(Fall 1939)

DC, 1939 Series
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Volume
[1]
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
quarterly
On-sale date
1939-08-19
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Detective Comics, Inc.
Editing
Vin Sullivan (uncredited)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US; then standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched (squarebound #183, 187, 193, 197, 202, 207, 212, 217, 222, 227, 245, 252, 272, 278, 284)
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is the publication date and volume number reported in the U. S. Copyright Office filing found in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 34, 1939, Number 4. Class B periodical. Copyright number B 436371. The filing also states Detective Comics, Inc. is the publisher and copyright holder.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Paul Cassidy
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Another complete book of the astounding adventures of the one and only Superman!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints

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

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

Superman the Man of Tomorrow! (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Paul Cassidy
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Frontispiece. Sequence information, including credits, from Craig Delich.

[The Comeback of Larry Trent] (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor; Larry Trent (introduction); Charlie Bennett; Jock Kane; "Slugger" Barnes; Tom Croy (villain)
Synopsis
Superman saves the former heavyweight boxing champion of the world from committing suicide. When Superman learns that Larry Trent was drugged by his former manager to lose the title bout, the Man of Tomorrow disguises himself as Trent and slugs his way back to the title match, in which Trent himself steps in and wins.
Reprints
Keywords
Boston Transcript; Daily Star; Milwaukee Journal

Indexer Notes

This newspaper reprint has NO splash.

Inker Paul Cassidy signed his name on the front page of the Milwaukee Journal newspaper in panel 7 on page 13.

Superman's Tips for Super-Health (Table of Contents: 4)

Superman / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Paul Cassidy
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction; superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints

Superman at the World's Fair (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

New York World's Fair Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Superman Champions Universal Peace! (Table of Contents: 6)

Superman / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Paul Cassidy [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor (named for the first time); Lois Lane; Professor Adolphus Runyan (death); Ambrose (a monkey, death); Bartow (villain, introduction); Lubane (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Clark Kent is assigned to interview Professor Runyan, who claims to have invented a gas so powerful that it can penetrate any type of gas mask. A group of criminals successfully steal the formula, wishing to sell it to a munitions manufacturer so it can be used in the civil war in Boravia.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Possibly Jimmy Olsen's first appearance in the Superman strip.

[Supermen of America -- Action Comics] (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Superman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 2 pages (report information)

Superman and the Skyscrapers (Table of Contents: 8)

Superman / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Paul Cassidy [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor (cameo); Pete Asconio (cameo, death); Nat Grayson (villain, introduction); Butch Grogan (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
After five construction workers mysteriously die while trying to erect the Atlas Building, Superman decides to investigate, and discovers that Nat Grayson wants to prevent Bruce Constructions, Inc. from completing the building in the time required in the contract, thus eliminating his rival competitor.
Reprints
Keywords
Metropolis

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

Superman / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (illustrations) (signed)
Inks
Joe Shuster (illustrations) (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Down the steps of Police Headquarters hurried 'Big Mike' Caputo...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Big Mike Caputo (villain; introduction); Sneer (villain); Fink (villain)
Synopsis
After being forced to leave numerous other cities, Big Mike Caputo moves in on Metropolis, a city, he says is a town rolling in gravy and waiting to be plucked! Superman steps into the fray, rounding up Caputo for the Police Chief, who forces the protection racketeer to leave town.
Reprints

Superman! (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

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

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

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

Be a Frontiersman (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Daisy Air Rifles / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Another complete book of the astounding adventures of the one and only Superman!"]
    Superman
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  3. 2. Superman the Man of Tomorrow!
    Superman
  4. 3. [The Comeback of Larry Trent]
    Superman
  5. 4. Superman's Tips for Super-Health
    Superman
  6. 5. Superman at the World's Fair
    New York World's Fair Comics
  7. 6. Superman Champions Universal Peace!
    Superman
  8. 7. [Supermen of America -- Action Comics]
    Superman
  9. 8. Superman and the Skyscrapers
    Superman
  10. 9. ["Down the steps of Police Headquarters hurried 'Big Mike' Caputo..."]
    Superman
  11. 10. Superman!
    Superman
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  13. 12. Be a Frontiersman
    Daisy Air Rifles
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