(January 1957)

DC, 1938 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1956-11-27
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 (credited editor); Jack Schiff (managing editor); Mort Weisinger (assistant editor); George Kashdan (assistant editor)
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

On-sale date from copyright registration.


The Secret of Superman Island! (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Al Plastino
Inks
Al Plastino
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints
Keywords
Superman Island

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

Honor House Products / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Secret of Superman Island! (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Ed Hamilton ?
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; Perry White; Professor Vanley
Reprints
Keywords
green kryptonite; Superman Island

Indexer Notes

writer credit by Bob Hughes

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Roadmaster / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Buzzy's "Famous Books" Quiz (Table of Contents: 4)

Buzzy / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Schiff
Pencils
Ruben Moreira
Inks
Ruben Moreira
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction; advocacy

The Golden Gorilla (Table of Contents: 5)

Congo Bill / comic story / 5.67 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Miller ?
Pencils
Howard Sherman
Inks
Howard Sherman
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
jungle
Characters
Congo Bill; Janu; The Golden Gorilla (intro)
Synopsis
Congo Bill meets a golden gorilla that seems to be intelligent and has to protect it from hunters.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

May be same Golden Gorilla as Congorilla, may be not.

Superman's Secret Message (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

Shorty / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hold it!
Genre
humor
Reprints

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

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

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

Little Pete / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
'Bye, Mom! Every morning I leave early for school...
Genre
humor; children
Reprints

Daredevils of the Deep (Table of Contents: 10)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Raymond Perry
Inks
Raymond Perry
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction

Seven Disappearing Wonders of Space! (Table of Contents: 11)

Tommy Tomorrow / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Jim Mooney
Inks
Jim Mooney
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Planeteers; Cadet Tommy Tomorrow (in flashback to origin only); Prof. Todd (in 2056 and in flashback); Captain Jon Hale (mentioned)
Synopsis
In 2056, Prof. Todd recalls the first tour of the Seven Wonders of the Universe, in which the senior cadet from the Planeteer Prep School who solves a mystery will be promoted to the Planeteer Regulars. Tommy Tomorrow correctly deduces that the secret is a comet whose tail causes things to temporarily become invisible. He becomes the first cadet ever to solve the mystery.
Keywords
Geometric Asteroids; Glass World; Planeteer Prep School; Planeteer Regulars; Sargasso Jungle of Space; Seven Wonders of the Universe [Venus Statue; the Nameless Wonder]; Venus; Water Wonder; Water World; X-Ray Crater; X-Ray Moon

Indexer Notes

(1) This flashback tale tells about cadet Tommy Tomorrow's graduation from the Planeteer Prep School. (2) Chronologically, the events in Showcase #41 follow the flashback portion of this story. (3) According to the editorial page in DC Special #27 (Apr-May 1977), the story in that issue occurs in 2056 during the height of Tommy's career, placing it somewhere between Action Comics #212 and #226. Given that the Tommy Tomorrow of 2056 is not depicted in his own feature in Action Comics #224 (he appears only in flashback to an earlier time), it is logical to assume that his exploits in DC Special #27 occur during that absence. (4) A statue is depicted honoring Capt. Jon Hale as the first spaceman to land on Venus in 1981.

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

All-American Sports Club / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Nutty Putty / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

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

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

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Secret of Superman Island!
    Superman
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Honor House Products
  3. 2. The Secret of Superman Island!
    Superman
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Roadmaster
  5. 4. Buzzy's "Famous Books" Quiz
    Buzzy
  6. 5. The Golden Gorilla
    Congo Bill
  7. 6. Superman's Secret Message
    Supermen of America
  8. 7. ["Hold it!"]
    Shorty
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Winchester Roller Skates
  10. 9. ["'Bye, Mom! Every morning I leave early for school..."]
    Little Pete
  11. 10. Daredevils of the Deep
  12. 11. Seven Disappearing Wonders of Space!
    Tommy Tomorrow
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    All-American Sports Club
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Nutty Putty
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Stephens Credit Sales
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Manufacturing Company
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