The Best of DC #11 [Direct]
(April 1981)

DC, 1979 Series
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Volume
3
Price
0.95 USD
Pages
132
Indicia Frequency
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand
DC Blue Ribbon Digest
Editing
Julius Schwartz (editor); E. Nelson Bridwell (consulting editor)

Issue Notes

Copyright © 1981 DC Comics Inc.
This issue has variants:

Year's Best Comic Stories (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Ross Andru (signed)
Inks
Dick Giordano (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Top ten stories of 1980! Starring your favorite DC heroes!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Batman; Robin; Deadman; Sgt. Rock; Jonah Hex; Superboy; Deadman; Legion of Super-Heroes [Lightning Lad; Saturn Girl; Wildfire]

Year's Best Comics Stories (Table of Contents: 1)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Contents and indicia.

The Miraculous Return of Jonathan Kent! (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / comic story / 17 pages (report information)

Script
Cary Bates
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Frank Chiaramonte
Colors
Gene D'Angelo
Letters
Milt Snapinn
Editing
Joe Orlando (managing editor); Julius Schwartz (editor); E. Nelson Bridwell (associate editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
And thanks to Superman, the Queen Dory was pulled away from the killer typhoon intact--
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Lana Lang; Jonathan Kent; Josh Coyle; Starshine
Synopsis
Clark Kent's long dead father, Jonathan Kent, suddenly shows up alive and well in Metropolis.
Reprints
Keywords
hippie

Pinball (Table of Contents: 3)

Tales of Gotham City / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Jack C. Harris
Pencils
Dan Spiegle
Inks
Dan Spiegle
Colors
Tatjana Wood
Letters
John Costanza
Editing
Joe Orlando (managing editor); Paul Levitz (editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You can hear the pulse-beat of the city...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Flip (a pinball wizard); Juan
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story title from table of contents.

Dreadful Birthday, Dear Joker...! (Table of Contents: 4)

Batman / comic story / 18 pages (report information)

Script
Len Wein
Pencils
Walt Simonson
Inks
Dick Giordano
Colors
Adrienne Roy
Letters
Ben Oda
Editing
Joe Orlando (managing editor); Paul Levitz (editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Since 1899, Gotham Police Headquarters has stood at the junction of the area called Five Points, on the lower east side of the city...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Catwoman [Selina Kyle]; Lucius Fox; Commissioner James Gordon; Joker; Alfred Pennyworth; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Synopsis
The Joker plans his own birthday party and invites all of Gotham to watch the explosive celebration with some of Batman's closest allies. It is up to the Caped Crusader to find the event before the fireworks start.
Reprints

Brief Encounter (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Mimai Kin
Pencils
Trevor Von Eeden
Inks
Carl Potts
Colors
Bob LeRose
Letters
Todd Klein
Editing
Joe Orlando (managing editor); Jack C. Harris (associate editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Finally, the fifty-billion-to-one-shot-- mankind's wildest dream-- comes to fruition in a...
Genre
science fiction
Synopsis
Aliens from another planet travel to Earth to meet the people living here.
Reprints

The Man Who Was the World! (Table of Contents: 6)

Superman; Deadman / comic story / 17 pages (report information)

Script
Len Wein
Pencils
José Luis García-López [as Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez]
Inks
José Luis García-López [as Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez]
Colors
Adrienne Roy
Letters
Ben Oda

First Line of Dialogue or Text
On a lonely storm-swept mountain peak, the star-crossed spirit of a man who had once been the world's greatest circus aerialist vents his frustrated rage to the howling wind...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Deadman; Rama Kushna; Abraham Gold (flashback); Jack Gold (flashback); Caprice (flashback); S.T.A.R. Labs; Dr. Jenet Klyburn; Alex Atley; Carol Atley; Dennis; Mr. Genarian (villain); Lois Lane (cameo)
Reprints

A Bridge Called Charlie (Table of Contents: 7)

Sgt. Rock / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Kanigher [as Bob Kanigher]
Pencils
Frank Redondo
Inks
Frank Redondo
Colors
Tatjana Wood [as T. Wood]
Letters
Esphid Mahilum [as Esphidy]
Editing
Joe Orlando (original managing editor); Joe Kubert (original editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
How's it goin'? Me? I'm Rock... Sergeant... Easy Co.! I just left ten Easy guys guardin' a bridge...
Genre
war
Characters
Sgt. Rock; Bulldozer; Charlie Briggs; unnamed Nazi Lieutenant; Nazis
Reprints

Indexer Notes

World War II; Nazis

Star Light, Star Bright... Farthest Star I See Tonight! (Table of Contents: 8)

Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Paul Levitz
Pencils
José Luis García-López [as Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez]
Inks
Dick Giordano
Colors
Adrienne Roy
Letters
Ben Oda
Editing
Joe Orlando (managing editor); Len Wein (editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The year is 2979 A.D., the city is Metropolis, the planet Earth. And the flying figure is, of course, Superboy, breaking the time barrier to visit the most extraordinary band of heroic youths in the galaxy...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Legion of Super-Heroes [Superboy [Clark Kent]; Phantom Girl [Tinya Wazzo]; Mon-El; Saturn Girl [Imra Ardeen]; Karate Kid [Val Armorr] (cameo); Sun Boy [Dirk Morgna] (cameo); Princess Projectra (cameo); Chameleon Boy [Reep Daggle] (cameo); Colossal Boy [Gim Allen] (cameo); Wildfire [Drake Burroughs]; Lightning Lad [Garth Ranzz]]
Synopsis
Superboy convinces the Legion of Super-Heroes to go searching for the star that shown over Bethlehem during Jesus' birth on Christmas Eve.
Reprints

The Vow of a Samurai! (Table of Contents: 9)

Jonah Hex / comic story / 17 pages (report information)

Script
Michael Fleisher
Pencils
Tony DeZuñiga [as Tony De Zuniga]
Inks
Tony DeZuñiga [as Tony De Zuniga]
Colors
Bob LeRose [as Bob Le Rose]
Letters
Shelly Leferman
Editing
Joe Orlando (original managing editor); Ross Andru (original editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Might's well hitch up at thet country saloon fer a spell an see if'n ah cain't wash down some'a this trail dust wi'f a few whiffs of rye whiskey--
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Jonah Hex; Muldoon; Heejong; Blair Farrow; Medford; unnamed samurai (Heejong's father)
Reprints

Bruce the Barbarian! (Table of Contents: 10)

The House of Secrets / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
J. M. DeMatteis [as J.M. De Matteis]
Pencils
Vic Catan [as Vicatan]
Inks
Vic Catan [as Vicatan]
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Joe Orlando (original managing editor); Jack C. Harris (original editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
What new and wondrous land os this-- and what dangers lurk around the next bend?
Genre
horror-suspense; sword and sorcery
Characters
Abel (host); Bruce E. Platts; Cornelia Mathers; Mister Jackson; Myrdirr (dragon)
Synopsis
After being dumped by Cornelia, Bruce uses the powers of his mind to transport himself to another place where he is a barbarian hero.
Reprints
Keywords
barbarian; dragon; occult forces

The Secret World of Jonathan Kent! (Table of Contents: 11)

Superman / comic story / 17 pages (report information)

Script
Cary Bates
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Frank Chiaramonte
Colors
Gene D'Angelo
Letters
Ben Oda
Editing
Joe Orlando (managing editor); Julius Schwartz (editor); E. Nelson Bridwell (associate editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Jonathan Kent, kindly foster-father to Clark (Superboy) Kent, tragically died many years ago...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Pa Kent [Jonathan Kent]; Starshine; Lois Lane; April Marygold; May Marygold; Lana Lang (television); Perry White; Morgan Edge; Steve Lombard; two unnamed aliens
Synopsis
Superman battles Starshine and his powers of suggestion. Then we learn the secret of Jonathan Kent's return to life.
Reprints
Keywords
Clinton Street; Metropolis; Smallville; WGBS-TV Studios

The Story Behind the Issue (Table of Contents: 12)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell (credited)
Pencils
Ross Andru
Inks
Dick Giordano
Letters
typeset

Job Number
S-5031
First Line of Dialogue or Text
For this, the second annual collection of Best of DC, we strove to get a wide range of different types of stories.
Characters
Supergirl; Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Flash [Barry Allen]; Wonder Woman; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Superman [Clark Kent]; Sgt. Rock; The Enlongated Man; Jonah Hex; Deadman; The Demon; Cain; Warlord; Black Canary; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Wonder Twins [Zan; Jayna]; Black Lightining; Hawkman; Batgirl [Barbara Gordon]; Aquaman; Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; Tomahawk; Jeb Stuart
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Last interior page and inside back cover. Explains how the stories were selected. Cover illustration from 1979's "Year's Best Comics Stories" is reprinted in black and white with the text changed from 1979 to 1980.

And the Winners Are... (Table of Contents: 13)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Ross Andru; José Luis García-López; Tony DeZuñiga; Jim Aparo; Jim Janes; Joe Kubert; Mike Kaluta
Inks
Dick Giordano; José Luis García-López; Tony DeZuñiga; Jim Aparo; Joe Kubert; Mike Kaluta
Colors
?
Letters
?

Indexer Notes

Back cover. List of interior stories over a background collage of cover the stories appeared in:
- Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #507 (by Andru & Giordano),
- Batman (DC, 1940 series) #321 (by García-López),
- Jonah Hex (DC, 1977 series) #39 (by DeZuñiga),
- DC Comics Presents (DC, 1978 series) #24 (by García-López),
- Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #508 (by Andru & Giordano),
- Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #494 (by Aparo),
- The Unexpected (DC, 1968 series) #205 (by Janes & Giordano),
- Sgt. Rock (DC, 1968 series) #337 (by Kubert),
- Time Warp (DC, 1979 series) #5 (by Kaluta),
- DC Special Series (DC, 1977 series) #21 (by García-López)

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. Year's Best Comic Stories
  2. 1. Year's Best Comics Stories
  3. 2. The Miraculous Return of Jonathan Kent!
    Superman
  4. 3. Pinball
    Tales of Gotham City
  5. 4. Dreadful Birthday, Dear Joker...!
    Batman
  6. 5. Brief Encounter
  7. 6. The Man Who Was the World!
    Superman; Deadman
  8. 7. A Bridge Called Charlie
    Sgt. Rock
  9. 8. Star Light, Star Bright... Farthest Star I See Tonight!
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  10. 9. The Vow of a Samurai!
    Jonah Hex
  11. 10. Bruce the Barbarian!
    The House of Secrets
  12. 11. The Secret World of Jonathan Kent!
    Superman
  13. 12. The Story Behind the Issue
  14. 13. And the Winners Are...
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