Action Comics #32 [Without Canadian Price]
(January 1941)

DC, 1938 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1940-11-22
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Detective Comics, Inc.
Brand
A DC Publication
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth [as F. W. Ellsworth] (credited); Murray Boltinoff (uncredited)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US; then standard Modern Age US
Binding
saddle-stitched (squarebound #334, 347, 360, 373, 437, 443, 449, 544, 600)
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.

Ellsworth credit from statement of ownership. On-sale date from copyright registration.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Leo Nowak
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inks credit changed from Wayne Boring by Bob Hughes.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Johnson Smith & Company / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[The Preston Gambling Racket] (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Krypto raygun (introduction); George Taylor (unnamed); Lois Lane; Mayor Worth; Preston (villain)
Synopsis
Clark Kent is bound and determined to find out why gambling is allowed in the city of Metropolis when city ordinance doesn't allow it. But it's Superman's use of the Krypto Raygun that cinches the case against the perpetrator.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Superman uses Krypto raygun for the first time. Made of Kryptonite, this captured and projected pictures. (Gun was sold as a toy.) Blue "S" on cape.

Supermen of America (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

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

For Superman Fans! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

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

Here They Come Again! (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

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

[The Escaped Convicts] (Table of Contents: 6)

Pep Morgan / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
George Papp (signed)
Inks
George Papp (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Pep Morgan

[Single Combat] (Table of Contents: 7)

The Black Pirate / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff (signed)
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
historical
Characters
The Black Pirate [Jon Valor]

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Chemcraft / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Laffs / cartoon / 0.44 page (report information)

Script
Henry Boltinoff
Pencils
Henry Boltinoff
Inks
Henry Boltinoff
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
What a beautiful head of skin!
Genre
humor

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

statement of ownership / 0.22 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Butterfinger / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[The Dali Lama] (Table of Contents: 12)

Three Aces / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Chad Grothkopf [as Chad] (signed)
Inks
Chad Grothkopf [as Chad] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Three Aces [Fog Fortune; Gunner Bill; Whistler Will]

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich.

[Baby Sandy, Robert Taylor, Donald Duck, Ray Milland] (Table of Contents: 13)

In Hollywood / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
Henry Boltinoff
Pencils
Henry Boltinoff [as Bolt] (signed)
Inks
Henry Boltinoff [as Bolt] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

The Spectre; More Fun Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

Built-Rite Toys / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[The Ranch's Minerals] (Table of Contents: 16)

"Tex" Thomson / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Ken Fitch
Pencils
Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks
Bernard Baily (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Tex Thomson; Bob Daley

Indexer Notes

Tex Thomson feature becomes Mr. America feature with the next issue.

Man of the Law (Table of Contents: 17)

text story / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script
Ted Miller (credited)
Pencils
Fred Ray (spot illos)
Inks
Fred Ray (spot illos)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[The Treacherous Foreman] (Table of Contents: 19)

Clip Carson / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
George Papp
Inks
George Papp
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Clip Carson

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

Eclipse Machine Division / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[Opened by Censor] (Table of Contents: 21)

Interesting Items / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Fred Schwab
Pencils
Fred Schwab (signed)
Inks
Fred Schwab (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Fred Schwab

Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Writer & letterer credits added by Craig Delich.

Superman Licensed Products (Table of Contents: 22) (Expand) /

advertisement / 0.67 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 23)

text article / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Another good tale with an ending typical of O. Henry is 'The Rathskeller and the Rose.'

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 24) (Expand) /

Action Stamp Page / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[The Antigravity Machine] (Table of Contents: 25)

Zatara / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Joseph Sulman
Inks
Joseph Sulman
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Zatara; Tong

Here It Is -- All-Star No. 3... (Table of Contents: 26) (Expand) /

All-Star Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Be a Superman! Carry This Official Superman Krypto-Raygun (Table of Contents: 27) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 28) (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 & Company
  3. 2. [The Preston Gambling Racket]
    Superman
  4. 3. Supermen of America
  5. 4. For Superman Fans!
  6. 5. Here They Come Again!
    Batman
  7. 6. [The Escaped Convicts]
    Pep Morgan
  8. 7. [Single Combat]
    The Black Pirate
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Chemcraft
  10. 9. ["What a beautiful head of skin!"]
    Laffs
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Butterfinger
  13. 12. [The Dali Lama]
    Three Aces
  14. 13. [Baby Sandy, Robert Taylor, Donald Duck, Ray Milland]
    In Hollywood
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    The Spectre; More Fun Comics
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Built-Rite Toys
  17. 16. [The Ranch's Minerals]
    "Tex" Thomson
  18. 17. Man of the Law
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
  20. 19. [The Treacherous Foreman]
    Clip Carson
  21. 20. ["Do this puzzle correctly..."]
    Eclipse Machine Division
  22. 21. [Opened by Censor]
    Interesting Items
  23. 22. Superman Licensed Products
  24. 23. ["Another good tale with an ending typical of O. Henry is 'The Rathskeller and the Rose.'"]
  25. 24. [no title indexed]
    Action Stamp Page
  26. 25. [The Antigravity Machine]
    Zatara
  27. 26. Here It Is -- All-Star No. 3...
    All-Star Comics
  28. 27. Be a Superman! Carry This Official Superman Krypto-Raygun
    Daisy Manufacturing Company
  29. 28. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Merlin Haas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Matthew Head
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  • Allen Ross
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