(Summer 1941)

DC, 1941 Series
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Price
0.15 USD
Pages
100
Indicia frequency
quarterly
On-sale date
1941-05-07
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
World's Best Comics Company
Brand
A DC Publication
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (uncredited)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US; then standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched (squarebound #161, 170, 179, 188, 223-228, 230)
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Indicia is on first page which has a large globe logo filling the page. Under this is "Formerly World's Best Comics" followed by the indicia:

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS, Summer Issue, No. 2 Published quarterly by World's Best Comics Company, 480 Lexington Avenue, New York, N. Y. Second class entry applied for at the Post Office at New York, N. Y. Entire contents copyright 1941 by World's Best Comics Company.

On-sale date from copyright registration. On-sale date of May 16 in ad in More Fun Comics #68.


[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.

Issue No. 2 (Table of Contents: 2)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Title page.

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

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Paul Cassidy [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks
Leo Nowak ? [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A new mastermind of crime, 'The Unknown X,' victimizes Metropolis...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Russell Walker; The Unknown X [Arthur Jameson] (villain, introduction); Benjie (villain)
Synopsis
Superman must find out the identity of the mysterious gang leader known as the Unknown X who has organized one of the most thorough criminal organizations Metropolis has ever seen.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Credits in World's Finest Archives are wrong.

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

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
One of the most daring of the Fifth Column attacks...
Genre
adventure; military
Characters
Red Dugan; Whitey Smith; Blooey Blue; Doris West

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

The Crimson Avenger / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Lee Travis, publisher of the Globe-Leader also plays a role...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Crimson Avenger [Lee Travis]; Wing

Indexer Notes

Crimson wears no cape.

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

Mom 'n' Pop / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
G'bye. Have a nice time!
Genre
humor; domestic

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

Johnny Thunder / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
What do you know?! Johnny Thunder's draft number isn't due for months yet...
Genre
humor; superhero
Characters
Johnny Thunder; the Thunderbolt

Indexer Notes

The Thunderbolt is yellow.

Grease Paint (Table of Contents: 8)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
John Sanford
Pencils
Cliff Young (illustrations, signed)
Inks
Cliff Young (illustrations, signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

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

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Time: 3 a.m. - An ambulance of Metropolis Hospital dashes...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Doc Davis

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

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

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
In a small mid-western town, a series of tornadoes wreaks havoc...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Zatara

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

Quiz.. / activity / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
1. Who wrote the famous 'Poor Richard's Almanac'?

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

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
What did you use for bait, Drafty?
Genre
humor; military
Characters
Drafty

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

The Adventure of the French Quarter (Table of Contents: 13)

The King / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
The King [King Standish]; The Witch (villain)

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

Some Fun / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
Ray McGill (signed)
Pencils
Ray McGill (signed)
Inks
Ray McGill (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Do you mind if I walk and you ride?
Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

6 gags.

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

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
At the city home of wealthy steel magnate Donald Kirby...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Punch Parker

Indexer Notes

Pencil credits by Craig Delich and Jerry Bails. Inker is different from the one in the story in World's Best #1.

Fatal Fondness (Table of Contents: 16)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Grant Curtis
Pencils
Stan Kaye (illustrations, signed)
Inks
Stan Kaye (illustrations, signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17)

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

Script
Howard Purcell ?
Pencils
Howard Purcell
Inks
Howard Purcell
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Lando, the unknown man of magic, wages continual warfare...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Lando

The Man Who Couldn't Remember! (Table of Contents: 18)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Linda Page; William Kendrick; Big Tim Bannon (introduction); Mr. Graves (villain); Ambrose Taylor (villain, introduction, death); Frankie (villain, death); Mitch Mason (villain, introduction); Trig Cooler (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
When the New District Attorney vows vengeance against the crime lords of Gotham City and further states that he has a little black book in his possession that lists each of them and their connections, it's all Batman and Robin can do to save his life!
Reprints
Keywords
Batmobile; Gotham City; Gotham Gazette; infra-red goggles

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19)

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

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Within These Covers Is Contained a Galaxy of the World's Finest Comics (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman; Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. Issue No. 2
  4. 3. ["A new mastermind of crime, 'The Unknown X,' victimizes Metropolis..."]
    Superman
  5. 4. ["One of the most daring of the Fifth Column attacks..."]
    Red, White and Blue
  6. 5. ["Lee Travis, publisher of the Globe-Leader also plays a role..."]
    The Crimson Avenger
  7. 6. ["G'bye. Have a nice time!"]
    Mom 'n' Pop
  8. 7. ["What do you know?! Johnny Thunder's draft number isn't due for months yet..."]
    Johnny Thunder
  9. 8. Grease Paint
  10. 9. ["Time: 3 a.m. - An ambulance of Metropolis Hospital dashes..."]
    Young Doc Davis
  11. 10. ["In a small mid-western town, a series of tornadoes wreaks havoc..."]
    Zatara the Master Magician
  12. 11. ["1. Who wrote the famous 'Poor Richard's Almanac'?"]
    Quiz..
  13. 12. ["What did you use for bait, Drafty?"]
    Drafty #158
  14. 13. The Adventure of the French Quarter
    The King
  15. 14. ["Do you mind if I walk and you ride?"]
    Some Fun
  16. 15. ["At the city home of wealthy steel magnate Donald Kirby..."]
    Punch Parker
  17. 16. Fatal Fondness
  18. 17. ["Lando, the unknown man of magic, wages continual warfare..."]
    Lando, Man of Magic
  19. 18. The Man Who Couldn't Remember!
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
  21. 20. Within These Covers Is Contained a Galaxy of the World's Finest Comics
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Bob Hughes
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Peter Croome
  • Jim Doty
  • Gregory Fischer
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Hughes
  • Lou Mougin
  • Craig Delich
  • Clayton Emery
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Allen Ross