(Summer 1940)

DC, 1939 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
?
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth; [Murray Boltinoff]
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

[untitled] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Wayne Boring
Inks:
Paul Lauretta ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints:

[Superman, World's Greatest Adventure Character] (Table of Contents)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Frontispiece.

[The Slot Machine Racket] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Paul Cassidy (pages 1-8); Wayne Boring (pages 9-13) [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks:
Paul Cassidy(pages 1-8); Paul Lauretta (pages 9-13) [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; George Taylor; Jensen; Harde; Slug Kelly (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Lois and Clark are very concerned when they see business owners trying to induce children into their stores to play slot machines, placed there by the goons of "Slug" Kelly. When the duo are held captive by Kelly and threatened with death, Superman takes over to clean house of the machines and the mugs responsible for them.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Planet's rival paper, The Morning Pictorial, is introduced.

Super Strength: Rules for Summer Living (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Dennis Neville ?
Inks:
Dennis Neville ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction; superhero
Characters:
Superman
Synopsis:
Superman reminds his readers to get plenty of rest, eat right, gets lots of exercise and drink plenty of milk.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The page features an inset picture of Superman, illustrated by Joe Shuster, plus an illustrated plug for Jowett Books on physical strength at the bottom.

Supermen of America (Table of Contents)

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

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

Characters:
Superman
Synopsis:
Superman discusses the Supermen of America Club and its motto: Strength, Courage and Justice. A coupon is provided for readers to join if they wish.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

[Campaign Against the Planet] (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]; Zachary Collum (introduction, publisher of the Morning Pictorial); Lois Lane; Burt Mason (introduction, publisher of the Daily Planet); George Taylor; Representative Barnes; Alex Evell (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Punk politician Alex Evell, because of his growing political power, is out to buy the Planet's competitor, so that he will have a newspaper to back up his political dealings. But Evell doesn't like Clark Kent and his scathing articles about him, so the crook sets out to buy out the Planet as well..or else!
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Power of the Press (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
George Shute (signed)
Pencils:
Bernard Baily
Inks:
Bernard Baily
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Bill Harkness; The Great Gordon (ventriloquist)
Synopsis:
Bill Harkness, a reporter for just two days, swelled with pride at the dedication of the new State Hospital, the top story of that time. Afterwards, he entered the building to look around, and bumped into one of the patients, the Great Gordon, the best ventriloquist of his day. Bill learned that this man had a son named Johnny, but then was interrupted by the Superintendent who wished that Harkness had never talked to the man. When he asked why, Harkness was finally told the secret of Gordon's son...he was the dummy he had used in his act!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The text story is surrounded by a variety of ads for such things as Baby Ruth candy bars, roller skates and more.

[Luthor's Incense Menace] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor; Mr. Gregory (villain, death); Borden Mosely (villain); Lex Luthor (villain, with grey hair)
Synopsis:
Clark Kent smells a rat when he enters several offices of financial wizards, hoping to find out why they are profiting during a time of extreme depression, and noting a sickening sweet smell of incense in the air. Superman discovers that it involves a plot by Luthor, who uses the narcotic incense to inslave the men and thus profit off their ventures.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Superman uses his powers to reshape his features for the first time. Inker revision by Craig Delich (January, 2006). Inker previously listed as Paul Cassidy?

[The 'Big Six' Comic Magazines Still Lead the Field!] (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
Synopsis:
House ad promoting the characters starring in DC's top six magazines: Action, Adventure, Detective, All-American, More Fun and Flash Comics, with inset pictures of each.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

Murder In the Wind (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Wallis (signed)
Pencils:
? (spot illustrations)
Inks:
? (spot illustrations)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Pert Blair; Jared Greene (villain); Clare Sanders; Doc Chalmers; Tom Larkin (death)
Synopsis:
People were very surprised when young Pert Blair was elected Sheriff, and more surprised, after the first murder in the county's history occured, when Pert nailed the town's banker for the murder!
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Indexer Notes

Both pages are surrounded by a series of promotional ads including for fireworks by the Baltimore Fireworks Company and making your own records at home by the Home Recording Company.

["Yip! Yip!"] (Table of Contents)

Shorty / 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 chased home by a smaller dog...then re-emerges in a tiger skin and chases the other dog off.
Reprints:

["There! Let that be a lesson to you!"] (Table of Contents)

Jest Jokes / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Whitney Ellsworth ?
Pencils:
Whitney Ellsworth ?
Inks:
Whitney Ellsworth ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
The filler consists of four unrelated gag cartoons.
Reprints:

Superman Is on the Radio! (Table of Contents)

Superman / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

An ad for Superman on the radio, and has a listing of the stations broadcasting it.

["For thrills and adventure don't miss this first issue of All-Star Comics"] (Table of Contents)

All-Star Comics #1 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
science fiction; superhero
Characters:
Sandman; Ultra-Man; Flash; Spectre
Synopsis:
Ad for All-Star Comics #1 with covers and illustrations.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

["Here It Is!"] (Table of Contents)

Batman #1 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman; Robin
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Ad for Batman #1 with cover.

[The Wonder Drug Racket] (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]; Lois Lane; George Taylor; Morton Craig; Professor Carl Grinstead; Dr. Bren (villain); Carlin (villain, introduction); Nick Blake (villain); Butch (villain); Jimmy (villain)
Synopsis:
Superman investigates why a noted chemist's serum, parabiolene, financed by a noted gangster named Carlin, is being used on noted people, making them virtual slaves to do the bidding of Carlin.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Superman uses x-ray vision and super hearing.

["Superman and a raft of other headline adventure features..."] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Synopsis:
Promotional ad for Action Comics, starring Superman.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

[Announcing the Sensational New Daisy 1000 Shot Red Ryder Carbine] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Reprints:

[Fireworks] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Reprints:
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [untitled]
    Superman
  2. 1. [Superman, World's Greatest Adventure Character]
    Superman
  3. 2. [The Slot Machine Racket]
    Superman
  4. 3. Super Strength: Rules for Summer Living
    Superman
  5. 4. Supermen of America
    Superman
  6. 5. [Campaign Against the Planet]
    Superman
  7. 6. Power of the Press
  8. 7. [Luthor's Incense Menace]
    Superman
  9. 8. [The 'Big Six' Comic Magazines Still Lead the Field!]
  10. 9. Murder In the Wind
  11. 10. ["Yip! Yip!"]
    Shorty
  12. 11. ["There! Let that be a lesson to you!"]
    Jest Jokes
  13. 12. Superman Is on the Radio!
    Superman
  14. 13. ["For thrills and adventure don't miss this first issue of All-Star Comics"]
    All-Star Comics #1
  15. 14. ["Here It Is!"]
    Batman #1
  16. 15. [The Wonder Drug Racket]
    Superman
  17. 16. ["Superman and a raft of other headline adventure features..."]
    Superman in Action Comics
  18. 17. [Announcing the Sensational New Daisy 1000 Shot Red Ryder Carbine]
  19. 18. [Fireworks]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Per Sandell
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Hughes
  • Dwayne Best
  • Pat Lang
  • Bob Rivard
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Allen Ross
  • Ed Boner