Showcase #18
(January-February 1959)

DC, 1956 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1958-11-18
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
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration.


The Dozen Dooms of Adam Strange! (Table of Contents)

Adam Strange / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The instant Adam Strange tries to pull "Alanna" away from the Flaming Sea, he'll be blown sky-high!
Genre
adventure; science fiction
Characters
Adam Strange; Alanna
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Cover pencils and inks credits from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided to the GCD by DC Comics; original indexer credited the inks to Bernard Sachs.

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

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
?

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Invaders from the Atom Universe (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Bernard Sachs
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'm shrinking in size... becoming smaller and smaller!
Genre
adventure; science fiction
Characters
Adam Strange; Rann; Alanna; Vrenn chieftain; The Vrenn
Synopsis
Adam is zeta-beamed to Rann, but pop-eyed green aliens inhabit the city! Adam is thrown into an "Orkinomikron" to wake on a desolate atomic world, having been shrunk. The Rannians will perish. He finds the original transfer machine hanging over a bottomless pit. Color streaks tell him the fuel was phosphorous. Scraping matches, he transports himself and Alanna back home, except they're tiny spies. Back on the desolate world, he rallies the Rannians and teleports to Rann. Belt units make the Rannians giants who send the Vrenn packing. And Adam is zapped away to Earth.
Reprints
Keywords
Rann; Zeta-Beam

Indexer Notes

Pencils and inks credits from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided to the GCD by DC Comics. Pages 8 and 15 are 2/3 pages.

Adam wears his traditional uniform, but it's colored all red.

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

Tootsie Roll / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

At the bottom of page 8 of the previous story sequence.

Formula for Success! (Table of Contents: 4)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
That boy's a born musician!
Genre
advocacy
Characters
Jimmy; Mr. Lane
Synopsis
Jimmy is a natural-born musician, but his father demands he take Engineering courses. A kind teacher intervenes. "I think young people need a chance to develop all their talents!"

Indexer Notes

On the page immediately following page 8 of the previous story sequence.

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

Strange Satellites! / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Amalthea -- closest of Jupiter's satellites...
Genre
non-fiction; math & science
Synopsis
Facts about Jupiter's and Uranus's satellites.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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

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

Columbia / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

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

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

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

[Bernard Lyot] (Table of Contents: 8)

Giants of the Telescope / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bernard Lyot...
Genre
non-fiction; math & science
Characters
Bernard Lyot
Synopsis
Bernard Lyot built the first coronagraph to study the solar corona, and made observations of Mercury and Mars.
Reprints
Keywords
coronagraph; Mercury; Meudon Observatory

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

Bunker Hill Sporting Goods Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Prize Stars! (Table of Contents: 10)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
Typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Excluding our solar system's star-sun, the closest star to Earth is Proxima Centauri - about 25 trillion miles away.
Genre
non-fiction; math & science
Synopsis
Facts about Proxima Centauri, Sirius, Beta Orionis, and other stars.
Reprints
Keywords
Doradus; Epsilon Aurigae; Nova Aquillae; Proxima Centauri; Rigel; Sirius

The Dozen Dooms of Adam Strange! (Table of Contents: 11)

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

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Joe Giella
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Once again across the black void of space comes the siren call of Rann--summoning Adam Strange from Earth to the planet of...
Genre
adventure; science fiction
Characters
Adam Strange; Alanna; Tak Vall (first appearance, villain); Moora (first appearance, villain)
Synopsis
Adam rockets over a cop to meet the zeta beam. The new rage in Ranagar is Adam Strange full-size dolls. Alanna wants to send 11 - plus Adam! - to isolationist Dys, who may be planning an invasion. Alanna fakes an emergency landing. Tak Vall, Chief Scientist, will plant "KLY" bombs in the dolls and destroy Ranagar. Adam sneaks to find Alanna. He jet-packs after a flier - as (wind-up doll) Alanna is pitched over the Flaming Sea. Alanna sees Adam blown up, but he rushes in. The doll didn't perspire. Adam sent the bomb-dolls into the ocean. At the honors dinner - he's zeta-beamed away!
Reprints
Keywords
Ranagar; Rann; Zeta-Beam

Indexer Notes

Pencils and inks credits from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided to the GCD by DC Comics.

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

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

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

Giant Dinosaurs / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

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

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

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

Wilson Chemical Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

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

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Dozen Dooms of Adam Strange!
    Adam Strange
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Stephens Credit Sales
  3. 2. Invaders from the Atom Universe
    Adam Strange
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Tootsie Roll
  5. 4. Formula for Success!
  6. 5. ["Amalthea -- closest of Jupiter's satellites..."]
    Strange Satellites!
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Columbia
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Tootsie Roll Pop
  9. 8. [Bernard Lyot]
    Giants of the Telescope
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Bunker Hill Sporting Goods Co.
  11. 10. Prize Stars!
  12. 11. The Dozen Dooms of Adam Strange!
    Adam Strange
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Tootsie Roll Fudge
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Giant Dinosaurs
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Wilson Chemical Co.
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
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