(Summer 1940)

DC, 1940 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
quarterly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
All-American Comics, Inc.
Brand:
A DC Publication
Editing:
Sheldon Mayer
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

All story synopses and notes by Craig Delich.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Sandman; The Flash; Ultra-Man; The Spectre / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Creig Flessel (The Sandman); Harry Lampert (The Flash); Jon L. Blummer (Ultra-Man); Bernard Baily (The Spectre)
Inks:
Creig Flessel (The Sandman); Harry Lampert (The Flash); Jon L. Blummer (Ultra-Man); Bernard Baily (The Spectre)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sandman [Wesley Dodd]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Ultra-Man [Gary Concord); The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The cover consists of four panels taken from previous stories featuring the heroes: The Spectre panel was taken from the Spectre story in this issue, The Flash panel was taken from Flash Comics #1, The Sandman panel was taken from Adventure Comics #51, and the Ultra-Man panel was taken from the cover of All-American Comics #11.

The Flash vignette art credits from Craig Delich, previously credited to Everett E. Hibbard.

Attention! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Creig Flessel (The Sandman); Bernard Baily (The Spectre); Everett E. Hibbard (The Flash); Jon L. Blummer (Ultra-Man); ? (logo)
Inks:
Creig Flessel (The Sandman); Bernard Baily (The Spectre); Everett E. Hibbard (The Flash); Jon L. Blummer (Ultra-Man); ? (logo)
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
The Sandman [Wesley Dodds] (head view); The Spectre [Jim Corrigan] (head view); The Flash [Jay Garrick) (head view); Ultra-Man [Gary Concord] (head view)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover.

The editors tell the readers that this comic was published in response to readers asking for such a book, consisting of two features each from All-American, Adventure, Flash, and More Fun Comics, as well as readers of Action and Detective Comics. Readers are asked to submit the names of any other feature in those magazines they would like to see in future issues of All-Star Comics.

[Vs. the Sorceror Trygg] (Table of Contents)

Hawkman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Margo; Jan (Margo's brother, Trygg's nephew); Trygg (villain, Margo's uncle, death); Beldame Gaffy (villain, death); Zombies (villains, all die)
Synopsis:
As Hawkman is flying over the Welsh Mountains in search of adventure, he hears the cry of a young woman who says that she is trying to escape from zombies. Apparently, her uncle discovered a Haitian secret of how to make zombies work for him in mines that were left to the young lady by her deceased father. Hawkman decides then and there to put an end to this injustice. Saving Jan from Trygg, he soon notices the effects of witchcraft on both Margo and Jan, so he goes after Gaffy and Trygg, putting an end to their evil ways.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Cardiff Mountain; Welsh Mountains

Indexer Notes

The last panel of the story encourages readers to follow the Hawkman's adventures in Flash Comics.

[The Twin Thieves] (Table of Contents)

The Sandman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; twin crooks [Jed; Don] (villains)
Synopsis:
As Wes visits a jewelry store to buy a watch, a hold-up man enters intending to rob the place. Wes gives chase and passes the man who is now wearing a completely different suit! Intrigued, Wes follows the man home, but returns later as the Sandman to investigate, and discovers a safe loaded with jewels. The man enters the room and shoots Sandman, who recovers in time to prevent his being unmasked, and then rounds up the twin thieves.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Gas Gun

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Craig Delich.

The final panel features a head view f the Sandman and the text encourages readers to follow his adventures in Adventure Comics.

[The European War in 2240] (Table of Contents)

Gary Concord, the Ultra-Man / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Sheldon Mayer (plot); Jon L. Blummer
Pencils:
Jon L. Blummer [as Don Shelby] (signed)
Inks:
Jon L. Blummer [as Don Shelby] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Jon L. Blummer

Genre:
science fiction; superhero
Characters:
Ultra-Man [Gary Concord] (High Moderator of the United States of North America); The President; Lord Criket (villain, Sylvanian Ambassador, death); Colonel Krieg (villain); The Night Riders (villains)
Synopsis:
It is the year 2240 and war has broken out between two European nations: Toutonia and Balkania. As High Moderator of the United States, it is the job of Gary Concord, Ultra-Man, to restore the peace, and get people back to work, especially in the hard-hit uranium mines. Faced with the ruthless bands of roving Night Riders, Concord visits the Balkanian Embassy and overhears Criket and Krieg discussing their plot to gain the uranium mines through trickery, and quickly squashes them.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Balkania; Toutonia

Indexer Notes

Writer and letterer credits from Craig Delich.

The final panel encourages readers to get All-American Comics in order to follow Ultra-Man's adventures.

[The Murder of Widow Jones] (Table of Contents)

The Flash, Fastest Man Alive! / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Everett E. Hibbard
Inks:
Everett E. Hibbard
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Police Commissioner Gardner; Widow Jones (death); "Clutch" John Widdles (villain)
Synopsis:
Racing along the street, the Flash notices a Policeman standing before a residential house, and asks what is wrong and he tells the Fastest Man Alive that the open window of the widow lady who lives there is very suspicious, especially because she never goes anywhere and because she won't answer the locked door. Flash finds his way in and discovers the lady murdered, having been robbed, and he vows to track down the person responsible. So he gets a Police detective's job and promises to bring in the person responsible in 30 minutes!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The last panel of the story features a head view of the Flash, who is telling readers to follow his adventures each month in Flash Comics.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hawkman [Carter Hall]; The Flash [Jay Garrick], Superman [Clark Kent], The Green Lantern [Alan Scott], Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson], The Hour-Man [Rex Tyler]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds], Ultra-Man [Gary Concord]

Indexer Notes

2-page promotional centerfold spread, with covers, of some of the DC comics now or soon-to-be on sale: Flash Comics #7, All-American Comics #16, Action Comics #26, Superman #5, Batman #1, Adventure Comics #52, More Fun Comics #57, Detective Comics #41 and All-Star Comics #1.

[The Tenement Fires] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Bernard Baily

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Police Chief; Fire Warden Zane; Nick Bates (villain, death); Dr. Cragg (villain, death); arsonist (villain); Pete (villain)
Synopsis:
Jim Corrigan comes upon the scene of a tenement fire that shouldn't have caused the damage it did. After examining the clothes of a person who died in the fire, the Spectre leaves Corrigan and goes up to heaven, spotting a long procession of people entering in. He calls out to the person whose clothes he has examined, and the man informs the Spectre that he spotted the arsonist responsible for the deadly blaze. He then heads out to find the culprit who is busy setting more fires. He tracks the people involved down and settles the matter, once and for all.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit from Craig Delich.

The final panel of the story encourages readers to follow the Spectre's further adventures in More Fun Comics.

[The Great Remembo] (Table of Contents)

Biff Bronson / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Albert Sulman (signed)
Pencils:
Joseph Sulman (signed)
Inks:
Joseph Sulman (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Biff Bronson [also as Agent Y]; Mulligan; The Great Remembro (villain); Agent X (villain)
Synopsis:
The secret plans for a government bomber are believed to have been stolen, but when Biff and Mulligan investigate, the plans are still there. Yet, Biff smells a rat when he sees a sign advertizing a performer who calls himself the Great Remembro, and decides to investigate...with successful results.
Reprints:
Keywords:
FBI

Exile to Jupiter (Table of Contents)

text story / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script:
Evelyn Gaines (signed)
Pencils:
Sheldon Mayer (illustrations)
Inks:
Sheldon Mayer (illustrations)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Dik; Verna (Dik's girl); Yolik (villain, Earth traitor); Goram (villain, King of the Mercurians, death); the Mercurians (villains, many die)
Synopsis:
Goram, ruler of the Earth, decreed that Earthmen were not to have the use of spaceships, but Dik is determined to save his sweetheart, imprisoned on the dreaded penal colony on Jupiter.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Jupiter

Amazing Combination Offer (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Pencils:
photos
Inks:
photos
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Illustrated advertisement (with photos of a typewriter and desk set) from Remington Rand, Inc., alerting readers to some great offers. If they purchased a new typewriter, they could buy a nice desk for only $1.00 (at a cost total of a good-will deposit and about 10 cents a day). There was also a special typewriter case available as well. Coupon provided.

This advertisement was NOT reprinted in the Archives.

Sequence added by Craig Delich.

[Here's a Chance to Win the Next Issue of All-Star Comics Absolutely Free!] (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

A contest, offering 500 free issues of the next issue of All-Star, asked readers to fill out a coupon listing three characters to leave out of the next issue and then list three others that they'd like to see in All-Star #2. A coupon is provided for the responses to mail in.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Mutt & Jeff / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Pencils:
Al Smith [as Bud Fisher] (signed)
Inks:
Al Smith [as Bud Fisher] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Mutt; Jeff

Indexer Notes

Illustrated promotional advertisement, with the cover, for Mutt & Jeff #2.

Sequence added by Craig Delich.

[The Forest Fire] (Table of Contents)

Presenting "Tick-Tock" Tyler 'The Man of the Hour' as The Hour-Man / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Hour-Man [Rex Tyler]; Peggy; John Blair (villain); Blackie (villain)
Synopsis:
Rex Tyler puts out a fire and saves an entire camp for Uncle Sam. However, he is soon warned that the camp must be vacated immediately or there will be murder! Hour-Man decides to take over and track down those responsible for this threat.
Reprints:
Keywords:
CCC; Mill Meadows; Miraclo

Indexer Notes

Script and letterer credits from Craig Delich.

The last panel blurb encourages readers to follow the Hour-Man's adventures in Adventure Comics.

[The Volcano Invasion] (Table of Contents)

Red, White and Blue / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
William Smith
Inks:
William Smith
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Sergeant Red Dugan; Whitey Smith; Blooey Blue; un-named G2 Chief; Hal Cool (G2 agent); Ig Kluk; Doris West; Mr. Spear Forty Seals; Mrs. Spear Forty Seals; Wolf Mechant (villain)
Synopsis:
Red, Whitey and Blooey are called into G-2 HQ and informed that they have been doing such a good job that they have earned a vacation: in Alaska! After getting settled in a local hotel, they discover that Doris West is already there. She tells them that Alaska is being overrun by Kavinise men who are disguising themselves as Eskimos, bulding an underground fort where weapons of all kinds are stored, and who are believed to have captured or killed a G-2 operative in that area. The trio then go on to round up the oriental crooks and save the life of the G-2 man.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Caribou Hotel; Kavinese

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Craig Delich.

The final panel blurb asks readers to follow the further adventures of Red, White and Blue in All-American Comics.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside back cover.

Illustrated advertisement from Johnson Smith and Company for a variety of different items for purchase, such as swimming goggles, a diving submarine, yacht caps, pistol cigarette case, a live turtle, a midget racer and dozens and dozens more. Complete with prices.

Now! Hear Your Own Voice! (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?; photo
Inks:
?; photo
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Bob; Charlie Barnet; Judy Ellington; Larry Taylor

Indexer Notes

Found on the back cover.

Illustrated advertisement from the Home Recording Company in New York City, offering readers a device called the Home Recordo, which allows people to record radio shows and make their own records at home. The entire home recording outfit includes 6 two-sided blank records and only costs $2.98 plus postage upon delivery, or people can mail in $3 cash or money order and save on postage costs.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Sandman; The Flash; Ultra-Man; The Spectre
  2. 1. Attention!
  3. 2. [Vs. the Sorceror Trygg]
    Hawkman
  4. 3. [The Twin Thieves]
    The Sandman
  5. 4. [The European War in 2240]
    Gary Concord, the Ultra-Man
  6. 5. [The Murder of Widow Jones]
    The Flash, Fastest Man Alive!
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
  8. 7. [The Tenement Fires]
    The Spectre
  9. 8. [The Great Remembo]
    Biff Bronson
  10. 9. Exile to Jupiter
  11. 10. Amazing Combination Offer
  12. 11. [Here's a Chance to Win the Next Issue of All-Star Comics Absolutely Free!]
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Mutt & Jeff
  14. 13. [The Forest Fire]
    Presenting "Tick-Tock" Tyler 'The Man of the Hour' as The Hour-Man
  15. 14. [The Volcano Invasion]
    Red, White and Blue
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
  17. 16. Now! Hear Your Own Voice!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Gene Reed
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Jon Ingersoll