(February-March 1953)

DC, 1952 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand:
Superman DC National Comics
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth (credited); Julius Schwartz (actual)
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock:
newsprint
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Script and art credits for fillers in this issue have been verified from copies of DC editorial records sent to Gene Reed from Nelson Bridwell in 1986.


["Stop! Don't read another word from that evil book!"] (Table of Contents)

Phantom Stranger / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Carmine Infantino
Inks:
Sy Barry
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ira Schnapp ?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Phantom Stranger

Draw Instantly (Table of Contents)

Master Art Helper Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Ad for a lightbox that projects images on paper so they can be traced.

Indexer Notes

INside front cover.

The Hairy Shadows (Table of Contents)

Phantom Stranger / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Manly Wade Wellman
Pencils:
Murphy Anderson
Inks:
Joe Giella
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Phantom Stranger; Vic Woods; Ellen Woods
Synopsis:
The Phantom Stranger and two ghost hunters rescue a man from another dimension. They perform a spell and open a gateway.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Per Murphy Anderson interview in Comic Book Marketplace 88, he drew at least one Phantom Stranger story that was written by Manly Wade Wellman. Writer id by Bob Hughes- comparing to known Wellman stories in other Schwartz titles of the period.

Ring the Bells (Table of Contents)

filler / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Mort Drucker
Pencils:
Mort Drucker
Inks:
Mort Drucker
Colors:
?
Letters:
Mort Drucker

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Odd facts about the mystical significance of bells.

Magic Tricks (Table of Contents)

Baker's Instant Cocoa Mix / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Ad for a chocolate drink mix.

Tops in Comics! (Table of Contents)

DC Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.67 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ruben Moreira; Ruben Moreira
Inks:
Ruben Moreira; Ruben Moreira
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime; science fiction
Synopsis:
House ad for Mystery in Space #12 and Gang Busters #32.

Superman Is on Television! (Table of Contents)

Superman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Synopsis:
Ad for the Superman television show.

The Riddle of the Ghostly Trumpet! (Table of Contents)

Phantom Stranger / comic story / 5.67 pages (report information)

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Gene Colan
Inks:
Bernard Sachs
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime; fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
The Phantom Stranger exposes the killer of famed trumpet player Kix Dexter.

Your Hair's Best Friend (Table of Contents)

Wildroot Cream-Oil / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Hair tonic ad and gag cartoon.

["He's got to shovel the driveway before he can go sleddin' --"] (Table of Contents)

Fleer's Dubble Bubble / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Ray Thompson
Pencils:
Ray Thompson
Inks:
Ray Thompson
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ray Thompson

Synopsis:
Bubble gum ad.

Editorial Advisory Board (Table of Contents)

DC Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
A list of DC's advisory board plus a list of currently published comics. Thirty-nine titles are listed. Also a special plug for the latest issue of Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
Keywords:
celebrity

The Holiday Spirit! (Table of Contents)

Superboy / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Jack Schiff
Pencils:
Win Mortimer
Inks:
Win Mortimer
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ira Schnapp

Genre:
superhero

Trail of the Lucky Coin! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 3.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Miller
Pencils:
Mort Drucker ?
Inks:
Bernard Sachs
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
A lucky coin wanders from hand to hand.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art identification by Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.
Previous indexer suggested Jerry Grandenetti for pencils.
There is a "MD" signature across the tie of a person in the splash.

Tune in Tootsie Hippodrome (Table of Contents)

Tootsie Roll / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Ad for a television program sponsored by Tootsie Roll, Tootsie Pops and Tootsie Fudge.

Mystery at Cape Cod (Table of Contents)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Miller
Pencils:
Raymond Perry
Inks:
Raymond Perry
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Short article about the fate of a lost submarine.

Indexer Notes

text w/illo

Green Thoughts (Table of Contents)

filler / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Mort Drucker
Pencils:
Mort Drucker
Inks:
Mort Drucker
Colors:
?
Letters:
Mort Drucker

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Odd facts about the color green.

Hi, Pardner! Get THis Swell Cowboy Knife and Chain! (Table of Contents)

Necco Assorted Wafers / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Ad for a knife available for 25 cents, a 3-cent stamp and 1 Necco Wafer Wrapper.

The Dream Killer! (Table of Contents)

Phantom Stranger / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Manly Wade Wellman
Pencils:
Murphy Anderson
Inks:
Joe Giella
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Phantom Stranger; William Wilson
Synopsis:
Successful art painter William Wilson has premonitions about future deaths. He is haunted by terrible dreams and threatened by a medusa-like character. The Phantom Stranger steps in and discovers an evil plot behind Wilson's dreams.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Per Murphy Anderson interview in Comic Book Marketplace 88, he drew at least one Phantom Stranger story that was written by Manly Wade Wellman. Writer id by Bob Hughes- comparing to known Wellman stories in other Schwartz titles of the period.

The Crazy House! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Mort Drucker
Pencils:
Mort Drucker
Inks:
Mort Drucker
Colors:
?
Letters:
Mort Drucker

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Mrs. Golding; Anne Robinson
Synopsis:
Short story about a haunted house.
Reprints:

Scram! You Skinny Scarecrow! (Table of Contents)

Jowett Institute of Physical Training / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Body-building ad.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Announcing the New Daisy Defender Repeating Air Rifle (Table of Contents)

Daisy Manufacturing Company / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Ad for several models of Daisy Air Rifles.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["Stop! Don't read another word from that evil book!"]
    Phantom Stranger
  2. 1. Draw Instantly
    Master Art Helper Co.
  3. 2. The Hairy Shadows
    Phantom Stranger
  4. 3. Ring the Bells
  5. 4. Magic Tricks
    Baker's Instant Cocoa Mix
  6. 5. Tops in Comics!
    DC Comics
  7. 6. Superman Is on Television!
    Superman
  8. 7. The Riddle of the Ghostly Trumpet!
    Phantom Stranger
  9. 8. Your Hair's Best Friend
    Wildroot Cream-Oil
  10. 9. ["He's got to shovel the driveway before he can go sleddin' --"]
    Fleer's Dubble Bubble
  11. 10. Editorial Advisory Board
    DC Comics
  12. 11. The Holiday Spirit!
    Superboy
  13. 12. Trail of the Lucky Coin!
  14. 13. Tune in Tootsie Hippodrome
    Tootsie Roll
  15. 14. Mystery at Cape Cod
  16. 15. Green Thoughts
  17. 16. Hi, Pardner! Get THis Swell Cowboy Knife and Chain!
    Necco Assorted Wafers
  18. 17. The Dream Killer!
    Phantom Stranger
  19. 18. The Crazy House!
  20. 19. Scram! You Skinny Scarecrow!
    Jowett Institute of Physical Training
  21. 20. Announcing the New Daisy Defender Repeating Air Rifle
    Daisy Manufacturing Company
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Mark Waid
  • Bob Hughes
  • Tillmann Courth
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Dwayne Best
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Gene Reed
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed