Secret Origins #39 [Newsstand]
(April 1989)

DC, 1986 Series
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Price
1.50 USD; 1.85 CAD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand
DC [bullet]
Barcode
070989317666 04
Editing
Mark Waid
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched (#50 squarebound)
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

This issue is a variant of Secret Origins (DC, 1986 series) #39 [Direct].


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Animal Man; Man-Bat / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Mike W. Kaluta (signed)
Inks
Mike W. Kaluta (signed)
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Animal Man; Man-Bat
Reprints

The Secret Origin of Man-Bat (Table of Contents: 1)

Man-Bat / comic story / 19 pages (report information)

Script
Jan Strnad
Pencils
Kevin Nowlan
Inks
Kevin Nowlan
Colors
Kevin Nowlan
Letters
Kevin Nowlan

Genre
superhero
Characters
Man-Bat [Kirk Langstrom]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Francine Langstrom; Alfred Pennyworth; Thomas Wayne (flashback; cameo); Martha Wayne (flashback; cameo)
Synopsis
Kirk Langstrom experiments on himself and turns into Man-Bat.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

A significantly amplified version of the origin from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #400.

The Myth of the Creation (Table of Contents: 2)

Animal Man / comic story / 19 pages (report information)

Script
Grant Morrison
Pencils
Tom Grummett
Inks
Doug Hazlewood
Colors
Helen Vesik
Letters
Janice Chiang

Job Number
G-4657
Genre
superhero
Characters
Animal Man [Buddy Baker]; Ellen Baker; Cliff Baker; Maxine Baker
Synopsis
As Buddy tries to regain his powers, aliens review his history.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Leads into Animal Man (DC, 1987 series) #10. This begins to show the dichotomy between the post- and pre-Crisis Animal Man as the fabric of reality begins to unravel.

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

Secret Admirers / letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Mark Waid
Letters
typeset

Job Number
L-3565

Indexer Notes

Includes letters from Jacob Gilber, Charles J. Sperling and Norma McQuaid.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Animal Man; Man-Bat
  2. 1. The Secret Origin of Man-Bat
    Man-Bat
  3. 2. The Myth of the Creation
    Animal Man
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Secret Admirers
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Kelly Langston-Smith
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Gregory Fischer