(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:

["From the shelter of a tree-top..."] (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:
?

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

["Marco and Niku out hunting are caught..."] (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

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)

["Sporthrill! Battling Nelson knocked out William Rosser in two seconds!"] (Table of Contents: 14)

Thrills! / cartoon / 0.67 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

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)

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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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