(January-February 1958)

DC, 1956 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
On-sale date:
1957
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

Fourth appearance of the Challengers of the Unknown.


Menace of the Ancient Vials! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Jack Kirby; Roz Kirby (blacks)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ira Schnapp

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]
Reprints:
Keywords:
giant octopi; speed boats

Indexer Notes

Previously inker listed as Marvin Stein. Per Stein's conversations with Greg Theakston, he did not ink any Challengers stories.

Draw Bob Hope! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Art Instruction, Inc. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Menace of the Ancient Vials! Chapter 1 (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Dave Wood
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Leonard Starr ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]; Amos Hunter; VILLAINS: Brommer; Gortz; Karnak; Kraken
Synopsis:
Karnak and his men land on an island while trying to escape from the Challengers. There they find Amos Hunter and 5 mysterious vials. The first vial makes two members of the gang into giants.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Lettering credit from Rodrigo Baeza via the GCD-chat mailing list, March 2007. Previous indexer's identification of the inker as George Klein is disputed by Nick Caputo and Tony Rose.

The Kings of Comedy! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

Rocket Take-Off... (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Mort Drucker
Pencils:
Mort Drucker
Inks:
Mort Drucker
Colors:
?
Letters:
Mort Drucker

Genre:
non-fiction; math & science
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer and art credits confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics.

Chapter Two: The Fire Being! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Dave Wood
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Leonard Starr ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]
Synopsis:
The next vial releases a fiery salamander that begins to burn down the island.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Previous indexer's identification of the inker as George Klein is disputed by Nick Caputo and Tony Rose.

["Professor, your research and development..."] (Table of Contents)

Professor Eureka / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

First line from Arthur Lortie.

Chapter 3: The Demon from the Depths (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Dave Wood
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Leonard Starr ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]
Synopsis:
The fiery salamander is defeated but the third vial releases a giant octopus creature.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Previous indexer's identification of the inker as George Klein is disputed by Nick Caputo and Tony Rose.

Wanted: A Teen-Age Code (Table of Contents)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
advocacy

The Day I Climbed Magic Mountain (Table of Contents)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Chater 4: The Deadly Duplicates! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Dave Wood
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Leonard Starr ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]
Synopsis:
The fourth vial turns Karnak into 50 copies of himself.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Feature continued in Challengers of the Unknown (DC, 1958 series) #1. Previous indexer's identification of the inker as George Klein is disputed by Nick Caputo and Tony Rose.

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

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

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

Nutty Putty / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

100 Toy Soldiers / advertisement / 0.5 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) /

Daisy Air Rifles / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Menace of the Ancient Vials!
    Challengers of the Unknown
  2. 1. Draw Bob Hope!
    Art Instruction, Inc.
  3. 2. The Menace of the Ancient Vials! Chapter 1
    Challengers of the Unknown
  4. 3. The Kings of Comedy!
  5. 4. Rocket Take-Off...
  6. 5. Chapter Two: The Fire Being!
    Challengers of the Unknown
  7. 6. ["Professor, your research and development..."]
    Professor Eureka
  8. 7. Chapter 3: The Demon from the Depths
    Challengers of the Unknown
  9. 8. Wanted: A Teen-Age Code
  10. 9. The Day I Climbed Magic Mountain
  11. 10. Chater 4: The Deadly Duplicates!
    Challengers of the Unknown
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Garcelon Stamp Co.
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Nutty Putty
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    100 Toy Soldiers
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Stephens Credit Sales
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Clayton Emery
  • Mike White
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  • Jim Van Dore
  • Jochen G.
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