(January 1975)

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Volume
38
Price
0.60 USD
Pages
100
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1974-10-31
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Brand
The Line of DC Super-Stars
Editing
Julius Schwartz (editor); E. Nelson Bridwell (assistant editor)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US; then standard Modern Age US
Binding
saddle-stitched (squarebound #334, 347, 360, 373, 437, 443, 449, 544, 600)
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

On-sale date from Comic Reader #111.


Superman Unleashes the World's Greatest Action Heroes! (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Nick Cardy [as Cardy] (signed, credited)
Inks
Nick Cardy [as Cardy] (signed, credited)
Colors
Tatjana Wood
Letters
?

Job Number
S-1862
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Adam Strange; Hawkman; Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Batman; the Atom [Ray Palmer]; the Black Pirate
Synopsis
Superman opens the cover of an Action Comics issue and the other heroes rush out.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Credits for pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics. Colors credit provided by Anthony Tollin.

How to Tell Your Dad You're Ready for a Daisy B*B Gun. (Table of Contents: 1)

Daisy / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (photo)
Inks
? (photo)
Colors
? (photo)
Letters
typeset
Editing
?

Indexer Notes

Ad for b*b guns from Daisy Division of Victor Comptometer Corporation.
On inside front cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

Action Comics / table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
N-1203
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Here are six thrillers with the accent on action!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman

At Last! Clark Kent-- Super-Hero! (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Elliot S! Maggin (credited)
Pencils
Curt Swan (credited)
Inks
Tex Blaisdell (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
S-1839
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Steve Lombard; Josh Coyle; Oscar Asherman; Queen Bee [Zazzala](villain); Brainiac (villain); Clayface [Matt Hagen] (villain); The Harpy (villain); Merlyn [Arthur King](villain); Ocean Master (villain); Sinestro (villain); Chronos [David Clinton] (villain); Gorilla Grodd (villain); Justice League of America [Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; Black Canary [Dinah Laurel Lance]; The Flash [Barry Allen]; Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Aquaman; Red Tornado [John Smith]; Elongated Man [Ralph Dibny]; The Atom [Ray Palmer]]; a Guardian of Oa; Warden Marwell
Synopsis
Queen Bee captures all of the Justice League except Superman, who uses Kryptonian technology to reverse Earth residents' perceptions of Clark Kent and Superman. This confuses Brainiac so that Superman can trace Queen Bee's Bee-Men back to her lair and free the Justice League, who then capture her and the other villains.
Reprints
Keywords
Fortress of Solitude

Indexer Notes

References Action Comics #424.

7 Threats in the 7 Seas! (Table of Contents: 4)

The Sea Devils / recap / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Russ Heath ?
Inks
Russ Heath ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
N-1173
Genre
adventure
Characters
The Sea Devils [Dane Dorrance; Biff; Judy; Nicky]; Mr. Neptune; Undersea Nero; Water Alien; Sea-Sorcerer; Coral Giant; Magnetic Monster
Synopsis
One-panel recaps of stories from Sea Devils #2-3, 6-9, and 12.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

References Sea Devils #2-3, 6-9, and 12. Art appears to be reprinted panels.

The Ghost of the Deep! (Table of Contents: 5)

The Sea Devils / comic story / 11.34 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Kanigher [as Bob Kanigher] (credited)
Pencils
Russ Heath (credited)
Inks
Russ Heath (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Robert Kanigher (original)

Job Number
N-1146
Genre
adventure
Characters
The Sea Devils [Dane Dorrance; Judy; Biff; Nicky]; Circe Smith; Circe (from mythology)
Synopsis
After watching a singer named Circe Smith at a nightclub, the Sea Devils appear to meet the mythological Circe during their next dive. She puts the male members into a contest and Dane abandons his oxygen tank, and when Judy tries to save him by sacrificing herself it jolts the boys out of their spell to save her.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This story could be explained as a nitrogen narcosis-induced dream of Judy's instead of a real adventure, as the male members have no memory of the adventure at the end of the story.

Story in two parts of 7.67 and 3.67 pages.

Coming Super-Attractions (Table of Contents: 6)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Superman; Green Arrow; Black Canary

Indexer Notes

House ad for Action Comics #444, on sale the last week of November.
At bottom of page 8 of Sea Devils story.

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

International Correspondence Schools (ICS) / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (photo)
Inks
? (photo)
Letters
typeset
Editing
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
There Must Be a Better Way to Earn a Living...

Indexer Notes

Ad for training courses.
Between pages 9-10 of Sea Devils story.

100 Pages for Only 60c (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Indexer Notes

House ad for DC Comics with black-and-white versions of various covers shown.
Between pages 9-10 of Sea Devils story.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

The Quiet Man / comic story / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
Mort Drucker
Pencils
Mort Drucker
Inks
Mort Drucker
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
N-1213
Genre
humor
Characters
The Quiet Man; boy
Synopsis
A boy is fishing in what appears to be shallow water, so The Quiet Man wades in. He is immediately submerged in deep water because the boy was standing on stilts.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

At bottom of final page of Sea Devils story.

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

Super-Puzzle / activity / 1.33 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Rozakis (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
P-13

Indexer Notes

A word puzzle. Answers on page 71, at bottom of final page of Adam Strange story.

Formula 1 (Table of Contents: 11)

Corgi / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (photo)
Inks
? (photo)
Colors
? (photo)
Letters
typeset
Editing
?

Indexer Notes

Ad for Corgi die-cast miniature cars.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Batman; Cary Bates

Indexer Notes

House ad for Amazing World of DC Comics #2, ready for mailing September 15th.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
We Can Put DC Comics Right in Your Mail Box.
Characters
Batman; Robin

Indexer Notes

House ad for DC Comics subscriptions.

Revolt in Painted Canyon! (Table of Contents: 14)

Matt Savage Trail Boss / comic story / 10.67 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox (credited)
Pencils
Gil Kane (credited)
Inks
Joe Giella (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
Morris Waldinger
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (original editor); Julius Schwartz (original assistant editor)

Job Number
N-1145
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Matt Savage; Red; Clay; Mary Beth Hale; Luther Jones; Arizona Bill Pinto; Jed Crogan; Hank Blaine; Grant; Dixon; Biscuits Baker
Synopsis
Matt concocts a ruse with his men to capture Jed Crogan and his men, who have been menacing a town and its ranchers.
Reprints

See the Mystery of the Strange Change (Table of Contents: 15)

MPC / advertisement / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset
Editing
?

Indexer Notes

Ad for Strange Change models series from MPC Fundimensions division of General Mills.
Between pages 3-4 of Matt Savage story.

[Mesa and Butte] (Table of Contents: 16)

What's The Difference Between... / comic story / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
N-1214
Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Definition of a mesa and a butte.
At bottom of final page of Matt Savage story.
Reprints

The Super-Brain of Adam Strange! (Table of Contents: 17)

Adam Strange / comic story / 11.67 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox (credited)
Pencils
Carmine Infantino (credited)
Inks
Sid Greene (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
N-1143
Genre
science fiction; superhero
Characters
Adam Strange; Alanna; Sardath
Synopsis
Sardath attempts to control Adam's Zeta-Beam visits to Rann but a side-effect gives Adam a super-evolved brain which also creates a brain-wave menace for the planet. When Alanna shuts down Sardath's machine all returns to normal but some of the brain-wave energy becomes frozen into a rock which Adam takes back to Earth.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

References Strange Adventures 235 and Action Comics 437. The brain-wave energy rock next appears in the next story in this issue: "Amazing Thefts of The I.Q. Gang!"

Never Finished High School? (Table of Contents: 18)

Wayne School / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset
Editing
?

Indexer Notes

Ad for home study towards a high school diploma.
Between pages 3-4 of Adam Strange story.

Now You Can Get the Copies You've Missed (Table of Contents: 19)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

House ad for back issues of DC Comics, with some covers shown.
Between pages 3-4 of Adam Strange story.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 20)

American Circle Corp. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset
Editing
?

Indexer Notes

Ad for toys and novelties.
Between pages 7-8 of Adam Strange story.

What Does This Campion Have in Common...with You? (Table of Contents: 21)

Joe Weider / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset
Editing
?

Characters
Joe Weider; Dave Draper

Indexer Notes

Ad for body building course with testimonial by a successful student.
Between pages 7-8 of Adam Strange story.

Write Right Now! (Table of Contents: 22)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset
Editing
?

Indexer Notes

Ads in classified format for stamps, books, comics, toys, body-building courses, and more. S. Schwarz agent.
Page is before "Amazing Thefts of the I.Q. Gang!"

Amazing Thefts of the I.Q. Gang! (Table of Contents: 23)

Hawkman / comic story / 13.34 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox (credited)
Pencils
Murphy Anderson (credited)
Inks
Murphy Anderson (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Letterese

Job Number
N-1144
Genre
superhero
Characters
Hawkman [Katar Hol]; Hawkgirl [Shayera Hol]; Ira Quimby [I.Q.]; I.Q. Gang (villains, intro)
Synopsis
Ira Quimby's thinking is enhanced whenever he is near the rock that Adam Strange brought back to earth containing his super brain-waves. Ira constructs several super-science devices and executes crimes until defeated by Hawkman and Hawkgirl, and the rock eventually stops emitting the brain-waves.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The brain-wave rock was brought to Earth in the previous story in this issue: "The Super-Brain of Adam Strange!"

Story in two parts of 6.67 pages each.

[Big News Coming...] (Table of Contents: 24)

DC Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

House teaser ad for DC Comics.
At bottom of page 7 of "Amazing Thefts of the I.Q. Gang!"

Bird-Wings (Table of Contents: 25)

illustration / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
N-1215
Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
examples of the varying structure of bird wings
Reprints

Indexer Notes

At bottom of final page of "Amazing Thefts of the I.Q. Gang!"

Write Right Now! (Table of Contents: 26)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset
Editing
?

Indexer Notes

Ads in classified format for toys, comics, body-building courses, and job training courses. S. Schwarz agent.
Includes a 1/4-page ad for t-shirts from the Natural Trading Company.

[Throne of Spain!] (Table of Contents: 27)

The Black Pirate / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Sheldon Moldoff
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff (credited)
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
M. C. Gaines (original managing editor); Sheldon Mayer (original editor)

Job Number
N-1147
Genre
historical
Characters
The Black Pirate [Jon Valor]; King Philip of Spain; Don Carlos (dies); Count Valdez; jester
Synopsis
Count Valdez and Don Carlos (the king's son) plot to place Don Carlos on the throne by imprisoning the king. But the jester tips off The Black Pirate, who rescues the king, imprisons Count Valdez and helps to kill Don Carlos.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer credit verified by Moldoff in interview with Roy Thomas. We previously credited Ted Udall and/or Gardner Fox.

Story title from table of contents.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 28)

Superman in Action / letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell [as E. N. B.]
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
S-1870
Characters
Superman (in logo)

Indexer Notes

Includes the reprint credits for the stories in this issue. Letters from Keith Partain, Bob Rodi, Michael N. Tierstein, Doug Albacete, Boliver, Bryan Taylor II, Charles Eilert, and Tweedy H. Watts.

We Build High-Performance Heads. (Table of Contents: 29)

Cleveland Institute of Electronics, Inc. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (photo)
Inks
? (photo)
Letters
typeset
Editing
?

Indexer Notes

Ad for electronics training courses.

The Pharaoh's Secret Spirograph (Table of Contents: 30)

Spirograph / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
King Khee-Pahn-Truk-Ken; archaeologist
Synopsis
An archaeologist discovers the mummy of King Khee-Pahn-Truk-Ken, who is still drawing with a Spirograph after 4,000 years. The archaeologist gives him a rest by taking over with the Spirograph.

Indexer Notes

Ad for Kenner's Spirograph toy in sequential art form.
On inside back cover.

The Continuing Adventures of Evel Knievel (Table of Contents: 31)

Ideal Toy Corporation / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?; typeset
Editing
?

Characters
Evel Knievel

Indexer Notes

Ad for stunt toys.
On back cover.

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Superman Unleashes the World's Greatest Action Heroes!
    Superman
  2. 1. How to Tell Your Dad You're Ready for a Daisy B*B Gun.
    Daisy
  3. 2. ["Here are six thrillers with the accent on action!"]
    Action Comics
  4. 3. At Last! Clark Kent-- Super-Hero!
    Superman
  5. 4. 7 Threats in the 7 Seas!
    The Sea Devils
  6. 5. The Ghost of the Deep!
    The Sea Devils
  7. 6. Coming Super-Attractions
  8. 7. ["There Must Be a Better Way to Earn a Living..."]
    International Correspondence Schools (ICS)
  9. 8. 100 Pages for Only 60c
    DC Comics
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    The Quiet Man
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Super-Puzzle
  12. 11. Formula 1
    Corgi
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    DC Comics
  14. 13. ["We Can Put DC Comics Right in Your Mail Box."]
    DC Comics
  15. 14. Revolt in Painted Canyon!
    Matt Savage Trail Boss
  16. 15. See the Mystery of the Strange Change
    MPC
  17. 16. [Mesa and Butte]
    What's The Difference Between...
  18. 17. The Super-Brain of Adam Strange!
    Adam Strange
  19. 18. Never Finished High School?
    Wayne School
  20. 19. Now You Can Get the Copies You've Missed
    DC Comics
  21. 20. [no title indexed]
    American Circle Corp.
  22. 21. What Does This Campion Have in Common...with You?
    Joe Weider
  23. 22. Write Right Now!
  24. 23. Amazing Thefts of the I.Q. Gang!
    Hawkman
  25. 24. [Big News Coming...]
    DC Comics
  26. 25. Bird-Wings
  27. 26. Write Right Now!
  28. 27. [Throne of Spain!]
    The Black Pirate
  29. 28. [no title indexed]
    Superman in Action
  30. 29. We Build High-Performance Heads.
    Cleveland Institute of Electronics, Inc.
  31. 30. The Pharaoh's Secret Spirograph
    Spirograph
  32. 31. The Continuing Adventures of Evel Knievel
    Ideal Toy Corporation
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