Obscure DC Characters:

DC Super Dictionary Characters

See also: Super A Books

Been enjoying this thread tremendously and thought I would try to add something to the mix. The previous discussions of the original characters that appeared in The Super Dictionary from 1978 prompted me to search out and order the book on bibliofind.com. Although it turned out that the book was missing two pages (pp.103-104), I compiled what I could on the characters and generated web pages for each. The characters in question are: Conjura, El Dragón, Jody, Jonna Crisp, SR-12, Ted & Teri Trapper, and Wilson Forbes.

Several of the characters who appeared in the DC Super Dictionary HAVE made appearance outside of the Dictionary — specifically Conjura and Ted and Teri Trapper.

During the mid to early seventies the SRA, in conjunction with Warner Company and DC Comics, put out four oversized magazine sized reading aids as part of their SRA line of reading programs (those of us who went to school in the 70s may remember the SRAs — color coded reading modules. You read a card, answered the questions on the back, and after you read a certain number of cards in your color you were able to advance to the next color).

They were called Super A and to my knowledge four of them were put out. The stories are reprints of DC stories with the language simplified. (These were aimed at elementary school readers — starting at 2 to 4 grades).

The interesting thing is that 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.

Which is where Conjura and the Trappers come in.

Conjura

Alter Ego: Unrevealed
Occupation: Sorceress
Known Relatives: None
Team Affiliation: None
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.

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. Conjura appeared in The Super Dictionary, published in 1978 by Warner Educational Services, Inc. and Holt, Rinehart and Winston on Canada, Ltd. (ISBN 0-03-043756-3). The character of Conjura is copyright (c) 1978 by DC Comics, Inc.

Her only other appearance was in the simultaneously-produced Super A Green book.

El Dragón

Alter Ego: Miguel Rodriguez
Occupation: Adventurer
Known Relatives: None
Team Affiliation: None
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. El Dragón appeared in The Super Dictionary, published in 1978 by Warner Educational Services, Inc. and Holt, Rinehart and Winston on Canada, Ltd. (ISBN 0-03-043756-3). The character of El Dragón is copyright (c) 1978 by Warner Educational Services, Inc..

Just a small point of clarification — El Dragón, from the Super DC Dictionary, was not, strictly speaking, a DC character and I don't think he was created by Joe Kubert. He was a created, apparently, by the marketing guys at Warner as an educational hero, and used in the Dictionary. (Check out the copyright info in the front of the Dictionary.) To my knowledge, he hasnt appeared anywhere else.

Oh yeah — he had a KICK-ASS costume and electrical powers.

Jonna Crisp

Alter Ego: None
Occupation: Space adventurer
Known Relatives: None
Team Affiliation: None
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. Jonna Crisp appeared in The Super Dictionary, published in 1978 by Warner Educational Services, Inc. and Holt, Rinehart and Winston on Canada, Ltd. (ISBN 0-03-043756-3). The character of Jonna Crisp is copyright (c) 1978 by DC Comics, Inc..

Jody

Alter Ego: Jody, last name unrevealed
Occupation: Frontiersman
Known Relatives: None
Team Affiliation: None
Base of Operations: The Colonial United States
First Appearance: The Super Dictionary #nn (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.

Comments: Jody appeared in The Super Dictionary, published in 1978 by Warner Educational Services, Inc. and Holt, Rinehart and Winston on Canada, Ltd. (ISBN 0-03-043756-3). The character of Jody is copyright (c) 1978 by DC Comics, Inc..

SR-12

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

Alter Ego: None
Occupation: Space adventurer
Known Relatives: Unnamed mother, father, and two sisters.
Team Affiliation: None
Base of Operations: Milky Way Galaxy
First Appearance: The Super Dictionary #nn (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.

Comments: SR-12 appeared in The Super Dictionary, published in 1978 by Warner Educational Services, Inc. and Holt, Rinehart and Winston on Canada, Ltd. (ISBN 0-03-043756-3). The character of SR-12 is copyright (c) 1978 by DC Comics, Inc..

She never appeared in any actual comics, but seemed an attempt to redress the lack of minority heroes in DC Comics to any little kids reading the encyclopaedia.

I remember her in a purple outfit with short, black hair plastered down on her head, with two twirly bits of hair around the ears. Very mod!

Wilson Forbes

Alter Ego: None
Occupation: Reporter
Known Relatives: None
Team Affiliation: None
Base of Operations: Metropolis
First Appearance: The Super Dictionary #nn (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. Wilson Forbes appeared in The Super Dictionary, published in 1978 by Warner Educational Services, Inc. and Holt, Rinehart and Winston on Canada, Ltd. (ISBN 0-03-043756-3). The character of Wilson Forbes is copyright (c) 1978 by DC Comics, Inc..

Ted and Teri Trapper

Alter Ego: Ted Trapper (full first name unrevealed)
Occupation: Detective
Known Relatives: Married to Teri Trapper. Two unnamed two brothers. Two unnamed grandmothers.
Team Affiliation: None
Base of Operations: Metropolis
First Appearance: The Super Dictionary #nn (1978)
Height: ~ 6 ft. 1 in. Weight: ~ 195 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

Alter Ego: Teri Trapper (maiden name unrevealed)
Occupation: Detective
Known Relatives: Married to Ted Trapper. Unnamed father and brother.
Team Affiliation: None
Base of Operations: Metropolis
First Appearance: The Super Dictionary #nn (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.

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. Ted and Teri Trapper appeared in The Super Dictionary, published in 1978 by Warner Educational Services, Inc. and Holt, Rinehart and Winston on Canada, Ltd. (ISBN 0-03-043756-3). The characters of Ted and Teri Trapper are © 1978 by DC Comics, Inc.

Their only other appearance was in the simultaneously-produced Super A Yellow book.

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