(Winter 1942-1943)

DC, 1941 Series
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Price:
0.15 USD
Pages:
100
Indicia frequency:
quarterly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
World's Best Comics Company
Brand:
A Superman DC Publication
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth (credited); Jack Schiff (actual)
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

[Sink the Japanazis with Bonds & Stamps] (Table of Contents)

Superman; Batman; Robin / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Jack Burnley
Inks:
Jack Burnley
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credits verified by Burnley.

[Blank Pages] (Table of Contents)

blank page(s) / 2 pages (report information)

Indexer Notes

The inside front cover and inside back cover are blank.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]
Synopsis:
Illustrated TOC, listing all the features and short condensed synopses.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence and art credits added by Craig Delich 2012-7-5.

Talent, Unlimited (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Mr. Carroll (Sally's father); Mulligan (detective); Mr. Tollivar (talent agency director); un-named talent agency secretary; Sally Carroll [aka Polly Hughes]; Peter Penn (artist); Reginald Poindexter (actor); E. J. Calkins (writer); Tom Chester (musician); Crakewski (musicial conductor)
Synopsis:
Clark Kent is given the assignment by Editor White to find a missing heiress, but along the way manages to help five other people realize their dreams...as the Man of Steel!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Daily Planet

Tanks for the Memory! (Table of Contents)

Drafty / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Stan Kaye (signed)
Inks:
Stan Kaye (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; military
Characters:
Drafty; Tim; un-named Army General
Synopsis:
Drafty and Tim are put on K.P. duty, but manage to break everything in sight, so they are assigned to anti-tank detail instead!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Possible Stan Kaye script credit removed by Craig Delich. The Who's Who states that Kaye was artist only for this strip.

The Magic Lantern (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; Grubs (villain)
Synopsis:
A couple of crooks watch Zatara perform magic with an ancient lamp, so they steal it, hoping to use its magic to commit crimes.
Reprints:

The Big Eight! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

Stripesy, Solo Sleuth Inc.! (Table of Contents)

The Star-Spangled Kid and Stripesy / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Hal Sherman (signed)
Inks:
Hal Sherman (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Star-Spangled Kid [Sylvester Pemberton]; Stripesy [Pat Dugan]; John Pemberton (Sylvester's father); Ambrose Klutch (villain); Brassy (villain); Mugger (villain)
Synopsis:
Having had a petty quarrel with Sylvester, Stripesy decides to go into the detective business himself...with disastrous results!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Star-Rocket Racer

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Private Pete / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; military
Characters:
Pvt. Pete; un-named Army Sergeant
Synopsis:
Pete's idea for a new form of camouflage literally leaves him "in a tree"!
Reprints:

The Luck of the Lepparts (Table of Contents)

The Boy Commandos / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Kirby (signed); Joe Simon ? (co-plot)
Pencils:
Joe Simon (signed)
Inks:
Jack Kirby (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; war
Characters:
The Boy Commandos [Captain Rip Carter; Brooklyn [Dan Turpin]; Alfie Twidgett; Andre Chavard; Jan Haasan]; Jared Leppart (villain, death); Dr. Schwette (villain); Colonel Makada (villain); General Kioto (villain)
Synopsis:
The last living Leppart is haunted by his ancestors' curse: to die by one of the four elements.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art identification by Craig Delich and writer identification by Martin O'Hearn.

Man's Dog (Table of Contents)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Tovarich Aronya; un-named Corporal; Vasil (villain)
Synopsis:
Vasil has traveled through the snow and the cold with secret plans in his possession only to be uncovered as a spy by a Russian peasant.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2008-1-15.

The Unluckiest Man in the World! (Table of Contents)

The Green Arrow / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Joseph Green
Pencils:
Cliff Young
Inks:
Steve Brodie
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; Speedy [Roy Harper]; Mr. O'Toole (butcher shop owner); James Luckless (villain, introduction, death); Slats (villain)
Synopsis:
James Luckless has had bad luck all of his life, so now he decides to use people's lucky symbols against them and for himself!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Arrow-line; Arrowcar

Indexer Notes

Art identification by Craig Delich (May, 2004).

The Minuteman Answers the Call (Table of Contents)

public service announcement / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
M. C. Gaines (signed)
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff [as Shelly] (signed)
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff [as Shelly] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
advocacy
Characters:
Uncle Sam; General George Washington; General Charles Cornwallis
Synopsis:
Throughout history, American men have been ready and willing at a moment's notice to stand and fight for this nation's freedom...a call now being accepted by a new generation of "minute men"!
Reprints:
Keywords:
political

Smoked Out (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Noble Dade (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
war
Characters:
Carson; Saro; Conway; the Japanese (villains)
Synopsis:
Little Saro has been chastised repeatedly about playing with matches, as he was too young to do so, yet it was that very thing that helped save himself and others from the Japanese.
Reprints:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

A Double for Trouble (Table of Contents)

The King / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Joe Gallagher
Inks:
Joe Gallagher
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
The King [King Standish]; Al Norton (newspaper reporter); The Chicken (villain); Slugger (villain)
Synopsis:
While riding the subway, the King decides to make himself up like a passenger he sees sleeping in a seat. Unknown to him, that man is a reporter who has belittled "The Chicken," whom he suspects in involved with the Nazis!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art identification by Craig Delich (August 2004).

Don't Miss Your Favorites! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

Brothers In Law! (Table of Contents)

Batman With Robin the Boy Wonder / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Schiff
Pencils:
Jack Burnley [as Bob Kane] (signed)
Inks:
Jack Burnley [as Bob Kane] (signed); Ray Burnley (backgrounds)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Betty Bentley

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; John O'Brien (introduction, a G-Man, death); Tim O'Brien (introduction); Nick O'Brien (introduction); The Little Corporal [Little Nap Boyd] (villain, introduction); Slim (villain)
Synopsis:
The untimely death of their father leads the O'Brien brothers to attempt to get even with his killer, while working at odds against one another.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Bat-Plane; Batmobile; Gotham City; O'Brien Detective Agency

Indexer Notes

Art and letterer credits by Craig Delich, verified by Burnley.

[The Commandos Are Here!] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [Sink the Japanazis with Bonds & Stamps]
    Superman; Batman; Robin
  2. 1. [Blank Pages]
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
  4. 3. Talent, Unlimited
    Superman
  5. 4. Tanks for the Memory!
    Drafty
  6. 5. The Magic Lantern
    Zatara
  7. 6. The Big Eight!
  8. 7. Stripesy, Solo Sleuth Inc.!
    The Star-Spangled Kid and Stripesy
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Private Pete
  10. 9. The Luck of the Lepparts
    The Boy Commandos
  11. 10. Man's Dog
  12. 11. The Unluckiest Man in the World!
    The Green Arrow
  13. 12. The Minuteman Answers the Call
  14. 13. Smoked Out
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
  16. 15. A Double for Trouble
    The King
  17. 16. Don't Miss Your Favorites!
  18. 17. Brothers In Law!
    Batman With Robin the Boy Wonder
  19. 18. [The Commandos Are Here!]
    The Boy Commandos
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jan Roar Hansen
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Merlin Haas
  • Gene Reed
  • Jim Stangas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Hughes
  • Lou Mougin
  • Craig Delich
  • Clayton Emery
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Allen Ross