(August 1988)

DC, 1988 Series
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Price:
2.50 USD; 3.50 CAD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand:
DC [bullet]
Editing:
Robert Greenberger
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
Baxter paper
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
limited series

Issue Notes

All the Spectre stories in this issue were written by Michael Fleisher for the Spectre's run in Adventure Comics in the 1970's. The Spectre was cancelled before Jim Aparo could draw the stories. When this mini-series began reprinting those Spectre stories Jim Aparo was given the go ahead to illustrate these scripts for this issue.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Spectre / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Jim Aparo [as Aparo] (signed)
Inks:
Jim Aparo [as Aparo] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Wrap-around cover.

The Sudden End of the Spectre (Table of Contents)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Peter Sanderson
Letters:
Typeset

Synopsis:
Information on how these old scripts were finished for this issue.

Indexer Notes

Inside Front and Back covers.

The Arson Fiend And... The Spectre! (Table of Contents)

The Spectre / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script:
Michael Fleisher (signed)
Pencils:
Jim Aparo (signed)
Inks:
Mike DeCarlo (signed)
Colors:
Adrienne Roy (signed)
Letters:
Agustin Mas (signed)
Editing:
Joe Orlando (initial script development); Robert Greenberger

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Earl Crawford (Newsbeat Magazine reporter); Bob Elliot (Newsbeat Magazine editor); Wayne (Newsbeat darkroom technician); Freddy "The Torch" Fisher (villain, death)
Synopsis:
Following leads in a story involving tenement fires, reporter Earl Crawford not only spots the Spectre at work, but photographs him in the act of dealing with an arsonist. However, Earl's editor doesn't believe in spooks, and phones the Police to have his star reporter arrested for the murder!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Continued story. Written in 1975, drawn in 1988. Many elements and scenes in this story are found in the Spectre story found in All Star Comics #1 (Summer, 1940), written by Jerry Siegel. Revised synopsis by Craig Delich 2011-24-11.

The Maniac And... The Spectre! (Table of Contents)

The Spectre / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Michael Fleisher (signed)
Pencils:
Jim Aparo (signed)
Inks:
Mike DeCarlo (signed)
Colors:
Adrienne Roy (signed)
Letters:
Agustin Mas (signed)
Editing:
Joe Orlando (initial script development); Robert Greenberger

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Earl Crawford [Newsbeat Magazine reporter]; Gwen Sterling; Harrison DeMarco (villain, slumlord, death)
Synopsis:
Having been found innocent, by reason of insanity, for the murder of an arsonist, reporter Crawford escapes from the institution he has been sentenced to with the help of Gwen. Lt. Corrigan then assists in the clearing of Crawford of all charges when he impersonates the dead arsonist at the Police station and is able to deal with the true villain in the tenement fires case.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Written in 1975, drawn in 1988. Revised synopsis by Craig Delich 2011-24-11.

The Voodoo Hag Of Doom! (Table of Contents)

The Spectre / comic story / 18 pages (report information)

Script:
Michael Fleisher (signed)
Pencils:
Jim Aparo (signed)
Inks:
Pablo Marcos (signed)
Colors:
Adrienne Roy (signed)
Letters:
John Costanza (signed)
Editing:
Joe Orlando (initial script development [?])

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Gwen Sterling; Police Captain Stanley; Earl Crawford [Newsbeat Magazine reporter]; Bob Elliot (Newsbeat Magazine editor); Freddy (Newsbeat Magazine office boy); Dawson (Sterling Textiles employee); Mr. Henderson (Sterling Textiles Board member, death); Ed (Police Department coroner); Fred Thompson (Sterling Textiles board member, death); The Hag (villain, turned into a spider); Mr. Slater (villain, Sterling Textiles board member)
Synopsis:
A board meeting of Sterling Textiles, Incorporated is halted by a weird hag with a voodoo doll, who kills a board member whose image is found on that doll, and warns the other board members that the company should cease manufacturing the peek-a-boo dresses it is known for or else. While the Spectre is trying to track her down, reporter Earl Crawford, upon hearing about the death of Henderson to voodoo, decides following that story may finally bring him face-to-face with the Spectre.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Written in 1975, drawn in 1988 (supposedly, in an interview with Michael Fleisher in The Comics Journal #56, 1980, it is flatly stated that he wrote "two [(Spectre scripts) that were never drawn," and this, which makes THREE, not only has a different letterer and a different inker from the other two--and two separate people having deadline trouble is highly unlikely under the alleged circumstances--but also a title that does not match those of the other twelve stories, which are done to a strict formula, specifically "([Something] and/of the Spectre"). Revised synopsis by Craig Delich 2011-24-11. Story appears that it was to have been continued, but it never was.

The Demon Within! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Orlando (Plot); John Albano (Script)
Pencils:
Jim Aparo
Inks:
Jim Aparo
Colors:
Adrienne Roy
Letters:
?
Editing:
Joe Orlando (Original publication)

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Cain [Host]
Synopsis:
Little Gary has a magic power to turn himself into a monster. His parents fix the problem.
Reprints:
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Spectre
  2. 1. The Sudden End of the Spectre
  3. 2. The Arson Fiend And... The Spectre!
    The Spectre
  4. 3. The Maniac And... The Spectre!
    The Spectre
  5. 4. The Voodoo Hag Of Doom!
    The Spectre
  6. 5. The Demon Within!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Ted Watson
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Peter Croome
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Jon Ingersoll
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Ted Watson