Secret Origins (3rd Series)

    (DC, 1986-1990, 1998)
™ and © DC Comics

In 1986, just two years shy of its fiftieth anniversary, DC kicked off a series which chronicled the origins of many of its greatest characters. This second series of Secret Origins told of how everyone from Superman to the Newsboy Legion came into existence. It did this by printing the “secret” origin stories which, in the case of heroes like Wonder Woman, could be quite different than the more widely known origin stories. In some cases these stories were Golden Age reprints; in others the stories were new. Regardless, this series was an interesting way for readers to discover the rich history of the characters in the DC universe.

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#1

  4/1/1986
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Origin of SupermanRoy ThomasWayne Boring

#2

  5/1/1986
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Origin of Blue Beetle (Dan Garrett); Origin of Blue Beetle (Ted Kord)Len WeinGil Kane

#3

  6/1/1986
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Origin of Captain MarvelRoy ThomasJerry Bingham

#4

  7/1/1986
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Origin of FirestormGerry ConwayGeorge Tuska

#5

  8/1/1986
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Origin of The Crimson AvengerRoy Thomas, Dann ThomasGene Colan

#6

  9/1/1986
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Origin of Batman (Bruce Wayne); Origin of Halo (Gabrielle Doe); 52 pagesRoy Thomas, Mike W. BarrMarshall Rogers, Dick Giordano

#7

  10/1/1986
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13 copies available from $1.20
Origin of Sandman I (Wesley Dodds); Origin of Green Lantern (Guy Gardner); 52 pagesSteve Englehart, Roy Thomas, Dann ThomasErnie Colón, Michael Bair

#8

  11/1/1986
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Origin of Doll Man; Origin of Shadow LassPaul Levitz, Roy ThomasTom Mandrake, Murphy Anderson

#9

  12/1/1986
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Origin of Flash (Jay Garrick); Origin of Skyman; Origin of Stripsey; Origin of Star Spangled Kid an StripseyRoy ThomasTom Grindberg, George Tuska

#10

  1/1/1987
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1st appearance of Dr. Alt; 1st appearance of Etrigan (chronological); Origin of Phantom Stranger; Origin of Phantom Stranger (1st version); Origin of Phantom Stranger (2nd version); Origin of Phantom Stranger (3rd version); Origin of Phantom Stranger (4th version); Legends tie-inMike W. Barr, Paul Levitz, Dan Mishkin, Alan MooreJim Aparo, José Luis García-López, Ernie Colón, Joe Orlando

#11

  2/1/1987
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Origin of Power Girl; Origin of Hawkman (Carter Hall); 52 pagesPaul Kupperberg, Roy ThomasMary Wilshire, Luke McDonnell

#12

  3/1/1987
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Origin of Challengers of the Unknown; Origin of The Fury (Golden Age); 52 pagesRoy Thomas, Dann Thomas, Mark EvanierTom Grindberg, Chuck Patton

#13

  4/1/1987
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Origin of Johnny Thunder; Origin of Nightwing; Origin of WhipDan Mishkin, Roy ThomasErik Larsen, Mike Gustovich, Mike Clark

#14

  5/1/1987
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1st Appearance of Argent I; 1st Appearance of Ace High; Legends; Book Length TaleJohn OstranderLuke McDonnell

#15

  6/1/1987
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Origin of Deadman; Origin of Spectre; Origin of Deadman (Boston Brand); Origin of Spectre (Jim Corrigan); 52 pagesAndy Helfer, Roy ThomasKevin MaGuire, Michael T. Gilbert

#16

  7/1/1987
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Origin of Hourman I (Rex Tyler); Origin of Warlord; Origin of ’Mazing ManMichael Fleisher, Bob Rozakis, Roy Thomas, Dann ThomasAdam Kubert, Stephen DeStefano, Michael Bair

#17

  8/1/1987
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Origin of Adam Strange; Origin of Doctor Occult; 52 pagesGerry Conway, Roy Thomas, E. Nelson BridwellCarmine Infantino, Howard Simpson

#18

  9/1/1987
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Origin of Green Lantern I (Alan Scott); Origin of Creeper; 52 pagesAndy Helfer, Keith Giffen, Roy ThomasKeith Giffen, George Freeman

#19

  10/1/1987
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Origin of Uncle Sam; Origin of GuardianLen Wein, Roy ThomasMurphy Anderson, Arvell Jones

#20

  11/1/1987
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Origin of Batgirl; Origin of Doctor Mid-Nite (Charles McNider)Barbara Randall, Roy ThomasRick Leonardi, Mike Clark

#21

  12/1/1987
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Origin of Jonah Hex; Origin of Black Condor (Thomas Wright)Michael Fleisher, Roy ThomasGray Morrow, Murphy Anderson

#22

  1/1/1988
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Origin of Manhunters; Millennium, Week 2Roy Thomas, Dann ThomasHoward Simpson

#23

  2/1/1988
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Origin of Guardians of the Universe; Origin of Floronic Man; MillenniumTodd Klein, Rick VeitchJonathan Peterson, Brett Ewins

#24

  3/1/1988
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Origin of Blue Devil; Origin of Doctor FateDan Mishkin, Gary Cohn, Roy ThomasTy Templeton, Michael Bair

#25

  4/1/1988
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9 copies available from $2.06
Origin of the Legion of Super-Heroes; Origin of Atom (Al Pratt); 52 pagesPaul Levitz, Roy ThomasRick Stasi, Mike Clark

#26

  5/1/1988
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Origin of Black Lightning; Origin of Miss AmericaTony Isabella, Roy Thomas, Dann ThomasGreg Brooks, Grant Miehm

#27

  6/1/1988
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Origin of Zatanna; Origin of ZataraEhrich Weiss, Robert Loren Fleming, Roy ThomasTom Artis, Grant Miehm

#28

  7/1/1988
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Origin of Nightshade (Eve Eden); Origin of MidnightRobert Greenbeerger, Roy ThomasRob Liefeld, Gil Kane

#29

  8/1/1988
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Origin of The Atom II (Ray Palmer); Origin of Red Tornado (Ma Hunkle); Origin of Mr. AmericaRoger Stern, Sheldon Mayer, Roy ThomasDwayne Turner, Sheldon Mayer, Mike Harris

#30

  9/1/1988
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Origin of Elongated Man; Origin of Plastic Man; 52 pagesRoy Thomas, Gerard JonesTy Templeton, Stephen deStefano

#31

  10/1/1988
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Origin of Justice Society of AmericaRoy ThomasMichael Bair

#32

  11/1/1988
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Origin of Justice League of AmericaKeith Giffen, Peter DavidEric Shanower

#33

  12/1/1988
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Origin of Green Flame; Origin of Icemaiden; Origin of Mr. Miracle; 52 pagesMike Carlin, Tom Bierbaum, Mary Bierbaum, Gerard JonesDon Heck, Chuck Austen, Jim Valentino

#34

  12/1/1988
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Origin of Captain Atom; Origin of G’Nort; Origin of Rocket RedCary Bates, Greg Weisman, William Messner-Loebs, Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteisAlan Weiss, Irv Novick, Keith Giffen

#35

  1/1/1989
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Origin of Booster Gold; Origin of Martian Manhunter; Origin of Max LordDan Jurgens, Mark Verheiden, Robert Loren Fleming, Keith GiffenDan Jurgens, Ken Steacy, Keith Giffen

#36

  1/1/1989
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Origin of Green Lantern II (Hal Jordan); Origin of Pieface (Tom Kalmaku); Origin of Poison IvyJames Owsley, Mark D. Bright, Robert Greenberger, Gerard Jones, Neil GaimanMark D. Bright, Joe Staton, Mark Buckingham

#37

  2/1/1989
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Origin of Legion of Substitute Heroes; Origin of Dr LightTy Templeton, Craig BoldmanTy Templeton, Mike Parobeck

#38

  3/1/1989
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Origin of Green Arrow; Origin of SpeedyMike Grell, Elliot S! MagginHannibal King, John Koch

#39

  4/1/1989
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Origin of Man-Bat; Origin of Animal Man; 52 pagesJan Strnad, Grant MorrisonKevin Nowlan, Tom Grummett

#40

  5/1/1989
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Origin of Gorilla Grodd; Origin of Congorilla; Origin of Detective ChimpCary Bates, Greg Weisman, Tom Joyner, Rusty Wells, Andy HelferCarmine Infantino, Fred Butler, Mark Badger

#41

  6/1/1989
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Origin of Trickster (James Jesse); Origin of Pied Piper (Hartley Rathaway); Origin of Captain Cold (Leonard Snart); Origin of Heat Wave (Mick Rory); Origin of Weather Wizard (Mark Mardon); The Flash’s Rogues’ GalleryDan Mishkin, Gary CohnParis Cullins, Tim Dzon, Grant Miehm, Ian Akin, Brian Garvey, Howard Simpson, Anthony Van Bruggen, Ian Carr, Kevin Branch, Trevor Von Eden, Donald Simpson

#42

  7/1/1989
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Origin of Grim Ghost; Origin of Phantom Girl; 52 pagesTom Bierbaum, Mary Bierbaum, Roy ThomasDave Cockrum, Jim Sanders, Larry Mahlstedt, Michael Bair

#43

  8/1/1989
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Origin of Cave Carson; Origin of Chris KL-99; Origin of Dove (Dawn Granger); Origin of Hawk (Hank Hall); Origin of Dove (Don Hall)Barbara Kesel, Karl Kesel, Bob Wayne, Joey CavalieriTrevor Von Eeden, John Koch, Timothy Truman, John Workman Jr.

#44

  9/1/1989
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Origin of Clayface (Basil Karlo); Origin of Clayface (Matt Hagen); Origin of Clayface (Preston Payne); Origin of Clayface (Sondra Fuller); Continues in Detective Comics #604Mike W. Barr, Dan Raspler, Len WeinKeith Giffen, Bernie Mireault, Tom Grummett

#45

  10/1/1989
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Origin of Blackhawk (Janos Prohaska); Origin of El Diablo (Rafael Sandoval)Martin Pasko, Gerard JonesGrant Miehm, Mike Parobeck

#46

  12/1/1989
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1st appearance of Arm Fall Off Boy; Origin of Justice League of America Headquarters; Origin of Legion of Super-Heroes Clubhouse; Origin of Teen Titans Headquarters; Blueprints of Teen Titans Headquarters; Legion of Super-Heroes HeadquartersGrant Morrison, Marv Wolfman, Gerard JonesCurt Swan, Vince Giarrano

#47

  2/1/1990
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8 copies available from $2.62
Origin of Chemical King; Origin of Ferro Lad; Origin of Karate KidMike W. Barr, Tom Bierbaum, Mary Bierbaum, Robert Loren FlemingCurt Swan, Mike Parobeck, Chris Sprouse

#48

  4/1/1990
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Origin of Ambush Bug; Origin of Rex the Wonder Dog; Origin of Stanley and His Monster; Origin of Trigger TwinsKeith Giffen, Robert Loren Fleming, Phil Foglio, Gerard Jones, William Messner-LoebsKeith Giffen, Phil Foglio, Paris Cullins, Trevor Von Eeden

#49

  6/1/1990
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Origin of Bouncing Boy; Origin of Newsboy Legion; Origin of Silent Knight; 52 pagesTy Templeton, Karl Kesel, Jan StrnadTy Templeton, Karl Kesel, John Koch

#50

  8/1/1990
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Origin of Robin (Dick Grayson); Origin of Earth-2; Origin of Johnny Thunder (John Tane); Origin of Dolphin; Origin of Black Canary; Origin of Space Museum; Final Issue; 100 Page giantDenny O’Neil, Grant Morrison, Elliot S! Maggin, Steve Bove, Richard Bruning, Alan Brennert, Gerard JonesGeorge Pérez, Mike Parobeck, Alan Weiss, Steve Bove, Keith Wilson, Joe Staton, Carmine Infantino

Annual #1

  1/1/1987
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Origin of Doom Patrol; Origin of Captain CometPaul Kupperberg, Roy ThomasJohn Byrne, Ron Harris, Steve Lightle

Annual #2

 
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Origin of Flash (Barry Allen); Origin of Flash (Wally West); ca. 1988William Messner-Loebs, Robert Loren FlemingMike Collins, Carmine Infantino

Annual #3

 
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1st appearance of Flamebird (Bette Kane); Origin of Teen Titans; ca. 1989George PérezGeorge Pérez, Tom Grummett, Grant Miehm, Irv Novick, Michael Bair, Trevor Von Eden, Dave Cockrum, Kevin Maguire, Mark D. Bright, Colleen Doran, Dick Giordano

Giant-Size Special #1

  12/1/1998
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Origin of Impulse (Bart Allen); Origin of Superboy (Conner Kent); Origin of Robin (Tim Drake); Origin of Spoiler (Stephanie Brown); Origin of Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark); Origin of Arrowette (Cissie Jones)Dan Curtis Johnson, Mark Waid, Karl Kesel, Chuck Dixon, Jay Faerber, Tom PeyerAngel Unzueta, Humberto Ramos, Joe Phillips, Cully Hamner, Amanda Conner, Ethan Van Sciver, Marty Egeland

Special Edition #1

  10/1/1989
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23 copies available from $1.50
Origin of Riddler; Origin of Two-Face; Origin of PenguinNeil Gaiman, Mark Verheiden, Alan GrantSam Kieth, Bernie Mireault, Pat Broderick, Mike Hoffman