(November-December 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:
Murray Boltinoff; George Kashdan
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

First issue completely dedicated to Tommy Tomorrow (he earlier ran in anthology tales in Real Fact Comics, Action Comics, and World's Finest Comics).


Origin at the West Point of Space! (Table of Contents)

Tommy Tomorrow of the Planeteers / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Lee Elias
Inks:
Lee Elias
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Cadet Tommy Tomorrow; Cadet Lon Vurian; Unit Sergeant

Chapter 1: Frame-Up at Planeteer Academy (Table of Contents)

Tommy Tomorrow / comic story / 12.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Arnold Drake
Pencils:
Lee Elias (signed)
Inks:
Lee Elias (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Planeteers; Cadet Tommy Tomorrow; unnamed Unit Sergeant (intro); Cadet Lon Vurian of Venus (intro); Cadet Hughes; Cadet Ku-Rami; Cadet Hjaro; Cadet Morgan; unnamed Academy Commandant; General Vurian of Venus (mentioned); Captain Lenk (mentioned); Cadet Lo-Duey of Mars (mentioned); Chardu of Mercury (villain, posing as Cadet Lo-Duey of Mars)
Synopsis:
Tommy Tomorrow arrives with other rookies at the Planeteer Academy, known as the "West Point of the Solar System". He meets other cadets, such as Lon Vurian of Venus and Lo-Duey of Mars. Someone repeatedly sabotages Tommy, until none of the other cadets trust him. At the end of their training, Tommy Tomorrow and Lon Vurian, the top two students, are chosen to lead two teams in competition to locate the Stone of Gazda which has been hidden on a distant asteroid. The cadets learn too late that Lo-Duey was actually Chardu of Mercury, who has stolen and escaped with the all-powerful Stone.
Keywords:
Asteroid 9-Z; Gazda; Lenk Memorial Auditorium; Martian; Mercurian; Planeteer Academy a.k.a. "The West Point of the Solar System" a.k.a. "The West Point of Space"; Saturnian; Stone of Gazda; Venusian; zolonite

Indexer Notes

(1) This story takes place in the 21st century.
(2) The stories in Showcase are prequels to the Tommy Tomorrow tales told in Real Fact Comics, Action Comics, and World's Finest Comics.
(3) Chronologically, this story follows the flashback tale in Action Comics #224.

#529 (Table of Contents)

Amazing Ratios! / filler / 0.67 page (report information)

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

Genre:
math & science

Indexer Notes

First ratio: "The Earth's atmosphere is so immense that there is approximately two million tons of air for every human being on Earth!"

["Travel to the moon was contemplated in Bablyonia..."] (Table of Contents)

Man Tries for the Moon -- Yesterday and Today / filler / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
math & science

Pioneers of the Sky (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
math & science

Indexer Notes

Some facts about early flight pioneers: J. Degen, Sir George Cayley, Gustov and Otto Lilienthal, Percy Sinclair Pilcher, Samuel Pierpoint Langley, Clement Ader, and the Wright brothers.

Chapter 2: The Criminal Who Couldn't Die (Table of Contents)

Tommy Tomorrow / comic story / 11.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Arnold Drake
Pencils:
Lee Elias
Inks:
Lee Elias
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Planeteers; Cadet/Lt. Tommy Tomorrow; unnamed Unit Sergeant (next in #46); Cadet/Lt. Lon Vurian of Venus; Cadet Hughes; Cadet Ku-Rami; Cadet Hjaro; Cadet Morgan; General Vurian of Venus (intro); unnamed Academy Commandant; Professor Trikon of Venus University (mentioned); Chardu of Mercury (villain); Kyl-Roj of Mercury (villain); unnamed second Mercurian henchman (villain)
Synopsis:
Tommy Tomorrow and Lon Vurian join together and follow after Chardu. Tommy explains to Lon that when solar rays pass through the Stone of Gazda, they form a wall of energy that can't be penetrated by any weapon. The two cadets succeed in stopping Chardu and regaining possession of the Stone. They are both awarded the Academy Medal of Valor, and graduate with the rank of Lieutenant.
Keywords:
Academy Medal of Valor; Mercurian; Stone of Gazda; Venus; Venusian

Indexer Notes

Chapter 2 (story pages 14-25).

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Origin at the West Point of Space!
    Tommy Tomorrow of the Planeteers
  2. 1. Chapter 1: Frame-Up at Planeteer Academy
    Tommy Tomorrow
  3. 2. #529
    Amazing Ratios!
  4. 3. ["Travel to the moon was contemplated in Bablyonia..."]
    Man Tries for the Moon -- Yesterday and Today
  5. 4. Pioneers of the Sky
  6. 5. Chapter 2: The Criminal Who Couldn't Die
    Tommy Tomorrow
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Mike Nielsen
  • John Censullo
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Allen Ross
  • Per Sandell
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Clayton Emery
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Ed Boner