(March-April 1941)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Superman, Inc.
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

Issue Notes

Art confirmed by Fred Ray. All notes and synopses added by Craig Delich (Jan. 2006).


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

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Fred Ray
Inks:
Fred Ray
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

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

Indexer Notes

Art credits confirmed by Fred Ray. All notes and synopses modified by Craig Delich 2010-1-1.

[Daisy Superman Krypto-Raygun] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Reprints:

[Superman: America's Greatest Adventure-Strip Character] (Table of Contents)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Paul Cassidy [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks:
Paul Cassidy [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

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

Indexer Notes

Frontispiece.

[The Phony Pacifists] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Paul Cassidy [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks:
Shuster Shop [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Sgt. Casey; Major Lester; The Committee Against Militarism (some villains, intro); Senator Galsworthy (intro); Derwing (villain, intro)
Synopsis:
Superman battles against some members of the Committee Against Militarism, whose leader is actually employed by a warring totalitarian nation, which wants to see to it that the United States does not re-arm, thus making it ripe for take-over.
Reprints:

["Greetings again, members! Here we are again with another complete issue of Superman."] (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

Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]
Synopsis:
Superman [thru the editors] tells his readers that, when he is not busy on a case, he likes to relax and envision what his club members do for relaxation and recreation. He tries to show the importance of every part of this nation. There is a secret Superman code message in Code Neptune No. 7 to decypher, and a coupon is provided for readers to fill out and send in to join the Supermen of America.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

["How Bill made big money..."] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 0.67 page (report information)

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

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Ad for re-stringing tennis and badminton rackets.

["Hello Postman! Any letters for me?"] (Table of Contents)

Henrietta / cartoon / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Henrietta
Synopsis:
Henrietta asks the mailman if there is a letter for her and he gives her one, which she finds out is from Henry. His letter has much mis-spelling it it, so she types him back a letter, critizing him for that (and her letter has many errors as well)!
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Sport Spotlight on Surprising Veterans (Table of Contents)

Sport Spotlight / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction; sports
Characters:
Fred Fitzsimmons; Gene Sarazen; Max Baer; Ted Lyons; Lefty Grove
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This fact filler spotlights older professional athletes who made good.
Writer credit added and art credits verified by Burnley and added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

[Joe Gatson, Racketeer] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Paul Cassidy [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks:
Shuster Shop [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Judge Crane; Sylvia Crane; Joe Gatson (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Superman prevents Judge Crane from committing suicide, and, after talking with the judge, discovers that his daughter has been kidnapped and will not be released unless the judge declares racketeering defendant Joe Gatson not guilty for his crimes.
Reprints:

["Power to Go Places!"] (Table of Contents)

Butterfinger / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Ad for Butterfinger candy bars.
Sequence added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

[Mystery In Swasey Swamp] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Paul Cassidy [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks:
Shuster Shop [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Krawl (villain, introduction, death); Tom Jepson (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Editor White sends Clark out to Lamson Laboratories to get to the bottom of an unknown person or persons causing problems at the lab in an attempt to force the W-142 formula out of Lamson, and Lois is sent to Swasey Swamp, which is said to be emanating powerful electrical discharges. When someone attempts to kill Kent, Superman begins to see a conection between the two situations, and intervenes in time to save the formula.
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[Superman Keeps Good Company!] (Table of Contents)

Superman; Three Aces; The Black Pirate; Tex Thompson; Clip Carson; Zatara / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure; superhero
Characters:
Superman; Three Aces; Black Pirate; Tex Thompson; Clip Carson; Zatara
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Promotional illustrated house ad for all the features appearing each month in Action Comics.
Sequence added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

A Bombing Flight! (Table of Contents)

text story / 1.25 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Cooper (signed)
Pencils:
Fred Ray [as Ray] (signed) (spot illustration)
Inks:
Fred Ray [as Ray] (signed) (spot illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
war
Characters:
Raoul Deschamps; Captain Rogers; Smith
Synopsis:
Captain Rogers and Smith were at a London restaurant when a famed World War I flyer Raoul Deschamps, who had died in Flanders, walked in. Smith told him the story of that day in Flanders and the famed flyer wanting to bomb the enemy positions alone...sheer suicide. Later that day, Smith and Rogers found Deschamps plane...wrecked, and the enemy flew over that position and dropped Deschamps goggles, helmet and ID tag near them, all picked up by Smith. In that bundle was a little doll belonging to Raoul's girlfriend, proving it was her that flew the plane that day and was killed, not Raoul.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credits by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

Statement of the Ownership, Management, Circulation, Etc. (Table of Contents)

statement of ownership / 0.25 page (report information)

Script:
Jack Liebowitz
Letters:
typeset

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Publisher:Superman Inc.
480 Lexington Ave
New York, NY
Editor:W. F. Ellsworth
Owners:Harry Donenfeld; Irwin Donenfeld; Sonia Donenfeld; P. H. Sampliner; Philip Sampliner; Joan Sampliner

[What gives the Hourman the mysterious powers...] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

House ad for Adventure Comics.

"So this is your Superman Physical Development Club?" (Table of Contents)

Super-Strength / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Joe Shuster ?
Inks:
Joe Shuster ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
The story is told of how the Superman Physical Development Club came into being.
Reprints:

["Coming at You"] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Bob Kane
Inks:
Jerry Robinson
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

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

Indexer Notes

Ad for Batman #4 (Winter, 1941) on sale January 13th
Sequence added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

Superman Is on the Radio (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 ad for Superman on the radio, and has a listing of the stations broadcasting it.

[Jackson's Murder Ring] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Paul Cassidy [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks:
Shuster Shop [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Sgt. Casey; Morton Carling (cameo, death); Marjorie Farnsworth; Mr. Lassiter (villain, introduction); Mr. Jackson (villain, introduction); Mr. Nelson (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
The death of Morton Carling leads Lois, Sgt. Casey and Superman to uncovering the fact that the Jackson Jewelry Company was a front for a murder syndicate, which disguised the transfer of blood money as jewelry payments.
Reprints:

["Pick Your Prize"] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Advertisement by the Lancaster County Seed Company encouraging readers to sell their seeds to win prizes.
Sequence added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

[At the Top of the Field!] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Everett E. Hibbard; Sheldon Moldoff; Bernard Baily
Inks:
Everett E. Hibbard; Sheldon Moldoff; Bernard Baily
Colors:
?
Letters:
? (same letterer found in All-Star Comics #4); typeset (some)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Hawkman; Green Lantern; Doctor Fate; Spectre; Flash; Sandman; Hour-Man; Atom]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Illustrated promotional house ad (with covers) promoting All-Star #4 (with dialogue concerning the JSA adventure in that issue), and Adventure Comics #59, Flash Comics #14, All-American Comics #23 and More Fun Comics #64, magazines in which the various JSA members have individual adventures.
Sequence added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

["I jumped from $18 a week to $50..."] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Reprints:

[Get this cowboy carbine with your Christmas money] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Reprints:
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [World's Greatest Adventure-Strip Character]
    Superman
  2. 1. [Daisy Superman Krypto-Raygun]
  3. 2. [Superman: America's Greatest Adventure-Strip Character]
    Superman
  4. 3. [The Phony Pacifists]
    Superman
  5. 4. ["Greetings again, members! Here we are again with another complete issue of Superman."]
    Supermen of America
  6. 5. ["How Bill made big money..."]
  7. 6. ["Hello Postman! Any letters for me?"]
    Henrietta
  8. 7. Sport Spotlight on Surprising Veterans
    Sport Spotlight
  9. 8. [Joe Gatson, Racketeer]
    Superman
  10. 9. ["Power to Go Places!"]
    Butterfinger
  11. 10. [Mystery In Swasey Swamp]
    Superman
  12. 11. [Superman Keeps Good Company!]
    Superman; Three Aces; The Black Pirate; Tex Thompson; Clip Carson; Zatara
  13. 12. A Bombing Flight!
  14. 13. Statement of the Ownership, Management, Circulation, Etc.
  15. 14. [What gives the Hourman the mysterious powers...]
  16. 15. "So this is your Superman Physical Development Club?"
    Super-Strength
  17. 16. ["Coming at You"]
    Batman
  18. 17. Superman Is on the Radio
    Superman
  19. 18. [Jackson's Murder Ring]
    Superman
  20. 19. ["Pick Your Prize"]
  21. 20. [At the Top of the Field!]
  22. 21. ["I jumped from $18 a week to $50..."]
  23. 22. [Get this cowboy carbine with your Christmas money]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Bob Hughes
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Per Sandell
  • Peter Croome
  • 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