by Jimmm Kelly
Try to Remember–Jerry Orbach
. . . try to remember the kind of September, when life was slow and oh so mellow, the first week of September . . .
“Busy” Arnold’s Quality gets in the funny book trade with the first issue of FEATURE FUNNIES (October ’37) with Joe Palooka on the cover, on the newsstands (about) September 1 ’37.
Tower releases the first issues of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS and TIPPY TEEN, both cover-dated November ’65 and both on sale about September 1 ’65. 25c.
On the spinner racks September 2 ’69, a shocking story in touch with our mod, mod times–from Mike Sekowsky and Dick Giordano, in WONDER WOMAN 185 (November-December ’69)–Diana must save runaway Cathy Perkins from the threat of Them.
In The Great Clayface-Joker Feud, Kathy Kane and Betty Kane make the moves on Batman and Robin, while the Joker is angered when gangland thinks Clayface is better than him–it’s another great yarn as only Bill Finger, Sheldon Moldoff and Charles Paris can tell it. [This is the fourth appearance of Clayface, having debuted in DETECTIVE COMICS 298 (December ’61).] Next up in the same issue: Alfred continues to imagine what might happen in the future for the Batman family and fills in the details on how Bruce Wayne Jr. was born and raised, the Boyhood of Bruce Wayne Jr. –by the regular art team of Moldoff and Paris, but the writer is unknown–cudos to him or her for a bang-up job. It all unfolds in BATMAN 159 (November ’63) at your neighbourhood newsdealer September 5 ’63. And also to be found on the stands that day . . . Adam Strange gains incredible intelligence, but when he returns to normal and returns to Earth, he brings an irradiated rock with him that gives incredible intelligence to Ira Quimby, who devises new criminal schemes that challenge Hawkman and Hawkgirl, in the double-header for MYSTERY IN SPACE 87 (November ’63).
Coming to your town on September 5 ’67: Teen pop magazines are selling in high numbers, so National Periodical Publications figures the first issue of its TEEN BEAT mag (November-December ’67) has got to be a hit–and it’s got the hit sensation the Monkees on the cover (what’s the secret side of Peter?) and stories about the Animals, the Jefferson Airplane and the Beatles–so how could it go wrong? The mag changes to TEEN BEAM with the second issue, but after that it falls off the radar like a lead zeppelin.
September 6 ’55. Bobo likes to play with his model train set, but when hijackers loot the Silver Bullet freight car, Detective Chimp gets to play engineer for real, in ADVENTURES OF REX THE WONDER DOG 24 (November-December ’55).
September 7 ’61. In THE FLASH 124 (November ’61), the Fastest Man Alive enlists the Ductile Detective’s aid in discovering how Captain Boomerang is able to use boomerangs to steal, while he apparently is elsewhere–cover by Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella.
. . . try to remember the kind of September when grass was green and grain was yellow, the second week in September . . .
WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES Vol. 1, No. 1 (October ’40) from Dell Publishing–with Donald Duck on the cover–goes on sale around September 9 ’40.
September 9 2013, the Royal Canadian Mint celebrates the 75th anniversary of Superman by striking a set of coins to honour the Man of Steel (co-created by Canadian-born Joe Shuster). Not to be outdone, Canada Post will start selling a set of Superman stamps the following day.
Dell debuts the first issue of THE FUNNIES (October ’36) on September 10 ’36.
Timely’s top three super-heroes get together on the cover and in their own individual stories for the first issue of ALL SELECT COMICS (Fall ’43) on sale September 11 ’43. Alex Schomburg provides the cover featuring Human Torch, Captain America and Sub-Mariner.
Wonder Tot meets Mr. Genie for the first time in WONDER WOMAN 126 (November ’61), at newsstands September 12 ’61.
Siegel & Shuster’s supernatural creation Doctor Occult (with Rose Psychic) debuts in NEW FUN No. 6 (October ’35), in which Doc and Rose lay a trap for a vampire; and also by Jerry & Joe, Henri Duval debuts, a feature about a swash-buckling hero along the lines of THE THREE MUSKETEERS–note this is the last issue called NEW FUN, the next issue is called MORE FUN. On sale September 13 ’35.
Gold Key launches the first issue of SPACE FAMILY ROBINSON (December ’62)–which predates LOST IN SPACE–on or about September 13 ’62.
Mike Friedrich, Dick Dillin and Joe Giella continue the unfolding drama of the JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA in issue No. 94 (November ’71), with additonal pages provided by artist Neal Adams, in a complex episode that brings together the plots of Deadman, Batman, Superman and Green Arrow (among others), as the League of Assassins sends out Merlyn to kill the Emerald Archer, in Where Strikes Demonfang? Plus reprints of the first Starman story and (arguably) the first Sandman story, at your newsstand September 14 ’71.
. . . try to remember the kind of September when you were a tender and callow fellow, the third week of September . . .
The Last Son of Krypton travels through time to his home planet, where he meets his would-be parents and falls in love with an actress named Lyla Lerrol, in Superman’s Return to Krypton by Jerry Siegel, Wayne Boring and Stan Kayed–SUPERMAN No. 141 (November ’60) at newsstands the 15th of September 60.
September 18th ’36, the November ’36 issue of FUNNY PICTURE STORIES is the first issue–from Centaur Publishing–and it’s the first issue to feature an original masked crime fighter in funny books, Alias the Clock.
Named for publishing partners Maurice Coyne, Louis Silberkleit and John L. Goldwater, MLJ Magazines (later Archie) enters the funny business with the first issue of BLUE RIBBON COMICS (November ’39) coming out on the 18th of September ’39.
In SHOWCASE No. 17 (November-December ’58), Adam Strange is an archaeologist who is struck by a Zeta Beam on Earth and finds himself transmaterialized on the planet Rann in the Alpha Centauri system, where he meets the scientist Sardath and his beautiful daughter, Alanna–thus beginning a star-crossed love affair that will lead to many more adventures–don’t be late to catch the beam on the 18th of September ’58.
Check your local listings September 19th ’63, as THE FLASH gets caught in the middle of a rivalry between Heat-Wave and Captain Cold when they both compete for the affections of TV’s Dream Girl, in the November ’63 issue (No. 140) of the fastest magazine alive.
CRAZY, the Marvel magazine that wants to be MAD, in issue No. 44 (November ’78) mocks GREASE (the movie), at local drugstores on the 19th of September ’78–pick it up while you’re shopping for Brylcreem.
Batman Meets Jerry in issue No. 97 of THE ADVENTURES OF JERRY LEWIS (November-December ’66), at your newsdealer the 20th of September ’66.
The winning number is 3! 3 Star-studded novel-length classics in the 80 pg. Giant JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA No. 58/G-41 (November-December ’67)–with a cover by Carmine Infantino and Sid Greene–you don’t see that very often. And . . . Spectre-acular Announcement! He’s back (from the grave) to thrill, chill and excite you in extraordinary exploits. Don’t you dare miss THE SPECTRE No. 1 (November-December ’67)–or you’ll be haunted the rest of your life. Both are on sale September 21st ’67.
. . . try to remember and if you remember then follow the last week of September . . .
Superman is accused of murdering Lex Luthor on the planet Lexor in ACTION COMICS 318 (November ’64) on sale September 24 ’64. For more see 50 Light Years to Lexor.
24 September ’82, Spuk in der Werkstatt, the first episode of MEISTER EDER UND SEIN PUMUCKL, airs on Bavarian TV–based on the story by Ellis Kaut. For more see 52 Pumuckl Pick-Up [holt ab]
Coming out on the 25th of September ’40, Timely’s Fall ’40 issue of THE HUMAN TORCH is numbered 2, but it’s really the first issue. The Sub-Mariner also stars.
An archer and his kid sidekick fight crime using trick arrows, as Green Arrow and Speedy make their first appearance in MORE FUN COMICS No. 73 (November ’41); meanwhile, the son of an undersea explorer who has learned how to live in the ocean’s depths, helps a group of refugees escape an attack from a German U-boat, as Aquaman also makes his first appearance in the same issue, at newsstands September 25th ’41.
In The Terrible Trio (Unknown/Moldoff/Paris)–the Fox, the Shark and the Vulture return after a five year absence, for a second go around. [Their first turn (by Wood/Moldoff/Paris) was in DETECTIVE COMICS 253 (March ’58).] It comes out September 26th ’63 in DETECTIVE COMICS No. 321 (November ’63).
Y’know, I liked his earlier funnier work. Woody Allen guest stars in SHOWCASE No. 71 (November-December ’67), the third and final try out and appearance of the mod, rock band called the Maniaks–cover by Mike Sekowsky and Mike Esposito–Sefor review on the 26th of September ’67.
In issue No. 5 (November-December ’49), MISS BEVERLY HILLS OF HOLLYWOOD meets Bob Hope and Rhonda Fleming who are starring in THE GREAT LOVER [to be released November 23rd ’49–and by the way, George Reeves was a supporting player in that movie]–also in this issue: Montgomery Clift, Dane Clark, Dennis Day and Mona Freeman–featuring an illustrated cover with publicity photos–in wide release September 29th ’49.
8 More Days Louise! of September it’s nice to remember. . .
September 1 ’53 Harvey rolls out its own 3-D funny book, ADVENTURES IN 3-D No. 1 (November ’53).
On September 1 ’66, with Carmine Infantino out sick, Murphy Anderson has to go it alone on two covers for the November ’66 dated issues of BATMAN 186–where a little person named Gaggy one-ups the Joker–and THE FLASH 165–where Barry Allen finally marries Iris West if nobody objects!
At your newsstand September 9 ’42, Uncle Sam gets ready to take out the trash on Reed Crandall’s cover for NATIONAL COMICS 26 (November ’42).
Drones of the Queen Bee (Fox/Sekowsky/Sachs) JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA 23 (November ’63) on sale September 12 ’63.
September 17 ’48. The horse trading doesn’t stop there, as ALL-AMERICAN COMICS becomes ALL-AMERICAN WESTERN with issue 103 (November ’48)–gone are Doctor Mid-Nite, the Black Pirate and Green Lantern–as the cowboy Johnny Thunder is joined by the Minstrel Maverick, the Overland Coach and Foley of the Fighting Fifth–cover by Alex Toth and Joe Giella.
Lex Luthor gets a new look and sets out to capture the Man of Steel’s scalp in issue 282 of SUPERMAN (December ’74), on sale September 17 ’74.
Deborah Anderson assumes the editor chair for the November ’72 issue of YOUNG LOVE (No. 101, on sale September 21 ’72) from Dorothy Woolfolk before giving it over to Rober Kanigher. [In COMIC BOOK ARTIST 16 (December 2001), Jeff Rovin says that Deborah Anderson was working as Dorothy Woolfolk’s assistant–before Anderson went off to get married and Rovin assumed that position. Anderson is also listed as editor on LOVE STORIES 147 and FALLING IN LOVE 138.]
STAR TREK 33 (December ’86) is a special issue celebrating the 20th anniversary of the television series–and no, there isn’t a photographic cover–at the comic shops on September 11 ’86.
. . . for the first week in October, these starring roles are not to be missed . . .
On sale October 2 ’73, it’s THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 128 (January ’74). Spidey is caught in the shadow of the Vulture. Cover by the one and only John Romita.
Samson and the Super Wizard Stardust are just two of the spectacular heroes making their premiere in the first issue of Fox’s FANTASTIC COMICS (December ’39), on sale on or about October 1 ’39.
When Jimmy jilts Miss Gzptlsnz [the would-be girl friend of Mr. Mxyzptlk from the 5th dimension], she turns him into a human porcupine, in SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 65 (December ’62), coming out October 4 ’62.
The first installment of the Seicherl and Struppi comic strip by Ludwig Kmoch appears in the October 5 ’30 issue of Vienna’s DAS KLEINE BLATT newspaper [see OTF 03.09.13 for more].
THE SPIRIT SECTION for October 5th ’47 tells its own version of the Cinderella story by Will Eisner and crew.
Coming October 6 ’42, Wonder Woman works on a movie set in SENSATION COMICS 12 (December ’42) but comes under attack from Baroness von Gunther.
October 7 ’75, Jim Aparo is forced at gun point to make Sgt. Rock kill the Batman, in THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD 124 (January ’76).
. . . for the second week in October, drive, ride, fly, run or shamble to get these new currents . . .
Busting right through your newsstand on October 8 ’43, the Batmobile accelerates from BATMAN 20 (December ’43-January ’44), while inside of the funny book, Bruce Wayne loses the guardianship of Dick Grayson to relatives who are only in it for the money–Dick Sprang is responsible for the mayhem on this issue’s cover.
On October 10 ’47, DC launches GANG BUSTERS No. 1 (December ’47-January ’48), the comic book adaptation of the long running radio series. GANG BUSTERS originally debuted on radio as G-MEN in July of ’35, but gained its new title in January of the following year–as it adapted stories from the files of the F.B.I. in consultation with J. Edgar Hoover–remaining on the air until ’57.
From Gem Publications (a Timely/Marvel imprint), Patsy Walker and Hedy Wolfe co-star in their own magazine when PATSY AND HEDY No. 1 (February ’52) goes on sale around October 9 ’51.
Shamble shamble MAN-THING shamble shamble finally shamble gets his own shamble shamble shamble funny book shamble shamble first issue (January ’74) shamble shamble on October 9 ’73 shamble.
October 10 ’51, it’s THE FOX AND THE CROW No. 1 (December ’51-January ’52). Fauntleroy Fox and Crawford Crow began their association with Screen Gems in ’41 and their first DC funny book feature gig was in REAL SCREEN FUNNIES No. 1 (Spring ’45). See October 26, Flippity and Flop.
For the first time, as she recovers from the amnesia she has suffered all these years, the true identity of the Catwoman is revealed, in BATMAN 62 (December ’50-January ’51)–remember to get it on October 11 ’50.
Ride, Bat-Hombre, Ride–is what you’ll be chanting after you read the cover story for BATMAN 56 (December ’49-January ’50), when the Dynamic Duo travel to a Latin-American country in hopes of training someone to don the mantel of the masked rider, but meet with a greater challenge than they bargained for–at your newsdealer on October 12 ’49.
Below: Simcoe’s BATMAN No. 56 (January – February ’50) reprinted from DC’s BATMAN No. 56 (December ’49 – January ’50)–with cover art and interior page from Ride, Bat-Hombre, Ride by Dick Sprang and Charles Paris (story by David Vern). One Batman story (Riddle of the Seven Birds) was cut. A Captain Compass story took its place. The two page text feature was moved from the interior pages to the inside front and inside back cover of the book. [From American Canadian Comics, CAN COM 101.]
Shiera Sanders dresses up as Hawkman for a costume party but gets involved in fighting a real crime–in her first appearance as Hawkgirl–in FLASH COMICS 24 (December ’41)–winging your way on October 14 ’41.
. . . for the third week in October, some plenty ideas for Hallowe’en costumes . . .
Seems like these days, every publisher has to have a massive magazine featuring their biggest stars. Not to be outdone, Fawcett debuts AMERICA’S GREATEST COMICS No. 1 (’41) on sale October 15 ’41, with 100 pages featuring Captain Marvel, Minute Man, Bulletman, Spy Smasher and Mr. Scarlet.
Mr. Mxyzptlk goes to Washington and craziness happens, in SUPERMAN 283 (January ’74)–for sale on October 15 ’74.
Freddy Freeman may have issue No. 1 (November ’42) of this title for sale at his newsstand on October 16 ’42, but he can’t tell you the title of his new magazine without bringing the lightning, but you should know it’s CAPTAIN MARVEL, JR.
At your newsstand on October 18 ’44, some fabulous funnies on this day. First, that horn-blowing teen funster from ALL FUNNY COMICS gets his own series, BUZZY No. 1 (Winter ’44)–the first all teen funny book from DC. Then some of the best Flat and Slat strips in the one-shot ED WHEELAN’S JOKE BOOK (Wm H. Wise and Company). But the best thing is THE BIG ALL-AMERICAN COMIC BOOK–128 pages for 25 cents, a super collection of the best from the All-American line–cover by various artists.
On the spinner racks October 20 ’66, Bruce Wayne flashes back to his days at college when he was a big man on campus, while Lenny Fiasco was the reverse, in BATMAN 188 (December ’66).
October 20 ’81, the first issue of ARCHIE’S DOUBLE DIGEST QUARTERLY MAGAZINE (December ’81) goes on sale [later simply called ARCHIE’S DOUBLE DIGEST MAGAZINE].
Mark this date on your calendar: October 21 ’69. That’s when a shocking development will rock the funny book world forever–Dick Grayson leaves and Bruce Wayne moves to the city–in BATMAN 217 (December ’69).
Every year at this time, for Hallowe’en, Batman fan Tom Fagan holds a big parade and party to celebrate the funny book heroes, but this year a wicked war criminal is found out at the annual Hallowe’en bash in Rutland Vermont–the fantastic story–by O’Neil/Adams/Giordano–unfolds in BATMAN 237 (December ’71). And then in GREEN LANTERN [co-starring Green Arrow] 89 (December ’71-January ’72), O’Neil/Adams/Giordano present the first story of reserve ring-slinger John Stewart–then Elliot Maggin’s thesis paper gets published as a Green Arrow story in the same issue, illustrated by Adams/Giordano, when Ollie flirts with politics in What Can One Man Do?–giving Maggin his debut as a comics writer. Both mags ship on October 21 ’71.
. . . for the last week in October, it takes all kinds to make a world . . .
Martin Goodman’s new Atlas line of comics launches the first issue of the anthology magazine, WEIRD TALES OF THE MACABRE (January ’75) on October 22 ’74.
One day he will be a Monkee, but right now he’s a Circus Boy, as Mickey Dolenz appears on the cover for Dell FOUR COLOR 759, at your drugstore on October 25 ’56.
Coming to your local newsstand October 26 ’51, FLIPPITY AND FLOP graduate to their own title starting with issue No. 1 (December ’51-January ’52). Flippity and Flop began in ’45 as Flippy and Flop and Sam (a canary and cat and a dog) in Screen Gems cartoons, which were licensed by DC with Flippy’s name changed to Flippity, appearing in REAL SCREEN FUNNIES No. 1 (Spring ’45).
A returning Vietnam vet discovers he has developed mutant powers and wages his private war in public, in JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA 95 (December ’71)–also in this ish, Golden Age reprints of the origins of Dr. Fate and Dr. Mid-Nite–should be on the spinner racks October 26 ’71.
Yes, Charlie Brown, the Christmas season starts on October 27 ’50. DC secures the license to publish stories of Robert L. May’s beloved character, beginning with RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER No. 1.
On October 27 ’53, Dell presents 3-D ELL No. 1–a 3-D comic, with Rootie Kazootie in this issue.
Here’s the latest issue of DETECTIVE COMICS, chock-full of exciting stories about your favorite comic-strip heroes.
SLAM BRADLEY has to become a human fly to get his man, and his little pale, Shorty has plenty of grief with another little chap, Snoop, who wants Shorty’s job as Slam’s assistant…..
BRUCE NELSON, who thrilled you in “THE CLAWS OF THE RED DRAGON,” is up against a brand new set of adventures in this issue…..
SPEED SAUNDERS breaks up a criminal-political ring…..
LARRY STEELE comes to the end of the trail in his long fight with the weird, whole-sale kidnapping ring…..
BUCK MARSHALL, the cowboy detective, again rides the range in a relentless battle against crime and violence…..
COSMO, the most unusual detective of the American continent, rubs shoulders with Death in the radio-studio murders…..
For comic-relief, giggle at THE JOHNSON MYSTERY, and then see if you don’t say that DETECTIVE COMICS is the biggest package of real, honest-to-goodness cartoon thrillers that you ever saw.
[Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, Editor and Publisher; Vincent A. Sullivan and F. Whitney Ellsworth, Associate Editors]
–inside front cover, DETECTIVE COMICS 9 (November ’37), on newsstands October 28 ’37.
October 31 ’51, they’ve been shacking up for years, but finally Darrel Dane’s main squeeze, Martha Roberts, becomes Doll Girl in DOLL MAN 37 (December ’51).
8 More Days Louise! for Octoberfest . . .
On or about October 1 ’36, THE COMICS MAGAZINE from Centaur now officially becomes THE FUNNY PAGES–published by the Comics Magazine Company imprint–with the November ’36 issue, No. 6. In this issue the Clock Strikes! [The Clock also debuts in Centaur’s FUNNY PICTURE STORIES No. 1 (November ’36).]
Pages ripped from real life in SWEETHEARTS 46 (December ’58), read the Jimmy Rodgers story–a combination photo and illustration cover (featuring Jimmy Rodgers), on sale about October 1 ’58.
October is Stamp Month! On October 2 ’95, Canada Post releases five different super-hero designs featuring: Johnny Canuck, Superman, Nelvana of the Northern Lights, Captain Canuck and Fleur de Lys.
Get back to the egg and see how it all began for Howard the Duck, trapped in a world he never made, as MARVEL TREASURY EDITION 12 (’77) presents his earliest adventures, on sale October 5 ’76.
Catwoman finally returns to her cunning ways as she lashes out at Batgirl, who she perceives to be her rival, in BATMAN 197 (December ’67). The Metropolis Marvel and the Scarlet Speedster race for the second time in THE FLASH 175 (December ’67). Both rivalries go on sale October 19 ’67.
In ALL-STAR COMICS 8 (December ’41-January ’42), Starman has joined the Justice Society off panel and Dr. Mid-Nite joins this issue, taking the place of Green Lantern–meanwhile, in a back-up story, an Amazon princess emerges on the comics scene as Wonder Woman. On sale October 25 ’41.
Save your silver for October 29 ’64 because . . . 80 PAGE GIANT No. 5 (December ’64) is a special Silver Anniversary Batman issue, celebrating 25 years of the Caped Crusader’s adventures. Superman is put on trial for killing Luthor on the planet Lexor in ACTION COMICS 319 (December ’64). The mysterious Outsider uses the Grasshopper Gang as part of his plot against the Gotham Gangbusters, in DETECTIVE COMICS 334 (December ’64). Rex Mason is exposed to the radiations of the Orb of Ra and is transformed into the super-freak called Metamorpho, The Element Man, when the oddball hero makes his first appearance in THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD 57 (December ’64-January ’65).
It always gets darker by October 30 ’73. ADVENTURE COMICS 431 (January-February ’74) begins a new series of horrific tales starring the Spectre, by Michael Fleisher, Russell Carley and Jim Aparo. And the Punisher is introduced for the very first time in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 129 (February ’74).
. . . for the first week in November, ch-ch-ch-changes . . .
Fiction House transports their formula of ray guns, babes and BEMs from their pulp magazine, PLANET STORIES, to their newest funny book title, PLANET COMICS–the first issue (January ’40) going on sale on or about November 1 ’39.
Green Publishing presents reprints of material from early National/DC comics in ATOMIC COMICS No. 1 (January ’46) at newstands on or about November 1 ’45.
In THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD 105 (January-February ’73), Batman and Wonder Woman play a game of the Spanish prisoner which turns out to be for real–check the spinner racks on November 2 ’72.
Starting out as the annual ARCHIE’S CHRISTMAS STOCKING in ’54 before transforming into the more frequent ARCHIE GIANT SERIES MAGAZINE in ’60, which houses a variety of features, the mag continues with the annual Archie’s Christmas Stocking in issue No. 10 (February ’61)–appearing on comic book racks around November 4 ’60–cover by Harry Lucey and Terry Szenics.
Superman Breaks Loose on November 5 ’71 in the Amazing New Adventures of SUPERMAN 233 (January ’71), when all Kryptonite on Earth is transformed into iron and a new nemesis rises to challenge the Man of Steel–as Denny O’Neil/Curt Swan/Murphy Anderson begin their Sand Superman Saga. It’s the first issue edited by Julius Schwartz. Neal Adams provides the iconic cover. For more see MY SUPERMAN SUMMER.
After escaping death, four amazing men believe they are living on borrowed time and decide to devote themselves to risk-taking endeavours as the Challengers of the Unknown in SHOWCASE No. 6 (January-February ’57), by Dave Wood and Jack Kirby, on sale November 6 ’56.
November 7 ’41,on the newsstands, Wonder Woman begins her run in SENSATION COMICS No. 1 (January ’42)–in addition, the origins of the Gay Ghost, Mr. Terrific, Wildcat and Little Boy Blue are told in their first appearances–while also in this issue, the Black Pirate continues his run from ACTION COMICS. And the Man of Steel encounters a mermaid princess from the Undersea City, in SUPERMAN 14 (January-February ’42)–a classic patriotic cover is provided by Fred Ray.
. . . for the second week in November, try these new fashions . . .
All-American launches FLASH COMICS No. 1 (January ’40) which features the first appearances of the Flash, Hawkman, Johnny Thunder, Cliff Cornwall and the Whip, at your newsdealer on November 10 ’39.
You’ve enjoyed them in DETECTIVE COMICS, now Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s BOY COMMANDOS rate their own comic magazine. In issue No. 1 (Winter ’42-’43), the Newsboy Legion guest star, as they go to the DC offices to report the deaths of the Commandos, but Kirby and Simon ask the Sandman to get to the bottom of this story (Jack Schiff, Jack Liebowitz and Whitney Ellsworth also appear). Scheduled for sale on November 11 ’42.
On sale November 11 ’71, for SUPERMAN 247 (January ’72), Elliot Maggin writes his first Superman story–this one based on an idea by Jeph Loeb–as the Guardians of the Universe suggest to Kal-El that his actions are limiting the development of human beings on Earth (art by Swan and Anderson). And in another new story, Denny O’Neil writes the first Private Life of Clark Kent feature, as Clark decides to solve some problems on a human level (art by Swan and Anderson). While the reprint for this issue is an Edmond Hamilton yarn about the Superman of 2966 (here changed to 2496) against his arch enemy Muto (art by Swan and Klein).
Hello! Here we are with the first number of NEW COMICS–the International Picture Story Magazine. Here’s something you have always wanted–eighty pages packed and jammed with new comic features, written and drawn especially for NEW COMICS–never printed before anywhere. Here is a magazine of picturized stories chock full of laughter and thrills, comic characters of every hue, knights and Vikings of ancient days, adventuring heroes, detectives, aviator daredevils of today and hero supermen of the days to come!
We know that your eyes won’t suffer from strain while you enjoy these clearly drawn pictures and the large readable text, but we can’t guarantee that you won’t strain your ribs from laughter at the antics of these comic characters. Also, we’ll guarantee that, no matter how wise you are, there are heaps of things you will learn about this wide world and its people and their histories every time you read through a copy of NEW COMICS Magazine.
So climb aboard and ride with us every month through Eighty Pages of wit and humor, drama and thrills. Laughter is the universal antidote for the blues. Be a NEW COMICS booster.
Yours to command,
—NEW COMICS No. 1 (December ’35) the second ongoing title from Major Wheeler-Nicholson’s National Allied Newspaper Syndicate at newsstands on November 12 ’35. The new features include J. Worthington Blimp by Sheldon Mayer and Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels with text and illustrations by Walt Kelly (much of the book is in black and white, with text features).
Martin Goodman’s new Atlas publications for the week of November 12 ’74 are the first issues of THE GRIM GHOST (January ’75), IRONJAW (January ’75) and PHOENIX (January ’75).
On November 14 ’47, The popular radio crime drama MR. DISTRICT ATTORNEY gets its own long running DC comic book with issue No. 1 (January-February ’48).
November 14 ’51 HERE’S HOWIE No. 1 (January-February ’52) features the latest teen comedy character.
. . . for the third week in November, everybody has to start somewhere . . .
MLJ launches what promises to be one of the longest running comic book titles, when ARCHIE COMICS No. 1 (Winter ’42) arrives at the newsstands November 15 ’42.
Coming to town November 16 ’48, Dell’s FOUR COLOR 207 features King of the Royal Mounted.
In ADVENTURES OF REX THE WONDER DOG No. 1 (January-February ’52), in his first appearance, Rex witnesses the murder of three men, but Danny’s brother is framed for the murder, at newsstands on November 16 ’51.
MY GREATEST ADVENTURE No. 1 (January-February ’55) is an anthology adventure series in which the stories are told in the first person–I would go to the newsstand on November 16 ’54, if I were you.
For November 18 ’65, DC has these direct currents: TEEN TITANS No. 1 (January-February ’66) features Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad and Wonder Girl in their own super-team. Robbie Reed dials “H” for HERO for the first time in HOUSE OF MYSTERY 156 (January ’66). After breaking formation to gun down several hot-air balloons that are causing carnage on the battlefield, Lt. Steve Savage, aka Balloon Buster, is grounded in ALL-AMERICAN MEN OF WAR 113 (January-February ’66). Ma and Pa Kent are transformed into teenagers and start to act irresponsibly, in SUPERBOY 126 (January ’66).
No, it’s not the Spirit–Jack Cole’s look alike creation, Midnight, makes his first appearance in SMASH COMICS 18 (January ’41) where his origin is told, at your newsstand on November 20 ’40.
Billy, Mary, Freddy and Uncle Dudley get together for the launch of their new title, when MARVEL FAMILY No. 1 (December ’45) hits the newsstands on November 21 ’45— and to challenge them someone who was kicked out of the family long ago makes his first and only appearance in a Fawcett comic, when we get the low-down on the low down Black Adam.
November 21 ’47. Green Lantern tries to lure the Harlequin out into the open, by using Molly Mayne, in ALL-AMERICAN COMICS 93 (January ’48).
. . . for the last week in November, there’s nothing like being there . . .
In ALL-STAR COMICS No. 3 (Winter ’40 -’41), Johnny Thunder is whisked by his Thunderbolt to the first meeting of the Justice Society of America on November 22 ’40.
Be sure to show up in person at your drugstore on November 23 ’67 for these personal appearances: Frank Sinatra guest stars in SUPERMAN’S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN 108 (January ’68), when Jimmy is promised an inheritance of a million dollars, if he can spend another million in 24 hours. In issue No. 6 (January-February ’68) of INFERIOR FIVE, the I5 go to the DC offices to see how a comic book is created–guest stars include: Jack Miller, Mort Weisinger, Julie Schwartz, E. Nelson Bridwell, Murray Boltinoff, Jack Schiff, Mike Sekwosky, Carmine Infantino, Sol Harrison, Jack Adler, Mike Esposito, Gil Kane, Joe Letterese, Joe Kubert and Dick Giordano.
November 23 ’71, Dracula Lives! in the first issue of THE TOMB OF DRACULA (April ’72) and the first issue of MARVEL PREMIERE (April ’72) features the Power of Warlock. [Note: the gap between on sale date and cover date for these Marvel comics seems especially great–probably in an effort to let these books find an audience.]
Based on the long running radio show and films, now a major television series, BIG TOWN No. 1 (January ’51) tells the story of a metropolitan newspaper and the people who work for it. In this issue crime photographer Jim Springer gets the scoop on some stolen uranium. At newsstands on November 24 ’50.
Check these shocking Direct Currents for November 25 ’65: The Emerald Gladiator encounters Zatanna for the first time, as she continues to search for her father in GREEN LANTERN 42 (January ’66). The Spectre gets his first try-out in SHOWCASE 60 (January-February ’67). What would happen if Batman died? Find out in DETECTIVE COMICS 347 (January ’66). The Legion of Super-Heroes engage in an epic struggle against Computo the Conqueror, in ADVENTURE COMICS 340 (January ’66).
November 26 ’58. Congo Bill transfers his mind into Congorilla for the first time, in ACTION COMICS 248 (January ’59). Then, a new version of Oliver Queen’s origin as Green Arrow is told in ADVENTURE COMICS 256 (January ’59).
Beat a trail to the drugstore on November 29 ’66 for these Direct Currents: The Fatal Five make their first appearance in ADVENTURE COMICS 352 (January ’67), as the Legion enlists the services of these criminals in combatting the deadly Sun-Eater that threatens to destroy our solar system (but that’s not due to happen for a thousand years, so you have time to prepare). Commissioner Gordon’s daughter Barbara (in her first appearance) is on her way to a costume party, dressed in a Batgirl outfit she has made for the event, when she encounters the Killer Moth and his gang attacking millionaire Bruce Wayne, in DETECTIVE COMICS 359 (January ’67).
In the Super-Spectacular DETECTIVE COMICS 439 (February-March ’74), an armed robbery at dusk sets the Darknight Detective on the trail of the gang of crooks, silently hunting each one, in Night of the Stalker by Steve Englehart, Sal Amendola and Dick Giordano, on sale November 29 ’73.
8 More Days Louise! for November, we’re gonna need more candles . . .
Jimmy Olsen’s birthday seems to be a movable feast. So how many candles do you want on the cake? November 22 ’60, Jimmy celebrates his birthday in the 50th issue of SUPERMAN’S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN (January ’61), as Superman lends his powers to his pal for a birthday present.
Then on November 21 ’61, Jimmy celebrates another birthday, when Batman poses as Clark Kent so both Clark and Superman can be at Jimmy’s birthday party, in SUPERMAN’S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN 58 (January ’62).
Now on November 22 ’66, another birthday comes around for Mr. Olsen, as Jimmy becomes Lightning Lad, Element Lad and Sun Boy in SUPERMAN’S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN 99 (January ’67). Plus, the origin of B’wana Beast is told, in the jungle man’s first try-out in SHOWCASE 66 (January-February ’67).
One of America’s most popular entertainers hitches his star to DC’s bandwagon, when THE ADVENTURES OF BOB HOPE No. 1 (February-March ’50) hits the newsstands on November 25 ’49.
More first issues from the new Atlas on November 26 ’74 are, in comic book format, THE SCORPION (February ’75) and, in magazine format, DEVILINA (January ’75) and THRILLING ADVENTURE STORIES (February ’75).
November 28 ’61,the ’61 motion picture THE ERRAND BOY is adapted in THE ADVENTURES OF JERRY LEWIS 68 (January-February ’62), where Jerry plays Morty Tashman–a movie studio executive has Morty spy on his underlings in different studio productions.
On November 29 ’56, DC takes over from Quality in publishing ROBIN HOOD TALES with issue No. 7 (January-February ’57). This is followed on November 8 ’56 with the DC/Quality switch on BLACKHAWK 108 (January ’57)–Dick Dillin and Chuck Cuidera continue as artists on this series. And on November 22 ’56, G. I. COMBAT 44 (January ’57) follows in kind.
Eyeball these Direct Currents on November 29 ’62: Bill Finger and Jim Mooney tell how wealthy Tom Blake, animal trainer and feline expert, bored with his routine, turns to crime, adopting the costume and identity of the Cat-Man, as the villain makes his first appearance in DETECTIVE COMICS 311 (January ’63). While in ACTION COMICS 296 (January ’63), Edmond Hamilton and Al Plastino provide a cautionary tale about what could happen to our planet if we allow escalating nuclear proliferation to continue–and Superman (with a red ant-head) leads an army of giant ants, to drive the message home to the Earth’s political super-powers.
All on sale dates might be approximate, as provided by Mike’s Amazing World of Comics (The Newsstand) and by other sources.
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