(March-April 1943)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Superman, Inc.
Brand:
A Superman DC Publication
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth (credited editor); Jack Schiff (actual editor)
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

[untitled] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
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Indexer Notes

Cover art confirmed by Burnley.

[The X-Alloy] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Sgt. Casey; Frank Lingle; Carlton Graul (villain; introduction)
Synopsis:
Clark Kent is the only reporter invited to the testing of a cannon made of the new X-Alloy, but when it explodes, it leads Superman to the Lingle Steel Corporation, manufacturer the alloy, only to discover the plant honeycombed with spies.
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[25 cent allowance] (Table of Contents)

Victor / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
children
Characters:
Victor

["Jason certainly takes good care of himself."] (Table of Contents)

Gags / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

The Four Gangleaders (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Lois Lane; Sgt. Casey; Cordell (villain; introduction); Graney (villain; introduction; dies); Graham (villain; introduction); Kingsley (villain; introduction; dies); Charles Clayton (villain; introduction)
Synopsis:
After a run-in with four notorious underworld gang leaders (one of them being killed in the process), Lois decides to write a series of articles exposing them and to begin a crusade against them by implying there is a gang war in progress, and one of the three remaining leaders is trying to wipe out his rival.
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[The Wedding Fell Through] (Table of Contents)

Snapper / cartoon / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Whitney Ellsworth?
Pencils:
Whitney Ellsworth?
Inks:
Whitney Ellsworth?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Snapper

The Robber Knight (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Sgt. Casey; Mr. Phelps; Lucy Trent; Sir Gauntlet [Caspar Smythe](villain; introduction)
Synopsis:
When Lois Lane is arrested for wearing a stolen mink coat from Lacey's Department Store, Clark Kent learns that a former employee from Lacey's sold it to her, even though she said she didn't steal it herself. The Man of Tomorrow, upon further investigation, believes that that employee, Lucy Trent, is shielding someone, as other items are also being reported as missing from the store.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Superman's Mountain Retreat

Goofy Invention (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Wally Walker (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure

The Ghost of Superman! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Sam Jackson (dies); Manley; Blinky Moxby (villain; introduction); Knuckles (villain); Mike Chandler (villain); Luthor (villain; cameo); Ultra-Humanite (villain; cameo); The Puzzler (villain; cameo); Metalo (villain; cameo); The Prankster (villain; cameo); Adolf Hitler (villain; cameo); Hideki Tojo (villain; cameo)
Synopsis:
The murder of Sam Jackson, a man involved in a street grafting operation, is blamed on a city commissioner, who informs Police that Mike Chandler did it, and his only witness to that event is another criminal, "Blinky" Moxby. Superman goes to great lengths to find Moxby and get proof of the commissioner's innocence, including allowing Moxby to think he has actually killed the Man of Steel!
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Indexer Notes

Previously credited to Pete Riss, but many Riss/Citron stories have had credit swaps due to the analysis of Martin O'Hearn: http://martinohearn.blogspot.com/search/label/Riss%20art.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [untitled]
    Superman
  2. 1. [The X-Alloy]
    Superman
  3. 2. [25 cent allowance]
    Victor
  4. 3. ["Jason certainly takes good care of himself."]
    Gags
  5. 4. The Four Gangleaders
    Superman
  6. 5. [The Wedding Fell Through]
    Snapper
  7. 6. The Robber Knight
    Superman
  8. 7. Goofy Invention
  9. 8. The Ghost of Superman!
    Superman
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