(November-December 1957)

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

Issue Notes

Third appearance of the Challengers of the Unknown.


The Day the Earth Blew Up! (Table of Contents)

Challengers of the Unknown / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Jack Kirby
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ira Schnapp ?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]; General Tolek
Reprints:

Teddy Roosevelt: Guardian of Nature (Table of Contents: 1)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Jack Schiff
Pencils:
Ruben Moreira
Inks:
Ruben Moreira
Letters:
Ira Schnapp

Genre:
non-fiction; advocacy

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

The Day the Earth Blew Up (Table of Contents: 2)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Dave Wood ?; Jack Kirby ? (see notes)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Marvin Stein ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Pat Gordon ?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Rocky Davis; Professor Haley; Red Ryan]; Carl Jackson; Warren Moss; Commander Lockwood; Colonel Price; General Tolek (villain); Garnat (villain); other Tyrans (villains)
Synopsis:
At the Pentagon, Navy officers and scientists are stumped. Two scientists mysteriously disappeared in Antarctica. They call in "men capable of handling the unknown." Ace, Rocky, and Red fly off, picking up Prof along the way. Off New Guinea, Prof is astounded to find a volcano rising from the sea bed. In the Antarctic, the Challengers snow-tractor toward the mystery spot. The tractor bogs in a snowstorm and needs repairs. Ace and Rocky explore and fall through thin ice! They land on a futuristic bridge. Above, Prof and Red are captured by skinny orange aliens in bubble-suits.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Possible Stein inks per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo. Although Stein had conversations with Greg Theakston denying he inked any Challengers stories it's possible Stein forgot he worked on them. Previous indexer credited Bruno Premiani. Possible Wood script and Kirby revisions per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo.

["Here is the famous tomb of Tut-Ankah!"] (Table of Contents: 3)

Moolah the Mystic / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Reprints:

Chapter Two: The Tyrans (Table of Contents: 4)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Dave Wood ?; Jack Kirby ? (see notes)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Marvin Stein ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Pat Gordon ?

Genre:
adventure
Synopsis:
Two captured Challengers are dropped down a miles-deep airlift. Ace and Rocky find an airshaft and search for miles. They reach a underground city of aliens with an army preparing for invasion. Ace tries to capture a sentry, but the alien anticipates his every move with its computer-like mind. All four Challs are imprisoned with the missing scientists. The aliens are planting charges all over the world to blow away chunks and reduce Earth's mass intending to enslave the human race. Prof realizes the undersea volcano was a test. The Challengers plan to attack when the aliens are at rest.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Possible Stein inks per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo. Although Stein had conversations with Greg Theakston denying he inked any Challengers stories it's possible Stein forgot he worked on them. Previous indexer credited Bruno Premiani. Possible Wood script and Kirby revisions per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo.

["That's nice!"] (Table of Contents: 5)

Shorty / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Reprints:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Palisades Amusement Park / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

["The oldest symbol in comics..."] (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Tomahawk; Superman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Chapter Three: The Thing That Came Out of the Sea (Table of Contents: 8)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Dave Wood ?; Jack Kirby ? (see notes)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Marvin Stein ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Pat Gordon ?

Genre:
adventure
Synopsis:
The Challengers hypnotize an alien who leads them to a gravity control room. The team crank the gravity high, pinning the aliens to the ground. Ace and Rocky try to destroy the main detonator. Prof and Red teleport to Washington and alert the military who bring their forces to the battle. Prof is given a wearable minisub and attempts to dismantle the bomb. Underground Ace, Rocky and the two scientists flee a gas attack and gun-cars. Cranking a valve brings raging heat that crisps aliens and slags the bomb detonator. In the Pacific, a claw-machine erupts from the ocean to attack the Navy.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Possible Stein inks per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo. Although Stein had conversations with Greg Theakston denying he inked any Challengers stories it's possible Stein forgot he worked on them. Previous indexer credited Bruno Premiani. Possible Wood script and Kirby revisions per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo.

The Man from Nowhere (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Time-Traveling into the Past and the Future! (Table of Contents: 10)

Just Imagine / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Virgil Finlay
Inks:
Virgil Finlay
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Reprints:

Chapter Four: One Minute to Doom (Table of Contents: 11)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Dave Wood ?; Jack Kirby ? (see notes)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Marvin Stein ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Pat Gordon ?

Genre:
adventure
Synopsis:
On the Pacific island, Red sprays a new secret chemical weapon, a corrosive gas that eats the machine. Soon Ace leads a fleet of bombers to pound what's left of the alien base, and the menace is over. Their only casualty is Prof, who caught a cold diving off the South Pole!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Possible Stein inks per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo. Although Stein had conversations with Greg Theakston denying he inked any Challengers stories it's possible Stein forgot he worked on them. Previous indexer credited Bruno Premiani. Possible Wood script and Kirby revisions per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

American Specialty Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Day the Earth Blew Up!
    Challengers of the Unknown
  2. 1. Teddy Roosevelt: Guardian of Nature
  3. 2. The Day the Earth Blew Up
    Challengers of the Unknown
  4. 3. ["Here is the famous tomb of Tut-Ankah!"]
    Moolah the Mystic
  5. 4. Chapter Two: The Tyrans
    Challengers of the Unknown
  6. 5. ["That's nice!"]
    Shorty
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Palisades Amusement Park
  8. 7. ["The oldest symbol in comics..."]
    Tomahawk; Superman
  9. 8. Chapter Three: The Thing That Came Out of the Sea
    Challengers of the Unknown
  10. 9. The Man from Nowhere
  11. 10. Time-Traveling into the Past and the Future!
    Just Imagine
  12. 11. Chapter Four: One Minute to Doom
    Challengers of the Unknown
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    American Specialty Co.
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Stephens Credit Sales
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Garcelon Stamp Co.
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Bob Hughes
  • Clayton Emery
  • Nick Caputo
  • Merlin Haas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Gregory Fischer
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Clayton Emery
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Ed Boner