([February 15] 2009)

Fantagraphics, 2009 Series
Published in English (United States) United States
 
Price
24.99 USD
Pages
196
On-sale date
2009-03
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Fantagraphics Books
Brand
Fantagraphics Books
ISBN
978-1-56097-971-5 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
?
Editing
Greg Sadowski (editor; design; production); Eric Reynolds (promotion); Gary Groth (publisher); Kim Thompson (publisher); Jon Berk (production assistance); Craig Carlson (production assistance); Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. (production assistance)
Color
color
Dimensions
7.5" x 10.4"
Binding
trade paperback

Supermen! The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941 (Table of Contents)

The Flame / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Lou Fine
Inks
Lou Fine
Colors
?
Editing
Jacob Covey (cover design)

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Flame [Gary Preston]

Indexer Notes

Detail from a page of the Flame story from Wonderworld Comics (Fox, 1939 series) #7 that is reprinted inside.

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

Silver Streak / illustration / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils
Jack Cole [as Ralph Johns]
Inks
?
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Silver Streak

Indexer Notes

Front endpapers. Recolored (red lines on yellow background) detail from the Silver Streak story printed inside.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

Green Mask / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Green Mask; Domino

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

Rex Dexter of Mars / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Lou Fine
Inks
Lou Fine
Colors
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Rex Dexter

Indexer Notes

This is the artwork from the cover of Mystery Men Comics (Fox, 1939 series) #2 but with the trade dress removed and the title "Supermen" in a Fox Publications style instead.

Supermen! The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941 (Table of Contents: 4)

credits, title page / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils
Jack Cole (Silver Streak figure); various (character headshots)
Inks
Jack Cole (Silver Streak figure); various (character headshots)
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Silver Streak; Dr. Mystic; The Clock; Dan Hastings; ?; The Flame; Yarko the Great; Rex Dexter; Cosmic Carson; Stardust; The Comet; Fero; Fantomah; Marvelo; The Face; Skyman; Silver Streak; Daredevil; Spacehawk; Sub-Zero; Blue Bolt

Indexer Notes

Silver Streak is a detail from the story reprinted inside

Contents (Table of Contents: 5)

credits, title page / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils
various
Inks
various
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Foreword (Table of Contents: 6)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Jonathan Lethem
Pencils
various (background figures)
Inks
various (background figures)
Letters
typeset

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

Dr. Mystic / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The entire city freezes with terror...
Genre
adventure; fantasy-supernatural
Reprints

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

Funny Pages; Funny Picture Stories; Detective Picture Stories / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

The Clock / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
George Brenner
Inks
George Brenner
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Reprints

Murder by Proxy (Table of Contents: 10)

The Clock / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
George Brenner [as Geo E. Brenner] (signed)
Pencils
George Brenner
Inks
George Brenner
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
William Cook ?

Genre
detective-mystery
Reprints

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

Dan Hastings / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Ken Fitch
Pencils
Fred Guardineer
Inks
Fred Guardineer ?
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Harry "A" Chesler

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Look in the visor plate, Dr. Carter
Genre
science fiction
Reprints

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

Skyrocket Steele / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Bill Everett (signed)
Inks
Bill Everett (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Skyrocket Steele
Reprints

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

Dirk and the Demon / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Everett
Pencils
Bill Everett (signed)
Inks
Bill Everett (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You can land just to the right of the main building
Genre
science fiction
Reprints

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

The Flame / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Lou Fine; Will Eisner ?
Inks
Lou Fine
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Victor Fox

Genre
superhero
Reprints

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

Mystery Men Comics #1 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

The Flame / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Will Eisner
Pencils
Lou Fine [as Basil Berold] (signed)
Inks
Lou Fine [as Basil Berold] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
On a dark and foggy night, a boat anchors in a secluded cove
Genre
superhero
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

Mystery Men Comics #2 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18)

Yarko the Great / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Will Eisner
Pencils
Will Eisner
Inks
Will Eisner
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Pyramids, ancient monuments to forgotten monarchs
Genre
superhero
Reprints

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

Rex Dexter / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Dick Briefer (signed)
Pencils
Dick Briefer (signed)
Inks
Dick Briefer (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In the year 1939, Mars was only 3,000000 miles from the Earth
Genre
science fiction
Reprints

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

Cosmic Cason / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Kirby [as Michael Griffith] (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby [as Michael Griffith] (signed)
Inks
Jack Kirby [as Michael Griffith] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Death strikes in the Martian night
Genre
science fiction
Reprints

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

Samson / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Will Eisner; Lou Fine
Inks
Will Eisner; Lou Fine
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Samson
Reprints

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

The Flame #3; The Green Mask #3 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Stardust / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Fletcher Hanks (signed)
Pencils
Fletcher Hanks (signed)
Inks
Fletcher Hanks (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Stardust's vast knowledge of interplanetary science
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 24)

The Shield / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Irv Novick [as Novick] (signed)
Inks
Irv Novick [as Novick] (signed)
Colors
?

Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 25)

The Comet / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Cole
Pencils
Jack Cole
Inks
Jack Cole
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The Comet has succeeded in wrecking the pirate blimps
Reprints

The Big 5 (Table of Contents: 26) (Expand) /

Pep Comics #12; Top-Notch #13; Zip Comics #12; Blue Ribbon Comics #10; Shield-Wizard Comics #2 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Look for the Bull's-Eye When You Buy! (Table of Contents: 27) (Expand) /

Jumbo Comics #20; Jungle Comics #10; Fight Comics #9; Planet Comics #9 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 28)

Flint Baker / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Will Eisner
Inks
Will Eisner
Colors
?

Genre
science fiction
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 29)

Fero, Planet Detective / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Al Bryant [as Allison Brant] (signed)
Pencils
Al Bryant [as Allison Brant] (signed)
Inks
Al Bryant [as Allison Brant] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Fero, scientist of the occult, super-detective of the nether world
Genre
science fiction
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 30)

Fantomah / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Fletcher Hanks [as Barclay Flagg] (signed)
Pencils
Fletcher Hanks [as Barclay Flagg] (signed)
Inks
Fletcher Hanks [as Barclay Flagg] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Fantomah, the most remarkable woman ever known
Genre
superhero
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 31) (Expand) /

Big Shot Comics subscription / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 32)

Charlie Chan; Joe Palooka; Marvelo / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ogden Whitney
Inks
Ogden Whitney
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Say, Charlie, do you think Marvelo can get us down off this rug?
Genre
adventure; detective-mystery; fantasy-supernatural
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 33)

Marvelo / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Marvelo, the monarch of all magicians
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 34)

The Face / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Mart Bailey [as Michael Blake] (signed)
Inks
Mart Bailey [as Michael Blake] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Grim and fantastic - composed of the stuff of tortured nightmares
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 35)

Skyman / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Ogden Whitney [as Paul Dean] (signed)
Inks
Ogden Whitney [as Paul Dean] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Across the airways of America flames a new and terrible figure
Reprints

The Claw Returns! (Table of Contents: 36)

The Claw / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Cole
Inks
Jack Cole
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Reprints

The Claw Returns! (Table of Contents: 37) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 38)

Silver Streak / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Cole [as Ralph Johns] (signed)
Pencils
Jack Cole [as Ralph Johns] (signed)
Inks
Jack Cole [as Ralph Johns] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Just who and what is the Silver Streak??
Reprints

[Daredevil Battles the Claw: Part 1] (Table of Contents: 39)

Daredevil & Claw / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Cole (signed)
Pencils
Jack Cole (signed)
Inks
Jack Cole (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Reprints

For the Whole Family (Table of Contents: 40) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 41)

Spacehawk / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Basil Wolverton (signed)
Inks
Basil Wolverton (signed)
Colors
?

Genre
science fiction
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 42)

Spacehawk / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Basil Wolverton (signed)
Pencils
Basil Wolverton (signed)
Inks
Basil Wolverton (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In a wild forested, region of the planet Saturn
Genre
science fiction
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 43)

Sub-Zero / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Everett (signed)
Pencils
Bill Everett (signed)
Inks
Bill Everett (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
At the height of a terrific storm, the Sub-Zero Man sees
Genre
superhero
Reprints

[Rocky Roberts Takes Over] (Table of Contents: 44)

Blue Bolt / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Simon (signed); Jack Kirby (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Joe Simon (signed); Al Avison; Al Gabriele
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This book's contents page credits only Joe Simon as writer and Simon/Kirby as artists, but the GCD index for the original issue is credited to Simon/Kirby (script), Kirby (pencils) and Simon/Avison/Gabriele (inks), so the credits here have been made to match.

Notes (Table of Contents: 45)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Greg Sadowski
Letters
typeset

Acknowledgements / Indicia (Table of Contents: 46)

credits, title page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Greg Sadowski
Letters
typeset

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 47)

Blue Bolt / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Joe Simon; Al Avison; Al Gabriele
Colors
?

Genre
superhero

Indexer Notes

Back endpapers. Recolored (orange lines on pink background) detail from the Blue Bolt story printed inside.

Boom! (Table of Contents: 48) (Expand) /

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

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. Supermen! The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941
    The Flame
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Silver Streak
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Green Mask
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Rex Dexter of Mars
  5. 4. Supermen! The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941
  6. 5. Contents
  7. 6. Foreword
  8. 7. ["The entire city freezes with terror..."]
    Dr. Mystic
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Funny Pages; Funny Picture Stories; Detective Picture Stories
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    The Clock
  11. 10. Murder by Proxy
    The Clock
  12. 11. ["Look in the visor plate, Dr. Carter"]
    Dan Hastings
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Skyrocket Steele
  14. 13. ["You can land just to the right of the main building"]
    Dirk and the Demon
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    The Flame
  16. 15. ["Boys and Girls! Be sure to get the new Mystery Men Comics"]
    Mystery Men Comics #1
  17. 16. ["On a dark and foggy night, a boat anchors in a secluded cove"]
    The Flame
  18. 17. ["Watch for this cover"]
    Mystery Men Comics #2
  19. 18. ["Pyramids, ancient monuments to forgotten monarchs"]
    Yarko the Great
  20. 19. ["In the year 1939, Mars was only 3,000000 miles from the Earth"]
    Rex Dexter
  21. 20. ["Death strikes in the Martian night"]
    Cosmic Cason
  22. 21. [no title indexed]
    Samson
  23. 22. ["Presenting brand new adventures of these 2 headline features"]
    The Flame #3; The Green Mask #3
  24. 23. ["Stardust's vast knowledge of interplanetary science"]
    Stardust
  25. 24. [no title indexed]
    The Shield
  26. 25. ["The Comet has succeeded in wrecking the pirate blimps"]
    The Comet
  27. 26. The Big 5
    Pep Comics #12; Top-Notch #13; Zip Comics #12; Blue Ribbon Comics #10; Shield-Wizard Comics #2
  28. 27. Look for the Bull's-Eye When You Buy!
    Jumbo Comics #20; Jungle Comics #10; Fight Comics #9; Planet Comics #9
  29. 28. [no title indexed]
    Flint Baker
  30. 29. ["Fero, scientist of the occult, super-detective of the nether world"]
    Fero, Planet Detective
  31. 30. ["Fantomah, the most remarkable woman ever known"]
    Fantomah
  32. 31. ["The Skyman, America's national hero"]
    Big Shot Comics subscription
  33. 32. ["Say, Charlie, do you think Marvelo can get us down off this rug?"]
    Charlie Chan; Joe Palooka; Marvelo
  34. 33. ["Marvelo, the monarch of all magicians"]
    Marvelo
  35. 34. ["Grim and fantastic - composed of the stuff of tortured nightmares"]
    The Face
  36. 35. ["Across the airways of America flames a new and terrible figure"]
    Skyman
  37. 36. The Claw Returns!
    The Claw
  38. 37. The Claw Returns!
    The Claw
  39. 38. ["Just who and what is the Silver Streak??"]
    Silver Streak
  40. 39. [Daredevil Battles the Claw: Part 1]
    Daredevil & Claw
  41. 40. For the Whole Family
    Blue Bolt Comics
  42. 41. [no title indexed]
    Spacehawk
  43. 42. ["In a wild forested, region of the planet Saturn"]
    Spacehawk
  44. 43. ["At the height of a terrific storm, the Sub-Zero Man sees"]
    Sub-Zero
  45. 44. [Rocky Roberts Takes Over]
    Blue Bolt
  46. 45. Notes
  47. 46. Acknowledgements / Indicia
  48. 47. [no title indexed]
    Blue Bolt
  49. 48. Boom!
    Daredevil & Claw
This issue was most recently modified by:
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