(March 1960)

DC, 1956 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
monthly
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
Paper Stock:
newsprint
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

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.
Reprints:

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

["I'll go into the tomb first, Puptent"] (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

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:
Guide Joe Red Feather helps Martin Hawks find a ancient Indian pipe told of in legend. According to the legend, 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. Rubbing it in the dirt he was able to kill the Eagle spirit, dipping it in water he was able to kill the Fire Spirit. Minoni took the pipe and buried it so that his son or his son's son could use it again someday. After putting the pipe on display, it is stolen, and the Spirits begin to appear again. Hawks pilots a plane he names the Silver Arrow and takes to the air to defeat the Spirits as the last descendent of Tihuaki.

["Your favorite heroes..."] (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:
While Jim and Willy are talking on their ham radios, Willy yells that he's being attacked by some sort of creature. Jim tells his dad who contacts Mark and Elsa. Driving to investigate, Mark and Elsa find the road elevating, twisting, turning, and finally dumping them out of their car. They walk into town and find no people, but giant shadows who fire a shell at them. Trapped by beams of light, they're transformed into shadows and transported to another dimension, where they find the missing townspeople. But Mark starts acting strangely, arming himself with weapons at a local arsenal. Using a dimension ray, he and Elsa return to Earth, where he uses an atomic alteration lens to return to his actual form of W'Dor, a wanted criminal from the other dimension, having made the switch during the shelling. W'Dor's people were trying to protect the people of this town by transferring them to their dimension while they hunted for W'Dor. But now W'Dor has weapons and a hostage. His people show up to capture him, but suddenly an elephant, really Mark having also used the alteration lens, immobilizes him.
Reprints:

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
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Jim Stangas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed
  • Bob Hughes
  • Ed Boner