(June-July 1958)

DC, 1958 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1958-04-15
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 U.S.
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration.


The Monster Maker! (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]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inks credit from Bob Hughes. We previously credited Marvin Stein.

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

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

The Traitorous Challenger (Table of Contents: 2)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 10 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; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]; June Robbins (called June Walker); Digger Bill; An atomic beast
Synopsis
A prospector uncovers a monster, an indestructible one-eyed walking box that tramples villages. The Challengers's weapons don't make a dent. And June mysteriously sabotages their efforts! Prof finally guesses the monster's one eye is solar-powered. Pursued until sunset, the monster expires. June had run a computer program that predicted the Challengers would die, hence her sabotage. But her efforts changed the equation, so she saved the day!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Possible Stein inks per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo after studying his concurrent work. In conversations with Greg Theakston, Stein said he did not ink any Challengers stories but it's possible he had forgotten. Previous indexers credited Jack and Roz Kirby on inks. Possible Kirby script revisions per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo.

Glad to See You! (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Sgt. Bilko's Pvt. Doberman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

Block Busters / activity / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You don't have to know how to fly an airplane...
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

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

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

Peter Puptent Explorer / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It's hot in this desert sun...
Genre
humor

The Day Earth Was Stolen (Table of Contents: 7)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

The Monster Maker (Table of Contents: 8)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 14 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; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]; Dr. Hascomb; Roc
Synopsis
The Challengers pursue Roc, a would-be conqueror. Using "mind over matter," Roc runs them off by mentally conjuring a giant ape and missile. Fighting fire with fire, the scientist who created the mind-over-matter machine gives Ace similar powers. They battle with a conjured dragon, knight, giant vacuum cleaner, mirrors, and more. Finally Ace uses spinning circles to hypnotize and capture Roc.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Possible Stein inks per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo after studying his concurrent work. In conversations with Greg Theakston, Stein said he did not ink any Challengers stories but it's possible he had forgotten. Previous indexers credited Jack and Roz Kirby on inks. Possible Kirby script revisions per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo.

Henry Villard (Table of Contents: 9)

Headline Heroes / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
non-fiction; biography
Reprints

Nature's Prize Pupil! (Table of Contents: 10)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Schiff
Pencils
Bob Brown
Inks
Bob Brown
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
advocacy

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11)

Doctor Rocket / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Job Number
5579
First Line of Dialogue or Text
This looks like a strange planet!
Genre
humor; science fiction

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

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

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

Joe Weider / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

100 Toy Soldiers / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Monster Maker!
    Challengers of the Unknown
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Littleton Stamp Co.
  3. 2. The Traitorous Challenger
    Challengers of the Unknown
  4. 3. Glad to See You!
    Sgt. Bilko's Pvt. Doberman
  5. 4. ["You don't have to know how to fly an airplane..."]
    Block Busters
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Palisades Amusement Park
  7. 6. ["It's hot in this desert sun..."]
    Peter Puptent Explorer
  8. 7. The Day Earth Was Stolen
  9. 8. The Monster Maker
    Challengers of the Unknown
  10. 9. Henry Villard
    Headline Heroes
  11. 10. Nature's Prize Pupil!
  12. 11. ["This looks like a strange planet!"]
    Doctor Rocket
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Stephens Credit Sales
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Joe Weider
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    100 Toy Soldiers
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Nick Caputo
  • Clayton Emery
  • Bob Hughes
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Jay Flash
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Dwayne Best
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Clayton Emery
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Clayton Emery
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Ramon Schenk