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. . . for the first week in December, it’s time to break the bank, because these doorbusters will not stay on the racks for long . . .
Coming out around December 1st ’38, the January ’39 cover-dated STAR RANGER FUNNIES, from Centaur Publications, is a No. 1, but don’t let that fool you [the title and the numbering had an odd past]–the cover by Jack Cole has a seasonal theme.
After CLAMOR MAGAZINE runs an article portraying the Flash as a troublemaker, the Fastest Man Alive decides to hang up his helmet and Muscleman steps up to take his place as the hero of Keystone City. Get the full scoop from Gardner Fox and E.E. Hibbard in ALL-FLASH 13 (Winter ’43) on sale December 1st ’43. Or failing that pick up 100-PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR DC-22 (November ’73).
Bruce Wayne’s over-protective Aunt Agatha comes for a visit and frustrates the Dynamic Duo in their war on crime, in BATMAN 89 (February ’55), at your newsstand on December 2nd ’54.
On sale December 3 ’42, in SENSATION COMICS No. 14 (February ’43), an evergreen tree that grows next to the Canadian border, called Fir Balsam, tells her Christmas story about two children, Wonder Woman, a group of Nazis–and how she, Fir Balsam, became the Christmas tree in a family home that year–cover by H.G. Peter.
HIT COMICS No. 26 (February ’43) hits the newsstands on December 4th ’42. On his first case, after his introduction and death in the previous issue, the risen Kid Eternity takes the form of the famous Blackhawk when he encounters the evil Dr. Pain.
After his origins in WHIZ COMICS No. 25, Captain Marvel, Jr., along with Bulletman, takes the battle against Captain Nazi back to MASTER COMICS No. 22 (January ’42)–on sale December 5th ’41.
Hal Jordan slips in the shower and is knocked out, so his ring finds a replacement to answer the JLA signal, bringing John Stewart (in his second appearance) into contact with the illustrious group as they try to solve the mystery of the Man Who Murdered Santa Claus, in the Super-Spectacular JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA No. 110 (March-April ’74), on sale December 6th ’73. Also included in this issue: Plight of a Nation from ALL STAR COMICS No. 40 (April-May ’48)–in which the JSA with the aid of the Junior Justice Society combat juvenile delinquency; and the conclusion of Zatanna’s search for her father from JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA 51 (February ’67), with an extra guest-star, Elongated Man!
. . . for the second week in December, these comics are covered . . .
Webhead makes his second appearance in the first issue of his own Marvelous mag, on sale December 10th ’62–THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN No. 1 (March ’63)–by Stan and Steve, with a cover by Kirby and Ditko.
December 11th ’42 brings some joy to the world when the Dynamic Duo, full with the spirit of Christmas, deck out the Batplane like a Santa Claus sleigh, then drop in on some of the loneliest men in Gotham to spread some cheer, in BATMAN No. 15 (February-March ’43). Meanwhile, Marc Swayze provides the cover featuring Santa, Cap and Mary for CAPTAIN MARVEL ADVENTURES No. 19 (January 1 ’43); while inside, Cap investigates the Phantom of the Deparment Store (by Otto Binder and Pete Costanza)–and after her introduction in the previous issue, Mary Marvel begins her training (by Binder and Swayze).
The Direct Currents for December 12th ’71 are BAT-tery powered: The Batman becomes wheel chair bound and uses four agents–Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Black Canary and Robin–to trap a drug kingpin, in the 100th issue celebration of THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD (February-March ’72). The Darknight Detective comes to the aid of an unemployed man who has turned to petty thievery for the love of his little daughter on Christmas Eve, in BATMAN No. 239 (February ’72).
France E. Herron and Jack Kirby introduce Mr. Scarlet in the first issue of WOW COMICS (Winter ’40), on sale December 13th ’41.
You might have to walk a mile on December 13th ’76 to find these new books from DC: The cowboy anti-hero JONAH HEX leaves his home in WEIRD WESTERN TALES for his own self-titled mag, beginning with issue No. 1 (March-April ’77). DC rolls out its new Dollar Comics format, beginning with THE HOUSE OF MYSTERY No. 251 (March-April ’77) and SUPERMAN FAMILY No. 182 (March-April ’77)–the cover for the family album is by Curt Swan and Neal Adams.
At newsstands on December 14th ’45: For Christmas, in ACTION COMICS No. 93 (February ’46), Superman reunites several refugee families in China, Holland, Norway, Russia and South America. The Emerald Crusader encounters Johnny Double, the man with a double identity who hates himself, in GREEN LANTERN No. 18 (Winter ’45). What could drive a man to suicide? The Pliable Policeman may have the answer when Plas meets the Granite Lady in POLICE COMICS No. 51 (February ’46)–this foreshadowing yet funny tale is by Jack Cole, as is the winter wonderland cover.
At the drugstore on December 14th ’72, these books are due for sale: Chimp Manners attempts a crime at Christmas and another at New Year’s Eve, in BATMAN No. 247 (February ’73). HOT STUFF, THE LITTLE DEVIL, goes skating on the cover of his March ’73 issue (No. 115). And Barnabas has to stop ruthless criminals in a fight for control of Collinwood in DARK SHADOWS No. 18 (February ’73). But the big news is DC’s acquisition of licensing rights for Fawcett’s Captain Marvel, as the first issue of SHAZAM! (February ’73) comes to the spinner racks–cover by C.C. Beck, with Nick Cardy and Murphy Anderson on Superman; inside art by Beck.
. . . for the third week in December, check your list and check it twice . . .
Coming out on December 15th ’43, COMIC CAVALCADE No. 5 (Winter ’43) presents Wonder Woman’s battle with a grifter named Zara who runs the cult of the Crimson Flame–this issue’s holiday cover is by Frank Harry.
Dell’s FOUR COLOR No. 882 (’58) Presenting Senior Zorro–find out who he is and how he came to be, in a story based on the popular Walt Disney TV show starring Guy Williams–with story art by Alex Toth–at your newsstands on December 31st ’57. The entire contents of this issue are reprinted in ZORRO No. 1 (January ’66) from Gold Key.
On newsstands December 18th ’53, in COMIC CAVALCADE No. 61 (February-March ’54), Nutsy Squirrel invents the “Galunk” which repels flying saucers. Meanwhile, DC acquires the license from Fawcett to publish HOPALONG CASSIDY, the incredibly popular cowboy character portrayed by William Boyd (who owned all licensing rights) on film, radio and television. In 1904, Clarence E. Mulford created the character (the real life Butch Cassidy may have inspired the name), publishing several novels; although the literary version of Hoppy was originally rough around the edges, when Boyd began playing the character in movies, starting in ’35, he was cleaned up. Fawcett published the first issue of the comic book in ’43 and the series resumed in ’46, with DC taking over with issue 86 (February ’54).
On sale December 19th ’63, in SUPERMAN No. 167 (February ’64), Brainiac and Luthor team up, as Brainiac’s true origin and android nature is first revealed–see more in 50 Light Years to Lexor.
CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS No. 1 (March ’41) presents the origin and first appearance of Simon and Kirby’s patriotic super-soldier, on sale December 20th ’40—cover pencils by Kirby.
As the old year winds down–and a new year approaches–on December 21st ’49, Batman crashes the Batmobile and injures himself, but uses the opportunity to build the Batmobile of 1950 with all new schematics and state of the art technology, in DETECTIVE COMICS No. 156 (February ’50)–cover by Dick Sprang.
On December 21st ’72, there will be nightmares before Christmas: Werewolves and hell, vampires and parallel realms–THE HOUSE OF MYSTERY No. 211 (February ’73) has got ’em all. Then, Jason Blood attempts to exorcise the Primal Entity from the Howler, in THE DEMON No. 6 (February ’73). Meanwhile, DC debuts first issues of reprint comics, all cover dated February-March ’73–JOHNNY THUNDER, SECRET ORIGINS and FOUR STAR BATTLE TALES.
. . . for the last week in December, faithful friends who are dear to us gather near to us once more . . .
BLACKSTONE THE MAGICIAN gets his own comic book, when EC debuts the first issue (Fall ’47) on sale (around) December 23rd ’47. The funny book is a tie-in with the radio program, BLACKSTONE, THE MAGIC DETECTIVE. On the radio, Ed Jerome played the real life Harry Blackstone Sr.–a famous stage magician of the day. EC only published the first issue of the comic, after which Timely picked it up with No. 2.
Out on December 23rd ’58, the Fastest Man Alive gets his own comic book, beginning with the February-March ’59 issue of THE FLASH (No. 105, which continues the numbering from FLASH COMICS), as Sam Scudder, the Mirror Master, makes his first appearance–cover by Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella.
The world’s fattest man, Rollo disguises himself as Santa Claus to pull off his crimes, but the Boy Commandos are going to end his sleigh ride, in DETECTIVE COMICS No. 132 (February ’48). The Justice Society enter the world of Fairyland where the evil Lorelei is stirring up trouble, in ALL-STAR COMICS No. 39 (February-March ’48). Both books go on sale on Christmas Eve, December 24th ’47.
For Boxing Day, December 26th ’63, DC has these returns of the season: Dream Girl makes her first appearance in ADVENTURE COMICS No. 317 (February ’64), as some of the Legionnaires are transformed into tots and Lightning Lass becomes Light Lass. Sgt. Rock, Johnny Cloud and the Haunted Tank team up in THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD No. 52 (February-March ’64). Doc Magnus creates the Gas Gang, in METAL MEN No. 6 (February ’64). Lois runs a computer simulation that shows her life as Krypton Girl, in SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE No. 47 (February ’64). A long list of Superman’s friends guest stars on a TV program that honours the Man of Steel, in ACTION COMICS No. 309 (February ’64) [and JFK makes a posthumous appearance]; meanwhile, in the Supergirl story, the fate of Argo City is retold.
Check your newsdealer on December 27th ’50 for these Direct Currents: Blabber Mouse decides to leave his comic strip for the real world, because his story lines are getting redundant, in COMIC CAVALCADE No. 43 (February-March ’51).
The Legion and the Fatal Five team up to destroy the Sun-Eater, but it is Ferro Lad who makes the ultimate sacrifice, in ADVENTURE COMICS No. 353 (February ’67). Ralph and Sue Dibny travel to London, where the Elongated Man deals with the pranks of two rival youth gangs–the Mods and the Rockers–in DETECTIVE COMICS No. 360 (February ’67). Both books are scheduled for December 27th ’66.
December 29th ’59, THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD No. 28 (February-March ’60) presents the first appearance of the Justice League of America, as the super-heroes battle the menace of Starro the Conqueror—cover by Mike Sekowsky and Murphy Anderson.
For New Years Eve, December 31st ’59, DC brings in some strays: ACTION COMICS No. 261 (February ’60) has Linda Danvers finding a stray cat she names “Streaky”; when the cat is exposed to a fragment of X-Kryptonite it gains super powers. In ADVENTURE COMICS No. 269 (February ’60), Aquaman finds a boy exiled from Atlantis, who he names Aqualad, as the kid sidekick makes his first appearance–also in this issue, the editor of ALL-STAR COMICS consults Green Arrow about a story.
8 More Days Louise! for December spectacles historic at year’s end . . .
December 12th’ 63, while on an ocean voyage with Jean Loring, Ray Palmer finds that their ship will meet the same fate as the Mary Celeste, if the Tiny Titan doesn’t take action, in THE ATOM No. 11 (February-March ’64).
The NEW GODS are coming to the spinner racks on December 22nd ’70. Who are they? The latest epic creation from “King Kirby. Don’t miss the exciting first issue (February-March ’71)–it’s sure to be a collectors’ item.
On December 23rd ’69, the Man of Tomorrow embarks on an epic journey through all time and space. The odyssey begins in ACTION COMICS No. 385 (February ’70). Where will the Immortal Superman end up? That’s a mystery in space and time–cover by Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson.
December 24th ’40, bound for Europe on board a relief ship to help out with the war effort, Tex Thomson’s ship is blown up by saboteurs–presumed dead, Tex returns to the United States and adopts the identity of Mr. America to fight for home and country, in ACTION COMICS No. 33 (February ’41).
No, your eyes are not deceiving you–the cover by Curt Swan and Stan Kaye is not a fake–it’s real. This all happens inside SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND, LOIS LANE No. 15 (February ’60)–in a novel length story by Robert Bernstein and Kurt Schaffenberger. Don’t be late, when this issue goes on sale December 24th ’59.
December 25th ’73, in BATMAN No. 255 (March-April ’74, old villain Professor Milo returns, as the Dark Knight is hunted by a were-wolf–also in this Super-Spectacular issue, stories of the entire Batman family.
Alan Scott encounters a mysterious individual called Vandal Savage who turns out to be a million years old, when the villain makes his first appearance in GREEN LANTERN QUARTERLY No. 10 (Winter ’43)–cover by Irwin Hasen–coming your way December 29 ’43.
Who? Why? Where? What is Hawkman? Get the answers in THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD No. 34 (February-March ’61). When? On December 29th ’60 at your local comic dealer.
. . . strange encounters for the first week of the new year . . .
Circa January 1st ’56, EC publishes the last issues of INCREDIBLE SCIENCE FICTION (formerly WEIRD SCIENCE), No. 33 (January-February ’56).
On sale January 2nd ’40: Fox releases THE BLUE BEETLE No. 1 (Winter ’40). Meanwhile, DC’s MORE FUN COMICS 52 (February ’40) introduces the Spectre–when Jim Corrigan is killed by a gang of criminals, his spirit is prevented from entering heaven by a disembodied voice and is sent back to Earth to battle evil with otherworldly powers. The first Prize comic is PRIZE COMICS No. 1 (March ’40). And ZIP COMICS No. 1 (February ’40) from MLJ introduces Steel Sterling.
January 2nd ’76, DC and Marvel get together to team up the Man of Steel and the Webhead in the tabloid size SUPERMAN VS. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN–cover by Carmine Infantino, Ross Andru and Dick Giordano.
THE AVENGERS No. 4 (March ’64) thaws out Captain America on January 3rd ’64.
Dell’s FOUR COLOR No. 614 (’55) presents Walt Disney’s 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA [based on Jules Verne’s novel, of course] at newsstands on January 4th ’54–following the movie’s release on December 23 ’54. The Disney movie stars James Mason as Captain Nemo and Kirk Douglas as Ned Land.
20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (’54) trailer
At your newsstand on January 4th ’68, Superman meets Jerry, in THE ADVENTURES OF JERRY LEWIS No. 105 (March-April ’68).
In an origin story a year and a half after their first appearance, STAR SPANGLED COMICS No. 18 (March ’43) tells how both Sylvester Pemberton and Pat Dugan were individually motivated by the same event to take up a patriotic costume and fight Nazi fifth columnists, as the Star Spangled Kid and Stripesy–the mag goes on sale January 5th ’43.
. . . the second week in January takes us back to where it all began . . .
Superman remembers his adventures when he was a boy, in the first issue of SUPERBOY (March-April ’49) on sale January 8th ’49.
Direct Currents for January 10th ’74: In the Old West, a killer tries to take advantage of a werewolf legend from the old country, in HOUSE OF MYSTERY No. 224 (April-May ’74). Robert Kanigher and Nestor Redondo adapt William Henry Hudson’s GREEN MANSIONS with RIMA THE JUNGLE GIRL No. 1 (April-May ’74)–cover by Joe Kubert.
On January 11th ’35, Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson’s new company, National Allied Publications, releases its first comic book title–NEW FUN No. 1 (February ’35)–a tabloid-sized, 10 by 15 inch, 36 page mag with card-stock, buff cover. Mostly in black and white, but with a colour feature on the cover. The anthology mixes funny features–like Pelion and Ossa (funny animals) or Jigger and Ginger (college kids)–with action-adventure strips–like Sandra of the Secret Service or Barry O’Neil (a Fu Manchu style feature, except the villain here is Fang Gow)–as well as an adaptation of Walter Scott’s IVANHOE. The duster Jack Woods–illoed by Dick Loeder and possibly written by Wheeler-Nicholson–appears on the cover.
On January 11th ’66, the television series, BATMAN, makes its broadcast debut in Vancouver and Victoria at 5 o’clock. The next day, it debuts on the ABC network. See OTF.11.01.66 for many more details.
Direct Currents for January 11th ’68: Guy Gardner could well have been the ring wielder of Earth had circumstances been different, find out how in GREEN LANTERN No. 59 (March ’68). Robbie Reed struggles between being an angel and a devil in his final Dial “H” outing in HOUSE OF MYSTERY No. 173 (March-April ’68)–and it’s also the end of the road for the Martian Manhunter, as Faceless is revealed (next issue the title becomes a horror anthology)–cover by Jack Sparling.
January 13th ’70: The original team of John Broome, Gil Kane, and Joe Giella provide their last GREEN LANTERN story in issue No. 75 (March ’70) of that magazine.
The first issue (May ’55) of BLACK KNIGHT from Atlas charges to the newsstands on January 14th ’55.
Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and having made her debut nearly twenty years earlier, in ACTION COMICS No. 1 (June ’38), that irrepressible girl reporter finally gets her own comic magazine, when SUPERMAN’S GIRL, FRIEND LOIS LANE No. 1 (March-April ’58) arrives at your newsdealer on January 14th ’58. Make sure to reserve your copy now.
. . . more crowning achievements in the third week of January . . .
The King, aka King Standish, a master of disguise makes his first appearance in FLASH COMICS No. 3 (March ’40), when he gets a secretary, Myrna Mallon, to turn against her businessman boss, who is in reality a dope dealer–also in this issue, artist E.E. Hibbard does his first work on the Flash. Available January 15th ’40.
Direct Currents for January 15th ’70: In THE PHANTOM STRANGER No. 6 (March-April ’70), a mod squad of youths calls in Dr. Thirteen and the Stranger to investigate a haunting on No. 13 Thirteenth Street.
Hal recounts to Tom Kalmaku an incident early in his career as the Emerald Crusader that taught him not to use his ring to try and make everybody happy, in GREEN LANTERN No. 27 (March ’64)–grab it on January 16th ’64.
At newsstands on January 17th ’63, THE FLASH No. 135 (March ’63) features a change of style for Kid Flash.
On sale January 18th ’55, ACES HIGH No. 1 (March-April ’55) is one of several new direction titles from EC.
The March ’68 issue of BATMAN celebrates a milestone as it turns 200, on January 18th ’68.
The first issue of Fawcett’s annual GIFT COMICS is a staggering 324 pages (for 50 cents) featuring Captain Marvel and a big line-up of other heroes, at your newsdealer on January 21st ’42.
January 21st ’48 sees some pixies lurking at the newsstand. In their second appearance, after WONDER WOMAN 14 (Fall ’45), Shaggy the Leprechaun and his pals, Woggle and Hoppy, move into Diana’s apartment, in SENSATION COMICS No. 75 (March ’48). And that imp Mr. Mxyztplk comes to Earth to court Lois Lane in hopes of marrying her, so he can get out of marrying the King’s daughter on Zrfff, in SUPERMAN No. 51 (March-April ’48).
. . . the last week of January sees some old titles changing, while new titles appear on the stands . . .
Based on the popular toy cars, HOT WHEELS No. 1 (March-April ’70) goes on sale January 22nd ’70.
MORE FUN COMICS No. 108 (March ’46) switches to all-humour features–on sale January 23rd ’46.
At newsstands on January 23rd ’64, DOOM PATROL No. 86 (March ’64) is retitled from MY GREATEST ADVENTURE and introduces the Brotherhood of Evil.
Having got their try-out in SHOWCASE, the INFERIOR FIVE gain their own title, with the first issue (March-April ’67) on sale January 24th ’67.
SUPERMAN’S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN becomes THE SUPERMAN FAMILY with issue No. 164 (April-May ’74)–featuring a mix of new stories and reprints in a giant-size format–on spinner racks January 24th ’74.
Who is the Legionnaire Who Killed? Find out in ADVENTURE COMICS No. 342 (March ’66), on sale January 27th ’66.
In DETECTIVE COMICS No. 361 (March ’67), the Dynamic Duo’s Double-Deathtrap features a great spy thriller from Gardner Fox, Carmine Infantino and Sid Greene. Meanwhile, from Fox and Greene, Ralph Dibny revisits the Magnum Circus where he got his start, in this issue’s Elongated Man back-up story. Don’t miss this issue on January 31st ’67–minim.003 has many more details on this favourite comic book.
8 More Days Louise! for January, some funny books are born into greatness, some have greatness thrust upon them . . .
Reprintng, in colour, several classics from the “Golden Ages of Comics,” Jules Feiffer remembers THE GREAT COMIC BOOK HEROES of his childhood in a hardcover book from Dell Press due out January 1st ’65.
The magazine size 3-D BATMAN (1966) replicates the 1953 3-D BATMAN edition, but the all new cover (inside and out) is a teaser for the new BATMAN television series. It goes on sale circa January 1st in ’66.
The first issue of Dell’s POPULAR COMICS (February ’36) hits the newsstands on January 2nd ’36.
Reserve the first issue (Spring ’46) of KID ETERNITY at your local newsdealer on January 2nd ’46.
On sale January 14th ’75, Hwæt! We Gardena in geardagum . . . Old English scholars are amazed by the faithful adaptation of BEOWULF in the first issue (April-May ’75) of that title. Meanwhile, the Losers distract Col. Yamashita, to allow the marines to attack, in OUR FIGHTING FORCES No. 154 (April ’75).
Meet MISS BEVERLY HILLS OF HOLLYWOOD in the first issue of her own magazine (March-April ’49), in stores January 26th ’49.
MYSTERY IN SPACE teams up its two features, when Adam Strange, Hawkman and Hawkgirl share the action in issue No. 90 (March ’64), on sale the 3oth of January ’64.
In ’68, at newsstands on January 30th, ACTION COMICS No. 361 (March ’68) introduces a new villain–the Parasite.
. . . our coming attractions feature two weddings and a funeral for the first week in February . . .
On February 1st ’68, IRON MAN graduates from TALES OF SUSPENSE (itself having become CAPTAIN AMERICA) to his own title, while SUB-MARINER moves on from TALES TO ASTONISH (which has become THE INCREDIBLE HULK) to his new title–both are Nos. 1 (May ’68).
The Big Red Cheese battles Invisibility in the April ’51 issue of CAPTAIN MARVEL ADVENTURES (No. 119). As well in that mag, Tawky Tawny embarks on a sales campaign. On newsstands February 2nd ’51.
PHANTOM LADY displays her famous headlights to pique interest in her war on crime, on Matt Baker’s cover for issue No. 17 (April ’48) of Sandra Knight’s foxy magazine. Find them at your local newsdealer on February 3rd ’48 and bring your own brown paper bag.
In the March ’58 SUPERMAN (No. 120), Lois Lane stands by while the Man of Tomorrow gets married yet again [see February 15 ’50]. You’ll want to be a witness for the nuptials on February 4th ’58. Cover by Curt Swan and Stan Kaye.
As if to rebuff the Caped Kryptonian for all his calumny, Lois Lane marries a strange looking man from the future and leaves the present day behind to live with her husband of tomorrow, in SUPERMAN No. 136 (April ’60), on newsstands February 4th ’60. Cover by Swan and Kaye.
The Strange Death of Captain America guest stars the Avengers, beset by Hydra when they mourn for their fallen comrade–story and pencils by Jim Steranko, inks by Tom Palmer. CAPTAIN AMERICA No. 113 (May ’68) comes out on February 4th ’69.
STAR SPANGLED COMICS No. 7 (April ’42) goes on sale on February 5th ’42–featuring the first appearances of: Robotman; the Guardian and the Newsboy Legion; and TNT and Dan the Dyna-Mite.
Despite being numbered 12, the first issue of WEIRD SCIENCE (May-June ’50) from EC hits newsstands on February 7th ’50.
. . . everyone has an invitation to the ball for the second week in February . . .
On his first day of school, MELVIN MONSTER lands in the world of humans in the first issue (April-June ’65) of John Stanley’s macabre comic book creation, on sale February 9th ’65.
After the success of the two NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR COMICS (for ’39 and ’40), National debuts WORLD’S BEST COMICS No. 1 (’41) on February 10th ’41, featuring DC’s biggest stars, with Superman, Batman and Robin sharing the cover–the title changes to WORLD’S FINEST COMICS with the next issue.
In BATMAN No. 10 (April-May ’42), on sale February 11th ’42, the Cat-Woman rubs elbows with high society as Margerite Tone in her ruse to relieve Gotham’s elite of their riches.
Coming to newsstands on February 11th ’65, 80 PAGE GIANT No. 9 (April ’65) presents the Flash (of Two Worlds).
The first issue of Timely’s WILD WEST (Spring ’48) features Two-Gun Kid, Arizona Annie and Tex Taylor, on sale February 12th ’48.
Demanding your attention on February 13th ’64, in SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND, LOIS LANE No. 48 (April ’64), Lois journeys into the past to play the parts of Cinderella, Hellene of Troy and Florence Nightingale. Cover by Kurt Schaffenberger.
The May ’78 SHOWCASE celebrates its 100th issue with a Who’s Who of showcased stars from past issues, at direct sales shops on February 13th ’78.
The Untold Story of the Phantom Zone is revealed in SUPERBOY No. 104 (April ’63). Check it out on February 14th ’63.
. . . looking for someone who lost their glass slipper, in the third week of February . . .
Lois Lane is miffed when she is not chosen to be the Bride of Superman in ACTION COMICS No. 143 (April ’50)–story by William Woolfolk, art by Al Plastino–save the date for February 15th ’50.
On February 17th ’50, the sinister Dr. Doom exposes the Bat-Cave’s Thousand and One Trophies of Batman, in DETECTIVE COMICS No. 158 (April ’50)–story by Edmond Hamilton; art by Bob Kane and Charles Paris; cover by Win Mortimer.
Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting Miss Jimmy Olsen. The Cub Reporter attracts cat calls and wolf whistles when he comes out as a dame in the hilarious latest issue of SUPERMAN’S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN No. 44 (April ’60), coming out February 18th ’60. Also in this issue, Jimmy turns into a wolf-man.
In THE MARVEL FAMILY No. 22 (April ’48), on February 20th ’48, the Marvels face the Triple Threat. And in another tale, Captain Marvel vs. the Radioactive Man.
The Robot Cop of Gotham City fights alongside the Dynamic Duo in BATMAN No. 70 (April-May ’52), on sale February 20th ’52.
On sale February 21st ’50, Dell’s FOUR COLOR No. 272 presents an adaptation of Walt Disney’s CINDERELLA. [See more about this at AS YOU LIKE IT.]
On February 21st ’51, DC releases the first issue of MYSTERY IN SPACE (April-May ’51), from science fiction editor Julius Schwartz, featuring the Knights of the Galaxy–cover by Carmine Infantino and Frank Giacoia.
. . . and one giant leap for the last week in February . . .
Demand Classics for February 23rd ’56: The Martian Masquerade–by Broome/Kane/Giella–STRANGE ADVENTURES No. 67 (April ’56) breaks the fourth wall of the editor’s office (see OTF 12.11.13). Sheldon Mayer introduces his baby-talking toddlers in the first issue of SUGAR AND SPIKE (April-May ’56)–cover by Mayer.
The title that fostered DC’s name DETECTIVE COMICS No. 1 (March ’37) debuts on February 25th ’37.
February 25th ’44, DAREDEVIL COMICS No. 24 (May ’44). A modern Bonnie and Clyde, Punch and Judy are headed on a murderous crime spree, before Daredevil and the Little Wise Guys exact rough justice–story by Charles Biro, art by Norman Mauer. And this issue is cut down from 48 inside pages from the former 56, due to paper rationing for the war effort–as explained on the inside front cover.
February 27th ’48. Dell’s FOUR COLOR No. 186 adapts the classic animated feature from Walt Disney, BAMBI–with a script adapted by Chase Craig from Felix Salten’s story and art by Morris Gollub. The movie was first released August 13 ’42; however this is the first Dell adaptation of the actual film–a previous issue of FOUR COLOR (No. 30, on sale August 31 ’43) featured Bambi’s Children.
On sale February 27th ’58. The Legion of Super-Heroes. ADVENTURE COMICS No. 247 (April ’58). ‘Nough said.
At newsstands on February 27th ’64: When their memebers are trapped inside the citadel on Thoon, the 30th century teens send in their own “Suicide Squad” to extract them–and the Legion of Substitute play a key role–in this epic issue of ADVENTURE COMICS No. 319 (April ’64). Story by Edmond Hamilton, art by John Forte, cover by Swan and Moldoff. And DETECTIVE COMICS No. 326 (April ’64) features the 300th appearance of Batman in that title and is the last issue to feature the Old Look Dynamic Duo–next issue a New Look begins. It’s also the last appearance for John Jones (by Jack Miller and Joe Certa) who dies in this issue (or so it appears), as the Martian Manhunter’s feature moves over to HOUSE OF MYSTERY along with outgoing editor Jack Schiff. Cover art by Sheldon Moldoff.
8 More Days Louise! first and foremost for February . . .
After a trial run in THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD and an ongoing feature in MYSTERY IN SPACE, the Winged Wonders from Thanagar gain their own title, as HAWKMAN No. 1 (April-May ’64) goes on sale February 20th ’64.
The Gorilla Who Challenged the World–by Edmond Hamilton and Sy Barry– in STRANGE ADVENTURES 55 (April ’55), on newsstands February 22nd ’55.–is the first part in a two part story of a super-intelligent gorilla’s inspiring quest for world domination (continues in the next issue).
The Second Batman and Robin Team–by Finger and Moldoff–begins a new series of tales about a second generation Dynamic Duo, as told by the faithful butler, Alfred. It’s in BATMAN No. 131 (April ’60), on sale February 23rd ’60.
Direct Currents for February 23rd ’61: A new member is added to the Batman family, as Bat-Girl makes her ten cent debut in BATMAN 139 (April ’61). And a new member is added to the roll call, as Green Arrow joins the JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, in issue No. 4 (April-May ’61).
The Gotham Gangbusters trade places, when DETECTIVE COMICS No. 218 (April ’55) presents Batman, Junior and Robin, Senior. Coming to a newsstand near you on February 24th ’55.
On his birthday, Elongated Man visits Coast City, home of Green Lantern, and gets a new costume as a present from his lovely partner in life. You’ll find the whole story in DETECTIVE COMICS No. 350 (April ’66), on sale February 24th ’66.
At your newsdealer on February 25 ’42, the Fastest Man Alive traipses through time, encountering Julius Caesar and d’Artagnan along the way, in his latest epic from Gardner Fox and E.E. Hibbard, ALL FLASH QUARTERLY No. 4 (Spring ’42). Cover art by E. E. Hibbard.
The Mystery of the Elongated Man marks the first appearance of the Ductile Detective aka Ralph Dibny, L’Homme Étendu, the Stretchable Sleuth–by John Broome, Carmine Infantion and Joe Giella–in THE FLASH No. 112 (April-May ’60), on newsstands February 25th ’60. Cover by Infantino and Giella.
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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