(October-November 1977)

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Volume
16
Price
0.35 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1977-07-19
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand
DC [bullet]
Barcode
0709893045311
Editing
Jack C. Harris
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Silver Age U.S.
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

On-sale date from Comic Reader #145.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Challengers of the Unknown / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Rich Buckler (signed)
Inks
Joe Rubinstein (signed)
Colors
Tatjana Wood
Letters
John Workman ?

Job Number
C-532
Genre
adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Rocky Davis; Ace Morgan; Red Ryan; June Robbins]; Swamp Thing; M'nagala
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Color credit provided by Anthony Tollin.

Chapter 1: Seven Doorways to Destiny! (Table of Contents: 1)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Gerry Conway
Pencils
Keith Giffen
Inks
John Celardo
Colors
Jerry Serpe
Letters
John Workman ?

Job Number
J-4748
Genre
adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Red Ryan; Prof Haley; Rocky Davis; June Robbins]; Heathcliff Monroe; M’Nagala the Eternal
Synopsis
The Challengers attempt to free June, but are beaten down by the cultists.
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Indexer Notes

Story continues from previous issue.

Chapter 2: Savior from the Swamp? (Table of Contents: 2)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Gerry Conway
Pencils
Keith Giffen
Inks
John Celardo
Colors
Jerry Serpe
Letters
John Workman ?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Red Ryan; Prof Haley; Rocky Davis; June Robbins]; Heathcliff Monroe; M’Nagala the Eternal; F. Gaylord Clayburne III; Alec Holland [Swamp Thing]; Ruth Monroe
Synopsis
In Challenger Mountain, Clayburne (the wanna-be Challenger), uses the computer to analyze Prof's infection. It recommends Dr. Alec Holland as an expert in "biochemical abnormalities."
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Chapter 3: The Gods Crawl Closer (Table of Contents: 3)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Gerry Conway
Pencils
Keith Giffen
Inks
John Celardo
Colors
Jerry Serpe
Letters
John Workman ?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Red Ryan; Prof Haley; Rocky Davis; June Robbins]; Heathcliff Monroe; M’Nagala the Eternal; F. Gaylord Clayburne III; Alec Holland [Swamp Thing]
Synopsis
Clayburne flies to Oregon to ask Holland for help and he agrees to accompany him to Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, Rocky and Ace fly to England and perform an incantation from a mystical book and bring M'Nagala's "family" to Earth as Monroe tells June and Red how M'Nagala came from the stars.
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Cooky La Moo on Broadway (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Wonder Woman; Hostess Twinkies / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

You Can Help Superman When You Help the Special Olympics! (Table of Contents: 5)

Superman / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Vince Colletta
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
?

Characters
Superman

Indexer Notes

On the page immediately preceding the 4th page of the previous story sequence.

Chapter 4: All Monsters, Good and Evil (Table of Contents: 6)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Gerry Conway
Pencils
Keith Giffen
Inks
John Celardo
Colors
Jerry Serpe
Letters
John Workman ?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Red Ryan; Prof Haley; Rocky Davis; June Robbins]; Heathcliff Monroe; M’Nagala the Eternal; F. Gaylord Clayburne III; Alec Holland [Swamp Thing]
Synopsis
Clayborne and Holland find Prof, who suggests using sonics against the plant life. Outside London, while Ace fetches a pack of jet fuel, Rocky chants to allow one of M'Nagala's kin to enter this world. Back in Pennsylvania, Holland ducks away because he is reverting to Swamp Thing as his bio-restorative formula wears off, but Clayborne and Prof fight off the cultists and fire the emergency siren, transforming the cultists to slime. In London, Ace chucks the fuel pod into the monster, destroying it and shutting the portal. Soon after, all the Challengers are reunited in Perdition.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

Challenger Mountain Mail Room / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack C. Harris [as JCH]
Pencils
Mike Netzer (illustration)
Inks
Bob Wiacek (illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
L-734

Indexer Notes

Fans like the new characterization, though some wonder if Mike Nasser was the right fit.

Volume 77 Issue 29 - Week of July 18, 1977 (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Daily Planet / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Challengers of the Unknown
  2. 1. Chapter 1: Seven Doorways to Destiny!
    Challengers of the Unknown
  3. 2. Chapter 2: Savior from the Swamp?
    Challengers of the Unknown
  4. 3. Chapter 3: The Gods Crawl Closer
    Challengers of the Unknown
  5. 4. Cooky La Moo on Broadway
    Wonder Woman; Hostess Twinkies
  6. 5. You Can Help Superman When You Help the Special Olympics!
    Superman
  7. 6. Chapter 4: All Monsters, Good and Evil
    Challengers of the Unknown
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Challenger Mountain Mail Room
  9. 8. Volume 77 Issue 29 - Week of July 18, 1977
    Daily Planet
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