(November 1941)

DC, 1938 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Detective Comics, Inc.
Brand:
A Superman DC Publication
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth [as F. W. Ellsworth] (credited); Murray Boltinoff (assistant editor, uncredited); Mort Weisinger (assistant editor, uncredited)
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US; then standard Modern Age US
Binding:
saddle-stitched (squarebound #334, 347, 360, 373, 437, 443, 449, 544, 600)
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Fred Ray
Inks:
Fred Ray
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints:
Keywords:
machine guns

Indexer Notes

Superman has a yellow "S" on blue triangle on his cape. Art credits verified by Fred Ray.

Another Message to Our Readers (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

[The Empire in the Sky] (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen [cameo]; Carl Bransom; Nick Flaerty; John Standing; Freeman Chase; Luthor [as Zytal] (villain, bald); Jake Mobray (villain, death) Dirk Chadwick (villain, death)
Synopsis:
A series of strange disappearances of prominent men in the city of Metropolis makes Clark Kent believe the kidnappings weren't under ordinary circumstances. When, as Superman, he tries to get information from local mobsters, they are suddenly destroyed by a ray out of the blue. He later discovers that Luthor built a giant city in the sky, and the arch for then hypnotizes Superman into doing his bidding.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credits by Craig Delich and Bob Hughes. We formerly credited John Sikela (pencils) and Ed Dobrtoka (inks). The Archives credit the art to John Sikela.

Supermen of America (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

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

Superman Krypto-Raygun (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Superman Krypto-Raygun / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[The Origin of the Vigilante] (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script:
Mort Weisinger
Pencils:
Mort Meskin [as Meskin] (signed)
Inks:
Mort Meskin [as Meskin] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero; western-frontier
Characters:
The Vigilante [Greg Sanders] (introduction, origin); Killer Kelly; Betty Stuart; Van Ardsley
Synopsis:
At his execution, Killer Kelly tells Vigilante that he will come back from the grave, but he has really just bribed the prison doctor to lower the voltage. Greg Sanders, rodeo man, is met by Betty Stuart, a blues singer, after a rodeo, and he learns that Killer Kelly is loose. At his home, Greg dons the costume of the Vigilante and heads to the costume ball of Van Ardsley. When Killer Kelly bashes the party, the Vigilante has to rope them in.
Reprints:

[The Ship Spies] (Table of Contents: 6)

Black Pirate / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff (signed)
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
historical
Characters:
The Black Pirate [Jon Valor]; Bonnie; unnamed cutthroats (villains)
Synopsis:
A cutthroat pretends to be an escaped fugitive to get close to Jon Valor. Bonnie is suspicious, however.

Indexer Notes

Strip is continued in Sensation Comics #1.

Still at the Top! (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Superman; Star Spangled Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[Revolution in Central America!] (Table of Contents: 8)

Three Aces / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Chad Grothkopf
Inks:
Chad Grothkopf
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; aviation
Characters:
Three Aces [Fog Fortune; Gunner Bill; Whistler Will]; Miguel Miranda (villain)
Synopsis:
On their way back from South America, the Aces find themselves in the middle of a Central American revolution. A man named Miguel Miranda takes their planes for the war, and the Aces have to figure out a way to get them back.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich.

Superman Is in the Movies! (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

The Adventures of Superman / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[The Origin of Fatman] (Table of Contents: 10)

Mr. America / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Mr. America [Tex Thomson]; Fatman [Bob Daley] (origin as Fatman); The Queen Bee (villain)
Synopsis:
Mr. America goes out to investigate a strange lack of crime, but Bob is ordered to stay in. Feeling deserted, Bob creates the identity of Fatman. At Tex's headquarters, he develops a way to transform his cape into a magic flying carpet. Fatman stumbles upon the plans of the Queen Bee to steal radium.

Indexer Notes

1st uses cape as a flying carpet. Writer credit by Jerry Bails.

Missing Masterpiece (Table of Contents: 11)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Sidney Drew (credited)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
war
Characters:
Peter Projak

Dead or Alive (Table of Contents: 12)

text story / 0.67 page (report information)

Script:
Wilton Weston (credited)
Pencils:
Stan Kaye [as S K] (spot illustration, signed)
Inks:
Stan Kaye [as S K] (spot illustration, signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Killer Manon

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

advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

["He won't drop them..."] (Table of Contents: 14)

Jokes / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

3 gags. Writer credit added by Craig Delich.

What a Cast! (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

More Fun Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.25 page (report information)

Newcomer! (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

Prize Comics / advertisement / 0.25 page (report information)

["Blazing a path through miles of treacherous jungle-land on his way to the coast, Congo Bill signals his safari to halt."] (Table of Contents: 17)

Congo Bill / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Fred Ray
Pencils:
Fred Ray [as F Ray] (signed)
Inks:
Fred Ray [as F Ray] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Congo Bill; Sheila Hanlen; Professor James Kent; Hugo Von Eller; Winters; Tomkins (villain)
Synopsis:
In the jungle, Congo Bill's safari comes across a white man being buried alive by a native and attempts to stop him, only to be informed that he's just ruined a shot in an adventure film. Talking with the director, Hugo Von Eller, Bill finds out that the production has been plagued with problems. Sheila agrees to stand in for a sick actress, but the problems continue.
Keywords:
caves; dynamite; ivory; lions; motion picture cameras; motion picture projectors; motion pictures; shovels

Black Fire by Corvelle Newcomb (Table of Contents: 18)

Good Books Worth Reading / text article / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
Josette Frank
Letters:
typeset

New Films for Your Superman Krypto-Raygun (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

Daisy Mfg. Co. / advertisement / 0.17 page (report information)

Different! (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

Adventure Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Action! Thrills! (Table of Contents: 21) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.67 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 22) (Expand) /

Lionel / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

[The Man Who Could Control Minds] (Table of Contents: 23)

Zatara / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Zatara; The Tigress (villain); Frosty Parke (villain)
Synopsis:
Zatara spots the Tigress and Frosty Parke and decides to follow them. He catches them trying to rob a bank and quickly stops them, putting Frosty into the hospital. There, Frosty uses an experiment that allows him to control men's minds, and somehow the power is transferred into him. He escapes and meets with Tigress to continue their crime spree. Zatara discovers Frosty's new power and investigates.

Choose Your Prize (Table of Contents: 24) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 25) (Expand) /

Daisy Air Rifles / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Plenty of Energy (Table of Contents: 26) (Expand) /

Baby Ruth / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. Another Message to Our Readers
  3. 2. [The Empire in the Sky]
    Superman
  4. 3. Supermen of America
  5. 4. Superman Krypto-Raygun
    Superman Krypto-Raygun
  6. 5. [The Origin of the Vigilante]
    The Vigilante
  7. 6. [The Ship Spies]
    Black Pirate
  8. 7. Still at the Top!
    Superman; Star Spangled Comics
  9. 8. [Revolution in Central America!]
    Three Aces
  10. 9. Superman Is in the Movies!
    The Adventures of Superman
  11. 10. [The Origin of Fatman]
    Mr. America
  12. 11. Missing Masterpiece
  13. 12. Dead or Alive
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
  15. 14. ["He won't drop them..."]
    Jokes
  16. 15. What a Cast!
    More Fun Comics
  17. 16. Newcomer!
    Prize Comics
  18. 17. ["Blazing a path through miles of treacherous jungle-land on his way to the coast, Congo Bill signals his safari to halt."]
    Congo Bill
  19. 18. Black Fire by Corvelle Newcomb
    Good Books Worth Reading
  20. 19. New Films for Your Superman Krypto-Raygun
    Daisy Mfg. Co.
  21. 20. Different!
    Adventure Comics
  22. 21. Action! Thrills!
  23. 22. [no title indexed]
    Lionel
  24. 23. [The Man Who Could Control Minds]
    Zatara
  25. 24. Choose Your Prize
    American Specialty Co.
  26. 25. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
  27. 26. Plenty of Energy
    Baby Ruth
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Keith Chandler
  • Bob Hughes
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Merlin Haas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Matthew Head
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Jon Ingersoll
  • Diverse Hands
  • Brian Mowbray
  • John Greb
  • Kelly Langston-Smith
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Carlos Tasada
  • John Douglas Miceli
  • Kyle Weber
  • Terry Watkins
  • Allen Ross
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Bob Hughes
  • Darrel McCann
  • Ed Boner