(May 1939)

DC, 1938 Series
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Volume
[1]
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1939-03-24
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 413280.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Zatara, the Master Magician / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Guardineer [as Guardineer] (signed)
Inks
Fred Guardineer [as Guardineer] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Zatara [Giovanni "John" Zatara]; Superman [Clark Kent] (inset)
Reprints
Keywords
spacecraft

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

From the 4 Corners / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff (signed)
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff (signed)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The Gorrilla [sic] - For some unknown reason the gorilla becomes furious...
Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover.

[Superman Declares War on Reckless Drivers] (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed); Paul Cassidy ?
Inks
Joe Shuster (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor (unnamed); Charlie Martin (Clark's friend, cameo, death); unnamed city Mayor; Mr. Bates
Synopsis
Clark Kent witnesses the death of a dear friend of his at the hands of a reckless driver and, when the Mayor refuses to deal with the problem, Superman decides to wage war on these drivers himself!
Reprints
Keywords
Bates Motor Car Company; Daily Star; radio station WVUX

Indexer Notes

The last panel on page 13 features an ad illustrated by Bob Kane for the new feature beginning that month in Detective Comics: the Batman! Notes and synopsis added by Craig Delich.

[Under Cover, Part 2] (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Will Ely (signed)
Inks
Will Ely (signed)
Colors
? (red tones)
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Scoop Scanlon

Indexer Notes

Printed in red, black and white.

[Death to Don Luis] (Table of Contents: 4)

Pep Morgan / comic story / 6 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

Indexer Notes

Continued in next issue. Writer credit added by Craig Delich.

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

Here and There / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Paul Gustavson [as Gus] (signed)
Pencils
Paul Gustavson [as Gus] (signed)
Inks
Paul Gustavson [as Gus] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Gustavson

First Line of Dialogue or Text
--And if you don't tell the truth...
Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

Script credit added by Craig Delich. Letterer credit courtesy of Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.

[Wallace Beery, Spencer Tracy, Richard Arlen] (Table of Contents: 6)

Off the Set / comic story / 0.75 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Gill Fox (signed)
Inks
Gill Fox (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

No feature logo or banner.

[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 (signed)
Inks
Sven Elven (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Sven Elven

First Line of Dialogue or Text
After the hunt and capture of the baby cheetah...
Genre
historical
Characters
Marco Polo

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

Escape [Part 2] (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Richard Martin (credited)
Pencils
? (spot illos)
Inks
? (spot illos)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure

[Queen of the Malays, Part 2] (Table of Contents: 10)

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

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

Genre
adventure
Characters
Tex Thomson

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11)

Now You Know / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff (signed)
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
About 80,000 horses are victims of sleeping sickness...
Genre
non-fiction

[Portrait of an Insect] (Table of Contents: 12)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Page includes several small ads from stamps dealers.

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

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

Script
?
Pencils
Homer Fleming [as H. Fleming] (signed)
Inks
Homer Fleming [as H. Fleming] (signed)
Colors
? (red tones)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Overhearing Wolf as he tells Speck....
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Chuck Dawson

Indexer Notes

Printed in red, black and white.

The Land of the Fourth Dimension (Table of Contents: 14)

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

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Fred Guardineer
Inks
Fred Guardineer
Colors
?
Letters
Fred Guardineer ?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Zatara [Giovanni "John" Zatara]; Professor Susswill; Duoru (villain); Xataral (villain); Mulano (villain)
Synopsis
Zatara ventures into an undiscovered dimension only to find himself in the middle of a war.

Indexer Notes

Letters possibly by Fred Guardineer. Compare to signature on cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 15)

AiRecords / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Pilot miraculously saves life by a toe-hold...
Genre
non-fiction; aviation

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

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

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

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Zatara, the Master Magician
  2. 1. ["The Gorrilla [sic] - For some unknown reason the gorilla becomes furious..."]
    From the 4 Corners
  3. 2. [Superman Declares War on Reckless Drivers]
    Superman
  4. 3. [Under Cover, Part 2]
    Scoop Scanlon, Five Star Reporter
  5. 4. [Death to Don Luis]
    Pep Morgan
  6. 5. ["--And if you don't tell the truth..."]
    Here and There
  7. 6. [Wallace Beery, Spencer Tracy, Richard Arlen]
    Off the Set
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Rosati Accordions
  9. 8. ["After the hunt and capture of the baby cheetah..."]
    The Adventures of Marco Polo
  10. 9. Escape [Part 2]
  11. 10. [Queen of the Malays, Part 2]
    Tex Thomson
  12. 11. ["About 80,000 horses are victims of sleeping sickness..."]
    Now You Know
  13. 12. [Portrait of an Insect]
    World of Stamps
  14. 13. ["Overhearing Wolf as he tells Speck...."]
    "Chuck" Dawson
  15. 14. The Land of the Fourth Dimension
    Zatara, the Master Magician
  16. 15. ["Pilot miraculously saves life by a toe-hold..."]
    AiRecords
  17. 16. ["Thanks, boys and girls of America..."]
    All-American Comics; Movie Comics
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
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