Kid Flash makes his first appearances in Flash
#110 (+ splash page & house ad) and #111 (+ splash page) followed by The ElongatedMan in Flash #112 (+ splash page & page 10 original art). The Trickster follows
in Flash #113. Captain Cold returns in The Flash #114 (+ splash page). Grodd is the cause of Flash's weight gain in #115 (+ splash page); the Flash is involved in the Elongated Man back-up stoy. In #116 group of Flash fans from the future try to prevent the demise of their hero at the hands of a criminal from their time; Kid Flash and his father share an adventure in the back-up tale "The Race to Thunder Hill!." Here's the original art for pages 3 and 9. Rounding out the year, Captain Boomerang
wishes the Scarlet
Speedster anything but a "G'day" in Flash
The cover of Western Comics #82 is a Gil Kane grey tone. Bob Brown created another wonderful grey tone cover for Challengers of the Unknown #11 then
The Challengers of the Unknown face a new nemisis: Multi-Man in #14.
The first 80 page giant (Summer) is published (at
the allowance busting price of 25¢!) containing the Superman Family's greatest tales; here's the house ad as it appeared in Detective Comics #282. The second GIANT Annual (Winter) features the greatest villians that have battled The Man of Steel.
Characters resembling writer Gardner Fox and editor Julius Schwartz are featured in the tale "Menace of the Shrinking Bomb!" published in Strange Adventures #113, The Atomic Knights enter into the DC Universe in Strange Adventures #117 (+ "Challenge of the Gorilla Genius!" splash page & "The Rise of the Atomic Knights!" splash page).
Aqua-boy, later Lad, appears in Adventure Comics #269. The origin of Lex Luthor is presented in Adventure Comics #271, he first appeared in Action Comics #23 April, 1940 sporting red hair. The more familiar bald visage of the evil genius first appears in Superman #10 + back cover (05-06/1941), the first cover appearance: Action Comics #47 (04/42).
Superman and Batman meet for
the "first" time in the pages of Adventure Comics #275 (+ splash page).
The origin of Mr. Mxyzptlk is presented in Superboy #78, he first appeared in Superman #30 (09-10/1944), first cover appearance: Action Comics #80 (01/45). Readers are given a
glimpse of "Life On Krypton!" in Superboy #79. In the next issue,
Superboy meets his cousin Supergirl then Superboy
crosses paths with a living piece of the old
homestead: the Kryptonite
Kid in Superboy #83. Supergirl visits Smallville in Adventure Comics #278. White
Kryptonite is seen for the first time in
Adventure Comics #279. The secret of Kryptonite is revealed in Superman #136 (+ splash page); Superman journeys to his home planet in Superman #141. Lois Lane travels to Superman's Fortress of Solitude and enters the bottle city of Kandor; then Lois and Lana Lang take their battle for the affection of Superman to new heights in Lois Lane #21. All but one image on the cover is the work of Curt Swan & Stan Kaye; Kurt Schaffenberger rendered Lois' head. The Superman Emergency Squad is seen for the first time in Jimmy Olsen #48.
The origin of the Bizarro World is revealed in Action Comics #263. Legion of Super-Heroes members Colossal Boy, Chameleon Boy and Invisible Kid are seen for the first time when Supergirl is offered Legion membership in #267.
Being caught in the viewfinder of a criminal scientist's camera transforms Batman in Detective Comics #284. Lex Luthor appears in Batman #130's cover story, in #131 Bruce Wayne's faithful butler, Alfred imagines a future where Dick Grayson & Bruce Wayne, Jr. are "The Second Batman and Robin Team!" Bat-Mite's first appearance in the Batman title takes place in Batman #133. The original Bat-Girl
swings into action in Batman #139. Batwoman and Superman appear in Batman #140. Bat-Mite and Mr. Mxyzptlk team-up for the first time in World's Finest #113.
It's Adam Strange versus Adam Strange in Mystery in Space #59.
Lady Blackhawk does her best Supergirl impression in Blackhawk #151, the adventures of Johnny Cloud begin in All-American Men of War #82. Star Spangled War Stories #90 is the first entry in a long series of dinosaur covers. The first Enemy Ace tale is told in Star Spangled War Stories #94. Our Army at War #91 is the first all Sgt. Rock issue. Russ Heath & Jack Adler collaborated on G.I. Combat #80's cover. The covers of G.I. Combat #79, #81, 82 and #83 are Jerry Grandenetti masterpieces. G.I. Combat #84 is a Joe Kubert greytone.
A Date With Judy ends at #79. The plug is pulled on The Three Mouseketeers after 26 issues and Flippity & Flop after 47 issues. Flippity & Flop began in 1951.
Based on the strong sales of their try-out issues, both The (+ splash page & page 21 original art) and (+ splash page) are given their own titles.
Green Lantern ends in 1972 with #89, the
JLA ends in 1987 with #261 (issue #178 dated May, 1980 pays homage to that classic first cover).
Green Lantern's first encounter with inhabitants of Qward occurs in issue #2; GL's Power Lamp is stolen by agents of Qward in #3 (+ splash page).
Rudolph and friends spread holiday cheer in this mag.