DC Special Series

    (DC, 1977-1981)
™ and © DC Comics, Inc.

DC Special Series was a giant-sized reprint series that ran sporadically between 1977 and 1981. Its huge issues (up to one hundred pages) reprised early adventures of Batman, Doctor Fate, Superman and others. The title’s highlights included its reprints of Bernie Wrightson’s Swamp Thing stories, Frank Miller’s first Batman story in issue #21, and an almost unprecedented inter-company crossover in issue #27 that pitted DC’s Batman against Marvel’s Incredible Hulk.

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#1

  9/1/1977
  $1.00
  $42.00
5 copies available from $12.70
Death of Jason Burr; Versus Kobra; 5-Star Super-Hero SpectacularCary Bates, Gerry Conway, Denny O’Neil, Paul Kupperberg, Martin PaskoIrv Novick, Joe Staton, Dick Dillin, Steve Stiles, Mike Nasser

#2

  9/1/1977
  $0.60
  $22.00
22 copies available from $3.99
Reprints from Swamp Thing (1st Series) #1, 2; Wraparound coverLen WeinBernie Wrightson

#3

  10/1/1977
  $0.60
  $14.50
3 copies available from $3.50
 Robert Kanigher, Sam GlanzmanDoug Wildey, Sam Glanzman

#4

  10/1/1977
  $0.60
  $23.00
No copies available
UnexpectedGeorge Kashdan, Carl Wessler, Murray BoltinoffBill Payne, E.R. Cruz, Ernie Chan, Alex Niño, Romeo Tanghal, Bob Smith, Fred Carrillo

#5

  11/1/1977
  $1.00
  $8.50
2 copies available from $2.75
Versus Brainiac; Versus LuthorCary Bates, Martin PaskoCurt Swan

#6

  11/1/1977
  $0.60
  $11.50
6 copies available from $2.25
Between SSoSV #10 and #11Gerry ConwayArvell Jones

#7

  1/1/1978
  $0.60
  $18.00
1 copy available for $18.00
GhostsMurray Boltinoff, Bob Haney, George Kashdan, Leo Dorfman, Carl WesslerJohn Calnan, Art Saaf, Tenny Henson, Jerry Grandenetti, Bill Payne, E.R. Cruz, Alex Niño

#8

  2/1/1978
  $0.60
  $15.00
4 copies available from $9.50
 Bob HaneyRic Estrada

#9

  3/1/1978
  $1.00
  $28.00
2 copies available from $17.00
Versus HitlerJack C. HarrisRuss Heath, Steve Ditko, Jose Delbo

#10

  4/1/1978
  $0.60
  $16.00
6 copies available from $9.50
 Paul Levitz, Gerry ConwayJoe Staton, Don Newton, Mike Vosburg

#11

  5/1/1978
  $1.00
  $16.00
1 copy available for $15.00
Versus Gorilla GroddCary BatesIrv Novick, José Luis García-López, Kuirt Schaffenberger, Alex Saviuk

#12

  6/1/1978
  $0.60
  $15.00
1 copy available for $4.00
Secrets of Haunted HouseBob Toomey, Arnold Drake, Paul Levitz, Jack Oleck, Robert M. IngersollVincente Alcazar, Bill Draut, Romeo Tanghal, Tom Sutton, Tenny Henson, Danny Bulanadi

#13

 
  $1.00
  $23.00
4 copies available from $0.45
 Robert Kanigher, Rick VeitchRic Estrada, Romeo Tanghal, Lee Elias, Rick Veitch

#14

  7/1/1978
  $0.60
  $11.50
28 copies available from $1.00
Reprints from Swamp Thing (1st Series) #3, 4Len WeinBernie Wrightson

#15

  8/1/1978
  $1.00
  $17.00
8 copies available from $3.50
Versus Ra’s Al GhulDavid V. Reed, Denny O’NeilMike Nassar, Michael Golden, Marshall Rogers

#16

  9/1/1978
  $1.00
  $190.00
4 copies available from $15.00
Death of Jonah HexMichael Fleisher, Denny O’Neil, Gerry ConwayLuis Dominguez, Russ Heath, George Moliterni, Dick Ayers

#17

  9/1/1979
  $1.00
  $5.75
4 copies available from $2.00
Reprints from Swamp Thing (1st Series) #5 (Jul-Aug 1973), #6 (Sep-Oct 1973), and #7 (Nov-Dec 1973)Len Wein, Mike W. BarrBernie Wrightson

#18

  10/1/1979
  $0.95
  $5.00
No copies available
Reprints from Our Army at War #63, 69, 76, 79, 102, 124, Our Fighting Forces #40, G.I. Combat #151,Star Spangled War Stories #150, 171; Sgt. Rock’s Prize Battle TalesRobert Kanigher, Bob Haney, France Edward Herron, Sheldon Mayer, Morris Waldinger, Sam Glanzman, Hank Chapman, Archie GoodwinJoe Kubert, Russ Heath, John Severin, Alex Toth, Jack Abel, Morris Waldinger, Sam Glanzman, Mort Drucker, Ross Andru, Jack Sparling

#19

  10/1/1979
  $0.95
  $32.00
No copies available
Reprints from World’s Finest Comics #94, Flash (1st Series) #112, Adventure Comics #260, Superboy (1st Series) #172, Brave and the Bold #43, Batman #213, Action Comics #252; Origin of Lightning Lad; Origin of Supergirl (Kara Zor-El); Origin of Wonder Woman (Diana Prince); Origin of Elongated Man; Origin of Aquaman; Origin of Hawkman; Origin of RobinCary Burkett, Edmond Hamilton, John Broome, Robert Bernstein, E. Nelson Bridwell, Gardner Fox, Otto BinderJose Delbo, Dick Sprang, Carmine Infantino, Ramona Fradon, George Tuska, Joe Kubert, Ross Andru, Al Plastino

#20

  1/1/1980
  $1.00
  $7.50
10 copies available from $2.00
Reprints from Swamp Thing (1st Series) #8-10Len WeinBernie Wrightson

#21

  3/1/1980
  $1.00
  $26.00
5 copies available from $11.00
1st Frank Miller BatmanMichael Fleisher, Denny O’Neil, Bob Rozakis, Robert Kanigher, Paul LevitzDick Ayers, Frank Miller, Romeo Tanghal, José Luis García-López

#22

  9/1/1980
  $1.00
  $26.00
3 copies available from $7.00
G.I. Combat; Tatjana Wood’s name spelled “Tatjanna” in credits for lead storyRobert Kanigher, Carl Wessler, David Allikas, Arnold Drake, Fred Hembeck, Murray Boltinoff, Mike W. BarrSam Glanzman, Jose Matucenio, E.R. Cruz, Ernesto B. Patricio, Fred Hembeck, Tom Ordunada

#23

  2/1/1981
  $0.75
  $21.00
1 copy available for $4.25
Reprints from World’s Finest Comics #97 (Oct 1958), #137 (Nov 1963), #142 (Jun 1964), #178 (Sep 1968), and #180 (Nov 1968); World’s Finest Comics DigestEdmond Hamilton, France Edward Herron, Cary BatesCurt Swan, Jack Kirby, Ramona Fradon, Ross Andru

#24

  2/1/1981
  $0.75
  $31.00
No copies available
Reprints from Flash (1st Series) #138, 170, 143Gardner Fox, John BroomeCarmine Infantino

#25

  6/1/1981
  $2.95
  $8.00
1 copy available for $100.00
Superman II promotional information; Summer 1981; Treasury-sizedE. Nelson Bridwell, Robert Greenberger, Jerry SiegelMurphy Anderson, Wayne Boring, Vince Colletta, Ric Estrada, Al Plastino, Kurt Schaffenberger, Joe Shuster, Curt Swan

#26

  6/1/1981
  $2.50
  $3.50
No copies available
Superman and his Incredible Fortress of Solitude; Summer 1981; Treasury-sizedRoy ThomasRoss Andru

#27

  12/1/1981
  $2.50
  $18.00
No copies available
Batman vs. The Incredible Hulk; Final Issue; Treasury-sizedLen WeinJosé Luis García-López

#27 Variation A

  4/1/1982
  $2.95
  $70.00
No copies available
Warner Books Paperback Edition; Color reprint of DC Special Series #27Len WeinJosé Luis García-López