(April 1946)

DC, 1938 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1946-02-12
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Detective Comics, Inc.
Brand
A Superman DC Publication
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (credited as F. W. Ellsworth) (editor); Jack Schiff (managing editor); Mort Weisinger (story editor)

Issue Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration.

The Laughing-Stock of Metropolis (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colors
Jack Adler
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; The Prankster
Reprints
Keywords
pie in the face

Indexer Notes

inker id by Craig Delich

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

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

G Is for Gazelle (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.67 page (report information)

The Laughing Stock of Metropolis! (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jon Small
Inks
Jon Small ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
What can make even a strong man quake with fear?
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent; also as Professor Hi Laryus]; Lois Lane; The Prankster (villain); Mayor Caldwell; Jimmy Olsen
Synopsis
The Prankster sets out to make Superman the laughing stock of Metropolis. His antics include throwing custard pies in Superman's face and drawing a mustache on an official portrait. Superman retires from fighting crime and crooks run rampant. In disguise, Clark challenges The Prankster to the title of funniest man alive, during which he confesses to having been the cause of Superman losing face.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

art id by Bob Hughes

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

Wheaties / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Legal Eagle! (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
Al Schwartz
Pencils
Stan Kaye (signed)
Inks
Stan Kaye (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A crime quickly solved by Henry the cop...
Genre
humor; detective-mystery
Characters
Hayfoot Henry

Indexer Notes

The text is written in rhyming couplets.

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

Volto from Mars; Grape-Nuts Flakes / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Burgling Bookman! (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Mort Meskin (signed as Mort Morton Jr.)
Inks
George Roussos (credited as Mort Morton Jr.)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
"Reading maketh a full man"...
Genre
adventure; superhero; western-frontier
Characters
The Vigilante [Greg Sanders]; Stuff, the Chinatown Kid; Brainsworth (crook); Wilbert Walliston
Synopsis
The Vigilante and Stuff foil the schemes of a book collector who rigs up his volumes with tricks. In one, for example, he affixes $100 bills to the pages, in another he hollows out the insides and places gas in the cavity.

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

Jasper / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Lit-Win (signed)
Pencils
Lit-Win (signed)
Inks
Lit-Win (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'll take her if she can sing...
Genre
humor

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

Fleers / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

New Fangled Hoosegow (Table of Contents: 10)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
V. V. Dredaine
Letters
typeset

Upstream River Rats! (Table of Contents: 11)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In the dank, danger-teeming Amazon headwaters...
Genre
adventure; jungle
Characters
Congo Bill; Hollis; Leffridge; Dutch; Blackie
Synopsis
Bill exposes a pair of treasure hunters trying to keep visitors away from their gold stream.
Keywords
alligators; Amazon River; gold; gold panning; silver

Indexer Notes

writer id by Craig Delich

Superman's Secret Message (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

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

Byron Nelson (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Wheaties / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Willie / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Phil Berube (signed)
Pencils
Phil Berube (signed)
Inks
Phil Berube (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Phil Berube (signed)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Could I have a nice, big piece of pie, Mommy?
Genre
humor
Reprints

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

History's Mysteries; Smith Brothers Cough Drops / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Spotlight for Cinderella! (Table of Contents: 16)

Zatara / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
William White (signed as W F White)
Inks
William White (signed as W F White)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You all know Grimm's old, old tale of the three wicked sisters and the poor but pretty Cinderella.
Genre
adventure; fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters
Zatara [Giovanni "John" Zatara]; Julie Hunter; Jack Stone
Synopsis
Alighting from a train in Hollywood, Zatara overhears a girl and her three step-sisters discussing a role in the movies. He visits his old friend Jack Stone, now a producer, and suggests a version of Cinderella using all four women.

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

The Weather Man / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

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

Cool Under Fire! (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Laughing-Stock of Metropolis
    Superman
  2. 1. Editorial Advisory Board
  3. 2. G Is for Gazelle
  4. 3. The Laughing Stock of Metropolis!
    Superman
  5. 4. ["I just called to tell you you're all out of Wheaties, Mother..."]
    Wheaties
  6. 5. The Legal Eagle!
    Hayfoot Henry
  7. 6. ["His strange magnetic powers save him from being torn to bits..."]
    Volto from Mars; Grape-Nuts Flakes
  8. 7. The Burgling Bookman!
    Vigilante [Western hero]
  9. 8. ["I'll take her if she can sing..."]
    Jasper
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Fleers
  11. 10. New Fangled Hoosegow
  12. 11. Upstream River Rats!
    Congo Bill
  13. 12. Superman's Secret Message
    Supermen of America
  14. 13. Byron Nelson
    Wheaties
  15. 14. ["Could I have a nice, big piece of pie, Mommy?"]
    Willie
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    History's Mysteries; Smith Brothers Cough Drops
  17. 16. Spotlight for Cinderella!
    Zatara
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    The Weather Man
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    Illinois Merchandise Mart
  20. 19. Cool Under Fire!
    Adventures of "R. C." and Quickie; Royal Crown Cola
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