(Winter 1942)

DC, 1941 Series
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Price
0.15 USD
Pages
100
Indicia frequency
quarterly
On-sale date
1942-10-27
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
World's Best Comics Co.
Brand
A Superman DC Publication
Editing
Jack Schiff (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 #161, 170, 179, 188, 223-228, 230)
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration. On-sale date of October 30 in ad in Batman #14.


[Sink the Japanazis with Bonds & Stamps] (Table of Contents)

Superman; Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Burnley
Inks
Jack Burnley
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Art credits verified by Burnley.

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

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

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Fred Ray
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]
Synopsis
Lists the main features with short synopses.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Craig Delich.

Talent, Unlimited! (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Sam Citron [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks
John Sikela [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Mr. Carroll (Sally's father); Mulligan (detective); Mr. Tollivar (talent agency director); un-named talent agency secretary; Sally Carroll [aka Polly Hughes]; Peter Penn (artist); Reginald Poindexter (actor); E. J. Calkins (writer); Tom Chester (musician); Crakewski (musicial conductor)
Synopsis
Clark Kent is given the assignment by Editor White to find a missing heiress, but along the way manages to help five other people realize their dreams...as the Man of Steel!
Reprints
Keywords
Daily Planet

Indexer Notes

Called "The Road to Glory" in the table of contents.

Tanks for the Memory! (Table of Contents: 4)

Drafty / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Stan Kaye (signed)
Inks
Stan Kaye (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; military
Characters
Drafty; Tim; un-named Army General
Synopsis
Drafty and Tim are put on K.P. duty, but manage to break everything in sight, so they are assigned to anti-tank detail instead!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Possible Stan Kaye script credit removed by Craig Delich. The Who's Who states that Kaye was artist only for this strip.

The Magic Lantern (Table of Contents: 5)

Zatara the Master Magician / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Joseph Sulman (signed)
Inks
Joseph Sulman (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Zatara; Grubs (villain)
Synopsis
A couple of crooks watch Zatara perform magic with an ancient lamp, so they steal it, hoping to use its magic to commit crimes.
Reprints

The Big Eight! (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

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

Stripesy, Solo Sleuth, Inc.! (Table of Contents: 7)

The Star-Spangled Kid / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Hal Sherman (signed)
Inks
Hal Sherman (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Star-Spangled Kid [Sylvester Pemberton]; Stripesy [Pat Dugan]; John Pemberton (Sylvester's father); Ambrose Klutch (villain); Brassy (villain); Mugger (villain)
Synopsis
Having had a petty quarrel with Sylvester, Stripesy decides to go into the detective business himself...with disastrous results!
Reprints
Keywords
Star-Rocket Racer

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

Private Pete / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Say, Sarge - I've got a swell idea for camouflage!
Genre
humor; military
Characters
Pvt. Pete; un-named Army Sergeant
Synopsis
Pete's idea for a new form of camouflage literally leaves him "in a tree"!
Reprints

The Luck of the Lepparts (Table of Contents: 9)

The Boy Commandos / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Kirby ?; Joe Simon ?
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Joe Simon (signed); Jack Kirby ?
Colors
?
Letters
Howard Ferguson

Genre
adventure; war
Characters
The Boy Commandos [Captain Rip Carter; Brooklyn [Dan Turpin]; Alfie Twidgett; Andre Chavard; Jan Haasan]; Jared Leppart (villain, death); Dr. Schwette (villain); Colonel Makada (villain); General Kioto (villain)
Synopsis
The last living Leppart is haunted by his ancestors' curse: to die by one of the four elements.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Kirby pencils and Simon and possible Kirby inks per Nick Caputo. Craig Delich credited Simon on pencils and Kirby on inks. Writer identification by Martin O'Hearn.

Man's Dog (Table of Contents: 10)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Tovarich Aronya; unnamed Corporal; Vasil (villain)
Synopsis
Vasil has traveled through the snow and the cold with secret plans in his possession only to be uncovered as a spy by a Russian peasant.
Reprints

The Unluckiest Man in the World! (Table of Contents: 11)

The Green Arrow / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Joseph Green
Pencils
Cliff Young
Inks
Steve Brodie
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; Speedy [Roy Harper]; Mr. O'Toole (butcher shop owner); James Luckless (villain, introduction, death); Slats (villain)
Synopsis
James Luckless has had bad luck all of his life, so now he decides to use people's lucky symbols against them and for himself!
Reprints
Keywords
Arrow-line; Arrowcar

Indexer Notes

Art identification by Craig Delich.

The Minute Man Answers the Call (Table of Contents: 12)

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.
Reprints
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)

Smoked Out (Table of Contents: 13)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Noble Dade (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
war
Characters
Carson; Saro; Conway; the Japanese (villains)
Synopsis
Little Saro has been chastised repeatedly about playing with matches, as he was too young to do so, yet it was that very thing that helped save himself and others from the Japanese.
Reprints

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

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

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

More Fun Comics; Adventure Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

A Double for Trouble (Table of Contents: 16)

The King / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Joe Gallagher
Inks
Joe Gallagher
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
The King [King Standish]; Al Norton (newspaper reporter); The Chicken (villain); Slugger (villain)
Synopsis
While riding the subway, the King decides to make himself up like a passenger he sees sleeping in a seat. Unknown to him, that man is a reporter who has belittled "The Chicken," whom he suspects in involved with the Nazis!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Art identification by Craig Delich.

Don't Miss Your Favorites! (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

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

Brothers in Law! (Table of Contents: 18)

Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Schiff
Pencils
Jack Burnley [as Bob Kane] (signed)
Inks
Jack Burnley [as Bob Kane] (signed); Ray Burnley (backgrounds)
Colors
?
Letters
Betty Bentley

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; John O'Brien (introduction, a G-Man, death); Tim O'Brien (introduction); Nick O'Brien (introduction); The Little Corporal [Little Nap Boyd] (villain, introduction); Slim (villain)
Synopsis
The untimely death of their father leads the O'Brien brothers to attempt to get even with his killer, while working at odds against one another.
Reprints
Keywords
Bat-Plane; Batmobile; Gotham City; O'Brien Detective Agency

Indexer Notes

Art and letterer credits by Craig Delich, verified by Burnley.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19)

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

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

The Commandos Are Here! (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Sink the Japanazis with Bonds & Stamps]
    Superman; Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
  4. 3. Talent, Unlimited!
    Superman
  5. 4. Tanks for the Memory!
    Drafty
  6. 5. The Magic Lantern
    Zatara the Master Magician
  7. 6. The Big Eight!
  8. 7. Stripesy, Solo Sleuth, Inc.!
    The Star-Spangled Kid
  9. 8. ["Say, Sarge - I've got a swell idea for camouflage!"]
    Private Pete
  10. 9. The Luck of the Lepparts
    The Boy Commandos
  11. 10. Man's Dog
  12. 11. The Unluckiest Man in the World!
    The Green Arrow
  13. 12. The Minute Man Answers the Call
  14. 13. Smoked Out
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Wonder Woman
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    More Fun Comics; Adventure Comics
  17. 16. A Double for Trouble
    The King
  18. 17. Don't Miss Your Favorites!
  19. 18. Brothers in Law!
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
  21. 20. The Commandos Are Here!
    Boy Commandos
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jan Roar Hansen
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Lionel English
  • Nick Caputo
  • Bob Hughes
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Allen Ross
  • Merlin Haas
  • Gene Reed
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Jim Stangas
  • James Ludwig
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Hughes
  • Lou Mougin
  • Craig Delich
  • Clayton Emery
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Allen Ross