The Best of DC #61 [Direct]
(June 1985)

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Price
1.75 USD; 2.25 CAD
Pages
148
Indicia frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1985-02-12
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand
DC Blue Ribbon Digest
Editing
Nicola Cuti
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.

On-sale date from DC Releases #13.


Year's Best Comics Stories (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Pat Broderick
Inks
Pat Broderick
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Wonder Girl; Nightwing; Green Lantern; Swamp Thing; Blue Devil; Colossal Boy; Atari Force

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

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

Script
Nick Cuti ?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Table of contents.

The Anatomy Lesson (Table of Contents: 2)

Swamp Thing / comic story / 23 pages (report information)

Script
Alan Moore
Pencils
Steve Bissette
Inks
John Totleben
Colors
Tatjana Wood
Letters
John Costanza

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Swamp Thing; Floronic Man [Jason Woodrue]; General Avery Carlton Sunderland; Alec Holland (in flashback); Linda Holland (as corpse)
Synopsis
General Sunderland hires Jason Woodrue to examine Swamp Thing and determine how Alec Holland became the monster, but Woodrue discovers that Swamp Thing only thinks that he was Alec Holland. When Sunderland fires Woodrue, the scientist allows Swamp Thing to take revenge on Sunderland for the both of them.
Reprints

If Superman Didn't Exist... (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / comic story / 23 pages (report information)

Script
Marv Wolfman
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Gil Kane
Colors
Tony Tollin
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
superhero
Reprints

Killers Also Smile (Table of Contents: 4)

Sgt. Rock / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Adrian Gonzales
Inks
Adrian Gonzales
Colors
Tatjana Wood
Letters
Adam Kubert

Genre
war
Reprints

Guess What's Coming to Dinner? (Table of Contents: 5)

Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Paul Levitz; Keith Giffen (co-plot)
Pencils
George Tuska
Inks
Larry Mahlstedt
Colors
Carl Gafford
Letters
Adam Kubert

Genre
superhero
Reprints

Final Duties (Table of Contents: 6)

Tales of the Green Lantern Corps / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Len Wein
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Gil Kane
Colors
Tony Tollin
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
superhero
Reprints

Viva Nebiros! (Table of Contents: 7)

Blue Devil / comic story / 23 pages (report information)

Script
Gary Cohn; Dan Mishkin
Pencils
Paris Cullins
Inks
Gary Martin
Colors
Michele Robinson [as Michele Wolfman]
Letters
Todd Klein

Genre
superhero
Characters
Blue Devil; Justice League of America (cameo)
Reprints

Who Is Donna Troy? (Table of Contents: 8)

New Teen Titans / comic story / 23 pages (report information)

Script
Marv Wolfman; George Pérez (co-plot)
Pencils
George Pérez
Inks
Romeo Tanghal
Colors
Adrienne Roy
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
superhero
Reprints

Babe's Story (Table of Contents: 9)

Atari Force / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Andy Helfer; Gerry Conway (plot)
Pencils
Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez
Inks
Ricardo Villagran
Colors
Tom Ziuko
Letters
Bob Lappan

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Hukka; Babe; Morphea; Martin Champion; Dart; Tempest [Chris Champion]; Pakrat; Blackjak; Taz
Synopsis
Babe and Hukka help a new friend destroy his enemies before being rescued by the rest of the team.
Reprints

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

Digest Forum / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Nicola Cuti (signed)
Letters
typeset

Job Number
L-1946
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Look, I could have opened up this brand-new column...

Indexer Notes

Announcement of a letters page for the digests.

The Winners (Table of Contents: 11)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Pat Broderick [as Broderick] signed
Inks
Pat Broderick [as Broderick] signed
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Indexer Notes

Back cover. List of interior stories. Rest of cover is continuation of front cover, but not quite a wraparound.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Year's Best Comics Stories
  2. 1. Year's Best Comics Stories
  3. 2. The Anatomy Lesson
    Swamp Thing
  4. 3. If Superman Didn't Exist...
    Superman
  5. 4. Killers Also Smile
    Sgt. Rock
  6. 5. Guess What's Coming to Dinner?
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  7. 6. Final Duties
    Tales of the Green Lantern Corps
  8. 7. Viva Nebiros!
    Blue Devil
  9. 8. Who Is Donna Troy?
    New Teen Titans
  10. 9. Babe's Story
    Atari Force
  11. 10. ["Look, I could have opened up this brand-new column..."]
    Digest Forum
  12. 11. The Winners
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