Showcase #73
(March-April 1968)

DC, 1956 Series
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Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1968-01-23
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 US; then standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock
newsprint
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Only Creeper tryout issue. On-sale date from copyright registration.


Beware the Creeper (Table of Contents)

The Creeper / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino (and logo)

Genre
superhero
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The Coming of the Creeper!! (Table of Contents: 1)

The Creeper / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Steve Ditko (plot); Don Segall (dialogue)
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
?
Letters
Charlotte Jetter

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Creeper [Jack Ryder] (introduction, origin); Professor Yatz; gangsters; Communist agents; Dr. Clayton Wetley; TV Station Manager; Bill Brane (Chief of Network Security); Major Smel; costume shop owner; Mr. Devlin; policemen
Synopsis
Professor Yatz is kidnapped by "Reds". Jack Ryder, mouthy TV host, is fired, then hired as a security investigator. He buys odds and ends for a bizarre costume for Devlin's society ball. He's stabbed and thrown in Yatz. Yatz hides his inventions: a molecular transmitter goes in the wound, and a healing serum in his veins. But Yatz is shot. The new "Creeper" goes wild on the villains - and accidentally, cops - laughing like a maniac to scare them. He exposes Devlin, then learns the moleculizer has healed inside. The Creeper will be back.
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Indexer Notes

Story across 23 pages, but pages 12 and 23 are 1/2-pages. Story continues in Beware the Creeper #1.

A Strange Tale Told by the Creeper (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Morris Waldinger
Inks
Morris Waldinger
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
In Old England, a man sees his ancestor's portrait sometimes varies from holding a wine glass to a dagger, foretelling death in the household.
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Indexer Notes

This version has been heavily edited. Panels 3 and 5 of the original version have been omitted. This story appears between pages 4 and 5 of the main story.

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

statement of ownership / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Paid circulation: 188,000 (average); 195,000 (nearest).

You Too Can Play the "Game" (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

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

Meet the Men Behind the Creeper (Table of Contents: 5)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Murray Boltinoff ?
Letters
Typeset; Gaspar Saladino

Synopsis
Bios of Steve Ditko and Don Segall, although Ditko refrained from providing personal information, explaining: "I never talk about myself. My work is me. I do my best, and if I like it, I hope somebody else likes it too." The editor also requests letters for future publication.

Returning to the Savage Battle Skies of 1918 -- The Hammer of Hell -- Enemy Ace (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

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

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

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

Steve Ditko... Like Lightning -- Strikes Again! The Hawk and the Dove (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Hawk and Dove / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Beware the Creeper
    The Creeper
  2. 1. The Coming of the Creeper!!
    The Creeper
  3. 2. A Strange Tale Told by the Creeper
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
  5. 4. You Too Can Play the "Game"
    Supergirl
  6. 5. Meet the Men Behind the Creeper
  7. 6. Returning to the Savage Battle Skies of 1918 -- The Hammer of Hell -- Enemy Ace
    Enemy Ace
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Direct Currents
  9. 8. Steve Ditko... Like Lightning -- Strikes Again! The Hawk and the Dove
    Hawk and Dove
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Nick Caputo
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  • Mike Nielsen
  • Merlin Haas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Dwayne Best
  • Gene Reed
  • Matthew Head
  • Clayton Emery
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Clayton Emery
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Ed Boner