(August 1942)

DC, 1938 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Detective Comics, Inc.
Brand:
A Superman DC Publication
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth (credited); 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

[The Prankster and the Foolproof Plot] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; The Prankster (villain)
Reprints:
Keywords:
water pistols

Indexer Notes

Credited to Wayne Boring in the Abbeville Press "Superman in Action Comics" book. Ray credits verified to Craig Delich by Fred Ray and Jack Burnley.

Little Oscar's First Raid (Table of Contents)

Good Books Worth Reading / text article / 0.67 page (report information)

Script:
Josette Frank
Pencils:
? (illustration)
Inks:
? (illustration)
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Shares inside front cover with indicia, editorial masthead and Superman's Secret Message.

The Case of the Crimeless Crimes (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; the Prankster (villain, introduction); Lois Lane; Sgt. Casey; Perry White
Synopsis:
Clark and Lois are directed to a story involving a weird figure calling himself the Prankster, who breaks into a bank, only to leave a black bag "on deposit" that is chock full of money.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Archives credits pencils to Ed Dobrotka. New art id by Craig Delich and Bob Hughes 6/05. Modified synopsis added by Craig Delich 9-7-08.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Supermen of America / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
? [as Clark Kent]
Pencils:
? (header)
Inks:
? (header)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Captain Arthur Wermuth, One Man Army (Table of Contents)

Supermen of the U.S. Army / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Cliff Young ?
Inks:
Cliff Young ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Captain Arthur Wermuth

Guns, Gold, and Glory! (Table of Contents)

Vigilante / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Samachson ?
Pencils:
Mort Meskin [as Mort Morton] (signed)
Inks:
Cliff Young [as Cliff] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Vigilante [Greg Sanders]; Stuff; "Brain" Storms (villain)
Synopsis:
Greg Sanders returns to his old home town out west, only to find criminals from the city have gone there to get away from him.

["Wow! Golly - That's something you see once in a lifetime!"] (Table of Contents)

Silly Willy / comic story / 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 9-7-08.

In Movies, Newspapers, Radio (Table of Contents)

Superman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Fred Ray (cover reproduction)
Inks:
Fred Ray (cover reproduction)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman

Indexer Notes

Ad for Superman (DC, 1939 series) #18.

The Valley of the Vultures (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Louis Cazeneuve
Inks:
Louis Cazeneuve
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Three Aces [Fog Fortune; Gunner Bill; Whistler Will]

[The Framer] (Table of Contents)

Mr. America and Fat Man / 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]

Indexer Notes

Feature becomes "Americommandos" with the following installment.

Some Must Fight (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Ed McGee (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure

["If I don't get a raise around here soon..."] (Table of Contents)

Rollin Stone / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Writer and letterer credits added by Craig Delich 9-7-08.

Honest Injun! (Table of Contents)

Superman; Batman and Robin / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?; Fred Ray (cover reproduction)
Inks:
?; Fred Ray (cover reproduction)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero

Indexer Notes

Ad for World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #6.

[Congo Bill Joins the Flying Tigers] (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

Indexer Notes

Possible Fred Ray script credit removed by Craig Delich.

["Gosh - Look at all those icebergs!"] (Table of Contents)

Shorty / comic story / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Shorty

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich 9-7-08.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

statement of ownership / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Now on Sale (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (various)
Inks:
? (various)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; superhero

Indexer Notes

Includes cover reproductions of Green Lantern (DC, 1941 series) #4, All-Flash (DC, 1941 series) #4, All-Star Comics (DC, 1940 series) #12, Mutt & Jeff (DC, 1939 series) #5, Batman (DC, 1940 series) #12, and Leading Comics (DC, 1941 series) #3.

["Ah - Beautiful spring - This walk in the woods should do me good!"] (Table of Contents)

Jerry Jitterbug / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Jerry

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich 9-7-08.

The Case of the Coconut Crimes (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
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [The Prankster and the Foolproof Plot]
    Superman
  2. 1. Little Oscar's First Raid
    Good Books Worth Reading
  3. 2. The Case of the Crimeless Crimes
    Superman
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Supermen of America
  5. 4. Captain Arthur Wermuth, One Man Army
    Supermen of the U.S. Army
  6. 5. Guns, Gold, and Glory!
    Vigilante
  7. 6. ["Wow! Golly - That's something you see once in a lifetime!"]
    Silly Willy
  8. 7. In Movies, Newspapers, Radio
    Superman
  9. 8. The Valley of the Vultures
    Three Aces
  10. 9. [The Framer]
    Mr. America and Fat Man
  11. 10. Some Must Fight
  12. 11. ["If I don't get a raise around here soon..."]
    Rollin Stone
  13. 12. Honest Injun!
    Superman; Batman and Robin
  14. 13. [Congo Bill Joins the Flying Tigers]
    Congo Bill
  15. 14. ["Gosh - Look at all those icebergs!"]
    Shorty
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
  17. 16. Now on Sale
  18. 17. ["Ah - Beautiful spring - This walk in the woods should do me good!"]
    Jerry Jitterbug
  19. 18. The Case of the Coconut Crimes
    Zatara
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