(1940)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price:
0.15 USD
Pages:
100
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Detective Comics, Inc.
Brand:
A DC Publication
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard golden age US
Paper Stock:
glossy cover, newsprint interior
Binding:
squarebound
Publishing Format:
was ongoing

Issue Notes

Copyright on title page:

Theme Buildings, mural and sculpture, copyright, New York World's Fair 1940, Inc. Entire contents copyright, 1940 by Detective Comics, Inc.

Revised editor credit by Craig Delich (Nov. 2005). Credit previously given as Vin Sullivan?


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman; Batman; Robin / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Jack Burnley
Inks:
Jack Burnley
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First published picture of Batman, Robin and Superman together.

Credits verified by Burnley.

[New York World's Fair Comics 1940] (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Creig Flessel
Inks:
Creig Flessel
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Uncle Sam
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

title page

[Superman at the 1940 World's Fair] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor; Lois Lane; Blackie Sarto (villain)
Synopsis:
Lois and Clark are given an assignment to get the feminine slant of the new World's Fair, and overhear a plot by an international jewel thief to steal the Madras Emerald before it can be displayed at the Fair in the House of Jewels.
Reprints:

[The War Games] (Table of Contents)

Red, White and Blue / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Harry Lampert
Inks:
Harry Lampert
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Red Dugan; Whitey Smith; Blooey Blue; T. R. Tapley (President of Tapley Meat Company); Mr. Crabbe (villain, President of rival meat company); Guile (villain); Savage (villain)
Synopsis:
Red, Whitey and Blooey investigate tainted beef that is being provided to the Army by contract.
Reprints:

[Hanko the Cowhand at the World's Fair] (Table of Contents)

Hanko the Cowhand / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Creig Flessel (signed)
Inks:
Creig Flessel (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Hanko; Daisy
Synopsis:
A series of mis-adventures at the Fair leads Daisy to take extreme measures!
Reprints:

[Slam Bradley at the 1940 World's Fair] (Table of Contents)

Slam Bradley / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Howard Sherman (signed)
Inks:
Howard Sherman (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Howard Sherman

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Slam Bradley; Shorty Morgan; Miss Mason [Slam's secretary); Mike (Oceanic Hotel detective); Baron Severin (Ileana's uncle); Princess Ileana; un-named Count (villain); Grinald (villain); Andrea Rohr (villain)
Synopsis:
A chance sighting of a mysterious yacht, while on the parachute jump, leads Slam and Shorty to help rescue the Princess of Robaria, who is in America to sign papers allowing her nation to sell the Robarian crown jewels.
Reprints:

[Zatara the Master Magician at the World's Fair] (Table of Contents)

Zatara the Master Magician / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Joseph Sulman
Inks:
Joseph Sulman
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Zatara; Buster Crabbe (swimmer, cameo); Slippery Jed (villain)
Synopsis:
Zatara faces the challenge of rounding up a pair of pick pockets at the Fair, who use a fake murder to draw attention away from their activities.
Reprints:

Fair Facts About the 1940 New York World's Fair (Table of Contents)

text article / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Raymond Perry [as RP] (signed)
Inks:
Raymond Perry [as RP] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Father Knickerbocker
Synopsis:
The theme for the 1940 Fair, "For Peace and Freedom", is discussed along with a brief look at the new atrractions to be found at the 1940 Fair.
Reprints:

["I'll be finished with your razor in a moment, dear..."] (Table of Contents)

Silly Stuff / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff ?
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff
Colors:
?
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Consists of five unrelated gag cartoons.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich 2007-12-30.

Hour-Man at the World's Fair (Table of Contents)

The Hourman / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Hourman [Rex Tyler]; Mr. Bannerman; Gerald Rochester; Rose Rochester; un-named kidnappers (villains)
Synopsis:
Rex Tyler is ordered by his employer at the Bannerman Laboratories to conduct some scientific experiments at the Fair and is invited to perform at a wealthy estate.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2007-12-30. Oddity: Bannerman's name is spelled "Bannermain" in this story.

["Meow!"] (Table of Contents)

Catnip / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Fred Schwab
Pencils:
Fred Schwab
Inks:
Fred Schwab
Colors:
?
Letters:
Fred Scawab

Genre:
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters:
Catnip
Synopsis:
Catnip helps the local dog pound round up stray dogs in return for free milk.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Credits corrected and letterer added by Craig Delich 2010-2-20. Art credits formerly assigned to Paul Gustavson.

At the World's Fair with Jim and Jane (Table of Contents)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Creig Flessel
Inks:
Creig Flessel
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Uncle George; Jim; Jane
Synopsis:
Uncle George shows Jim and Jane the sights and exhibitions offered at the Fair.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Original title in the 1939 edition: "A Day at the World's Fair".

["Left turn signal"] (Table of Contents)

Speedin' Sam the Taxi Man / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Paul Gustavson [as Gus] (signed)
Inks:
Paul Gustavson [as Gus] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Sam
Synopsis:
Sam has a "run-in" with a Policeman.
Reprints:

[The Sandman Goes to the World's Fair] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Dian Belmont; D.A. Belmont; Aunt Agatha; Blackie Saunders (villain, cameo); "Slugger" Slade (villain); Butch (villain); un-named butler (villain)
Synopsis:
Slugger Slade decides to retaliate against the District Attorney for his conviction by kidnapping Dian.
Reprints:

["Landed backwards"] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Colin Tapley
Synopsis:
Four fantastic facts are featured, such as the fact the the Blue Danube is mostly yellow and that Colin Tapley landed an airplane backwards!
Reprints:

[Johnny Thunderbold at the World's Fair] (Table of Contents)

Johnny Thunderbolt / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
John B. Wentworth
Pencils:
Stan Aschmeier
Inks:
Stan Aschmeier
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Johnny Thunder; the Thunderbolt; Daisy Darling; un-named pickpocket (villain)
Synopsis:
Johnny decides to treat Daisy to a day at the Fair, but his wallet is stolen aboard the subway, an act the pickpocket will regret for the rest of his life.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Thunderbolt is colored yellow in this story.

["Oh, Ginger, will you get me a dozen of the freshest eggs..."] (Table of Contents)

Ginger Snap / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Kane (signed)
Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks:
Bob Kane (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Bob Kane

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Ginger Snap; Ginger's mother
Synopsis:
Ginger's mom asks her to go to the grocery and get the freshest eggs possible. Unfortunately, they have hatched by the time she gets home!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2010-2-20.

Batman and Robin Visit the 1940 New York World's Fair (Table of Contents)

Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks:
Bob Kane (signed); George Roussos (backgrounds)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; Mr. Travers (President of Travers Engineers); Ann (Vreekill's niece); Dr. Hugo Vreekill (villain, introduction, death); Joey (villain); Limpy (villain)
Synopsis:
The destruction of the Great West River Bridge and the blackmail demand made to the Travers Engineering Corporation spur the Dynamic Duo to investigate the matter, and they uncover a terrifying plot masterminded by the evil Dr. Vreekill.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Batplane; Daily Herald; gas capsules; New York City; Perisphere; slingshot; Trylon

["Presenting the greatest aggregation of top-flight adventure characters..."] (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Superman [Clark Kent]; the Hourman [Rex Tyler]; Red Dugan; Whitey White; Blooey Blue; Johnny Thunder; Slam Bradley; Zatara
Synopsis:
Head-views of some of the characters featured in this issue.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the back cover. Character appearances added by Craig Delich 2007-12-30.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman; Batman; Robin
  2. 1. [New York World's Fair Comics 1940]
  3. 2. [Superman at the 1940 World's Fair]
    Superman
  4. 3. [The War Games]
    Red, White and Blue
  5. 4. [Hanko the Cowhand at the World's Fair]
    Hanko the Cowhand
  6. 5. [Slam Bradley at the 1940 World's Fair]
    Slam Bradley
  7. 6. [Zatara the Master Magician at the World's Fair]
    Zatara the Master Magician
  8. 7. Fair Facts About the 1940 New York World's Fair
  9. 8. ["I'll be finished with your razor in a moment, dear..."]
    Silly Stuff
  10. 9. Hour-Man at the World's Fair
    The Hourman
  11. 10. ["Meow!"]
    Catnip
  12. 11. At the World's Fair with Jim and Jane
  13. 12. ["Left turn signal"]
    Speedin' Sam the Taxi Man
  14. 13. [The Sandman Goes to the World's Fair]
    The Sandman
  15. 14. ["Landed backwards"]
    Fantastic Facts
  16. 15. [Johnny Thunderbold at the World's Fair]
    Johnny Thunderbolt
  17. 16. ["Oh, Ginger, will you get me a dozen of the freshest eggs..."]
    Ginger Snap
  18. 17. Batman and Robin Visit the 1940 New York World's Fair
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  19. 18. ["Presenting the greatest aggregation of top-flight adventure characters..."]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jan Roar Hansen
  • Bob Hughes
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Per Sandell
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Jon Ingersoll