The Best of DC #44 [Direct-Sales]
(January 1984)

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Volume:
6
Price:
1.25 USD; 1.50 CAD
Pages:
100
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1983-09-13
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand:
DC Blue Ribbon Digest
Editing:
Nicola Cuti
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
5" x 6.75"
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
squarebound
Publishing Format:
was ongoing

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.


Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes (Table of Contents)

Legion of Super-Heroes / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Gil Kane [as GK] (signed)
Inks:
Gil Kane [as GK] (signed)
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superboy; Legion of Super-Heroes [Sun Boy; Saturn Girl; Ultra Boy; Element Lad; Chameleon Boy]

Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Table of contents.

The Legion's Suicide Squad! (Table of Contents)

Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
John Forte
Inks:
John Forte
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Legion of Super-Heroes [Colossal Boy; Element Lad; Sun Boy; Shrinking Violet; Phantom Girl; Mon-El; Superboy; Bouncing Boy; Saturn Girl; Chameleon Boy; Brainiac 5; Star Boy; Triplicate Girl; Invisible Kid; Lightning Lad; Cosmic Boy]
Synopsis:
Isolationist planet Throon builds a citadel to keep others away and uses a ray to disable all passing spaceships. The first Legion team selected to take out the ray meets their defeat.
Reprints:

Part II: The Charge of the Substitute Heroes! (Table of Contents)

Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
John Forte
Inks:
John Forte
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Legion of Substitute-Heroes [Fire Lad; Chlorophyll Kid; Polar Boy; Stone Boy; Night Girl]; Legion of Super-Heroes [Sun Boy; Star Boy; Triplicate Girl; Ultra Boy; Matter-Eater Lad; Cosmic Boy; Invisible Kid; Superboy; Brainiac 5; Bouncing Boy; Chameleon Boy; Saturn Girl; Element Lad; Phantom Girl; Colossal Boy; Light Lass; Mon-El; Lightning Lad]
Synopsis:
The next two teams of Legionnaires also fail, but the Subs are able to put an end to the menace of Throon.
Reprints:

Part I: The Revenge of the Knave from Krypton! (Table of Contents)

Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel; Otto Binder (pgs. 4-9, uncredited)
Pencils:
John Forte (pgs. 1-3, 10); George Papp (pgs. 4-9)
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff (pgs. 1-3, 10); George Papp (pgs. 4-9); Al Plastino (Superboy and Clark Kent faces)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Milton Snapinn

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Legion of Super-Heroes [Superboy [also as Clark Kent]; Chameleon Boy; Mon-El; Element Lad; Saturn Girl; Lightning Lad; Sun Boy; Brainiac 5]; Dev-Em; Radiation Roy; Proty II; Krypto; Molock
Synopsis:
Dev-Em arrives at Legion headquarters as a member of the Inter-Stellar Counter-Intelligence Corps on a mission to nab the elusive leader of the Cosmic Spy Legion, Morlock the Merciless, but loses the assignment to Superboy.
Reprints:

Part II: The Treachery of Molock the Merciless (Table of Contents)

Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
John Forte
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors:
?
Letters:
Milton Snapinn

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Legion of Super-Heroes [Superboy; Brainiac 5; Sun Boy, Chameleon Boy; Element Lad; Lightning Lad; Mon-El]; Dev-Em; Molock; Proty II
Synopsis:
Superboy successfully completes Dev-Em's mission, with Proty II's help.
Reprints:

Part I: The Code of the Legion! (Table of Contents)

Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
John Forte
Inks:
John Forte
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Legion of Super-Heroes [Sun Boy; Mon-El; Superboy; Shrinking Violet; Star Boy; Phantom Girl; Saturn Girl; Bouncing Boy; Element Lad; Ultra Boy; Chameleon Boy; Triplicate Girl; Brainiac 5; Matter-Eater Lad]; Time Trapper [also as Commissioner Wilson]
Synopsis:
The Legionnaires submit to tests of their ability to keep secret their greatest weapon from Commissioner Wilson.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Bouncing Boy loses his power and joins the Legion Reserves.

Part II: The Weakest Legionnaire (Table of Contents)

Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
John Forte
Inks:
John Forte
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Legion of Super-Heroes [Saturn Girl; Colossal Boy; Matter-Eater Lad; Star Boy; Shrinking Violet; Superboy; Invisible Kid; Element Lad; Sun Boy; Ultra Boy; Mon-El; Phantom Girl; Chameleon Boy; Lightning Lad; Brainiac 5]; Time Trapper [also as Commissioner Wilson]; Bouncing Boy
Synopsis:
Lightning Lad purposely fails his test to expose Commissioner Wilson as the Time Trapper.
Reprints:

Lois Lane's Luckiest Day! (Table of Contents)

Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Leo Dorfman
Pencils:
Kurt Schaffenberger (signed)
Inks:
Kurt Schaffenberger (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Legion of Super-Heroes [Triplicate Girl; Phantom Girl; Shrinking Violet; Lightning Lad (Cameo); Star Boy (Cameo); Matter-Eater Lad (Cameo)]; Lois Lane; Carla; Dr. Sloan; Mr. Appleby
Synopsis:
Lois Lane is having the luckiest day of her life, with a little help from a few Legionnaires.
Reprints:

Part I: The Super-Tests of the Super-Pets! (Table of Contents)

Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
John Forte
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Legion of Super-Pets [Super-Horse [Comet]; Krypto; Streaky; Super-Monkey [Beppo]; Proty II]; Legion of Super-Heroes [Superboy; Phantom Girl; Sun Boy; Lightning Lad; Brainiac 5; Light Lass; Saturn Girl; Mon-El; Chameleon Boy]; Legion of Substitute-Heroes [Fire Lad; Chlorophyll Kid; Polar Boy; Night Girl]; Supergirl
Synopsis:
With the Legion away trying to capture the Time Trapper, the Super-Pets are left in charge. They assign Proty II tests to prove he can join their ranks.
Reprints:

Part II: The Pet of a Thousand Faces (Table of Contents)

Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
John Forte
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Legion of Super-Pets [Super-Horse [Comet]; Streaky; Super-Monkey [Beppo]; Krypto; Proty II [also as Chameleon Boy]]; Legion of Super-Heroes [Saturn Girl; Mon-El; Superboy; Sun Boy; Ultra Boy; Brainiac 5]
Synopsis:
Proty II passes his final tests and is admitted into the Legion of Super-Pets.
Reprints:

Part I: The Eight Impossible Missions! (Table of Contents)

Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
John Forte
Inks:
George Klein
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Legion of Super-Heroes [Sun Boy; Saturn Girl; Superboy; Phantom Girl; Chameleon Boy; Brainiac 5; Ultra Boy; Element Lad]; Proty II; Spider Girl; Pete Ross; Jimmy Olsen; Double-Header; Jor-El (in flashback)
Synopsis:
Proty II comes up with a contest to determine the next Legion leader.
Reprints:

Part II: The Amazing Winner of the Great Proty Puzzle! (Table of Contents)

Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
John Forte
Inks:
George Klein
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Legion of Super-Heroes [Phantom Girl; Saturn Girl; Sun Boy; Element Lad; Superboy; Ultra Boy; Chameleon Boy; Shrinking Violet; Triplicate Girl; Light Lass; Invisible Kid; Matter-Eater Lad; Colossal Boy; Cosmic Boy; Lightning Lad]; Jimmy Olsen [also as Elastic Lad]; Lucy Lane; Proty II; Pete Ross
Synopsis:
Saturn Girl solves Proty's puzzle and remains Legion leader.
Reprints:

A Sampler Sample (Table of Contents)

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

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

Indexer Notes

Introduction to the next two pages, which are reprinted from "The DC Sampler."

What Kind of Sentient Being Devours Every Issue of The Legion (Table of Contents)

Legion of Super-Heroes / promo (ad from the publisher) / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Paul Levitz
Pencils:
Keith Giffen
Inks:
Larry Mahlstedt
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Reprints:

The Story behind the Stories (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Paul Levitz
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

["In this issue of fantastic exploits:"] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Howard Bender [as Bender] (signed)
Inks:
Kurt Schaffenberger [as Schaffenberger] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superboy; Legion of Super-Heroes [Lightning Lad; Saturn Girl; Mon-el; Star Boy; Ultra Boy; Duo Damsel; Cosmic Boy; Element Lad; Shrinking Violet]

Indexer Notes

Back cover. Scenes from the stories.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  2. 1. Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes
  3. 2. The Legion's Suicide Squad!
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  4. 3. Part II: The Charge of the Substitute Heroes!
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  5. 4. Part I: The Revenge of the Knave from Krypton!
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  6. 5. Part II: The Treachery of Molock the Merciless
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  7. 6. Part I: The Code of the Legion!
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  8. 7. Part II: The Weakest Legionnaire
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  9. 8. Lois Lane's Luckiest Day!
    Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane
  10. 9. Part I: The Super-Tests of the Super-Pets!
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  11. 10. Part II: The Pet of a Thousand Faces
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  12. 11. Part I: The Eight Impossible Missions!
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  13. 12. Part II: The Amazing Winner of the Great Proty Puzzle!
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  14. 13. A Sampler Sample
  15. 14. What Kind of Sentient Being Devours Every Issue of The Legion
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  16. 15. The Story behind the Stories
  17. 16. ["In this issue of fantastic exploits:"]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Merlin Haas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Jon Ingersoll