Secret Origins of the Super DC Heroes

Crown Publishers, Inc

United States

Published
1976
Page count
248
Cover price
10.95 USD
Colour
Colour
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/337108

Credits

Editing
Denny O'Neil

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

Featuring

Feature
Secret Origins
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Captain Marvel; Wonder Woman; Hawkman [Katar Hol]; Superman; Atom [Ray Palmer]; Plastic Man; Batman; Flash [Barry Allen]; Green Arrow

Credits

Art
Neal Adams
Letters
typeset
Editing
Denny O'Neil

Notes

There is also a softcover edition. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 75-43467. Designed by Thomas Nozkowski.

Show/hide 1. Title Pages Credits, 10 pages

Notes

Initial pages, including blank pages, title pages, dedication (to Sheldon Mayer), and acknowledgments.

Show/hide 2. Contents Foreword, introduction, preface, afterword, 3 pages

Notes

Illustrated table of contents, showing the hero's image (taken from the story) and the page number. The third page is blank.

Show/hide 3. Introduction Comic story, 2 pages

Credits

Script
Carmine Infantino
Letters
typeset

Notes

Introduction to these stories, by the Publisher of DC at this time. The second page is blank.

Show/hide 4. Superman...He's the Key, the Granddaddy of them All Text article, 4 pages

Credits

Author
Denny O'Neil?
Letters
typeset

Notes

Background and history of Superman.

Show/hide 5. One Page Origin of Superman (Superman) Comic story, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman (intro; brief origin); Krypton (intro; not named)

Credits

Script
Jerry Siegel
Art
Joe Shuster
Letters
Joe Shuster
Editing
Vincent Sullivan (original editor)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #1 (June 1938)
Show/hide 6. The Origin of Superman! (Superman) Comic story, 15 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman; Jor-El (flashback); Lara (flashback); Jonathan Kent (flashback); Martha Kent (flashback); Jimmy Olsen; Lois Lane; Perry White; Krypton

Credits

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell
Pencils
Carmine Infantino (layouts)
Curt Swan (pencils)
Inks
Murphy Anderson
Editing
Julius Schwartz (original Editorial Advisor)
E. Nelson Bridwell (original Assistant Editor)
Sol Harrison (original editor)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Amazing World of Superman, Metropolis Edition, The (DC, 1973 series) #nn
Show/hide 7. Batman...He was Unable Not to Fight Criminals Text article, 3 pages

Credits

Author
Denny O'Neil?
Letters
typeset

Notes

Background and history of Batman.

Show/hide 8. The Legend of the Batman--Who He Is and How He Came to Be! (Batman) Comic story, 2 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman (origin); Thomas Wayne; Martha Wayne

Credits

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane
Sheldon Moldoff (backgrounds, verified by Moldoff)
Letters
Sheldon Moldoff (verified by Moldoff)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Batman (DC, 1940 series) #1 (Spring 1940)

Notes

This book says that this story was reprinted from Detective Comics #33, but this really is the version from Batman #1, which itself reprints first two pages from Detective Comics #33 but substituted the splash from Detective Comics #34.

Show/hide 9. The Origin of the Batman! (Batman) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman (origin); Thomas Wayne (flashback); Martha Wayne (flashback); Joe Chill (intro by name), the Wayne's murderer (death); Robin; James Gordon; Monty Julep

Credits

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane (verified by Schwartz)
Inks
Charles Paris (verified by Paris)
Letters
Ira Schnapp (credit by O'Hearn/Desris)
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (original editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Batman (DC, 1940 series) #47 (June-July 1948)
The Origin of the Batman
Also printed
United States
Batman (DC, 1940 series) #198 (February 1968)
The Origin of the Batman
 
Australia
Giant Batman Album (Colour Comics, 1962 series) #15 ([March 1968?])
The Origin of the Batman
 
United States
The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told (DC, 1988 series) ([November] 1988)
The Origin of the Batman!
 
United States
The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told (Warner Books, 1989 series) ([June] 1989)
The Origin of the Batman!
 
United States
The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told (DC, 1989 series) ([June] 1989)
The Origin of the Batman!
 
United States
Batman and other DC Classics (DC, 1989 series) #1 ([December] 1989)
"The Origin of the Batman!"
From GCD
from Batman (DC, 1940 series) #47 (June-July 1948)
Show/hide 10. Wonder Woman...The Female Sex is Assuming Day By Day a More Dominant Role in World Affairs Text article, 3 pages

Credits

Author
Denny O'Neil?
Letters
typeset

Notes

Background and history of Wonder Woman.

Show/hide 11. The Origin of Wonder Woman (Wonder Woman) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Wonder Woman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Wonder Woman (origin); Ares [Mars]; Aphrodite; Hercules (intro); Hippolyte; Amazons; Steve Trevor; Colonel Darnell (cameo); Mala

Credits

Script
William Moulton Marston [as Charles Moulton]
Art
Harry G. Peter
Editing
Sheldon Mayer (original editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Wonder Woman (DC, 1942 series) #1 (Summer 1942)
The Origin of Wonder Woman
Also printed
Australia
Wonder Woman Album (KG Murray, 1976 series) #2 ([January 1977?])
Untitled
From GCD
from Wonder Woman (DC, 1942 series) #1 (Summer 1942)

Notes

Origin: Wonder Woman (in detail; cf. Sensation Comics #1).

Show/hide 12. War of the Wonder Women! (Wonder Woman) Comic story, 23 pages

Featuring

Feature
Wonder Woman
Genre
Superhero
Code
R-203
Characters
Wonder Woman (origin); Nubia (origin); Mars; Hippolyta

Credits

Script
Cary Bates
Pencils
Don Heck
Inks
Vince Colletta
Editing
Robert Kanigher (original editor)
Allan Asherman (original editorial assistant)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Wonder Woman (DC, 1942 series) #206 (June-July 1973)

Notes

Writer miscredited as "Gary" Bates as in the original.

Show/hide 13. The Flash...You Can Do Almost Anything With Him... Text article, 3 pages

Credits

Author
Denny O'Neil?
Letters
typeset

Notes

Background and history of both Flashes (Jay Garrick and Barry Allen).

Show/hide 14. Origin of the Flash (Flash) Comic story, 15 pages

Featuring

Feature
Flash
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Flash [Jay Garrick] (intro, origin); Joan Williams (intro); Major Williams; Sieur Satan; Serge Orloff; Duriel; the Faultless Four; Professor Hughes

Credits

Script
Gardner Fox
Art
Harry Lampert
Letters
Harry Lampert (masthead)
Editing
M.C. Gaines (original managing editor)
Sheldon Mayer (original assistant editor)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Flash Comics (DC, 1940 series) #1 (January 1940)

Notes

First line is 'But before he became known and feared as "the fastest thing on Earth", Jay Garrick was an unknown student at Midwestern University...'

Show/hide 15. Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt! (Flash) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

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

Credits

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Joe Kubert
Editing
Julius Schwartz (original editor)

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 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 Essential Showcase 1956-1959 (DC, 1992 series) ([November] 1992)
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)
Show/hide 16. Green Lantern...No Evil Shall Escape My Sight Text article, 3 pages

Credits

Author
Denny O'Neil?
Letters
typeset

Notes

Background and history of both Green Lanterns (Alan Scott and Hal Jordan).

Show/hide 17. The Origin of Green Lantern (Green Lantern) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Green Lantern
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Green Lantern [Alan Scott] (intro, origin); Jimmy (death); Chang the Lamp Maker (flashback); Billings (flashback); Dekker (villain, death)

Credits

Script
Bill Finger
Art
Martin Nodell [as Mart Dellon]
Letters
Martin Nodell
Editing
Sheldon Mayer (original editor)

Reprint history

From GCD
from All-American Comics (DC, 1939 series) #16 (July 1940)
Show/hide 18. SOS - Green Lantern! (Green Lantern) Comic story, 6 pages
Show/hide 19. Hawkman...The Weirdness Seems to be Part of Hawkman's Appeal Text article, 2 pages

Credits

Author
Denny O'Neil?
Letters
typeset

Notes

Background and history of both Hawkmans (Carter Hall and Kartar Hol).

Show/hide 20. The Origin of Hawkman (Hawkman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Hawkman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Hawkman [Carter Hall] (intro, origin); Shiera Sanders (intro, later Hawkgirl); Hath-Set (intro); Kolar; Doctor Hastor

Credits

Script
Gardner Fox
Art
Dennis Neville
Editing
M.C. Gaines (original managing editor)
Sheldon Mayer (original assistant editor)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Flash Comics (DC, 1940 series) #1 (January 1940)

Notes

The title here was given in Golden Age Hawkman Archives vol. 1 where this story was also reprinted. First line is "In the weapon-lined library of Carter Hall, wealthy collector of weapons and research scientist -".

Show/hide 21. Creature of a Thousand Shapes! (Hawkman) Comic story, 25 pages

Featuring

Feature
Hawkman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Hawkman [Katar Hol] (intro, origin); Hawkgirl [Shayera Thal] (intro, origin); Byth (intro, villain); Commissioner Emmett (intro); Mavis Trent (intro)

Credits

Script
Gardner Fox
Art
Joe Kubert
Editing
Julius Schwartz (original editor)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Brave and the Bold, The (DC, 1955 series) #34 (February-March 1961)

Notes

Story is really 24.67 pages, with a vignette of Hawkman and Hawkgirl from page 8 filling the extra 0.33 page on the last page.

Show/hide 22. Green Arrow...A Streamlined Robin Hood Text article, 2 pages

Credits

Author
Denny O'Neil?
Letters
typeset

Notes

Background and history of both Golden Age and Silver Age Green Arrows.

Show/hide 23. The Birth of the Battling Bowmen (Green Arrow) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Green Arrow
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Green Arrow (origin); Speedy (origin); Mr. Harper [Roy's father] (flashback, death); Quoag [Mr. Harper's Indian servant] (death); Dippy Parker; Curator Morgan; Lefty; Louie

Credits

Script
Joe Samachson?
Pencils
Cliff Young
Inks
Steve Brodie
Editing
Jack Schiff (original editor)

Reprint history

From GCD
from More Fun Comics (DC, 1936 series) #89 (March 1943)

Synopsis

Archaeologist Oliver Queen is visiting Lost Mesa where he meets Roy Harper, a young boy marooned on Lost Mesa and raised by Quoag, his father's Indian servant. There they are beset upon by thugs searching for a gold mine. After Quoag dies from gun shots, only Oliver and Roy's skills with archery and knowledge of Indian lore save them.

Show/hide 24. The Green Arrow's First Case (Green Arrow) Comic story, 7 pages

Featuring

Feature
Green Arrow
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Green Arrow (origin); Speedy; trick arrows (origin)

Credits

Script
France Herron
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby
Roz Kirby (backgrounds)
Editing
Jack Schiff (original managing editor)
Mort Weisinger (original story editor)
George Kashdan (original story editor)

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
 
Australia
Green Lantern Album (Murray, 1978? series) #10 ([December 1978?])
The Green Arrow's First Case
 
United States
DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest (DC, 1980 series) #9 (May 1981)
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)

Notes

Story is really 6.67 pages, with a vignette of a bow and a quiver of arrows filling the extra 0.33 page on the last page.

Show/hide 25. The Atom...Not One Person out of Ten Knew What an Atom Was Text article, 2 pages

Credits

Author
Denny O'Neil?
Letters
typeset

Notes

Background and history of both Atoms (Al Pratt and Ray Palmer).

Show/hide 26. Introducing the Mighty Atom (Atom) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Atom
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Atom [Al Pratt] (intro, origin); Mary James (intro); Joe Morgan (intro)

Credits

Script
Bill O'Connor
Pencils
Ben Flinton
Inks
Leonard Sansone
Editing
Sheldon Mayer (original editor)

Reprint history

From GCD
from All-American Comics (DC, 1939 series) #19 (October 1940)

Notes

Inker credit verified by Craig Delich & Jerry Bails (Nov. 2005).

Show/hide 27. Birth of the Atom! (Atom) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Atom
Genre
Superhero
Characters
The Atom [Ray Palmer] (intro, origin); Jean Loring (intro)

Credits

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Murphy Anderson
Editing
Julius Schwartz (original editor)

Reprint history

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

Notes

Story is really 9.67 pages, with a vignette of an atom filling the extra 0.33 page on the last page.

Show/hide 28. Shazam!...In One Thing a Sense of Fun and the Whole Sense of Adventure Text article, 3 pages

Credits

Author
Denny O'Neil?
Letters
typeset

Notes

Background and history of Captain Marvel.

Show/hide 29. Introducing Captain Marvel (Captain Marvel) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Captain Marvel
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Captain Marvel [Billy Batson] (intro, origin), Shazam (intro), Dr. Thaddeus Bodog Sivana (intro), Sterling Morris (intro); radio station WHIZ (intro); Seven Deadly Enemies of Man (intro), Ebenezer Batson (intro, flashback); Phantom Companion

Credits

Script
Bill Parker
Art
C. C. Beck
Colours
Bill Parker
Editing
Bill Parker (original editor)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Whiz Comics (Fawcett, 1940 series) #2 (February 1940)
Show/hide 30. Plastic Man...One of the Wildest Imaginations... Text article, 2 pages

Credits

Author
Denny O'Neil?
Letters
typeset

Notes

Background and history of Plastic Man.

Show/hide 31. The Origin of Plastic Man (Plastic Man) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Plastic Man
Genre
Superhero; humor
Code
N-396
Characters
Plastic Man [Eel O'Brian] (intro, origin); Rest-Haven monk; Skizzle Shanks

Credits

Script
Jack Cole
Art
Jack Cole
Letters
Jack Cole
Editing
Ed Cronin (original editor)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Police Comics (Quality Comics, 1941 series) #1 (August 1941)

Synopsis

Gangster Eel O'Brian's dip in a vat of acid turns him into the superhero Plastic Man and against the mobsters he used to work with.

Show/hide 32. The Author Biography (nonfictional), 4 pages

Notes

Final pages, including a one-sentence biography of Dennis O'Neil and 3 blank pages.

Show/hide 33. Untitled Illustration, 1 page

Notes

The logo and a one paragraph description of each of the ten heroes in this collection.


Notes

There is also a softcover edition. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 75-43467. Designed by Thomas Nozkowski.

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 39538

Cover added

  • 12/06/2010

Index completed

  • 12/06/2010