([June] 2020)

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Volume
5
Price
39.99 USD; 53.99 CAD
Pages
404
On-sale Date
2020-04-21
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics
Brand
DC [circle and serifs]
ISBN
978-1-4012-8797-9 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9781401287979 53999
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (editor - original series); Jack Schiff (editor - original series); Jeb Woodard (group editor - collected editions); Robin Wildman Evans (editor - collected edition)

Issue Notes

Collects Superman stories from World's Finest Comics #6-8, Superman #16-19, and Action Comics #48-57.

Trade dress is different to prior volumes, changing to a more modern design, but featuring a classic image from the cover of Superman #19.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Diamond halted distribution of new releases after March 25 2020. However, book stores and websites such as Amazon that get their books through other distributors were not affected by the Diamond shutdown. As a result, this book was available for sale at Amazon and other book sellers first.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Burnley (credited)
Inks
Jack Burnley (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints

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

credits, title page / 1 page (report information)

Colors
?
Letters
?

Indexer Notes

Title page with title logo.

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

credits, title page / 1 page (report information)

Colors
?
Letters
?

Indexer Notes

Credits for writer and artists.

Includes the notation: "Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. By special arrangement with the Jerry Siegel family."

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

Superman / credits, title page / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Burnley
Inks
Jack Burnley
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Title page with illustration from cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

credits, title page / 1 page (report information)

Colors
?
Letters
?

Indexer Notes

Indicia listing publisher credits

[Table of Contents] (Table of Contents: 5)

table of contents / 2 pages (report information)

Colors
?
Letters
typeset

[Action Comics #48] (Table of Contents: 6)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints
Keywords
aircraft carriers; fighter planes; stereotyping of the Japanese

The Adventure of the Merchant of Murder (Table of Contents: 7)

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; Lois Lane; The Top [Jefferson Smith] (villain, introduction); Sid Speed (villain)
Synopsis
Clark Kent crusades against The Top, an avaricious owner of a second-hand auto business who deliberately and knowingly sells cars in seriously bad condition.
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Indexer Notes

In the Table of Contents for this collection, this story is titled "The Merchant of Murder", but the splash page shows the title as "The Adventure of the Merchant of Murder".

[Superman #16] (Table of Contents: 8)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane
Reprints
Keywords
Superman statue

The World's Meanest Man (Table of Contents: 9)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Leo Nowak (pages 1-6); John Sikela (pages 7-13) [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks
Leo Nowak (pages 1-6); Ed Dobrotka (pages 7-13) [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Lois Lane; Sgt. Casey; Charlie Grayson (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
When Lois and Clark take slum kids out into the country for a day, editor White decides to have the Planet sponsor a fund-raising campaign to build a resort for the underprivileged children out in the country. But Superman has to deal with someone who doesn't want that resort built because he has a grudge against the newspaper.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Art credits from GCD index for original issue. The table of contents for this collection credits John Sikela as the only artist for this story.

[Terror from the Stars] (Table of Contents: 10)

Superman / comic story / 12 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; Lois Lane; Professor Derman (death); Mr. Warren; Stan Emerson; Tom Nelson (villain, introduction); Abou Sabut (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Since nothing is really cooking in Metropolis, Perry orders Kent to write up an article on some hot controversial topic, and Clark picks out astrology as being a fake science. But when an eminent astrologer's predictions apparently come true, Superman enters the picture to uncover the truth and make the villain see stars!
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Case of the Runaway Skyscrapers! (Table of Contents: 11)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Wayne Boring (layouts); John Sikela (finishes) [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks
John Sikela [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Mister Sinister (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Superman has to respond the to threats made by a Mr. Sinister, who uses a special ray-cannon to transport buildings, including the Daily Planet, into the Fourth Dimension, then return them again for profit.
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Indexer Notes

Art credits from GCD index for original issue. The table of contents for this collection credits John Sikela as the only artist for this story.

Racket on Delivery! (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]; Lois Lane; Mr. Golden (shop keeper); Slats Morgan (villain, introduction); Vernon Hale (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Lois and Clark's lives are nearly forfeit when they bear down in their newspaper articles on local racketeers who are demanding fees from every truck that unloads in Metropolis.
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[Action Comics #49] (Table of Contents: 13)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

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

The Puzzler (Table of Contents: 14)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen (cameo); The Puzzler (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Superman must battle a twisted intellect who utilizes the principles of parlor games, tricks and puzzles to commit clever crimes.
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Indexer Notes

In the Table of Contents for this collection, this story is titled "The Wizard of Chance".

[World's Finest Comics #6] (Table of Contents: 15)

Superman; Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / cover reprint (on interior page) / 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
Keywords
United States Army; United States Navy

Man of Steel versus Man of Metal (Table of Contents: 16)

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; Jimmy Olsen; Perry White; Metalo (villain, introduction, unnamed scientist-inventor)
Synopsis
Superman meets Metalo, a scientist who has super strength and a metal suit and who has been committing crimes that were blamed on the Man of Steel.
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[Action Comics #50] (Table of Contents: 17)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints
Keywords
mines

[The Professional Baseball Player] (Table of Contents: 18)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Stan Doborak (introduction); Mike Caputo (villain); Mabel Dawson (villain)
Synopsis
Clark and Lois are on the way to Florida to check out the status of the Metropolis baseball club, when they accidentally miss the train in a small town. Waiting for the next one, they spy a young man who has great prowess at pitching...a guy who wishes he could play for a professional club. Superman helps that small town boy become a professional baseball player.
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Indexer Notes

In the Table of Contents for this collection, this story is titled "Play Ball!". It has been indexed elsewhere with the title "The Professional Baseball Player".

The "pullman window" joke on page 7 is a direct reference to Jerry Siegel's appearance on Fred Allen's radio program.

[Superman #17] (Table of Contents: 19)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Adolf Hitler; Hideki Tojo
Reprints

Man or Superman? (Table of Contents: 20)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; The Talon [Albert Caldwell] (introduction, villain); Lois Lane; Perry White; Luthor (cameo, villain); Ultra-Humanite (cameo, villain); Eustace Watson (cameo)
Synopsis
Lois first suspects that Clark Kent is Superman, but he quickly convinces her he is not with some razzle dazzle super speed.
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The Human Bomb (Table of Contents: 21)

Superman / comic story / 12 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]; Sgt. Casey; Perry White; Lois Lane; Watkins (introduction, villain)
Synopsis
A vicious criminal uses innocent people, trapped by hypnotic power, who are armed with a bomb apparatus which makes it possible for them to rob without opposition from the Police.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Superman has a yellow "S" on red background on his cape.

Muscles for Sale (Table of Contents: 22)

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]; Jake Massey (introduction, villain); Lois Lane; George Brant; Mrs. Brant; Mike Mosby (villain); Nat Folsom
Synopsis
Superman must solve a series of bold crimes that were pulled by ungangly men who look anything but formidable.
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Indexer Notes

First appearance of Superman's Mountain Retreat (precursor to the Fortress of Solitude).

When Titans Clash (Table of Contents: 23)

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]; Carlyle Allerton [Lex Luthor] (villain); Lois Lane; Perry White
Synopsis
Lex Luthor survives his execution in the electric chair, which only makes him more powerful, but yet he still can't match the strength of Superman...that is, until he discovers a way to fool Superman into handing over the Powerstone to him.
Reprints
Keywords
Powerstone

Indexer Notes

Sequel to story from Action Comics #47, which was reprinted in Volume 2 of this series.

[Action Comics #51] (Table of Contents: 24)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; The Prankster (villain)
Reprints
Keywords
water pistols

The Case of the Crimeless Crimes (Table of Contents: 25)

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]; the Prankster (villain, introduction); Lois Lane; Sgt. Casey; Perry White
Synopsis
Clark and Lois are directed to a story involving a weird figure calling himself the Prankster, who breaks into a bank, only to leave a black bag "on deposit" that is chock full of money.
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[Action Comics #52] (Table of Contents: 26)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Zatara; Congo Bill; Vigilante; Americommando
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This cover, featuring all of the Action heroes, has been reprinted often.

The Emperor of America (Table of Contents: 27)

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; Jimmy Olsen; Perry White; The Emperor of America (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
The President of the United States vacates his position in favor of The Emperor, who uses a non-resistance ray to take over America without firing a shot. He doesn't count on Superman providing any opposition, however.
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Indexer Notes

An imaginary story in post-war America.

[World's Finest Comics #7] (Table of Contents: 28)

Superman; Batman; Robin / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Burnley
Inks
Jack Burnley
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Reprints
Keywords
warships

Indexer Notes

Art credits verified by Burnley.

The Eight Doomed Men! (Table of Contents: 29)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Andrew P. Stone; Heels (death); Charlie Goodfellow (death); Chick Ryan; Dr. Dan Mallory; Conrad Thorndike; Henry Kimball (death); Albert Damon (death); Jenkins (villain, Stone's chauffeur, death)
Synopsis
The members of the Elkhart University Pi Theta Dau fraternity vow upon graduation to meet 20 years later, and that they do...where someone vows to kill each and every one of them!
Reprints
Keywords
Superman's Mountain Retreat; X-Ray vision

Indexer Notes

Art credits from GCD index for original issue. The table of contents for this collection credits Leo Nowak as the penciller for this story.

[Superman #18] (Table of Contents: 30)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints

The Conquest of a City (Table of Contents: 31)

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; Lois Lane; Carl Bland (introduction, villain); Nazi sympathizers
Synopsis
Clark Kent, concerned that the people of Metropolis seem oblivious to the Nazi threat in the world, approaches editor White about writing a series of stories that will wake the citizens up to the realization that they are in danger as well.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Superman has a red "S" on yellow background on his cape.

The Heat Horror (Table of Contents: 32)

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]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Professor Glenn Calloway; Lex Luthor (villain)
Synopsis
When an astronomer discovers the existence of a strange meteorite, Superman correctly guesses that it has something to do with the terrible heat wave engulfing Metropolis.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Superman has a yellow "S" on yellow background on his cape.

The Man with the Cane (Table of Contents: 33)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Rita Allen; John Fleming; The Man With the Cane [Jim Mason](introduction, villain)
Synopsis
When editor White decides to take his first vacation in years, he appoints Lois to take his place, and her first order is to assign Clark to the love-lorn column. This assignment, however, leads the Man of Tomorrow into a case of intrigue and murder, as a mysterious man with a cane attempts to wrest secret plans for a tank-plane away from a young inventor.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Superman has a yellow "S" in yellow shield on his cape, except when it's red.

Art credits from GCD index for original issue. The table of contents for this collection credits Sikela as the penciller and Dobrotka as the inker for this story.

The Snake (Table of Contents: 34)

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]; Lois Lane; Big Luke (dies); The Snake [Bill Chantey] (introduction, villain, dies)
Synopsis
When a miner dies of a mysterious snake bite, Superman disguises himself as a miner and secures work at the mine in hopes of uncovering the person responsible.
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[Action Comics #53] (Table of Contents: 35)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Burnley
Inks
Jack Burnley
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints
Keywords
flamethrowers; Wehrmacht

The Man Who Put out the Sun (Table of Contents: 36)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Sgt. Casey; The Night Owl (villain, introduction); Kelly (villain)
Synopsis
Superman must battle a renegade scientist who has mastered the ability to control darkness in order to subject Metrolpolis to a crime wave.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The last panel of the story promotes the story, "Superman, Matinee Idol," found in the pages of Superman #19 on sale September 4th.

[Action Comics #54] (Table of Contents: 37)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Burnley
Inks
Jack Burnley
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints
Keywords
passenger liners; submarines; U-boats; World War II

The Pirate of Pleasure Island (Table of Contents: 38)

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; Captain Ironfist [Stanley Finchcomb] (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
The Man of Tomorrow must face what appears to be the worst buccaneer that ever plagued the Seven Seas in years past, who has mysteriously returned to attack 20th Century merchantmen.
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[Superman #19] (Table of Contents: 39)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Burnley
Inks
Jack Burnley
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints

Case of the Funny Paper Crimes (Table of Contents: 40)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Ed Dobrotka
Inks
John Sikela
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Sgt. Casey; Funnyface (introduction, villain); Torgo (villain); Machine-Gun Mike (villain); Black Raider (villain); Goola (villain); Viper (villain); Detective Craig (introduction); Prince Peril (introduction); Solitary Rider (introduction); Streak Duga (introduction); Happy Daze (introduction)
Synopsis
Superman must battle a new villain who has invented a machine that can materialize two-dimensional figures out of the comics to rob for him.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Funny Face is a dead ringer for Jerry Siegel.

Art credits from GCD index for original issue. The table of contents for this collection credits Sikela as the penciller and Dobrotka as the inker for this story.

[Superman's Amazing Adventure] (Table of Contents: 41)

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]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Skeet Monahan (introduction, villain)
Synopsis
Lois and Clark are marked for death by a gang of protection racketeers for writing stinging newspaper articles asking the Police to put a stop to it and by identifying the leader of the gang.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Most of the story is a dream. Superman has a yellow "S" on his cape.

[The Canine and the Crooks] (Table of Contents: 42)

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]; Perry White; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Mr. Z [Oscar Lanchester] (introduction, villain)
Synopsis
When Clark and later Superman investigate as to why a Mr. Z is out to kill a dog, they discover that the man's aunt had left a fortune to that dog, and only when the animal died would the man get the inheritance!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Superman has a red "S" on his cape, except when it's yellow.

Superman, Matinee Idol (Table of Contents: 43)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (pencil layouts) (signed); Ed Dobrotka [as Joe Shuster] (finished pencils) (signed)
Inks
John Sikela [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; animated Superman; animated Lois Lane; animated Mad Scientist (villain)
Synopsis
Clark and Lois decide to go to the movies, but when Clark discovers that it's the the latest Fleisher Superman cartoon, he has to think fast to keep Lois from discovering that he is Superman.
Reprints

[Action Comics #55] (Table of Contents: 44)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Burnley
Inks
Jack Burnley
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints
Keywords
aircraft; bombers; engines; World War II

A Goof Named Tiny Rufe (Table of Contents: 45)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Tiny Rufe (introduction); Maisie Day (introduction); Al Hatt (introduction); Whitney Ellsworth (cameo); Murray Boltinoff (cameo); Mort Weisinger (cameo)
Synopsis
In this parody of the famed Li'l Abner comic strip by Al Capp, cartoonist Al Hatt gets his inspiration from real hillbillies and he doesn't want them to get married.
Reprints

[World's Finest Comics #8] (Table of Contents: 46)

Superman; Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Burnley
Inks
Jack Burnley
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Reprints

Talent, Unlimited! (Table of Contents: 47)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Mr. Carroll (Sally's father); Mulligan (detective); Mr. Tollivar (talent agency director); un-named talent agency secretary; Sally Carroll [aka Polly Hughes]; Peter Penn (artist); Reginald Poindexter (actor); E. J. Calkins (writer); Tom Chester (musician); Crakewski (musicial conductor)
Synopsis
Clark Kent is given the assignment by Editor White to find a missing heiress, but along the way manages to help five other people realize their dreams...as the Man of Steel!
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Keywords
Daily Planet

[Action Comics #56] (Table of Contents: 48)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
John Sikela
Inks
John Sikela
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints
Keywords
missiles; pyramids; Sphinx

Design for Doom (Table of Contents: 49)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Emil Loring (Intro)
Synopsis
An insane architect tries to destroy some of America's greatest historical structures so that they might not overshadow his creation of what he believes to be the world's tallest building.
Reprints

[Action Comics #57] (Table of Contents: 50)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
John Sikela
Inks
John Sikela
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Prankster (Villain)
Reprints
Keywords
jack-in-the-boxes

Crime's Comedy King (Table of Contents: 51)

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; The Prankster (villain)
Synopsis
The Prankster creates an organization called the Appreciation Society as a front for robberies, even claiming that he knows the secret to Superman's invulnerability.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Sikela's name on a sign on page 8.

Complete Your Collection with These Other Golden and Silver Age Trade Paperbacks (Table of Contents: 52) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 2 pages (report information)

The Classic Adventures of Superman Continue Here! (Table of Contents: 53)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster; various
Inks
John Sikela; various
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]

Indexer Notes

Back cover with text on the contents of this issue, includes an illustration from Superman #17 "Man or Superman?", and small reproductions of the covers of Action Comics #48-57, Batman #16-19, and World's Finest Comics #6-8.

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
  6. 5. [Table of Contents]
  7. 6. [Action Comics #48]
    Superman
  8. 7. The Adventure of the Merchant of Murder
    Superman
  9. 8. [Superman #16]
    Superman
  10. 9. The World's Meanest Man
    Superman
  11. 10. [Terror from the Stars]
    Superman
  12. 11. Case of the Runaway Skyscrapers!
    Superman
  13. 12. Racket on Delivery!
    Superman
  14. 13. [Action Comics #49]
    Superman
  15. 14. The Puzzler
    Superman
  16. 15. [World's Finest Comics #6]
    Superman; Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  17. 16. Man of Steel versus Man of Metal
    Superman
  18. 17. [Action Comics #50]
    Superman
  19. 18. [The Professional Baseball Player]
    Superman
  20. 19. [Superman #17]
    Superman
  21. 20. Man or Superman?
    Superman
  22. 21. The Human Bomb
    Superman
  23. 22. Muscles for Sale
    Superman
  24. 23. When Titans Clash
    Superman
  25. 24. [Action Comics #51]
    Superman
  26. 25. The Case of the Crimeless Crimes
    Superman
  27. 26. [Action Comics #52]
    Superman
  28. 27. The Emperor of America
    Superman
  29. 28. [World's Finest Comics #7]
    Superman; Batman; Robin
  30. 29. The Eight Doomed Men!
    Superman
  31. 30. [Superman #18]
    Superman
  32. 31. The Conquest of a City
    Superman
  33. 32. The Heat Horror
    Superman
  34. 33. The Man with the Cane
    Superman
  35. 34. The Snake
    Superman
  36. 35. [Action Comics #53]
    Superman
  37. 36. The Man Who Put out the Sun
    Superman
  38. 37. [Action Comics #54]
    Superman
  39. 38. The Pirate of Pleasure Island
    Superman
  40. 39. [Superman #19]
    Superman
  41. 40. Case of the Funny Paper Crimes
    Superman
  42. 41. [Superman's Amazing Adventure]
    Superman
  43. 42. [The Canine and the Crooks]
    Superman
  44. 43. Superman, Matinee Idol
    Superman
  45. 44. [Action Comics #55]
    Superman
  46. 45. A Goof Named Tiny Rufe
    Superman
  47. 46. [World's Finest Comics #8]
    Superman; Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  48. 47. Talent, Unlimited!
    Superman
  49. 48. [Action Comics #56]
    Superman
  50. 49. Design for Doom
    Superman
  51. 50. [Action Comics #57]
    Superman
  52. 51. Crime's Comedy King
    Superman
  53. 52. Complete Your Collection with These Other Golden and Silver Age Trade Paperbacks
  54. 53. The Classic Adventures of Superman Continue Here!
    Superman
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