Colossal Comic Annual #3

Published
August 1957
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/579362

Credits

Editing
, editor

Issue contents Hide all

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

Featuring

Feature
Superman, Batman, Robin and Aquaman
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Art
Hart Amos , line art
Colours
, colourist
Text
, letterer
Show/hide 1. Daddy Superman! (Superman) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Edgar (father); unnamed mother; Al (baby); Hal (baby, Al's twin)

Credits

Writing
Al Schwartz , scripter
Art
Wayne Boring, penciller
 
Stan Kaye , inker
Text
Ira Schnapp, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original editor [credited]
 
Jack Schiff, original editor [attributed] (actual)

Reprint history

First print
United States
World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #35 (July-August 1948)
Daddy Superman
Also printed
Australia
Superman All Color Comics (Colour Comics, 1948 series) #16 ([September 1948?])
Daddy Superman
 
Australia
Superman Super Library (Colour Comics, 1964 series) #12 ([May 1965?])
Daddy Superman!

Synopsis

Twin babies are accidentally left on Clark Kent's doorstep.

Notes

DC logos and “World’s Finest Comics” banner removed from every page of story.

Show/hide 2. A Zoo for Sale! (Superboy) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy [Kal-El; Clark Kent]; Mr. Henchy; Jenny; Jimmy; Mr. Hidge; Mrs. Wiggins (flashback)

Credits

Writing
Bill Finger , scripter
Art
Curt Swan, penciller
 
John Fischetti, inker
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) #5 (November-December 1949)
A Zoo for Sale!

Synopsis

Superboy has to find a home for Henchy's private zoo animals after he busts Henchy for smuggling stolen diamonds.

Notes

DC logos and “Superboy” banner removed from every page of story. Screentone textures and shades added to all pages. pp5: Price shown on Camel rides sign changed from 25c to 1/-.

Show/hide 3. The Man Who Could Live Forever! (Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne; also as a crime boss]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; Professor Gilson; Odo Neval (villain); Marden (villain, Neval's accomplice); Big Luke (villain, crime boss); other unnamed crime bosses (villains)

Credits

Writing
Bill Finger, scripter
Art
Sheldon Moldoff, penciller
 
Stan Kaye, inker
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #204 (February 1954)
The Man Who Could Live Forever!
Also printed
United Kingdom
Batman (Colour Comics, 1952 series) #55 ([December 1954?])
The Man Who Could Live Forever
 
Australia
Batman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #55 ([December 1954])
The Man Who Could Live Forever!
 
Australia
Superman Presents Wonder Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1965 series) #16 ([August 1966?])
The Man Who Could Live Forever

Synopsis

Odo Neval offers his immortality elixir to Gotham's underworld after "proving" that he himself is invulnerable, and the crime bosses immediately begin a crime wave in order to secure funds to buy it. Batman infiltrates the group as one of the crime bosses in order to stop the attempt.

Notes

DC logos and “Detective Comics” banner removed from every page of story. pp1: Logo wording changed from “with Robin the Boy Wonder” to "With Robin”. pp2: Gun deleted from robber’s hand and wording changed in first three panels to censor the implied violence. pp5, panel 1: gun left in artwork, but criminal’s wording changed to be less violent. All instances of the following wording wording changed throughout story: ‘Jewelry’ changed to ‘Jewellery’; ‘$100,000’ or ‘100 Grand’ changed to ‘£100.000’; ‘Jail’ changed to ‘Gaol’.

Show/hide 4. Sheriff King's Last Case! (Hopalong Cassidy) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Hopalong Cassidy
Genre
Western-frontier
Characters
Hopalong Cassidy; Sheriff Jim King; Pete Ames (mentioned, but not shown); Lew Harris

Credits

Writing
Don C. Cameron, scripter
Art
Gene Colan, penciller
 
Bernard Sachs, 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) #94 (October 1954)
Sheriff King's Last Case
Also printed
Australia
Hopalong Cassidy (Colour Comics, 1954 series) #69 ([March 1955?])
Sheriff King's Last Case!

Notes

DC logos and “Hopalong Cassidy” banner removed from every page of story. Word ‘Jailbird’s’ changed to ‘Gaolbird’s’.

Sage City.

Show/hide 5. The Task That Stumped Superman! (Superman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Jasper Hawk (villain, introduction)

Credits

Writing
Ed Hamilton , scripter
Art
Win Mortimer, penciller
 
George Roussos, inker
Text
, letterer
Editing
Jack Schiff, original Assistant Editor [attributed]
 
Mort Weisinger "), original Assistant Editor [attributed]
 
Whitney Ellsworth, original Editor [credited]

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #50 (January-February 1948)
The Task That Stumped Superman!
Also printed
Australia
Superman All Color Comics (Colour Comics, 1948 series) #15 ([August 1948?])
The Task That Stumped Superman
 
Australia
Superman Super Library (Colour Comics, 1964 series) #12 ([May 1965?])
The Task That Stumped Superman!

Synopsis

Real estate developer Jasper Hawk creates a contest of a series of tasks designed to stump Superman. In reality, the tasks are designed to enrich Hawk, so Superman finds a way to accomplish the tasks but without benefitting Hawk.

Notes

DC logos and “Superman” banner removed from every page of story. Wording ‘$100,000’ changed to ‘£10,000’.

Show/hide 6. Untitled (Tommy) Comic story, 1 page

"Did you ever play golf Tommy?"

Featuring

Feature
Tommy
Genre
Humour

Credits

Writing
Yaroslav Horak , scripter [signed as Horak]
Art
Yaroslav Horak , line art [signed as Horak]
Text
, letterer
Editing
, editor

Notes

Not known if this is a reprint or original material.

Show/hide 7. Superboy's Initiation! (Superboy) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy; Howard King; Arthur Dark; Reggie

Credits

Writing
Ed Hamilton , scripter [as Edmond Hamilton]
Art
John Sikela, line art
Text
, letterer
Editing
Jack Schiff "), original editor [attributed] (actual)
 
Whitney Ellsworth, original Editor [credited]

Reprint history

First print
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #150 (March 1950)
Superboy's Initiation

Synopsis

Smallhi Fraternity invites Clark to join as a joke, so they can humiliate him with initiation stunts. Screentone textures and shades added to all pages.

Notes

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

Show/hide 8. The Costume of Doom! (Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder) Comic story, 9.25 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; Vicki Vale; Vicki Vale's newspaper Editor; Jerry Weiler (Batman impersonator); Farley Marden (Batman impersonator); Verreau (Batman impersonator); Mr. Weldon (a director); Twisty Rhodes (villain, introduction); Rhode's gang (villains, introduction for all); Hubert Hall (villain, Batman impersonator)

Credits

Writing
Bill Finger , scripter
Art
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) #85 (August 1954)
The Costume of Doom!
Also printed
Australia
Batman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #54 ([November 1954])
The Costume of Doom!
 
United Kingdom
Batman (Colour Comics, 1952 series) #54 ([November 1954?])
The Costume of Doom!
 
Australia
All Favourites Comic (Colour Comics, 1960 series) #55 ([July 1966?])
The Costume of Doom

Synopsis

When Vicki arranges a photo shoot of all Batman impersonators, one of them is shot and attempts are made on many others, including Bruce Wayne. Wayne soon discovers that one of the impersonators is aiding a gang interested in stealing gold bullion.

Notes

DC logos and “Batman” banner removed from every page of story. pp7, panel 7: wording “sprayed acid” changed to “exploded”. pp9: all of this page reduced/cropped to include first two panels of pp10; and pp10 has only last two panels of story, with a “Peg” cartoon inserted to fill other .75 of page.

Show/hide 9. Untitled (Peg) Comic story, 0.75 pages

""Hello, Sandra! Why all the tears?""

Featuring

Feature
Peg
Genre
Teen
Characters
Peg; Sandra

Credits

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

Reprint history

First print
United States
Leave it to Binky (DC, 1948 series) #38 (March 1954)
Untitled

Synopsis

Sandra is upset her boyfriend is going to college.

Show/hide 10. Undersea Artist! (Aquaman) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Aquaman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Walter Mason

Credits

Writing
Joe Samachson, scripter
Art
John Daly, line art
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #149 (February 1950)
Undersea Artist!

Notes

DC logos and “Adventure Comics” banner removed from every page of story. Wording $3,000 prize’ changed to ‘3,000 prize’. Screentone textures and shades added to all pages.

Show/hide 11. Christmastown, 1948. (Superman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Mr. Osborne (first name unknown); Danny Osborne; Santa Claus (as costume only)

Credits

Writing
Al Schwartz, scripter
Art
Win Mortimer, line art
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #117 (February 1948)
Christmastown, U.S.A.!
Also printed
Australia
Superman All Color Comics (Colour Comics, 1948 series) #19 ([December 1948])
Christmastown, 1948
 
United Kingdom
Superman (KGM, 1950? series) #9 (December 1950)
Christmastown
 
United States
Limited Collectors' Edition (DC, 1972 series) #C-34 (February-March 1975)
Christmastown, U. S. A.!

Synopsis

Christmastown is flooded, but Superman helps turn the disaster into Central Valley's most amazing Christmas ever.

Notes

Original title of this story: “Christmastown, U.S.A.” DC logos and “Action Comics” banner removed from every page of story. pp1: wording ‘Christmas, 1947’ changed to ‘Christmas, 1948’.

Show/hide 12. Untitled (Shorty) Comic story, 1 page

"It seems like I've been driving for hours!"

Featuring

Feature
Shorty
Genre
Humour

Credits

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

Reprint history

First print
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #189 (February 1954)
Shorty
Show/hide 13. The Boy Who Stole a Brain! (Superboy) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy; Charley Hendricks; Fred

Credits

Writing
John Broome , 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) #9 (July-August 1950)
The Boy Who Stole a Brain!
Also printed
Australia
Superboy Comics (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #21 ([October 1950?])
The Boy Who Stole a Brain!

Synopsis

Superboy has to teach Charley Hendricks that cheating is not a victimless crime.

Notes

DC logos and “Superboy” banner removed from every page of story. Words ‘Brush Blaze’ changed to ‘Grass Fire’; ‘Druggist’ to ‘Chemist’; ‘Chicago’ to ‘Melbourne’.

Show/hide 14. Batman -- Indian Chief! (Batman) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne; also as Man-of-the-Bats]; Robin [Dick Grayson; also as Little Raven]; Chief Man-of-the-Bats [Great Eagle] (introduction); Little Raven [Little Eagle] (introduction); Black Elk (villain, introduction)

Credits

Writing
Ed Herron, scripter
Art
Bob Kane, penciller [signed]
 
Stan Kaye, inker
Text
Pat Gordon, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original editor [credited]
 
Jack Schiff, original editor [attributed] (actual)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Batman (DC, 1940 series) #86 (September 1954)
Batman--Indian Chief!
Also printed
Australia
Batman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #55 ([December 1954])
Batman -- Indian Chief!
 
United Kingdom
Batman (Colour Comics, 1952 series) #55 ([December 1954?])
Batman--Indian Chief!
 
United States
Batman Annual (DC, 1961 series) #2 ([Winter] 1961)
Batman -- Indian Chief!
 
Australia
Giant Batman Album (Colour Comics, 1962 series) #2 ([December 1962?])
 
Australia
Giant Batman Album (Colour Comics, 1962 series) #2 ([December 1962?])
Batman--Indian Chief
 
United States
Batman from the Thirties to the Seventies (Crown, 1971) #73-168329 (October 1971)
Batman -- Indian Chief
 
United States
DC Comics Classics Library: The Batman Annuals (DC, 2009 series) #1 (April 2009)
Batman -- Indian Chief!
 
United States
Batman: The Black Casebook (DC, 2009 series) ([June] 2009)
Batman -- Indian Chief!

Synopsis

The Dynamic Duo come upon a duo dressing very much the same as the famed Batman and Robin, these being an Indian version. They are asked by the wounded "Man-of-the-Bats" to substitute for he and his fighting aide in battling against Black Elk, who has been terrorizing the countryside, and who suspects Man-of-the-Bats and Great Eagle to be the same man.

Notes

DC logos and “Batman” banner removed from every page of story. pp10: artwork extended and altered to make it into one pages instead of .67 page.

Show/hide 15. The Case of the Friendly Thief! (Hopalong Cassidy) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Hopalong Cassidy
Genre
Western-frontier

Credits

Writing
Gardner Fox, 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) #92 (August 1954)
The Case of the Friendly Thief
Also printed
Australia
Hopalong Cassidy (Colour Comics, 1954 series) #69 ([March 1955?])
The Case of the Friendly Thief!

Notes

DC logos and “Hopalong Cassidy” banner removed from every page of story. Word ‘Jail’ changed to ‘Gaol’. pp6: last two panels artwork and wording changed to censor the implied violence. pp8: artwork extended and altered to make it into one pages instead of .67 page.

Show/hide 16. Her Majesty Lois Lane! (Superman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Prime Minister Zangar (intro); Bobo (intro); Katrina (intro)

Credits

Writing
Joe Samachson, scripter
Art
Al Plastino, line art
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #54 (September-October 1948)
Her Majesty Lois Lane!
Also printed
Australia
Superman All Color Comics (Colour Comics, 1948 series) #19 ([December 1948])
Her Majesty, Lois Lane
 
United Kingdom
Superman (KGM, 1950? series) #9 (December 1950)
Her Majesty, Lois Lane

Synopsis

Lois Lane briefly becomes queen of Cornovia.

Notes

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

Show/hide 17. Superboy's Great Amateur Hour! (Superboy) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy [Clark Kent]; Ma Kent; Pa Kent; The Maestro; Taps; Biceps; Canary; Mrs. Montgomery Mint; Wordsworth Mint; Artie Barnes; Joe; Sally Webster

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
John Sikela, penciller
 
Ed Dobrotka, inker
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original editor [credited]
 
Jack Schiff, original editor [attributed] (actual)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superboy (DC, 1949 series) #3 (July-August 1949)
Superboy's Great Amateur Hour!
Also printed
Australia
Superboy Comics (Color Comics, 1949 series) #9 ([October 1949?])
Superboy's Great Amateur Hour!

Notes

DC logos and “Superboy” banner removed from every page of story. All references to ‘$’ changed to ‘£’ for monetary amounts.


Status

This issue includes help from

  • David Studham
  • Russell Page

AusReprints ID

  • 2158

Entry created

  • 11/01/2005

Cover added

  • 01/12/2021

Index completed

  • 06/09/2021

Last updated

  • 09/08/2022