(December 1955)

DC, 1938 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
?
Publisher's Age Guidelines:
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
?
Brand:
Superman DC National Comics
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth; Jack Schiff (managing editor); Mort Weisinger (story editor); George Kashdan (story editor)
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U.S.; Standard Silver Age U.S.; Standard Modern Age U.S.; Digest size (5" x 6.75") #491-503
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched; Squarebound #390, 416, 491-503
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

The Gorilla With X-Ray Eyes! (Table of Contents)

Superboy / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
Stan Kaye
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superboy; gorilla

The Gorilla With X-Ray Eyes! (Table of Contents)

Superboy / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Otto Binder
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
George Klein
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Professor John Lang (incorrectly called Thaddeus); Chandu (intro); Lana Lang; Jonathan Kent; "Doc" Baird
Synopsis:
Superboy rescues Prof. Lang from a big gorilla and captures it for an exhibition. But a canny crook notices the gorilla's eyes flash during lightning flashes, so deduces it has x-ray vision. They steal the gorilla to burn through walls and safes. Superboy can't stop it because he's weakened by the glare. Lang reveals it drank kryptonite-infused water in Africa. Superboy finally builds a giant battery to "defuse" the gorilla, and the effect wears off.
Reprints:
Keywords:
gorilla; kryptonite

Indexer Notes

1) Inker id by Bob Hughes (8/2005); also credited in the reprint. Professor Lang was incorrectly called Thaddeus in this story. 2) In Superboy 37 it was established that Thaddeus is Lewis Lang's brother. 3) When this story was reprinted in Superboy #174, it was retitled "The Gorilla with Super-Eyes!", and Professor Lang's first name was changed to Lewis. 4) Early on, Superboy/man's x-ray vision was conflated with heat vision. Later DC were made them two separate powers.

["The length of the lecture'] (Table of Contents)

Varsity Vic / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff

Genre:
humor; teen

The Greatest Show On Water (Table of Contents)

Aquaman / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ramona Fradon
Inks:
Ramona Fradon
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Synopsis:
Aquaman rescues a barge crew, but the amusement rides for kids are sunk. Aquaman reproduces carnival rides with an octopus-whip, whale-Virginia Reel, eagle-and-blowfish parachute jump, even a roller coaster with giant clam shells and a shipwreck!

How a Nation Is Born: Your United Nations at Work (Table of Contents)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Jack Schiff
Pencils:
Win Mortimer
Inks:
Win Mortimer
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction

Hunters With the Bow (Table of Contents)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Hal J Marks
Letters:
typeset

The Human Chess Game (Table of Contents)

Green Arrow / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
George Papp
Inks:
George Papp
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Synopsis:
Prominent men with names like "Car King" and "Knight Hunter" are kidnapped, and thugs finally pinch Oliver "Queen". A chess genius uses them for a human chess game - as crooks hold guns. Speedy breaks in, he and Oliver fake a fight. Oliver shoots a fountain-pen arrow to black out cameras. They reveal the "chess genius" is an impostor who held is brother hostage to steal his fortune. The faker didn't twirl his mustache while contemplating a chess move!
Keywords:
Chess; fountain-pen arrow

Indexer Notes

Green Arrow has a red hat.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Gorilla With X-Ray Eyes!
    Superboy
  2. 1. The Gorilla With X-Ray Eyes!
    Superboy
  3. 2. ["The length of the lecture']
    Varsity Vic
  4. 3. The Greatest Show On Water
    Aquaman
  5. 4. How a Nation Is Born: Your United Nations at Work
  6. 5. Hunters With the Bow
  7. 6. The Human Chess Game
    Green Arrow
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Clayton Emery
  • Bob Hughes
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Cherry
  • Gene Reed
  • Lou Mougin
  • Martin O'Hearn
  • Michael Grabois
  • Mike Tiefenbacher
  • Pat Lang
  • Mark Waid
  • Sidne Gail Ward
  • Jon Ingersoll
  • Dan Kocher
  • Bob Hughes
  • Ted Watson
  • Mark Gordon
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Dwayne Best
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ed Boner