(1989)

DC, 1989 Series
 
Price:
4.95 USD; 6.50 CAD
Pages:
148
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand:
DC [bullet]
ISBN:
0-930289-50-1 Search at WorldCat
Editing:
Mark Waid
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard modern US
Binding:
softcover
Publishing Format:
graphic novel

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman; Flash; Green Lantern; Martian Manhunter; Batman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Brian Bolland (signed)
Inks:
Brian Bolland (signed)
Colors:
Brian Bolland (signed)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Flash [Barry Allen]; Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Martian Manhunter [John Jones]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]

Secret Origins (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Dick Giordano
Inks:
Dick Giordano
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Bruce Wayne [Batman]; Thomas Wayne; Martha Wayne; Joe Chill

Indexer Notes

Title page. Image taken from story in this volume.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Publication data page.

Table of Contents (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Eric Shanower (illustration)
Inks:
Eric Shanower (illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Justice League of America [Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Flash [Barry Allen]; Aquaman; Black Canary [Dinah Lance]; Martian Manhunter]

Indexer Notes

Illustrated with a detail from the story from Secret Origins (DC, 1986 series) #32.

Legends (Table of Contents)

text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Mark Waid
Pencils:
Joe Shuster; Carmine Infantino; Bob Kane; Sheldon Moldoff; Gil Kane; Mike Sekowsky; Joe Certa
Inks:
Joe Shuster; Joe Kubert; Bob Kane; Sheldon Moldoff; Joe Giella; Bernard Sachs; Joe Certa
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Clark Kent [Superman]; Barry Allen [Flash]; Bruce Wayne [Batman]; Martha Wayne; Thomas Wayne; Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Justice League of America [Aquaman; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]]; Martian Manhunter; Dr. Erdel

Indexer Notes

This text piece covers the origins (and the evolution of the origins) of the characters in the book, with illustrations from their first origin stories: Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #1 (Superman illustration), Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #33 (Batman illustration), Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #225 (Martian Manhunter illustration), Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #4 (Flash illustration), Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #22 (Green Lantern illustration), and Justice League of America (DC, 1960 series) #9 (JLA illustration).

The Man Who Falls (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script:
Denny O'Neil
Pencils:
Dick Giordano
Inks:
Dick Giordano
Colors:
Tom McCraw
Letters:
John Costanza

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Thomas Wayne; Martha Wayne; Master Kirigi; Henri Ducard; Willie Doggett (cameo); Tom Woodley (cameo); Alfred Pennyworth
Synopsis:
As Batman waits to fall upon his prey, the narrator relates how falling has been a theme throughout his early life, the death of his parents, his training, and his creation of the Batman.
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The Haunting (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script:
John Byrne
Pencils:
John Byrne
Inks:
Dick Giordano
Colors:
Tom Ziuko
Letters:
John Costanza
Editing:
Andrew Helfer (Original Editor)
Job Number:
G-2730

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Jonathan Kent; Martha Kent; Jor-El; Lara; Lana Lang; Lois Lane (cameo)
Synopsis:
On a trip home to Smallville, Superman discovers the spaceship that brought him to Earth is missing. But at the same time he triggers a computer program that reveals to him his Kryptonian heritage and places all of Krypton's knowledge in his mind. He also discovers what revealing his powers to Lana years ago did to her and decides he wants to actively pursue a life with Lois.
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The Secret Origin of Green Lantern (Table of Contents)

Green Lantern / comic story / 18 pages (report information)

Script:
Jim Owsley (plot & script); Mark Bright (plot); Robert Greenberger (plot assist); Denny O'Neil (1st page)
Pencils:
Mark Bright; Neal Adams (1st page)
Inks:
Jose Marzan; Neal Adams (1st page)
Colors:
Anthony Tollin
Letters:
Tim Harkins

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; Chip; Abin Sur; Hawk; Alyce; Dex
Synopsis:
Years ago, a young man named Chip observed a critical moment in Green Lantern's life. Today, when Hal Jordan comes looking to apply for a job with him, Chip realizes that Hal is Green Lantern, though he doesn't yet know his name. While GL, lonely and needing a friend, considers taking Chip into his confidence, he takes Chip on an intersteller trip and tells him how he got the ring.
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["I just couldn't sleep..."] (Table of Contents)

Martian Manhunter / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Mark Verheiden
Pencils:
Ken Steacy
Inks:
Ken Steacy
Colors:
Ken Steacy
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Martian Manhunter [John Jones; J'Onn J'Onzz]; Dr. Erdel
Synopsis:
A former associate of John Jones' suddenly wakes up and realizes that he once knew his friend was the Martian Manhunter.
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Indexer Notes

Coloring credit confirmed with Ken Steacy, March 2008.

The Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt (Table of Contents)

Flash / comic story / 31 pages (report information)

Script:
Robert Fleming
Pencils:
Carmine Infantino
Inks:
Murphy Anderson
Colors:
Tom Ziuko
Letters:
Gaspar Saladino

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Flash [Barry Allen]; Flash [Jay Garrick]; Iris West Allen; Top; Captain Boomerang [Digger Harkness]; Pied Piper; Heat Wave; Captain Cold; Mirror Master [Sam Scudder]; Weather Wizard; Trickster [James Jesse]; Abra Kadabra; Gorilla Grodd; Professor Zoom; Anti-Monitor; Prof. Ira West (cameo); Kid Flash [Wally West] (cameo); Elongated Man (cameo); Dexter Myles (cameo); Superman (cameo); Green Lantern [Hal Jordan] (cameo); Batman [Bruce Wayne] (cameo); Henry Allen (cameo); Nora Allen (cameo)
Synopsis:
Before a lightning bolt strikes a cabinet of chemicals in Barry Allen's lab, it offers him the chance to become the man he has always wanted to become or live a normal life. Barry chooses to become the fastest man alive and immediately saves the life of his girlfriend Iris and takes on the mantel of the Flash. As the Flash, he takes on a rogues gallery of villains, ending only when he runs faster than the speed of light to destroy the Anti-Monitor's cannon, travels back through time, and becomes the lightning bolt that first gave him his own powers.
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The Secret Origin of the Justice League of America: All Together Now (Table of Contents)

Justice League of America / comic story / 38 pages (report information)

Script:
Keith Giffen (plot); Peter David (script)
Pencils:
Eric Shanower
Inks:
Eric Shanower
Colors:
Gene D'Angelo
Letters:
Gaspar Saladino

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice League of America [Martian Manhunter [J'Onn J'Onzz, Manhunter from Mars]; Aquaman; Black Canary [Dinah Lance]; Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Flash [Barry Allen]; Batman [Bruce Wayne] (cameo); Green Arrow [Oliver Queen] (cameo); Atom [Ray Palmer] (cameo); Hawkman [Katar Hol] (cameo); Elongated Man (cameo); Phantom Stranger (cameo); Red Tornado [John Smith] (cameo); Hawkgirl [Shayera Thal] (cameo); Zatanna (cameo); Firestorm [Ronnie Raymond; Martin Stein] (cameo); Steel [Hank Heywood] (cameo); Vixen (cameo); Gypsy (cameo)); Vibe (cameo)]; Superman
Synopsis:
When contenders for the leadership of Appellax stage their combat on Earth through "battle form" surrogates, the Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, Black Canary, the Flash, and Green Lantern first encounter and defeat the individual battle forms separately, but have to work together to defeat the final one. This experience gives them the idea to join together as the Justice League of America.
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Indexer Notes

A retelling and updating of the story from Justice League of America (DC, 1960 series) #9, with Black Canary replacing Wonder Woman. Superman and Wonder Woman are not pictured as members of the JLA as they were considered to never have been members of the JLA at the time the story was written.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]

Indexer Notes

Illustration taken from story in this volume.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman; Flash; Green Lantern; Martian Manhunter; Batman
  2. 1. Secret Origins
    Batman
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
  4. 3. Table of Contents
  5. 4. Legends
  6. 5. The Man Who Falls
    Batman
  7. 6. The Haunting
    Superman
  8. 7. The Secret Origin of Green Lantern
    Green Lantern
  9. 8. ["I just couldn't sleep..."]
    Martian Manhunter
  10. 9. The Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt
    Flash
  11. 10. The Secret Origin of the Justice League of America: All Together Now
    Justice League of America
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Batman
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