(December 1974-January 1975)

DC, 1955 Series
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Volume
20
Price
0.60 USD
Pages
100
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1974-09-17
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Brand
DC [circle]
Editing
Murray Boltinoff; Paul Levitz (Assistant Editor)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Silver Age, then Modern Age US
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched (Squarebound #112-117, 120, 200)
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

On-sale date from Comic Reader #110.


Grasp of the Killer Cult (Table of Contents)

Batman; The Spectre / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jim Aparo; Nick Cardy (inset); Bob Brown (inset); George Tuska (vignette); Irv Novick; ? (vignette)
Inks
Jim Aparo; Nick Cardy (inset); Bob Brown (inset); George Tuska (vignette); Irv Novick; ? (vignette)
Colors
Tatjana Wood
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Job Number
B-2284
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman; The Spectre; Teen Titans [Robin [Dick Grayson]; Kid Flash [Wally West]; Aqualad; Wonder Girl] (inset); Wonder Woman (inset); Batgirl (inset); Cooperhead (inset); Deadman (vignette); Silent Knight (vignette)
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Indexer Notes

Cover includes small reproductions of the covers to Teen Titans (DC, 1966 series) #16 by Nick Cardy and The Brave and the Bold (DC, 1955 series) #78 by Bob Brown, and headshots of Deadman by George Tuska and the Silent Knight by Irv Novick from unidentified sources.

Colors credit provided by Anthony Tollin.

The Brave and the Bold Presents (Table of Contents: 1)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
Paul Levitz ?
Pencils
Jim Aparo (Spectre); Nick Cardy (Batman)
Inks
Jim Aparo (Spectre); Nick Cardy (Batman)
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Job Number
B-2230
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman; Spectre

Indexer Notes

Page composed of a Batman figure from The Brave and the Bold (DC, 1955 series) #92 and a Spectre figure from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #435.

Grasp of the Killer Cult (Table of Contents: 2)

Batman; The Spectre / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Haney
Pencils
Jim Aparo
Inks
Jim Aparo
Colors
?
Letters
Jim Aparo

Job Number
B-2087
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman; Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; James Gordon; Lola Lalanna; John T. Weaver; James Wilson
Synopsis
Bizarre murders are committed by seemingly upstanding citizens who are soon determined to be imposters. They turn out to be members of a World War II military construction crew possessed by the spirits of followers of the Far Eastern goddess Kali. It takes the power of the Spectre to prevent her resurrection.
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Indexer Notes

Told in three parts.
Part 1 - Streets of Fear (6 pages).
Part 2 - The Tooth of Kali (7 pages).
Part 3 - Judgment of a Goddess (7 pages).

The Dimensional Caper! (Table of Contents: 3)

Teen Titans / comic story / 22.83 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Haney
Pencils
Nick Cardy
Inks
Nick Cardy
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Letterese
Editing
Dick Giordano (original editor)

Job Number
B-2233
Genre
superhero
Characters
Teen Titans [Robin [Dick Grayson]; Kid Flash [Wally West]; Wonder Girl [Donna Troy]; Aqualad [Garth]]; Mr. Walters; Chet Walters; Leader One [Mr. Downs] (School Principal); Sally; Mr. Farnum (Physics Teacher); Eddie (student); Marcia (student)
Synopsis
The Titans prevent an invasion from another dimension that occupies the same space as Chet Walters' school.
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Indexer Notes

Told in three chapters. Bottom 1/3 of last page of each chapter 1 and 2 are house ads for other DC Comics. Bottom 1/2 of last page of chapter 3 is a puzzle.

Double Clues #3 (Table of Contents: 4)

activity / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Bob Rozakis
Pencils
Nick Cardy; Jim Aparo; Don Heck; Murphy Anderson
Inks
Nick Cardy;Jim Aparo; Don Heck; Murphy Anderson
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
P-34
Characters
Robin [Dick Grayson]; Wonder Woman (vignette); Batgirl [Barbara Gordon] (vignette); Wonder Girl [Donna Troy] (vignette); Spectre (vignette); Batman (vignette); Kid Flash [Wally West]
Synopsis
A word puzzle to reveal the identity of Batman's co-star in the next issue.

Indexer Notes

Lower half of final page of Sequence 3. Answers in Sequence 6.

The Wonder Girl figure (upper body only) is taken from the cover of Teen Titans (DC, 1966 series) #23. The Spectre (head only) from the cover of Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #432. The rest are currently unidentified.

Knight for a Day! (Table of Contents: 5)

The Silent Knight / comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Irv Novick
Inks
Irv Novick
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino
Editing
Robert Kanigher ? (original editor)

Job Number
B-2232
Genre
historical
Characters
Silent Knight
Synopsis
True heir to the throne Brian is assigned to deliver the Sun Ruby to a neighboring kingdom, in the hope that he will be killed travelling through the Forest Perilous, but as the Silent Knight he surmounts all obstacles.
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Keywords
swashbuckler

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

activity / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
Bob Rozakis
Pencils
?; Joe Kubert
Inks
?; Joe Kubert
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
P-34-B
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Readers, here are the answers...
Characters
Batman; Sgt. Rock
Synopsis
Answers to Double Clues #3.
Keywords
Game

Indexer Notes

Bottom third of last page of Sequence 5. The source of the Batman and Sgt. Rock figures are currently unidentified.

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

The Brave and the Bold Mailbag / letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Murray Boltinoff
Pencils
? (illustration)
Inks
? (illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
Typeset

Job Number
B-2282

Indexer Notes

Excerpts from letters by Hume Baugh, George E. Guay, Dave Romm, Matthew O'Bannon, Philip Street, "R.C.W.," Lynn Scharbow, Chris Padovano, Rich Reeves, Mike Goodman, Steve Andrews, Billy Stripling, Alan Spinney, Will Nash, Ed Sordellini, Dan Coggins, Alan Addleman, Scott Gibson, Scott Taylor, Martin Boyer, Clarence Rutherford, Black Wolf (a Native American reader) and Bob Rodi (a plot premise for a Wonder Woman team-up rejected by the editor). An apparently entire letter from Dan Gheno with reply from the editor. Specifications of original publications of the stories reprinted in this issue. Team-up suggestions from Steve Getman, Ms. Lynne Pope, Jeff Reynolds, Dale Cendali, Robert Sherrill, Gary S. Arkell, David Hsiung, Bill Morgan, Jack Herring, David Jones, Dave Butler, Larry Varvel and Bobby Justice.

Heroes Who Wouldn't Die! (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Rozakis
Pencils
Jim Aparo; Neal Adams; Carmine Infantino; Frank Harry; Howard Purcell; ?; Joe Certa; Bruno Premiani
Inks
Jim Aparo; Neal Adams; Carmine Infantino; Frank Harry; Howard Purcell; ?; Joe Certa; Bruno Premiani
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Job Number
B-2234
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman; Deadman; Ghost Patrol; The Gay Ghost; Robotman [Paul Dennis]; Robotman [Cliff Steele]
Synopsis
Due to his new-material co-star this issue being the Spectre, Batman discusses various other DC heroes whose origins begin with their deaths, or near-deaths.

Indexer Notes

The sources of the vignettes are as follows:
Robotman [Paul Dennis] from Star Spangled Comics (DC, 1941 series) #7,
Gay Ghost from Comic Cavalcade (DC, 1942 series) #4,
Deadman from Strange Adventures (DC, 1950 series) #205,
the Ghost Patrol from an unidentified issue of Flash Comics (DC, 1940 series),
and Robotman [Cliff Steele] from either My Greatest Adventure (DC, 1955 series) #80 or Doom Patrol (DC, 1964 series) #100 (the two original panels are identical).

One of the Batman figures is from the cover of Batman (DC, 1940 series) #238; the other two are unidentified, though one comes from a 1960's-era pin-up.

In the Coils of Copperhead! (Table of Contents: 9)

Batman; Wonder Woman; Batgirl / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Haney
Pencils
Bob Brown
Inks
Bob Brown
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Murray Boltinoff (original editor)

Job Number
B-2231
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman; Copperhead; Batgirl [Barbara Gordon]; Wonder Woman
Synopsis
Batman's pursuit of a new villain is complicated by both Wonder Woman and Batgirl falling in love with the Caped Crusader.
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Indexer Notes

This story is divided into three chapters, the last page of each being two-thirds story/art and one-third DC house ad.

The Many Lives of the Spectre (Table of Contents: 10)

The Spectre / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Rozakis
Pencils
Jim Aparo; Nick Cardy; Bernard Baily; Murphy Anderson
Inks
Jim Aparo; Nick Cardy; Bernard Baily; Murphy Anderson
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Job Number
B-2235
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Batman (one vignette)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Batman fills in the readers on the background of his co-star this issue, the Spectre.

Spectre artwork for this feature is taken from More Fun Comics (DC, 1936 series) #53 [top tier (art only) from last page of Spectre story], Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #60 [cover illustration (art only)], Justice League of America (DC, 1960 series) #83 [cover illustrations (art only)], and Secret Origins (DC, 1973 series) #5 (November-December 1973) [from the cover, two of three vertical panels].

The Batman vignette is from an unidentified source.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Grasp of the Killer Cult
    Batman; The Spectre
  2. 1. The Brave and the Bold Presents
  3. 2. Grasp of the Killer Cult
    Batman; The Spectre
  4. 3. The Dimensional Caper!
    Teen Titans
  5. 4. Double Clues #3
  6. 5. Knight for a Day!
    The Silent Knight
  7. 6. ["Readers, here are the answers..."]
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    The Brave and the Bold Mailbag
  9. 8. Heroes Who Wouldn't Die!
  10. 9. In the Coils of Copperhead!
    Batman; Wonder Woman; Batgirl
  11. 10. The Many Lives of the Spectre
    The Spectre
This issue was most recently modified by:
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