(February 1963)

DC, 1941 Series
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Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
Monthly, with the exception of January, April, July and October
On-sale date
1962-12-06
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Brand
Superman DC National Comics
Editing
Jack Schiff
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 ad in Batman Annual #4 and copyright registration.


The Mystery of the Crimson Avenger! (Table of Contents)

Superman and Batman and Robin / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Dick Dillin
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Crimson Avenger [Albert Elwood]; Octopus Gang
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Art credits per Bob Klein, Gene Reed, Bob Hughes, and Mike Tiefenbacher. Craig Delich and Pat Lang credit pencils to Jim Mooney and inks to Moldoff. Letters credit from Todd Klein via his Klein Letters blog (18 September 2016, http://kleinletters.com/Blog/ira-schnapp-in-worlds-finest-comics-part-1/).

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

The World of Dinosaurs / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Mystery of the Crimson Avenger (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman and Batman and Robin / comic story / 12.67 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Dick Sprang
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors
?
Letters
Stan Starkman ?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Crimson Avenger [Albert Elwood] (introduction, not the Golden Age character); Superman [Clark Kent]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Octopus Gang
Synopsis
The Crimson Avenger tries to help Superman and Batman stop the Octopus Gang but learns that he needs more training.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inks credit from Pat Lang and Craig Delich. Bob Klein and Gene Reed say Charles Paris inks.

First and only appearance of the 2nd Crimson Avenger. His predecessor (Lee Walter Travis) debuted in Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #20. Interestingly, Crimson Avenger states that he has taken the name of a former lawman, presumably the 1930's version.

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

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

Health Myths Debunked! (Table of Contents: 4)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Schiff
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
advocacy
Synopsis
How to treat frostbite, a black eye, and does cutting your hair make it grow faster?

Indexer Notes

Previously appeared in November 1962 issues.

Featuring the Mightiest Super-Heroes of All Time! (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Superman Annual / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

The Secret Adventures of Batman and Robin! (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Batman Annual / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

The Man Who Controlled Water (Table of Contents: 7)

Aquaman and Aqualad / comic story / 6.67 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Miller
Pencils
Ramona Fradon
Inks
Ramona Fradon
Colors
?
Letters
Stan Starkman ?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman; Aqualad; Professor Polloy
Synopsis
Professor Polloy invents a machine that allows him to control the molecular structure of water, turning it into solid structures, and uses it to commit crimes on the high seas.
Reprints
Keywords
flame-thrower; invention; radar; whales

Your Eyes May Play Tricks... But Not Your Taste! (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Tootsie Roll Pop / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Homer / comic story / 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
Now to explore the bottom of the ocean...
Genre
humor
Characters
Homer
Synopsis
While scuba-diving, Homer keeps hurting his feet on shells hidden in tall weeds at the bottom of the ocean.
Reprints
Keywords
lawn mower; scuba-diving; underwater

Mystery of the Pathfinders (Table of Contents: 10)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Discussion of how ancient peoples navigated without compasses or other equipment.

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

Zenith Company / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

A Cure for Billy Jones (Table of Contents: 12)

The Green Arrow / comic story / 5.67 pages (report information)

Script
Ed Herron ?
Pencils
Lee Elias (signed)
Inks
Lee Elias (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Stan Starkman ?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; Speedy [Roy Harper]; Billy Jones; Arrow-Car; Tom (crook); Mike (crook)
Synopsis
Green Arrow and Speedy take a sick boy out on patrol with them in order to cheer him up.
Reprints
Keywords
Arrowcar; bolo arrow; boomerang arrows; boxing glove arrow; catapult; cobweb arrow; depression; firecracker arrow; rope-trip arrow

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from Showcase Presents Green Arrow.

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

statement of ownership / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
Jack Liebowitz [as J. S. Liebowitz] (business manager)
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Statement of Ownership for October 1, 1962. Average paid circulation for the last 12 months was 420,000. Published by National Periodical Publications. Editor: Jack Schiff. Owners: "National Periodical Publications, Inc., Harry Donenfeld, Irwin Donenfeld, Sonia Iger, J. S. Liebowits, P. H. Sampliner, S. U. Sampliner, Harry Donenfeld Foundation, Inc. (a non stock corp., Irwin Donenfeld, Pres., J. S. Liebowitz, Sec'y), all at 575 Lexington Avenue, New York 22, N.Y."

The Battle Tale That Bursts the Boundaries of War... (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

Our Army at War / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

2nd Smash Appearance in Showcase! (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

Showcase; Tommy Tomorrow / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

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

100 Toy Soldiers / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

150 Civil War Soldiers / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

American Body Building Club / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

104 Kings' Knights / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Mystery of the Crimson Avenger!
    Superman and Batman and Robin
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    The World of Dinosaurs
  3. 2. The Mystery of the Crimson Avenger
    Superman and Batman and Robin
  4. 3. ["Follow the adventures of Batman and Robin..."]
    Detective Comics
  5. 4. Health Myths Debunked!
  6. 5. Featuring the Mightiest Super-Heroes of All Time!
    Superman Annual
  7. 6. The Secret Adventures of Batman and Robin!
    Batman Annual
  8. 7. The Man Who Controlled Water
    Aquaman and Aqualad
  9. 8. Your Eyes May Play Tricks... But Not Your Taste!
    Tootsie Roll Pop
  10. 9. ["Now to explore the bottom of the ocean..."]
    Homer
  11. 10. Mystery of the Pathfinders
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Zenith Company
  13. 12. A Cure for Billy Jones
    The Green Arrow
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
  15. 14. The Battle Tale That Bursts the Boundaries of War...
    Our Army at War
  16. 15. 2nd Smash Appearance in Showcase!
    Showcase; Tommy Tomorrow
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    100 Toy Soldiers
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    150 Civil War Soldiers
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    American Body Building Club
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
    104 Kings' Knights
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Walker
  • Nick Caputo
  • Bob Hughes
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Per Sandell
  • Merlin Haas
  • Matthew Head
  • Peter Croome
  • Chris Boyko
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Lou Mougin
  • Craig Delich
  • Clayton Emery
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Allen Ross