(May-June 1952)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
On-sale date:
1952-03-07
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand:
Superman DC National Comics
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth (credited editor); Mort Weisinger (actual editor)
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 taken from ad in Mystery in Space #8.


The Mightiest Team on Earth! (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Win Mortimer
Inks:
Win Mortimer
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Lois Lane; Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints:

The Mightiest Team in the World! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
John Fischetti (pages 1-8); Stan Kaye (pages 9-12)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; John Smilter; Lois Lane; Gell; Commissioner James Gordon
Synopsis:
Superman and Batman learn each other's secret identities when they meet on a cruise while trying to find a diamond thief.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

1st Superman-Batman team (outside of radio and JSA). The World's Finest Comics Archives reprint was taken from the World's Finest #179 reprint, as evidenced by the splash page blurb: "Now that you've read the 'origin' of the World's Finest Team, here's the natural follow-up...from Superman No. 76, May-June 1952...." Inker credits corrected by Craig Delich 2012-6-22.....they were reversed. In actuality, it appears that Kaye's inks actually begin on lower half of page 8.

["This guard duty is easy!"] (Table of Contents)

Private Pete / comic story / 0.67 page (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Pvt. Pete
Reprints:

The Misfit Manhunter (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Wayne Boring
Inks:
Stan Kaye
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
SDuperman [Clark Kent]; Joe Harris (introduction); Henry Smithers (FBI officer); Frosty Ferris (villain, introduction); Pete (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Young Joe Harris always wanted to be a G-Man, but his physical defects prevent him from being one.....until Superman unwittingly gives Joe a chance to hold several non G-Man positions. Unfortunately, Frosty Harris and his gang plan to use Joe's physical liabilities against him in order to commit crimes.
Reprints:

["That's Professor Eureka, our most eminent research scientist!"] (Table of Contents)

Professor Eureka / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Professor Eureka

[Is the old motto "Keep your powder dry" accurate?] (Table of Contents)

Quick Quiz / activity / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
H. T. Elmo (signed)
Pencils:
H. T. Elmo (signed)
Inks:
H. T. Elmo (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
H. T. Elmo

Genre:
non-fiction

The Gatling Gun (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Ben Galloway (signed)
Pencils:
Raymond Perry (signed)
Inks:
Raymond Perry (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Richard J. Gatling
Synopsis:
Story of how Richard Gatling invented the gun that carries his name.
Reprints:

["Omigosh! I got up an hour earlier by mistake!"] (Table of Contents)

Susie / comic story / 0.67 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Kaye
Pencils:
Stan Kaye
Inks:
Stan Kaye
Colors:
?
Letters:
Stan Kaye

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Susie

["I just adore men who smoke pipes..."] (Table of Contents)

Jerry the Jitterbug / comic story / 0.67 page (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Jerry the Jitterbug; un-named girl of Jerry's
Synopsis:
When Jerry's girl sees another man smoking a pipe, she comments that it looks so masculine. Jerry retorts by saying that his father gave him one for his birthday and that he would bring it over to show her. He does...with surprising results!
Reprints:

Mrs. Superman! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Woolfolk
Pencils:
Al Plastino
Inks:
Al Plastino
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Armand Laval (hair dresser); Lorraine Jennings (introduction); Shut-Eye Collins (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Lois gets the bright idea of arranging an engagement for Clark Kent to a girl friend of hers, all in hopes of then being able to marry Superman. But the Man of Steel learns of the plan and arranges a scheme to de-rail that attempt.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Daily Planet

["I signed up for a dancing course!"] (Table of Contents)

Peg / comic story / 0.67 page (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Peg

The Roper (Table of Contents)

Learn a Bit of Magic / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Al McLean (signed)
Pencils:
Al McLean (signed)
Inks:
Al McLean (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Al McLean

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Tricks of magic that the reader could easily perform are illustrated step by step.
Reprints:
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Mightiest Team on Earth!
    Superman
  2. 1. The Mightiest Team in the World!
    Superman
  3. 2. ["This guard duty is easy!"]
    Private Pete
  4. 3. The Misfit Manhunter
    Superman
  5. 4. ["That's Professor Eureka, our most eminent research scientist!"]
    Professor Eureka
  6. 5. [Is the old motto "Keep your powder dry" accurate?]
    Quick Quiz
  7. 6. The Gatling Gun
  8. 7. ["Omigosh! I got up an hour earlier by mistake!"]
    Susie
  9. 8. ["I just adore men who smoke pipes..."]
    Jerry the Jitterbug
  10. 9. Mrs. Superman!
    Superman
  11. 10. ["I signed up for a dancing course!"]
    Peg
  12. 11. The Roper
    Learn a Bit of Magic
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Peter Croome
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Gene Reed
  • Craig Delich
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