(October 1981)

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Volume:
47
Price:
0.60 USD; 0.20 GBP
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines:
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand:
DC [bullet]
Editing:
Len Wein (credited); Mike W. Barr (associate editor, credited)
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U.S.; Standard Silver Age U.S.; Standard Modern Age U.S.; Digest size (5" x 6.75") #491-503
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched; Squarebound #390, 416, 491-503
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.

Indicia title is "Adventure Comics Presents Dial H For Hero", in all upper case.


Hell on Earth! (Table of Contents)

Dial "H" For Hero / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
George Perez (signed)
Inks:
George Perez (signed)
Colors:
Tatjana Wood
Letters:
Gaspar Saladino
Job Number:
C-693

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Grockk; Firegirl; Vicki Grant [Sulphur]; Christopher King [Brimstone]
Synopsis:
Grockk and Firegirl battle Sulphur and Brimestone.

Indexer Notes

Color credits provided by Anthony Tollin.

We Are Looking for a Few Good Boys and Girls (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Grit / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Can't Find DC Comics on the West Coast? (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Hell On Earth (Table of Contents)

Dial "H" For Hero / comic story / 17 pages (report information)

Script:
Marv Wolfman (credited)
Pencils:
Don Heck (credited, signed)
Inks:
Don Heck (credited, signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
John Costanza
Job Number:
J-7498

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Grockk; Firegirl; Thaddeus Oxford; Vicki Grant [Puma; Sulphur]; Brad; Christopher King [Enlarger Man; Brimstone]; Greg King; Roger Dunbar
Synopsis:
Grockk, son of the Devil, creates Firegirl out of an experiment of Professor Oxford's, and intends to use her to rule the world. However, the Dial H heroes defeat him when Firegirl decides the humans deserve her help. Meanwhile, Vicki and Brad get back together and she refuses to talk to Chris when they are not superheroes.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letterer correction 2005 by Steven Tice.
In two chapters. Chapter 1 is not numbered, has no separate title, and is the first 8 pages. Chapter 2 is numbered, is titled "Fear Over Fairfax!", and is the final 9 pages.
Character ideas from: Paula Hunter (Firegirl), Glenn Lemonds (Puma), Douglas Kalish (Enlarger Man), Rock Bakletea (Grockk), Douglas Holben (Brimstone and Sulphur).
Brimstone is not the same character who later battles Firestorm in the Legends story arc.

Bubble Yum's Got the Number Yum Taste. (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Bubble Yum / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Lights...Camera...Crime! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Batman; Hostess Cup Cakes / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Dial "L" for Letters / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Bob Rozakis [as Ted P. Skimmer] (credited)
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
L-840

Indexer Notes

Letters from: Joshua Adam Bilmes, Tim Wahowske, and Robert Buethe.

Roll Up in Your Very Own Life Savers Roll, and Dream of All Your Favorite Life Savers Flavors! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Life Savers / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Here Come the Heroes! (Table of Contents)

Dial "H" For Hero / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Marv Wolfman (credited)
Pencils:
Romeo Tanghal (credited)
Inks:
Romeo Tanghal (credited)
Colors:
?
Letters:
John Costanza
Job Number:
J-7715

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Christopher King; Vicki Grant; Roger Dunbar; Brad
Synopsis:
The tale of how Vicki and Chris found their H-E-R-O dials in an old chest in the house Chris' family moved into.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letterer correction 2005 by Steven Tice.

The Plight of the Flight Pirate (Table of Contents)

Dial "H" For Hero / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Marv Wolfman (credited)
Pencils:
Trevor Von Eeden (credited)
Inks:
Larry Mahlstedt (credited)
Colors:
?
Letters:
John Costanza
Job Number:
J-7499

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Sky Raider; James Grant; Samatha Grant; Greg King; Vicki Grant [Sparrow Hawk]
Synopsis:
Vicki runs a solo mission to recover a Rembrandt painting from the Sky Raider, who stole it from her father.

Indexer Notes

Sparrow Hawk idea from George Longley.
Letterer correction 2005 by Steven Tice.

Write Right Now! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Now You Can Dial "H" for Hero (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

Earn Famous Name Prizes or Cash (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Olympic Sales Club / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Drive the Fastest Cars in the World (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Magnum 440 toy cars / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Hell on Earth!
    Dial "H" For Hero
  2. 1. We Are Looking for a Few Good Boys and Girls
    Grit
  3. 2. Can't Find DC Comics on the West Coast?
  4. 3. Hell On Earth
    Dial "H" For Hero
  5. 4. Bubble Yum's Got the Number Yum Taste.
    Bubble Yum
  6. 5. Lights...Camera...Crime!
    Batman; Hostess Cup Cakes
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Dial "L" for Letters
  8. 7. Roll Up in Your Very Own Life Savers Roll, and Dream of All Your Favorite Life Savers Flavors!
    Life Savers
  9. 8. Here Come the Heroes!
    Dial "H" For Hero
  10. 9. The Plight of the Flight Pirate
    Dial "H" For Hero
  11. 10. Write Right Now!
  12. 11. Now You Can Dial "H" for Hero
  13. 12. Earn Famous Name Prizes or Cash
    Olympic Sales Club
  14. 13. Drive the Fastest Cars in the World
    Magnum 440 toy cars
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