(October 1944)

DC, 1938 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1944-08-12
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Detective Comics, Inc.
Brand
A Superman DC Publication
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (credited editor); Jack Schiff (actual editor)

Issue Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Got a match, Superman?
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; The Prankster
Reprints
Keywords
bridges

Editorial Advisory Board (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

Action Comics; Detective Comics; All Funny Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.67 page (report information)

The Headline Hoax! (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Sam Citron (signed as Joe Shuster)
Inks
Don Komisarow (signed as Joe Shuster)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The Daily Planet prints a million newspapers a day, every one alike.
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Lois Lane; Amos Amster; Thomas Todd; Joe; The Prankster
Synopsis
The Prankster disguises himself as a blind news dealer and manufactures Daily Planet headlines to con certain people so that he can make a profit off of them!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Siegel script credit from John Wells. Previously credited to Don Cameron. Action Archives credits this story to Don Cameron as well. Credits changed to match Siegel's records: Siegel and Shuster v. National Comics Publications, Inc. et al., case no. 1099 (Westchester Cty. Sup. Ct. 1947).

Oddity: in the last panel of page 10, Prankster is reading a copy of "The Daily Star" (the first newspaper Clark Kent worked for).

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

Lighter Moments with Fresh Eveready Batteries / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Punctured Picture! (Table of Contents: 5)

Hayfoot Henry / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Only a person mean and mephitic...
Genre
humor; detective-mystery
Characters
Hayfoot Henry

Indexer Notes

Alvin Schwartz script credit and Stan Kaye pencils credit removed by Craig Delich. The Who's Who lists Alvin Schwartz as writer only from 1946-48 and Stan Kaye only as inker in 1944.

The text is written in rhyming couplets.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Wheaties / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Rainbow Man Sees Red! (Table of Contents: 7)

Vigilante [Western hero] / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Mort Meskin (signed as Mort Morton Jr.)
Inks
Mort Meskin (signed as Mort Morton Jr.); ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You've met that slickest scoundrel in the spectrum of crime, The Rainbow Man...
Genre
adventure; superhero; western-frontier
Characters
The Vigilante [Greg Sanders]; Stuff, the Chinatown Kid; The Rainbow Man (villain); Spike (convict); Egghead (convict)
Synopsis
The Rainbow Man, while in prison, fakes a debilitating illness. The warden calls in Vigilante to talk to him, but the villain is present in the room disguised as a doctor. Escaping, he then disguises himself as the Mystic Masked Marvel in the Royal Order of Scarlet Tanagars. At the climax of their parade through the streets, Rainbow Man demands the jeweled statue which is to be presented to their illustrious past president. His imperious manner prevails and he drives away with it. Vigilante sets a trap based on the realization that Rainbow Man is now colorblind.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8)

Clancy the Cop / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Pencils
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Henry Boltinoff (signed)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
That must have been put there to keep the kids off!
Genre
humor
Characters
Clancy

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

Supermen of America / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Outsmarting a Saboteur! (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Adventures of "R. C." and Quickie; Royal Crown Cola / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Leaping Leopard! (Table of Contents: 11)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Ed Smalle ?
Inks
Ed Smalle ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Congo Bill comes home after roaming the strange, far corners of the earth!
Genre
adventure; jungle
Characters
Congo Bill; Jack Blane; Farbach; Zollini
Synopsis
Bill exposes a jewel thief who has been disguising himself as a leopard, hoping that escaped circus animals will be blamed for his attacks.
Keywords
animal hides; circuses; disguises; jewelry; leopards

You Can Save His Life! (Table of Contents: 12)

public service announcement / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
advocacy
Keywords
Milkweed Floss

Terror's Victim (Table of Contents: 13)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Ted Udall (credited as Tod Lowry)
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure

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

Wheaties / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Pranks of Pan! (Table of Contents: 15)

Zatara / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
William White ?
Inks
William White ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In the olden days, Pan was supposed to live on Mount Olympus.
Genre
adventure; fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters
Zatara [Giovanni "John" Zatara]; Pan; Jim Baker; Rocky Clark (crook)
Synopsis
The ancient god Pan, in the human guise of a curio shop owner, lets Jim Baker have a rare old coin on approval. Little realizing that the coin will manifest anything he says - a chauffeur-driven car, a mansion, a ship - a scared Baker turns to Zatara for help. Pan outwits him, but Zatara prevails and by the magical power of the coin, turns Pan into steam and forever banishes him from the earth.

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

X-acto / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

Baby Ruth / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Got a match, Superman?"]
    Superman
  2. 1. Editorial Advisory Board
  3. 2. ["Want action?"]
    Action Comics; Detective Comics; All Funny Comics
  4. 3. The Headline Hoax!
    Superman
  5. 4. ["I'm sorry, Sirs!"]
    Lighter Moments with Fresh Eveready Batteries
  6. 5. The Punctured Picture!
    Hayfoot Henry
  7. 6. ["Mind if I join you?"]
    Wheaties
  8. 7. The Rainbow Man Sees Red!
    Vigilante [Western hero]
  9. 8. ["That must have been put there to keep the kids off!"]
    Clancy the Cop
  10. 9. ["Are you a good American?"]
    Supermen of America
  11. 10. Outsmarting a Saboteur!
    Adventures of "R. C." and Quickie; Royal Crown Cola
  12. 11. The Leaping Leopard!
    Congo Bill
  13. 12. You Can Save His Life!
  14. 13. Terror's Victim
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Wheaties
  16. 15. The Pranks of Pan!
    Zatara
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    X-acto
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    Baby Ruth
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