(Spring 1942)

DC, 1941 Series
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Price:
0.15 USD
Pages:
100
Indicia frequency:
quarterly
On-sale date:
1942-02-03
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
World's Best Comics Co.
Brand:
A Superman DC Publication
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth [as W. F. Ellsworth]
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

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in the U. S. Copyright Office filing. An ad in More Fun Comics #77 gives an on-sale date of "Feb. 13th."

Ellsworth credit from statement of ownership.


[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:

Indexer Notes

Art credits verified by Fred Ray.

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

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

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

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

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

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

The Tower of Terror (Table of Contents: 3)

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]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Brent Matthews; Lemuel P. Potts (villain, death)
Synopsis:
A manufacturer purchases a sacred Indian tower and tries to move it, but is faced with many attempts on his life, unaware that an ancient manuscript indicates priceless Indian valuables were secreted in the tower.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Titled "The Case of the Flying Castle" in the table of contents. This title is also used in Superman: The World's Finest Archives, whose credits are wrong too.

[The Man Who Stole a Bank] (Table of Contents: 4)

Zatara / 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

Title from table of contents.

Crime's Stage Manager (Table of Contents: 5)

The Crimson Avenger / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Lehti (signed)
Pencils:
Jack Lehti (signed)
Inks:
Charles Paris
Colors:
?
Letters:
Charles Paris

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

Indexer Notes

Titled "Murder in Three Acts" in the table of contents. Scripter and letterer credits by Craig Delich.

Tactical Error (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 1.75 pages (report information)

Script:
Eric Carter (credited)
Pencils:
Cliff Young (signed)
Inks:
Cliff Young (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
detective-mystery

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

statement of ownership / 0.25 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

The Crime Clown! (Table of Contents: 8)

TNT with Dan the Dyna-Mite / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Mort Weisinger
Pencils:
Al Carreno ?
Inks:
Al Carreno ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
T.N.T. [Thomas N. Thomas]; Dan the Dyna-Mite [Danny Dunbar]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Titled "Case of the Crime Clown" in the table of contents. Second appearance of TNT & Dan (first in Star Spangled Comics #7). Order of TNT appearances determined by copyright dates (Star Spangled #7 on Feb 1st 1942, World's Finest #5 on Feb 3rd 1942). Note that the two books essentially debuted at the same time.

Now on Sale (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

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

[Wings for America] (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Script:
Jerry Siegel ?
Pencils:
Harry Lampert
Inks:
Harry Lampert
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Red Dugan; Whitey White; Blooey Blue; Doris West

Indexer Notes

Title from table of contents.

[Gems of Jeopardy] (Table of Contents: 11)

The Sandman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Cliff Young
Inks:
Cliff Young
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Dian Belmont; Gay Thompson; Fred Thompson; Billy Thompson; Gay's unnamed brother (villain, ex-convict, death)
Synopsis:
Gay Thompson's brother is an ex-con who wants her husband's fabulous collection of diamonds, and the Sandman must work within the situation to trap the man before he can kidnap the woman's only son.

Indexer Notes

Title from table of contents.

Last with original mystery-man costume. Last appearance of girlfriend Dian Belmont.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12)

Goggles / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Fred Schwab ?
Pencils:
Fred Schwab ?
Inks:
Fred Schwab ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Fred Schwab ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text:
S'matter, Pappy?
Genre:
humor; teen

Indexer Notes

Writer, artist and letterer credits by Craig Delich.

Vengeance (Table of Contents: 13)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
John Hilton (credited)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure

[Rubies for Ransom] (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:
Harry Lampert

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

Indexer Notes

Story title from table of contents. Letterer verified by Lampert.

The Good-Hearted Gangster! (Table of Contents: 15)

Lando the Magician / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Louis Cazeneuve
Inks:
Louis Cazeneuve
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Lando

Indexer Notes

Titled "Adventure of the Good-Hearted Gangster" in the table of contents.

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

Private Pete / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text:
Oh, boy - Wotta spot...
Genre:
humor; military
Characters:
Pvt. Pete

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

The "Big 8" (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

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

Crime Takes a Holiday (Table of Contents: 18)

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

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Jerry Robinson [as Bob Kane] (signed)
Inks:
Jerry Robinson [as Bob Kane] (signed); George Roussos (backgrounds)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne; also as The Gold Coast Kid]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; "Big John" Waller (villain, gambling house owner, introduction); Brains Kelley (villain, introduction); Slinky [aka Carrot-Top McGraw] (villain, introduction); Dude Davis (villain, introduction); Scar Ryan (villain, introduction); The Domino Killers (villains, introduction); The Hooded Gunmen (villains, introduction)
Synopsis:
A "crime holiday" is declared by the mobs in Gotham City, but Batman and Robin soon discover the reason why: the mobs plan to disguise themselves as members of other mobs, commit crimes, and have the blame placed on them!
Reprints:
Keywords:
belt wireless radio; Gotham City

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

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

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Prizes for All! (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

American Seed Co., Inc. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman; Batman with Robin
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
  4. 3. The Tower of Terror
    Superman
  5. 4. [The Man Who Stole a Bank]
    Zatara
  6. 5. Crime's Stage Manager
    The Crimson Avenger
  7. 6. Tactical Error
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
  9. 8. The Crime Clown!
    TNT with Dan the Dyna-Mite
  10. 9. Now on Sale
  11. 10. [Wings for America]
    Red, White and Blue
  12. 11. [Gems of Jeopardy]
    The Sandman
  13. 12. ["S'matter, Pappy?"]
    Goggles
  14. 13. Vengeance
  15. 14. [Rubies for Ransom]
    The King
  16. 15. The Good-Hearted Gangster!
    Lando the Magician
  17. 16. ["Oh, boy - Wotta spot..."]
    Private Pete
  18. 17. The "Big 8"
  19. 18. Crime Takes a Holiday
    Batman with Robin
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
  21. 20. Prizes for All!
    American Seed Co., Inc.
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • John Censullo
  • Bob Hughes
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Matthew Head
  • Gregory Fischer
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Lou Mougin
  • Craig Delich
  • Clayton Emery
  • Lou Mazzella
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