Showcase #79
(December 1968)

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Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia frequency
monthly, with the exception of Jan., Apr., July and October
On-sale date
1968-10-22
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Brand
Superman DC National Comics
Editing
Dick Giordano
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 Dolphin tryout issue. In Amazing World of DC Comics #10 (January 1976), in the article, "There's No Cases Like Showcases", Jack C. Harris notes, "J. Scott Pike, longtime romance illustrator, wrote and drew the mysterious Dolphin story for a one-shot try-out in #79 (Dec. 1968)."

On-sale date from copyright registration.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Dolphin / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jay Scott Pike [as Pike] (signed)
Inks
Dick Giordano ?; Jay Scott Pike ?
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda ? (logo)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Dolphin; frogmen

Indexer Notes

Nick Caputo suspects Giordano either inked the cover or provided alterations, particularly on Dolphin's face.

If 1 Super Hero Doesn't Grab You.. Try 2 (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Green Lantern; The Brave and the Bold / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

The Fantasy at 14 Fathoms! (Table of Contents: 2)

Dolphin / comic story / 16.67 pages (report information)

Script
Jay Scott Pike [as J. Scott Pike]
Pencils
Jay Scott Pike [as J. Scott Pike]
Inks
Jay Scott Pike [as J. Scott Pike]
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda

Characters
Dolphin (intro); Chief Petty Officer Chris Landau; Seaman 1st Class Ben Harkey; Naval officers and sailors
Synopsis
US Navy frogmen cut into a sunken WWII Navy ship to retrieve documents from a vault. And spot a white-haired girl(!) at the sea bottom. When she's brought aboard, she turns blue from suffocation - because she has gills. With regular dips in the ocean, she falls for Chris and learns some English. Her origin is a mystery. As a storm kicks up and the wreck teeters, Chris asks Dolphin to retrieve the documents, but the wreck slips into the abyss. Still, she surfaces smiling. With the mission complete, they'll return to land. Dolphin can't go, and dives overboard - into her world.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Full credits on page 1, "Created, written, and illustrated by J. Scott Pike. Edited by Dick Giordano." Story across 18 pages, but page 6 is a 2/3-page and pages 13 and 18 are 1/2-pages.

Dolphin is given an origin much later in Aquaman.

Captain Action and Action Boy Meet Dr. Evil (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Captain Action; Ideal Toys / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

We Want You to Baby-Sit with the World's Mightiest Tot... Superbaby! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

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

The Kid from Atlantis! (Table of Contents: 5)

Aquaman / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Bernstein
Pencils
Ramona Fradon
Inks
Ramona Fradon
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Aqualad [Garth] (intro, origin); Atlantis; Topo
Synopsis
Aquaman helps Aqualad, a rejected child from Atlantis, to overcome his fear of fish. Aquaman adopts Aqualad as his sidekick.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Reprint of the origin of Aqualad. Writer credit of Robert Bernstein by Martin O'Hearn. We previously credited Jack Miller.

[What's in a Fanzine] (Table of Contents: 6)

The Wonderful World of Comics / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Colors
?
Letters
Typeset

Get in on the Action (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Dolphin
  2. 1. If 1 Super Hero Doesn't Grab You.. Try 2
    Green Lantern; The Brave and the Bold
  3. 2. The Fantasy at 14 Fathoms!
    Dolphin
  4. 3. Captain Action and Action Boy Meet Dr. Evil
    Captain Action; Ideal Toys
  5. 4. We Want You to Baby-Sit with the World's Mightiest Tot... Superbaby!
    Superman; Supergirl
  6. 5. The Kid from Atlantis!
    Aquaman
  7. 6. [What's in a Fanzine]
    The Wonderful World of Comics
  8. 7. Get in on the Action
    Captain Action
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Thomas Johnson
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Nick Caputo
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Dwayne Best
  • Matthew Head
  • Clayton Emery
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Clayton Emery
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Ed Boner