(August-September 1958)

DC, 1958 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 U.S.
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

The Invincible Challenger! (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]; June Robbins
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Jack and Roz Kirby inks credit per Bob Hughes, confirmed by Greg Theakston. We previously listed Marvin Stein. Per his conversations with Greg Theakston, Stein did not ink any Challengers stories. Nick Caputo questions Roz Kirby's inking credit.

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

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

The Secret of the Sorcerer's Mirror (Table of Contents)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 12 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]; Kregon the Sorcerer; a genie; Hillary Mycroft; Mycroft's gang
Synopsis:
A mirror and chart have been stolen from a museum by Hillary Mycroft and his gang. The mirror was fashioned by Kregon the Sorcerer to show where "the ancients" hid their most potent secrets. The chart shows where the secrets are hidden. The Challengers break into Mycroft's hideout but he escapes in a plane. The mirror reveals three destinations: the sea bottom, a stone needle, and Sinbad's Island. The team split up and face an array of threats. Mycroft finally acquires the globes that, when assembled will summon a genie but Red secretly extracted a rod causing the globes destruction.
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.

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

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

["Shut that off!"] (Table of Contents)

Radio Beams / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Harry Lampert
Pencils:
Harry Lampert
Inks:
Harry Lampert
Colors:
?
Letters:
Harry Lampert

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A patron plays a radio in a library.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

On the page immediately preceding page 7 of the previous story sequence.

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

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

The Jinxed Waterway (Table of Contents)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

The Most Wanted Man In The Universe (Table of Contents)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

The Menace of the Invincible Challenger (Table of Contents)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 12 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]; June Robbins (called June Walker); Professor Curtis; Chopper; Roxie
Synopsis:
Summoned to a lab, the Challs observe a monkey with super abilities. It was given a pill derived from a meteorite, then boosted into space. Rocky is chosen to take the pill and rockets into space unaware the monkey has lapsed into a coma. The rocket crashes and Rocky emerges with super powers, including freeze rays, super strength, and invisibility, but he becomes irrational. A crook takes Rocky in hoping to use him to rob banks. Rocky's decency wins out and when the Challengers and June appear Rocky shocks the crooks. Grazed by a bullet Rocky recovers his memory and his powers wear off.
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.

Rocky's being shot into space, crashing, and exhibiting super-strength, invisibility and fire powers has similarities to Kirby's later co-creations of Reed Richards, Ben Grimm, Sue Storm, and Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four #1.

["May I look through the telescope, Dr. Rocket?"] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor

["Bah! These new inventions!"] (Table of Contents)

Abdul the Fire Eater / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

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

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

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

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

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

Junior Sales Club of America / 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. The Invincible Challenger!
    Challengers of the Unknown
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Jowett Institute of Physical Training
  3. 2. The Secret of the Sorcerer's Mirror
    Challengers of the Unknown
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Stephens Credit Sales
  5. 4. ["Shut that off!"]
    Radio Beams
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Palisades Amusement Park
  7. 6. The Jinxed Waterway
  8. 7. The Most Wanted Man In The Universe
  9. 8. The Menace of the Invincible Challenger
    Challengers of the Unknown
  10. 9. ["May I look through the telescope, Dr. Rocket?"]
    Doctor Rocket
  11. 10. ["Bah! These new inventions!"]
    Abdul the Fire Eater
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Littleton Stamp Co.
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifle
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Junior Sales Club of America
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Nick Caputo
  • Clayton Emery
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Jay Flash
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Dwayne Best
  • Merlin Haas
  • Clayton Emery
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Clayton Emery
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Ramon Schenk