The Greatest 1950s Stories Ever Told

DC Comics

United States

Published
[March] 1992
Page count
292
Cover price
14.95 USD
Colour
Black & white
Size
Standard size
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Soft card
Binding
Square bound
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/351244

Credits

Editing
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Show/hide Cover No title recorded Cover, 1 page
Show/hide 1. The Greatest 1950s Stories Ever Told Foreword, introduction, preface, afterword, 1 page

Credits

Letters
typeset

Notes

Title page.

Show/hide 2. Contents Credits, 2 pages

Credits

Pencils
Irv Novick (illustration)
Joe Certa (illustration)
Joe Kubert (illustration)
Inks
Bernard Sachs (illustration)
Joe Certa (illustration)
Joe Kubert (illustration)
Letters
typeset

Reprint history

From GCD
from Girls' Love Stories (DC, 1949 series) #27 [single panel]
from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #228 [single panel]
from Brave and the Bold, The (DC, 1955 series) #3 [single panel]

Notes

This table of contents includes a listing for a PSA featuring Peter Porkchops that is not in the book.

Show/hide 3. Foreword - Mike Gold Foreword, introduction, preface, afterword, 5 pages

Featuring

Characters
Superman; Supergirl; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Batman [Thomas Wayne]; Superboy [Clark Kent]; Legion of Super-Heroes [Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl; Lightning Lad]; Fox; Crow; Space Ranger; Lois Lane

Credits

Script
Mike Gold
Pencils
Curt Swan (Action, Adventure & World's Finest covers)
Sheldon Moldoff (Detective cover)
Gil Kane (Strange Adventures cover)
? (Real Screen cover)
Nick Cardy (My Greatest Adventure cover)
Bob Brown (Showcase cover)
Inks
Al Plastino (Action 252 cover)
Sheldon Moldoff (Detective cover)
Joe Giella (Strange Adventures cover)
Stan Kaye (Adventure, Action 256 & World's Finest covers)
? (Real Screen cover)
Nick Cardy (My Greatest Adventure cover)
Bob Brown (Showcase cover)
Letters
typeset

Reprint history

From GCD
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #252 [cover illustration]
from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #235 [cover illustration]
from Strange Adventures (DC, 1950 series) #100 [cover illustration]
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #267 [cover illustration]
from Real Screen Comics (DC, 1945 series) #127 [cover illustration]
from My Greatest Adventure (DC, 1955 series) #26 [cover illustration]
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #15 [cover illustration]
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #256 [cover illustration]
from World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #87 [cover illustration]

Notes

Mike Gold discusses the changes in pop culture in the 1950s and the challenges these changes posed for comics. Article is illustrated with several cover reproductions and includes a suggested reading list.

Show/hide 4. Foreword - Joe Kubert Foreword, introduction, preface, afterword, 4 pages

Featuring

Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Pow Wow Smith; Jonathan Kent; Martha Kent; Krypto; Fox; Crow; Superman; Titano

Credits

Script
Joe Kubert
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff (Detective & Tales of the Unexpected covers)
Ruben Moreira (Strange Adventures & House of Mystery 64 covers)
Gil Kane (Western cover)
Curt Swan (Adventure & Action covers)
? (Real Screen cover)
Bill Ely (House of Mystery 71 cover)
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff (Detective & Tales of the Unexpected covers)
Ruben Moreira (Strange Adventures & House of Mystery 64 covers)
Joe Giella (Western cover)
Stan Kaye (Adventure & Action covers)
? (Real Screen cover)
Bill Ely (House of Mystery 71 cover)
Letters
typeset

Reprint history

From GCD
from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #244 [cover illustration]
from Strange Adventures (DC, 1950 series) #72 [cover illustration]
from Western Comics (DC, 1948 series) #72 [cover illustration]
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #262 [cover illustration]
from Real Screen Comics (DC, 1945 series) #115 [cover illustration]
from Tales of the Unexpected (DC, 1956 series) #14 [cover illustration]
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #238 [cover illustration]
from House of Mystery (DC, 1951 series) #71 [cover illustration]
from House of Mystery (DC, 1951 series) #64 [cover illustration]

Notes

Joe Kubert reminisces about his friends and their comics work in the 1950s. Article is illustrated with with several cover reproductions.

Show/hide 5. The Super Bat-Man! (Superman and Batman and Robin) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman and Batman and Robin
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Lois Lane; Commissioner Gordon; Prof. Pender; Alfred Pennyworth

Credits

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colours
Adrienne Roy

Reprint history

First print
United States
World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #77 (July-August 1955)
The Super Bat-Man!
Also printed
Australia
Super Adventure Comic (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #66 ([December 1955?])
The Super Bat-Man
 
United Kingdom
Super Adventure Comic (Colour Comics, 1952 series) #66 (December 1955)
The Super Bat-Man
 
Australia
Colossal Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #46 ([August 1968?])
The Super Bat-Man
 
United States
The Greatest 1950s Stories Ever Told (DC, 1990 series) ([October] 1990)
The Super Bat-Man!
 
United States
Showcase Presents: World's Finest (DC, 2007 series) #Volume One ([October] 2007)
The Super Bat-Man!
From GCD
from World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #77

Synopsis

Superman and Batman are both on the trail of Prof. Pender, a criminal genius. But when they find him, Pender exposes Superman to a "decharging ray," which takes away his powers, and Batman accidentally steps in front of Pender's activated super-charging machine, giving him super-powers. While Superman and Batman adjust to their new abilities, they track down Pender and stop him from re-creating his super-charging ray and using it on himself.

Notes

Writer uncredited on item.

Show/hide 6. The Black Cougar! (Tomahawk) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Tomahawk
Genre
Western; period
Characters
Tomahawk; Dan Hunter; Black Cougar [Elias Bramm]

Credits

Script
George Kashdan
Art
Frank Frazetta
Colours
Bill Wray

Reprint history

First print
United States
Star Spangled Comics (DC, 1941 series) #113 (February 1951)
The Black Cougar!
Also printed
United States
Tomahawk (DC, 1950 series) #139 (March-April 1972)
The Black Cougar!
 
Australia
Bumper Western Comic (Colour Comics, 1959 series) #53 ([November 1972?])
 
Australia
Bumper Western Comic (Colour Comics, 1959 series) #53 ([November 1972?])
The Black Cougar
 
United States
The Greatest 1950s Stories Ever Told (DC, 1990 series) ([October] 1990)
The Black Cougar!
From GCD
from Star Spangled Comics (DC, 1941 series) #113

Synopsis

Warden Elias Bramm uses his connections to the criminal element and his mastery of disguise to run guns to the Indians as Black Cougar. Tomahawk puts a stop to Black Cougar's operation, but doesn't discover his enemy's true identity.

Notes

Writing uncredited on item.

Show/hide 7. Escape to the Stars (John Jones, Manhunter from Mars) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
John Jones, Manhunter from Mars
Genre
Superhero
Characters
John Jones; Capt. Harding; Alex Dunster

Credits

Script
Dave Wood
Art
Joe Certa
Colours
Tom Ziuko

Reprint history

From GCD
from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #228

Synopsis

John Jones discovers that Alex Dunster, who acquires and sells scientific and technical items of great value, has gotten hold of the machine that Prof. Erdel used to bring J'onn J'onzz from Mars. Jones realizes that if he uses the machine to return to Mars, however, Dunster would be free to continue his criminal ways. So Jones confronts Dunster, but Dunster destroys the machine before surrendering.

Notes

John Jones' Martian name is spelled "J'on J'onz" and "J'onn J'onz" and Prof. Erdel's name is misspelled as "Urdle" in this story

Show/hide 8. Lobsters Away! (Sugar & Spike) Comic story, 4 pages

Featuring

Feature
Sugar & Spike
Genre
Children; humor
Characters
Sugar; Spike

Credits

Script
Sheldon Mayer
Art
Sheldon Mayer
Colours
Anthony Tollin

Reprint history

From GCD
from Sugar & Spike (DC, 1956 series) #3

Synopsis

When Spike's father decides he can't eat a lobster, Spike gets to bring it home from the restaurant as a pet. Since baby animals can understand and speak baby talk, the lobster asks the kids to do him a favor, and they send him back to the sea.

Show/hide 9. The Girl in Superman's Past (Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Lois Lane; Lana Lang; Superman [Clark Kent]

Credits

Script
Jerry Coleman
Art
Al Plastino
Colours
Katie Main

Reprint history

From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #9

Synopsis

Lois meets Lana Lang for the first time, and the girls immediately compete to see whom Superman likes better. But Superman refuses to fall into their traps.

Notes

Writing and inking uncredited on item.

Show/hide 10. The Mystery of the Giant Arrows (Green Arrow) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Green Arrow
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; Speedy [Roy Harper]; Prof. Riggles

Credits

Script
Ed Herron
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby
Roz Kirby
Colours
Glenn Whitmore

Reprint history

First print
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #252 (September 1958)
The Mystery of the Giant Arrows
Also printed
Australia
The Hundred Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1956 series) #28 ([January 1959?])
The Mystery of the Giant Arrows
 
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #449 (July 1975)
The Mystery of the Giant Arrows
 
Australia
Super Adventure Comic (KG Murray, 1975? series) #71 ([April 1976?])
The Mystery of the Giant Arrows
 
United States
DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest (DC, 1980 series) #23 (July 1982)
Mystery of the Giant Arrows
 
United States
The Greatest 1950s Stories Ever Told (DC, 1990 series) ([October] 1990)
The Mystery of the Giant Arrows
 
United States
The Green Arrow by Jack Kirby (DC, 2001 series) ([November] 2001)
Mystery of the Giant Arrows
 
United States
Showcase Presents Green Arrow (DC, 2006 series) #1 (2006)
The Mystery Of The Giant Arrows
 
United States
The Jack Kirby Omnibus (DC, 2011 series) #1 (July 2011)
The Mystery of the Giant Arrows
From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #252

Synopsis

When Green Arrow and Speedy investigate giant arrows falling from the sky, they find themselves pulled into another dimension when an arrow they are examining is retrieved.

Notes

Writer id from Martin O'Hearn. Writer and Roz Kirby uncredited on item.

Show/hide 11. Prisoners of Dimension Zero! (Green Arrow) Comic story, 5.67 pages

Featuring

Feature
Green Arrow
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; Speedy [Roy Harper]; Xeen Arrow

Credits

Script
Ed Herron
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby
Roz Kirby
Colours
Glenn Whitmore

Reprint history

First print
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #253 (October 1958)
Prisoners of Dimension Zero!
Also printed
Australia
The Hundred Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1956 series) #28 ([January 1959?])
Prisoners of Dimension Zero!
 
United States
DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest (DC, 1980 series) #23 (July 1982)
Prisoners of Dimension Zero!
 
United States
The Greatest 1950s Stories Ever Told (DC, 1990 series) ([October] 1990)
Prisoners of Dimension Zero!
 
United States
The Green Arrow by Jack Kirby (DC, 2001 series) ([November] 2001)
Prisoners of Dimension Zero
 
United States
Showcase Presents Green Arrow (DC, 2006 series) #1 (2006)
Prisoners Of Dimension Zero!
 
United States
The Jack Kirby Omnibus (DC, 2011 series) #1 (July 2011)
Prisoners of Dimension Zero!
From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #253

Synopsis

In another dimension, Green Arrow and Speedy meet GA's counterpart Xeen Arrow and discover that due to a passing comet, a gateway to their dimension has opened up, and the mysterious giant arrows they encountered on Earth are merely children's toys from this other dimension which have passed through the gateway. The mystery solved, Xeen Arrow shoots them back to Earth through the gateway before it closes.

Notes

Writer ID by Martin O'Hearn. Writer and Roz Kirby uncredited on item.

Show/hide 12. Gorilla City! (Congo Bill with Janu the Jungle Boy) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Congo Bill with Janu the Jungle Boy
Genre
Jungle
Characters
Congo Bill; Janu

Credits

Script
George Kashdan
Art
Nick Cardy
Colours
Bill Wray

Reprint history

From GCD
from Congo Bill (DC, 1954 series) #6

Synopsis

Congo Bill and Janu are taken as captives to a village populated by intelligent gorilas, but discover they are not what they appear.

Notes

Writer uncredited on item.

Show/hide 13. Devil's Island in Space! (Captain Comet) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Captain Comet
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Captain Comet; Mag-a-til; Prof. Zackro

Credits

Script
John Broome
Art
Murphy Anderson
Colours
Tom McCraw

Reprint history

First print
United States
Strange Adventures (DC, 1950 series) #28 (January 1953)
Devil's Island in Space
Also printed
Australia
Colossal Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #12 ([January 1960?])
Devil's Island in Space
 
Australia
Superman Presents World's Finest Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1965 series) #30 ([October 1967?])
Devil's Island in Space
 
Australia
Superman Presents World's Finest Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1965 series) #44 (December 1968)
Devil's Island in Space!
 
United States
The Greatest 1950s Stories Ever Told (DC, 1990 series) ([October] 1990)
Devil's Island in Space!
From GCD
from Strange Adventures (DC, 1950 series) #28

Synopsis

The ruling Septarch of the planet Lamia have chosen Earth as the place to exile their incorrigible criminals. But after the criminals steal a hydrogen bomb to fule their spacecraft in order to return to Lamia, Captain Comet tracks down the aliens and returns them to Lamia as prisoners.

Show/hide 14. The Riddle of the Crystal Ball! (Nighthawk) Comic story, 6.67 pages

Featuring

Feature
Nighthawk
Genre
Western
Characters
Nighthawk [Hannibal Hawkes]; Lute; Jed

Credits

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Bernard Sachs
Colours
Gene D'Angelo
Letters
Joe Letterese

Reprint history

From GCD
from Western Comics (DC, 1948 series) #72

Synopsis

Nighthawk poses as a fortune teller to trap a pair of outlaws.

Notes

Inking not credited on item. Letterer from index of original printing.

Show/hide 15. Top Secret! (Wonder Woman) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Wonder Woman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Steve Trevor

Credits

Script
Bob Kanigher
Pencils
Ross Andru
Inks
Mike Esposito
Colours
Kathryn Mayer

Reprint history

From GCD
from Wonder Woman (DC, 1942 series) #99

Synopsis

A flashback story that tells how when Steve Trevor bet Wonder Woman that he could always pick her out in any situation, she adopted the identity of Diana Prince and concealed herself right under his nose.

Show/hide 16. The Raid on Blackhawk Island (Blackhawk) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Blackhawk
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Blackhawks [Blackhawk [also as The Question Mark]; Chuck; Andre; Olaf; Chop-Chop; Stanislaus; Hendrickson; Blackie]

Credits

Script
Dave Wood
Pencils
Dick Dillin
Inks
Charles Cuidera
Colours
Tom Ziuko

Reprint history

First print
United States
Blackhawk (DC, 1957 series) #109 (February 1957)
The Raid on Blackhawk Island
Also printed
Australia
Blackhawk Comic (Youngs, 1948 series) #98 ([November 1958?])
The Raid on Blackhawk Island
 
Australia
Blackhawk (Colour Comics, 1960 series) #21 ([January 1965?])
The Raid on Blackhawk Island
 
Australia
All Favourites Comic (Colour Comics, 1960 series) #69 ([November 1968?])
The Raid on Blackhawk Island
 
United States
The Greatest 1950s Stories Ever Told (DC, 1990 series) ([October] 1990)
The Raid on Blackhawk Island
From GCD
from Blackhawk (DC, 1957 series) #109

Synopsis

When Blackhawk appears to have been killed, the rest of the team must face the War Wheel, the Flying Tank and Killer Shark's octopus, all under the control of the Question Mark, without their leader. But Chuck realizes the Question Mark is Blackhawk in disguise, and Blackhawk reveals that his ruse was a test to see who could best lead the Blackhawks in his absence.

Notes

Writing not credited on item; Charles Cuidera credited for pencilling on item.

Show/hide 17. "Three Hundred Dollars??" (The Fox and the Crow) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
The Fox and the Crow
Genre
Funny animals
Characters
Fauntleroy Fox; Crawford C. Crow

Credits

Script
Cecil Beard
Alpine Harper
Art
Jim Davis
Colours
Rick Taylor

Reprint history

From GCD
from Fox and the Crow, The (DC, 1952 series) #14

Synopsis

When the Fox tries to collect a $150 debt from the Crow, the Crow swindles the Fox out of another $150, which he hands back as payment in full.

Notes

Writing, pencilling, and inking uncredited in item.

Show/hide 18. Superboy and the Sleeping Beauty! (Superboy) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy [Clark Kent]; Lana Lang; Prof. Lang; Org; Norg; Axel; Maxel; Jaxel; Alice

Credits

Script
Ed Herron
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
John Fischetti
Colours
Danny Vozzo

Reprint history

From GCD
from Superboy (DC, 1949 series) #22

Synopsis

When Lana brings authentic African artifacts from her father's collection for the Smallville High School Drama Club to use, she is accidentally pricked by a blow gun dart and falls asleep. Superboy must acquire the antidote within three days -- all the while convincing Prof. Lang that nothing is wrong with Lana -- or Lana will die.

Notes

Writing uncredited on item; Inking credited to Craig Flessel on item.

Show/hide 19. The Hammer of Thor! (Viking Prince) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Viking Prince
Genre
Adventure; period
Characters
Viking Prince [Jon]; Captain Olaf; Gunnda; Sardluk; Baron Thorvald

Credits

Script
Bill Finger
Art
Joe Kubert
Colours
Bob Le Rose

Reprint history

First print
United States
The Brave and the Bold (DC, 1955 series) #3 (December 1955-January 1956)
The Hammer of Thor!
Also printed
Australia
The Brave and the Bold (Colour Comics, 1956 series) #4 ([May 1956])
The Hammer of Thor!
 
Australia
The Hundred Comic (Colour Comics, 1961 series) #97 (November 1964)
The Hammer of Thor!
 
United States
The Greatest 1950s Stories Ever Told (DC, 1990 series) ([October] 1990)
The Hammer of Thor!
 
United States
The Viking Prince (DC, 2010 series) (June 2010)
The Hammer of Thor
From GCD
from Brave and the Bold, The (DC, 1955 series) #3

Synopsis

When Captian Olaf is taken prisoner by Baron Thorvald, Jon frees him with the help of the hammer of Thor.

Notes

Writing credited to Robert Kanigher in item.

Show/hide 20. The Sorceror of the Sea! (Aquaman) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Aquaman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Aquaman; Jason Deeter

Credits

Script
George Kashdan
Art
Ramona Fradon
Colours
Kathryn Mayer

Reprint history

From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #245

Synopsis

When sorcerer Jason Deeter appears to be able to control Aquaman, maritime hijackers try to use Deeter to force Aquaman to help them commit crimes. But Aquaman puts down the thugs and reveals that Deeter is not a sorcerer at all and that he and Deeter came up with this ruse to smoke them out.

Notes

Writing uncredited on item.

Show/hide 21. Casey the Cop (Casey the Cop) Comic story, 0.67 pages

"I've got to watch these prisoners closely."

Featuring

Feature
Casey the Cop
Genre
Humor
Characters
Casey

Credits

Script
Henry Boltinoff
Art
Henry Boltinoff
Colours
Eric Kachelhofer
Letters
Henry Boltinoff

Reprint history

Based on
United States
The Greatest 1950s Stories Ever Told (DC, 1990 series) ([October] 1990)
Casey the Cop
First print
Unknown
Also printed
Australia
Colossal Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #13 ([April 1960?])
Untitled

Synopsis

While watching prisoners, Casey breaks up a fight, but needs help identifying one of the men.

Notes

Identified in item as from January 1959.

Show/hide 22. The Amazing Bizarro! (Superboy) Promo (ad from the publisher), 0.33 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy [Clark Kent]; Bizarro

Credits

Art
George Papp ?

Reprint history

From GCD
from ?

Notes

Ad for Superboy (DC, 1949 series) #68, presumably using art from that issue.

Show/hide 23. Queen of the Snows! (Johnny Peril) Comic story, 7.67 pages

Featuring

Feature
Johnny Peril
Genre
Fantasy
Characters
Johnny Peril; Lee Allen; Subara; Bill Davis; Jack Gordon

Credits

Script
Bob Kanigher
Pencils
Alex Toth
Inks
Sy Barry
Colours
Bob Le Rose
Editing
Julius Schwartz (Original Editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Sensation Comics (DC, 1942 series) #107 (January-February 1952)
Queen of the Snows!
Also printed
Australia
Century Comic (Colour Comics, 1961 series) #96 ([June 1964?])
Queen of the Snows
 
United States
The Unexpected (DC, 1968 series) #127 (September 1971)
Queen of the Snows
 
Australia
Superman Presents Wonder Comic Monthly (KG Murray, 1973 series) #110 ([June 1974])
Queen of the Snows!
 
United States
The Greatest 1950s Stories Ever Told (DC, 1990 series) ([October] 1990)
Queen of the Snows!
From GCD
from Sensation Comics (DC, 1942 series) #107

Synopsis

Johnny Peril finds his friend Lee Allen, who just before he dies swears he has seen Subara the Ice Queen, who the natives believe lives on frozen Mt. Subara. Johnny returns to the mountain with two more friends, but only he encounters Subara. They refuse to believe he met the mythical woman until he produces her crown of roses.

Notes

Writing uncredited on item. Pencilling and editorial credit confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics.

Show/hide 24. Two-Face Strikes Again! (Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman {Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Two-Face [Harvey Dent]; Tarando; Charles Ford; Commissioner Gordon; John Fields Benson

Credits

Script
David Vern
Pencils
Dick Sprang
Inks
Charles Paris
Colours
Tom McCraw

Reprint history

First print
United States
Batman (DC, 1940 series) #81 (February 1954)
Two-Face Strikes Again!
Also printed
Australia
Batman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #47 ([April 1954])
Two-Face Strikes Again!
 
United States
Batman from the Thirties to the Seventies (Crown, 1971) #73-168329 (October 1971)
Two-Face Strikes Again!
 
United States
The Greatest 1950s Stories Ever Told (DC, 1990 series) ([October] 1990)
Two-Face Strikes Again!
From GCD
from Batman (DC, 1940 series) #81

Synopsis

When the reformed Harvey Dent tries to prevent a robbery, he is caught in an explosion and reverts to Two-Face. He embarks on a new crime spree, and Batman and Robin deduce that Two-Face is going after people who commonly show two faces to the world. At a ceremony making Bruce Wayne honorary chief of a local tribe, Batman and Robin are trapped by Two-Face and strapped to a giant coin. Two-Face flips the coin over a bed of spikes, and though the gimmick is rigged to land face down, the dynamic duo manages to create a magnetic field and flip the coin so that they land safely on top of the coin above the spikes.

Notes

Writing uncredited on item.

Show/hide 25. Knight of the Future! (Shining Knight) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Shining Knight
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Shining Knight [Sir Justin]; Sir Butch; Winged Victory; Dalmar; Inger; Merlin; King Arthur

Credits

Script
Joe Samachson
Art
Frank Frazetta
Colours
Greg Theakston

Reprint history

From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #159

Synopsis

When Merlin tries to bring Justin and Butch back to Camelot for a feast he accidentally sends them to the 35th century. There, they help prevent an attempt to overthrow democracy before Merlin brings them back to the past.

Notes

Writing uncredited in item.

Show/hide 26. When Dead Men Walk! (Phantom Stranger) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Phantom Stranger
Genre
Occult
Characters
Phantom Stranger; John Martin; Bart Benson; Carson Rand; Jim Thompson; Edgar Jones; Margo Phillips; Matt Wright

Credits

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Colours
Brian Augustyn

Reprint history

From GCD
from Phantom Stranger, The (DC, 1952 series) #1

Synopsis

When three friends die in a plane crash, their spirits seem to be haunting those they left behind, but the Phantom Stranger reveals that the ghostly appearances are really the work of an embezzler attempting to cover his tracks.

Notes

Writing uncredited in item. Inker listed as credited in item.

Show/hide 27. Marooned in the Fourth Dimension (Tommy Tomorrow) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Tommy Tomorrow
Genre
Science fiction
Characters
Tommy Tomorrow; Prof. Jaxon ["Genius" Jones]; Space Looter

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Art
Jim Mooney
Colours
Julianna Ferriter

Reprint history

From GCD
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #238

Synopsis

Tommy Tomorrow checks out Prof. Jaxon's dimension cabinet, a gateway to the 4th dimension. Since Tommy suspects the cabinet is a hoax, he volunteers to test the device and is sent to the 4th dimension. But Tommy doesn't realize that he has fallen for the real plot of the professor, who actually wanted to get rid of him. When Tommy realizes that things happen a day later in the 4th dimension, Tommy takes the place of that world's Tommy Tomorrow in testing that world's dimension cabinet and returns to arrest the professor and his accomplice.

Notes

Writing uncredited on item.

Show/hide 28. The Unmasking of Johnny Thunder (Johnny Thunder) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Johnny Thunder
Genre
Western
Characters
Johnny Thunder [John Tane]; Ma Pecos; Sheriff Tane; Arroyo Gang

Credits

Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Alex Toth
Inks
Sy Barry
Colours
Greg Theakston

Reprint history

From GCD
from All-American Western (DC, 1948 series) #121

Synopsis

When the Arroyo Gang kidnaps Sheriff Tane, Johnny Thunder thinks they must have killed his father, and tells the townsfolk that he is really Sheriff Tane's son. Johnny takes out the whole Arroyo Gang single-handedly and happily finds his father alive. But his secret identity remains safe, as everyone assumes he was only honoring Sheriff Tane by his earlier declaration.

Show/hide 29. The Coldest Man on Earth! (Flash) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Flash
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Flash [Barry Allen]; Captain Cold [Len Snart]; Stan

Credits

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Colours
Glenn Whitmore

Reprint history

First print
United States
Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #8 (May-June 1957)
The Coldest Man on Earth!
Also printed
Australia
The Hundred Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1956 series) #11 ([August 1957?])
The Coldest Man on Earth
 
United States
Limited Collectors' Edition (DC, 1972 series) #C-39 (October-November 1975)
The Coldest Man on Earth!
 
United Kingdom
The Super Heroes Monthly (Egmont Publishing, 1980 series) v1#10 (July 1981)
The Coldest Man on Earth!
 
United States
The Greatest 1950s Stories Ever Told (DC, 1990 series) ([October] 1990)
The Coldest Man on Earth!
 
United States
The Flash Archives (DC, 1994 series) #Volume 1 ([June] 1996)
The Coldest Man on Earth!
 
United States
Showcase Presents: The Flash (DC, 2007 series) #1 (May 2007)
The Coldest Man on Earth!
From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #8

Synopsis

Flash faces off against Captain Cold, who commits crimes by using a cold-gun to freeze things and create mirages. But once Flash figures out what Captain cold can do, he ignores the mirages and takes the villain in.

Show/hide 30. Castoff Love Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Genre
Romance
Characters
Nan; Nola; Bob

Credits

Script
Bob Kanigher
Pencils
Irv Novick
Inks
Bernard Sachs
Colours
Pamela Johnson

Reprint history

From GCD
from Girls' Love Stories (DC, 1949 series) #27

Synopsis

Nan has always gotten her big sister Nola's hand-me-downs, but when Nola's boyfriend Bob shows an interest in Nan, Nola insists Bob was only trying to make her jealous. When Nan discovers a wedding dress in Nola's room, she assumes Bob and Nola have plans to marry, but Bob tells Nan that Nola manipulated situations to make it look like he was in love with her and he declares his love for only her.

Notes

Writing uncredited in item; Art credited to Frank Giacoia in item.

Show/hide 31. Spy Train (King Faraday) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
King Faraday
Genre
Spy
Characters
King Faraday; Johnny Lester; Alonzo P. Davis; Vina Flora

Credits

Script
Bob Kanigher
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Joe Giella
Colours
Julianna Ferriter

Reprint history

First print
United States
Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #50 (May-June 1964)
Spy Train
Also printed
United States
World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #64 (May-June 1953)
Spy Train
 
Australia
Five-Score Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1961 series) #75 ([August 1964?])
Spy Train
 
Australia
Superman Presents World's Finest Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1965 series) #20 ([December 1966?])
Spy Train
 
United States
The Greatest 1950s Stories Ever Told (DC, 1990 series) ([October] 1990)
Spy Train
From GCD
from World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #64

Synopsis

King Faraday, on the trail of a killer, rides the Orient Express, where he meets a movie starlet and a camera-happy tourist. Though two attempts are made on his life, he finds no clues as to the identity of the killer. Only when the photographer overplays his hand does Faraday realize he is behind the attacks and using his camera to transport pictures of a more sensitive nature than the candids he has been taking. Faraday puts a permanent end to the photographer in a fight atop the train.

Notes

Inks credited in item to Sy Barry.

Show/hide 32. Summons from Space! (Green Lantern) Comic story, 12.67 pages

Featuring

Feature
Green Lantern
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Carol Ferris; Brenda Brown; Susie Taft

Credits

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Joe Giella
Colours
Anthony Tollin

Reprint history

First print
United States
Showcase Presents Green Lantern (DC, 2005 series) #1 (October 2005)
Secret of the Flaming Spear!
Also printed
Australia
Mighty Comic (Colour Comics, 1960 series) #16 ([March 1960?])
Summons from Space
 
Australia
Mighty Comic (Colour Comics, 1960 series) #16 ([March 1960?])
 
United States
Green Lantern (DC, 1960 series) #88 (February-March 1972)
Summons from Space!
 
United Kingdom
The Super Heroes Monthly (Egmont Publishing, 1980 series) v1#5 (February 1981)
Summons from Space!
 
United States
The Greatest 1950s Stories Ever Told (DC, 1990 series) ([October] 1990)
Summons From Space!
 
United States
Green Lantern Archives (DC, 1993 series) #Volume 1 (1993)
Summons from Space!
From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #23

Synopsis

Green Lantern travels to Venus to save a blue-skinned caveman-like race from attacks by yellow Pterodactyl-like creatures.

Show/hide 33. The World of Adventure in Books (Tomahawk; Green Arrow; Shining Knight) Public service announcement, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Tomahawk; Green Arrow; Shining Knight
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Green Arrow; Tomahawk; Shining Knight

Credits

Script
Jack Schiff
Art
Win Mortimer
Colours
Eric Kachelhofer
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Reprint history

From GCD
from ?

Synopsis

Tomahawk, Green Arrow, and Shining Knight introduce some boys to books full of adventure.

Notes

Noted in item as being used in 1959.

Show/hide 34. Calling Easy Co.! (Sgt. Rock) Comic story, 12.67 pages

Featuring

Feature
Sgt. Rock
Genre
War
Characters
Sgt. Rock; Easy Company; Mack; Al; Sid; Nick

Credits

Script
Bob Kanigher
Art
Joe Kubert
Colours
Julia Lacquement

Reprint history

From GCD
from Our Army at War (DC, 1952 series) #87

Synopsis

Sgt. Rock sends four men to hold No-Return Hill overnight until Easy Company can move up.

Show/hide 35. The Jimmy Olsen from Jupiter (Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen) Comic story, 9.67 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Jimmy Olsen; Superman [Clark Kent]; Edmund Willis; Barry Brand; Perry White; Vince Regan; Jeff Wacker; Dr. Wilmington

Credits

Script
Alvin Schwartz
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Ray Burnley
Colours
Katie Main

Reprint history

First print
United States
Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen (DC, 1954 series) #32 (October 1958)
The Jimmy Olsen from Jupiter
Also printed
Australia
Superman's Supacomic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #3 ([March 1959])
The Jimmy Olsen from Jupiter
 
United States
80 Page Giant (DC, 1964 series) #2 (September 1964)
The Jimmy Olsen from Jupiter
 
Australia
Giant Jimmy Olsen Album (Colour Comics, 1966 series) #2 ([September 1967?])
The Jimmy Olsen From Jupiter
 
United States
The Greatest 1950s Stories Ever Told (DC, 1990 series) ([October] 1990)
The Jimmy Olsen from Jupiter
 
United States
Superman: The Amazing Transformations of Jimmy Olsen (DC, 2007 series) ([July] 2007)
The Jimmy Olsen from Jupiter
From GCD
from Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen (DC, 1954 series) #32

Synopsis

Without meaning to, Jimmy agrees to be a test subject for a week for a race of people from the planet Jupiter. As part of the experiment, he gains the ability to read people's minds, but he is also turned into a green, scaly Jovian. He uses his new abilities to compete for the Newsman of the Year award, though he wraps himself in bandages to cover his appearance. Between tracking down scoops, Jimmy casually reads Clark Kent's mind and "hears" Clark think that he is Superman. When his rival Vince Regan sees Jimmy without his bandages, he plans to expose him at the award ceremony. But luckily for Jimmy a Jovian week is equivalent to 5 Earth days, and when his bandages are removed at the ceremony Jimmy has reverted to his old self. Later, the Jovians declare their experiment a success and help Superman preserve his secret identity.

Notes

Writing credited to Otto Binder on item; Inking credited to John Forte on item.

Show/hide 36. "My uncle sent me this barometer." (Private Pete) Comic story, 0.5 pages

Featuring

Feature
Private Pete
Genre
Humor
Characters
Pete

Credits

Script
Henry Boltinoff
Art
Henry Boltinoff
Colours
Eric Kachelhofer
Letters
Henry Boltinoff

Reprint history

From GCD
from ?

Synopsis

Pete misunderstands how a barometer works.

Notes

Noted in item as coming from January 1959.

Show/hide 37. Read Titano, the Super-Ape! (Superman) Promo (ad from the publisher), 0.5 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; Titano

Credits

Pencils
Wayne Boring ?
Inks
Stan Kaye ?

Reprint history

From GCD
from ?

Notes

Ad for Superman (DC, 1939 series) #127, presumably using art from that issue.

Show/hide 38. The Secrets of the Sorceror's Box! (Challengers of the Unknown) Comic story, 24 pages

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Rocky Davis; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Ace Morgan]; Morelian

Credits

Script
Jack Kirby (plot, script)
Dave Wood (script rewrite)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby
Roz Kirby
Colours
Lovern Kindzierski
Letters
Ben Oda

Reprint history

First print
United States
Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #6 (January-February 1957)
The Secrets of the Sorcerer's Box! [Chapter 1]
Also printed
Australia
All Favourites, The 100-Page Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #3 ([January 1958?])
The Secrets of the Sorceror's Box Part 2: Dragon Seed Part 3: The Freezing Sun Part 4: The Whirling Weaver
 
Australia
All Favourites Comic (Colour Comics, 1960 series) #94 ([January 1973?])
The Secrets of the Sorcerer's Box! [Chapter 1]
 
United States
The Greatest 1950s Stories Ever Told (DC, 1990 series) ([October] 1990)
The Secrets of the Sorceror's Box!
From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #6

Synopsis

When four men walk away from a plane crash unharmed, they decide they are now living on borrowed time and vow to use that time challenging the unknown. In their first official case, they are asked by the sorcerer Morelian to open the four chambers of an ancient box. The Challs open the first three chambers, releasing a stone giant created and destroyed by pure thought, a sentient sun that freezes by consuming all nearby heat which Red traps in a vaccuum chamber, and a device that covers things in ribbons of plastic, but which can be controlled by the dial on its container. Before the Challs can open the fourth chamber, Morelian opens it and removes a diamond ring. He points out an inscription on the box which claims the box contains immortality, and takes off with his prize. But Morelian's plane immediately stalls and crashes. The Challs decide that immortality was contained in the box itself, not its contents.

Notes

Writing credited to Dave Wood only in item.

Show/hide 39. End Notes Text article, 5 pages

Featuring

Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; Supergirl; Flash [Barry Allen]; Sugar; Spike; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]

Credits

Author
Robert Greenberger
Pencils
Wayne Boring (Showcase 10 cover)
Bill Ely (House of Mystery cover)
Howard Purcell (Tales of the Unexpected cover)
Curt Swan (Action & Detective covers)
Carmine Infantino (Showcase 14 cover)
Sheldon Mayer (Sugar & Spike cover)
Inks
Stan Kaye (Showcase 10, Action & Detective (?) covers)
Bill Ely (House of Mystery cover)
Howard Purcell (Tales of the Unexpected cover)
Frank Giacoia (Showcase 14 cover)
Sheldon Mayer (Sugar & Spike cover)
Letters
typeset

Reprint history

From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #10 [cover illustration]
from House of Mystery (DC, 1951 series) #58 [cover illustration]
from Tales of the Unexpected (DC, 1956 series) #29 [cover illustration]
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #265 [cover illustration]
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #14 [cover illustration]
from Sugar & Spike (DC, 1956 series) #15 [cover illustration]
from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #247 [cover illustration]

Notes

Robert Greenberger discusses the major events at DC Comics during the 1950s, including the publishing of some significant comics not included in this volume. Article is illustrated with with several cover reproductions.

Show/hide 40. Just One Second! (Flash) Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Flash
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Flash; Mirror Master

Credits

Pencils
Carmine Infantino (cover reproduction)
Inks
Joe Giella (cover reproduction)
Colours
Eric Kachelhofer

Notes

House ad for Flash, The (DC, 1959 series) #105, including reproduction of the cover. Appeared in various DC comics, February 1959.

Show/hide 41. The 1950s (Sugar & Spike; Shining Knight; Johnny Thunder; Batman; Congo Bill; John Jones, Manhunter from Mars; Tommy Tomorrow; Superman and Batman and Robin) Illustration, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Sugar & Spike; Shining Knight; Johnny Thunder; Batman; Congo Bill; John Jones, Manhunter from Mars; Tommy Tomorrow; Superman and Batman and Robin
Characters
Sugar; Spike; Shining Knight; Johnny Thunder; Two-Face; Congo Bill; John Jones; Superman

Credits

Pencils
Sheldon Mayer (Sugar & Spike)
Frank Frazetta (Shining Knight)
Alex Toth (Johnny Thunder)
Dick Sprang (Batman)
Nick Cardy (Congo Bill)
Joe Certa (John Jones, Manhunter from Mars)
Jim Mooney (Tommy Tomorrow)
Curt Swan (Superman and Batman and Robin)
Inks
Sheldon Mayer (Sugar & Spike)
Frank Frazetta (Shining Knight)
Sy Barry (Johnny Thunder)
Charles Paris (Batman)
Nick Cardy (Congo Bill)
Joe Certa (John Jones, Manhunter from Mars)
Jim Mooney (Tommy Tomorrow)
Stan Kaye (Superman and Batman and Robin)
Letters
typeset

Reprint history

From GCD
from Sugar & Spike (DC, 1956 series) #3 [Sugar & Spike]
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #159 [Shining Knight}
from All-American Western (DC, 1948 series) #121 [Johnny Thunder]
from Batman (DC, 1940 series) #81 [Batman]
from Congo Bill (DC, 1954 series) #6 [Congo Bill]
from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #228 [John Jones, Manhunter from Mars]
from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #238 [Tommy Tomorrow]
from World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #77 [Superman and Batman and Robin]

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 39570

Cover added

  • 22/08/2019

Index completed

  • 22/08/2019

Last updated

  • 22/08/2019