(January-February 1962)

DC, 1956 Series
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Price:
0.12 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
Bi-Monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
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

Issue Notes

3rd Silver Age Atom


Prisoner in a Test Tube! (Table of Contents)

Atom / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Gil Kane
Inks:
Murphy Anderson
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Atom [Ray Palmer]
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Prisoner in a Test Tube! (Table of Contents)

Atom / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Gil Kane
Inks:
Murphy Anderson
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Atom [Ray Palmer]; unnamed secret agent; Professor Anton Kraft; Professor Loring; Jean Loring; enemy agents; FBI and CIA agents
Synopsis:
A master spy assumes the identity of a scientist to get close to Professor Loring, who builds "super weapons". Jean checks his fingerprints and finds a fraud. Ray Palmer offers to contact "our friend, The Atom." The Atom telephone-ports to Budapest and find the real Professor Kraft. Escaping a test tube and flypaper, he jump-punches and weight-changes the spies into submission.
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Indexer Notes

A Cold War story. Pages 8 & 12 are only 0.67 story (0.33 house ads)

For the Very Best in Comics Reading (Table of Contents)

Green Lantern; Flash / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Synopsis:
House ad for Green Lantern #10 and Flash #126 placed at bottom of p. 8 of 1st Atom story.

A Mesa and a Butte?... (Table of Contents)

What's the Difference Between... / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction; math & science
Synopsis:
Educational info, mesas vs. buttes.

Watch for the Fourth Superman Annual! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Synopsis:
House ad for Giant 80-Page Superman Annual #4, "Featuring Superman's Most Famous Adventures in Time, Space, and on Alien Worlds!"

[Roam the Black Gulfs of Interplanetary Space...] (Table of Contents)

Mystery in Space (Adam Strange) / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
House ad for Mystery in Space #73 placed at bottom of p. 12 of 1st Atom story.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Inside the Atom / letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Julius Schwartz
Letters:
Typeset

Synopsis:
Letters on the first Showcase appearance of The Atom from Harold L. Nussdorf, Richard C. West, Woodrow Harano, John H. Fahey, Frederick Norwood, Mike Price, Shern Gilbe, Paul Seydor, Jerry Bails, Steve Umstead. The Editor notes, "don't pay any attention to the coincidence... with Ray Palmer, former editor of Amazing Stories [who] happens to be of short stature."

Strange Realm of the Atom! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction; math & science
Synopsis:
Educational info about atomic energy and atoms.

The "Disappearing Act" Robberies! (Table of Contents)

Atom / comic story / 12.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Gil Kane
Inks:
Murphy Anderson
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Atom [Ray Palmer]; Jean Loring; Alma Wilson Barnes; Jim Barnes; Greg Phillips (villain); Mayor Andrews; Jason Saunders (flashback)
Synopsis:
Ray once again proposes to Jean, but she's distracted by "invisible robberies" of jewelry all over town. The Atom attends a chess match with a platinum chess set and hides in a rook. The entire set is whisked up and away "invisibly". Greg Philips, feature writer for the Ivytown Herald, has gained "mind over matter" with pills invented by a deceased scientist. The Atom escapes a poison-fumed box, telephones to the crime in progress, and scotches Philips. But Jean still won't marry him!
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Indexer Notes

Series continues in Atom (DC, 1962 series) #1

For the Very Best in Comics Reading (Table of Contents)

Strange Adventures; Justice League of America / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Genre:
science fiction; superhero
Synopsis:
House ad for Strange Adventures #136 and Justice League #9.

Another Giant Batman Collection! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Synopsis:
House ad for Giant Batman 80-Page Annual #2, "Featuring Batman and Robin's Most Thrilling Action Roles!"
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Prisoner in a Test Tube!
    Atom
  2. 1. Prisoner in a Test Tube!
    Atom
  3. 2. For the Very Best in Comics Reading
    Green Lantern; Flash
  4. 3. A Mesa and a Butte?...
    What's the Difference Between...
  5. 4. Watch for the Fourth Superman Annual!
    Superman
  6. 5. [Roam the Black Gulfs of Interplanetary Space...]
    Mystery in Space (Adam Strange)
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Inside the Atom
  8. 7. Strange Realm of the Atom!
  9. 8. The "Disappearing Act" Robberies!
    Atom
  10. 9. For the Very Best in Comics Reading
    Strange Adventures; Justice League of America
  11. 10. Another Giant Batman Collection!
    Batman
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