(April 1943)

DC, 1938 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Detective Comics, Inc.
Brand:
A Superman DC Publication
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth (credited); Jack Schiff (actual)
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US; then standard Modern Age US
Binding:
saddle-stitched (squarebound #334, 347, 360, 373, 437, 443, 449, 544, 600)
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

[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 [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
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.

["But there's nothing wrong with me, Doc..."] (Table of Contents: 9)

Gags / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

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

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 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:
Jospeh 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.

["All I do is mop decks..."] (Table of Contents: 14)

Shorty / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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

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:
Edwin Smalle
Inks:
Edwin Smalle
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
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

["Be sure to get these top favorites for the best in comics!"] (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:
Joseph Sulman
Inks:
Joseph Sulman
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
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)

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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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