(June-July 1970)

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Price:
0.15 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Brand:
Superman DC National Comics
Editing:
Murray Boltinoff
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock:
newsprint
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Note how Deadman's logo is shoehorned onto the cover.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Challengers of the Unknown; Deadman / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Challengers of the Unknown; Deadman
Reprints:

To Call a Deadman (Table of Contents)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script:
Denny O'Neil
Pencils:
George Tuska (pages 1-16); Neal Adams (pages 1, 17-23)
Inks:
George Tuska; Neal Adams
Colors:
?
Letters:
?; John Costanza (pgs 17-23)

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Rocky Davis; Prof Haley; Red Ryan; Corinna Stark]; Deadman; Jonny Double; Vashnu; Dr McJames; unnamed daughter; Seth Gross; Nodo
Synopsis:
Deadman narrates the story. Dr. McJames steals the Ruby of Khafir and gives it to a hunchback, Nodo, in an old tower. Johnny Double, PI, breaks in and arrests McJames - then consults the Challengers about the "unknown". (Rocky and Red continue their fight for Corinna's attention.) McJames was forced to steal from the museum. And his daughter lies in a coma. Corinna hypnotizes McJames. His daughter's spirit was ghost-napped and locked in a doll's coffin by Seth Gross, who harbors an ancient grudge. The Challs visit the tower, where Corinna sees Seth Gross hanging on a gallows! Inside, they chase the hunchback for the tiny coffin, but it shatters. The girl's spirit is snatched away. They failed! Deadman, invisible to all, takes over. Alerted by Vashnu, Deadman pursues Gross, who's really a petty magician who can astral-project. Deadman possesses Gross's body, blocking him out. He rescues the girl's spirit so she awakens, fit and fine. The Challengers are puzzled but thrilled. And Seth Gross goes insane and remains an undead ghost!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Apparently Neal Adams had drawn an 8-pager where Deadman helped the Challengers battle a ghost. Denny O'Neil wrote it, as he'd written all the latest Challengers stories. They folded the Deadman story guest-starring the Challs into the Challengers book. But they needed more pages. So Denny wrote more backstory and George Tuska drew it. The backstory contains what Deadman explains on the fly, providing further evidence the Adams half came first. The result is this: Page 1 = 1/2 Adams Deadman and 1/2 Tuska. The page is literally sliced in half. Pages 2 - 16 are Tuska drawing the Challengers. Pages 17-23 are all Adams Deadman ending the story. If this theory is correct, then we really have an 8-page Deadman story stuck on the back end of a Challengers comic. Deadman completists might want to note that." - Clayton Emery (July, 2006)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Let's Chat With The Challs / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Murray Boltinoff
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
B-593

Indexer Notes

includes a letter from Carl Gafford.

["I've been travelling a long time!"] (Table of Contents)

Moolah the Mystic / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Job Number:
B-624

Genre:
humor
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Job number does not appear on the original printing of this feature.

So You Want to Be a Cartoonist? (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Joe Kubert
Pencils:
Joe Kubert
Inks:
Joe Kubert
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
K-316

Indexer Notes

Joe Kubert explains the basics of drawing.

Dark As Death (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Murray Boltinoff [as Al Case]
Pencils:
Bernie Wrightson
Inks:
Bernie Wrightson
Colors:
?
Letters:
John Costanza
Job Number:
B-422-1

Genre:
horror-suspense
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Challengers of the Unknown; Deadman
  2. 1. To Call a Deadman
    Challengers of the Unknown
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Let's Chat With The Challs
  4. 3. ["I've been travelling a long time!"]
    Moolah the Mystic
  5. 4. So You Want to Be a Cartoonist?
  6. 5. Dark As Death
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Nick Caputo
  • Clayton Emery
  • Katie
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Dwayne Best
  • Per Sandell
  • Gene Reed
  • Clayton Emery
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Clayton Emery
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Ramon Schenk