(November 1968)

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Price:
0.12 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
Monthly with the exception of Jan., Mar., Apr., July and October
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Brand:
Superman DC National Comics
Editing:
Dick Giordano
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

Only tryout issue. Created by Len Wein and Marv Wolfman. Marv Wolfman in Alter-Ego #113 (October 2012) says that originally Johnny Double was to disguise himself as a potential victim of assignation or murder. That concept later became the Human Target.


born to trouble... Jonny Double (Table of Contents)

Jonny Double / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Dick Giordano
Inks:
Dick Giordano
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Prologue: (Table of Contents)

Jonny Double / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Marv Wolfman [story]; Joe Gill [dialogue]
Pencils:
Jack Sparling
Inks:
Jack Sparling
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Dick Giordano

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Wilson Twain
Synopsis:
In San Francisco, a rich man is beaten in his own house. The goons leave a picture - of Twain dead!
Reprints:

Meet Jonny Double!.. Chapter 1 (Table of Contents)

Jonny Double / comic story / 7.5 pages (report information)

Script:
Marv Wolfman (Story); Joe Gill (Dialogue)
Pencils:
Jack Sparling
Inks:
Jack Sparling
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Jonny Double [Jonathan Sebastian Double] (first appearance); landlord; sign painter; Lt. Branigan; goons; Sandy (female cop)
Synopsis:
"A down-beat Don Quixote... a once-white knight in counterfeit armor, the poor man's Peter Pan!" Jonny Double, ex-cop and now PI, is awoken only to be ejected by his landlord. Relocating, he gets a call. Mr. Twain has the picture of his twin brother, a syndicate man who was murdered. Jonny demands $200/day, settles for $50, then bums cigarettes and bullets from his contacts asking about the syndicate. He's jumped by goons and pounded, and paid off with a quarter!
Reprints:

Everybody's Go-Going Ape for... Angel and the Ape (Table of Contents)

Angel and the Ape / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Angel and the Ape [Angel O'Day; Sam Simeon]
Synopsis:
House ad for Angel and the Ape #1, "The Case of the Missing Go-Go Girls!"

Chapter 2 (Table of Contents)

Jonny Double / comic story / 6.5 pages (report information)

Script:
Marv Wolfman [story]; Joe Gill [dialogue]
Pencils:
Jack Sparling
Inks:
Jack Sparling
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Dick Giordano

Characters:
Crystal "Crys" Cross (a waitress); Piker (a syndicate man); more goons
Synopsis:
Beaten, Jonny gets sympathy from "Crys" Cross, a blonde waitress. Mr. Twain's brother dealt with Piker and Glass, respectable businessmen. Jonny goes to their office, is turned away, but disguises as a janitor to slip in. He eavesdrops on (Piker or Glass) ordering Mr. Twain's death. As for the "peeper", Jonny Double has only "stupid, dumb luck". Then he's spotted, beaten again, and dragged to the roof to be pitched over!
Reprints:

A Magazine About Today... Make the Scene with The Geek (Table of Contents)

The Geek / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Geek; hippies
Synopsis:
House ad for The Geek #1

The Wonderful World of Comics: Joe Kubert is a Grand Old Name! (Table of Contents)

DC Comics / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
Typeset

Synopsis:
Bio of Joe Kubert. Blurb for the first DC Special honoring Carmine Infantino. "Love Finds the Inquiring Fanatic!" article on Angel and the Ape.

Chapter 3 (Table of Contents)

Jonny Double / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Marv Wolfman [story]; Joe Gill [dialogue]
Pencils:
Jack Sparling
Inks:
Jack Sparling
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Dick Giordano

Genre:
detective-mystery
Synopsis:
Jonny kicks back, and the goon goes over the rail to a fatal fall. More goons pursue. Jonny runs into an amusement park, then the House of Horrors. Running past horror masks, Jonny is trapped in the Hall of Mirrors. The goon shoots wild. "I'll get ya, Double!" Jonny moves in and pounds the goon flat. The barker even shows him automatic pictures taken inside. "Send a set to Lt. Branigan C.O.D, with love and kisses from Jonny Double." The End
Reprints:

The Magic Number is 3! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Neal Adams
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Justice League of America; Hawkman: Atom; Green Arrow
Synopsis:
House ad for Justice League of America #67, reprinting initiation stories of Hawkman, Atom, and Green Arrow

The End.. Plus One... (Table of Contents)

Jonny Double / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Marv Wolfman [story]; Joe Gill [dialogue]
Pencils:
Jack Sparling
Inks:
Jack Sparling
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Dick Giordano

Genre:
detective-mystery
Synopsis:
Jonny calls Mr. Twain to collect his fee. "Have to wait until Monday." "Aahh, beans!" And the sign painter demands to get paid, or he'll "take the door with me." Jonny narrates, "I'll show [them]... I won't be a loser all my life! This isn't... The End!
Reprints:

Webster Says: A Dolphin is... (Table of Contents)

Dolphin; Showcase / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Dolphin
Synopsis:
Teaser ad for Showcase #79, with Dolphin shown in silhouette

It's No Laughing Matter! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Creeper
Synopsis:
House ad for Beware the Creeper #4, "Which Face Hides My Enemy?"

Two Heroes, Batman and Superman -- Become Two Victims in These Issues! (Table of Contents)

World's Finest; Superman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Batman
Synopsis:
House ad for World's Finest #180, "Superman's Perfect Crime"; and Superman #211, "The Name of the Game is... Superman!"

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover, black and white

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. born to trouble... Jonny Double
    Jonny Double
  2. 1. Prologue:
    Jonny Double
  3. 2. Meet Jonny Double!.. Chapter 1
    Jonny Double
  4. 3. Everybody's Go-Going Ape for... Angel and the Ape
    Angel and the Ape
  5. 4. Chapter 2
    Jonny Double
  6. 5. A Magazine About Today... Make the Scene with The Geek
    The Geek
  7. 6. The Wonderful World of Comics: Joe Kubert is a Grand Old Name!
    DC Comics
  8. 7. Chapter 3
    Jonny Double
  9. 8. The Magic Number is 3!
  10. 9. The End.. Plus One...
    Jonny Double
  11. 10. Webster Says: A Dolphin is...
    Dolphin; Showcase
  12. 11. It's No Laughing Matter!
    Beware the Creeper
  13. 12. Two Heroes, Batman and Superman -- Become Two Victims in These Issues!
    World's Finest; Superman
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Clayton Emery
  • Mike Nielsen
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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