(June 1939)

DC, 1938 Series
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Volume
[1]
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1939-04-24
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 411862.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Wayne Boring ?
Inks
Wayne Boring ?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints
Keywords
locomotives

Indexer Notes

Art previously credited to Joe Shuster, but this looks far more like Boring.

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

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

[Superman vs. the Cab Protective League] (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The cab in which Clark Kent...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Carlyle; Reynolds (villain); Ultra-Humanite (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Superman decides to wage war against the Cab Protective League, a firm trying to victimize the independent cab companies. But when he thinks the situation has been resolved, he comes to face a new threat: the Ultra-Humanite, a foe who gained from a scientific experiment the most agile and learned brain on Earth...a foe who seeks to dominate the world!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The "S" symbol first appears on Superman's cape. Oddity: Superman is overcome by a sheet of flame and states that he nearly perished in a burning cabin. Some notes & synopsis added by Craig Delich.

Paul Cassidy is credited with adding the "S" symbol to the cape (but it only appears in some panels and not others), and the pencils and inks here look like his work. Note in particular the odd flying poses of Superman in panels one and five of the final page, which are characteristic of Cassidy. He claimed that Siegel and Shuster gave both he and Wayne Boring free reign to interpret the scripts as they liked.

[The Ibor Jewel Curse] (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
Rusty, the inactivity in this town has been terrific here of late...
Genre
adventure; crime
Characters
Scoop Scanlon; Rusty; George Hawking (dead body); William Davis
Synopsis
Scoop and Rusty are driving around hoping to find a story, when they spot a dead body on the steps of a house. William Davis exits the house and tells them that the dead man was a member of a party which found the Ibor jewels in India. Since that time tragedy has befallen all four of the members. Scoop eventually solves the all-too-human mystery.

Indexer Notes

Printed in red, black and white. Last appearance.

[The Journey Home, Part 1] (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
Goodbye, mi amigo...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Pep Morgan; Captain Sindra; Killer Dunn
Synopsis
Pep boards a boat leaving south America to journey home. Captain Sindra escapes jail and spies his old mate Dunn on the docks. Under a false name Sindra signs on as a crew member. During the voyage he and Dunn plan a mutiny, but Pep overhears them and thwarts their plans.

Indexer Notes

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

Test Flight (Table of Contents: 5)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Lieutenant Cummings (credited)
Pencils
Fred Guardineer
Inks
Fred Guardineer
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
Barry Smith; Brick Denton

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustrations.

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

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 Polo's [sic] are captured by a band of slavers...
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Marco Polo; Maffeo; Nicola; Abu el-Kaf

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

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

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

[The Ace of Spades] (Table of Contents: 8)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Having left the interior of China...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Tex Thomson; Bob Daley; Ace of Spades (villain); Colonel Rushmore

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

[On a Malay Tiger Hunt] (Table of Contents: 9)

Stamp Action / text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Indexer Notes

Pages includes several small ads from stamps dealers.

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

"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
Chuck has succeeded in locating the cave...
Genre
adventure; western-frontier
Characters
Chuck Dawson

Indexer Notes

Printed in red, black and white.

The Swamp of Satan (Table of Contents: 11)

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; superhero
Characters
Zatara; Tong; Eleanor Hodges; Hodges; Uncle Karl

[Everett Horton, Sam Hinds] (Table of Contents: 12)

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: 13) (Expand) /

Rosati Accordions / advertisement / 0.25 page (report information)

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

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

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

Spencer Fireworks Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  3. 2. [Superman vs. the Cab Protective League]
    Superman
  4. 3. [The Ibor Jewel Curse]
    Scoop Scanlon, Five Star Reporter
  5. 4. [The Journey Home, Part 1]
    Pep Morgan
  6. 5. Test Flight
  7. 6. ["The Polo's [sic] are captured by a band of slavers..."]
    The Adventures of Marco Polo
  8. 7. ["Here it is, boys & girls..."]
    Superman
  9. 8. [The Ace of Spades]
    "Tex" Thomson
  10. 9. [On a Malay Tiger Hunt]
    Stamp Action
  11. 10. ["Chuck has succeeded in locating the cave..."]
    "Chuck" Dawson
  12. 11. The Swamp of Satan
    Zatara, the Master Magician
  13. 12. [Everett Horton, Sam Hinds]
    Off the Set
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Rosati Accordions
  15. 14. ["Thanks again, boys and girls of America..."]
    All-American Comics; Movie Comics
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Spencer Fireworks Co.
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