Superman #31
(November-December 1944)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
On-sale date:
1944-08-26
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Superman, Inc.
Brand:
A Superman DC Publication
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth [as 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
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched (squarebound #183, 187, 193, 197, 202, 207, 212, 217, 222, 227, 245, 252, 272, 278, 284)
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:
Wayne Boring
Inks:
George Roussos ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Inker credit by Bob Hughes.

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)

Tune Up Time for Crime! (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger [as Jerry Siegel] (signed)
Pencils:
Pete Riss [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks:
George Roussos
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Mr. Schultz (cameo, butcher); unnamed Police Chief; Joe "Hi-Note" Nitro (ex-villain, singer); Lex Luthor (villain)
Synopsis:
Superman's arch enemy, Lex Luthor, invents a giant-sized tuning fork, whose concentrated vibrations cause buildings to collapse and safes to crumble.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Inker credit by Bob Hughes; writer credit by Martin O'Hearn. Pencils previously credited to Sam Citron. Based on Martin O’Hearn's blog:
http://martinohearn.blogspot.com/2014/04/millie-model-by-ken-bald-and-pe...,
http://martinohearn.blogspot.com/2014/03/pete-riss-mahunter.html, and
http://martinohearn.blogspot.com/2012/03/superman-riss-or-citron.html, and comparing this story
to Citron’s known work on Classics Illustrated 10 [HRN 140] and the DC Mr. District Attorney series, this art credit has been changed to Pete Riss. Riss and Finger Credit confirmed by Siegel's records: Siegel and Shuster v. National Comics Publications, Inc. et al., case no. 1099 (Westchester Cty. Sup. Ct. 1947).

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

Wheaties / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

A Dog's Tale! (Table of Contents: 5)

Superman / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger [as Jerry Siegel] (signed)
Pencils:
Pete Riss [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks:
George Roussos
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Flip (Lois' dog, introduction); Perry White; Mrs. Pendergast; Mrs. Loddy (cameo); Tommy Loddy (cameo); Herman (a dog catcher); Rocky Grimes (villain, introduction); Mr. Withers (villain); Joe (villain)
Synopsis:
Lois and Clark set out to investigate a series of vicious dog-nappings, but it's Superman (whose secret identity becomes known to Lois' dog) who tracks down the true perpetrators of this racket.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer credit by Martin O'Hearn, inker credit by Bob Hughes. Pencils previously credited to Sam Citron. Based on Martin O’Hearn's blog:
http://martinohearn.blogspot.com/2014/04/millie-model-by-ken-bald-and-pe...,
http://martinohearn.blogspot.com/2014/03/pete-riss-mahunter.html, and
http://martinohearn.blogspot.com/2012/03/superman-riss-or-citron.html, and comparing this story
to Citron’s known work on Classics Illustrated 10 [HRN 140] and the DC Mr. District Attorney series, this art credit has been changed to Pete Riss. Finger and Riss Credits confirmed from Siegel's records: Siegel and Shuster v. National Comics Publications, Inc. et al., case no. 1099 (Westchester Cty. Sup. Ct. 1947).

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

Kellogg's Pep / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

Shorty / comic story / 0.75 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:
My cousin ought to fix it up in a jiffy!
Genre:
humor
Characters:
Shorty

You Can Save His Life! (Table of Contents: 8)

public service announcement / 0.25 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Contact War Hemp Industries to learn how you can harvest Milkweed Floss to fill military life jackets.

The Shell Game (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Whitney Ellsworth [as Fred Whitby] (credited)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure

Indexer Notes

Second page on inside back cover.

[The Aces Doonan Gang] (Table of Contents: 10)

Lois Lane, Girl Reporter / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Don Cameron [as Jerry] (signed)
Pencils:
Dam Citron [as Joe] (signed)
Inks:
Don Komisarow
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Lois Lane; Perry White; Clark Kent; Sari Mallon (introduction, movie star); Lee Grandon (introduction, Sari's publicity agent); Aces Doonan (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Lois believes she is interviewing star Sari Mallon about a phony story concocted by her publicity agent, not knowing that a group of criminals are actually after the star's jewels.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First line: "Lois, here's an assignment you won't need Superman's help on!"

Writer credit by Bob Hughes. 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).

Fortified with Energy! (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Baby Ruth / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Slim / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text:
I see your name's obliterated!
Genre:
humor
Characters:
Slim; O'Sullivan

Superman's Secret Message (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

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

Build and Fly Authentic Models (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

Wheaties / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Treasure House of History! (Table of Contents: 15)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger [as Jerry Siegel] (signed)
Pencils:
Pete Riss [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks:
George Roussos
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Ivor Vanton (cameo, explorer, death); Dr. Hiram Carter (museum director); Dr. Porter; Dr. Jon Ericsson (explorer); Van Croft (villain, introduction); Charlie (villain)
Synopsis:
Superman investigates the disappearance of a noted explorer and discovers that a member of the Metropolis Museum Board has kidnapped the explorer and swindled the museum of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer credit by Martin O'Hearn; inker identification by Bob Hughes. Pencils previously credited to Sam Citron. Based on Martin O’Hearn's blog:
http://martinohearn.blogspot.com/2014/04/millie-model-by-ken-bald-and-pe...,
http://martinohearn.blogspot.com/2014/03/pete-riss-mahunter.html, and
http://martinohearn.blogspot.com/2012/03/superman-riss-or-citron.html, and comparing this story
to Citron’s known work on Classics Illustrated 10 [HRN 140] and the DC Mr. District Attorney series, this art credit has been changed to Pete Riss. Finger and Riss credits confirmed from Siegel's records: Siegel and Shuster v. National Comics Publications, Inc. et al., case no. 1099 (Westchester Cty. Sup. Ct. 1947).

Ready for Christmas (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

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

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

Illinois Merchandise Mart / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. Editorial Advisory Board
  3. 2. ["Want action?"]
    Action Comics; Detective Comics; All Funny Comics
  4. 3. Tune Up Time for Crime!
    Superman
  5. 4. ["He's polishing up his Jap lingo so he knows how to ask for Wheaties when we hit Tokyo"]
    Wheaties
  6. 5. A Dog's Tale!
    Superman
  7. 6. ["Only Pep gives you this great array of model war planes free!"]
    Kellogg's Pep
  8. 7. ["My cousin ought to fix it up in a jiffy!"]
    Shorty
  9. 8. You Can Save His Life!
  10. 9. The Shell Game
  11. 10. [The Aces Doonan Gang]
    Lois Lane, Girl Reporter
  12. 11. Fortified with Energy!
    Baby Ruth
  13. 12. ["I see your name's obliterated!"]
    Slim
  14. 13. Superman's Secret Message
    Supermen of America
  15. 14. Build and Fly Authentic Models
    Wheaties
  16. 15. The Treasure House of History!
    Superman
  17. 16. Ready for Christmas
    Daisy Air Rifles
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    Illinois Merchandise Mart
  19. 18. ["Now that's what I call a pocket flashlight!"]
    Lighter Moments with Fresh Eveready Batteries
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jan Roar Hansen
  • Bob Hughes
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
  • Allen Ross
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Hughes
  • Dwayne Best
  • Pat Lang
  • Bob Rivard
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Allen Ross
  • Ed Boner