Showcase #42
(January-February 1963)

DC, 1956 Series
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Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1962-11-29
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

2nd Tommy Tomorrow feature in Showcase.

On-sale date from copyright registration.


The Brain Robbers of Satellite X! (Table of Contents)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Lee Elias
Inks
Lee Elias
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

First Line of Dialogue or Text
They're turning Lon into one of their mind-slaves... and I'm next!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Lt. Tommy Tomorrow; Lt. Lon Vurian

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

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

Chapter 1: The Brain Robbers of Satellite X (Table of Contents: 2)

Tommy Tomorrow / comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script
Arnold Drake
Pencils
Lee Elias (signed)
Inks
Lee Elias (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Stan Starkman

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Fledgling Lieutenants Tommy Tomorrow and Lon Vurian of the Planeteers are fresh out of...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Planeteers; Lt. Tommy Tomorrow; Lt. Lon Vurian of Venus; General Vurian of Venus; Lt. Jerex; Lt. Dy-Loru; Lt. Hardy; Lt. Ulubulo; President of the Federated Planets (mentioned); Shivinga; Phoodoy; Aka-Yoqua; Dr. Leda-Ruk of Mars; Professor Jnobi of Jupiter; dozens of unnamed scientists; unnamed alien criminal (villain)
Synopsis
Lt. Tommy Tomorrow and Lt. Lon Vurian arrive at the Planeteer Headquarters on Venus and receive their first assignments, convoy duty with the fermite skows running between Pluto and the inner planets. While in space, they stumble upon the activities of alien criminals. Soon, they locate scientists who have been disappearing for months, but before they can act they are themselves captured.
Keywords
Federated Planets; fermite; Jovian; Jupiter; Mars; Martian; Pluto; Venus; Venusian

Indexer Notes

(1) This story takes place in the 21st century.
(2) The stories in Showcase are prequels to the Tommy Tomorrow tales told in Real Fact Comics, Action Comics, and World's Finest Comics.

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

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

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

Giant Superman Annual; Giant Batman Annual / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Doctor Rocket / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Everything's all set for your space flight.
Genre
humor; science fiction
Characters
Doctor Rocket

Chapter 2: Masters of the Asteroid Brain (Table of Contents: 6)

Tommy Tomorrow / comic story / 4.67 pages (report information)

Script
Arnold Drake
Pencils
Lee Elias
Inks
Lee Elias
Colors
?
Letters
Stan Starkman

First Line of Dialogue or Text
At gunpoint, Tommy and Lon are forced into the great building, where...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Planeteers; Lt. Tommy Tomorrow; Lt. Lon Vurian of Venus; Dr. Leda-Ruk of Mars; Professor Jnobi of Jupiter; dozens of unnamed scientists; unnamed alien criminals (villains)
Synopsis
Aliens have kidnapped more than 50 of the solar system's most brilliant scientists and have used a mind-control ray to force them to reveal their secrets. Lt. Tommy Tomorrow fakes falling under their control, then frees the scientists and chases away the criminals. The scientists warn Lt. Tomorrow and Lt. Vurian that the criminals are now in possession of a machine that is the gravest threat ever created.
Keywords
Jovian; Martian; mylumium foil; Venusian; zeta ray

Indexer Notes

Chapter 2 (story pages 9-13).

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

Mystery in Space / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

All Aboard for - Space! (Table of Contents: 8)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
With the successful orbiting of manned spaceships around the Earth, scientists are...
Genre
non-fiction
Keywords
Force Cancelling Space Tool

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

Planets of Wonder! / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
Julius Schwartz
Pencils
Morris Waldinger
Inks
Tommy Nicolosi
Colors
?
Letters
Milt Snapinn

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The first telescopic observations of Saturn...
Genre
non-fiction; math & science
Reprints
Keywords
Jupiter; Mercury; Saturn; Venus

Chapter 3: The Doom Factory (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Script
Arnold Drake
Pencils
Lee Elias (story pages 14-16, 25); Don Heck (story pages 17-24)
Inks
Lee Elias (story pages 14-16, 25); Don Heck (story pages 17-24)
Colors
?
Letters
Stan Starkman

First Line of Dialogue or Text
As the group of newly freed brain-slaves follows silently behind him, the...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Planeteers; Lt./Capt. Tommy Tomorrow; Lt./Capt. Lon Vurian of Venus; General Vurian of Venus; Dr. Leda-Ruk of Mars; Professor Jnobi of Jupiter; dozens of unnamed scientists; unnamed alien criminals (villains)
Synopsis
The scientists explain that they have built an electronic brain large and complicated enough to store and utilize all the advanced knowledge of the nine planets. The brain exists as a man-made asteroid floating in space. After stopping the criminals and destroying the satellite, Tommy Tomorrow and Lon Vurian are promoted to the rank of Captain.
Keywords
Central Headquarters; Jovian; Martian; Satellite X; Saturn; Venusian

Indexer Notes

Chapter 3 (story pages 14-25).

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

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

Touchdown for Picasso! (Table of Contents: 12)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
advocacy
Synopsis
Stan learns that even tough football players can appreciate the fine arts as well.

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

Convoy Terror / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Task Force / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Brain Robbers of Satellite X!
    Tommy Tomorrow of the Planeteers
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    104 Kings' Knights
  3. 2. Chapter 1: The Brain Robbers of Satellite X
    Tommy Tomorrow
  4. 3. ["For holiday giving..."]
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    Giant Superman Annual; Giant Batman Annual
  6. 5. ["Everything's all set for your space flight."]
    Doctor Rocket
  7. 6. Chapter 2: Masters of the Asteroid Brain
    Tommy Tomorrow
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Mystery in Space
  9. 8. All Aboard for - Space!
  10. 9. ["The first telescopic observations of Saturn..."]
    Planets of Wonder!
  11. 10. Chapter 3: The Doom Factory
    Tommy Tomorrow
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  13. 12. Touchdown for Picasso!
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Convoy Terror
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Task Force
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    100 Toy Soldiers
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    150 Civil War Soldiers
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    American Body Building Club
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Manufacturing Company
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Merlin Haas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Del Gruber
  • Gene Reed
  • Gregory Fischer
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