(June 1938)

DC, 1938 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1938-04-18
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Detective Comics, Inc.
Editing
Vin Sullivan [as Vincent A. Sullivan]
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

Issue Notes

Indicia:
ACTION COMICS. published monthly by Detective Comics, Inc., 480 Lexington Ave., New York, N. Y. Second class entry pending at Post Office, New York, N. Y. under the Act of March 3, 1879. Subscription rates: 12 issues by mail in the United States, its possessions and Mexico, South America and Spain, $1.50; elsewhere $2.60. The Publisher accepts no responsibility for unsolicited material. Entire contents copyright 1938 by Detective Comics, Inc.

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in the U. S. Copyright Office filing.

In the documentation for the testimony from Detective Comics, Inc. vs. Bruns (Fox) Publications April 6 and 7, 1939, the on sale date for this issue is described by Jack Liebowitz as being April 18, 1938.

This is confirmed again in the documentation for the Siegel lawsuit against Warner Bros (CASE NO. CV-04-8400-SGL (RZx)) published on March 26, 2008; the on sale date for this issue is listed as being April 18, 1938.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster (see notes)
Inks
Joe Shuster (see notes)
Colors
Jack Adler (see notes)
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints
Keywords
automobiles

Indexer Notes

In Alter Ego #56 (February 2006), in an interview with Adler, he reports that he painted the colors on the engraving plates for this story. Info added by Craig Delich.

Error Report #2990 by Mike DeLisa states the following: "Cover was not by Shuster, actually by unknown member of DC staff based on one interior panel. Coloring was not by Jack Adler; Adler states that the work was done by DC staff. My source is the Court record and decision, which includes affidavits from Siegel, Shuster, and Adler."

Superman/Batman (DC, 2003 Series) #41 (December 2007) identifies bystander on cover as Rick Radomski of Radomski Hardware. Though this takes place during a dream sequence, the name could be considered canon.

Conversely, the cover mimics a scene within the story. In the story, the owner of the car is Butch Matson, a gangster who threatens Lois Lane, and who flees in panic from Superman's wrath in the same manner as depicted on the cover. Very likely the figure on the cover is meant to be Butch Matson.

$25 Cash Prizes! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

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

Superman / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
As a distant planet was destroyed by old age...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent] (introduction, origin)
Synopsis
A space vehicle from a destroyed world lands on Earth, and its occupant becomes Superman. In addition, a scientific explanation for this being's powers is given.
Reprints
Keywords
Krypton

Indexer Notes

This strip was originally prepared for newspaper publication, cut up and repaged. Black shading used.

George Taylor first named in the newspaper strip in May 1939.

Lettering credit added by Craig Delich.

[The Coming of Superman] (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / comic story / 11.67 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Shuster ?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor (unnamed); Lois Lane; Daily Star; Evelyn Curry; Bea Carroll (villain); Butch Matson (villain); Senator Barrows (villain); Alex Greer (villain)
Synopsis
Superman delivers a witness to the governor to stop an execution, then stops a wife-beater. Later Superman, as Clark Kent, goes out with Lois, but she earns the wrath of Butch Matson and Superman must save her. Finally, Clark is assigned a story on the South American republic of San Monte. He heads to Washington DC to find out who is behind Senator Barrows pushing legislation which will embroil the United States in a war in Europe by grabbing lobbyist Alex Greer and scaring the truth out of him.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Superman wears blue boots. Story continues in Action Comics #2.

Originally prepared for newspaper publication, cut up and repaged, most probably by Joe Shuster. Vin Sullivan, Sheldon Mayer, and Harry Lampert are often cited as having done the paste-up work based on their own claims.

Black shading used. Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

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

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

[The A-G Gang] (Table of Contents: 5)

"Chuck" Dawson / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Homer Fleming ?
Pencils
Homer Fleming [as H. Fleming] (signed)
Inks
Homer Fleming [as H. Fleming] (signed)
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; western-frontier
Characters
Chuck Dawson; Notch Logan (villain); John Burwell (villain); "Trigger" Holt (villain); Butch (villain)
Synopsis
Chuck begins a vendetta aginst the crooked ranch owners who have, by fraud, acquired the range lands he inherited after his father's death.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer credit and synopsis added by Craig Delich.

The Mystery of the Freight Train Robberies (Table of Contents: 6)

Zatara, Master Magician / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Pencils
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Inks
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Fred Guardineer ?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Zatara (introduction); Tong (introduction); Brady (death); Captain Kennedy; The Tigress (introduction, villain); Babcock (villain)
Synopsis
Zatara and Tong investigate the murders of several railroad detectives and the theft of over $200,000 in loot.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Lettering credit and synopsis added by Craig Delich.

On the 11th page of this story, the text says Zatara transforms Tigress's gun into "a bullet," but the illustration shows a banana.

South Sea Strategy [Part 1] (Table of Contents: 7)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Captain Frank Thomas (credited)
Pencils
? (spot illustrations)
Inks
? (spot illustrations)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Bret Coleman; Cottonball; Merna Newton; Samuel Newton; South Seas natives (villains)
Synopsis
Bret and Cottonball seek to rescue one Samuel Newton, whose daughter was carried off into the jungle by a pack of savage natives.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Synopsis added by Craig Delich.

Sticky-Mitt Stimson (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Russell Cole [as Alger] (signed)
Pencils
Russell Cole [as Alger] (signed)
Inks
Russell Cole [as Alger] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Russell Cole

Genre
humor
Characters
Sticky-Mitt Stimson
Synopsis
Sticky swipes some apples and is pursued by the police. He gets a lucky break to make good his escape.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Lettering credit and synopsis added by Craig Delich.

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

The Adventures of Marco Polo / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Sven Elven (signed)
Inks
Sven Elven (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Sven Elven

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It's the year 1271...
Genre
historical
Characters
Nicolo Polo; Uncle Maffeo; Marco Polo; Niku
Synopsis
Marco, his father and his uncle are given an audience with the new Pope. They are sent on a mission to satisfy a request from the Khan of Tartary for priests and men of learning.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Marco's uncle is named in issue #4 and his father in issue #5.

Lettering credit and synopsis added by Craig Delich.

[The Light Heavyweight Championship] (Table of Contents: 10)

"Pep" Morgan / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Inks
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Fred Guardineer ?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Pep Morgan; Pop Burkett; Sailor Sorenson; Boomerang; O'Rourke; Doc Lowery (villain)
Synopsis
When the Boxing Commission runs a dirty fight trainer out of town, he swears his revenge...against Pep.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit, writer credit, and synopsis added by Craig Delich.

[The International Jewel Thief] (Table of Contents: 11)

Scoop Scanlon, Five Star Reporter / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Will Ely (signed)
Inks
Will Ely (signed)
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Scoop Scanlon; Rusty James; Arnold (villain)
Synopsis
An international jewel thief arrives in America as a prisoner, but Scoop and Rusty are on hand to witness his escape with the help of his gang lying in wait.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Synopsis added by Craig Delich.

[Murder in England] (Table of Contents: 12)

Tex Thomson / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Ken Fitch ?
Pencils
Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks
Bernard Baily (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Bernard Baily

Genre
adventure
Characters
Tex Thomson (introduction, see notes); Bob; Betty; unnamed gangster chief (intro, villain, death); Monk (villain); Sonja (villain)
Synopsis
Ken is framed for the murder of a man, and, with the help of Betty and Bobby, sets out to prove his innocence.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

Tex Thomson later becomes Mr. America in Action Comics #33 and then Americommando in Action Comics #54.

[Fred Astaire, Constance Bennett, Charles Boyer, Wheeler and Wollsey] (Table of Contents: 13)

Stardust / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff ? [as the Star Gazer]
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff ? [as the Star Gazer]
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Fred Astaire; Constance Bennett; Charles Boyer; Wheeler; Woolsey
Synopsis
Interesting facts about celebrities Fred Astaire, Constance Bennett, Charles Boyer and the comedy team of Wheeler and Woolsey are provided in this illustrated filler.
Reprints
Keywords
celebrity

Indexer Notes

Per Craig Delich, art MIGHT be by Sheldon Moldoff. Synopsis added by Delich.

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

Odds 'n Ends / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Take it easy, horsey!
Genre
non-fiction
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

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

Johnson Smith & Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. $25 Cash Prizes!
  3. 2. ["As a distant planet was destroyed by old age..."]
    Superman
  4. 3. [The Coming of Superman]
    Superman
  5. 4. ["And so begins the startling adventures..."]
    Superman
  6. 5. [The A-G Gang]
    "Chuck" Dawson
  7. 6. The Mystery of the Freight Train Robberies
    Zatara, Master Magician
  8. 7. South Sea Strategy [Part 1]
  9. 8. Sticky-Mitt Stimson
  10. 9. ["It's the year 1271..."]
    The Adventures of Marco Polo
  11. 10. [The Light Heavyweight Championship]
    "Pep" Morgan
  12. 11. [The International Jewel Thief]
    Scoop Scanlon, Five Star Reporter
  13. 12. [Murder in England]
    Tex Thomson
  14. 13. [Fred Astaire, Constance Bennett, Charles Boyer, Wheeler and Wollsey]
    Stardust
  15. 14. ["Take it easy, horsey!"]
    Odds 'n Ends
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
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