The Best of DC #1

DC Comics

United States

Published
September-October 1979
Page count
100
Cover price
0.95 USD
Colour
Colour
Size
Standard size
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/33652

Credits

Editing
Joe Orlando (managing editor)
Julius Schwartz (editor)

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover No title recorded (Superman) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman

Credits

Pencils
Ross Andru
Inks
Dick Giordano
Colours
Joe Orlando
Letters
typeset
Editing
Julius Schwartz
Show/hide 1. Best of DC No. 1 -- Superman Table of contents, 1 page

Credits

Letters
typeset

Notes

Inside front cover; black and white.

Show/hide 2. Attack by the Army of Tomorrow! (Superman) Comic story, 22.5 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Code
S-5002
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Morgan Edge; Calixto (villain)

Credits

Script
Elliot Maggin
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Murphy Anderson
Colours
Gene D'Angelo

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #265 (July 1973)
Attack by the Army of Tomorrow!
Also printed
Australia
Superman the Comic (Murray, 1978 series) #6 ([July 1981?])
 
Australia
Superman the Comic (Murray, 1978 series) #6 ([July 1981?])
Attack By the Army of Tomorrow
Show/hide 3. Superman's Costume... ...Clark Kent's Clothes! (Superman) Comic story, 2 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Code
S-5007
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Superboy; Jonathan Kent; Martha Kent

Credits

Art
Kurt Schaffenberger [as KS]

Synopsis

The origin of Superman's costume.

Show/hide 4. The Midnight Murder Show! (Superman) Comic story, 14 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Code
S-5003
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Steve Lombard; Professor Pepperwinkle

Credits

Script
Cary Bates
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Kurt Schaffenberger
Colours
Bob Le Rose

Reprint history

First print
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #442 (December 1974)
The Midnight Murder Show!
Also printed
Australia
Superman Supacomic (KG Murray, 1974 series) #195 ([January 1976?])
 
Australia
Superman Supacomic (KG Murray, 1974 series) #195 ([January 1976?])
The Midnight Murder Show
Show/hide 5. Untitled (Superman) Comic story, 2 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Humor; superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Morgan Edge

Credits

Art
Murphy Anderson
? (background)

Notes

Six story panels over a monochrome background of tiny laughing figures. The original also had a first page with the title shown, but this reprint is untitled since it only has the last two pages.

Show/hide 6. Superman under the Red Sun! (Superman) Comic story, 13.67 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Code
S-5004
Characters
Superman; Superman Revenge Squad; Perry White (android); Jimmy Olsen (cameo); Lois Lane (cameo); Perry White (cameo); Mister Mxyzptlk (android, cameo); Jimmy Olsen (android, cameo); Supergirl (android, cameo); Lex Luthor (android, cameo); Lois Lane (android, cameo); Jonathan Kent (memory); Martha Kent (memory); Lana Lang (memory); balloon beasts; color-cat; land-whale; the unseeables

Credits

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Art
Al Plastino
Colours
Jerry Serpe (recoloring)

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Superman Supacomic (Colour Comics, 1959 series) #51 ([November 1963?])

Synopsis

The Superman Revenge Squad tricks Superman into following them into the far future where the sun has turned red and Superman loses his powers. Superman crosses the barren and strange future world to reach the Fortress of Solitude where he finds the means to return home.

Notes

The original printing of this story had a major plot problem: at the end, Superman retrieves some red kryptonite, but never uses it. Instead, he uses a shrinking ray (so he can use a Kandorian rocket to return to his time), but then says when the red kryptonite wears off, he'll be normal. This reprint fixes that plot problem by changing the art and lettering to have Superman use the red kryptonite instead of the shrinking ray; then having the red kryptonite wear off makes sense.

Show/hide 7. Rogues' Gallery! (Superman) Comic story, 2 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Code
S-5009
Characters
Superman; The Prankster; Mr. Mxyzptlk; Jax-Ur; Kru-El; General Zod; Professor Vakox; Lex Luthor; Brainiac; The Toyman; The Parasite; The Puzzler

Credits

Art
Murphy Anderson (credited)

Notes

A short feature on Superman's enemies. Original title: "The Superman Legend: Rogues' Gallery!" The pages are in reverse order.

Show/hide 8. The Adventures of Mental Man! (Superman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Code
S-5008
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Lois Lane

Credits

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Gene D'Angelo (recoloring)

Reprint history

Also printed
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #196 (September 1954)
 
Australia
Superman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #91 ([March 1955?])
 
United Kingdom
Superman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #64 (July 1955)
 
Australia
Colossal Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #22 ([July 1962?])
Show/hide 9. Play the Graffiti Game with Superman (Superman) Activity, 2 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Humor; superhero
Code
S-5010
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]

Credits

Pencils
Curt Swan
Joe Kubert
Kurt Schaffenberger [as KSchaffenberger]
Joe Orlando
Dick Giordano
Neal Adams
Dick Dillin
Sergio Aragones
M. W. Kaluta
Irv Novick
Howard Chaykin
Inks
Curt Swan
Joe Kubert
Kurt Schaffenberger [as KSchaffenberger]
Joe Orlando
Dick Giordano
Neal Adams

Reprint history

 
First published in this issue
Also printed
Australia
Superman (Federal, 1983 series) #6 ([September 1983?])
Play the Graffiti Game with Superman

Synopsis

Artists play with changing Superman's and Clark Kent's appearance, and includes a blank rough for the reader to try it.

Notes

Original was black and white; this is colored. Some drawings are pen and ink, others are just pencils.

Show/hide 10. Part I: Lex Luthor, Hero! (Superman) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Code
S-5006
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lex Luthor; Perry White (cameo); Jimmy Olsen (cameo); Lois Lane (cameo); Bizarro (cameo, flashback)

Credits

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
George Klein
Colours
Adrienne Roy (recoloring)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #149 (November 1961)
[The Death of Superman!] Part I: Lex Luthor, Hero!
Also printed
Australia
Superman Supacomic (Colour Comics, 1959 series) #33 ([May 1962?])
Lex Luthor, Hero Part 2: Luthor's Super-Bodyguard Part 3: The Death of Superman
 
Australia
Giant Superman Album (Colour Comics, 1961 series) #10 ([November 1967?])
Lex Luthor, Hero Part 2: Luthor's Super-Bodyguard Part 3: The Death of Superman
 
United States
The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told (DC, 1987 series) (1987 [March 1988])
 
United States
The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told (DC, 1989 series) ([April] 1989)
 
United States
Showcase Presents Superman (DC, 2005 series) #3 (April 2007)

Synopsis

In this imaginary story, Lex Luthor invents a cure for cancer and, with Superman's intervention, is released from prison.

Show/hide 11. Part II: Luthor's Super-Bodyguard! (Superman) Comic story, 9 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lex Luthor; Supergirl; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Perry White

Credits

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
George Klein
Colours
Adrienne Roy (recoloring)

Reprint history

Also printed
United States
The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told (DC, 1987 series) (1987 [March 1988])
 
United States
The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told (DC, 1989 series) ([April] 1989)
 
United States
Showcase Presents Superman (DC, 2005 series) #3 (April 2007)

Synopsis

Superman becomes Luthor's bodyguard to protect him from attacks from the underworld. After Superman builds him an orbiting laboratory, Luthor betrays him by attacking him with a kryptonite ray.

Show/hide 12. Part III: The Death of Superman! (Superman) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lex Luthor; Lois Lane; Lucy Lane; Perry White; Lana Lang; Krypto (dog); Jimmy Olsen; Lori Lemaris; Legion of Super-Heroes [Cosmic Boy; Lightning Lad; Saturn Girl]; Van-Zee; Sylvia; Supergirl [Linda Lee]; Batman (cameo); Robin (cameo); Flash (cameo); Wonder Woman (cameo); Green Arrow (cameo); Aquaman (cameo)

Credits

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
George Klein
Colours
Adrienne Roy (recoloring)

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Superman Supacomic (Colour Comics, 1959 series) #33 ([May 1962?])
 
Australia
Giant Superman Album (Colour Comics, 1961 series) #10 ([November 1967?])
 
United States
The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told (DC, 1987 series) (1987 [March 1988])
 
United States
The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told (DC, 1989 series) ([April] 1989)
 
United States
Showcase Presents Superman (DC, 2005 series) #3 (April 2007)

Synopsis

After the funeral for Superman, Supergirl captures Luthor and takes him to Kandor to stand trial for killing Superman.

Show/hide 13. Clark Kent's Other Jobs Text article, 1 page

Featuring

Code
S-5012

Credits

Author
Letters
typeset

Notes

Inside back cover.

Show/hide 14. Presenting the Man of Steel's Greatest Challenges! (Superman) Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]

Credits

Pencils
Ross Andru
Inks
Dick Giordano
Colours
Joe Orlando
Letters
typeset

Notes

Back cover. Lists the main stories in this issue.


Notes

On-sale date from Comic Reader #169. June 7 on-sale date in contemporary house ads.

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 37467

Entry created

  • 25/09/2008

Cover added

  • 17/03/2010

Index completed

  • 07/09/2019

Last updated

  • 07/09/2019