(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.

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) (Expand) /

Norton Products / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

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!"
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

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

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

From Many Lands... (Table of Contents)

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)

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

Script:
Bob 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!
Reprints:

The Magic Metal (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
Typeset

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

["The alchemists of old spent their entire lifetime searching..."] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Facts on alchemist, gold in seawater, platinum in penpoints, molybdenum and titanium in hair color, and more metal facts.
Reprints:

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

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.
Reprints:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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) (Expand) /

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

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

Grit Publishing Co. / advertisement / 0.5 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) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents) (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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