(December 1955)

DC, 1938 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1955-10-25
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand
Superman DC National Comics
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (editor); Jack Schiff (managing editor); Mort Weisinger (story editor); George Kashdan (story editor)

Issue Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration.

The Gorilla with X-Ray Eyes! (Table of Contents)

Superboy / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superboy; Chandu (gorilla)
Reprints

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

Stephens Credit Sales / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Gorilla with X-Ray Eyes! (Table of Contents: 2)

Superboy / comic story / 11.67 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
George Klein
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Professor John Lang (incorrectly called Thaddeus); Chandu (intro); Lana Lang; Jonathan Kent; "Doc" Baird
Synopsis
Superboy rescues Prof. Lang from a big gorilla and captures it for an exhibition. But a canny crook notices the gorilla's eyes flash during lightning flashes, so deduces it has x-ray vision. They steal the gorilla to burn through walls and safes. Superboy can't stop it because he's weakened by the glare. Lang reveals it drank kryptonite-infused water in Africa. Superboy finally builds a giant battery to "defuse" the gorilla, and the effect wears off.
Reprints
Keywords
gorilla; kryptonite

Indexer Notes

1) Inker credit by Bob Hughes; also credited in the reprint. 2) Professor John Lang was incorrectly called Thaddeus in this story. In Superboy #37 it was established that Thaddeus is Lewis Lang's brother. 3) When this story was reprinted in Superboy #174, it was retitled "The Gorilla with Super-Eyes!" and Professor Lang's first name was changed to Lewis. 4) Early on, Superboy/Superman's x-ray vision was conflated with heat vision. Later DC were made them two separate powers.

Superman on Television! Is Super-TV (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

The Adventures of Superman / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Tootsie Roll / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

Varsity Vic / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Now Socrates, the Greek philosopher...
Genre
humor; teen

"Wings" Winchester Saves the Movie Theater (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Winchester Super Speed Roller Skates / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

The Greatest Show on Water (Table of Contents: 7)

Aquaman / comic story / 5.67 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ramona Fradon
Inks
Ramona Fradon
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Synopsis
Aquaman rescues a barge crew, but the amusement rides for kids are sunk. Aquaman reproduces carnival rides with an octopus-whip, whale-Virginia Reel, eagle-and-blowfish parachute jump, even a roller coaster with giant clam shells and a shipwreck!
Reprints

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

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

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

Baby Ruth / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

How a Nation Is Born: Your United Nations at Work (Table of Contents: 10)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
non-fiction; advocacy

Hunters with the Bow (Table of Contents: 11)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Hal J. Marks
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction

The Human Chess Game (Table of Contents: 12)

Green Arrow / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Synopsis
Prominent men with names like "Car King" and "Knight Hunter" are kidnapped, and thugs finally pinch Oliver "Queen". A chess genius uses them for a human chess game - as crooks hold guns. Speedy breaks in, he and Oliver fake a fight. Oliver shoots a fountain-pen arrow to black out cameras. They reveal the "chess genius" is an impostor who held is brother hostage to steal his fortune. The faker didn't twirl his mustache while contemplating a chess move!
Keywords
Chess; fountain-pen arrow

Indexer Notes

Green Arrow has a red hat.

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

Kings' Knights / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

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

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

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

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

American Specialty Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Gorilla with X-Ray Eyes!
    Superboy
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Stephens Credit Sales
  3. 2. The Gorilla with X-Ray Eyes!
    Superboy
  4. 3. Superman on Television! Is Super-TV
    The Adventures of Superman
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    Tootsie Roll
  6. 5. ["Now Socrates, the Greek philosopher..."]
    Varsity Vic
  7. 6. "Wings" Winchester Saves the Movie Theater
    Winchester Super Speed Roller Skates
  8. 7. The Greatest Show on Water
    Aquaman
  9. 8. ["To the boys and girls of America..."]
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Baby Ruth
  11. 10. How a Nation Is Born: Your United Nations at Work
  12. 11. Hunters with the Bow
  13. 12. The Human Chess Game
    Green Arrow
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Kings' Knights
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Littleton Stamp Co.
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Manufacturing Company
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    American Specialty Co.
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