(Summer 1978)

DC, 1978 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.00 FREE
Pages:
412
Indicia frequency:
Twice in a lifetime
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand:
DC [bullet]
ISBN:
?
Barcode:
?
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.

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[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Cover intended for unpublished Black Lightning (DC, 1977 series) #12.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 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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  • Oliver B├╝rger
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