(February-March 1953)

DC, 1952 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1952-12-17
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand
Superman DC National Comics
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (credited); Julius Schwartz (actual)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock
newsprint
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Script and art credits for fillers in this issue have been verified from copies of DC editorial records sent to Gene Reed from Nelson Bridwell in 1986. On-sale date from copyright registration.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Phantom Stranger / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Sy Barry
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Stop! Don't read another word from that evil book!
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Phantom Stranger

Draw Instantly (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Master Art Helper Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Hairy Shadows (Table of Contents: 2)

The Phantom Stranger / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Manly Wade Wellman
Pencils
Murphy Anderson
Inks
Joe Giella
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Phantom Stranger; Vic Woods; Ellen Woods
Synopsis
The Phantom Stranger and two ghost hunters rescue a man from another dimension. They perform a spell and open a gateway.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Per Murphy Anderson interview in Comic Book Marketplace 88, he drew at least one Phantom Stranger story that was written by Manly Wade Wellman. Writer id by Bob Hughes, comparing to known Wellman stories in other Schwartz titles of the period.

Ring the Bells! (Table of Contents: 3)

cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Mort Drucker
Pencils
Mort Drucker
Inks
Mort Drucker
Colors
?
Letters
Mort Drucker

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Odd facts about the mystical significance of bells.

Magic Tricks (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Baker's Instant Cocoa Mix / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Tops in Comics! (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

DC Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.67 page (report information)

Superman Is on Television! (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Superman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

The Riddle of the Ghostly Trumpet! (Table of Contents: 7)

The Phantom Stranger / comic story / 5.67 pages (report information)

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Gene Colan
Inks
Bernard Sachs
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
crime; fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis
The Phantom Stranger exposes the killer of famed trumpet player Kix Dexter.

Your Hair's Best Friend (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Wildroot Cream-Oil / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

Fleer's Dubble Bubble / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Editorial Advisory Board (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

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

Superboy Talks About... "The Holiday Spirit!" (Table of Contents: 11)

Superboy / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Schiff
Pencils
Win Mortimer
Inks
Win Mortimer
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
advocacy; superhero

Trail of the Lucky Coin! (Table of Contents: 12)

comic story / 3.67 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Miller
Pencils
Mort Drucker ?
Inks
Bernard Sachs
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis
A lucky coin wanders from hand to hand.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Art identification by Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. Previous indexer suggested Jerry Grandenetti for pencils. There is a "MD" signature across the tie of a person in the splash.

Tune in Tootsie Hippodrome (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Tootsie Roll / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

Mystery at Cape Cod (Table of Contents: 14)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Miller
Pencils
Raymond Perry
Inks
Raymond Perry
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
Short article about the fate of a lost submarine.

Indexer Notes

text w/illo

Green Thoughts (Table of Contents: 15)

cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Mort Drucker
Pencils
Mort Drucker
Inks
Mort Drucker
Colors
?
Letters
Mort Drucker

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Odd facts about the color green.

Hi, Pardner! Get This Swell Cowboy Knife and Chain! (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

Necco Assorted Wafers / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

The Dream Killer! (Table of Contents: 17)

The Phantom Stranger / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Manly Wade Wellman
Pencils
Murphy Anderson
Inks
Joe Giella
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Phantom Stranger; William Wilson
Synopsis
Successful art painter William Wilson has premonitions about future deaths. He is haunted by terrible dreams and threatened by a medusa-like character. The Phantom Stranger steps in and discovers an evil plot behind Wilson's dreams.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Per Murphy Anderson interview in Comic Book Marketplace #88, he drew at least one Phantom Stranger story that was written by Manly Wade Wellman. Writer id by Bob Hughes, comparing to known Wellman stories in other Schwartz titles of the period.

The Crazy House! (Table of Contents: 18)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Mort Drucker
Pencils
Mort Drucker
Inks
Mort Drucker
Colors
?
Letters
Mort Drucker

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Mrs. Golding; Anne Robinson
Synopsis
Short story about a haunted house.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

Motor's Auto Repair Manual / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Announcing the New Daisy Defender Repeating Air Rifle (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

Daisy Manufacturing Company / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Stop! Don't read another word from that evil book!"]
    The Phantom Stranger
  2. 1. Draw Instantly
    Master Art Helper Co.
  3. 2. The Hairy Shadows
    The Phantom Stranger
  4. 3. Ring the Bells!
  5. 4. Magic Tricks
    Baker's Instant Cocoa Mix
  6. 5. Tops in Comics!
    DC Comics
  7. 6. Superman Is on Television!
    Superman
  8. 7. The Riddle of the Ghostly Trumpet!
    The Phantom Stranger
  9. 8. Your Hair's Best Friend
    Wildroot Cream-Oil
  10. 9. ["Poor Pud..."]
    Fleer's Dubble Bubble
  11. 10. Editorial Advisory Board
    DC Comics
  12. 11. Superboy Talks About... "The Holiday Spirit!"
    Superboy
  13. 12. Trail of the Lucky Coin!
  14. 13. Tune in Tootsie Hippodrome
    Tootsie Roll
  15. 14. Mystery at Cape Cod
  16. 15. Green Thoughts
  17. 16. Hi, Pardner! Get This Swell Cowboy Knife and Chain!
    Necco Assorted Wafers
  18. 17. The Dream Killer!
    The Phantom Stranger
  19. 18. The Crazy House!
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
    Motor's Auto Repair Manual
  21. 20. Announcing the New Daisy Defender Repeating Air Rifle
    Daisy Manufacturing Company
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Mark Waid
  • Bob Hughes
  • Tillmann Courth
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Dwayne Best
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Gene Reed
  • Peter Croome
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Arthur Lortie
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed