(April 1941)

DC, 1938 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1941-03-05
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Detective Comics, Inc.
Brand
A DC Publication
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (uncredited)
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U.S.; Standard Silver Age U.S.; Standard Modern Age U.S.; Digest size (5" x 6.75") #491-503
Binding
Saddle-Stitched; Squarebound #390, 416, 491-503
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

"Ellsworth, although the only one credited as editor, is more an editor-in-chief -- with Mort Weisinger and Jack Schiff the actual editors starting a few years into the 40's; many stories throughout the 40's probably colored by Raymond Perry."

On-sale date from ad in More Fun Comics #66 and copyright registration.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Starman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Burnley
Inks
Jack Burnley
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Starman [Ted Knight]; the Sandman [Wesley Dodds] (inset)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Starman does not have a circle around the star on his chest, although it appears in the story art.

The "Big Six" Comic Magazines Still Lead the Field! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

[The Amazing Starman] (Table of Contents: 2)

Starman / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox ? (see notes); Jack Burnley (see notes)
Pencils
Jack Burnley (signed)
Inks
Jack Burnley (signed); Ray Burnley (backgrounds)
Colors
Raymond Perry
Letters
Betty Bentley

Genre
superhero
Characters
Starman [Ted Knight](introduction, origin); Doris Lee (niece of FBI Chief, Woodley Allen, introduction); Woodley Allen (FBI trouble-shooter, introduction); Professor Davis; Dr. Doog (villain, introduction, death); Nelson (villain, death)
Synopsis
Starman is called in to battle the "Secret Brotherhood of the Electron", which is sabotaging America's communication and light system.
Reprints
Keywords
Gravity Rod

Indexer Notes

Jack Burnley recalls someone other than Fox doing the first story, but the writing style does look like Fox's. Burnley does state that he re-wrote the last part of this story, introducing a villain that he called Dr. Doom, but whom the editors changed to Dr. Doog. If one looks, for example, at the lettering in the balloon on page 6, panel 3, you can see the lettering of "Dr. Doog" looks totally different, and was obviously re-lettered. Burnley has at different times recalled his letterer as his sister Betty Bentley and the backgrounds done by his brother Ray. The cover for this issue reappears as the last panel in the Starman story in Adventure #63. Information here related to Craig Delich by Burnley at his home in Charlottesville, Virgina in 1989.

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

It's True! / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It takes 29,600 parts...
Genre
non-fiction

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

All-Star Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

[Lishak the Gladiator] (Table of Contents: 5)

Mark Lansing / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure
Characters
Mark Lansing; Kit; King Talon; Costa (villain); Lishak (villain, death)
Synopsis
King Talon hopes to save Mark from being tortured and to save Kit before ending Costa's evil reign.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer credit verified by Jerry Bails. The end panel of this story is a promo for the Spectre strip appearing in More Fun Comics.

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

Facts / cartoon / 0.5 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
Approximately 200,000,000 chickens...
Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Two fact quickies are featured: that approximately 100 million chickens are produced and marketed in the U.S. each year, AND that it takes more than one million tons of coal a day to supply this nation's demand for heat, light and power.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer and letterer credits verified by Jerry Bails.

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

The Black Owl; Prize Comics / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[The Ghost Plane] (Table of Contents: 8)

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Chad Grothkopf [as Chad] (signed)
Inks
Chad Grothkopf [as Chad] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Chad Grothkopf

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Steve Carson; Drew (death); Major Gruen; un-named Governor; Blitz Merkel (villain); Mr. Ender (villain)
Synopsis
Steve Carson of the FBI is called in to deal with the loss of five border policemen engaged by the Border Business Association to prevent gun running across the border.
Reprints

[Treachery Off Singapore] (Table of Contents: 9)

Steve Conrad Adventurer / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure
Characters
Steve Conrad; Chang; Sparky Watts (death); Blubber Bolsom (villain); Slippy (villain)
Synopsis
Steve begins to investigate the situation when his old pal Sparky is spouting off about a fabulous treasure he has uncovered, and then is murdered.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10)

Peter and His Pup / comic story / 1 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
It's a swell day, Whiskers! Let's go fishing!
Genre
humor
Characters
Peter; Whiskers (his dog)
Synopsis
When Peter and his pup go fishing and have no luck, the dog figures out a better way to do the fishing.
Reprints

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

The Quiz Page / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
Henry Boltinoff [as Bolty] (signed)
Pencils
Henry Boltinoff [as Bolty] (signed)
Inks
Henry Boltinoff [as Bolty] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Henry Boltinoff

First Line of Dialogue or Text
1. How did Death Valley get its name?
Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Six questions are asked: 1) How did Death Valley get its name?; 2) What does SOS mean?; 3) When is Groundhog Day?; 4) Do bulls actually see red?; 5) How large is an acre?; and 6) What does the olive branch symbolize?
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit verified by Jerry Bails.

[The Runaway Dinosaurs] (Table of Contents: 12)

The Hourman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Ken Fitch
Pencils
Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks
Bernard Baily (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Bernard Baily

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hourman [Rex Tyler]; Mr. Bannerman; un-named Professor; Jimmy Martin; Thorndyke Tompkins; Minute Men of America; Mr. Whistle (villain)
Synopsis
The Hourman, blamed for stealing animated mechanical prehistoric beasts from a museum, finds he has to battle them in order to save Thorndyke from kidnappers.
Reprints
Keywords
Miraclo

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich. Writer credit verified by Martin O'Hearn.

The last panel of the story is an illustrated ad for The Spectre by Jerry Siegel, starring in More Fun Comics. The villain, Mr. Whistle, is called Mr. Whistler in the last half of the story.

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

Adventure Stamp Page / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[Too Many Suspects] (Table of Contents: 14)

Paul Kirk, Manhunter / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Paul Kirk; Police Chief Holden; Andrew Kallan [as Bushy] (villain)
Synopsis
A noted banker fakes his death in order to abscond with bank funds and place the blame on other employees.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

The Flying Carpet by Richard Halliburton (Table of Contents: 15)

Book Review / text article / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

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

advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

Defender of Barlunda (Table of Contents: 17)

Cotton Carver / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Lehti
Pencils
Jack Lehti
Inks
Jack Lehti
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Cotton Carver; Princess Deela; King Marl; Nardak; Orko (villain, death)
Synopsis
Cotton saves Deela from being kidnapped by Orko, then they find themselves stranded in the ancient city of Dorgo, armed only with the Ring Machine to fight off another onslaught by Orko.
Reprints

Case of the Black Cat (Table of Contents: 18)

text story / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script
T. C. O'Neil (credited)
Pencils
Fred Ray [as Ray] (signed, spot illustration)
Inks
Fred Ray [as Ray] (signed, spot illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Jimmy Owen; Minerva (a cat); Hilda
Synopsis
Jimmy Owen, a private detective from the Quick Service Agency, is hired to protect the life of a cat, which is the recipient of $250,000 from her deceased owner.
Reprints

Superman Is on the Radio (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

Superman / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

The Menace of the Metal Gun! (Table of Contents: 20)

The Sandman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Creig Flessel
Inks
Creig Flessel
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Dian Belmont; D.A. Belmont; Ivan Borloff (villain)
Synopsis
Sandman must battle a scientist, in the pay of a foreign government, who has invented a mysterious Cylindecraft, whose purple ray can eat its way through metal.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Sandman uses his new Wirepoon in this story. The Millennium edition lists the writer as Gardner F. Fox.

Colossal! Terrific! Stupendous! (Table of Contents: 21) (Expand) /

World's Best Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Prizes for All! (Table of Contents: 22) (Expand) /

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

There's Power for You! (Table of Contents: 23) (Expand) /

Baby Ruth / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Starman
  2. 1. The "Big Six" Comic Magazines Still Lead the Field!
  3. 2. [The Amazing Starman]
    Starman
  4. 3. ["It takes 29,600 parts..."]
    It's True!
  5. 4. ["For thrills and adventure..."]
    All-Star Comics
  6. 5. [Lishak the Gladiator]
    Mark Lansing
  7. 6. ["Approximately 200,000,000 chickens..."]
    Facts
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    The Black Owl; Prize Comics
  9. 8. [The Ghost Plane]
    Federal Men
  10. 9. [Treachery Off Singapore]
    Steve Conrad Adventurer
  11. 10. ["It's a swell day, Whiskers! Let's go fishing!"]
    Peter and His Pup
  12. 11. ["1. How did Death Valley get its name?"]
    The Quiz Page
  13. 12. [The Runaway Dinosaurs]
    The Hourman
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Adventure Stamp Page
  15. 14. [Too Many Suspects]
    Paul Kirk, Manhunter
  16. 15. The Flying Carpet by Richard Halliburton
    Book Review
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
  18. 17. Defender of Barlunda
    Cotton Carver
  19. 18. Case of the Black Cat
  20. 19. Superman Is on the Radio
    Superman
  21. 20. The Menace of the Metal Gun!
    The Sandman
  22. 21. Colossal! Terrific! Stupendous!
    World's Best Comics
  23. 22. Prizes for All!
    American Seed Co.
  24. 23. There's Power for You!
    Baby Ruth
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