(May 1981)

DC, 1980 Series
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Volume
2
Price
0.95 USD
Pages
100
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1981-02-05
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand
DC Blue Ribbon Digest
Barcode
0709893345205
Editing
E. Nelson Bridwell
Color
Color
Dimensions
5" x 6.75" (12.7 cm x 17.1cm)
Paper Stock
Glossy cardstock cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Squarebound
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

This issue is a variant of DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest (DC, 1980 series) #9 [Direct].

On-sale date from Comic Reader #188.


Secret Origins of Super-Heroes (Table of Contents)

Secret Origins / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Ross Andru
Inks
Dick Giordano
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superboy; Batman; Atom [Ray Palmer]; Doctor Fate; Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Krypto; Batgirl [Barbara Gordon]; Swamp Thing; Aqualad [Garth]; Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]
Keywords
crystal balls

Secret Origins (Table of Contents: 1)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell ?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Birth of the Atom! (Table of Contents: 2)

The Atom / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Murphy Anderson
Colors
Bob Le Rose
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
superhero
Characters
Atom [Ray Palmer]; Jean Loring
Synopsis
Ray Palmer discovers how to use material from a white dwarf star to shrink himself. He rescues a nature group trapped in a cave.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Reprints the origin and first appearance of Silver Age Atom and Jean Loring.

Battle of the Tiny Titans (Table of Contents: 3)

The Atom / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Murphy Anderson
Colors
Bob Le Rose
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
superhero
Characters
Atom [Ray Palmer]; Jean Loring; Kulan Dar; Carl Ballard
Synopsis
Kulan Dar from the planet Julnar is trapped on Earth and forced to commit crimes by Carl Ballard, a small-time crook. The Atom rescues him and clears Jean Loring's client, who was accused of his crimes.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Reprint of the first appearance of the Silver Age Atom in costume. Kulan Dar's teleportation powers are based on europium.

Swamp Thing (Table of Contents: 4)

Swamp Thing / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Len Wein
Pencils
Bernie Wrightson
Inks
Bernie Wrightson; Jeff Jones
Colors
Adrienne Roy
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Swamp Thing [Alex Olsen]; Linda Olsen Ridge; Damian Ridge
Synopsis
Damian Ridge arranges a laboratory explosion that transforms his partner, Alex Olsen into Swamp Thing, then marries his widow. Swamp Thing kills Ridge in revenge.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Reprint of the origin and first appearance of Swamp Thing.

The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl! (Table of Contents: 5)

Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Sid Greene
Colors
Bob Le Rose
Letters
Gaspar Saladino
Editing
Julius Schwartz (original editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Out of the super-star studded firmament of Gotham City, where Batman and Robin shine supreme as masked manhunters-- burst a brand new luminary-- Batgirl!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; Batgirl [Barbara Gordon] (introduction, origin); Killer Moth (villain); Pupa; Larva; Alfred Pennyworth; Burton Talbot
Synopsis
While Barbara is on her way to a costume party dressed as Batgirl, she runs across Killer Moth attacking Bruce Wayne and joins the battle.
Reprints
Keywords
Batcave; Batcycle; Batmobile; Gotham City; Gotham City Police Headquarters; Gotham City Public Library; Mothmobile; Wayne Manor

Indexer Notes

Credits for script, pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics. Inks incorrectly credited to Murphy Anderson in book.

Reprint of the origin and first appearance of Batgirl (Barbara Gordon).

The Kid from Atlantis! (Table of Contents: 6)

Aquaman / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Bernstein
Pencils
Ramona Fradon
Inks
Ramona Fradon
Colors
Phil Rachelson
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Aqualad [Garth] (intro, origin); Atlantis; Topo
Synopsis
Aquaman helps Aqualad, a rejected child from Atlantis, to overcome his fear of fish. Aquaman adopts Aqualad as his sidekick.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer credit by Martin O'Hearn.

Reprint of the origin and first appearance of Aqualad (Garth).

The Origin of Green Lantern's Oath! (Table of Contents: 7)

Green Lantern / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Murphy Anderson
Colors
Anthony Tollin
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
superhero
Characters
Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Pieface [Thomas Kalmaku]; Carol Ferris; Mr. Burbank (banker); Hank (bank robber); Mr. Davis (jet mechanic); Hank (safe-cracker)
Synopsis
Green Lantern tells Pieface the story of his first three cases, on which his oath, "In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil's might beware my power -- Green Lantern's light!" is based.
Reprints

The Super-Dog from Krypton! (Table of Contents: 8)

Superboy / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Sy Barry
Colors
Anthony Tollin
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superboy [Clark Kent]; Krypto; Jonathan Kent; Jor-El (flashback); Lara (flashback); Lana Lang
Synopsis
A super-powerful dog arrives in Smallville in a rocket complete with written records proving that he is baby Kal-El's puppy who Jor-El used as a test animal when developing his space rockets. Though happy to be reunited with his dog, Superboy needs to make sure that Krypto does not give away his secret identity several times before Krypto leaves for a romp in space.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inks credit by Bob Hughes.

Reprint of the origin and first appearance of Krypto.

The Origin of Doctor Fate (Table of Contents: 9)

Doctor Fate / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Howard Sherman
Inks
Howard Sherman
Colors
Phil Rachelson
Letters
Howard Sherman

Genre
superhero
Characters
Doctor Fate [Kent Nelson]; Sven Nelson; Nabu the Wise; Inza Kramer; Black Nergal
Synopsis
While exploring the Egyptian pyramids, Sven Nelson is killed. His son, Kent Nelson, learns the mystical secrets of Nabu the Wise from the planet Cilia, who helped to build the pyramids. As Doctor Fate, he defeats Black Nergal in his first case.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Reprint of the origin of Doctor Fate.

The Green Arrow's First Case (Table of Contents: 10)

The Green Arrow / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Ed Herron; Jack Kirby (plot?)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby; Roz Kirby (backgrounds)
Colors
Anthony Tollin
Letters
John Duffy ?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; Speedy [Roy Harper]; Arrow-Plane; Carter (seaman)
Synopsis
Oliver Queen is marooned on Starfish Island, where he hones his skills as an archer and develops trick arrows. When an expedition sets out to explore the island years later, he fools them with his fake-uranium arrow.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Reprint of the origin of Green Arrow.

The World's Worst Archer! (Table of Contents: 11)

The Green Arrow / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Bernstein
Pencils
Lee Elias
Inks
Lee Elias
Colors
Phil Rachelson
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; Speedy [Roy Harper] (new Origin); Chief Brave Bow; Ranger Harper (Roy's Father, flashback); Arrow-Car
Synopsis
Chief Brave Bow helps Roy Harper become Green Arrow's new partner.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Reprint of the origin of Speedy (of Earth-One).

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

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

10 Classic Origin Stories! (Table of Contents: 13)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Ross Andru [as Andru] (signed)
Inks
Dick Giordano [as Giordano] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superboy; Batman; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Atom [Ray Palmer]; Doctor Fate; Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Krypto; Batgirl [Barbara Gordon]; Swamp Thing; Aqualad [Garth]; Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; Speedy [Roy Harper]
Synopsis
Listing of contents with illustrations.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Secret Origins of Super-Heroes
    Secret Origins
  2. 1. Secret Origins
  3. 2. Birth of the Atom!
    The Atom
  4. 3. Battle of the Tiny Titans
    The Atom
  5. 4. Swamp Thing
    Swamp Thing
  6. 5. The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl!
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  7. 6. The Kid from Atlantis!
    Aquaman
  8. 7. The Origin of Green Lantern's Oath!
    Green Lantern
  9. 8. The Super-Dog from Krypton!
    Superboy
  10. 9. The Origin of Doctor Fate
    Doctor Fate
  11. 10. The Green Arrow's First Case
    The Green Arrow
  12. 11. The World's Worst Archer!
    The Green Arrow
  13. 12. ["Follow the adventures of DC's sensational combat super-stars..."]
  14. 13. 10 Classic Origin Stories!
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