(July-August 1948)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
Bimonthly
On-sale date:
1948-05-05
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand:
A Superman DC Publication
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth (credited); Jack Schiff (managing); Mort Weisinger (actual)
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

The Origin of Superman (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Reprints:

An Open Letter To Superman Fans (Table of Contents)

Superman / text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
? [as "Lois Lane"]
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Synopsis:
List of Superman's accomplishments in the "real world"

The Origin of Superman! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Wayne Boring
Inks:
Stan Kaye
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Jor-El (flashback); Lara (flashback); Luthor (cameo); John Kent (1st named, flashback); Mary Kent (flashback)
Synopsis:
After a prologue which demonstrates Superman's amazing abilities, his origin is recounted. On the scientifically advanced planet of Krypton, Jor-El fails to convince the Council of Five that Krypton is doomed. As Krypton explodes, Jor-El and Lara send their son to Earth, where he is found and adopted by the elderly Kents. As Clark grows to maturity he manifests abilities far beyond that of mortal men. On his deathbed, his father urges Clark to become a powerful force for good as Superman.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The name John Kent appears on Superman's father's tombstone. This is the only time this name is used. Kryptonians are shown to have x-ray vision.

You Run Faster in Keds! (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Advertisement from U. S. Keds

The Circus Culprit (Table of Contents)

Captain Tootsie; Tootsie Rolls / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
C. C. Beck (signed)
Inks:
C. C. Beck (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain Tootsie

The Oracle From Metropolis! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Alvin Schwartz
Pencils:
Al Plastino
Inks:
Al Plastino
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Prof. Grog; Mike Mooney; Agamemnon; the Delphic Oracle
Synopsis:
Professor Grog accidentally sends Superman and mechanic Mike Mooney back to ancient Egypt. The cynical Mooney tries to come up with ways to make money off of the Delphic Oracle, but Superman teaches him not to scoff at things he doesn't understand.

Indexer Notes

time-travel story

Get Your Free Movie Star Pictures (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Won - By a Whisper! (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

["Tryouts for the Baseball Team Today at the Stadium"] (Table of Contents)

Shorty / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff

Genre:
humor

Look Kids! Get Your Own Scale Model of the History Making Freedom Train! (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Advertisement for premium from Kellogg's Variety

["Last stop... all fares please!"] (Table of Contents)

Daffy and Doodle / comic story / 0.67 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

Supermen of America (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

House ad for Supermen of America club

The Tiniest Things In the World (Table of Contents)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Samachson [as William Morrison]
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
non-fiction

Show Time (Table of Contents)

Adventures of Popsicle Pete / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Advertisement from Popsicle, Fudgsicle & Creamsicle

["Grrr - I'm hungry as a bear this morning"] (Table of Contents)

Mr. Grumble / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Phil Berube (signed)
Pencils:
Phil Berube (signed)
Inks:
Phil Berube (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

Rounding Up The Rustlers (Table of Contents)

U.S. Royal with his Jet-Propelled Bike / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Advertisement for bike tires from United States Rubber Company

A Job for Superhombre! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Don Cameron
Pencils:
Al Plastino
Inks:
Al Plastino
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Lois Lane; Don Camero; Estrellita; The Eye; Perry White; Mike the Clip; Horseface; the TNT Kid; Glass Jaw Grogan; One Ear Eddie
Synopsis:
The Eye takes all the criminals in Metropolis to South America to set up a giant piracy operation, using the home of an old friend of Lois' as a front.

Indexer Notes

Don Camerro is named after writer Don Cameron.

["Housewares? Two aisles over?"] (Table of Contents)

Homer / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Hi-Kids! Get This Cracker Jack Magic Pencil (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset (partial)

Indexer Notes

Advertisement from The Cracker Jack Co.

How Much Do You Really Know About Baseball? (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Advertisement for Bobby Feller Photo Certificate from Thom McAn

New Handbook and New Air Rifle Catalog Ready (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Advertisement for catalog from Daisy Manufacturing Company

Taste Treat to Share... (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Advertisement for Milky Way candy bars

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Origin of Superman
    Superman
  2. 1. An Open Letter To Superman Fans
    Superman
  3. 2. The Origin of Superman!
    Superman
  4. 3. You Run Faster in Keds!
  5. 4. The Circus Culprit
    Captain Tootsie; Tootsie Rolls
  6. 5. The Oracle From Metropolis!
    Superman
  7. 6. Get Your Free Movie Star Pictures
  8. 7. Won - By a Whisper!
  9. 8. ["Tryouts for the Baseball Team Today at the Stadium"]
    Shorty
  10. 9. Look Kids! Get Your Own Scale Model of the History Making Freedom Train!
  11. 10. ["Last stop... all fares please!"]
    Daffy and Doodle
  12. 11. Supermen of America
  13. 12. The Tiniest Things In the World
  14. 13. Show Time
    Adventures of Popsicle Pete
  15. 14. ["Grrr - I'm hungry as a bear this morning"]
    Mr. Grumble
  16. 15. Rounding Up The Rustlers
    U.S. Royal with his Jet-Propelled Bike
  17. 16. A Job for Superhombre!
    Superman
  18. 17. ["Housewares? Two aisles over?"]
    Homer
  19. 18. Hi-Kids! Get This Cracker Jack Magic Pencil
  20. 19. How Much Do You Really Know About Baseball?
  21. 20. New Handbook and New Air Rifle Catalog Ready
  22. 21. Taste Treat to Share...
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