The Best of DC #16

DC Comics

United States

Published
September 1981
Page count
100
Cover price
0.95 USD
Colour
Colour
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/35609

Credits

Editing
Julius Schwartz
E. Nelson Bridwell (consulting editor)

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover Happy Anniversary (Superman) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Code
S-5043
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Jimmy Olsen; Batgirl [Barbara Gordon]; Perry White; Lois Lane; Captain Thunder; Lex Luthor; Supergirl [Linda Danvers]

Credits

Pencils
Rich Buckler
Inks
Dick Giordano
Show/hide 1. Best of DC -- Superman Foreword, introduction, preface, afterword, 1 page

Credits

Letters
typeset

Notes

Inside front cover. Table of contents.

Show/hide 2. The Origin of Superman! (Superman) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman; Jor-El (flashback); Lara (flashback); Lex Luthor (cameo); John Kent (1st named, flashback); Mary Kent (flashback)

Credits

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye

Reprint history

From GCD
from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #53 (July-August 1948)

Synopsis

After a prologue which demonstrates Superman's amazing abilities, his origin is recounted. On the scientifically advanced planet of Krypton, Jor-El fails to convince the Council of Five that Krypton is doomed. As Krypton explodes, Jor-El and Lara send their son to Earth, where he is found and adopted by the elderly Kents. As Clark grows to maturity he manifests abilities far beyond that of mortal men. On his deathbed, his father urges Clark to become a powerful force for good as Superman.

Notes

a 10th anniversary story. Name John Kent appears on Superman's father's tombstone. This is the only time this name is used. Kryptonians are shown to have x-ray vision.

Show/hide 3. The Super-Key to Fort Superman (Superman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Fortress of Solitude (intro); Batman; Joker (trophy); Green Kryptonite

Credits

Script
Jerry Coleman
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye

Reprint history

First print
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #241 (June 1958)
The Super-Key to Fort Superman
Also printed
Australia
Super Adventure Comic (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #99 ([September 1958])
The Super-Key to Fort Superman
 
United States
Superman Annual (DC, 1960 series) #1 ([August] 1960)
The Super-Key to Fort Superman
 
Australia
Giant Superman Album (Colour Comics, 1961 series) #2 ([September 1962?])
The Super-Key to Fort Superman
 
United States
World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #173 (February 1968)
The Super-Key to Fort Superman
 
United States
The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told (DC, 1987 series) (1987 [March 1988])
The Super-Key to Fort Superman
 
United States
The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told (DC, 1989 series) ([April] 1989)
The Super-Key to Fort Superman
 
United States
Giant Superman Annual #1 Replica Edition (DC, 1998 series) #[nn] (June 1998)
The Super-Key to Fort Superman
 
United States
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow Archives (DC, 2004 series) #Volume 1 ([September] 2004)
The Super-Key to Fort Superman
 
United States
Showcase Presents Superman (DC, 2005 series) #Vol. One ([September] 2005)
The Super-Key to Fort Superman
From GCD
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #241 (June 1958)

Synopsis

Someone has broken into Superman's Fortress of Solitude, so Superman searches the place for clues.

Notes

A 20th anniversary story.

Show/hide 4. The War between Jimmy Olsen and Superman! (Superman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Jimmy Olsen; Perry White; Fortress of Solitude; Kandor (unnamed); green kryptonite; El Gar Kur (villain)

Credits

Script
Alvin Schwartz
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
George Klein

Reprint history

From GCD
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #253 (June 1959)

Synopsis

A criminal from Kandor switches places with Jimmy Olsen and forces Superman to reveal the location of his Fortress of Solitude, so he can destroy the bottled city. But scientists in Kandor reverse the switch just in time.

Notes

A 21st anniversary story.

Show/hide 5. The Conquest of Superman! (Superman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Perry White; Lex Luthor (villain); Green Kryptonite; Red Kryptonite; White Kryptonite; Blue Kryptonite; Yellow Kryptonite (intro); Luthor's Lair; Superman Robot

Credits

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
John Forte
Editing
Mort Weisinger

Reprint history

Based on
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #277 (June 1961)
The Conquest of Superman!
Printed in
Australia
Superman Supacomic (Colour Comics, 1959 series) #28 ([November 1961])
The Conquest of Superman
Also printed
United States
80 Page Giant (DC, 1964 series) #11 (June 1965)
The Conquest of Superman
 
Australia
Giant Superman Album (Colour Comics, 1961 series) #8 ([November 1966?])
The Conquest of Superman
 
United States
Showcase Presents Superman (DC, 2005 series) #3 (April 2007)
The Conquest of Superman!
From GCD
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #277 (June 1961)

Notes

23rd anniversary story. Inker credit confirmed by Pat Lang (April 11, 2004). Inker credit previously given to: George Klein (Gene Reed credit) or Stan Kaye.

Show/hide 6. The Trial of Superman! (Superman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Perry White; Green Kryptonite

Credits

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Art
Al Plastino

Reprint history

First print
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #301 (June 1963)
The Trial of Superman!
Also printed
Australia
Superman Super Library (Colour Comics, 1964 series) #3 ([August 1964?])
The Trial of Superman!
From GCD
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #301 (June 1963)

Notes

A 25th anniversary story. In this book, the art for this story is incorrectly credited to George Papp. Plastino credit confirmed by Bob Bailey and Gene Reed, March 2008.

Show/hide 7. The Superman-Batman Split! (Superman and Batman) Comic story, 9 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman and Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman; Batman; Robin; Supergirl; Batgirl; James Gordon; Jimmy Olsen; Ronald Jason; Desmond Jason; Kandor; green kryptonite

Credits

Script
Cary Bates
Art
Neal Adams

Reprint history

First print
United States
World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #176 (June 1968)
The Superman-Batman Split!
Also printed
Australia
Superman Supacomic (Colour Comics, 1959 series) #110 ([October 1968?])
The Superman-Batman Split
 
United States
Super-Team Family (DC, 1975 series) #3 (February-March 1976)
The Superman-Batman Split
 
Australia
Giant Superman Album (KG Murray, 1973? series) #28 ([November 1976?])
The Superman-Batman Split Part 2: A Tale of 3 Teams
 
United States
World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #302 (April 1984)
The Superman-Batman Split!
 
Australia
Super Adventure (Federal, 1984 series) #6 ([December 1984?])
The Superman-Batman Split
 
United States
Batman Illustrated by Neal Adams (DC, 2003 series) #1 ([September] 2003)
The Superman-Batman Split!
 
United States
Showcase Presents: Batgirl (DC, 2007 series) #1 (2007)
The Superman-Batman Split!

Synopsis

Jason Desmond's dying performance is an attempt to fool Superman and Batman into believing he is 2 aliens, one hunting the other. But his story rings false and Superman lets Batman in on the hoax, which ends up fooling Supergirl, Batgirl, Robin, and Jimmy Olsen anyway.

Notes

A 30th anniversary story.

Show/hide 8. A Tale of 3 Teams (Part II of The Superman-Batman Split) (Superman and Batman) Comic story, 9 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman and Batman
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Script
Cary Bates
Art
Neal Adams

Reprint history

From GCD
from World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #176 (June 1968)
Show/hide 9. Make Way for Captain Thunder! (Superman) Comic story, 20 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Captain Thunder (villain); Superman; Willie Fawcett; Clark Kent; Merokee (flashback); Lois Lane; the Monster League of Evil (flashback); a Dr. Sivana lookalike (flashback)

Credits

Script
Elliot Maggin
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Bob Oksner

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #276 (June 1974)
Make Way for Captain Thunder!
Also printed
Australia
Superman Supacomic (KG Murray, 1974 series) #188 ([June 1975?])
Make Way for Captain Thunder!
 
United States
Superman in the Seventies (DC, 2000 series) ([October] 2000)
Make Way for Captain Thunder!

Synopsis

Willie Fawcett finds himself lost in Superman's universe and that whenever he changes into his super-powered alter ego of Captain Thunder he becomes evil. Superman helps him figure out the way to return to his universe and shake the evil influence of the Monster League of Evil.

Notes

A 36th anniversary story.

Show/hide 10. Happy Anniversary Superman (Superman) Text article, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Author
E. Nelson Bridwell
Letters
typeset

Notes

Inside back cover.

Show/hide 11. Special Anniverary Issue (Superman) Foreword, introduction, preface, afterword, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Characters
Superman; Lex Luthor; Batman; Captain Thunder

Notes

Back cover. Previews of the stories in the issue.


Notes

Copyright © 1981 DC Comics Inc.

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 37200

Entry created

  • 22/07/2008

Index completed

  • 16/05/2011