(January-February 1963)

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:
Murray Boltinoff
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock:
newsprint
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

[Trial by Fire] (Table of Contents)

Mark Merlin / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Mort Meskin
Inks:
George Roussos
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ira Schnapp

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Mark Merlin; Elsa; Count Myro

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

104 Kings' Knights / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Trial by Fire (Table of Contents: 2)

Mark Merlin / comic story / 12.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Arnold Drake ?
Pencils:
Mort Meskin (signed)
Inks:
George Roussos
Colors:
?
Letters:
Stan Starkman

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Mark Merlin; Elsa; Count Myro; Merlin the Mighty (flashback)
Synopsis:
Mark Merlin relates the story of his first case: how he solved the murder of his father, a stage magician.

Indexer Notes

origin story; writer identification by Bob Hughes

Touchdown for Picasso! (Table of Contents: 3)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Jack Schiff
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ira Schnapp

Genre:
advocacy
Synopsis:
Stan is surprised to learn that his favorite football player also enjoys the fine arts.

Indexer Notes

Published in cooperation with the National Social Welfare Assembly.

On the page immediately following page 5 of the previous story sequence.

Featuring the Mightiest Super-Heroes of All Time! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Superman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

The Secret Adventures of Batman and Robin (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Batman and Robin / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Here Is Your Formula for a New Thrill in Comic Book Reading! (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

The Brave and the Bold; Strange Sports Stories / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

["Genie, go to Australia for me."] (Table of Contents: 7)

The Magic Genie / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff
Colors:
?
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Magic Genie
Synopsis:
The genie is worn out by his master's many requests.

Time Bomb from 1500 A.D. (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Paul Parker
Inks:
Paul Parker
Colors:
?
Letters:
Stan Starkman

Genre:
adventure
Synopsis:
Journalist Hal Breese discovers a buried weapon invented by Leonardo da Vinci, but it is stolen and he must find a way to keep it from being used against the world.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Leonardo da Vinci

["Hi! I'm Johnny DC, the mascot at DC Publications!"] (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

["Coming to the museum is very educational!"] (Table of Contents: 10)

Varsity Vic / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
teen
Characters:
Varsity Vic
Synopsis:
Vic thinks he sees a walking mummy in the museum's Egyptian collection.
Reprints:
Keywords:
mummies; museums

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

Mark Merlin's Mailbox / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Murray Boltinoff
Pencils:
? (logo illustration)
Inks:
? (logo illustration)
Colors:
? (logo illustration)
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

letters submitted by Bob F., Roberta Lessing, Ronn Foss, Pete O'B., Paul Gambaccini, Orville Bancroft

The Wondrous Witch's Cauldron (Table of Contents: 12)

comic story / 3.67 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Lee Elias
Inks:
Lee Elias
Colors:
?
Letters:
Stan Starkman

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
A witch's cauldron that brings its owner fame, fortune, and long life passes from owner to owner.
Reprints:

["For holiday giving..."] (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Johnny DC / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Convoy Terror / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Task Force / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

150 Civil War Soldiers / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

Daisy Manufacturing Company / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Trial by Fire]
    Mark Merlin
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    104 Kings' Knights
  3. 2. Trial by Fire
    Mark Merlin
  4. 3. Touchdown for Picasso!
  5. 4. Featuring the Mightiest Super-Heroes of All Time!
    Superman
  6. 5. The Secret Adventures of Batman and Robin
    Batman and Robin
  7. 6. Here Is Your Formula for a New Thrill in Comic Book Reading!
    The Brave and the Bold; Strange Sports Stories
  8. 7. ["Genie, go to Australia for me."]
    The Magic Genie
  9. 8. Time Bomb from 1500 A.D.
  10. 9. ["Hi! I'm Johnny DC, the mascot at DC Publications!"]
    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  11. 10. ["Coming to the museum is very educational!"]
    Varsity Vic
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Mark Merlin's Mailbox
  13. 12. The Wondrous Witch's Cauldron
  14. 13. ["For holiday giving..."]
    Johnny DC
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Convoy Terror
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Task Force
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    100 Toy Soldiers
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    150 Civil War Soldiers
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    American Body Building Club
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Manufacturing Company
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Nick Caputo
  • Bob Hughes
  • Kelly Langston-Smith
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Dwayne Best
  • Per Sandell
  • Matthew Head
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Jim Stangas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Ed Boner