Showcase #41
(November-December 1962)

DC, 1956 Series
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Price:
0.12 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
On-sale date:
1962-09-27
Publisher's Age Guidelines:
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Brand:
Superman DC National Comics
Editing:
Murray Boltinoff; George Kashdan
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

First issue completely dedicated to Tommy Tomorrow (he earlier ran in anthology tales in Real Fact Comics, Action Comics, and World's Finest Comics).

On-sale date from copyright registration.


Origin at the West Point of Space! (Table of Contents)

Tommy Tomorrow of the Planeteers / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Lee Elias
Inks:
Lee Elias
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ira Schnapp (and Tommy Tomorrow logo design)

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Cadet Tommy Tomorrow; Cadet Lon Vurian; Unit Sergeant

Indexer Notes

Logo design credit from Todd Klein.

Tomorrow's Stars Appear Today! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

Chapter 1: Frame-Up at Planeteer Academy (Table of Contents: 2)

Tommy Tomorrow / comic story / 12.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Arnold Drake
Pencils:
Lee Elias (signed)
Inks:
Lee Elias (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Pat Gordon ?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Planeteers; Cadet Tommy Tomorrow; unnamed Unit Sergeant (intro); Cadet Lon Vurian of Venus (intro); Cadet Hughes; Cadet Ku-Rami; Cadet Hjaro; Cadet Morgan; unnamed Academy Commandant; General Vurian of Venus (mentioned); Captain Lenk (mentioned); Cadet Lo-Duey of Mars (mentioned); Chardu of Mercury (villain, posing as Cadet Lo-Duey of Mars)
Synopsis:
Tommy Tomorrow arrives with other rookies at the Planeteer Academy, known as the "West Point of the Solar System". He meets other cadets, such as Lon Vurian of Venus and Lo-Duey of Mars. Someone repeatedly sabotages Tommy, until none of the other cadets trust him. At the end of their training, Tommy Tomorrow and Lon Vurian, the top two students, are chosen to lead two teams in competition to locate the Stone of Gazda which has been hidden on a distant asteroid. The cadets learn too late that Lo-Duey was actually Chardu of Mercury, who has stolen and escaped with the all-powerful Stone.
Keywords:
Asteroid 9-Z; Gazda; Lenk Memorial Auditorium; Martian; Mercurian; Planeteer Academy a.k.a. "The West Point of the Solar System" a.k.a. "The West Point of Space"; Saturnian; Stone of Gazda; Venusian; zolonite

Indexer Notes

This story takes place in the 21st century. The stories in Showcase are prequels to the Tommy Tomorrow tales told in Real Fact Comics, Action Comics, and World's Finest Comics. Chronologically, this story follows the flashback tale in Action Comics #224.

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

Tiki Gods / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

104 Kings' Knights / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

Amazing Ratios! / cartoon / 0.67 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
#529

First Line of Dialogue or Text:
The Earth's atmosphere is so immense that there is approximately two million tons of air for every human being on Earth!
Genre:
non-fiction; math & science

Indexer Notes

On the page immediately preceding page 9 of the previous story sequence.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Tootsie Roll / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

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

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

Man Tries for the Moon -- Yesterday and Today (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff
Colors:
?
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff ?

Genre:
non-fiction; math & science

Pioneers of the Sky (Table of Contents: 9)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
math & science

Indexer Notes

Some facts about early flight pioneers: J. Degen, Sir George Cayley, Gustov and Otto Lilienthal, Percy Sinclair Pilcher, Samuel Pierpoint Langley, Clement Ader, and the Wright brothers.

Chapter 2: The Criminal Who Couldn't Die (Table of Contents: 10)

Tommy Tomorrow / comic story / 11.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Arnold Drake
Pencils:
Lee Elias
Inks:
Lee Elias
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Planeteers; Cadet/Lt. Tommy Tomorrow; unnamed Unit Sergeant (next in #46); Cadet/Lt. Lon Vurian of Venus; Cadet Hughes; Cadet Ku-Rami; Cadet Hjaro; Cadet Morgan; General Vurian of Venus (intro); unnamed Academy Commandant; Professor Trikon of Venus University (mentioned); Chardu of Mercury (villain); Kyl-Roj of Mercury (villain); unnamed second Mercurian henchman (villain)
Synopsis:
Tommy Tomorrow and Lon Vurian join together and follow after Chardu. Tommy explains to Lon that when solar rays pass through the Stone of Gazda, they form a wall of energy that can't be penetrated by any weapon. The two cadets succeed in stopping Chardu and regaining possession of the Stone. They are both awarded the Academy Medal of Valor, and graduate with the rank of Lieutenant.
Keywords:
Academy Medal of Valor; Mercurian; Stone of Gazda; Venus; Venusian

Indexer Notes

Chapter 2 (story pages 14-25).

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

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

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

Batman; World's Finest Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Best Values Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

American Body Building Club / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

100 Toy Soldiers / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Origin at the West Point of Space!
    Tommy Tomorrow of the Planeteers
  2. 1. Tomorrow's Stars Appear Today!
  3. 2. Chapter 1: Frame-Up at Planeteer Academy
    Tommy Tomorrow
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Tiki Gods
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    104 Kings' Knights
  6. 5. ["The Earth's atmosphere is so immense that there is approximately two million tons of air for every human being on Earth!"]
    Amazing Ratios!
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Tootsie Roll
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Tootsie Roll Fudge
  9. 8. Man Tries for the Moon -- Yesterday and Today
  10. 9. Pioneers of the Sky
  11. 10. Chapter 2: The Criminal Who Couldn't Die
    Tommy Tomorrow
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Tootsie Roll Pop
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Batman; World's Finest Comics
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Best Values Co.
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    American Body Building Club
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    100 Toy Soldiers
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