(April-May 1963)

DC, 1958 Series
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Price:
0.12 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
On-sale date:
1963-02-14
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 U.S.
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

On-sale date from ad in My Greatest Adventure #78.


The Man Who Saved the Challengers' Lives! (Table of Contents)

Challengers of the Unknown / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Bob Brown
Inks:
Bob Brown
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ira Schnapp

Genre:
adventure; superhero
Characters:
Red Ryan; Prof Haley; Rocky Davis; Ace Morgan; Wilfred Clayton
Reprints:
Keywords:
hero team

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

Made Simple Self-Teaching Encyclopedia / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Man Who Saved the Challenger's Lives, Chapter 1 (Table of Contents: 2)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 6.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Arnold Drake ?
Pencils:
Bob Brown
Inks:
Bob Brown
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; superhero
Characters:
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Rocky Davis; Prof Haley; Red Ryan]; Wilfred Clayton; Barton; Sir Lawrence Revere; President Domingo
Synopsis:
Wilfred Clayton insists he saved the Challengers' lives at their plane crash and they all owe him. Each thinks back to their lives before they became Challengers. Rocky was wrestling a brute named Barton and, despite the mob drugging his water, he won the match. Prof was a spoiled heir with a new yacht who sideswiped a work boat containing his hero, Sir Lawrence Revere, slaving to salvage a statue for local fishermen, and in helping him Prof starts to grow up.
Reprints:
Keywords:
hero team

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Bob Hughes.

["For the very best..."] (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

My Greatest Adventure; Tales of the Unexpected / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Missile Attack / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Grit Publishing Co. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Jaro Stamp Co.; Maxim Stamp Co. Inc. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Chapter 2: The Secret from the Challengers' Past (Table of Contents: 7)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 5.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Arnold Drake ?
Pencils:
Bob Brown
Inks:
Bob Brown
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; superhero
Characters:
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Rocky Davis; Prof Haley; Red Ryan]; Wilfred Clayton
Synopsis:
Before they all met, Red worked on a radio tower for President Domingo in a South American country where a kid asks Red to stop the dictator's evil plans, teaching Red true heroism. Ace ran a tiny air service delivering nitro to prospectors and when a crate breaks loose he heroically delivered the cargo. Flying to their appearance on the Heroes TV show, Ace's plane crashes and they become men "living on borrowed time." Clayton claims that what they don't know is that he saved their lives after the crash. In return, he wants them to go to South America and assemble a giant statue for him.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Bob Hughes.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Tomahawk / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Challengers' Mail Chute / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Tootsie Roll / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Chapter 3: The Warrior from 1,000 A.D. (Table of Contents: 11)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 11.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Arnold Drake ?
Pencils:
Bob Brown
Inks:
Bob Brown
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; superhero
Characters:
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Rocky Davis; Prof Haley; Red Ryan]; Wilfred Clayton; Dr. Steuben
Synopsis:
In South America, trying to assemble the statue, Prof and Red are attacked by its flying arm and sword. They are able to reattach the arm, but realize the statue is actually a robot. Clayton binds and imprisons them along with Dr. Steuben, the robot's inventor. Meanwhile, Ace and Rocky secure the robot's other arm and are about to reattach it to the statue, when it seemingly goes crazy and batters the statue. Ace had reprogrammed the arm to destroy the robot because he realized there was one detail Clayton had gotten wrong in the Challengers' origin story.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Bob Hughes.

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

National Radio Institute / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Showcase; Dr. No / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

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

104 Kings' Knights / 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) /

147 Famous Automobiles / advertisement / 1 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) /

American Seed Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Man Who Saved the Challengers' Lives!
    Challengers of the Unknown
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Made Simple Self-Teaching Encyclopedia
  3. 2. The Man Who Saved the Challenger's Lives, Chapter 1
    Challengers of the Unknown
  4. 3. ["For the very best..."]
    My Greatest Adventure; Tales of the Unexpected
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    Missile Attack
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Grit Publishing Co.
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Jaro Stamp Co.; Maxim Stamp Co. Inc.
  8. 7. Chapter 2: The Secret from the Challengers' Past
    Challengers of the Unknown
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Tomahawk
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Challengers' Mail Chute
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Tootsie Roll
  12. 11. Chapter 3: The Warrior from 1,000 A.D.
    Challengers of the Unknown
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    National Radio Institute
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Showcase; Dr. No
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    104 Kings' Knights
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    100 Toy Soldiers
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    147 Famous Automobiles
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    American Body Building Club
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    American Seed Co.
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Nick Caputo
  • Clayton Emery
  • Bob Hughes
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Dwayne Best
  • Per Sandell
  • Clayton Emery
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Clayton Emery
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Ramon Schenk