(November 1941)

DC, 1938 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
?
Brand:
A Superman DC Publication
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth; Mort Weisinger (assistant editor); Murray Boltinoff (assistant editor)
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US; then standard Modern Age US
Binding:
saddle-stitched (squarebound #334, 347, 360, 373, 437, 443, 449, 600)
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Fred Ray
Inks:
Fred Ray
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints:
Keywords:
machine guns

Indexer Notes

Superman has a yellow "S" on blue triangle on his cape. Art credits verified by Fred Ray.

[The Empire in the Sky] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen [cameo]; Carl Bransom; Nick Flaerty; John Standing; Freeman Chase; Luthor [as Zytal] (villain, bald); Jake Mobray (villain, death) Dirk Chadwick (villain, death)
Synopsis:
A series of strange disappearances of prominent men in the city of Metropolis makes Clark Kent believe the kidnappings weren't under ordinary circumstances. When, as Superman, he tries to get information from local mobsters, they are suddenly destroyed by a ray out of the blue. He later discovers that Luthor built a giant city in the sky, and the arch for then hypnotizes Superman into doing his bidding.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Archives credits this to John Sikela. New art id by Craig Delich and Bob Hughes 6/05. Modified synopsis added by Craig Delich 9-6-08.

[The Origin of the Vigilante] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Mort Weisinger
Pencils:
Mort Meskin
Inks:
Mort Meskin
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero; western-frontier
Characters:
The Vigilante [Greg Sanders] (introduction, origin); Killer Kelly; Betty Stuart; Van Ardsley
Synopsis:
At his execution, Killer Kelly tells Vigilante that he will come back from the grave, but he has really just bribed the prison doctor to lower the voltage. Greg Sanders, rodeo man, is met by Betty Stuart, a blues singer, after a rodeo, and he learns that Killer Kelly is loose. At his home, Greg dons the costume of the Vigilante and heads to the costume ball of Van Ardsley. When Killer Kelly bashes the party, the Vigilante has to rope them in.
Reprints:

[The Ship Spies] (Table of Contents)

Black Pirate / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
historical
Characters:
The Black Pirate [Jon Valor]; Bonnie; Villains: un-named cutthroats
Synopsis:
A cutthroat pretends to be an escaped fugitive to get close to Jon Valor. Bonnie is suspicious, however.

Indexer Notes

Strip is continued in Sensation Comics #1.

[Revolution in Central America!] (Table of Contents)

Three Aces / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Chad Grothkopf
Inks:
Chad Grothkopf
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; aviation
Characters:
Three Aces [Fog Fortune; Gunner Bill; Whistler Will]; Miguel Miranda (villain)
Synopsis:
On their way back from South America, the Aces find themselves in the middle of a Central American revolution. A man named Miguel Miranda takes their planes for the war, and the Aces have to figure out a way to get them back.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich 9-6-08.

[The Origin of Fatman] (Table of Contents)

Mr. America / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Ken Fitch
Pencils:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Mr. America [Tex Thomson]; Fatman [Bob Daley] (origin as Fatman); The Queen Bee (villain)
Synopsis:
Mr. America goes out to investigate a strange lack of crime, but Bob is ordered to stay in. Feeling deserted, Bob creates the identity of Fatman. At Tex's headquarters, he develops a way to transform his cape into a magic flying carpet. Fatman stumbles upon the plans of the Queen Bee to steal radium.

Indexer Notes

1st uses cape as a flying carpet. Writer credit by Jerry Bails via Craig Delich 5/05.

Missing Masterpiece (Table of Contents)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Sidney Drew (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
war
Characters:
Peter Projak

Dead or Alive (Table of Contents)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Wilton Weston (signed)
Pencils:
Stan Kaye (spot illustration)
Inks:
Stan Kaye (spot illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Killer Manon

[Juggler, Junior, McGirk] (Table of Contents)

Jokes / filler / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich 9-6-08.

[The Jungle Film] (Table of Contents)

Congo Bill / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Congo Bill; Sheila Hanlen; Professor James Kent; Hugo Von Eller; Winters; Tomkins (villain)
Synopsis:
In the jungle, Congo Bill's safari comes across a white man being buried alive by a native and attempts to stop him, only to be informed that he's just ruined a shot in an adventure film. Talking with the director, Hugo Von Eller, Bill finds out that the production has been plagued with problems. Sheila agrees to stand in for a sick actress, but the problems continue.

Indexer Notes

Possible Fred Ray script credit removed by Craig Delich.

[The Man Who Could Control Minds] (Table of Contents)

Zatara / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
occult
Characters:
Zatara; The Tigress (villain); Frosty Parke (villain)
Synopsis:
Zatara spots the Tigress and Frosty Parke and decides to follow them. He catches them trying to rob a bank and quickly stops them, putting Frosty into the hospital. There, Frosty uses an experiment that allows him to control men's minds, and somehow the power is transferred into him. He escapes and meets with Tigress to continue their crime spree. Zatara discovers Frosty's new power and investigates.
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. [The Empire in the Sky]
    Superman
  3. 2. [The Origin of the Vigilante]
    The Vigilante
  4. 3. [The Ship Spies]
    Black Pirate
  5. 4. [Revolution in Central America!]
    Three Aces
  6. 5. [The Origin of Fatman]
    Mr. America
  7. 6. Missing Masterpiece
  8. 7. Dead or Alive
  9. 8. [Juggler, Junior, McGirk]
    Jokes
  10. 9. [The Jungle Film]
    Congo Bill
  11. 10. [The Man Who Could Control Minds]
    Zatara
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Merlin Haas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Daniel Thingvold
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  • Kelly Langston-Smith
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  • John Douglas Miceli
  • Kyle Weber
  • Terry Watkins
  • Allen Ross
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Bob Hughes
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