CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN (1958) (#1-87) (DC) #69 - Descriptive Bibliography

Plot Synopsis: Challengers of the Unknown (1958) #69
"The Secret of Skull Mountain" is written by Denny O'Neil and drawn by Jack Sparling. Cover by Joe Kubert. The Challengers respond to the FBI's call for help in solving a series of brutal murders in a small town in the Ozarks. No sooner do they arrive when they hear another victim in the making. Rushing to the scene, the Challs come face to face with a nine-foot horror straight out of Frankenstein. They battle the monster to a standstill but it escapes forcing the Challs to follow on foot through the snow. Along the way, the evil force growing inside Prof goads him into nearly killing Ace.

The giant's tracks lead to a gothic-style castle, apparently owned by a long-hair type named Algernon Stark. The Challs ask permission to look around and in a sub-basement discover not only the monster but also Stark's beautiful daughter Corrina, who has been locked up with it. Rocky uses his wrestler muscles to break into to save the girl and another titanic battle with the creature ensues. Finally, the monster is electrocuted and its secret revealed. The monster is a horribly mutated clone of a man the Challengers have been looking for and Algernon Stark is the mad genius behind these unholy experiments (a plot reminiscent of the classic Star Trek episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of?"). When Stark threatens to kill the Challs and his own daughter, Prof steps in to take the bullet. After all, with a demon possessing his soul, what does he have to live for? Will this be the end of the Challengers?

GCD Data

Title: The Secret of Skull Mountain

Featuring: Challengers of the Unknown

Credits: Denny O'Neil (Script), Jack Sparling (Pencils), Jack Sparling (Inks).

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Publisher: DC ComicsTitle: CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN (1958) (#1-87) (DC)
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69 (9.00) 18.00 (36.00) 51.00 (85.00) (113.00)

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