Mammoth Comic Annual

Published
December 1956
Page count
148?
Cover price
36 [0-3-6 AUP]
Colour
Black & white
Size
Standard size
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Square bound
Format
Comic
Branding
Colour Comics Pty Ltd
 
Colour Comics Pty Ltd

Credits

Editing
, editor

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

"All the champions in one volume!"

Featuring

Feature
Superman, Superboy, Batman, Robin
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Art
Hart Amos, line art
Colours
, colourist
Text
, letterer

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First published in this issue

Notes

Dave Studham suggests the cover may represent Olympic rings, indicating the 1956 Olympic games, held November-December 1956.

Show/hide 1. Superman, Stunt-man (Superman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman; Mike Foss (villain)

Credits

Writing
Al Schwartz, scripter [as Alvin Schwartz]
Art
Al Plastino, penciller
 
, inker
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original editor [credited]
 
Jack Schiff, original Managing Editor
 
Mort Weisinger, original editor [attributed] (actual)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #120 (May 1948)
Superman, Stunt Man!
Also printed
Australia
Superman All Color Comics (KGM, 1948 series) #15 ([August 1948?])
Superman, Stunt Man
 
Australia
Superman Super Library (Colour Comics, 1964 series) #12 ([May 1965?])
Superman, Stunt Man!
Show/hide 2. The Man who Hated Water (Johnny Quick and His Magic Formula) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Johnny Quick and His Magic Formula
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Johnny Quick; Otto Baybridge; Jim Logan

Credits

Writing
Otto Binder, scripter
Art
Charles Sultan, 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) #140 (May 1949)
The Man Who Hated Water
Also printed
Australia
Batman Comics (Color Comics, 1950 series) #2 ([July 1950?])
The Man Who Hated Water

Synopsis

Johnny Quick tries to bring two men together, one who hates water, and one who can't stand being without it.

Show/hide 3. Around the World in 80 Minutes (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; Matt Briggs

Credits

Writing
Bill Finger, 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) #138 (March 1949)
Around the World in 80 Minutes
Also printed
Australia
Colossal Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #40 ([February 1967?])
Around the World in 80 Minutes

Synopsis

Mr. Briggs hates kids, but the only job he can find is as a school bus driver.

Show/hide 4. Untitled (Peg) Comic story, 1 page

"Isn't he terrific, Peg"

Featuring

Feature
Peg
Genre
Humour
Characters
Peg

Credits

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

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First print
United States
Batman (DC, 1940 series) #57 (February-March 1950)
Untitled
Show/hide 5. The Powder-Keg Rider (Hopalong Cassidy) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Hopalong Cassidy
Genre
Western-frontier

Credits

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

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First print
United States
Hopalong Cassidy (DC, 1954 series) #88 (April 1954)
The Powder-Keg Rider!
Show/hide 6. The Man Who Could See Tomorrow (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
Superman; Lois Lane; Superboy (flashback); Brandar the Great; Margo Griffiths

Credits

Writing
Don C. Cameron , 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) #1 (March-April 1949)
The Man Who Could See Tomorrow!
Also printed
Australia
Colossal Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #42 ([August 1967?])
The Man who Could See Tomorrow
 
United States
Millennium Edition: Superboy No. 1 (DC, 2001 series) (February 2001)
The Man Who Could See Tomorrow!

Synopsis

Brandar the Great predicts the future. At a party attended by young Clark Kent he predicted that Margo Griffiths, now a young nurse in Metropolis, would cease to exist on her 21st birthday.

Show/hide 7. Ride, Bat-Hombre, Ride (Batman) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; President Jose Camaran; Colonel Morenos; VILLAINS: El Papagayo (intro); Bat-hombre [Luis Peraldo] (intro; dies).

Credits

Writing
David Vern, scripter [as David Vern Reed]
Art
Dick Sprang, penciller [credited as Bob Kane]
 
Charles Paris, inker
Text
Joe Letterese , letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Batman (DC, 1940 series) #56 (December 1949-January 1950)
Ride, Bat-Hombre, Ride!
Also printed
Australia
Batman Comics (Color Comics, 1950 series) #2 ([July 1950?])
Ride, Bat-Hombre, Ride
 
United States
Batman (DC, 1940 series) #193 (July-August 1967)
Ride, Bat-Hombre, Ride!
 
Australia
Giant Batman Album (Colour Comics, 1962 series) #16 ([November 1968?])
Ride, Bat-Hombre, Ride

Synopsis

The sickly Presidente of a Latin American nation implores the Caped Crusaders to come to his nation & train a Batman to keep law and order in his country.

Show/hide 8. The Courtship of the Three Lois Lanes (Superman) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Peggy Wilkins (I, Lois Lane's roommate); Lois Lane; Bill Smith; Perry White.

Credits

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

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First print
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #61 (November-December 1949)
The Courtship of the Three Lois Lanes!
Also printed
Australia
Superman Comics (KGM, 1950 series) #35 ([April 1950?])
The Courtship of the Three Lois Lanes
 
United Kingdom
Superman (KGM, 1950? series) #14 (May 1951)
The Courtship of the Three Lois Lanes

Synopsis

Lois decides Superman might be more likely to fall in love with her if she changed her hair color.

Show/hide 9. Superboy, "Telegraph Boy" (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; Mr. Baxter; Mr. X

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
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #139 (April 1949)
Telegraph Boy
Also printed
Australia
Colossal Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #40 ([February 1967?])
Superboy! Telegraph Boy!
Show/hide 10. The Treasure Beneath the Lake (Aquaman) Comic story, 7 pages

Featuring

Feature
Aquaman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Aquaman; Ark the Seal; Frank Fogarty; Duke

Credits

Writing
, 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) #129 (June 1948)
The Treasure Beneath the Lake!
Also printed
Australia
Adventure Comics Featuring Superboy (Color Comics, 1949 series) #1 ([February 1949?])
The Treasure Beneath the Lake
Show/hide 11. A Greater Detective than Batman (Batman) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; VILLAIN: Specs Rose (intro)

Credits

Writing
Bill Finger, scripter
Art
Jim Mooney, line art
Text
Ira Schnapp, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Batman (DC, 1940 series) #56 (December 1949-January 1950)
A Greater Detective Than Batman!
Also printed
Australia
Batman Comics (Color Comics, 1950 series) #2 ([July 1950?])
A Greater Detective than Batman
Show/hide 12. The Slowdown of Johnny Quick (Johnny Quick and His Magic Formula) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Johnny Quick and His Magic Formula
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Johnny Quick; Tubby Watts; Judge Dragg; Flash Grogan

Credits

Writing
Otto Binder, scripter
Art
Charles Sultan, 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) #135 (December 1948)
The Slowdown of Johnny Quick!
Also printed
United Kingdom
Superman (KGM, 1950? series) #10 (January 1951)
The Slowdown of Johnny Quick

Synopsis

In Turtle Town, USA speed is against the law!

Show/hide 13. Superman Returns to Krypton (Superman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman (Clark Kent; origin retold); Jor-El; Lara; Pa Kent (unnamed); Ma Kent (unnamed); Swami Riva [Dan Rivers] (I, villain); Lois Lane; Perry White.

Credits

Writing
Bill Finger, 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) #61 (November-December 1949)
Superman Returns To Krypton!
Also printed
United Kingdom
Superman (KGM, 1950? series) #14 (May 1951)
Superman Returns To Krypton
 
United States
Superman in the Forties (DC, 2005 series) ([October] 2005)
Superman Returns to Krypton
 
United States
The Greatest Golden Age Stories Ever Told (DC, 1990 series) (1990)
Superman Returns to Krypton

Synopsis

Superman tails Lois as she investigates Swami Riva. When the swami hexes Superman, he appears to weaken, and the swami begins to sell his ability to hex Superman to members of the underworld. Superman does some investigating of his own and traces the gem in the swami's turban to a meteorite. He follows the path of the meteorite back in time and across space to the planet Krypton, which he surveys as a phantom. There, he learns how Jor-El failed to convince his people of their impending down and sent his son to Earth where he was adopted by the elderly Kents. Superman returns to the present and armed with the knowledge that Swami Riva's power is actually in the gem on his turban puts him out of business.

Notes

This feature reprints the story where Superman learns his origin for the first time.

Show/hide 14. A Dog-Catcher's Life (Zatara the Master Magician) Comic story, 7 pages

Featuring

Feature
Zatara the Master Magician
Genre
Adventure

Credits

Writing
Joe Samachson , scripter
Art
W. F. White, line art [as William F. White]
Text
Ira Schnapp, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original Editor
 
Jack Schiff, original Editor [attributed]

Reprint history

First print
United States
World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #34 (May-June 1948)
A Dog-Catcher's Life!
Also printed
United Kingdom
Superman (KGM, 1950? series) #14 (May 1951)
A Dog Catcher's Life
Show/hide 15. The Boy Vandals (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; The Smash and Grab Gang

Credits

Writing
Ed Hamilton, scripter
Art
Al Wenzel, penciller
 
Stan Kaye , 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) #1 (March-April 1949)
The Boy Vandals!
Also printed
Australia
Colossal Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #42 ([August 1967?])
The Boy Vandals
 
United States
Millennium Edition: Superboy No. 1 (DC, 2001 series) (February 2001)
The Boy Vandals!

Synopsis

Superboy teaches some young vandals a lesson.

Show/hide 16. The Tenderfoot Outlaw (Hopalong Cassidy) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Hopalong Cassidy
Genre
Western-Frontier

Credits

Writing
Don Cameron, scripter
Art
Gene Colan, penciller
 
Sy Barry, inker
 
Joe Giella, inker
Text
, letterer
Editing
Julius Schwartz, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Hopalong Cassidy (DC, 1954 series) #87 (March 1954)
The Tenderfoot Outlaw

Notes

This Mammoth comic is similar to the later Colossal series, rather than the later Mammoth rebound editions.

Status

This issue includes help from

  • Spiros Xenos

AusReprints ID

  • 2213

Entry created

  • 30/01/2005

Cover added

  • 30/01/2005

Index completed

  • 17/06/2007

Last updated

  • 26/06/2021