([July] 2012)

DC, 2012 Series
Published in English (United States) United States
 
Volume
1
Price
19.99 USD; 22.99 CAD
Pages
548
On-sale date
2012-07-04
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics
Brand
DC [peel]
ISBN
978-1-4012-3523-9 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9781401235239 51999
Editing
Peter Hamboussi (Editor Collected Edition); Julius Schwartz (Original Editor); Jack Schiff (Original Editor); Robert Kanigher (Original Editor); Mort Weisinger (Original Editor)
Color
Color Covers; Black and White Interior
Dimensions
Standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Glossy cardstock cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Squarebound
Publishing Format
Collected Edition

Issue Notes

Reprints from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #1-21.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Flash / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Colors
Allen Passalaqua
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Flash [Barry Allen]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This volume credits Inks to Joe Giella, original index credits Frank Giacoia

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

blank page(s) / 2 pages (report information)

Indexer Notes

Inside front and inside back cover pages.

Showcase Presents Showcase (Table of Contents: 2)

credits, title page / 1 page (report information)

Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Title page with company credits and indicia information.

Table of Contents (Table of Contents: 3)

table of contents / 4 pages (report information)

Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Contents and story credits listing.

[Showcase #1] (Table of Contents: 4)

Fire Fighters / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
John Prentice
Inks
John Prentice
Letters
Ira Schnapp (and logo ?)

Genre
adventure
Characters
Fireman Farrell
Reprints
Keywords
firefighters

The Story Behind Showcase (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Schiff
Pencils
Win Mortimer
Inks
Win Mortimer
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Larry Blake; National Comics' editor
Synopsis
The genesis of Showcase is explained, having originated with fan Larry Blake's letter.
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The School for Smoke-Eaters (Table of Contents: 6)

Fireman Farrell / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Arnold Drake
Pencils
John Prentice
Inks
John Prentice
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Fireman Farrell; Red Miller; Clark; Noonan; Fox; Gainer
Synopsis
Fireman Farrell passes his final exam to become a fireman.
Reprints
Keywords
firefighter

Fire under the Big Top (Table of Contents: 7)

Fireman Farrell / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Arnold Drake
Pencils
John Prentice
Inks
John Prentice
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Fireman Farrell; Fire Lieutenant Reiner; Phil Baylor
Synopsis
Fireman Farrell fights a fire at a circus.
Reprints
Keywords
circus; elephant; fireman; lion

Fourth Alarm (Table of Contents: 8)

Fireman Farrell / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Arnold Drake
Pencils
John Prentice
Inks
John Prentice
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Fireman Ferrell; Edgar R. Meadow; Captain Walsh
Synopsis
A TV crew catches the firemen in action and helps influence a vote on fireman pay.
Reprints
Keywords
fireman

[Showcase #2] (Table of Contents: 9)

Kings of the Wild / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Irv Novick
Inks
Irv Novick
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
adventure; western-frontier
Reprints

Rider of the Winds! (Table of Contents: 10)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Kubert
Inks
Joe Kubert
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; western-frontier
Characters
Eagle Feather (an Indian boy); Godfather (an eagle); Black Lightning (a mountain lion)
Synopsis
In the Old West, Young Eagle Feather is disgraced when Black Lightning, a mountain lion, kills his sheep. He's sent to battle the lion and is helped by Godfather, a mighty eagle.
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Keywords
American Indian; teepee

Outcast Heroes! (Table of Contents: 11)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Ross Andru
Inks
Mike Esposito
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Dan; Aunt Jane
Synopsis
An orphan comes West to stay with his Aunt Jane, but is marked as a "bad penny". He finds a friend in a stray dog, and together they rescue Dan's mother during a flood.
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Keywords
dog; flood; orphan

Runaway Bear (Table of Contents: 12)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Russ Heath
Inks
Russ Heath
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Billy, a circus bear; a lion; an elephant; a hunter; a park ranger
Synopsis
Billy the Bear was born in the circus, and yearns for adventure. He finds it when knocked off a circus train. Soon he's battling bears and timber wolves while protecting a hunter, and wonders if being free is worth it.
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Keywords
circus

[Showcase #3] (Table of Contents: 13)

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

Pencils
Jerry Grandenetti
Inks
Jerry Grandenetti
Letters
?

Reprints
Keywords
frogman; scuba diver

"The Frogmen" Part I The Making of a Frogman! (Table of Contents: 14)

Frogmen / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Russ Heath
Inks
Russ Heath
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Characters
Sardine; Shark; Whale; kids (flashback); Mom (flashback); Drill Instructor; frogmen recruits
Synopsis
A puny guy has volunteered to train as a frogman (USN UDT, precursors to USN SEALs), but is immediately nicknamed "Sardine" by guys called "Shark" and "Whale". He recalls being bullied and coddled as a kid, but looks as if he'll wash out. Then, as the team trains at raft-righting, a shark comes gunning for his teammates, and "Sardine" dives in the way!
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Keywords
depth charge; frogman; Pacific Ocean; Underwater Demolition Team; World War II

Part II of "The Frogmen!" Flying Frogmen (Table of Contents: 15)

Frogmen / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Russ Heath
Inks
Russ Heath
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Characters
Sardine; Shark; Whale
Synopsis
The team kills the shark, and Sardine and the guys graduate as frogmen. Flying to the Pacific, their DC-4 is shot down, then rammed by a Japapanese cruiser. They're picked up by a PBY. At base, they get their first mission: to destroy an enemy ship menacing a beach landing. They fly in, but bailing out, become targets for Japanese night fighters!
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Keywords
DC-4; frogmen; Japanese Navy; Pacific Ocean; Underwater Demolition Team; World War II

Part III of "The Frogmen!" Silent War! (Table of Contents: 16)

Frogmen / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Russ Heath
Inks
Russ Heath
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Characters
Sardine; Shark; Whale
Synopsis
The parachuting frogmen hurl TNT and blow up the night fighter. Swimming for the island, they dodge depth-charges. A sub net guards a sub berth. Shark sets a charge on a sub as Sardine and Whale continue with the mission. Then Whale is lost as he fights off Japanese frogmen. Sardine moves on and sinks the targeted cruiser with an explosive charge. And is thrilled to learn Shark and Whale made it. "We can't call that kid Sardine any more!" "Mission completed!"
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Keywords
depth charge; frogmen; Japanese Navy; Japanese submarine; Pacific Ocean; Underwater Demolition Team; World War II

[Showcase #4] (Table of Contents: 17)

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

Pencils
Carmine Infantino; Robert Kanigher (cover design)
Inks
Joe Kubert
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
superhero
Characters
Flash [Barry Allen]
Reprints

Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt! (Table of Contents: 18)

Flash / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Joe Kubert
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Flash [Barry Allen] (introduction, scientist, origin); The Flash [Jay Garrick] (image only); Iris West (introduction); The Turtle Man [aka later as The Turtle] (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
By a freak accident involving lab chemicals and lightning, Barry Allen becomes the fastest man alive and originates a costume based on the comic adventures of the Flash from the 1940's. And it's a good thing too: for he must now face the Turtle Man, termed "The Slowest Man Alive".
Reprints
Keywords
comic book; lightning

The Man Who Broke the Time Barrier! (Table of Contents: 19)

Flash / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Joe Kubert
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Flash [Barry Allen]; Mazdan (villain)
Synopsis
The criminal Mazdan was tried for his crimes and sentenced to be sent to a future time period where he could harm nobody but was accidentally sent backwards to the 20th century, where he is captured by the Flash.
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Keywords
time travel

[Showcase #5] (Table of Contents: 20)

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

Pencils
Ruben Moreira
Inks
Ruben Moreira
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
crime
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The price that originally appeared at the top this cover is absent from the reproduction.

The Greatest Villain of All Time (Table of Contents: 21)

Manhunters / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Miller
Pencils
Mort Meskin
Inks
Mort Meskin
Letters
?

Genre
crime
Characters
Lt. Harry Fowler; Sergeant Collins; Ben Gatewood (Producer); Leif Conrad (Director); Danny Tell (Public Relations); Otto Sands (Actor)
Synopsis
A thief is stealing artifacts that recreate roles from famous movies such as "The Mad Maestro" and "Phantom of the City". Only Lt. Harry Fowler, once a Hollywood screenwriter, makes the connection to catch Leif Conrad, driven mad to recreate his roles and become "The Greatest Villain of All Time."
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The Two Faces of Mr. X (Table of Contents: 22)

Manhunters / comic story / 7.66 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Miller
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Sy Barry
Letters
?

Genre
crime
Characters
Don Reed; FBI agents; Alex Tate (crime boss); gangsters
Synopsis
Don Reed is a top fashion model. Until the FBI wants him to impersonate Alex Tate, the leader of a crime syndicate. Reed, a former counter-intelligence agent, secretly studies Tate to prepare for the role. The FBI snatches Tate, who laughs the "stooge" will get "the surprise of your life". At the gang HQ, the posing Reed learns Tate was due to undergo plastic surgery to change his face! Forced into the operating room, Reed wraps in bandages and breaks loose with knockout gas to capture the gang.
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The Human Eel (Table of Contents: 23)

Manhunters / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Miller
Pencils
Bill Ely
Inks
Bill Ely
Letters
?

Genre
crime
Characters
Agent Drew; The Human Eel; Zorac; police of many nations
Synopsis
Agent Drew is obsessed with stopping The Human Eel's empire of crime. The Eel wears a special "shock suit" that jolts his enemies into submission. Even Drew suffered a shock, and now has a weak heart, so can't function at heights. He pursues the Eel atop the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramid of Egypt, but gasps for air so the Eel escapes. Finally, in Johannesburg, he disguises as Zorac, the Eel's criminal competitor. Donning an oxygen mask, he mounts a high bridge to confront the Eel and smashes the controls of his "shock suit".
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Keywords
Argentina; Egypt; Eiffel Tower; France; pyramid; South Africa

[Showcase #6] (Table of Contents: 24)

Challengers of the Unknown / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]
Reprints

The Secrets of the Sorcerer's Box! [Chapter One] (Table of Contents: 25)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Kirby ?; Joe Simon ? (plot, script); Dave Wood ? (script); (see notes)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby ?; Roz Kirby ? (blacks); Marvin Stein ? (see notes)
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Prof Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis] (introduction for all, origin); un-named sailors; un-named citizens; Mr. Morelian (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Four heroes are being flown to appear on the radio show "Heroes" when their jet crashes in a storm. Miraculously, all four survive unharmed, even down to a working watch. Since they are "living on borrowed time", they vow to make the best use of it, taking risks to benefit others, challenging the unknown. In their first official case, they are summoned by Morelian, a descendant of Merlin, to open four chambers of a dangerous alchemist's box and "witness things not seen on this Earth since the dawn of Man!"
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Indexer Notes

This volume credits Inks to Roz Kirby & Marvin Stein.

First appearance of the Challengers of the Unknown. According to Joe Simon and Jack Kirby historians, Jack Kirby brought the proposal for the Challengers to DC. DC bought the concept and folded it into Showcase. Mark Evanier suspects that Dave Wood may have begun scripting with the second issue and believes this story was scripted by Simon and (mostly) Kirby.

Possible Stein inks per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo. Although Stein had conversations with Greg Theakston denying he inked any Challengers stories it's possible Stein forgot he worked on them. This story also looks like Kirby may have inked a few pages on his own.

An epilogue occurs in Secret Origins 12 (1987), when the Challengers are reunited with the box to solve its final mystery.

Chapter Two Dragon Seed! (Table of Contents: 26)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Kirby ?; Joe Simon ? (plot, script); Dave Wood ? (script); (see notes)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby ?; Roz Kirby ? (blacks); Marvin Stein ? (see notes)
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]
Synopsis
The Challs relocate the box to a tropical island and draw straws. The first chamber releases a "Dragon's Egg" that hatches a stone giant of legend. It wreaks havoc on ships, even resisting an atom bomb. What to do? While back on the island, Rocky's ready to crack the next chamber.
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Indexer Notes

Possible Stein inks per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo. Although Stein had conversations with Greg Theakston denying he inked any Challengers stories it's possible Stein forgot he worked on them. It also looks like Kirby inked a few pages on his own. Mark Evanier suspects that Dave Wood may have begun scripting with the second issue and believes this story was scripted by Simon and (mostly) Kirby.

Chapter Three The Freezing Sun! (Table of Contents: 27)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Kirby ?; Joe Simon? (plot, script); Dave Wood ? (script) (see notes)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby ?; Roz Kirby ? (blacks); Marvin Stein ? (see notes)
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]
Synopsis
Picked up by sailors, Red returns to the island to find the second chamber open and Rocky frozen stiff. The menace is a sentient freezing sun from parts unknown that sucks up all heat, freezing people. Alone, Red cobbles a vacuum chamber and lures the sun inside, trapping it. Meanwhile, out on the water, Prof realizes that, since the Dragon Seed Giant can't be harmed by anything, it must be a thought, so he "thinks" it out of existence. All the while, Morelian flies overhead, watching.
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Indexer Notes

Possible Stein inks per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo. Although Stein had conversations with Greg Theakston denying he inked any Challengers stories it's possible Stein forgot he worked on them. It also looks like Kirby inked a few pages on his own. Mark Evanier suspects that Dave Wood may have begun scripting with the second issue and believes this story was scripted by Simon and (mostly) Kirby.

Chapter Four The Whirling Weaver! (Table of Contents: 28)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Kirby ?; Joe Simon ? (plot, script); Dave Wood ? (script) (see notes)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby ?; Roz Kirby ? (blacks); Marvin Stein ? (see notes)
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]
Synopsis
The third menace is a tube that releases a whirling weaver. Out of control, it spins ribbons that snarl entire cities. The Challs pursue, then discover a dial on the weaver's tube and slow it to a halt. Returning to the island, they find Morelian has opened the fourth chamber for his own selfish reasons. He got a diamond ring of immortality: he'll live forever. Except the inscription on the box is vague, "contained in me, find immortality". Morelian flies off, but his plane stalls and crashes, killing himself and destroying the box. The box granted immortality: the ring was certain death.
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Indexer Notes

Possible Stein inks per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo. Although Stein had conversations with Greg Theakston denying he inked any Challengers stories it's possible Stein forgot he worked on them. It also looks like Kirby inked a few pages on his own. Mark Evanier suspects that Dave Wood may have begun scripting with the second issue and believes this story was scripted by Simon and (mostly) Kirby.

[Showcase #7] (Table of Contents: 29)

Challengers of the Unknown / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]
Reprints

ULTIVAC Is Loose [Chapter One] (Table of Contents: 30)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Dave Wood ?; Jack Kirby ? (see notes)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby ?; Roz Kirby ? (blacks); Marvin Stein ? (see notes)
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]; June Robbins (first appearance); Felix Hesse (first appearance); ULTIVAC (first appearance)
Synopsis
Felix Hesse, a German scientist, comes pleading to the Challengers to save him from ULTIVAC, "a creature of my own making... but now out of control!" He explains. Interned as a war criminal, he met Floyd Barker, a bank robber. Released, they team to build a giant machine - Suddenly a giant robot hand crashes through the window and seizes Hesse. Spouting propellers, it flies off with Hesse. The Challengers have their next job, "Track down ULTIVAC!"
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Indexer Notes

Possible Stein inks per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo. Although Stein had conversations with Greg Theakston denying he inked any Challengers stories it's possible Stein forgot he worked on them. It also looks like Kirby inked a few pages on his own. Possible Wood script and Kirby revisions per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo.

The name ULTIVAC is derived from UNIVAC, considered the first computer.

Chapter Two A Challenger Must Die! (Table of Contents: 31)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Dave Wood ?; Jack Kirby ? (see notes)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby ?; Roz Kirby ? (blacks); Marvin Stein ? (see notes)
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]
Synopsis
The Challengers consult Director June Robbins, computer expert. She deduces radioactive materials have given ULTIVAC super-intelligence. She runs a computation to find their odds, and the card reads, "ULTIVAC WILL FALL WHEN A CHALLENGER DIES!" Meanwhile, Hesse watches ULTIVAC build robot-duplicates of Hesse to fetch supplies. Red and June respond to a lead, sneak onto Hesse's copter, and enter ULTIVAC's lab. But the robot can "DETECT YOUR THOUGHTS!" ULTIVAC senses June is not afraid, and they talk. Until Red smashes a power unit and they flee in the confusion.
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Indexer Notes

Possible Stein inks per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo. Although Stein had conversations with Greg Theakston denying he inked any Challengers stories it's possible Stein forgot he worked on them. It also looks like Kirby inked a few pages on his own. Possible Wood script and Kirby revisions per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo.

Chapter Three The Fearful Millions (Table of Contents: 32)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Dave Wood ?; Jack Kirby ? (see notes)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby ?; Roz Kirby ? (blacks); Marvin Stein ? (see notes)
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]
Synopsis
Hesse shoots ULTIVAC with a ray gun. The robot falls. Now Hesse and Barker can "make millions". ULTIVAC is clamped and displayed in Yankee Stadium in New York before thousands. But ULTIVAC sends a mental signal to June. The robot breaks free and carries June off. Ace, flying a jet, takes command to "talk terms", but ULTIVAC's vibration beam shatters the plane. The robot dives under the sea with June inside his dome. Prof, master diver, dives, but is slammed by a vibro-beam and captured.
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Indexer Notes

Possible Stein inks per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo. Although Stein had conversations with Greg Theakston denying he inked any Challengers stories it's possible Stein forgot he worked on them. It also looks like Kirby inked a few pages on his own. Possible Wood script and Kirby revisions per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo.

ULTIVAC's chains, display, and escape with a girl echo King Kong.

Chapter Four The Fatal Prediction! (Table of Contents: 33)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Dave Wood ?; Jack Kirby ? (see notes)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby ?; Roz Kirby ? (blacks); Marvin Stein ? (see notes)
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]
Synopsis
June argues "ULTIVAC is a scientific marvel". The robot swims out. Ashore, Red shoots while Rocky attaches a magnetic bomb that destroys ULTIVAC. Not. ULTIVAC sent out a decoy. June convinces him "Wars never solve anything!" and ULTIVAC agrees to a televised public hearing, and pledges to help humanity. Hesse blasts ULTIVAC and Rocky - who dies on the operating table, as foretold. June offers to take Rocky's place, and the Challs agree, until Rocky miraculously revives. ULTIVAC ends up a stationary calculating machine, his spark gone, yet "still contributing to man's knowledge".
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Indexer Notes

Possible Stein inks per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo. Although Stein had conversations with Greg Theakston denying he inked any Challengers stories it's possible Stein forgot he worked on them. It also looks like Kirby inked a few pages on his own. Possible Wood script and Kirby revisions per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo.

[Showcase #8] (Table of Contents: 34)

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

Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
superhero
Characters
Flash [Barry Allen]
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The Secret of the Empty Box! (Table of Contents: 35)

Flash / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Flash [Barry Allen]; Iris West
Synopsis
Under cover of fog, a giant mystery box appears in Central City. While the police have their attention on opening the box, a trio of burglars commits robberies around town.
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The Coldest Man on Earth! (Table of Contents: 36)

Flash / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Flash [Barry Allen]; Captain Cold [Leonard Snart](first appearance; origin; villain)
Synopsis
Flash faces off against Captain Cold, who commits crimes by using a cold-gun to freeze things and create mirages. But once Flash figures out what Captain Cold can do, he ignores the mirages and takes the villain in.
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The Race of Wheel and Keel (Table of Contents: 37)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Harry Lazarus
Letters
?

Genre
historical; western-frontier
Characters
John Butterfield; Harrison
Synopsis
A race between a stagecoach and a clipper ship. The stagecoach leaves from Saint Louis for California and the clipper leaves from New York for California.
Reprints
Keywords
California; clipper ship; stagecoach

Indexer Notes

The book's Table of Contents does not mention the original publication of this story in All Star Comics.

[Showcase #9] (Table of Contents: 38)

Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Al Plastino
Inks
Al Plastino
Letters
?; Ira Schnapp (logo design)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Lois Lane; Superman
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The Girl in Superman's Past (Table of Contents: 39)

Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Coleman
Pencils
Al Plastino
Inks
Al Plastino
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Lois Lane; Lana Lang; Superman [Clark Kent]
Synopsis
Lois meets Lana Lang for the first time, and the girls immediately compete to see whom Superman likes better. But Superman refuses to fall into their traps.
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The New Lois Lane (Table of Contents: 40)

Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Ruben Moreira
Inks
Al Plastino
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; "Con" Conners
Synopsis
Superman hopes that Lois' constant snooping to find his identity will provide evidence to convince "Con" Conners that he is wrong in believing that Clark Kent is Superman.
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Mrs. Superman (Table of Contents: 41)

Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Al Plastino
Inks
Al Plastino
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Jimmy Olsen; Lulu Lyons (introduction)
Synopsis
Lois dreams she's married to Superman.
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[Showcase #10] (Table of Contents: 42)

Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
superhero
Characters
Lois Lane; Superman
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The price that originally appeared at the top of this cover is absent from the reproduction.

The Jilting of Superman (Table of Contents: 43)

Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Lois Lane; Superman; Tony Lester
Synopsis
Lois tries to make Superman jealous by pretending to be married to someone else.
Reprints

The Sightless Lois Lane (Table of Contents: 44)

Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Coleman
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Lois Lane; Superman; Perry White; Deadline (dog)
Synopsis
Lois is blinded by an experiment.
Reprints
Keywords
blindness; seeing eye dog

The Forbidden Box from Krypton (Table of Contents: 45)

Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Lois Lane; Superman; Perry White; Jimmy Olsen; Jor-El (flashback); Lara (flashback)
Synopsis
Lois discovers a box of Kryptonian artifacts that give her super powers.
Reprints
Keywords
Krypton; kryptonite

[Showcase #11] (Table of Contents: 46)

Challengers of the Unknown / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]; General Tolek
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The caption box with the title, appearing at the lower left corner of this cover, has been left completely blank on the reproduction.

The Day the Earth Blew Up [Chapter One] (Table of Contents: 47)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Dave Wood ?; Jack Kirby ? (see notes)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Marvin Stein ?
Letters
Pat Gordon ?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Rocky Davis; Professor Haley; Red Ryan]; Carl Jackson; Warren Moss; Commander Lockwood; Colonel Price; General Tolek (villain); Garnat (villain); other Tyrans (villains)
Synopsis
At the Pentagon, Navy officers and scientists are stumped. Two scientists mysteriously disappeared in Antarctica. They call in "men capable of handling the unknown." Ace, Rocky, and Red fly off, picking up Prof along the way. Off New Guinea, Prof is astounded to find a volcano rising from the sea bed. In the Antarctic, the Challengers snow-tractor toward the mystery spot. The tractor bogs in a snowstorm and needs repairs. Ace and Rocky explore and fall through thin ice! They land on a futuristic bridge. Above, Prof and Red are captured by skinny orange aliens in bubble-suits.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Possible Stein inks per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo. Although Stein had conversations with Greg Theakston denying he inked any Challengers stories it's possible Stein forgot he worked on them. Previous indexer credited Bruno Premiani. Possible Wood script and Kirby revisions per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo.

Chapter Two The Tyrans (Table of Contents: 48)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Dave Wood ?; Jack Kirby ? (see notes)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Marvin Stein ?
Letters
Pat Gordon ?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]
Synopsis
Two captured Challengers are dropped down a miles-deep airlift. Ace and Rocky find an airshaft and search for miles. They reach a underground city of aliens with an army preparing for invasion. Ace tries to capture a sentry, but the alien anticipates his every move with its computer-like mind. All four Challs are imprisoned with the missing scientists. The aliens are planting charges all over the world to blow away chunks and reduce Earth's mass intending to enslave the human race. Prof realizes the undersea volcano was a test. The Challengers plan to attack when the aliens are at rest.
Reprints

Chapter Three The Thing That Came Out of the Sea (Table of Contents: 49)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Dave Wood ?; Jack Kirby ? (see notes)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Marvin Stein ?
Letters
Pat Gordon ?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]
Synopsis
The Challengers hypnotize an alien who leads them to a gravity control room. The team crank the gravity high, pinning the aliens to the ground. Ace and Rocky try to destroy the main detonator. Prof and Red teleport to Washington and alert the military who bring their forces to the battle. Prof is given a wearable minisub and attempts to dismantle the bomb. Underground Ace, Rocky and the two scientists flee a gas attack and gun-cars. Cranking a valve brings raging heat that crisps aliens and slags the bomb detonator. In the Pacific, a claw-machine erupts from the ocean to attack the Navy.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Possible Stein inks per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo. Although Stein had conversations with Greg Theakston denying he inked any Challengers stories it's possible Stein forgot he worked on them. Previous indexer credited Bruno Premiani. Possible Wood script and Kirby revisions per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo.

Chapter Four One Minute to Doom (Table of Contents: 50)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Dave Wood ?; Jack Kirby ? (see notes)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Marvin Stein ?
Letters
Pat Gordon ?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]
Synopsis
On the Pacific island, Red sprays a new secret chemical weapon, a corrosive gas that eats the machine. Soon Ace leads a fleet of bombers to pound what's left of the alien base, and the menace is over. Their only casualty is Prof, who caught a cold diving off the South Pole!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Possible Stein inks per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo. Although Stein had conversations with Greg Theakston denying he inked any Challengers stories it's possible Stein forgot he worked on them. Previous indexer credited Bruno Premiani. Possible Wood script and Kirby revisions per Mark Evanier and Nick Caputo.

[Showcase #12] (Table of Contents: 51)

Challengers of the Unknown / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby; Roz Kirby (blacks)
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]
Reprints
Keywords
giant octopi; speed boats

Indexer Notes

Previously inker listed as Marvin Stein. Per Stein's conversations with Greg Theakston, he did not ink any Challengers stories.

The Menace of the Ancient Vials! Chapter 1 (Table of Contents: 52)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Dave Wood
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Leonard Starr ?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]; Amos Hunter; VILLAINS: Brommer; Gortz; Karnak, Kraken
Synopsis
Karnak and his men land on an island while trying to escape from the Challengers. There they find Amos Hunter and 5 mysterious vials. The first vial makes two members of the gang into giants.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Chapter 1. Lettering credit from Rodrigo Baeza via the GCD-chat mailing list, March 2007. Previous indexer's identification of the inker as George Klein is disputed by Nick Caputo and Tony Rose.

Chapter Two The Fire Being! (Table of Contents: 53)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Dave Wood
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Leonard Starr ?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]
Synopsis
The next vial releases a fiery salamander that begins to burn down the island.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Chapter 2. Previous indexer's identification of the inker as George Klein is disputed by Nick Caputo and Tony Rose.

Chapter 3 The Demon From the Depths (Table of Contents: 54)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Dave Wood
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Leonard Starr ?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]
Synopsis
The fiery salamander is defeated but the third vial releases a giant octopus creature.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Chapter 3. Previous indexer's identification of the inker as George Klein is disputed by Nick Caputo and Tony Rose.

Chapter 4 The Deadly Duplicates! (Table of Contents: 55)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Dave Wood
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Leonard Starr ?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]
Synopsis
The fourth vial turns Karnak into 50 copies of himself.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Chapter 4. Feature continued in Challengers of the Unknown (DC, 1958 series) #1.

Previous indexer's identification of the inker as George Klein is disputed by Nick Caputo and Tony Rose.

[Showcase #13] (Table of Contents: 56)

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

Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
superhero
Characters
Flash [Barry Allen]
Reprints

Around the World in 80 Minutes! (Table of Contents: 57)

Flash / comic story / 13.67 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Joe Giella
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
superhero
Characters
Flash [Barry Allen]; Iris West; Le Chat Noir (villain); El Claw (villain); Princess Tara
Synopsis
Flash must stop crimes around the globe and still return to Central City in time to make his lunch date with Iris.
Reprints
Keywords
Egypt; Eiffel Tower; Mount Everest; Paris France; pyramid; submarine; torpedo

Master of the Elements! (Table of Contents: 58)

Flash / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
superhero
Characters
Flash [Barry Allen]; Iris West; Mr. Element [Albert Desmond](first appearance; origin; villain; later called Dr. Alchemy); Argon (villain); Radon (villain); Krypton (villain); Xenon (villain)
Synopsis
Mr. Element and his henchmen shoot Flash into space in an attempt to get rid of him.
Reprints

[Showcase #14] (Table of Contents: 59)

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

Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Frank Giacoia ?; Joe Giella ?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
superhero
Characters
Flash [Barry Allen]
Reprints
Keywords
hourglass

Indexer Notes

This cover reprint is found on page 335; the Table of Contents states page 334, in error.

Giants of the Time-World! (Table of Contents: 60)

Flash / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Flash [Barry Allen]; Iris West
Synopsis
Iris is kidnapped by a UFO and Flash follows her into the fourth dimension where he stops an attack on the Earth.
Reprints
Keywords
fourth dimension; hourglass; sound barrier; time barrier; UFO

Indexer Notes

This story begins on page 336; the Table of Contents states page 335, in error.

The Man Who Changed the Earth! (Table of Contents: 61)

Flash / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Flash [Barry Allen]; Iris West; Dr. Alchemy [Albert Desmond](villain; origin; formerly Mr. Element); Ben Sniper
Synopsis
Mr. Element breaks out of prison and locates the Philosophers Stone, which allows him to transform any element into another.
Reprints
Keywords
Philosophers Stone

Indexer Notes

This story begins on page 349; the Table of Contents states page 336, in error.

[Showcase #15] (Table of Contents: 62)

Space Ranger / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Bob Brown
Inks
Bob Brown
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Space Ranger
Reprints

The Great Plutonium Plot (Table of Contents: 63)

Space Ranger / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox (plot); Edmond Hamilton (script)
Pencils
Bob Brown
Inks
Bob Brown
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Space Ranger [Rick Starr] (Introduction); Jarko; Gurph; Myra Mason; Thaddeus Starr; Cryll; Zandor
Synopsis
The Space Ranger must stop whoever is robbing space liners for plutonium.
Reprints
Keywords
Mars; plutonium; Venus

The Robot Planet (Table of Contents: 64)

Space Ranger / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox (plot); Edmond Hamilton (script)
Pencils
Bob Brown
Inks
Bob Brown
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Space Ranger [Rick Starr]; Myra Mason; Cryll; Danaan
Synopsis
Space Ranger travels to the Sirius system and helps Danaan overthrow the robots that have taken over his world.
Reprints
Keywords
Alpha Centauri; Mount Palomar Observatory; Sirius

[Showcase #16] (Table of Contents: 65)

Space Ranger / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Bob Brown
Inks
Bob Brown
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
science fiction
Characters
The Space Ranger [Rick Starr]; Myra Mason; Ragnar-Ell
Reprints

The Secret of the Space Monster (Table of Contents: 66)

Space Ranger / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox (plot); Edmond Hamilton (script)
Pencils
Bob Brown
Inks
Bob Brown
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
The Space Ranger [Rick Starr]; President Thaddeus Starr; Myra Mason (Rick's secretary); Cryll (a shape-shifting alien sidekick); Captain Jones; rebels from Korth near Procyon; Korthan councillors
Synopsis
An octopoid space monster terrifies a ship's crew. Rick Starr (The Space Ranger), flying in The Solar King with Myra and Cryll, learn it's a space mirage broadcast by blue-ostrich Korthan rebels out to conquer their planet and Earth. Cryll's disguises and Space Ranger's use of an old iron cannon to disperse the mirages saves the planet.
Reprints
Keywords
Ganymede

The Riddle of the Lost Race (Table of Contents: 67)

Space Ranger / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox (plot); Edmond Hamilton (script)
Pencils
Bob Brown
Inks
Bob Brown
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
The Space Ranger [Rick Starr]; Cryll; Myra Mason; a Mercurian Oceton hunter; a gang led by the Plutonian Ragnar-Ell; Evan Blanchard (a space archaeologist)
Synopsis
Criminals stole a map to reach the Valley of Ice on Saturn. The Space Ranger, Myra, and Cyrll track a gang from Mars to Saturn to Venus. Finally at the Space Sphinx, they uncover the secret of the The Sacred Jewel of the Sea.
Reprints
Keywords
Mars; Mercury; Saturn; Venus

[Showcase #17] (Table of Contents: 68)

Adventures on Other Worlds; Adam Strange / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Gil Kane
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Adam Strange
Reprints

Secret of the Eternal City! (Table of Contents: 69)

Adam Strange / comic story / 14.33 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox; Edmond Hamilton (co-plot, uncredited)
Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Frank Giacoia; Joe Giella (uncredited)
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Adam Strange (introduction, origin); Alanna [aka Allana] (introduction); Sardath (Alanna's father scientist, introduction); inhabitants of Samakand; The Eternals (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
An Earth archaeologist is caught by a "zeta-beam" and teleported to Rann near Alpha Centauri where he meets Alanna and Sardath. Alien invaders, called The Eternals, attack the planet while Adam and Alanna journey to the Brigadoon-like city of Samakand to locate a life-metal called "vitatron." Adam tricks the aliens so they're stuck in Samakand, but then he fades away, returning to Earth, awaiting the next zeta-beam.
Reprints
Keywords
Alpha Centauri; Caramanga (an Incan city); Menticizer; Ranagar; Rann (a planet introduction); Vitatron; Zeta-Beam

Indexer Notes

See notes at original printing for the creative credits listed.

The Planet and the Pendulum! (Table of Contents: 70)

Adam Strange / comic story / 9.67 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox; Edmond Hamilton (co-plot, uncredited)
Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Frank Giacoia (uncredited); Joe Giella
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Adam Strange; Alanna; Sardath; citizens of New Ranagar; barbarians of the tribe of Zoora from the city Yardana (villains); invaders from Morleen (villains)
Synopsis
Zapped by the zeta-beam, Adam is teleported, not to Rann, but to Anthorann, a neighboring planet. Escaping barbarians and their "Rainbow Doom" (a teleporter), he meets Alanna and Sardath, who had used knowledge from Samakand scientists to journey to Anthorann, but crashed. Adam dons a Rann spacesuit from the wreckage and faces invaders from Morleen, who swing a "diamondium" pendulum to cut open the dome of New Ranagar. Adam ray-blasts the shaft, then fades away to Earth.
Reprints
Keywords
Anthorann; Rainbow Doom; Zeta-beam

Indexer Notes

See notes at original printing for the creative credits listed.

[Showcase #18] (Table of Contents: 71)

Adventures on Other Worlds; Adam Strange / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Joe Giella
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Adam Strange; Alanna
Reprints

Invaders from the Atom Universe! (Table of Contents: 72)

Adam Strange / comic story / 14.33 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Bernard Sachs
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Adam Strange; Rann; Alanna; Vrenn chieftain; The Vrenn
Synopsis
Adam is zeta-beamed to Rann, but pop-eyed green aliens inhabit the city! Adam is thrown into an "Orkinomikron" to wake on a desolate atomic world, having been shrunk. The Rannians will perish. He finds the original transfer machine hanging over a bottomless pit. Color streaks tell him the fuel was phosphorous. Scraping matches, he transports himself and Alanna back home, except they're tiny spies. Back on the desolate world, he rallies the Rannians and teleports to Rann. Belt units make the Rannians giants who send the Vrenn packing. And Adam is zapped away to Earth.
Reprints
Keywords
Rann; Zeta-Beam

The Dozen Dooms of Adam Strange! (Table of Contents: 73)

Adam Strange / comic story / 9.67 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Joe Giella
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Adam Strange; Alanna; Tak Vall (first appearance; villain); Moora (first appearance; villain)
Synopsis
Adam rockets over a cop to meet the zeta beam. The new rage in Ranagar is Adam Strange full-size dolls. Alanna wants to send 11 - plus Adam! - to isolationist Dys, who may be planning an invasion. Alanna fakes an emergency landing. Tak Vall, Chief Scientist, will plant "KLY" bombs in the dolls and destroy Ranagar. Adam sneaks to find Alanna. He jet-packs after a flier - as (wind-up doll) Alanna is pitched over the Flaming Sea. Alanna sees Adam blown up, but he rushes in. The doll didn't perspire. Adam sent the bomb-dolls into the ocean. At the honors dinner - he's zeta-beamed away!
Reprints
Keywords
Ranagar; Rann; Zeta-Beam

[Showcase #19] (Table of Contents: 74)

Adam Strange / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Bernard Sachs
Letters
?; Ira Schnapp (Adam Strange logo design)

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Adam Strange; Alanna
Reprints

Challenge of the Star-Hunter! (Table of Contents: 75)

Adam Strange / comic story / 12.33 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Joe Giella
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Adam Strange; Alanna; Sardath; Leothric (first appearance; villain)
Synopsis
Adam Strange is selected to be Rann's champion to face Leothric.
Reprints
Keywords
fakir; Indian Rope Trick; Ranagar; Rann; Zeta-Beam

Mystery of the Mental Menace! (Table of Contents: 76)

Adam Strange / comic story / 11.67 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Sy Barry
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Adam Strange; Alanna; Zakkad (first appearance; villain)
Synopsis
Zakkad sends a magnetic meteor to Rann to draw Adam Strange to his world where he plans to get the secret of teleportation from Adam Strange and use it to conquer the universe.
Reprints
Keywords
Ranagar; Rann; Zeta-Beam

[Showcase #20] (Table of Contents: 77)

Rip Hunter... Time Master / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Bob Brown
Inks
Bob Brown
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Rip Hunter
Reprints
Keywords
dinosaur

Prisoners of 100 Million B.C. [Chapter 1] (Table of Contents: 78)

Rip Hunter... Time Master / comic story / 8.67 pages (report information)

Script
Dave Wood
Pencils
Ruben Moreira
Inks
Ruben Moreira
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Rip Hunter (introduction; origin); Jeff Smith; Bonnie Baxter; Corky Baxter
Synopsis
Having finished work on Time Sphere II, Rip Hunter and Jeff Smith do a test run back to the mesozoic era. Meanwhile, in the present day, crooks force Bonnie Baxter and her brother Corky to take them to Rip and Jeff in Time Sphere I. Meeting in the past, the crooks have the drop on Rip and crew, until battling dinosaurs separate the good guys from the bad. But when the heroes get back to their Time Sphere, they find it's gone missing.
Reprints
Keywords
brontosaurus; dinosaur; pteranodon; Time Sphere; time travel; triceratops

Indexer Notes

Textual analysis by Martin O'Hearn and Bob Hughes indicate this story was written by Dave Wood instead of Jack Miller.

Chapter 2 The Modern-Day Cavemen (Table of Contents: 79)

Rip Hunter... Time Master / comic story / 6.67 pages (report information)

Script
Dave Wood
Pencils
Ruben Moreira
Inks
Ruben Moreira
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Rip Hunter; Jeff Smith; Bonnie Baxter; Corky Baxter
Synopsis
The crooks have hidden the Time Sphere and try to negotiate with Rip to help them find precious minerals to take back and make them rich in the present. In the midst of the discussion, the ledge they are standing on falls away and the bad guys plummet to their apparent doom. With no idea of where the Time Sphere is, Rip and crew have to set up camp for a possibly lengthy stay. But a volcanic eruption exposes the whereabouts of the Time Sphere and also puts it in danger of being destroyed.
Reprints
Keywords
dinosaurs; time travel; tyrannosaurus rex; volcano

Indexer Notes

Textual analysis by Martin O'Hearn and Bob Hughes indicate this story was written by Dave Wood instead of Jack Miller.

Chapter 3 The Great Beast Stampede (Table of Contents: 80)

Rip Hunter... Time Master / comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script
Dave Wood
Pencils
Ruben Moreira
Inks
Ruben Moreira
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Rip Hunter; Jeff Smith; Bonnie Baxter; Corky Baxter
Synopsis
As the time travelers return to the sphere, they hear the crooks, who survived the fall and found a sack full of jewels. Since each sphere can only hold 4 people, Bonnie and Corky return to the present in one, while Rip, Jeff, and the crooks head for the disabled sphere, with the pieces necessary for its repair. Once the repairs are made, and the time travelers escape a dinosaur stampede, the sphere heads for its proper time. But home, the crooks find their sack empty, since one of the immutable laws of time travel is that you can't bring anything back with you from the past.
Reprints
Keywords
dinosaur; time travel; volcano

Indexer Notes

Textual analysis by Martin O'Hearn and Bob Hughes indicate this story was written by Dave Wood instead of Jack Miller.

[Showcase #21] (Table of Contents: 81)

Rip Hunter... Time Master / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Joe Giella
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Rip Hunter; Jeff Smith; Circe
Reprints
Keywords
centaur

The Secret of the Lost Continent [Chapter 1] (Table of Contents: 82)

Rip Hunter... Time Master / comic story / 9.67 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Miller
Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Joe Giella
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Rip Hunter; Jeff Smith; Bonnie Baxter; Corky Baxter [Bonnie's kid brother]; Alexander the Great; warriors
Synopsis
(Chapter 1.) Rip has an ancient tablet locating Atlantis, but the last line is obliterated. They journey to Alexandria in 331 BC, because Alexander the Great owned the tablet. Rip and Bonnie will be executed as spies, but the "great metal bird" (Time Sphere) awes Alexander. The oncoming Persian army is huge, and Alexander would retreat. Rip jumps in a chariot and panics the elephants with a gasoline-soaked scarf. The war is won. Rip's crew find the tablet refers to a missing map!
Reprints
Keywords
Alexandria; Atlantis; chariot; Time Sphere; time travel

Chapter 2 The Forbidden Island (Table of Contents: 83)

Rip Hunter... Time Master / comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Miller
Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Joe Giella
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Rip Hunter; Jeff Smith; Bonnie Baxter; Corky Baxter; Circe; (fake) centaurs; Cretan sailors
Synopsis
Chapter 2. Alexander points the crew to the island of Aeaea, where the tablet came from. They journey. They journey there in 700 BC. Rip and Jeff fall into a pit trap. Circe and her "centaurs" warn them off. But Bonnie and Corky find the "centaurs" wear horse frames covered with skins. Circe is a pretend sorceress to protect her people. Cretan warships arrive. Rip's crew build a dragon lifted by the Time Sphere that breathes acetylene fire, and frighten away the Cretans. Circe points out a carved map and the year Atlantis sank. Bonnie is jealous of Circe's gratitude toward Rip.
Reprints
Keywords
Ancient Greece; Atlantis; centaur; Time Sphere; time travel

Chapter 3 The Doomed Continent (Table of Contents: 84)

Rip Hunter... Time Master / comic story / 6.67 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Miller
Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Joe Giella
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Rip Hunter; Jeff Smith; Bonnie Baxter; Corky Baxter; Aliens from Jexjara; R'Del (Chief Scientist); D'Zar (dictator)
Synopsis
Chapter 3. The Time Sphere arrives in Atlantis in 14,000 BC, but it's a futuristic space city! Orange aliens shoot ray guns, but the crew is saved by R'Dell's force field. Before the planet Jexjara exploded, the alien race split up to find a "New Jexjara". A colony came here, and would move on, but the dictator D'Zar won't allow it - and an earthquake is imminent. Rip shoots a giant earth globe to block the door. The aliens board ships to fly to New Jexjara. Rip's crew saved an alien race and witnessed the destruction of Atlantis - with more great spectacles to come!
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Atlantis; earthquake; Time Sphere; time travel

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    Flash
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  3. 2. Showcase Presents Showcase
  4. 3. Table of Contents
  5. 4. [Showcase #1]
    Fire Fighters
  6. 5. The Story Behind Showcase
  7. 6. The School for Smoke-Eaters
    Fireman Farrell
  8. 7. Fire under the Big Top
    Fireman Farrell
  9. 8. Fourth Alarm
    Fireman Farrell
  10. 9. [Showcase #2]
    Kings of the Wild
  11. 10. Rider of the Winds!
  12. 11. Outcast Heroes!
  13. 12. Runaway Bear
  14. 13. [Showcase #3]
    Frogmen
  15. 14. "The Frogmen" Part I The Making of a Frogman!
    Frogmen
  16. 15. Part II of "The Frogmen!" Flying Frogmen
    Frogmen
  17. 16. Part III of "The Frogmen!" Silent War!
    Frogmen
  18. 17. [Showcase #4]
    Flash
  19. 18. Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt!
    Flash
  20. 19. The Man Who Broke the Time Barrier!
    Flash
  21. 20. [Showcase #5]
    Manhunters
  22. 21. The Greatest Villain of All Time
    Manhunters
  23. 22. The Two Faces of Mr. X
    Manhunters
  24. 23. The Human Eel
    Manhunters
  25. 24. [Showcase #6]
    Challengers of the Unknown
  26. 25. The Secrets of the Sorcerer's Box! [Chapter One]
    Challengers of the Unknown
  27. 26. Chapter Two Dragon Seed!
    Challengers of the Unknown
  28. 27. Chapter Three The Freezing Sun!
    Challengers of the Unknown
  29. 28. Chapter Four The Whirling Weaver!
    Challengers of the Unknown
  30. 29. [Showcase #7]
    Challengers of the Unknown
  31. 30. ULTIVAC Is Loose [Chapter One]
    Challengers of the Unknown
  32. 31. Chapter Two A Challenger Must Die!
    Challengers of the Unknown
  33. 32. Chapter Three The Fearful Millions
    Challengers of the Unknown
  34. 33. Chapter Four The Fatal Prediction!
    Challengers of the Unknown
  35. 34. [Showcase #8]
    Flash
  36. 35. The Secret of the Empty Box!
    Flash
  37. 36. The Coldest Man on Earth!
    Flash
  38. 37. The Race of Wheel and Keel
  39. 38. [Showcase #9]
    Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane
  40. 39. The Girl in Superman's Past
    Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane
  41. 40. The New Lois Lane
    Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane
  42. 41. Mrs. Superman
    Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane
  43. 42. [Showcase #10]
    Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane
  44. 43. The Jilting of Superman
    Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane
  45. 44. The Sightless Lois Lane
    Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane
  46. 45. The Forbidden Box from Krypton
    Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane
  47. 46. [Showcase #11]
    Challengers of the Unknown
  48. 47. The Day the Earth Blew Up [Chapter One]
    Challengers of the Unknown
  49. 48. Chapter Two The Tyrans
    Challengers of the Unknown
  50. 49. Chapter Three The Thing That Came Out of the Sea
    Challengers of the Unknown
  51. 50. Chapter Four One Minute to Doom
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  52. 51. [Showcase #12]
    Challengers of the Unknown
  53. 52. The Menace of the Ancient Vials! Chapter 1
    Challengers of the Unknown
  54. 53. Chapter Two The Fire Being!
    Challengers of the Unknown
  55. 54. Chapter 3 The Demon From the Depths
    Challengers of the Unknown
  56. 55. Chapter 4 The Deadly Duplicates!
    Challengers of the Unknown
  57. 56. [Showcase #13]
    Flash
  58. 57. Around the World in 80 Minutes!
    Flash
  59. 58. Master of the Elements!
    Flash
  60. 59. [Showcase #14]
    Flash
  61. 60. Giants of the Time-World!
    Flash
  62. 61. The Man Who Changed the Earth!
    Flash
  63. 62. [Showcase #15]
    Space Ranger
  64. 63. The Great Plutonium Plot
    Space Ranger
  65. 64. The Robot Planet
    Space Ranger
  66. 65. [Showcase #16]
    Space Ranger
  67. 66. The Secret of the Space Monster
    Space Ranger
  68. 67. The Riddle of the Lost Race
    Space Ranger
  69. 68. [Showcase #17]
    Adventures on Other Worlds; Adam Strange
  70. 69. Secret of the Eternal City!
    Adam Strange
  71. 70. The Planet and the Pendulum!
    Adam Strange
  72. 71. [Showcase #18]
    Adventures on Other Worlds; Adam Strange
  73. 72. Invaders from the Atom Universe!
    Adam Strange
  74. 73. The Dozen Dooms of Adam Strange!
    Adam Strange
  75. 74. [Showcase #19]
    Adam Strange
  76. 75. Challenge of the Star-Hunter!
    Adam Strange
  77. 76. Mystery of the Mental Menace!
    Adam Strange
  78. 77. [Showcase #20]
    Rip Hunter... Time Master
  79. 78. Prisoners of 100 Million B.C. [Chapter 1]
    Rip Hunter... Time Master
  80. 79. Chapter 2 The Modern-Day Cavemen
    Rip Hunter... Time Master
  81. 80. Chapter 3 The Great Beast Stampede
    Rip Hunter... Time Master
  82. 81. [Showcase #21]
    Rip Hunter... Time Master
  83. 82. The Secret of the Lost Continent [Chapter 1]
    Rip Hunter... Time Master
  84. 83. Chapter 2 The Forbidden Island
    Rip Hunter... Time Master
  85. 84. Chapter 3 The Doomed Continent
    Rip Hunter... Time Master
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  88. 87. Showcase Volume 1
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