(January-February 1962)

DC, 1956 Series
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Price:
0.12 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
Bi-Monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines:
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Brand:
Superman DC National Comics
Editing:
Julius Schwartz
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Silver Age US; then standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
newsprint
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

3rd Silver Age Atom


Prisoner in a Test Tube! (Table of Contents)

The Atom / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Gil Kane
Inks:
Murphy Anderson
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ira Schnapp

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Atom [Ray Palmer]
Reprints:

Treasure Chest of Fun (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Honor House Products Corp. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Prisoner in a Test Tube! (Table of Contents)

The Atom / comic story / 11.33 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox (credited)
Pencils:
Gil Kane (credited)
Inks:
Murphy Anderson (credited)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Gaspar Saladino

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Atom [Ray Palmer]; unnamed secret agent; Professor Anton Kraft; Professor Loring; Jean Loring; enemy agents; FBI and CIA agents
Synopsis:
A master spy assumes the identity of a scientist to get close to Professor Loring, who builds "super weapons". Jean checks his fingerprints and finds a fraud. Ray Palmer offers to contact "our friend, The Atom." The Atom telephone-ports to Budapest and finds the real Professor Kraft. Escaping a test tube and flypaper, he jump-punches and weight-changes the spies into submission.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

A Cold War story. Pages 8 and 12 are only 0.67 story (0.33 house ads).

For the Very Best in Comics Reading (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

A Mesa and a Butte?... (Table of Contents)

What's the Difference Between... / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction; math & science
Synopsis:
Educational info, mesas vs. buttes.

Indexer Notes

On the page immediately following page 8 of the previous story sequence.

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

Jaro Stamp Co.; Maxim Stamp Co. Inc. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Watch for the Fourth Superman Annual! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

["Roam the black gulfs of interplanetary space..."] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Mystery in Space; Adam Strange / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Inside the Atom / letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Julius Schwartz
Letters:
Typeset

Synopsis:
Letters on the first Showcase appearance of The Atom from Harold L. Nussdorf, Richard C. West, Woodrow Harano, John H. Fahey, Frederick Norwood, Mike Price, Shern Gilbe, Paul Seydor, Jerry Bails, Steve Umstead. The Editor notes, "don't pay any attention to the coincidence... with Ray Palmer, former editor of Amazing Stories [who] happens to be of short stature."

["If the entire atomic energy in a single kernel of corn..."] (Table of Contents)

Strange Realm of the Atom! / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction; math & science
Synopsis:
Educational info about atomic energy and atoms.

The "Disappearing Act" Robberies! (Table of Contents)

The Atom / comic story / 12.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox (credited)
Pencils:
Gil Kane (credited)
Inks:
Murphy Anderson (credited)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Gaspar Saladino ?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Atom [Ray Palmer]; Jean Loring; Alma Wilson Barnes; Jim Barnes; Greg Phillips (villain); Mayor Andrews; Jason Saunders (flashback)
Synopsis:
Ray once again proposes to Jean, but she's distracted by "invisible robberies" of jewelry all over town. The Atom attends a chess match with a platinum chess set and hides in a rook. The entire set is whisked up and away "invisibly". Greg Philips, feature writer for the Ivytown Herald, has gained "mind over matter" with pills invented by a deceased scientist. The Atom escapes a poison-fumed box, telephones to the crime in progress, and scotches Philips. But Jean still won't marry him!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Series continues in Atom (DC, 1962 series) #1.

For the Very Best in Comics Reading (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Strange Adventures; Justice League of America / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

Another Giant Batman Collection! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

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

Best Values Co. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

100 Toy Soldiers / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Jowett Institute of Physical Training / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Daisy B-B Gun / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Prisoner in a Test Tube!
    The Atom
  2. 1. Treasure Chest of Fun
    Honor House Products Corp.
  3. 2. Prisoner in a Test Tube!
    The Atom
  4. 3. For the Very Best in Comics Reading
    Green Lantern; The Flash
  5. 4. A Mesa and a Butte?...
    What's the Difference Between...
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Jaro Stamp Co.; Maxim Stamp Co. Inc.
  7. 6. Watch for the Fourth Superman Annual!
    Superman
  8. 7. ["Roam the black gulfs of interplanetary space..."]
    Mystery in Space; Adam Strange
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Inside the Atom
  10. 9. ["If the entire atomic energy in a single kernel of corn..."]
    Strange Realm of the Atom!
  11. 10. The "Disappearing Act" Robberies!
    The Atom
  12. 11. For the Very Best in Comics Reading
    Strange Adventures; Justice League of America
  13. 12. Another Giant Batman Collection!
    Batman
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Best Values Co.
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    100 Toy Soldiers
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Jowett Institute of Physical Training
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Daisy B-B Gun
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