The Best of DC #16 [Direct]
(September 1981)

DC, 1979 Series
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Volume:
3
Price:
0.95 USD
Pages:
100
Indicia frequency:
Monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand:
DC Blue Ribbon Digest
Editing:
Julius Schwartz; E. Nelson Bridwell (consulting editor)
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
5" x 6.75"
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
squarebound
Publishing Format:
was ongoing

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.

Copyright © 1981 DC Comics Inc.


Happy Anniversary (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Rich Buckler (signed)
Inks:
Dick Giordano (signed)
Colors:
?
Job Number:
S-5043

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Jimmy Olsen; Batgirl [Barbara Gordon]; Perry White; Lois Lane; Captain Thunder; Lex Luthor; Supergirl [Linda Danvers]
Reprints:
Keywords:
birthday cakes

Best of DC -- Superman (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Table of contents.

The Origin of Superman! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Wayne Boring
Inks:
Stan Kaye
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Jor-El (flashback); Lara (flashback); Lex Luthor (cameo); John Kent (1st named, flashback); Mary Kent (flashback)
Synopsis:
After a prologue which demonstrates Superman's amazing abilities, his origin is recounted. On the scientifically advanced planet of Krypton, Jor-El fails to convince the Council of Five that Krypton is doomed. As Krypton explodes, Jor-El and Lara send their son to Earth, where he is found and adopted by the elderly Kents. As Clark grows to maturity he manifests abilities far beyond that of mortal men. On his deathbed, his father urges Clark to become a powerful force for good as Superman.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

a 10th anniversary story. Name John Kent appears on Superman's father's tombstone. This is the only time this name is used. Kryptonians are shown to have x-ray vision.

The Super-Key to Fort Superman (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Coleman
Pencils:
Wayne Boring
Inks:
Stan Kaye
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Batman; Joker (trophy)
Synopsis:
Someone has broken into Superman's Fortress of Solitude, so Superman searches the place for clues.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Fortress of Solitude (intro); green kryptonite

Indexer Notes

A 20th anniversary story.

The War between Jimmy Olsen and Superman! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Alvin Schwartz
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
George Klein
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Jimmy Olsen; Perry White; El Gar Kur (villain)
Synopsis:
A criminal from Kandor switches places with Jimmy Olsen and forces Superman to reveal the location of his Fortress of Solitude, so he can destroy the bottled city. But scientists in Kandor reverse the switch just in time.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Fortress of Solitude; green kryptonite; Kandor (unnamed)

Indexer Notes

A 21st anniversary story.

The Conquest of Superman! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
John Forte
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Mort Weisinger

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Perry White; Lex Luthor (villain); Superman Robot
Reprints:
Keywords:
blue kryptonite; green kryptonite; Luthor's Lair; red kryptonite; white kryptonite; yellow kryptonite (introduction)

Indexer Notes

23rd anniversary story. Inker credit confirmed by Pat Lang (April 11, 2004). Inker credit previously given to: George Klein (Gene Reed credit) or Stan Kaye.

The Trial of Superman! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
Al Plastino
Inks:
Al Plastino
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Perry White
Reprints:
Keywords:
green kryptonite

Indexer Notes

A 25th anniversary story. In this book, the art for this story is incorrectly credited to George Papp. Plastino credit confirmed by Bob Bailey and Gene Reed, March 2008.

The Superman-Batman Split! (Table of Contents)

Superman and Batman / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Cary Bates
Pencils:
Neal Adams
Inks:
Neal Adams
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Batman; Robin; Supergirl; Batgirl; James Gordon; Jimmy Olsen; Ronald Jason; Desmond Jason
Synopsis:
Jason Desmond's dying performance is an attempt to fool Superman and Batman into believing he is 2 aliens, one hunting the other. But his story rings false and Superman lets Batman in on the hoax, which ends up fooling Supergirl, Batgirl, Robin, and Jimmy Olsen anyway.
Reprints:
Keywords:
green kryptonite; Kandor

Indexer Notes

A 30th anniversary story.

A Tale of 3 Teams (Part II of The Superman-Batman Split) (Table of Contents)

Superman and Batman / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Cary Bates
Pencils:
Neal Adams
Inks:
Neal Adams
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

Make Way for Captain Thunder! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script:
Elliot Maggin
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
Bob Oksner
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain Thunder (villain); Superman; Willie Fawcett; Clark Kent; Merokee (flashback); Lois Lane; the Monster League of Evil (flashback); a Dr. Sivana lookalike (flashback)
Synopsis:
Willie Fawcett finds himself lost in Superman's universe and that whenever he changes into his super-powered alter ego of Captain Thunder he becomes evil. Superman helps him figure out the way to return to his universe and shake the evil influence of the Monster League of Evil.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

A 36th anniversary story.

Happy Anniversary Superman (Table of Contents)

Superman / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
E. Nelson Bridwell (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

[Special Anniverary Issue] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Characters:
Superman; Lex Luthor; Batman; Captain Thunder

Indexer Notes

Back cover. Previews of the stories in the issue.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Happy Anniversary
    Superman
  2. 1. Best of DC -- Superman
  3. 2. The Origin of Superman!
    Superman
  4. 3. The Super-Key to Fort Superman
    Superman
  5. 4. The War between Jimmy Olsen and Superman!
    Superman
  6. 5. The Conquest of Superman!
    Superman
  7. 6. The Trial of Superman!
    Superman
  8. 7. The Superman-Batman Split!
    Superman and Batman
  9. 8. A Tale of 3 Teams (Part II of The Superman-Batman Split)
    Superman and Batman
  10. 9. Make Way for Captain Thunder!
    Superman
  11. 10. Happy Anniversary Superman
    Superman
  12. 11. [Special Anniverary Issue]
    Superman
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