(1976)

Crown Publishers, 1976 Series
Published in English (United States) United States
 
Price
10.95 USD
Pages
248
On-sale Date
1976-10
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Harmony Books
Brand
?
ISBN
?
Barcode
?
Editing
Denny O'Neil; Thomas Nozkowski (design)
Color
color
Dimensions
8.75" x 11.25"
Binding
hardcover with dust jacket
Publishing Format
collected edition

Issue Notes

There is also a softcover edition. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 75-43467.

On sale date from a promo in Warlord #4.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Secret Origins / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Neal Adams (signed)
Inks
Neal Adams (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Captain Marvel; Wonder Woman; Hawkman [Katar Hol]; Superman; Atom [Ray Palmer]; Plastic Man; Batman; Flash [Barry Allen]; Green Arrow

[Title Pages] (Table of Contents: 1)

credits, title page / 10 pages (report information)

Indexer Notes

Initial pages, including blank pages, title pages, dedication (to Sheldon Mayer), and acknowledgments.

Contents (Table of Contents: 2)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 3 pages (report information)

Indexer Notes

Illustrated table of contents, showing the hero's image (taken from the story) and the page number. The third page is blank.

Introduction (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Carmine Infantino
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Introduction to these stories, by the Publisher of DC at this time. The second page is blank.

Superman...He's the Key, the Granddaddy of them All (Table of Contents: 4)

text article / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Denny O'Neil ?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Background and history of Superman.

[One Page Origin of Superman] (Table of Contents: 5)

Superman / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Shuster
Editing
Vin Sullivan (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman (intro; brief origin)
Reprints
Keywords
Krypton (intro; not named)

The Origin of Superman! (Table of Contents: 6)

Superman / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell
Pencils
Carmine Infantino (layouts); Curt Swan (pencils)
Inks
Murphy Anderson
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino
Editing
Julius Schwartz (original editorial advisor); E. Nelson Bridwell (original assistant editor); Sol Harrison (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Jor-El (flashback); Lara (flashback); Jonathan Kent (flashback); Martha Kent (flashback); Jimmy Olsen; Lois Lane; Perry White; Krypton
Reprints

Batman...He was Unable Not to Fight Criminals (Table of Contents: 7)

text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Denny O'Neil ?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Background and history of Batman.

The Legend of the Batman--Who He Is and How He Came to Be! (Table of Contents: 8)

Batman / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks
Bob Kane (signed); Sheldon Moldoff (backgrounds, verified by Moldoff)
Colors
?
Letters
Sheldon Moldoff (verified by Moldoff)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman (origin); Thomas Wayne; Martha Wayne
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This book says that this story was reprinted from Detective Comics #33, but this really is the version from Batman #1, which itself reprints first two pages from Detective Comics #33 but substituted the splash from Detective Comics #34.

The Origin of the Batman! (Table of Contents: 9)

Batman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane (verified by Schwartz)
Inks
Charles Paris (verified by Paris)
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp (credit by O'Hearn/Desris)
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne] (origin retold in detail); Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; Thomas Wayne (flashback, death); Martha Wayne (flashback, death); Joe Chill (villain, name revealed in this story, Thomas and Martha Wayne's murderer, death); Feets Borgam (killer, death); Monty Julep (illegal gambler, death)
Synopsis
While investigating criminal activity at a transport company, Batman recognizes the owner, Joe Chill, as the man who killed Thomas and Martha Wayne years before. Batman tries to find evidence of Chill's illegal operations, but when he fails, he decides to reveal his identity to Chill and tells him that will be watching him and will catch him eventually. In a panic, Chill flees to his gang, but when they find out Chill is responsible for Batman's existence they shoot him, and only after do they realize that they should have asked Chill for Batman's real name.
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Wonder Woman...The Female Sex is Assuming Day By Day a More Dominant Role in World Affairs (Table of Contents: 10)

text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Denny O'Neil ?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Background and history of Wonder Woman.

[The Origin of Wonder Woman] (Table of Contents: 11)

Wonder Woman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
William Moulton Marston [as Charles Moulton]
Pencils
Harry G. Peter (signed)
Inks
Harry G. Peter (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Sheldon Mayer (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Wonder Woman (origin); Ares [Mars]; Aphrodite; Hercules (intro); Hippolyte; Amazons; Steve Trevor; Colonel Darnell (cameo); Mala
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Origin: Wonder Woman (in detail; cf. Sensation Comics #1).

War of the Wonder Women! (Table of Contents: 12)

Wonder Woman / comic story / 23 pages (report information)

Script
Cary Bates
Pencils
Don Heck
Inks
Vince Colletta
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Robert Kanigher (original editor); Allan Asherman (original editorial assistant)

Job Number
R-203
Genre
superhero
Characters
Wonder Woman (origin); Nubia (origin); Mars; Hippolyta
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer miscredited as "Gary" Bates as in the original.

The Flash...You Can Do Almost Anything With Him... (Table of Contents: 13)

text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Denny O'Neil ?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Background and history of both Flashes (Jay Garrick and Barry Allen).

[Origin of the Flash] (Table of Contents: 14)

Flash / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Harry Lampert
Inks
Harry Lampert
Colors
?
Letters
Harry Lampert (masthead)
Editing
M. C. Gaines (original managing editor); Sheldon Mayer (original assistant editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Flash [Jay Garrick] (intro, origin); Joan Williams (intro); Major Williams; Sieur Satan; Serge Orloff; Duriel; the Faultless Four; Professor Hughes
Reprints

Indexer Notes

First line is 'But before he became known and feared as "the fastest thing on Earth", Jay Garrick was an unknown student at Midwestern University...'

Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt! (Table of Contents: 15)

Flash / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Joe Kubert
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Julius Schwartz (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Flash [Barry Allen] (intro; origin); Flash [Jay Garrick] (on a comic book cover); Iris West (intro); The Turtle Man (villain; later The Turtle)
Reprints

Green Lantern...No Evil Shall Escape My Sight (Table of Contents: 16)

text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Denny O'Neil ?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Background and history of both Green Lanterns (Alan Scott and Hal Jordan).

[The Origin of Green Lantern] (Table of Contents: 17)

Green Lantern / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Martin Nodell [as Mart Dellon]
Inks
Martin Nodell [as Mart Dellon]
Colors
?
Letters
Martin Nodell
Editing
Sheldon Mayer (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Green Lantern [Alan Scott] (intro, origin); Jimmy (death); Chang the Lamp Maker (flashback); Billings (flashback); Dekker (villain, death)
Reprints

SOS - Green Lantern! (Table of Contents: 18)

Green Lantern / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Joe Giella
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Julius Schwartz (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Green Lantern [Hal Jordan] (intro, origin); Green Lantern [Abin Sur] (intro, death)
Reprints

Hawkman...The Weirdness Seems to be Part of Hawkman's Appeal (Table of Contents: 19)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Denny O'Neil ?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Background and history of both Hawkmans (Carter Hall and Kartar Hol).

[The Origin of Hawkman] (Table of Contents: 20)

Hawkman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Dennis Neville
Inks
Dennis Neville
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
M. C. Gaines (original managing editor); Sheldon Mayer (original assistant editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hawkman [Carter Hall] (intro, origin); Shiera Sanders (intro, later Hawkgirl); Hath-Set (intro); Kolar; Doctor Hastor
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The title here was given in Golden Age Hawkman Archives vol. 1 where this story was also reprinted. First line is "In the weapon-lined library of Carter Hall, wealthy collector of weapons and research scientist -".

Creature of a Thousand Shapes! (Table of Contents: 21)

Hawkman / comic story / 25 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Joe Kubert
Inks
Joe Kubert
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Julius Schwartz (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hawkman [Katar Hol] (intro, origin); Hawkgirl [Shayera Thal] (intro, origin); Byth (intro, villain); Commissioner Emmett (intro); Mavis Trent (intro)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story is really 24.67 pages, with a vignette of Hawkman and Hawkgirl from page 8 filling the extra 0.33 page on the last page.

Green Arrow...A Streamlined Robin Hood (Table of Contents: 22)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Denny O'Neil ?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Background and history of both Golden Age and Silver Age Green Arrows.

The Birth of the Battling Bowmen (Table of Contents: 23)

Green Arrow / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Samachson?
Pencils
Cliff Young (signed)
Inks
Steve Brodie (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Jack Schiff (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Green Arrow (origin); Speedy (origin); Mr. Harper [Roy's father] (flashback, death); Quoag [Mr. Harper's Indian servant] (death); Dippy Parker; Curator Morgan; Lefty; Louie
Synopsis
Archaeologist Oliver Queen is visiting Lost Mesa where he meets Roy Harper, a young boy marooned on Lost Mesa and raised by Quoag, his father's Indian servant. There they are beset upon by thugs searching for a gold mine. After Quoag dies from gun shots, only Oliver and Roy's skills with archery and knowledge of Indian lore save them.
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The Green Arrow's First Case (Table of Contents: 24)

Green Arrow / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
France Herron
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby; Roz Kirby (backgrounds)
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Jack Schiff (original managing editor); Mort Weisinger (original story editor); George Kashdan (original story editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Green Arrow (origin); Speedy; trick arrows (origin)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story is really 6.67 pages, with a vignette of a bow and a quiver of arrows filling the extra 0.33 page on the last page.

The Atom...Not One Person out of Ten Knew What an Atom Was (Table of Contents: 25)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Denny O'Neil ?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Background and history of both Atoms (Al Pratt and Ray Palmer).

Introducing the Mighty Atom (Table of Contents: 26)

Atom / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Bill O'Connor
Pencils
Ben Flinton
Inks
Leonard Sansone
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Sheldon Mayer (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Atom [Al Pratt] (intro, origin); Mary James (intro); Joe Morgan (intro)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inker credit verified by Craig Delich & Jerry Bails (Nov. 2005).

Birth of the Atom! (Table of Contents: 27)

Atom / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Murphy Anderson
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Julius Schwartz (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Atom [Ray Palmer] (intro, origin); Jean Loring (intro)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story is really 9.67 pages, with a vignette of an atom filling the extra 0.33 page on the last page.

Shazam!...In One Thing a Sense of Fun and the Whole Sense of Adventure (Table of Contents: 28)

text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Denny O'Neil ?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Background and history of Captain Marvel.

[Introducing Captain Marvel] (Table of Contents: 29)

Captain Marvel / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Parker
Pencils
C. C. Beck
Inks
C. C. Beck
Colors
Bill Parker
Letters
?
Editing
Bill Parker (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Captain Marvel [Billy Batson] (intro, origin), Shazam (intro), Dr. Thaddeus Bodog Sivana (intro), Sterling Morris (intro); radio station WHIZ (intro); Seven Deadly Enemies of Man (intro), Ebenezer Batson (intro, flashback); Phantom Companion
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Plastic Man...One of the Wildest Imaginations... (Table of Contents: 30)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Denny O'Neil ?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Background and history of Plastic Man.

[The Origin of Plastic Man] (Table of Contents: 31)

Plastic Man / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Cole (signed)
Pencils
Jack Cole (signed)
Inks
Jack Cole (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Jack Cole
Editing
Ed Cronin (original editor)

Job Number
N-396
Genre
superhero; humor
Characters
Plastic Man [Eel O'Brian] (intro, origin); Rest-Haven monk; Skizzle Shanks
Synopsis
Gangster Eel O'Brian's dip in a vat of acid turns him into the superhero Plastic Man and against the mobsters he used to work with.
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The Author (Table of Contents: 32)

text article / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
biography

Indexer Notes

Final pages, including a one-sentence biography of Dennis O'Neil and 3 blank pages.

[Back Cover] (Table of Contents: 33) (Expand) /

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

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Secret Origins
  2. 1. [Title Pages]
  3. 2. Contents
  4. 3. Introduction
  5. 4. Superman...He's the Key, the Granddaddy of them All
  6. 5. [One Page Origin of Superman]
    Superman
  7. 6. The Origin of Superman!
    Superman
  8. 7. Batman...He was Unable Not to Fight Criminals
  9. 8. The Legend of the Batman--Who He Is and How He Came to Be!
    Batman
  10. 9. The Origin of the Batman!
    Batman
  11. 10. Wonder Woman...The Female Sex is Assuming Day By Day a More Dominant Role in World Affairs
  12. 11. [The Origin of Wonder Woman]
    Wonder Woman
  13. 12. War of the Wonder Women!
    Wonder Woman
  14. 13. The Flash...You Can Do Almost Anything With Him...
  15. 14. [Origin of the Flash]
    Flash
  16. 15. Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt!
    Flash
  17. 16. Green Lantern...No Evil Shall Escape My Sight
  18. 17. [The Origin of Green Lantern]
    Green Lantern
  19. 18. SOS - Green Lantern!
    Green Lantern
  20. 19. Hawkman...The Weirdness Seems to be Part of Hawkman's Appeal
  21. 20. [The Origin of Hawkman]
    Hawkman
  22. 21. Creature of a Thousand Shapes!
    Hawkman
  23. 22. Green Arrow...A Streamlined Robin Hood
  24. 23. The Birth of the Battling Bowmen
    Green Arrow
  25. 24. The Green Arrow's First Case
    Green Arrow
  26. 25. The Atom...Not One Person out of Ten Knew What an Atom Was
  27. 26. Introducing the Mighty Atom
    Atom
  28. 27. Birth of the Atom!
    Atom
  29. 28. Shazam!...In One Thing a Sense of Fun and the Whole Sense of Adventure
  30. 29. [Introducing Captain Marvel]
    Captain Marvel
  31. 30. Plastic Man...One of the Wildest Imaginations...
  32. 31. [The Origin of Plastic Man]
    Plastic Man
  33. 32. The Author
  34. 33. [Back Cover]
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