Superman #18
(September-October 1942)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1942-06-30
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 July 3 in ad in Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #51.


[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
War Savings Bonds and Stamps do the job on the Japanazis!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
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)

Mr. Popper's Penguins (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
Josette Frank
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

The Conquest of a City (Table of Contents: 3)

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.

Later swiped for the Thunderfist story in Active Comics #20 (Bell Features).

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

Kool-Aid / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Supermen of America (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

Shorty / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
How can a guy get any sleep...
Genre
humor; military

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Wonder Woman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

The Heat Horror (Table of Contents: 8)

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.

[Who Needs Gas?] (Table of Contents: 9)

Joe Jeep / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor

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

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

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

Kitty McTabby / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Grab off a slice of 'Home, Sweet Home,' children...
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals

The Man with the Cane (Table of Contents: 12)

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.

Later swiped for the Thunderfist story in Active Comics #19 (Bell Features).

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

World's Finest Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.67 page (report information)

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

advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Busy Bill the Bill Collector / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
George Storm
Inks
George Storm
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Tiger McGluke the heavyweight boxer bought a fountain pen...
Genre
humor
Characters
Busy Bill

"The Pen Is Mightier--" (Table of Contents: 16)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Eric Carter (credited)
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure

Now on Sale (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

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

The Snake (Table of Contents: 18)

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.
Reprints

The Big Eight! (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

Metro Publications / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 21) (Expand) /

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["War Savings Bonds and Stamps do the job on the Japanazis!"]
    Superman
  2. 1. Editorial Advisory Board
  3. 2. Mr. Popper's Penguins
    Good Books Worth Reading
  4. 3. The Conquest of a City
    Superman
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    Kool-Aid
  6. 5. Supermen of America
  7. 6. ["How can a guy get any sleep..."]
    Shorty
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Wonder Woman
  9. 8. The Heat Horror
    Superman
  10. 9. [Who Needs Gas?]
    Joe Jeep
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Action Comics
  12. 11. ["Grab off a slice of 'Home, Sweet Home,' children..."]
    Kitty McTabby
  13. 12. The Man with the Cane
    Superman
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    World's Finest Comics
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
  16. 15. ["Tiger McGluke the heavyweight boxer bought a fountain pen..."]
    Busy Bill the Bill Collector
  17. 16. "The Pen Is Mightier--"
  18. 17. Now on Sale
  19. 18. The Snake
    Superman
  20. 19. The Big Eight!
  21. 20. [no title indexed]
    Metro Publications
  22. 21. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
This issue was most recently modified by:
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