(April 1948)

DC, 1938 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1948-02-16
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand
A Superman DC Publication
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (credited); Jack Schiff (managing); Mort Weisinger (actual)
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 copyright registration.


Superman for a Day (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Win Mortimer
Inks
Stan Kaye ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
Reprints
Keywords
automobiles; machine guns

Indexer Notes

Inks, formerly credited to Mortimer, look to be by regular Superman inker Stan Kaye.

Editorial Advisory Board (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

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

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.67 page (report information)

Superman for a Day! (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils
Win Mortimer
Inks
Win Mortimer
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; The Helicopter Bandits (villains); Jim Banning (also spelled Blanning); Martin Grew
Synopsis
Believing that Superman is away on a mission, Lois has a plan to capture the Helicopter Bandits which involves having Clark impersonate Superman.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This is the first issue with no by-line credit to Siegel and Shuster. One of the rare issues in which Clark Kent actually changes to Superman in a phone booth.

Leo Johnson (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Wheaties / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Death on the Speedway (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Adventures of Sam Spade; Wildroot Cream-Oil / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Treasure Trove! (Table of Contents: 6)

Congo Bill / comic story / 5.67 pages (report information)

Script
? (Writer S)
Pencils
Ed Smalle
Inks
Ed Smalle
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
jungle
Characters
Congo Bill; Count Narski (villain); Greg Whitney; Otto
Synopsis
Bill and his friend Greg are lured off course during a crossing of the Atlantic by marooned Nazi agents.
Keywords
espionage; message in a bottle; Ocean Sprite (schooner); treasure maps; World War II

Indexer Notes

The script for this story is credited as possibly "Writer S" by Martin O'Hearn.

Superman's Secret Message (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Supermen of America / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

Captain Tootsie Traps Killer Bear with Invisible Light (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Captain Tootsie; Tootsie Roll / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Concert for Crime! (Table of Contents: 9)

Zatara / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Samachson
Pencils
William White
Inks
William White
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; superhero
Characters
Zatara; P. Piper; the Mayor of Oak City (villain)
Synopsis
P. Piper, who relaxes by playing his flute, cleaned out a bunch of crooks in Hicksville and has come to Oak City to repeat the process. This he achieves by luring crooks to steal his flaunted money, then gassing them. When he tries to collect the rewards he is cheated by the town politicians. He has a chance encounter with Zatara, who causes the flute to magically transform crooks into human sized rats. The incoming mayor then gives Piper his just reward.

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

Kellogg's Pep / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Mystery on the Mountain (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Ray-o-Vac / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Cabbie Casey / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Here I am back, Moiph...
Genre
humor
Characters
Cabbie Casey; Moiph
Synopsis
Moiph sells Casey a cab with no rivets, each part being welded together to another. While driving his first fare of the day the car literally falls to pieces.

Cooking with Gas (Table of Contents: 13)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Charles Winslow (credited)
Letters
typeset

Genre
crime
Characters
Unnamed escaped convict; Mrs. Garrick

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Saltarella via the GCD Error Tracker.

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

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

The Birthday That Backfired! (Table of Contents: 15)

Vigilante / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Don C. Cameron
Pencils
Mort Meskin
Inks
George Roussos
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Vigilante [Greg Saunders]; Stuff; The Rainbow Man (villain); Pop Gunn
Synopsis
The Vigilante rescues Stuff from the clutches of The Rainbow Man, and the delayed party for Stuff's birthday finally gets underway.

Indexer Notes

The cruder inking style confirms the hand of Roussos.

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

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

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

Jerry the Jitterbug / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Henry Boltinoff
Pencils
Henry Boltinoff
Inks
Henry Boltinoff
Colors
?
Letters
Henry Boltinoff

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Say, Dad let me do it!
Genre
humor

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

Johnson Smith & Company / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Leave It to Binky / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Superman for a Day
    Superman
  2. 1. Editorial Advisory Board
  3. 2. ["Want action???"]
  4. 3. Superman for a Day!
    Superman
  5. 4. Leo Johnson
    Wheaties
  6. 5. Death on the Speedway
    Adventures of Sam Spade; Wildroot Cream-Oil
  7. 6. Treasure Trove!
    Congo Bill
  8. 7. Superman's Secret Message
    Supermen of America
  9. 8. Captain Tootsie Traps Killer Bear with Invisible Light
    Captain Tootsie; Tootsie Roll
  10. 9. Concert for Crime!
    Zatara
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Kellogg's Pep
  12. 11. Mystery on the Mountain
    Ray-o-Vac
  13. 12. ["Here I am back, Moiph..."]
    Cabbie Casey
  14. 13. Cooking with Gas
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Gang Busters
  16. 15. The Birthday That Backfired!
    Vigilante
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Western Comics
  18. 17. ["Say, Dad let me do it!"]
    Jerry the Jitterbug
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Company
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
    Leave It to Binky
  21. 20. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
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