Secret Origins #1 [Direct]
(April 1986)

DC, 1986 Series
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Price:
0.75 USD; 0.95 CAD; 0.35 GBP
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand:
DC [bullet]
Editing:
Roy Thomas
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched (#50 squarebound)
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Jerry Ordway (signed); Wayne Boring (image in crystal ball) (signed)
Inks:
Jerry Ordway (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?; Alex Jay (logo design)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Kal-L; Clark Kent]; Spectre; Doctor Fate [Kent Nelson]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Flash [Jay Garrick]; Huntress [Helena Wayne]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Image in crystal ball is reprinted from page 19 of main story. Logo design credit from Todd Klein.

The Secret Origin of the Golden-Age Superman (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script:
Roy Thomas
Pencils:
Wayne Boring
Inks:
Jerry Ordway
Colors:
Gene D'Angelo
Letters:
David Cody Weiss
Job Number:
G-1788

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Kal-L; Clark Kent]; Jor-L; Lara Jor-L; John Kent; Mary Kent; George Taylor; Lois Lane; Butch Mason
Synopsis:
Rocketed to Earth-Two from the exploding planet Krypton, Kal-L grows up to become Superman. He makes his public debut in 1938, trying to prevent the execution of an innocent woman.

Indexer Notes

Retelling of the stories in Action Comics #1 and Superman #1.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Dick Giordano
Letters:
typeset

Superman (Table of Contents)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Roy Thomas
Pencils:
Joe Shuster (layout); Paul Cassidy (prelim sketches); John Dikela (Superman's heads only)
Inks:
Eddie Dobrotka; John Dikela (Superman's heads only); Lee Nowack (line work inside figures)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?; typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Kal-L; Clark Kent]

Indexer Notes

Previously unpublished artwork. Wayne Boring provided information as to who did what.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Secret Origins / letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Roy Thomas
Pencils:
Wayne Boring
Inks:
Wayne Boring
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
L-2263

Synopsis:
Letters page explains why series was created post-Crisis. Roy Thomas goes into details how odd numbered issues would cover Golden Age origins, while the even numbered ones would follow the more silver/modern age origins. Gives brief history behind Golden Age Superman, and the writers and artists associated with him, including this issue's artist Wayne Boring.

Indexer Notes

Last Wayne Boring artwork before his passing.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. The Secret Origin of the Golden-Age Superman
    Superman
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Meanwhile...
  4. 3. Superman
    Superman
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    Secret Origins
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Roy Lyons
  • Mike Nielsen
  • john cruz
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Gregory Fischer