(September 1938)

DC, 1938 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1938-07-25
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. Detective Comics, Inc. is listed in the filing as the publisher.


[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
Keywords
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

They're the Tops (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

New Adventure Comics; More Fun Comics; Detective Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[Superman Plays Football] (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / comic story / 12.75 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]; Tommy Burke; Mary; Coach Randall (villain); Ray Martin; Oliver Stanley; Wallace Dodd
Synopsis
Overhearing a crooked college football coach at Dale University plotting to populate his team with thugs to defeat rival Cordell University, Superman impersonates a football player from Cordell to straighten the situation out.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Superman wears blue boots (as in the previous 3 issues). In frame 77 only, the yellow crest shows a simple red "S." A black "S" previously appeared in the second issue, on page 10 of the story.

Modified synopsis added by Craig Delich.

Acquiring Super-Strength (Table of Contents: 3)

Acquiring Super-Strength / activity / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Reprints

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

"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
From the shelter of a tree-top...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Chuck Dawson; Steve; Sheriff; Trigger Holt; Butch
Synopsis
Chuck rescues his horse from Steve and is chased into the mountains by the Sheriff, Trigger, and Butch.

Indexer Notes

Story continues from previous issue and continues in next.

The All-Star Athlete (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; Charley; Bobby; Jimmy; Harry
Synopsis
Pep is leading in the Camp Indian Head swimming competition until some campers lives are endangered.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich.

Bad Bill and The Menace of the Hills (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
adventure
Characters
Bad Bill

[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
Svden Elven

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Marco and Niku out hunting are caught...
Genre
historical
Characters
Marco Polo; Niku; Nicolo Polo; Uncle Maffeo
Synopsis
After the desert storm passes, the caravan finds fresh water. A giant python attacks a lioness, who is saved by her mate. Then the snake turns on the Polos!

Indexer Notes

Story continues from previous issue and continues in next.

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

Legion Loyalty (Table of Contents: 8)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure
Characters
Cliff Bedford; Ali Kasha; Sandy Logan
Synopsis
Corporal Cliff of the French Legion infiltrates an Arab stronghold in Morocco to free three prisoners.
Keywords
French Legion; Morocco

[Sealed City, Part 3] (Table of Contents: 9)

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; Bob Daley; Gorrah; Rabb Khazan; Scharem; Hawntem
Synopsis
Rabb Khazan attempts to overthrow the Gorrah of the Sealed City.

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

[Brady's Revenge] (Table of Contents: 10)

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; Sal di Marco; Big Fist Logan; Tate; Dopey; Finger; Squeaky
Synopsis
After the Bulletin is bombed, Scoop tracks down the culprits.

[The Protection Racket] (Table of Contents: 11)

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

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Inspector Bob Donald; Bobby Donald; T.A. Evans; Sid; Joe; Snappy; Tim; Frank; Mike
Synopsis
Evans, a glazier, operates a protection racket for local merchants: those who don't pay, get their windows broken. Bobby attempts to blackmail the blackmailers, with deadly results.

The Night Club Murder (Table of Contents: 12)

Zatara, Master Magician / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure
Characters
Zatara; Tong; Joan; Big Bill; Butch
Synopsis
Zatara defends the lovely dancer, Joan, from the advances of Big Bill. With a single punch, the brute falls to the ground - dead!

Get Acquainted with Aviation! (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Model Airplane News / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Thrills! / cartoon / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Sporthrill! Battling Nelson knocked out William Rosser in two seconds!
Genre
non-fiction

$25 Cash Prizes for the Best Letters!! (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. They're the Tops
    New Adventure Comics; More Fun Comics; Detective Comics
  3. 2. [Superman Plays Football]
    Superman
  4. 3. Acquiring Super-Strength
    Acquiring Super-Strength
  5. 4. ["From the shelter of a tree-top..."]
    "Chuck" Dawson
  6. 5. The All-Star Athlete
    Pep Morgan
  7. 6. Bad Bill and The Menace of the Hills
  8. 7. ["Marco and Niku out hunting are caught..."]
    The Adventures of Marco Polo
  9. 8. Legion Loyalty
  10. 9. [Sealed City, Part 3]
    Tex Thomson
  11. 10. [Brady's Revenge]
    Scoop Scanlon, Five Star Reporter
  12. 11. [The Protection Racket]
    Inspector Donald and Bobby
  13. 12. The Night Club Murder
    Zatara, Master Magician
  14. 13. Get Acquainted with Aviation!
    Model Airplane News
  15. 14. ["Sporthrill! Battling Nelson knocked out William Rosser in two seconds!"]
    Thrills!
  16. 15. $25 Cash Prizes for the Best Letters!!
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
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