([May] 2016)

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Volume
1
Price
19.99 USD; 23.99 CAD
Pages
396
On-sale Date
2016-03-16
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics
Brand
DC [peel]
ISBN
978-1-4012-6109-2 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9781401261092 51999
Editing
Vincent Sullivan (Editor - Original Series); Whitney Ellsworth (Editor - Original Series); Jeb Woodard (Group Editor - Collected Editions); Paul Santos (Editor - Collected Edition)

Issue Notes

Reprints Superman stories from Action Comics #1-19, Superman #1-3, New York World's Fair Comics #1.

This collection includes six 1-page features/promos from Superman #1-3 that were not included in Superman: The Golden Age Omnibus Volume 1. See Table of Contents notes for details.

Second printing available August 30, 2017 (per comiclist.com).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Michael Cho
Inks
Michael Cho
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Keywords
American Flag; United States flag

Indexer Notes

original cover art by Michael Cho

[Title Page] (Table of Contents: 1)

Superman / credits, title page / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Michael Cho
Inks
Michael Cho
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]

Indexer Notes

Title page with illustration from cover

[Creator Credits] (Table of Contents: 2)

credits, title page / 1 page (report information)

Colors
?
Letters
?

Indexer Notes

Credits for Jerry Siegel (writer), Joe Shuster (artist), Michael Cho (cover artist)

Includes the notation: "Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. By special arrangement with the Jerry Siegel family."

[Superman] (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Michael Cho
Inks
Michael Cho
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]

Indexer Notes

Superman illustration from front cover

[Indicia and Publisher information] (Table of Contents: 4)

credits, title page / 1 page (report information)

Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Indicia listing publisher credits

[Table of Contents] (Table of Contents: 5)

table of contents / 2 pages (report information)

Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

There are six 1-page features from Superman #1-3 that are not reflected in the table of contents. Page numbers listed in the table of contents are accurate through page 208, then after that point they are off due to not accounting for these features. It appears the 6 features were added after the table of contents was prepared, and the table of contents were not modified to reflect their inclusion.

The 6 features are:
Back Cover from Superman #1 (pg 209)
"Superman the Man of Tomorrow!" promo from Superman #2 (pg 253)
"Superman's Tips For Super-Health" from Superman #2 (pg 270)
Superman promo from Superman #2 (pg 311)
"Superman, America's Greatest Adventure Strip Character!" promo from Superman #3 (pg 357)
"Attaining Super-Health: A Few Hints From Superman!" from Superman #3 (pg 382)

[Action Comics #1] (Table of Contents: 6)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints
Keywords
automobiles

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

Superman / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Joe Shuster (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Shuster

First Line of Dialogue or Text
As a distant planet was destroyed by old age...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent] (introduction, origin)
Synopsis
A space vehicle from a destroyed world lands on Earth, and its occupant becomes Superman. In addition, a scientific explanation for this being's powers is given.
Reprints
Keywords
Krypton

Indexer Notes

This strip was originally prepared for newspaper publication, cut up and repaged. Black shading used.

[Superman, Champion of the Oppressed!] (Table of Contents: 8)

Superman / comic story / 11.67 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Shuster ?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor (unnamed); Lois Lane; Daily Star; Evelyn Curry; Bea Carroll (villain); Butch Matson (villain); Senator Barrows (villain); Alex Greer (villain)
Synopsis
Superman delivers a witness to the governor to stop an execution, then stops a wife-beater. Later Superman, as Clark Kent, goes out with Lois, but she earns the wrath of Butch Matson and Superman must save her. Finally, Clark is assigned a story on the South American republic of San Monte. He heads to Washington DC to find out who is behind Senator Barrows pushing legislation which will embroil the United States in a war in Europe by grabbing lobbyist Alex Greer and scaring the truth out of him.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story continues in next story.

Originally prepared for newspaper publication, cut up and repaged, most probably by Joe Shuster. Vince Sullivan, Sheldon Mayer, and Harry Lampert are often cited as having done the paste-up work based on their own claims.

Black shading used.

Superman wears blue boots.

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

Superman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

[Action Comics #2] (Table of Contents: 10)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Reprints

Indexer Notes

biplanes; parachuting

[Revolution in San Monte, Part 2] (Table of Contents: 11)

Superman / comic story / 12.67 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Joe Shuster (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Lola Cortez; George Taylor (cameo); Villains: Alex Greer; Emil Norvell
Synopsis
Clark Kent and Lois Lane are sent by editor Taylor to San Monte in South America to cover a war that is brewing. Besides saving Lois from being executed as a spy, Superman proves the war is being fomented by munitions manufacturers led by Emil Norvell.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Titled as Part 2 in the table of contents of this collection. Storyline continues from previous story.

Originally prepared for newspaper publication, cut up and repaged. No black shading used. Clark works for the [Cleveland] Evening News. Superman wears blue boots.

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

Superman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

[Action Comics #3] (Table of Contents: 13)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Reprints
Keywords
sailors; swords

[The Blakely Mine Disaster] (Table of Contents: 14)

Superman / comic story / 12.67 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Joe Shuster (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor (not named); Stanislaw Kober; Thornton Blakely (villain)
Synopsis
After Superman saves a group of miners from a cave-in, Clark Kent senses a story that may mean that the mine's owner, Thorton Blakely, is actually running unsafe mine operations and blaming accidents on the miners themselves.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Superman appears in only one panel in this story. Wears blue boots.

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

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

[Action Comics #4] (Table of Contents: 16)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Reprints
Keywords
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

[Superman Plays Football] (Table of Contents: 17)

Superman / comic story / 12.75 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Joe Shuster (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Tommy Burke; Mary; Coach Randall (villain)
Synopsis
Overhearing a crooked college football coach at Dale University plotting to populate his team with thugs to defeat rival Cordell University, Superman impersonates a football player from Cordell to straighten the situation out.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Clark works for the Evening News in this story. Superman wears blue boots.

Acquiring Super-Strength (Table of Contents: 18)

Acquiring Super-Strength / activity / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Reprints

[Action Comics #5] (Table of Contents: 19)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Reprints
Keywords
deserts; swords

[Superman and the Dam] (Table of Contents: 20)

Superman / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Joe Shuster (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; George Taylor (not named)
Synopsis
Lois and Clark compete with one another to get the scoop on the possible collapse of the Valleyho Dam.
Reprints

[Action Comics #6] (Table of Contents: 21)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?

Genre
jungle
Reprints
Keywords
cameras; gorillas; jungles

[Superman's Phony Manager] (Table of Contents: 22)

Superman / comic story / 12.67 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Joe Shuster; Paul Lauretta ?
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Lauretta

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Jimmy Olsen (introduction, as an office boy); Nick Williams (villain, introduction); Lois Lane; George Taylor (unnamed)
Synopsis
Clark Kent is introduced to a fighter manager who claims to be Superman's personal manager. But when Lois discovers the existence of a phony Superman, who is tied to that manager, the real Superman must act quickly to save Lois' life.
Reprints

Muscle-Training (Table of Contents: 23)

Acquiring Super-Strength / activity / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Reprints

[Action Comics #7] (Table of Contents: 24)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints

[Superman Joins the Circus] (Table of Contents: 25)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Joe Shuster; Paul Lauretta ?
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Lauretta

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Curly; George Taylor (unnamed); Jordan; Derek Niles (villain); Trigger
Synopsis
The Jordan Circus is having a rough go of it and the promissory notes are coming due, so Superman decides to join the circus to help it pay off those notes and get it back into the black.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Wears yellow boots, "S" symbol is all yellow.

[Action Comics #8] (Table of Contents: 26)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Inks
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Colors
?

Genre
historical
Reprints
Keywords
British army; Native Americans; tomahawks

Indexer Notes

Art is an homage to N.C. Wyeth's illustration "The Battle at Glen Falls" for the book _Last of the Mohicans_ (1919 edition).

[Superman in the Slums] (Table of Contents: 27)

Superman / comic story / 12.75 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Joe Shuster; Paul Lauretta ?
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Lauretta

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Frankie Marello; Box-Ears; Nick; Pinky; Gimpy (villain)
Synopsis
Superman decides to get involved in a case involving wayward boys being used by a petty criminal, who uses the boys to steal items from wealthy people that he can sell for quick cash...all at their expense.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Wears red boots, "S" symbol is all yellow. Uses super-hearing for the first time.

Super-Vision (Table of Contents: 28)

Acquiring Super-Strength / activity / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Reprints

[Action Comics #9] (Table of Contents: 29)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Inks
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Colors
?

Genre
sports
Reprints
Keywords
automobile racing; automobiles

[Wanted: Superman] (Table of Contents: 30)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Joe Shuster; Paul Lauretta ?
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Lauretta

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; George Taylor (unnamed); Detective Captain Reilly; Mortimer Snoop
Synopsis
Superman, having torn down a slum area so that newer, more modern apartments could be built, is labeled as a crook by the Chief of Police, who assigns Detective Reilly (better known as "100% Reilly" because he always gets his man) to bring the Man of Tomorrow in.
Reprints

[Action Comics #10] (Table of Contents: 31)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints
Keywords
fighter planes

Indexer Notes

Superman's "S" symbol is all yellow.

[Superman Goes to Prison] (Table of Contents: 32)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Joe Shuster; Paul Lauretta ?
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Lauretta

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; George Taylor (unnamed); Walter Crane; Governor Bixby; Superintendent Wyman
Synopsis
Clark Kent interviews a former prisoner who was starved and abused by the Coreytown Chain Gang, so Superman decides to get the real scoop on these abuses...and put a stop to them.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Red "S" chest symbol.

The splash panel was used, for the most part, for the cover to Superman (DC 1939 series) #1.

[Action Comics #11] (Table of Contents: 33)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Inks
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Reprints
Keywords
submarines; warships

[Superman and the 'Black Gold' Swindle] (Table of Contents: 34)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor (un-named); Villains: Meek; Bronson
Synopsis
An unscrupulous firm sells what they think to be worthless stock in "Black Gold Oil", then try to buy it all back when they hear that oil has been discovered on the property...thanks to Superman.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Penciller credit from GCD index for original issue. The table of contents for this collection lists Joe Shuster as the only artist for this story.

Superman uses X-ray vision. 1st reference as the Man of Steel; penciller id by Bob Hughes for GCD index of original publication.

[Action Comics #12] (Table of Contents: 35)

Zatara / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Guardineer [as Guardineer] (signed)
Inks
Fred Guardineer [as Guardineer] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Zatara; Superman (inset)
Reprints
Keywords
spacecraft

[Superman Declares War on Reckless Drivers] (Table of Contents: 36)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed); Paul Cassidy ?
Inks
Joe Shuster (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor (unnamed)
Synopsis
Clark Kent witnesses the death of a dear friend of his at the hands of a reckless driver and, when the Mayor refuses to deal with the problem, Superman decides to wage war on these drivers himself!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The last panel on page 13 features an illustrated [by Bob Kane] ad for the new feature beginning that month in Detective Comics: the Batman!

[New York World's Fair Comics #[1]] (Table of Contents: 37)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Vincent Sullivan; Fred Guardineer (head views)
Inks
Vincent Sullivan; Fred Guardineer (head views)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Zatara; Butch the Pup; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Gingersnap
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Art credits from GCD index for original issue. The table of contents for this collection lists Sheldon Mayer as the artist for this cover.

Superman at the World's Fair (Table of Contents: 38)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Joe Shuster (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Shuster ?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; the Chief [George Taylor?]; Nick Stone (villain)
Synopsis
Lois and Clark are assigned to cover the Fair, but after Lois is kidnapped, Superman has to take over, both to rescue her from a wanted criminal and make sure the Fair is covered properly for the paper.
Reprints

[Action Comics #13] (Table of Contents: 39)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints
Keywords
locomotives

[Superman vs. the Cab Protective League] (Table of Contents: 40)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed); Paul Cassidy ?
Inks
Joe Shuster (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Carlyle; Villains: Reynolds; Ultra-Humanite (introduction)
Synopsis
Superman decides to wage war against the Cab Protective League, a firm trying to victimize the independent cab companies. But when he thinks the situation has been resolved, he comes to face a new threat: the Ultra-Humanite, a foe who gained from a scientific experiment the most agile and learned brain on earth...a foe who seeks to dominate of the world!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The "S" symbol first appears on Superman's cape. Oddity: Superman is overcome by a sheet of flame and states that he nearly perished in a burning cabin.

[Superman #1] (Table of Contents: 41)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster (see notes); Leo O'Mealia (see notes)
Inks
Joe Shuster (see notes); Leo O'Mealia (see notes)
Colors
?
Letters
?; Joe Shuster (logo design)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Joe Shuster did the Superman figure and buildings originally and Leo O'Mealia did a photostat retracing and/or retouching of the figure and building backgrounds, and added the ornate detail. From GCD index for original publication.

[Origin of Superman] (Table of Contents: 42)

Superman / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Joe Shuster (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Shuster

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Just before the doomed planet, Krypton, exploded to fragments, a scientist placed his infant son within an experimental rocket-ship, launching it toward Earth!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Ma (Mary) Kent (introduction, death); Pa Kent (introduction, death)
Synopsis
A rocketship, carrying an infant, rockets from the planet Krypton as it blows up, and lands on the Earth where a couple named the Kents find the baby inside the rocket and eventually adopt him. This infant boy grows up to be Superman.
Reprints
Keywords
Krypton

Indexer Notes

First version that mentions Krypton and foster parents.

[Prelude to "Superman, Champion of the Oppressed"] (Table of Contents: 43)

Superman / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Shuster

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Outer waiting-room of the Daily Star...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor (introduction, un-named); Sims; Evelyn Curry; Bea Carroll (villain)
Synopsis
Clark Kent applies for a job at the Daily Star, but is turned down until Superman stops a lynching and Clark phones in the story. Then Superman gets singer Bea Carroll to confess to the murder of Jack Kennedy.
Reprints
Keywords
Daily Star

Indexer Notes

GCD index for Superman #1 titles this story as "Clark Kent Gets a Job", while the table of contents in this collection refers to this story as Prelude to "Superman, Champion of the Oppressed". Story was first published in Superman #1, but storyline continues in "Superman, Champion of the Oppressed" published previously in Action Comics #1, and reprinted at the beginning of this collection.

Superman wears red boots. Story has no masthead or by-line. Story continues in next sequence.

Scientific Explanation of Superman's Amazing Strength--! (Table of Contents: 44)

Superman / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Shuster ?

Synopsis
Superman's strength is attributed to the lighter gravity found on Earth, and is compared to the ant and the grasshopper, both insects whose strength and jumping ability, by comparsion, would be considered super strength.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Adapted (not reprinted) from page 1 in Action Comics #1. According to Superman: The Complete History, the idea and title for this sequence came from M. C. Gaines in a letter to Siegel and Shuster dated 1939-03-27.

Superman Text Story (Table of Contents: 45)

Superman / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed) (two spot illos)
Inks
Joe Shuster (signed) (two spot illos)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Smashed desks, overturned filing cabinets, strewn plaster, gaping holes in the walls, shining steel fixtures drooping in sad caricature of their former modernistic splendor, greeted the startled Detective Sergeant's eyes...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Sergeant Blake; Harvey Brown; Biff Dugan (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
After Superman eludes Sergeant Blake by changing to Clark Kent, Clark blackmails the detective into allowing him a jailhouse interview with Biff Dugan. When Dugan escapes, Clark switches to Superman and returns Dugan to his cell.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The titles is taken from the table of contents for this collection.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 46)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Boys and Girls: Meet the creators of the one and only Superman - America's Greatest Adventure Strip!
Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent] (inset); Jerry Siegel (photo); Joe Shuster (photo)
Synopsis
Features photos and biographies of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the creators of Superman.
Reprints

[Back Cover from Superman #1] (Table of Contents: 47)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Illustration used for The Supermen of America club. The original has a dashed line to the right where this pinup could be cut out, which none of the reprinted issues has. Originally printed as the back cover of Superman #1.

[Action Comics #14] (Table of Contents: 48)

Zatara / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Inks
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Zatara; Tong ?
Reprints
Keywords
Ancient Egypt; snakes

[Superman Meets the Ultra-Humanite] (Table of Contents: 49)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; City Inspector Hughes; Lyons; V: Ultra-Humanite
Synopsis
While investigating the collapse of a subway tunnel, Superman first faces off with those in charge of Star, Inc., a firm which built the tunnel with sub-standard materials, then he encounters the Ultra-Humanite, the bald, evil genius bent on world domination whom he thought died in the previous story.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Art credits from GCD index for original issue. The table of contents for this collection lists Joe Shuster as the artist for this story.

The last panel of the story is an illustrated ad for Superman #1.

[Action Comics #15] (Table of Contents: 50)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Guardineer
Inks
Fred Guardineer
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints
Keywords
fish; submarines

[Superman on the High Seas] (Table of Contents: 51)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor (not named); Lois Lane; Holloway; Warren Kenyon; "Big Boy" Chaney (villain); Marchetti (villain); Mugsy (villain)
Synopsis
On assignment at Kidtown, Clark discovers that the institution needs $2 million to remain in the black and remain open, and, as Superman, decides that a newly discovered underwater treasure is the answer for the funds he needs.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Art credits from GCD index for original issue. The table of contents for this collection lists Joe Shuster as the artist for this story.

The last panel of the story is an illustrated plug for Sandman and Batman.

[Action Comics #16] (Table of Contents: 52)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Inks
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Colors
?

Genre
adventure
Reprints
Keywords
canteens; deserts; French Foreign Legion; kepis; Persian slippers; rifles; swords; turbans

[Superman and the Numbers Racket] (Table of Contents: 53)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Paul Cassidy ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor (unnamed); Police Commissioner Watson; Marty Kaye (Villain); Butch (Villain); Nick (Villain); Pete (Villain); Jack O'Leary
Synopsis
After a run-in with a gambler who is opting out for suicide, and a Police Commissioner who won't deal with the city's gambling problem, Superman decides to wage a one-man war himself against gambling and aid the victims of it.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inker credit from GCD index for original issue. The table of contents for this collection lists Joe Shuster as the only artist for this story.

The last panel of the story is an illustrated plug for New York World's Fair Comics for 1939.

[Superman #2] (Table of Contents: 54)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Paul Cassidy
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inker credit from GCD index for original issue. The table of contents for this collection lists Joe Shuster as the only artist for this cover.

Superman the Man of Tomorrow! (Table of Contents: 55)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Paul Cassidy
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Frontispiece from Superman #2.

[The Comeback of Larry Trent] (Table of Contents: 56)

Superman / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Paul Cassidy
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor; Larry Trent (introduction); Charlie Bennett; Jock Kane; "Slugger" Barnes; Tom Croy (villain)
Synopsis
Superman saves the former heavyweight boxing champion of the world from committing suicide. When Superman learns that Larry Trent was drugged by his former manager to lose the title bout, the Man of Tomorrow disguises himself as Trent and slugs his way back to the title match, in which Trent himself steps in and wins.
Reprints
  • US from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #2 (Fall 1939)
  • which is reprinted
    • from Superman daily (McClure Syndicate, 1939 series) 1939-02-20 - 1939-03-18
  • from Superman daily (McClure Syndicate, 1939 series) 1939.02.20 - 1939.03.18

Indexer Notes

Inker credit from GCD index for original issue. The table of contents for this collection lists Joe Shuster as the only artist for this story.

This newspaper reprint has NO splash.

Superman's Tips For Super-Health (Table of Contents: 57)

Superman / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Paul Cassidy
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction; superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints

Superman Champions Universal Peace! (Table of Contents: 58)

Superman / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor (first time named); Lois Lane; Professor Adolphus Runyan (dies); Ambrose (a monkey; dies); Bartow (villain; introduction); Lubane (villain; introduction; death)
Synopsis
Clark Kent is assigned to interview Professor Runyan, who claims to have invented a gas so powerful that it can penetrate any type of gas mask. A group of criminals successfully steal the formula, wishing to sell it to a munitions manufacturer so it can be used in the civil war in Boravia.
Reprints
  • US from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #2 (Fall 1939)
  • which is reprinted
    • from Superman daily (McClure Syndicate, 1939 series) 1939-05-01 - 1939-06-10
  • from Superman daily (McClure Syndicate, 1939 series) 1939.05.01 - 1939.06.10

Indexer Notes

Inker credit from GCD index for original issue. The table of contents for this collection lists Joe Shuster as the only artist for this story.

Possibly Jimmy Olsen's first appearance in the Superman strip.

Superman and the Skyscrapers (Table of Contents: 59)

Superman / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor (cameo); Pete Asconio (cameo; dies); Nat Grayson (villain; introduction); Butch Grogan (villain; introduction; death)
Synopsis
After five construction workers mysteriously die while trying to erect the Atlas Building, Superman decides to investigate, and discovers that Nat Grayson wants to prevent Bruce Constructions, Inc. from completing the building in the time required in the contract, thus eliminating his rival competitor.
Reprints
  • US from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #2 (Fall 1939)
  • which is reprinted
    • from Superman daily (McClure Syndicate, 1939 series) 1939-04-03 - 1939-04-29
  • from Superman daily (McClure Syndicate, 1939 series) 1939.04.03 - 1939.04.29
Keywords
Metropolis

Indexer Notes

Inker credit from GCD index for original issue. The table of contents for this collection lists Joe Shuster as the only artist for this story.

Superman! (Table of Contents: 60) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 61)

Superman / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (illustrations) (signed)
Inks
Joe Shuster (illustrations) (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Down the steps of Police Headquarters hurried 'Big Mike' Caputo,...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Big Mike Caputo (villain; introduction); Sneer (villain); Fink (villain)
Synopsis
After being forced to leave numerous other cities, Big Mike Caputo moves in on Metropolis, a city, he says is a town rolling in gravy and waiting to be plucked! Superman steps into the fray, rounding up Caputo for the Police Chief, who forces the protection racketeer to leave town.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

In the table of contents for this collection, this story is simply referred to as "Superman Text Story".

[Action Comics #17] (Table of Contents: 62)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints
Keywords
soldiers; tanks

[The Return of the Ultra-Humanite] (Table of Contents: 63)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Paul Cassidy ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor (unnamed); Ultra-Humanite
Synopsis
Superman struggles to keep the Ultra-Humanite from his campaign to terrorize and blackmail Deering Lines or sabotage every steamer of their company.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inker credit from GCD index for original issue. The table of contents for this collection lists Joe Shuster as the only artist for this story.

The last panel of the story was an illustrated ad for New York World's Fair Comics for 1939.

[Action Comics #18] (Table of Contents: 64)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Guardineer [as Guardineer] (signed)
Inks
Fred Guardineer [as Guardineer] (signed)
Colors
?

Genre
aviation
Reprints
Keywords
biplanes

[Superman's Super-Campaign] (Table of Contents: 65)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Gene Powers; George Taylor (unnamed); Senator Hastings; Trixie (Villain); Hamilton (editor of the Morning Herald, villain)
Synopsis
Superman investigates and halts the activities of a "yellow journalist" editor who is blackmailing noted officials.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Art credits from GCD index for original issue. The table of contents for this collection lists Joe Shuster as the artist for this story.

The last panel features the cover and ad for New York World's Fair Comics for 1939.

[Action Comics #19] (Table of Contents: 66)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints
Keywords
artillery

[Superman and the Purple Plague] (Table of Contents: 67)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Paul Cassidy ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Dr. Travers; Villain: Ultra-Humanite
Synopsis
A purple plaque sweeps Metropolis killing citizens left and right. Only Dr. Travers has discovered antidote, and Superman must stop the Ultra-Humanite from killing the good doctor and prevent that cure from being used.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

In the table of contents for this collection, this story is titled as "Superman and the Purple Plague". It has been indexed elsewhere as simply "The Purple Plague".

Inker credit from GCD index for original issue. The table of contents for this collection lists Joe Shuster as the only artist for this story.

[Superman #3] (Table of Contents: 68)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints
Keywords
train

[Superman, America's Greatest Adventure Strip Character!] (Table of Contents: 69)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster ?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints

[Superman and the Runaway] (Table of Contents: 70)

Superman / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (layouts) (signed)
Inks
Dennis Neville (finished art) [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor; Lois Lane; Frankie Dennis; Lyman (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
When Superman saves a runaway boy from being run over by a train, he discovers the child is from an orphanage where the superintendent abuses the children in a variety of ways. So the Man of Tomorrow enlists the aid of the young man to act as an undercover agent to spy on things and report back to Clark Kent.
Reprints
  • US from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #3 (Winter 1940)
  • which is reprinted
    • from Superman daily (McClure Syndicate, 1939 series) 1939-06-12 - 1939-07-22
  • from Superman daily (McClure syndicate, 1939 series) 1939.06.12 - 1939.07.22

Indexer Notes

Art identifications by Jerry Bails for GCD index for original publication. The table of contents for this collection lists Joe Shuster as the only artist for this story.

Attaining Super-Health: A Few Hints from Superman! (Table of Contents: 71)

Superman / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Shuster ?

Genre
non-fiction; superhero
Characters
Superman; Johnny; Larry
Synopsis
Readers are encouraged by Superman to have regular, daily exercise, join an exercise club, don't slouch, and eat a well-rounded diet.
Reprints

[Superman and the Jewel Smugglers] (Table of Contents: 72)

Superman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Jimmy Olsen (as unnamed office boy); George Taylor; Lois Lane; Lew Frawley (villain, intro)
Synopsis
Superman must save Lois' life and stop criminals who are smuggling in jewels for Europeans to escape paying custom duties.
Reprints
  • US from Superman (DC, 1939 series) #3 (Winter 1940)
  • which is reprinted
    • from Superman daily (McClure Syndicate, 1939 series) 1939-03-20 - 1939-04-01
  • from Superman daily (McClure Syndicate, 1939 series) 1939.03.20 - 1939.04.01

Indexer Notes

Inker credit from GCD index for original issue. The table of contents for this collection lists Joe Shuster as the only artist for this story.

Biographies (Table of Contents: 73)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Biographies of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster

[Back Title Page] (Table of Contents: 74)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Title page at back of book reprinting the title logo of the book.

[Back Cover] (Table of Contents: 75)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Shuster; Fred Guardineer
Inks
Joe Shuster; Fred Guardineer
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]

Indexer Notes

Back cover illustrations with text on the contents of this issue. Illustrations taken from the covers of Action Comics #19 and #15.

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. [Title Page]
    Superman
  3. 2. [Creator Credits]
  4. 3. [Superman]
    Superman
  5. 4. [Indicia and Publisher information]
  6. 5. [Table of Contents]
  7. 6. [Action Comics #1]
    Superman
  8. 7. ["As a distant planet was destroyed by old age..."]
    Superman
  9. 8. [Superman, Champion of the Oppressed!]
    Superman
  10. 9. ["And so begins the startling adventures..."]
    Superman
  11. 10. [Action Comics #2]
  12. 11. [Revolution in San Monte, Part 2]
    Superman
  13. 12. ["Attention all American youth!"]
    Superman
  14. 13. [Action Comics #3]
  15. 14. [The Blakely Mine Disaster]
    Superman
  16. 15. ["Hey Fellers!"]
  17. 16. [Action Comics #4]
  18. 17. [Superman Plays Football]
    Superman
  19. 18. Acquiring Super-Strength
    Acquiring Super-Strength
  20. 19. [Action Comics #5]
  21. 20. [Superman and the Dam]
    Superman
  22. 21. [Action Comics #6]
  23. 22. [Superman's Phony Manager]
    Superman
  24. 23. Muscle-Training
    Acquiring Super-Strength
  25. 24. [Action Comics #7]
    Superman
  26. 25. [Superman Joins the Circus]
    Superman
  27. 26. [Action Comics #8]
  28. 27. [Superman in the Slums]
    Superman
  29. 28. Super-Vision
    Acquiring Super-Strength
  30. 29. [Action Comics #9]
  31. 30. [Wanted: Superman]
    Superman
  32. 31. [Action Comics #10]
    Superman
  33. 32. [Superman Goes to Prison]
    Superman
  34. 33. [Action Comics #11]
  35. 34. [Superman and the 'Black Gold' Swindle]
    Superman
  36. 35. [Action Comics #12]
    Zatara
  37. 36. [Superman Declares War on Reckless Drivers]
    Superman
  38. 37. [New York World's Fair Comics #[1]]
  39. 38. Superman at the World's Fair
    Superman
  40. 39. [Action Comics #13]
    Superman
  41. 40. [Superman vs. the Cab Protective League]
    Superman
  42. 41. [Superman #1]
    Superman
  43. 42. [Origin of Superman]
    Superman
  44. 43. [Prelude to "Superman, Champion of the Oppressed"]
    Superman
  45. 44. Scientific Explanation of Superman's Amazing Strength--!
    Superman
  46. 45. Superman Text Story
    Superman
  47. 46. ["Boys and Girls: Meet the creators of the one and only Superman - America's Greatest Adventure Strip!"]
  48. 47. [Back Cover from Superman #1]
    Superman
  49. 48. [Action Comics #14]
    Zatara
  50. 49. [Superman Meets the Ultra-Humanite]
    Superman
  51. 50. [Action Comics #15]
    Superman
  52. 51. [Superman on the High Seas]
    Superman
  53. 52. [Action Comics #16]
  54. 53. [Superman and the Numbers Racket]
    Superman
  55. 54. [Superman #2]
    Superman
  56. 55. Superman the Man of Tomorrow!
    Superman
  57. 56. [The Comeback of Larry Trent]
    Superman
  58. 57. Superman's Tips For Super-Health
    Superman
  59. 58. Superman Champions Universal Peace!
    Superman
  60. 59. Superman and the Skyscrapers
    Superman
  61. 60. Superman!
    Superman
  62. 61. ["Down the steps of Police Headquarters hurried 'Big Mike' Caputo,..."]
    Superman
  63. 62. [Action Comics #17]
    Superman
  64. 63. [The Return of the Ultra-Humanite]
    Superman
  65. 64. [Action Comics #18]
  66. 65. [Superman's Super-Campaign]
    Superman
  67. 66. [Action Comics #19]
    Superman
  68. 67. [Superman and the Purple Plague]
    Superman
  69. 68. [Superman #3]
    Superman
  70. 69. [Superman, America's Greatest Adventure Strip Character!]
    Superman
  71. 70. [Superman and the Runaway]
    Superman
  72. 71. Attaining Super-Health: A Few Hints from Superman!
    Superman
  73. 72. [Superman and the Jewel Smugglers]
    Superman
  74. 73. Biographies
  75. 74. [Back Title Page]
  76. 75. [Back Cover]
    Superman
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