([Summer] 1961)

DC, 1961 Series
Published in English (United States) United States
 
Price
0.25 USD
Pages
84
On-sale Date
1961-06-15
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 (credited) (editor); Jack Schiff (credited) (editor)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock
newsprint
Binding
squarebound
Publishing Format
one-shot

Issue Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration.

A Super-Collection of the Most Sought-After Stories Ever Published! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Dick Sprang (Batman, Superman); Jack Kirby (Challengers); Gil Kane (Adam Strange and Green Lantern); Joe Certa (Martian Manhunter); Lee Elias (Green Arrow); Carmine Infantino (Flash); Ross Andru (Wonder Woman)
Inks
Stan Kaye (Batman, Superman); Jack Kirby (Challengers); Bernard Sachs (Adam Strange); Joe Giella (Green Lantern); Joe Certa (Martian Manhunter); Lee Elias (Green Arrow); Joe Kubert (Flash); Mike Esposito (Wonder Woman)
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp; typeset

Genre
adventure; science fiction; superhero
Characters
The Challengers of the Unknown: Rocky Davis; Prof Haley; Ace Morgan; Red Ryan
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; The Flash [Barry Allen]; Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Martian Manhunter [J'Onn J'Onzz]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Speedy [Roy Harper]; Adam Strange; Superman [Clark Kent]; Wonder Woman [Princess Diana]
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Indexer Notes

Illustrated with vignettes from World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #94 (May-June 1958) [Superman, Batman & Robin vignette], from Mystery in Space (DC, 1951 series) #53 [Adam Strange vignette], from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #225 (November 1955) [Martian Manhunter vignette], from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #4 (September-October 1956) [Flash vignette]. Vignettes for Challengers, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Green Arrow with Speedy need to be sourced.

Table of Contents (Table of Contents: 1)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

The Origin of the Superman-Batman Team (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman and Batman and Robin / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils
Dick Sprang
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colors
?
Letters
Pat Gordon
Editing
Jack Schiff (original editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The mightiest team in the world--
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne] (also as Superman); Lex Luthor; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Superman [Clark Kent]; Powerman (a robot, introduction)
Synopsis
When Luthor develops a liquid kryptonite gun, Superman replaces Batman with a new partner, Powerman. The Caped Crusader, hurt by the change, believes that Powerman has some sort hold over the Man of Steel, not realizing Superman has a motive in mind for his own protection from the criminal genius, Lex Luthor!
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Keywords
Bat-Cave; Bat-Signal; Batmobile; Batplane; Gotham City; Gotham Daily News; kryptonite; Metropolis; Wayne Mansion

Indexer Notes

Silver-Age origin of the Superman-Batman team.

Secret of the Eternal City! (Table of Contents: 3)

Adam Strange / comic story / 14.34 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox; Edmond Hamilton (co-plot)
Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Frank Giacoia; Joe Giella
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino
Editing
Julius Schwartz (original editor)

Genre
adventure; science fiction
Characters
Alanna (introduction); Sardath; Adam Strange; inhabitants of Samakand; The Eternals (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
An Earth archaeologist is caught by a "zeta-beam" and teleported to Rann near Alpha Centauri where he meets Alanna and Sardath. Alien invaders, called The Eternals, attack the planet while Adam and Alanna journey to the Brigadoon-like city of Samakand to locate a life-metal called "vitatron". Adam tricks the aliens so they're stuck in Samakand, but then he fades away, returning to Earth, awaiting the next zeta-beam.
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Keywords
Planet Rann; Zeta Beam

Indexer Notes

Origin and 1st appearance Adam Strange. Though most sources have credited Sachs with the inks to this story, Gene Reed notes that Giacoia and Giella often co-inked stories and this is their work, not Sachs'. Bob Hughes also mentions that the first Adam Strange and Space Rangers stories were worked out in conference, so Ed Hamilton should be given co-plotting credit here. (Thanks to Victor Lim for bringing up this issue on the GCD Error Tracker.)

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

Challengers of the Unknown; Superman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

Adam Strange (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Adam Strange / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

The Planet of Doomed Men (Table of Contents: 6)

Green Lantern / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Murphy Anderson
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino
Editing
Julius Schwartz (original editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
An incredible mental force from this huge creature...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Green Lantern [Hal Jordan] (origin); Abin Sur (flashback); 7 unnamed members of the council of the Guardians of the Universe [of Planet Oa] (p. 1960) (introduction for all); Calorians; The Dryg (villain)
Synopsis
Hal Jordan's energy-duplicate is summoned by the Guardians for the first time. After he is returned to Earth, the Guardians send him to Calor, a nearby planet, to save the Calorians from the ape-monster Dryg.
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Keywords
Battery of Power; Calor (a planet); power ring

Indexer Notes

First appearance of the Guardians.

The Secrets of the Sorcerer's Box! (Table of Contents: 7)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Kirby ?; Joe Simon ? (plot, script); Dave Wood ? (script)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby ?; Rosalind Kirby (blacks); Marvin Stein ?
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda
Editing
Jack Schiff (original editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
What's out there? -- Places we cannot see!
Genre
adventure
Characters
The Challengers of the Unknown: Rocky Davis; Prof Haley; Ace Morgan; Red Ryan
unnamed radio show host; 4 unnamed radio show women; Mr. Morelian (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Four heroes are being flown to appear on the radio show "Heroes" when their jet crashes in a storm. Miraculously, all four survive unharmed, even down to a working watch. Since they are "living on borrowed time", they vow to make the best use of it, taking risks to benefit others, challenging the unknown. In their first official case, they are summoned by Morelian, a descendant of Merlin, to open four chambers of a dangerous alchemist's box and "witness things not seen on this Earth since the dawn of Man!"
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Indexer Notes

This reprints only Chapter 1 of the story from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #6, January-February 1957.

First appearance of the Challengers of the Unknown. According to Joe Simon and Jack Kirby historians, Jack Kirby brought the proposal for the Challengers to DC. DC bought the concept and folded it into Showcase.

Possible Stein inks per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo. Although Stein had conversations with Greg Theakston denying he inked any Challengers stories it's possible Stein forgot he worked on them. This story also looks like Kirby may have inked a few pages on his own.

An epilogue occurs in Secret Origins #12 (1987), when the Challengers are reunited with the box to solve its final mystery.

Letterer credit from Rodrigo Baeza via the editor e-mail list.

Origin of Green Arrow and Speedy (Table of Contents: 8)

Green Arrow / text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Schiff
Pencils
Lee Elias (illustration)
Inks
Lee Elias (illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
One night, as a cruise ship plowed through the South Seas...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; Speedy [Roy Harper]
Synopsis
Thrown off a cruise ship, Oliver Queen lands on a deserted Shore. Looking to survive, he fashions a crude bow and arrow to hunt food. Seeing an anchored freighter, he swims out only to find a mutiny in progress. Using trick arrows he subdues the mutiny. The captain asks who he is, he declares himself as Green Arrow and dedicates himself as a crime-fighter.

Roy Harper, a young orphan, already an expert bowman, wants to become Green Arrow's junior partner. Green Arrow is reluctant at first, however when Roy helps him capture a gang fleeing robbers, G.A. realizes his value as a partner.
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Indexer Notes

Text story with two small illustrations of Green Arrow and Speedy.

Secret Origin of Wonder Woman (Table of Contents: 9)

Wonder Woman / comic story / 12.34 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Kanigher (under house name Charles Moulton)
Pencils
Ross Andru
Inks
Mike Esposito
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino
Editing
Robert Kanigher (original editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Who is Wonder Woman? Where did she come from?
Genre
superhero
Characters
Aphrodite; Athena; Hercules; Queen Hippolyta; Princess Diana; Young Wonder Woman
Synopsis
Diana is born "centuries ago" and is bequeathed powers by Aphrodite, Athena, Mercury, and Hercules. When Diana is a teenager, her father and all the men are killed in "the wars". Young Diana helps her mother bring the Amazons to their new home on Paradise Island.
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Keywords
Paradise Island

Indexer Notes

A Wonder Girl Story. Wonder Girl does not appear in costume.

Silver age origin of Wonder Woman.

The Steve Trevor part of the origin appears in Wonder Woman #98, and the Diana Prince part of the origin appears in Wonder Woman #99.

Penciler credit from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided to the GCD by DC Comics.

The Impossible Day (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Wonder Woman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

The Flash; Green Lantern / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

The Strange Experiment of Dr. Erdel (Table of Contents: 12)

John Jones Manhunter from Mars / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Samachson ?; Jack Miller ?
Pencils
Joe Certa
Inks
Joe Certa
Colors
?
Letters
Pat Gordon
Editing
Jack Schiff (original editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You've seen all sorts of detectives in action--
Genre
superhero
Characters
Martian Manhunter [J'Onn J'Onzz] (origin) (aka John Jones, introduction); Dr. Mark Erdel (introduction, death); Lt. Saunders
Synopsis
A scientist builds a robot brain which teleports a Martian to Earth. After the scientist dies the Martian is trapped here, so he decides to become a police detective.
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Indexer Notes

Script (only) attributed to Jack Miller by Rich Morrissey, but disputed by Bob Hughes. Samachson is current DC credit, as seen in Showcase Presents: Martian Manhunter (DC, 2007 series) #1.

Plot is similar to "The Galaxy Being", first episode of the original "The Outer Limits" television show. The show first aired on 16 September 1963. In it, Allan Maxwell, an engineer for a small radio station, somehow makes contact with a peaceful alien creature, who gets transported to Earth by accident.

Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt! (Table of Contents: 13)

The Flash / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Joe Kubert
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino
Editing
Julius Schwartz (original editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
This is the startling tale of The Flash--
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Flash [Barry Allen] (origin) (introduction); The Flash [Jay Garrick] (image only); The Turtle (villain) (introduction); Iris West (introduction)
Synopsis
By a freak accident involving lab chemicals and lightning, Barry Allen becomes the fastest man alive and originates a costume based on the comic adventures of the Flash from the 1940's. And it's a good thing too: for he must now face the Turtle Man, termed "The Slowest Man Alive".
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Indexer Notes

In the story, Barry Allen is shown reading a copy of Flash Comics January (1941) #13. However there is no resemblance to #13's actual Hawkman cover.

Just Imagine! (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

Justice League / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

See the Many Fantastic Faces of Superman (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

Superman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

The Inside Stories of Batman and Robin's Top Secrets (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

Batman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. A Super-Collection of the Most Sought-After Stories Ever Published!
  2. 1. Table of Contents
  3. 2. The Origin of the Superman-Batman Team
    Superman and Batman and Robin
  4. 3. Secret of the Eternal City!
    Adam Strange
  5. 4. ["For the very best ...and still 10¢"]
    Challengers of the Unknown; Superman
  6. 5. Adam Strange
    Adam Strange
  7. 6. The Planet of Doomed Men
    Green Lantern
  8. 7. The Secrets of the Sorcerer's Box!
    Challengers of the Unknown
  9. 8. Origin of Green Arrow and Speedy
    Green Arrow
  10. 9. Secret Origin of Wonder Woman
    Wonder Woman
  11. 10. The Impossible Day
    Wonder Woman
  12. 11. ["For the very best ...and still 10¢"]
    The Flash; Green Lantern
  13. 12. The Strange Experiment of Dr. Erdel
    John Jones Manhunter from Mars
  14. 13. Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt!
    The Flash
  15. 14. Just Imagine!
    Justice League
  16. 15. See the Many Fantastic Faces of Superman
    Superman
  17. 16. The Inside Stories of Batman and Robin's Top Secrets
    Batman
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