AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS #3
Indicia: Volume 1 Number 3, November-December 1974 - Published Bi-Monthly by National Periodical Publications, Inc., 75 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10019 Copyright 1974 by NPP, Single Copies $1.50. Send all mail orders to AWODCC, P.O. Box 116, Radio City Station, New York NY 10019
Cover: “Superheroes contemplating a bust of Julius Schwartz” as carved by Joe Kubert - Inside Cover: A monochrome blue photo of Jackson Bostwick as Captain Marvel and Michael Gray as Billy Batson, the stars of the CBS TV series, SHAZAM! - Back Cover: A drawing by Carmine Infantino of a young boy sitting cross-legged on the floor, reading a Flash comic with several others piled up in front of him - Inside Back Cover: A “Plop Puzzle Page” by Steve Skeates.
Table of Contents
Strange Schwartz Stories, by Guy H. Lillian III - Page 2
Stories and Reminisces about Julie Schwartz, including Ray Bradbury, Mort Weisenger, Sheldon Mayer, Alfred Bester, Robert Kanigher, and many others.
Amazing World of Editorials, by Bob Rozakis – Page 12,
Amazing World of Letters, by Bob Rozakis – Page 13
Julie Schwartz Leads the Way, by Carl Gafford and Anthony
Tollin - Page 15
Chronicles the changes in DC titles and features after World War II. The super-hero was on the decline and DC tried a wide variety of titles. The article then focuses on specific genres: Westerns, Mystery, and Science Fiction and concludes with coverage of many of the issues of Showcase 1-34 and Brave and Bold 28-49.
Sneak Peek at DC ’75, by Paul Levitz – Page 19
The first couple months of 1975 will see the debut of eleven new DC series. Brief (1-4 paragraphs) descriptions of the following titles are given, accompanied by illustrations: The Sandman, Claw the Unconquered, Justice Inc., The Joker, Tales of Ghost Castle, Tor, Kung Fu, Secrets of Haunted House, Beowulf, Korak Son of Tarzan, and First Issue [Special].
The Cap-Shazammer Kid, by E. Nelson Bridwell - Page 22
Covers the then-current live-action [Fawcett] Captain Marvel TV show “Shazam,” including several B&W photos from the show.
From Beyond the Unknown Center Spread – Page 24
The original cover to From Beyond the Unknown #2 by Gil Kane, with the original title logo: “Stories to Stagger the Imagination From Beyond”
Confessions of a Comic Book Professor, by Michael Uslan -
Michael discusses teaching the first accredited college course on comic books at Indiana University.
In Memoriam: Otto Oscar Binder, by E. Nelson Bridwell - Page 30
Green Lantern in “Safety First”, by Julius Schwartz -
An original GA Green Lantern story. A box above the splash page notes: “Julius Schwartz…has written only three original scripts of his own - one of which was long considered lost!… that story was recently found and, for the first time, AMAZING WORLD is pleased to present - Green Lantern in 'Safety First'”
Direct Currents - Page 41
Brief descriptions and illustrations for December 1974 and January 1975 dated comics.