([June-July] 1974)

DC, 1974 Series
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Price
1.00 USD
Pages
72
Indicia frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1974-03-07
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Brand
The Line of DC Super-Stars
Editing
E. Nelson Bridwell
Color
Color
Dimensions
Tabloid
Paper Stock
Cardboard covers; Newsprint interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched

Issue Notes

On-sale date from Comic Reader #104.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Batman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane
Colors
?
Letters
?; typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman
Reprints

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

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

Script
Carmine Infantino
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In the year 1937, an innovation occurred in the fields of comic magazines...

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane
Colors
?
Letters
typeset
Editing
Vin Sullivan (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Reprint of the original cover.

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

Crime Never Pays / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
?
Editing
Vin Sullivan (original editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bullets betray no less than fingerprints...
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Reprint of the original inside front cover.

The Case of the Chemical Syndicate (Table of Contents: 4)

The Bat-Man / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane
Colors
?
Letters
Bob Kane
Editing
Vin Sullivan (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Bat-Man [Bruce Wayne] (introduction); Commissioner James Gordon (introduction); Mr. Lambert (introduction, death); Lambert (introduction, Mr. Lambert's son); unnamed Police Sergeant (introduction); Steven Crane (introduction, death); Crane's butler (introduction); Paul Rogers (introduction); Alfred Stryker (villain, introduction, death); Jennings (villain, introduction, Stryker's assistant)
Synopsis
In his first case, the Bat-Man investigates the murder of a chemical tycoon, discovering that one of his partners murdered him to steal the secret contracts that would leave him as the sole owner of the Apex Chemical Corporation.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This is the first unedited and uncensored reprint of this story. Previous reprint editions featured a redrawn, re-lettered and censored version which omitted the bloody knife in the victim's back on page 2, panel 2.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

Tenderfoot / comic story / 0.75 page (report information)

Script
Charles Biro ?
Pencils
Charles Biro (signed)
Inks
Charles Biro (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Vin Sullivan (original editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Good-night boys - now don't forget your good deeds!
Genre
humor
Synopsis
A young boy scout discovers a lost youngster and attempts to help him find his way home, and gets lost in the process himself!
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Rosati Accordions / advertisement / 0.25 page (report information)

The Killers of Kurdistan (Table of Contents: 7)

Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Fred Guardineer
Inks
Fred Guardineer
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Vin Sullivan (original editor)

Genre
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Speed Saunders; Tom (Trelawney's friend, death); Trelawney (death); Trelawney's maid; The Veiled Prophetress of the Killers of Kurdistan (villain); Killers of Kurdistan (villains, one dies)
Synopsis
Speed investigates the murder of two men, on one of which the killers left the symbol of a red crescent, the symbol of the Kurdistan Killers, a sect that both men belonged to but refused to kill for.
Reprints

Bullet Bluff (Table of Contents: 8)

Buck Marshall / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Homer Fleming
Pencils
Homer Fleming
Inks
Homer Fleming
Colors
? (red tones)
Letters
?
Editing
Vin Sullivan (original editor)

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Buck Marshall; unnamed Sheriff; Matt Doyle (Box K Ranch worker); Jerry Kane (Box K Ranch owner, death); Pepper (Buck's horse); The Terror [Jack Stark] (villain)
Synopsis
Buck investigates the death of a ranch owner in which a black empty cartridge is left behind as a clue to the killer.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

Spy / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Vin Sullivan (original editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A dinner is thrown into pandemonium when…
Genre
adventure
Characters
Bart Regan; Congressman Sneed (death); Congressman Little (death); Congressman Booker; Congressman Stoker; unnamed spy (villain, death)
Synopsis
Bart investigates the deaths of members of a Committee on un-American activities that were killed by an explosive capsule hidden in their bananas.
Reprints

[Murder on the Oceanic Line Docks] (Table of Contents: 10)

The Crimson Avenger / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jim Chambers
Pencils
Jim Chambers
Inks
Jim Chambers
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Vin Sullivan (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Crimson Avenger [Lee Travis]; Wing; Abe Gold (night club owner, death); unnamed hospital nurse (death); Frank (villain); Mike Moran (villain)
Synopsis
The Crimson tracks down a killer who murdered one Abe Gold for welshing on a $100,000 bet.
Reprints

Death on the Airwaves (Table of Contents: 11)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox [as Paul Dean]
Pencils
Fred Guardineer
Inks
Fred Guardineer
Colors
?
Letters
typeset
Editing
Vin Sullivan (original editor)

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Richard Drew (death); President Benson; Captain Richard Byrne; Brian DeAngelo (villain)
Synopsis
Captain Byrne tracks down a revengeful killer who was once spurned in regards to a radio audition.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12)

Bruce Nelson / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Tom Hickey
Pencils
Tom Hickey
Inks
Tom Hickey
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Vin Sullivan (original editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Boy! New Orleans at Mardi Gras time.
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Bruce Nelson; Ed Lane (a detective); Lili Grauet (death)
Synopsis
Bruce begins his investigation of the death of a young woman due to black magic.
Reprints

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

The Mysterious Doctor Fu Manchu! / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Sax Rohmer (original novel); Leo O'Mealia (adaptation)
Pencils
Leo O'Mealia
Inks
Leo O'Mealia
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Vin Sullivan (original editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You would be a dead man now if it were not for your friend in China,…
Genre
adventure
Characters
Rev. J. D. Eltham; Greba Eltham; Nayland Smith; Vernon Denby; Dr. Petrie; Dr. Fu Manchu (villain)
Synopsis
Fu Manchu attempts to kill Greba Eltham, all in an attempt to keep Rev. Eltham from going to China.
Reprints

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

Flatfoot Flannigan / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Paul Gustavson
Pencils
Paul Gustavson
Inks
Paul Gustavson
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Gustavson
Editing
Vin Sullivan (original editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Calling all cars -- calling all cars -- bank robbery on Main and Center Streets…
Genre
humor
Characters
Flatfoot Flannigan
Synopsis
Flannigan is sent out on a bank robbery, but stops for a red light so he won't get a ticket!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

All Gustavson credits verified and courtesy of Terry Gustafson, Paul Gustavson's son.

[Danzig Marks Anniversary] (Table of Contents: 15)

Stamp Collectors' Corner / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Page includes several small ads from stamps dealers.

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

Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Sven Elven
Pencils
Sven Elven
Inks
Sven Elven
Colors
? (red tones)
Letters
?
Editing
Vin Sullivan (original editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Cosmo is called to immigration headquarters...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Cosmo; Carg (Immigration HQ official); Mike Donovan (Policeman); Yen Lo (villain); Kwan Joy Lo (villain); Fo Lee (villain)
Synopsis
Cosmo is placed on a case involving the illegal smuggling of Chinese into America.
Reprints

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

Plain Clothes Pete / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Russel Cole [as Alger]
Pencils
Russel Cole [as Alger]
Inks
Russel Cole [as Alger]
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Vin Sullivan (original editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Pete, Louie th' Louse is operatin' 'round here again!
Genre
humor
Characters
Pete; Joe; Louie th' Louse (villain)
Synopsis
Pete and Joe try to discover the whereabouts of the hideout of notorious criminal Louie th' Louse.
Reprints

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

Slam Bradley / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed); Paul Cassidy
Inks
Joe Shuster (signed); Paul Cassidy
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Vin Sullivan (original editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Out joy-riding, to relax from the tension of manhunting…
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Slam Bradley; Shorty Morgan; Dick Kelly (death); Gale Dennis (villain); "Black Jack" Benson (villain); Nicky (villain); Helger Wetjen (villain)
Synopsis
Shorty and Slam help to find out the whereabouts of a Federal agent who disappeared after trailing an escaped felon to Switzerland.
Reprints

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

All-American Comics; Movie Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

Johnson Smith & Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Line of DC Super-Stars (Table of Contents: 21)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

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

Batman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Murphy Anderson
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Batman
  2. 1. ["In the year 1937, an innovation occurred in the fields of comic magazines..."]
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Batman
  4. 3. ["Bullets betray no less than fingerprints..."]
    Crime Never Pays
  5. 4. The Case of the Chemical Syndicate
    The Bat-Man
  6. 5. ["Good-night boys - now don't forget your good deeds!"]
    Tenderfoot
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Rosati Accordions
  8. 7. The Killers of Kurdistan
    Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator
  9. 8. Bullet Bluff
    Buck Marshall
  10. 9. ["A dinner is thrown into pandemonium when…"]
    Spy
  11. 10. [Murder on the Oceanic Line Docks]
    The Crimson Avenger
  12. 11. Death on the Airwaves
  13. 12. ["Boy! New Orleans at Mardi Gras time."]
    Bruce Nelson
  14. 13. ["You would be a dead man now if it were not for your friend in China,…"]
    The Mysterious Doctor Fu Manchu!
  15. 14. ["Calling all cars -- calling all cars -- bank robbery on Main and Center Streets…"]
    Flatfoot Flannigan
  16. 15. [Danzig Marks Anniversary]
    Stamp Collectors' Corner
  17. 16. ["Cosmo is called to immigration headquarters..."]
    Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise
  18. 17. ["Pete, Louie th' Louse is operatin' 'round here again!"]
    Plain Clothes Pete
  19. 18. ["Out joy-riding, to relax from the tension of manhunting…"]
    Slam Bradley
  20. 19. ["Thanks, boys and girls of America..."]
    All-American Comics; Movie Comics
  21. 20. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  22. 21. The Line of DC Super-Stars
  23. 22. [no title indexed]
    Batman
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