(2004 [February 2005])

DC, 2004 Series
| Next Issue >
Volume
1
Price
19.95 USD; 30.95 CAD
Pages
212
On-sale Date
2004-12-22
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics
Brand
DC [bullet]
ISBN
1-4012-0350-7 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
761941244327 00111
Editing
Mark Chiarello (credited) (editor - original series); Valerie D'Orazio (credited) (assistant editor - original series); Anton Kawasaki (credited) (editor - collected edition)

Issue Notes

Fifth printing available November 6, 2013 (per comiclist.com).
This issue has variants:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Darwyn Cooke (signed) (painting)
Inks
Darwyn Cooke (signed) (painting)
Colors
Darwyn Cooke (signed) (painting)
Letters
Typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Superman [Clark Kent]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Ace Morgan; John Jones [J'onn J'onzz; Martian Manhunter]; The Flash [Barry Allen]; Hal Jordan [Green Lantern]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; The Losers [Capt. Storm; Johnny Cloud]; Hourman [Rex Tyler]; Task Force X [Col. Rick Flag; Karin Grace]; Adam Strange
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Darwyn Cooke
Inks
Darwyn Cooke

Characters
Superman
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Image is an homage to the cover of Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #101.

DC: The New Frontier, Volume One (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Murphy Anderson
Colors
?

Indexer Notes

Frontispiece. Image is an enlarged, small portion of the cover from The Brave and the Bold (DC, 1955 series) #28.

DC: The New Frontier, Volume One (Table of Contents: 3)

credits, title page / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils
Darwyn Cooke
Inks
Darwyn Cooke
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Ace Morgan

Indexer Notes

Title page. Image of Ace Morgan falling, enlarged, recolored, and textured. Image from DC: The New Frontier (DC, 2004 series) #1.

Introduction (Table of Contents: 4)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Paul Levitz
Pencils
Darwyn Cooke (background image)
Inks
Darwyn Cooke (background image)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Adam Strange; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Superman [Clark Kent]; Martian Manhunter [J'onn J'onzz; John Jones]; Jimmy Olsen; Prof Haley; Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Blackhawk; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Lois Lane; Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; The Flash [Barry Allen]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Includes column of publication data. Image printed very lightly and many of the characters unidentifiable. Identifications made from original.

Chapter One: Analog Heroes (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 40 pages (report information)

Script
Darwyn Cooke
Pencils
Darwyn Cooke
Inks
Darwyn Cooke
Colors
Dave Stewart
Letters
Jared K. Fletcher

Characters
The Losers [Capt. Storm; Gunner; Sarge; Johnny Cloud; Pooch]; Col. Rick Flagg; Hal Jordan; Pancho Barnes; Chuck Yeager; Sgt. Rock; Justice Society of America [Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Charles McNider]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; Wildcat [Ted Grant]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]]; Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Captain Marvel [Billy Batson]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Task Force X [Col. Rick Flag; Dr. Hugh Evans; Jess Bright; Karin Grace]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Superman [Clark Kent]
Synopsis
In 1945, The Losers land on Dinosaur Island, and all but Johnny Cloud meet their fates before Col. Rick Flag arrives to try to save them. But Cloud refuses to leave with Flagg and faces the same destiny as his brothers-in-arms. Later, in 1948, at Edwards Air Force Base, young Hal Jordan meets his hero, and his father's friend and fellow pilot, Chuck Yeager.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Includes three pages not in the original (but previewed in Wizard #146 along with five other pages) and some text added to one reprinted page.

Chapter Two: State of the Union Suit (Table of Contents: 6)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Darwyn Cooke
Pencils
Darwyn Cooke
Inks
Darwyn Cooke
Colors
Dave Stewart
Letters
Jared K. Fletcher

Characters
Hourman; Justice Society of America [Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]; Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; Hawkgirl [Shiera Sanders]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]] (all in cameo); Superman [Clark Kent]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Iris West (not pictured); Roy Raymond (referred to in Iris' article); Task Force X [Col. Rick Flag; Karin Grace; Dr. Hugh Evans; Jess Bright]
Synopsis
In Gotham City in 1952, Hourman is pursued and arrested as one of the few remaining active masked vigilantes. An Iris West authored article tells how as part of the government's efforts to root out subversive influences in America, the Justice Society of America was forced to retire, Wonder Woman and Superman took loyalty oaths, and Batman continued to work outside the law. The government also authorized a suicide squad called Task Force X, led by Rick Flag, to handle the greatest threats to the safety and security of the nation.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The full-page shot of Superman fighting Batman from Iris' article is reproduced in full-color later in this volume. Batman is spelled "Bat-Man" throughout Iris' article.

Chapter Three: Heavy Traffic in Mig Alley (Table of Contents: 7)

comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Darwyn Cooke
Pencils
Darwyn Cooke
Inks
Darwyn Cooke
Colors
Dave Stewart
Letters
Jared K. Fletcher

Characters
Ace Morgan; Hal Jordan; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Steve
Synopsis
As news of the offical end of the Korean conflict begins to spread, Ace Morgan and Hal Jordan engage in one last air battle. Ace and Hal are knocked out of the sky and Jordan lands on a Korean soldier, who also has not gotten the word that combat is over. Reporters Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen join the helicopter mission that saves Hal.
Reprints

Chapter Four: Gods and Monsters (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Darwyn Cooke
Pencils
Darwyn Cooke
Inks
Darwyn Cooke
Colors
Dave Stewart
Letters
Jared K. Fletcher

Characters
Dr. Erdel; J'onn J'onzz [Martian Manhunter; also John Jones]; Groucho Marx; Bugs Bunny; Native American (from early television sign-off image)]; Superman [Clark Kent]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Barry Allen; Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower; Slam Bradley; Batman [Bruce Wayne]
Synopsis
J'onn J'onzz arrives on Earth, while Superman investigates what Wonder Woman has been up to in Indo-China. J'onn J'onzz studies Earth culture through television and takes on the role of police detective John Jones in Gotham City in 1955. Time passes, and in Central City police scientist Barry Allen is struck by lightning, the Russians launch Sputnik, and Eisenhower ramps up the space race. In Gotham City in 1957, John Jones and Slam Bradley's attempt to break up a cult dedicated to "The Centre" involves an encounter with Batman and the confiscation of a large, sealed book.
Reprints

Chapter Five: Fun City (Table of Contents: 9)

comic story / 40 pages (report information)

Script
Darwyn Cooke
Pencils
Darwyn Cooke
Inks
Darwyn Cooke
Colors
Dave Stewart
Letters
Jared K. Fletcher

Characters
Ted Grant [Wildcat]; Cassius Clay [Muhammad Ali]; Jack Ryder; Selina Kyle [Catwoman]; Dinah Drake [Black Canary]; Alan Scott [Green Lantern]; Dr. Charles McNider [Dr. Mid-Nite]; Bruce Wayne [Batman]; Lois Lane; Oliver Queen [Green Arrow]; Ace Morgan; Hal Jordan; Col. Rick Flag; Carol Ferris; Johnny Thunder (western hero, on TV screen); Barry Allen [The Flash]; Iris Allen; Captain Cold [Len Snart]
Synopsis
In Las Vegas, retired masked man Ted Grant boxes against the young contender Clay. When Captain Cold crashes the party afterwards, The Flash crosses the country to stop him. Later, Ace Morgan and Hal Jordan discuss life after combat, and Ace tells Hal he has lined up a meeting for Hal at Ferris Aircraft.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

There is no chapter heading on the first page following this section, but the next four pages appeared in a different issue of the original series and clearly belong with the following chapter, so they are covered there. The announcer is identified as Jack Ryder (later to become The Creeper) in Absolute DC: The New Frontier (DC, 2006 series).

Chapter Six: The Men Who Fell to Earth (Table of Contents: 10)

comic story / 36 pages (report information)

Script
Darwyn Cooke
Pencils
Darwyn Cooke
Inks
Darwyn Cooke
Colors
Dave Stewart
Letters
Jared K. Fletcher

Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis; Prof Haley]; Carol Ferris; Hal Jordan; John Henry [John Henry Wilson]; Task Force X [Col. Rick Flag; Karin Grace; Dr. Hugh Evans; Jess Bright]
Synopsis
In 1957, Red Ryan can't shake the crash landing he and three other men survived and later meets with the three to discuss their shared luck. Meanwhile, in New York City, Task Force X takes on a pterodactyl and loses one of their own, while in Tennessee, an African-American man who survives a lynching forges a new identity. Later, in the Pacific, Task Force X and the Challengers of the Unknown make a trip to Dinosaur Island. At the same time, Hal Jordan gets involved with a Task Force X project in California and learns about that crew. Back in Tennessee, John Henry makes his first appearance.
Reprints

Chapter Seven: Paranormal Paranoia (Table of Contents: 11)

comic story / 28 pages (report information)

Script
Darwyn Cooke
Pencils
Darwyn Cooke
Inks
Darwyn Cooke
Colors
Dave Stewart
Letters
Jared K. Fletcher

Characters
J'onn J'onzz [John Jones]; Superman [Clark Kent]; Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Red Ryan; Prof Haley; Rocky Davis] (in newsreel); Batman; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower; Vice Pres. Richard Nixon; Carol Ferris; Hal Jordan; Task Force X [Col. Rick Flag; Karin Grace; Jess Bright]; King Faraday; Dr. Erdel (in briefing materials); Viking Prince
Synopsis
John Jones enjoys a night at the movies and sees the Challengers of the Unknown in a newsreel and an alien invasion flick. He returns home to find a vistor...Batman. In Washington, Wonder Woman is retired by order of the president, while in California, Hal Jordan learns more about the goals of Ferris Aircraft and Task Force X. After his encounter with Batman, Jones opens the volume the police confiscated from the cultists and discovers the secret of Dinosaur Island.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

At the movies, J'onn J'onzz sees Superman in a classic pose from a Fleisher Brothers' cartoon.

Cover Gallery (Table of Contents: 12)

credits, title page / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Mike Sekowsky (background); Darwyn Cooke (central image)
Inks
Murphy Anderson (background); Darwyn Cooke (central image)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Martian Manhunter [J'onn J'onzz; John Jones]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; The Flash [Barry Allen]; Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; Superman [Clark Kent]; Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Rocky Davis; Prof Haley; Red Ryan]; Task Force X [Col. Rick Flag; Karin Grace]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Title page for cover gallery.

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

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Darwyn Cooke
Inks
Darwyn Cooke
Colors
Darwyn Cooke

Reprints

Indexer Notes

From the front cover of the original issue, with most text removed.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Darwyn Cooke
Inks
Darwyn Cooke
Colors
Darwyn Cooke

Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

From the back cover of the original issue, with ISBN box removed.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 15)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Darwyn Cooke
Inks
Darwyn Cooke
Colors
Darwyn Cooke

Reprints

Indexer Notes

From the front cover of the original issue, with all text removed.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Darwyn Cooke
Inks
Darwyn Cooke
Colors
Darwyn Cooke

Characters
Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

From the back cover of the original issue, with ISBN box removed.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Darwyn Cooke
Inks
Darwyn Cooke
Colors
Darwyn Cooke

Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis; Prof Haley]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

From the front cover of the original issue, with all text removed.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Darwyn Cooke
Inks
Darwyn Cooke
Colors
Darwyn Cooke

Characters
J'onn J'onzz [Martian Manhunter]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

From the back cover of the original issue, with ISBN box removed.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Darwyn Cooke
Inks
Darwyn Cooke

Characters
Superman

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover, using the same image as the inside front cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. DC: The New Frontier, Volume One
  4. 3. DC: The New Frontier, Volume One
  5. 4. Introduction
  6. 5. Chapter One: Analog Heroes
  7. 6. Chapter Two: State of the Union Suit
  8. 7. Chapter Three: Heavy Traffic in Mig Alley
  9. 8. Chapter Four: Gods and Monsters
  10. 9. Chapter Five: Fun City
  11. 10. Chapter Six: The Men Who Fell to Earth
  12. 11. Chapter Seven: Paranormal Paranoia
  13. 12. Cover Gallery
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Steve Coates
  • Ralf Haring