Showcase #61
(March-April 1966)

DC, 1956 Series
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Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1966-01-25
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Brand
Superman DC National Comics
Editing
Julius Schwartz
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Silver Age US; then standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock
newsprint
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

On-sale date from ad in Sea Devils #28 and copyright registration.


Beyond the Sinister Barrier (Table of Contents)

The Spectre / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Murphy Anderson
Inks
Murphy Anderson
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Spectre; Shathan
Reprints

Do You Make Life Hard for Yourself? (Table of Contents: 1)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Schiff
Pencils
Bernard Baily
Inks
Bernard Baily
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
advocacy

Indexer Notes

This item appears on the inside front cover, in black and white. In the title, the word "You" is underlined.

Beyond the Sinister Barrier! (Table of Contents: 2)

The Spectre / comic story / 23 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox (credited)
Pencils
Murphy Anderson (credited)
Inks
Murphy Anderson (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Spectre; Shathan (villain); Azmodus (flashback)
Synopsis
The Spectre battles the demonic Shathan the Eternal.
Reprints
Keywords
Gobi desert; Krakatoa; nuclear explosion; Tanguska

Indexer Notes

Credits for script, pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics.

Story is divided into three parts, with page 6, 16 and 24 being 0.66 each, 6 & 24 each having a house ad beneath, while 16 has Sequence 7.

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

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

Here Are Some Tips on How to Get Started Building Better Models! (Table of Contents: 4)

Cap's Hobby Hints / activity / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Job Number
6365
Characters
Cap
Synopsis
Formerly the humor cartoon Cap's Hobby Shop, the feature turns serious, here giving some general helpful tips to model enthusiasts. It also asks readers to send in their own, with those whose submissions are depicted receiving $5.00 and the original artwork. The vast majority of subsequent entries would be based on readers' submissions.

Indexer Notes

This item appears on the top half of the page following Sequence 3, with Sequence 5 below it.

[Tornado... Cyclone... Hurricane...] (Table of Contents: 5)

What's the Difference Between-- / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
A description of the distinctions between the three titular weather phenomena.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Appears beneath Sequence 4.

Cloud 9 (Table of Contents: 6)

cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
Mort Drucker
Pencils
Mort Drucker (signed)
Inks
Mort Drucker (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Mort Drucker

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Four one-panel gag-cartoons, all involving ghost-like angels on clouds.

Indexer Notes

Follows the page with Sequences 4 & 5, between pages 6 & 7 of the main story.

Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation (Table of Contents: 7)

statement of ownership / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
Irwin Donenfeld (signed)
Letters
Typeset

Synopsis
The annual legal requirement.

Indexer Notes

This appears on the bottom third of the main story's page 16.

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

Readers' Rendezvous / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Julius Schwartz ?
Letters
Typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
With this second showcasing of The Spectre...
Synopsis
One reader's letter each from David Anderson, Andrew Fraknoi, Paul Seydor, Leonard Tirado, after an editorial introduction, on the two Dr. Fate/Hourman team-ups in Showcase #s 55 & 56, and the Starman/Black Canary ones in Brave & Bold #s 61 & 62.

Indexer Notes

Appears between pages 16 & 17 of the main story.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Beyond the Sinister Barrier
    The Spectre
  2. 1. Do You Make Life Hard for Yourself?
  3. 2. Beyond the Sinister Barrier!
    The Spectre
  4. 3. ["By popular demand -- the feature you've asked for..."]
    Direct Currents
  5. 4. Here Are Some Tips on How to Get Started Building Better Models!
    Cap's Hobby Hints
  6. 5. [Tornado... Cyclone... Hurricane...]
    What's the Difference Between--
  7. 6. Cloud 9
  8. 7. Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation
  9. 8. ["With this second showcasing of The Spectre..."]
    Readers' Rendezvous
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