(May-June 1941)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Superman, Inc.
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth; Murray Boltinoff (assistant?)
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

All notes and synopses added by Craig Delich (January, 2006), many revised 2010-01-01. There is no publisher cover emblem, just the "IND." distributor brand.

Full indicia: "May - June 1941--No. 10. SUPERMAN is published bi-monthly by Superman, Inc., 480 Lexington Avenue, New York, N. Y. Reentered as second class matter June 25, 1940 at the post office at New York, N. Y. under the Act of March 3, 1879. Subscriptions 75c a year including postage. Entire contents copyrighted 1941 by Superman, Inc. Printed in U.S.A."


[untitled] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Fred Ray
Inks:
Fred Ray
Colors:
?

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

Indexer Notes

Art credits revision to Paul Cassidy and the Shuster Shop by Craig Delich (January 2006). Credits previously given to Fred Ray. DC used the revised credits in the Superman Chronicles reprint. Craig Delich revised the cover credits back again to Fred Ray on 2011-25-11 per art credits given by Fred Ray in Alter-Ego #25 (June, 2003), where he lists his Superman and Batman credits that he did and has verified.

Be a Cowboy! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[Superman: World's Greatest Adventure Character] (Table of Contents)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Wayne Boring
Inks:
Shuster Shop
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

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

Indexer Notes

Frontispiece.

[The Invisible Luthor] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Sgt. Casey; Luthor (villain, bald at last); Bob Dunning (villain)
Synopsis:
Metropolis is struck first by invisible robbers, then disappearing and reappearing buildings, and finally all water being shut off to residents. Superman discovers that Luthor is behind the scheme, who demands $100 million from the city and that it be delivered by the Man of Tomorrow.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Luthor is bald, the first in comics. Earlier bald appearance was in the Sunday newspaper strip.

Superman has a blue "S" on a yellow background on his cape, except on page 11 where it's red, and page 13 where it's blue in one panel and green in another. The reprints colored it blue on 4 and 8 and half of 10, but red everywhere else.

The title is used in the table of contents of the Chronicles reprint.

["Money for You!"] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

"West Stewartstown, NH" (Table of Contents)

Calling All Cars / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Lou Paige [as Paige] (signed)
Inks:
Lou Paige [as Paige] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Lou Paige ?

Genre:
non-fiction
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Made up of five illustrated, unusual, but factual one panel cartoons involving Policemen, such as prisoners at a prison in New Hampshire that were allowed to order anything they wanted from the jail's mail-order catalog. Two of them ordered hacksaws and escaped!

["Coach Jim Crowley Rams home these facts about quick food energy"] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Baby Ruth Candy Bar / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[The Talent Agency Fraud] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Mrs. Wallburn; Mr. Grady (villain, introductioin)
Synopsis:
When Lois Lane announces to members of the Daily Planet staff that she plans to leave her reporter's job for the life of a stage and screen star, Clark smells a rat, and investigates the Grady Talent Agency, and learns that Grady is promising many women the same life career, while draining their bank accounts.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Superman has a blue "S" on his cape, but in the reprints, it's blue only on page 5; otherwise red. The title is used in the table of contents of the Chronicles reprint.

The Chronicles reprint credits the art as by Leo Nowak while we had this as "Paul Cassidy?". After discussions with Craig Delich and Bob Hughes, we've decided on "Paul Cassidy; Leo Nowak" for the pencils and "Shuster Shop" for the inks.

["World's Best Value!"] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

["For thrills and adventure don't miss this issue!] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

[The Spy Ring of Righab Bey] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Sgt. Casey; Jim Gregg; Mary Grogan; Carter; Righab-Bey (villain, introduction); Raj (villain, Bey's assistant)
Synopsis:
Lois and Clark see Jim Gregg, a clerk in the Ordnance Division of the War Department, coming out of an astrologer's office, and find it odd the man wold visit such a place. Separately, Lois, then Clark visit the evil Righam-Bey trying to learn what he is up to, but it is Superman who discovers that the ordnance clerk knows about a new bomb being tested that responds to the engines of enemy ships, and the astrologer is attempting to learn that secret for himself.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Superman has a green "S" on his cape in its only appearance on page 12, but in the reprints, it's red. The title is used in the table of contents of the Chronicles reprint.

["It's a Date!"] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Action Comics #35 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Big Leaguer (Table of Contents)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
George Shute (signed)
Pencils:
Cliff Young [as Cliff] (signed) (spot illustration)
Inks:
Cliff Young [as Cliff] (signed) (spot illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure; sports
Characters:
Willie Albert; Coach Green; Ensign Meeks
Synopsis:
Coach Green takes his star pitcher, Willie Albert, to the doctor to have his sore arm examined, and is told, that with some rest, the arm will be fine. The coach is happy and assures Willie that one day his dream to be a big league pitcher will come true...only fate steps in and Willie becomes a "big leaguer" in an entirely different fashion sooner than he thinks.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credits by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

[Starman] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

[Superman the Radio (sic)] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Superman / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

["Admiral Byrd"] (Table of Contents)

It's True! / filler / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Gives information on how much a soldier's pack weighs; how porterhouse steak got its name; how all U.S. lighthouses are painted; and what Admiral Byrd took with him on his 2nd Antarctic expedition.

["What!?! Do you mean to say you haven't seen Batman no. 4?"] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

[Just a Sample!] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

[The Dukalia Spy Ring] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Lt. Ferguson; ex-Captain Lang; Karl Wolff (villain, introduction, death); Hall (villain)
Synopsis:
A former Naval officer, discharged for conduct unbecoming to an officer, draws the attention of Karl Wolff, consul for Dukalia, a nation which believes it is superior to America, and desires to take the U.S. over. Superman investigates and discovers that this Naval officer has invented a submarine that can operate in the air, as well as on or below the surface of the ocean, and that he is a double agent being used to facilitate the capture of these spies.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Superman has a blue "S" on his cape, except it's red on page 2 (matched in the reprints). The title is used in the table of contents of the Chronicles reprint.

[Wilson Chem Co.] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[The 'Big Six' Comic Magazines Still Lead the Field] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

[This Beautiful Desk for Only $1.00] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Daisy Superman Krypto-Raygun (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [untitled]
    Superman
  2. 1. Be a Cowboy!
  3. 2. [Superman: World's Greatest Adventure Character]
    Superman
  4. 3. [The Invisible Luthor]
    Superman
  5. 4. ["Money for You!"]
  6. 5. "West Stewartstown, NH"
    Calling All Cars
  7. 6. ["Coach Jim Crowley Rams home these facts about quick food energy"]
    Baby Ruth Candy Bar
  8. 7. [The Talent Agency Fraud]
    Superman
  9. 8. ["World's Best Value!"]
  10. 9. ["For thrills and adventure don't miss this issue!]
  11. 10. [The Spy Ring of Righab Bey]
    Superman
  12. 11. ["It's a Date!"]
    Action Comics #35
  13. 12. Big Leaguer
  14. 13. [Starman]
  15. 14. [Superman the Radio (sic)]
    Superman
  16. 15. ["Admiral Byrd"]
    It's True!
  17. 16. ["What!?! Do you mean to say you haven't seen Batman no. 4?"]
    Batman
  18. 17. [Just a Sample!]
    The Spectre
  19. 18. [The Dukalia Spy Ring]
    Superman
  20. 19. [Wilson Chem Co.]
  21. 20. [The 'Big Six' Comic Magazines Still Lead the Field]
  22. 21. [This Beautiful Desk for Only $1.00]
  23. 22. Daisy Superman Krypto-Raygun
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Craig Delich
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Allen Ross
  • Mike Nielsen
  • 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