Five-Score Plus Comic Monthly #26

Published
June 1960
Page count
116
Cover price
2/- [0-2-0 AUP]
Colour
Black & white
Size
Standard size
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Format
Comic series
Branding
Colour Comics Pty Ltd (1949–1975)
 
Colour Comics Pty Ltd (1949–1975)
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/868673

Credits

Editing
, editor

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover The Creature in Echo Lake! Cover, 1 page

"Give me a hand, Hank! I--I can't reel it in myself! I must have hooked a real big fish!"

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction

Credits

Art
Dick Dillin, penciller
 
Sheldon Moldoff, inker
Colours
, colourist
Text
Ira Schnapp, letterer
Editing
Jack Schiff, original Editor
 
Murray Boltinoff, original Associate Editor
 
George Kashdan, original Associate Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
House of Mystery (DC, 1951 series) #94 (January 1960)
The Creature in Echo Lake!

Notes

Cover artwork cropped to above creature’s knees.

Show/hide 1. The Creature in Echo Lake Comic story, 9 pages

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Characters
Hank; Jay

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
Bill Ely, line art
Text
, letterer
Editing
Jack Schiff, original Editor
 
Murray Boltinoff, original Associate Editor
 
George Kashdan, original Associate Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
House of Mystery (DC, 1951 series) #94 (January 1960)
The Creature in Echo Lake

Notes

DC logos and 'House of Mystery' banner removed from each page of story (none on p. 1). Last page of original story artwork extended and altered to make it into 9 pages instead of 8.67. pp. 7: word 'Jailers' changed to 'Gaolers'.

Show/hide 2. The Case of the Martian Witness! (Star Hawkins) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Star Hawkins
Genre
Detective-mystery; science fiction
Characters
Star Hawkins (introduction); Ilda (introduction); Qar-Miq; Charl Scott

Credits

Writing
John Broome, scripter
Art
Mike Sekowsky, penciller
 
Bernard Sachs, inker
Text
, letterer
Editing
Julius Schwartz, original editor [credited]

Reprint history

First print
United States
Strange Adventures (DC, 1950 series) #114 (March 1960)
The Case of the Martian Witness
Also printed
Australia
All Star Adventure Comic (Colour Comics, 1960 series) #68 ([April 1971?])
The Case of the Martian Witness
 
United States
Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #444 (December 1974-January 1975)
The Case of the Martian Witness!
 
Australia
Super Heroes Album (KG Murray, 1976 series) #4 ([December 1976?])
The Case of the Martian Witness

Synopsis

Star's luck is holding steady. He hasn't had a case in a week and he's had to pawn Ilda, his robot secretary. Luckily, Star is hired to locate a fugitive who's thought to be hiding on Vesta, an asteroid mining settlement, in the Red Jungle. But with a little tracking skill and the help of the creepy vegetation of the Red Jungle, he nabs the fugitive, gets his prisoner, and gets Ilda back from the pawn shop, promising never to pawn her again.

Notes

DC logos and 'Strange Adventures' banner removed from every page of story. pp. 4: words 'All Right' changed to 'Alright'. pp. 8, last panel: Next issue blurb changed from 'Strange Adventures' to 'Five-Score Plus 116pp - 2/-.'

Show/hide 3. The Tin Hero of Big Town! (Big Town) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Big Town
Genre
Crime
Characters
Steve Wilson; Lorelei Kilbourne; Danny; Big Jim Flowers

Credits

Writing
Bill Finger, scripter
Art
Jack Lehti, penciller
 
Sy Barry, inker
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original editor [credited]
 
Julius Schwartz, original editor [attributed] (actual)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Big Town (DC, 1951 series) #9 (September 1951)
The Tin Hero of Big Town!

Notes

DC logos and 'Big Town' banner removed from every page of story. pp. 6: words 'I ain’t stayin’' changed to 'I’m not stayin’'. pp. 9: words: 'I’m gonna get rid o’ you' changed to 'I’m getting rid o’ you'. pp. 10 words: 'You’re not gonna see much…' changed to 'You’re not going to see much…'

Show/hide 4. Operation Space-Saver Comic story, 9 pages

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Characters
Harvey Keans

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
Lee Elias, line art
Text
, letterer
Editing
Jack Schiff, original Editor
 
Murray Boltinoff, original Associate Editor
 
George Kashdan, original Associate Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
House of Mystery (DC, 1951 series) #95 (February 1960)
Operation Space-Saver

Synopsis

Harvey Keans is assigned the task of preventing a war between Jupiter and Saturn.

Notes

DC logos and 'House of Mystery' banner removed from every page of story. pp. 3: word: 'honored' replaced with 'honoured'. Last page of original story artwork extended and altered to make it into 9 pages instead of 8.67.

Show/hide 5. Stamps on Approval (Seven Seas Stamps) Advertisement, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Seven Seas Stamps

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
, photographer
Text
, typeset

Notes

Seven Seas Stamps advertisement, including coupon.

Show/hide 6. The Man Who Created Himself! Comic story, 8 pages

"Doctor, at the very moment I'm lying here in your office -- I'm standing three thousand years in the future."

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Characters
Frank Barrows; Dr. Newton Morse

Credits

Writing
Gardner Fox, scripter
Art
Sid Greene, line art
Text
, letterer
Editing
Julius Schwartz, original editor [credited]

Reprint history

First print
United States
Strange Adventures (DC, 1950 series) #114 (March 1960)
The Man Who Created Himself

Synopsis

Frank Barrows wakes to a voice telling him that the future depends on him. Frank builds an android duplicate of himself which is sent to the future, but Frank and the android can communicate with each other across time. In the future, light-beings from Aldebaran are "inhaling" argon and "exhaling" monargon, a poisonous waste. Future historical records show that Barrows had developed a technology that could help, but the android duplicates a Frank before he had started that research. Frank is able to knock an electron off an argon atom and get poisonous chlorine and chase away the light-beings.

Notes

DC logos and 'Strange Adventures' banner removed from every page of story. pp. 4: words 'time-traveled' changed to 'time-travelled'; and 'traveling' changed to 'travelling'.

Show/hide 7. The Case of the Genuine Counterfeits Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Genre
Crime
Characters
Thomas J. Conn; “The Big Man”; Agent Mazzi; Agent Troy; Chief Treasury Agent Troy

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
Sam Citron, line art
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Gang Busters (DC, 1947 series) #49 (December 1955-January 1956)
The Case of the Genuine Counterfeits

Notes

DC logos and 'Gang Busters' banner removed from every page of story. pp. 1: words 'a $10 bill as well as the United States Mint' changed to 'a £10 note as well as the Australian Mint'. Words 'bills' changed to 'notes' throughout story. pp. 3: words 'I dunno!...' changed to 'I don’t know!' pp. 5: words 'genuine U.S. Mint plate' changed to 'genuine Mint plate', and 'genuine United States Mint plate' changed to 'genuine Australian Mint plate'. pp. 6: words '$10 bills' changed to '£10 notes'.

Show/hide 8. The Duplicate Doom! Comic story, 9 pages

Featuring

Characters
Josh Cullins

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
Bernard Baily, line art
Text
, letterer
Editing
Jack Schiff, original Editor
 
Murray Boltinoff, original Associate Editor
 
George Kashdan, original Associate Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Tales of the Unexpected (DC, 1956 series) #46 (February 1960)
The Duplicate Doom!

Synopsis

Mysterious phenomenon appear on both sides of a county line, and on both sides a mysterious man asks the townspeople how they would get rid of it. Then the solution magically appears to varying degrees of success. As it turns out, it's all part of an alien betting game.

Notes

DC logos and 'Tales of the Unexpected' banner removed from each page of story (none on pp. 1). Last page of original story artwork extended and altered to make it into 9 pages instead of 8.67.

Show/hide 9. The Creature City (Mark Merlin) Comic story, 9 pages

Featuring

Feature
Mark Merlin
Genre
Fantasy-Supernatural; science fiction
Characters
Mark Merlin; Elsa; Jim; Willy; Jim's father (friend of Mark Merlin); W'Dor (other dimensional criminal)

Credits

Writing
Jack Miller , scripter
Art
Joe Kubert, penciller
 
Mort Meskin, inker [signed]
Text
, letterer
Editing
Jack Schiff, original Editor
 
Murray Boltinoff, original Associate Editor
 
George Kashdan, original Associate Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
House of Secrets (DC, 1956 series) #30 (March 1960)
The Creature City

Synopsis

Mark and Elsa are contacted about strange creatures attacking a nearby town. They walk into town and find no one but giant shadows who fire a shell at them. They're transformed into shadows and transported to another dimension, where they find the missing townspeople. But Mark starts arming himself with weapons. He and Elsa return to Earth, where he uses an alteration lens to return to his actual form of W'Dor, a criminal from the other dimension who switched during the shelling. His people show up to capture him, but an elephant (Mark having also used the alteration lens) immobilizes him.

Notes

DC logos and 'House of Secrets' banner removed from every page of story.

Show/hide 10. The Boy Who Saved the Earth! Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Characters
Jimmy Bates; Dan-We; Crow-Tee

Credits

Writing
John Broome, scripter [credited]
Art
Bob Oksner, penciller
 
Bernard Sachs, inker
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original Editor [credited]
 
Julius Schwartz, original editor [attributed] (actual co-editor)
 
Mort Weisinger, original editor [attributed] (actual co-editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Mystery in Space (DC, 1951 series) #6 (February-March 1952)
The Boy Who Saved the Earth!

Notes

DC logos and 'Mystery in Space' banner removed from every page of story. Last page of original story artwork extended and altered to make it into 6 pages instead of 5.75. pp. 1: date '1951' changed to '1960'; and word 'Hollywood' changed to 'The Star'.

Show/hide 11. Circus Beat Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Characters
Patrolman Walter Parker; Detective-Captain John Mills; Mr. Barton

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
Ruben Moreira, line art [signed]
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Gang Busters (DC, 1947 series) #48 (October-November 1955)
Circus Beat
Also printed
United States
Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #444 (December 1974-January 1975)
Circus Beat
 
Australia
Mighty Comic (KG Murray, 1973 series) #110 ([December 1975?])
Circus Beat

Notes

DC logos and 'Gang Busters' banner removed from every page of story. pp. 1: word 'colors' changed to 'colours'. pp. 2: word 'jailed' changed to 'gaoled'. pp. 3: word 'cooperation' changed to 'co-operation'. pp. 4: '$3,000' changed to '£2,000'.

Show/hide 12. The Man Who Hated Science! Comic story, 4 pages

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Characters
Professor Mason Halloway; Maxwell Haskins; Mrs. Halloway

Credits

Writing
Jack Miller, scripter
Art
John Giunta, line art
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original Editor [credited]
 
Julius Schwartz, original editor [attributed] (actual co-editor)
 
Mort Weisinger, original editor [attributed] (actual co-editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Mystery in Space (DC, 1951 series) #6 (February-March 1952)
The Man Who Hated Science!

Notes

DC logos and 'Mystery in Space' banner removed from every page of story. Words '1952' changed to '1960'; and '2952' changed to '2960' throughout story. pp. 4: words 'Empire State Building' changed to 'Mighty State Building'.

Show/hide 13. Mystery Mansion! (Big Town) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Big Town
Genre
Crime
Characters
Steve Wilson; Lorelei Kilbourne; Inspector Callahan; Attorney Andrew Easter; Ed Keaton; Williams; Tom Bridges; Harry; Mr. McGrath

Credits

Writing
David Wood, scripter [as Dave Wood]
Art
Jack Lehti, penciller
 
Bernard Sachs, inker
Text
, letterer
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, original editor [credited]
 
Julius Schwartz, original editor [attributed] (actual)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Big Town (DC, 1951 series) #9 (September 1951)
Mystery Mansion!

Notes

DC logos and 'Big Town' banner removed from every page of story. All references to 'Dollar' changed to 'Pound'; and words 'Armored Car' changed to 'Armoured Car' throughout story.

Show/hide 14. When You Buy Comics Know the Score! Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

"When you buy comics know the score! What do you want? 32 pages for 1/- or 116 pages for 2/- The answer's just simple arithmetic, isn't it? These are your big value comics. All are 116 pages - price 2/- All Favourites. Centurey. Mighty. Five-Score. Hundred."

Details

Printed
1960 to 1961
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Show/hide 15. Secret of the Strange Satellite! Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Characters
Warren Keith; Grollo; Bryllo

Credits

Writing
Otto Binder, scripter
Art
Murphy Anderson, line art
Text
, letterer
Editing
Julius Schwartz, original Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
Mystery in Space (DC, 1951 series) #57 (February 1960)
Secret of the Strange Satellite!

Synopsis

Warren Keith runs a tourist attraction full of outer space phenomena on the moon of Io. Mercurian visitors develop a plan to conquer the universe using one of the exhibits.

Notes

DC logos and 'Mystery in Space' banner removed from every page of story. Last page of original story artwork extended and altered to make it into 8 pages instead of 7.67.

Show/hide 16. The Spirits in the Smoke Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Genre
Horror-suspense
Characters
Martin Hawks (student of Indian life); Joe Red Feather (guide); Medicine Man Minoni; Chief Tihuaki; the chief's son; the Eagle Spirit; the Fire Spirit

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
Bill Ely, line art [signed]
Text
, letterer
Editing
Jack Schiff, original Editor
 
Murray Boltinoff, original Associate Editor
 
George Kashdan, original Associate Editor

Reprint history

First print
United States
House of Secrets (DC, 1956 series) #30 (March 1960)
The Spirits in the Smoke
Also printed
Australia
Superman Presents Wonder Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1965 series) #74 ([June 1971?])
The Spirits in the Smoke

Synopsis

Martin Hawks searches for and finds a ancient Indian pipe told of in legend. The legend claims Minoni, the medicine man, controlled the pipe and could call different spirits from it. After Minoni called the Eagle Spirit to kill Chief Tihuaki, the chief's son avenged his father by using a silver arrow. Minoni took the pipe and buried it so that his descendants could use it again someday. The pipe is put on display but is stolen, and the Spirits begin to appear again. Hawks pilots a plane named the Silver Arrow and defeats the Spirits as the last descendant of Tihuaki.

Notes

DC logos and 'House of Secrets' banner removed from each page of story (none on last page). Last page of original story artwork extended and altered to make it into 8 pages instead of 7.67.


Status

This issue includes help from

  • Spiros Xenos
  • Mark Muller

AusReprints ID

  • 2520

Entry created

  • 14/05/2005

Cover added

  • 14/05/2005

Index completed

  • 22/10/2022

Last updated

  • 22/10/2022