(August-September 1955)

DC, 1955 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1955-06-05
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand
Superman DC National Comics
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (credited); Robert Kanigher (actual)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Silver Age, then Modern Age US
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched (Squarebound #112-117, 120, 200)
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration.


The Brave and the Bold! (Table of Contents)

Golden Gladiator; Viking Prince; Silent Knight / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Russ Heath (Golden Gladiator); Joe Kubert (Viking Prince); Irv Novick (Silent Knight)
Inks
Russ Heath (Golden Gladiator); Joe Kubert (Viking Prince); Irv Novick (Silent Knight)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset; Ira Schnapp (logo design)

Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
The Golden Gladiator; The Viking Prince; The Silent Knight
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Indexer Notes

Kanigher has stated in more than one interview (Comics Journal, Alter Ego) that he did basic layouts and wrote the copy for all of his covers. Logo design credit from Todd Klein via his Facebook page, used with permission.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Jowett Institute of Physical Training / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Thunder of the Chariots! (Table of Contents: 2)

The Golden Gladiator / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Ed Herron
Pencils
Russ Heath (signed)
Inks
Russ Heath (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
The Golden Gladiator (intro); Praetor Clodius Crassus; Cinna (villain); Caius; Lucia; Crixus; Cotta
Synopsis
Marcus, a young shepherd, is grabbed and falsely accused of attacking a Praetor by the conniving soldier Cinna. Sentenced to a slave galley for life, Marcus becomes a muscled giant. He saves the crew from a loose lion by slinging his chain. He's sold to Cinna and handed to the gladiators and trained. He beats down hated rivals and rides a bull, despite sabotaged weapons from Cinna. He even wins the chariot race with only a shield. He's given the golden helmet and breastplate of the Golden Gladiator - but Cinna plots revenge.
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Keywords
chariot race; Gladiator; Rome; slave galley

Indexer Notes

1) Indicia is on the first page of this story. 2) Marcus's story echoes SPARTACUS, the 1951 novel by Howard Fast, which became the 1960 movie starring Kirk Douglas.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

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

Battle for the Dragon Ship! (Table of Contents: 4)

The Viking Prince / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Joe Kubert
Inks
Joe Kubert
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
The Viking Prince; Captain Olaf; Gunnda; Sardluck (villain); Thorvald (villain)
Synopsis
A blond Viking is pulled from the water, but has no memory of his past. Gunna names him "Jon, the Shining, [after] the great Viking Prince of old!" But a spy knows him and reports to Baron Thorvald that "the youth" still lives. The spy threatens Jon's hosts, but gets a surprise as he fights with fish net, sword, and anything handy. Baron Thorvald comes in a dragon ship to capture him. The Viking Prince has himself shot from a catapult to tear the dragonship sail. He brawls with Vikings as Thorvald jumps overboard. Together they'll fight tyranny, as Jon seeks his lost identity.
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Keywords
dragonship; Viking

The Sea Rovers (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Jerry Grandenetti
Inks
Jerry Grandenetti
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction; historical
Characters
Vikings
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script and art credits verified from copies of DC editorial records sent to Gene Reed from Nelson Bridwell in 1986.

Binky Says: "Never Underestimate a New Idea!" (Table of Contents: 6)

Binky / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Schiff
Pencils
Win Mortimer
Inks
Win Mortimer
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
advocacy; teen
Characters
Binky; Allergy

The Fighting Legions of Rome (Table of Contents: 7)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Miller
Pencils
Raymond Perry
Inks
Raymond Perry
Colors
Raymond Perry
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
A short acount of how the Roman Legionnaires were organized.

Indexer Notes

Script credit verified from copies of DC editorial records sent to Gene Reed from Nelson Bridwell in 1986.

Duel in Forest Perilous! (Table of Contents: 8)

The Silent Knight / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Irv Novick (initialed)
Inks
Irv Novick
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
The Silent Knight; Sir Oswald Bane (villain); Sir Edwin Kent; Sir Grot
Synopsis
Sir Edwin Kent dies in a joust because Sir Oswald Bane sabotaged his lance. His son Brian, an orphan, cannot take the throne until he's a knight. Tough Sir Grot trains the boy relentlessly, but no one can handle the hawk Slasher. Squire Brian chases the hawk into the Forest Perilous and finds a suit of armor with a hawk emblem. He dons it just as knights try to seize a girl. Keeping silent lest he's exposed (as a mere squire, not a knight), he drives them off with Slasher's help. He leaves the suit hanging and finds everyone in the castle talks about the mysterious Silent Knight!
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Indexer Notes

Irv Novick often initialed his splash pages with a small colophon, a circle with "IN" or maybe "Irv" inside.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

Laughing Arena / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Irwin Hasen
Pencils
Irwin Hasen
Inks
Irwin Hasen
Colors
?
Letters
Irwin Hasen

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It's a grudge race!
Genre
humor
Characters
Maximus; Minimus
Synopsis
Roman gladiator arena humor.
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Indexer Notes

Script and art credits verified from copies of DC editorial records sent to Gene Reed from Nelson Bridwell in 1986.

Judy and Jim Defy Savage Gorilla (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Cloverine Brand Salve / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Need Extra Spending Money? (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Stuart Greetings, Inc. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

For Super Summer Fun! Buy and Shoot a Daisy Air Rifle! (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Daisy Manufacturing Company / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Brave and the Bold!
    Golden Gladiator; Viking Prince; Silent Knight
  2. 1. ["Hi there, Pal! Win some of these 100 Silver Anniversary Prizes!"]
    Jowett Institute of Physical Training
  3. 2. The Thunder of the Chariots!
    The Golden Gladiator
  4. 3. ["To the boys and girls of America..."]
    DC Comics
  5. 4. Battle for the Dragon Ship!
    The Viking Prince
  6. 5. The Sea Rovers
  7. 6. Binky Says: "Never Underestimate a New Idea!"
    Binky
  8. 7. The Fighting Legions of Rome
  9. 8. Duel in Forest Perilous!
    The Silent Knight
  10. 9. ["It's a grudge race!"]
    Laughing Arena
  11. 10. Judy and Jim Defy Savage Gorilla
    Cloverine Brand Salve
  12. 11. Need Extra Spending Money?
    Stuart Greetings, Inc.
  13. 12. For Super Summer Fun! Buy and Shoot a Daisy Air Rifle!
    Daisy Manufacturing Company
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