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Showcase


Showcase #4 first Silver Age Flash,
artist Carmine Infantino Showcase 4 This image is a book cover. ... The Flash is a name shared by several DC Comics superheroes. ... Cover for Spider-Woman #8 (November 1978). ...

Publisher DC Comics
Schedule monthly
Format ongoing
Publication dates March 1956 - Sept. 1970
Aug. 1977 - Sept. 1978
Number of issues 106
Main character(s) Challengers of the Unknown
Flash
Lois Lane
Space Ranger
Adam Strange
Creative team
Writer(s) Arnold Drake, Robert Kanigher, John Broome, Jack Kirby, Otto Binder
Artist(s) Win Mortimer, Joe Kubert, Ross Andru, Russ Heath, Carmine Infantino

Showcase has been the title of several anthology series published by DC Comics. The general theme of these series has been to feature new and minor characters as a way to gauge reader interest in them, without the difficulty and risk of featuring "untested" characters in their own ongoing titles. The original series ran from March 1956 to September 1970, and then was revived for eleven issues from August 1977 to September 1978. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... Cover to Challengers of the Unknown #7, 1959. ... The Flash is a name shared by several DC Comics superheroes. ... Lois Joanne Lane-Kent is a fictional character who appears in DC Comics’ Superman stories. ... Space Ranger was a science fiction hero published by DC Comics in several of their titles in the 1950s and 1960s. ... Adam Strange is a fictional superhero published by DC Comics. ... Arnold Drake was an American writer of comic books notable for his work on Deadman, for which he was given the Bill Finger Award, and on Doom Patrol. ... Robert Kanigher (June 18, 1915 - May 6, 2002) was a prolific comic book writer whose career spanned five decades. ... John Broome (1738 - 1810) was a New York political figure. ... Jack Kirby (August 28, 1917 – February 6, 1994) was one of the most influential, recognizable, and prolific artists in American comic books, and the co-creator of such enduring characters and popular culture icons as the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Hulk, Captain America, and hundreds of others stretching... Otto Oscar Binder (August 26, 1911 - October 14, 1974) was an American science fiction and non-fiction UFO author and comic book writer. ... James Winslow Mortimer (born May 1, 1919, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, died January 11, 1998) is a comic book and comic strip artist best known as one of the major illustrators of the DC Comics superhero Superman. ... Joe Kubert (born September 18, 1926, Poland) is an American comic book artist who went on to found the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. ... Cover of The Amazing Spider-Man #136 pencilled by Andru. ... Russ Heath is an artist who has worked in the comics industry. ... Cover for Spider-Woman #8 (November 1978). ... An anthology, literally a garland or collection of flowers, is a collection of literary works, originally of poems. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ...

Contents

Publication history

The best-known issue of Showcase is #4, which introduced an updated version of the Flash. This is generally cited as the beginning of the Silver Age of Comic Books, as it was followed by the successful updating of several other Golden Age superheroes, and an upswing in the popularity of comics (superheroes especially). The Flash is a name shared by several DC Comics superheroes. ... Showcase #4 (Oct. ... Superman, catalyst of the Golden Age: Superman #14 (Feb. ...


Other successful characters to debut in Showcase were

Lois Lane (#9) and the Spectre (#60) also had their own series debut in Showcase. In 1962, DC purchased an adaptation of the James Bond novel and film Dr. No which had been published in British Classics Illustrated and published it as an issue of Showcase; it was the first American comic book appearance of the character. The series was cancelled in 1970 with #93, featuring Manhunter 2070. Cover to Challengers of the Unknown #7, 1959. ... Lois Joanne Lane-Kent is a fictional character who appears in DC Comics’ Superman stories. ... Space Ranger was a science fiction hero published by DC Comics in several of their titles in the 1950s and 1960s. ... Adam Strange is a fictional superhero published by DC Comics. ... Rip Hunter is a DC Comics character who first appeared in Showcase #20 (May 1959), then his own series which ran for 29 issues (1961-65). ... For the DJ, see DJ Green Lantern. ... The Sea Devils are a team of characters in comics published by DC Comics. ... The Atom is a fictional comicbook superhero published by DC Comics. ... Metal Men are a team of robot superheroes created by writer Robert Kanigher, pencilled by Ross Andru and inked by Mike Esposito for DC Comics in 1962. ... The Inferior Five (or I5) are a parodical superhero team who premiered in the DC Comics test book Showcase #62 (1966. ... Bwana Beast is the name of a comic book superhero in the DC Universe. ... The Creeper is a DC Comics superhero created by Steve Ditko. ... Anthro was the first Cro-Magnon boy born in the DC Comics universe. ... Hawk and Dove are the names used by a number of DC Comics superheroes who fight crime together as duos, despite their sharply differing methods and attitudes about violence. ... Bat Lash, as depicted in Justice League Unlimited Bat Lash Bat (Batton) Lash first appeared in 1968, in a house ad running in Superman DC Comics. ... Angel and the Ape was a humour comic book published by DC Comics. ... Lois Joanne Lane-Kent is a fictional character who appears in DC Comics’ Superman stories. ... The Spectre is a fictional cosmic entity and superhero who has appeared in numerous comic books published by DC Comics. ... Flemings image of James Bond; commissioned to aid the Daily Express comic strip artists. ... Dr. No can refer to a number of things Dr. No (novel), the 1958 novel by Ian Fleming on his inspirational character James Bond Dr. No (film), the first James Bond film, starring Sean Connery. ... Classics Illustrated were comic book adaptations from classic literature, a series that Russian-born Albert Lewis Kanter (1897-1973) began in 1941 for Elliot Publishing. ...


Brief revival

In August 1977 Showcase was revived for eleven issues using the original numbering, after the failure of First Issue Special, which ran from 1975-76. The revived series began with issue #95, and published the first appearance of the new Doom Patrol, and the solo adventures of Power Girl. Issue #100 had a cameo by every character that had premiered in the original run of Showcase. The series was cancelled again after issue #104 September 1978, as part of what is commonly called the DC Implosion. Issues #105 and #106 saw print in Cancelled Comics Cavalcade and #105 was later published in Adventure Comics. First Issue Special was a short-lived anthology series from DC Comics, done in similiar style to their Showcase series. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Power Girl (real name Kara Zor-L, also known as Karen Starr) is a DC Comics superhero, making her first appearance in All Star Comics #58 (January/February 1976). ... The DC Implosion is the informal label for the dramatic number of sudden cancellations among DC Comics publications in 1978. ... Cancelled Comics Cavalcade was a tongue-in-cheek publication reproduced in the offices of DC Comics in very limited quantity following the DC Implosion in 1978. ... Adventure Comics #296 Adventure Comics is a comic book series published by DC Comics from 1935 to 1983. ...


Full List of Issues

Issue # Character
1 The Fire Fighters
2 Kings of the Wild
3 The Frogmen
4 The Flash
5 Manhunters
6 Challengers of the Unknown
7 Challengers of the Unknown
8 The Flash
9 Lois Lane
10 Lois Lane
11 Challengers of the Unknown
12 Challengers of the Unknown
13 The Flash
14 The Flash
15 The Space Ranger
16 The Space Ranger
17 Adventures on Other Worlds (Adam Strange)
18 Adventures on Other Worlds (Adam Strange)
19 Adam Strange
20 Rip Hunter Time Master
21 Rip Hunter Time Master
22 Green Lantern
23 Green Lantern
24 Green Lantern
25 Rip Hunter Time Master
26 Rip Hunter Time Master
27 Sea Devils
28 Sea Devils
29 Sea Devils
30 Aquaman and Aqualad
31 Aquaman and Aqualad
32 Aquaman and Aqualad
33 Aquaman and Aqualad
34 The Atom
35 The Atom
36 The Atom
37 Metal Men
38 Metal Men
39 Metal Men
40 Metal Men
41 Tommy Tomorrow of the Planeteers
42 Tommy Tomorrow of the Planeteers
43 James Bond (adaptation of Dr No)
44 Tommy Tomorrow of the Planeteers
45 Sgt. Rock
46 Tommy Tomorrow of the Planeteers
47 Tommy Tomorrow of the Planeteers
48 Cave Carson Adventures Inside Earth
49 Cave Carson Adventures Inside Earth
50 I .. Spy
51 I .. Spy
52 Cave Carson Adventures Inside Earth
53 GI Joe
54 GI Joe
55 Doctor Fate and Hourman
56 Doctor Fate and Hourman
57 Enemy Ace
58 Enemy Ace
59 Teen Titans
60 The Spectre
61 The Spectre
62 Inferior Five
63 Inferior Five
64 The Spectre
65 Inferior Five
66 B'Wana Beast
67 B'Wana Beast
68 The Maniaks
69 The Maniaks
70 Leave It to Binky
71 The Maniaks
72 Top Gun
73 Beware the Creeper
74 Anthro
75 The Hawk and the Dove
76 Bat Lash
77 Angel and the Ape
78 Jonny Double
79 Dolphin
80 The Phantom Stranger
81 The Way-Out World of Windy and Willy
82 Nightmaster
83 Nightmaster
84 Nightmaster
85 Firehair
86 Firehair
87 Firehair
88 Jason's Quest
89 Jason's Quest
90 Jason's Quest
91 Manhunter 2070
92 Manhunter 2070
93 Manhunter 2070
94 Doom Patrol
95 Doom Patrol
96 Doom Patrol
97 Power Girl
98 Power Girl
99 Power Girl
100 Special issue featuring every character from issues 1 to 93
101 Hawkman
102 Hawkman
103 Hawkman
104 OSS / Spies at War
105 Deadman
106 The Creeper

Barry Allen is a fictional character, a superhero in the DC Comics universe and the second Flash. ... The Manhunters are a fictional race of robot warriors that exists within the universe of DC Comics. ... Cover to Challengers of the Unknown #7, 1959. ... Cover to Challengers of the Unknown #7, 1959. ... Barry Allen is a fictional character, a superhero in the DC Comics universe and the second Flash. ... Lois Joanne Lane-Kent is a fictional character who appears in DC Comics’ Superman stories. ... Lois Joanne Lane-Kent is a fictional character who appears in DC Comics’ Superman stories. ... Cover to Challengers of the Unknown #7, 1959. ... Cover to Challengers of the Unknown #7, 1959. ... Barry Allen is a fictional character, a superhero in the DC Comics universe and the second Flash. ... Barry Allen is a fictional character, a superhero in the DC Comics universe and the second Flash. ... Space Ranger was a science fiction hero published by DC Comics in several of their titles in the 1950s and 1960s. ... Space Ranger was a science fiction hero published by DC Comics in several of their titles in the 1950s and 1960s. ... Adam Strange is a fictional superhero published by DC Comics. ... Adam Strange is a fictional superhero published by DC Comics. ... Adam Strange is a fictional superhero published by DC Comics. ... Rip Hunter is a DC Comics character who first appeared in Showcase #20 (May 1959), then his own series which ran for 29 issues (1961-65). ... Rip Hunter is a DC Comics character who first appeared in Showcase #20 (May 1959), then his own series which ran for 29 issues (1961-65). ... Hal Jordan is a fictional character, a DC Comics superhero. ... Hal Jordan is a fictional character, a DC Comics superhero. ... Hal Jordan is a fictional character, a DC Comics superhero. ... Rip Hunter is a DC Comics character who first appeared in Showcase #20 (May 1959), then his own series which ran for 29 issues (1961-65). ... Rip Hunter is a DC Comics character who first appeared in Showcase #20 (May 1959), then his own series which ran for 29 issues (1961-65). ... The Sea Devils are a team of characters in comics published by DC Comics. ... The Sea Devils are a team of characters in comics published by DC Comics. ... The Sea Devils are a team of characters in comics published by DC Comics. ... Aquaman is a fictional character, a superhero in DC Comics. ... Tempest is a fictional character, a superhero from DC Comics. ... Aquaman is a fictional character, a superhero in DC Comics. ... Tempest is a fictional character, a superhero from DC Comics. ... Aquaman is a fictional character, a superhero in DC Comics. ... Tempest is a fictional character, a superhero from DC Comics. ... Aquaman is a fictional character, a superhero in DC Comics. ... Tempest is a fictional character, a superhero from DC Comics. ... The Atom introduced during the Silver Age of comic books in Showcase # 34 (Sep-Oct 1961) is physicist and university professor Ray Palmer (named for real-life science fiction writer Raymond A. Palmer, who was himself quite short). ... The Atom introduced during the Silver Age of comic books in Showcase # 34 (Sep-Oct 1961) is physicist and university professor Ray Palmer (named for real-life science fiction writer Raymond A. Palmer, who was himself quite short). ... The Atom introduced during the Silver Age of comic books in Showcase # 34 (Sep-Oct 1961) is physicist and university professor Ray Palmer (named for real-life science fiction writer Raymond A. Palmer, who was himself quite short). ... Metal Men are a team of robot superheroes created by writer Robert Kanigher, pencilled by Ross Andru and inked by Mike Esposito for DC Comics in 1962. ... Metal Men are a team of robot superheroes created by writer Robert Kanigher, pencilled by Ross Andru and inked by Mike Esposito for DC Comics in 1962. ... Metal Men are a team of robot superheroes created by writer Robert Kanigher, pencilled by Ross Andru and inked by Mike Esposito for DC Comics in 1962. ... Metal Men are a team of robot superheroes created by writer Robert Kanigher, pencilled by Ross Andru and inked by Mike Esposito for DC Comics in 1962. ... Tommy Tomorrow was a long-running science fiction hero published by DC Comics in several of their titles from 1947 to 1963. ... Tommy Tomorrow was a long-running science fiction hero published by DC Comics in several of their titles from 1947 to 1963. ... Flemings image of James Bond; commissioned to aid the Daily Express comic strip artists. ... 2002 reissue of the original novel. ... Tommy Tomorrow was a long-running science fiction hero published by DC Comics in several of their titles from 1947 to 1963. ... One of Joe Kuberts evocative covers for Sgt. ... Tommy Tomorrow was a long-running science fiction hero published by DC Comics in several of their titles from 1947 to 1963. ... Tommy Tomorrow was a long-running science fiction hero published by DC Comics in several of their titles from 1947 to 1963. ... Cave Carson (real name Calvin Carson) is a fictional character that appeared in stories published by DC Comics. ... Cave Carson (real name Calvin Carson) is a fictional character that appeared in stories published by DC Comics. ... Cave Carson (real name Calvin Carson) is a fictional character that appeared in stories published by DC Comics. ... G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero is a military-themed action figure (3 3/4 inches tall) that was supported by a Marvel Comic and a popular cartoon television show that ran in the 1980s. ... G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero is a military-themed action figure (3 3/4 inches tall) that was supported by a Marvel Comic and a popular cartoon television show that ran in the 1980s. ... Doctor Fate is a DC Comics superhero and wizard, best known as a member of the Justice Society of America. ... Hourman (spelled Hour-Man in his earliest appearances) is the name of three different fictional DC Comics superheroes the first of whom was created by Ken Fitch and Bernard Bailey in Adventure Comics #48 (April 1940), during the Golden Age of Comic Books. ... Doctor Fate is a DC Comics superhero and wizard, best known as a member of the Justice Society of America. ... Hourman (spelled Hour-Man in his earliest appearances) is the name of three different fictional DC Comics superheroes the first of whom was created by Ken Fitch and Bernard Bailey in Adventure Comics #48 (April 1940), during the Golden Age of Comic Books. ... Enemy Ace is the name of DC Comics property about the adventures of a skilled but troubled German flying ace in the World Wars, Hans von Hammer AKA The Hammer of Hell. ... Enemy Ace is the name of DC Comics property about the adventures of a skilled but troubled German flying ace in the World Wars, Hans von Hammer AKA The Hammer of Hell. ... The Teen Titans, also known as “The New Teen Titans”, “New Titans”, or “The Titans”, a DC Comics superhero team. ... Cover to The Spectre #31, November 1989. ... Cover to The Spectre #31, November 1989. ... The Inferior Five (or I5) are a parodical superhero team who premiered in the DC Comics test book Showcase #62 (1966. ... The Inferior Five (or I5) are a parodical superhero team who premiered in the DC Comics test book Showcase #62 (1966. ... Cover to The Spectre #31, November 1989. ... The Inferior Five (or I5) are a parodical superhero team who premiered in the DC Comics test book Showcase #62 (1966. ... 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Hawk and Dove are the names used by a number of DC Comics superheroes who fight crime together as duos, despite their sharply differing methods and attitudes about violence. ... Bat Lash, as depicted in Justice League Unlimited Bat Lash Bat (Batton) Lash first appeared in 1968, in a house ad running in Superman DC Comics. ... Angel and the Ape was a humour comic book published by DC Comics. ... Jonny Double is a 4 issues comic book limited series created in 1998 by Brian Azzarello (writer) and Eduardo Risso (artist), and published by Vertigo/DC Comics. ... Dolphin is a fictional character, a superheroine in the DC Comics universe. ... The Phantom Stranger is a fictional character of unspecified paranormal origins who battles mysterious and occult forces in various titles published by DC Comics. ... The Nightmaster is a DC Comics superhero. ... The Nightmaster is a DC Comics superhero. ... The Nightmaster is a DC Comics superhero. ... 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For other meanings of the term, see Hawkman (disambiguation) Hawkman is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... For other meanings of the term, see Hawkman (disambiguation) Hawkman is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... For other meanings of the term, see Hawkman (disambiguation) Hawkman is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... Deadman is a fictional character, a superhero appearing in DC Comics. ... The Creeper is a DC Comics superhero created by Steve Ditko. ...

Showcase 90's

DC revived the title in 1993. Because the 1950s retailer reluctance to order new, untested series had largely vanished, replaced in the 1990s with reader enthusiasm for the "#1" issues of new series, DC published it as Showcase '93, a monthly 12-issue limited series, replaced the following year by Showcase '94 #1, etc. However, because unsold comics were no longer returnable, retailers had become reluctant to stock series that did not feature consistent characters and creators from month to month, and despite attempts to link the series each year to various popular characters such as Batman or Superman, reader demand was lukewarm. Showcase '96 #12 was the last regular issue.


Showcase reprint collections

DC published a trade paperback reprint collection of selected issues/stories/characters from the original Showcase series in 1992: In comics, a trade paperback (TPB) specifically refers to the periodic collections, published in book format, of stories published in comic books, usually capturing one story arc in the series. ...

  • The Essential Showcase: 1956-1959 (1992) TPB. Reprints issues # 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, and 17 from the original series.

In 2005, DC began publishing thick, black-and-white reprints of older material under the umbrella title Showcase Presents. The volumes have received acclaim, including the 1965 Alley Award for Best Novel (an untitled story by Gardner Fox and Murphy Anderson in issue #55). Showcase Presents is a line of black & white paperback books published by DC Comics. ... Gardner Francis Fox (May 20, 1911, Brooklyn, New York – December 24, 1986) was an American writer best known for creating numerous comic book characters for DC Comics. ... Murphy Anderson (born 1926) is an American comic book penciller and inker who has worked for companies such as DC Comics for over 50 years, starting in the 1930s-40s Golden Age of Comic Books. ...


Reprint collection volumes

  • Issue 4, 8, 13-14: Showcase Presents: The Flash vol 1
  • Issue 6: Showcase Presents: Challengers of the Unknown vol 1, Showcase Presents: Superman Family (Lois Lane solo story).
  • Issue 7, 11 - 23: Showcase Presents: Challengers of the Unknown vol 1.
  • Issue 17 - 19: Adam Strange Archives vol 1.
  • Issue 22 - 23: Showcase Presents: Green Lantern vol 1.
  • Issue 34 - 36: Atom Archives vol 1.
  • Issue 37 - 40: Metal Men Archives vol 1.
  • Issue 59: Showcase Presents: Teen Titans vol 1.
  • Issue 97 - 99: Power Girl TPB.

Showcase Presents is a line of black & white paperback books published by DC Comics. ...

Trivia

  • Originally, issues 94-96 of Showcase were to feature introductory stories of Jack Kirby's Fourth World series, New Gods, Forever People and Mr. Miracle. However, DC decided to capitalize on Kirby's recent move from Marvel and launch the books as full series instead of using Showcase as the standard tryout. The last page of New Gods v1#1 has a large blank space towards the lower left hand of the page, which originally contained dialog advising the readers to watch for a regular series shortly, and to check out the next issue featuring the Forever People.

Jack Kirby (August 28, 1917 – February 6, 1994) was one of the most influential, recognizable, and prolific artists in American comic books, and the co-creator of such enduring characters and popular culture icons as the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Hulk, Captain America, and hundreds of others stretching... The New Gods are a fictional race published by DC Comics, as well as the title for four series of comics about those characters. ... The Forever People is a comic book property created by Jack Kirby as part of the Fourth World set of DC Comics titles. ... Mister Miracle is a DC Comics superhero created by Jack Kirby, originally as part of The Fourth World series of titles. ... Marvel Comics is an American comic book line published by Marvel Publishing, Inc. ... The New Gods are a fictional race published by DC Comics, as well as the title for four series of comics about those characters. ...

External links

  • Showcase #55: The Glory of Murphy Anderson
  • Comic Book Awards Almanac: Showcase

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