(November-December 1956)

DC, 1956 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
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); Jack Schiff (actual)
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Silver Age US; then standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
newsprint
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

The Human Eel (Table of Contents)

Manhunters / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Ruben Moreira
Inks:
Ruben Moreira
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ira Schnapp

Genre:
crime
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

In The Amazing World of DC Comics #10, in the article, "There's No Cases Like Showcases", Jack C. Harris discusses how the editors tried different features in SHOWCASE. Firefighters (#1), animal adventures (#2), and frogmen (#3) had not sold well. "Showcase #4 [The Flash] was the one that clicked, but sales reports, slow as they were, did not reach the home office until months later. So, off in another direction went [Editor] Jack Schiff and artists Mort Meskin, Curt Swan, and Bill Ely who presented the detective work of three Manhunters #5 (Nov/Dec., 1956)."

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

Garcelon Stamp Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Greatest Villain of All Time (Table of Contents)

Manhunters / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Miller
Pencils:
Mort Meskin
Inks:
Mort Meskin
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Lt. Harry Fowler; Sergeant Collins; Ben Gatewood (Producer); Leif Conrad (Director); Danny Tell (Public Relations); Otto Sands (Actor)
Synopsis:
A thief is stealing artifacts that recreate roles from famous movies such as "The Mad Maestro" and "Phantom of the City". Only Lt. Harry Fowler, once a Hollywood screenwriter, makes the connection to catch Leif Conrad, driven mad to recreate his roles and become "The Greatest Villain of All Time."
Reprints:

Boys and Girls!! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Anra, Inc. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Binky's Special Election Exhibit (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jack Schiff
Pencils:
Bob Oksner
Inks:
Bob Oksner
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ira Schnapp

Genre:
advocacy; teen
Characters:
Binky Biggs; kids; citizens
Synopsis:
Binky notes kids aren't old enough to vote, but can help adults vote by providing babysitting services, help with English for new citizens, registration drives, and more. "In 1952, 37 percent of the eligible U.S. voters failed to vote... Let's do our bit!"

Indexer Notes

Published in cooperation with the National Social Welfare Assembly.

The Two Faces of Mr. X (Table of Contents)

Manhunters / comic story / 7.66 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Miller
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
Sy Barry
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Don Reed; FBI agents; Alex Tate (crime boss); gangsters
Synopsis:
Don Reed is a top fashion model. Until the FBI wants him to impersonate Alex Tate, the leader of a crime syndicate. Reed, a former counter-intelligence agent, secretly studies Tate to prepare for the role. The FBI snatches Tate, who laughs the "stooge" will get "the surprise of your life". At the gang HQ, the posing Reed learns Tate was due to undergo plastic surgery to change his face! Forced into the operating room, Reed wraps in bandages and breaks loose with knockout gas to capture the gang.
Reprints:

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

Wildroot Cream-Oil / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

["Neckties!"] (Table of Contents)

Warden Willis / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff
Colors:
?
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Warden Willis; convict; guard
Synopsis:
Warden Willis finds out why the convict asked his friends to mail him neckties.

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Daisy Manufacturing Company / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

["Officer! There's a riot going on back there!"] (Table of Contents)

Casey the Cop / comic story / 0.66 page (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff
Colors:
?
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Casey the Cop; Old Lady
Synopsis:
An old woman calls Casey to a "riot" of yelling - at a baseball game!

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Palisades Amusement Park / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

Secrets of the Secret Service (Table of Contents)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as John Maxwell]
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Typeset

Genre:
non-fiction; spy
Synopsis:
"Originally established to do counter-espionage work, the agency has assumed many other crime-busting tasks," such a catching counterfeiters.

The Human Eel (Table of Contents)

Manhunters / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Miller
Pencils:
Bill Ely
Inks:
Bill Ely
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Agent Drew; The Human Eel; Zorac; police of many nations
Synopsis:
Agent Drew is obsessed with stopping The Human Eel's empire of crime. The Eel wears a special "shock suit" that jolts his enemies into submission. Even Drew suffered a shock, and now has a weak heart, so can't function at heights. He pursues the Eel atop the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramid of Egypt, but gasps for air so the Eel escapes. Finally, in Johannesburg, he disguises as Zorac, the Eel's criminal competitor. Donning an oxygen mask, he mounts a high bridge to confront the Eel and smashes the controls of his "shock suit".
Reprints:
Keywords:
Argentina; Egypt; Eiffel Tower; France; pyramid; South Africa

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American Specialty Company / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Disneyland Color Television Set / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Stephens Credit Sales / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Baby Ruth / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Human Eel
    Manhunters
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Garcelon Stamp Co.
  3. 2. The Greatest Villain of All Time
    Manhunters
  4. 3. Boys and Girls!!
    Anra, Inc.
  5. 4. Binky's Special Election Exhibit
    Binky
  6. 5. The Two Faces of Mr. X
    Manhunters
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Wildroot Cream-Oil
  8. 7. ["Neckties!"]
    Warden Willis
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Manufacturing Company
  10. 9. ["Officer! There's a riot going on back there!"]
    Casey the Cop
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Palisades Amusement Park
  12. 11. Secrets of the Secret Service
  13. 12. The Human Eel
    Manhunters
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    American Specialty Company
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Disneyland Color Television Set
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Stephens Credit Sales
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Baby Ruth
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