(February-March 1956)

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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:
Julius Schwartz
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U. S.; Later Standard Silver Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

The Gold Nugget Ambush! (Table of Contents)

Johnny Thunder / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Gil Kane
Inks:
Joe Giella ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Johnny Thunder

Indexer Notes

1) Cover pencils credit confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics (28 August 2007). 2) First cover appearance of Johnny Thunder. Previous issues always featured the Trigger Twins.

The Gold Nugget Ambush! (Table of Contents)

Johnny Thunder / comic story / 5.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Robert Kanigher
Pencils:
Gil Kane
Inks:
Gil Kane
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Synopsis:
Schoolteacher John Tane (Johnny Thunder's secret identity) tells his class "Brains are Better than Bullets". But Silk Black's thugs shoot up the school. Switching to JT, he captures the thugs, but they escape in hours. John Tane asks his schoolkids to help capture Silk Black. They go on a field trip, but discover gold nuggets! Silk Black rides in to steal the "nuggets", but only the first one was real gold - a trap for Black! JT swings from the saddle and bowls over the bad guys, proving "brains are better than bullets".
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The Three Peace Arrows of Strong Bow! (Table of Contents)

Strong Bow / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Edward France Herron
Pencils:
Jerry Grandenetti
Inks:
Jerry Grandenetti
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Synopsis:
To prevent tribal warfare, Strong Bow must shoot three arrows into the rival's totem pole. But the scheming arrow-maker gives him trick arrows. Inching undercover, he shoots the first arrow, but it breaks. Strong Bow repairs it and scores. Floating downriver, he shoots the second arrow, which veers wildly until repaired, and it scores. Disguised as a wood gatherer, he shoots the third arrow, but the head snaps off. Still, Strong Bow fights to the pole and jabs the arrow home by hand. There will be no war. "A mission I'm always glad to fulfill!"
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Indexer Notes

Credits for script, pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics [December 2007].

War Shields (Table of Contents)

filler / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Julius Schwartz
Pencils:
Morris Waldinger
Inks:
Tommy Nicolosi
Colors:
?
Letters:
Milt Snapinn

Genre:
non-fiction; western-frontier
Reprints:

[The number four was considered by Crow Indians to possess magical powers.] (Table of Contents)

Strange Indian Beliefs / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Julius Schwartz
Pencils:
Morris Waldinger
Inks:
Tommy Nicolosi
Colors:
?
Letters:
Milt Snapinn

Genre:
non-fiction; western-frontier
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Drummer Boy of the 5th Cavalry! (Table of Contents)

Foley of the Fighting 5th / comic story / 5.67 pages (report information)

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Howard Sherman
Inks:
Howard Sherman
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Synopsis:
The 5th's Drummer Boy is lousy and spoiling the band's music. He resents drumming and wants to fight. Lt Foley orders he practice outside the fort - where he hears Indians discuss the Attack and Retreat drum signals! As the Sioux swoop in, the drummer imitates their Retreat signal. Lt Foley rescues the drummer boy with fists and sabers, and the Sioux flee. And Lt Foley finally gets his music band to sound great - thanks to the "new" drummer boy.
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Red Man's Mounts (Table of Contents)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
western-frontier

The Phantom Desperado! (Table of Contents)

Trigger Twins / comic story / 5.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Robert Kanigher
Pencils:
Ross Andru
Inks:
Mike Esposito
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Sheriff Walt pursues "Willy the Wisp", a bandit who keeps disappearing! Walt would be gunned down except for his "secret weapon", his twin brother Wayne in hiding. They doggedly pursue Willy the Wisp, only to learn the Wisps are twins! Turning the tables with a disguise, the "single sheriff" gets the drop on the twin villains - who remain stumped how the Sheriff could be in two places at once!
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Indexer Notes

Credits for script and pencils confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics [December 2007]. The records show that Andru was also paid for the inks on this story, but scholars believe Mike Esposito to be the actual inker.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Gold Nugget Ambush!
    Johnny Thunder
  2. 1. The Gold Nugget Ambush!
    Johnny Thunder
  3. 2. The Three Peace Arrows of Strong Bow!
    Strong Bow
  4. 3. War Shields
  5. 4. [The number four was considered by Crow Indians to possess magical powers.]
    Strange Indian Beliefs
  6. 5. Drummer Boy of the 5th Cavalry!
    Foley of the Fighting 5th
  7. 6. Red Man's Mounts
  8. 7. The Phantom Desperado!
    Trigger Twins
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Gordon Keys
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Gene Reed
  • Peter Croome
  • Clayton Emery
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed
  • Bob Hughes
  • Ed Boner