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

DC, 1979 Series
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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 (pages 4-9, uncredited)
Pencils:
John Forte (pages 1-3, 10); George Papp (pages 4-9)
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff (pages 1-3, 10); George Papp (pages 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) (Expand) /

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

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

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

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:
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Merlin Haas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Jon Ingersoll