(June 1938)

DC, 1938 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1938-04-18
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Detective Comics, Inc.
Editing:
Vincent Sullivan
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

Indicia:
ACTION COMICS. published monthly by Detective Comics, Inc., 480 Lexington Ave., New York, N. Y. Second class entry pending at Post Office, New York, N. Y. under the Act of March 3, 1879. Subscription rates: 12 issues by mail in the United States, its possessions and Mexico, South America and Spain, $1.50; elsewhere $2.60. The Publisher accepts no responsibility for unsolicited material. Entire contents copyright 1938 by Detective Comics, Inc.

In the documentation for the testimony from Detective Comics, Inc. vs. Bruns (Fox) Publications April 6 and 7, 1939, the on sale date for this issue is described by Jack Liebowitz as being April 18, 1938.

This is confirmed again in the documentation for the Siegel lawsuit against Warner Bros (CASE NO. CV-04-8400-SGL (RZx)) published on March 26, 2008; the on sale date for this issue is listed as being April 18, 1938.


[untitled] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Joe Shuster
Inks:
Joe Shuster
Colors:
Jack Adler (see notes)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Reprints:
Keywords:
automobiles

Indexer Notes

In Alter Ego #56 (Feb. 2006), in an interview with Adler, he reports that he painted the colors on the engraving plates for this story. Info added by Craig Delich (Feb. 2006).
Error Report #2990 by Mike DeLisa states the following: "Cover was not by Shuster, actually by unknown member of DC staff based on one interior panel. Coloring was not by Jack Adler; Adler states that the work was done by DC staff. My source is the Court record and decision, which includes affidavits from Siegel, Shuster, and Adler."
Superman/Batman #41 indentifies bystander on cover as Rick Radomski of Radomski Hardware. Though this takes place during a dream sequence, the name could be considered canon.

["As a distant planet was destroyed by old age,..."] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent] (introduction, origin)
Synopsis:
A space vehicle from a destroyed world lands on Earth, and its occupant becomes Superman. In addition, a scientific explanation for this being's powers is explained.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Krypton

Indexer Notes

This strip was originally prepared for newspaper publication, cut up and repaged. Black shading used. Lettering credit added by Craig Delich (July 16, 2006). Synopsis added by Craig Delich 8-2-08.

[The Coming of Superman] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 11.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Joe Shuster
Inks:
Joe Shuster
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Shuster ?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor (unnamed); Lois Lane; Daily Star; Evelyn Curry; Bea Carroll (villain); Butch Matson (villain); Senator Barrows (villain); Alex Greer (villain)
Synopsis:
Superman delivers a witness to the governor to stop an execution, then stops a wife-beater. Later Superman, as Clark Kent goes out with Lois, but she earns the wrath of Butch Matson and Superman must save her. Finally, Clark is assigned a story on the South American republic of San Monte. He heads to Washington DC to find out who is behind Senator Barrows pushing legislation which will embroil the United States in a war in Europe by grabbing lobbyist Alex Greer and scaring the truth out of him.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story continues in Action Comics #2. Originally prepared for newspaper publication, cut up and repaged by Joe Shuster, not Harry Lampert as often claimed. Black shading used. Letterer credit added by Craig Delich (July 16, 2006). Superman wears blue boots.

["And so begins the startling adventures..."] (Table of Contents)

Superman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Joe Shuster
Inks:
Joe Shuster
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Illustrated promotional ad for the Superman strip appearing in Action Comics.

[The A-G Gang] (Table of Contents)

Chuck Dawson / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Homer Fleming ?
Pencils:
Homer Fleming [as H. Fleming] (signed)
Inks:
Homer Fleming [as H. Fleming] (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; western-frontier
Characters:
Chuck Dawson; Notch Logan (villain); John Burwell (villain); "Trigger" Holt (villain); Butch (villain)
Synopsis:
Church begins a vendetta aginst the crooked ranch owners who have, by fraud, acquired the range lands he inherited after his father's death.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich (July 16, 2006). Synopsis added by Craig Delich 8-2-08.

The Mystery of the Freight Train Robberies (Table of Contents)

Zatara Master Magician / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Pencils:
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Inks:
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Fred Guardineer ?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Zatara (introduction); Tong (introduction); Brady (death); Captain Kennedy; The Tigress (introduction, villain); Babcock (villain)
Synopsis:
Zatara and Tong investigate the murders of several railroad detectives and the theft of over $200,000 in loot.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Lettering credit added by Craig Delich (July 16, 2006). Synopsis added by Craig Delich 8-2-08.

South Sea Strategy [Part 1] (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Captain Frank Thomas (signed)
Pencils:
? (spot illustrations)
Inks:
? (spot illustrations)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Bret Coleman; Cottonball; Merna Newton; Samuel Newton; South Seas natives (villains)
Synopsis:
Bret and Cottonball seek to rescue one Samuel Newton, whose daughter was carried off into the jungle by a pack of savage natives.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Synopsis added by Craig Delich 8-2-08.

[untitled] (Table of Contents)

Sticky-Mitt Stimson / filler / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Russell Cole [as Alger] (signed)
Pencils:
Russell Cole [as Alger] (signed)
Inks:
Russell Cole [as Alger] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Russell Cole

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Sticky-Mitt Stimson
Synopsis:
Sticky swipes some apples and is pursued by the Police and gets a lucky break to make good his escape.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Lettering credit added by Craig Delich (July 16, 2006). Synopsis added by Craig Delich 8-2-08.

[untitled] (Table of Contents)

The Adventures of Marco Polo / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Sven Elven (signed)
Inks:
Sven Elven (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sven Elven

Genre:
historical
Characters:
Marco Polo; Niku
Synopsis:
Marco, his father and uncle are given an audience with the new Pope, who gives them the mission to seek out the Khan of Tartary, and bring with them priests and men of learning in order to impart that knowledge to his people.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Lettering credit added by Craig Delich (July 16, 2006). Synopsis added by Craig Delich 8-2-08.

[The Light Heavyweight Championship] (Table of Contents)

Pep Morgan / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Inks:
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Fred Guardineer ?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Pep Morgan; Pop Burkett; Sailor Sorenson; Boomerang; O'Rourke; Doc Lowery (villain)
Synopsis:
When the Boxing Commission runs a dirty fight trainer out of town, he swears his revenge...against Pep.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich (July 16, 2006). Writer credit added by Craig Delich 8-9-08. Synopsis added by Craig Delich 8-2-08.

[The International Jewel Thief] (Table of Contents)

Scoop Scanlon, Five Star Reporter / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Will Ely (signed)
Inks:
Will Ely (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Scoop Scanlon; Rusty James; Arnold (villain)
Synopsis:
An international jewel thief arrives in America as a prisoner, but Scoop and Rusty are on hand to witness his escape with the help of his gang lying in wait.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Synopsis added by Craig Delich 8-2-08.

[Murder in England] (Table of Contents)

Tex Thomson / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Ken Fitch ?
Pencils:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Bernard Baily

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Tex Thomson (introduction, see notes); Bob; Betty; unnamed gangster chief (intro, villain, death); Monk (villain); Sonja (villain)
Synopsis:
Ken is framed for the murder of a man, and, with the help of Betty and Bobby, sets out to prove his innocence.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich (July 16, 2006). Tex Thomson later becomes Mr. America in Action Comics #33 and then Americommando in Action Comics #54.

[untitled] (Table of Contents)

Stardust / filler / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
? [as the Star Gazer]
Inks:
? [as the Star Gazer]
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Fred Astaire; Constance Bennett; Charles Boyer; Wheeler; Woolsey
Synopsis:
Interesting facts about celebrities Fred Astaire, Constance Bennett, Charles Boyer and the comedy team of Wheeler and Woolsey are provided in this illustrated filler.
Reprints:
Keywords:
celebrity

Indexer Notes

Art MIGHT be by Sheldon Moldoff (per Craig Delich, July 16, 2006). Synopsis added by Craig Delich 8-2-08.

[untitled] (Table of Contents)

Odds 'N' Ends / filler / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [untitled]
    Superman
  2. 1. ["As a distant planet was destroyed by old age,..."]
    Superman
  3. 2. [The Coming of Superman]
    Superman
  4. 3. ["And so begins the startling adventures..."]
    Superman
  5. 4. [The A-G Gang]
    Chuck Dawson
  6. 5. The Mystery of the Freight Train Robberies
    Zatara Master Magician
  7. 6. South Sea Strategy [Part 1]
  8. 7. [untitled]
    Sticky-Mitt Stimson
  9. 8. [untitled]
    The Adventures of Marco Polo
  10. 9. [The Light Heavyweight Championship]
    Pep Morgan
  11. 10. [The International Jewel Thief]
    Scoop Scanlon, Five Star Reporter
  12. 11. [Murder in England]
    Tex Thomson
  13. 12. [untitled]
    Stardust
  14. 13. [untitled]
    Odds 'N' Ends
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