(1996 [March 1999])

DC, 1999 Series
Published in English (United States) United States
 
Price
19.95 USD; 31.99 CAD (6th printing); 31.50 CAD (2nd printing)
Pages
196
On-sale date
1999-03
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
WildStorm Productions
Brand
Homage Comics
ISBN
1-56389-551-X Search at WorldCat
Barcode
761941218595 00116; 761941218595 00112
Editing
Scott Dunbier (group editor, Wildstorm); Ann Huntington Busiek (managing editor, Juke Box Productions)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock
cardstock cover: glossy interior
Binding
softcover
Publishing Format
collected edition

Issue Notes

Copyright on item 1995 and 1996.
Reissued by DC beginning with fourth or sixth printing.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Astro City / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Ross (painted)
Inks
Alex Ross (painted)
Colors
Alex Ross (painted)
Letters
Typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Samaritan
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1)

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Frontispiece

Kurt Busiek's Astro City: Life in the Big City (Table of Contents: 2)

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Art Nichols (background art)
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Art Nichols (background art)
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typeset

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Title page

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

credits, title page / 1 page (report information)

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typeset

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Publishing data page

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Script
Kurt Busiek; Brent E. Anderson; Alex Ross
Pencils
Alex Ross (painted)
Inks
Alex Ross (painted)
Colors
Alex Ross (painted)
Letters
Typeset

Characters
Samaritan

Indexer Notes

Dedication page

Introduction (Table of Contents: 5)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Kurt Busiek
Pencils
Brent E. Anderson (background art)
Inks
Brent E. Anderson (background art)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Samaritan; Honor Guard [The Black Napier; MPH; The N-Forcer; Cleopatra; Quarrel [Jessica Darlene Taggart]]; Jack-in-the-Box

Indexer Notes

Background art taken from the story from Kurt Busiek's Astro City (Image, 1995 series) #1 (August 1995).

Chapter 1 (Table of Contents: 6)

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Chapter number page

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Murphy Anderson
Colors
?

Characters
Samaritan

In Dreams (Table of Contents: 8)

Astro City / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Kurt Busiek
Pencils
Brent E. Anderson
Inks
Brent E. Anderson
Colors
Steve Buccellato; Electric Crayon
Letters
Richard Starkings; John Gaushell

Genre
superhero
Characters
Samaritan [Asa Martin]; Rich; Karen; Shakira; Dr. Saturday; Honor Guard [MPH; The Black Rapier; Cleopatra; Quarrel [Jessica Darlene Taggart]; N-Forcer; Beautie]; The Menagerie Gang [Foxy Loxy]; Ms. Cavendish; The Living Nightmare
Synopsis
Though Samaritan devotes every moment of his waking day to using his great powers to aid humanity, it is only in dreams that he can enjoy them.
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Indexer Notes

The Biro Island in the story is most likely an homage to comics creator Charles Biro. Jack-in-the-Box's name appears in a newspaper's headline. The Irregulars appear in a page pinned on Asa Martin's office wall. Asa Martin is assigned an article on the First Family to proof-check. Gnomes, The Deacon, and Pyramid are discussed at an Honor Guard meeting.

Chapter 2 (Table of Contents: 9)

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Chapter number page

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

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Pencils
George Tuska
Inks
Joe Sinnott
Colors
?

Characters
The Silver Agent

The Scoop (Table of Contents: 11)

Astro City / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Kurt Busiek
Pencils
Brent E. Anderson
Inks
Brent E. Anderson
Colors
Steve Buccellato; Electric Crayon
Letters
Richard Starkings; John Gaushell

Genre
superhero
Characters
Eliot Mills; The Silver Agent; Jack Meskin; Karnus; Shirak the Devourer; The Honor Guard [Max O'Millions; Cleopatra; Leopardman; Kitkat; Starwoman; The N-Forcer; The Bouncing Beatnik]; The Old Soldier
Synopsis
Newspaper editor Eliot Mills explains the meaning of the brief, seemingly insignificant article he has framed on his wall to a novice reporter.
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Indexer Notes

Samaritan's battle with The Living Nightmare headlines a newspaper. Other newspaper headlines include references to The First Family, Commando K, and The Experimentals. Eliot Mills' cup says "World's Finest Granddad" in the style of the classic World's Finest Comics logo. In 1959, The Frontiersman advertises cigarettes. Homages include Briefer's, Toth's Fineries, Maneely's, Tripp's, Jack Meskin, Elias Street Station, Feldstein's Bar & Grill, and Iger Square Station. In Mills' story, The Lamplighter and The All-American are referred to as having just retired in 1959. The Silver Agent's tragic fate is obliquely referred to.

Chapter 3 (Table of Contents: 12)

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Chapter number page

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

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Pencils
Jim Mooney
Inks
Jim Mooney
Colors
?

Characters
Jack-in-the-Box

A Little Knowledge (Table of Contents: 14)

Astro City / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Kurt Busiek
Pencils
Brent E. Anderson
Inks
Brent E. Anderson
Colors
Steve Buccellato; Electric Crayon
Letters
Richard Starkings; John Gaushell

Genre
superhero
Characters
Jack-in-the-Box [Zachary Johnson]; Andrew Eisenstein; Tamra Dixon; The Deacon; Quarrel [Jessica Darlene Taggart]
Synopsis
A small-time crook sees Jack-in-the-Box unmasked and has to decide what to do with that knowledge.
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Indexer Notes

Homages in this story include the Chesler neighborhood, Biro Island, Craig Avenue Bar & Grill, Ingels Street, Davis Grocers, Kamen's Deli, and Elder's Gym. Winged Victory, The Confessor, Boilermaker, The Middleman, and Samaritan are mentioned in the story.

Chapter 4 (Table of Contents: 15)

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Chapter number page

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

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Pencils
John Romita, Sr.
Inks
John Romita, Sr.
Colors
?

Characters
Winged Victory
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Safeguards (Table of Contents: 17)

Astro City / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Kurt Busiek
Pencils
Brent E. Anderson
Inks
Brent E. Anderson
Colors
Steve Buccellato; Electric Crayon
Letters
Richard Starkings; John Gaushell

Genre
superhero
Characters
Marta; The Hanged Man; Mr. Irons; Winged Victory; Darcy Conroy; Shellie; Jenny; Mama (Marta's mother); Nicu (Marta's father); First Family [Nick Furst; Natalie Furst; Julius Furst; Augustus Furst; Rex]; Unholy Alliance [Demolitia; Flamethrower; Glowworm; Spice; Slamburger]
Synopsis
Each morning Marta commutes from Shadow Hill to downtown Astro City. But when a co-worker offers her a place in her apartment in town, Marta has to choose between her traditional life at home and life in the city.
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Indexer Notes

Homages in this story include Grandenetti Ave., Kiefer St., Szenic's Market, Fass Gardens, Rensie Avenue, Derbyfield, Binderbeck Plaza, and the Grant, Miller, Conroy, McConnell & Ingersoll law firm. Honor Guard and Samaritan are mentioned in the story.

Chapter 5 (Table of Contents: 18)

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Chapter number page

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

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jim Mooney
Inks
Jim Mooney
Colors
?

Characters
Jack-in-the-Box

Reconnaissance (Table of Contents: 20)

Astro City / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Kurt Busiek
Pencils
Brent E. Anderson
Inks
Brent E. Anderson
Colors
Steve Buccellato; Electric Crayon
Letters
Richard Starkings; John Gaushell

Genre
superhero
Characters
Mr. Bridwell; Astro City Irregulars [El Robo; Palmetto; Ruby; Juice; Homegirl; Stray]; Crackerjack [Eugene Wallace]; Samaritan; Starwoman; Gnomicron; Quarrel [Jessica Darlene Taggart]; Steel Devil; Jack-in-the-Box; Nightingale; Sunbird
Synopsis
An alien disguised as a human gathers information to report to his superiors about the superheroes of Earth, including, to his surprise, his neighbor Crackerjack.
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Indexer Notes

Mr. Bridwell is named after longtime DC editor E. Nelson Bridwell. Homages in this story include Nordling's Department Store and Klein St. Cleopatra's battle with Gnomicron headlines a newspaper. Starwoman appears on a cover of Current, the magazine where Samaritan works. The alien has a file on Confessor, but no pictures. On the walls of his apartment, Mr. Bridwell has articles mentioning the First Family and N-Forcer. According to Mr. Bridwell's computer, Jessica Darlene Taggart is Quarrel II.

Chapter 6 (Table of Contents: 21)

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Chapter number page

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 22)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Murphy Anderson
Colors
?

Characters
Samaritan

Dinner at Eight (Table of Contents: 23)

Astro City / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Kurt Busiek
Pencils
Brent E. Anderson
Inks
Brent E. Anderson
Colors
Steve Buccellato; Electric Crayon
Letters
Richard Starkings; John Gaushell

Genre
superhero
Characters
Samaritan; Winged Victory; N-Forcer; Quarrel [Jessica Darlene Taggart]; Cleopatra; The Black Napier; MPH; Beautie; Crackerjack; Goldenboy; First Family [Rex; Nick Furst; Natalie Furst; Astra Furst; Julius Furst; Augustus Furst]
Synopsis
Samaritan and Winged Victory go on a date, but end up discussing business. Samaritan tells how he came to the present from the future to prevent the space shuttle disaster in 1986, but when he returned to his time, it had changed and he no longer existed there. Winged Victory grows frustrated with the differences between her and Samaritan, but they come to an understanding and seal it with a kiss before heading back to work.
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Indexer Notes

Samaritan refers to a battle with Eterneon. Homages in this story include Judge Marston, Senator Haney, Goscinny's Fine Dining, Stallman Street, Arriola's Taco Cafe, and Sekowsky Street.

Infrastructure (Table of Contents: 24)

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Chapter title page

City Planning (Table of Contents: 25)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Kurt Busiek
Pencils
Brent E. Anderson; Kurt Busiek
Colors
?
Letters
Brent E. Anderson; Kurt Busiek; Typeset

Indexer Notes

AstroBank tower, skyline, and city map sketches

Samaritan (Table of Contents: 26)

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Script
Kurt Busiek
Pencils
Alex Ross
Colors
?
Letters
Typeset

Characters
Samaritan

Indexer Notes

Design sketches

Honor Guard (Table of Contents: 27)

text article / 3.25 pages (report information)

Script
Kurt Busiek
Pencils
Alex Ross; Brent E. Anderson; Kurt Busiek
Colors
?
Letters
Typeset; Alex Ross

Characters
Honor Guard [Cleopatra; The Silver Agent; N-Forcer; Quarrel [Jessica Darlene Taggart]; Starwoman; Beautie; MPH]

Indexer Notes

Design sketches. MPH spelled with periods here (M.P.H.), but everywhere else without.

Jack-in-the-Box (Table of Contents: 28)

text article / 0.75 page (report information)

Script
Kurt Busiek
Pencils
Alex Ross
Colors
?
Letters
Alex Ross; Typeset

Characters
Jack-in-the-Box

Indexer Notes

Design sketches

Shark Men (Table of Contents: 29)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Kurt Busiek
Pencils
Alex Ross
Colors
?
Letters
Alex Ross; Typeset

Indexer Notes

Design sketches

First Family (Table of Contents: 30)

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Script
Kurt Busiek
Pencils
Alex Ross
Colors
?
Letters
Typeset

Characters
Rex

Indexer Notes

Design sketches of the generic First Family outfit and Rex

Ordinary People (Table of Contents: 31)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Kurt Busiek
Pencils
Alex Ross
Colors
?
Letters
Alex Ross; Typeset

Characters
Asa Martin [Samaritan]; Eliot Mills; Marta

Indexer Notes

Design sketches

Cover Gallery (Table of Contents: 32)

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Chapter title page

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 33)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Ross

Characters
Samaritan
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Indexer Notes

Pencil design sketch

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 34)

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

Pencils
Alex Ross (painted)
Inks
Alex Ross (painted)
Colors
Alex Ross (painted)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Samaritan
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Indexer Notes

Reprint of cover with all text elements removed

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 35)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Ross
Letters
Typeset

Characters
The Silver Agent
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Indexer Notes

Pencil design sketch

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 36)

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

Pencils
Alex Ross (painted)
Inks
Alex Ross (painted)
Colors
Alex Ross (painted)

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Silver Agent; Eliot Mills
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Indexer Notes

Reprint of cover with all text elements removed

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 37)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Ross

Characters
Jack-in-the-Box
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Indexer Notes

Pencil design sketch

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 38)

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

Pencils
Alex Ross (painted)
Inks
Alex Ross (painted)
Colors
Alex Ross (painted)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Jack-in-the-Box
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Indexer Notes

Reprint of cover with all text elements removed

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 39)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Ross
Letters
Typeset

Characters
First Family [Nick Furst; Natalie Furst; Julius Furst; Augustus Furst; Rex; Astra Furst]
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Indexer Notes

Pencil design sketch

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 40)

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

Pencils
Alex Ross (painted)
Inks
Alex Ross (painted)
Colors
Alex Ross (painted)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Winged Victory; Marta
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Indexer Notes

Reprint of cover with all text elements removed

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 41)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Ross

Characters
Crackerjack
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Indexer Notes

Pencil design sketch

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 42)

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

Pencils
Alex Ross (painted)
Inks
Alex Ross (painted)
Colors
Alex Ross (painted)
Letters
Typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Crackerjack
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Indexer Notes

Reprint of cover with all text elements removed

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 43)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Ross
Letters
Typeset

Characters
Winged Victory
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Indexer Notes

Pencil design sketch

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 44)

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

Pencils
Alex Ross (painted)
Inks
Alex Ross (painted)
Colors
Alex Ross (painted)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Samaritan; Winged Victory
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Indexer Notes

Reprint of cover with all text elements removed

Acknowledgements (Table of Contents: 45)

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Script
Kurt Busiek; Brent E. Anderson; Alex Ross
Pencils
Art Nichols (background art)
Inks
Art Nichols (background art)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset
Editing
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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Astro City
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. Kurt Busiek's Astro City: Life in the Big City
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
  6. 5. Introduction
  7. 6. Chapter 1
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
  9. 8. In Dreams
    Astro City
  10. 9. Chapter 2
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
  12. 11. The Scoop
    Astro City
  13. 12. Chapter 3
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
  15. 14. A Little Knowledge
    Astro City
  16. 15. Chapter 4
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
  18. 17. Safeguards
    Astro City
  19. 18. Chapter 5
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
  21. 20. Reconnaissance
    Astro City
  22. 21. Chapter 6
  23. 22. [no title indexed]
  24. 23. Dinner at Eight
    Astro City
  25. 24. Infrastructure
  26. 25. City Planning
  27. 26. Samaritan
  28. 27. Honor Guard
  29. 28. Jack-in-the-Box
  30. 29. Shark Men
  31. 30. First Family
  32. 31. Ordinary People
  33. 32. Cover Gallery
  34. 33. [no title indexed]
  35. 34. [no title indexed]
    Astro City
  36. 35. [no title indexed]
  37. 36. [no title indexed]
    Astro City
  38. 37. [no title indexed]
  39. 38. [no title indexed]
    Astro City
  40. 39. [no title indexed]
  41. 40. [no title indexed]
    Astro City
  42. 41. [no title indexed]
  43. 42. [no title indexed]
    Astro City
  44. 43. [no title indexed]
  45. 44. [no title indexed]
    Astro City
  46. 45. Acknowledgements
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ramon Schenk
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