(June-July 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

Filler credits in this issue verified from copies of DC editorial records sent to Gene Reed from Nelson Bridwell in 1986.


The Doorway in the Sky (Table of Contents)

Phantom Stranger / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Murphy Anderson
Inks:
Joe Giella ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ira Schnapp

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural

Indexer Notes

Murphy Anderson recalled drawing the cover to Phantom Stranger #6 in The Comic Reader #27, July 1964. Possible Giella inks per Nick Caputo, January 2014. Previous indexer credited Bob Brown with cover art.

Now More Than Ever -- This Famous Symbol on the Cover of Any Comics Magazine Is Your Guarantee of the Best in Comics Reading (Table of Contents)

DC Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Dean Martin; Jerry Lewis
Synopsis:
House ad for Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis #6.
Keywords:
celebrity

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

The Ghosts in the Locked Room! (Table of Contents)

Phantom Stranger / comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Carmine Infantino
Inks:
Bernard Sachs
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime; fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
The Phantom Stranger solves a clever jewelry theft, committed out of a locked room.

Can Your Scalp Pass the Fingernail Test? (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Hair tonic ad with gag panel.

Fast Footwork Foils Foreign Agent (Table of Contents)

Another Jim Wise P-F Adventure Story / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Jim Wise
Synopsis:
Ad for canvas shoes made by Hood Rubber Company and B. F. Goodrich.

The Busy Brownie (Table of Contents)

comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Facts about a certain kind of fairy.
Reprints:

Magic Tricks (Table of Contents)

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

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

Synopsis:
Ad for chocolate drink mix.

Doorway in the Sky! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Murphy Anderson
Inks:
Joe Giella
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
On a Hollywood movie set, the Phantom Stranger saves actress Lorna from a deadly intrigue.
Reprints:

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:
Announcement of the Superman television show.

$15,000 in Prizes! (Table of Contents)

Red Ball Jets Sports Shoe / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Ad and entry blank for the Red Ball Sports Shoes contest.

["I'm scared! This really is a tough neighborhood!"] (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:
?

Characters:
Dean Martin; Jerry Lewis
Synopsis:
A list of DC's advisory board plus a list of currently published comics. Thirty-nine titles are listed. Plus an additional plug for the latest issue of Adventues of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
Keywords:
celebrity

Dead Man's Bluff! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Miller
Pencils:
John Giunta
Inks:
John Giunta
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
The gangster Ace Mitchell claims he can cross into another dimension - with the help of a special wrist watch.

The Mystical Mesmer (Table of Contents)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Highlights of the life and career of Franz Mesmer.

Indexer Notes

text w/illo

Stop That Yawn (Table of Contents)

comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Odd superstitions about yawning.
Reprints:

Hey! You Baseball Fans! Look! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
sports
Synopsis:
Ad for baseball pennants available for 25 cents, a 3-cent stamp and one Necco Wafer Wrapper.

Horror in Miniature! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Jerry Grandenetti ?
Inks:
Frank Giacoia
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis:
The Phantom Stranger and cameraman Tim Harley fight back an invasion of elves.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art identification by Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.
Previous indexer suggested Frank Giacoia for pencils as well.

Careless Is No Joke! (Table of Contents)

Peter Porkchops / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters:
Peter Porkchops; Wolfie

Free! 235 Stamps from All Over the World (Table of Contents)

Littleton Stamp Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Ad for 235 foreign stamps and a set of Anti-Communist Stamps.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

May Is National Daisy Air Rifle Month! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Synopsis:
Ad for several different models of Daisy Air Rifles.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Doorway in the Sky
    Phantom Stranger
  2. 1. Now More Than Ever -- This Famous Symbol on the Cover of Any Comics Magazine Is Your Guarantee of the Best in Comics Reading
    DC Comics
  3. 2. The Ghosts in the Locked Room!
    Phantom Stranger
  4. 3. Can Your Scalp Pass the Fingernail Test?
    Wildroot Cream Oil
  5. 4. Fast Footwork Foils Foreign Agent
    Another Jim Wise P-F Adventure Story
  6. 5. The Busy Brownie
  7. 6. Magic Tricks
    Baker's Instant Cocoa Mix
  8. 7. Doorway in the Sky!
    Phantom Stranger
  9. 8. Superman Is on Television!
    Superman
  10. 9. $15,000 in Prizes!
    Red Ball Jets Sports Shoe
  11. 10. ["I'm scared! This really is a tough neighborhood!"]
    Fleer's Dubble Bubble
  12. 11. Editorial Advisory Board
    DC Comics
  13. 12. Dead Man's Bluff!
  14. 13. The Mystical Mesmer
  15. 14. Stop That Yawn
  16. 15. Hey! You Baseball Fans! Look!
    Necco Assorted Wafers
  17. 16. Horror in Miniature!
    Phantom Stranger
  18. 17. Careless Is No Joke!
    Peter Porkchops
  19. 18. Free! 235 Stamps from All Over the World
    Littleton Stamp Co.
  20. 19. May Is National Daisy Air Rifle Month!
    Daisy Manufacturing Company
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Dwayne Best
  • Gene Reed
  • Tillmann Courth
  • Nick Caputo
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed