(April 1943)

DC, 1938 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1943-02-09
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Detective Comics, Inc.
Brand
A Superman DC Publication
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (credited) (editor); Jack Schiff (actual editor)

Issue Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
John Sikela
Inks
John Sikela
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; the Nazis
Reprints
Keywords
Nazis; tanks

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Keith Chandler who points out via the GCD Error Tracker that the faces on the cover look like the the faces in the splash panel of the interior story, so Sikela is the cover artist. We previously credited Jack Burnley. The Action Comics Archives lists the cover artist as unknown.

Editorial Advisory Board (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

Superman by George Lowther (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
Josette Frank
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Cinderella -- a la Superman (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
John Sikela (signed as Joe Shuster)
Inks
Ed Dobrotka
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Susie Tompkins (introduction)
Synopsis
Clark Kent, believing that he has a date with Lois, finds out he is to babysit her sister's daughter Susie. When Clark sits down to read to her, he falls asleep and that initiates a dream sequence in which Superman re-enacts the Cinderella story.
Reprints

Supermen of America (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

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

Lieutenant General Mark W. Clark (Table of Contents: 5)

Supermen of the U.S. Army / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Cliff Young
Inks
Cliff Young
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Mark W. Clark

Hold Your Hats! The Prankster Is Back! (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

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

World's Finest Value! (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

World's Finest Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Fiddler's Fee! (Table of Contents: 8)

Vigilante / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Mort Meskin (as Mort Morton) (signed)
Inks
Charles Paris (as Charley) (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Vigilante [Greg Sanders]; Stuff; The Fiddler [Ben Bowe] (villain, introduction); Fiddler's gang (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
Frustrated concert violinist Ben Bowe turns to a life of crime, and plans daring robberies for his gang of toughs, and is frequently on hand to help them out as a blind violinist beggar who just happens to be standing by. He uses his awful tunes to communicate with his gang in code. While at his headquarters, various violins are tricked out as weapons: one that shoots sulfuric acid and another loaded with dynamite. He and his gang are captured by the Vigilante and Stuff.

Indexer Notes

This Fiddler is not the same villain as the Flash's.

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

Gags / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
But there's nothing wrong with me, Doc...
Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

3 gags. Writer credit added by Craig Delich.

Bombshell! (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Boy Commandos / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Sky Knights of Malta (Table of Contents: 11)

3 Aces / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Louis Cazeneuve
Inks
Louis Cazeneuve
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Three Aces [Fog Fortune; Gunner Bill; Whistler Will]

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich.

Monaco (Table of Contents: 12)

Stamps / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Sidney Elias (as Sidney M. Elias)
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Page includes many small ads from stamps dealers.

Missive for Mussolini (Table of Contents: 13)

Americommando / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Joseph Greene
Pencils
Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks
Bernard Baily (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
war
Characters
Americommando [Tex Thomson]

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from Jerry Bails via Craig Delich.

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

Shorty / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
All I do is mop decks...
Genre
humor
Characters
Shorty

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich.

Fast As a Bullet! (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

Prize Comics; Headline Comics / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

The Scarecrow (Table of Contents: 16)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Willis Blane (credited)
Letters
typeset

Genre
detective-mystery

The Phantom Warriors! (Table of Contents: 17)

Congo Bill / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ed Smalle (as Edwin Smalle)
Inks
Ed Smalle (as Edwin Smalle)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
jungle; adventure
Characters
Congo Bill [William Morgan]; Smith; Tom Scott; Ager; van Meers; Angus
Synopsis
Bill exposes a plot to steal diamonds from a mine owner by using a secret entrance to his mine.
Keywords
deadfalls; diamond mines; diamonds; disguise

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

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

Crime Takes a Detour (Table of Contents: 19)

Zatara / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Sulman (as Joseph Sulman)
Inks
Joe Sulman (as Joseph Sulman)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters
Zatara [Giovanni "John" Zatara]

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

Illinois Merchandise Mart / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Wonders of Science Simplified / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Energy to Battle Odds (Table of Contents: 22) (Expand) /

Baby Ruth / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. Editorial Advisory Board
  3. 2. Superman by George Lowther
    Good Books Worth Reading
  4. 3. Cinderella -- a la Superman
    Superman
  5. 4. Supermen of America
  6. 5. Lieutenant General Mark W. Clark
    Supermen of the U.S. Army
  7. 6. Hold Your Hats! The Prankster Is Back!
    Superman
  8. 7. World's Finest Value!
    World's Finest Comics
  9. 8. Fiddler's Fee!
    Vigilante
  10. 9. ["But there's nothing wrong with me, Doc..."]
    Gags
  11. 10. Bombshell!
    Boy Commandos
  12. 11. Sky Knights of Malta
    3 Aces
  13. 12. Monaco
    Stamps
  14. 13. Missive for Mussolini
    Americommando
  15. 14. ["All I do is mop decks..."]
    Shorty
  16. 15. Fast As a Bullet!
    Prize Comics; Headline Comics
  17. 16. The Scarecrow
  18. 17. The Phantom Warriors!
    Congo Bill
  19. 18. ["Be sure to get these top favorites for the best in comics!"]
  20. 19. Crime Takes a Detour
    Zatara
  21. 20. [no title indexed]
    Illinois Merchandise Mart
  22. 21. [no title indexed]
    Wonders of Science Simplified
  23. 22. Energy to Battle Odds
    Baby Ruth
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