Showcase #76
(August 1968)

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Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia frequency
monthly with the exception of Jan., Apr., July and Oct.
On-sale date
1968-06-13
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Brand
Superman DC National Comics
Editing
Joe Orlando
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 Bat Lash tryout issue. On-sale date from copyright registration.


Will He Save the West - or Ruin It? (Table of Contents)

Bat Lash / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Nick Cardy
Inks
Nick Cardy
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino ?; Gaspar Saladino (Bat Lash logo design)

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Bat Lash
Synopsis
A woman who's kissed a Bat Lash Wanted poster finally burns it.
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Indexer Notes

Logo design credit from Todd Klein.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1)

Bat Lash / comic story / 22.67 pages (report information)

Script
Sergio Aragonés
Pencils
Sergio Aragonés (layouts); Nick Cardy (signed)
Inks
Nick Cardy (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bat Lash! Draw!
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Bat Lash (introduction); a curvaceous cook; townsfolk; cowboys; gunmen
Synopsis
Bat Lash wears a flower in his hat, loves pretty women and fine food, declares, "I hate violence!" but stumbles into trouble time and again. He flees an angry boyfriend, shoots a pheasant on the way to the town of Welcome. He requests the delicious cook prepare pheasant in aspic, and tours the town procuring supplies, punching, shooting, and clobbering villains at every turn. He's cleaned up the town, and sits to eat his pheasant - which the cook poisoned! She's the mastermind, and Bat graciously escorts her to jail. He rides out, having lost his taste for pheasant.
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Indexer Notes

Per interviews with Sergio Aragonés, Joe Orlando, and Carmine Infantino in Comic Book Artist #1 (Spring 1998), numerous hands were involved in the conception of Bat Lash. Carmine Infantino and Joe Orlando came up with the name and general concept and turned it over to Sheldon Mayer. Mayer's first story was rejected, and the concept was passed to Aragonés, who wrote and laid out this first story. Denny O'Neil was brought in as scripter with Bat Lash #1, or possibly the story in this issue. A previous indexer credited Nick Cardy as co-writer.

Story across 24 pages, but page 11 is a 2/3-page and pages 17 and 24 are 1/2-pages.

Feature continues in Bat Lash #1.

This New Aurora Hobby Kit Is 33 Years Ahead of Its Time! (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

2001: A Space Odyssey / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Superman Is Jimmy Olsen's Hangup! (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Big Mamie Never Lost a Man (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Big Mamie; Revel / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Intelsat III Satellite (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Cheerios / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Be My Guest at America's Greatest Amusement Park (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Palisades Park / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Whatever Happened to the Guy Who Us'ta Draw The Flash, or, Carmine WHO??? (Table of Contents: 7)

The Wonderful World of Comics / text article / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Mark Hanerfeld ?
Letters
Typeset

Synopsis
"Carmine Infantino is the Editorial Director of National [DC] Comics."
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Will He Save the West - or Ruin It?
    Bat Lash
  2. 1. ["Bat Lash! Draw!"]
    Bat Lash
  3. 2. This New Aurora Hobby Kit Is 33 Years Ahead of Its Time!
    2001: A Space Odyssey
  4. 3. Superman Is Jimmy Olsen's Hangup!
    Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen
  5. 4. Big Mamie Never Lost a Man
    Big Mamie; Revel
  6. 5. Intelsat III Satellite
    Cheerios
  7. 6. Be My Guest at America's Greatest Amusement Park
    Palisades Park
  8. 7. Whatever Happened to the Guy Who Us'ta Draw The Flash, or, Carmine WHO???
    The Wonderful World of Comics
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