(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)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Fred Harman (signed)
Inks:
Fred Harman (signed)
Letters:
?; typeset (some)

Characters:
Red Ryder; Little Beaver; Fred Harman (photo)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Ad for Red Ryder Daisy air rifle on the inside front cover in black and white. Curiously, this was colored in the reprint. The indicia is at the bottom of this page.

[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)

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

Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

A contest, offering $1000 in cash prizes, and another $1000 in other prizes, is open only to Supermen of America members, and will be announced in the May, 1941 issue of Action Comics, on sale March 21st. A coupon is provided for readers to join the club if they don't already belong so that they can enter the contest.
Sequence added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

"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)

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

Script:
?; Jim Crowley (signed)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?; some typeset

Characters:
Coach Jim Crowley (photo)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Photo ad for Baby Ruth candy bars, featuring a plug by Coach Jim Crowley of the Fordham Rams football team.
Sequence added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

[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)

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

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

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

Indexer Notes

Ad for World's Best Comics #1.
Sequence added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

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

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

Pencils:
Everett E. Hibbard
Inks:
Everett E. Hibbard
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

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

Indexer Notes

Ad for All-Star Comics #4, with accompanying head views of each JSA member illustrated by Everett E. Hibbard.
When this page was reconstructed for the Archive, the page edges of the All-Star issue were deleted.

[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)

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

Pencils:
Jack Burnley (Superman figure)
Inks:
Jack Burnley (Superman figure)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Promotional house ad for Action Comics #35.
Sequence, art credits & information added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

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)

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

Pencils:
? (Big Chief Wahoo); Jack Burnley (Starman)
Inks:
? (Big Chief Wahoo); Jack Burnley (Starman);
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Starman; Big Chief Wahoo
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Page consists of a promo plug for Starman by Jack Burnley in Adventure Comics and four miscellaneous ads, one with Chief Wahoo, who tells kids how to get a war bonnet.
Sequence, credits and information added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

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

Superman / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Pencils:
Joe Shuster
Inks:
Paul Cassidy
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.

["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)

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

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

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Promotional ad for Batman #4 with its cover (with art by Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson).

[Just a Sample!] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Bernard Baily; typeset (some)

Characters:
Spectre (Jim Corrigan)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Promotional ad for the Spectre, appearing in the April issue of More Fun Comics, featuring the splash page from the latest issue.
Sequence, credits and information added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

[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)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

A full page ad from the Wilson Chemical Company, makers of White Cloverine brand salve, encouraging readers to sell the stuff to win swell prizes.

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

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

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

Characters:
Superman; Star-Man; Batman; Green Lantern; Spectre; Flash
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Promotional house ad spouting the exploits of Superman in Action Comics, Star Man in Adventure Comics, Batman in Detective Comics, Green Lantern in All-American Comics, Spectre in More Fun Comics, and Flash in Flash Comics, with illustrated head views of each character. Sequence added by Craig Delich (January, 2006). Star Man, Green Lantern, Spectre, and Flash are badly miscolored in the reprint (with their costumes respectively green, green, purple, and yellow); they are correct here in the original.

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

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

An advertisement for Remington Portable Typewriters, by Remington Rand, Inc.

Daisy Superman Krypto-Raygun (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Preston
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

An ad for the Daisy Superman Krypto-Raygun projector pistol; projects images on a wall. Includes an illustration as if it were cut from a comic, it has the raygun saving the day, proving the guilt of a crook. The reprint coloring does not match the original, especially the second panel of the illustration which actually has background details not visible in the reprint.

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