(November-December 1941)

DC, 1939 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; [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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; the Nazis
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credits verified by Fred Ray.

[The Machinations of The Light] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Lois Lane; Senator Tom Billingsley; The Light [Lex Luthor] (villain)
Synopsis:
Superman must battle Lex Luthor who is disguised as The Light, a criminal who kidnaps prominent men from many different fields, hypnotizes them with colored lights, and makes them do his bidding.
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Indexer Notes

Joe Shuster not listed in credits in Superman Archives #4. The story title in the Archives is "The Light".

[Superman versus The Archer] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Jimmy Olsen (name Jimmy revealed); Lois Lane; Perry White; Sgt. Casey; Thomas Gayford (death); Amos Kendrick; The Archer [Quigley] (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
A new villain hits the front pages of Metropolis' newspapers, a villain who prefers hunting human beings for profit rather than animals, and when Perry White cannot locate Lois or Clark to cover the story, a young office boy at the Daily Planet takes on the job himself --- and gets his first by-line!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Jimmy Olsen is blonde-haired in this story; last name Olsen not used until issue #15. This is Jimmy's first definite appearance in a comic book. First named appearance was on the Superman radio program. The Archive title for this story is "The Archer".

[untitled] (Table of Contents)

Good Books and Movies / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Josette Frank (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
non-fiction
Keywords:
book reviews; movie reviews

Indexer Notes

Books reviewed include "Lost Legion" by Armstrong Sperry and Walt Disney's "The Reluctant Dragon."

[Is Mr. Rogers Expecting You?] (Table of Contents)

Laff Lines / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

[Baby on the Doorstep] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Bob Pierson (a baby, introduction); Clara Pierson (his mother); Leila (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Clark Kent receives a note to go to a certain address to pick up a baby and to care for it for a few days. But when attempts are made to kidnap the child, Superman intervenes and discovers that the mother was trying to protect the child from enemy agents who believed she knew the secret of her late husband's war-time invention.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story title taken from the Archive.

Sailor's Shawl (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox (signed)
Pencils:
Cliff Young (signed)
Inks:
Cliff Young (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure

[not the type of car for college] (Table of Contents)

Jerry the Jitterbug / cartoon / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Jerry the Jitterbug

[The City Beneath the Earth] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
John Sikela [ghosting for Joe Shuster]
Inks:
John Sikela [ghosting for Joe Shuster]
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Lois Lane; Tulan (introduction); Kyack (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Superman discovers an underground civilization beneath Metropolis that has been using a ray apparatus to destroy buildings in Metropolis and elsewhere. He meets with Kyack and learns that this civilization once populated the Earth before the ice age, and the glaciers forced them underground, where they built their new civilization. Now they are planning an invasion of the Earth's surface and restore the rule they once had over it.
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Indexer Notes

Story title taken from the Archive.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. [The Machinations of The Light]
    Superman
  3. 2. [Superman versus The Archer]
    Superman
  4. 3. [untitled]
    Good Books and Movies
  5. 4. [Is Mr. Rogers Expecting You?]
    Laff Lines
  6. 5. [Baby on the Doorstep]
    Superman
  7. 6. Sailor's Shawl
  8. 7. [not the type of car for college]
    Jerry the Jitterbug
  9. 8. [The City Beneath the Earth]
    Superman
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