1st Issue Special
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1st Issue Special #1 - Atlas (April 1975)
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format Ongoing series
Publication date April 1975 - April 1976
Number of issues 13
Creative team
Writer(s) Gerry Conway, Michael Fleisher, Mike Grell, Bob Haney, Robert Kanigher, Jack Kirby, Dennis O'Neil, Martin Pasko, Joe Simon, Steve Skeates
Artist(s) Ramona Fradon, Jerry Grandenetti, Mike Grell, Walt Simonson, Mike Vosburg
Penciller(s) Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, Nestor Redondo, John Rosenberger
Inker(s) D. Bruce Berry, Vince Colletta, Creig Flessel, Al Milgrom, Mike Royer

1st Issue Special was a short-lived anthology series from DC Comics, done in similar style to their Showcase series. It ran from 1975-76.

Publication history

Only one of the titles actually got their own series, Mike Grell's The Warlord which first appeared in issue #8 (November 1975).[1] Issues #1 (featuring Atlas), #5, and #6 (Dingbats of Danger Street) featured art and story by comics legend Jack Kirby, with issue #5 being notable for featuring Kirby's revamp of the character Manhunter.

A number of issues featured existing DC Characters: issue #3, Metamorpho, written by the character's creator Bob Haney, issue #7, The Creeper, illustrated by the character's creator Steve Ditko, issue #9, The Golden Age character Doctor Fate, and issue #13, the New Gods.

Issue #12 featured a revised version of the Golden Age character Starman and would later be used in James Robinson's 1990's series focused on the character Jack Knight. The character was a supporting player in Justice League of America in 2010.

List of stories and credits

Issue # Date Featured Character - "Story Title" Writer Artists
1 April 1975 "Atlas The Great" Jack Kirby Jack Kirby and D. Bruce Berry
2 May 1975 Green Team: Boy Millionaires Joe Simon Jerry Grandenetti
3 June 1975 Metamorpho, The Element Man:
"The Freak And The Billion-Dollar Phantom."
Bob Haney Ramona Fradon
4 July 1975 Lady Cop:
"Poisoned Love"
Robert Kanigher John Rosenberger and Vince Colletta
5 August 1975 Manhunter Jack Kirby Jack Kirby and D. Bruce Berry
6 September 1979 Dingbats of Danger Street Jack Kirby Jack Kirby and Mike Royer
7 October 1975 The Creeper:
"Menace of The Human Fire-Fly."
Michael Fleisher Steve Ditko and Mike Royer
8 November 1975 The Warlord:
"Land of Fear"
Mike Grell
9 December 1975 Doctor Fate:
"The Mummy That Time Forgot"
Martin Pasko Walt Simonson
10 January 1976 Outsiders:
"Us...The Outsiders."
Joe Simon Jerry Grandenetti and Creig Flessel
11 February 1976 Codename: Assassin Gerry Conway and Steve Skeates The Redondo Studio and Al Milgrom
12 March 1976 Starman Gerry Conway Mike Vosburg and Mike Royer
13 April 1976 New Gods:
"Lest Night Fall Forever."
Gerry Conway and Denny O'Neil Mike Vosburg

See also


  1. McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1970s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 165. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "Writer/artist Mike Grell elevated the sword-and-sorcery genre to new heights with the Warlord." 

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