(November-December 1958)

DC, 1956 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
?
Brand:
Superman DC National Comics
Editing:
Julius Schwartz
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Silver Age US; then standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
newsprint
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

The Planet and the Pendulum! (Table of Contents)

Adventures on Other Worlds [Adam Strange] / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure; science fiction
Characters:
Adam Strange
Reprints:

Secret of the Eternal City! (Table of Contents)

Adam Strange / comic story / 14.66 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox; Edmond Hamilton (co-plot)
Pencils:
Mike Sekowsky
Inks:
Frank Giacoia; Joe Giella
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; science fiction
Characters:
Adam Strange (introduction, origin); Alanna [aka Allana] (introduction); Sardath (Alanna's father scientist, introduction); inhabitants of Samakand; The Eternals (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis:
An Earth archaeologist is caught by a "zeta-beam" and teleported to Rann near Alpha Centauri where he meets Alanna and Sardath. Alien invaders, called The Eternals, attack the planet while Adam and Alanna journey to the Brigadoon-like city of Samakand to locate a life-metal called "vitatron." Adam tricks the aliens so they're stuck in Samakand, but then he fades away, returning to Earth, awaiting the next zeta-beam.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Alpha Centauri; Caramanga (an Incan city); Menticizer; Ranagar; Rann (a planet introduction); Vitatron; Zeta-Beam

Indexer Notes

Adam wears his civilian work clothes throughout. The story length reflects that two pages of the story are only 2/3 of a page long, with an ad below on each of them.

Though most sources have credited Sachs with the inks to this story, Gene Reed notes that Giacoia and Giella often co-inked stories and this is their work, not Sachs'. Bob Hughes also mentions that the first Adam Strange and Space Rangers stories were worked out in conference, so Ed Hamilton should be given co-plotting credit here. (Thanks to Victor Lim for bringing up this issue on the GCD Error Tracker.)

[Guarantee of the Best in Comics Reading] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

Look to the Stars! (Table of Contents)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Bob; Ted
Synopsis:
Bob and Ted are "never lost" in the woods, because Bob can navigate by the stars, same as sailors, cowboys, and plane navigators.

Indexer Notes

PSA from The National Social Welfare Assembly.

Our Strange Universe! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
math & science
Synopsis:
Educational facts about space, the sun, and stars.

Curious Comets (Table of Contents)

comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
math & science
Synopsis:
Educational info on Tebutt's Comet, Halley's Comet, and the Pons-Winnecke Comet.

The Three-in-One Star (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
math & science
Synopsis:
Educational information on Alpha Centauri, the nearest star to our solar system.

Indexer Notes

An editor's note on page 5 of "Secret of the Eternal City" refers the reader to this text article.

The Planet and the Pendulum! (Table of Contents)

Adam Strange / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox; Edmond Hamilton (co-plot)
Pencils:
Mike Sekowsky
Inks:
Frank Giacoia; Joe Giella
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; science fiction
Characters:
Adam Strange; Alanna; Sardath; citizens of New Ranagar; barbarians of the tribe of Zoora from the city Yardana (villains); invaders from Morleen (villains)
Synopsis:
Zapped by the zeta-beam, Adam is teleported, not to Rann, but to Anthorann, a neighboring planet. Escaping barbarians and their "Rainbow Doom" (a teleporter), he meets Alanna and Sardath, who had used knowledge from Samakand scientists to journey to Anthorann, but crashed. Adam dons a Rann spacesuit from the wreckage and faces invaders from Morleen, who swing a "diamondium" pendulum to cut open the dome of New Ranagar. Adam ray-blasts the shaft, then fades away to Earth.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Anthorann; Rainbow Doom; Zeta-beam

Indexer Notes

The ending promises more in the next issue of "Showcase's Adventures on Other Worlds!"

Though most sources have credited Sachs with the inks to this story, Gene Reed notes that Giacoia and Giella often co-inked stories and this is their work, not Sachs'. Bob Hughes also mentions that the first Adam Strange and Space Rangers stories were worked out in conference, so Hamilton should be given co-plotting credit here. (Thanks to Victor Lim for bringing up this issue on the GCD Error Tracker.)

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Planet and the Pendulum!
    Adventures on Other Worlds [Adam Strange]
  2. 1. Secret of the Eternal City!
    Adam Strange
  3. 2. [Guarantee of the Best in Comics Reading]
  4. 3. Look to the Stars!
  5. 4. Our Strange Universe!
  6. 5. Curious Comets
  7. 6. The Three-in-One Star
  8. 7. The Planet and the Pendulum!
    Adam Strange
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Clayton Emery
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Clayton Emery
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Ed Boner