(Summer 1941)

DC, 1941 Series
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Price:
0.15 USD
Pages:
100
Indicia frequency:
quarterly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
World's Best Comics Company
Brand:
A DC Publication
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth (uncredited)
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US; then standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched (squarebound #161, 170, 179, 188, 223-228, 230)
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Indicia is on first page which has a large globe logo filling the page. Under this is "Formerly World's Best Comics" followed by the indicia:

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS, Summer Issue, No. 2 Published quarterly by World's Best Comics Company, 480 Lexington Avenue, New York, N. Y. Second class entry applied for at the Post Office at New York, N. Y. Entire contents copyright 1941 by World's Best Comics Company.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman; Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / 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)

blank page(s) / 1 page (report information)

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Issue No. 2 (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Title page.

["A new mastermind of crime, 'The Unknown X,' victimizes Metropolis..."] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Russell Walker; The Unknown X [Arthur Jameson] (villain, introduction); Benjie (villain)
Synopsis:
Superman must find out the identity of the mysterious gang leader known as the Unknown X who has organized one of the most thorough criminal organizations Metropolis has ever seen.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Credits in World's Finest Archives are wrong.

["One of the most daring of the Fifth Column attacks..."] (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; military
Characters:
Red Dugan; Whitey Smith; Blooey Blue; Doris West

["Lee Travis, publisher of the Globe-Leader also plays a role..."] (Table of Contents)

The Crimson Avenger / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Crimson Avenger [Lee Travis]; Wing

Indexer Notes

Crimson wears no cape.

["G'bye. Have a nice time!"] (Table of Contents)

Mom 'n' Pop / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; domestic

["What do you know?! Johnny Thunder's draft number isn't due for months yet..."] (Table of Contents)

Johnny Thunder / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
John B. Wentworth
Pencils:
Stan Aschmeier
Inks:
Stan Aschmeier
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; superhero
Characters:
Johnny Thunder; the Thunderbolt

Indexer Notes

The Thunderbolt is yellow.

Grease Paint (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
John Sanford
Pencils:
Cliff Young (illustrations, signed)
Inks:
Cliff Young (illustrations, signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

["Time: 3 a.m. - An ambulance of Metropolis Hospital dashes..."] (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.

["In a small mid-western town, a series of tornadoes wreaks havoc..."] (Table of Contents)

Zatara the Master Magician / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Zatara

["1. Who wrote the famous 'Poor Richard's Almanac'?"] (Table of Contents)

Quiz.. / activity / 1 page (report information)

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

["What did you use for bait, Drafty?"] (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; military
Characters:
Drafty

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

The Adventure of the French Quarter (Table of Contents)

The King / comic story / 7 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 [King Standish]; The Witch (villain)

["Do you mind if I walk and you ride?"] (Table of Contents)

Some Fun / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

6 gags.

["At the city home of wealthy steel magnate Donald Kirby..."] (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

Pencil credits by Craig Delich and Jerry Bails. Inker is different from the one in the story in World's Best #1.

Fatal Fondness (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Grant Curtis
Pencils:
Stan Kaye (illustrations, signed)
Inks:
Stan Kaye (illustrations, signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

["Lando, the unknown man of magic, wages continual warfare..."] (Table of Contents)

Lando, Man of Magic / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Howard Purcell ?
Pencils:
Howard Purcell
Inks:
Howard Purcell
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Lando

The Man Who Couldn't Remember! (Table of Contents)

Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks:
Bob Kane (signed); George Roussos (backgrounds)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Linda Page; William Kendrick; Big Tim Bannon (introduction); Mr. Graves (villain); Ambrose Taylor (villain, introduction, death); Frankie (villain, death); Mitch Mason (villain, introduction); Trig Cooler (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
When the New District Attorney vows vengeance against the crime lords of Gotham City and further states that he has a little black book in his possession that lists each of them and their connections, it's all Batman and Robin can do to save his life!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Batmobile; Gotham City; Gotham Gazette; infra-red goggles

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

blank page(s) / 1 page (report information)

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Within These Covers Is Contained a Galaxy of the World's Finest Comics (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman; Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. Issue No. 2
  4. 3. ["A new mastermind of crime, 'The Unknown X,' victimizes Metropolis..."]
    Superman
  5. 4. ["One of the most daring of the Fifth Column attacks..."]
    Red, White and Blue
  6. 5. ["Lee Travis, publisher of the Globe-Leader also plays a role..."]
    The Crimson Avenger
  7. 6. ["G'bye. Have a nice time!"]
    Mom 'n' Pop
  8. 7. ["What do you know?! Johnny Thunder's draft number isn't due for months yet..."]
    Johnny Thunder
  9. 8. Grease Paint
  10. 9. ["Time: 3 a.m. - An ambulance of Metropolis Hospital dashes..."]
    Young Doc Davis
  11. 10. ["In a small mid-western town, a series of tornadoes wreaks havoc..."]
    Zatara the Master Magician
  12. 11. ["1. Who wrote the famous 'Poor Richard's Almanac'?"]
    Quiz..
  13. 12. ["What did you use for bait, Drafty?"]
    Drafty #158
  14. 13. The Adventure of the French Quarter
    The King
  15. 14. ["Do you mind if I walk and you ride?"]
    Some Fun
  16. 15. ["At the city home of wealthy steel magnate Donald Kirby..."]
    Punch Parker
  17. 16. Fatal Fondness
  18. 17. ["Lando, the unknown man of magic, wages continual warfare..."]
    Lando, Man of Magic
  19. 18. The Man Who Couldn't Remember!
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
  21. 20. Within These Covers Is Contained a Galaxy of the World's Finest Comics
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Peter Croome
  • Jim Doty
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Hughes
  • Lou Mougin
  • Craig Delich
  • Clayton Emery
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Allen Ross