Super-Team Family

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Super-Team Family
Cover of Super-Team Family #1 (October–November 1975)
Art by Dick Giordano.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
Schedule Bi-monthly
Format Ongoing while in publication
Genre
Publication date October–November 1975 - March–April 1978
Number of issues 15
Main character(s) Superman, Batman, the Flash, the Challengers of the Unknown, the Doom Patrol, the Atom
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Super-Team Family is an comic book anthology series published by DC Comics from 1975 to 1978 that lasted for fifteen issues. The series published a mix of original and reprinted stories.

Publication history[edit]

Super-Team Family began publication with an October–November 1975 cover date.[1] DC published several other ... Family titles concurrent with Super-Team Family including The Superman Family (1974-1982), Batman Family (1975-1978) and Tarzan Family (1975-1976). As a rule, DC's ... Family titles contained mostly reprints, and featured a higher page count (and higher price) than DC's normal books.

A Creeper/Wildcat team-up in #2 and a Flash/Hawkman tale in #3 were the only new stories in the first seven issues of the title. The Challengers of the Unknown were the lead feature in issues #8-10 in a series of new stories by writer Steve Skeates and artists James Sherman and Jack Abel. Reprinted backup stories were eliminated as of #11 which saw the start of a four-issue serial written by Gerry Conway starring the Atom teaming with various other DC characters.[2]

When Super-Team Family started to print only original work it no longer was a "... Family" title. DC management liked the sales results of later issues of the series and saw the financial advantage of lowering the page count. Rather than redefining the nature of the "... Family" titles, they opted to create a new series. Super-Team Family ended its run with issue #15 (March–April 1978),[1] and was replaced a few months later with the Superman team-up title DC Comics Presents (July 1978).[2]

After the cancellation of Super-Team Family, a Supergirl/Doom Patrol team-up originally scheduled to appear in the series was published in The Superman Family #191-193.[3]

The issues[edit]

Issue Cover date Characters Notes
#1 October–November 1975 Superman and Batman reprinted from World's Finest Comics #175 (May 1968)
Teen Titans reprinted from Teen Titans #19 (January–February 1969)
The Flash reprinted from The Flash #166 (December 1966)
#2 December 1975-January 1976 The Creeper and Wildcat original story
Batman and Deadman reprinted from The Brave and the Bold #79 (August–September 1968)
Green Arrow reprinted from Adventure Comics #266 (November 1959)
#3 February–March 1976 The Flash and Hawkman original story
Aquaman reprinted from Adventure Comics #267 (December 1959)
Green Arrow
Superman and Batman reprinted from World's Finest Comics #176 (June 1968)
#4 April–May 1976 Justice Society of America reprinted from All Star Comics #33 (February–March 1947)
Superman and Batman reprinted from World's Finest Comics #98 (December 1958)
#5 June–July 1976 Batman and Eclipso reprinted from The Brave and the Bold #64 (February–March 1966)
"Origin of Eclipso" single-page recap of Eclipso's origin reprinting material from House of Secrets
"Superboy's Workshop" single page story
Superboy reprinted from Superboy #47 (March 1956)
#6 August–September 1976 Superman and Batman reprinted from World's Finest Comics #168 (August 1967)
Marvel Family reprinted from Marvel Family #89 (January 1954)
#7 October–November 1976 Teen Titans reprinted from Teen Titans #31 (January–February 1971)
Doom Patrol reprinted from Doom Patrol #86 (March 1964)
#8 December 1976-January 1977 Challengers of the Unknown original story
"Team Talk" original two-page story
Doom Patrol reprinted from Doom Patrol #86 (March 1964) and #87 (May 1964)
#9 February–March 1977 Challengers of the Unknown original story
Green Arrow reprinted from Adventure Comics #254 (November 1958)
Doom Patrol reprinted from Doom Patrol #88 (June 1964)
#10 April–May 1977 Challengers of the Unknown original story
Doom Patrol reprinted from Doom Patrol #88 (June 1964)
#11 June–July 1977 The Flash, Supergirl, and the Atom original story
#12 August–September 1977 Green Lantern, Hawkman, and the Atom original story
Hawkman reprinted from The Brave and the Bold #42 (1962)
#13 October–November 1977 Aquaman, Captain Comet, and the Atom original story
#14 December 1977-January 1978 Wonder Woman and the Atom original story
#15 March–April 1978 The Flash and the New Gods  original story

Collected editions[edit]

  • Secret Society of Super Villains Vol. 2 includes Super-Team Family #13-14, 328 pages, May 2012, ISBN 978-1401231101

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Super-Team Family at the Grand Comics Database
  2. ^ a b Johnson, Dan (August 2013). "We Are (Super-Team) Family". Back Issue (TwoMorrows Publishing) (66): 8–14. 
  3. ^ Wells, John (October 24, 1997), "'Lost' DC: 1976-1980", Comics Buyer's Guide (1249): 128 

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