Showcase #68
(May-June 1967)

DC, 1956 Series
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Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1967-03-23
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Brand
Superman DC National Comics
Editing
Jack Miller (editor); Barbara Friedlander (associate editor)

Issue Notes

First appearance of The Maniaks, a parody of rock bands like The Beatles or The Monkees.

On-sale date from ad in Sea Devils #35 and copyright registration.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Maniaks / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Mike Esposito
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Take cover! Here come... The Maniaks
Genre
humor
Characters
The Maniaks [Jangle [Gilbert Jeffries]; Silver Shannon; Pack Rat [Byron Williams]; Flip [Philip Folger]]; "Eggs" Benedict; "Peaches" Melba; "Veal" Scallopine; "Beef" Strogonoff

Indexer Notes

Pencils credit from Nick Caputo; we formerly credited Joe Orlando.

"A Crooks' Tour of Palisades Amusement Park!" or "How to Cook a Goose!" (Table of Contents: 1)

The Maniaks / comic story / 7.5 pages (report information)

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell
Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Mike Esposito
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Letterese

Genre
humor
Characters
The Maniaks [Jangle [Gilbert Jeffries]; Silver Shannon; Pack Rat [Byron Williams]; Flip [Philip Folger]]; "Eggs" Benedict; "Peaches" Melba; "Veal" Scallopine; "Beef" Strogonoff; other "food" gangsters; screaming teen girls
Synopsis
The Maniaks are "not to be confused with the Beatles, the Monkees, or anyone in his right mind!" Jangle can do sound effects and impressions. Pack Rat is a gadgeteer. Flip is a contortionist. And Silver Shannon is "The Mod Miser", a golddigger. They perform at Palisades Park, mobbed by teenage girls! They run to hide. Meanwhile, "Eggs" Benedict's gang has planned an ambush on the rival gang of "Dutch" Edam at the park. And in stumble the Maniaks, now witnesses. "Rub 'em out!"

Indexer Notes

Silver sings a parody of the Monkee's "Last Train to Clarksville", "Take the last train to Knoxville - They are cutting off the service..."

Palisades Amusement Park ran ads with coupons in DC comics for years, so the story setting might be a thank-you.

Who Is This Teen-Terror? (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

Challengers of the Unknown / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Maniak Memos / letters page / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Miller ?
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
A goofy editorial session in the DC conference room yields, "THE MANIAKS..."

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

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

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

Job Number
6557
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Don't put the cockpit on your model plane like that!
Synopsis
Model hint: Use your sister's colorless nail polish to not fog up a jet windshield.

Indexer Notes

hint submitted by Mike Stachurski of Addison, Illinois

CRUNCH! YIP! BLAM! (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

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

Part II: You Have to Use Your Noodle When You're in the Soup! (Table of Contents: 6)

The Maniaks / comic story / 7.5 pages (report information)

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell
Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Mike Esposito
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Letterese

Synopsis
The Flips run from two gangs. Pack Rat cobbles a pop-gun and fishhooks to make a grapple to snag the cable car. Flip bounces so much gangsters can't nail him. Pack Rat cobbles an electro-magnet to catch bullets. But the band is trapped atop a Ferris wheel. Flips leaps into a pool - and is snagged in a net. Money-mad Silver is worried because his insurance isn't paid up!

For the Most in Laughs (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

The Adventures of Bob Hope; The Adventures of Jerry Lewis / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Part III: Next on the Menu -- Just Desserts (Table of Contents: 8)

The Maniaks / comic story / 7.5 pages (report information)

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell
Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Mike Esposito
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Letterese

Synopsis
The Maniaks will be dumped in the ocean. Shannon sings a heart-breaking son, "He's just my Bill, a stupid-looking slob" that reduces the mobsters to tears. "I am even more sorry we have to bump you off!" On the pier, Jangle imitates a police squad. Flip flips them onto crooks' heads. Pack Rat improvises lockpicks. Shannon kicks tail with concrete go-go boots. And the cops arrive. Jangle hopes "the comic-reading public is groovy over us and we get our own fab mag!" And Shannon starts counting. "Let's see... One million copies at 12 cents each..."

Hoo-Boy! He's Getting Hammered by Hafnium!.. (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

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

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

Direct Currents / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

BEM Shows Up! (Table of Contents: 11)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
advocacy; teen
Synopsis
Brains, Emotions, and Muscles alone don't impress girls - so all three combine into BEM!

Indexer Notes

inside back cover; published in cooperation with the National Social Welfare Assembly

The Rat Patrol (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Aurora / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Take cover! Here come... The Maniaks"]
    The Maniaks
  2. 1. "A Crooks' Tour of Palisades Amusement Park!" or "How to Cook a Goose!"
    The Maniaks
  3. 2. Who Is This Teen-Terror?
    Challengers of the Unknown
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Maniak Memos
  5. 4. ["Don't put the cockpit on your model plane like that!"]
    Cap's Hobby Hints
  6. 5. CRUNCH! YIP! BLAM!
    Superboy
  7. 6. Part II: You Have to Use Your Noodle When You're in the Soup!
    The Maniaks
  8. 7. For the Most in Laughs
    The Adventures of Bob Hope; The Adventures of Jerry Lewis
  9. 8. Part III: Next on the Menu -- Just Desserts
    The Maniaks
  10. 9. Hoo-Boy! He's Getting Hammered by Hafnium!..
    Metamorpho
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Direct Currents
  12. 11. BEM Shows Up!
  13. 12. The Rat Patrol
    Aurora
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