Showcase #20
(May-June 1959)

DC, 1956 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1959-03-17
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand
Superman DC National Comics
Editing
Jack Schiff (editor); Murray Boltinoff (associate editor); George Kashdan (associate editor)
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

1) First Rip Hunter. 2) The last names of Jeff (Smith) and Bonnie and Corky (Baxter) are not given in the four Showcase appearances. 3) The heroes wear street clothes or safari clothes in all four Showcase appearances. The green-red uniforms were finally introduced in Rip Hunter... Time Master #16.

On-sale date from ad in House of Secrets #20 and copyright registration.


Prisoners of 100 Million B.C.! (Table of Contents)

Rip Hunter...Time Master / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bob Brown
Inks
Bob Brown
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp (letters and Rip Hunter logo design)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
There's only one way to save Bonnie and Corky from this dinosaur!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Rip Hunter; Bonnie Baxter; Corky Baxter
Reprints
Keywords
dinosaur

Indexer Notes

Logo design credit from Todd Klein via his Facebook page, used with permission.

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

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

Prisoners of 100 Million B.C. (Table of Contents: 2)

Rip Hunter...Time Master / comic story / 8.67 pages (report information)

Script
Dave Wood
Pencils
Ruben Moreira
Inks
Ruben Moreira
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Too many of these winged reptiles for our rifles, Jeff!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Rip Hunter (introduction, origin); Jeff Smith; Bonnie Baxter; Corky Baxter
Synopsis
Having finished work on Time Sphere II, Rip Hunter and Jeff Smith do a test run back to the mesozoic era. Meanwhile, in the present day, crooks force Bonnie Baxter and her brother Corky to take them to Rip and Jeff in Time Sphere I. Meeting in the past, the crooks have the drop on Rip and crew, until battling dinosaurs separate the good guys from the bad. But when the heroes get back to their Time Sphere, they find it's gone missing.
Reprints
Keywords
brontosaurus; dinosaur; pteranodon; Time Sphere; time travel; triceratops

Indexer Notes

Textual analysis by Martin O'Hearn and Bob Hughes indicate this story was written by David Wood rather than Jack Miller.

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

Tootsie Roll / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

Do You Make Life Hard for Yourself? (Table of Contents: 4)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It's almost time to go on your baby-sitting job, Betsy.
Genre
advocacy
Characters
Betsy; Bobby
Synopsis
Betsy tells young Bobby that he should keep his room neater but realizes that she has the same problem.

Indexer Notes

Published in cooperation with the National Social Welfare Assembly.
Later appears in DC comics cover-dated March 1966.

[Clyde Beatty and Cole Bros Circus at Palisades Amusement Park] (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Palisades Amusement Park / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Prehistoric Fun / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Whee! This is fun!
Genre
humor

Chapter 2: The Modern Day Cavemen (Table of Contents: 7)

Rip Hunter...Time Master / comic story / 6.67 pages (report information)

Script
Dave Wood
Pencils
Ruben Moreira
Inks
Ruben Moreira
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A Tyrannosaurus rex... it's attacking Bonnie and Corky!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Rip Hunter; Jeff Smith; Bonnie Baxter; Corky Baxter
Synopsis
The crooks have hidden the Time Sphere and try to negotiate with Rip to help them find precious minerals to take back and make them rich in the present. In the midst of the discussion, the ledge they are standing on falls away and the bad guys plummet to their apparent doom. With no idea of where the Time Sphere is, Rip and crew have to set up camp for a possibly lengthy stay. But a volcanic eruption exposes the whereabouts of the Time Sphere and also puts it in danger of being destroyed.
Reprints
Keywords
dinosaurs; time travel; Tyrannosaurus rex; volcano

Indexer Notes

Textual analysis by Martin O'Hearn and Bob Hughes indicate this story was written by Dave Wood instead of Jack Miller.

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

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

Dinosaur Album (Table of Contents: 9)

cartoon / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Russ Heath ?
Inks
Russ Heath ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Millions of years before man was born, the Earth was ruled by beasts so fantastic that they would seem...
Genre
non-fiction; animal
Reprints
Keywords
allosaurus; brachiosaurus; plesiosaur; pterodactyl; stegosaurus

Beasts That Ruled the Earth (Table of Contents: 10)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Flying reptiles with a wingspread of almost 30 feet...
Keywords
allosaurus; archaeopteryx; brontosaurus; diplodicus; mosasaur; plesiosaur; Tyrannosaurus rex

Chapter 3: The Great Beast Stampede (Table of Contents: 11)

Rip Hunter...Time Master / comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script
Dave Wood
Pencils
Ruben Moreira
Inks
Ruben Moreira
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The gems! My precious prehistoric gems...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Rip Hunter; Jeff Smith; Bonnie Baxter; Corky Baxter
Synopsis
As the time travelers return to the sphere, they hear the crooks, who survived the fall and found a sack full of jewels. Since each sphere can only hold 4 people, Bonnie and Corky return to the present in one, while Rip, Jeff, and the crooks head for the disabled sphere, with the pieces necessary for its repair. Once the repairs are made, and the time travelers escape a dinosaur stampede, the sphere heads for its proper time. But home, the crooks find their sack empty, since one of the immutable laws of time travel is that you can't bring anything back with you from the past.
Reprints
Keywords
dinosaur; time travel; volcano

Indexer Notes

Textual analysis by Martin O'Hearn and Bob Hughes indicate this story was written by Dave Wood instead of Jack Miller.

[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) /

Garcelon Stamp 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) /

Joe Weider / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Prisoners of 100 Million B.C.!
    Rip Hunter...Time Master
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Wilson Chemical Co.
  3. 2. Prisoners of 100 Million B.C.
    Rip Hunter...Time Master
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Tootsie Roll
  5. 4. Do You Make Life Hard for Yourself?
  6. 5. [Clyde Beatty and Cole Bros Circus at Palisades Amusement Park]
    Palisades Amusement Park
  7. 6. ["Whee! This is fun!"]
    Prehistoric Fun
  8. 7. Chapter 2: The Modern Day Cavemen
    Rip Hunter...Time Master
  9. 8. ["I'm a pole-vaulting champ named O'Dwyer and each day I try leaping higher!"]
    Tootsie Roll Pop
  10. 9. Dinosaur Album
  11. 10. Beasts That Ruled the Earth
  12. 11. Chapter 3: The Great Beast Stampede
    Rip Hunter...Time Master
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Tootsie Roll Fudge
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Garcelon Stamp Co.
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Stephens Credit Sales
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Joe Weider
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Junior Sales Club of America
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Ed Boner
  • Bob Hughes
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Del Gruber
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Dwayne Best
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Merlin Haas
  • Matthew Head
  • Clayton Emery
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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