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
glossy cover; newsprint interior
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
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Pencils
Lee Elias
Inks
Lee Elias
Colors
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Letters
Ira Schnapp (and Tommy Tomorrow logo design)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Cadet Tomorrow's flunked this test--but good!
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)

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

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Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

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 ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Planeteers!... The heart of every youth in the solar system soars at...
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)

Tiki Gods / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

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

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

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

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Indexer Notes

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

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

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

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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)

Tootsie Roll / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

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Indexer Notes

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

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

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

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typeset

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

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Travel to the moon was contemplated in Babylonia, about...
Genre
non-fiction; math & science

Pioneers of the Sky (Table of Contents: 9)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
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Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
With manned rocket ships already orbiting the Earth, and space trips just...
Genre
math & science
Characters
J. Degen; Sir George Cayley; Gustav Lilienthal; Otto Lilienthal; Percy Sinclair Pilcher; Samuel Pierpont Langley; Clement Ader

Indexer Notes

Some facts about early flight pioneers: J. Degen, Sir George Cayley, Gustov and Otto Lilienthal, Percy Sinclair Pilcher, Samuel Pierpont 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
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Tricked into a personal feud that permitted the criminal Chardu to steal the...
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)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Your eyes may play tricks... but not your taste!

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

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Batman's new secret identity!
Characters
Batman; Robin

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

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

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

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

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Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

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

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

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Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
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. ["Your eyes may play tricks... but not your taste!"]
    Tootsie Roll Pop
  13. 12. ["Batman's new secret identity!"]
    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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