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:
Julie 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
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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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