Showcase #16
(September-October 1958)

DC, 1956 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1958-07-22
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
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

second appearance of Space Ranger

On-sale date from copyright registration.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Space Ranger / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Bob Brown
Inks
Bob Brown
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Amazing interplanetary adventures of a bold new hero of the future!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
The Space Ranger [Rick Starr]; Myra Mason; Ragnar-Ell
Reprints

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

Charles Atlas / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Secret of the Space Monster (Table of Contents: 2)

The Space Ranger / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox (plot); Edmond Hamilton (script)
Pencils
Bob Brown
Inks
Bob Brown
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
The Space Ranger [Rick Starr]; President Thaddeus Starr; Myra Mason (Rick's secretary); Cryll (a shape-shifting alien sidekick); Captain Jones; rebels from Korth near Procyon; Korthan councillors
Synopsis
An octopoid space monster terrifies a ship's crew. Rick Starr (The Space Ranger), flying in The Solar King with Myra and Cryll, learn it's a space mirage broadcast by blue-ostrich Korthan rebels out to conquer their planet and Earth. Cryll's disguises and Space Ranger's use of an old iron cannon to disperse the mirages saves the planet.
Reprints
Keywords
Ganymede

Indexer Notes

Rick Starr is "The Space Ranger" in titles, but just "Space Ranger" in dialogue. He uses a tool belt of gadgets, not his later multi-pistol.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Tootsie Roll / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Know Your Pet! (Table of Contents: 4)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Schiff
Pencils
Lou Cameron
Inks
Lou Cameron
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
advocacy
Characters
Jimmy; Jimmy's Mom; Rags (Jimmy's dog); Jimmy's silent pal
Synopsis
Jimmy learns a lesson when he gives his dog a poodle cut.

Indexer Notes

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

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

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
No one has ever been on this planet before!
Genre
humor; science fiction
Characters
Doctor Rocket: fellow shipmate
Synopsis
Doctor Rocket chases off aliens with his "Super-X Ray Gun".

Photo Ace of Outer Space (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Fran Ward; Dictator D'Vere
Synopsis
A news photographer lands on the planet Oriol and is tricked into assuming the identity of a fleeing dictator.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

Moolah the Mystic / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The sky is full of rockets and space men!
Genre
humor; science fiction
Characters
Moolah the Mystic
Synopsis
Flying on his flying carpet, Moolah feels outdated seeing "the sky is full of rockets and space men."
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

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

The Riddle of the Lost Race (Table of Contents: 9)

The Space Ranger / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox (plot); Edmond Hamilton (script)
Pencils
Bob Brown
Inks
Bob Brown
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
The Space Ranger [Rick Starr]; Cryll; Myra Mason; a Mercurian Oceton hunter; a gang led by the Plutonian Ragnar-Ell; Evan Blanchard (a space archaeologist)
Synopsis
Criminals stole a map to reach the Valley of Ice on Saturn. The Space Ranger, Myra, and Cyrll track a gang from Mars to Saturn to Venus. Finally at the Space Sphinx, they uncover the secret of the The Sacred Jewel of the Sea.
Reprints
Keywords
Mars; Mercury; Saturn; Venus

Indexer Notes

The adventures of The Space Ranger continue in Tales of the Unexpected #40.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10)

On the Planet Og / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'm taking off for the planet Earth!
Genre
humor; science fiction
Characters
Aliens of Og
Synopsis
An alien on Og plans to fly to the planet Earth, and his wife insists on going along to shop.
Reprints

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

DeLuxe Photo Service / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

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

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

Junior Sales Club of America / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Amazing interplanetary adventures of a bold new hero of the future!"]
    The Space Ranger
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Charles Atlas
  3. 2. The Secret of the Space Monster
    The Space Ranger
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Tootsie Roll
  5. 4. Know Your Pet!
  6. 5. ["No one has ever been on this planet before!"]
    Doctor Rocket
  7. 6. Photo Ace of Outer Space
  8. 7. ["The sky is full of rockets and space men!"]
    Moolah the Mystic
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Palisades Amusement Park
  10. 9. The Riddle of the Lost Race
    The Space Ranger
  11. 10. ["I'm taking off for the planet Earth!"]
    On the Planet Og
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    DeLuxe Photo Service
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Stephens Credit Sales
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Junior Sales Club of America
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Zorro Color Television Set
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