([Spring] 1941)

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

Issue Notes

Book is titled World's Best for this first issue only.
Fillers and text stories added courtesy of Mike32wm. 2/09


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman; Batman; Robin / 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)

Superman; Batman and Robin; Zatara; Johnny Thunder; Crimson Avenger; Red, White and Blue; Lando / promo (ad from the publisher) / 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.

[Superman vs. the Rainmaker] (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 (Table of Contents)

Curios / filler / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction

[The Super-Tank] (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 White; Blooey Blue; Doris West

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor; children
Characters:
Junior

[The Ambassador] (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 wears a cape. Inker & letterer credits by Craig Delich (November, 2005).

[Johnny Drives a Truck] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
John B. Wentworth
Pencils:
Stan Aschmeier
Inks:
Stan Aschmeier
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 super-hero character from Flash Comics. The Thunderbolt is yellow, but he talks.

Danger Ahead (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Arch O'Hara (signed)
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.

The Menace (Table of Contents)

Zatara / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Incredible But True / filler / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction

[The Buffalo] (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

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

[Adventure of the Nosy Waitress] (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

Letterer credit verified by Lampert and added by Craig Delich (November, 2005).

[no title indexed] (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

[The Radium Robbers] (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

[Visit to Neva] (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)

Superman; Batman; Robin; 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
Synopsis:
Proudly presenting a star-studded collection of the world's best comics.

Indexer Notes

Found on the back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman; Batman; Robin
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Superman; Batman and Robin; Zatara; Johnny Thunder; Crimson Avenger; Red, White and Blue; Lando
  3. 2. [Superman vs. the Rainmaker]
    Superman
  4. 3. The American Flag
    Curios
  5. 4. [The Super-Tank]
    Red, White and Blue
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Just Like Junior
  7. 6. [The Ambassador]
    The Crimson Avenger
  8. 7. [Johnny Drives a Truck]
    Johnny Thunder
  9. 8. Danger Ahead
  10. 9. Tong War in ChinaTown
    Young Doc Davis
  11. 10. The Menace
    Zatara
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Incredible But True
  13. 12. [The Buffalo]
    Drafty #158
  14. 13. [Adventure of the Nosy Waitress]
    The King
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Dinky
  16. 15. [The Radium Robbers]
    Punch Parker
  17. 16. Carnival
  18. 17. [Visit to Neva]
    Lando, Man of Magic
  19. 18. The Witch and the Manuscript of Doom!
    Batman With Robin the Boy Wonder
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
    Superman; Batman; Robin; 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