Showcase #37
(March-April 1962)

DC, 1956 Series
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Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia frequency
Bi-monthly
On-sale date
1962-01-30
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Brand
Superman DC National Comics
Editing
Robert Kanigher
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

On-sale date from ad in Sea Devils #4 and copyright registration.

In Amazing World of DC Comics #10, in the article "There's No Cases Like Showcases" by Jack C. Harris, he notes, "Probably one of the strangest teams in comics, Bob Kanigher and Ross Andru's Metal Men ran for four issues of SHOWCASE... The wonder robots were created (and #37 scripted) in a weekend work session trigger [sic] when editor/writer Kanigher was asked to come up with a SHOWCASE concept quickly. Too unique to be lost, the robot band was launched on a 41-issue span..."


The Flaming Doom! (Table of Contents)

Metal Men / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ross Andru
Inks
Mike Esposito
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp (and logo?)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Metal Men [Gold; Iron; Lead; Mercury; Platinum; Tin]; flying manta ray
Reprints

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

Norton Products / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[Part I] The Flaming Doom! (Table of Contents: 2)

Metal Men / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Ross Andru
Inks
Mike Esposito
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
superhero
Characters
Colonel Henry Caspar; Dr. Will Magnus; Metal Men [Platinum; Gold; Lead; Iron; Mercury; Tin] (introduction); flying manta ray
Synopsis
In prehistoric times, a flying manta ray survives a "radioactive storm" and is encased in ice. Today, it breaks free and soars over the coast, zapping lighthouses, jets, and the Chrysler Building with laser-eyes. The Joint Chiefs send Col. Casper to Dr. Will Magnus's vast laboratory complex. Magnus dances with a platinum robot - who talks! To fight the "creature", Magnus creates five more robots: Gold, Lead, Iron, Mercury, and Tin. "Meet the Metal Men!" A UHF TV shows the creature tearing up a cable bridge. "We're going to battle it!"
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Indexer Notes

Introduction and origin of Dr. Will Magnus and the Metal Men.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Justice League of America; Aquaman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

From Many Lands... (Table of Contents: 4)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Schiff
Pencils
Lou Cameron
Inks
Lou Cameron
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
advocacy
Synopsis
Article on international trade. "It takes many countries, working together, to provide progress for all!"

Part II: The Metal Men vs The Flaming Doom! (Table of Contents: 5)

Metal Men / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Ross Andru
Inks
Mike Esposito
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
superhero
Synopsis
The Metal MEN are going into battle, but Tina will stay "out of harm's way". Oh, no, she won't, and spins Doc in a cocoon until he relents. Boarding a "rocket disc", they find the flying manta at the bridge. After some thought, Doc has Iron compress Lead into a ball, then coat it with Tin for hardness. Iron hurls it, the manta bats it back, and the rocket disc plummets and crashes on a rooftop. As the creature circles, Tin, thinking he "failed" leaps in the path of the deadly eye beams and is shredded!
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The Magic Metal (Table of Contents: 6)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
Typeset

Genre
non-fiction; math & science
Synopsis
Uses of cobalt throughout history.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

Metal Facts and Fancies / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ross Andru
Inks
Mike Esposito
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The alchemists of old spent their entire lifetime searching...
Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Facts on alchemist, gold in seawater, platinum in penpoints, molybdenum and titanium in hair color, and more metal facts.
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Part III: The Metal Men vs The Flaming Doom! (Table of Contents: 8)

Metal Men / comic story / 8.66 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Ross Andru
Inks
Mike Esposito
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
superhero
Synopsis
Lead forms a shield to block the creature's blasting eyebeams. Gold stretches and grabs while Iron anchors him, but they're pulled aloft to crash into the ocean. Col. Casper radios to call it off, they failed. Magnus: "There are still three of us left! We're still attacking!" Soaring in the rocket disc, Mercury smothers the manta, Platinum spins a web, and Lead adds weight. The creature crashes and sinks in the ocean, dead. But so are the Metal Men. As Doc holds models of the MM, Caspar asks the audience to drop a card to Metal Men c/o National Periodical Pub.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

statement of ownership / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Average number of copies sold or distributed: 240,000.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Chet Atkins Method / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Grit Publishing Co. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

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

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

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

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

Junior Sales Club of America / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Flaming Doom!
    Metal Men
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Norton Products
  3. 2. [Part I] The Flaming Doom!
    Metal Men
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Justice League of America; Aquaman
  5. 4. From Many Lands...
  6. 5. Part II: The Metal Men vs The Flaming Doom!
    Metal Men
  7. 6. The Magic Metal
  8. 7. ["The alchemists of old spent their entire lifetime searching..."]
    Metal Facts and Fancies
  9. 8. Part III: The Metal Men vs The Flaming Doom!
    Metal Men
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Chet Atkins Method
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Grit Publishing Co.
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Best Values Co.
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    100 Toy Soldiers
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Junior Sales Club of America
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    American Seed Co.
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