(1976)

Crown Publishers, 1976 Series
 
Volume:
?
Price:
10.95 USD
Pages:
248
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Harmony Books
Brand:
?
ISBN:
?
Barcode:
?
Editing:
Denny O'Neil
Color:
color
Dimensions:
8.75" x 11.25"
Binding:
hardcover with dust jacket

Issue Notes

There is also a softcover edition. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 75-43467. Designed by Thomas Nozkowski.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Secret Origins / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Neal Adams (signed)
Inks:
Neal Adams (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Captain Marvel; Wonder Woman; Hawkman [Katar Hol]; Superman; Atom [Ray Palmer]; Plastic Man; Batman; Flash [Barry Allen]; Green Arrow

[Title Pages] (Table of Contents)

credits / 10 pages (report information)

Indexer Notes

Initial pages, including blank pages, title pages, dedication (to Sheldon Mayer), and acknowledgments.

Contents (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 3 pages (report information)

Indexer Notes

Illustrated table of contents, showing the hero's image (taken from the story) and the page number. The third page is blank.

Introduction (Table of Contents)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Carmine Infantino
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Introduction to these stories, by the Publisher of DC at this time. The second page is blank.

Superman...He's the Key, the Granddaddy of them All (Table of Contents)

text article / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Denny O'Neil?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Background and history of Superman.

[One Page Origin of Superman] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Joe Shuster
Inks:
Joe Shuster
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Shuster
Editing:
Vincent Sullivan (original editor)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman (intro; brief origin); Krypton (intro; not named)
Reprints:

The Origin of Superman! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script:
E. Nelson Bridwell
Pencils:
Carmine Infantino (layouts); Curt Swan (pencils)
Inks:
Murphy Anderson
Colors:
?
Letters:
Gaspar Saladino
Editing:
Julius Schwartz (original Editorial Advisor); E. Nelson Bridwell (original Assistant Editor); Sol Harrison (original editor)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Jor-El (flashback); Lara (flashback); Jonathan Kent (flashback); Martha Kent (flashback); Jimmy Olsen; Lois Lane; Perry White; Krypton
Reprints:

Batman...He was Unable Not to Fight Criminals (Table of Contents)

text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Denny O'Neil?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Background and history of Batman.

The Legend of the Batman--Who He Is and How He Came to Be! (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks:
Bob Kane (signed); Sheldon Moldoff (backgrounds, verified by Moldoff)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sheldon Moldoff (verified by Moldoff)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman (origin); Thomas Wayne; Martha Wayne
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This book says that this story was reprinted from Detective Comics #33, but this really is the version from Batman #1, which itself reprints first two pages from Detective Comics #33 but substituted the splash from Detective Comics #34.

The Origin of the Batman! (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Bob Kane (verified by Schwartz)
Inks:
Charles Paris (verified by Paris)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ira Schnapp (credit by O'Hearn/Desris)
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth (original editor)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman (origin); Thomas Wayne (flashback); Martha Wayne (flashback); Joe Chill (intro by name), the Wayne's murderer (death); Robin; James Gordon; Monty Julep
Reprints:

Wonder Woman...The Female Sex is Assuming Day By Day a More Dominant Role in World Affairs (Table of Contents)

text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Denny O'Neil?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Background and history of Wonder Woman.

[The Origin of Wonder Woman] (Table of Contents)

Wonder Woman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
William Moulton Marston [as Charles Moulton]
Pencils:
Harry G. Peter (signed)
Inks:
Harry G. Peter (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Sheldon Mayer (original editor)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Wonder Woman (origin); Ares [Mars]; Aphrodite; Hercules (intro); Hippolyte; Amazons; Steve Trevor; Colonel Darnell (cameo); Mala
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Origin: Wonder Woman (in detail; cf. Sensation Comics #1).

War of the Wonder Women! (Table of Contents)

Wonder Woman / comic story / 23 pages (report information)

Script:
Cary Bates
Pencils:
Don Heck
Inks:
Vince Colletta
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Robert Kanigher (original editor); Allan Asherman (original editorial assistant)
Job Number:
R-203

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Wonder Woman (origin); Nubia (origin); Mars; Hippolyta
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer miscredited as "Gary" Bates as in the original.

The Flash...You Can Do Almost Anything With Him... (Table of Contents)

text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Denny O'Neil?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Background and history of both Flashes (Jay Garrick and Barry Allen).

[Origin of the Flash] (Table of Contents)

Flash / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Harry Lampert
Inks:
Harry Lampert
Colors:
?
Letters:
Harry Lampert (masthead)
Editing:
M.C. Gaines (original managing editor); Sheldon Mayer (original assistant editor)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Flash [Jay Garrick] (intro, origin); Joan Williams (intro); Major Williams; Sieur Satan; Serge Orloff; Duriel; the Faultless Four; Professor Hughes
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First line is 'But before he became known and feared as "the fastest thing on Earth", Jay Garrick was an unknown student at Midwestern University...'

Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt! (Table of Contents)

Flash / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Robert Kanigher
Pencils:
Carmine Infantino
Inks:
Joe Kubert
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Julius Schwartz (original editor)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Flash [Barry Allen] (intro; origin); Flash [Jay Garrick] (on a comic book cover); Iris West (intro); The Turtle Man (villain; later The Turtle)
Reprints:

Green Lantern...No Evil Shall Escape My Sight (Table of Contents)

text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Denny O'Neil?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Background and history of both Green Lanterns (Alan Scott and Hal Jordan).

[The Origin of Green Lantern] (Table of Contents)

Green Lantern / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Martin Nodell [as Mart Dellon]
Inks:
Martin Nodell [as Mart Dellon]
Colors:
?
Letters:
Martin Nodell
Editing:
Sheldon Mayer (original editor)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Green Lantern [Alan Scott] (intro, origin); Jimmy (death); Chang the Lamp Maker (flashback); Billings (flashback); Dekker (villain, death)
Reprints:

SOS - Green Lantern! (Table of Contents)

Green Lantern / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Gil Kane
Inks:
Joe Giella
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Julius Schwartz (original editor)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Green Lantern [Hal Jordan] (intro, origin); Green Lantern [Abin Sur] (intro, death)
Reprints:

Hawkman...The Weirdness Seems to be Part of Hawkman's Appeal (Table of Contents)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Denny O'Neil?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Background and history of both Hawkmans (Carter Hall and Kartar Hol).

[The Origin of Hawkman] (Table of Contents)

Hawkman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Dennis Neville
Inks:
Dennis Neville
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
M.C. Gaines (original managing editor); Sheldon Mayer (original assistant editor)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hawkman [Carter Hall] (intro, origin); Shiera Sanders (intro, later Hawkgirl); Hath-Set (intro); Kolar; Doctor Hastor
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The title here was given in Golden Age Hawkman Archives vol. 1 where this story was also reprinted. First line is "In the weapon-lined library of Carter Hall, wealthy collector of weapons and research scientist -".

Creature of a Thousand Shapes! (Table of Contents)

Hawkman / comic story / 25 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Joe Kubert
Inks:
Joe Kubert
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Julius Schwartz (original editor)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hawkman [Katar Hol] (intro, origin); Hawkgirl [Shayera Thal] (intro, origin); Byth (intro, villain); Commissioner Emmett (intro); Mavis Trent (intro)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story is really 24.67 pages, with a vignette of Hawkman and Hawkgirl from page 8 filling the extra 0.33 page on the last page.

Green Arrow...A Streamlined Robin Hood (Table of Contents)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Denny O'Neil?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Background and history of both Golden Age and Silver Age Green Arrows.

The Birth of the Battling Bowmen (Table of Contents)

Green Arrow / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Samachson?
Pencils:
Cliff Young (signed)
Inks:
Steve Brodie (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Jack Schiff (original editor)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Green Arrow (origin); Speedy (origin); Mr. Harper [Roy's father] (flashback, death); Quoag [Mr. Harper's Indian servant] (death); Dippy Parker; Curator Morgan; Lefty; Louie
Synopsis:
Archaeologist Oliver Queen is visiting Lost Mesa where he meets Roy Harper, a young boy marooned on Lost Mesa and raised by Quoag, his father's Indian servant. There they are beset upon by thugs searching for a gold mine. After Quoag dies from gun shots, only Oliver and Roy's skills with archery and knowledge of Indian lore save them.
Reprints:

The Green Arrow's First Case (Table of Contents)

Green Arrow / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
France Herron
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Jack Kirby; Roz Kirby (backgrounds)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Jack Schiff (original managing editor); Mort Weisinger (original story editor); George Kashdan (original story editor)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Green Arrow (origin); Speedy; trick arrows (origin)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story is really 6.67 pages, with a vignette of a bow and a quiver of arrows filling the extra 0.33 page on the last page.

The Atom...Not One Person out of Ten Knew What an Atom Was (Table of Contents)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Denny O'Neil?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Background and history of both Atoms (Al Pratt and Ray Palmer).

Introducing the Mighty Atom (Table of Contents)

Atom / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill O'Connor
Pencils:
Ben Flinton
Inks:
Leonard Sansone
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Sheldon Mayer (original editor)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Atom [Al Pratt] (intro, origin); Mary James (intro); Joe Morgan (intro)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Inker credit verified by Craig Delich & Jerry Bails (Nov. 2005).

Birth of the Atom! (Table of Contents)

Atom / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Gil Kane
Inks:
Murphy Anderson
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Julius Schwartz (original editor)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Atom [Ray Palmer] (intro, origin); Jean Loring (intro)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story is really 9.67 pages, with a vignette of an atom filling the extra 0.33 page on the last page.

Shazam!...In One Thing a Sense of Fun and the Whole Sense of Adventure (Table of Contents)

text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Denny O'Neil?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Background and history of Captain Marvel.

[Introducing Captain Marvel] (Table of Contents)

Captain Marvel / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Parker
Pencils:
C. C. Beck
Inks:
C. C. Beck
Colors:
Bill Parker
Letters:
?
Editing:
Bill Parker (original editor)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain Marvel [Billy Batson] (intro, origin), Shazam (intro), Dr. Thaddeus Bodog Sivana (intro), Sterling Morris (intro); radio station WHIZ (intro); Seven Deadly Enemies of Man (intro), Ebenezer Batson (intro, flashback); Phantom Companion
Reprints:

Plastic Man...One of the Wildest Imaginations... (Table of Contents)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Denny O'Neil?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Background and history of Plastic Man.

[The Origin of Plastic Man] (Table of Contents)

Plastic Man / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Cole (signed)
Pencils:
Jack Cole (signed)
Inks:
Jack Cole (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Jack Cole
Editing:
Ed Cronin (original editor)
Job Number:
N-396

Genre:
superhero; humor
Characters:
Plastic Man [Eel O'Brian] (intro, origin); Rest-Haven monk; Skizzle Shanks
Synopsis:
Gangster Eel O'Brian's dip in a vat of acid turns him into the superhero Plastic Man and against the mobsters he used to work with.
Reprints:

The Author (Table of Contents)

text article / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
biography

Indexer Notes

Final pages, including a one-sentence biography of Dennis O'Neil and 3 blank pages.

[Back Cover] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

The logo and a one paragraph description of each of the ten heroes in this collection.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Secret Origins
  2. 1. [Title Pages]
  3. 2. Contents
  4. 3. Introduction
  5. 4. Superman...He's the Key, the Granddaddy of them All
  6. 5. [One Page Origin of Superman]
    Superman
  7. 6. The Origin of Superman!
    Superman
  8. 7. Batman...He was Unable Not to Fight Criminals
  9. 8. The Legend of the Batman--Who He Is and How He Came to Be!
    Batman
  10. 9. The Origin of the Batman!
    Batman
  11. 10. Wonder Woman...The Female Sex is Assuming Day By Day a More Dominant Role in World Affairs
  12. 11. [The Origin of Wonder Woman]
    Wonder Woman
  13. 12. War of the Wonder Women!
    Wonder Woman
  14. 13. The Flash...You Can Do Almost Anything With Him...
  15. 14. [Origin of the Flash]
    Flash
  16. 15. Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt!
    Flash
  17. 16. Green Lantern...No Evil Shall Escape My Sight
  18. 17. [The Origin of Green Lantern]
    Green Lantern
  19. 18. SOS - Green Lantern!
    Green Lantern
  20. 19. Hawkman...The Weirdness Seems to be Part of Hawkman's Appeal
  21. 20. [The Origin of Hawkman]
    Hawkman
  22. 21. Creature of a Thousand Shapes!
    Hawkman
  23. 22. Green Arrow...A Streamlined Robin Hood
  24. 23. The Birth of the Battling Bowmen
    Green Arrow
  25. 24. The Green Arrow's First Case
    Green Arrow
  26. 25. The Atom...Not One Person out of Ten Knew What an Atom Was
  27. 26. Introducing the Mighty Atom
    Atom
  28. 27. Birth of the Atom!
    Atom
  29. 28. Shazam!...In One Thing a Sense of Fun and the Whole Sense of Adventure
  30. 29. [Introducing Captain Marvel]
    Captain Marvel
  31. 30. Plastic Man...One of the Wildest Imaginations...
  32. 31. [The Origin of Plastic Man]
    Plastic Man
  33. 32. The Author
  34. 33. [Back Cover]
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