(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)

["As a distant planet was destroyed by old age..."] (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

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.

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.

["And so begins the startling adventures..."] (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.

["It's the year 1571..."] (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

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 F. 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.

["Take it easy, horsey!"] (Table of Contents: 14)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff
Letters:
?

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)

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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 1571..."]
    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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