(Spring 1940)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
?
On-sale date:
1940-02-15
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Superman, 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 #22.


[untitled] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks:
Joe Shuster (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Reprints:

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

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

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Indexer Notes

inside front cover.

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

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Frontispiece. Revised art credit [adding Paul Cassidy] by Craig Delich (Jan. 2006).

[Superman versus Luthor] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor; Professor Martinson (death); Luthor (villain, with red hair, 2nd appearance)
Synopsis:
When Clark Kent begins to investigate a new weapon being tested by the Army that artifically causes earthquakes, little does he know that Lex Luthor is hot on the trail of securing the plans for that invention, one way or the other.
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Indexer Notes

DAILY STAR becomes the DAILY PLANET. One panel ad for the Spectre series in More Fun Comics at the end of the story, with art by Bernard Baily.

["Tommy Blake, because of his frail physique..."] (Table of Contents)

Attaining Super-Strength / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Tommy Blake
Synopsis:
Author relates how a good breakfast and regular exercise can lead to better strength.
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["Oil Paintings for Sale"] (Table of Contents)

This Doggone World / 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 is standing outside an artist's studio and sticks his head in the window to watch him paint. When the artist leaves, Shorty goes in and eyes the picture: of a steaming turkey! When the artist returns, the turkey is missing from the picture and Shorty is licking his chops.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

From The 4 Corners / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Paul Muni (actor); Bill Dickey (baseball player)
Synopsis:
Some of the facts related in these filler include: 1) New York Yankee catcher Bill Dickey loses about 8 pounds duiring a game; 2) a law in Nebraska states it's illegal to give away a cigar; 3) actor Paul Muni was once fired by a studio because he said he didn't know how to act; and 4) an usher, devoted to the stage, donated his skull after death to be used as the skull of Yorick in the play "Hamlet".
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Indexer Notes

Lettering credit & info by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

[Luthor's Undersea City] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 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]; George Taylor (cameo); Lois Lane; Luthor (villain, with red hair)
Synopsis:
Superman faces off once again with the evil Luthor, who first has tapped oil from oil wells all over the world for his purposes, then inundating the western coast of the U.S. when he raises a glass-enclosed city of ancient weird design from the murky depths.
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Indexer Notes

One panel promo for the Sandman, appearing in Adventure Comics, is found at end of the story, with art by Creig Flessel.

Superman of America (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Joe Shuster (spot illustration)
Inks:
Joe Shuster (spot illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Superman
Synopsis:
Editor's page in which the editors tell the readers that the Great DC Comics Contest was now over, and that winners would be announced in a forth-coming issue of Action Comics. There is also a coupon for readers to join the Supermen of America Club.
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Indexer Notes

Sequence, information and credits added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

Changer of Destiny (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
crime
Characters:
George Rankin (death); the Crime King [Spurnelli] (villain, death); the President of the U.S. [unnamed]
Synopsis:
George Rankin had invented a serum that speeded up his time rate, living 31,536,000 times faster than the rest of the world. What to everyone was a mere second was actually a year to him! But the effects of the formula would only last one year, and Rankin had something important to accomplish before that year was up.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

[The Economic Enemy] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 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]; George Taylor; Paul Dorgan (cameo, death); Barney Calhoun (introduction, death); J. F. Curtis (villain, introduction, death, killed by Superman); Louie (villain, death)
Synopsis:
The suicide of the author of a manuscript, which states that sinister forces seek to retard this nation's return to prosperity, prods Superman to dart from place to place, averting the disasters that have been planned by these forces to disrupt vital aspects of national industries.
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Indexer Notes

One panel ad for Batman appearing in Detective Comics appears at the end of the story, with art by Bob Kane.

Superman Says (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Joe Shuster (spot illustration)
Inks:
Joe Shuster (spot illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Superman
Synopsis:
Editor's page in which Superman recommends a reading list of many great reading books to the readers, and tells them which books will be reviewed in up-coming DC comic magazines.
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Indexer Notes

Sequence, information and credits added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Ed Barnett (one-armed football player); Mrs. D. Beach
Synopsis:
Some of the facts covered in this filler include: 1) a Santa Barbara grapevine, the largest in the world, which yields ten tons of grapes per year; 2) the common slug has 30,000 teeth; 3) a Mrs. Beach walked from New York to Chicago in 42 1/2 days back in 1912; 4) the "popeyed chameleon" is capable of looking in different directions at the same time; and 5) in 1930, one-armed football player Ed Barnett caught four forward passes and intercepted three others in a game.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Some information added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

[Six Big Headline Features for the 'Big Six' Comic Magazines!] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; The Sandman; The Batman; Ultraman; The Spectre; The Flash (spot illustrations w/covers)
Synopsis:
House promotional ad touting the Big Six comics published by DC: Action, Adventure, Detective, All-American, More Fun and Flash Comics.
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Indexer Notes

Sequence and information added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

Pioneer Into the Unknown (Table of Contents)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Bert Lexington (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
James Rolland (death); Professor Greystroke (scientist-inventor); Bixby (press agent)
Synopsis:
Actor James Rolland, upon leaving Mammoth Studios, is approached by an inventor, who tells him (and an assembled audience) that he owes everything to the actor for his invention of a giant crystal-like globe he calls the space-folder! He furthers states that Rolland will be the first person to use that invention to travel to a distant spot in the universe. Rolland steps into the globe and disappears in a puff of smoke, but, unfortunately, re-appears in the center of the sun....and perishes! As a footnote, in the future of 1982, in the Museum of Interstellar History, Rolland is honored for paving the way for interplanetary space travel.
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[Terror In the Trucker's Union] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 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]; George Taylor; Carlson; Amy Carlson; Gus Snide (villain, intro); Nick (villain); Pete (villain)
Synopsis:
Superman pretends to join a group of racketeers who want to control the city's truck drivers' union so that they can paralyze food distribution and demand blackmail.
Reprints:

["Superman Appears in Action Comics!"] (Table of Contents)

Superman / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Synopsis:
House promotional ad for Superman appearing in Action Comics.

Indexer Notes

Sequence, information and credits by Craig Delich (January, 2006). Superman figure traced or pasted up from the cover of Superman #2.

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

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

inside back cover.

[Daisy Air Rifles] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
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 versus Luthor]
    Superman
  5. 4. ["Tommy Blake, because of his frail physique..."]
    Attaining Super-Strength
  6. 5. ["Oil Paintings for Sale"]
    This Doggone World
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    From The 4 Corners
  8. 7. [Luthor's Undersea City]
    Superman
  9. 8. Superman of America
  10. 9. Changer of Destiny
  11. 10. [The Economic Enemy]
    Superman
  12. 11. Superman Says
    Superman
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Fantastic Facts
  14. 13. [Six Big Headline Features for the 'Big Six' Comic Magazines!]
  15. 14. Pioneer Into the Unknown
  16. 15. [Terror In the Trucker's Union]
    Superman
  17. 16. ["Superman Appears in Action Comics!"]
    Superman
  18. 17. [Johnson Smith & Co.]
  19. 18. [Daisy Air Rifles]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Jon Wilson
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Sean Williams
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Dwayne Best
  • Pat Lang
  • Bob Rivard
  • Jim Van Dore
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