(January 1940)

DC, 1938 Series
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Volume
[2]
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1939-11-24
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 at the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 35, January-December 1940, Numbers 1-4. Class B periodical. Copyright number B 437788.


[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 [Clark Kent]
Synopsis
Superman pulls the foot-thick metal door from the bank vault, and frees a bound and gagged man inside.
Reprints
Keywords
bank vaults

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

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

[Superman and the Screen Siren] (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
With an ominous creaking and snapping...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor (Daily Star editor, unnamed); Dolores Winters [aka Ultra-Humanite] (death); Ultra-Humanite (villain)
Synopsis
After Clark Kent saves Dolores Winters from harm, he is granted a special interview. When that interview is cancelled and she kidnaps a boatload of wealthy citizens, Superman intervenes and discovers that Ultra has had his mind transplanted into her body.
Reprints
Keywords
Colossal Film Studio; Daily Star; The Sea-Serpent (a boat)

Indexer Notes

Pencils previously credited to Joe Shuster, but this is clearly a Cassidy solo effort (check, for example, the typical Superman pose in the first panel). He claimed that both he and Wayne Boring were allowed to interpret scripts with no editorial interference.

The last panel of the story is an illustrated ad for Sandman in Adventure Comics and Batman in Detective Comics.

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

Nevertheless It's True / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff (signed)
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
New York strongman Eddie Polo...
Genre
non-fiction

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

Smart Guy / comic story / 0.67 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Golly - Just missed that tree...
Genre
humor; children

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Built-Rite / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

[At the Air Show] (Table of Contents: 6)

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
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Look at that fellow - he's flying pretty low...
Genre
adventure; sports
Characters
Pep Morgan; Jimmy Dee, the Racing Pilot
Synopsis
While home on vacation Pep is playing for his home town baseball team, when a plane makes an emergency landing on the field. Pep drags the pilot out and the fire is extinguished. The pilot, Dee, invites Pep to go to the Air Races as his mechanic. Mobsters try to sabotage the display, but Pep saves the day.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich.

[Murder in Rattlesnake Canyon] (Table of Contents: 7)

"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
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
For two days Chuck has followed the dangerous trail...
Genre
adventure; western-frontier
Characters
Chuck Dawson; Ned Squires
Synopsis
Chuck finds Ned Squires dry-gulched on the trail. Two men appear and try to take him in for the crime, but Chuck disarms them and runs.

[The Ivory Safari, Part 2] (Table of Contents: 8)

"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
Making friends with those cannibals...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Clip Carson; "Wolf" Lupo (villain)
Synopsis
Clip is leading a party of natives carrying an ivory shipment to the coast. Along the way there are various attempts on his life. Eventually they reach the area where "Wolf" Lupo has hijacked previous ivory shipments. As Clip is about to be killed by Lupo's men he asks to play a tune on his harmonica one last time. The tribe of cannibals which he previously gave a bunch of harmonicas to are nearby, hear the music, and save him. Clip chases after Lupo and kills him.

Here It Is!! (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

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

The Zombies [Part 2] (Table of Contents: 10)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Having been inoculated with the dread chemical...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Tex Thomson; Bob Daley; Gargantua T. Potts; Bart Barryless
Synopsis
Tex, Bob and Gargantua have been injected with the chemical which saps men's will and makes them appear to be zombies. But they have previously been given an antidote and all swallow the salt which they had in their mouths to counteract the effects. The antidote is given to the other "zombies" and they begin to feel and act more normal. After Tex knocks out the native chief the tribe tie him to a stake over a roasting pit. But the now restored "zombies" advance en masse and free him.

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

Five Star Trap (Table of Contents: 11)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Frank Thomas
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
John ny Downs; Doc Brown

Indexer Notes

Split over two pages, much of them taken up with ads and the Statement of Ownership. About one page of story text in total.

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

statement of ownership / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

At the bottom of the first page of the text story.

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

The Crowell-Collier Publishing Co. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

advertisement / 0.17 page (report information)

[Aerial Survey] (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
In Alaska, the Three Aces are making a preliminary survey...
Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
Three Aces [Fog Fortune; Gunner Bill; Whistler Will]; Tony McCrea (heroine)

[Algeria Commemorates Fair] (Table of Contents: 16)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

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

Fantastic Facts / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Although model trains were first made in France...
Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich.

Four unrelated fact panels.

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

Flex-i-Track / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

The Moon Men (Table of Contents: 19)

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; the Prime Minister of England; Nala of the Moon Race

He's Back with Us Again!! Superman (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

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

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

Johnson Smith & Co. / 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 and the Screen Siren]
    Superman
  4. 3. ["New York strongman Eddie Polo..."]
    Nevertheless It's True
  5. 4. ["Golly - Just missed that tree..."]
    Smart Guy
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Built-Rite
  7. 6. [At the Air Show]
    Pep Morgan
  8. 7. [Murder in Rattlesnake Canyon]
    "Chuck" Dawson
  9. 8. [The Ivory Safari, Part 2]
    "Clip" Carson
  10. 9. Here It Is!!
  11. 10. The Zombies [Part 2]
    Tex Thomson
  12. 11. Five Star Trap
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    The Crowell-Collier Publishing Co.
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
  16. 15. [Aerial Survey]
    Three Aces
  17. 16. [Algeria Commemorates Fair]
    Action Stamp Page
  18. 17. ["Although model trains were first made in France..."]
    Fantastic Facts
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    Flex-i-Track
  20. 19. The Moon Men
    Zatara the Master Magician
  21. 20. He's Back with Us Again!! Superman
    Superman
  22. 21. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
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