Colossal Comic Annual #1

Published
August 1956
Page count
148
Cover price
3/6 [0-3-6 AUP]
Colour
Black & white
Size
Standard size
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Format
Comic series
Branding
Colour Comics Pty Ltd
 
Colour Comics Pty Ltd
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/579360

Credits

Editing
, editor

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Show/hide Cover Untitled (Superman; Batman and Robin; Aquaman) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman; Batman and Robin; Aquaman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman; Batman; Robin; Aquaman

Credits

Art
Hart Amos, line art
 
Win Mortimer, original designer (concept)
 
Hart Amos, penciller
Colours
, colourist

Reprint history

Based on
United States
World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #37 (November-December 1948)
 (Aquaman added)
Show/hide 1. The Man Who Was Honest! (Superman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Dr. Carl Sand (criminologist); Henry Royce (head of welfare league); John Carver (alderman candidate); Mrs. Bixby; Lloyd Marwick (president, Scientific Truth Society); Sam Nichols (photographer); Mike Chesney (mobster); Pinky (criminal); Nix (criminal)

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
Ira Yarbrough , penciller
 
Win Mortimer , inker
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original editor [credited]

Reprint history

First print
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #114 (November 1947)
The Man Who Was Honest!
Also printed
Australia
Superman All Color Comics (KGM, 1947 series) #8 ([January 1948?])
The Man Who Was Honest
 
Australia
Superman Presents World's Finest Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1965 series) #5 ([September 1965?])
The Man Who Was Honest

Synopsis

After a famous criminologist states that no person is completely honest, Lois is assigned a story to find an honest man, with an assist from Superman.

Notes

DC logos and “Action Comics” banner removed from every page of story. pp3: wording “thousand-dollar bill” changed to “hundred-pound note”, and pp4 “$1,000” changed to “£100”. pp4: wording “candidate for alderman from the third ward” changed to “candidate for alderman”.

Show/hide 2. Dick Grayson's Nightmare! (Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Doc (villain); Blinky (villain); Moose (villain, introduction)

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
Dick Sprang, penciller
 
Charles Paris, inker
Text
Gaspar Saladino, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Batman (DC, 1940 series) #80 (December 1953-January 1954)
Dick Grayson's Nightmare!
Also printed
Australia
Batman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #49 ([June 1954])
Dick Grayson's Nightmare

Notes

Actually a Robin story with Batman making only a token appearance.

DC logos and “Batman” banner removed from every page of story. pp10 of original story artwork extended and altered to make it into 10 pages instead on 9.67. pp2: wording “Chicago” changed to “down south”. Pp3 and pp4: wording “dollars” changed to “pounds”.

Show/hide 3. Silver Gloves Sellout! (Superboy the Adventures of Superman When He Was a Boy) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy the Adventures of Superman When He Was a Boy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy; Kayo Burke; Tom Burke

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
Al Wenzel, line art
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original editor [credited]
 
Jack Schiff, original editor [attributed] (actual)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #134 (November 1948)
Silver Gloves Sellout!
Also printed
Australia
Adventure Comics Featuring Superboy (Color Comics, 1949 series) #4 ([May 1949])
Silver Gloves Sellout
 
Australia
Colossal Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #40 ([February 1967?])
Silver Gloves Sellout

Synopsis

Superboy battles gangsters trying to fix a title fight between school kids.

Notes

DC logos and “Adventure Comics” banner removed from every page of story. Screentone textures and shades added to all pages. pp5: wording “hoods” changed to “toughs”. pp6: wording “due to make half a million clams” changed to “due to make a fortune”.

Show/hide 4. Untitled (Atomical Tom The Boy Inventor) Comic story, 1 page

"It's the very latest in cameras, dad ---- takes pictures automatically, develops the neg an' enlarges too!!"

Featuring

Feature
Atomical Tom The Boy Inventor
Genre
Humour

Credits

Writing
Jim Borella Swan, scripter
Art
Jim Borella Swan, line art [signed]
Text
Jim Borella Swan , letterer
Editing
, editor

Reprint history

First print
Australia
Superman Color Comics (KGM, 1947 series) #2 ([July 1947?])
Untitled
Show/hide 5. The Amazing Animal Bandits! (Hopalong Cassidy) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Hopalong Cassidy
Genre
Western-Frontier
Characters
Hopalong Cassidy; Bill Drake, Milo Riggs; Hardpan Hank; Natt Scott

Credits

Writing
Don C. Cameron, scripter
Art
Gene Colan, penciller
 
Joe Giella, inker
 
Sy Barry, inker
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original editor [credited]
 
Julius Schwartz, original editor [attributed] (actual)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Hopalong Cassidy (DC, 1954 series) #87 (March 1954)
The Amazing Animal Bandits
Also printed
Australia
Hopalong Cassidy (Colour Comics, 1954 series) #65 ([November 1954?])
The Amazing Animal Bandits!
 
Australia
Superman Presents Tip Top Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1965 series) #38 ([June 1968])
The Amazing Animal Bandits

Notes

DC logos and “Hopalong Cassidy” banner removed from every page of story. pp 4: word “unlimber” changed to “loosen”. pp8 of original story artwork extended and altered to make it into 8 pages instead on 7.67 pages.

Show/hide 6. Superboy Meets Mighty Boy! (Superboy the Adventures of Superman When He Was a Boy) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy the Adventures of Superman When He Was a Boy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy [Clark Kent]; Mighty Boy (introduction); Jay V. Atkins

Credits

Writing
Bill Woolfolk, scripter
Art
Al Wenzel, line art
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original editor [credited]
 
Jack Schiff, original editor [attributed] (actual)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superboy (DC, 1949 series) #1 (March-April 1949)
Superboy Meets Mighty Boy!
Also printed
Australia
Adventure Comics Featuring Superboy (Color Comics, 1949 series) #5 ([June 1949?])
Superboy Meets Mighty Boy
 
United Kingdom
Superboy Annual (Atlas Publishing, 1953 series) #1954-55 (1954)
Superboy Meets Mighty Boy
 
United States
Millennium Edition: Superboy No. 1 (DC, 2001 series) (February 2001)
Superboy Meets Mighty Boy!

Synopsis

A young boy is duped by an unscrupulous promoter into thinking he's stronger than Superboy.

Notes

Takes place in Metropolis. DC logos and “Superboy” banner removed from every page of story. Screentone textures and shades added to all pages. pp2: wording “$50” changed to “£5”.

Show/hide 7. Untitled (Quick Quiz) Activity, 0.75 pages

"What difference is there between a frog and a toad? Why were pre-historic periods called the Stone Age… Bronze Age… Iron Age? Are there any snow-covered mountains on the equator? How much air does the average individual breath in one day?"

Featuring

Feature
Quick Quiz
Genre
Non-fiction

Credits

Writing
Horace Elmo, scripter
Art
Horace Elmo, line art
Text
Horace Elmo, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original editor [credited]
 
Mort Weisinger, original editor [attributed] (actual)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #84 (September-October 1953)
Untitled

Notes

Artwork spaced out with additional borders to fill .75 page.

Show/hide 8. Untitled (Quick Quiz) Activity, 0.25 pages

"Is a zebra white or black? Where is the world’s largest clock?"

Featuring

Feature
Quick Quiz

Credits

Writing
Horace Elmo, scripter
Art
Horace Elmo, line art
Text
Horace Elmo, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #196 (June 1953)
Untitled
Show/hide 9. Untitled (Quick Quiz) Activity, 1 page

"About a “Boat”. What is another proof that the world is round? Is there a difference between a thief and a robber? Did the “Irish” potato originate in Ireland? Is the horn of a Rhinoceros made of bone?"

Featuring

Feature
Quick Quiz
Genre
Non-fiction

Credits

Writing
Martin Naydel, scripter ("About a Boat")
 
Horace Elmo, scripter
Art
Martin Naydel, line art ("About a Boat")
 
Horace Elmo, line art
Text
, letterer
Editing
, editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #68 (January-February 1951)
Untitled  (Single panel: About a Boat.)
 
United States
Star Spangled Comics (DC, 1941 series) #118 (July 1951)
Untitled  (Only three of four panels reprinted (excludes "Whales" panel))
 
United States
Superboy (DC, 1949 series) #17 (November-December 1951)
Untitled  (Single panel: Is there a difference between a thief and a robber?)
Show/hide 10. The Five Different Batmen! (Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman; Robin; Commissioner Gordon; Vicki Vale (blonde hair); Guy Banning; “Soupy” Sellers; Charlie Williams; The Blaster; “Spots” Derrow

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
Bob Kane, penciller (Batman & Robin figures)
 
Lew Schwartz, penciller [as Lew Sayre Schwartz]
 
Charles Paris, inker
Text
Ira Schnapp, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original editor [credited]
 
Jack Schiff, original Managing Editor
 
Mort Weisinger, Story Editor
 
George Kashdan, Story Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #65 (July-August 1953)
The Five Different Batmen!
Also printed
Australia
All Star Adventure Comic (Colour Comics, 1960 series) #39 ([June 1966?])
The Five Different Batmen

Synopsis

Five people tell their memories of Batman, who appears to be dead.

Notes

DC logos and “World's Finest Comics” banner removed from every page of story. pp7: word “dollars” changed to “pounds”.

Show/hide 11. That Old Class of Superboy's! (Superman) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent; also as Superboy] (as Superboy in flashback); Lester "Pudge" Smythe (introduction); Stanley "Flip" King (introduction); Benjamin "Dizzy" Dowling (introduction); Peggy "Red" Watson (introduction); Lois Lane

Credits

Writing
Jerry Siegel, scripter
Art
John Sikela, penciller
 
George Roussos , inker
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original editor [credited]
 
Jack Schiff, editor (uncredited assistant editor)
 
Mort Weisinger, editor (uncredited assistant editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #46 (May-June 1947)
That Old Class of Superboy's!
Also printed
Australia
Superman Color Comics (KGM, 1947 series) #2 ([July 1947?])
That Old Class of Superboy's
 
Australia
Superman Presents Wonder Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1965 series) #6 ([October 1965?])
That Old Class of Superboy's

Synopsis

Clark Kent does a story researching how his school classmates lived up to their ambitions. But as he did as Superboy when they were younger, Superman must step in to help them when needed.

Notes

Reprints the first mention of Superboy in Superman. DC logos and “Superman” banner removed from every page of story.

Show/hide 12. Exiled from the Sea! (Aquaman) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Aquaman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Aquaman; Blackjack

Credits

Writing
Otto Binder, scripter
Art
John Daly, line art
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original editor [credited]
 
Jack Schiff, original editor [attributed] (actual)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #134 (November 1948)
Exiled from the Sea!
Also printed
Australia
Adventure Comics Featuring Superboy (Color Comics, 1949 series) #4 ([May 1949])
Exiled from the Sea
 
Australia
Colossal Comic Annual (Colour Comics, 1956 series) #1 ([August 1956])
 
Australia
Colossal Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #40 ([February 1967?])
Exiled from the Sea

Synopsis

After being accidentally bathed in chemicals Aquaman emits an odor that enrages fish, so he must stay out of the sea for 30 days.

Notes

DC logos and “Adventure Comics” banner removed from every page of story. Screentone textures and shades added to all pages.

Show/hide 13. Superboy -- Super-Salesman! (Superboy the Adventures of Superman When He Was a Boy) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy the Adventures of Superman When He Was a Boy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy; Herbert Binns; Hugo Crowl

Credits

Writing
Bill Finger, scripter
Art
Al Wenzel, penciller
 
George Roussos , inker
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original editor [credited]
 
Jack Schiff, original editor [attributed] (actual)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #130 (July 1948)
Superboy -- Super-Salesman!
Also printed
Australia
Adventure Comics Featuring Superboy (Color Comics, 1949 series) #4 ([May 1949])
Superboy - Super-Salesman!

Notes

DC logos and “Adventure Comics” banner removed from every page of story. Screentone textures and shades added to all pages. Word “dollars” changed to “pounds” throughout story. pp5: words “copper pennies” changed to “pennies”, and “ten dollars” changed to “ten shillings”. pp6: words “pine tree pennies” changed to “ancient pennies”. pp6 and pp7: word “dollar” changed to “shilling”. pp8 and pp10: words “a million dollars” changed to “a thousand pounds”. pp10: words “a dollar bill for a nickel” changed to “a pound note for a penny”.

Show/hide 14. His Lordship, Clark Kent! (Superman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Julian Fyffe (villain); Mr. Mayhew; Lord Edgestream; Lady Althea; Eddie Pike [Bertram Keith-Innes Fyffe]; unnamed king; unnamed queen

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
John Sikela, line art
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original editor [credited]
 
Jack Schiff, original Managing Editor
 
Mort Weisinger, Story Editor
 
George Kashdan, Story Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #106 (March 1947)
His Lordship, Clark Kent!
Also printed
Australia
Superman Color Comics (KGM, 1947 series) #2 ([July 1947?])
His Lordship, Clark Kent
 
Australia
Colossal Comic Annual (Colour Comics, 1956 series) #1 ([August 1956])
 
Australia
Mighty Comic (Colour Comics, 1960 series) #49 ([October 1965?])
 
Australia
Mighty Comic (Colour Comics, 1960 series) #49 ([October 1965?])
His Lordship, Clark Kent

Synopsis

An English lord sends a representative to the United States to notify Clark that he is the long lost heir to an English fortune.

Notes

DC logos and “Action Comics” banner removed from every page of story. pp8 deleted from original story. pp3: Wording “$20,000,000” changed to £5,000,000”. pp7: wording “America taught me that a change for the better” changed to “A change for the better”. pp7: last panel Lois and Clark’s word balloons deleted and caption changed from: “Meanwhile... Lois and Clark stroll through the Famous London fog.” to “Unperturbed by the sensation he has caused, Clark leaves London with Lois.” pp8 (original pp9): wording changed from “Meanwhile, Julian Fyffe has not” changed to “Julian Fyffe has not”. pp10 (original pp11) wording “all I did was give it to some miners to raise” changed to “ “all I did was give it to some miners to rise”.

Show/hide 15. Rocket Plane (Superboy's Workshop) Activity, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superboy's Workshop
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
Al Wenzel, line art
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original editor [credited]
 
Jack Schiff, original editor [attributed] (actual)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superboy (DC, 1949 series) #1 (March-April 1949)
Rocket Plane
Also printed
Australia
Adventure Comics Featuring Superboy (Color Comics, 1949 series) #5 ([June 1949?])
Rocket Plane
 
United Kingdom
Superboy Annual (Atlas Publishing, 1953 series) #1954-55 (1954)
Rocket Plane
 
Australia
Colossal Comic Annual (Colour Comics, 1956 series) #1 ([August 1956])
 
United States
Millennium Edition: Superboy No. 1 (DC, 2001 series) (February 2001)
Rocket Plane

Synopsis

How to make a rubber-band powered rocket, and a tin-can string telephone.

Notes

DC logos and “Superboy” banner removed. Screentone textures and shades added.

Show/hide 16. The Original Batman (Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder) Comic story, 11.33 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman; Robin; Hugo Marmon; Commissioner Gordon; John Vulney; Lefty Lane

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
Dick Sprang, penciller
 
Charles Paris, inker
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #195 (May 1953)
The Original Batman
Also printed
Australia
Batman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #49 ([June 1954])
The Original Batman
 
United Kingdom
Batman (KGM, 1952 series) #49 ([September 1954?])
The Original Batman

Notes

DC logos and “Detective Comics” banner removed from every page of story. pp6: “$” symbol changed to “£” symbol on money bags; words “street cars” changed to “trams”. pp11: Both pp11 (all) and pp12 (except panels 5-6) of original story combined into a single page by rearranging and altering panels to fit. Last two panels of original pp12 placed on new .33 page with a ‘Varsity Vic” gag strip beneath them.

Show/hide 17. Untitled (Varsity Vic) Comic story, 0.67 pages

"The book's not here!"

Featuring

Feature
Varsity Vic
Genre
Humour; teen

Credits

Writing
Henry Boltinoff, scripter
Art
Henry Boltinoff, line art [signed]
Text
Henry Boltinoff, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #106 (July 1956)
Untitled
Also printed
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #295 (April 1962)
Missing Textbook
Show/hide 18. Superboy's Report Card (Superboy the Adventures of Superman When He Was a Boy) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy the Adventures of Superman When He Was a Boy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy; Perkins the Truant Officer; Miss Davis

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
Al Wenzel, penciller
 
George Roussos , inker
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original editor [credited]
 
Jack Schiff, original editor [attributed] (actual)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #133 (October 1948)
Superboy's Report Card
Also printed
Australia
Adventure Comics Featuring Superboy (Color Comics, 1949 series) #5 ([June 1949?])
Superboy's Report Card
 
United Kingdom
Superboy Annual (Atlas Publishing, 1953 series) #1954-55 (1954)
Superboy's Report Card

Synopsis

Since the truant officer wants Superboy to go to school, he has to pass through all the grades in one day, in order not to jeopardize his secret identity.

Notes

DC logos and “Adventure Comics” banner removed from every page of story. Screentone textures and shades added to all pages. pp5: word “jails” changed to “gaols”. pp10: sentence “The most important product of Pennsylvania is steel!” changed to “The most important product of Newcastle is steel!” Superboy warns readers not to jump off roofs while wearing capes or fake wings because they can't really fly.

Show/hide 19. Razor Blade Radio (Superboy's Workshop) Activity, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superboy's Workshop
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
, line art
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original editor [credited]
 
Jack Schiff, editor [credited] (unoriginal credited editor)
 
Mort Weisinger, editor [credited] (unoriginal credited editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superboy (DC, 1949 series) #6 (January-February 1950)
Razor Blade Radio
Also printed
United Kingdom
Superboy Annual (Atlas Publishing, 1953 series) #1954-55 (1954)
Razor Blade Radio
 
United States
Superboy (DC, 1949 series) #68 (October 1958)
Razor Blade Radio
 
Australia
Super Adventure Comic (Colour Comics, 1960 series) #30 ([June 1967?])
Razor Blade Radio

Notes

DC logos and “Superman” banner removed from every page of story. pp12: wording “the richest crook in America” changed to “the richest man in the world”; plus “and the jail” changed to “and the A” - presumably word “jail” was to be changed to “gaol” but artist forgot to make final change.

Show/hide 20. Susie Reforms! (Superman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Susie Tompkins; Tambu (villain, introduction); Kadir (villain, introduction); Crawley (villain, introduction)

Credits

Writing
Don C. Cameron, scripter
Art
Ira Yarbrough, penciller
 
Stan Kaye , inker
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, editor
 
Jack Schiff, editor [credited] (unoriginal credited editor)
 
Mort Weisinger, editor [credited] (unoriginal credited editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #47 (July-August 1947)
Susie Reforms!
Also printed
Australia
Superman All Color Comics (KGM, 1947 series) #8 ([January 1948?])
Susie Reforms
 
Australia
Superman Presents World's Finest Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1965 series) #4 ([August 1965?])
Susie Reforms

Synopsis

Lois makes Susie promise to stop making up wild stories, so when Susie witnesses elephants from the zoo flying away, no one believes her!

Notes

DC logos and “Superman” banner removed from every page of story. pp12: wording “the richest crook in America” changed to “the richest man in the world”; plus “and the jail” changed to “and the A” - presumably word “jail” was to be changed to “gaol” but artist forgot to make final change.


Status

This issue includes help from

  • Mark Cannon
  • Mark Muller
  • Jeff Battista

AusReprints ID

  • 1091

Entry created

  • 01/01/2004

Cover added

  • 04/10/2021

Index completed

  • 06/09/2021

Last updated

  • 23/12/2021