Colossal Comic Annual #4

Published
April 1958
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 (1949–1975)
 
Colour Comics Pty Ltd (1949–1975)
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/579363

Credits

Editing
, editor

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Show/hide Cover Untitled Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman; Batman; Robin; Aquaman

Credits

Art
Hart Amos, line art
Colours
, colourist
Text
, letterer
Show/hide 1. The Richest Man in the World! (Superman) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; Stephen Van Schuyler III; Mary Jones

Credits

Writing
Bill Woolfolk, scripter
Art
Wayne Boring, penciller
 
Stan Kaye, inker
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original editor [credited]
 
Mort Weisinger, original editor [attributed] (actual)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #55 (November-December 1948)
The Richest Man in the World!
Also printed
Australia
Superman Color Comics (Colour Comics, 1949 series) #21 ([February 1949])
The Richest Man in the World
 
Australia
Colossal Comic Annual (Colour Comics, 1956 series) #4 ([April 1958])

Synopsis

Millionaire Stephen Van Schuyler wants to marry Lois Lane, so she stages a contest to see who can give her the most spectacular gifts, Schuyler or Superman.

Notes

DC logos and “Superman” banner removed from every page of story. pp2: “$500,000” changed to “£100,000”. All other “$” or “Dollars” changed to “£” or “Pounds” throughout story.

Show/hide 2. Superboy's Man of Steel! (Superboy) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy; Percy the robot (intro); Prof Harmon

Credits

Writing
Bill Finger , scripter
Art
John Sikela, 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

Based on
United States
Superboy (DC, 1949 series) #9 (July-August 1950)
Superboy's Man of Steel!
Also printed
Australia
Superboy Comics (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #21 ([October 1950])
Superboy's Man of Steel!
 
United Kingdom
Superboy Adventure Book (Atlas Publishing, 1955 series) #1956-57 (1956)
Superboy's Man of Steel

Notes

DC logos and “Superboy” banner removed from every page of story. pp3: wording: “Trigger grabs a bulb of deadly chemical gas, and...” changed to “Trigger grabs a glass bulb, and......”; and “before he dies of asphyxiation!” changed to “before it harms him.”

Show/hide 3. The Nine Worlds of Batman! (Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; Dr. Karnes (space college director); Karne's assistants [Hawley; Wilson; Smith; Venner]; Groff (villain, a spy); Duke (villain); Duke's men (villains)

Credits

Writing
Ed Herron, 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) #208 (June 1954)
The Nine Worlds of Batman
Also printed
United Kingdom
Batman (KGM, 1952 series) #56 ([April 1955?])
The Nine Worlds of Batman

Synopsis

When a gang uses an experimental missile to rob a bank vault, Batman suspects the device was taken from a space college and joins the college's volunteer staff to ferret out the truth.

Notes

DC logos and “Detective Comics” banner removed from every page of story.

Show/hide 4. The Silver Badge of Courage! (Hopalong Cassidy) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Hopalong Cassidy
Genre
Western-frontier
Characters
Hopalong Cassidy; Zake Enders; Lucas; Charles Drewson

Credits

Writing
John Broome, scripter
Art
Gene Colan, penciller
 
Ray Burnley, 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) #93 (September 1954)
The Silver Badge of Courage!
Also printed
Australia
Hopalong Cassidy (Colour Comics, 1954 series) #70 ([March 1955?])
The Silver Badge of Courage!

Notes

DC logos and “Hopalong Cassidy” banner removed from every page of story. pp2, panel 5: wording changed from: “Aw, why don’t we plug the old guy?” to “Why don't we get rid of this old fellow”; and “Let him live!” changed to “Leave him alone”. Last page of original story artwork extended and altered to make it into a full page instead on 0.67 page.

Prairie Town.

Show/hide 5. The Modern Nostradamus! (Superman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Luthor (villain); Nostradamus (modern day hermit); Nostradamus (original, flashback); King Henry II (flashback)

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
Al Plastino, line art
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original editor [credited]

Reprint history

First print
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #125 (October 1948)
The Modern Nostradamus!
Also printed
Australia
Superman Color Comics (Colour Comics, 1949 series) #21 ([February 1949])
The Modern Nostradamus

Synopsis

A modern day Nostradamus predicts calamities that Superman must prevent, unaware that the "predictions" are part of Luthor's latest scheme.

Notes

DC logos and “Action Comics” banner removed from every page of story. pp1: Three written predictions deleted from Nostradamus’s book; and wording changed from “I predict” to “ I predict 1: Superman will”.

Show/hide 6. Superboy Hunts for a Job (Superboy) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy; Ma Kent; Perry White

Credits

Writing
Al Schwartz, scripter
Art
John Sikela, 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) #152 (May 1950)
Superboy Hunts for a Job
Also printed
Australia
Superboy (Colour Comics, 1949 series) #20 ([September 1950?])
Superboy Hunts For a Job
 
Australia
Colossal Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #49 ([May 1969?])
Superboy Hunts for a Job

Synopsis

Clark goes to Metropolis during school vacation to try to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up.

Notes

DC logos and “Adventure Comics” banner removed from every page of story. pp3: wording: “--with Easter vacation starting, I’d go” changed to “that next holidays I’ll go”; and “Easter vacation” changed to “school vacation”. pp4: “busboy” changed to “waiter”. pp6: “frozen fudge” changed to “ice cream”; and “patrolman’ changed to “policeman”.

Show/hide 7. Batman Falls in Love! (Batman and Robin) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman and Robin
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Vicki Vale; Commissioner James Gordon; Magda Lupescu (a model, introduction); Jacques Terlay (villain, international fugitive, introduction); Big Charley Vance (villain, introduction); Vance's gang (villains, introduction for all)

Credits

Writing
Bill Finger, scripter
Art
Bob Kane, penciller (Batman and Robin figures only)
 
Sheldon Moldoff, penciller
 
Stan Kaye, inker
Text
Pat Gordon, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Batman (DC, 1940 series) #87 (October 1954)
Batman Falls In Love!
Also printed
Australia
Batman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #56 ([January 1955])
Batman Falls in Love!
 
United Kingdom
Batman (KGM, 1952 series) #56 ([April 1955?])
Batman Falls In Love

Synopsis

Batman is to guard a foreign model, whose life has been threatened by a smuggling ring. But Vicki Vale nearly messes everything up with her jealousy.

Notes

DC logos and “Batman” banner removed from every page of story. pp1: wording: There’s a crime wave on!” changed to “There’s work to be done”. pp3: wording “gotten away” changed to “got away”. pp5, panel 3: word balloon deleted: “Death to Magda Luvescu! Ha-Ha!”. pp6: wording “acting like a sophomore in love!” changed to “like a kid in love!”. pp9 panel 1: wording “When I’ve killed you, no one will know!” changed to “When I take care of you Batman, no one will know”. pp9 panel 2: caption wording changed from “Soon after...” to “Soon after tying up his victims and closing all windows.” and word balloon changed from “After I’ve made an important phone call from the next room. I’ll shut the windows and turn on the kitchen gas! Ha-ha… bullets can be traced— but not gas! Have you any last requests, Batman-- before you die?” to “I have a little surprise for you Batman ha ha ha just wait a few minutes. Have you any last requests?”

Show/hide 8. The Sky-Riding Outlaws! (Hopalong Cassidy) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Hopalong Cassidy
Genre
Western-frontier
Characters
Hopalong Cassidy; Pierre Dauphin; Smoky; Jack; Bill

Credits

Writing
Don C. Cameron, scripter
Art
Gene Colan, penciller
 
Joe Giella, 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) #92 (August 1954)
The Sky-Riding Outlaws!
Also printed
Australia
Hopalong Cassidy (Colour Comics, 1954 series) #70 ([March 1955?])
The Sky-Riding Outlaws!
 
Australia
Mighty Comic (Colour Comics, 1960 series) #67 ([October 1968?])
The Sky-Riding Outlaws

Notes

DC logos and “Hopalong Cassidy” banner removed from every page of story. pp1: word “Jailed” changed to “Gaoled”. Last page of original story artwork extended and altered to make it into a full page instead on 0.67 page.

Show/hide 9. The Man of Steel's Super Manhunt! (Superman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman; Alan Shotwell (Intro, Dies, villain); Lois Lane

Credits

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

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #59 (July-August 1949)
The Man of Steel's Super Manhunt!
Also printed
Australia
Superman Color Comics (Colour Comics, 1949 series) #28 ([September 1949])
The Man of Steel's Super Manhunt

Notes

DC logos and “Superman” banner removed from every page of story.

Show/hide 10. Untitled (Casey the Cop) Comic story, 1 page

"Okay, Casey, let's go! I'll watch the prisoners from here..."

Featuring

Feature
Casey the Cop
Genre
Humour

Credits

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

Reprint history

Based on
United States
Superboy (DC, 1949 series) #68 (October 1958)
Untitled
First print
United States
Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #195 (May 1953)
Untitled

Notes

DC logos and “Detective Comics” banner removed from above story.

Show/hide 11. The Man Who Knew Superboy's Secret Identity! (Superboy) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy; Pete Bates

Credits

Writing
Bill Woolfolk , scripter
Art
John Sikela, 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) #7 (March-April 1950)
The Man Who Knew Superboy's Secret Identity!
Also printed
Australia
Superboy (Colour Comics, 1949 series) #19 ([August 1950?])
The Man Who KnewSuperboy's Secret Identity

Notes

DC logos and “Superboy” banner removed from every page of story. pp2: words “$100” changed to “£100”. pp3: word “cached” changed to “hid”; and words “Later, after an auto trip to Smallville, U.S.A!” changed to “Later, after a car trip to Smallville.” pp4: words “cookie cutter” changed to “cake cutter”. pp5: words “cookie cutter” changed to “cutter”. pp12: words “normal American kid” changed to “normal everyday kid”.

Show/hide 12. Batman's Greatest Thrills! (Batman and Robin) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman and Robin
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Alfred Pennyworth; Commissioner James Gordon; Vicki Vale; Joe Hardy (MC for "Your Life Story"); King Zabot of Morbania (the "Man in the Iron Mask"); Janie; Johnny Taylor (Australian rancher); The Joker (villain); The Joker's gang (villains)

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
Bob Kane, penciller [signed]
 
Stan Kaye, inker
Text
Pat Gordon, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Batman (DC, 1940 series) #87 (October 1954)
Batman's Greatest Thrills!
Also printed
Australia
Batman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #57 ([February 1955])
Batman's Greatest Thrills
 
United Kingdom
Batman (KGM, 1952 series) #57 ([May 1955?])
Batman's Greatest Thrills!
 
United States
80 Page Giant Magazine (DC, 1964 series) #5 (December 1964)
Batman's Greatest Thrills!
 
Australia
Giant Batman Album (Colour Comics, 1962 series) #8 ([November 1965?])
Batman's Greatest Thrills

Synopsis

Batman is surprised and honored that a TV station is presenting his life story and recounting some of his greatest feats...until the Joker decides to break out of prison and do his own "honoring" of the Caped Crusader!

Notes

DC logos and “Batman” banner removed from every page of story. pp7: word “dollars” changed to “pounds”; and words “I thought you were in Australia operating a ranch” changed to “I thought you were in America operating a ranch”.

GCD previously credited the script to Bill Woolfolk, but this story is not listed in his records.

Show/hide 13. The Boy Who Went to Sea! (Aquaman) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Aquaman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Aquaman; Blackjack; Jerry Higgins

Credits

Writing
Joe Samachson, 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) #150 (March 1950)
The Boy Who Went to Sea!
Also printed
Australia
Superboy (Colour Comics, 1949 series) #18 ([July 1950])
The Boy Who Went to Sea

Notes

DC logos and “Adventure Comics” banner removed from every page of story. Screentone textures and shades added to all pages. pp2: wording “They’re crooks, murderers... and they’re robbing the yacht and its passengers!” changed to “Great Heaven! Crooks attacking this yacht and its passengers.”. pp3 and pp6: word “jail” changed to “gaol”.

Show/hide 14. The Hunters' Club! (Superman) Comic story, 11 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; The Hunters' Club (introduction); John J. Vandergilt; Percy De Lancey; Tom Alden; Wells; Orr

Credits

Writing
Ed Hamilton , scripter
Art
Win Mortimer, penciller
 
Stan Kaye, inker
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, Editor [credited]
 
Jack Schiff, editor (assistant editor uncredited)
 
Mort Weisinger, editor (assistant editor uncredited)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #50 (January-February 1948)
The Hunters' Club!
Also printed
Australia
Superman All Color Comics (Colour Comics, 1948 series) #10 ([March 1948])
The Hunter's Club!

Synopsis

When three older hunters are turned down for membership in the prestigious Hunters' Club, Superman helps give them the opportunity to capture rare trophies.

Notes

DC logos and “Superman” banner removed from every page of story. pp11 deleted from story. pp11 (was original pp12): words “trolley tracks” changed to “tram tracks”.

Show/hide 15. The Treasure of Tondimo! (Superboy) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy; Tommy; The Forger

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) #137 (February 1949)
The Treasure of Tondimo
Also printed
Australia
Superboy (Colour Comics, 1949 series) #18 ([July 1950])
The Treasure of Tondimo

Synopsis

Clark and his friends search for buried treasure, but a bunch of convicts are looking for it also.

Notes

DC logos and “Adventure Comics” banner removed from every page of story. pp5: word “jail” changed to “gaol”. pp10: words “twenty dollar note” changed to “twenty pound note”; word “jail” changed to misspelled “goal” [gaol]; words “$20 bills embedded” changed to “notes embedded”, and word “F.B.I” changed to “cops”. Also, on pp10: another instance of “jail” is crossed out but not edited.

Script previously credited to Bill Woolfolk but it's not in his pay records per Martin O'Hearn.


Status

This issue includes help from

  • Anthony Revill
  • Mark Muller

AusReprints ID

  • 2042

Entry created

  • 04/12/2004

Cover added

  • 04/12/2004

Index completed

  • 06/09/2021

Last updated

  • 13/05/2022