The Essential Showcase 1956-1959

DC Comics

United States.

Published
[November] 1992
Page count
196
Cover price
19.95 USD
Colour
Colour
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/45505

Credits

Editing
Bob Kahan

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Show/hide Cover Untitled Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Genre
Superhero

Credits

Art
various
Colours
Tom McCraw
Editing
Bob Kahan
Show/hide 1. Untitled (Frogmen) Cover reprint (on interior page), ? pages

Featuring

Feature
Frogmen

Credits

Art
Russ Heath

Reprint history

From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #3 (July-August 1956)
Show/hide 2. Untitled (Challengers of the Unknown) Cover reprint (on interior page), ? pages

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown

Credits

Art
Jack Kirby

Reprint history

From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #7 (March-April 1957)
Show/hide 3. Untitled (Challengers of the Unknown) Cover reprint (on interior page), ? pages

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown

Credits

Art
Jack Kirby

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From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #12 (January-February 1958)
Show/hide 4. Untitled (Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane) Cover reprint (on interior page), ? pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane

Credits

Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye

Reprint history

From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #10 (September-October 1957)
Show/hide 5. Untitled (Flash) Cover reprint (on interior page), ? pages

Featuring

Feature
Flash

Credits

Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Frank Giacoia .

Reprint history

From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #8 (May-June 1957)
Show/hide 6. Untitled (Flash) Cover reprint (on interior page), ? pages

Featuring

Feature
Flash

Credits

Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Frank Giacoia

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From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #14 (May-June 1958)
Show/hide 7. Untitled (Space Ranger) Cover reprint (on interior page), ? pages

Featuring

Feature
Space Ranger

Credits

Art
Bob Brown

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From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #15 (July-August 1958)
Show/hide 8. Untitled (Space Ranger) Cover reprint (on interior page), ? pages

Featuring

Feature
Space Ranger

Credits

Art
Bob Brown

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From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #16 (September-October 1958)
Show/hide 9. Untitled (Adam Strange) Cover reprint (on interior page), ? pages

Featuring

Feature
Adam Strange

Credits

Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Frank Giacoia

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From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #18 (January-February 1959)
Show/hide 10. Untitled (Adam Strange) Cover reprint (on interior page), ? pages

Featuring

Feature
Adam Strange

Credits

Art
Gil Kane

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From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #19 (March-April 1959)
Show/hide 11. Untitled (Rip Hunter...Time Master) Cover reprint (on interior page), ? pages

Featuring

Feature
Rip Hunter...Time Master

Credits

Art
Bob Brown

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From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #20 (May-June 1959)
Show/hide 12. Untitled (Rip Hunter...Time Master) Cover reprint (on interior page), ? pages

Featuring

Feature
Rip Hunter...Time Master

Credits

Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Joe Giella

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From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #21 (July-August 1959)
Show/hide 13. Untitled (Introduction) Text article, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Introduction

Credits

Author
Paul Kupperberg
Letters
typeset
Show/hide 14. Untitled (Fireman Farrell) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Fireman Farrell

Credits

Art
John Prentice

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First print
United States
Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #1 (March-April 1956)
Untitled
From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #1 (March 1956)
Show/hide 15. The Story Behind Showcase Comic story, 1 page

Credits

Script
Jack Schiff
Art
Win Mortimer

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From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #1 (March 1956)
Show/hide 16. The School for Smoke Eaters (Fireman Farrell) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Fireman Farrell

Credits

Script
Arnold Drake
Art
John Prentice

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Based on
United States
Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #1 (March-April 1956)
The School for Smoke-Eaters
Printed in
Australia
Mighty The 100-Page Comic! (Colour Comics, 1957 series) #2 ([November 1957?])
The School for Smoke-Eaters
From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #1 (March 1956)
Show/hide 17. Fire Under the Big Top (Fireman Farrell) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Fireman Farrell

Credits

Script
Arnold Drake
Art
John Prentice

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First print
United States
Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #1 (March-April 1956)
Fire under the Big Top
Also printed
Australia
Century the 100 Page Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1956 series) #16 ([September 1957?])
Fire Under the Big Top
 
United States
DC Special (DC, 1968 series) #10 (January-February 1971)
Fire under the Big Top
From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #1 (March 1956)
Show/hide 18. Fourth Alarm (Fireman Farrell) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Fireman Farrell

Credits

Script
Arnold Drake
Art
John Prentice

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Based on
United States
Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #1 (March-April 1956)
Fourth Alarm
Printed in
Australia
Mighty The 100-Page Comic! (Colour Comics, 1957 series) #3 ([January 1958?])
Fourth Alarm
From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #1 (March 1956)
Show/hide 19. Untitled (Flash) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Flash

Credits

Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Joe Kubert

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From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #4 (September-October 1956)
Show/hide 20. Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt (Flash) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Flash
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Flash [Barry Allen] (first appearance; origin); Flash [Jay Garrick] (on a comic book cover); Iris West (first appearance); The Turtle Man (villain; later The Turtle)

Credits

Script
Bob Kanigher
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Joe Kubert

Reprint history

Based on
United States
Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #4 (September-October 1956)
Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt!
 
Australia
The Hundred Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1956 series) #3 ([December 1956?])
Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt
 
Australia
The Flash (KG Murray, 1975 series) #131 ([June 1976?])
Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt
Also printed
United States
Secret Origins (DC, 1961 series) #1 (Summer 1961)
Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt
 
United States
Secret Origins (DC, 1973 series) #1 (February-March 1973)
Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt
 
United States
Secret Origins of the Super DC Heroes (Crown, 1976 series) (1976)
Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt!
 
United Kingdom
The Super Heroes Monthly (Egmont Publishing, 1980 series) v1#8 (May 1981)
Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt
 
United States
The Greatest Flash Stories Ever Told (DC, 1991 series) (1991)
Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt
 
United States
The Flash Archives (DC, 1994 series) #Volume 1 ([June] 1996)
Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt!
 
United States
Secret Origins Replica Edition (DC, 1998 series) (1998)
Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt
 
United States
Millennium Edition: Showcase 4 (DC, 2000 series) (January 2000)
Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt!
Printed in
United States
Showcase Presents: The Flash (DC, 2007 series) #1 (May 2007)
Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt!
From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #4 (September-October 1956)

Notes

First appearance of Barry Allen as the Flash.

Show/hide 21. The Man Who Broke the Time Barrier (Flash) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Flash
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Flash [Barry Allen]; Mazdan (villain)

Credits

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Joe Kubert

Reprint history

From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #4 (September-October 1956)
Show/hide 22. Untitled (Challengers of the Unknown) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown

Credits

Art
Jack Kirby

Reprint history

From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #6 (January-February 1957)
Show/hide 23. The Secret of the Sorcerer's Box (Challengers of Unknown) Comic story, 24 pages

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of Unknown
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Prof Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis] (first appearance; origin); sailors; citizens; VILLAIN: Mr. Morelian (first appearance; dies)

Credits

Script
Jack Kirby (plot, script)
Dave Wood (script rewrite)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
?
Roz Kirby (black fill-ins)
Letters
Ben Oda

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From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #6 (January-February 1957)

Synopsis

When four men walk away from a plane crash unharmed, they decide they are now living on borrowed time and vow to use that time challenging the unknown. In their first official case, they are asked by the sorcerer Morelian to open the four chambers of an ancient box. The Challs open the first three chambers, releasing a stone giant created and destroyed by pure thought, a sentient sun that freezes by consuming all nearby heat which Red traps in a vaccuum chamber, and a device that covers things in ribbons of plastic, but which can be controlled by the dial on its container. Before the Challs can open the fourth chamber, Morelian opens it and removes a diamond ring. He points out an inscription on the box which claims the box contains immortality, and takes off with his prize. But Morelian's plane immediately stalls and crashes. The Challs decide that immortality was contained in the box itself, not its contents.

Notes

1) Credits updated 10/06 by Bob Hughes. Previously inker listed as Marvin Stein. Per Stein's conversations with Greg Theakston, he did not ink any Challengers stories. 2) An epilogue occurs in Secret Origins 12 (1987), when the Challengers are reunited with the box to solve its final mystery. 3) Letters credit from Rodrigo Baeza via the editor e-mail list on March 5, 2007. 4) Learn more about the Challengers at www.challengersoftheunknown.com.

Show/hide 24. Untitled (Sperman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Sperman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane

Credits

Art
Al Plastino

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From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #9 (July-August 1957)
Show/hide 25. The Girl in Superman's Past (Lois Lane) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Lois Lane
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Lois Lane; Lana Lang; Superman [Clark Kent]

Credits

Script
Jerry Coleman
Art
Al Plastino

Reprint history

From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #9 (July-August 1957)

Synopsis

Lois meets Lana Lang for the first time, and the girls immediately compete to see whom Superman likes better. But Superman refuses to fall into their traps.

Show/hide 26. The New Lois Lane (Lois Lane) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Lois Lane
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; "Con" Conners

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Ruben Moreira
Inks
Al Plastino

Reprint history

First print
United States
Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #9 (July-August 1957)
The New Lois Lane
Also printed
Australia
Mighty The 100-Page Comic! (Colour Comics, 1957 series) #2 ([November 1957?])
The New Lois Lane
 
United States
Millennium Edition: Showcase 9 (DC, 2001 series) (January 2001)
The New Lois Lane
 
United States
Showcase Presents: Superman Family (DC, 2006 series) #Volume One (2006)
The New Lois Lane
From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #9 (July-August 1957)

Synopsis

Superman hopes that Lois' constant snooping to find his identity will provide evidence to convince "Con" Conners that he is wrong in believing that Clark Kent is Superman.

Notes

artist changed from Ruben Moreira by Bob Hughes 3/06

Show/hide 27. Mrs. Superman (Lois Lane) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Lois Lane
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman, Jimmy Olsen, Lulu Lyons (intro)

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Art
Al Plastino

Reprint history

From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #9 (July-August 1957)
Show/hide 28. Untitled (Challengers of the Unknown) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown

Credits

Art
Jack Kirby

Reprint history

From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #11 (November-December 1957)
Show/hide 29. The Day the Earth Blew Up (Challengers of Unknown) Comic story, 24 pages

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of Unknown
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Rocky Davis; Professor Haley; Red Ryan]; Carl Jackson; Warren Moss; Commander Lockwood; Colonel Price. Villains: General Tolek; Garnat; and other Tyrans.

Credits

Script
David Wood
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Bruno Premiani

Reprint history

Based on
United States
Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #11 (November-December 1957)
The Day the Earth Blew Up
 
United States
Challengers of the Unknown (DC, 1973 series) #80 (June-July 1973)
The Day The Earth Blew Up
 
United States
Challengers of the Unknown Archives (DC, 2003 series) #Volume 1 ([July] 2003)
The Day the Earth Blew Up [Chapter 1]
Printed in
Australia
Mighty The 100-Page Comic! (Colour Comics, 1957 series) #3 ([January 1958?])
The Day the Earth Blew Up
Also printed
Australia
Superman Presents World's Finest Comic Monthly (KG Murray, 1974 series) #109 ([May 1974?])
The Day Earth Blew Up [Chapter 1]
 
United States
Showcase Presents Challengers of the Unknown (DC, 2006 series) #Volume 1 ([October] 2006)
The Day the Earth Blew Up
From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #11 (November-December 1957)

Synopsis

At the Pentagon, Navy officers and scientists are stumped. Two scientists mysteriously disappeared in Antarctica. They call in "men capable of handling the unknown". Ace takes the call. He, Rocky, and Red fly. They'll pick up Prof along the way. Off New Guinea, Prof is astounded to find a volcano rising from the sea bed. In the Antarctic, the Challengers snow-tractor toward the mystery spot. The tractor bogs in a snowstorm and needs repairs. Ace and Rocky explore and fall through thin ice! They land on a futuristic bridge. Above, Prof and Red are captured by skinny orange aliens in bubble-suits.

Show/hide 30. Untitled (Flash) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Flash

Credits

Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Frank Giacoia

Reprint history

From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #13 (March-April 1958)
Show/hide 31. Around the World in 80 Minutes (Flash) Comic story, 14 pages
Show/hide 32. Master of the Elements (Flash) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Flash
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Flash [Barry Allen]; Iris West; Mr. Element [Albert Desmond](first appearance; origin; villain; later called Dr. Alchemy); Argon (villain); Radon (villain); Krypton (villain); Xenon (villain)

Credits

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Frank Giacoia

Reprint history

Based on
United States
Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #13 (March-April 1958)
The Master of the Elements!
 
United States
Flash Annual (DC, 1963 series) #1 (Summer 1963)
Master of the Elements!
Also printed
Australia
The Hundred Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1956 series) #22 ([July 1958?])
Master of the Elements
Printed in
Australia
Flash Album (Colour Comics, 1965 series) #1 ([1965?])
Master of the Elements!
Also printed
United States
The Flash Archives (DC, 1994 series) #Volume 1 ([June] 1996)
Master of the Elements!
 
United States
Showcase Presents: The Flash (DC, 2007 series) #1 (May 2007)
Master of the Elements!
From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #13 (March-April 1958)

Synopsis

Mr. Element and his henchmen shoot Flash into space in an attempt to get rid of him.

Notes

vs. Mr. Element 1st

Show/hide 33. Untitled (Adam Strange) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Adam Strange

Credits

Art
Gil Kane

Reprint history

From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #17 (November-December 1958)
Show/hide 34. Secret of the Eternal City (Adam Strange) Comic story, 15 pages

Featuring

Feature
Adam Strange
Genre
Science fiction
Characters
Adam Strange (intro, origin); Rann [planet] (intro)

Credits

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Bernard Sachs

Reprint history

Based on
United States
Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #17 (November-December 1958)
 
Australia
All Star Adventure Comic (Colour Comics, 1960 series) #58 ([August 1969?])
Secret of the Eternal City
 
United States
Showcase Presents: Adam Strange (DC, 2007 series) #1 ([August] 2007)
Secret of the Eternal City!
Printed in
Australia
All Favourites, The 100-Page Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #12 ([March 1959?])
Secret of the Eternal City!
From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #17 (November-December 1958)

Notes

origin & 1st appearance Adam Strange

Show/hide 35. The Planet and the Pendulum (Adam Strange) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Adam Strange
Genre
Science fiction

Credits

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Bernard Sachs

Reprint history

Based on
United States
Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #17 (November-December 1958)
Printed in
Australia
The Hundred Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1956 series) #32 ([May 1959?])
The Planet and the Pendulum!
From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #17 (November-December 1958)

Notes

logo is Adventures on Other Worlds


Status

AusReprints ID

  • 34138

Entry created

  • 24/09/2007

Cover added

  • 25/07/2010

Index completed

  • 25/07/2010

Last updated

  • 19/07/2008