(April 1941)

DC, 1938 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
?
Brand:
A DC Publication
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U.S.; Standard Silver Age U.S.; Standard Modern Age U.S.; Digest size (5" x 6.75") #491-503
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched; Squarebound #390, 416, 491-503
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

"Ellsworth, although the only one credited as editor, is more an editor-in-chief -- with Mort Weisinger and Jack Schiff the actual editors starting a few years into the 40's; many stories throughout the 40's probably colored by Raymond Perry."


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Starman / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Starman [Ted Knight]; the Sandman [Wesley Dodds] (inset)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Starman does not have a circle around the star on his chest, although it appears in the story art.

[The Amazing Starman] (Table of Contents)

Starman / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox ?; Jack Burnley (see notes section)
Pencils:
Jack Burnley (signed)
Inks:
Jack Burnley (signed); Ray Burnley (backgrounds)
Colors:
Raymond Perry
Letters:
Betty Bentley

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Starman [Ted Knight](introduction, origin); Doris Lee (introduction); Woodley Allen (FBI trouble-shooter, introduction); Professor Davis; Dr. Doog (villain, introduction, death); Nelson (villain, death)
Synopsis:
Starman is called in to battle the "Secret Brotherhood of the Electron", which is sabotaging America's communication and light system.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Gravity Rod

Indexer Notes

Jack Burnley recalls someone other than Fox doing the first story, but the writing style does look like Fox's. Burnley does state that he re-wrote the last part of this story, introducing a villain that he called Dr. Doom, but whom the editors changed to Dr. Doog [if one looks, for example, at the lettering in the balloon on page 6, panel 3, you can see the lettering of "Dr. Doog" looks totally different, and was obviously re-lettered]. Burnley has at different times recalled his letterer as his sister Betty Bentley and the backgrounds done by his brother Ray. The cover for this issue reappears as the last panel in the Starman story in Adventure #63. Information here related to Craig Delich by Burnley at his home in Charlottesville, Virgina in 1989.

Lishak the Gladiator (Table of Contents)

Mark Lansing / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Mark Lansing; Kit; King Talon; Costa (villain); Lishak (villain, death)
Synopsis:
King Talon hopes to save Mark from being tortured and to save Kit before ending Costa's evil reign.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer credit verified by Jerry Bails and entered by Craig Delich 2010-1-10. The end panel of this story is a promo for the Spectre strip appearing in More Fun Comics.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Facts / filler / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Two fact quickies are featured: that approximately 100 million chickens are produced and marketed in the U.S. each year, AND that it takes more than one million tons of coal a day to supply this nation's demand for heat, light and power.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2008-2-9. Writer and letterer credits verified by Jerry Bails and entered by Craig Delich 2010-1-10.

[The Ghost Plane] (Table of Contents)

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Chad Grothkopf [as Chad] (signed)
Inks:
Chad Grothkopf [as Chad] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Chad Grothkopf

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Steve Carson; Drew (death); Major Gruen; un-named Governor; Blitz Merkel (villain); Mr. Ender (villain)
Synopsis:
Steve Carson of the FBI is called in to deal with the loss of five border policemen engaged by the Border Business Association to prevent gun running across the border.
Reprints:

[Treachery Off Singapore] (Table of Contents)

Steve Conrad Adventurer / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Steve Conrad; Chang; Sparky Watts (death); Blubber Bolsom (villain); Slippy (villain)
Synopsis:
Steve begins to investigate the situation when his old pal Sparky is spouting off about a fabulous treasure he has uncovered, and then is murdered.
Reprints:

none (Table of Contents)

Peter and His Pup / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Ray McGill (signed)
Pencils:
Ray McGill (signed)
Inks:
Ray McGill (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ray McGill

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Peter; his dog
Synopsis:
When Peter and his pup go fishing and have no luck, the dog figures out a better way to do the fishing.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2008-2-9.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Quiz Page / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff [as Bolty] (signed)
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff [as Bolty] (signed)
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff [as Bolty] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Six questions are asked: 1) How did Death Valley get its name?; 2) What does SOS mean?; 3) When is Groundhog Day?; 4) Do bulls actually see red?; 5) How large is an acre?; and 6) What does the olive branch symbolize?
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2008-2-9. Letterer credit verified by Jerry Bails and entered by Craig Delich 2010-1-10.

[The Runaway Dinosaurs] (Table of Contents)

The Hourman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hourman [Rex Tyler]; Mr. Bannerman; un-named Professor; Jimmy Martin; Thorndyke Tompkins; Minute Men of America; Mr. Whistle (villain)
Synopsis:
The Hourman, blamed for stealing animated mechanical prehistoric beasts from a museum, finds he has to battle them in order to save Thorndyke from kidnappers.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Miraclo

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2008-2-9. Writer credit verified by Martin O'Hearn 2010-1-5. The last panel of the story is an illustrated ad for The Spectre by Jerry Siegel, starring in More Fun Comics. The villain, Mr. Whistle, is called Mr. Whistler in the last half of the story.

[Too Many Suspects] (Table of Contents)

Paul Kirk, Manhunter / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Paul Kirk; Police Chief Holden; Andrew Kallan [as Bushy] (villain)
Synopsis:
A noted banker fakes his death in order to abscond with bank funds and place the blame on other employees.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2010-1-10.

Defender of Barlunda (Table of Contents)

Cotton Carver / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Cotton Carver; Princess Deela; King Marl; Nardak; Orko (villain, death)
Synopsis:
Cotton saves Deela from being kidnapped by Orko, then they find themselves stranded in the ancient city of Dorgo, armed only with the Ring Machine to fight off another onslaught by Orko.
Reprints:

Case of the Black Cat (Table of Contents)

text story / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script:
T. C. O'Neil (signed)
Pencils:
Fred Ray [as Ray] (signed) (spot illustration)
Inks:
Fred Ray [as Ray] (signed) (spot illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Jimmy Owen; Minerva [a cat]; Hilda
Synopsis:
Jimmy Owen, a private detective from the Quick Service Agency, is hired to protect the life of a cat, which is the recipient of $250,000 from her deceased owner.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2008-2-9.

Superman Is on the Radio (Table of Contents)

Superman / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Ad for Superman radio program.

The Menace of the Metal Gun (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Dian Belmont; D.A. Belmont; Ivan Borloff (villain)
Synopsis:
Sandman must battle a scientist, in the pay of a foreign government, who has invented a mysterious Cylindecraft, whose purple ray can eat its way through metal.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sandman uses his new Wirepoon in this story. The Millennium edition lists the writer as Gardner F. Fox.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Starman
  2. 1. [The Amazing Starman]
    Starman
  3. 2. Lishak the Gladiator
    Mark Lansing
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Facts
  5. 4. [The Ghost Plane]
    Federal Men
  6. 5. [Treachery Off Singapore]
    Steve Conrad Adventurer
  7. 6. none
    Peter and His Pup
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    The Quiz Page
  9. 8. [The Runaway Dinosaurs]
    The Hourman
  10. 9. [Too Many Suspects]
    Paul Kirk, Manhunter
  11. 10. Defender of Barlunda
    Cotton Carver
  12. 11. Case of the Black Cat
  13. 12. Superman Is on the Radio
    Superman
  14. 13. The Menace of the Metal Gun
    The Sandman
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