(April 1939)

DC, 1938 Series
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Volume
[1]
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1939-03-02
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

On sale date from the publication date and volume number found at the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 34, 1939, Number 2. Class B periodical. Copyright number B 409444.


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

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

[Superman and the "Black Gold" Swindle] (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (credited as Jerome Siegel)
Pencils
Paul Cassidy (credited as Joe Shuster)
Inks
Paul Cassidy (credited as Joe Shuster)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
C'mon Sarge!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor (Daily Star editor, unnamed); Meek (villain); Bronson (villain)
Synopsis
An unscrupulous firm sells what they think to be worthless stock in "Black Gold Oil", then try to buy it all back when they hear that oil has been discovered on the property...thanks to Superman.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Superman uses X-ray vision. 1st reference as the Man of Steel.

Penciller identification by Bob Hughes.

Cassidy claimed that both he and Wayne Boring were given free reign to interpret the scripts in their own fashion, with no editorial interference.

[Under Cover, Part 1] (Table of Contents: 3)

Scoop Scanlon, Five Star Reporter / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bill Ely [as Will Ely] (credited)
Inks
Bill Ely [as Will Ely] (credited)
Colors
? (red tones)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
One Eye - I had ya figured all wrong...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Scoop Scanlon; Mace; One Eye; Larroway (villain); Rusty

Indexer Notes

Printed in red, black and white.

[Shanghaied] (Table of Contents: 4)

Pep Morgan / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Fred Guardineer (credited as Gene Baxter)
Inks
Fred Guardineer (credited as Gene Baxter)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
On a visit to a neighboring city...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Pep Morgan; Jensen
Synopsis
Pep and two others are shanghaied and placed on a freighter heading for the south seas. After some time, Pep gets himself locked in the brig. He pulls planks from the wall which connects with the hold. There, in crates labeled "peaches", he discovers they are filled with rifles. He jumps overboard and tells the local authorities, who arrest the captain as the crates are being unloaded.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich.

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

AdventurEvents / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Terry Gilkison (signed)
Inks
Terry Gilkison (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Makes trip around the world in smallest square-rigger!
Genre
non-fiction

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

Henrietta / comic story / 0.75 page (report information)

Script
Fred Schwab [as Stockton] (signed)
Pencils
Fred Schwab [as Stockton] (signed)
Inks
Fred Schwab [as Stockton] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Oh boy! Gee - Maybe I kin get Pa to buy it for me!
Genre
humor
Characters
Henrietta

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich.

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

Rosati Accordions / advertisement / 0.25 page (report information)

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

The Adventures of Marco Polo / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Sven Elven (credited)
Inks
Sven Elven (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
Sven Elven

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The Polos sojourn at the palace of Rajah Dagh...
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Marco Polo; Maffeo; Nicola; Nadir

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

Escape [Part 1] (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 1.67 pages (report information)

Script
Richard Martin (credited)
Pencils
Fred Guardineer
Inks
Fred Guardineer
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure

Indexer Notes

Text story with two spot illustrations.

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

advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

[Queen of the Malays, Part 1] (Table of Contents: 11)

Tex Thomson / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Ken Fitch ?
Pencils
Bernard Baily (credited, signed)
Inks
Bernard Baily (credited, signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Bernard Baily

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Knocked out by a group of sailors...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Tex Thomson; Bob Daley; Lord Reynolds; Deborah (his niece)
Synopsis
Tex and Bob are shanghaied but are recognized by an old friend. Lord Reynolds invites them to join an expedition to find an island inhabited by an ancient race of Malays, and ruled over by a white woman.

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

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

Fantastic Facts / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
George Papp (signed as GEP)
Pencils
George Papp (signed as GEP)
Inks
George Papp (signed as GEP)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
History's greatest hunter!
Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich.

[Novel Swiss Sets] (Table of Contents: 13)

World of Stamps / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Page includes many small ads from stamps dealers.

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

"Chuck" Dawson / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Homer Fleming (credited as H. Fleming)
Inks
Homer Fleming (credited as H. Fleming)
Colors
? (red tones)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Narrowly escaping a plunge into the pit...
Genre
adventure; western-frontier
Characters
Chuck Dawson; Baldy; Chuck; Speck

Indexer Notes

Printed in red, black and white.

The Sea Ghost (Table of Contents: 15)

Zatara, the Master Magician / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Fred Guardineer (credited)
Inks
Fred Guardineer (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Zatara; Tong; Madame Kelly
Synopsis
Traveling on a liner headed for San Francisco, Zatara assists two government agents who are carrying plans for the Panama Canal. A fellow magician conjures a "sea ghost" against which Zatara can do nothing, until he realizes that it was summoned from the mind of Madame Kelly, who is working for a foreign government. Having narrowly prevented her from stabbing one of the agents, he turns her into a statue until they reach port.

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

Movie Comics; All-American Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Remington Rand / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18) (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. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  3. 2. [Superman and the "Black Gold" Swindle]
    Superman
  4. 3. [Under Cover, Part 1]
    Scoop Scanlon, Five Star Reporter
  5. 4. [Shanghaied]
    Pep Morgan
  6. 5. ["Makes trip around the world in smallest square-rigger!"]
    AdventurEvents
  7. 6. ["Oh boy! Gee - Maybe I kin get Pa to buy it for me!"]
    Henrietta
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Rosati Accordions
  9. 8. ["The Polos sojourn at the palace of Rajah Dagh..."]
    The Adventures of Marco Polo
  10. 9. Escape [Part 1]
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
  12. 11. [Queen of the Malays, Part 1]
    Tex Thomson
  13. 12. ["History's greatest hunter!"]
    Fantastic Facts
  14. 13. [Novel Swiss Sets]
    World of Stamps
  15. 14. ["Narrowly escaping a plunge into the pit..."]
    "Chuck" Dawson
  16. 15. The Sea Ghost
    Zatara, the Master Magician
  17. 16. ["At last, something new and different..."]
    Movie Comics; All-American Comics
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    Remington Rand
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
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