(March 1959)

DC, 1951 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly, with the exception of Jan., April, July and October
On-sale date
1959-01-15
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand
Superman DC National Comics
Editing
Julius Schwartz
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US; then standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock
Glossy covers; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration.


The Runaway Space-Train! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Reprints
Keywords
railroads; trains

Indexer Notes

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

Ink credit was originally Joe Giella however the records state that Giacoia was paid for the inking. Giella often ghosted for and/or assisted Giacoia and vice versa.

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

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

The Runaway Space-Train! (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 9.67 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Bernard Sachs
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Our train is going to land on this planet--outside our solar system!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Bobby; Nell (Bobby's mother); Bobby's father; Mrs Alson (old lady passenger); Vectus (friendly alien)
Synopsis
A group of humans on a train are transported across the universe to Almoran. At the same time a group of Almoran aliens are sent to Earth disguised as Earthlings. The humans and Almorans are flashed by a ray from an enemy spaceship causing the Almorans to fall asleep. The humans pretend to be asleep and then defeat the attackers. The Almorans reward the Earth people by allowing them to keep their memories of the adventure but place a mental block on them to prevent them from talking about it.
Reprints
Keywords
railroads; spaceship; trains

Indexer Notes

Credits for script, pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics.

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

Tootsie Roll / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Wilson Chemical Co. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

150 Civil War Soldiers / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

The Family Favorite! (Table of Contents: 6)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Schiff
Pencils
Bernard Baily
Inks
Bernard Baily
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
advocacy

Indexer Notes

This PSA ran in several DC Comics cover dated March, 1959.

Earth...Condemned World! (Table of Contents: 7)

comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
John Giunta
Inks
John Giunta
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Why that Earth-city shows no color on your television screen! It receives only in black and white!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Daryl Halbert
Synopsis
Daryl Halbert records the albedo (reflectivity) of planets. He receives a message to return to Earth quickly. His spaceship is damaged on his way back and he is rescued by aliens. He is told that they are on their way to Earth to destroy it! Earth's albedo is falling and when it reaches zero it will break free from the Sun and become an undetectable space menace. Halbert asks for time to find a cure and is given 7 hours. He discovers that Earth has a covering of glassy space dust. A test bomb clears a small hole and proves that the Earth, and other planets in the future, can be saved.
Reprints
Keywords
albedo; spaceship

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

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

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

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Giovanni Donati (1826 - 1873)
Genre
non-fiction; biography; math & science
Synopsis
One page potted biography of the Italian born astronomer Giovanni Donati, one of the foremost comet-hunters.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Information for this sequence from Arthur Lortie. Location in this issue from Ed Boner.

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

Wonders of Space / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Julius Schwartz (Science Editor) ?
Pencils
? (header illustration)
Inks
? (header illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Dear Science Editor, I'm puzzled why interplanetary space should...
Genre
non-fiction; math & science
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters from T.R., asking about interplanetary space being cold, C.W., asking about weight changing across the face of the Earth and W.S., asking about how the speed of a meteor is measured.

Sequence added by Ed Boner.

Riddle of Asteroid 8794! (Table of Contents: 11)

comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Frank Giacoia
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Out among the nine solar system planets, in the 22nd century, goes the interplanetary broadcast of the space-disc-jockey, playing requests...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Bruce Carlton; Gloria (Bruce's girlfriend); Clark Hale (space-disc-jockey); Cyrus Crane; "Orion" Batson (interplanetary outlaw)
Synopsis
Bruce Carlton has arranged for Clark Hale to play a song for Gloria on the radio. Hale plays a song that insults Gloria. Carlton goes to Hale's studio but it is empty. Carlton deduces that the catalog number for the record relates to an asteroid. There he finds Hale trapped in a crater. Hale tells him that Cyrus Crane loved his music and left him treasure buried on the asteroid. "Orion" Batson overheard everything except where the burial spot was and took him to the asteroid. Carlton and Hale burrow underneath and take the treasure before Batson can. Later Hale plays a proper song for Gloria.
Reprints
Keywords
asteroid; spaceship

Indexer Notes

Credits for script, pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics.

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

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

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

Colorfoto / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Army Grenade / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

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

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

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Runaway Space-Train!
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Jowett Institute of Physical Training
  3. 2. The Runaway Space-Train!
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Tootsie Roll
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    Wilson Chemical Co.
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    150 Civil War Soldiers
  7. 6. The Family Favorite!
  8. 7. Earth...Condemned World!
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Tootsie Roll Pop
  10. 9. ["Giovanni Donati (1826 - 1873)"]
    Giants of the Telescope
  11. 10. ["Dear Science Editor, I'm puzzled why interplanetary space should..."]
    Wonders of Space
  12. 11. Riddle of Asteroid 8794!
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Tootsie Roll Fudge
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Colorfoto
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Army Grenade
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Stephens Credit Sales
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Littleton Stamp Co.
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    Junior Sales Club of America
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Paul Robinson
  • Bill Devine
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Dan Kocher
  • Jim Van Dore
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  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Matthew Head
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