(November-December 1940)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD; 0.15 CAD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1940-09-06
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Superman, Inc.
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (uncredited); Murray Boltinoff (uncredited)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US; then standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
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 from copyright registration. On-sale date of September 10 in house ad in Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #29.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster ?
Inks
Wayne Boring
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Johnson Smith & Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[World's Greatest Adventure Character] (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster; Paul Cassidy
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
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Indexer Notes

Frontispiece. Paul Cassidy ink credit added by Craig Delich.

[The Three Kingpins of Crime] (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed); Wayne Boring [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks
Wayne Boring [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White (introduction, 1st name revealed in issue #10, first appearance in comic book); Lois Lane; Sgt. Casey; Police Chief Watson; George Lash; Nick Norton (villain, introduction); Mike Moran (villain, introduction); Billings (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
A clever gangster kills the wife of the prosecuting attorney, leaving evidence behind that her husband actually did it, all so that the prosecutor wouldn't be in a position to prosecute the felon and his mobster friends.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Greetings again, members! This time I want to talk to you about hitting the line hard...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Synopsis
Superman discusses the idea of "Hitting the Line Hard!" A code message in the Code Mercury No. 1 is given, and a coupon is provided for readers wanting to join the Supermen of America.
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Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich.

[The Loudest Noise on Earth!] (Table of Contents: 5)

Fantastic Facts / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
George Papp ?
Pencils
George Papp [as Geo. Papp] (signed)
Inks
George Papp [as Geo. Papp] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Chalchas the Greek
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Indexer Notes

Facts presented include the musk odor of deer; chewing gum use among stone-age people; the loudest sound on Earth when the volcano, Krakatoa, exploded; and the fact that Chalchas laughed himself to death.

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

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

Choose Yours Now! (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

American Specialty Co. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Rinaldo's Revenge (Table of Contents: 8)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
G. B. Armbruster (credited)
Pencils
? (spot illustrations)
Inks
Gloria Kamen ? (spot illustrations)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Rinaldo; Domenick (death); Pietro (villain, death)
Synopsis
Rinaldo, a Gypsy Prince, had heard stories that his adoptive parent had stashed a fortune in gold away in the gypsy caravan, but he had always denied it. However, one night Rinaldo found his adoptive father dead, with a note in his hand stating that the young man should safely store away a fortune in gems that were his, unknowing that the gypsy chief's son was the murderer.
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Indexer Notes

Inker credit by Craig Delich & Jerry Bails. Page 2 of the story has several advertisements, including one for Baby Ruth and Butterfinger candy bars.

Superman Plus (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

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

[The Gay City Plague] (Table of Contents: 10)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed); Wayne Boring [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks
Wayne Boring [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White (un-named); Lois Lane; Commissioner Jim Stanley (villain, introduction); Kotzoff (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
The Planet editor sends Clark packing off for Gay City, where the people within the city fall victim to a strange malady that causes them, upon contact, to disintergrate!
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

The Adventures of Superman / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12)

Shorty / cartoon / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
Fred Schwab [as Schwab] (signed)
Pencils
Fred Schwab [as Schwab] (signed)
Inks
Fred Schwab [as Schwab] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Fred Schwab

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Take that, you mutt
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Shorty (a dog)
Synopsis
Shorty gets knocked out by another dog and begins dreaming, first of birds flying about, next of a package of dog biscuits and lastly of a girl dog (before he wakes up). He looks up the other dog and asks him to hit him again!
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Hey, Fellers! Get a Genuine Superman Sweat Shirt (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Norwich Knitting Co. / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

[Bert Runyan's Campaign] (Table of Contents: 14)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Wayne Boring [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks
Wayne Boring [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Lois Lane; Bert Runyan (introduction); Red Tyler (villain, introduction); Public Prosecutor Ralph Dale (villain, introduction); Nat Burly (villain, introduction); Captain McDay (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Believing the public prosecutor to be in league with the underworld, Kent convinces Perry White that the Planet should oppose candidate Red Tyler and back an honest candidate like Bert Runyan.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

Wilson Chem Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Here It Is - Better Than Ever! (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

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

The Black Gang (Table of Contents: 17)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed); Wayne Boring [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks
Joe Shuster (signed); Wayne Boring [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Sgt. Casey; Kennedy (editor of the Daily Pictorial); Jane Day (villain); Peter Peeker (villain); Frank Jordan (villain); un-named other members of the Black Gang (villains, introduction)
Synopsis
Superman faces a ruthless gang of men known as the Black Band, who specialize in brutal robberies of night club patrons in Metropolis, including Clark kent and Lois Lane, who disguise themselves as wealthy patrons themselves to smoke out members of the gang.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

Baby Ruth; Butterfinger / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Announcing the New Superman Krypto-Raygun (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

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

Be a Cowboy! (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

Daisy Air Rifles / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  3. 2. [World's Greatest Adventure Character]
    Superman
  4. 3. [The Three Kingpins of Crime]
    Superman
  5. 4. ["Greetings again, members! This time I want to talk to you about hitting the line hard..."]
    Supermen of America
  6. 5. [The Loudest Noise on Earth!]
    Fantastic Facts
  7. 6. Superman Is on the Radio!
    Superman
  8. 7. Choose Yours Now!
    American Specialty Co.
  9. 8. Rinaldo's Revenge
  10. 9. Superman Plus
    Action Comics
  11. 10. [The Gay City Plague]
    Superman
  12. 11. ["Listen to the Superman Radio Program..."]
    The Adventures of Superman
  13. 12. ["Take that, you mutt"]
    Shorty
  14. 13. Hey, Fellers! Get a Genuine Superman Sweat Shirt
    Norwich Knitting Co.
  15. 14. [Bert Runyan's Campaign]
    Superman
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Wilson Chem Co.
  17. 16. Here It Is - Better Than Ever!
  18. 17. The Black Gang
    Superman
  19. 18. ["It's fun! It's a frolic! ...And good eating, too!"]
    Baby Ruth; Butterfinger
  20. 19. Announcing the New Superman Krypto-Raygun
    Daisy Manufacturing Company
  21. 20. Be a Cowboy!
    Daisy Air Rifles
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Craig Delich
  • Bob Hughes
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Per Sandell
  • Matthew Head
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Dwayne Best
  • Pat Lang
  • Bob Rivard
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Allen Ross
  • Ed Boner