(November-December 1941)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
On-sale date:
1941-08-29
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Superman, Inc.
Brand:
A Superman DC Publication
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth (uncredited); 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
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched (squarebound #183, 187, 193, 197, 202, 207, 212, 217, 222, 227, 245, 252, 272, 278, 284)
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

On-sale date from ad in Action Comics #41.


["World's greatest adventure-strip character!"] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Fred Ray
Inks:
Fred Ray
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; the Nazis
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credits verified by Fred Ray.

Rain (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Gillette Bicycle Tires / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

Glover's / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[The Light] (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Joe Shuster (layouts, signed); Leo Nowak (finishes)
Inks:
Leo Nowak
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Lois Lane; Senator Tom Billingsley; The Light [Lex Luthor] (villain)
Synopsis:
Superman must battle Lex Luthor who is disguised as The Light, a criminal who kidnaps prominent men from many different fields, hypnotizes them with colored lights, and makes them do his bidding.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Joe Shuster not listed in credits in Superman Archives #4. Story title from the Archives reprint.

Energy to Perform (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Baby Ruth / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Supermen of America (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

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

[The Archer] (Table of Contents: 6)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Jimmy Olsen (name Jimmy revealed); Lois Lane; Perry White; Sgt. Casey; Thomas Gayford (death); Amos Kendrick; The Archer [Quigley] (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
A new villain hits the front pages of Metropolis' newspapers, a villain who prefers hunting human beings for profit rather than animals, and when Perry White cannot locate Lois or Clark to cover the story, a young office boy at the Daily Planet takes on the job himself --- and gets his first by-line!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Jimmy Olsen is blonde-haired in this story; last name Olsen not used until issue #15. This is Jimmy's first definite appearance in a comic book. First named appearance was on the Superman radio program. Story title from the Archives reprint.

[Lost Lagoon and The Reluctant Dragon] (Table of Contents: 7)

Good Books and Movies / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Josette Frank (signed)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
non-fiction
Keywords:
book reviews; movie reviews

Indexer Notes

Books reviewed include "Lost Legion" by Armstrong Sperry and Walt Disney's "The Reluctant Dragon."

["Is Mr. Rogers expecting you?"] (Table of Contents: 8)

Laff Lines / cartoon / 0.44 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

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

advertisement / 0.22 page (report information)

Everybody's Wearing Superman Moccasins (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Superman Moccasins / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

[Baby on the Doorstep] (Table of Contents: 11)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Bob Pierson (a baby, introduction); Clara Pierson (his mother); Leila (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Clark Kent receives a note to go to a certain address to pick up a baby and to care for it for a few days. But when attempts are made to kidnap the child, Superman intervenes and discovers that the mother was trying to protect the child from enemy agents who believed she knew the secret of her late husband's war-time invention.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story title taken from the Archives reprint.

Good Company! (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

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

Here's Top Value! (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

World's Finest Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Sailor's Shawl (Table of Contents: 14)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox (credited)
Pencils:
Cliff Young (signed)
Inks:
Cliff Young (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure

["It's sure nice of your dad to give you such a swell car..."] (Table of Contents: 15)

Jerry the Jitterbug / cartoon / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Jerry the Jitterbug

The "Big Six" Now Becomes the "Big Seven" (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

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

[The City Beneath the Earth] (Table of Contents: 17)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
John Sikela [as Joe Shuster] (ghost, signed)
Inks:
John Sikela
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Lois Lane; Tulan (introduction); Kyack (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Superman discovers an underground civilization beneath Metropolis that has been using a ray apparatus to destroy buildings in Metropolis and elsewhere. He meets with Kyack and learns that this civilization once populated the Earth before the ice age, and the glaciers forced them underground, where they built their new civilization. Now they are planning an invasion of the Earth's surface and restore the rule they once had over it.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story title taken from the Archives reprint.

Choose Your Prize (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

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

Boys and Girls It's Free! (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

Schwinn / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

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

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["World's greatest adventure-strip character!"]
    Superman
  2. 1. Rain
    Gillette Bicycle Tires
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Glover's
  4. 3. [The Light]
    Superman
  5. 4. Energy to Perform
    Baby Ruth
  6. 5. Supermen of America
  7. 6. [The Archer]
    Superman
  8. 7. [Lost Lagoon and The Reluctant Dragon]
    Good Books and Movies
  9. 8. ["Is Mr. Rogers expecting you?"]
    Laff Lines
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
  11. 10. Everybody's Wearing Superman Moccasins
    Superman Moccasins
  12. 11. [Baby on the Doorstep]
    Superman
  13. 12. Good Company!
    Action Comics
  14. 13. Here's Top Value!
    World's Finest Comics
  15. 14. Sailor's Shawl
  16. 15. ["It's sure nice of your dad to give you such a swell car..."]
    Jerry the Jitterbug
  17. 16. The "Big Six" Now Becomes the "Big Seven"
  18. 17. [The City Beneath the Earth]
    Superman
  19. 18. Choose Your Prize
    American Specialty Co.
  20. 19. Boys and Girls It's Free!
    Schwinn
  21. 20. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Per Sandell
  • Matthew Head
  • Steve Dasinger
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