(August-September 1977)

DC, 1977 Series
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Volume:
16
Price:
0.35 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand:
DC [bullet]
Barcode:
0709893045309
Editing:
Jack C. Harris
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Michael Netzer [as Mike Nasser] (signed)
Inks:
Joe Rubinstein (signed)
Colors:
Tatjana Wood
Letters:
?
Job Number:
C-486

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Red Ryan; Prof Haley; Rocky Davis; June Robbins]

Indexer Notes

Color credit provided by Anthony Tollin.

The Lurker Below Chapter 1 (Table of Contents)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Gerry Conway
Pencils:
Michael Netzer [as Mike Nasser]
Inks:
Joe Rubinstein
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
J-4624

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Rocky Davis; Prof Haley; Red Ryan; June Robbins]; F. Gaylord Clayburne III; Heathcliff Monroe (villain); M'Nagala (villain); cultists (villains)
Synopsis:
Prof is dying of an all-consuming fungus infection. Rocky, June, Ace, and Red rush him to their jet. Gaylord Clayburne, playboy-Challenger-wannabe, learned Prof was sick and found a specialist to heal him. Ignoring Clayburne, the Challengers zoom off to Perdition, Pennsylvania, a farm town. As soon as they land, the Challengers are mobbed by farmers with pitchforks. Doctor Monroe calls off the farmers.

Indexer Notes

Continued from last issue. The villain is Heathcliff Monroe (an HP Lovecraft look-alike) from Swamp Thing (DC series, 1972) #8.

Legacy of the Damned Chapter 2 (Table of Contents)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Gerry Conway
Pencils:
Michael Netzer [as Mike Nasser]
Inks:
Joe Rubinstein; Bernie Wrightson (page 7, panel 1 only)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Red Ryan; Prof Haley; Rocky Davis; June Robbins]; Dr. Heathcliff Monroe; Swamp Thing (flashback); a tractor salesman
Synopsis:
Dr. Monroe relates the town's history to the Challengers. Seventy years ago, a man summoned a demon to the town. Enthralled, the locals sacrificed strangers to the “god” until Swamp Thing came to town and collapsed its cave, burying the monster “forever”. Behind the scenes, we see the fungus lived on and still infects many locals. Doctor Monroe needs special medical equipment from a doctor in Borotavia behind the Iron Curtain in order to save Prof's life. Red and Ace zoom off in the jet again, leaving June and Rocky in the town.

Indexer Notes

The tractor salesman resembles Richard Nixon. The flashback is from Swamp Thing (DC, 1972 series) #8.

The Soul Predator Chapter 3 (Table of Contents)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Gerry Conway
Pencils:
Michael Netzer [as Mike Nasser]
Inks:
Joe Rubinstein
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Red Ryan; Prof Haley; Rocky Davis; June Robbins]; a tractor salesman (dies in this story); M'nagala
Synopsis:
Red and Ace zoom off in the jet again. In Borotavia, they knock out some guards, out-fly jets, and get the blood filter machine. Meanwhile, in Perdition, the locals capture a visiting tractor salesman. Rocky and June, creeped out and worried about Prof, wander around, looking at Dr. Monroe's library, which is full of occult books. They hear the salesman’s screams and see him sacrificed to a tentacled horror. Both interrupt the sacrifice and are cold-cocked

Indexer Notes

The tractor salesman is a dead ringer for former president Richard Nixon.

The Lurker Rises Chapter 4 (Table of Contents)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Gerry Conway
Pencils:
Michael Netzer [as Mike Nasser]
Inks:
Joe Rubinstein
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis; June Robbins]; Dr. Heathcliff Monroe; M'Nagala; Swamp Thing (in the shadows)
Synopsis:
Rocky awakes bound to a post. Monroe confesses he’s also infected with the fungus because it’s actually a manifestation of the god M’Nagala! Monroe leaves for another sacrifice. Rocky glimpses someone in the shadows. Rocky bursts his bonds and meets Ace and Red, who have returned witht he equipment. In the church, they freeze, because June is the next sacrifice!

Indexer Notes

Story continues next issue.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Challenger Mountain Mail Room / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
L-700

Reprints:
  • Text article with letter column header.
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Challengers of the Unknown
  2. 1. The Lurker Below Chapter 1
    Challengers of the Unknown
  3. 2. Legacy of the Damned Chapter 2
    Challengers of the Unknown
  4. 3. The Soul Predator Chapter 3
    Challengers of the Unknown
  5. 4. The Lurker Rises Chapter 4
    Challengers of the Unknown
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Challenger Mountain Mail Room
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Jim Van Dore
  • Gregg Whitmore
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  • Lou Mazzella
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