(Fall 1941)

DC, 1941 Series
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Price:
0.15 USD
Pages:
100
Indicia frequency:
quarterly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
World's Best Comics Co.
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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman; Batman with 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:
Keywords:
baseball

Indexer Notes

DC Comics: Sixty Years of The World's Favorite Comic Book Heroes by Les Daniels in 1995 indicates this cover is by Jerry Robinson. The two reprint sources indicate Fred Ray. Thanks to Arnie Grieves for pointing this out. Note from Craig Delich: Jack Burnley verified Ray as the artist on this cover when he visited him personally in 1989.

Fred Ray sent a listing of all of his comic book credits to Jack Burnley in 2003, and part of the list was published in Alter-Ego #25 for June of 2003. In it, Ray states his on-going feud with Robinson, who was claiming to do work that Ray actually did. These credits by Ray verify that Ray did the full art for this cover as indicated. Ray, like Jack Burnley, tore all the covers off the comics that he did the covers to, and he sent scans of these covers to Burnley and Roy Thomas to verify his claim.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Issue No. 3 (Table of Contents)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

[The Case of the Death Express] (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; Douglas Grant (lawyer); Atkinson (railroad President); "Sparky" Waters (villain); Thorton Bigsby (villain)
Synopsis:
Clark Kent [a.k.a. Superman] investigates a series of railroad accidents that turn out to be anything BUT accidental!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story title from the table of contents.

[The Adventure of the Informer] (Table of Contents)

Red, White and Blue / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Red Dugan; Whitey Smith; Blooey Blue; Doris West

Indexer Notes

Artist revision by Craig Delich (November, 2005). Credit previously given to Harry Lampert. Story title from the table of contents.

[The Adventure of the Uncut Diamonds] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jack Lehti
Pencils:
Paul Norris
Inks:
Paul Norris
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

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

Indexer Notes

Crimson has a cape. Artist revisions by Craig Delich (November, 2005). Pencils previously given as Jack Lehti and inks previously given to Charles Paris. Story title from the table of contents.

The 'Big Six' Now Becomes the 'Big Seven' (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

[The Story of the Man Who Couldn't Lose] (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; Daisy Darling; Thunderbolt (pink)

Indexer Notes

Story title from the table of contents.

Action! Thrills! Adventure! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

Wet Alibi (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Edgar Weston
Pencils:
Cliff Young (illustrations, signed)
Inks:
Cliff Young (illustrations, signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

[The Case of the Missing Millionaire] (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. Story title from the table of contents.

[Magic Casts Its Vote] (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; Tong

Indexer Notes

Story title from the table of contents.

[The End of the Trail] (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. Story title from the table of contents.

[Crime Visits the Opera] (Table of Contents)

The Sandman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Dian Belmont; Alma Decker; Mr. Growlick (villain, opera house manager); Mr. Walsh (villain)
Synopsis:
Wes and Dian attend the opera to hear a singer they know well, but are astounded to hear loud boos from the audience in response to a superb performance. Sandman discovers a cruel racketeer who is blackmailing top stars to pay up front for audience approval or else!

Indexer Notes

Inker revision by Craig Delich (November, 2005). Inker previously given as Creig Flessel. Oddity: The girl opera singer is named Carol on page one, but called Alma throughout the rest of the story.

Story title from table of contents.

[The Case of the Counterfeit Tickets] (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:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
The King [King Standish]; the Witch (villain)

Indexer Notes

Story title from table of contents.

X-Ray Picture (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Cooper
Pencils:
? [as Ray] (illustrations, signed)
Inks:
? [as Ray] (illustrations, signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

[The Panama Canal Mystery] (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 Hood (villain)

Indexer Notes

Story title from the table of contents.

[The Riddle of the Human Scarecrow] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed); Jerry Robinson (on secondary figures only)
Inks:
George Roussos
Colors:
George Roussos ?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Martin; Frank Kendrick (businessman, introduction); Paul Herold (introduction, death); Richard Dodge (introduction); The Scarecrow [Jonathan Crane] (villain, introduction, Psychology college teacher, origin)
Synopsis:
A new master criminal begins his career by using psychology upon his victims: the psychology of fear!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Gotham City

Indexer Notes

Colorist credit by Craig Delich. Story title from table of contents.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Every One a Hit! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman; Batman with Robin
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. Issue No. 3
  4. 3. [The Case of the Death Express]
    Superman
  5. 4. [The Adventure of the Informer]
    Red, White and Blue
  6. 5. [The Adventure of the Uncut Diamonds]
    The Crimson Avenger
  7. 6. The 'Big Six' Now Becomes the 'Big Seven'
  8. 7. [The Story of the Man Who Couldn't Lose]
    Johnny Thunder
  9. 8. Action! Thrills! Adventure!
  10. 9. Wet Alibi
  11. 10. [The Case of the Missing Millionaire]
    Young Doc Davis
  12. 11. [Magic Casts Its Vote]
    Zatara the Master Magician
  13. 12. [The End of the Trail]
    Drafty (#158)
  14. 13. [Crime Visits the Opera]
    The Sandman
  15. 14. [The Case of the Counterfeit Tickets]
    The King
  16. 15. X-Ray Picture
  17. 16. [The Panama Canal Mystery]
    Lando, Man of Magic
  18. 17. [The Riddle of the Human Scarecrow]
    Batman with Robin
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
  20. 19. Every One a Hit!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Merlin Haas
  • Jim Doty
  • Jim Stangas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Hughes
  • Lou Mougin
  • Craig Delich
  • Clayton Emery
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Allen Ross