DC Special Series #19 - Secret Origins of Super-Heroes
(Fall 1979)

DC, 1977 Series
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Volume
3
Price
0.95 USD
Pages
100
Indicia frequency
four times a year
On-sale date
1979-07-03
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand
DC Blue Ribbon Digest
Barcode
0709893174611
Editing
Joe Orlando (managing editor); E. Nelson Bridwell (editor)
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Modern Age U.S. (1-17, 20-22); Digest (18, 19, 23, 24); Tabloid (25-27)
Paper Stock
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding
Saddle-Stitched (1-17, 20-22, 25-27); Squarebound (18, 19, 23, 24)
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

Cover is dated November, the same as DC Special Series #18.

On-sale date from Comic Reader #170.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Ross Andru
Inks
Dick Giordano
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
C-158
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Batman; Wonder Woman; Robin; Supergirl; Hawkman; Aquaman; Elongated Man

Secret Origins of Super-Heroes (Table of Contents: 1)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell ?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

The Secret Origin of Wonder Woman! (Table of Contents: 2)

Wonder Woman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Cary Burkett
Pencils
Jose Delbo
Inks
Vince Colletta
Colors
Gene D'Angelo
Letters
Ben Oda

Job Number
J-6102
Genre
superhero
Characters
Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] (origin); Aphrodite; Queen Hippolyte; Herakles (cameo); Steve Trevor; Diana Prince (original)
Synopsis
A new retelling of Wonder Woman's origin.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

based on the story in Wonder Woman (DC, 1942 series) #237 (November 1977)

The Gods of the Amazons (Table of Contents: 3)

Wonder Woman / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Ross Andru
Inks
Mike Esposito
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Heracles; Hermes; Aphrodite; Minerva
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Four-panel excerpt from "The Origin of Wonder Woman."

The Origin of the Superman-Batman Team (Table of Contents: 4)

Superman and Batman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils
Dick Sprang
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
J-6226
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Powerman; Lex Luthor
Reprints

The Mystery of the Elongated Man! (Table of Contents: 5)

The Flash / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Joe Giella
Colors
Gene D'Angelo
Letters
?

Job Number
J-6226
Genre
superhero
Characters
Flash [Barry Allen]; Elongated Man [Ralph Dibny] (first appearance, origin); Iris West; Perry Veto (villain)
Synopsis
Elongated Man comes to Central City and Flash suspects him of committing a string of robberies.
Reprints

How Aquaman Got His Powers! (Table of Contents: 6)

Aquaman / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Bernstein
Pencils
Ramona Fradon
Inks
Ramona Fradon
Colors
Bob LeRose
Letters
?

Job Number
J-6226
Genre
superhero
Characters
Atlantis; Aquaman [Arthur Curry] (Origin); Atlanna (Flashback); Tom Curry (Flashback); Commander Haskel
Synopsis
Aquaman stops the U.S. Navy from testing atomic depth charges and recounts his origin to Commander Haskel.
Reprints

Brotherly Hate! (Table of Contents: 7)

Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell
Pencils
George Tuska
Inks
George Tuska
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
J-6226
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superboy [Clark Kent] (host); Legion of Super-Heroes [Lightning Lad (origin); Light Lass (origin); Timber Wolf; Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl] (origin); R.J. Brande; Lightning Lord (origin)
Synopsis
Superboy tells the story of the beginnings of the Legion and how later Lightning Lad, Light Lass, and Timber Wolf fought Lightning Lord.
Reprints

The Masked Marauders of Earth! (Table of Contents: 8)

Hawkman / comic story / 25 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Joe Kubert
Inks
Joe Kubert
Colors
Adrienne Roy
Letters
?

Job Number
J-6226
Genre
superhero
Characters
Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Hawkgirl [Shiera Hall]; Manhawks; Commissioner Emmett
Reprints

The Origin of Robin! (Table of Contents: 9)

Batman / comic story / 11.5 pages (report information)

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell
Pencils
Ross Andru
Inks
Mike Esposito
Colors
Jerry Serpe
Letters
?

Job Number
J-6226
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson] (origin)
Reprints

[Action Comics #500] (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

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

The Supergirl from Krypton! (Table of Contents: 11)

Supergirl / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Al Plastino
Inks
Al Plastino
Colors
Bob LeRose
Letters
?
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original)

Job Number
J-6226
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Kal-El; Clark Kent]; Supergirl [Kara Zor-El] (introduction, origin); Zor-El (introduction); Miss Hart (introduction)
Synopsis
Superman spies a crashing rocket and discovers his cousin Supergirl. She tells him how Argo City survived the destruction of Krypton and how her father sent her to Earth when the inhabitants of Argo City were threatened by Kryptonite poisoning. Superman sets her up in Midvale Orphanage so she can adjust to life on Earth.
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The Little Books That Pack a Big Punch! (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

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

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. Secret Origins of Super-Heroes
  3. 2. The Secret Origin of Wonder Woman!
    Wonder Woman
  4. 3. The Gods of the Amazons
    Wonder Woman
  5. 4. The Origin of the Superman-Batman Team
    Superman and Batman
  6. 5. The Mystery of the Elongated Man!
    The Flash
  7. 6. How Aquaman Got His Powers!
    Aquaman
  8. 7. Brotherly Hate!
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  9. 8. The Masked Marauders of Earth!
    Hawkman
  10. 9. The Origin of Robin!
    Batman
  11. 10. [Action Comics #500]
  12. 11. The Supergirl from Krypton!
    Supergirl
  13. 12. The Little Books That Pack a Big Punch!
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
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