Superman #16
(May-June 1942)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1942-02-28
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Superman, Inc.
Brand
A Superman DC Publication
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (uncredited); Murray Boltinoff (assistant editor, uncredited); Mort Weisinger (assistant editor, uncredited)

Issue Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration. On-sale date of March 4 in ad in Action Comics #47.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 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

Indexer Notes

Art credits verified by Fred Ray.

Editorial Advisory Board (Table of Contents: 1)

public service announcement / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Sachim Bird by Gertrude Robinson (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
Josette Frank
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

The World's Meanest Man (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Superman Archives lists only John Sikela.

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

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

Shorty / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I better read up on this!
Genre
humor

Now on Sale (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

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

[Terror from the Stars] (Table of Contents: 7)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
John Sikela (signed as Joe Shuster)
Inks
John Sikela (signed as Joe Shuster)
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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Indexer Notes

Story title taken from the Archives.

Energy to Protect Your Welfare (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Baby Ruth / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Nothing Like It! (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

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

A New and Different Sandman! (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Sandman; Adventure Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Clancy the Cop / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
Genre
humor

Case of the Runaway Skyscrapers! (Table of Contents: 12)

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 (signed as Joe Shuster)
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

Pencil layouts credit from Craig Delich. We previously suggested Joe Shuster. Superman Archives credit only John Sikela for art.

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

Private Pete / comic story / 0.44 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Our company mascot is lost...
Genre
humor; military

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

advertisement / 0.56 page (report information)

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

Grandpa Peters / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Tom McNamara
Pencils
Tom McNamara
Inks
Tom McNamara
Colors
?
Letters
Tom McNamara

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Well, ya got the ubus pretty good...
Genre
humor
Characters
Grandpa Peters

Omission of Guilt (Table of Contents: 16)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Edgar Weston (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure

It's a Date! (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

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

America's Favorite Cartoon Star Smashes Through the Movie Screen! (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

Superman / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Racket on Delivery! (Table of Contents: 19)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
John Sikela (signed as Joe Shuster)
Inks
John Sikela (signed as Joe Shuster)
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 about local racketeers who are demanding fees from every truck that unloads in Metropolis.
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Prizes for All! (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

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

The Big Eight! (Table of Contents: 21) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 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. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. Editorial Advisory Board
  3. 2. Sachim Bird by Gertrude Robinson
    Good Books Worth Reading
  4. 3. The World's Meanest Man
    Superman
  5. 4. Supermen of America
  6. 5. ["I better read up on this!"]
    Shorty
  7. 6. Now on Sale
  8. 7. [Terror from the Stars]
    Superman
  9. 8. Energy to Protect Your Welfare
    Baby Ruth
  10. 9. Nothing Like It!
    World's Finest Comics
  11. 10. A New and Different Sandman!
    Sandman; Adventure Comics
  12. 11. ["An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away"]
    Clancy the Cop
  13. 12. Case of the Runaway Skyscrapers!
    Superman
  14. 13. ["Our company mascot is lost..."]
    Private Pete
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
  16. 15. ["Well, ya got the ubus pretty good..."]
    Grandpa Peters
  17. 16. Omission of Guilt
  18. 17. It's a Date!
    Superman; Action Comics
  19. 18. America's Favorite Cartoon Star Smashes Through the Movie Screen!
    Superman
  20. 19. Racket on Delivery!
    Superman
  21. 20. Prizes for All!
    American Seed Co.
  22. 21. The Big Eight!
  23. 22. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Bob Hughes
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  • Jim Van Dore
  • Steve Dasinger
  • Craig Delich
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Per Sandell
  • Matthew Head
  • John Monagle