DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest #5

DC Comics

United States

Published
November-December 1980
Page count
100
Cover price
0.95 USD
Colour
Colour
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/34815

Credits

Editing
E. Nelson Bridwell

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover Untitled (Secret Origins of Super-Heroes) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Secret Origins of Super-Heroes
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman; Batman; Zatara; Zatanna; Aquaman; The Demon; The Flash; Green Lantern; Wonder Woman; Martian Manhunter; Wonder Girl

Credits

Pencils
Ross Andru [as Andru]
Inks
Dick Giordano [as Giordano]
Show/hide 1. Secret Origins of Super-Heroes Foreword, introduction, preface, afterword, 1 page

Credits

Letters
typeset

Notes

Inside front cover. Table of contents.

Show/hide 2. The Secret Spell! (Zatara & Zatanna) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Zatara & Zatanna
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Zatara (origin); Zatanna (origin); Batman (cameo); Hawkman (cameo); Elongated Man (cameo); Atom (cameo); Green Lantern (cameo)

Credits

Script
Gerry Conway
Pencils
Romeo Tanghal
Inks
Vince Colletta
Colours
Gene D'Angelo
Letters
Milt Snapinn

Reprint history

From GCD
in JLA: Zatanna's Search (DC, 2004 series) #nn

Synopsis

When Zatara disappears, Zatanna reads her father's diary, where he relates the events that showed him that he could perform magic by saying the words backwards.

Show/hide 3. The Origin of the Justice League (Justice League) Comic story, 26 pages

Featuring

Feature
Justice League
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Aquaman; Batman; The Flash [Barry Allen]; Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Martian Manhunter; Superman; Wonder Woman; Snapper Carr; Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; aliens from Appellax (flashback); Amazons of Paradise Island (flashback)

Credits

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Bernard Sachs
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Reprint history

From GCD
from Justice League of America (DC, 1960 series) #9 (February 1962)

Synopsis

The Justice League of America uses the occasion of its third anniversary to tell Snapper Carr about the formation of the League, involving the discovery of strange meteors that nearly doomed them forever.

Show/hide 4. Unleash the One Who Waits (Demon) Comic story, 24 pages

Featuring

Feature
Demon
Genre
Superhero
Characters
The Demon (intro, origin); Morgaine Le Fey (aka Morgan LeFay, intro)

Credits

Script
Jack Kirby
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Mike Royer

Reprint history

From GCD
from Demon, The (DC, 1972 series) #1 (August-September 1972)
Show/hide 5. Earth's First Green Lantern! (Green Lantern) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Green Lantern
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Abin Sur; Pieface [Thomas Kalmaku]; Larifars (Energy Beings); Balzona (Energy Being)

Credits

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Murphy Anderson

Reprint history

First print
United States
Green Lantern (DC, 1960 series) #16 (October 1962)
Earth's First Green Lantern!
Also printed
United States
Green Lantern (DC, 1960 series) #87 (December 1971-January 1972)
Earth's First Green Lantern!
 
Australia
Superman Presents Wonder Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1965 series) #87 ([July 1972])
Earth's First Green Lantern!
 
United States
Green Lantern Archives (DC, 1993 series) #Volume 3 ([April] 2001)
Earth's First Green Lantern!
 
United States
Showcase Presents Green Lantern (DC, 2005 series) #1 (October 2005)
Earth's First Green Lantern!
 
United States
Showcase Presents Green Lantern (DC, 2005 series) #1 (October 2005)
Green Lantern's Brother Act!
From GCD
From Green Lantern (DC, 1960 series) #16 (October 1962)

Synopsis

Hal Jordan explains to Pieface why Abin Sur came to Earth in a spaceship when all Green Lanterns can travel thru space unaided.

Notes

Recap of how Hal Jordan got his power ring. Some sources have credited the inking incorrectly to Joe Giella. Murphy Anderson inks confirmed by Bob Bailey, Bob Hughes and David Bachman. Murphy Anderson also listed in the Schwartz's pay records supplied by DC Comics.

Show/hide 6. Who Has Been Lying in My Grave? (Deadman) Comic story, 17 pages

Featuring

Feature
Deadman
Genre
Occult

Credits

Script
Arnold Drake
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
George Roussos

Reprint history

Based on
United States
Strange Adventures (DC, 1950 series) #205 (October 1967)
Who Has Been Lying In My Grave?
 
Australia
Superman Presents Tip Top Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1965 series) #34 ([February 1968?])
Who Has Been Lying In My Grave?
 
United States
DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest (DC, 1980 series) #5 (November-December 1980)
Who Has Been Lying in My Grave?
Also printed
United States
The Brave and the Bold (DC, 1955 series) #97 (August-September 1971)
Who Has Been Lying in My Grave?
 
Australia
All Star Adventure Comic (Colour Comics, 1960 series) #81 ([June 1973?])
Who Has Been Lying in My Grave?
 
United States
Deadman (DC, 1985 series) #1 (May 1985)
Who Has Been Lying in My Grave?
 
United States
DC Comics Presents: Brightest Day (DC, 2010 series) #1 (December 2010)
Who Has Been Lying in My Grave?
From GCD
from Strange Adventures (DC, 1950 series) #205 (October 1967)
 
in Brave and the Bold, The (DC, 1955 series) #97 (August-September 1971)
in DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest (DC, 1980 series) #5 (November-December 1980)
in Deadman (DC, 1985 series) #1 (May 1985)
in DC Comics Presents: Brightest Day (DC, 2010 series) #1
 
From Strange Adventures (DC, 1950 series) #205 (October 1967)
 
from Strange Adventures (DC, 1950 series) #205
Show/hide 7. The Origin of Wonder Girl (Teen Titans) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Teen Titans
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Robin; Kid Flash; Wonder Girl; Speedy

Credits

Script
Marv Wolfman
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Nick Cardy

Reprint history

From GCD
from Teen Titans (DC, 1966 series) #22 (July-August 1969)
Show/hide 8. Detective Comics is now a 50¢ comic! Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

Notes

Promo for Detective Comics.

Show/hide 9. Zatanna's Quest Text article, 1 page

Featuring

Code
L-616

Credits

Author
Paul Levitz ?
Letters
typeset

Synopsis

Summary of Zatanna's quest for her father crossover appearances.

Notes

Inside back cover. Levitz credit assumed from job number.

Show/hide 10. "Brand new--The Secret Origin of Zatara..." Foreword, introduction, preface, afterword, 1 page

Featuring

Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman; Wonder Woman; Flash; Superman; Green Lantern; Aquaman; Martian Manhunter; Abin Sur; Wonder Girl; Zatara; The Demon; Zatanna; Deadman

Credits

Letters
typeset

Notes

Back cover. Previews of the stories in the issue.


Status

AusReprints ID

  • 36683

Entry created

  • 09/06/2008

Index completed

  • 04/09/2011

Last updated

  • 04/09/2011