(May-June 1944)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
52
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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Wayne Boring
Inks:
Stan Kaye
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Hercules; Atlas
Reprints:
Keywords:
statues

Indexer Notes

1st Superman cover to actually have something to do with a story inside? (Stand in for Hercules)

Lambs Versus Wolfingham! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Lois Lane; J. Wilbur Wolfingham (villain)
Synopsis:
Wilbur Wolfingham shows up in the Eden farming community, which has been beset by drought, tornados and insect infestation, and offers nothing but doom and gloom for the future. As a gesture of "good will", he offers to buy out the farmer's land and stock at whatever price they deem fair, giving the people worthless checks. When Superman enters the scene, the farmers have been bilked further by Wolfingham over the community's "worthless" oil well.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer identification by Martin O'Hearn and inker identification by Bob Hughes (December, 2004).

["A guy told me she lost 'em in a Athens boarding house"] (Table of Contents)

Wheaties / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

[Papa Needs a New Pair of Shoes] (Table of Contents)

Private Pete / comic story / 0.75 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; military
Characters:
Private Pete

The Golden Galleons! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Jimmy Tuttle (introduction); Big Joe Reefer (villain, introduction); Hugo (Reefer's brother)
Synopsis:
Superman enters the fray when a criminal smashes the model ship that Jimmy Tuttle has made in conjunction with the Daily Planet's model-building contest so that his own brother can win the prize money.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer identification by Martin O'Hearn and inker identification by Bob Hughes (December, 2004). Previously credited to Sam Citron. Based on Martin O’Hearns blog:
http://martinohearn.blogspot.com/2014/04/millie-model-by-ken-bald-and-pe...,
http://martinohearn.blogspot.com/2014/03/pete-riss-mahunter.html, and
http://martinohearn.blogspot.com/2012/03/superman-riss-or-citron.html, and comparing this story
to Citron’s known work on Classics Illustrated 10 [HRN 140] and the DC Mr. District Attorney series, this art credit has been changed to Pete Riss.

Superman figures either swiped from Joe Shuster or redrawn by him.

Be a Magician! Turn Waste Paper Into War Weapons! (Table of Contents)

Superman / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Jack Schiff ?
Pencils:
George Roussos
Inks:
George Roussos
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]
Synopsis:
Superman puts on a special show, for 100 pounds of waste paper as an admission price, to demonstrate to the kids how that much waste paper can be transformed into 115 cardboard boxes which can hold ten 20mm shells.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Paper drive feature, art identification by Jerry Bails.

[Drill Sergeant to Forget] (Table of Contents)

Hank the Yank / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Ray Houlihan (signed)
Pencils:
Ray Houlihan (signed)
Inks:
Ray Houlihan (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ray Houlihan

Genre:
humor; military
Characters:
Hank

Prize Cargo (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Murray Boltinoff [as Barry Blaine] (signed)
Letters:
typeset

[The Suicidal Swain] (Table of Contents)

Lois Lane, Girl Reporter / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Don Cameron [as Jerry] (signed)
Pencils:
Ed Dobrotka [as Joe] (signed)
Inks:
Ed Dobrotka ? [as Joe] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen Perry White
Synopsis:
Lois helps stop a man with a broken heart from jumping off an eight story building because his girl gave his present to her of a box of chocolates to her dog.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

1st solo Lois Lane story. Writer identification by Martin O'Hearn.

["Oh Boy!- A free model war plane in every package of Pep"] (Table of Contents)

Pep / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Superman

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Life's Little Laffs / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Ray Houlihan (signed)
Pencils:
Ray Houlihan (signed)
Inks:
Ray Houlihan (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ray Houlihan

Genre:
humor

Stand-In For Hercules! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Mr. Boyle; Professor Button; Archides; Iole; Mercury; Hercules (introduction); Chiron (a centaur); Zeus; Apollo; Mars; Achelous (villain); Hydra (villainous creature)
Synopsis:
At a meeting of The Liar's Club, Mr. Boyle tells the members of the story of the twelve labors of Hercules, and that they were accomplished, not by Hercules, but by Superman himself!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Proto-imaginary story. Writer identification by Martin O'Hearn and inker identification by Bob Hughes (December, 2004).

["Tell the mess Sergeant to look up the recipe for turtle soup"] (Table of Contents)

Eveready / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Franz Beaven
Inks:
Franz Beaven
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. Lambs Versus Wolfingham!
    Superman
  3. 2. ["A guy told me she lost 'em in a Athens boarding house"]
    Wheaties
  4. 3. [Papa Needs a New Pair of Shoes]
    Private Pete
  5. 4. The Golden Galleons!
    Superman
  6. 5. Be a Magician! Turn Waste Paper Into War Weapons!
    Superman
  7. 6. [Drill Sergeant to Forget]
    Hank the Yank
  8. 7. Prize Cargo
  9. 8. [The Suicidal Swain]
    Lois Lane, Girl Reporter
  10. 9. ["Oh Boy!- A free model war plane in every package of Pep"]
    Pep
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Life's Little Laffs
  12. 11. Stand-In For Hercules!
    Superman
  13. 12. ["Tell the mess Sergeant to look up the recipe for turtle soup"]
    Eveready
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jan Roar Hansen
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Bob Hughes
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Hughes
  • Dwayne Best
  • Pat Lang
  • Bob Rivard
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Allen Ross
  • Ed Boner