The Best of DC #61 [Direct]
(June 1985)

DC, 1979 Series
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Price:
1.75 USD; 2.25 CAD
Pages:
148
Indicia frequency:
monthly
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.


Year's Best Comics Stories (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Pat Broderick
Inks:
Pat Broderick
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Wonder Girl; Nightwing; Green Lantern; Swamp Thing; Blue Devil; Colossal Boy; Atari Force

Year's Best Comics Stories (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Table of contents.

The Anatomy Lesson (Table of Contents)

Swamp Thing / comic story / 23 pages (report information)

Script:
Alan Moore
Pencils:
Steve Bissette
Inks:
John Totleben
Colors:
Tatjana Wood
Letters:
John Costanza

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Swamp Thing; Floronic Man [Jason Woodrue]; General Avery Carlton Sunderland; Alec Holland (in flashback); Linda Holland (as corpse)
Synopsis:
General Sunderland hires Jason Woodrue to examine Swamp Thing and determine how Alec Holland became the monster, but Woodrue discovers that Swamp Thing only thinks that he was Alec Holland. When Sunderland fires Woodrue, the scientist allows Swamp Thing to take revenge on Sunderland for the both of them.
Reprints:

If Superman Didn't Exist... (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 23 pages (report information)

Script:
Marv Wolfman
Pencils:
Gil Kane
Inks:
Gil Kane
Colors:
Tony Tollin
Letters:
Ben Oda

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

Killers Also Smile (Table of Contents)

Sgt. Rock / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Kanigher
Pencils:
Adrian Gonzales
Inks:
Adrian Gonzales
Colors:
Tatjana Wood
Letters:
Adam Kubert

Genre:
war
Reprints:

Guess What's Coming to Dinner? (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Paul Levitz; Keith Giffen (co-plot)
Pencils:
George Tuska
Inks:
Larry Mahlstedt
Colors:
Carl Gafford
Letters:
Adam Kubert

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

Final Duties (Table of Contents)

Tales of the Green Lantern Corps / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Len Wein
Pencils:
Gil Kane
Inks:
Gil Kane
Colors:
Tony Tollin
Letters:
Ben Oda

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

Viva Nebiros! (Table of Contents)

Blue Devil / comic story / 23 pages (report information)

Script:
Gary Cohn; Dan Mishkin
Pencils:
Paris Cullins
Inks:
Gary Martin
Colors:
Michele Wolfman
Letters:
Todd Klein

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Blue Devil; Justice League of America (cameo)
Reprints:

Who is Donna Troy? (Table of Contents)

New Teen Titans / comic story / 23 pages (report information)

Script:
Marv Wolfman; George Perez (co-plot)
Pencils:
George Perez
Inks:
Romeo Tanghal
Colors:
Adrienne Roy
Letters:
Ben Oda

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

Babe's Story (Table of Contents)

Atari Force / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script:
Andy Helfer; Gerry Conway (plot)
Pencils:
Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez
Inks:
Ricardo Villagran
Colors:
Tom Ziuko
Letters:
Bob Lappan

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Hukka; Babe; Morphea; Martin Champion; Dart; Tempest [Chris Champion]; Pakrat; Blackjak; Taz
Synopsis:
Babe and Hukka help a new friend destroy his enemies before being rescued by the rest of the team.
Reprints:

"Look, I could have opened up this brand-new column..." (Table of Contents)

Digest Forum / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Nicola Cuti (signed)
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
L-1946

Indexer Notes

Announcement of a letters page for the digests.

The Winners (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Pat Broderick [as Broderick] signed
Inks:
Pat Broderick [as Broderick] signed
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Indexer Notes

Back cover. List of interior stories. Rest of cover is continuation of front cover, but not quite a wraparound.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Year's Best Comics Stories
  2. 1. Year's Best Comics Stories
  3. 2. The Anatomy Lesson
    Swamp Thing
  4. 3. If Superman Didn't Exist...
    Superman
  5. 4. Killers Also Smile
    Sgt. Rock
  6. 5. Guess What's Coming to Dinner?
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  7. 6. Final Duties
    Tales of the Green Lantern Corps
  8. 7. Viva Nebiros!
    Blue Devil
  9. 8. Who is Donna Troy?
    New Teen Titans
  10. 9. Babe's Story
    Atari Force
  11. 10. "Look, I could have opened up this brand-new column..."
    Digest Forum
  12. 11. The Winners
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