(September 1961)

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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
monthly, with the exception of Jan., April, July and October
On-sale date:
1961-07-20
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
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US; then standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
Glossy covers; newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

The Library of Congress copyright date for this issue is 07/18/1961 (Tuesday), but house ads place the on sale date as 07/20/1961 (Thursday).


Vengeance of the Dust Devil! (Table of Contents)

Adam Strange / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Carmine Infantino
Inks:
Murphy Anderson
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; science fiction
Characters:
Adam Strange; Jakarta (a dust devil)
Reprints:
Keywords:
deserts; jetpacks; monsters

Indexer Notes

The cover scene is redrawn on page 6 of the story, panel #1.

Pencil and ink credits confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics.

Complete 4 Piece Matched Set of Luggage (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Honor House Products Corp. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Record Your Voice at Home (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

Honor House Products Corp. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Vengeance of the Dust Devil! (Table of Contents: 3)

Adam Strange / comic story / 8.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Carmine Infantino
Inks:
Murphy Anderson
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; science fiction
Characters:
Adam Strange; Alanna; Jakarta (a dust devil, name revealed in this story, last seen in Mystery in Space #68, next seen in Mystery in Space #84); unnamed citizens of Melbourne, Australia; unnamed citizens of Ranagar; a female hobby shop clerk in Melbourne
Synopsis:
Adam Strange intercepts the Zeta Beam at Lake Makadi, Tanganyica, Africa and returns to Rann, unknowingly carrying Jakarta, the last surviving Dust Devil, who had hidden in Adam's holster on the planet Rhynthar (see Mystery in Space #68). Seeking revenge, Jakarta attacks Ranangar. The Zeta radiation wears off and returns the pair to Earth, which the dust devil also plans to conquer, near Melbourne, Australia. Adam discovers that static electricity can freeze Jakarta, traps him with a Wimshurst Machine (which discharges electricity) and then turns the Dust Devil over to Australian authorities.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Adam is given a replacement jet-rocket for the one he lost in Mystery in Space #69. It's revealed that Adam has a secret hideaway in the Australian Outback. Writer Fox took the name Jakarta from the capital and largest city of Indonesia. Sardath does not appear in this story.

Pencil and ink credits confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics.

Tootsie Roll Makes History! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Tootsie Roll / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

The Right to Be Different! (Table of Contents: 5)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
advocacy

See the Many Fantastic Faces of Superman... (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

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

At Last! (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

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

The Billion-Year Evolution! (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Murphy Anderson (signed)
Inks:
Murphy Anderson (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Doctor Fred Gibson; his fiance Elsa; archeologist Phil Travis; ancient Jovian scientist Halfar Kal
Synopsis:
In 2178, Doctor Fred Gibson is on Jupiter searching for his fiance Elsa. His romantic rival, archaeologist Phil Travis, finds her first but lacks the medical knowledge to treat her properly. Gibson, however, finds ancient Jovian technology that reveals its history: scientist Halfar Kal invented a "Droga Ray" that evolved the Jovians into pure energy, allowing them to travel throughout the galaxy. Gibson uses the ray on himself and as an invisible energy being helps Travis save Elsa. Travis returns to Earth, but the grateful Elsa opts to stay with Gibson, who used the ray to return to normal.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Murphy Anderson's signature is on the last story page. Credits for script, pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics.

There's More Than Meets the Eye... (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

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

The Inside Stories of Batman and Robin's Top Secrets (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

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

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

Palisades Amusement Park / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

150 Civil War Soldiers! (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Josely Co. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Free! World-Wide Stamps ... Just Released! (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Garcelon Stamp Company / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14)

Wonders of Space / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Letters from Jimmy Arnold of Norwalk, CA; Richard C West of Dorchester, MA; and Lucinda Briggs of Port Alsworth, Alaska.

The Bravest Man in Space! (Table of Contents: 15)

comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Sid Greene
Inks:
Sid Greene
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Space adventurer Jon Drum from the planet Ildaric; his best friend, Lars Korn; reporter Harl Vincent; dignitaries in in the Solar Hall on Earthport Los Frisco; warrior Klinn crewmen; cloud creatues on the planet Tantamar; silicon creatures from Alphard; a trapped miner
Synopsis:
Heroic Jon Drum defeats cloud creatures to free the Illkanov; he bests silicon creatures from Alphard; he escapes from a magnetic maelstrom; and he saves a miner on Zeta Virgo's fifth planet. He is about to be honored when reporter Harl Vincent claims he saw an android duplicate of Drum performing at least one of Drum's adventures. Drum refuses to defend himself and leaves, but is captured by the Klinn. But it's all a ruse so that Drum can penetrate the Dissimatter barrier protecting the Klinn home world, use the ancient weapon he found to defeat them, and rescue several captured scientists.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sid Greene's trademark caricature of editor Julius Scwartz appears on page 3. Writer Fox uses the name of several bright stars for locations in this story, most of which have Arabic roots (Aldebaran, Alphard, Zeta Virgo, Sheratan). Fox likely took Korn's name from a small city in Russia. The real life Harl Vincent (1893 - 1968) was a pulp SF writer who wrote for Argosy, Astounding and many others, including Julius Schwartz's fanzine, Fantasy Magazine, in 1935.

Pencil and ink credits confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics.

Guaranteed to Make You Smile… (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

Tootsie Roll Ice Cream Bar / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

Frontier Cabin (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

Frontier Cabin / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

["If you know just 20 people ..."] (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

Wallace Brown, Inc. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

["Boys! Girls! Ladies! Men!"] (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

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

204 Revolutionary War Soldiers Only $1.98 (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

Revolutionary War Soldiers / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. Vengeance of the Dust Devil!
    Adam Strange
  2. 1. Complete 4 Piece Matched Set of Luggage
    Honor House Products Corp.
  3. 2. Record Your Voice at Home
    Honor House Products Corp.
  4. 3. Vengeance of the Dust Devil!
    Adam Strange
  5. 4. Tootsie Roll Makes History!
    Tootsie Roll
  6. 5. The Right to Be Different!
  7. 6. See the Many Fantastic Faces of Superman...
    Giant Superman Annual
  8. 7. At Last!
    Secret Origins
  9. 8. The Billion-Year Evolution!
  10. 9. There's More Than Meets the Eye...
    Tootsie Roll Pop
  11. 10. The Inside Stories of Batman and Robin's Top Secrets
    Giant Batman Annual
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Palisades Amusement Park
  13. 12. 150 Civil War Soldiers!
    Josely Co.
  14. 13. Free! World-Wide Stamps ... Just Released!
    Garcelon Stamp Company
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Wonders of Space
  16. 15. The Bravest Man in Space!
  17. 16. Guaranteed to Make You Smile…
    Tootsie Roll Ice Cream Bar
  18. 17. Frontier Cabin
    Frontier Cabin
  19. 18. ["If you know just 20 people ..."]
    Wallace Brown, Inc.
  20. 19. ["Boys! Girls! Ladies! Men!"]
    Wilson Chemical Co.
  21. 20. 204 Revolutionary War Soldiers Only $1.98
    Revolutionary War Soldiers
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