([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.

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.

["When a criminal scientist becomes master of one of nature's most beneficial phenomenons..."] (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:
?

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.

["The American flag was first carried..."] (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

Genre:
non-fiction

["The first line of defense against the enemy within..."] (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:
?

Genre:
war
Characters:
Red Dugan; Whitey White; Blooey Blue; Doris West

["Gee, I wish I could go to th' circus..."] (Table of Contents: 6)

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

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

Genre:
humor; children
Characters:
Junior

["Although his identity is concealed by a pseudonym..."] (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

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.

["'How come Johnny Thunder's driving a truck?' you ask..."] (Table of Contents: 8)

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

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

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 2010-2-17.

["From the seething maelstrom of crime, there rises..."] (Table of Contents: 11)

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

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Zatara; The Menace (villain)

["Because of the great weight of a full suit of armour..."] (Table of Contents: 12)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction

["Hey, Drafty-- Look at this--"] (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 ?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Drafty

Indexer Notes

Letters credit from Craig Delich.

["The man of a million faces! --Who can disguise himself to look like banker or bum..."] (Table of Contents: 14)

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

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

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
The King; the Witch (villain)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letters credit verified by Lampert and added by Craig Delich.

["Gee! Imagine! A real fortune teller on our block..."] (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

Genre:
humor; children
Characters:
Dinky

["Keen eyes watch a boat chug toward shore..."] (Table of Contents: 16)

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

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

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 (signed)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

["Lando the Unknown, greatest of magicians, wages continual warfare..."] (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:
?

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.

["Proudly presenting a star-studded collection of the world's best comics"] (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

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
  • Matthew Head
  • Peter Croome
  • Gregory Fischer
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Hughes
  • Bob Klein
  • Gene Reed
  • Lou Mougin