(January 1940)

DC, 1940 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
?
On-sale date:
1939-11-10
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
All-American Comics, Inc.
Editing:
M. C. Gaines (managing); Sheldon Mayer (assistant)
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Allen Ross added new sequences 5, 6, 9, 10; added additional reprint info; added additional character appearances; added first lines. On-sale date found in house ad in Action Comics #19.


Introducing The Flash... Fastest Man Alive! (Table of Contents)

The Flash / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Joan Williams; Hawkman [Carter Hall] (inset); Johnny Thunder (inset); The Whip [Rodney Gaynor] (inset); Cliff Cornwall (inset)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The cover artist was mis-credited as Harry Lampert in the Millennium Edition, but corrected in the corrections page in Millennium Edition: Superboy #1 (2001 series), and also correctly credited in the two Archives. Flash has lightning bolts on his trousers and on his belt buckle.

[Origin of the Flash] (Table of Contents)

The Flash / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox (signed)
Pencils:
Harry Lampert (signed)
Inks:
Harry Lampert (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Harry Lampert (masthead by-line)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Flash [Jay Garrick] (introduction, origin); Joan Williams (introduction); Professor Hughes (introduction); Major Williams (introduction, Joan's father); Bull Tryon (introduction); The Faultless Four [Sieur Satan (villain, introduction, death); Serge Orloff (villain, introduction, surgeon); Duriel (villain, introduction)]
Synopsis:
The Scarlet Speedster must face the threat of the Faultless Four, a group of brilliant but deadly scientists who kidnap Joan William's father in order to get his invention: the atomic bombarder!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Midwestern University

Indexer Notes

Story was originally untitled. First line is 'But before he became known and feared as "the fastest thing on Earth", Jay Garrick was an unknown student at Midwestern University...' Takes place at Mid-Western University. The Flash has lightning bolts on his belt buckle and trousers.

[The Disappearing Plane] (Table of Contents)

Cliff Cornwall / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff (signed)
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Cliff Cornwall; un-named Army General; Lys Valliere
Synopsis:
Cliff is on vacation from the FBI, but the Army nabs him for a special assignment in Alaska to put an end to phantom plane attacks on military aircraft.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story was originally untitled. First line is "A fleet of U.S. bombers wing their way toward Alaska..." Writer credit by Craig Delich. The Millennium Edition incorrectly credits Sheldon Moldoff for the writer.

[The Origin of Hawkman] (Table of Contents)

The Hawkman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Dennis Neville
Inks:
Dennis Neville
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Hawkman [Prince Khufu aka Carter Hall] (introduction, origin, Khufu dies but is reincarnated); Shiera Sanders (introduction, later Hawkgirl] (Shiera dies but is reincarnated); Hath-Set (villain, introduction); Kolar (villain, introduction); Doctor Hastor (villain, introduction, death, reincarnation of Hath-Set)
Synopsis:
Young Carter Hall, wealthy collector of weapons and research scientist, discovers that he is the re-incarnation of an anicient Egyptian, Prince Khu-fu. He is further amazed that his lady love, Shiera Sanders, and his murderer, Hath-Set, have been re-incarnated too!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Ninth Metal

Indexer Notes

This story was not originally titled. The title here was given in Golden Age Hawkman Archives Vol. 1 where this story was reprinted. First line is "In the weapon-lined library of Carter Hall, wealthy collector of weapons and research scientist -".

[The Kidnapping of Johnny Thunder] (Table of Contents)

Johnny Thunderbolt / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
John B. Wentworth
Pencils:
Stan Aschmeier
Inks:
Stan Aschmeier
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Johnny Thunder (introduction, origin); Thunderbolt (introduction); Simon B. Thunder; Mildred Thunder; Priest of Aissor
Synopsis:
Young Johnny Thunder is kidnapped from his home, given Badhnisian sacred rites and would become the most powerful person in the world at age 7. By a weird chance, Johnny is reunited with his parents, but is sought out once again by the Badhnesians, who are on the receiving end of a new, strange power Johnny has by saying the words "Say You."
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story was originally untitled. First line is "One night in August, 1918, Simon came home from the bank and found a crowd around his house...". Thunderbolt appears as a yellow streak of lightning and as a pink cloud in this story.

Warfare In Space (Part One) (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox (signed)
Pencils:
Sheldon Mayer (spot illustrations)
Inks:
Sheldon Mayer (spot illustrations)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Billy Morton; Keith Morton; Port Commander Worth; Ralph "The Ruthless" Farnham (villain)
Synopsis:
Billy's Dad has created a weapon that can be effectively used in interstellar space....and he wants to volunteer to use it against the space pirate, Ralph Farnham!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story continued in Flash Comics (1940 series) #2. There are three small ads for fireworks at the end of page 2 for Baltimore Fireworks Co., Spencer Fireworks Co., and The Brazel Novelty Manufacturing Co.

Flash Stamps (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Includes a history of Polish postage stamps, as well as classified ads from 6 stamp dealers.
Reprints:

The Demon Dummy: Part 1 (Table of Contents)

Flash Picture Novel / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Ed Wheelan (signed)
Pencils:
Ed Wheelan (signed)
Inks:
Ed Wheelan (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ed Wheelan

Genre:
crime
Characters:
The Great [Harry] Dunstan; Madge Devere; Sam; Red (a dummy); Jim Devlin (villain); Tim (villain); Slim Grimes (villain)
Synopsis:
Private detective Devlin, in love with Madge Devere, who in turn is loved by ventriloquist Dunstan, tries to pin a murder on Dunstan in order to get the woman he loves.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story continued in Flash Comics (1940 series) #2. Synopsis added by Craig Delich 3-13-08.

[Origin of the Whip] (Table of Contents)

The Whip / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
John B. Wentworth (signed)
Pencils:
George Storm (signed)
Inks:
George Storm (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
The Whip [Don Fernando Suarez]; The Whip [Rod Gaynor]; Marissa Dillon; un-named Padre; Sheriff Todd; Carlos
Synopsis:
Learning of a famed adventurer for justice in the past, El Castigo: The Whip, Rod Gaynor decides to assume that disguise to help the poor, who are being denied jobs and food, as well as being hit by high rents by unscrupulous vigilantes.
Reprints:
Keywords:
King (the Whip's horse)

Indexer Notes

The Whip is Eastern playboy Rod Ellwood Gaynor. The strip is set in the southwest. Story was originally untitled. First line is "He was known as Don Fernando Suarez, a patrician descended from the Grandees of Spain...".

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

All-American Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

House ad for: All-American Comics #10. Appears on page 2 in this issue.

[Various Ads] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 2 pages (report information)

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

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Total of 2 one-page ads for: New 1940 Catalog (novelties, Johnson Smith & Co.) and Make Your Own Records at Home (Home Recording Co.). Appear on pages 67 and 68 in this issue.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Introducing The Flash... Fastest Man Alive!
    The Flash
  2. 1. [Origin of the Flash]
    The Flash
  3. 2. [The Disappearing Plane]
    Cliff Cornwall
  4. 3. [The Origin of Hawkman]
    The Hawkman
  5. 4. [The Kidnapping of Johnny Thunder]
    Johnny Thunderbolt
  6. 5. Warfare In Space (Part One)
  7. 6. Flash Stamps
  8. 7. The Demon Dummy: Part 1
    Flash Picture Novel
  9. 8. [Origin of the Whip]
    The Whip
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    All-American Comics
  11. 10. [Various Ads]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Allen Ross
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Sean Williams
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed
  • Bob Hughes
  • Allen Ross