(December 1939)

DC, 1938 Series
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Volume
[2]
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1939-10-24
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 in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 34, 1939, Number 4. Class B periodical. Copyright number B 435264.


[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
Synopsis
Superman rips the barrel from a mounted cannon, while a bi-plane seems to be heading towards him.
Reprints
Keywords
artillery

Indexer Notes

Previous art credit given to Joe Shuster, but both Superman pose and inks look more like Boring.

The scene depicted is rather anachronistic. Although Superman never personally got involved in fighting on the European front (except for the famous, non-canonical, short story where he ends the war in a matter of hours by bringing Hitler and Mussolini to justice), the bi-plane, the mounted cannon, and the barbed wire on the hill suggests a first world war setting.

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

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

[The Purple Plague] (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
An ambulance is wanted at 211 Terrace Avenue...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Dr. Travers; Ultra-Humanite (villain)
Synopsis
A purple plaque sweeps Metropolis killing citizens left and right. Only Dr. Travers has discovered an antidote, and Superman must stop the Ultra-Humanite from killing the good doctor and prevent that cure from being used.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Synopsis added by Craig Delich.

Pencils previously credited to Joe Shuster, but the layouts and unusual Superman flying poses are typical Cassidy. He claimed that Siegel and Shuster allowed both himself and Wayne Boring a free hand in how they depicted a script, with no interference from either creator.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

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

Superman's Special Monthly Message to the Supermen of America! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Supermen of America / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[The Train Robbery] (Table of Contents: 5)

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
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Pep Morgan; his father; his mother
Synopsis
Driving towards his home place, Pep spots an iron bar across the railroad tracks. When lifting it off a gang of thugs appear and knock him out. The oncoming train stops for the obstruction and the crooks attempt a robbery, which is foiled by Pep, but they all get on the train as it pulls away. Pep alerts the station man by note as they pass through the next small stop, and the police are waiting at Green City. While visiting his folks, pals of three criminals recently arrested by Pep kidnap him, but he is recognized by a traffic cop who knows him, which allows Pep to overpower his kidnappers

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich.

[The Boot Thieves] (Table of Contents: 6)

"Chuck" Dawson / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Homer Fleming (credited as H. Fleming)
Inks
Homer Fleming (credited as H. Fleming)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; western-frontier
Characters
Chuck Dawson
Synopsis
Chuck is robbed of his boots and the outlaw throws him a brand new pair as replacements. Riding into a nearby town, a storekeeper identifies him as one of the men who robbed him, by the boots that were stolen. Chuck disarms both sheriff and deputy and rides off to capture the real robbers.

[The Ivory Safari, Part 1] (Table of Contents: 7)

"Clip" Carson / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks
Bob Kane (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
"Africa" the dark continent...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Clip Carson; Colton
Synopsis
In Kenye [sic] Clip is approached by Colton, a dealer in ivory, whose shipments have failed to get to the coast. Notorious bandit "Wolf" Lupo has been identified as the leader of the raiders. Daredevil adventurer that he is, Clip agrees to head up the next safari of ivory. An attempt is made on Clip's life, but he manages to shoot the cobra. The safari is later surrounded by cannibals, but Clip has thoughtfully packed a bag with harmonicas, and distributes them to the natives, who are entranced by the music.

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

advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

Forest Fire (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 1.33 pages (report information)

Script
Toni Blum ? [as Jack Anthony] (credited)
Pencils
? (illustration)
Inks
? (illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Forest Ranger Dick Everett; Mrs. Robinson; Tim Robinson

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

advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

The Zombies [Part 1] (Table of Contents: 11)

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

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

Genre
adventure
Characters
Tex Thomson; Bob Daley; John Barryless; Gargantua
Synopsis
Famous actor John Barryless asks Tex to find his son Bart, who has disappeared in the Sudan. Tex and Bob sail for north Africa and when they reach the place he was last seen, find a note which reads, "I am being attacked by zombies Bar---". Pushing into the interior they fall into a pit where they find Bart. The chief of the natives has been injecting a chemical into captives which saps their will and gives the appearance of being a zombie. Tex, Bob and Bart are about to be injected...

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

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

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13)

Salty Sam / comic story / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
Fred Schwab
Pencils
Fred Schwab
Inks
Fred Schwab
Colors
?
Letters
Fred Schwab

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hello Salty!
Genre
humor
Characters
Salty Sam

Indexer Notes

Writer and letterer credits added by Craig Delich.

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

Chemcraft / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

[Murder in the Air] (Table of Contents: 15)

Three Aces / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bert Christman (credited as Christopher) (signed as Christopher)
Inks
Bert Christman (credited as Christopher) (signed as Christopher)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
U. S. Naval Reservists...
Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
Three Aces [Fog Fortune; Gunner Bill; Whistler Will]; Fred; Jeffries; Bell (Fred's wife)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16)

This Doggone World / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Fred Schwab
Pencils
Fred Schwab
Inks
Fred Schwab
Colors
?
Letters
Fred Schwab

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The rat!" "The dog!" "Lowdown cur!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals

Indexer Notes

Writer and letterer credits added by Craig Delich.

[Values and Colors Change] (Table of Contents: 17)

Action Stamp Page / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Page includes several small ads from stamps dealers.

The Gorilla King (Table of Contents: 18)

Zatara, the Master Magician / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Fred Guardineer (credited)
Inks
Fred Guardineer (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; superhero
Characters
Zatara; Tong; Ivan Meldoff; Herbert Handers

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

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

Wilson Chem. Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. ["Quick! Dive for those magazines!"]
  3. 2. [The Purple Plague]
    Superman
  4. 3. ["Announcing -- The third Superman quarterly..."]
    Superman
  5. 4. Superman's Special Monthly Message to the Supermen of America!
    Supermen of America
  6. 5. [The Train Robbery]
    Pep Morgan
  7. 6. [The Boot Thieves]
    "Chuck" Dawson
  8. 7. [The Ivory Safari, Part 1]
    "Clip" Carson
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
  10. 9. Forest Fire
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
  12. 11. The Zombies [Part 1]
    Tex Thomson
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Flash Comics
  14. 13. ["Hello Salty!"]
    Salty Sam
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Chemcraft
  16. 15. [Murder in the Air]
    Three Aces
  17. 16. ["The rat!" "The dog!" "Lowdown cur!"]
    This Doggone World
  18. 17. [Values and Colors Change]
    Action Stamp Page
  19. 18. The Gorilla King
    Zatara, the Master Magician
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  21. 20. [no title indexed]
    Wilson Chem. Co.
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