(March 1960)

DC, 1956 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1960-01-21
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)

Issue Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration.

Creature City! (Table of Contents)

A Mark Merlin Mystery / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Dick Dillin
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; science fiction
Characters
Mark Merlin

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

Charles Atlas / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Duel of the Super-Powers (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
George Roussos
Inks
George Roussos
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Detective Jim Pearce; Chuck Wingart; Storm People; Sun Tribe
Synopsis
Detective Pearce is flying over stormy mountains with his prisoner Chuck Wingart when their plane goes down. Separated after the crash, Pearce is befriended by the People of the Storm, while Wingart connects with the Sun People. Both men are given powers from their respective sponsors to help them survive, but their goals remain the same, capture for one, escape for the other.
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Your Passport to Amazing Adventures! (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Strange Adventures; House of Mystery; Tales of the Unexpected / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

The Man Who Conquered Time! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Showcase; Rip Hunter... Time Master / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Buzzy's "Famous Books" Quiz (Table of Contents: 5)

Buzzy / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Schiff
Pencils
Ruben Moreira
Inks
Ruben Moreira
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
non-fiction; advocacy

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

Peter Puptent, Explorer / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'll go into the tomb first, Puptent
Genre
humor

The Spirits in the Smoke (Table of Contents: 7)

comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bill Ely
Inks
Bill Ely
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Martin Hawks (student of Indian life); Joe Red Feather (guide); Medicine Man Minoni; Chief Tihuaki; the chief's son; the Eagle Spirit; the Fire Spirit
Synopsis
Martin Hawks searches for and finds a ancient Indian pipe told of in legend. The legend claims Minoni, the medicine man, controlled the pipe and could call different spirits from it. After Minoni called the Eagle Spirit to kill Chief Tihuaki, the chief's son avenged his father by using a silver arrow. Minoni took the pipe and buried it so that his descendants could use it again someday. The pipe is put on display but is stolen, and the Spirits begin to appear again. Hawks pilots a plane named the Silver Arrow and defeats the Spirits as the last descendant of Tihuaki.

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

World's Finest Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

The Fiery Falcon (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
Typeset

Demon Count (Table of Contents: 10)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Mort Drucker
Pencils
Mort Drucker
Inks
Mort Drucker
Colors
?
Letters
Mort Drucker

Genre
non-fiction
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Credits from the GCD index for the original presentation of this story.

The Creature City (Table of Contents: 11)

A Mark Merlin Mystery / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Miller ?
Pencils
Joe Kubert
Inks
Mort Meskin (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; science fiction
Characters
Mark Merlin; Elsa; Jim; Willy; Jim's father (friend of Mark Merlin); W'Dor (other dimensional criminal)
Synopsis
Mark and Elsa are contacted about strange creatures attacking a nearby town. They walk into town and find no one but giant shadows who fire a shell at them. They're transformed into shadows and transported to another dimension, where they find the missing townspeople. But Mark starts arming himself with weapons. He and Elsa return to Earth, where he uses an alteration lens to return to his actual form of W'Dor, a criminal from the other dimension who switched during the shelling. His people show up to capture him, but an elephant (Mark having also used the alteration lens) immobilizes him.
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Indexer Notes

Writer identification from Bob Hughes.

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

Pyro Plastics Corp. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Jaro Stamp Co.; Maxim Stamp Co. Inc. / advertisement / 0.5 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) /

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

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

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

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Creature City!
    A Mark Merlin Mystery
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Charles Atlas
  3. 2. The Duel of the Super-Powers
  4. 3. Your Passport to Amazing Adventures!
    Strange Adventures; House of Mystery; Tales of the Unexpected
  5. 4. The Man Who Conquered Time!
    Showcase; Rip Hunter... Time Master
  6. 5. Buzzy's "Famous Books" Quiz
    Buzzy
  7. 6. ["I'll go into the tomb first, Puptent"]
    Peter Puptent, Explorer
  8. 7. The Spirits in the Smoke
  9. 8. ["Your favorite heroes..."]
    World's Finest Comics
  10. 9. The Fiery Falcon
  11. 10. Demon Count
  12. 11. The Creature City
    A Mark Merlin Mystery
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Pyro Plastics Corp.
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Jaro Stamp Co.; Maxim Stamp Co. Inc.
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Stephens Credit Sales
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Wilson Chemical Co.
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    American Seed Co.
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Ed Boner
  • Nick Caputo
  • Bob Hughes
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Jerry Hillegas (R.I.P.)
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Jim Stangas