([Spring] 1941)

DC, 1941 Series
 
Price:
0.15 USD
Pages:
100
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
World's Best Comics Company
Brand:
A DC Publication
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth (Editor); Murray Boltinoff (Assistant Editor)
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior

Issue Notes

Book is titled World's Best Comics for this first issue only. Fillers and text stories added courtesy of Mike32wm.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman; Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

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

Indexer Notes

Art credits verified by Fred Ray.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

blank page(s) / 1 page (report information)

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman; Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder; Zatara; Johnny Thunder; Crimson Avenger; Red, White and Blue; Lando / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure; humor; superhero
Characters:
Superman; Batman; Robin; Zatara; Johnny Thunder; Crimson Avenger; Red; White; Blue; Lando

Indexer Notes

Individual head views by each feature's artist.

["When a criminal scientist becomes master of one of nature's most beneficial phenomenons..."] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Lois Lane; B. Drexel Rutherford; Rainmaker (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
A criminal scientist learns how to control the weather and uses his power for extortion, and he even nearly stops the Man of Tomorrow from interfering when he uses a paralysis gas on the Man of Steel.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Credits in World's Finest Archives are wrong.

["The American flag was first carried..."] (Table of Contents)

Curios / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff

Genre:
non-fiction

["The first line of defense against the enemy within..."] (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:
war
Characters:
Red Dugan; Whitey White; Blooey Blue; Doris West

["Gee, I wish I could go to th' circus..."] (Table of Contents)

Just Like Junior / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Stan Asch
Inks:
Stan Asch
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; children
Characters:
Junior

["Although his identity is concealed by a pseudonym..."] (Table of Contents)

The Crimson Avenger / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Lehti (signed)
Pencils:
Jack Lehti (signed)
Inks:
Charles Paris
Colors:
?
Letters:
Charles Paris

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Crimson Avenger [Lee Travis]; Wing
Synopsis:
The Crimson saves the Governor from a kidnapping attempt.

Indexer Notes

Crimson Avenger wears a cape. Inks and letters credits from Craig Delich.

["'How come Johnny Thunder's driving a truck?' you ask..."] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor; superhero
Characters:
Johnny Thunder; Thunderbolt; Mr. Darling; Mr. Katz
Synopsis:
Johnny drives a truck for Daisy's father and has to deal with a rival trucking company trying to sabotage the business.

Indexer Notes

This is the superhero character from Flash Comics. The Thunderbolt is yellow, but he talks.

Danger Ahead (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Arch O'Hara]
Pencils:
Fred Ray (signed)
Inks:
Fred Ray (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Tong War in Chinatown! (Table of Contents)

Young Doc Davis / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Doc Davis

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2010-2-17.

["From the seething maelstrom of crime, there rises..."] (Table of Contents)

Zatara the Master Magician / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Zatara; The Menace (villain)

["Because of the great weight of a full suit of armour..."] (Table of Contents)

Incredible but True / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction

["Hey, Drafty-- Look at this--"] (Table of Contents)

Drafty #158 / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Ed Moore ?
Pencils:
Ed Moore (signed)
Inks:
Ed Moore (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ed Moore ?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Drafty

Indexer Notes

Letters credit from Craig Delich.

["The man of a million faces! --Who can disguise himself to look like banker or bum..."] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Harry Lampert (signed)
Inks:
Harry Lampert (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Harry Lampert

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
The King; the Witch (villain)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letters credit verified by Lampert and added by Craig Delich.

["Gee! Imagine! A real fortune teller on our block..."] (Table of Contents)

Dinky / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff

Genre:
humor; children
Characters:
Dinky

["Keen eyes watch a boat chug toward shore..."] (Table of Contents)

Punch Parker / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Don Cameron ?; Ed Winiarski ?; Paul Norris ?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Punch Parker

Indexer Notes

Possible pencils credits provided by Craig Delich and Jerry Bails. The inker for this issue's story is different from that found in World's Finest #2's story.

Carnival (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
George Shute (signed)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

["Lando the Unknown, greatest of magicians, wages continual warfare..."] (Table of Contents)

Lando, Man of Magic / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Howard Purcell ?
Pencils:
Howard Purcell (signed)
Inks:
Howard Purcell (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Lando

The Witch and the Manuscript of Doom! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; Erik Dorne (introduction, death); Dorne's butler; Joshua Grimm (introduction, publisher); Melissa Brunt (introduction, Dorne's Aunt); Jane Ware (introduction, actress); The Witch [Mr. Wright] (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
The Batman and Robin must track down The Witch, a mysterious figure responsible for the murder of Erik Dorne and the theft of a manuscript he wrote.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Gotham City

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

blank page(s) / 1 page (report information)

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

["Proudly presenting a star-studded collection of the world's best comics"] (Table of Contents)

Superman; Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder; Zatara; Johnny Thunder; Crimson Avenger; Red, White and Blue; Lando / illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; superhero
Characters:
Superman; Batman; Robin; Zatara; Johnny Thunder; The Crimson Avenger; Red Dugan; Whitey White; Blooey Blue; Lando

Indexer Notes

Found on the back cover.

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman; Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Superman; Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder; Zatara; Johnny Thunder; Crimson Avenger; Red, White and Blue; Lando
  4. 3. ["When a criminal scientist becomes master of one of nature's most beneficial phenomenons..."]
    Superman
  5. 4. ["The American flag was first carried..."]
    Curios
  6. 5. ["The first line of defense against the enemy within..."]
    Red, White and Blue
  7. 6. ["Gee, I wish I could go to th' circus..."]
    Just Like Junior
  8. 7. ["Although his identity is concealed by a pseudonym..."]
    The Crimson Avenger
  9. 8. ["'How come Johnny Thunder's driving a truck?' you ask..."]
    Johnny Thunder
  10. 9. Danger Ahead
  11. 10. Tong War in Chinatown!
    Young Doc Davis
  12. 11. ["From the seething maelstrom of crime, there rises..."]
    Zatara the Master Magician
  13. 12. ["Because of the great weight of a full suit of armour..."]
    Incredible but True
  14. 13. ["Hey, Drafty-- Look at this--"]
    Drafty #158
  15. 14. ["The man of a million faces! --Who can disguise himself to look like banker or bum..."]
    The King
  16. 15. ["Gee! Imagine! A real fortune teller on our block..."]
    Dinky
  17. 16. ["Keen eyes watch a boat chug toward shore..."]
    Punch Parker
  18. 17. Carnival
  19. 18. ["Lando the Unknown, greatest of magicians, wages continual warfare..."]
    Lando, Man of Magic
  20. 19. The Witch and the Manuscript of Doom!
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  21. 20. [no title indexed]
  22. 21. ["Proudly presenting a star-studded collection of the world's best comics"]
    Superman; Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder; Zatara; Johnny Thunder; Crimson Avenger; Red, White and Blue; Lando
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Dwayne Best
  • Henry Andrews
  • Peter Croome
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Hughes
  • Bob Klein
  • Gene Reed
  • Lou Mougin