Superman #23
(July-August 1943)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
60
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
On-sale date:
1943-04-27
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Superman, Inc.
Brand:
A Superman DC Publication
Editing:
Jack Schiff (uncredited)
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 copyright registration.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Knickerbocker Pub. Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

America's Secret Weapon! (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Don Cameron [as Jerry Siegel] (signed)
Pencils:
Sam Citron [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks:
Sam Citron [as Joe Shuster] (signed); John Sikela [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Colonel McNab; Lieutenant-General Bullitt; Brigadier General Armor; Brigadier General Starrett
Synopsis:
When Superman arrives at Camp Towne to make an appearance, he volunteers to participate in the war games that will take place, and is made an honorary Corporal. But after watching America's fighting men in action, and his side losing, he decides that he is not needed to fight this war, and that our boys can handle the job alone.
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Indexer Notes

Sikela inks credit added by Craig Delich.

Energy Is Ammunition! (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Baby Ruth / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

A Claw for a Clue (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 1.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Tex Raines (credited)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
crime

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

statement of ownership / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Habitual Homicide (Table of Contents: 6)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Sgt. Casey; Janice Crandall; Scott Manning; Dean Broderick (dies); Alex Morrow; Thaddeus Winton (dies); Glenn Calhoun; Myra Hanley; Professor Raymond Lock (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
When Professor Lock makes a move on one of the college girls and is rebuffed, he swears revenge by killing the college dean and blaming her fiance. But the plot backfires and Lock is arrested for the crime. When he escapes prison and swears revenge on every witness against him, Superman steps in.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

Hank the Yank / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Ray Houlihan (signed)
Pencils:
Ray Houlihan (signed)
Inks:
Ray Houlihan (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ray Houlihan

First Line of Dialogue or Text:
Hank Higgins! You're so dumb I sometimes think you're workin' for Hitler!!
Genre:
humor; advocacy
Characters:
Hank the Yank

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Popsicle / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editorial Advisory Board (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

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

The Courage and the Glory (Table of Contents: 10)

Good Books Worth Reading / text article / 0.42 page (report information)

Script:
Josette Frank
Letters:
typeset

Supermen of America (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.25 page (report information)

Fashions in Crime! (Table of Contents: 12)

Superman / comic story / 11.33 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; Pierre; The Dude [Joseph Martinson] (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
After Lois buys an expensive dress, especially made for her by Pierre, she discovers another example of the dress in a shop in town. Superman investigates and discovers that a man called the Dude is behind the bootlegging of many fashion designs.
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Indexer Notes

Formerly credited to Pete Riss but see Martin O'Hearn's analysis of Riss' work: http://martinohearn.blogspot.com/search/label/Riss%20art

The Big Eight (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

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

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

Clancy the Cop / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text:
Gosh! What a desolate spot this is...
Genre:
humor
Characters:
Clancy the Cop

Danger on the Diamond! (Table of Contents: 15)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Sgt. Casey; Tom Marin (introduction); Penton; Sammy Brink (villain, introduction); Joe (villain)
Synopsis:
When a star baseball player suddenly loses his ability to pitch, Superman steps in to save his life, discovering that crooks are behind this sudden loss of ability by feeding the young man certain drugs that affect his performance.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Page 2 is really two pages shrunk together to make up for the new shorter book length.

Take Your Pick! (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

Crowell-Collier Publishing Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

Lightning Ju-Jitsu / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

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

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Knickerbocker Pub. Co.
  3. 2. America's Secret Weapon!
    Superman
  4. 3. Energy Is Ammunition!
    Baby Ruth
  5. 4. A Claw for a Clue
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
  7. 6. Habitual Homicide
    Superman
  8. 7. ["Hank Higgins! You're so dumb I sometimes think you're workin' for Hitler!!"]
    Hank the Yank
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Popsicle
  10. 9. Editorial Advisory Board
  11. 10. The Courage and the Glory
    Good Books Worth Reading
  12. 11. Supermen of America
  13. 12. Fashions in Crime!
    Superman
  14. 13. The Big Eight
  15. 14. ["Gosh! What a desolate spot this is..."]
    Clancy the Cop
  16. 15. Danger on the Diamond!
    Superman
  17. 16. Take Your Pick!
    Crowell-Collier Publishing Co.
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    Lightning Ju-Jitsu
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    Wonders of Science Simplified
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Mike Nielsen
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