([December 15] 1944 ([February 1945]))

DC, 1944 Series
Price
0.00 FREE
Pages
52
On-sale Date
1944-12-15
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Detective Comics, Inc.
Brand
A Superman DC Publication; U.S. Navy
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (editor); Lauretta Bender (credited as Dr. Lauretta Bender) (editorial advisory board); Pearl S. Buck (editorial advisory board); Josette Frank (editorial advisory board); C. Bowie Millican (credited as Dr. C. Bowie Millican) (editorial advisory board); W. W. D. Sones (credited as Dr. W. W. D. Sones) (editorial advisory board); Robert Thorndike (credited as Dr. Robert Thorndike) (editorial advisory board); Gene Tunney (credited as Commander Gene Tunney) (editorial advisory board)

Issue Notes

Additional editing was needed on this comic to turn it into a partial text book.

The on sale date of December 15, 1944 is from the publication date as reported to the U.S. Copyright Office in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 40, January-December 1945, Numbers 1-4. Class B periodical. Copyright registration #B 661407.

Cover or indicia date not on or in the comic, only the 1944 copyright date. Cover date of February 1945 was also reported to the U.S. Copyright Office in the same Catalog of Copyright Entries.

[Action Comics #81] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colors
?
Letters
?; typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Baby New Year; Father Time
Reprints
Keywords
holidays; New Year's Eve

To the Instructor: (Table of Contents: 1)

credits, title page / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Editorial advisory board information, indicia, and an introduction to instructors on how to use the comic.

Funland (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Jerry Siegel] (signed)
Pencils
Ira Yarbrough (ghosted for Joe Shuster) (signed as Joe Shuster)
Inks
Ira Yarbrough (ghosted for Joe Shuster) (signed as Joe Shuster)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen (un-named); John Nicholas; Jason; Ted; Ned; Fancy Dan
Synopsis
John Nicholas' dream of building 'Funland,' whose admission is absolutely free to poor kids, seems not to be ready for the Christmas season opening until Santa 'Superman' Claus steps in to make it a reality. Open it does, but the dis-inherited heirs of the man who provided their play land provide their share of sabotage.
Reprints
Keywords
Christmas; holidays

Indexer Notes

Re-titled story and simplified text.

How Well Did You Read? (Table of Contents: 3)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
A quiz for reading comprehension concerning previous story.

The Man Who Stole Time! (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Thurston Harper
Inks
Thurston Harper
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; detective-mystery
Characters
Hayfoot Henry
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story has simplified text.

How Well Did You Read? (Table of Contents: 5)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
A quiz for reading comprehension concerning previous story.

Using Words You Have Read (Table of Contents: 6)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
A quiz for reading comprehension concerning previous story.

Crime in the Northland! (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
Whitney Ellsworth
Pencils
John Daly
Inks
John Daly
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; jungle
Characters
Congo Bill
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Re-titled story and simplified text.

Story does not take place in a jungle, but the Arctic.

How Well Did You Read? (Table of Contents: 8)

text article / 1.33 pages (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
A quiz for reading comprehension concerning previous story.

Using Words You Have Read (Table of Contents: 9)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
A quiz for reading comprehension concerning previous story.

Stuff and His Magic Tricks! (Table of Contents: 10)

Vigilante / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Samachson
Pencils
Mort Meskin (signed as Mort Morton)
Inks
Mort Meskin (signed as Mort Morton)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Vigilante [Greg Sanders]; Stuff, Chinatown Kid
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Re-titled story and simplified text.

There is no Western theme in this story.

How Well Did You Read? (Table of Contents: 11)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
A quiz for reading comprehension concerning previous story.

Sea-Going Jewels! (Table of Contents: 12)

Zatara / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
William White ?
Inks
William White ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; superhero; adventure
Characters
Zatara
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Re-titled story and simplified text.

Logo states "Zatara The.. Magician..".

How Well Did You Read? (Table of Contents: 13)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
A quiz for reading comprehension concerning previous story.

Alphabetical Word List (394 words) (Table of Contents: 14)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

A listing of 394 words used in the comic stories.

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

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Yellow crossed anchors (representing the U.S. Navy) against a solid blue background, with the following text:
"This book has been prepared by the publisher, with the cooperation of the Training Activity of the Bureau of Naval Personnel, for use as a supplementary reader and workbook in Special Navy Training Units."

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Action Comics #81]
    Superman
  2. 1. To the Instructor:
  3. 2. Funland
    Superman
  4. 3. How Well Did You Read?
  5. 4. The Man Who Stole Time!
    Hayfoot Henry
  6. 5. How Well Did You Read?
  7. 6. Using Words You Have Read
  8. 7. Crime in the Northland!
    Congo Bill
  9. 8. How Well Did You Read?
  10. 9. Using Words You Have Read
  11. 10. Stuff and His Magic Tricks!
    Vigilante
  12. 11. How Well Did You Read?
  13. 12. Sea-Going Jewels!
    Zatara
  14. 13. How Well Did You Read?
  15. 14. Alphabetical Word List (394 words)
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
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