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(September 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 [as F. W. Ellsworth]; Mort Weisinger (assistant, uncredited); Murray Boltinoff (assistant, uncredited)
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

Issue Notes

No issue number or date in indicia.


[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]; Zatara; Congo Bill; Vigilante; Americommando
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credits verified by Fred Ray. This cover, featuring all of the Action heroes, has been reprinted often.

Cowhand Goes to Town (Table of Contents)

Good Books Worth Reading / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Josette Frank
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Review of Cowhand Goes to Town by Phil Strong, with pictures by Kurt Wiese. Page includes a listing of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Superman DC Comic Magazines, a list of those magazines and their frequencies, Superman's Secret Message, and the indicia.

The Emperor of America (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]; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Perry White; The Emperor of America (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States vacates his position in favor of The Emperor, who uses a non-resistance ray to take over America without firing a shot. He doesn't count on Superman providing any opposition, however.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

An imaginary story in post-war America. Archives credits the pencils to Ed Dobrotka. New art identification by Craig Delich and Bob Hughes 6/05. Modified synopsis added by Craig Delich 9-7-08.

["Greetings, Superman members! Somewhere over the dense, mosquito-ridden jungles..."] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

Lt. Colonel Boyd "Buzz" Wagner (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
non-fiction; biography

Sing a Song of Six Guns! (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] (origin); Stuff
Synopsis:
Greg's show is almost pulled off the air until he learns how to make the jive with some classical kids who've had their instruments heisted by Jiggers Jolton.

Indexer Notes

Vigilante tells his origin and reveals secret identity to Stuff.

Script credit from Bob Hughes.

["This is quite a mission to be sent on!"] (Table of Contents)

Private Pete / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; military
Characters:
Pvt. Pete

["I want more Superman!"] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

The Battle of a Thousand Years (Table of Contents)

3 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]

Indexer Notes

Script credit added by Craig Delich.

The Case of the Stolen Spectacles! (Table of Contents)

Presenting Mr. America and Fat Man as The Americommandos / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Joseph Greene
Pencils:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero; war
Characters:
Mr. America [Tex Thomson]
Synopsis:
Mr. America catches an escaped spy.

Indexer Notes

A continuation of Mr. America of the Mr. America feature. Although billed as Americommandos, the strip still features Mr. America and Fatman. Fatman does not appear in this story.

Script credit per Jerry Bails via Craig Delich.

Wolf Hunt (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Tex Slade
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure

["Gertie, I'm going over to Mrs. Whalen's..."] (Table of Contents)

Little Gertie / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Little Gertie

Biggest and Best! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

World's Finest Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

The One-Man Army! (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

["What a night to stand guard duty!"] (Table of Contents)

Private Pete / comic story / 0.44 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; military
Characters:
Pvt. Pete

["Meet Yank and Doodle!"] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Prize Comics / advertisement / 0.22 page (report information)

["He's in charge of our complaint department..."] (Table of Contents)

Laffs / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

3 gags.

["Here it is, boys and girls!"] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

Crime on Ice! (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:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Zatara

Now on Sale (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. Cowhand Goes to Town
    Good Books Worth Reading
  3. 2. The Emperor of America
    Superman
  4. 3. ["Greetings, Superman members! Somewhere over the dense, mosquito-ridden jungles..."]
    Supermen of America
  5. 4. Lt. Colonel Boyd "Buzz" Wagner
    Supermen of the U.S. Army
  6. 5. Sing a Song of Six Guns!
    Vigilante
  7. 6. ["This is quite a mission to be sent on!"]
    Private Pete
  8. 7. ["I want more Superman!"]
    Superman
  9. 8. The Battle of a Thousand Years
    3 Aces
  10. 9. The Case of the Stolen Spectacles!
    Presenting Mr. America and Fat Man as The Americommandos
  11. 10. Wolf Hunt
  12. 11. ["Gertie, I'm going over to Mrs. Whalen's..."]
    Little Gertie
  13. 12. Biggest and Best!
    World's Finest Comics
  14. 13. The One-Man Army!
    Congo Bill
  15. 14. ["What a night to stand guard duty!"]
    Private Pete
  16. 15. ["Meet Yank and Doodle!"]
    Prize Comics
  17. 16. ["He's in charge of our complaint department..."]
    Laffs
  18. 17. ["Here it is, boys and girls!"]
    Wonder Woman
  19. 18. Crime on Ice!
    Zatara
  20. 19. Now on Sale
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