(Winter 1940)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
quarterly
On-sale date
1939-11-15
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Detective Comics, Inc.
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth ?
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 November 10, 1939 on-sale date is the publication date reported in the U. S. Copyright Office filing in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 35, January-December 1940, Numbers 1-4. However, a house ad in Action Comics #19 states the issue would be on sale on November 15, 1939. Second class permit. Copyright number 443035.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints
Keywords
train

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

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

Superman, America's Greatest Adventure Strip Character! (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster ?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints

[Superman and the Runaway] (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (layouts) (signed)
Inks
Dennis Neville (finished art) [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor; Lois Lane; Frankie Dennis; Lyman (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
When Superman saves a runaway boy from being run over by a train, he discovers the child is from an orphanage where the superintendent abuses the children in a variety of ways. So the Man of Tomorrow enlists the aid of the young man to act as an undercover agent to spy on things and report back to Clark Kent.
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Indexer Notes

Art identifications by Jerry Bails.

The Greatest Contest in Comic Magazine History! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

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

[Superman and the Dam] (Table of Contents: 5)

Superman / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; George Taylor
Synopsis
Although Lois has double-crossed him and editor Taylor has fired him, Clark Kent (as Superman) heads to the Valley-Ho Dam to prevent it from collapsing. Unfortunately too late on the scene, the Man of Tomorrow manages to save Lois from drowning and divert the flood waters away from the city.
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Indexer Notes

Superman's and Lois' first kiss.

The last panel on the last page of the sequence, which originally encouraged readers to turn to the inside back cover to learn how they can win one of the $25 prizes being given away, has been modified here into a plug for the Supermen of America.

[Humuhumunukunkuapuaa] (Table of Contents: 6)

Fantastic Facts / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
George Papp ?
Pencils
George Papp [as Geo. Papp] (signed)
Inks
George Papp [as Geo. Papp] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
The fantastic facts illustrated here include: 1) there is enough phosphorous in three old style kitchen matches to kill a person; 2) men once paid taxes on their beards; 3) gangster films were the reason the sales of men's caps had declined over the last ten years; 4) Humuhumunukunkuapuaa is the name given by natives to Hawaii's smallest fish; and 5) the water around an iceberg is warm.
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Death by the Stars (Table of Contents: 7)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Bert Lexington (credited)
Pencils
Fred Guardineer
Inks
Fred Guardineer
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Emil Brandwan (death); Sgt. Steve Hanley; Professor Louis Morton; Stephen Gregory; Jack Lowell; Robert Shelton (villain)
Synopsis
Six men, gathered in an astrologer's exotic studio, are shocked to hear Emil Brandwan announce that, according to the stars, he is to die that very night at 7pm.
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Indexer Notes

Art credits by Craig Delich.

[Superman's Phony Manager] (Table of Contents: 8)

Superman / comic story / 12.67 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Jimmy Olsen (intro as an unnamed office boy); Lois Lane; George Taylor (unnamed); Nick Williams (villain)
Synopsis
Clark Kent is introduced to a fighter manager who claims to be Superman's personal manager. But when Lois discovers the existence of a phony Superman, who is tied to that manager, the real Superman must act quickly to save Lois' life.
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Indexer Notes

Paul Cassidy removed as possible penciler (along with Shuster) and as possible inker by Craig Delich.

Muscle-Training (Table of Contents: 9)

Acquiring Super-Strength / comic story / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Illustrated are several techniques on muscle training that, if practiced, can give someone a crushing hand grip.
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Indexer Notes

Sequence information, including credits, from Craig Delich.

Attaining Super-Health: A Few Hints from Superman! (Table of Contents: 10)

Superman / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
non-fiction; superhero
Characters
Superman; Johnny; Larry
Synopsis
Readers are encouraged by Superman to have regular, daily exercise, join an exercise club, don't slouch, and eat a well-rounded diet.
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Indexer Notes

Corrected title and letterer credit from Craig Delich.

Good Luck Charm (Table of Contents: 11)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Hugh Langley (credited)
Pencils
Fred Guardineer (spot illustrations)
Inks
Fred Guardineer (spot illustrations)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure; crime
Characters
Tony Carrenzo (villain); Lucky Malone (villain, death); Rhani Kor (death)
Synopsis
Lucky Malone had killed a Hindu mystic to get some jewels and a locket from him years ago. Now that he and Tony have successfully escaped from prison, Lucky once more believes the locket is his lucky charm, able to see him through any situation...or so he thinks!
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Indexer Notes

Art credits by Craig Delich.

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

Shorty / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Danger! Keep Away
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Shorty (a dog)
Synopsis
Shorty chases after another dog who steals his bone.
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Indexer Notes

Sequence information from Craig Delich.

[Superman and the Jewel Smugglers] (Table of Contents: 13)

Superman / comic story / 8 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]; Jimmy Olsen (as unnamed office boy); George Taylor; Lois Lane; Lew Frawley (villain, intro)
Synopsis
Superman must save Lois' life and stop criminals who are smuggling in jewels for Europeans to escape paying custom duties.
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Superman! (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

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

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

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

3 Ways to Git a Carbine fer Christmas (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  3. 2. Superman, America's Greatest Adventure Strip Character!
    Superman
  4. 3. [Superman and the Runaway]
    Superman
  5. 4. The Greatest Contest in Comic Magazine History!
    Superman
  6. 5. [Superman and the Dam]
    Superman
  7. 6. [Humuhumunukunkuapuaa]
    Fantastic Facts
  8. 7. Death by the Stars
  9. 8. [Superman's Phony Manager]
    Superman
  10. 9. Muscle-Training
    Acquiring Super-Strength
  11. 10. Attaining Super-Health: A Few Hints from Superman!
    Superman
  12. 11. Good Luck Charm
  13. 12. ["Danger! Keep Away"]
    Shorty
  14. 13. [Superman and the Jewel Smugglers]
    Superman
  15. 14. Superman!
    Superman
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  17. 16. 3 Ways to Git a Carbine fer Christmas
    Daisy Air Rifles
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Craig Delich
  • Matthew Head
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Per Sandell
  • R. S. Martin
  • Sean Williams
  • Bob Hughes
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Hughes
  • Dwayne Best
  • Pat Lang
  • Bob Rivard
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Allen Ross
  • Ed Boner