(June-July 1953)

DC, 1952 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1953-04-15
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

Filler credits in this issue verified from copies of DC editorial records sent to Gene Reed from Nelson Bridwell in 1986. On-sale date from copyright registration.


The Doorway in the Sky! (Table of Contents)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Murphy Anderson
Inks
Joe Giella ?
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
fantasy-supernatural

Indexer Notes

Murphy Anderson recalled drawing the cover to Phantom Stranger #6 in The Comic Reader #27, July 1964. Possible Giella inks per Nick Caputo. Previous indexer credited Bob Brown with cover art.

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
? (illustration)
Inks
? (illustration)
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
humor
Characters
Dean Martin; Jerry Lewis
Synopsis
House ad for Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis #6.
Keywords
celebrity

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

The Ghosts in the Locked Room! (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
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
crime; fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis
The Phantom Stranger solves a clever jewelry theft, committed out of a locked room.

Can Your Scalp Pass the Fingernail Test? (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 panel.

Fast Footwork Foils Foreign Agent (Table of Contents: 4)

Another Jim Wise "P-F" Adventure Story; "P-F" Canvas Shoes / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Jim Wise
Synopsis
Ad for canvas shoes made by Hood Rubber Company and B. F. Goodrich.

The Busy Brownie (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Facts about a certain kind of fairy.
Reprints

Magic Tricks (Table of Contents: 6)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Synopsis
Ad for chocolate drink mix.

Doorway in the Sky! (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
John Broome
Pencils
? (pages 1-3); Murphy Anderson (pages 4-6) (see notes)
Inks
Joe Giella (pages 1-3); Murphy Anderson (pages 4-6)
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis
On a Hollywood movie set, the Phantom Stranger saves actress Lorna from a deadly intrigue.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Nick Caputo believes pages 1-3 were penciled by an unknown artist.

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.

$15,000 in Prizes! (Table of Contents: 9)

Red Ball Jets Sports Shoe / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Synopsis
Ad and entry blank for the Red Ball Sports Shoes contest.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Script
Ray Thompson
Pencils
Ray Thompson
Inks
Ray Thompson
Colors
?
Letters
Ray Thompson

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'm scared! This really is a tough neighborhood!
Genre
children
Synopsis
Bubble gum ad.

Editorial Advisory Board (Table of Contents: 11)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

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. Plus an additional plug for the latest issue of Adventues of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
Keywords
celebrity

Dead Man's Bluff! (Table of Contents: 12)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Miller
Pencils
John Giunta
Inks
John Giunta
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis
The gangster Ace Mitchell claims he can cross into another dimension - with the help of a special wrist watch.

The Mystical Mesmer (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
Highlights of the life and career of Franz Mesmer.

Indexer Notes

text w/illo

Stop That Yawn (Table of Contents: 14)

comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Odd superstitions about yawning.
Reprints

Hey! You Baseball Fans! Look! (Table of Contents: 15)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
sports
Synopsis
Ad for baseball pennants available for 25 cents, a 3-cent stamp and one Necco Wafer Wrapper.

Horror in Miniature! (Table of Contents: 16)

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

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Jerry Grandenetti ?
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis
The Phantom Stranger and cameraman Tim Harley fight back an invasion of elves.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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

Peter Porkchops Learns "Careless Is No Joke!" (Table of Contents: 17)

Peter Porkchops / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Schiff
Pencils
Otto Feuer
Inks
Otto Feuer
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
advocacy; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Peter Porkchops; Wolfie

Free! 235 Stamps from All Over the World (Table of Contents: 18)

Littleton Stamp Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
?

Synopsis
Ad for 235 foreign stamps and a set of Anti-Communist Stamps.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

May Is National Daisy Air Rifle Month! (Table of Contents: 19)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Synopsis
Ad for several different models of Daisy Air Rifles.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Doorway in the Sky!
    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 Ghosts in the Locked Room!
    The Phantom Stranger
  4. 3. Can Your Scalp Pass the Fingernail Test?
    Wildroot Cream Oil
  5. 4. Fast Footwork Foils Foreign Agent
    Another Jim Wise "P-F" Adventure Story; "P-F" Canvas Shoes
  6. 5. The Busy Brownie
  7. 6. Magic Tricks
    Baker's Instant Cocoa Mix
  8. 7. Doorway in the Sky!
    The Phantom Stranger
  9. 8. Superman Is on Television!
    Superman
  10. 9. $15,000 in Prizes!
    Red Ball Jets Sports Shoe
  11. 10. ["I'm scared! This really is a tough neighborhood!"]
    Fleer's Dubble Bubble
  12. 11. Editorial Advisory Board
    DC Comics
  13. 12. Dead Man's Bluff!
  14. 13. The Mystical Mesmer
  15. 14. Stop That Yawn
  16. 15. Hey! You Baseball Fans! Look!
    Necco Assorted Wafers
  17. 16. Horror in Miniature!
    The Phantom Stranger
  18. 17. Peter Porkchops Learns "Careless Is No Joke!"
    Peter Porkchops
  19. 18. Free! 235 Stamps from All Over the World
    Littleton Stamp Co.
  20. 19. May Is National Daisy Air Rifle Month!
    Daisy Manufacturing Company
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Nick Caputo
  • Tillmann Courth
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Dwayne Best
  • Gene Reed
  • Matthew Head
  • Peter Croome
  • Gregory Fischer
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed