([February 15] 2009)

Fantagraphics, 2009 Series
 
Price:
24.99 USD
Pages:
196
On-sale date:
2009-03
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Brand:
Fantagraphics Books
ISBN:
9781560979715 Search at WorldCat
Barcode:
?
Editing:
Greg Sadowski (editor; design; production); Eric Reynolds (promotion); Gary Groth (publisher); Kim Thompson (publisher); Jon Berk (production assistance); Craig Carlson (production assistance); Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. (production assistance)
Color:
color
Dimensions:
7.5" x 10.4"
Binding:
trade paperback

Supermen! The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941 (Table of Contents)

The Flame / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Lou Fine
Inks:
Lou Fine
Colors:
?
Editing:
Jacob Covey (cover design)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Flame [Gary Preston]

Indexer Notes

Detail from a page of the Flame story from Wonderworld Comics (Fox, 1939 series) #7 that is reprinted inside.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Silver Streak / illustration / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils:
Jack Cole [as Ralph Johns]
Inks:
?
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Silver Streak

Indexer Notes

Front endpapers. Recolored (red lines on yellow background) detail from the Silver Streak story printed inside.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Green Mask / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Green Mask; Domino

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Rex Dexter of Mars / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Lou Fine
Inks:
Lou Fine
Colors:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Rex Dexter

Indexer Notes

This is the artwork from the cover of Mystery Men Comics (Fox, 1939 series) #2 but with the trade dress removed and the title "Supermen" in a Fox Publications style instead.

Supermen! The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941 (Table of Contents)

credits / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils:
Jack Cole (Silver Streak figure); various (character headshots)
Inks:
Jack Cole (Silver Streak figure); various (character headshots)
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Silver Streak; Dr. Mystic; The Clock; Dan Hastings; ?; The Flame; Yarko the Great; Rex Dexter; Cosmic Carson; Stardust; The Comet; Fero; Fantomah; Marvelo; The Face; Skyman; Silver Streak; Daredevil; Spacehawk; Sub-Zero; Blue Bolt

Indexer Notes

Silver Streak is a detail from the story reprinted inside

Contents (Table of Contents)

credits / 2 pages (report information)

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

Foreword (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Jonathan Lethem
Pencils:
various (background figures)
Inks:
various (background figures)
Letters:
typeset

["The entire city freezes with terror..."] (Table of Contents)

Dr. Mystic / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure; fantasy-supernatural
Reprints:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Funny Pages; Funny Picture Stories; Detective Picture Stories / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Dennis Yuknis (Funny Pages); W. M. Allison
Inks:
Dennis Yuknis (Funny Pages); W. M. Allison
Letters:
typeset

Reprints:
  • from ?

Indexer Notes

Small black and white reproductions of the covers to Funny Pages v1#7, Funny Picture Stories v1#2 and Detective Picture Stories #1.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Clock / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
George Brenner
Inks:
George Brenner
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Reprints:

Murder By Proxy (Table of Contents)

The Clock / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
George Brenner [as Geo E. Brenner] (signed)
Pencils:
George Brenner
Inks:
George Brenner
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
William Cook ?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Reprints:

["Look in the visor plate, Dr. Carter"] (Table of Contents)

Dan Hastings / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Ken Fitch
Pencils:
Fred Guardineer
Inks:
Fred Guardineer ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Harry "A" Chesler

Genre:
science fiction
Reprints:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Skyrocket Steele / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Bill Everett (signed)
Inks:
Bill Everett (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Skyrocket Steele
Reprints:

["You can land just to the right of the main building"] (Table of Contents)

Dirk and the Demon / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Everett
Pencils:
Bill Everett (signed)
Inks:
Bill Everett (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Reprints:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Flame / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Lou Fine; Will Eisner ?
Inks:
Lou Fine
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Victor Fox

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

["Boys and Girls! Be sure to get the new Mystery Men Comics"] (Table of Contents)

Mystery Men Comics #1 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Lou Fine
Inks:
Lou Fine
Letters:
typeset

Reprints:

["On a dark and foggy night, a boat anchors in a secluded cove"] (Table of Contents)

The Flame / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Will Eisner
Pencils:
Lou Fine [as Basil Berold] (signed)
Inks:
Lou Fine [as Basil Berold] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

["Watch for this cover"] (Table of Contents)

Mystery Men Comics #2 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Lou Fine
Inks:
Lou Fine
Letters:
typeset

Reprints:
  • from Wonderworld Comics (Fox, 1939 series) #5 ?

["Pyramids, ancient monuments to forgotten monarchs"] (Table of Contents)

Yarko the Great / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Will Eisner
Pencils:
Will Eisner
Inks:
Will Eisner
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

["In the year 1939, Mars was only 3,000000 miles from the Earth"] (Table of Contents)

Rex Dexter / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Dick Briefer (signed)
Pencils:
Dick Briefer (signed)
Inks:
Dick Briefer (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Reprints:

"Death strikes in the Martian night" (Table of Contents)

Cosmic Cason / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Kirby [as Michael Griffith] (signed)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby [as Michael Griffith] (signed)
Inks:
Jack Kirby [as Michael Griffith] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Reprints:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Samson / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Will Eisner; Lou Fine
Inks:
Will Eisner; Lou Fine
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Samson
Reprints:

["Presenting brand new adventures of these 2 headline features"] (Table of Contents)

The Flame #3; The Green Mask #3 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Arthur Cazeneuve ? (The Flame); Chuck Cuidera ? (The Green Mask)
Inks:
Arthur Cazeneuve ? (The Flame); Chuck Cuidera ? (The Green Mask)
Letters:
typeset

Reprints:
  • from ?

["Stardust's vast knowledge of interplanetary science"] (Table of Contents)

Stardust / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Fletcher Hanks (signed)
Pencils:
Fletcher Hanks (signed)
Inks:
Fletcher Hanks (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Reprints:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Shield / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Irv Novick [as Novick] (signed)
Inks:
Irv Novick [as Novick] (signed)
Colors:
?

Reprints:

["The Comet has succeeded in wrecking the pirate blimps"] (Table of Contents)

The Comet / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Cole
Pencils:
Jack Cole
Inks:
Jack Cole
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Reprints:

The Big 5 (Table of Contents)

Pep Comics #12; Top-Notch #13; Zip Comics #12; Blue Ribbon Comics #10; Shield-Wizard Comics #2 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
various
Inks:
various
Letters:
?

Reprints:
  • from ?

Look for the Bull's-Eye When You Buy! (Table of Contents)

Jumbo Comics #20; Jungle Comics #10; Fight Comics #9; Planet Comics #9 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
various
Inks:
various
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Reprints:
  • from ?

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Flint Baker / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Will Eisner
Inks:
Will Eisner
Colors:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Reprints:

["Fero, scientist of the occult, super-detective of the nether world"] (Table of Contents)

Fero, Planet Detective / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Al Bryant [as Allison Brant] (signed)
Pencils:
Al Bryant [as Allison Brant] (signed)
Inks:
Al Bryant [as Allison Brant] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Reprints:

["Fantomah, the most remarkable woman ever known"] (Table of Contents)

Fantomah / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Fletcher Hanks [as Barclay Flagg] (signed)
Pencils:
Fletcher Hanks [as Barclay Flagg] (signed)
Inks:
Fletcher Hanks [as Barclay Flagg] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

["The Skyman, America's national hero"] (Table of Contents)

Big Shot Comics subscription / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ogden Whitney
Inks:
Ogden Whitney
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Reprints:
  • from ?

["Say, Charlie, do you think Marvelo can get us down off this rug?"] (Table of Contents)

Charlie Chan; Joe Palooka; Marvelo / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure; detective-mystery; fantasy-supernatural
Reprints:

["Marvelo, the monarch of all magicians"] (Table of Contents)

Marvelo / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Reprints:

["Grim and fantastic - composed of the stuff of tortured nightmares"] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Mart Bailey [as Michael Blake] (signed)
Inks:
Mart Bailey [as Michael Blake] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Reprints:

["Across the airways of America flames a new and terrible figure"] (Table of Contents)

Skyman / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Ogden Whitney [as Paul Dean] (signed)
Inks:
Ogden Whitney [as Paul Dean] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Reprints:

The Claw Returns! (Table of Contents)

The Claw / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Jack Cole
Inks:
Jack Cole
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

The Claw Returns! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Cole
Inks:
Jack Cole
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:
  • from Silver Streak Comics (Lev Gleason, 1939 series) #5 ?

Indexer Notes

Line art and text in blue colored in red and blue only.

["Just who and what is the Silver Streak??"] (Table of Contents)

Silver Streak / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Cole [as Ralph Johns] (signed)
Pencils:
Jack Cole [as Ralph Johns] (signed)
Inks:
Jack Cole [as Ralph Johns] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Reprints:

[Daredevil Battles the Claw: Part 1] (Table of Contents)

Daredevil & Claw / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Cole (signed)
Pencils:
Jack Cole (signed)
Inks:
Jack Cole (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Reprints:

For the Whole Family (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
various
Inks:
various
Letters:
various

Reprints:
  • from ?

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Spacehawk / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Basil Wolverton (signed)
Inks:
Basil Wolverton (signed)
Colors:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Reprints:

["In a wild forested, region of the planet Saturn"] (Table of Contents)

Spacehawk / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Basil Wolverton (signed)
Pencils:
Basil Wolverton (signed)
Inks:
Basil Wolverton (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Reprints:

["At the height of a terrific storm, the Sub-Zero Man sees"] (Table of Contents)

Sub-Zero / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Everett (signed)
Pencils:
Bill Everett (signed)
Inks:
Bill Everett (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

[Rocky Roberts Takes Over] (Table of Contents)

Blue Bolt / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Simon (signed); Jack Kirby (signed)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks:
Joe Simon (signed); Al Avison; Al Gabriele
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This book's contents page credits only Joe Simon as writer and Simon/Kirby as artists, but the GCD index for the original issue is credited to Simon/Kirby (script), Kirby (pencils) and Simon/Avison/Gabriele (inks), so the credits here have been made to match.

Notes (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Greg Sadowski
Letters:
typeset

Acknowledgements / Indicia (Table of Contents)

credits / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Greg Sadowski
Letters:
typeset

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Blue Bolt / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Joe Simon; Al Avison; Al Gabriele
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero

Indexer Notes

Back endpapers. Recolored (orange lines on pink background) detail from the Blue Bolt story printed inside.

Boom! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Cole
Inks:
Jack Cole
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Back cover. Upper half is a detail from the Daredevil vs Claw story reprinted inside.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Supermen! The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941
    The Flame
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Silver Streak
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Green Mask
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Rex Dexter of Mars
  5. 4. Supermen! The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941
  6. 5. Contents
  7. 6. Foreword
  8. 7. ["The entire city freezes with terror..."]
    Dr. Mystic
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Funny Pages; Funny Picture Stories; Detective Picture Stories
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    The Clock
  11. 10. Murder By Proxy
    The Clock
  12. 11. ["Look in the visor plate, Dr. Carter"]
    Dan Hastings
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Skyrocket Steele
  14. 13. ["You can land just to the right of the main building"]
    Dirk and the Demon
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    The Flame
  16. 15. ["Boys and Girls! Be sure to get the new Mystery Men Comics"]
    Mystery Men Comics #1
  17. 16. ["On a dark and foggy night, a boat anchors in a secluded cove"]
    The Flame
  18. 17. ["Watch for this cover"]
    Mystery Men Comics #2
  19. 18. ["Pyramids, ancient monuments to forgotten monarchs"]
    Yarko the Great
  20. 19. ["In the year 1939, Mars was only 3,000000 miles from the Earth"]
    Rex Dexter
  21. 20. "Death strikes in the Martian night"
    Cosmic Cason
  22. 21. [no title indexed]
    Samson
  23. 22. ["Presenting brand new adventures of these 2 headline features"]
    The Flame #3; The Green Mask #3
  24. 23. ["Stardust's vast knowledge of interplanetary science"]
    Stardust
  25. 24. [no title indexed]
    The Shield
  26. 25. ["The Comet has succeeded in wrecking the pirate blimps"]
    The Comet
  27. 26. The Big 5
    Pep Comics #12; Top-Notch #13; Zip Comics #12; Blue Ribbon Comics #10; Shield-Wizard Comics #2
  28. 27. Look for the Bull's-Eye When You Buy!
    Jumbo Comics #20; Jungle Comics #10; Fight Comics #9; Planet Comics #9
  29. 28. [no title indexed]
    Flint Baker
  30. 29. ["Fero, scientist of the occult, super-detective of the nether world"]
    Fero, Planet Detective
  31. 30. ["Fantomah, the most remarkable woman ever known"]
    Fantomah
  32. 31. ["The Skyman, America's national hero"]
    Big Shot Comics subscription
  33. 32. ["Say, Charlie, do you think Marvelo can get us down off this rug?"]
    Charlie Chan; Joe Palooka; Marvelo
  34. 33. ["Marvelo, the monarch of all magicians"]
    Marvelo
  35. 34. ["Grim and fantastic - composed of the stuff of tortured nightmares"]
    The Face
  36. 35. ["Across the airways of America flames a new and terrible figure"]
    Skyman
  37. 36. The Claw Returns!
    The Claw
  38. 37. The Claw Returns!
    The Claw
  39. 38. ["Just who and what is the Silver Streak??"]
    Silver Streak
  40. 39. [Daredevil Battles the Claw: Part 1]
    Daredevil & Claw
  41. 40. For the Whole Family
    Blue Bolt Comics
  42. 41. [no title indexed]
    Spacehawk
  43. 42. ["In a wild forested, region of the planet Saturn"]
    Spacehawk
  44. 43. ["At the height of a terrific storm, the Sub-Zero Man sees"]
    Sub-Zero
  45. 44. [Rocky Roberts Takes Over]
    Blue Bolt
  46. 45. Notes
  47. 46. Acknowledgements / Indicia
  48. 47. [no title indexed]
    Blue Bolt
  49. 48. Boom!
    Daredevil & Claw
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Henry Andrews
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Per Sandell
  • Peter Croome
  • Steven Samuels