(Winter 1939-1940)

DC, 1939 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
quarterly
On-sale date:
1939-11-15
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Detective Comics, Inc.
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth ?
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

Issue Notes

On-sale date found in house ad in Action Comics #19.


[untitled] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Reprints:
Keywords:
train

[Johnson Smith & Co.] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Letters:
typeset

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

inside front cover.

[Superman, America's Greatest Adventure Strip Character!] (Table of Contents)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Reprints:

[Superman and the Runaway] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Joe Shuster (layouts) (signed)
Inks:
Dennis Neville (finished art) [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor; Lois Lane; Frankie Dennis; Lyman (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
When Superman saves a runaway boy from being run over by a train, he discovers the child is from an orphanage where the superintendent abuses the children in a variety of ways. So the Man of Tomorrow enlists the aid of the young man to act as an undercover agent to spy on things and report back to Clark Kent.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art identifications by Jerry Bails.

"The Greatest Contest in Comic Magazine History!" (Table of Contents)

Superman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils:
Joe Shuster
Inks:
Paul Cassidy
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Synopsis:
Announcement of a contest, open only to members of the Supermen of America club, whose details would be given in the January issue of Action Comics, on sale December 1st. These pages showed the prizes that would be offered to the winners in the contest.
Reprints:
Keywords:
contest

Indexer Notes

Sequence, info and credits added by Craig Delich (Jan. 2006).

[Superman and the Dam] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 9 pages (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]; Lois Lane; George Taylor
Synopsis:
Although Lois has double-crossed him and editor Taylor has fired him, Clark Kent (as Superman) heads to the Valley-Ho Dam to prevent it from collapsing. Unfortunately too late on the scene, the Man of Tomorrow manages to save Lois from drowning and divert the flood waters away from the city.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Superman's and Lois' first kiss. The very last panel on the last page of the sequence encourages readers to turn to the inside back cover to learn how they can win one of the $25 prizes being given away.

[untitled] (Table of Contents)

Fantastic Facts / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
George Papp ?
Pencils:
George Papp [as Geo. Papp] (signed)
Inks:
George Papp [as Geo. Papp] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
The fantastic facts illustrated here include: 1) there is enough phosphorous in three old style kitchen matches to kill a person; 2) men once paid taxes on their beards; 3) gangster films were the reason the sales of men's caps had declined over the last ten years; 4) Humuhumunukunkuapuaa is the name given by natives to Hawaii's smallest fish; and 5) the water around an iceberg is warm.
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Death by the Stars (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Emil Brandwan (death); Sgt. Steve Hanley; Professor Louis Morton; Stephen Gregory; Jack Lowell; Robert Shelton (villain)
Synopsis:
Six men, gathered in an astrologer's exotic studio, are shocked to hear Emil Brandwan announce that, according to the stars, he is to die that very night at 7pm.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credits by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

[Superman's Phony Manager] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 12.67 pages (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]; Jimmy Olsen (intro as an unnamed office boy); Lois Lane; George Taylor (unnamed); Nick Williams (villain)
Synopsis:
Clark Kent is introduced to a fighter manager who claims to be Superman's personal manager. But when Lois discovers the existence of a phony Superman, who is tied to that manager, the real Superman must act quickly to save Lois' life.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Revised art credits by Craig Delich (Jan. 2006). Paul Cassidy was previously given as possible penciller [along with Shuster] and as possible inker.

Acquiring Super-Strength (Table of Contents)

filler / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Illustrated are several techniques on muscle training that, if practiced, can give someone a crushing hand grip.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence, info and credits by Craig Delich (Jan. 2006).

Attaining Super-Health: A Few Hints From Superman! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction; superhero
Characters:
Superman; Johnny; Larry
Synopsis:
Readers are encouraged by Superman to have regular, daily exercise, join an exercise club, don't slouch, and eat a well-rounded diet.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Title information from Denys Howard (May 23, 2004), updated 2009-12-30 by Craig Delich. Title originally listed as: "Aquiring Super-Health." Letterer credit by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

Good Luck Charm (Table of Contents)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Hugh Langley (signed)
Pencils:
Fred Guardineer (spot illustrations)
Inks:
Fred Guardineer (spot illustrations)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure; crime
Characters:
Tony Carrenzo (villain); Lucky Malone (villain, death); Rhani Kor (death)
Synopsis:
Lucky Malone had killed a Hindu mystic to get some jewels and a locket from him years ago. Now that he and Tony have successfully escaped from prison, Lucky once more believes the locket is his lucky charm, able to see him through any situation...or so he thinks!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Information and art credits by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

["Danger! Keep Away"] (Table of Contents)

Shorty / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Fred Schwab
Pencils:
Fred Schwab
Inks:
Fred Schwab
Colors:
?
Letters:
Fred Schwab

Genre:
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters:
Shorty (a dog)
Synopsis:
Shorty chases after another dog who steals his bone.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Information and synopsis by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

[Superman and the Jewel Smugglers] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Jimmy Olsen (as unnamed office boy); George Taylor; Lois Lane; Lew Frawley (villain, intro)
Synopsis:
Superman must save Lois' life and stop criminals who are smuggling in jewels for Europeans to escape paying custom duties.
Reprints:

Superman! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Joe Shuster
Inks:
Paul Cassidy
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Synopsis:
Promotional house ad for Superman in Action Comics.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence, information and credits by Craig Delich (January, 2006), pencil credit updated 2009-12-30.

[Wilson Chem Co.] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Letters:
typeset

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

inside back cover

[Daisy Air Rifles] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

back cover

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [untitled]
    Superman
  2. 1. [Johnson Smith & Co.]
  3. 2. [Superman, America's Greatest Adventure Strip Character!]
    Superman
  4. 3. [Superman and the Runaway]
    Superman
  5. 4. "The Greatest Contest in Comic Magazine History!"
    Superman
  6. 5. [Superman and the Dam]
    Superman
  7. 6. [untitled]
    Fantastic Facts
  8. 7. Death by the Stars
  9. 8. [Superman's Phony Manager]
    Superman
  10. 9. Acquiring Super-Strength
  11. 10. Attaining Super-Health: A Few Hints From Superman!
    Superman
  12. 11. Good Luck Charm
  13. 12. ["Danger! Keep Away"]
    Shorty
  14. 13. [Superman and the Jewel Smugglers]
    Superman
  15. 14. Superman!
    Superman
  16. 15. [Wilson Chem Co.]
  17. 16. [Daisy Air Rifles]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Per Sandell
  • Sean Williams
  • 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