(May 1981)

DC, 1980 Series
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Volume:
2
Price:
0.95 USD
Pages:
100
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand:
DC Blue Ribbon Digest
Editing:
E. Nelson Bridwell
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
5" x 6.75" (12.7 cm x 17.1cm)
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Squarebound
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Secret Origins of Super-Heroes (Table of Contents)

Secret Origins / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Ross Andru
Inks:
Dick Giordano ?; Mike DeCarlo ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superboy; Batman; Atom [Ray Palmer]; Doctor Fate; Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Krypto; Batgirl [Barbara Gordon]; Swamp Thing; Aqualad [Garth]; Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]
Keywords:
crystal balls

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Secret Origins / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Table of contents and indicia.

Birth of the Atom (Table of Contents)

Atom / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Gil Kane
Inks:
Murphy Anderson
Colors:
Bob Le Rose
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Atom [Ray Palmer]; Jean Loring
Synopsis:
Ray Palmer discovers how to use material from a white dwarf star to shrink himself. He rescues a nature group trapped in a cave.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Reprints the origin and first appearance of Silver Age Atom and Jean Loring.

Battle of the Tiny Titans (Table of Contents)

Atom / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Gil Kane
Inks:
Murphy Anderson
Colors:
Bob Le Rose
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Atom [Ray Palmer]; Jean Loring; Kulan Dar; Carl Ballard
Synopsis:
Kulan Dar from the planet Julnar is trapped on Earth and forced to commit crimes by Carl Ballard, a small-time crook. The Atom rescues him and clears Jean Loring's client, who was accused of his crimes.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Reprint of the first appearance of the Silver Age Atom in costume; Kulan Dar's teleportation powers are based on europium.

Swamp Thing (Table of Contents)

Swamp Thing / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Len Wein
Pencils:
Bernie Wrightson
Inks:
Bernie Wrightson; Jeff Jones
Colors:
Adrienne Roy
Letters:
?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Swamp Thing [Alex Olsen]; Linda Olsen Ridge; Damian Ridge
Synopsis:
Damian Ridge arranges a laboratory explosion that transforms his partner, Alex Olsen into Swamp Thing, then marries his widow. Swamp Thing kills Ridge in revenge.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Reprint of the origin and first appearance of Swamp Thing.

The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Carmine Infantino
Inks:
Sid Greene
Colors:
Bob Le Rose
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman; Batgirl [Barbara Gordon]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; Killer Moth; Moth Men; Burton Talbot; Alfred Pennyworth
Synopsis:
Batgirl joins Batman and Robin to foil Killer Moth's extortion scheme.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Reprint of the origin and first appearance of Batgirl (Barbara Gordon). Credits for script, pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics. Inks credited to Murphy Anderson in book.

The Kid From Atlantis! (Table of Contents)

Aquaman / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Robert Bernstein
Pencils:
Ramona Fradon
Inks:
Ramona Fradon
Colors:
Phil Rachelson
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Aqualad [Garth] (intro, origin); Atlantis; Topo
Synopsis:
Aquaman helps Aqualad, a rejected child from Atlantis, to overcome his fear of fish. Aquaman adopts Aqualad as his sidekick.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Reprint of the origin and first appearance of Aqualad (Garth). Writer credit by Martin O'Hearn.

The Origin of Green Lantern's Oath! (Table of Contents)

Green Lantern / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Gil Kane
Inks:
Murphy Anderson
Colors:
Anthony Tollin
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Pieface [Thomas Kalmaku]; Carol Ferris; Mr. Burbank (banker); Hank (bank robber); Mr. Davis (jet mechanic); Hank (safe-cracker)
Synopsis:
Green Lantern tells Pieface the story of his first three cases, on which his oath, "In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil's might beware my power -- Green Lantern's light!," is based.
Reprints:

The Super-Dog from Krypton! (Table of Contents)

Superboy / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Otto Binder
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
Sy Barry
Colors:
Anthony Tollin
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superboy [Clark Kent]; Krypto; Jonathan Kent; Jor-El (flashback); Lara (flashback); Lana Lang
Synopsis:
A super-powerful dog arrives in Smallville in a rocket complete with written records proving that he is baby Kal-El's puppy who Jor-El used as a test animal when developing his space rockets. Though happy to be reunited with his dog, Superboy needs to make sure that Krypto does not give away his secret identity several times before Krypto leaves for a romp in space.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Reprint of the origin and first appearance of Krypto. Inker id by Bob Hughes (August 2005).

The Origin of Doctor Fate (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Howard Sherman
Inks:
Howard Sherman
Colors:
Phil Rachelson
Letters:
?

Genre:
occult; superhero
Characters:
Doctor Fate [Kent Nelson]; Sven Nelson; Nabu the Wise; Inza Kramer; Black Nergal
Synopsis:
While exploring the Egyptian pyramids, Sven Nelson is killed. His son, Kent Nelson, learns the mystical secrets of Nabu the Wise from the planet Cilia, who helped to build the pyramids. As Doctor Fate, he defeats Black Nergal in his first case.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Reprint of the origin of Doctor Fate.

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

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

Script:
Ed Herron; Jack Kirby (plot?)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Jack Kirby; Roz Kirby (backgrounds)
Colors:
Anthony Tollin
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; Speedy [Roy Harper]; Arrow-Plane; Carter (seaman)
Synopsis:
Oliver Queen is marooned on Starfish Island, where he hones his skills as an archer and develops trick arrows. When an expedition sets out to explore the island years later, he fools them with his fake-uranium arrow.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Reprint of the origin of Green Arrow.

The World's Worst Archer! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Robert Bernstein
Pencils:
Lee Elias
Inks:
Lee Elias
Colors:
Phil Rachelson
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; Speedy [Roy Harper] (new Origin); Chief Brave Bow; Ranger Harper (Roy's Father, flashback); Arrow-Car
Synopsis:
Chief Brave Bow helps Roy Harper become Green Arrow's new partner.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Reprint of the origin of Speedy (of Earth-One).

[Follow the adventures of DC's sensational combat super-stars] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
war

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover. House ad for G.I. Combat, Unknown Soldier, Weird War Tales and Sgt. Rock.

10 Classic Origin Stories (Table of Contents)

Secret Origins / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ross Andru [as Andru] (signed) (illos)
Inks:
Dick Giordano [as Giordano] (signed) (illos)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superboy; Batman; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Atom [Ray Palmer]; Doctor Fate; Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Krypto; Batgirl [Barbara Gordon]; Swamp Thing; Aqualad [Garth]; Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; Speedy [Roy Harper]
Synopsis:
Listing of contents with spot illustrations.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Secret Origins of Super-Heroes
    Secret Origins
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Secret Origins
  3. 2. Birth of the Atom
    Atom
  4. 3. Battle of the Tiny Titans
    Atom
  5. 4. Swamp Thing
    Swamp Thing
  6. 5. The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl
    Batman
  7. 6. The Kid From Atlantis!
    Aquaman
  8. 7. The Origin of Green Lantern's Oath!
    Green Lantern
  9. 8. The Super-Dog from Krypton!
    Superboy
  10. 9. The Origin of Doctor Fate
    Doctor Fate
  11. 10. The Green Arrow's First Case
    Green Arrow
  12. 11. The World's Worst Archer!
    Green Arrow
  13. 12. [Follow the adventures of DC's sensational combat super-stars]
  14. 13. 10 Classic Origin Stories
    Secret Origins
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