(November 1960)

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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
monthly, with the exception of January, April, July and October
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand:
Superman DC National Comics
Editing:
Julius Schwartz
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock:
newsprint
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

The Weapon That Swallowed Men! (Table of Contents)

Adam Strange / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Carmine Infantino
Inks:
Joe Giella
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

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

Indexer Notes

Credits for pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics (added by Gregory Fischer, June 2009).

The Weapon That Swallowed Men! (Table of Contents)

Adam Strange / comic story / 8.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Carmine Infantino
Inks:
Murphy Anderson
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; science fiction
Characters:
Adam Strange; Alanna; councilors and warriors of Ranagar; Vacuumizers (first appearance; villains; unnamed; later named Vantor)
Synopsis:
Adam Strange lands on an ancient Incan temple - and is zeta-beamed to Rann. Alanna greets him. News comes that aliens demand to meet Ranagar's city council. The green blockhead aliens (later named the Vantor) demand Rann's surrender, because "Nothing - absolutely nothing - can overcome our vacuumizer weapons!" Adam declares they'll fight. At dawn, he leads an army against the aliens. The villains push a button on their vacuumizers and suck up the army, Adam included. Rann loses... Adam rematerializes on Earth when the zeta-beam energy fades. He's failed Rann, but has nine days to form a plan... Zapped back to Rann, Adam finds Ranagar gone! The aliens sucked up the people, stole the city, then released the citizens. Long-lived, they steal cities to play in for a century or so, then move on. But Adam realizes belt buckles and ray guns were left behind. The vacuumizer must have been set to suck up carbon of human bodies. "If we were to coat ourselves with different metals - it would be like wearing several coats of metallic armor!" Adam crash-trains the army in judo and wrestling... They surprise the Vantor stealing another city. The army looks black, coated with liquid iron. The vacuumizers suck it up, but the men are coated with copper, gold, cobalt - then they're on the aliens! They flatten the villains and take their weapons. The Vantor surrender and lift off. Adam reconstitutes the cities - and fades away before Alanna can kiss him!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Vantor return in Mystery in Space #78.

[Meteors occasionally leave phosphorescent trails in the sky] (Table of Contents)

Our Amazing Universe / filler / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Reprints:

Just Imagine the Mightiest Heroes of Our Time (Table of Contents)

Justice League of America / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Murphy Anderson
Inks:
Murphy Anderson
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Despero; Wonder Woman; Green Lantern; Aquaman; J'onn J'onzz; Flash
Synopsis:
House ad for Justice League of America #1.

Keep Learning -- the Key to Success (Table of Contents)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

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

Mutiny in High Space! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Sid Greene
Inks:
Sid Greene
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
A spaceship captain faces down "mutiny on the high seas".
Reprints:

Earth to Mars! (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
Reprints:

[Assuming that flying saucers don't really exist...] (Table of Contents)

Wonders of Space / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Julius Schwartz [as Science Editor]
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Letters from W.A. and N.T.

Quest of the Star-Flowers! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Murphy Anderson (signed)
Inks:
Murphy Anderson (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
Two spacemen search for "star-flowers" in an alien temple, but an amphibious monster guards the water lily-like treasures.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Credits for script, pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics (April 2007).

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Weapon That Swallowed Men!
    Adam Strange
  2. 1. The Weapon That Swallowed Men!
    Adam Strange
  3. 2. [Meteors occasionally leave phosphorescent trails in the sky]
    Our Amazing Universe
  4. 3. Just Imagine the Mightiest Heroes of Our Time
    Justice League of America
  5. 4. Keep Learning -- the Key to Success
  6. 5. Mutiny in High Space!
  7. 6. Earth to Mars!
  8. 7. [Assuming that flying saucers don't really exist...]
    Wonders of Space
  9. 8. Quest of the Star-Flowers!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Derek Reinhard
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Clayton Emery
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Gene Reed
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Bob Hughes
  • Clayton Emery
  • Mike Nielsen
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