(1938 [November 2022])

DC, 2022 Series
Published in English (United States) United States
 
Price
6.99 USD
Pages
68
On-sale Date
2022-09-20
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Ages 13+
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics
Brand
DC [circle and serifs]
Barcode
761941377896 00111
Printer
Transcontinental Printing Interweb Montreal
Editing
Vin Sullivan (credited as Vincent A. Sullivan) (original editor); ? (reprint editor)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interiors
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
one-shot

Issue Notes

Facsimile reproduction of Action Comics (DC, 1937 series) #1 June 1938 issue (first appearance of Superman), including the cover, story, text pages, and advertisements from the original issue. Modern DC logo, barcode, and age rating have been added to the cover.

The interior paper stock is a lightweight newsprint similar to that of the original issue.
This issue has variants:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
Jack Adler
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Butch Matson; Rick Radomski
Reprints
Keywords
automobiles

$25 Cash Prizes! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

[Superman Origin] (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed as Jerome Siegel)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Joe Shuster (signed)
Colors
Strauss Engraving Company
Letters
Joe Shuster (sourced)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
As a distant planet was destroyed by old age, a scientist placed his infant son within a hastily devised space-ship, launching it toward Earth!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent] (origin) (introduction)
Synopsis
A space vehicle from a destroyed world lands on Earth, and its occupant becomes Superman. In addition, a scientific explanation for this being's powers is given.
Reprints
Keywords
ants; grasshoppers; Krypton; Kryptonian rocket; train

Indexer Notes

This strip was originally prepared for newspaper publication, cut up, and re-paged. Black shading was used.

[The Coming of Superman] (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / comic story / 11.67 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
Strauss Engraving Company
Letters
Joe Shuster ? (sourced)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A tireless figure races thru the night seconds count... delay means forfeit of an innocent life.
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor; Lois Lane; Evelyn Curry; unnamed Governor; Governor's unnamed servant; Bea Carroll; Butch Matson; Senator Barrows; Alex Greer
Synopsis
Superman delivers a witness to the governor to stop an execution, then stops a wife-beater. Later Superman, as Clark Kent, goes out with Lois, but she earns the wrath of Butch Matson and Superman must save her. Finally, Clark is assigned a story on the South American republic of San Monte. He heads to Washington DC to find out who is behind Senator Barrows pushing legislation which will embroil the United States in a war in Europe by grabbing lobbyist Alex Greer and scaring the truth out of him.
Reprints
Keywords
Daily Star; United States Capitol; Washington D.C.

Indexer Notes

Superman wears blue boots. The story continues in Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #2 (July 1938).

Originally prepared for newspaper publication, cut up and re-paged, most probably by Joe Shuster. Vin Sullivan, Sheldon Mayer, and Harry Lampert are often cited as having done the paste-up work based on their own claims.

Black shading was used.

George Taylor was first named in the newspaper strip in May 1939.

[Action Comics] (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

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

[The A-G Gang] (Table of Contents: 5)

Chuck Dawson / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Homer Fleming ? (sourced)
Pencils
Homer Fleming (signed as H. FLEMING [currved H])
Inks
Homer Fleming (signed as H. FLEMING [currved H])
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
When Charles Dawson, owner of the Circle-D Ranch is killed in a bloody Texas range war, his young son and only heir goes to live with an uncle, a horse raiser in Wyoming -
Feature Logo
"Chuck" Dawson
Genre
adventure; western-frontier
Characters
Chuck Dawson (origin) (introduction); Notch Logan (villain); John Burwell (villain); "Trigger" Holt (villain); Butch (villain); Dan Dawson
Synopsis
Chuck begins a vendetta aginst the crooked ranch owners who have, by fraud, acquired the range lands he inherited after his father's death.
Reprints
Keywords
American Old West; Red Gulch; Texas; Wyoming

The Mystery of the Freight Train Robberies (Table of Contents: 6)

Zatara / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Pencils
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Inks
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Colors
Strauss Engraving Company
Letters
Fred Guardineer ? (sourced)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
This is serious, Tong.
Feature Logo
Zatara, Master Magician
Genre
adventure; fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters
Zatara (introduction); Tong (introduction); Tigress (antagonist) (introduction); Detective Brown; Detective Brady (death); Captain Kennedy; Babcock (train inspector, villain); Monk (thug); Spike (thug)
Synopsis
Zatara and Tong investigate the murders of several railroad detectives and the theft of over $200,000 in loot.
Reprints
Keywords
freight train

Indexer Notes

On the 11th page of this story, the text says Zatara transforms Tigress's gun into "a bullet," but the illustration shows a banana.

South Sea Strategy [Part 1] (Table of Contents: 7)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Vin Sullivan (credited as Captain Frank Thomas)
Pencils
? (spot illustrations)
Inks
? (spot illustrations)
Colors
Strauss Engraving Company
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
For an instant, the sky to the west was splashed with all the vivid colors of nature's paint box.
Genre
adventure
Characters
Bret Coleman; Cottonball; Merna Newton; Samuel Newton; South Seas natives (villains)
Synopsis
Bret and Cottonball seek to rescue one Samuel Newton, whose daughter was carried off into the jungle by a pack of savage natives.
Reprints

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

Sticky-Mitt Stimson / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Russell Cole (signed as Alger)
Pencils
Russell Cole (signed as Alger)
Inks
Russell Cole (signed as Alger)
Colors
Strauss Engraving Company
Letters
Russell Cole ? (sourced)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Beeg airplane!
Feature Logo
Sticky-Mitt Stimson
Genre
humor
Characters
Sticky-Mitt Stimson
Synopsis
Sticky swipes some apples and is pursued by the police. He gets a lucky break to make good his escape.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

The Adventures of Marco Polo / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Sven Elven (signed)
Inks
Sven Elven (signed)
Colors
Strauss Engraving Company
Letters
Sven Elven (sourced)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It's the year 1271.
Feature Logo
The Adventures of Marco Polo
Genre
historical; adventure
Characters
Nicolo Polo; Uncle Maffeo; Marco Polo; Niku
Synopsis
Marco, his father and his uncle are given an audience with the new Pope. They are sent on a mission to satisfy a request from the Khan of Tartary for priests and men of learning.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Marco's uncle is named in Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #4 (September 1938) and his father in issue #5 (October 1938).

[The Light Heavyweight Championship] (Table of Contents: 10)

Pep Morgan / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox (sourced)
Pencils
Fred Guardineer (credited)
Inks
Fred Guardineer (credited)
Colors
Strauss Engraving Company
Letters
Fred Guardineer (sourced)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Pep Morgan, versatile young athlete is fighting Sailor Sorenson for the coveted light heavyweight championship.
Feature Logo
"Pep" Morgan
Genre
adventure
Characters
Pep Morgan; Pop Burkett; Sailor Sorenson; Boomerang; O'Rourke; Doc Lowery (villain)
Synopsis
When the Boxing Commission runs a dirty fight trainer out of town, he swears his revenge...against Pep.
Reprints

[The International Jewel Thief] (Table of Contents: 11)

Scoop Scanlon / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bill Ely (signed as Will Ely)
Inks
Bill Ely (signed as Will Ely)
Letters
Bill Ely ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Scoop Scanlon, ace reporter of the Bulletin, rouses his sleepy-eyed pal...
Feature Logo
Scoop Scanlon, Five Star Reporter
Genre
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Rusty James (introduction); Scoop Scanlon (introduction); Arnold (villain)
Synopsis
An international jewel thief arrives in America as a prisoner, but Scoop and Rusty are on hand to witness his escape with the help of his gang lying in wait.
Reprints
Keywords
The Bulletin

[Murder in England] (Table of Contents: 12)

Tex Thomson / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Ken Fitch ?
Pencils
Bernard Baily (signed as BERNARD BAILY [thin font])
Inks
Bernard Baily (signed as BERNARD BAILY [thin font])
Colors
Strauss Engraving Company
Letters
Bernard Baily (sourced)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Having struck it rich in the oil fields of Texas, Tex Thomson has left his native country to tour the world.
Feature Logo
Tex Thomson
Genre
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Tex Thomson (introduction, see notes); Bob; Betty; unnamed gangster chief (intro, villain, death); Monk (villain); Sonja (villain)
Synopsis
Ken is framed for the murder of a man, and, with the help of Betty and Bobby, sets out to prove his innocence.
Reprints
Keywords
England

Indexer Notes

Tex Thomson later becomes Mr. America in Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #33 (February 1941) and then as the Americommando in Action Comics #54 (November 1942).

[Fred Astaire, Constance Bennett, Charles Boyer, Wheeler and Woolsey] (Table of Contents: 13)

Stardust / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff ? (credited as Star Gazer) (sourced)
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff ? (credited as Star Gazer) (sourced)
Colors
Strauss Engraving Company
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Fred Astaire once sat in a booth during a benefit given in London, and danced with...
Feature Logo
Stardust
Genre
non-fiction; biography
Characters
Fred Astaire; Constance Bennett; Charles Boyer; Wheeler; Woolsey
Synopsis
Interesting facts about celebrities Fred Astaire, Constance Bennett, Charles Boyer and the comedy team of Wheeler and Woolsey are provided in this illustrated filler.
Reprints
Keywords
celebrity

Indexer Notes

Per Craig Delich, art MIGHT be by Sheldon Moldoff.

[Lou Gehrig, Lee Grissom, and Babe Ruth] (Table of Contents: 14)

Odds 'n Ends / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff (credited)
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff (credited)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Take it easy, horsey, we'll finish in the money anyhow!
Feature Logo
Odds 'n Ends
Genre
non-fiction; sports
Characters
Lou Gehrig; Lee Grissom; Babe Ruth
Reprints
Keywords
baseball

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

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

Johnson Smith & Co. Catalog / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. $25 Cash Prizes!
  3. 2. [Superman Origin]
    Superman
  4. 3. [The Coming of Superman]
    Superman
  5. 4. [Action Comics]
    Superman
  6. 5. [The A-G Gang]
    Chuck Dawson
  7. 6. The Mystery of the Freight Train Robberies
    Zatara
  8. 7. South Sea Strategy [Part 1]
  9. 8. ["Beeg airplane!"]
    Sticky-Mitt Stimson
  10. 9. ["It's the year 1271."]
    The Adventures of Marco Polo
  11. 10. [The Light Heavyweight Championship]
    Pep Morgan
  12. 11. [The International Jewel Thief]
    Scoop Scanlon
  13. 12. [Murder in England]
    Tex Thomson
  14. 13. [Fred Astaire, Constance Bennett, Charles Boyer, Wheeler and Woolsey]
    Stardust
  15. 14. [Lou Gehrig, Lee Grissom, and Babe Ruth]
    Odds 'n Ends
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co. Catalog
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