Showcase #17
(November-December 1958)

DC, 1956 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1958-09-18
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); Julius Schwartz (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

On-sale date from copyright registration.


The Planet and the Pendulum! (Table of Contents)

Adventures on Other Worlds [Adam Strange] / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Gil Kane
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
adventure; science fiction
Characters
Adam Strange
Reprints

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

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

Secret of the Eternal City! (Table of Contents: 2)

Adam Strange / comic story / 14.33 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox; Edmond Hamilton (co-plot)
Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Frank Giacoia; Joe Giella
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
adventure; science fiction
Characters
Adam Strange (introduction, origin); Alanna [aka Allana] (introduction); Sardath (Alanna's father scientist, introduction); inhabitants of Samakand; The Eternals (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
An Earth archaeologist is caught by a "zeta-beam" and teleported to Rann near Alpha Centauri where he meets Alanna and Sardath. Alien invaders, called The Eternals, attack the planet while Adam and Alanna journey to the Brigadoon-like city of Samakand to locate a life-metal called "vitatron." Adam tricks the aliens so they're stuck in Samakand, but then he fades away, returning to Earth, awaiting the next zeta-beam.
Reprints
Keywords
Alpha Centauri; Caramanga (an Incan city); Menticizer; Ranagar; Rann (a planet introduction); Vitatron; Zeta-Beam

Indexer Notes

Adam wears his civilian work clothes throughout. The story length reflects that pages 8 and 15 of the story are only 2/3 of a page long, with an ad below on each of them.

Though most sources have credited Sachs with the inks to this story, Gene Reed notes that Giacoia and Giella often co-inked stories and this is their work, not Sachs'. Bob Hughes also mentions that the first Adam Strange and Space Rangers stories were worked out in conference, so Ed Hamilton should be given co-plotting credit here. (Thanks to Victor Lim for bringing up this issue on the GCD Error Tracker.)

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

Tootsie Roll / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

[Guarantee of the Best in Comics Reading] (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

House of Secrets; Strange Adventures / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Look to the Stars! (Table of Contents: 5)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
advocacy
Characters
Bob; Ted
Synopsis
Bob and Ted are "never lost" in the woods, because Bob can navigate by the stars, same as sailors, cowboys, and plane navigators.

Indexer Notes

On the page immediately following the previous page. Published in cooperation with The National Social Welfare Assembly.

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

Our Strange Universe! / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Our sun (plus its retinue of planets) is whirling...
Genre
non-fiction; math & science
Synopsis
Educational facts about space, the sun, and stars.

Indexer Notes

On the page immediately preceding page 9 of the previous story sequence.

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

Tootsie Roll Pop / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

[Tebutt's Comet, Halley's Comet, Pons-Winnecke Comet] (Table of Contents: 8)

Curious Comets / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
math & science
Synopsis
Educational info on Tebutt's Comet, Halley's Comet, and the Pons-Winnecke Comet.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

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

The Three-in-One Star (Table of Contents: 10)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
math & science
Synopsis
Educational information on Alpha Centauri, the nearest star to our solar system.

Indexer Notes

An editor's note on page 5 of "Secret of the Eternal City" refers the reader to this text article.

The Planet and the Pendulum! (Table of Contents: 11)

Adam Strange / comic story / 9.67 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox; Edmond Hamilton (co-plot)
Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Frank Giacoia; Joe Giella
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; science fiction
Characters
Adam Strange; Alanna; Sardath; citizens of New Ranagar; barbarians of the tribe of Zoora from the city Yardana (villains); invaders from Morleen (villains)
Synopsis
Zapped by the zeta-beam, Adam is teleported, not to Rann, but to Anthorann, a neighboring planet. Escaping barbarians and their "Rainbow Doom" (a teleporter), he meets Alanna and Sardath, who had used knowledge from Samakand scientists to journey to Anthorann, but crashed. Adam dons a Rann spacesuit from the wreckage and faces invaders from Morleen, who swing a "diamondium" pendulum to cut open the dome of New Ranagar. Adam ray-blasts the shaft, then fades away to Earth.
Reprints
Keywords
Anthorann; Rainbow Doom; Zeta-beam

Indexer Notes

The ending promises more in the next issue of "Showcase's Adventures on Other Worlds!"

Though most sources have credited Sachs with the inks to this story, Gene Reed notes that Giacoia and Giella often co-inked stories and this is their work, not Sachs'. Bob Hughes also mentions that the first Adam Strange and Space Rangers stories were worked out in conference, so Hamilton should be given co-plotting credit here. (Thanks to Victor Lim for bringing up this issue on the GCD Error Tracker.)

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

Tootsie Roll / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

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

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

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

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

National Radio Institute / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

American Geographical Society's Around the World Program / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Planet and the Pendulum!
    Adventures on Other Worlds [Adam Strange]
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Garcelon Stamp Co.
  3. 2. Secret of the Eternal City!
    Adam Strange
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Tootsie Roll
  5. 4. [Guarantee of the Best in Comics Reading]
    House of Secrets; Strange Adventures
  6. 5. Look to the Stars!
  7. 6. ["Our sun (plus its retinue of planets) is whirling..."]
    Our Strange Universe!
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Tootsie Roll Pop
  9. 8. [Tebutt's Comet, Halley's Comet, Pons-Winnecke Comet]
    Curious Comets
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Palisades Amusement Park
  11. 10. The Three-in-One Star
  12. 11. The Planet and the Pendulum!
    Adam Strange
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Tootsie Roll
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    American Specialty Co.
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Stephens Credit Sales
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    National Radio Institute
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    American Geographical Society's Around the World Program
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