(1939)

DC, 1939 Series
Price:
0.15 USD
Pages:
100
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Detective Comics, Inc.
Editing:
Vincent A. Sullivan
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard golden age US
Paper Stock:
glossy cover, newsprint interior
Binding:
squarebound
Publishing Format:
was ongoing

Issue Notes

This issue is a variant of New York World's Fair Comics (DC, 1939 series) #[1].

15 cent price sticker covers original 25 cent price.

Copyright on title page:

Theme Buildings, mural and sculpture, copyright, New York World's Fair 1939, Inc. Entire contents, copyright, 1939 by Detective Comics, Inc.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Vincent Sullivan; Fred Guardineer (head views)
Inks:
Vincent Sullivan; Fred Guardineer (head views)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Zatara; Butch the Pup; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Gingersnap
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Revised artist credit verified by Vin Sullivan. Added artist credit (Guardineer) by Craig Delich (November, 2005).

[New York World's Fair Comics] (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Creig Flessel
Inks:
Creig Flessel
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Synopsis:
This title page cordially welcomes visitors to the Fair.
Reprints:

Superman at the World's Fair (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks:
Joe Shuster (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Shuster ?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; the Chief [George Taylor?]; Nick Stone (villain)
Synopsis:
Lois and Clark are assigned to cover the Fair, but after Lois is kidnapped, Superman has to take over, both to rescue her from a wanted criminal and make sure the Fair is covered properly for the paper.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2010-2-20.

Fairs 1851-1939 (Table of Contents)

filler / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
This page features Uncle Sam atop "the world" of the 1939 N.Y. World's Fair, and to the center of fifteen "worlds" depicting Fairs of the past.
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Indexer Notes

The New York World's Fair covers 1,216,000 acres at a cost of $156,000,000 and expects 60,000,000 visitors.

From the Fair Corners (Table of Contents)

filler / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Information about the trylon and the perisphere.
Reprints:

Chuck Warren Goes to the New York World's Fair (Table of Contents)

Chuck Warren / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Tom Hickey (signed)
Pencils:
Tom Hickey (signed)
Inks:
Tom Hickey (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Tom Hickey ?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Chuck Warren
Synopsis:
Chuck and his college teammates have earned the right to compete in the mile relay at the Fair, but they go through hair-raising adventures even before they arrive!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2007-12-23.

Hanko Goes to the World's Fair 3000 Miles on Horseback (Table of Contents)

Hanko the Cowhand / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Creig Flessel [as Flessel] (signed)
Inks:
Creig Flessel [as Flessel] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Hanko
Synopsis:
Hanko is awarded a key to the city and $1000 cash for riding to the Fair all the way from San Francisco on horseback.
Reprints:

History of the New York World's Fair 1939 (Table of Contents)

text article / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Creig Flessel [as CF] (illustrations, signed)
Inks:
Creig Flessel [as CF] (illustrations, signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?, some typeset

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
This article discusses how the theme and purpose of the Fair were conceived, how it was built, and a brief explanation of each of the different expositions showcased at the Fair.
Reprints:

Would You Believe It (Table of Contents)

filler / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Seven different Fair facts: 1) snowstorms out of clear skies; 2) 1,000,000 tulips and 100,000 pansies were planted on the grounds; 3) if all the summer visitors passed through one turnstile, it would click three times each second, twenty-four hours a day; 4) there will be re-enactments of old-style prizefights on Bowling Green; 5) it features the world's tallest murals; 6) the two nautical pylons at the Maritime building stand 30' higher than the bow of the "Normandie"; and 7) if it has its expected 60,000,000 visitors, it will be the largest concentration of people in so small an area ever.
Reprints:

Butch the Pup at the New York World's Fair (Table of Contents)

Butch the Pup / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Fred Schwab (signed)
Pencils:
Fred Schwab (signed)
Inks:
Fred Schwab (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Fred Schwab

Genre:
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters:
Butch the Pup
Synopsis:
Butch is at the World's Fair and suffers through a series of mis-adventures looking for food.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich 2007-12-23. Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2010-2-20.

Cuffnotes from the Fair (Table of Contents)

filler / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Eight different facts are mentioned, including: 1) the Fair has moving chairs that take people through a building so they don't have to walk; 2) over 10 miles of sanitary sewers, 20 miles of storm sewers, and 15 miles of water mains were laid at the Fair; 3) the "Railroad Exhibit" features the largest working miniature railroad in the world; 4) the Fair features a small plot of land devoted to the growing of wheat whose scientific cultivation will make it the most valuable wheat field for its size in the world; 5) if the 7 million cubic yards of material moved from grading the Fair grounds were concrete, it would be enough to pave a highway from New York to Daytona Beach (a 4-lane highway 1200 miles long); 6) paintings done at the Fair are destroyed every night and re-created the next day; 7) there are 17 miles of roads on the Fair grounds; and 8) the Fair has an architectural model of New York City a city block long and the Empire State Building appears 23' high.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The word "Fair" in the title is mis-spelled "Far" in the comic.

Ginger Snap at the New York World's Fair (Table of Contents)

Ginger Snap / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Kane (signed)
Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks:
Bob Kane (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Bob Kane

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Ginger Snap; un-named Father
Synopsis:
Daddy takes Ginger to the Fair, much to his chagrin.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2010-2-20.

["Rusty, I've interviewed celebrities today until I'm black in the face--"] (Table of Contents)

Scoop Scanlon, Five Star Reporter / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Ely (signed)
Pencils:
Bill Ely (signed)
Inks:
Bill Ely (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Scoop Scanlon; Rusty James (photographer); Bill Wesley; Jim; the Bat's Wing [Mr. Bronson] (villain)
Synopsis:
Scoop must investigate and solve a threat made against a futuristic plane designer NOT to exhibit his new bomber plans at the Fair.
Reprints:

Wonders at the Fair (Table of Contents)

filler / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Nine of the many different exhibits at the Fair are illustrated and discussed, including a Flash Gordon style rocketship that will take visitors to Mars, bobsledding in the summer, 80 different restaurants on the Fair grounds to feed visitors, and over 3000 miles of frankfurters will be sold during the Fair's run.
Reprints:

A Day at the World's Fair with Jim and Jane (Table of Contents)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Creig Flessel
Inks:
Creig Flessel
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Uncle George; Jim; Jane
Synopsis:
Uncle George takes Jim and Jane to many of the Fair's exhibits, giving them helpful information along the way.
Reprints:

Tidbits from the Fair (Table of Contents)

filler / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
An illustrated, informational look at nine of the strange facts about exhibits at the Fair, including a fountain that sings, murals that change color as you look at them, an orange grove on the grounds that was transported from Florida, a village inhabited entirely by midgets, and a tremendous discharge of 10 million volts of electricity.
Reprints:

Slam Bradley at the World's Fair (Table of Contents)

Slam Bradley / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks:
Joe Shuster (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Slam Bradley; Shorty Morgan; Tony Spinelli (villain)
Synopsis:
After rounding up a gang of tough thugs, Slam is given a $1000 reward, so he decides that he and Shorty will visit the World's Fair as a part of a well-deserved vacation. Unfortunately for them, their vacation turns sour right away.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

In the story, Shorty mentions that Slam lives in Cleveland, Ohio, the hometown of the writer/artist team on the strip.

Curiousities from the Fair (Table of Contents)

filler / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Through text and illustration, eight more of the little known facts about the Fair are revealed, including the fact that the Fair has a separate telephone exchange with 8000 lines installed, that 8000 benches were placed on the grounds, the Rocketship Exhibit can take visitors to Venus, that 10,000 trees & 250,000 shrubs were planted on the Fair grounds, and more.
Reprints:

["A high executive of the Dodds-Bessing Steel Corporation--"] (Table of Contents)

Sandman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox [as Larry Dean] (signed)
Pencils:
Bert Christman
Inks:
Bert Christman
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; George Henry (Secret Service agent); Mr. Evarts (villain, President of the Dodds-Bessing Steel Corporation); Boris Leland (villain)
Synopsis:
Wes and one of the executive officers at the Dodds-Bessing Steel Corporation are to meet several government agents at the Fair and turn over to them plans for a new raygun.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First Sandman story to appear in print (before Adventure #40).

Wonders at the Fair (Table of Contents)

filler / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
J. H. Ozum
Synopsis:
Eight more fascinating facts about the Fair are revealed, to include the fact that the original Consitution of the United States will be on display, J. H. Ozum is driving his 1900 automobile to the Fair from California and the parking lots there will hold all of the registered cars in the State of New York, and the Fair features a parachute jumping ride for visitors.
Reprints:

The World's Fair Exhibit (Table of Contents)

Zatara the Master Magician / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Zatara; Tong; Elmer Gordon; Hu Song (villain); Rodgers (villain)
Synopsis:
Zatara and Tong are ordered to go to inner Mongolia to obtain a fabled jade necklace of the Princess Ti-Lo and get it to the Fair for exhibit.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letterer by Craig Delich (November, 2005).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Creig Flessel (signed)
Inks:
Creig Flessel (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Closing page to the Fair attendee, hoping that this comic would remind them of the great things they experienced, and hoping that it, in some small way, would help strengthen and promote peace and friendship among the nations of the world.
Reprints:

[New York World's Fair Comics] (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Worth B. Carnahan
Inks:
Worth B. Carnahan
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Father Knickerbocker
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Revised artist credit by Craig Delich (November, 2005). Previous credit given to Raymond Perry. Found on the back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. [New York World's Fair Comics]
  3. 2. Superman at the World's Fair
    Superman
  4. 3. Fairs 1851-1939
  5. 4. From the Fair Corners
  6. 5. Chuck Warren Goes to the New York World's Fair
    Chuck Warren
  7. 6. Hanko Goes to the World's Fair 3000 Miles on Horseback
    Hanko the Cowhand
  8. 7. History of the New York World's Fair 1939
  9. 8. Would You Believe It
  10. 9. Butch the Pup at the New York World's Fair
    Butch the Pup
  11. 10. Cuffnotes from the Fair
  12. 11. Ginger Snap at the New York World's Fair
    Ginger Snap
  13. 12. ["Rusty, I've interviewed celebrities today until I'm black in the face--"]
    Scoop Scanlon, Five Star Reporter
  14. 13. Wonders at the Fair
  15. 14. A Day at the World's Fair with Jim and Jane
  16. 15. Tidbits from the Fair
  17. 16. Slam Bradley at the World's Fair
    Slam Bradley
  18. 17. Curiousities from the Fair
  19. 18. ["A high executive of the Dodds-Bessing Steel Corporation--"]
    Sandman
  20. 19. Wonders at the Fair
  21. 20. The World's Fair Exhibit
    Zatara the Master Magician
  22. 21. [no title indexed]
  23. 22. [New York World's Fair Comics]
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  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Lindsey Naumann
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