The Best of DC #16 [Direct]
(September 1981)

DC, 1979 Series
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Volume
3
Price
0.95 USD
Pages
100
Indicia frequency
Monthly
On-sale date
1981-05-12
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand
DC Blue Ribbon Digest
Editing
Julius Schwartz (editor); E. Nelson Bridwell (consulting editor)
Color
Color
Dimensions
5" x 6.75"
Paper Stock
Glossy cardstock cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
squarebound
Publishing Format
was ongoing

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.

Copyright © 1981 DC Comics Inc.

On-sale date from copyright registration.


Happy Anniversary (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Rich Buckler (signed)
Inks
Dick Giordano (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
S-5043
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Jimmy Olsen; Batgirl [Barbara Gordon]; Perry White; Lois Lane; Captain Thunder; Lex Luthor; Supergirl [Linda Danvers]
Reprints
Keywords
anniversaries; cakes; candles

Best of DC -- Superman (Table of Contents: 1)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

The Origin of Superman! (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Jor-El (flashback); Lara (flashback); Lex Luthor (cameo); John Kent (1st named, flashback); Mary Kent (flashback)
Synopsis
After a prologue which demonstrates Superman's amazing abilities, his origin is recounted. On the scientifically advanced planet of Krypton, Jor-El fails to convince the Council of Five that Krypton is doomed. As Krypton explodes, Jor-El and Lara send their son to Earth, where he is found and adopted by the elderly Kents. As Clark grows to maturity he manifests abilities far beyond that of mortal men. On his deathbed, his father urges Clark to become a powerful force for good as Superman.
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Indexer Notes

A 10th anniversary story. Name John Kent appears on Superman's father's tombstone. This is the only time this name is used. Kryptonians are shown to have x-ray vision.

The Super-Key to Fort Superman (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Coleman
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Batman; Joker (trophy)
Synopsis
Someone has broken into Superman's Fortress of Solitude, so Superman searches the place for clues.
Reprints
Keywords
Fortress of Solitude (intro); green kryptonite

Indexer Notes

A 20th anniversary story.

The War between Superman and Jimmy Olsen! (Table of Contents: 4)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Alvin Schwartz
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
George Klein
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Jimmy Olsen; Perry White; El Gar Kur (villain)
Synopsis
A criminal from Kandor switches places with Jimmy Olsen and forces Superman to reveal the location of his Fortress of Solitude, so he can destroy the bottled city. But scientists in Kandor reverse the switch just in time.
Reprints
Keywords
Fortress of Solitude; green kryptonite; Kandor (unnamed)

Indexer Notes

A 21st anniversary story.

The Conquest of Superman! (Table of Contents: 5)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
John Forte
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Mort Weisinger

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Perry White; Lex Luthor (villain); Superman Robot
Reprints
Keywords
blue kryptonite; green kryptonite; Luthor's Lair; red kryptonite; white kryptonite; yellow kryptonite (introduction)

Indexer Notes

23rd anniversary story. Inks credit confirmed by Pat Lang. Inks credit previously given to George Klein (as per Gene Reed and as credited on splash page) or Stan Kaye.

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

Superman / comic story / 11.67 pages (report information)

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils
Al Plastino
Inks
Al Plastino
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Perry White
Reprints
Keywords
green kryptonite

Indexer Notes

A 25th anniversary story. In this book, the art for this story is incorrectly credited to George Papp. Plastino credit confirmed by Bob Bailey and Gene Reed.

The Superman-Batman Split! (Table of Contents: 7)

Superman and Batman / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Cary Bates
Pencils
Neal Adams
Inks
Neal Adams
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Batman; Robin; Supergirl; Batgirl; James Gordon; Jimmy Olsen; Ronald Jason; Desmond Jason
Synopsis
Jason Desmond's dying performance is an attempt to fool Superman and Batman into believing he is 2 aliens, one hunting the other. But his story rings false and Superman lets Batman in on the hoax, which ends up fooling Supergirl, Batgirl, Robin, and Jimmy Olsen anyway.
Reprints
Keywords
green kryptonite; Kandor

Indexer Notes

A 30th anniversary story.

The Superman-Batman Split! Part II: A Tale of 3 Teams (Table of Contents: 8)

Superman and Batman / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Cary Bates
Pencils
Neal Adams
Inks
Neal Adams
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Reprints

Make Way for Captain Thunder! (Table of Contents: 9)

Superman / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Elliot Maggin
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Bob Oksner
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Captain Thunder (villain); Superman; Willie Fawcett; Clark Kent; Merokee (flashback); Lois Lane; the Monster League of Evil (flashback); a Dr. Sivana lookalike (flashback)
Synopsis
Willie Fawcett finds himself lost in Superman's universe and that whenever he changes into his super-powered alter ego of Captain Thunder he becomes evil. Superman helps him figure out the way to return to his universe and shake the evil influence of the Monster League of Evil.
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Indexer Notes

A 36th anniversary story.

Happy Anniversary, Superman (Table of Contents: 10)

Superman / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell (credited)
Letters
typeset

Job Number
S-5045
Genre
superhero

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

[Special Anniverary Issue] (Table of Contents: 11)

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

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell ?
Pencils
Rich Buckler
Inks
Dick Giordano
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Characters
Superman; Lex Luthor; Batman; Captain Thunder

Indexer Notes

Back cover. Previews of the stories in the issue.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Happy Anniversary
    Superman
  2. 1. Best of DC -- Superman
  3. 2. The Origin of Superman!
    Superman
  4. 3. The Super-Key to Fort Superman
    Superman
  5. 4. The War between Superman and Jimmy Olsen!
    Superman
  6. 5. The Conquest of Superman!
    Superman
  7. 6. The Trial of Superman!
    Superman
  8. 7. The Superman-Batman Split!
    Superman and Batman
  9. 8. The Superman-Batman Split! Part II: A Tale of 3 Teams
    Superman and Batman
  10. 9. Make Way for Captain Thunder!
    Superman
  11. 10. Happy Anniversary, Superman
    Superman
  12. 11. [Special Anniverary Issue]
    Superman
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