(December 1943)

DC, 1938 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
60
Indicia frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1943-10-12
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Detective Comics, Inc.
Brand
A Superman DC Publication
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth [F. W. Ellsworth] (credited editor); Jack Schiff (actual editor)
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

On-sale date from copyright registration.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Burnley
Inks
George Roussos
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints
Keywords
coal; locomotives; machine guns

Indexer Notes

Pencils confirmed by Jack Burnley. Keith Chandler points out that Superman: The Action Comics Archives (DC, 1997 series) #4 (2005) gives cover inking credit to Stan Kaye, and he agrees. "Compare this cover with issue #66, which you give anyway as Kaye (but Archives #4 gives as 'Unknown')." Bob Hughes points out that the background detailing and Superman "S" design point to Roussos on this cover and to Kaye on issue #66.

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

Daisy Air Rifles / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Make Way for Fate! (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Don C. Cameron (signed) [as Jerry Siegel]
Pencils
Pete Riss (signed) [as Joe Shuster]
Inks
George Roussos [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Samuel Rayburn; Martha Hoskins; Soapy Waters; Soft-Shoe Sapper; Reggie; Flossie; Sykes
Synopsis
Superman becomes involved in a government project concerning the tearing down of older homes so that an New Officer's Training School could be built on that spot. Unfortunately, the criminal element, which has millions of dollars worth of stolen goods within the walls of one of those homes, is NOT in favor of such a project.
Reprints
Keywords
Army; clergyman; demolition; disguise; lovers' quarrel; mistletoe; wedding

Indexer Notes

In one panel, front pages of both the Daily Planet and Daily Star are shown. Script and pencils credits from Siegel's records: Siegel and Shuster v. National Comics Publications, Inc. et al., case no. 1099 (Westchester Cty. Sup. Ct. 1947).

Get Going! (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Wheaties / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Be Sure to Get These Top Favorites for the Best in Comics! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

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

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

Private Pete / comic story / 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
Tonsorial Artiste
Genre
humor; military
Characters
Pvt. Pete; the Colonel
Synopsis
Pvt. Pete has to substitute at the barber shop and his first client is the Colonel, who wants a shave.
Keywords
Army; barber shop; shave

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich.

The Academy of Musical Crime! (Table of Contents: 6)

The Vigilante / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Samachson ?
Pencils
Mort Meskin [as Mort Jr.] (signed)
Inks
Joe Kubert [as Joe] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Vigilante [Greg Sanders]; Stuff; The Fiddler (villain); Droop (villain); Professor Schutzendorf
Synopsis
The Fiddler's gang breaks out of jail and takes over the Parnassus School of Music as a hideout. The Fiddler uses his contacts with wealthy clients to plan burglaries. He makes the mistake of targeting the Bullion Mansion, where Greg Sanders (The Vigilante) is appearing as part of the entertainment.
Keywords
blackjack; burglary; disguise; drums; flashlight; guitar; piano; record player; violin

Indexer Notes

Fiddler appearance added by Saltarella via the GCD Error Tracker.

The Very Weird and Eerie Case of Wealthy Tim Buck, II (Two) (Table of Contents: 7)

Super-Sleuth McFooey / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Farr
Pencils
Jack Farr [as Farr] (signed)
Inks
Jack Farr [as Farr] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Jack Farr

Genre
humor; crime
Characters
Super-Sleuth McFooey; Uriah Hemp; Jiggers; Swami Whammi (villain)
Synopsis
Three multi-millionaires are kidnapped within 72 hours and held for ransom. McFooey finds that the latest victim was a fanatical student of fortune-telling. He disguises himself as a wealthy man and goes to see the Swami, where he gets hit on the head and joins the other three kidnapped men as a prisoner.
Keywords
astrology; disguise; fortune-telling; kidnapping; machine gun; ransom

Indexer Notes

Writer and letterer credits added by Craig Delich.

Deep-Water Detective! (Table of Contents: 8)

Congo Bill / comic story / 5.67 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Edwin Smalle
Inks
Edwin Smalle
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
jungle
Characters
Congo Bill; Cap'n Rudd (villain); Gritter (villain)
Synopsis
A gulf hurricane blows Congo Bill's skiff miles off-course and he crosses the path of a steamer that greets him with a rifle shot. When night falls, Bill sneaks aboard the ship and finds it is illegally salvaging sunken treasure. He is caught by the crew and forced to do salvage diving for gold bullion.
Keywords
anchor; Clyde (ship); deep-sea diving; freighters; giant ray; gold; hurricane; knife; radio; salvage

Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder Are in the Movies! (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10)

Clancy the Cop / comic story / 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
The papers are full of stories about spies...
Genre
humor
Characters
Clancy
Synopsis
Clancy mistakes a Junior G-Men Club for a gang of spies.
Keywords
Junior G-Men; newspapers; spies

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich.

The Secret of Shanghai Rose! (Table of Contents: 11)

Americommando / comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script
Joseph Greene
Pencils
Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks
Bernard Baily (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero; war
Characters
Americommando [Tex Thomson]; Bluff Huggins (death); Shang; Admiral Dobura (villain)
Synopsis
A Chinese junk washes up on a Pacific Island controlled by American soldiers. Aboard the junk is a dying, delirious man who says Shanghai Rose knows the plans for an attack planned by the Japanese fleet. A coded message is sent to Americommando to find Shanghai Rose. A midnight visit to the Japanese admiral in Shanghai leads to a surprising discovery about Shanghai Rose.
Keywords
China; Chinese junk; code; Japanese; Pacific island; parrot; radio; rickshaw; Shanghai; World War II

Indexer Notes

Writer id by Jerry Bails.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Baby Ruth; Curtiss Candy Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Home for Christmas (Table of Contents: 14)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Devon Taylor (credited)
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
war
Characters
Sgt. Peter Wladislawsky; Stanislaus
Synopsis
A Polish commando squad goes on a raid from England to France on Christmas Eve to take out a radio station and gain revenge against the Nazis for the invasion of Poland.
Keywords
Christmas; commandos; France; knife; Nazis; Poland; radio station; revenge; World War II

Indexer Notes

Blue surprints as background art on each page. Editorial Advisory Board is listed at the top of the second page.
Superman's Secret Message (Code Jupiter No. 4): MARZIWX MR EXLI JVXYVI SJ CSYVWIPJ, CSYV GSYRXVC. TYC EAEV FSRH.

Mardi Gras Marauders! (Table of Contents: 15)

Zatara the Master Magician / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joseph Sulman ?
Inks
Joseph Sulman ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Zatara; Big Mike Muggridge (villain)
Synopsis
A gang disguises themselves as Roman soldiers to take advantage of the distraction of a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans and rob a bank. Zatara is able to recover the stolen loot, but is obstructed by the hero-worshiping parade watchers and the robbers get away. The gang decides to target a charity affair the next day, but Zatara happens to be at one of the entertainers there.
Keywords
arrows; bank robbery; bows; charity; costumes; Indians; magic; Mardi Gras; New Orleans; parade; wall safe

Get the Bomber and Free Secret Bomb-Sight Free (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

Invention Co. Flight 1612 / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Be a Radio Technician (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

National Radio Institute / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Free 150 Power Microscope (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

Metro Publications / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
  3. 2. Make Way for Fate!
    Superman
  4. 3. Get Going!
    Wheaties
  5. 4. Be Sure to Get These Top Favorites for the Best in Comics!
    DC Comics
  6. 5. ["Tonsorial Artiste"]
    Private Pete
  7. 6. The Academy of Musical Crime!
    The Vigilante
  8. 7. The Very Weird and Eerie Case of Wealthy Tim Buck, II (Two)
    Super-Sleuth McFooey
  9. 8. Deep-Water Detective!
    Congo Bill
  10. 9. Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder Are in the Movies!
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  11. 10. ["The papers are full of stories about spies..."]
    Clancy the Cop
  12. 11. The Secret of Shanghai Rose!
    Americommando
  13. 12. ["Wow! What I like is plenty of fast-action adventure stuff!"]
    Adventure Comics
  14. 13. ["Don't these guys ever eat anything but Baby Ruth?"]
    Baby Ruth; Curtiss Candy Co.
  15. 14. Home for Christmas
  16. 15. Mardi Gras Marauders!
    Zatara the Master Magician
  17. 16. Get the Bomber and Free Secret Bomb-Sight Free
    Invention Co. Flight 1612
  18. 17. Be a Radio Technician
    National Radio Institute
  19. 18. Free 150 Power Microscope
    Metro Publications
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