(September-October 1942)

DC, 1941 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1942-07-25
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Jolaine Publications, Inc.
Brand
A Superman DC Publication
Editing
Sheldon Mayer (editor); Ted Udall (assistant editor, uncredited)
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration. On-sale date of July 29 in ad in All-American Comics #42.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Flash / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
E. E. Hibbard
Inks
E. E. Hibbard
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Winky Moylan; Blinky Boylan; Noddy Toylan

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

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

The Boy's Book of Magnetism by Raymond F. Yates (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

The Ray That Changed Men's Souls! [Prologue] (Table of Contents: 3)

The Flash / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox (signed)
Pencils
E. E. Hibbard (signed)
Inks
E. E. Hibbard (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Joan Williams; Winky Moylan; Blinky Boylan; Noddy Toylan

[The Ray That Changed Men's Souls!] Chapter 1: The Adventure of the Riotous Ray! (Table of Contents: 4)

The Flash / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
E. E. Hibbard
Inks
E. E. Hibbard
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Joan Williams; Winky Moylan; Blinky Boylan; Noddy Toylan; Ada White; Sarah Norheart; Red Grant; Trigger Tom (villain)
Synopsis
The Three Dimwits, trying to charge an old car battery, pour in a variety of chemicals, then attach a sunlamp to it as a power source. The resulting "purple ray", they find, has a strange effect upon people: it affects the secretions of the body's glands, resulting in changes in poise, conduct, and even in the brain itself!
Keywords
Purple Ray

Another Big Issue of All-Star (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

All-Star Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Two Headliners You Won't Want to Miss! (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Mutt & Jeff; Green Lantern / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

[The Ray That Changed Men's Souls!] Chapter 2: The Curse of Fame! (Table of Contents: 7)

The Flash / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
E. E Hibbard
Inks
E. E. Hibbard
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Joan Williams; Winky Moylan; Blinky Boylan; Noddy Toylan; Ada White; Jim Baker; Sarah Norheart; Red Grant; Trigger Tom (villain); Big Louie (villain)
Synopsis
People stream into the Three Dimwits, wanting to bathe in the purple ray, wanting to become someone else. The nitwit's fame reaches far and wide, including to the criminal element, who endeavor to get in on the action. The Flash must deal with that problem as well as the complaints from people whose personalities have been altered.
Keywords
Purple Ray

The Minute Man Answers the Call (Table of Contents: 8)

public service announcement / 4 pages (report information)

Script
M. C. Gaines (signed)
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff [as Shelly] (signed)
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff [as Shelly] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
advocacy
Characters
Uncle Sam; General George Washington; General Charles Cornwallis
Synopsis
Throughout history, American men have been ready and willing at a moment's notice to stand and fight for this nation's freedom...a call now being accepted by a new generation of "minute men"! The story of how the Minuteman--the citizen-soldier--helped win the American Revolution, their spirit has watched over America's other battles against tyranny, and how that spirit lives on in 1943.
Keywords
Concord; Lexington; Minutemen; The Alamo

Indexer Notes

War bond promo; appears as a pamphlet for the Junior JSA membership kit and in several DC comics in late '42/early '43:
Sensation Comics (DC, 1942 series) #11 (November 1942)
All-Flash (DC, 1941 series) #6 (September-October 1942)
Mutt & Jeff (DC, 1939 series) #6 (Fall 1942)
Comic Cavalcade (DC, 1942 series) #3 (Summer 1943)
World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #8 (Winter 1942-1943)

[The Ray That Changed Men's Souls!] Chapter 3: The Adventure of the Topsy-Turvy Town! (Table of Contents: 9)

The Flash / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
E. E. Hibbard
Inks
E. E. Hibbard
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Joan Williams; Winky Moylan; Blinky Boylan; Noddy Toylan; Red Grant; District Attorney Belmont; Trigger Tom (villain); Big Louie (villain)
Synopsis
"Trigger" Tom and his gang succeed in stealing the purple ray. Flash successfully gets it back, but the ray plays on him and the Three Dimwits, giving them the Flash's personality and giving the Scarlet Speedster theirs!
Keywords
Purple Ray

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

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

Volts from the Blue (Table of Contents: 11)

Hop Harrigan / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Evelyn Gaines
Letters
typeset

Genre
aviation
Characters
Hop Harrigan

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

Butch McLobster, The Super Mobster / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Ed Wheelan (signed)
Pencils
Ed Wheelan (signed)
Inks
Ed Wheelan (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Ed Wheelan

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hey, Muggs, lissen to dis letter...
Genre
humor; crime
Characters
Butch McLobster

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

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

[The Ray That Changed Men's Souls!] Chapter 4: The Case of the Chameleon Characters! (Table of Contents: 14)

The Flash / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
E. E. Hibbard
Inks
E. E. Hibbard
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Joan Williams; Winky Moylan; Blinky Boylan; Noddy Toylan; Red Grant; Trigger Tom (villain); Big Louie (villain)
Synopsis
After regaining his personality, the Flash tracks down "Trigger" Tom and his hoods, all of whom have been taking advantage of a "Flash-less" city, and destroys the purple personality ray for good measure.
Keywords
Purple Ray

The Big Eight! (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

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

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

Metro Publications / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

Daisy Air Rifles / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Flash
  2. 1. Editorial Advisory Board
  3. 2. The Boy's Book of Magnetism by Raymond F. Yates
    Good Books Worth Reading
  4. 3. The Ray That Changed Men's Souls! [Prologue]
    The Flash
  5. 4. [The Ray That Changed Men's Souls!] Chapter 1: The Adventure of the Riotous Ray!
    The Flash
  6. 5. Another Big Issue of All-Star
    All-Star Comics
  7. 6. Two Headliners You Won't Want to Miss!
    Mutt & Jeff; Green Lantern
  8. 7. [The Ray That Changed Men's Souls!] Chapter 2: The Curse of Fame!
    The Flash
  9. 8. The Minute Man Answers the Call
  10. 9. [The Ray That Changed Men's Souls!] Chapter 3: The Adventure of the Topsy-Turvy Town!
    The Flash
  11. 10. ["Boys and girls, here's a personal message..."]
    All-Flash
  12. 11. Volts from the Blue
    Hop Harrigan
  13. 12. ["Hey, Muggs, lissen to dis letter..."]
    Butch McLobster, The Super Mobster
  14. 13. ["Here it is, boys and girls..."]
    Wonder Woman
  15. 14. [The Ray That Changed Men's Souls!] Chapter 4: The Case of the Chameleon Characters!
    The Flash
  16. 15. The Big Eight!
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Metro Publications
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Lionel English
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Bob Hughes
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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