(March-April 1943)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
On-sale date:
1942-12-30
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Superman, Inc.
Brand:
A Superman DC Publication
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth (credited editor); Jack Schiff (actual editor)
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 ad in Action Comics #57.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Jack Burnley
Inks:
Jack Burnley
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Cover art confirmed by Burnley.

[The X-Alloy] (Table of Contents: 1)

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]; Perry White; Sgt. Casey; Frank Lingle; Carlton Graul (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Clark Kent is the only reporter invited to the testing of a cannon made of the new X-Alloy, but when it explodes, it leads Superman to the Lingle Steel Corporation, manufacturer the alloy, only to discover the plant honeycombed with spies.
Reprints:

Editorial Advisory Board (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

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

Supermen of America (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.67 page (report information)

["There's you 25¢ allowance, Victor...."] (Table of Contents: 4)

Victor / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
children
Characters:
Victor

["Jason certainly takes good care of himself."] (Table of Contents: 5)

Gags / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

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

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

The Four Gangleaders (Table of Contents: 7)

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]; Perry White; Lois Lane; Sgt. Casey; Cordell (villain, introduction); Graney (villain, introduction, dies); Graham (villain, introduction); Kingsley (villain, introduction, dies); Charles Clayton (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
After a run-in with four notorious underworld gang leaders (one of them being killed in the process), Lois decides to write a series of articles exposing them and to begin a crusade against them by implying there is a gang war in progress, and one of the three remaining leaders is trying to wipe out his rival.
Reprints:

["Boy! What a story!"] (Table of Contents: 8)

Snapper / cartoon / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Whitney Ellsworth ?
Pencils:
Whitney Ellsworth ?
Inks:
Whitney Ellsworth ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Snapper

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

Ralston; Tom Mix Commandos Comics / advertisement / 2 pages (report information)

The Robber Knight (Table of Contents: 10)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks:
George Roussos [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Sgt. Casey; Mr. Phelps; Lucy Trent; Sir Gauntlet [Caspar Smythe] (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
When Lois Lane is arrested for wearing a stolen mink coat from Lacey's Department Store, Clark Kent learns that a former employee from Lacey's sold it to her, even though she said she didn't steal it herself. The Man of Tomorrow, upon further investigation, believes that that employee, Lucy Trent, is shielding someone, as other items are also being reported as missing from the store.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Superman's Mountain Retreat

High in Energy (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Baby Ruth / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Goofy Invention (Table of Contents: 12)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Wally Walker (credited)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure

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

advertisement / 0.31 page (report information)

Brand New! (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

Comic Cavalcade / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.44 page (report information)

["Wow! Superman is on the air!"] (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

The Adventures of Superman / advertisement / 0.25 page (report information)

The Ghost of Superman! (Table of Contents: 16)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Sam Jackson (dies); Manley; Blinky Moxby (villain, introduction); Knuckles (villain); Mike Chandler (villain); Luthor (villain, cameo); Ultra-Humanite (villain, cameo); The Puzzler (villain, cameo); Metalo (villain, cameo); The Prankster (villain, cameo); Adolf Hitler (villain, cameo); Hideki Tojo (villain, cameo)
Synopsis:
The murder of Sam Jackson, a man involved in a street grafting operation, is blamed on a city commissioner, who informs Police that Mike Chandler did it, and his only witness to that event is another criminal, "Blinky" Moxby. Superman goes to great lengths to find Moxby and get proof of the commissioner's innocence, including allowing Moxby to think he has actually killed the Man of Steel!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Previously credited to Pete Riss, but many Riss/Citron stories have had credit swaps due to the analysis of Martin O'Hearn: http://martinohearn.blogspot.com/search/label/Riss%20art.

The Big Eight! (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

American Seed Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. [The X-Alloy]
    Superman
  3. 2. Editorial Advisory Board
  4. 3. Supermen of America
  5. 4. ["There's you 25¢ allowance, Victor...."]
    Victor
  6. 5. ["Jason certainly takes good care of himself."]
    Gags
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Picture Stories from the Bible
  8. 7. The Four Gangleaders
    Superman
  9. 8. ["Boy! What a story!"]
    Snapper
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Ralston; Tom Mix Commandos Comics
  11. 10. The Robber Knight
    Superman
  12. 11. High in Energy
    Baby Ruth
  13. 12. Goofy Invention
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
  15. 14. Brand New!
    Comic Cavalcade
  16. 15. ["Wow! Superman is on the air!"]
    The Adventures of Superman
  17. 16. The Ghost of Superman!
    Superman
  18. 17. The Big Eight!
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    American Seed Co.
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