([Spring] 1941)

DC, 1941 Series
 
Price
0.15 USD
Pages
100
On-sale date
1941-02-10
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
World's Best Comics Company
Brand
A DC Publication
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (Editor); Murray Boltinoff (Assistant Editor)
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior

Issue Notes

Book is titled World's Best Comics for this first issue only. On-sale date from ad in More Fun Comics #65. Copyright registration for this issue states a publication date of Feb. 7, 1941.

Fillers and text stories added courtesy of Mike32wm.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman; Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Art credits verified by Fred Ray.

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

blank page(s) / 1 page (report information)

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman; Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder; Zatara; Johnny Thunder; Crimson Avenger; Red, White and Blue; Lando / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
? (various)
Inks
? (various)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure; humor; superhero
Characters
Superman; Batman; Robin; Zatara; Johnny Thunder; Crimson Avenger; Red; White; Blue; Lando

Indexer Notes

Individual head views by each feature's artist.

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

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
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
When a criminal scientist becomes master of one of nature's most beneficial phenomenons...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Lois Lane; B. Drexel Rutherford; Rainmaker (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
A criminal scientist learns how to control the weather and uses his power for extortion, and he even nearly stops the Man of Tomorrow from interfering when he uses a paralysis gas on the Man of Steel.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Credits in World's Finest Archives are wrong.

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

Curios / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The American flag was first carried...
Genre
non-fiction

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

Red, White and Blue / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel ?
Pencils
Harry Lampert
Inks
Harry Lampert
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The first line of defense against the enemy within...
Genre
war
Characters
Red Dugan; Whitey White; Blooey Blue; Doris West

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

Just Like Junior / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Stan Asch
Inks
Stan Asch
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gee, I wish I could go to th' circus...
Genre
humor; children
Characters
Junior

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

The Crimson Avenger / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Lehti (signed)
Pencils
Jack Lehti (signed)
Inks
Charles Paris
Colors
?
Letters
Charles Paris

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Although his identity is concealed by a pseudonym...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Crimson Avenger [Lee Travis]; Wing
Synopsis
The Crimson saves the Governor from a kidnapping attempt.

Indexer Notes

Crimson Avenger wears a cape. Inks and letters credits from Craig Delich.

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

Johnny Thunder / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
John B. Wentworth
Pencils
Stan Asch
Inks
Stan Asch
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
'How come Johnny Thunder's driving a truck?' you ask...
Genre
humor; superhero
Characters
Johnny Thunder; Thunderbolt; Mr. Darling; Mr. Katz
Synopsis
Johnny drives a truck for Daisy's father and has to deal with a rival trucking company trying to sabotage the business.

Indexer Notes

This is the superhero character from Flash Comics. The Thunderbolt is yellow, but he talks.

Danger Ahead (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Arch O'Hara]
Pencils
Fred Ray (signed)
Inks
Fred Ray (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Tong War in Chinatown! (Table of Contents: 10)

Young Doc Davis / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Doc Davis

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

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

Zatara the Master Magician / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Joseph Sulman (signed)
Inks
Joseph Sulman (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
From the seething maelstrom of crime, there rises...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Zatara; The Menace (villain)

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

Incredible but True / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Because of the great weight of a full suit of armour...
Genre
non-fiction

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

Drafty #158 / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Ed Moore ?
Pencils
Ed Moore (signed)
Inks
Ed Moore (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Ed Moore ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hey, Drafty-- Look at this--
Genre
humor
Characters
Drafty

Indexer Notes

Letters credit from Craig Delich.

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

The King / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Harry Lampert (signed)
Inks
Harry Lampert (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Harry Lampert

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The man of a million faces! --Who can disguise himself to look like banker or bum...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
The King; the Witch (villain)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters credit verified by Lampert and added by Craig Delich.

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

Dinky / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gee! Imagine! A real fortune teller on our block...
Genre
humor; children
Characters
Dinky

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

Punch Parker / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Don Cameron ?; Ed Winiarski ?; Paul Norris ?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Keen eyes watch a boat chug toward shore...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Punch Parker

Indexer Notes

Possible pencils credits provided by Craig Delich and Jerry Bails. The inker for this issue's story is different from that found in World's Finest #2's story.

Carnival (Table of Contents: 17)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
George Shute (credited)
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

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

Lando, Man of Magic / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Howard Purcell ?
Pencils
Howard Purcell (signed)
Inks
Howard Purcell (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Lando the Unknown, greatest of magicians, wages continual warfare...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Lando

The Witch and the Manuscript of Doom! (Table of Contents: 19)

Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane; George Roussos (backgrounds)
Colors
?
Letters
George Roussos

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; Erik Dorne (introduction, death); Dorne's butler; Joshua Grimm (introduction, publisher); Melissa Brunt (introduction, Dorne's Aunt); Jane Ware (introduction, actress); The Witch [Mr. Wright] (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
The Batman and Robin must track down The Witch, a mysterious figure responsible for the murder of Erik Dorne and the theft of a manuscript he wrote.
Reprints
Keywords
Gotham City

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

blank page(s) / 1 page (report information)

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 21)

Superman; Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder; Zatara; Johnny Thunder; Crimson Avenger; Red, White and Blue; Lando / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
? (various)
Inks
? (various)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Proudly presenting a star-studded collection of the world's best comics
Genre
humor; superhero
Characters
Superman; Batman; Robin; Zatara; Johnny Thunder; The Crimson Avenger; Red Dugan; Whitey White; Blooey Blue; Lando

Indexer Notes

Found on the back cover.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman; Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Superman; Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder; Zatara; Johnny Thunder; Crimson Avenger; Red, White and Blue; Lando
  4. 3. ["When a criminal scientist becomes master of one of nature's most beneficial phenomenons..."]
    Superman
  5. 4. ["The American flag was first carried..."]
    Curios
  6. 5. ["The first line of defense against the enemy within..."]
    Red, White and Blue
  7. 6. ["Gee, I wish I could go to th' circus..."]
    Just Like Junior
  8. 7. ["Although his identity is concealed by a pseudonym..."]
    The Crimson Avenger
  9. 8. ["'How come Johnny Thunder's driving a truck?' you ask..."]
    Johnny Thunder
  10. 9. Danger Ahead
  11. 10. Tong War in Chinatown!
    Young Doc Davis
  12. 11. ["From the seething maelstrom of crime, there rises..."]
    Zatara the Master Magician
  13. 12. ["Because of the great weight of a full suit of armour..."]
    Incredible but True
  14. 13. ["Hey, Drafty-- Look at this--"]
    Drafty #158
  15. 14. ["The man of a million faces! --Who can disguise himself to look like banker or bum..."]
    The King
  16. 15. ["Gee! Imagine! A real fortune teller on our block..."]
    Dinky
  17. 16. ["Keen eyes watch a boat chug toward shore..."]
    Punch Parker
  18. 17. Carnival
  19. 18. ["Lando the Unknown, greatest of magicians, wages continual warfare..."]
    Lando, Man of Magic
  20. 19. The Witch and the Manuscript of Doom!
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  21. 20. [no title indexed]
  22. 21. ["Proudly presenting a star-studded collection of the world's best comics"]
    Superman; Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder; Zatara; Johnny Thunder; Crimson Avenger; Red, White and Blue; Lando
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Bob Hughes
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Dwayne Best
  • Pat Conolly
  • Matthew Head
  • Peter Croome
  • Gregory Fischer
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Hughes
  • Bob Klein
  • Gene Reed
  • Lou Mougin