(October 2004)

DC, 2004 Series
Published in English (United States) United States
 
Price
5.95 USD; 9.25 CAD
Pages
84
On-sale Date
2004-08-25
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics
Brand
DC [character]
Barcode
761941241500 00111
Editing
Robert Greenberger (senior editor, collected edition)
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Newsprint interior; Glossy cardstock cover
Binding
Squarebound
Publishing Format
One-Shot

[Six Strange Stories] (Table of Contents)

Doctor Fate; The Spectre / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jerry Ordway (signed as J. Ordway)
Inks
Jerry Ordway (signed as J. Ordway)
Colors
Sno Cone (credited as Sno-Cone)
Letters
?

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan] (also inset); Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; Congorilla (inset); The Enchantress [June Moone] (inset); El Diablo [Lazarus Lane] (inset); Animal Man [Buddy Baker] (inset)
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Table of Contents (Table of Contents: 1)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

[The Origin of Dr. Fate] (Table of Contents: 2)

Doctor Fate / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Howard Sherman
Inks
Howard Sherman
Colors
Dave Tanguay (as David Tanguay)
Letters
Howard Sherman

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters
Doctor Fate [Kent Nelson] (origin); Inza Cramer; Nabu (introduction); Sven Nelson (archaeologist, Kent's father, death); a "haunted" man; Nergal, Lord of the Underworld (villain)
Synopsis
In 1920, young Kent Nelson and his father explore the mysteries of the pyramids, there Kent meets Nabu the Wise, an exile from the planet Cilia, who helped build the pyramids. Nabu trains Kent in the mysteries of the universe until Kent assumes the role of Dr. Fate.
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Keywords
Egypt; Planet Cilia

Indexer Notes

The story is incorrectly attributed to More Fun #55 in item.

The Enchantress of Terror Castle (Table of Contents: 3)

The Enchantress / comic story / 8.67 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Haney
Pencils
Howard Purcell
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors
Dave Tanguay (as David Tanguay)
Letters
Stan Starkman

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
The Enchantress [June Moone] (girlfriend of Alan's, introduction, origin); Alan Dell (socialite); evil spirit (villain)
Synopsis
June and Alan are invited to a costume ball at an old estate. Suddenly, a gong sounds and a minotaur on a tapestry begins to glow, June falls into a secret passage where she is confronted with a weird figure that informs her that the castle on the estate is occupied by an evil presence that only she can overcome: as The Enchantress!
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I Was the Man with Animal Powers (Table of Contents: 4)

Animal Man / comic story / 15.33 pages (report information)

Script
Dave Wood
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
George Roussos
Colors
Dave Tanguay (as David Tanguay)
Letters
Stan Starkman

Genre
superhero
Characters
Buddy Baker (origin); Ellen (Buddy's fiancee); Roger (Buddy's friend); alien creature (villain)
Synopsis
An alien space ship temporarily gives Buddy Blake animal powers. Animal Man is not named and does not appear in costume in this story.
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Indexer Notes

Script credit from Martin O'Hearn. Reprint lists authors as Dave Wood and France Herron.

Story was not originally intended as a continuing feature: Animal Man is not named, does not appear in costume, and his powers are gone at the end of the story.

The Tricks of Metamorpho's Trade (Table of Contents: 5)

Metamorpho / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell ? (as Nelson Bridwell)
Pencils
Ramona Fradon
Inks
Charles Paris
Colors
Dave Tanguay (as David Tanguay)
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman (cameo); Metamorpho
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Indexer Notes

Reprint credits inks to Joe Simon, but these are panels cut out of early Metamorpho stories inked by Charles Paris. Batman vignettes are by Jim Aparo.

The Amazing Congorilla! (Table of Contents: 6)

Congorilla / comic story / 6.5 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Bernstein
Pencils
Howard Sherman
Inks
Howard Sherman
Colors
Dave Tanguay (as David Tanguay)
Letters
?

Genre
jungle; superhero; adventure
Characters
Congorilla (gorilla, origin); Congo Bill [William Glenmorgan]; Gloria (actress); Janu the Jungle Boy; Chief Kawolo (death); Mr. Rieger (villain, movie director); Reiger's assistant (villain)
Synopsis
Congo Bill saves the life of tribal Chief Kawolo, who gives him a magic ring that can cause his mind to be exchanged with that of a golden gorilla. Later, a movie crew tries to capture the now-intelligent Congorilla.
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Keywords
gorilla

Indexer Notes

Incorrectly credited to Action Comics #247 and to writer Jack Miller.

Call Him Satan-- Call Him Saint! (Table of Contents: 7)

El Diablo / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Gray Morrow
Inks
Gray Morrow
Colors
Dave Tanguay (as David Tanguay)
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
El Diablo [Lazarus Lane] (bank teller, introduction); Nora Hayes; Albert (bank teller, death); Emma (Albert's wife, mention only); Pop Woods (a gold miner); Adam (Wood's grandson, mention only); Ellie Vickers (Wood's girl, mention only); Wise Owl (Indian); The Hanged Man (villain, death); Hanged Man's gang [Grizzo; others un-named) (villains)
Synopsis
El Diablo helps to save an old gold miner who is mining to financially help out a widowed lady, from being a robbery victim and possibly death. His bigger mission, as it turns out, is the gang behind this attempted robbery: the Hooded Man's Gang.
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Keywords
Calamity Falls; Puerto del Sol

The Origin of the Bizarro World! (Table of Contents: 8)

Bizarro / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder; Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Wayne Boring; John Forte
Inks
Stan Kaye; John Forte
Colors
Dave Tanguay (as David Tanguay)
Letters
?

Genre
superhero; humor
Characters
Bizarro World (origin); Superman [Clark Kent]; Bizarro-Superman No. 1; Bizarro-Lois #1; Bizarro-Junior #1; Bizarro-Jimmy; Bizarro-Perry; Bizarro-Lana; Bizarro-Lucy; Bizarro-Krypto; Bizarro-Mr. Mxyzptlk; Bizarro-Luthor
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Keywords
Bizarro Code; Bizarro World; kryptonite; Mt. Everest

Indexer Notes

Panels sliced from early Bizarro stories.

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

The Spectre / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks
Bernard Baily (signed)
Colors
Dave Tanguay (as David Tanguay)
Letters
Bernard Baily

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan] (introduction, origin); Clarice Winston (Jim's girl); Clarice's parents); Wayne Grant (detective); The Voice; Gat Benson (villain); Benson's mob [Louie Snipe; Ricky (death); rest un-named] (villains)
Synopsis
Jim Corrigan, hard-boiled detective, gets inside information on a job to be pulled by Gat Benson, and, while trying to stop the theft, is captured and murdered. However, a voice from heaven tells Corrigan that his job against crime is not over, so he is restored to life with amazing powers, which he plans to use again Benson and save the life of Clarice. After murdering Corrigan, Benson and his thugs decide to kill the witness, Clarice, but before they can do this, a wraith-like Corrigan appears before them to exact justice.
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Indexer Notes

Spectre is miscolored. His cape should be blue and his skin grey.

Jerry Siegel's credit has been removed from the splash page.

[The Spectre Strikes] (Table of Contents: 10)

The Spectre / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks
Bernard Baily (signed)
Colors
Dave Tanguay (as David Tanguay)
Letters
Bernard Baily

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan] (introduction, origin); Clarice Winston (Jim's girl); Clarice's parents; Wayne Grant (detective); The Voice; Gat Benson (villain); Benson's mob [Louie Snipe; Ricky (death); rest un-named] (villains)
Synopsis
Jim Corrigan, hard-boiled detective, gets inside information on a job to be pulled by Gat Benson, and, while trying to stop the theft, is captured and murdered. However, a voice from heaven tells Corrigan that his job against crime is not over, so he is restored to life with amazing powers, which he plans to use again Benson and save the life of Clarice. After murdering Corrigan, Benson and his thugs decide to kill the witness, Clarice, but before they can do this, a wraith-like Corrigan appears before them to exact justice.
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Indexer Notes

Spectre's costume is miscolored, and Jerry Siegel's name is removed from the splash page.

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Six Strange Stories]
    Doctor Fate; The Spectre
  2. 1. Table of Contents
  3. 2. [The Origin of Dr. Fate]
    Doctor Fate
  4. 3. The Enchantress of Terror Castle
    The Enchantress
  5. 4. I Was the Man with Animal Powers
    Animal Man
  6. 5. The Tricks of Metamorpho's Trade
    Metamorpho
  7. 6. The Amazing Congorilla!
    Congorilla
  8. 7. Call Him Satan-- Call Him Saint!
    El Diablo
  9. 8. The Origin of the Bizarro World!
    Bizarro
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    The Spectre
  11. 10. [The Spectre Strikes]
    The Spectre
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