Superman #17
(July-August 1942)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1942-05-05
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 copyright registration. On-sale date of May 6 in house ad in Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #49.


[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]; 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)

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

Shorty / 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
It's nice up here in the crow's nest!
Genre
humor; military

[no title indexed] (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
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bah - These modern boys can't fight like us old timers...
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)

[no title indexed] (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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hey, Rover - Back here!
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).

[no title indexed] (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
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
C'mon, Willy - Get yourself a surf board...
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)

[no title indexed] (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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Mr. Stone, I must have my room rent right away!
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)

Editing
Related Scans
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:
  • Bob Hughes
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Per Sandell
  • John Monagle
  • Matthew Head
  • Jim Stangas
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Jim Van Dore
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