(November-December 1980)

DC, 1980 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.95 USD
Pages
100
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand
DC Blue Ribbon Digest
Editing
Joe Orlando (managing editor); E. Nelson Bridwell (editor)
Color
Color
Dimensions
5" x 6.75" (12.7 cm x 17.1cm)
Paper Stock
Glossy cardstock cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Squarebound
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Secret Origins of Super-Heroes (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Ross Andru [as Andru] (signed)
Inks
Dick Giordano [as Giordano] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Batman; Zatara; Zatanna; Aquaman; The Demon; The Flash; Green Lantern; Wonder Woman; Martian Manhunter; Wonder Girl
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Secret Origins of Super-Heroes (Table of Contents: 1)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

The Secret Spell! (Table of Contents: 2)

Zatara; Zatanna / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Gerry Conway
Pencils
Romeo Tanghal
Inks
Vince Colletta
Colors
Gene D'Angelo
Letters
Milt Snapinn

Genre
superhero
Characters
Zatara (origin); Zatanna (origin); Batman (cameo); Hawkman (cameo); Elongated Man (cameo); Atom (cameo); Green Lantern (cameo)
Synopsis
When Zatara disappears, Zatanna reads her father's diary, where he relates the events that showed him that he could perform magic by saying the words backwards.
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The Origin of the Justice League (Table of Contents: 3)

Justice League of America / comic story / 26 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Bernard Sachs
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman; Batman; The Flash [Barry Allen]; Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Martian Manhunter; Superman; Wonder Woman; Snapper Carr; Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; aliens from Appellax (flashback); Amazons of Paradise Island (flashback)
Synopsis
The Justice League of America uses the occasion of its third anniversary to tell Snapper Carr about the formation of the League, involving the discovery of strange meteors that nearly doomed them forever.
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Unleash the One Who Waits (Table of Contents: 4)

The Demon / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Kirby
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Mike Royer
Colors
?
Letters
Mike Royer

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Demon (intro, origin); Morgaine Le Fey (aka Morgan LeFay, intro)
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Earth's First Green Lantern! (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Murphy Anderson
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
superhero
Characters
Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Abin Sur; Pieface [Thomas Kalmaku]; Larifars (Energy Beings); Balzona (Energy Being)
Synopsis
Hal Jordan explains to Pieface why Abin Sur came to Earth in a spaceship when all Green Lanterns can travel thru space unaided.
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Indexer Notes

Recap of how Hal Jordan got his power ring. Some sources have credited the inking incorrectly to Joe Giella. Murphy Anderson inks confirmed by Bob Bailey, Bob Hughes and David Bachman. Murphy Anderson also listed in the Schwartz's pay records supplied by DC Comics.

Who Has Been Lying in My Grave? (Table of Contents: 6)

Deadman / comic story / 17 pages (report information)

Script
Arnold Drake
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
George Roussos
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp ?

Genre
superhero
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The Origin of Wonder Girl (Table of Contents: 7)

Teen Titans / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Marv Wolfman
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Nick Cardy
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
superhero
Characters
Robin; Kid Flash; Wonder Girl; Speedy
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Detective Comics Is Now a 50¢ Comic! (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

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

Zatanna's Quest (Table of Contents: 9)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
L-616
Synopsis
Summary of Zatanna's quest for her father crossover appearances.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

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

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ross Andru
Inks
Dick Giordano
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Brand new-- The secret origin of Zatara the Magician...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman; Wonder Woman; Flash; Superman; Green Lantern; Aquaman; Martian Manhunter; Abin Sur; Wonder Girl; Zatara; The Demon; Zatanna; Deadman

Indexer Notes

Back cover. Previews of the stories in the issue.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Secret Origins of Super-Heroes
  2. 1. Secret Origins of Super-Heroes
  3. 2. The Secret Spell!
    Zatara; Zatanna
  4. 3. The Origin of the Justice League
    Justice League of America
  5. 4. Unleash the One Who Waits
    The Demon
  6. 5. Earth's First Green Lantern!
    Green Lantern
  7. 6. Who Has Been Lying in My Grave?
    Deadman
  8. 7. The Origin of Wonder Girl
    Teen Titans
  9. 8. Detective Comics Is Now a 50¢ Comic!
    Detective Comics
  10. 9. Zatanna's Quest
  11. 10. ["Brand new-- The secret origin of Zatara the Magician..."]
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