(January 1975)

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Volume:
38
Price:
0.60 USD
Pages:
100
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines:
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Brand:
The Line of DC Super-Stars
Editing:
Julius Schwartz (editor); E. Nelson Bridwell (assistant editor)
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US; then standard Modern Age US
Binding:
saddle-stitched (squarebound #334, 347, 360, 373, 437, 443, 449, 600)
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Credits for pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics. [August 2007]


Superman Unleashes The World's Greatest Action Heroes! (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Nick Cardy [as Cardy] (signed, credited)
Inks:
Nick Cardy [as Cardy] (signed, credited)
Colors:
Tatjana Wood
Letters:
?
Job Number:
S-1862

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Adam Strange; Hawkman; Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Batman; the Atom [Ray Palmer]; the Black Pirate
Synopsis:
Superman opens the cover of an Action Comics issue and the other heroes rush out.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Color credits provided by Anthony Tollin.

How to Tell Your Dad You're Ready for a Daisy B*B Gun. (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Daisy / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

["Here are six thrillers with the accent on Action!"] (Table of Contents)

Action Comics / table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
H-1203

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman

Indexer Notes

Contents page.

At Last! Clark Kent--Superhero! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script:
Elliot S! Maggin (credited)
Pencils:
Curt Swan (credited)
Inks:
Tex Blaisdell (credited)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
S-1839

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Steve Lombard; Josh Coyle; Oscar Asherman; Queen Bee [Zazzala](villain); Brainiac (villain); Clayface [Matt Hagen] (villain); The Harpy (villain); Merlyn [Arthur King](villain); Ocean Master (villain); Sinestro (villain); Chronos [David Clinton] (villain); Gorilla Grodd (villain); Justice League of America [Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; Black Canary [Dinah Laurel Lance]; The Flash [Barry Allen]; Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Aquaman; Red Tornado [John Smith]; Elongated Man [Ralph Dibny]; The Atom [Ray Palmer]]; a Guardian of Oa; Warden Marwell
Synopsis:
Queen Bee captures all of the Justice League except Superman, who uses Kryptonian technology to reverse earth residents' perceptions of Clark Kent and Superman. This confuses Brainiac so that Superman can trace Queen Bee's Bee-Men back to her lair and free the Justice League, who then capture her and the other villains.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Fortress of Solitude

Indexer Notes

References Action Comics #424.

7 Threats in the 7 Seas! (Table of Contents)

The Sea Devils / recap / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Russ Heath ?
Inks:
Russ Heath ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
N-1173

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
The Sea Devils [Dane Dorrance; Biff; Judy; Nicky]; Mr. Neptune; Undersea Nero; Water Alien; Sea-Sorcerer; Coral Giant; Magnetic Monster
Synopsis:
One-panel recaps of stories from Sea Devils #2-3, 6-9, and 12.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

References Sea Devils #2-3, 6-9, and 12. Art appears to be reprinted panels.

The Ghost of the Deep! (Table of Contents)

The Sea Devils / comic story / 11.34 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Kanigher (credited)
Pencils:
Russ Heath (credited)
Inks:
Russ Heath (credited)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Robert Kanigher (original)
Job Number:
N-1146

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
The Sea Devils [Dane Dorrance; Judy; Biff; Nicky]; Circe Smith; Circe (from mythology)
Synopsis:
After watching a singer named Circe Smith at a nightclub, the Sea Devils appear to meet the mythological Circe during their next dive. She puts the male members into a contest and Dane abandons his oxygen tank, and when Judy tries to save him by sacrificing herself it jolts the boys out of their spell to save her.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This story could be explained as a nitrogen narcosis-induced dream of Judy's instead of a real adventure, as the male members have no memory of the adventure at the end of the story.

Coming Super-Attractions (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

["There Must Be a Better Way to Earn a Living..."] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

International Correspondence Schools (ICS) / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

100 Pages for Only 60c (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Quiet Man / comic story / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Mort Drucker ?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
N-1213

Genre:
humor
Characters:
The Quiet Man; boy
Synopsis:
A boy is fishing in what appears to be shallow water, so The Quiet Man wades in. He is immediately submerged in deep water because the boy was standing on stilts.

Indexer Notes

At bottom of final page of Sea Devils story.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Super-Puzzle / activity / 1.33 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Rozakis (credited)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
P-13

Indexer Notes

A word puzzle. Answers on page 71, at bottom of final page of Adam Strange story.

Formula 1 (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Corgi / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

DC Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

["We Can Put DC Comics Right in Your Mail Box."] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

DC Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Revolt in Painted Canyon! (Table of Contents)

Matt Savage / comic story / 10.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox (credited)
Pencils:
Gil Kane (credited)
Inks:
Joe Giella (credited)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Morris Waldinger
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth (original editor); Julius Schwartz (original assistant editor)
Job Number:
N-1145

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Matt Savage; Red; Clay; Mary Beth Hale; Luther Jones; Arizona Bill Pinto; Jed Crogan; Hank Blaine; Grant; Dixon; Biscuits Baker
Synopsis:
Matt concocts a ruse with his men to capture Jed Crogan and his men, who have been menacing a town and its ranchers.
Reprints:

See the Mystery of the Strange Change (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

MPC / advertisement / 2 pages (report information)

[Mesa and Butte] (Table of Contents)

What's The Difference Between... / text article / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
N-1214

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Definition of a mesa and a butte.
At bottom of final page of Matt Savage story.

The Super-brain of Adam Strange! (Table of Contents)

Adam Strange / comic story / 11.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox (credited)
Pencils:
Carmine Infantino (credited)
Inks:
Sid Greene (credited)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
N-1143

Genre:
science fiction; superhero
Characters:
Adam Strange; Alanna; Sardath
Synopsis:
Sardath attempts to control Adam's Zeta-Beam visits to Rann but a side-effect gives Adam a super-evolved brain which also creates a brain-wave menace for the planet. When Alanna shuts down Sardath's machine all returns to normal but some of the brain-wave energy becomes frozen into a rock which Adam takes back to Earth.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

References Strange Adventures 235 and Action Comics 437. The brain-wave energy rock next appears in the next story in this issue: "Amazing Thefts of The I.Q. Gang!"

Never Finished High School? (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Wayne School / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Now You Can Get the Copies You've Missed (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

American Circle Corp. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

What Does This Campion Have in Common...with You? (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Joe Weider / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Write Right Now! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Amazing Thefts of the I.Q. Gang! (Table of Contents)

Hawkman / comic story / 13.34 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox (credited)
Pencils:
Murphy Anderson (credited)
Inks:
Murphy Anderson (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Letterese
Job Number:
N-1144

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hawkman [Katar Hol]; Hawkgirl [Shayera Hol]; Ira Quimby [I.Q.]; I.Q. Gang (villains, intro)
Synopsis:
Ira Quimby's thinking is enhanced whenever he is near the rock that Adam Strange brought back to earth containing his super brain-waves. Ira constructs several super-science devices and executes crimes until defeated by Hawkman and Hawkgirl, and the rock eventually stops emitting the brain-waves.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The brain-wave rock was brought to Earth in the previous story in this issue: "The Super-Brain of Adam Strange!"

[Big News Coming...] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

DC Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

Bird-Wings (Table of Contents)

text article / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
N-1215

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
examples of the varying structure of bird wings

Indexer Notes

At bottom of final page of "Amazing Thefts of the I.Q. Gang!"

Write Right Now! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

A Spanish Castle! (Table of Contents)

The Black Pirate / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Sheldon Moldoff
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff (credited)
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff (credited)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
M.C. Gaines (original managing editor); Sheldon Mayer (original editor)
Job Number:
N-1147

Genre:
historical
Characters:
The Black Pirate [Jon Valor]; King Philip of Spain; Don Carlos (dies); Count Valdez; jester
Synopsis:
Count Valdez and Don Carlos (the king's son) plot to place Don Carlos on the throne by imprisoning the king. But the jester tips off The Black Pirate, who rescues the king, imprisons Count Valdez and helps to kill Don Carlos.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revision by Craig Delich (Dec. 2005) and verified by Moldoff in interview with Roy Thomas. Previously credited to Ted Udall and/or Gardner Fox.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman in Action / letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
E. Nelson Bridwell [as E.N.B.]
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
S-1870

Characters:
Superman (in logo)

Indexer Notes

Includes the reprint credits for the stories in this issue.
Letters from Keith Partain, Bob Rodi, Michael N. Tierstein, Doug Albacete, Boliver, Bryan Taylor II, Charles Eilert, and Tweedy H. Watts.

We Build High-Performance Heads. (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Cleveland Institute of Electronics, Inc. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Pharaoh's Secret Spirograph (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Spirograph / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Continuing Adventures of Evel Knievel (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Ideal Toy Corporation / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Superman Unleashes The World's Greatest Action Heroes!
    Superman
  2. 1. How to Tell Your Dad You're Ready for a Daisy B*B Gun.
    Daisy
  3. 2. ["Here are six thrillers with the accent on Action!"]
    Action Comics
  4. 3. At Last! Clark Kent--Superhero!
    Superman
  5. 4. 7 Threats in the 7 Seas!
    The Sea Devils
  6. 5. The Ghost of the Deep!
    The Sea Devils
  7. 6. Coming Super-Attractions
  8. 7. ["There Must Be a Better Way to Earn a Living..."]
    International Correspondence Schools (ICS)
  9. 8. 100 Pages for Only 60c
    DC Comics
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    The Quiet Man
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Super-Puzzle
  12. 11. Formula 1
    Corgi
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    DC Comics
  14. 13. ["We Can Put DC Comics Right in Your Mail Box."]
    DC Comics
  15. 14. Revolt in Painted Canyon!
    Matt Savage
  16. 15. See the Mystery of the Strange Change
    MPC
  17. 16. [Mesa and Butte]
    What's The Difference Between...
  18. 17. The Super-brain of Adam Strange!
    Adam Strange
  19. 18. Never Finished High School?
    Wayne School
  20. 19. Now You Can Get the Copies You've Missed
    DC Comics
  21. 20. [no title indexed]
    American Circle Corp.
  22. 21. What Does This Campion Have in Common...with You?
    Joe Weider
  23. 22. Write Right Now!
  24. 23. Amazing Thefts of the I.Q. Gang!
    Hawkman
  25. 24. [Big News Coming...]
    DC Comics
  26. 25. Bird-Wings
  27. 26. Write Right Now!
  28. 27. A Spanish Castle!
    The Black Pirate
  29. 28. [no title indexed]
    Superman in Action
  30. 29. We Build High-Performance Heads.
    Cleveland Institute of Electronics, Inc.
  31. 30. The Pharaoh's Secret Spirograph
    Spirograph
  32. 31. The Continuing Adventures of Evel Knievel
    Ideal Toy Corporation
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