(January-February 1941)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD; 0.15 CAD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1940-11-08
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 November 10 in ad in Batman #3.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
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Indexer Notes

We originally credited Joe Shuster and Wayne Boring with pencils and Wayne Boring with inks for this cover. We then changed both art credits to Fred Ray. Then we changed them to Boring alone. Then we finally changed them back again to Ray per the art credits he verifies in Alter Ego #25 (June 2003).

Cover based on the splash page of the fourth Superman story in this issue.

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

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

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

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Wayne Boring
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
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Indexer Notes

Frontispiece.

[The Giants of Professor Zee] (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Lois Lane; Professor Zee (villain, introduction, death); Dr. Cardos (villain, introduction, death); several giants (villains, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Two hard working professors succeed in creating a process to enlarge the size of living organisms, but when they choose to try the process on human beings, and succeed with dreadful results, the Man of Steel must intervene.
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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 on a subject that's of great importance these days--Loyalty.
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Synopsis
Superman discuss the subject of Loyalty. There is a code message given in Code Mercury No. 1, a coupon for readers to join the Supermen of America Club, and a listing of the radio stations nationwide that air the Superman radio show.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

Laffs / cartoon / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
Lou Paige
Pencils
Lou Paige [as Paige] (signed)
Inks
Lou Paige [as Paige] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Lou Paige ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
We're running a special this week...
Genre
humor
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Indexer Notes

Nine single-panel cartoons. Creative credits per Craig Delich. We formerly credited George Papp in error.

[The Pueblo Indians] (Table of Contents: 7)

Nature News.... / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Henry Boltinoff
Pencils
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Christopher Columbus
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Indexer Notes

Includes info on hummingbirds, the Pueblo Indians, Christopher Columbus and the bison.

Fine Prizes, Choose Yours Now! (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

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

[The Fifth Column] (Table of Contents: 9)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Lois Lane; Frank Martin (death); Jeff Carlton (villain); General Sagdorf (villain, introduction); Eric Reibel (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Warned by a friend of his of 5th Columnists landing by boat in the city of Metropolis, Clark Kent, as Superman, investigates and discovers that they are planting skilled workmen as spies and saboteurs with American armament factories, as well as having a secret base in a mountainous valley, complete with a subversive army capable of striking terror and destruction from the rear when U.S. military forces are attempting to defend coastal areas against foreign invasion.
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Superman Licensed Products (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Superman / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[The Carnival Crooks] (Table of Contents: 11)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White (un-named); Lois Lane; Jackel (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
After Clark is fleeced at a local carnival, Lois is given permission by the editor of the Planet to get evidence of the crookedness of the games there and ends up discovering that the carnival also has pickpockets roaming the grounds, robbing the guests.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Lionel Trains / advertisement / 0.67 page (report information)

Knotty Problem (Table of Contents: 14)

text story / 0.95 page (report information)

Script
Ed Carlisle (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
war
Characters
Bob Varney; Druce; Rafael Vargos (villain)
Synopsis
Sea Scout Bob Varney succeeds in stopping a spy, who has falsely come aboard the ship U.S.S. Phoenix in order to copy down its salient points for an enemy nation.
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Indexer Notes

Across two pages.

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

Model Airplane News / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

Baby Ruth / advertisement / 0.25 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

advertisement / 0.47 page (report information)

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

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

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

Snapshots with Our Candid Cartoon Camera / cartoon / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
Ray McGill (signed)
Pencils
Ray McGill (signed)
Inks
Ray McGill (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Ray McGill

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You can't speak to Sis now, she's tied up!
Genre
humor
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Indexer Notes

Comprised of six, one-panel cartoons.

It's Free (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

Chemcraft / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

[Perrone and the Drug Gang] (Table of Contents: 21)

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]; Lois Lane; Sgt. Casey; Nate Grant (villain, death); John Parrone (villain, introduction); Brokenshire (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Lois and Clark attempt to get the low down on thefts of morphine, as well as trying to prove the guilt of a lawyer who manages to get his clients freed in court on technicalities.
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Indexer Notes

Superman has a blue "S" on his cape.

Training Counts in Building Scores (Table of Contents: 22) (Expand) /

Baby Ruth / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Superman Plus (Table of Contents: 23) (Expand) /

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

Be a Superman! Carry This Official Superman Krypto-Raygun (Table of Contents: 24) (Expand) /

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

I'll Help You Get a Daisy for Christmas (Table of Contents: 25) (Expand) /

Daisy Air Rifles; Red Ryder / 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. World's Greatest Adventure Character
    Superman
  4. 3. [The Giants of Professor Zee]
    Superman
  5. 4. ["Greetings again, members! This time I want to talk to you on a subject that's of great importance these days--Loyalty."]
    Supermen of America
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
  7. 6. ["We're running a special this week..."]
    Laffs
  8. 7. [The Pueblo Indians]
    Nature News....
  9. 8. Fine Prizes, Choose Yours Now!
    American Specialty Co.
  10. 9. [The Fifth Column]
    Superman
  11. 10. Superman Licensed Products
    Superman
  12. 11. [The Carnival Crooks]
    Superman
  13. 12. ["Here they come again!"]
    Batman
  14. 13. ["Flames of death leaped upward!"]
    Lionel Trains
  15. 14. Knotty Problem
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Model Airplane News
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Baby Ruth
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
  19. 18. ["Here it is --All-Star no. 3---"]
    All-Star Comics
  20. 19. ["You can't speak to Sis now, she's tied up!"]
    Snapshots with Our Candid Cartoon Camera
  21. 20. It's Free
    Chemcraft
  22. 21. [Perrone and the Drug Gang]
    Superman
  23. 22. Training Counts in Building Scores
    Baby Ruth
  24. 23. Superman Plus
    Action Comics
  25. 24. Be a Superman! Carry This Official Superman Krypto-Raygun
    Daisy Manufacturing Company
  26. 25. I'll Help You Get a Daisy for Christmas
    Daisy Air Rifles; Red Ryder
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:
  • Bob Hughes
  • Dwayne Best
  • Pat Lang
  • Bob Rivard
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Allen Ross
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