Superman Presents World's Finest Comic Monthly #95

Published
March 1973
Page count
52
Cover price
0.20 AUD
Colour
Black & white
Size
Standard size (180mm x 275mm)
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Format
Comic series
Branding
Colour Comics Pty Ltd
 
Colour Comics Pty Ltd

Credits

Editing
, editor

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Show/hide Cover Curse of the Dragon's Eye! (The Flash) Cover, 1 page

"The Flash vs. Mr. Element in “Curse of the Dragon's Eye!”"

Featuring

Feature
The Flash
Genre
Superhero
Code
S-1223

Credits

Art
Nick Cardy, line art
Editing
Julius Schwartz, editor

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First print
United States
The Flash (DC, 1959 series) #216 (June 1972)
Curse of the Dragon's Eye!
Show/hide 1. Curse of the Dragon's Eye (The Flash) Comic story, 14 pages

Featuring

Feature
The Flash
Genre
Superhero
Code
S-1181

Credits

Writing
Cary Bates, scripter
Art
Irv Novick, penciller
 
Dick Giordano, inker
Editing
Julius Schwartz, editor

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First print
United States
The Flash (DC, 1959 series) #216 (June 1972)
Curse of the Dragon's Eye
Show/hide 2. Super-Smiles (Super-Smiles) Comic story, 1 page

"Look! A real robot!"

Featuring

Feature
Super-Smiles
Genre
Humour
Code
B-810

Credits

Writing
Henry Boltinoff, scripter [signed]
Art
Henry Boltinoff, line art [signed]
Text
Henry Boltinoff, letterer

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First print
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #413 (June 1972)
Super-Smiles  (possibly)
Show/hide 3. Prologue: The Hawk and the Dove! (The Hawk and the Dove) Comic story, 2 pages

Featuring

Feature
The Hawk and the Dove
Genre
Superhero; teen
Characters
The Hawk [Hank Hall] (intro, origin); The Dove [Don Hall] (intro, origin); students

Credits

Writing
Steve Skeates, scripter
 
Steve Ditko, scripter (see notes)
Art
Steve Ditko, line art
Text
, letterer
Editing
Carmine Infantino, original editor
 
Dick Giordano, original editor [attributed]

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First print
United States
Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #75 (June 1968)
Prologue:

Synopsis

At Elmond University, in a small college town, pro-war and peace demonstrators face off. Caught squarely in the middle are Don and Hank Hall, brothers, a "dove" and a "hawk". They argue about compromise, force, and rights as a riot breaks out and police rush in. Meanwhile, across town at the courthouse...

Notes

There are conflicting reports on the genesis of Hawk and Dove. Carmine Infantino said he came up with the initial idea and gave it to Ditko. Dick Giordano recalled: "I came in as editor right in the middle of The Hawk and the Dove story in Showcase. Steve Ditko already had the rough plot worked out. Steve Skeates worked from that plot and came up with a script." Both men were interviewed in Comic Book Artist # 1, 2000. In Comic Book Artist # 5 Steve Skeates recaled: "It was developed by committee. There was Dick [Giordano], Carmine [Infantino], [Steve] Ditko and me." He elaborated further in Robin Snyder's The Comics #9, Sept 1997: "Carmine came up with the title. Outside of that I can't remember who created what...I wrote a plot which Dick approved. Then I wrote a full script, which was given to Steve. In pencilling it up Steve took out scenes he didn't like and extened scenes he did like. Then, I added dialog and captions to these new extensions..." Dick Giordano's Editorial page "Court is in Session!" states, "This magazine... represents the end result of the combined efforts of... Steve Ditko... who handled the art chores and made some very valuable suggestions to Steve Skeates, impressive newcomer to the D.C. writers ranks..." In "There's No Cases Like Showcases" by Jack C. Harris (Amazing World of DC Comics 10, Jan 1976) the author states: "'Like lightning,' the ads claimed, 'Steve Ditko strikes again!' This time Steve pulled his inspiration from headline jargon of the times and came up with The Hawk and The Dove for Showcase #75..." with no mention of other contributors, although Skeates is credited in the very issue. "Hawks" and "Doves" were terms for politicians who supported or opposed the Vietnam War, but the labels weren't usually applied to everyday citizens. Origin. Series continues with The Hawk and the Dove #1.

Show/hide 4. Chapter 1 "In the Beginning..." Comic story, 4.7 pages

Featuring

Genre
Superhero

Credits

Writing
Steve Skeates, scripter
 
Steve Ditko, plotter (plot suggestions)
Art
Steve Ditko, line art
Editing
Carmine Infantino, editor
 
Dick Giordano, editor [attributed]

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First print
United States
Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #75 (June 1968)
Chapter 1, "In the Beginning..."

Synopsis

In a small college town in Elmond County... In court, Judge Hall sentences Mr. Dargo, a racketeer, to jail. He vows "my boys" will get revenge. In chambers, Don and Hank argue about compromise vs. violence, but Judge Hall states they're both wrong (to be single-minded). A bomb bounces in and they dive. Judge Hall is hurt and hospitalized. The boys head back to school, but Hank sees, "That man..."

Show/hide 5. Blackhawk Promo (ad from the publisher), 0.3 pages

"Battle the forces of evil with Blackhawk in his own magazine. On sale everywhere 20c"

Details

Printed
1969? to 1973?
Genre
War
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Blackhawk

Notes

Pencils by Dick Dillon.

Show/hide 6. Chapter II, A Voice...a Voice… Comic story, 8.6 pages

Featuring

Genre
Superhero

Credits

Writing
Steve Ditko, plotter
 
Steve Skeates, scripter
Art
Steve Ditko, line art
Editing
Carmine Infantino, editor
 
Dick Giordano, editor [attributed]

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First print
United States
Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #75 (June 1968)
Chapter II, A Voice...a Voice...

Synopsis

Hank spots "The man who threw the bomb!" The boys follow into an abandoned building, but are trapped. Mobsters plan to assassinate Judge Hall. Don wishes for super-strength, or power... A "strange, disembodied" voice offers the bickering boys power. Hank gets an angry red-white hawk costume. Don gets a baby-blue dove outfit, and doesn't want it! "Whenever injustice strikes" they need only call the names "Hawk" and "Dove", but the powers will fade when not needed. Smashing free, they run, swim, and climb the hospital walls to save their dad.

Notes

The chapter titles are mixed Arabic and Roman, Chapter 1, then Chapters II and III.

Show/hide 7. Mighty Comic [Justice League] Promo (ad from the publisher), 0.4 pages

"Exploding action is yours in every thrill packed issue of Mighty Comic. On sale everywhere."

Details

Printed
1972? to 1973?
Genre
Superhero
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Mighty Comic [Justice League]
Show/hide 8. Chapter III "The Birds Fly!" Comic story, 7.6 pages

Featuring

Genre
Superhero

Credits

Writing
Steve Skeates, scripter
 
Steve Ditko, plotter (plot suggestions)
Art
Steve Ditko, line art
Editing
Carmine Infantino, editor
 
Dick Giordano, editor [attributed]

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First print
United States
Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #75 (June 1968)
Chapter III, "The Birds Fly!"

Synopsis

Costumed, Hawk and Dove burst in on mobsters come to kill Judge Hall in the hospital. Hawk breaks heads, kicks, and tosses felons. Dove tries lectures and reason - and ducking - and pitches out a window to snag a flagpole. Dove returns just in time to deflect "Boss's" gun from killing Judge Hall. Judge Hall is grateful, but wants their names. "Just Call us The Hawk and the Dove!" Their costumes melt away. The judge tells reporters he cannot condone the heroes' actions, and they should turn themselves in! The boys exit, bickering.

Notes

A 2/3 page promo for The Hawk and the Dove new magazine included at the end of the original printing has been reduced to the first quarter in this Australian reprint. This removes all the material promoting the new series and looks like a closing panel.

Show/hide 9. All Star Adventure Comic [20 cents] Promo (ad from the publisher), 0.4 pages

"Thundering Excitement is yours in All Star Adventure Comic. On Sale Everywhere. 20c"

Details

Printed
1969? to 1971?
Genre
Science fiction
More...
All Star Adventure Comic [20 cents]
Show/hide 10. The 7 Sins of Simon Stagg (Metamorpho, the Element Man) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Metamorpho, the Element Man
Genre
Superhero
Code
B-1319A

Credits

Writing
Bob Haney, scripter
Art
John Calnan, penciller
 
Murphy Anderson, inker
Editing
Murray Boltinoff, editor

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First print
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #413 (June 1972)
The 7 Sins of Simon Stagg

Synopsis

Simon Stagg's old college roommate, Ulysses Bronson invites Simon Stagg and company to see his creation, Morality Mountain, which includes statues of three of the seven deadly sins. It will cost $1 million to finish the others and Stagg hands over a check. The group are later invited to the opening of Morality Mountain. Only Ulysses is there and he insists on showing Simon alone the exhibits. The statue of Pride has Simon's face and Ulysses plans to kill Simon. Meanwhile, Metamorpho strains to keep Sapphire and Java from a chemical soup that has filled the waiting room.

Notes

This is a reprint of the first Metamorpho story after the series was cancelled at Metamorpho #17 (March-April 1968). Stories then continued as a backup in Action Comics. The text at the end of this Australian reprint is changed to reade "in the very next issue of 'World's Finest' Comics!"

Show/hide 11. Science Says You're Wrong if You Believe That-- (Science Says You're Wrong if You Believe That--) Comic story, 1 page

"The moon appears the same size to children and adults…"

Featuring

Feature
Science Says You're Wrong if You Believe That--
Genre
Non-Fiction

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First print
Unknown

Notes

Information on the perceived size of the moon, mosquitoes, comets' discovery, and season temperatures.

Show/hide 12. Big-M-X from Matchbox Advertisement, 1 page

Details

Printed
1973?
More...
Big-M-X from Matchbox

Status

This issue includes help from

  • Neil A Hansen

AusReprints ID

  • 1520

Entry created

  • 24/07/2004

Cover added

  • 25/12/2015

Index completed

  • 25/12/2015

Last updated

  • 25/12/2015