(July 1938)

DC, 1938 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1938-05-25
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

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


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Reprints

Indexer Notes

biplanes; parachuting

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

Thrills! / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
Terry Gilkison ?
Pencils
Terry Gilkison
Inks
Terry Gilkison
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hunter narrowly escapes death...
Genre
adventure; non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Found on inside front cover.

[Revolution in San Monte] (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / comic story / 12.67 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Lola Cortez; George Taylor (cameo); Alex Greer (villain); Emil Norvell (villain)
Synopsis
Clark Kent and Lois Lane are sent by editor Taylor to San Monte in South America to cover a war that is brewing. Besides saving Lois from being executed as a spy, Superman proves the war is being fomented by munitions manufacturers led by Emil Norvell.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Originally prepared for newspaper publication, cut up and repaged. No black shading used. Clark works for the [Cleveland] Evening News. Superman wears blue boots. Modified synopsis added by Craig Delich.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

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

[The Shipwreck] (Table of Contents: 4)

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; Sinclair Wentworth; Rusty James
Synopsis
A storm crashes a yacht onto a rocky reef and Scoop Scanlon helps the coast guard rescue the passengers.

[Glass Arm] (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Fred Guardineer [as Gene Baxter] (signed)
Inks
Fred Guardineer [as Gene Baxter] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Pep Morgan

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich.

Elmer the Eel (Table of Contents: 6)

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
?

Genre
humor
Characters
Elmer

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

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
By the daring of the Polos, the bandits find themselves caught in their own trap.
Genre
historical
Characters
Marco Polo; Niku; Nicolo Polo; Uncle Maffeo
Synopsis
In a narrow mountain pass, Marco sends an avalanche onto the bandits threatening the Polo caravan. The few survivors are taken as hostage for save passage through this dangerous land.

Indexer Notes

Story continues from previous issue and continues in next.

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

South Sea Strategy [Part 2] (Table of Contents: 8)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure
Characters
Bret Coleman; Cottonball; Samuel Newton; Merna Newton
Synopsis
Bret Coleman rescues a young lady from ritual sacrifice by island natives.

The Sealed City [Part 1] (Table of Contents: 9)

Tex Thomson / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure
Characters
Tex Thomson; Bob Daley (introduction); Gorrah (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
The One-Eyed Gorrah rules a legendary city that had been buried by a volcano. However, he had overthrown the “real” Gorrah and Tex Thompson and Bob Daley team up with the “real” Gorrah to retake his throne.

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

Gorrah returns later for revenge and apparently dies early in Tex's career as the masked patriotic hero Mr. America.

[Vindication] (Table of Contents: 10)

Inspector Donald and Bobby / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Leo O'Mealia
Inks
Leo O'Mealia
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Inspector Bob Donald; Bobby Donald; Tom Faber; Tim Riley; Commissioner Harry
Synopsis
Disgraced police inspector Bob Donald disappears and his son Bobby is determined to find him.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Chuck Dawson is felled by a bullet in a sidewalk encounter with Trigger and Butch...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Chuck Dawson; Notch Logan; Trigger Holt; Sheriff; Deputy; John Burwell
Synopsis
Having escaped from jail, Chuck continues his quest to bring down the A-G gang who stole his father's property.

Indexer Notes

Printed in black and white.

Story continues from previous issue and continues in next.

The Haunted Farm (Table of Contents: 12)

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

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

Genre
adventure
Characters
Zatara [Giovanni "John" Zatara]; Tong; Miss Hendrix; Jim Hendrix; Adam Springer
Synopsis
Zatara investigates a murder on a reportedly haunted farm.

Indexer Notes

Gardner Fox credit from interview in Alter Ego #20 (January 2003) in which Fox states this was his first Zatara story.

$25 Cash Prizes! (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

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

Play Ball (Table of Contents: 14)

cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction; sports
Characters
Lefty Gomez

Indexer Notes

Starts with a mini-profile of "Lefty" Vernon Gomez, and then discusses pitching and various pitches. Found on the 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]
  2. 1. ["Hunter narrowly escapes death..."]
    Thrills!
  3. 2. [Revolution in San Monte]
    Superman
  4. 3. ["Attention all American youth!"]
    Superman
  5. 4. [The Shipwreck]
    Scoop Scanlon, Five Star Reporter
  6. 5. [Glass Arm]
    "Pep" Morgan
  7. 6. Elmer the Eel
  8. 7. ["By the daring of the Polos, the bandits find themselves caught in their own trap."]
    The Adventures of Marco Polo
  9. 8. South Sea Strategy [Part 2]
  10. 9. The Sealed City [Part 1]
    Tex Thomson
  11. 10. [Vindication]
    Inspector Donald and Bobby
  12. 11. ["Chuck Dawson is felled by a bullet in a sidewalk encounter with Trigger and Butch..."]
    "Chuck" Dawson
  13. 12. The Haunted Farm
    Zatara, the Master Magician
  14. 13. $25 Cash Prizes!
  15. 14. Play Ball
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
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