(Winter 1942)

DC, 1942 Series
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Price
0.15 USD
Pages
100
Indicia frequency
quarterly
On-sale date
1942-12-05
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Gainlee Publishing Co.
Brand
A Superman DC Publication
Editing
Sheldon Mayer (editor)
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock
Glossy Cardboard cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Squarebound #1-41; Saddle-stitched #42-63
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in the U. S. Copyright Office filing. Given on-sale date of December 16 in house ad in Star Spangled Comics #17.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Wonder Woman; The Flash; Green Lantern; Scribbly; Red, White and Blue, Ghost Patrol / cover / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils
Frank Harry
Inks
Frank Harry
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Wildcat [Ted Grant]; Scribbly [Scribbly Jibbet]; Ghost Patrol [Fred; Pedro; Slim]; Red, White and Blue [Red Dugan; Whitey Smith; Blooey Blue]
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Indexer Notes

Wrap-around cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1)

blank page(s) / 1 page (report information)

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Boys and Girls (Table of Contents: 2)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

[The Mystery of the House of Seven Gables] (Table of Contents: 3)

Wonder Woman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
William Marston [as Charles Moulton] (signed)
Pencils
Harry Peter [as H. G. Peter] (signed)
Inks
Harry Peter [as H. G. Peter] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Steve Trevor; Etta Candy; Tommy Royden (introduction); Mrs. Royden (Tommy's mother, introduction); Nazi soldiers and spies [Kipp; Anton; Fritz; rest unnamed] (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
Diana and Steve head out by car to the New England coast at General Darnell's request to keep an eye out for spies and saboteurs. The disappearance of a young boy named Tommy then leads Diana to try and locate him, and she discovers a group of 5th Columnists who are connected to the Nazis that are to come ashore as invaders. Wonder Woman, aided by Steve and Etta Candy, put a stop to the invasion and rescue the boy.
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Keywords
House of Seven Gables; Magic Lasso; U-Boat

Indexer Notes

Story title from table of contents. Writer credit from "The Secret History of Wonder Woman" (Jill Lapore, 2014).

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

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

Louder and Funnier As the Years Go On! (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

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

[The Smell That Spelled J-A-I-L] (Table of Contents: 6)

Red, White and Blue / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
William Smith
Inks
William Smith
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Red Dugan; Whitey Smith; Blooey Blue; Doris West; unnamed Fire Chief; unnamed Street cleaner (death); Sherm (G2 chemist); unnamed G2 building superintendent; unnamed G2 clerk; Truck Bieler (villain); Rusty (villain, Bieler's accomplice); Professor Leaman (villain)
Synopsis
Red Dugan and Doris are walking along the street when a fire truck races by them, and they follow it to the fire. Checking the building over with an arson investigator, they discover a body in the rubble, and gas tanks. Red picks up a badge at the scene and investigates how it could have gotten there. With the help of Whitey and Blooey, they discover a plot by someone to use a peculiar gas to make the writing on important government documents disappear, then steal them to obtain the secrets.
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Keywords
Litho-Ruthenium-Hydro-Alcohol (a gas)

Indexer Notes

Story title from table of contents. Writer credit verified by Craig Delich.

Per Kevin Wilkens, the story was edited from its original format in All Star Comics #2 to reflect changing editorial policies to remove all direct or indirect references to swearing, provocative clothing, and a dead body.

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

Flying Colors / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
John M. Jenks (signed)
Pencils
John M. Jenks (signed)
Inks
John M. Jenks (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
If Columbus had followed his original course...
Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Christopher Columbus
Synopsis
Fact page on Columbus, which provides info plus illustrates the flag of old Spain and the personal colors of Columbus.
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Keywords
San Salvador

Editorial Advisory Board (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

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

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

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

Script
Josette Frank
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

[Hitler Is a Bum!] (Table of Contents: 10)

The Ghost Patrol / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Ted Udall (signed)
Pencils
Frank Harry
Inks
Frank Harry
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
war
Characters
The Ghost Patrol [Pedro; Slim; Fred]; Several newspapermen [Hans; Fritz]; Adolf Hitler (villain); the Nazis (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
While in Germany, the members of the Ghost Patrol fight to save the "freedom of the press" in that nation by challenging the F├╝hrer himself!
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Keywords
Freedom Press; Germany

Indexer Notes

Story title from table of contents.

Japanese Beetle Trouble (Table of Contents: 11)

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

Script
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
aviation
Characters
Hop Harrigan; Tank Tinker; Japanese soldiers (villains, some die)
Synopsis
Hop and Tank are flying along near the Himalayan Mountains when a Japanese fighter suddenly zooms out after them...then mysteriously disappears. Landing, Hop discovers all the mountains in that area are made of rock salt, and that the lake at the bottom of those mountains was so full of salt that its water could support the weight of the Japanese plane that came after them! So they don parachutes and descend to the lake itself, and walk ashore where they discover a hidden, secret Japanese aircraft hanger!
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Keywords
Himalayan Mountains

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

Fat and Slat / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Say, Slat, I got zero in my examination at school today!
Genre
humor
Characters
Fat [Fuller Phun]; Slat [Archibald Clubb]
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Indexer Notes

Comprised of three two-panel gags.

Fingers of Fate (Table of Contents: 13)

Minute Movies / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure; humor
Characters
Kalua [Hazel Dearie]; Commander Nosabi [Ralph McSneer]; Lt. Charles Dangerfield [Dick Dare]; Sgt. Tim McGruff [Fuller Phun]; Gen. John March [Andrew Handy]
Synopsis
Lt. Dangerfield is back in Australia having been rescued from a tiny South Sea isle, where he met Kalua, his fiancee. He brought back a Japanese cruiser commander, who he turns over to Sgt. McGruff while the Lieutenant told his story to the General. Dangerfield's bailed out over the isle, and rescued by Kalua. Later the natives think he was some sort of god and put him on a throne as their leader. Later, he tended to his signal fire, and noticed a raft approaching and on it was the Japanese cruiser commander, who he took into custody. He was rescued and the General agreesto him marrying Kalua.
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Keywords
Australia

Personality Day (Table of Contents: 14)

Wheelan Phoni-Tone News / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Characters
Mme. Rosa Rotunda; John W. Chillblain; Hazel Dearie; Loo Igloo
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Indexer Notes

Interesting stories of fabricated "personalities" of the day.

The Scourge of the Seas (Table of Contents: 15)

Black Pirate / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Ted Udall
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff [as Shelly] (signed)
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff [as Shelly] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
historical
Characters
The Black Pirate [Jon Valor]; Justin Valor (his son); Donna Bonita; Virginia; Queen Bess [Elizabeth]; Thomas (a British sailor, introduction); the Spaniards (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
The Black Pirate and son Justin are walking along the beach when an English ship, unable to come ashore, fires a cannonball message to them, stating that the good Queen Bess needs their help immediately. Before they can see the Queen, they are told of a huge sea monster that has been causing havoc, so the duo agree to seek out the beast and destroy it.
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[The Adventure of "Luckless" Lenore] (Table of Contents: 16)

Green Lantern / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Lou Ferstadt
Inks
Lou Ferstadt
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Doiby Dickles; Irene Miller; Lenore Lowell (introduction); Doon [J Dinwiddie Lowell] (villain, introduction); Doon's men [Midge; Tuffy; rest unnamed] (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
Doiby is asked by a young lady for three autographs of his, which she will use to obtain one autograph of the Green Lantern. Investigating, the Emerald Crusader discovers that this woman's life is in real danger, and has been ever since she was born...from her own Uncle!
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Indexer Notes

Story title from table of contents. Finger script credit per Craig Delich. We previously suggested Ted Udall.

Alan Scott works for Apex Studios in this issue. Green Lantern recites an unusual oath, used in this story only: "Let all power and triumph be mine, in whatever right I do." Doiby appears in a Green Lantern costume in the splash only.

Be Sure to Get These Top Favorites for the Best in Comics! (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

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

[Crime Takes the Count] (Table of Contents: 18)

Wildcat / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Irwin Hasen
Inks
Irwin Hasen
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Wildcat [Ted Grant]; Stretch Skinner; Joan Fortune (Ted Grant's girlfriend); Tiger Taffer (a boxer, introduction); Possum Pate (villain, Taffer's manager, introduction); Pate's girlfriend (villain, introduction); Pate's men (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
Stretch succeeds in getting Ted Grant a match with Tiger Taffer, but is puzzled by the fact that Tiger's manager, Possum Pate, is betting a wad on Grant not being able to lick his fighter that night! And when Grant is kidnapped to prevent his appearance at the fight, Wildcat steps in to solve the dilemma.
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Indexer Notes

Story title from table of contents.

Fate and a Mule! (Table of Contents: 19)

text story / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Miller [as Jay Marr] (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Tom Marlow; Joe Talbot; Jeff Minstro (villain)
Synopsis
Tom Marlow, a blacksmith in Gallway, had a brother-in-law, Joe Talbot, who believed that a fellow named Jeff Minstro had shot Tom's father, the town Sheriff, in the back during a riot, killing him. However, Joe was worried that Jeff would get off because seven of the jury members were Jeff's kinfolk. And free he did go. Tom knew that Jeff was guilty, but figured that fate or the law of averages would catch up with this guilty man. And it did.
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Indexer Notes

Who's Who gives "Jay Marr" as a penname for Jack Miller.

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

Picture Stories from the Bible / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Scribbly / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Sheldon Mayer (signed)
Pencils
Sheldon Mayer (signed)
Inks
Sheldon Mayer (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Sheldon Mayer

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Oboy! Home at last!!
Genre
humor
Characters
Scribbly Jibbet; Mrs. Jibbet (Scribbly's mother); Daphne; Sylvester
Synopsis
Scribbly returns home and decides to go and see his love interest, Daphne. Getting her candy and flowers, he sees her with Sylvester, who is decked out in his military uniform. Dejected, Scribbly is asked to attend a party by some friends: a party where he could meet girls, so he goes. Daphne is there with Sylvester, who is the center of attention. Scribbly gets mad and decides to have it out with Sylvester, and gets a black eye! His friends set a trap for Sylvester and gives Scribbly some tomatoes to throw at Sylvester...and throw them he does, then scatters for parts unknown.
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Indexer Notes

The bottom of pages 2-4 have a series of one panel cartoons titled "Why Big Brudders Leave Home", written, illustrated and lettered by Sheldon Mayer (under the name "Scribbly").

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 22) (Expand) /

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

Crime's Birthday Party!! (Table of Contents: 23)

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

Script
Gardner Fox [as Gardner F. Fox] (signed)
Pencils
Lou Ferstadt [as E. E. Hibbard] (signed)
Inks
Lou Ferstadt [as E. E. Hibbard] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Joan Williams; District Attorney Morgan (introduction); Officer Kelley (introduction); Horseface (villain, introduction); Horseface's gang [Bats; rest unnamed] (villain, introduction for all)
Synopsis
Horseface tells his muggs that he plans to celebrate the D.A.'s birthday by turning himself in. In coming days, more "birthday" presents are delivered to the Police, baffling everyone. The D.A. and Jay Garrick are suspicious, so Flash notes that some of those presents present some major headaches to the law. Horseface's aim is to keep the Police on wild goose chases while his thugs clean out the town. Flash finally figures out what Horseface is up to and surprises him on his last job before he splits town. Horseface is captured and jailed...on his birthday, of all days.
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Indexer Notes

Art credits by Craig Delich.

The Big Eight! (Table of Contents: 24) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 25)

blank page(s) / 1 page (report information)

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Wonder Woman; The Flash; Green Lantern; Scribbly; Red, White and Blue, Ghost Patrol
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. Boys and Girls
  4. 3. [The Mystery of the House of Seven Gables]
    Wonder Woman
  5. 4. ["Thanks, boys and girls for the wonderful reception you're giving Wonder Woman!"]
    Wonder Woman
  6. 5. Louder and Funnier As the Years Go On!
    Mutt & Jeff
  7. 6. [The Smell That Spelled J-A-I-L]
    Red, White and Blue
  8. 7. ["If Columbus had followed his original course..."]
    Flying Colors
  9. 8. Editorial Advisory Board
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Good Books Worth Reading
  11. 10. [Hitler Is a Bum!]
    The Ghost Patrol
  12. 11. Japanese Beetle Trouble
    Hop Harrigan
  13. 12. ["Say, Slat, I got zero in my examination at school today!"]
    Fat and Slat
  14. 13. Fingers of Fate
    Minute Movies
  15. 14. Personality Day
    Wheelan Phoni-Tone News
  16. 15. The Scourge of the Seas
    Black Pirate
  17. 16. [The Adventure of "Luckless" Lenore]
    Green Lantern
  18. 17. Be Sure to Get These Top Favorites for the Best in Comics!
  19. 18. [Crime Takes the Count]
    Wildcat
  20. 19. Fate and a Mule!
  21. 20. [no title indexed]
    Picture Stories from the Bible
  22. 21. ["Oboy! Home at last!!"]
    Scribbly
  23. 22. ["Boys and girls! I'm on the radio now..."]
    Hop Harrigan
  24. 23. Crime's Birthday Party!!
    The Flash
  25. 24. The Big Eight!
  26. 25. [no title indexed]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Kurt Mitchell
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Darci
  • Bob Hughes
  • Dan Kocher
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • R. S. Martin
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed
  • Bob Hughes
  • James Ludwig
  • Jim Walls
  • Dwayne Best