Showcase #44
(May-June 1963)

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Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1963-03-28
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

3rd Tommy Tomorrow feature in Showcase.

© 1963 by National Periodical Publications, Inc. On-sale date from copyright registration.


Wanted for Treason: Tommy Tomorrow! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Capt. Tommy Tomorrow

Countdown on Excellence (Table of Contents: 1)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
advocacy
Characters
Jerry; Jerry's father
Synopsis
Jerry gets a lecture from his father on the importance of doing every job right.

Indexer Notes

On inside front cover in black and white.

Chapter 1: Tommy Tomorrow -- Wanted for Treason (Table of Contents: 2)

Tommy Tomorrow / comic story / 8.67 pages (report information)

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

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Planeteers; Capt. Tommy Tomorrow; Capt. Lon Vurian of Venus; General Vurian of Venus; Squadron Commander Hega; General Nordyke (intro); Dr. Klik (villain); unnamed gazium raiders (villains); Nkolo (villain)
Synopsis
After gazium raiders use a Planeteer squadron's secret code to lure them away from a gazium theft, all members of that squad, including Capt. Tommy Tomorrow and Capt. Lon Vurian, are placed under investigation. Evidence points to Tomorrow, who is brought before General Nordyke at Supreme Headquarters on Earth. In reality, it is all part of a plan by Nordyke and Tomorrow to uncover the real Planeteer traitor. Tomorrow is found guilty and sentenced to 5 years in Planeteer Prison. Hours later, he escapes. On Uranus, Dr. Klik watches the news of the "renegade Planeteer" with great interest.
Keywords
gazium; Mars; Mercury; Planeteer Prison; Saturn; Supreme Headquarters; Uranus; 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) /

Tootsie Roll / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

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

On the Planet Og / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
So these are Earthlings?
Genre
humor; science fiction

Now! In Their Own Spectacular Book! (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

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

Chapter 2: The Fantastic Dr. Klik (Table of Contents: 6)

Tommy Tomorrow / comic story / 6.67 pages (report information)

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

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Planeteers; Capt. Tommy Tomorrow; Capt. Lon Vurian of Venus; General Nordyke; unnamed Acting Commandant; Dr. Klik (villain)
Synopsis
Using the stolen gazium, Dr. Klik succeeds in greatly expanding the size of a single atom. This strange atom is inhabited by fantastic creatures which, when expanded to scale, will be indestructible. Klik sends his gang to find Tommy Tomorrow. They soon locate him in a shady Venusian cafe, and Tomorrow is brought to Kilk's laboratory on Uranus. Klik explains that he will destroy one of the planets and replace it with his atom world. Tomorrow makes his way back to Earth to speak with General Nordyke, but Nordyke is in a coma and the Acting Commandant knows nothing of their secret plan.
Keywords
Supreme Headquarters; Uranus; Venus; Venusian

Indexer Notes

Chapter 2 (story pages 10-16).

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

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

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

Revolutionary War Soldiers / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Zenith Company / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Eye in the Sky (Table of Contents: 10)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Miller ?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction

Chapter 3: The Man Who Would Destroy Mars (Table of Contents: 11)

Tommy Tomorrow / comic story / 8.67 pages (report information)

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

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Planeteers; Capt. Tommy Tomorrow; Capt. Lon Vurian of Venus; General Nordyke; unnamed Acting Commandant; Dr. Klik (villain)
Synopsis
With Vurian's help, Tomorrow escapes capture and returns to Klik's hideout. Tomorrow tells Klik that he wants to be his partner, and asks to know more about the atom-planet. Suddenly, Vurian arrives and blows Tomorrow's cover. Klik's freezes the two heroes, then leaves to implement his plan to destroy Mars and replace it with his atom-world. Tomorrow is able to free himself, and fires a beam from Klik's machine that starts to reverse the atom's expansion. While Tomorrow frees Vurian, the Planeteers capture Klik. Tomorrow is cleared by Gen. Nordyke, who has finally awoken from his coma.
Keywords
Mars; Supreme Headquarters; Uranus; Venusian

Indexer Notes

Chapter 3 (story pages 17-25).

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

Tootsie Roll / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Mysteries in Space! / cartoon / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
Julius Schwartz ?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
When a star which is barely visible to the naked eye...
Genre
non-fiction; math & science
Reprints
  • from ?

Statement Required By the Act of August 24, 1912 (Table of Contents: 14)

statement of ownership / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
J. S. Liebowitz (business manager)
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Statement of October 1, 1962
Average number of copies sold during preceding 12 months; 220,000
Owners: National Periodical Publications, Inc., Harry Donenfeld, Irwin Donenfeld, Sonia Iger, J.S. Liebowitz, P.H. Sampliner, S.U. Sampliner, Harry Donenfeld Foundation, Inc., all at 575 Lexington Avenue, New York 22, N.Y.

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

Missile Attack / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Palisades Amusement Park / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

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

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

147 Famous Automobiles / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Wanted for Treason: Tommy Tomorrow!
    Tommy Tomorrow of the Planeteers
  2. 1. Countdown on Excellence
  3. 2. Chapter 1: Tommy Tomorrow -- Wanted for Treason
    Tommy Tomorrow
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Tootsie Roll
  5. 4. ["So these are Earthlings?"]
    On the Planet Og
  6. 5. Now! In Their Own Spectacular Book!
    Metal Men
  7. 6. Chapter 2: The Fantastic Dr. Klik
    Tommy Tomorrow
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Tootsie Roll Pop
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Revolutionary War Soldiers
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Zenith Company
  11. 10. Eye in the Sky
  12. 11. Chapter 3: The Man Who Would Destroy Mars
    Tommy Tomorrow
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Tootsie Roll
  14. 13. ["When a star which is barely visible to the naked eye..."]
    Mysteries in Space!
  15. 14. Statement Required By the Act of August 24, 1912
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Missile Attack
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Palisades Amusement Park
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    Best Values Co.
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    147 Famous Automobiles
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