DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest #9

DC Comics

United States

Published
May 1981
Page count
100
Cover price
0.95 USD
Colour
Colour
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/35306

Credits

Editing
E. Nelson Bridwell

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover Untitled (Secret Origins) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Secret Origins
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy; Batman; Atom (Ray Palmer); Doctor Fate; Green Lantern (Hal Jordan); Krypto; Batgirl (Barbara Gordon); Swamp Thing; Aqualad (Garth); Green Arrow (Oliver Queen)

Credits

Pencils
Ross Andru
Inks
Dick Giordano
Editing
E. Nelson Bridwell
Show/hide 1. Untitled (Secret Origins) Foreword, introduction, preface, afterword, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Secret Origins
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Letters
Typeset

Synopsis

Table of contents and indicia.

Notes

Inside front cover.

Show/hide 2. Birth of the Atom (Atom) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Atom
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Atom (Ray Palmer); Jean Loring

Credits

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Murphy Anderson
Colours
Bob Le Rose

Reprint history

From GCD
From Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #34 (September-October 1961).

Synopsis

Ray Palmer discovers how to use material from a white dwarf star to shrink himself. He rescues a nature group trapped in a cave.

Notes

Reprints the origin and first appearance of Silver Age Atom and Jean Loring.

Show/hide 3. Battle of the Tiny Titans (Atom) Comic story, 15 pages

Featuring

Feature
Atom
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Atom (Ray Palmer); Jean Loring; Kulan Dar; Carl Ballard

Credits

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Murphy Anderson
Colours
Bob Le Rose

Reprint history

First print
United States
Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #34 (September-October 1961)
Battle of the Tiny Titans!
Also printed
Australia
All Favourites Comic (Colour Comics, 1960 series) #29 ([February 1962?])
Battle of the Tiny Titans
 
United States
100-Page Super Spectacular (DC, 1973 series) #DC-14 (March 1973)
Battle of the Tiny Titans
 
Australia
Superman Presents World's Finest Comic Monthly (KG Murray, 1974 series) #114 ([October 1974?])
Battle of the Tiny Titans
 
United States
The Atom Archives (DC, 2001 series) #Volume 1 ([June] 2001)
Battle of the Tiny Titans!
 
United States
Showcase Presents: The Atom (DC, 2007 series) #11 (2007)
Battle of the Tiny Titans!
From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #34 (September-October 1961).

Synopsis

Kulan Dar from the planet Julnar is trapped on Earth and forced to commit crimes by Carl Ballard, a small-time crook. The Atom rescues him and clears Jean Loring's client, who was accused of his crimes.

Notes

Reprint of the first appearance of the Silver Age Atom in costume; Kulan Dar's teleportation powers are based on europium.

Show/hide 4. Swamp Thing (Swamp Thing) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Swamp Thing
Genre
Horror
Characters
Swamp Thing (Alex Olsen); Linda Olsen Ridge; Damian Ridge

Credits

Script
Len Wein
Pencils
Bernie Wrightson
Inks
Bernie Wrightson
Jeff Jones
Colours
Adrienne Roy

Reprint history

From GCD
from House of Secrets (DC, 1969 series) #92 (June-July 1971).

Synopsis

Damian Ridge arranges a laboratory explosion that transforms his partner, Alex Olsen into Swamp Thing, then marries his widow. Swamp Thing kills Ridge in revenge.

Notes

Reprint of the origin and first appearance of Swamp Thing.

Show/hide 5. The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl (Batman) Comic story, 16 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman; Batgirl (Barbara Gordon); Robin (Dick Grayson); Commissioner James Gordon; Killer Moth; Moth Men; Burton Talbot; Alfred Pennyworth

Credits

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Sid Greene
Colours
Bob Le Rose

Reprint history

From GCD
from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #359 (January 1967).

Synopsis

Batgirl joins Batman and Robin to foil Killer Moth's extortion scheme.

Notes

Reprint of the origin and first appearance of Batgirl (Barbara Gordon). Credits for script, pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics. Inks credited to Murphy Anderson in book.

Show/hide 6. The Kid From Atlantis! (Aquaman) Comic story, 7 pages

Featuring

Feature
Aquaman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Aqualad [Garth] (intro, origin); Atlantis; Topo

Credits

Script
Robert Bernstein
Art
Ramona Fradon
Colours
Phil Rachelson

Reprint history

First print
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #269 (February 1960)
The Kid from Atlantis!
Also printed
Australia
Century Plus Comic (Color Comics, 1960 series) #48 ([May 1960])
The Kid from Atlantis!
 
Australia
Aquaman Album (Murray, 1978 series) #2 ([June 1979])
The Kid From Atlantis
 
United States
The Aquaman Archives (DC, 2003 series) #Volume 1 (2003)
The Kid From Atlantis
 
United States
Showcase Presents Aquaman (DC, 2007 series) #1 ([February] 2007)
The Kid from Atlantis!

Synopsis

Aquaman helps Aqualad, a rejected child from Atlantis, to overcome his fear of fish. Aquaman adopts Aqualad as his sidekick.

Notes

Reprint of the origin and first appearance of Aqualad (Garth). Writer credit by Martin O'Hearn.

Show/hide 7. The Origin of Green Lantern's Oath! (Green Lantern) Comic story, 9.67 pages

Featuring

Feature
Green Lantern
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Pieface [Thomas Kalmaku]; Carol Ferris; Mr. Burbank (banker); Hank (Bank Robber); Mr. Davis (Jet Mechanic); Hank (Safe-Cracker)

Credits

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Murphy Anderson
Colours
Anthony Tollin

Reprint history

First print
United States
Green Lantern (DC, 1960 series) #10 (January 1962)
The Origin of Green Lantern's Oath!
Also printed
United States
Green Lantern (DC, 1960 series) #88 (February-March 1972)
The Origin of Green Lantern's Oath!
 
Australia
Superman Presents Wonder Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1965 series) #95 ([March 1973?])
The Origin of Green Lantern's Oath!
 
Australia
The Original Green Lantern (KG Murray, 1974 series) #4 ([March 1975?])
The Origin of Green Lantern's Oath
 
Australia
Green Lantern Album (Murray, 1978? series) #9 ([August 1978?])
The Origin of Green Lantern's Oath
 
United States
Green Lantern Archives (DC, 1993 series) #2 ([December] 1999)
The Origin of Green Lantern's Oath!
 
United States
Even More Secret Origins (DC, 2003 series) (June 2003)
The Origin of Green Lantern's Oath
 
United States
Showcase Presents Green Lantern (DC, 2005 series) #1 (October 2005)
The Origin of Green Lantern's Oath!  (black and white)
 
United States
Showcase Presents Green Lantern (DC, 2005 series) #1 (October 2005)
Green Lantern #5
From GCD
From Green Lantern (DC, 1960 series) #10 (January-February 1962)

Synopsis

Green Lantern tells Pieface the story of his first three cases, on which his oath is based.

Notes

In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil's might beware my power -- Green Lantern's light!

Show/hide 8. The Super-Dog from Krypton! (Superboy) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy [Clark Kent]; Krypto; Jonathan Kent; Jor-El (flashback); Lara (flashback); Lana Lang

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Sy Barry
Colours
Anthony Tollin

Reprint history

First print
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #210 (March 1955)
The Super-Dog from Krypton!
Also printed
Australia
Superboy (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #85 ([March 1956?])
The Super-Dog from Krypton
 
Australia
Colossal Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #17 ([April 1961?])
The Super-Dog from Krypton
 
United States
Superboy (DC, 1949 series) #165 (May-June 1970)
The Super-Dog from Krypton!
 
Australia
Giant Superboy Album (Colour Comics, 1965 series) #7 ([June 1971?])
The Super-Dog from Krypton
 
Australia
Superman Presents Superboy Comic (Murray, 1976 series) #115 ([May 1979])
The Super-Dog from Krypton!
 
Australia
Superman Supacomic (Murray, 1982 series) ([1982?])
The Super-Dog from Krypton
 
United States
Superman in the Fifties (DC, 2002 series) ([September] 2002)
The Super-Dog from Krypton!

Synopsis

A super-powerful dog arrives in Smallville in a rocket complete with written records proving that he is baby Kal-El's puppy who Jor-El used as a test animal when developing his space rockets. Though happy to be reunited with his dog, Superboy needs to make sure that Krypto does not give away his secret identity several times before Krypto leaves for a romp in space.

Notes

Reprint of the origin and first appearance of Krypto. Inker id by Bob Hughes 8/05.

Show/hide 9. The Origin of Doctor Fate (Doctor Fate) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Doctor Fate
Genre
Occult; superhero
Characters
Doctor Fate (Kent Nelson); Sven Nelson; Nabu the Wise; Inza Kramer; Black Nergal

Credits

Script
Gardner Fox
Art
Howard Sherman
Colours
Phil Rachelson

Reprint history

From GCD
from More Fun Comics (DC, 1936 series) #67 (May 1941).

Synopsis

While exploring the Egyptian pyramids, Sven Nelson is killed. His son, Kent Nelson, learns the mystical secrets of Nabu the Wise from the planet Cilia, who helped to build the pyramids. As Doctor Fate, he defeats Black Nergal in his first case.

Notes

Reprint of the origin of Doctor Fate.

Show/hide 10. The Green Arrow's First Case (Green Arrow) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Green Arrow
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; Speedy [Roy Harper]; Arrow-Plane; Carter (Seaman)

Credits

Script
Ed Herron
Jack Kirby (plot?)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby
Roz Kirby (backgrounds)
Colours
Anthony Tollin

Reprint history

First print
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #256 (January 1959)
The Green Arrow's First Case
Also printed
United States
World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #187 (September 1969)
The Green Arrow's First Case
 
Australia
Superman Presents World's Finest Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1965 series) #55 ([November 1969?])
The Green Arrow's First Case
 
United States
Secret Origins of the Super DC Heroes (Crown, 1976 series) (1976)
The Green Arrow's First Case
 
Australia
Green Lantern Album (Murray, 1978? series) #10 ([December 1978?])
The Green Arrow's First Case
 
United States
The Green Arrow by Jack Kirby (DC, 2001 series) ([November] 2001)
Green Arrow's First Case
 
United States
Showcase Presents Green Arrow (DC, 2006 series) #1 (2006)
The Green Arrow's First Case
 
United States
The Jack Kirby Omnibus (DC, 2011 series) #1 (July 2011)
The Green Arrow's First Case
From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #256 (January 1959)

Synopsis

Oliver Queen is marooned on Starfish Island, where he hones his skills as an archer and develops trick arrows. When an expedition sets out to explore the island years later, he fools them with his fake-uranium arrow.

Notes

Reprint of the origin of Green Arrow.

Show/hide 11. The World's Worst Archer! (Green Arrow) Comic story, 7 pages

Featuring

Feature
Green Arrow
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; Speedy [Roy Harper] (new Origin); Chief Brave Bow; Ranger Harper (Roy's Father, flashback); Arrow-Car

Credits

Script
Robert Bernstein
Art
Lee Elias
Colours
Phil Rachelson

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Super Adventure Comic (KG Murray, 1974? series) #61 ([August 1974])
From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #262 (July 1959)

Synopsis

Chief Brave Bow helps Roy Harper become Green Arrow's new partner.

Notes

Reprint of the origin of Speedy (of Earth-One).

Show/hide 12. Follow the adventures of DC's sensational combat super-stars Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

Featuring

Genre
War

Synopsis

House ad for G.I. Combat, Unknown Soldier, Weird War Tales and Sgt. Rock.

Notes

Inside back cover.

Show/hide 13. 10 classic origin stories (Secret Origins) Illustration, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Secret Origins
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy; Batman; Robin (Dick Grayson); Atom (Ray Palmer); Doctor Fate; Green Lantern (Hal Jordan); Krypto; Batgirl (Barbara Gordon); Swamp Thing; Aqualad (Garth); Green Arrow (Oliver Queen); Speedy (Roy Harper)

Credits

Pencils
Ross Andru (illos)
Inks
Dick Giordano (illos)

Synopsis

Listing of contents with spot illustrations.

Notes

Back cover.


Status

AusReprints ID

  • 35482

Entry created

  • 28/12/2007

Cover added

  • 07/07/2010

Index completed

  • 07/07/2010