(Summer 1978)

DC, 1978 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.00 FREE
Pages
412
Indicia frequency
Twice in a lifetime
On-sale date
1978-09-01
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand
DC [bullet]
Editing
Mike Gold
Color
Black and White
Dimensions
8.5 " x 11"
Binding
Taped Spine
Publishing Format
Limited Series

Issue Notes

Though not for sale, as a joke, cover labelled with early 1960's "Still 10 cents" price box.

SUBSCRIPTION DEPARTMENT: Annual subscription rate: $10,000.00. Outside U.S.A. $9,500.00 ('bout time they got a break).

On-sale date from copyright registration.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Creeper; Black Lightning; Steel, the Indestructible Man; Vixen; Claw the Unconquered; Odd Man; Shade, the Changing Man; Secret Society of Super-Villains; Ray; Deserter; Mister Miracle; Deadman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Al Milgrom
Inks
Al Milgrom
Letters
Todd Klein (logo design)

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; science fiction; superhero; sword and sorcery; western-frontier
Characters
Creeper; Black Lightning; Mirror Master [Sam Scudder]; Vixen; Claw; Odd Man; Shade [Rac Shade]; Mister Miracle [Scott Free]; Wizard [William I. Zard]; Aaron Hope; Ray [Happy Terrill]; Chronos [David Clinton]; Deadman

An Editorial, of Sorts (Table of Contents: 1)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Mike Gold?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Explains why and how these two volumes came about. States that 35 copies were made and distributed to the creators, copyright people, and Bob Overstreet.

The Lure of the Magnetic Menace! (Table of Contents: 2)

Black Lightning; Ray / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Rich Buckler
Inks
Vince Colletta
Letters
?
Editing
Jack C. Harris

Genre
superhero
Characters
Black Lightning; Doctor Polaris; Ray [Happy Terrill]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Cover intended for unpublished Black Lightning (DC, 1977 series) #12. Complete with all trade elements except UPC box.

Lure of the Magnetic Menace (Table of Contents: 3)

Black Lightning / comic story / 17 pages (report information)

Script
Denny O'Neil
Pencils
Michael Netzer [as Mike Nasser]
Inks
Vince Colletta
Letters
Karin Kish
Editing
Jack C. Harris

Job Number
J-5407
Genre
superhero
Characters
Black Lightning; Jackie Parrish; Doctor Polaris [Baxter Timmons]; Harry Parrish; Mrs. Parrish; Lynn Stewart; Jim Corrigan; Green Lantern [Hal Jordan] (flashback cameo)
Synopsis
Black Lightning fights Doctor Polaris while trying to deal with a runaway student, and finds that his two problems are connected.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story originally intended for unpublished Black Lightning (DC, 1977 series) #12.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

The Ray / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Mike W. Barr (plot); Roger McKenzie (script)
Pencils
John Fuller
Inks
Bob Wiacek
Letters
Karin Kish [as Karin]
Editing
Jack C. Harris

Job Number
J-5476
Genre
superhero
Characters
Ray [Happy Terrill]; Dennis Lyle; Cliff; Dark
Synopsis
As the Ray floats in Gotham Bay, recovering from absorbing the fires from the American Allied Chemical plant, he spies a truck plunging into the water. But all he can think of is the day he became the Ray, when as a reporter he rode Professor Styne's experimental strato-balloon, entered a strange cosmic storm, and gained his light-based powers.

Indexer Notes

Story intended for unpublished Black Lightning (DC, 1977 series) #12. There is no title or logo on the first page.

The Death Disciples (Table of Contents: 5)

Black Lightning / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Michael Netzer [as Michael Nasser]
Letters
?
Editing
Jack C. Harris (?)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Black Lightning

Indexer Notes

Cover intended for unpublished Black Lightning (DC, 1977 series) #13. Includes no trade elements. Pencil credit confirmed with artist, April 2008, who states this is a xerox of his very tight pencils.

The Travelers of Dark Destiny (Table of Contents: 6)

Claw the Uncounquered / comic story / 25 pages (report information)

Script
David Michelinie
Pencils
Romeo Tanghal
Inks
Bob Smith
Letters
Shelly Leferman
Editing
Larry Hama

Job Number
J-5327
Genre
sword and sorcery
Characters
Claw; Thovan; Trysannda; Chim; Prince Ghilkyn; Dalivar
Synopsis
Having lost the gauntlet that shields him from the demonic influence of his right hand, Claw has cut off that hand, when he meets Trysannda. She has sought Claw out to help her get out of a bargain she has made with a wizard. Reluctant to help her, Claw finds his severed hand has returned and that he must recover his gauntlet from Dalivar, the very wizard with whom Trysannda made her bargain. So the pair of adventurers head to the wizard's castle at Ravenroost.

Indexer Notes

Story intended for unpublished Claw the Unconquered (DC, 1975 series) #13.

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

Of Swordsmen and Sorcerers / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset
Editing
Larry Hama

Job Number
L-107

Indexer Notes

Letters page intended for unpublished Claw the Unconquered (DC, 1975 series) #13.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8)

Claw the Uncounquered / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Kubert
Inks
Joe Kubert
Editing
Larry Hama

Genre
sword and sorcery
Characters
Claw; Trysannda

Indexer Notes

Cover intended for unpublished Claw the Unconquered (DC, 1975 series) #14. Includes no trade elements.

When the River of Ravenroost...Ran Red (Table of Contents: 9)

Claw the Uncounquered / comic story / 25 pages (report information)

Script
Tom DeFalco
Pencils
Romeo Tanghal
Inks
Bob Smith
Letters
Shelly Leferman
Editing
Larry Hama

Genre
sword and sorcery
Characters
Claw; Trysannda; Validarr; Prince Ghilkyn; Sha-Gasa
Synopsis
While Claw fights the Earth elemental guarding Ravenroost, Trysannda is taken to the master of the castle, Validarr. Once Claw defeats the elemental, however, he proves no match for the rodent guardians of the castle, and is thrown in the dungeon. He escapes his prison in time to save Trysannda, and after Claw defeats the monster Sha-Gasa, the two head undergound where they encounter yet another challenge.

Indexer Notes

Story intended for unpublished Claw the Unconquered (DC, 1975 series) #14. Missing logo and indicia from first page. Dalivar's name is suddenly Validarr in this story

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

Deserter / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Kubert
Inks
Joe Kubert
Editing
Paul Levitz

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Aaron Hope

Indexer Notes

Cover originally scheduled for Showcase (DC, 1977 series) #107, this cover was then intended for the unpublished The Deserter #1. Includes no trade elements.

The Deserter (Table of Contents: 11)

Deserter / comic story / 25 pages (report information)

Script
Gerry Conway
Pencils
Dick Ayers
Inks
Romeo Tanghal
Letters
Milt Snapinn
Editing
Paul Levitz

Job Number
J-5423
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Aaron Hope; Marcy-Anne; unnamed sheriff of Cooper's Canyon; McKensie; Jase Carson; Willie Dredge; Krug; Ronson; Jacobs; Will Olsen
Synopsis
Aaron Hope rides into Cooper's Canyon and makes an impression on the sheriff and his daughter Marcy-Anne due to his refusal to use a gun. The sheriff tells Aaron how Jase Carson is buying up land at Dry Water and chasing off those who refuse to sell. After Aaron heads to Dry Water, Willie Dredge who is looking to turn in Aaron as a army deserter, arrives. Meanwhile, Aaron tells the residents of Dry Water that the railroad will come through their town and they rally against Carson. As a last gambit, Carson snatches Marcy-Anne and tries to flee, but Aaron saves her and puts Carson down.

Indexer Notes

Story originally scheduled for Showcase (DC, 1977 series) #107, this story was then intended for the unpublished The Deserter #1. Romeo Tanghal's name appears below the actual credit box, with no inker included among the credits. Presumably part one of a three part story, as the feature was scheduled to run in three issues of Showcase and this story ends with a next issue blurb about Part Two.

Tapestry of Dreams (Table of Contents: 12)

Doorway to Nightmare / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Mike Kaluta
Inks
Mike Kaluta
Letters
?
Editing
Jack C. Harris

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Madame Xanadu
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Cover originally intended for the unpublished Doorway to Nightmare (DC, 1978 series) #6. Includes all trade elements except UPC box.

Tapestry of Dreams (Table of Contents: 13)

Doorway to Nightmare / comic story / 25 pages (report information)

Script
Cary Burkett
Pencils
Juan Ortiz
Inks
Vince Colletta
Letters
Clem Robins
Editing
Jack C. Harris

Job Number
J-5371
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Madame Xanadu; Mr. Hazel [Azazel]; Stephen Prince; Laurel; Mr. Jaffe
Synopsis
After Madame Xanadu dismisses a mysterious visitor, she greets Stephen Prince, whose romance with Laurel has been complicated by the arrival of their new neighbor, Mr. Hazel. Madame Xanadu explains that Mr. Hazel is an incubus who creates tapestries from his victims' dreams. If these tapestries are destroyed, the incubus loses his power, but his victims also die. Stephen enters Laurel's dreams in order to defeat Mr. Hazel and release his victims.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story originally intended for the unpublished Doorway to Nightmare (DC, 1978 series) #6.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14)

Tarot Readings / text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Mike W. Barr [as Michael C. Carmichael]
Pencils
? (illo)
Inks
? (illo)
Letters
typeset
Editing
Jack C. Harris

Job Number
L-134
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Madame Xanadu
Synopsis
Three stories of people reaching out to the waking world through their dreams.

Indexer Notes

Text Story intended for the unpublished Doorway to Nightmare (DC, 1978 series) #6.

The Typhoon Is a Storm of the Soul! (Table of Contents: 15)

Firestorm / comic story / 25 pages (report information)

Script
Gerry Conway
Pencils
Al Milgrom
Inks
Bob McLeod
Letters
Shelly Leferman
Editing
Jack C. Harris

Genre
superhero
Characters
Firestorm [Ronnie Raymond; Martin Stein]; Liam McGarrin; Jonathan Shine; Christie; "Spit" Shine; Mrs. Shine; "Shoe" Shine; Dorreen Day; Summer Day; Wallace Hapgood; Edward Raymond; Cliff Carmichael; Jefferson; Rockwell
Synopsis
As Prof. Stein tests the powers of Firestorm, mob scion Jonathan Shine insists on using an experimental submersible in dangerous weather. When the vehicle cracks and Jonathan is bathed in radioactive water, he becomes Typhoon and heads toward the city to take out his anger on his family, but Firestorm puts an end to his rampage.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story intended for the unpublished Firestorm (DC, 1978 series) #6. First page missing logo and indicia. This is not the story that appears in Flash #294-296 and the plot of this story bears no resemblance to the later story. Though Typhoon has the same powers and looks the same, the secret identities and origins are different. Includes next issue blurb for story titled: The Reptile Man!

The High Price of Food (Table of Contents: 16)

Green Team / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Simon
Pencils
Jerry Grandenetti
Inks
Creig Flessel
Letters
?
Editing
Joe Simon

Genre
adventure
Characters
Green Team [J. P. Houston; Cecil Sunbeam; Commodore; Abdul Smith]; Seaman Jackson; Paper Hanger
Synopsis
The Green Team helps protect gigantic lobsters from a fleet of Russian fishing boats.

Indexer Notes

Though the editorial indicates this story was meant for The Green Team #2, there never was a The Green Team #1. (Presumably the story originally intended as The Green Team #1 appeared in 1st Issue Special (DC, 1975 series) #2.) Story stamped "WRITTEN OFF 11-30-77." The last two pages are a preview of the next story, though they seemingly meet the Paper Hanger again for the first time in that story as well. The Paper Hanger is apparently meant to evoke Adolf Hitler, though nothing is particularly made of that connection.

The Deadly Paper-Hanger (Table of Contents: 17)

Green Team / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Simon
Pencils
Jerry Grandenetti
Inks
Creig Flessel
Letters
?
Editing
Joe Simon

Genre
adventure
Characters
Green Team [J. P. Houston; Cecil Sunbeam; Commodore; Abdul Smith]; Paper Hanger; Saint Bernard
Synopsis
The Green Team takes over a rescue mission, and enlists the help of the Paper Hanger to redecorate it, but things go awry when his wallpaper literally grows out of control.

Indexer Notes

Though the editorial indicates this story was meant for The Green Team #3, there never was a The Green Team #1 or 2. Pages stamped "N.P.P. INVTY 11-30-74." Again, the Paper Hanger is meant to evoke Adolf Hitler, and he says things like, "I tried to redecorate the world...but...things went wrong."

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Creeper; Black Lightning; Steel, the Indestructible Man; Vixen; Claw the Unconquered; Odd Man; Shade, the Changing Man; Secret Society of Super-Villains; Ray; Deserter; Mister Miracle; Deadman
  2. 1. An Editorial, of Sorts
  3. 2. The Lure of the Magnetic Menace!
    Black Lightning; Ray
  4. 3. Lure of the Magnetic Menace
    Black Lightning
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    The Ray
  6. 5. The Death Disciples
    Black Lightning
  7. 6. The Travelers of Dark Destiny
    Claw the Uncounquered
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Of Swordsmen and Sorcerers
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Claw the Uncounquered
  10. 9. When the River of Ravenroost...Ran Red
    Claw the Uncounquered
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Deserter
  12. 11. The Deserter
    Deserter
  13. 12. Tapestry of Dreams
    Doorway to Nightmare
  14. 13. Tapestry of Dreams
    Doorway to Nightmare
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Tarot Readings
  16. 15. The Typhoon Is a Storm of the Soul!
    Firestorm
  17. 16. The High Price of Food
    Green Team
  18. 17. The Deadly Paper-Hanger
    Green Team
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