(Fall 1941)

DC, 1941 Series
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Price
0.15 USD
Pages
100
Indicia frequency
quarterly
On-sale date
1941-08-15
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
World's Best Comics Co.
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

On-sale date from copyright registration.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman; Batman with Robin / 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
Keywords
baseball

Indexer Notes

DC Comics: Sixty Years of The World's Favorite Comic Book Heroes by Les Daniels in 1995 indicates this cover is by Jerry Robinson. The two Archives reprints indicate Fred Ray. Thanks to Arnie Grieves for pointing this out. Note from Craig Delich: Jack Burnley verified Ray as the artist on this cover when he visited him personally in 1989.

Fred Ray sent a listing of all of his comic book credits to Jack Burnley in 2003, and part of the list was published in Alter-Ego #25 for June of 2003. In it, Ray states his on-going feud with Robinson, who was claiming to do work that Ray actually did. These credits by Ray verify that Ray did the full art for this cover as indicated. Ray, like Jack Burnley, tore all the covers off the comics that he did the covers to, and he sent scans of these covers to Burnley and Roy Thomas to verify his claim.

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

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

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Issue No. 3 (Table of Contents: 2)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

[The Case of the Death Express] (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Douglas Grant (lawyer); Atkinson (railroad President); "Sparky" Waters (villain); Thorton Bigsby (villain)
Synopsis
Clark Kent (a.k.a. Superman) investigates a series of railroad accidents that turn out to be anything BUT accidental!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story title from the table of contents.

[The Adventure of the Informer] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

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

Genre
adventure
Characters
Red Dugan; Whitey Smith; Blooey Blue; Doris West

Indexer Notes

Artist credits by Craig Delich. Credit previously given to Harry Lampert. Story title from the table of contents.

[The Adventure of the Uncut Diamonds] (Table of Contents: 5)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Crimson Avenger [Lee Travis]; Wing

Indexer Notes

Crimson has a cape. Norris art credits by Craig Delich. Pencils previously given as Jack Lehti and inks previously given to Charles Paris. Story title from the table of contents.

The 'Big Six' Now Becomes the 'Big Seven' (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

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

[The Story of the Man Who Couldn't Lose] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

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

Genre
humor; superhero
Characters
Johnny Thunder; Daisy Darling; Thunderbolt (pink)

Indexer Notes

Story title from the table of contents.

Action! Thrills! Adventure! (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

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

Wet Alibi (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Edgar Weston
Pencils
Cliff Young (illustrations, signed)
Inks
Cliff Young (illustrations, signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

[The Case of the Missing Millionaire] (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. Story title from the table of contents.

[Magic Casts Its Vote] (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
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Zatara; Tong

Indexer Notes

Story title from the table of contents.

[The End of the Trail] (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 ?

Genre
humor; military
Characters
Drafty

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich. Story title from the table of contents.

[Crime Visits the Opera] (Table of Contents: 13)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Dian Belmont; Alma Decker; Mr. Growlick (villain, opera house manager); Mr. Walsh (villain)
Synopsis
Wes and Dian attend the opera to hear a singer they know well, but are astounded to hear loud boos from the audience in response to a superb performance. Sandman discovers a cruel racketeer who is blackmailing top stars to pay up front for audience approval or else!

Indexer Notes

Inks credit by Craig Delich. Inks credit previously given to Flessel. Story title from table of contents.

Oddity: The girl opera singer is named Carol on page one, but called Alma throughout the rest of the story.

[The Case of the Counterfeit Tickets] (Table of Contents: 14)

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

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

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

Indexer Notes

Story title from table of contents.

X-Ray Picture (Table of Contents: 15)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Cooper
Pencils
Fred Ray [as Ray] (illustrations, signed)
Inks
Fred Ray [as Ray] (illustrations, signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

[The Panama Canal Mystery] (Table of Contents: 16)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Lando; The Hood (villain)

Indexer Notes

Story title from the table of contents.

[The Riddle of the Human Scarecrow] (Table of Contents: 17)

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

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane (signed); Jerry Robinson (on secondary figures only)
Inks
George Roussos
Colors
George Roussos ?
Letters
George Roussos

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Martin; Frank Kendrick (businessman, introduction); Paul Herold (introduction, death); Richard Dodge (introduction); The Scarecrow [Jonathan Crane] (villain, introduction, Psychology college teacher, origin)
Synopsis
A new master criminal begins his career by using psychology upon his victims: the psychology of fear!
Reprints
Keywords
Gotham City

Indexer Notes

Colorist and letterer credits by Craig Delich.

Story title from from the table of contents.

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

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

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Every One a Hit! (Table of Contents: 19) (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
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. Issue No. 3
  4. 3. [The Case of the Death Express]
    Superman
  5. 4. [The Adventure of the Informer]
    Red, White and Blue
  6. 5. [The Adventure of the Uncut Diamonds]
    The Crimson Avenger
  7. 6. The 'Big Six' Now Becomes the 'Big Seven'
  8. 7. [The Story of the Man Who Couldn't Lose]
    Johnny Thunder
  9. 8. Action! Thrills! Adventure!
  10. 9. Wet Alibi
  11. 10. [The Case of the Missing Millionaire]
    Young Doc Davis
  12. 11. [Magic Casts Its Vote]
    Zatara the Master Magician
  13. 12. [The End of the Trail]
    Drafty (#158)
  14. 13. [Crime Visits the Opera]
    The Sandman
  15. 14. [The Case of the Counterfeit Tickets]
    The King
  16. 15. X-Ray Picture
  17. 16. [The Panama Canal Mystery]
    Lando, Man of Magic
  18. 17. [The Riddle of the Human Scarecrow]
    Batman with Robin
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
  20. 19. Every One a Hit!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Bob Hughes
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Merlin Haas
  • Jim Doty
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Jim Stangas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Lou Mougin
  • Craig Delich
  • Clayton Emery
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Allen Ross