Secret Origins #50 [Direct]
(August 1990)

DC, 1986 Series
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Price
3.95 USD; 4.95 CAD
Pages
100
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1990-06-21
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand
DC [bullet]
Editing
Michael Eury; Mark Waid
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched (#50 squarebound)
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Dolphin; Johnny Thunder; The Flash; Batman and Robin; Black Canary / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Ty Templeton (signed)
Inks
Ty Templeton (signed)
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Flash [Jay Garrick]; Flash [Barry Allen]; Johnny Thunder [John Tane]; Black Canary; Dolphin
Reprints

The Glimpse (Table of Contents: 1)

Batman and Robin / text story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Denny O'Neil
Pencils
George Perez
Inks
George Perez
Colors
Adrienne Roy
Letters
Typeset
Editing
Michael Eury

Genre
superhero
Characters
Nightwing [Dick Grayson; Robin]; Batman [Bruce Wayne] (flashback); Johnny Grayson (flashback); Mary Grayson (flashback); Anthony Zucco (flashback); Jumbolina the World's Fattest Lady [Mary Ann Carson] (flashback); Mr. Haly (flashback); Marie the fortune teller (flashback); Magnificent Marco [Harry Winkler] (flashback); Billy Blessington (flashback)
Synopsis
Dick Grayson recalls the day his parents died and when he first glimpsed the Batman.

Indexer Notes

This is an illustrated prose version of Robin's origin.

Flash of Two Worlds (Table of Contents: 2)

The Flash / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script
Grant Morrison
Pencils
Mike Parobeck
Inks
Romeo Tanghal
Colors
Tom Ziuko
Letters
Albert De Guzman

Genre
superhero
Characters
Garfield Logan; Flash [Jay Garrick]; Flash [Barry Allen]; Joan Garrick; Fiddler; Thinker; The Shade
Synopsis
Elementary student Garfield Logan writes about when he met the two Flashes and how they defeated the villains who made Keystone City vanish.

Indexer Notes

This is a re-telling of the classic Flash of Two Worlds, from The Flash (DC, 1959 Series) #123, but from the post-Crisis one-Universe standpoint. The story is told from the viewpoint of a young Gar Logan [Beast Boy; Changeling] before he would become a superhero.

Fortunehead! (Table of Contents: 3)

Johnny Thunder / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Elliot S. Maggin
Pencils
Alan Weiss
Inks
Dick Giordano (pages 4-13); Alan Weiss (pages 1-3)
Colors
Greg Theakston
Letters
Steve Haynie

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Johnny Thunder [John Tane]; Sheriff Bill Tane; Dorothea Tane (flashback); Rand
Synopsis
Johnny Thunder recalls his past while plotting to save his father, Sheriff Tane, from abductors.

Reflections of a Deep Fantasy (Table of Contents: 4)

Dolphin / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script
Bove; Richard Bruning
Pencils
Bove
Inks
K. S. Wilson
Colors
Daniel Vozzo
Letters
Albert De Guzman
Editing
Michael Eury

Genre
superhero
Characters
Dolphin; Chris Landau; Dr. Meredith Riley
Synopsis
Former Navy diver Chris Landau has spent twenty years trying to find Dolphin again, who now performs a marine park in Florida. He discovers that they were both part of an alien experiment.

Unfinished Business (Table of Contents: 5)

Black Canary / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Alan Brennert
Pencils
Joe Staton
Inks
Dick Giordano
Colors
Julia Lacquement
Letters
Todd Klein
Editing
Michael Eury

Genre
superhero
Characters
Black Canary [Dinah Lance]; Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Dinah Drake Lance [Black Canary] (death); Roy Harper [Speedy]; Spectre; Richard Drake (flashback); Larry Lance (flashback); Justice Society of America (flashback) [Flash [Jay Garrick] (cameo); Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Charles McNider] (cameo); Doctor Fate [Kent Nelson]; Wildcat [Ted Grant]; Atom [Al Pratt] (cameo); Sandman [Wesley Dodds] (cameo); Mr. Terrific [Terrence Sloane] (cameo); Starman [Ted Knight] (cameo)]; The Reaper (flashback); Batman [Bruce Wayne] (flashback, cameo); Justice League of America (flashback, cameo) [Martian Manhunter [J'onn J'onzz]; Aquaman; Flash [Barry Allen]; Atom [Ray Palmer]]
Synopsis
As the original Black Canary is hospitalized and dying of cancer, her daughter recalls how they both trained to become superheroes.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

A post-Crisis re-write of the original Black Canary's foundations, and her daughter's. The original Black Canary dies in this tale.

The Startling Secret of the Space Museum! (Table of Contents: 6)

Space Museum / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Gerard Jones
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
George Perez
Colors
Anthony Tollin
Letters
Gaspar Saladino
Editing
Mark Waid

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Howard "The Wrecker" Parker; Tommy Parker; Peganans
Synopsis
Howard Parker tells his son, Tommy, how he defeated the Peganan aliens and founded the Space Museum.
Reprints
Keywords
Space Museum

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

Secret Admirers / letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Michael Eury
Letters
typeset

Job Number
L-3896

Indexer Notes

Includes letters from B.B. Davis, Chuck Dill, Sir Jon Johnson, Jacob Gilbert, Charles J. Sperling and Dale Coe.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Dolphin; Johnny Thunder; The Flash; Batman and Robin; Black Canary
  2. 1. The Glimpse
    Batman and Robin
  3. 2. Flash of Two Worlds
    The Flash
  4. 3. Fortunehead!
    Johnny Thunder
  5. 4. Reflections of a Deep Fantasy
    Dolphin
  6. 5. Unfinished Business
    Black Canary
  7. 6. The Startling Secret of the Space Museum!
    Space Museum
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Secret Admirers
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Roy Lyons
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jerry Hillegas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Gregory Fischer