Showcase #37

DC Comics

United States

Published
March-April 1962
Page count
36
Cover price
0.12 USD
Colour
Colour
Size
Standard size
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/16821

Credits

Editing
Robert Kanigher

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover The Flaming Doom! (Metal Men) Cover, 1 page

"If we Metal Men fail--the world of humans will be doomed!"

Featuring

Feature
Metal Men
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Metal Men [Gold; Iron; Lead; Mercury; Platinum; Tin]; flying manta ray

Credits

Pencils
Ross Andru
Inks
Mike Esposito
Letters
Ira Schnapp (and logo?)

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
The Hundred Comic (Colour Comics, 1961 series) #70 ([July 1962?])
The Flaming Doom!
Show/hide 1. No title recorded (Magic Art Reproducer) Advertisement, 1 page

"Draw any person in one minute"

Featuring

Feature
Magic Art Reproducer

Credits

Script
? (ad copy)
Art
?
? (photo)
Letters
typeset

Notes

Inside front cover. Ad for the Magic Art Reproducer by Norton Products.

Show/hide 2. [Part I] The Flaming Doom! (Metal Men) Comic story, 8 pages

"Imagine that millions of years ago, a radioactive bombardment fell upon the..."

Featuring

Feature
Metal Men
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Colonel Henry Casper; Dr. Will Magnus; Metal Men [Platinum [Tina]; Gold; Lead; Iron; Mercury; Tin] (introduction); flying manta ray; Amos J. Talbot

Credits

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Ross Andru
Inks
Mike Esposito
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
The Hundred Comic (Colour Comics, 1961 series) #70 ([July 1962?])
The Flaming Doom
 
Australia
The Hundred Comic (Colour Comics, 1961 series) #70 ([July 1962?])
 
United States
The Flash (DC, 1959 series) #214 (April 1972)
The Flaming Doom!
 
Australia
Giant Flash Album (Colour Comics, 1966 series) #10 ([January 1973?])
The Flaming Doom
 
United States
The Metal Men Archives (DC, 2006 series) #1 ([July] 2006)
The Flaming Doom
 
United States
Showcase Presents: Metal Men (DC, 2007 series) #1 ([September] 2007)
The Flaming Doom!

Synopsis

In prehistoric times, a flying manta ray survives a "radioactive storm" and is encased in ice. Today, it breaks free and soars over the coast, zapping lighthouses, jets, and the Chrysler Building with laser-eyes. The Joint Chiefs send Col. Casper to Dr. Will Magnus's vast laboratory complex. Magnus dances with a platinum robot - who talks! To fight the "creature", Magnus creates five more robots: Gold, Lead, Iron, Mercury, and Tin. "Meet the Metal Men!" A UHF TV shows the creature tearing up a cable bridge. "We're going to battle it!"

Notes

Introduction and origin of Dr. Will Magnus and the Metal Men.

Show/hide 3. No title recorded (Justice League of America; Aquaman) Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Justice League of America; Aquaman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Justice League of America; Aquaman; Aqualad; Felix Faust

Synopsis

House ad for JLA #10, "The Fantastic Fingers of Felix Faust!" and Aquaman #2, "Captain Sykes' Deadly Missions!"

Show/hide 4. From Many Lands... Public service announcement, 1 page

"From the dawn of history, people have traded with each other to..."

Featuring

Genre
Advocacy

Credits

Script
Jack Schiff
Art
Lou Cameron
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Synopsis

Article on international trade. "It takes many countries, working together, to provide progress for all!"

Show/hide 5. Part II: The Metal Men vs The Flaming Doom! (Metal Men) Comic story, 8 pages

"A tinny voice squeaks up... Me too?"

Featuring

Feature
Metal Men
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Metal Men [Platinum [Tina]; Gold; Lead; Iron; Mercury; Tin]; Dr. Will Magnus; Col. Henry Casper

Credits

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Ross Andru
Inks
Mike Esposito
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Synopsis

The Metal MEN are going into battle, but Tina will stay "out of harm's way". Oh, no, she won't, and spins Doc in a cocoon until he relents. Boarding a "rocket disc", they find the flying manta at the bridge. After some thought, Doc has Iron compress Lead into a ball, then coat it with Tin for hardness. Iron hurls it, the manta bats it back, and the rocket disc plummets and crashes on a rooftop. As the creature circles, Tin, thinking he "failed" leaps in the path of the deadly eye beams and is shredded!

Show/hide 6. The Magic Metal Text article, 1 page

"For over 4,000 years, potters were using a rare silvery-white metal which, amazingly..."

Featuring

Genre
Non-fiction; math & science

Credits

Author
Letters
Typeset

Synopsis

Uses of cobalt throughout history.

Show/hide 7. No title recorded (Metal Facts and Fancies) Comic story, 2 pages

"The alchemists of old spent their entire lifetime searching..."

Featuring

Feature
Metal Facts and Fancies
Genre
Non-fiction

Credits

Pencils
Ross Andru
Inks
Mike Esposito

Synopsis

Facts on alchemist, gold in seawater, platinum in penpoints, molybdenum and titanium in hair color, and more metal facts.

Show/hide 8. Part III: The Metal Men vs The Flaming Doom! (Metal Men) Comic story, 8.66 pages

"But the fallen tin metal man does not realize that his self-sacrifice has..."

Featuring

Feature
Metal Men
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Metal Men [Platinum [Tina]; Gold; Lead; Iron; Mercury; Tin]; Dr. Will Magnus; Col. Henry Casper

Credits

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Ross Andru
Inks
Mike Esposito
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Synopsis

Lead forms a shield to block the creature's blasting eyebeams. Gold stretches and grabs while Iron anchors him, but they're pulled aloft to crash into the ocean. Col. Casper radios to call it off, they failed. Magnus: "There are still three of us left! We're still attacking!" Soaring in the rocket disc, Mercury smothers the manta, Platinum spins a web, and Lead adds weight. The creature crashes and sinks in the ocean, dead. But so are the Metal Men. As Doc holds models of the MM, Caspar asks the audience to drop a card to Metal Men c/o National Periodical Pub.

Show/hide 9. No title recorded Statement of ownership, 0.33 pages

Credits

Script
J. S. Liebowitz
Letters
typeset

Notes

Average number of copies of each issue sold or distributed during the 12 months preceding Oct. 1, 1961: 240,000.

Show/hide 10. No title recorded (Chet Atkins Method) Advertisement, 0.5 pages

Featuring

Feature
Chet Atkins Method
Characters
Chet Atkins (photo)

Credits

Script
? (ad copy)
Art
? (photo)
Letters
typeset
Show/hide 11. No title recorded (Grit Publishing Co.) Advertisement, 0.5 pages

Featuring

Feature
Grit Publishing Co.

Credits

Letters
typeset
Show/hide 12. No title recorded (Best Values Co.) Advertisement, 0.5 pages

Featuring

Feature
Best Values Co.

Credits

Letters
typeset
Show/hide 13. No title recorded (100 Toy Soldiers) Advertisement, 0.5 pages

Featuring

Feature
100 Toy Soldiers

Credits

Letters
typeset
Show/hide 14. No title recorded (Junior Sales Club of America) Advertisement, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Junior Sales Club of America

Credits

Letters
typeset

Notes

Inside back cover.

Show/hide 15. No title recorded (American Seed Co.) Advertisement, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
American Seed Co.

Credits

Letters
typeset

Notes

Back cover.


Notes

On-sale date from ad in Sea Devils #4 and copyright registration.

In Amazing World of DC Comics #10, in the article "There's No Cases Like Showcases" by Jack C. Harris, he notes, "Probably one of the strangest teams in comics, Bob Kanigher and Ross Andru's Metal Men ran for four issues of SHOWCASE... The wonder robots were created (and #37 scripted) in a weekend work session trigger [sic] when editor/writer Kanigher was asked to come up with a SHOWCASE concept quickly. Too unique to be lost, the robot band was launched on a 41-issue span..."

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 32332

Entry created

  • 15/07/2007

Index completed

  • 15/09/2019

Last updated

  • 15/09/2019