The DC Super Dictionary
+ Super A Books

During the mid to early seventies the SRA, in conjunction with Warner Company and DC Comics, published four oversized magazines reading aids as part of their line of reading programs. These were aimed at elementary school readers, grades 2 to 4.The books were called Super A and were color coded reading modules. A student would read a card, answer the questions on the back, and after reading a certain number of cards in your color, one advanced to the next color.

The stories are reprints of DC stories with the language simplified.

SRA also published The Super Dictionary from 1978. These publications featured some original characters, two of which made appearances outside of the Dictionary (Conjura and Ted and Teri Trapper). The Super Dictionary was published in 1978 by Warner Educational Services, Inc. and Holt, Rinehart and Winston on Canada, Ltd. (ISBN 0-03-043756-3). The original characters who appeared in it are © 1978 by DC Comics, Inc.

Internal evidence points to the Super A series being done first or simultaneously with The Super Dictionary, since stats of Conjura and the Trappers are lifted directly from these stories and used in the Dictionary.

Joe Kubert retouched the art in the stories to make them more multicultural. For example, in a Superman story, Lola Barnett, the white, blond haired gossip columnist for WGBS is replaced by a black woman, and throughout all four books, various characters are redrawn to reflect more ethnic diversity.

There were four Super A books and they were numbered/labeled on the inside:

Characters

Conjura

Alter Ego: Unrevealed
Occupation: Sorceress
Base of Operations: Unrevealed
First Appearance: The Super Dictionary (1978)
Height: ~ 5 ft. 6 in. Weight: ~ 130 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

History: Conjura has been performing true magic since she was a child. As a front for her activities, she holds regular magic shows. She practices at night, studying various magic books and speaking her incantations in reverse. Her time tunnel enables her to travel to other times.

In Super A Green Conjura has the exact same powers as Zatanna, with the addition of a magic carpet (in The Super Dictionary, she also has a time tunnel). In the story, a tenement building is infested with rats that will not go away, even with Conjura's magic. So Conjura goes back through time to get the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Her magic isn't able to bring him forward in time, but in the last panel, a man looking exactly like him appears, saying "My name is Pete Piper. But I come from a long line of rat catchers!"

Weapons and Powers: Conjura wields magic by speaking her incantations backwards. She can travel to other times through her time tunnel. Her necklace shines to warn her of danger.

Comments: Conjura was born in October. To relax, she plays the fife.

El Dragón

Alter Ego: Miguel Rodriguez
Occupation: Adventurer
Base of Operations: Unrevealed
First Appearance: The Super Dictionary (1978)
Height: ~ 6 ft. 1 in. Weight: ~ 190 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

History: El Dragón is as brave as his namesake. He uses his mental control over all things electrical to wage a never-ending battle against crime.

Weapons and Powers: El Dragón has mental control over things that use electricity.

Comments: El Dragón was born in May. He is single, and owns a pet parrot.

Jonna Crisp

Occupation: Space adventurer
Base of Operations: Milky Way Galaxy
First Appearance: The Super Dictionary (1978)
Height: ~ 5 ft. 8 in. Weight: ~ 120 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blonde

History: Jonna Crisp is a spaceship pilot. Although she was born on Earth, she spends a lot of time traveling through interstellar space to many other worlds. Although she occasionally has passengers, she usually travels alone. On many occasions, Jonna has kept the spaceways safe for others. She has been alive for a long time, and knows many extraterrestrial peoples. Jonna has trained many pilots during her career.

Weapons and Powers: Jonna Crisp is a superior spaceship pilot. She sometimes protects herself with a handheld weapon.

Comments: The exact time period of Jonna Crisp's adventures is not revealed. It is assumed here that she is active in the 22nd century, around the time of many other DC Comics space adventurers. In her spare time, she enjoys ice skating.

Jody

Occupation: Frontiersman
Base of Operations: The Colonial United States
First Appearance: The Super Dictionary (1978)
Height: ~ 6 ft. 0 in. Weight: ~ 185 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

History: Jody was born in the United States during Colonial times. He fought in the Revolutionary War to help win the U.S. it's independence. Along with his good friend, Tomahawk, he has explored many parts of the country.

Weapons and Powers: Jody is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant.

SR-12

Created by Joe Kubert especially for the DC Super-Heroes Encyclopedia

Occupation: Space adventurer
Known Relatives: Unnamed mother, father, and two sisters.
Base of Operations: Milky Way Galaxy
First Appearance: The Super Dictionary (1978)
Height: ~ 5 ft. 1 in. Weight: ~ 95 lbs.
Eyes: Purple
Hair: Purple

History: SR-12 is from another world in a far away solar system. Her planet is a peaceful, pleasant world. The people of her homeworld are, on average, smaller than Earth people. SR-12 has purple hair and eyes. She travels in her spaceship to many worlds, and has visited Earth often. She speaks her native language and English. Although she is playful, SR-12 does not feel at home amongst Earth folk, however she does have a few friends on Earth. She often visits her family back home, a mother and father and two sisters.

Weapons and Powers: SR-12 is a skilled pilot and knows a good deal about the sciences.

Ted and Teri Trapper

Occupation: Detective
Known Relatives: Married to Teri Trapper. Two unnamed two brothers. Two unnamed grandmothers.
Base of Operations: Metropolis
First Appearance: The Super Dictionary (1978)
Height: ~ 6 ft. 1 in. Weight: ~ 195 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

Occupation: Detective
Known Relatives: Married to Ted Trapper. Unnamed father and brother.
Base of Operations: Metropolis
First Appearance: The Super Dictionary (1978)
Height: ~ 5 ft. 10 in. Weight: ~ 135 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

History: Ted Trapper, and his wife Teri, are detectives. They live in the United States, but their adventures take them all around the world.

Weapons and Powers: Ted and Teri Trapper exhibit excellent detective skills.

In "The Tiny Trappers" from Super A Yellow, the detective heroes (think of an African-American Nick and Nora Charles) are captured by the evil Dr. Zarro, who seemingly shrinks the couple and imprisons them. They escape and realize that Zarro did NOT shrink them, but merely had them trapped in room of oversized objects. The story is — as with all Super A stories — a reprint with certain figures redrawn. In this case, it appears to be an old Lois Lane or Jimmy Olsen story. The art is clean and in the '50s/'60s Superman style. Joe Kubert added more dynamic Trapper figures.

Comments: Ted Trapper and Wilson Forbes were in the same class at school. Ted has a pet cat. Teri plays the piano and rides a motorcycle.

Wilson Forbes

Occupation: Reporter
Base of Operations: Metropolis
First Appearance: The Super Dictionary (1978)
Height: ~ 5 ft. 11 in. Weight: ~ 170 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

History: Wilson Forbes is a newspaper reporter. He works with Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen at the Daily Planet in Metropolis. He is an investigative reporter and thus he occasionally works like a detective to find the truth behind a story.

Weapons and Powers: Wilson Forbes exhibits excellent detective skills.

Comments: Wilson Forbes and Ted Trapper were in the same class at school. To relax, Wilson plays the harp.

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