(Summer 1961)

DC, 1961 Series
 
Price:
0.25 USD
Pages:
84
On-sale date:
1961-06-15
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand:
Superman DC National Comics
Editing:
Julius Schwartz; Jack Schiff
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock:
newsprint
Binding:
squarebound
Publishing Format:
one-shot

A Super-Collection of the Most Sought-After Stories Ever Published! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Dick Sprang (Batman, Superman); Jack Kirby (Challengers); Gil Kane (Adam Strange and Green Lantern); Joe Certa (Martian Manhunter); Lee Elias (Green Arrow); Carmine Infantino (Flash); Ross Andru (Wonder Woman)
Inks:
Stan Kaye (Batman, Superman); Jack Kirby (Challengers); Bernard Sachs (Adam Strange); Joe Giella (Green Lantern); Joe Certa (Martian Manhunter); Lee Elias (Green Arrow); Joe Kubert (Flash); Mike Esposito (Wonder Woman)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Illustrated with vignettes from World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #94 (May-June 1958) [Superman, Batman & Robin vignette], from Mystery in Space (DC, 1951 series) #53 [Adam Strange vignette], from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #225 (November 1955) [John Jones vignette], from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #4 (September-October 1956) [Flash vignette], and other sources.

The Origin of the Superman-Batman Team (Table of Contents)

Superman and Batman and Robin / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
Dick Sprang
Inks:
Stan Kaye
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Batman [Bruce Wayne; also as Superman]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Powerman (a robot, introduction); Lex Luthor (villain)
Synopsis:
When Luthor develops a liquid kryptonite gun, Superman replaces Batman with a new partner, Powerman. The Caped Crusader, hurt by the change, believes that Powerman has some sort hold over the Man of Steel, not realizing Superman has a motive in mind for his own protection from the criminal genius, Lex Luthor!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Bat-Cave; Bat-Signal; Batmobile; Batplane; Gotham City; Gotham Daily News; kryptonite; Metropolis; Wayne Mansion

Indexer Notes

Silver-Age origin of the Superman-Batman team.

Secret of the Eternal City! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Mike Sekowsky
Inks:
Bernard Sachs
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.
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Keywords:
Planet Rann; Zeta Beam

Indexer Notes

Origin and 1st appearance Adam Strange.

Planet of Doomed Men (Table of Contents)

Green Lantern / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Gil Kane
Inks:
Murphy Anderson
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Green Lantern [Hal Jordan] (origin recap); The Guardians of the Universe (introduction for all); Green Lantern [Abin Sur] (flashback); Calorians; The Dryg (villain)
Synopsis:
Hal Jordan's energy-duplicate is summoned by the Guardians for the first time. After he is returned to Earth, the Guardians send him to Calor, a nearby planet, to save the Calorians from the ape-monster Dryg.
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Keywords:
Battery of Power; Calor (a planet); power ring

Indexer Notes

First appearance of the Guardians.

The Secrets of the Sorcerer's Box! (Table of Contents)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Kirby (plot, script); Dave Wood (script)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Jack Kirby ?; Roz Kirby (blacks)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ben Oda

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Prof Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis] (introduction for all, origin); un-named sailors; un-named citizens; Mr. Morelian (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Four heroes are being flown to appear on the radio show "Heroes" when their jet crashes in a storm. Miraculously, all four survive unharmed, even down to a working watch. Since they are "living on borrowed time", they vow to make the best use of it, taking risks to benefit others, challenging the unknown. In their first official case, they are summoned by Morelian, a descendant of Merlin, to open four chambers of a dangerous alchemist's box and "witness things not seen on this Earth since the dawn of Man!"
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Indexer Notes

This reprints only Chapter 1 of the story from Showcase #6.

First appearance of the Challengers of the Unknown. According to Joe Simon and Jack Kirby historians, Jack Kirby brought the proposal for the Challengers to DC. DC bought the concept and folded it into Showcase.

Credits for the original printing updated by Bob Hughes. Previously the inker listed was Marvin Stein. Per Stein's conversations with Greg Theakston, he did not ink any Challengers stories.

An epilogue occurs in Secret Origins 12 (1987), when the Challengers are reunited with the box to solve its final mystery.

Letterer credit from Rodrigo Baeza via the editor e-mail list on 2007-3-5.

Origin of Green Arrow and Speedy (Table of Contents)

Green Arrow; Speedy / text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Jack Schiff
Pencils:
Lee Elias
Inks:
Lee Elias
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Text story with two small illustrations.

Secret Origin of Wonder Woman (Table of Contents)

Wonder Woman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Kanigher [as Charles Moulton] (credited)
Pencils:
Ross Andru
Inks:
Mike Esposito
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; also as Wonder Girl]; Hippolyta; Aphrodite; Athena; Mercury; Hercules
Synopsis:
Diana is born "centuries ago" and is bequeathed powers by Aphrodite, Athena, Mercury, and Hercules. When Diana is a teenager, her father and all the men are killed in "the wars". Young Diana helps her mother bring the Amazons to their new home on Paradise Island.
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Indexer Notes

A Wonder Girl Story. Wonder Girl does not appear in costume.

Silver age origin of Wonder Woman.

The Steve Trevor part of the origin appears in Wonder Woman #98, and the Diana Prince part of the origin appears in Wonder Woman #99.

Penciler credit from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided to the GCD by DC Comics (27 January 2008).

The Strange Experiment of Dr. Erdel (Table of Contents)

John Jones Manhunter from Mars / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Samachson
Pencils:
Joe Certa
Inks:
Joe Certa
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Martian Manhunter [J'onn J'onzz; aka John Jones] (introduction, origin); Dr. Mark Erdel (introduction, death); Lt. Saunders
Synopsis:
A scientist builds a robot brain which teleports a Martian to Earth. After the scientist dies the Martian is trapped here, so he decides to become a police detective.
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Indexer Notes

Script (only) attributed to Jack Miller by Rich Morrissey, but disputed by Bob Hughes. Samachson is current DC credit, as seen in Showcase Presents: Martian Manhunter (DC, 2007 series) #1.

Plot is similar to "The Galaxy Being", first episode of the original "The Outer Limits" television show. The show first aired on 16 September 1963. In it, Allan Maxwell, an engineer for a small radio station, somehow makes contact with a peaceful alien creature, who gets transported to Earth by accident.

Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt! (Table of Contents)

The Flash / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Kanigher
Pencils:
Carmine Infantino
Inks:
Joe Kubert
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Flash [Barry Allen] (introduction, scientist, origin); The Flash [Jay Garrick] (image only); Iris West (introduction); The Turtle Man [aka later as The Turtle] (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
By a freak accident involving lab chemicals and lightning, Barry Allen becomes the fastest man alive and originates a costume based on the comic adventures of the Flash from the 1940's. And it's a good thing too: for he must now face the Turtle Man, termed "The Slowest Man Alive".
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Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. A Super-Collection of the Most Sought-After Stories Ever Published!
  2. 1. The Origin of the Superman-Batman Team
    Superman and Batman and Robin
  3. 2. Secret of the Eternal City!
    Adam Strange
  4. 3. Planet of Doomed Men
    Green Lantern
  5. 4. The Secrets of the Sorcerer's Box!
    Challengers of the Unknown
  6. 5. Origin of Green Arrow and Speedy
    Green Arrow; Speedy
  7. 6. Secret Origin of Wonder Woman
    Wonder Woman
  8. 7. The Strange Experiment of Dr. Erdel
    John Jones Manhunter from Mars
  9. 8. Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt!
    The Flash
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