(November-December 1940)

DC, 1939 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
?
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth; [Murray Boltinoff]
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US; then standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
newsprint
Binding:
saddle-stitched (squarebound #183, 187, 193, 197, 202, 207, 212, 217, 222, 227, 245, 252, 272, 278, 284)
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

[untitled] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Joe Shuster?
Inks:
Wayne Boring
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Reprints:

[World's Greatest Adventure Character] (Table of Contents)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Joe Shuster
Inks:
Joe Shuster; Paul Cassidy
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Frontispiece. Paul Cassidy ink credit added by Craig Delich 2010-1-5.

[The Three Kingpins of Crime] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Joe Shuster (signed); Wayne Boring [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks:
Wayne Boring [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White (introduction, 1st name revealed in issue #10, first appearance in comic book); Lois Lane; Sgt. Casey; Police Chief Watson; George Lash; Nick Norton (villain, introduction); Mike Moran (villain, introduction); Billings (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
A clever gangster kills the wife of the prosecuting attorney, leaving evidence behind that her husband actually did it, all so that the prosecutor wouldn't be in a position to prosecute the felon and his mobster friends.
Reprints:

["Greetings again, Members! This time I want to talk to you about Hitting the Line Hard--..."] (Table of Contents)

Supermen of America / text article / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Joe Shuster (spot illustration)
Inks:
Paul Cassidy (spot Illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]
Synopsis:
Superman discusses the idea of "Hitting the Line Hard!" A code message in the Code Mercury No. 1 is given, and a coupon is provided for readers wanting to join the Supermen of America.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

"The Loudest Noise on Earth!" (Table of Contents)

Fantastic Facts / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
George Papp ?
Pencils:
George Papp [as Geo. Papp] (signed)
Inks:
George Papp [as Geo. Papp] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Chalchas the Greek
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Facts presented include the musk odor of deer; chewing gum use among stone-age people; the loudest sound on Earth when the volcano, Krakatoa, exploded; and the fact that Chalchas laughed himself to death.

Superman Is on the Radio! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Joe Shuster
Inks:
Joe Shuster
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Synopsis:
Promotional ad for the Superman radio show and it lists the various stations nationwide that broadcast the show.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2010-1-5.

[Fine Prizes, Choose Yours Now!] (Table of Contents)

Superman / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Pencils:
Joe Shuster
Inks:
Joe Shuster
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

An illustrated ad from the American Specialty Company.

Rinaldo's Revenge (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
G. B. Armbruster (signed)
Pencils:
? (spot illustrations)
Inks:
Gloria Kamen ? (spot illustrations)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Rinaldo; Domenick (death); Pietro (villain, death)
Synopsis:
Rinaldo, a Gypsy Prince, had heard stories that his adoptive parent had stashed a fortune in gold away in the gypsy caravan, but he had always denied it. However, one night Rinaldo found his adoptive father dead, with a note in his hand stating that the young man should safely store away a fortune in gems that were his, unknowing that the gypsy chief's son was the murderer.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Inker credit by Craig Delich & Jerry Bails (January, 2006). Page 2 of the story has several advertisements, including one for Baby Ruth and Butterfinger candy bars.

[Superman Plus] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
various
Inks:
various
Colors:
?
Letters:
?; some typeset

Genre:
adventure; superhero
Characters:
Superman; Clip Carson; Three Aces; The Black Pirate; Tex Thompson; Zatara
Synopsis:
Illustrated house ad promoting the features offered each month in the pages of Action Comics.

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

[The Gay City Plague] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Joe Shuster (signed); Wayne Boring [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks:
Wayne Boring [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White (un-named); Lois Lane; Commissioner Jim Stanley (villain, introduction); Kotzoff (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
The Planet editor sends Clark packing off for Gay City, where the people within the city fall victim to a strange malady that causes them, upon contact, to disintergrate!
Reprints:

["Listen to the Superman Radio Program..."] (Table of Contents)

Superman Radio Program / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?; some typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; the Yellow Mask (radio villain)
Reprints:
  • United States in Superman Archives (DC, 1989 series) #2 ([October] 1990)
  • Ad promoting the Superman Radio Show and the new storyline, "The Return of the Yellow Mask." Also listed are the stations nationwide airing the broadcasts.

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

["Take that, you mutt"] (Table of Contents)

Shorty / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Fred Schwab [as Schwab] (signed)
Pencils:
Fred Schwab [as Schwab] (signed)
Inks:
Fred Schwab [as Schwab] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Fred Schwab

Genre:
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters:
Shorty (a dog)
Synopsis:
Shorty gets knocked out by another dog and begins dreaming, first of birds flying about, next of a package of dog biscuits and lastly of a girl dog (before he wakes up). He looks up the other dog and asks him to hit him again!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This page also contains an for Superman clothing apparel, such as shirts and shorts.

[Bert Runyan's Campaign] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Wayne Boring [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks:
Wayne Boring [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Lois Lane; Bert Runyan (introduction); Red Tyler (villain, introduction); Public Prosecutor Ralph Dale (villain, introduction); Nat Burly (villain, introduction); Captain McDay (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Believing the public prosecutor to be in league with the underworld, Kent convinces Perry White that the Planet should oppose candidate Red Tyler and back an honest candidate like Bert Runyan.
Reprints:

[Wilson Chem Co.] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Ads for White Cloverine brand salve, and showing prizes like guitars, air rifles, watches, movie projectors, bicycles and more that are available in exchange for sales made.
Sequence added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

["Here it is--Better than ever!] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
various
Inks:
various
Colors:
?
Letters:
?; typeset (some)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Spectre; Green Lantern; Flash; Batman; Robin; Sandman; Superman
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Two ads promoting the release of All-Star Quarterly #2, Superman #7, Detective #44, Action #29 and Batman #2, all with covers.
Sequence added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

The Black Gang (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Joe Shuster (signed); Wayne Boring [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks:
Joe Shuster (signed); Wayne Boring [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Sgt. Casey; Kennedy (editor of the Daily Pictorial); Jane Day (villain); Peter Peeker (villain); Frank Jordan (villain); un-named other members of the Black Gang (villains, introduction)
Synopsis:
Superman faces a ruthless gang of men known as the Black Band, who specialize in brutal robberies of night club patrons in Metropolis, including Clark kent and Lois Lane, who disguise themselves as wealthy patrons themselves to smoke out members of the gang.
Reprints:

["It's fun! It's a frolic! ... and Good eating, too!"] (Table of Contents)

Baby Ruth and Butterfinger Candy bars / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Advertisement by the Curtiss Candy Company for its Treasure Hunt Contest #2, offering $100 in cash prizes to the winners after the contest closes on October 8, 1940. Full details and rules for the contest are provided along with an entry coupon.
Sequence added by Craig Delich 2009-1-5.

[Announcing the New Superman Krypto Raygun] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Reprints:

[Be a Cowboy!] (Table of Contents)

Red Ryder / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Reprints:
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [untitled]
    Superman
  2. 1. [World's Greatest Adventure Character]
    Superman
  3. 2. [The Three Kingpins of Crime]
    Superman
  4. 3. ["Greetings again, Members! This time I want to talk to you about Hitting the Line Hard--..."]
    Supermen of America
  5. 4. "The Loudest Noise on Earth!"
    Fantastic Facts
  6. 5. Superman Is on the Radio!
    Superman
  7. 6. [Fine Prizes, Choose Yours Now!]
    Superman
  8. 7. Rinaldo's Revenge
  9. 8. [Superman Plus]
  10. 9. [The Gay City Plague]
    Superman
  11. 10. ["Listen to the Superman Radio Program..."]
    Superman Radio Program
  12. 11. ["Take that, you mutt"]
    Shorty
  13. 12. [Bert Runyan's Campaign]
    Superman
  14. 13. [Wilson Chem Co.]
  15. 14. ["Here it is--Better than ever!]
  16. 15. The Black Gang
    Superman
  17. 16. ["It's fun! It's a frolic! ... and Good eating, too!"]
    Baby Ruth and Butterfinger Candy bars
  18. 17. [Announcing the New Superman Krypto Raygun]
  19. 18. [Be a Cowboy!]
    Red Ryder
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Per Sandell
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Hughes
  • Dwayne Best
  • Pat Lang
  • Bob Rivard
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Allen Ross
  • Ed Boner