(July-August 1942)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
On-sale date:
1942-05-06
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 house ad in Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #49.


["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]; Adolf Hitler; Hideki Tojo
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credits verified by Fred Ray.

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

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

Fire! The Mascot by Paul Brown (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.

Man or Superman? (Table of Contents: 3)

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.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Pencils credited to John Sikela in Superman Archives #5. This is the only story during the 1940's that Lois thinks Clark is Superman.

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

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

["It's nice up here in the crow's nest!"] (Table of Contents: 5)

Shorty / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; military

["Bah - These modern boys can't fight like us old timers..."] (Table of Contents: 6)

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

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

Genre:
humor

The Human Bomb (Table of Contents: 7)

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.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Popsicle / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

["Hey, Rover - Back here!"] (Table of Contents: 9)

Gee Man / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich.

Muscles for Sale (Table of Contents: 10)

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 ungainly men who look anything but formidable.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

["C'mon, Willy - Get yourself a surf board..."] (Table of Contents: 11)

Silly Willy / comic story / 0.22 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

Now on Sale (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.44 page (report information)

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

advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

["Mr. Stone, I must have my room rent right away!"] (Table of Contents: 14)

Rollin Stone / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

Killer's Guns (Table of Contents: 15)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Tex Slade (credited)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
crime

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

Action Comics, World's Finest Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

When Titans Clash! (Table of Contents: 17)

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 in ACTION COMICS #47.

The Big Eight! (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

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

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

Muscle Power Co. / 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. Editorial Advisory Board
  3. 2. Fire! The Mascot by Paul Brown
    Good Books Worth Reading
  4. 3. Man or Superman?
    Superman
  5. 4. Supermen of America
  6. 5. ["It's nice up here in the crow's nest!"]
    Shorty
  7. 6. ["Bah - These modern boys can't fight like us old timers..."]
    Clancy the Cop
  8. 7. The Human Bomb
    Superman
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Popsicle
  10. 9. ["Hey, Rover - Back here!"]
    Gee Man
  11. 10. Muscles for Sale
    Superman
  12. 11. ["C'mon, Willy - Get yourself a surf board..."]
    Silly Willy
  13. 12. Now on Sale
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
  15. 14. ["Mr. Stone, I must have my room rent right away!"]
    Rollin Stone
  16. 15. Killer's Guns
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Action Comics, World's Finest Comics
  18. 17. When Titans Clash!
    Superman
  19. 18. The Big Eight!
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
    Muscle Power Co.
  21. 20. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Matthew Head
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