(December 1974-January 1975)

DC, 1955 Series
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Volume:
20
Price:
0.60 USD
Pages:
100
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines:
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Brand:
DC [circle]
Editing:
Murray Boltinoff; Paul Levitz (Assistant Editor)
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Silver Age, then Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched (Squarebound #112-117, 120)
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Grasp of the Killer Cult (Table of Contents)

Batman; Spectre / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Jim Aparo; Nick Cardy; Bob Brown (insets); George Tuska; Irv Novick; ? (vignettes)
Inks:
Jim Aparo; Nick Cardy; Bob Brown (insets); George Tuska; Irv Novick; ? (vignettes)
Colors:
Tatjana Wood
Letters:
?
Job Number:
B-2284

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman; The Spectre; Teen Titans [Robin [Dick Grayson]; Kid Flash [Wally West]; Aqualad; Wonder Girl] (inset); Wonder Woman (inset); Batgirl (inset); Cooperhead (inset); Deadman (vignette); Silent Knight (vignette)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Cover includes small reproductions of the covers to Teen Titans (DC, 1966 series) #16 by Nick Cardy and The Brave and the Bold (DC, 1955 series) #78 by Bob Brown, and headshots of Deadman by George Tuska and the Silent Knight by Irv Novick from unidentified sources.

Color credit provided by Anthony Tollin.

The Brave and the Bold Presents (Table of Contents)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jim Aparo (Spectre); Nick Cardy (Batman)
Inks:
Jim Aparo (Spectre), Nick Cardy (Batman)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
B-2230

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman; Spectre

Indexer Notes

Page composed of a Batman figure from The Brave and the Bold (DC, 1955 series) #92 and a Spectre figure from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #435.

Grasp of the Killer Cult (Table of Contents)

Batman; Spectre / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Haney
Pencils:
Jim Aparo
Inks:
Jim Aparo
Colors:
?
Letters:
Jim Aparo
Job Number:
B-2087

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman; Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; James Gordon; Lola Lalanna; John T. Weaver; James Wilson
Synopsis:
Bizarre murders are committed by seemingly upstanding citizens who are soon determined to be imposters. They turn out to be members of a World War II military construction crew possessed by the spirits of followers of the Far Eastern goddess Kali. It takes the power of the Spectre to prevent her resurrection.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Told in three parts.
Part 1 - Streets of Fear (6 pages).
Part 2 - The Tooth of Kali (7 pages).
Part 3 - Judgment of a Goddess (7 pages).

The Dimensional Caper! (Table of Contents)

Teen Titans / comic story / 22.833 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Haney
Pencils:
Nick Cardy
Inks:
Nick Cardy
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Letterese
Editing:
Dick Giordano (original editor)
Job Number:
B-2233

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Teen Titans [Robin [Dick Grayson]; Kid Flash [Wally West]; Wonder Girl [Donna Troy]; Aqualad [Garth]]; Mr. Walters; Chet Walters; Leader One [Mr. Downs] (School Principal); Sally; Mr. Farnum (Physics Teacher); Eddie (student); Marcia (student)
Synopsis:
The Titans prevent an invasion from another dimension that occupies the same space as Chet Walters' school.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Told in three chapters. Bottom 1/3 of last page of each chapter 1 and 2 are house ads for other DC Comics. Bottom 1/2 of last page of chapter 3 is a puzzle.

Double Clues #3 (Table of Contents)

activity / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
Bob Rozakis
Pencils:
Nick Cardy; Jim Aparo; ?
Inks:
Nick Cardy; Jim Aparo; ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
P-34

Characters:
Robin [Dick Grayson]; Wonder Woman (vignette); Batgirl [Barbara Gordon] (vignette); Wonder Girl [Donna Troy] (vignette); Spectre (vignette); Batman (vignette); Kid Flash [Wally West]
Synopsis:
A word puzzle to reveal the identity of Batman's co-star in the next issue.

Indexer Notes

Lower half of final page of Sequence 3. Answers in Sequence 6.

The Wonder Girl figure (upper body only) is taken from the cover of Teen Titans (DC, 1966 series) #23. The Spectre (head only) from the cover of Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #432. The rest are currently unidentified.

Knight for a Day! (Table of Contents)

Silent Knight / comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Robert Kanigher
Pencils:
Irv Novick
Inks:
Irv Novick
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Robert Kanigher ? (original editor)
Job Number:
B-2232

Genre:
historical
Characters:
Silent Knight
Synopsis:
True heir to the throne Brian is assigned to deliver the Sun Ruby to a neighboring kingdom, in the hope that he will be killed travelling through the Forest Perilous, but as the Silent Knight he surmounts all obstacles.
Reprints:
Keywords:
swashbuckler

["Readers, here are the answers..."] (Table of Contents)

activity / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
Bob Rozakis
Pencils:
?; Joe Kubert
Inks:
?; Joe Kubert
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
P-34-B

Characters:
Batman; Sgt. Rock
Synopsis:
Answers to Double Clues #3.
Keywords:
Game

Indexer Notes

Bottom third of last page of Sequence 5. The source of the Batman and Sgt. Rock figures are currently unidentified.

The Brave and the Bold Mailbag (Table of Contents)

letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (logo)
Inks:
? (logo)
Colors:
? (logo)
Letters:
? (logo); Typeset
Job Number:
B-2282

Indexer Notes

Excerpts from letters by Hume Baugh, George E. Guay, Dave Romm, Matthew O'Bannon, Philip Street, "R.C.W.," Lynn Scharbow, Chris Padovano, Rich Reeves, Mike Goodman, Steve Andrews, Billy Stripling, Alan Spinney, Will Nash, Ed Sordellini, Dan Coggins, Alan Addleman, Scott Gibson, Scott Taylor, Martin Boyer, Clarence Rutherford, Black Wolf (a Native American reader) and Bob Rodi (a plot premise for a Wonder Woman team-up rejected by the editor). An apparently entire letter from Dan Gheno with reply from the editor. Specifications of original publications of the stories reprinted in this issue. Team-up suggestions from Steve Getman, Ms. Lynne Pope, Jeff Reynolds, Dale Cendali, Robert Sherrill, Gary S. Arkell, David Hsiung, Bill Morgan, Jack Herring, David Jones, Dave Butler, Larry Varvel and Bobby Justice.

Heroes Who Wouldn't Die! (Table of Contents)

filler / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Rozakis
Pencils:
Jim Aparo; Neal Adams; Carmine Infantino; Frank Harry; Howard Purcell; ?; Joe Certa; Bruno Premiani
Inks:
Jim Aparo; Neal Adams; Carmine Infantino; Frank Harry; Howard Purcell; ?; Joe Certa; Bruno Premiani
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
B-2234

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman; Deadman; Ghost Patrol; The Gay Ghost; Robotman [Paul Dennis]; Robotman [Cliff Steele]
Synopsis:
Due to his new-material co-star this issue being the Spectre, Batman discusses various other DC heroes whose origins begin with their deaths, or near-deaths.

Indexer Notes

The sources of the vignettes are as follows:
Robotman [Paul Dennis] from Star Spangled Comics (DC, 1941 series) #7,
Gay Ghost from Comic Cavalcade (DC, 1942 series) #4,
Deadman from Strange Adventures (DC, 1950 series) #205,
the Ghost Patrol from an unidentified issue of Flash Comics (DC, 1940 series),
and Robotman [Cliff Steele] from either My Greatest Adventure (DC, 1955 series) #80 or Doom Patrol (DC, 1964 series) #100 (the two original panels are identical).

One of the Batman figures is from the cover of Batman (DC, 1940 series) #238; the other two are unidentified, though one comes from a 1960's-era pin-up.

In the Coils of Copperhead! (Table of Contents)

Batman, Wonder Woman and Batgirl / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Haney
Pencils:
Bob Brown
Inks:
Bob Brown
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Murray Boltinoff (original editor)
Job Number:
B-2231

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman; Copperhead; Batgirl [Barbara Gordon]; Wonder Woman
Synopsis:
Batman's pursuit of a new villain is complicated by both Wonder Woman and Batgirl falling in love with the Caped Crusader.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This story is divided into three chapters, the last page of each being two-thirds story/art and one-third DC house ad.

The Many Lives of the Spectre (Table of Contents)

Spectre / filler / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Rozakis
Pencils:
Jim Aparo; Nick Cardy; Bernard Baily; Murphy Anderson
Inks:
Jim Aparo; Nick Cardy; Bernard Baily; Murphy Anderson
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
B-2235

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Batman (one vignette)

Indexer Notes

Batman fills in the readers on the background of his co-star this issue, the Spectre.

Spectre artwork for this feature is taken from More Fun Comics (DC, 1936 series) #53 [top tier (art only) from last page of Spectre story], Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #60 [cover illustration (art only)], Justice League of America (DC, 1960 series) #83 [cover illustrations (art only)], and Secret Origins (DC, 1973 series) #5 (November-December 1973) [from the cover, two of three vertical panels].

The Batman vignette is from an unidentified source.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Grasp of the Killer Cult
    Batman; Spectre
  2. 1. The Brave and the Bold Presents
  3. 2. Grasp of the Killer Cult
    Batman; Spectre
  4. 3. The Dimensional Caper!
    Teen Titans
  5. 4. Double Clues #3
  6. 5. Knight for a Day!
    Silent Knight
  7. 6. ["Readers, here are the answers..."]
  8. 7. The Brave and the Bold Mailbag
  9. 8. Heroes Who Wouldn't Die!
  10. 9. In the Coils of Copperhead!
    Batman, Wonder Woman and Batgirl
  11. 10. The Many Lives of the Spectre
    Spectre
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