(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

["Hunter narrowly escapes death..."] (Table of Contents: 1)

Thrills! / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

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.

["Attention all American youth!"] (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 F. 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

["By the daring of the Polos, the bandits find themselves caught in their own trap."] (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

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.

["Chuck Dawson is felled by a bullet in a sidewalk encounter with Trigger and Butch..."] (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:
?

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)

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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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