(January-February 1947)

DC, 1946 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Detective Comics, Inc.
Brand:
A Superman DC Publication
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth [as F. W. Ellsworth] (credited); Jack Schiff (actual)
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

The First Man to Reach Mars! (Table of Contents)

Tommy Tomorrow / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Howard Sherman; George Papp; Jack Lehti
Inks:
Virgil Finlay; George Papp; Jack Lehti
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Tommy Tomorrow; Charles Courtney; Ted Husing

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

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

Real Fact Comics (Table of Contents: 2)

table of contents / 0.67 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
?

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

King of Keys (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Schiff; Mort Weisinger; Bernie Breslauer
Pencils:
George Papp (signed)
Inks:
George Papp
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
biography
Characters:
Charles Courtney
Synopsis:
A biography of Charles Courtney, famous locksmith.

Columbus of Space (Table of Contents: 4)

Tommy Tomorrow / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Schiff; George Kashdan; Bernie Breslauer
Pencils:
Howard Sherman
Inks:
Virgil Finlay
Colors:
?
Letters:
Howard Sherman (Logo)

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Col. Tommy Tomorrow (introduction)
Synopsis:
Tommy Tomorrow applies at Rocket College in 1954. He learns rocket engineering and masters astronomy. Upon graduation, because he has the highest grades of his class, the Army chooses him for "Operation Mars". After another year of training, in August 1960, Col. Tomorrow blasts off for Mars. Days later he arrives at his destination. He plants an American flag, becoming the first man ever to set foot on another world.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Mars; Operation Mars; Rocket College

Indexer Notes

This is the first appearance of Tommy Tomorrow.

Script information is from Gene Reed (entered by Per Sandell).

The first three Tommy Tomorrow adventures (Real Fact #6, #8, #13) contradict all subsequent stories, and thus can be considered apocryphal.

Frank Thomas (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Wheaties / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Scotland Yard (Table of Contents: 6)

Wonders of the World / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Schiff; Mort Weisinger; Bernie Breslauer
Pencils:
Win Mortimer ?
Inks:
Win Mortimer ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Scotland Yard's physical facility and training program are depicted.

[Lynn Herzog, "Sugar-Chile" Robinson, Jo Ann Durand, Frank de Beche] (Table of Contents: 7)

The Junior Journal / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stookie Allen (signed)
Pencils:
Stookie Allen (signed)
Inks:
Stookie Allen (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Lynn Herzog; "Sugar-Chile" Robinson; Franz De Beche; Jo Ann Durand
Synopsis:
Accomplishments by several youngsters are pictured and described.

Once in a Lifetime (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Fred Ray [as Fray]
Inks:
Fred Ray
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction; sports
Characters:
Johnny Dalton
Synopsis:
A true story of Johnny Dalton winning the Army Navy game in 1910.

Editorial Advisory Board (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

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

O Is for Opposum (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

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

Jungle in New Hampshire! (Table of Contents: 11)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ed Smalle (signed)
Inks:
Ed Smalle
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction; animal
Characters:
Johnny Benson
Synopsis:
This is a feature on Benson's Animal Farm in New Hampshire.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12)

Scoops... Pictures to Remember! / cartoon / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
George Roussos (signed)
Inks:
George Roussos
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Six historical firsts are described through drawings and text.

The Father of the Submarine (Table of Contents: 13)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Fred Ray [as Fray]
Inks:
Fred Ray
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
biography
Characters:
David Bushnell
Synopsis:
David Bushnell invents the submarine in 1776.

Army Patches (Table of Contents: 14)

Hobbyland... / text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (illustrations)
Inks:
? (illustrations)
Colors:
?
Letters:
? (title); typeset

Synopsis:
Collecting army patches is described.

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

Quiz Corner / activity / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
John Daly
Inks:
John Daly
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Indexer Notes

This article has several features. John Daly apparently is involved with several if not all of the features.

Joe Kudluk (Table of Contents: 16)

Men of Daring / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Stookie Allen (signed)
Inks:
Stookie Allen (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
biography
Characters:
Joe Kudluk
Synopsis:
An Eskimo's heroic deeds are depicted.

Genie of the Bottle (Table of Contents: 17)

A "Famous First" Feature / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Howard Sherman
Inks:
Howard Sherman
Colors:
?
Letters:
Howard Sherman (Logo)

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Edouard Benedictus
Synopsis:
The invention of safety glass is the subject.
Reprints:

If the Sun Went Out! (Table of Contents: 18)

Just Imagine / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Schiff; Mort Weisinger and; Bernie Breslauer
Pencils:
Virgil Finlay
Inks:
Virgil Finlay
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Synopsis:
Speculation on mankind's fate is presented.
Reprints:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19)

You Tell Us! / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
Typeset

Indexer Notes

Letters from: Doug Cole, Marvin Daitch, Claire Rosemary Dralle, Allan Hurwitz, Lucien Bilodeau, Robin Wink, Ray Berthisume, Harlan Ellison, Arlene McDaniel, Tommy Beder, Bill Horleman, Judith Hill, Kenneth Sander, Irene Deutsch, Jack Klapper, Richard Thompson, and Jean Burns.

A letter from future science fiction writer Harlan Ellison (as a child) is published. It is his first published writing; albeit one sentence ("My parents welcome REAL FACT COMICS as wholeheartedly as I do.")

Ace Sportscaster (Table of Contents: 20)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Lehti (signed)
Inks:
Jack Lehti (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
biography
Characters:
Ted Husing

Indexer Notes

Ted Husing is profiled.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 21) (Expand) /

Circus Candy Factory / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 22) (Expand) /

National Radio Institute / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 23) (Expand) /

Chemcraft / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

How Thom McAn Prevented a Cave Disaster (Table of Contents: 24) (Expand) /

Thom McAn / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The First Man to Reach Mars!
    Tommy Tomorrow
  2. 1. Editorial Advisory Board
  3. 2. Real Fact Comics
  4. 3. King of Keys
  5. 4. Columbus of Space
    Tommy Tomorrow
  6. 5. Frank Thomas
    Wheaties
  7. 6. Scotland Yard
    Wonders of the World
  8. 7. [Lynn Herzog, "Sugar-Chile" Robinson, Jo Ann Durand, Frank de Beche]
    The Junior Journal
  9. 8. Once in a Lifetime
  10. 9. Editorial Advisory Board
  11. 10. O Is for Opposum
  12. 11. Jungle in New Hampshire!
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Scoops... Pictures to Remember!
  14. 13. The Father of the Submarine
  15. 14. Army Patches
    Hobbyland...
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Quiz Corner
  17. 16. Joe Kudluk
    Men of Daring
  18. 17. Genie of the Bottle
    A "Famous First" Feature
  19. 18. If the Sun Went Out!
    Just Imagine
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
    You Tell Us!
  21. 20. Ace Sportscaster
  22. 21. [no title indexed]
    Circus Candy Factory
  23. 22. [no title indexed]
    National Radio Institute
  24. 23. [no title indexed]
    Chemcraft
  25. 24. How Thom McAn Prevented a Cave Disaster
    Thom McAn
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • John Censullo
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Bob Hughes
  • Per Sandell
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Allen Ross
  • Gene Reed
  • Matthew Head
  • Peter Croome
  • Gregory Fischer
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Pat Lang
  • Jim Walls
  • Peter Croome
  • Bob Hughes