(January 1940)

DC, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1939-11-20
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
All-American Comics, Inc.
Editing
M. C. Gaines (managing); Sheldon Mayer (assistant)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

The on-sale date of November 20, 1939 is the publication date reported in filings with the U. S. Copyright Office. However, a house ad in Action Comics #19 states the issue was to be on sale on November 10.


Introducing The Flash... Fastest Man Alive! (Table of Contents)

The Flash / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Joan Williams; Hawkman [Carter Hall] (inset); Johnny Thunder (inset); The Whip [Rodney Gaynor] (inset); Cliff Cornwall (inset)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The cover artist was mis-credited as Harry Lampert in the Millennium Edition, but corrected in the corrections page in Millennium Edition: Superboy #1 (2001 series), and also correctly credited in the two Archives. Flash has lightning bolts on his trousers and on his belt buckle.

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

All-American Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[Origin of the Flash] (Table of Contents: 2)

The Flash / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox (signed)
Pencils
Harry Lampert (signed)
Inks
Harry Lampert (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Harry Lampert (masthead by-line)

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Flash [Jay Garrick] (introduction, origin); Joan Williams (introduction); Professor Hughes (introduction); Major Williams (introduction, Joan's father); Bull Tryon (introduction); The Faultless Four [Sieur Satan (villain, introduction, death); Serge Orloff (villain, introduction, surgeon); Duriel (villain, introduction)]
Synopsis
The Scarlet Speedster must face the threat of the Faultless Four, a group of brilliant but deadly scientists who kidnap Joan William's father in order to get his invention: the atomic bombarder!
Reprints
Keywords
Midwestern University

Indexer Notes

First line is "But before he became known and feared as 'the fastest thing on Earth,' Jay Garrick was an unknown student at Midwestern University..." The Flash has lightning bolts on his belt buckle and trousers.

[The Disappearing Plane] (Table of Contents: 3)

"Cliff" Cornwall / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure
Characters
Cliff Cornwall; un-named Army General; Lys Valliere
Synopsis
Cliff is on vacation from the FBI, but the Army nabs him for a special assignment in Alaska to put an end to phantom plane attacks on military aircraft.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

First line is "A fleet of U.S. bombers wing their way toward Alaska..." Writer credit by Craig Delich. The Millennium Edition incorrectly credits Sheldon Moldoff for the writer.

[The Origin of Hawkman] (Table of Contents: 4)

The Hawkman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Dennis Neville
Inks
Dennis Neville
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Hawkman [Prince Khufu aka Carter Hall] (introduction, origin, Khufu dies but is reincarnated); Shiera Sanders (introduction, later Hawkgirl] (Shiera dies but is reincarnated); Hath-Set (villain, introduction); Kolar (villain, introduction); Doctor Hastor (villain, introduction, death, reincarnation of Hath-Set)
Synopsis
Young Carter Hall, wealthy collector of weapons and research scientist, discovers that he is the re-incarnation of an anicient Egyptian, Prince Khu-fu. He is further amazed that his lady love, Shiera Sanders, and his murderer, Hath-Set, have been re-incarnated too!
Reprints
Keywords
Ninth Metal

Indexer Notes

The title here was given in Golden Age Hawkman Archives Vol. 1 where this story was reprinted. First line is "In the weapon-lined library of Carter Hall, wealthy collector of weapons and research scientist..."

[The Kidnapping of Johnny Thunder] (Table of Contents: 5)

Johnny Thunderbolt / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
John B. Wentworth
Pencils
Stan Asch
Inks
Stan Asch
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Johnny Thunder (introduction, origin); Thunderbolt (introduction); Simon B. Thunder; Mildred Thunder; Priest of Aissor
Synopsis
Young Johnny Thunder is kidnapped from his home, given Badhnisian sacred rites and would become the most powerful person in the world at age 7. By a weird chance, Johnny is reunited with his parents, but is sought out once again by the Badhnesians, who are on the receiving end of a new, strange power Johnny has by saying the words "Say You."
Reprints

Indexer Notes

First line is "One night in August, 1918, Simon came home from the bank and found a crowd around his house..." Thunderbolt appears as a yellow streak of lightning and as a pink cloud in this story.

Warfare in Space, Part One (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox [as Gardner F. Fox] (credited)
Pencils
Sheldon Mayer (spot illustrations)
Inks
Sheldon Mayer (spot illustrations)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Billy Morton; Keith Morton; Port Commander Worth; Ralph "The Ruthless" Farnham (villain)
Synopsis
Billy's Dad has created a weapon that can be effectively used in interstellar space....and he wants to volunteer to use it against the space pirate, Ralph Farnham!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story continued in Flash Comics (1940 series) #2. There are three small ads for fireworks at the end of page 2 for Baltimore Fireworks Co., Spencer Fireworks Co., and The Brazel Novelty Manufacturing Co.

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

Flash Stamps / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Includes a history of Polish postage stamps, as well as classified ads from 6 stamp dealers.
Reprints

The Demon Dummy, Part 1 (Table of Contents: 8)

"Flash" Picture Novel / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Ed Wheelan (signed)
Pencils
Ed Wheelan (signed)
Inks
Ed Wheelan (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Ed Wheelan

Genre
crime
Characters
The Great [Harry] Dunstan; Madge Devere; Sam; Red (a dummy); Jim Devlin (villain); Tim (villain); Slim Grimes (villain)
Synopsis
Private detective Devlin, in love with Madge Devere, who in turn is loved by ventriloquist Dunstan, tries to pin a murder on Dunstan in order to get the woman he loves.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story continued in Flash Comics (DC, 1940 series) #2.

[Origin of the Whip] (Table of Contents: 9)

The Whip / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
John B. Wentworth (signed)
Pencils
George Storm (signed)
Inks
George Storm (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
El Castigo [aka The Whip] [Don Fernando Suarez] (introduction, in flashback); group of wealthy rancheros (villains, introduction for all, in flashback); The Whip [Rodney Elwood Gaynor] (introduction); Mr. Dillon (newspaper publisher, father of Marissa, introduction); Marissa Dillon (introduction); unnamed Padre (introduction); Sheriff Todd (villain, introduction); Carlos (villain, introduction); group of vigilantes (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
Learning of a famed adventurer for justice in the past, El Castigo: The Whip, Rod Gaynor decides to assume that disguise to help the poor, who are being denied jobs and food, as well as being hit by high rents by unscrupulous vigilantes.
Reprints
Keywords
King (the Whip's horse)

Indexer Notes

The Whip is Eastern playboy Rod Ellwood Gaynor. The strip is set in the southwest. First line is "He was known as Don Fernando Suarez, a patrician descended from the Grandees of Spain..."

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

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

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

Home Recording Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Introducing The Flash... Fastest Man Alive!
    The Flash
  2. 1. ["Boys & girls: If you like Flash Comics..."]
    All-American Comics
  3. 2. [Origin of the Flash]
    The Flash
  4. 3. [The Disappearing Plane]
    "Cliff" Cornwall
  5. 4. [The Origin of Hawkman]
    The Hawkman
  6. 5. [The Kidnapping of Johnny Thunder]
    Johnny Thunderbolt
  7. 6. Warfare in Space, Part One
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Flash Stamps
  9. 8. The Demon Dummy, Part 1
    "Flash" Picture Novel
  10. 9. [Origin of the Whip]
    The Whip
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Home Recording Co.
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Bob Hughes
  • Matthew Head
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Merlin Haas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Allen Ross
  • R. S. Martin
  • Sean Williams
  • Peter Croome
  • Gregory Fischer
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed
  • Bob Hughes
  • Allen Ross