(October 2004)

DC, 2004 Series
 
Price:
5.95 USD; 9.25 CAD
Pages:
84
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics
Brand:
?
Barcode:
76194124150000111
Editing:
Robert Greenberger
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
Newsprint interior; Glossy cardstock cover
Binding:
Squarebound
Publishing Format:
One-Shot

[Six Strange Stories] (Table of Contents)

The Spectre; Doctor Fate / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Jerry Ordway [as J. Ordway] (signed)
Inks:
Jerry Ordway [as J. Ordway] (signed)
Colors:
Sno-Cone
Letters:
?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters:
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan] (also inset); Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; Congorilla (inset); The Enchantress [June Moone] (inset); El Diablo [Lazarus Lane] (inset); Animal Man [Buddy Baker] (inset)

[The Origin of Dr. Fate] (Table of Contents)

Doctor Fate / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Howard Sherman
Inks:
Howard Sherman
Colors:
David Tanguay
Letters:
Howard Sherman

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters:
Doctor Fate [Kent Nelson] (origin); Inza Cramer; Nabu (introduction); Sven Nelson (archaeologist, Kent's father, death); a "haunted" man; Nergal, Lord of the Underworld (villain)
Synopsis:
In 1920, young Kent Nelson and his father explore the mysteries of the pyramids, there Kent meets Nabu the Wise, an exile from the planet Cilia, who helped build the pyramids. Nabu trains Kent in the mysteries of the universe until Kent assumes the role of Dr. Fate.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Egypt; Planet Cilia

Indexer Notes

The story is incorrectly attributed to More Fun #55, actually being #67.

The Enchantress of Terror Castle (Table of Contents)

The Enchantress / comic story / 8.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Haney
Pencils:
Howard Purcell
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors:
David Tanguay
Letters:
Stan Starkman

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
The Enchantress [June Moone] (girlfriend of Alan's, introduction, origin); Alan Dell (socialite); evil spirit (villain)
Synopsis:
June and Alan are invited to a costume ball at an old estate. Suddenly, a gong sounds and a minotaur on a tapestry begins to glow, June falls into a secret passage where she is confronted with a weird figure that informs her that the castle on the estate is occupied by an evil presence that only she can overcome: as The Enchantress!
Reprints:

I Was the Man With Animal Powers (Table of Contents)

Animal Man / comic story / 15.33 pages (report information)

Script:
Dave Wood
Pencils:
Carmine Infantino
Inks:
George Roussos
Colors:
David Tanguay
Letters:
Stan Starkman

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Buddy Baker (origin); Ellen (Buddy's fiancee); Roger (Buddy's friend); alien creature (villain)
Synopsis:
An alien space ship temporarily gives Buddy Blake animal powers. Animal Man is not named and does not appear in costume in this story.
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Indexer Notes

Script credit from Martin O'Hearn. Reprint lists authors as Dave Wood and France Herron.

Story was not originally intended as a continuing feature: Animal Man is not named, does not appear in costume, and his powers are gone at the end of the story.

The Tricks of Metamorpho's Trade (Table of Contents)

Metamorpho / filler / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Nelson Bridwell ?
Pencils:
Ramona Fradon
Inks:
Charles Paris
Colors:
David Tanguay
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman (cameo); Metamorpho
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

reprint credits inks to Joe Simon, but these are panels cut out of early Metamorpho stories inked by Charles Paris. Batman vignettes are by Jim Aparo.

The Amazing Congorilla! (Table of Contents)

Congorilla / comic story / 6.5 pages (report information)

Script:
Robert Bernstein
Pencils:
Howard Sherman
Inks:
Howard Sherman
Colors:
David Tanguay
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle; superhero
Characters:
Congorilla (gorilla, origin); Congo Bill [William Glenmorgan]; Gloria (actress); Janu the Jungle Boy; Chief Kawolo (death); Mr. Rieger (villain, movie director); Reiger's assistant (villain)
Synopsis:
Congo Bill saves the life of tribal Chief Kawolo, who gives him a magic ring that can cause his mind to be exchanged with that of a golden gorilla. Later, a movie crew tries to capture the now-intelligent Congorilla.
Reprints:
Keywords:
gorilla

Indexer Notes

Incorrectly credited to Action Comics #247 and to writer Jack Miller.

Call Him Satan-- Call Him Saint! (Table of Contents)

El Diablo / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script:
Robert Kanigher
Pencils:
Gray Morrow
Inks:
Gray Morrow
Colors:
David Tanguay
Letters:
Ben Oda

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
El Diablo [Lazarus Lane] (bank teller, introduction); Nora Hayes; Albert (bank teller, death); Emma (Albert's wife, mention only); Pop Woods (a gold miner); Adam (Wood's grandson, mention only); Ellie Vickers (Wood's girl, mention only); Wise Owl (Indian); The Hanged Man (villain, death); Hanged Man's gang [Grizzo; others un-named) (villains)
Synopsis:
El Diablo helps to save an old gold miner who is mining to financially help out a widowed lady, from being a robbery victim and possibly death. His bigger mission, as it turns out, is the gang behind this attempted robbery: the Hooded Man's Gang.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Calamity Falls; Puerto del Sol

The Origin of the Bizarro World! (Table of Contents)

Bizarro / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Otto Binder; Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Wayne Boring; John Forte
Inks:
Stan Kaye; John Forte
Colors:
David Tanguay
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Bizarro World (origin); Superman [Clark Kent]; Bizarro-Superman No. 1; Bizarro-Lois #1; Bizarro-Junior #1; Bizarro-Jimmy; Bizarro-Perry; Bizarro-Lana; Bizarro-Lucy; Bizarro-Krypto; Bizarro-Mr. Mxyzptlk; Bizzaro-Luthor
Reprints:
Keywords:
Bizarro Code; Bizarro World; kryptonite; Mt. Everest

Indexer Notes

Panels sliced from early Bizarro stories.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Spectre / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Colors:
David Tanguay
Letters:
Bernard Baily

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters:
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan] (introduction, origin); Clarice Winston (Jim's girl); Clarice's parents); Wayne Grant (detective); The Voice; Gat Benson (villain); Benson's mob [Louie Snipe; Ricky (death); rest un-named] (villains)
Synopsis:
Jim Corrigan, hard-boiled detective, gets inside information on a job to be pulled by Gat Benson, and, while trying to stop the theft, is captured and murdered. However, a voice from heaven tells Corrigan that his job against crime is not over, so he is restored to life with amazing powers, which he plans to use again Benson and save the life of Clarice. After murdering Corrigan, Benson and his thugs decide to kill the witness, Clarice, but before they can do this, a wraith-like Corrigan appears before them to exact justice.
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Indexer Notes

Spectre is miscolored. His cape should be blue and his skin grey.

Jerry Siegel's credit has been removed from the splash page.

[The Spectre Strikes] (Table of Contents)

The Spectre / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Colors:
David Tanguary
Letters:
Bernard Baily

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters:
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan] (introduction, origin); Clarice Winston (Jim's girl); Clarice's parents; Wayne Grant (detective); The Voice; Gat Benson (villain); Benson's mob [Louie Snipe; Ricky (death); rest un-named] (villains)
Synopsis:
Jim Corrigan, hard-boiled detective, gets inside information on a job to be pulled by Gat Benson, and, while trying to stop the theft, is captured and murdered. However, a voice from heaven tells Corrigan that his job against crime is not over, so he is restored to life with amazing powers, which he plans to use again Benson and save the life of Clarice. After murdering Corrigan, Benson and his thugs decide to kill the witness, Clarice, but before they can do this, a wraith-like Corrigan appears before them to exact justice.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Spectre's costume is miscolored, and Jerry Siegel's name is removed from the splash page.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [Six Strange Stories]
    The Spectre; Doctor Fate
  2. 1. [The Origin of Dr. Fate]
    Doctor Fate
  3. 2. The Enchantress of Terror Castle
    The Enchantress
  4. 3. I Was the Man With Animal Powers
    Animal Man
  5. 4. The Tricks of Metamorpho's Trade
    Metamorpho
  6. 5. The Amazing Congorilla!
    Congorilla
  7. 6. Call Him Satan-- Call Him Saint!
    El Diablo
  8. 7. The Origin of the Bizarro World!
    Bizarro
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    The Spectre
  10. 9. [The Spectre Strikes]
    The Spectre
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jan Roar Hansen
  • Bob Hughes
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Jim Stangas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Hughes