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Cover of DC Special #1 (December 1968).
Art by Carmine Infantino.
|Schedule||Quarterly, then bi-monthly|
|Publication date||December 1968 – November/December 1971
Spring 1975 – August/September 1977
|Number of issues||29|
|Writer(s)||Gerry Conway, Mark Hannerfeld, Paul Levitz, Bob Rozakis|
|Penciller(s)||Rich Buckler, John Calnan, Bill Draut, Arvell Jones, Don Newton, Joe Staton|
|Inker(s)||Dan Adkins, Tex Blaisdell, Bill Draut, Bob Layton, Joe Rubinstein|
|Colorist(s)||Liz Berube, Jerry Serpe, Anthony Tollin|
DC Special was a comic book anthology series published by DC Comics originally from 1968 to 1971; it resumed publication from 1975 to 1977. For the most part, DC Special was a theme-based reprint title, mostly focusing on stories from DC's Golden Age; at the end of its run it published a few original stories.
Some of the themes the title covered were special issues devoted to individual artists like Carmine Infantino and Joe Kubert, strange sports stories, origins of super-villains, and stories of historical adventurers like Robin Hood and the Three Musketeers. Issue #4 featured many supernatural characters and was the first appearance of Abel, who later went on (along with his brother Cain) to become a major character in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman.
|1||All-Infantino Issue||Fall 1968||Reprints The Adventures of Rex the Wonder Dog #29, The Brave and the Bold #45, Detective Comics #327, The Flash #148, and Mystery in Space #57|
|2||Top Teen Favorites||Winter 1969||Reprints Everything Happens to Harvey #4|
|3||All-Girl Issue||Spring 1969||Reprints stories from Action Comics #304, Green Lantern #16, and Strange Adventures #18|
|4||13 Shock-Ending Stories||July/Sept. 1969||Original framing story followed by reprints from House of Mystery #2, 5, 15, 19, 26, 30, 62-63, 68; Sensation Comics #114; and Tales of the Unexpected #1, 16-17.
First appearance of Abel (of Cain and Abel).
|5||The Secret Lives of Joe Kubert||Fall 1969||Reprints stories from The Brave and the Bold #18, 35; Our Army at War #113; and Showcase #2|
|6||The Wild Frontier!||Winter 1970||Reprints stories from Detective Comics #178; Frontier Fighters #4, 6; The Legends of Daniel Boone #1; and World's Finest Comics #69|
|7||Strangest Sports Stories Ever Told!||Spring 1970||Reprints stories from The Brave and the Bold #45-46, 48-49; and Mystery in Space #39|
|8||Wanted! The World's Most Dangerous Villains||Summer 1970||Reprints stories from The Brave and the Bold #36, The Flash #130, Green Lantern #7, and World's Finest Comics #129|
|9||Strangest Sports Stories Ever Told!||Fall 1970||Reprints stories from The Brave and the Bold #45-48|
|10||Stop!... You Can't Beat The Law!||Jan./Feb. 1971||Reprints stories from Gang Busters #33, 40, 58, 61, 65; and Showcase #1, 5|
|11||Beware... The Monsters Are Here!||March/April 1971||Reprints House of Mystery #70, 85, 97, 113, 116, 175|
|12||The Viking Prince||May/June 1971||Also featuring the Silent Knight, Robin Hood, and the Golden Gladiator.
Reprints The Brave and the Bold #1, 5, 9, 16
|13||Strangest Sports Stories Ever Told!||July/Aug. 1971||Reprints The Brave and the Bold #47, 49; Mystery in Space #7, 9; and Strange Adventures #94, 125|
|14||Wanted! The World's Most Dangerous Villains!||Sept./Oct. 1971||Reprints The Flash #140, Superman #47, and World's Finest Comics #55|
|15||Plastic Man||Nov./Dec. 1971||Reprints Plastic Man #17, 25-26; and Police Comics #1, 13|
|16||Super-Heroes Battle Super-Gorillas||Spring 1975||Reprints Detective Comics #339, The Flash #127, Superman #138, and Wonder Woman #170|
|17||Presents Green Lantern||Summer 1975||Reprints Green Lantern #2, 6, 26|
|18||Presents... Earth Shaking Stories||Oct./Nov. 1975||Reprints Action Comics #342, Captain Marvel Adventures #122, and Green Lantern #43|
|19||War Against the Giants||Dec. 1975/Jan. 1976||Reprints Action Comics #343, Green Lantern #53, Strange Adventures #28, and Wonder Woman #106|
|20||Green Lantern||Feb./March 1976||Reprints Green Lantern #2, 8, 30|
|21||Super-Heroes' War Against the Monsters||April/May 1976||Reprints Action Comics #326, Green Lantern #3, Marvel Family #7, and Star Spangled War Stories #132|
|22||The 3 Musketeers and Robin Hood||June/July 1976||Reprints The Brave and the Bold #6, and Robin Hood Tales #14|
|23||The 3 Musketeers and Robin Hood||Aug./Sept. 1976||Reprints The Brave and the Bold #9, and Robin Hood Tales #7|
|24||The 3 Musketeers and Robin Hood||Oct./Nov. 1976||Reprints The Brave and the Bold #11, 15|
|25||The 3 Musketeers and Robin Hood||Dec. 1976/Jan. 1977||Reprints The Brave and the Bold #7-8, 15|
|26||Enemy Ace||Feb./March 1977||Reprints Our Army at War #151, and Star Spangled War Stories #143|
|27||Danger: Dinosaurs at Large!||April/May 1977||Original Captain Comet story|
|28||Earth Shattering Disasters||June/July 1977||Original stories featuring Batman, Aquaman, and the Legion of Super-Heroes|
|29||The Untold Origin of the Justice Society||Aug./Sept. 1977||Original story about the Justice Society of America|
- Secret Society of Super Villains Vol. 2 includes DC Special #27, 328 pages, May 2012, ISBN 978-1401231101
- Justice Society Vol. 1 includes DC Special #29, 224 pages, August 2006, ISBN 1-4012-0970-X
- McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1970s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 175. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "The genesis of comics' first superhero team...had been a mystery since the JSA's debut...Writer Paul Levitz and artist Joe Staton decided to present the definitive origin story."