([August] 2012)

DC, 2012 Series
 
Volume:
1
Price:
19.99 USD; 22.99 CAD
Pages:
516
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics
Brand:
DC [peel]
ISBN:
978-1-4012-3520-8 Search at WorldCat
Barcode:
978140123520851999
Editing:
Rowena Yow (Collection Editor)
Color:
color cover; black & white interior
Dimensions:
standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
cardstock cover; newsprint interior
Binding:
squarebound; trade paperback

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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Pencils:
Ruben Moreira
Inks:
Ruben Moreira
Colors:
Allen Passalaqua
Letters:
?

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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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Indexer Notes

Inside front and back covers.

Showcase Presents Tales of the Unexpected (Table of Contents)

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typeset

Indexer Notes

Title page with company credits and indicia information.

Table of Contents (Table of Contents)

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typeset

Indexer Notes

Contents listing.

[Tales of the Unexpected #1] (Table of Contents)

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Pencils:
Bill Ely
Inks:
Bill Ely
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
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The "Out-of-the-World Club" (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
John Prentice [as J. P.] (signed)
Inks:
John Prentice [as J. P.] (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
Ross Rand discovers that the musicians at the new jazz club really are "out of this world."
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Indexer Notes

Contents pages lists title as "The Out-of-World Club". First panel of story does have "The Out-of-the-World Club" for the title.

The Dream Lamp (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Leonard Starr
Inks:
Leonard Starr
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?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
Cyrus Perkins experiences his adventures through the help of a "dream lamp."
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Indexer Notes

Contents page credits John Prentice as artist.

The Secret of Cell Sixteen (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Miller
Pencils:
Howard Purcell
Inks:
Charles Paris
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery; historical
Synopsis:
Charles Duval searches for the one way out of his cell.
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The Cartoon That Came to Life (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Otto Binder
Pencils:
Bill Ely
Inks:
Bill Ely
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
An alien creature uses cartoonist Don Doyle and his comic strip to prepare an invasion of Earth.
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Indexer Notes

Otto Binder credit from original index.

[Tales of the Unexpected #2] (Table of Contents)

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Pencils:
Leonard Starr
Inks:
Leonard Starr
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
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The Magic Hats of M'sieu La Farge (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ruben Moreira
Inks:
Ruben Moreira
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?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
M'sieu La Farge's hats have the ability to change men's lives by giving them the personality of the first owners.
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The Fastest Man Alive (Table of Contents)

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Script:
?
Pencils:
Bill Draut
Inks:
Mort Meskin
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?

Genre:
adventure
Synopsis:
Adam Jessup and Clyde Baird compete to be the faster throughout their lives.
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The Record of Doom (Table of Contents)

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?
Pencils:
Bill Ely
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Bill Ely
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?

Genre:
drama
Synopsis:
Jack Marshall creates a sensation with the new single, "Blue Monday."
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The Gorilla Who Saved the World (Table of Contents)

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?
Pencils:
Leonard Starr
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Leonard Starr
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?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
Professor Jonas Star pretends to swap his mind with his gorilla's to avoid being kidnapped by aliens.
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[Tales of the Unexpected #3] (Table of Contents)

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Pencils:
John Prentice
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John Prentice
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?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
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The Highway to Tomorrow (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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?
Pencils:
Howard Purcell
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Howard Purcell
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?

Genre:
detective-mystery; science fiction
Synopsis:
A futuristic highway project is sabotaged by a man posing as a Native American shaman.
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The Man Nobody Could See! (Table of Contents)

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?
Pencils:
Mort Meskin
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Mort Meskin
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?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
A man discovers the formula to invisibility and uses it to make himself wealthy, but he misplaces the antidote. In order to become visible again, he must turn himself over to the police.
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I Lost My Past (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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?
Pencils:
Mort Drucker
Inks:
Mort Drucker
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?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Synopsis:
Paul Martin returns to his home town but finds that none of his old friends remember him. But it is all part of a plot to restore his memory of a Nazi formula.
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The Man With 100 Wigs (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Miller
Pencils:
John Prentice
Inks:
John Prentice
Letters:
?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
A man steals a trunk of wigs that give the wearer the abilities of the people the wigs represent.
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[Tales of the Unexpected #4] (Table of Contents)

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Pencils:
John Prentice
Inks:
John Prentice
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?

Genre:
detective-mystery
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Seven Steps to the Unknown (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bill Ely
Inks:
Bill Ely
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?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Synopsis:
Zara seems to psychically know who the next target of a madman will be, but there is a logic to the attacks and rational explanation. You just have to know what it is, as Zara did.
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The Day I Broke All Records (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff
Letters:
?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
An athlete performs several amazing feats after he takes a mythological elixir, but he's not sure whether he actually performed the feats or, if he did, if the elixir was the reason.
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The Flowers of Sorcery (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Leonard Starr
Inks:
Leonard Starr
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?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Synopsis:
Painter Anton poisons Maria's lovers. To get him to confess, the police make him believe he killed Maria, but that a sorcerer can bring her back to life.
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The House Where Dreams Came True (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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?
Pencils:
John Prentice
Inks:
John Prentice
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?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Synopsis:
The dreams of the girls who live in Mrs. Moore's boarding house all have their dreams come true. All she asks in return is a lock of their hair to remember them by.
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Indexer Notes

Contents page lists this as "The House Where Dreams Come True".
First story panel has title as "The House Where Dreams Came True".

[Tales of the Unexpected #5] (Table of Contents)

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Pencils:
John Prentice
Inks:
John Prentice
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?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
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The Man Who Laughed at Locks (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ruben Moreira
Inks:
Ruben Moreira
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?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Synopsis:
Inventor Carl Farr "haunts" his friend and rival Emmet Durham to coerce a confession.
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I Was Bewitched For a Day (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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?
Pencils:
Bill Ely
Inks:
Bill Ely
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?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Synopsis:
Henry believes that a strange little man has granted his wish to change his life, but it's just a prank played by his wife and a hidden camera TV show.
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The Living Paintings (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff
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Sheldon Moldoff
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?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Synopsis:
Art expert Mr. Martin tells how he once used gimmicked paintings to produce a confession.
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The Second Life of Geoffrey Hawkes (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Miller ?
Pencils:
John Prentice
Inks:
John Prentice
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?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
History repeats itself as mysterious actor George Hale plays Geoffrey Hawkes, but was Hale really Hawkes returned from the dead?
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Indexer Notes

Contents page credits Script to Jack Miller.

[Tales of the Unexpected #6] (Table of Contents)

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Pencils:
Ruben Moreira
Inks:
Ruben Moreira
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?

Genre:
detective-mystery
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The Telecast from the Future (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
George Papp
Inks:
George Papp
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?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
After trying to fix it, TV producer Wilbur Miles has a monitor that sees across time and into the future.
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Dial M for Magic (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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?
Pencils:
Bill Ely
Inks:
Bill Ely
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?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
A man petitions to join a magicians' club, but since he won't reveal just one of his tricks, it refuses entry to the greatest magician of all, Merlin.
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The Forbidden Flowers (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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?
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff
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Sheldon Moldoff
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?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
Tom Halsey's flowers change color to match the mood of the person nearest, making a guilty man confess.
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The Girl in the Bottle (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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?
Pencils:
Ruben Moreira
Inks:
Ruben Moreira
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?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Synopsis:
People floating ashore in bottles may appear to be a supernatural occurrence, but it is only a sneaky way to smuggle foreigners into the U.S.
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[Tales of the Unexpected #7] (Table of Contents)

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Pencils:
Nick Cardy
Inks:
Nick Cardy
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?

Genre:
horror-suspense
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The Pen That Never Lied! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bernard Baily
Inks:
Bernard Baily
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?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
A magic quill pen only produces the truth, no matter what its user writes.
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Beware, I Can Read Your Mind (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff
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?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Synopsis:
As a child strange radiation gives Johnny Carter the ability to read minds, but a lifetime of hearing other people's thoughts is driving him mad.
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The Forbidden Wish (Table of Contents)

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Script:
?
Pencils:
George Roussos
Inks:
George Roussos
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?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Synopsis:
Cal Colby finds a Native American talisman that grants him whatever he wishes for, but warns him not to wish for immortality
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The Face in the Clock (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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?
Pencils:
Nick Cardy
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Nick Cardy
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?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Synopsis:
Bart Crane can't escape the face appearing in timepieces that keeps announcing the time of his death because it belongs to Father Time.
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[Tales of the Unexpected #8] (Table of Contents)

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Pencils:
Leonard Starr
Inks:
Leonard Starr
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?

Genre:
horror-suspense
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The Man Who Stole a Genie (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Mort Meskin
Inks:
Mort Meskin
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?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
Roger Hackett steals a statuette his compatriot Martin found that looks like a common trinket, but summons a genie. After proving the power of the statue true, Hackett prepares to head to a new life of wealth, but his native assistant breaks the statue while cleaning.
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The Secret of the Elephant's Tusk (Table of Contents)

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?
Pencils:
Bill Ely
Inks:
Bill Ely
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?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Synopsis:
Noonan extorts the families of people paralyzed by contact with the ivory of a sacred elephant for money to kill the animal. A shaman sees what Noonan has done and curses him with death by ivory.
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The Four Seeds of Destiny! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
George Roussos
Inks:
George Roussos
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?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Synopsis:
Ted Hall pilfers four seeds reputed to separately bring wealth, talent, beauty, and death from an Egyptian tomb. The first seeds apparently bring wealth, talent, and beauty, so Hall throws away the fourth seed, but he has misinterpreted the results of the first three seeds.
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The Camera That Could Rob (Table of Contents)

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?
Pencils:
Leonard Starr
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Leonard Starr
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?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Synopsis:
A scientist creates a camera that produces three-dimensional versions of the items photographed. The scientist's neighbor Adam Hale sees the potential in the camera and steals it, killing the scientist in the process. Hale uses the camera, realizing that what he plucks from the pictures is actually taken from the subjects of the photos and that he has drawn the attention of the police. To hide from the authorities, he photographs himself, to hide in the film until a local boy releases him later. But the scientist's cat knocks over the camera and the film is exposed and ruined.
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[Tales of the Unexpected #9] (Table of Contents)

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Leonard Starr
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Leonard Starr
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?

Genre:
science fiction
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The Amazing Cube! (Table of Contents)

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Script:
George Kashdan ?
Pencils:
Bernard Baily
Inks:
Bernard Baily
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
Harvey Hacker meets a fellow gambler who has made his own dice from a meteor and with which he cannot lose. Following him, Hacker is able to snatch one when the other gambler crashes his car outside an atomic station. Planning to analyze the cube later, Hacker finds that it is apparently getting larger and larger through the night, nearly crushing him in his own house. But when scientists arrive from the atomic station, Hacker realizes it is he and his house that have been shrinking due to the combination of the radiation and meteor the cube was made of.
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Indexer Notes

Script credit from the index for the World's Finest Comics issue reprinting this story. Verification needed as to whether Kashdan is credited in that reprint.

The Carbon Copy Man (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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?
Pencils:
George Papp
Inks:
George Papp
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?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Synopsis:
Frank Dorne has been faking teleportation with the help of his twin brother George, whose existence is unknown to the outside world since the brothers were brought up in separate orphanages. When a trick goes wrong and George is killed, Frank figures the gig is over until it appears that George has fulfilled his part of the act once again. Investigating, Frank is fatally wounded, but not before being meeting a third brother -- triplets all separated at birth -- who was trying to join in the scam.
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The Day Nobody Died (Table of Contents)

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?
Pencils:
George Roussos
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George Roussos
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?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
Dr. Jim Morgan is worried about performing his first surgery, but he notices an odd man about who seems to be able to ensure no one dies. He tries to get him to his surgery the next day, but Death's vacation is over.
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The Man Who Ate Fire (Table of Contents)

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?
Pencils:
Leonard Starr
Inks:
Leonard Starr
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?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
Tommy Briggs discovers that Edward Hermes is really an alien from Mercury and sent to Earth to prepare an invasion, but Tommy and his father alert the authorities and prevent it, with the help of the Statue of Liberty.
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[Tales of the Unexpected #10] (Table of Contents)

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Pencils:
Mort Meskin
Inks:
Mort Meskin
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?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
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The Strangest Show on Earth (Table of Contents)

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Script:
?
Pencils:
Jim Mooney
Inks:
Jim Mooney
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?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
A failing circus takes on bizarre new acts billing themselves as the Martian Circus. Though they pretend to be faking their alien acts, they are real Martians on Earth to smoke out a Martian criminal.
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The Phantom Mariner (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff
Letters:
?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
When Bruce Blake witnesses three captains going down with their ships in identical ways he begins to wonder about a connection. But when he sees one breathing underwater, and thinks about all three captains' initials, he realizes he might have been dealing with Davy Jones himself.
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The Duplicate Man (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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?
Pencils:
Bill Ely
Inks:
Bill Ely
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?

Genre:
horror-suspense; science fiction
Synopsis:
Orry Conn kills the inventor of a duplicating machine and creates a duplicate of himself to take the rap. But later he realizes that whatever happens to the original or the duplicate happens to the other, and, unfortunately for him, his duplicate is sentenced to die!
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I Was Slave to the Wizard's Lamp (Table of Contents)

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?
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Mort Meskin
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Mort Meskin
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?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
Emmet Mason purchases a lamp accompanied by a legend that the owner must keep it lit for ten years or be cursed with death. Mason protects the lamp at all costs until it is destroyed in a fire and a blue ruby found inside. The curse was a cover for the stolen gem, everyone is certain, except for Mason, who still wonders about the curse.
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[Tales of the Unexpected #11] (Table of Contents)

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Pencils:
Leonard Starr
Inks:
Leonard Starr
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
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Who Am I? (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bernard Baily
Inks:
Bernard Baily
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
A man with amnesia is forced to steal against his will by a disembodied head. He is a robot, and the head belongs to his creator. When the police trail the robot home, the scientist tries to escape, but he and the robot end up falling to their deaths.
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I Was a Man From the Future (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Nick Cardy
Inks:
Nick Cardy
Letters:
?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
Blake travels back in time through a crevice in a mountain side where he frees a good man and falls in love with a beautiful girl. To protect his new friends he returns to the present for a weapon, but when he tries to rejoin them the crevice is gone and he is stuck in the present.
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The Ghost of Hollywood (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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?
Pencils:
Bill Ely
Inks:
Bill Ely
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?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
Miles Turner makes a deal with a ghost to help him create realistic special effects for a film. But when he is forced to break the deal, through no fault of his own, the ghost ruins the film.
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The Man Who Hated Green (Table of Contents)

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?
Pencils:
Leonard Starr
Inks:
Leonard Starr
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?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Synopsis:
The paintings of Jean Malreaux put their owners into comas. Hector Abbott notices the paintings lack the color green and deduces that the painter is an impostor with an aversion to the color green, striking out at people associated with that color.
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[Tales of the Unexpected #12] (Table of Contents)

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Bill Ely
Inks:
Bill Ely
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?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
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The Four Threads of Doom (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Nick Cardy
Inks:
Nick Cardy
Letters:
?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Synopsis:
Four convicts on their way to death row escape but are re-captured as destined by the threads woven by the three Fates of ancient Greek myth.
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The Witch's Statues (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Mort Meskin
Inks:
Mort Meskin
Letters:
?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
Wygand Cornish fakes the deaths of valuable animals, creates statues of the animals for their owners, then replaces the statues with the real things in order to collect money from the grateful owners. But his plot is discovered when he makes a statue not quite as accurate as it needed to be.
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The All-Seeing Eye (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Jack Kirby
Letters:
?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
A newspaperman inherits the "all-seeing eye" which allows him to make all kinds of scoops. But when criminals try to steal it from him, he uses it to alert the police and decides it is too dangerous to keep.
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The Indestructible Man (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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?
Pencils:
Bill Ely
Inks:
Bill Ely
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?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
A man is safe from all harm and can commit any crime as long as he wears a special glove covering his vulnerable spot. But when he dips his hand in what he thinks is ink, but is really poison, he is struck dead.
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[Tales of the Unexpected #13] (Table of Contents)

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Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Jack Kirby
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
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Weapons of Destiny (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Otto Binder ?
Pencils:
Bill Ely
Inks:
Bill Ely
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Synopsis:
A man with no memory is compelled to steal three weapons, but he doesn't know why. When he sees Professor Desmond on television, he senses he can solve the mystery. And he does, by telling the man he is artist Ted Thorn and he is to draw those weapons for the professor's latest book.
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Indexer Notes

Script credit from the index for the World's Finest Comics issue reprinting this story. Verification needed as to whether Binder is credited in that reprint.

The Thing from the Skies (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Mort Meskin
Inks:
Mort Meskin
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
Rupert Corbin sees a small spaceship land, but is told by its inventor that it is only a mechanical prop. Corbin figures he can make money to pay back his gambling debts from pictures of the craft anyway, and kills Professor Lucas to do it. But Corbin is visited by small space travelers who reveal that Lucas was their contact on Earth and they take him home to their planet to face justice.
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Second Warning! (Table of Contents)

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Script:
?
Pencils:
George Papp
Inks:
George Papp
Letters:
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Genre:
fantasy-supernatural; war
Synopsis:
Pete Newell returns to the battlefields of World War II where he is saved from angry locals by ghostly help.
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I Was a Prisoner of the Supernatural (Table of Contents)

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Script:
Ed Herron
Pencils:
Nick Cardy
Inks:
Nick Cardy
Letters:
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Genre:
horror-suspense
Synopsis:
Jasper Murdock, an actor playing the role of Mephistopheles, agrees to a deal with the Devil, but refuses to fulfill the contract and is rewarded.
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The Face Behind the Mask (Table of Contents)

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Script:
Ed Herron
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Jack Kirby
Letters:
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Genre:
detective-mystery
Synopsis:
Jay Hamilton woos an actress who spends each night with her face covered in bandages. She claims to be 300 years old and to have a magic potion that keeps her young for a short period of time. Since she has run out of the potion, Jay and his father accompany her to meet the sorcerer who sells her the elixir, but Zoe Ann admits it's all a scam and the men turn the "sorcerer" over to the police.
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[Tales of the Unexpected #14] (Table of Contents)

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Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff
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Sheldon Moldoff
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Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
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The Forbidden Game (Table of Contents)

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Script:
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Pencils:
Mort Meskin
Inks:
Mort Meskin
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Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
A sorcerer gives Alex Denton unlimited power as long as he never rides in a vehicle of a certain color, but the sorcerer refuses to say which color. Denton tricks the sorcerer into revealing the color, but then is in accident that leaves him color blind and he accidentally enters a car of the forbidden shade.
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Cry, Clown, Cry (Table of Contents)

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Pencils:
Bernard Baily
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Bernard Baily
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Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
Tom Grayson follows his father into the family business as a circus clown, though the family line is subject to an ancient curse. But Tom finally breaks the curse by learning to laugh at himself.
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The Man Who Owned King Arthur's Sword (Table of Contents)

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Script:
?
Pencils:
George Papp
Inks:
George Papp
Letters:
?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
Criminals use a phony sword of King Arthur to defraud the public, but when one of the criminals kills his partner and then loses the sword in the ocean he must dive for it. Below he finds the real sword of King Arthur, but it severs his air hose and he dies too.
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The Green Gorilla (Table of Contents)

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Script:
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Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff
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Sheldon Moldoff
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Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
A blackmailer is pursued by a green gorilla only he can see or hear thanks to the mystical Tibetan statue he extorts from one of his victims.
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[Tales of the Unexpected #15] (Table of Contents)

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Pencils:
Ruben Moreira
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Ruben Moreira
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?

Genre:
science fiction
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Three Wishes to Doom (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Jack Kirby
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Synopsis:
Inmates Ram Crowder and Silky Martin find a magical lamp which grants them three wishes, including freedom, though not riches. But Ram is OK with that because he stashed the stolen money from his last job...which is Silky's cue to reveal this was all a sting to get Ram to reveal the location of the money.
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The Sinister Cannon (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bernard Baily
Inks:
Bernard Baily
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
Men are compelled to create a cannon for a being claiming to be a moon-dweller, supposedly to send him back to the moon, but the moon-dweller is really a mole-man and the cannon is to send him back into the Earth. Once accomplished the men seal the hole in the ground so he can't return.
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The Rainbow Man (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
George Roussos
Inks:
George Roussos
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?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
Dr. Hargate discovers how chameleons change color and gives himself the same abilities in order to commit crimes. But he doesn't realize he has a color-blind neighbor who can spot him.
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The City of Three Dooms (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Mort Meskin
Inks:
Mort Meskin
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?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
A Nazi sub travels through time to three different eras, but decides it would be better for them if they just turned themselves in in the present.
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[Tales of the Unexpected #16] (Table of Contents)

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Pencils:
Ruben Moreira
Inks:
Ruben Moreira
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?

Genre:
science fiction
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The Magic Hammer (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Jack Kirby
Letters:
?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
Gerald Bard finds Thor's hammer and uses it as a rainmaker, but Thor arrives to retrieve it.
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I Was a Spy for Them (Table of Contents)

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Script:
?
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Mort Meskin
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Mort Meskin
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?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
Aliens use a scientist to do research on Earth for them before their invasion, but they don't count on him having a secret weapon to stop them.
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The Exile From Earth (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Dave Wood
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff
Letters:
?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
Kirk Randall uses an ancient Egyptian ring to makes himself invulnerable -- as long as he doesn't touch the ground -- to commit a string of robberies, but he falls onto a roof garden and is caught.
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The Interplantary Line-Up (Table of Contents)

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Script:
?
Pencils:
Ruben Moreira
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Ruben Moreira
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Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
A detective searches a science-fiction writers' masquerade ball for an alien. After several mistakes, he finally spots the tell-tale clue giving the alien away.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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[Tales of the Unexpected #17] (Table of Contents)

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Pencils:
Ruben Moreira; Jack Adler (washes)
Inks:
Ruben Moreira
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Reprints:

Who Is Mr. Ashtar? (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Jack Kirby
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?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
A hotel detective helps a man from the future get a picture of blueprints of a weapon necessary to repel a Martian invasion in 2957.
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Beware the Thinking Cap (Table of Contents)

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Script:
?
Pencils:
Bill Ely
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Bill Ely
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?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
Johnny Manton steals a cap from a museum reputed to give its wearer great intelligence, but Manton doesn't know that the cap only allows itself to be used for good.
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The Bullet Man (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bernard Baily
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Bernard Baily
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?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
Due to a mixture of elements from a meteorite and scrap metal from an atomic research lab in his ID tag, inmate Chick Durant is able to leave his cell for 25 minutes at a time. But Durant is stuck on an uncharted island when he reshapes his tag, altering the mixture.
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The Impossible Voyage (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jim Mooney
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Jim Mooney
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Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
As a prank, aliens take people lining up for a new amusement ride on a real ride through the solar system.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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[Tales of the Unexpected #18] (Table of Contents)

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Pencils:
Jack Kirby
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Jack Kirby
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?

Genre:
science fiction
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The Man Without a World (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jim Mooney
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Jim Mooney
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?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
Howard Chase accepts the opportunity to leave Earth forever offered by aliens, but he eventually becomes homesick. The aliens insist he keep his part of the bargain until he saves the life of one of them.
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The Riddle of the Glass Bubble (Table of Contents)

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Script:
?
Pencils:
Mort Meskin
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Mort Meskin
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?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
A bomb meant for another planet will destroy Earth in 12 days unless someone finds a way to deactivate it. Though scientists are stumped a boy's dog whistle proves just the thing.
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The Amazing Swap Shop (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Nick Cardy
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Nick Cardy
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?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
People are able to barter for amazing scientific marvels at an odd little shop, but only for a brief time, as the proprietor is only collecting Earth objects for his space fair for a limited time.
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The Man Who Collected Planets (Table of Contents)

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Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Jack Kirby
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?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
Astronomer Bradley Wells is abducted by the alien Sardor who has captured and shrunk several planets to extract their elemental resources. But Wells traps Sardor, returns the planets to their proper sizes and positions, and returns to Earth.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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[Tales of the Unexpected #19] (Table of Contents)

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Pencils:
Bob Brown
Inks:
Bob Brown
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?

Genre:
science fiction
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The Man From Two Worlds (Table of Contents)

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Script:
?
Pencils:
Nick Cardy
Inks:
Nick Cardy
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
Aliens convince a man he is one of them in order to get his help procuring radium, but he realizes they are lying about him being an alien and he tricks them into leaving empty-handed.
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D-Day on Planet Vulcan (Table of Contents)

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?
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Jim Mooney
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Jim Mooney
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science fiction
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The planet Vulcan contacts Earth for help coming up with a military strategy to defend themselves ag

The Human Lie Detector (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bill Ely
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Bill Ely
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?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
A man's face changes colors when in the vicinity of someone lying. He aids the police until gangland hears of his ability and kidnaps him. As he escapes from them, he hits high-voltage wires and loses his ability.
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The Menace of the Fireball (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bob Brown
Inks:
Bob Brown
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?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
A scientist accidentally draws a fireball towards Earth and nothing seems able to stop its course until his wacky inventor father provides just the machine needed.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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[Tales of the Unexpected #20] (Table of Contents)

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Pencils:
Ruben Moreira
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Ruben Moreira
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?

Genre:
science fiction
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The Earth Gladiator (Table of Contents)

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Script:
?
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Nick Cardy
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Nick Cardy
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Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
Aliens will take possession of Earth unless John Trent can defeat their champion in a game of survival. Though out-gunned, Trent uses his wits to protect the world.
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The Remarkable Mr. Multiplier (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bill Ely
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Bill Ely
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?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
Thad Merkel invents a machine to mass-produce copies of things like cars and planes, but the machine seems to have a childlike mind of its own. This playfulness helps the inventor stop a group of thieves, but the idea of a self-aware machine is too dangerous, and Merkel destroys its master circuit.
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I Was Marooned on Planet Earth (Table of Contents)

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Bernard Baily
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Bernard Baily
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Genre:
science fiction
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A Saturnian is accidentally rocketed to Earth where he must find a source of radium in order to return home.
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You Stole Our Planet (Table of Contents)

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Ruben Moreira
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Ruben Moreira
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Genre:
science fiction
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Working on a way to create a barrier against nuclear fallout, two scientists are visited by creatures accusing humans of having stolen their world. Eventually the creatures realize they are not on their planet and the scientists reverse their experiment, sending the creatures back to their universe.
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Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. Showcase Presents Tales of the Unexpected
  4. 3. Table of Contents
  5. 4. [Tales of the Unexpected #1]
  6. 5. The "Out-of-the-World Club"
  7. 6. The Dream Lamp
  8. 7. The Secret of Cell Sixteen
  9. 8. The Cartoon That Came to Life
  10. 9. [Tales of the Unexpected #2]
  11. 10. The Magic Hats of M'sieu La Farge
  12. 11. The Fastest Man Alive
  13. 12. The Record of Doom
  14. 13. The Gorilla Who Saved the World
  15. 14. [Tales of the Unexpected #3]
  16. 15. The Highway to Tomorrow
  17. 16. The Man Nobody Could See!
  18. 17. I Lost My Past
  19. 18. The Man With 100 Wigs
  20. 19. [Tales of the Unexpected #4]
  21. 20. Seven Steps to the Unknown
  22. 21. The Day I Broke All Records
  23. 22. The Flowers of Sorcery
  24. 23. The House Where Dreams Came True
  25. 24. [Tales of the Unexpected #5]
  26. 25. The Man Who Laughed at Locks
  27. 26. I Was Bewitched For a Day
  28. 27. The Living Paintings
  29. 28. The Second Life of Geoffrey Hawkes
  30. 29. [Tales of the Unexpected #6]
  31. 30. The Telecast from the Future
  32. 31. Dial M for Magic
  33. 32. The Forbidden Flowers
  34. 33. The Girl in the Bottle
  35. 34. [Tales of the Unexpected #7]
  36. 35. The Pen That Never Lied!
  37. 36. Beware, I Can Read Your Mind
  38. 37. The Forbidden Wish
  39. 38. The Face in the Clock
  40. 39. [Tales of the Unexpected #8]
  41. 40. The Man Who Stole a Genie
  42. 41. The Secret of the Elephant's Tusk
  43. 42. The Four Seeds of Destiny!
  44. 43. The Camera That Could Rob
  45. 44. [Tales of the Unexpected #9]
  46. 45. The Amazing Cube!
  47. 46. The Carbon Copy Man
  48. 47. The Day Nobody Died
  49. 48. The Man Who Ate Fire
  50. 49. [Tales of the Unexpected #10]
  51. 50. The Strangest Show on Earth
  52. 51. The Phantom Mariner
  53. 52. The Duplicate Man
  54. 53. I Was Slave to the Wizard's Lamp
  55. 54. [Tales of the Unexpected #11]
  56. 55. Who Am I?
  57. 56. I Was a Man From the Future
  58. 57. The Ghost of Hollywood
  59. 58. The Man Who Hated Green
  60. 59. [Tales of the Unexpected #12]
  61. 60. The Four Threads of Doom
  62. 61. The Witch's Statues
  63. 62. The All-Seeing Eye
  64. 63. The Indestructible Man
  65. 64. [Tales of the Unexpected #13]
  66. 65. Weapons of Destiny
  67. 66. The Thing from the Skies
  68. 67. Second Warning!
  69. 68. I Was a Prisoner of the Supernatural
  70. 69. The Face Behind the Mask
  71. 70. [Tales of the Unexpected #14]
  72. 71. The Forbidden Game
  73. 72. Cry, Clown, Cry
  74. 73. The Man Who Owned King Arthur's Sword
  75. 74. The Green Gorilla
  76. 75. [Tales of the Unexpected #15]
  77. 76. Three Wishes to Doom
  78. 77. The Sinister Cannon
  79. 78. The Rainbow Man
  80. 79. The City of Three Dooms
  81. 80. [Tales of the Unexpected #16]
  82. 81. The Magic Hammer
  83. 82. I Was a Spy for Them
  84. 83. The Exile From Earth
  85. 84. The Interplantary Line-Up
  86. 85. [no title indexed]
  87. 86. [Tales of the Unexpected #17]
  88. 87. Who Is Mr. Ashtar?
  89. 88. Beware the Thinking Cap
  90. 89. The Bullet Man
  91. 90. The Impossible Voyage
  92. 91. [no title indexed]
  93. 92. [Tales of the Unexpected #18]
  94. 93. The Man Without a World
  95. 94. The Riddle of the Glass Bubble
  96. 95. The Amazing Swap Shop
  97. 96. The Man Who Collected Planets
  98. 97. [no title indexed]
  99. 98. [Tales of the Unexpected #19]
  100. 99. The Man From Two Worlds
  101. 100. D-Day on Planet Vulcan
  102. 101. The Human Lie Detector
  103. 102. The Menace of the Fireball
  104. 103. [no title indexed]
  105. 104. [Tales of the Unexpected #20]
  106. 105. The Earth Gladiator
  107. 106. The Remarkable Mr. Multiplier
  108. 107. I Was Marooned on Planet Earth
  109. 108. You Stole Our Planet
  110. 109. [The Graphic Novels Section of DCCOMICS.com]
  111. 110. Tales of the Unexpected Volume 1
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