Rome (Table of Contents)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Miller
Pencils:
Raymond Perry
Inks:
Raymond Perry
Colors:
Raymond Perry
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
A short acount of how the Roman Legionnaires were organized.

Indexer Notes

Script credit verified from copies of DC editorial records sent to Gene Reed from Nelson Bridwell in 1986.

Duel in Forest Perilous! (Table of Contents)

Silent Knight / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Robert Kanigher
Pencils:
Irv Novick (initialed)
Inks:
Irv Novick
Colors:
?
Letters:
Gaspar Saladino

Genre:
historical
Characters:
The Silent Knight; Sir Oswald Bane (villain); Sir Edwin Kent; Sir Grot
Synopsis:
Sir Edwin Kent dies in a joust because Sir Oswald Bane sabotaged his lance. His son Brian, an orphan, cannot take the throne until he's a knight. Tough Sir Grot trains the boy relentlessly, but no one can handle the hawk Slasher. Squire Brian chases the hawk into the Forest Perilous and finds a suit of armor with a hawk emblem. He dons it just as knights try to seize a girl. Keeping silent lest he's exposed (as a mere squire, not a knight), he drives them off with Slasher's help. He leaves the suit hanging and finds everyone in the castle talks about the mysterious Silent Knight!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Irv Novick often initialed his splash pages with a small colophon, a circle with "IN" or maybe "Irv" inside.

["It's a grudge race!"] (Table of Contents)

Laughing Arena / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Irwin Hasen
Pencils:
Irwin Hasen
Inks:
Irwin Hasen
Colors:
?
Letters:
Irwin Hasen

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Maximus; Minimus
Synopsis:
Roman gladiator arena humor.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script and art credits verified from copies of DC editorial records sent to Gene Reed from Nelson Bridwell in 1986.

Judy and Jim Defy Savage Gorilla (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Cloverine Brand Salve / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Need Extra Spending Money? (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Stuart Greetings, Inc. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

For Super Summer Fun! Buy and Shoot a Daisy Air Rifle! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Daisy Manufacturing Company / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Brave and the Bold!
    Golden Gladiator; Viking Prince; Silent Knight
  2. 1. Hi there, Pal! Win Some of these 100 Silver Anniversary Prizes!
    Jowett Institute of Physical Training
  3. 2. The Thunder of the Chariots!
    Golden Gladiator
  4. 3. To the Boys and Girls of America --
    DC Comics
  5. 4. Battle for the Dragon Ship!
    Viking Prince
  6. 5. The Sea Rovers
  7. 6. Never Underestimate a New Idea!
    Binky
  8. 7. The Fighting Legions of Rome
  9. 8. Duel in Forest Perilous!
    Silent Knight
  10. 9. ["It's a grudge race!"]
    Laughing Arena
  11. 10. Judy and Jim Defy Savage Gorilla
    Cloverine Brand Salve
  12. 11. Need Extra Spending Money?
    Stuart Greetings, Inc.
  13. 12. For Super Summer Fun! Buy and Shoot a Daisy Air Rifle!
    Daisy Manufacturing Company
This issue was most recently modified by:
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