(April-May 1960)

DC, 1958 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
Bi-Monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand:
Superman DC National Comics
Editing:
Jack Schiff
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock:
newsprint
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Creatures from the Past! (Table of Contents)

Challengers of the Unknown / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Bob Brown
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; superhero
Characters:
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Red Ryan; Prof Haley; Rocky Davis]; a centaur
Reprints:
Keywords:
hero team

The Prisoner of the Tiny Space Ball (Table of Contents)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
France Ed Herron
Pencils:
Bob Brown
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; superhero
Characters:
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Rocky Davis; Prof Haley; Red Ryan]; Zanna; Vraba; Benrun; Ak-Selians; Dakyab; Dakyab's gang
Synopsis:
A tiny rocket ship lands near Challenger Mountain. Inside Prof finds a tiny gold ball. Which is snatched by an alien spaceman, who runs for his own spaceship! Prof tackles him. X-rays show a tiny man inside. The ball pops open and the prisoner expands to normal size. He is Zanna, former ruler of the planet Ak-Sel. He was overthrown by an insurgent, Dakyah, shrunk, and exiled into space. In the would-be thief’s spaceship, the Challengers and Zanna fly to Ak-Sel. Zanna’s underground fighters hide in an extinct volcano. But Dakyah’s troops attack. Blacking out the complex, Zanna’s fighters and the Challengers fly to a floating island, one of many. Dakyah plans an attack from his palace. The Challengers counter-attack. With precision flying, they float the entire island over the palace and attack in jet-sleds! The Challengers blow up the main defenses and land. Zanna’s army overruns the palace. Victory! Where’s Dakyah? Trapped in a tiny space ball! He hoped to escape and be rescued later. The Challengers, their help greatly appreciated, will be flown back to Earth.
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Keywords:
hero team

Indexer Notes

writer id by Bob Hughes

Aloha... Hawaii! (Table of Contents)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Jack Schiff
Pencils:
Bernard Baily
Inks:
Bernard Baily
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ira Schnapp

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Senator Hiram L. Fong; Senator Oren E. Long; Rep. Daniel K. Inouye
Synopsis:
A celebration of Brotherhood Week and Hawaii as our 50th state.

Solar System Sizes! (Table of Contents)

filler / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Comparisons between the size of Mercury and Australia, the Moon and Europe, and the Sun against other stars.

Silent Doom (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
Typeset

Genre:
science fiction

["The contents of one of these vials..."] (Table of Contents)

Dr. Floogle / comic story / 0.6 page (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff
Colors:
?
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Dr. Floogle
Synopsis:
Dr. Floogle has mixed up two vials of chemicals.

The Creatures from the Past (Table of Contents)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Dave Wood ?
Pencils:
Bob Brown
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; superhero
Characters:
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Rocky Davis; Prof Haley; Red Ryan]; June Robbins; Dr. Henry; a cyclops; a centaur; a dragon
Synopsis:
Off the island of Colchis near Greece, Dr. Henry has a recently-uncovered volume that claims the Golden Fleece was real. June has been helping. The party lands near ruins and splits up to search. Rocky falls into a cellar and finds the Golden Fleece! He dons it to climb out. But feels dizzy... Searching, the Challengers spot Rocky in the fleece. He runs - and a flame-breathing dragon charges, then vanishes. Dr. Henry guesses Rocky is “trapped in the fleece’s powers” and summons mythical creatures from a “never-never land.” An ancient vase of fluid might be important. Hunting Rocky, the Challengers are grabbed by a cyclops! Ace recalls its weakness is vision. He grabs a beehive and pitches it. Assailed by bees, the cyclops hides in a grotto. Dr. Henry and June have deciphered that the fluid changes gold to base metals - it can destroy the fleece’s power. While Rocky charges Ace and Red on a centaur! Prof snags a hoof with a vine, cowboy-style. Rocky hears a strange siren song and wanders to the beach. A mermaid sings - then flings fluid in Rocky’s face. It’s June in disguise! The golden fleece fades to normal. With the magic gone, Rocky’s head clears. The mythical creatures fade away to the land of legends.
Reprints:
Keywords:
hero team

Indexer Notes

writer id by Bob Hughes

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Creatures from the Past!
    Challengers of the Unknown
  2. 1. The Prisoner of the Tiny Space Ball
    Challengers of the Unknown
  3. 2. Aloha... Hawaii!
  4. 3. Solar System Sizes!
  5. 4. Silent Doom
  6. 5. ["The contents of one of these vials..."]
    Dr. Floogle
  7. 6. The Creatures from the Past
    Challengers of the Unknown
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Clayton Emery
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Clayton Emery
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Clayton Emery
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Ramon Schenk