(November-December 1977)

DC, 1976 Series
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Volume
3 [2]
Price
0.60 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1977-08-25
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics Inc.
Barcode
0709893166012
Editing
Joe Orlando (managing editor); Paul Levitz (story editor)

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in the U. S. Copyright Office filing. It is also the date given in the letter column in Justice League of America #148. On-sale date of August 24 in Comic Reader #146.

Volume incorrectly listed as 3 when it should be 2.

Secret Origins of Super-Heroes (Table of Contents)

Green Arrow; Huntress [DC]; Legion of Super-Heroes / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Staton (signed)
Inks
Bob Layton (signed)
Colors
Tatjana Wood
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Job Number
C-553
Genre
superhero
Characters
Legion of Super-Heroes [Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl; Lightning Lad]; Huntress [Helena Wayne]; Green Arrow [Oliver Queen] (Earth-1)
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Indexer Notes

Colors credit provided by Anthony Tollin.

Earn Famous Name Prizes or Cash the Easy Olympic Way! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Olympic Sales / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Secret Origins of Super-Heroes (Table of Contents: 2)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
Paul Levitz
Pencils
Jim Aparo (signed)
Inks
Jim Aparo (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Jim Aparo

Job Number
J-4891
Characters
Legion of Super-Heroes [Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl; Lightning Lad]; Green Arrow [Oliver Queen] (Earth-1); Huntress [Helena Wayne]
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[Origin of Green Arrow] (Table of Contents: 3)

Green Arrow / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Denny O'Neil (credited)
Pencils
Mike Grell (credited)
Inks
Bruce Patterson (credited)
Colors
Elizabeth Safian (credited as Liz Berube)
Letters
Ben Oda (credited)

Job Number
J-4894
Genre
superhero
Characters
Green Arrow [Oliver Queen] (of Earth-1, origin retold)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Origin recap occurring before the events of Oliver Queen losing his fortune to John DeLeon.

Powerfun! BB & Pellet Guns by Crosman. (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Crosman Powerfun Guns / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Get Rich and Famous. (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Clark Candy Bars / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Write Right Now! (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Cooky La Moo on Broadway (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Hostess Twinkies; Wonder Woman / comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

Presenting the First Superman Dollar Comic (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

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

The Secret of the Quintile Crystal! (Table of Contents: 9)

Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Jack C. Harris (credited)
Pencils
Juan Ortiz (credited)
Inks
Bob Smith (credited)
Colors
Elizabeth Safian (credited as Liz Berube)
Letters
Bill Morse ?

Job Number
J-4871
Genre
superhero
Characters
Legion of Super-Heroes [Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl; Lightning Lad] (origin retold); Superman (cameo); R. J. Brande; Lord Lorval (villain); Science Police
Synopsis
Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, and Saturn Girl relate to Superman one of their first cases as the Legion before he joined as Superboy involving the Quintile Crystal. After telling their tale, they meet up with the same Science Police officer who was involved alongside them in that case.
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The Sport a Boy Grows Up with...Shooting a Daisy. (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Daisy Air Rifles / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

It's Bananas (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

CBS / advertisement / 2 pages (report information)

Secret Origins of Secret Origins (Table of Contents: 12)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Paul Levitz (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
L-784
Genre
non-fiction
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Indexer Notes

Explanation of the creation of this issue.

[Huntress Concept Art] (Table of Contents: 13)

Huntress [DC] / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Staton (credited) (concept sketch); Joe Orlando (credited) (cover design)
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Staton; typeset; ?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Huntress [Helena Wayne]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Staton's original sketch of the Huntress and rough and pencilled versions of the cover.

From Each Ending ...A Beginning! (Table of Contents: 14)

Huntress [DC] / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Paul Levitz (credited)
Pencils
Joe Staton (credited)
Inks
Bob Layton (credited)
Colors
Anthony Tollin (credited)
Letters
Ben Oda (credited)
Editing
Joe Orlando (credited) (guest editor - see notes)

Job Number
J-4849
Genre
superhero
Characters
Huntress [Helena Wayne] (origin); Batman (Earth-2); Catwoman (Earth-2, dies); Flash [Barry Allen] (flashback); Flash [Jay Garrick] (flashback); Robin (Earth-2, flashback); Silky Cernak (villain); Commissioner Gordon (Earth-2, cameo)
Synopsis
The Golden Age Batman retires from crimefighting after accidentally killing his wife Selina Kyle Wayne, the former Catwoman, when she is blackmailed into committing one more job by a former associate, Silky Chernak. As a result, Selina and Bruce's daughter, Helena, becomes the Huntress and vows to fight crime like her father did and brings Silky to justice.
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Indexer Notes

The story is the origin of the Helena Wayne Huntress. Some sources identify this issue as the joint first appearance of the character with All-Star Comics (DC, 1976 series) #69. Those sources claim both issues were released on August 24, 1977. However, copyright records state All-Star Comics #69 was published on August 23, while DC Super Stars #17 was published on August 25.

In the text page for this issue, Paul Levitz mentions that Joe Orlando had to step in as guest editor for this story, as DC policy at the time said that no editor should write for himself. Since Levitz was the writer for this story, Orlando had to step in as the editor.

What to Sink Your Teeth into When You're Hungry and You're Not a Werewolf. (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

Slim Jim / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

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

Write Right Now! (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[Crazy David Says] (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

Crazy David's Mail Order T-Shirt Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Super Belt Buckles (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

NCG Merchandise / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Super Prizes (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

Youth Opportunity Sales Club / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Join J.S.C.A. Jolly Giant for Prizes or Cash (Table of Contents: 21) (Expand) /

Junior Sales Club of America / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

AAU Shuperstar Flattens His Arch Enemy...The Menacing Missile-Toe (Table of Contents: 22) (Expand) /

AAU Shoes / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Secret Origins of Super-Heroes
    Green Arrow; Huntress [DC]; Legion of Super-Heroes
  2. 1. Earn Famous Name Prizes or Cash the Easy Olympic Way!
    Olympic Sales
  3. 2. Secret Origins of Super-Heroes
  4. 3. [Origin of Green Arrow]
    Green Arrow
  5. 4. Powerfun! BB & Pellet Guns by Crosman.
    Crosman Powerfun Guns
  6. 5. Get Rich and Famous.
    Clark Candy Bars
  7. 6. Write Right Now!
  8. 7. Cooky La Moo on Broadway
    Hostess Twinkies; Wonder Woman
  9. 8. Presenting the First Superman Dollar Comic
    Superman
  10. 9. The Secret of the Quintile Crystal!
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  11. 10. The Sport a Boy Grows Up with...Shooting a Daisy.
    Daisy Air Rifles
  12. 11. It's Bananas
    CBS
  13. 12. Secret Origins of Secret Origins
  14. 13. [Huntress Concept Art]
    Huntress [DC]
  15. 14. From Each Ending ...A Beginning!
    Huntress [DC]
  16. 15. What to Sink Your Teeth into When You're Hungry and You're Not a Werewolf.
    Slim Jim
  17. 16. ["Yes, you can subscribe to your favorite DC comics!"]
    DC Comics
  18. 17. Write Right Now!
  19. 18. [Crazy David Says]
    Crazy David's Mail Order T-Shirt Co.
  20. 19. Super Belt Buckles
    NCG Merchandise
  21. 20. Super Prizes
    Youth Opportunity Sales Club
  22. 21. Join J.S.C.A. Jolly Giant for Prizes or Cash
    Junior Sales Club of America
  23. 22. AAU Shuperstar Flattens His Arch Enemy...The Menacing Missile-Toe
    AAU Shoes
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