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Inferior Five (1967) comic books

  • Issue #1
    Inferior Five (1967) 1
    Published Apr 1967 by DC.

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    A super-hero parody, The Inferior Five got its start via three issues of Showcase (#s62, 63, and 65). Members include Merryman, The Blimp, Awkwardman, White Feather, and Dumb Bunny. This first issue of the regular series (which only lasted 12 issues) pokes fun at The Man from Uncle, The T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, and The Green Hornet. The story is called "Five Characters in Search of a Plot." Includes a flashback sequence that shows the origin of Mr. Might, who is Awkwardman's father. Script by E. Nelson Bridwell, pencils by Mike Sekowsky, inks by Mike Esposito. Cover by Sekowsky and Esposito. Cover price $0.12.

  • Issue #2
    Inferior Five (1967) 2
    Published Jun 1967 by DC.

    "The House-Hunting Heroes." The Inferior Five compete with the Kookie Quartet (a parody of Marvel's Fantastic Four) to capture King-Size and Terrible Tse-Tse (villains based on Marvel's Giant-Man and the Wasp). Plastic Man makes an appearance to chastise the Quartet's Mr. Manplastic. Script by E. Nelson Bridwell, pencils by Mike Sekowsky, inks by Mike Esposito. Cover by Sekowsky and Esposito. Cover price $0.12.

  • Issue #3
    Inferior Five (1967) 3
    Published Aug 1967 by DC.
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    "Darwin of the Apes." In this Tarzan/Edgar Rice Burroughs-inspired romp, The Inferior Five goes on a mission in Africa to find Dr. Livingroom. Plays as more of an homage to the work of Burroughs than a parody. Script by E. Nelson Bridwell, pencils by Mike Sekowsky, inks by Mike Esposito. Cover by Sekowsky and Esposito. Cover price $0.12.

  • Issue #4
    Inferior Five (1967) 4
    Published Oct 1967 by DC.

    "Valhallaballoo!" At Odin's behest, the Valkyries bring him heroes. Unfortunately, it's the Inferior Five. This issue includes many literary and mythological references, including a parody of Marvel's Thor. Script by E. Nelson Bridwell, pencils by Mike Sekowsky, inks by Mike Esposito. Cover by Sekowsky and Esposito. Cover price $0.12.

  • Issue #5
    Inferior Five (1967) 5
    Published Dec 1967 by DC.

    "I Was a Guillotine-Age Hero!" The I5 find themselves in the middle of the French Revolution, where they hook up with the Crimson Chrysanthemum to rescue a prisoner. Includes references to A Tale of Two Cities. Script by E. Nelson Bridwell, pencils by Mike Sekowsky, inks by Mike Esposito. Cover by Sekowsky and Esposito. Cover price $0.12.

  • Issue #6
    Inferior Five (1967) 6
    Published Feb 1968 by DC.

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    "How to Make a Bomb!" This self-indulgent, action-starved issue finds the I5 acting as narrators paying a visit to the DC bullpen. Script by E. Nelson Bridwell, pencils by Mike Sekowsky, inks by Mike Esposito. Cover by Sekowsky and Esposito. Cover price $0.12.

  • Issue #7
    Inferior Five (1967) 7
    Published Apr 1968 by DC.

    "Drainy Day!" While in hot pursuit of a criminal in the sewers, the I5 lose their weaknesses. Characters the I5 encounters include Ed Norton and "Allergy Queen." Due to a change in the artist team, the cover title becomes "The New Inferior Five." Script by E. Nelson Bridwell, pencils by Winslow Mortimer, inks by Tex Blaisdell. Cover by Mortimer and Blaisdell. Cover price $0.12.

  • Issue #8
    Inferior Five (1967) 8
    Published Jun 1968 by DC.

    "A Little Junk...Can Go a Long Way." The I5 must contend with a mountain of garbage that engulfs the city. Dr. Gruesome (their first foe from Showcase) designs and atomic egg. Script by E. Nelson Bridwell and Don Segal, pencils by Winslow Mortimer, inks by Tex Blaisdell. Cover by Mortimer and Blaisdell. Cover price $0.12.

  • Issue #9
    Inferior Five (1967) 9
    Published Aug 1968 by DC.

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    "Mummy's the Word!" While investigating a museum jewel theft, the I5 stumble across an alien plan to conquer Earth. Awkwardman battles Dumb Bunny. Script uncredited, pencils by Winslow Mortimer, inks by Tex Blaisdell. Cover by Mortimer and Blaisdell. Cover price $0.12.

  • Issue #10
    Inferior Five (1967) 10
    Published Oct 1968 by DC.

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    "A Monster Rally!" The I5 and the Kookie Quartet (a parody of Marvel's Fantastic Four) try unsuccessfully to thwart an alien invasion. Fortunately, Superman makes an appearance. Features a parody of Marvel's Spider-Man. Includes half-page text feature on Carmine Infantino. Script uncredited, pencils by Winslow Mortimer, inks by Tex Blaisdell. Cover by Mortimer and Blaisdell. Cover price $0.12.

  • Issue #11
    Inferior Five (1967) 11
    Published Sep 1972 by DC.

    "The Coming of the Costumed Incompetents." This issue reprints Showcase #62, in which the retired Golden Age heroes the Freedom Brigade send their kids to battle in their stead. Includes origin of the I5. Script by E. Nelson Bridwell, pencils by Joe Orlando, inks by Mike Esposito. Joe Orlando cover. Cover price $0.20.

  • Issue #12
    Inferior Five (1967) 12
    Published Nov 1972 by DC.

    "Conquer Man Mountain...Because He's There!" This issue reprints Showcase #63, in which the I5 battle Man-Mountain (a Hulk parody) and a team of villains called the Vendetta (an evil version of Marvel's the Avengers). Script by E. Nelson Bridwell, pencils by Joe Orlando, inks by Mike Esposito. Cover uncredited. Cover price $0.20.