(July-August 1941)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Superman, Inc.
Brand:
A DC Publication
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth; [Murray Boltinoff; Mort Weisinger]
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

Assistant editor dates approximate. All notes and synopses added by Craig Delich and revised 2010-01-02.


[World's Greatest Adventure-Strip Character!] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

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

Indexer Notes

Cover art verified by Fred Ray.

["Old Bald Top" Almost Claimed Another Victim!] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Reprints:

[Superman: America's Greatest Adventure-Strip Character] (Table of Contents)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Paul Cassidy [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks:
Paul Cassidy [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

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

Indexer Notes

Frontispiece. Also used as frontispiece in Superman (DC, 1939 series) #9 with slightly different coloring.

[Zimba's Gold Badge Terrorists] (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]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Sgt. Casey; Rolf Zimba (villain, introduction, death); Gold Badge Organization (villains, introduction, deaths)
Synopsis:
When the ruthless Gold Badge Organization causes tremendous damage in the city of Metrodale through the use of bombs, its leaders then turn their attention to the city of Metropolis. But when they threaten, and nearly destroy, the Daily Planet building, Superman devises a plan to impersonate the group's leader, call a meeting of all members in one place, and have the Police round them up, all in one fell swoop.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Daily Planet building (globe with ring)

Indexer Notes

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

["Look Kids! See How Easy to Get These Swell Prizes"] (Table of Contents)

Popsicle / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?; typeset (some)

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Ad promoting prizes that can be won by readers for mailing in the bags from Popsicle and Fudgicle bags to the nearest Popsicle Service Department office.
Sequence added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 0.67 page (report information)

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

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Ads for Auto Guide for Mechanics, Fireworks, and Model Airplane News.

["Tony always hires small men..."] (Table of Contents)

Tony's Diner / cartoon / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Credits by Craig Delich (January, 2006 and January, 2010).

["Charles Zimmy"] (Table of Contents)

Facts / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Charles Zimmy
Synopsis:
Spotlights the grave of Francis Scott Key, and talks about the legless swimmer, Charles Zimmy, who holds the world's endurance swimming record of seven days and five minutes.
Reprints:

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

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

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

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

Indexer Notes

Promotional house ad for Action Comics #38.

[The Corinthville Caper] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 12 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; Lois Lane; Emil Carlstrom (introduction); Carol Carlstrom (introduction); Grant Fellows (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Editor White sends Lois and Clark to Corinthville in response to public sightings of giant animals, and they visit the laboratory of Dr. Carlstrom, who assures the pair that his experiments are being done to try to extend the life span of animals. Later, Superman confronts the culprit involved who explains that he made up the story about giant animals, and only used a large gorilla and snake to support his story, because he had discovered a hidden gold mine beneath Carlstrom's lab.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

["Boys! Girls! So Easy to Get Exciting Things Free"] (Table of Contents)

Little Orphan Annie; Quaker / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Little Orphan Annie
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Ad promo from the Quaker Puffed Wheat and Puffed Rice Company for readers to mail in a coupon, plus cereal guarantee seals from the boxes of their products & a certain amount of money, to get Little Orphan Annie merchandise, such as a mysterious magnifying ring, magic-secret detecto-kit, a "Little Wonder" flashlight, a 3-power leatherette focusing telescope and a genuine Univex snapshot camera.
Sequence added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

Supermen of America (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Joe Shuster (spot illustration)
Inks:
Paul Cassidy (spot illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Reprints:
Keywords:
contest

Indexer Notes

Promo from Superman asking readers if they have entered Superman's Super-contest, offering at least $1000 in cash prizes, to all readers of Action Comics, and that cash prizes are doubled for Supermen of America members. A coupon is provided for readers to join the Supermen of America club.
Sequence added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

[The Yellow Plague] (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]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Dr. Sanford Franklin; Pedro Carlos (death); Dr. Karl van Breeden; Major Burt Crandall; Wacouches (Chirroba Chief); Quismado (villain, introduction, death); un-named gangster (villain, intro, death)
Synopsis:
Assigned by Perry White to write an article on the life of an internee, Lois and Clark meet with their friend, Dr. Sanford Frank, who then introduces them to internee Pedro Carlos from Latin America. The reporters soon learn that Carlos is a member of a South American tribe, the Chirrobans, who suffer from a yellow plague that is now affecting people in Metropolis, thanks to Quismado, a Chirroban. Heading to South America, Superman succeeds in stopping Quismado and securing a cure for the yellow plague in Metropolis.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

["Energy in the Pinches"] (Table of Contents)

Baby Ruth / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?; some typeset

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Ad promoting Baby Ruth candy bars.
Sequence added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

[Free! Get "Moo"!] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Add for "Moo" newspaper.

Timely Rescue (Table of Contents)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Nelson Edwards (signed)
Pencils:
Stan Kaye [as Stanley Kaye] (signed) (spot illustration)
Inks:
Stan Kaye [as Stanley Kaye] (signed) (spot illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Captain Eddie Wales; Iris Davis
Synopsis:
Eddie Wales takes his ship, the "Narcissus", into the water, and Iris did the same for her ship, "Ardor". The weather was brewing up a storm, and the storm damaged the "Ardor", breaking its masts, but Eddie saved the day, promising to repair the masts that afternoon. They both got out of the wading pool they had been in sailing their miniature racing yachts!
Reprints:

[Hear Superman on the Radio] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

Letters:
typeset

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Ad for Superman Radio program.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 0.34 page (report information)

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

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Various ads.

["You're not worth more than I am!"] (Table of Contents)

It's So -- / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Two single fact cartoons: one is about how much all the body's chemical elements are worth in dollar amount, and the other tells how many letters are in the Hawaiian alphabet.

[The Winning Team!] (Table of Contents)

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

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

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

Indexer Notes

House ad for Batman #5.

[The Justice Society of America proudly presents All-Star No. 5!] (Table of Contents)

Justice Society of America / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Pencils:
Howard Purcell; Everett E. Hibbard (JSA figures)
Inks:
Howard Purcell; Everett E. Hibbard (JSA figures)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?; typeset (some)

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

Indexer Notes

Promotional ads for All-Star Comics #5 (June-July, 1941) with head-views of every JSA member illustrated by Everett E. Hibbard.
Sequence, credits and information added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

[Here it is boys and girls. All-Flash Quarterly No. 1!] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Flash [Jay Garrick]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Promotional ad for All-Flash Quarterly #1 (Summer, 1941) with cover.

[The Plot of Count Bergac] (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; Patricia Randall (introduction); Henry Walters; Count Bergac [Ricky Hanlon](villain)
Synopsis:
Patricia Randall returns from overseas and calls a Board of Directors meeting for the Randall Department Store Company, and informs them that from that point on, she was taking charge. After she leaves, a French Count in attendance informs the board that if he has his way and marries her, that he would return control of the company to them: for $100,000 a year!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

[All Aboard!] (Table of Contents)

World's Finest Comics #2 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Fred Ray [comic cover]; Stan Kaye ? (figure)
Inks:
Fred Ray [comic cover]; Stan Kaye ? (figure)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?; typeset (some)

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

Indexer Notes

Promotional house ad for World's Finest Comics #2 (formerly World's Best Comics), on sale May 16th.
Sequence, credits and information added by Craig Delich (January, 1991).

["Fireworks"] (Table of Contents)

Spencer Fireworks Company / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?; most typeset

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Advertisement from the Spencer Fireworks Company, encouraging readers to buy their fireworks from the company, and to send for their catalog so that the readers can sell Spencer's fireworks to their friends and thereby get their own fireworks for free.
Sequence added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

["Boys! Girls! Wear Superman Moccasins"] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints:

[Daisy Air Rifles] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Reprints:
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [World's Greatest Adventure-Strip Character!]
    Superman
  2. 1. ["Old Bald Top" Almost Claimed Another Victim!]
  3. 2. [Superman: America's Greatest Adventure-Strip Character]
    Superman
  4. 3. [Zimba's Gold Badge Terrorists]
    Superman
  5. 4. ["Look Kids! See How Easy to Get These Swell Prizes"]
    Popsicle
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
  7. 6. ["Tony always hires small men..."]
    Tony's Diner
  8. 7. ["Charles Zimmy"]
    Facts
  9. 8. ["It's a Date!"]
    Superman
  10. 9. [The Corinthville Caper]
    Superman
  11. 10. ["Boys! Girls! So Easy to Get Exciting Things Free"]
    Little Orphan Annie; Quaker
  12. 11. Supermen of America
    Superman
  13. 12. [The Yellow Plague]
    Superman
  14. 13. ["Energy in the Pinches"]
    Baby Ruth
  15. 14. [Free! Get "Moo"!]
  16. 15. Timely Rescue
  17. 16. [Hear Superman on the Radio]
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
  19. 18. ["You're not worth more than I am!"]
    It's So --
  20. 19. [The Winning Team!]
    Batman
  21. 20. [The Justice Society of America proudly presents All-Star No. 5!]
    Justice Society of America
  22. 21. [Here it is boys and girls. All-Flash Quarterly No. 1!]
    Flash
  23. 22. [The Plot of Count Bergac]
    Superman
  24. 23. [All Aboard!]
    World's Finest Comics #2
  25. 24. ["Fireworks"]
    Spencer Fireworks Company
  26. 25. ["Boys! Girls! Wear Superman Moccasins"]
  27. 26. [Daisy Air Rifles]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Allen Ross
  • 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