(September-October 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:
Joe Shuster
Inks:
Paul Cassidy
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

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

Superman (Table of Contents)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
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Indexer Notes

Frontispiece.

[Lois Lane, Murder Suspect] (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]; Samuel Norval (cameo, jewel collector, death); Burkley (villain, architect, introduction); Sgt. Casey (introduction); Lois Lane; "Scoop" Carter; John Davis; Henry Davis
Synopsis:
When Lois is found at the scene of the murder of a noted jewel collector, she is arrested for that murder. Superman learns that the architect, who had installed numerous fail safe devices to protect the jeweler's gems, is responsible, and he had planned to throw the blame on the jeweler's two nephews until Lois had come upon the scene.
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["Well, Members, now that we're all together again this month, let's talk about something that's on everyone's lips today: building up a reserve!"] (Table of Contents)

Supermen of America / text article / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]
Synopsis:
Page where Superman begin to elaborate on the first word in the Supermen of America motto: Strength! A code message in Code Saturn No. 5 is given as well as a coupon being provided for reader's to join the Supermen of America club.
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Indexer Notes

Sequence addedby Craig Delich (January, 2006).

Too Big for Marbles (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
George Shute (signed)
Pencils:
Don Komisarow [as a K in a circle] (signed)
Inks:
Don Komisarow [as a K in a circle] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Wally Brennan; Bill Trent; Bruno (villain); Luigi (villain)
Synopsis:
Because of the quick thinking of young Wally Brennan, two dope peddlers, who had stolen $50,000 worth of dope from a medical supply house, and shot the night watchmen, are captured after Wally left a note in the pocket of a coat owned by one of the felons and it was sent to the cleaners.
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Indexer Notes

Art credits by Craig Delich & Jerry Bails (January, 2006). The second page of the story has two company advertisements on it.

[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; The Green Lantern; The Spectre; The Flash
Synopsis:
House ad promoting DC's top six comic magazines: Action, Adventure, Detective, All-American, More Fun and Flash Comics, with head views of the stars of each of the magazines.
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Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich (January, 2006). The bottom one third of the page is a B/W ad for Baby Ruth candy bars.

["I'm hungry enuff t' eat a bull dog..."] (Table of Contents)

Driftin' Dave / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Russell Cole [as Alger] (signed)
Pencils:
Russell Cole [as Alger] (signed)
Inks:
Russell Cole [as Alger] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Russell Cole

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Dave
Synopsis:
As Dave comes by several houses, he asks the ladies standing out front if they could supply him with a meal. All answer no except the third, who tells him that, if he spades her flower bed, she'll provide a meal. She feeds him, then he walks off.
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Indexer Notes

Writer, artist and letterer credits revised from Ray McGill to Cole by Craig Delich 2010-1-4.

[The Rulers of Gateston] (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; Mr. Mason (Daily Planet publisher); Lois Lane; Jim Tirrell (death); George Tirrell; Calvin Chalmers; Brute Bashby (villain); Twist (villain)
Synopsis:
Brute Bashby and his thugs roll into the town of Gateson with the sole purpose of establishing a protection racket, which means each shop owner must fork over 10% of their profits. When the local newspaper editor starts a written campaign against the racketeers, an explosion at the newspaper office kills him, which attracts the attention of Lois and Clark, who vow to do something about it.
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Indexer Notes

Some art info by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

Super Strength (Table of Contents)

Superman / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Jack Burnley
Inks:
Jack Burnley
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction; superhero
Characters:
Superman
Synopsis:
Superman relates and shows how regular exercises, such as chinning, deep breathing and swimming can do wonders for one's health.
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Indexer Notes

Art credits verified by Burnley to Craig Delich. Superman inset at top of page by Joe Shuster and Paul Cassidy.

[For swell vacation reading, don't miss thee two!] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor; science fiction; superhero
Characters:
Mutt; Jeff; Sandman; Spectre; Flash; Ultra-Man
Synopsis:
House ad promoting All-Star Comics #1 and Mutt and Jeff's new issue, with cover.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

[Up! Goes the popularity of this sensational adventure strip!] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor; science fiction; superhero
Characters:
Batman; Robin
Synopsis:
House ad promoting Batman #2 (on sale July 20th), with cover.
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[Mission to San Caluma] (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor; Lois Lane; Mumsen (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Relief efforts to help the tornado and earthquake ravaged South American nation of San Caluma head out by boat but hit a snag when an aircraft carrying the relief commission officials nearly crashes. Things go from bad to worse when Superman's true identity is discovered by a thief, several witnesses to the event are killed, and Lois is nearly burned to death.
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The Strangest Case (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox (signed)
Pencils:
Don Komisarow [as a K in a circle] (signed)
Inks:
Don Komisarow [as a K in a circle] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure; jungle
Characters:
Java Colt; Jason Dent (death); Ross; a monkey (villain)
Synopsis:
Java Colt was mystified at the murder of old Jason Dent down in Borneo, in a locked room with only a small window, and Dent laying dead with a ladie's stickpin thrust into the base of the man's skull. But the real shocker was who the murderer turned out to be!
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Indexer Notes

Bottom half of page 2 is a promotion for the Superman on Radio, and a list is provided of stations airing the series. Art credits by Craig Delich & Jerry Bails (January, 2006).

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.

Sore Arm Puzzle! (Table of Contents)

Sports Close-Ups / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Jack Burnley
Pencils:
Jack Burnley
Inks:
Jack Burnley
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction; sports
Characters:
Dizzy Dean (pictured); Monte Pearson (pictured); Lefty Grove (mentioned); Carl Hubbell (mentioned); Lefty Gomez (mentioned); Bob Feller (mentioned); Lon Warneke (mentioned)
Synopsis:
This filler talks about the problems professional baseball pitchers have with sore arms.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer and art credits verified by Burnley to Craig Delich and added January, 2006.

[The Construction 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; Paul Lauretta [both as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor; Lois Lane; Sgt. Casey [as Sgt. Clancy]; John (cameo, contruction company head, death); Sam Goetz; Mr. Jackson (villain, introduction); Mayor Hansen (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
When a department store collapses and the head of the construction firm that erected it is slain, Clark Kent smells a story in the making, and knows it when, as Superman, he investigates the construction of the city's new Municipal Stadium. At the opening day ceremonies of the stadium it collapses, and, while Superman rescues children, Lois Lane is seriously injured and taken to the hospital where a transfusion is necessary...provided by Clark Kent!
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Indexer Notes

Oddity: Clark tears open his own skin in order for the transfusion to take place.

[Superman in Action Comics] (Table of Contents)

Superman / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Synopsis:
House ad promoting Superman appearing in Action Comics, on sale the 21st of every mnonth.

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich (January, 2006).

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [untitled]
    Superman
  2. 1. Superman
    Superman
  3. 2. [Lois Lane, Murder Suspect]
    Superman
  4. 3. ["Well, Members, now that we're all together again this month, let's talk about something that's on everyone's lips today: building up a reserve!"]
    Supermen of America
  5. 4. Too Big for Marbles
  6. 5. [The 'Big Six' Comic Magazines Still Lead the Field!]
  7. 6. ["I'm hungry enuff t' eat a bull dog..."]
    Driftin' Dave
  8. 7. [The Rulers of Gateston]
    Superman
  9. 8. Super Strength
    Superman
  10. 9. [For swell vacation reading, don't miss thee two!]
  11. 10. [Up! Goes the popularity of this sensational adventure strip!]
  12. 11. [Mission to San Caluma]
    Superman
  13. 12. The Strangest Case
  14. 13. Superman Is on the Radio!
    Superman
  15. 14. Sore Arm Puzzle!
    Sports Close-Ups
  16. 15. [The Construction Racket]
    Superman
  17. 16. [Superman in Action Comics]
    Superman
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Dan Kocher
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Per Sandell
  • Jim Stangas
  • 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