(April-May 1953)

DC, 1952 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1953-02-18
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

Credits for fillers verified by 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)

Script
?
Pencils
Murphy Anderson ?
Inks
Bernard Sachs
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
What was the strange secret behind the haunting terror that struck an amusment park?
Genre
fantasy-supernatural

Now More Than Ever -- This Famous Symbol on the Cover of Any Comics Magazine Is Your Guarantee of the Best in Comics Reading! (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Leonard Starr
Inks
Leonard Starr
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
House ad for House of Mystery #13.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

The Living Nightmare! (Table of Contents: 2)

The Phantom Stranger / comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Bernard Sachs
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Phantom Stranger
Synopsis
Boxing prizefighter Jerry Samson is made to believe he lost his powers. A gambling syndicate coaxed him into thinking he is the reincarnation of the biblical Samson, then cuts off his hair, thusly securing their odds at betting. The Phantom Stranger coaches Samson into winning his match.
Reprints

Your Hair's Best Friend (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Hair tonic ad with gag cartoon.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Script
Ray Thompson
Pencils
Ray Thompson [as Ray T.] (signed)
Inks
Ray Thompson [as Ray T.] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Ray Thompson

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gosh, they stopped Pud on the goal line again!
Genre
children
Synopsis
Bubble gum ad.

Editorial Advisory Board (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor
Characters
Dean Martin; Jerry Lewis
Synopsis
A list of DC's advisory board plus a list of currently published comics. Thirty-nine titles are listed. Also, a special plug for the latest issues of Adventuers of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
Keywords
celebrity

Demon Count (Table of Contents: 6)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Account of demons.
Reprints

The Unseen Familiar! (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Murphy Anderson
Inks
Joe Giella
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis
Rich heir Carl Baker is haunted by a ghost being, a familiar, who tries to coax Baker into signing over all his property. The Phantom Stranger exposes the familiar as the butler.

Superman Is on Television! (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Synopsis
Announcement of the Superman television show.

Twelve-Day Terror! (Table of Contents: 9)

comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Supersititions about the twelve days of Christmas.

This Is Really Something! 150 Special Quality Stamps from All Over the World! (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Synopsis
Special stamps available for 25 cents, a 3-cent stamp and one Necco Wafer Wrapper.

Superman Says: "People are People!" (Table of Contents: 11)

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

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

Genre
advocacy; superhero

Time to Kill! (Table of Contents: 12)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Henry Kuttner
Pencils
John Giunta (signed)
Inks
John Giunta (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Jed Bruno; Andrew Seldin
Synopsis
Jed Bruno travels to the future to get revenge on his enemy.
Reprints
Keywords
time travel

Indexer Notes

Script credit from reprint in Batman #219. We formerly credited Jack Miller.

Strange Secrets of the Ozarks (Table of Contents: 13)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Some of the superstitions of the Ozark Mountain people.

Indexer Notes

text w/illo

The Stars Screamed Danger! (Table of Contents: 14)

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

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Jerry Grandenetti ?
Inks
Joe Giella
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Vasti the Fortune Teller (villain)
Synopsis
At an amusement park, the mystic and fortune-teller Vasti predicts strange things which actually start to happen. The Phantom Stranger steps in and puts an end to Vasti's schemes.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Art identification by Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. Previous indexer suggested Frank Giacoia for pencils.

Hand of Glory (Table of Contents: 15)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
The candle-bearing severed hand of a hanged man was believed to have magic powers.
Reprints

The Nameless Ones! (Table of Contents: 16)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
The power of names and pseudonyms
Reprints

Hi There, Pal! Win Some of These 100 Silver Anniversary Prizes! (Table of Contents: 17)

Jowett Institute of Physical Training / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
?

Characters
George Jowett
Synopsis
Body-building ad.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Bill Starts an Air Rifle Club (Table of Contents: 18)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Synopsis
Ad for Daisy Air Rifles and an instruction booklet for steps to establish an air rifle club.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["What was the strange secret behind the haunting terror that struck an amusment park?"]
    The Phantom Stranger
  2. 1. Now More Than Ever -- This Famous Symbol on the Cover of Any Comics Magazine Is Your Guarantee of the Best in Comics Reading!
    DC Comics
  3. 2. The Living Nightmare!
    The Phantom Stranger
  4. 3. Your Hair's Best Friend
    Wildroot Cream-Oil
  5. 4. ["Gosh, they stopped Pud on the goal line again!"]
    Fleer's Dubble Bubble
  6. 5. Editorial Advisory Board
    DC Comics
  7. 6. Demon Count
  8. 7. The Unseen Familiar!
    The Phantom Stranger
  9. 8. Superman Is on Television!
    Superman
  10. 9. Twelve-Day Terror!
  11. 10. This Is Really Something! 150 Special Quality Stamps from All Over the World!
    Necco Assorted Wafers
  12. 11. Superman Says: "People are People!"
    Superman
  13. 12. Time to Kill!
  14. 13. Strange Secrets of the Ozarks
  15. 14. The Stars Screamed Danger!
    The Phantom Stranger
  16. 15. Hand of Glory
  17. 16. The Nameless Ones!
  18. 17. Hi There, Pal! Win Some of These 100 Silver Anniversary Prizes!
    Jowett Institute of Physical Training
  19. 18. Bill Starts an Air Rifle Club
    Daisy Manufacturing Company
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Nick Caputo
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Tillmann Courth
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Gene Reed
  • Matthew Head
  • Peter Croome
  • Gregory Fischer
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed