(September 1940)

DC, 1938 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
?
Brand:
A DC Publication
Editing:
Vincent Sullivan ?
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U.S.; Standard Silver Age U.S.; Standard Modern Age U.S.; Digest size (5" x 6.75") #491-503
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched; Squarebound #390, 416, 491-503
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

[The Hour-Man and the Minute Men of America] (Table of Contents)

The Hourman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Hourman; Jimmy Martin; Thorndyke; Minute Men of America

["Announcing the Sensational New Daisy 1000-Shot Red Ryder Carbine"] (Table of Contents)

Daisy Air Rifles; Red Ryder / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Fred Harman (signed)
Inks:
Fred Harman (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Red Ryder; Little Beaver
Synopsis:
Advertisement for the Red Ryder 100-Shot Carbine air rifle from the Daisy Manufacturing Company of Plymouth Michigan. Rifle was advertised with a price of $2.95.

Indexer Notes

Advertisement appears on the inside front cover. This page also contains the indicia for this issue.

[The Kidnapping of a Minute-Man] (Table of Contents)

The Hourman with Minute-Man Martin / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Bernard Baily

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Hourman [Rex Tyler]; Rodney Morvan; Mr. Morvan; Mrs. Morvan; Guest-Stars: Jimmy Martin; Minute Men of America; Ricky Maffiri (villain, introduction); Maffiri's gang (villains, introduction)
Synopsis:
Shortly after his mother forces him to resign from the Minute Men of America, banker's son Rodney Morvan is kidnapped by Ricky Maffiri's gang. With the help of the Minute Men, the Hourman tracks down the gang and reunites Rodney with his family who allow the boy to rejoin the Minute Men.

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2008-2-21. The last panel of the story encourages readers to write in and let the editors know how they like the Minute Men of America, because the editors are offering ten $1.00 awards PLUS an autographed picture of the Hourman and Minute Man Martin for the ten best letters received.

Fang Gow's Challenge (Table of Contents)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Ed Winiarski
Pencils:
Ed Winiarski
Inks:
Ed Winiarski
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; spy
Characters:
Barry O'Neill; Inspector Le Grand; Folette Fornet; Agent Fornet; Fang Gow (villain)
Synopsis:
When O'Neill and Le Grand learn of Fang Gow's attempt to poison a group of refugee children, Fang Gow takes control of O'Neill's mind. Le Grand makes a deal with Fang Gow for O'Neill's release and, upon Fang Gow's escape, the children are saved.

["Darling, I love you." "Oscar! Look out! A truck!!"] (Table of Contents)

Oscar Skatterbrain / filler / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Hal Sherman
Pencils:
Hal Sherman
Inks:
Hal Sherman
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Oscar Skatterbrain (introduction); Ann
Synopsis:
On a drive with his sweetheart Ann, Oscar's car is damaged by a bull. After having the car fixed, Oscar gets into another accident leaving his mechanic's garage.

Indexer Notes

Only appearance.

[The Dreaded Mokos] (Table of Contents)

Mark Lansing of Mikishawm / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Howard Purcell
Pencils:
Howard Purcell
Inks:
Howard Purcell
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Mark Lansing; Jada; Kit; Tony; Koda; Mokos (villain, introduction); Mokan the Monster (villain, introduction); a Tradman (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Mark and his companions are captured by the Mokos. Mark, Jada and Koda escape, but Mark and Koda are recaptured and Mark is forced to fight as a gladiator in order to win his friends' freedom.

Indexer Notes

Story title from last issue's blurb. The first line of the story reads: "Marooned in the strange land of the Mikishawm beneath the surface of the Earth, Mark Lansing and his party of four are unaware of the danger that lurks on the clifftop above them...".

[Death of a Borinquen Butler] (Table of Contents)

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Chad Grothkopf
Inks:
Chad Grothkopf
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Steve Carson; Ann Carr (introduction); Tommy Watkins (introduction); The Borinquen ambassador (villain, introduction); Williams (villain, an enemy agent, introduction)
Synopsis:
Investigating an alleged murder at the Borinquen embassy, Steve Carson finds that the supposedly murdered butler is still alive. Upon returning to headquarters, Carson learns that a photographer, who's been seen outside, is actually a Borinquen agent and returns to the embassy to bust the ambassador.

Junior Federal Men Club Conducted by Steve Carson (Table of Contents)

Junior Federal Men Club / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
? [as Steve Carson]
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
A text piece about how the FBI is tracking Fifth Columnists and a call for readers to help by joing the Junior Federal Men Club for 10 cents.

["I want t'go t'morrow"] (Table of Contents)

Nothin' Serious / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Russell Cole [as Alger] (signed)
Pencils:
Russell Cole [as Alger] (signed)
Inks:
Russell Cole [as Alger] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Russell Cole

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A play on words involving men buying tickets at a train station.

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit revised by Craig Delich 2010-1-3, eliminating the question mark behind Cole's name.

Cotton Carver and the Beast Men (Table of Contents)

Cotton Carver / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Jack Lehti
Inks:
Jack Lehti
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
fantasy
Characters:
Cotton Carver; Atlantis (origin in flashback); Norlon (introduction); Nora Blake (ntroduction); Jim Bent (introduction); Guest-Stars: Lupa; Qwar [Quar]; Beast Men (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Escaping a group of Amazons with the aid of Qwar, Cotton and Lupa travel to the land of Ugar where Norlon reveals the fate of Atlantis to Cotton. Ugar is then attacked by Beast Men and Cotton is taken prisoner.

Too Clever (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Clem Gordon (signed)
Pencils:
Kenney (signed)
Inks:
Kenney (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Jim Norton; Tom Larsen
Synopsis:
Coast Guard radio operator Jim Norton helps to retrieve stolen radio plans that are being unwittingly smuggled by Tom Larsen.

Indexer Notes

Text story with accompanying illustrations.

[The Great I: Part 3] (Table of Contents)

Socko Strong / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Albert Sulman
Pencils:
Joseph Sulman
Inks:
Joseph Sulman
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Socko Strong; Professor Watson; The Great I (villain, death)
Synopsis:
Socko uses a paint sprayer and paint that conducts electricity to defeat the invisible Great I.

Indexer Notes

The first line of the story reads: "Socko Strong has laid elaborate plans to trap the Great I, an invisible maniac who has embarked on a career of revenge and crime...".

Hard to Discourage! (Table of Contents)

Sports Close-Ups! / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction; sports
Characters:
James J. Braddock; Glenn Cunningham; Johnny Weismuller
Synopsis:
A look at people who overcame disabilities and discouragement to become successful athletes.

Adventure Stamp Page (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Advertisement for an assortment of postage stamp dealers with reproductions of stamps.

Indexer Notes

Advertisers include Tatham Coin Co., Lake Stamp Co., Lee Wright and Co., Potomac Stamp Co., Belmont Stamp Co., Beamann Stamp Co., R. T. Roberts & Co., Arnold Stamp Co., Lorraine Brown, Monumental Stamp Co., Dominion Stamp Co., Eureka Stamp Co., D. W. Crowder Co., Cochecos, Abell Stamp Co., John J. Gunther, Ensign Stamp Co., Mortimer Ellis, Bruce's Stamps, Empire Stamp Company, Pilgrim Stamp Co., L. D. Williams & Co., Seminole Stamp Co., and Globus Stamp Co.

[Adventure of the French Agent] (Table of Contents)

Steve Conrad Adventurer / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Lehti
Pencils:
Jack Lehti
Inks:
Jack Lehti
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Steve Conrad; Chang; Fifi (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Steve and Chang are fooled into assisting a spy in Paris.

Indexer Notes

First line of the story reads: "Well, Chang, shall we go out and stroll the boulevards of gay Paree?"

["Horses wear pants in South Africa -- to protect them from flies!"] (Table of Contents)

Fantastic-Facts / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Facts about horses in South Africa, dog teeth in New Guinea, a chapel in Le Puys, France, knee injuries, and Chief Mountain in Glacier Park.

A MacBeagle Can Smell a Bargain! (Table of Contents)

Sandy MacBeagle; Morrow Coaster Brakes / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Sandy MacBeagle
Synopsis:
Advertisement for Morrow Coaster Brakes produced for bicycles by the Eclipse Machine Division of the Bendix Aviation Corporation of Elmira, NY.

Superman Is on the Radio! (Table of Contents)

Superman; Superman Radio Program / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Superman
Synopsis:
Advertisement for the Superman radio program, listing stations and times that the program aired.

[Case of the Kidnapped Heiress] (Table of Contents)

The Sandman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Creig Flessel [as Flessel] (signed)
Inks:
Creig Flessel [as Flessel] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Dian Belmont; Nana Martin (intro); Jim Holt (intro); un-named gang of kidnappers (villains, intro)
Synopsis:
While attempting to help a friend, both Dian and Nana Martin are kidnapped by a gang of crooks, and the Sandman races to help save them and the ransom money that had been paid on their behalf.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Credits updated 11/04 by Bob Hughes, identification by Craig Delich; Flessel signed his last name on Page 7 in panel 4 on a tombstone.

The 'Big Six' Comic Magazines Still Lead the Field! (Table of Contents)

DC Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.75 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Superman; Sandman; Batman; Green Lantern; Spectre; Flash
Synopsis:
Advertisement for Action Comics, Adventure Comics, Detective Comics, All-American Comics, More Fun Comics and Flash Comics giving approximate dates of release for each title.

Indexer Notes

According to the text of the advertisement Action Comics was on sale "about the 23rd of every month", Adventure Comics "about the 7th of every month", Detective Comics "about the 5th of every month", All-American Comics "about the 20th of every month", More Fun Comics "about the 1st of every month", and Flash Comics "about the 15th of every month".

Baby Ruth (Table of Contents)

Baby Ruth candy bar / advertisement / 0.25 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Advertisement for Baby Ruth candy bars.

["Under Water Swimming Goggles"] (Table of Contents)

Johnson Smith & Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Advertisement for various novelty items from Johnson Smith & Co.

Gator Toughness - Cat Grip (Table of Contents)

U.S. Bicycle Tires / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (photo)
Inks:
? (photo)
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Advertisement for U.S. Bicycle Tires from the United States Rubber Company.

Indexer Notes

This sequence appears on the back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [The Hour-Man and the Minute Men of America]
    The Hourman
  2. 1. ["Announcing the Sensational New Daisy 1000-Shot Red Ryder Carbine"]
    Daisy Air Rifles; Red Ryder
  3. 2. [The Kidnapping of a Minute-Man]
    The Hourman with Minute-Man Martin
  4. 3. Fang Gow's Challenge
    Barry O'Neill
  5. 4. ["Darling, I love you." "Oscar! Look out! A truck!!"]
    Oscar Skatterbrain
  6. 5. [The Dreaded Mokos]
    Mark Lansing of Mikishawm
  7. 6. [Death of a Borinquen Butler]
    Federal Men
  8. 7. Junior Federal Men Club Conducted by Steve Carson
    Junior Federal Men Club
  9. 8. ["I want t'go t'morrow"]
    Nothin' Serious
  10. 9. Cotton Carver and the Beast Men
    Cotton Carver
  11. 10. Too Clever
  12. 11. [The Great I: Part 3]
    Socko Strong
  13. 12. Hard to Discourage!
    Sports Close-Ups!
  14. 13. Adventure Stamp Page
  15. 14. [Adventure of the French Agent]
    Steve Conrad Adventurer
  16. 15. ["Horses wear pants in South Africa -- to protect them from flies!"]
    Fantastic-Facts
  17. 16. A MacBeagle Can Smell a Bargain!
    Sandy MacBeagle; Morrow Coaster Brakes
  18. 17. Superman Is on the Radio!
    Superman; Superman Radio Program
  19. 18. [Case of the Kidnapped Heiress]
    The Sandman
  20. 19. The 'Big Six' Comic Magazines Still Lead the Field!
    DC Comics
  21. 20. Baby Ruth
    Baby Ruth candy bar
  22. 21. ["Under Water Swimming Goggles"]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  23. 22. Gator Toughness - Cat Grip
    U.S. Bicycle Tires
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Craig Delich
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Cherry
  • Gene Reed
  • Lou Mougin
  • Martin O'Hearn
  • Michael Grabois
  • Mike Tiefenbacher
  • Pat Lang
  • Mark Waid
  • Sidne Gail Ward
  • Jon Ingersoll
  • Dan Kocher
  • Bob Hughes
  • Ted Watson
  • Mark Gordon
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Dwayne Best
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ed Boner