Superman #15
(March-April 1942)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1942-01-02
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Superman, 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
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

Ellsworth credit from statement of ownership.

On-sale date from copyright registration. On-sale date of December 31, 1941 in ad in Action Comics #45.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
World's greatest adventure-strip character!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Art credits verified by Fred Ray.

The scene for this cover taken from the 1st Fleischer Superman cartoon titled "The Mad Scientist."

Editorial Advisory Board (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

Hero of Darien (Table of Contents: 2)

Books Worth Reading / text article / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
Josette Frank
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

[The Cop Who Was Ruined] (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]; Jimmy Olsen; Lois Lane; Sgt. Bob Branigan; Bill Talley (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Lois and Clark stand by Sgt. Branigan and seek to assist him after he was blinded during a tussle with mobsters as well as being dismissed from the Police force for accidentally killing a woman while supposedly misusing his powers as a Police officer. To make things worse, Branigan is approached by the very mobsters he fought earlier and they are demanding protection money from him for his new business.
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Indexer Notes

1st time Jimmy is given a last name. The story title was taken from the Archive.

Supermen of America (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

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

Big News! (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Baby Ruth / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Superman's Radio Show Covers the Continent! (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

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

[Saboteurs from Napkan] (Table of Contents: 7)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Lois Lane; Secretary of the Navy Hank Fox; Hokopoko (villain, introduction, death); Utsum (villain, introduction, death); the Black Circle (villains, introduction, deaths)
Synopsis
Superman discovers that Battleship Y-92 had been sabotaged by agents of the war-like nation of Napkan upon launching. He later discovers that pro-Napkan parties have been established in South American, and the enemy wishes to have more formed in Central American nations that will turn anti-American, thus allowing Napkan to openly invade the United States without opposition.
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Pick Your Prize (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Lancaster County Seed Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Rollin Stone / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Ray McGill (signed)
Pencils
Ray McGill (signed)
Inks
Ray McGill (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
So you want to join the circus, eh?
Genre
humor

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

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

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

Private Pete / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Private Pete, you're assigned to sentry duty. Be careful of dangerous spies...
Genre
humor
Characters
Private Pete
Synopsis
Pete is warned to keep spies from photographing an army plane, but still allows one to paint a picture of it.

[Superman in Oxnalia] (Table of Contents: 12)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; King Boris; Prince Micheal; Razkal (villain, introduction, death); Lord Murgot (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Superman heads to Europe to assist the democratic nation of Numark against the war-like attacks being made on it by Oxnalia, saving Numark's young Prince as well as bringing about peace between the two nations.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13)

cartoon / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Say 'Ah'" "Ugh!

Statement of Ownership (Table of Contents: 14)

statement of ownership / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
Jack Liebowitz
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Published by Detective Comics, Inc.
480 Lexington Ave, NY, NY (indicia says Superman, Inc.)
Editor: W. F. Ellsworth
Owners; Harry, Irwin and Sonia Donenfeld, P. H. Sampliner, P. H. Sampliner (JR) and Joan Sampliner.

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

advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

Rattlebrain (Table of Contents: 16)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Norman Goss (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure

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

Chief Hot Foot / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Braves, old Chief Eagle-Beak is offering the hand of his fair daughter...
Genre
humor
Characters
Chief Hot Foot

Tops in Comics (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

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

[The Evolution King] (Table of Contents: 19)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Sgt. Casey; Phil Carter; Tim (a newspaper boy); The Evolution King (villain, introduction, death); Tony Rico (villain); Joe Glower (villain)
Synopsis
Superman must battle the Evolution King, a man who has developed a way to advance or revert the ages of prominent athletes, forcing them to pay him blackmail, else he keeps them in an old and decrepit condition.
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The "Big 8" (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 21) (Expand) /

National Radio Institute / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["World's greatest adventure-strip character!"]
    Superman
  2. 1. Editorial Advisory Board
  3. 2. Hero of Darien
    Books Worth Reading
  4. 3. [The Cop Who Was Ruined]
    Superman
  5. 4. Supermen of America
  6. 5. Big News!
    Baby Ruth
  7. 6. Superman's Radio Show Covers the Continent!
    The Adventures of Superman
  8. 7. [Saboteurs from Napkan]
    Superman
  9. 8. Pick Your Prize
    Lancaster County Seed Co.
  10. 9. ["So you want to join the circus, eh?"]
    Rollin Stone
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Action Comics
  12. 11. ["Private Pete, you're assigned to sentry duty. Be careful of dangerous spies..."]
    Private Pete
  13. 12. [Superman in Oxnalia]
    Superman
  14. 13. ["Say 'Ah'" "Ugh!"]
  15. 14. Statement of Ownership
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
  17. 16. Rattlebrain
  18. 17. ["Braves, old Chief Eagle-Beak is offering the hand of his fair daughter..."]
    Chief Hot Foot
  19. 18. Tops in Comics
  20. 19. [The Evolution King]
    Superman
  21. 20. The "Big 8"
  22. 21. [no title indexed]
    National Radio Institute
  23. 22. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
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