(April 1940)

DC, 1938 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
?
Brand:
A DC Publication
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth; Murray Boltinoff
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US; then standard Modern Age US
Binding:
saddle-stitched (squarebound #334, 347, 360, 373, 437, 443, 449, 600)
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

1st issue with DC bullet on cover.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Reprints:

[Europe at War, Part 2] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; George Taylor; Villains: Luthor (introduction, no first name given in this story); General Lupo
Synopsis:
While on assignment with Lois Lane as Clark Kent, Superman investigates the conflict between Galonia and Toran and finds munitions manufacturer Luthor behind it. When Lois is kidnapped and taken to Luthor's colossal dirigible, Superman follows and puts an end to Luthor and the war.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First mention of Daily Planet in comic book.

Superman #4 went on sale 2/15/40, which predates Action 23. However, careful examination of the two Luthor stories in Superman #4 and the Luthor story here, it becomes clear that this Luthor story in Action #23 comes first. One telltale clue is to see Superman asking someone "Who is Luthor?"

The last panel of this story is an illustrated promo ad for the Sandman in Adventure Comics.

[Trouble at the Mine] (Table of Contents)

Pep Morgan / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Fred Guardineer [as Gene Baxter] (signed)
Inks:
Fred Guardineer [as Gene Baxter] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Pep Morgan

Dead Men Tell No Tales (Table of Contents)

Black Pirate / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff (signed)
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
historical
Characters:
The Black Pirate [Jon Valor] (introduction); Captain Ruff (villain)

Indexer Notes

Title is given in panel 3, page 1 of story.

[The Lost City of Gold] (Table of Contents)

Three Aces / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Chad Grothkopf
Inks:
Chad Grothkopf
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Three Aces [Fog Fortune; Gunner Bill; Whistler Will]

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added and art verification by Craig Delich 8-22-08.

[The Man with the Rubber Face] (Table of Contents)

Tex Thomson / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Ken Fitch ?
Pencils:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Bernard Baily

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Tex Thomson; Bob Daley; Gargantua T. Potts

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 8-22-08.

Spy's Return (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Toni Blum ? [as Jack Anthony] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure

[Revolution in Verdania, Part 1] (Table of Contents)

Clip Carson / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Clip Carson

The Treasure Tower (Table of Contents)

Zatara / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Fred Guardineer
Inks:
Fred Guardineer
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Zatara; V: the Tigress
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. [Europe at War, Part 2]
    Superman
  3. 2. [Trouble at the Mine]
    Pep Morgan
  4. 3. Dead Men Tell No Tales
    Black Pirate
  5. 4. [The Lost City of Gold]
    Three Aces
  6. 5. [The Man with the Rubber Face]
    Tex Thomson
  7. 6. Spy's Return
  8. 7. [Revolution in Verdania, Part 1]
    Clip Carson
  9. 8. The Treasure Tower
    Zatara
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