(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
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US; then standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
newsprint
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; Robin / 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)

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

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

The Unknown X (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.

[Repelling the Invaders] (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
Characters:
Red Dugan; Whitey Smith; Blooey Blue; Doris West

[Mystery of the Night Club Robberies] (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.

[Johnny in the Army] (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.

[Errand of Mercy] (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 2010-2-17.

[The Tornado Mystery] (Table of Contents)

Zatara / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Zatara; Tong

[The Fish] (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 2010-2-17.

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)

[Poison Flowers] (Table of Contents)

Punch Parker / comic story / 5 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.

[Mystery at the Circus] (Table of Contents)

Lando, Man of Magic / comic story / 7 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
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman; Batman; Robin
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. The Unknown X
    Superman
  4. 3. [Repelling the Invaders]
    Red, White and Blue
  5. 4. [Mystery of the Night Club Robberies]
    The Crimson Avenger
  6. 5. [Johnny in the Army]
    Johnny Thunder
  7. 6. [Errand of Mercy]
    Young Doc Davis
  8. 7. [The Tornado Mystery]
    Zatara
  9. 8. [The Fish]
    Drafty #158
  10. 9. The Adventure of the French Quarter
    The King
  11. 10. [Poison Flowers]
    Punch Parker
  12. 11. [Mystery at the Circus]
    Lando, Man of Magic
  13. 12. The Man Who Couldn't Remember!
    Batman With Robin the Boy Wonder
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Henry Andrews
  • Peter Croome
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Hughes
  • Lou Mougin
  • Craig Delich
  • Clayton Emery
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Allen Ross