(March 1940)

DC, 1938 Series
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Volume
[2]
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1940-01-26
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 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 443606.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster [as Shuster] (signed)
Inks
Paul Cassidy
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints
Keywords
steamshovels

Indexer Notes

"S" on cape; 1st issue to feature "World's Largest Selling Comic Magazine" on cover.

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

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

[Europe at War, Part 1] (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; George Taylor (unnamed in story); T-21 [Lita Laverne] (villain, foreign actress, introduction)
Synopsis
When Toran suddenly invades Galonia, Clark and Lois are sent to cover the war. On the ship to Europe, Clark saves the life of Lita Laverne, a famous foreign actress. When she later snubs him, Clark and Lois attend a reception for Lita to investigate. The reception is cut short when the city is bombed. Superman ends the bombing but discovers a neutral steamship is under attack and that Lita might have a connection.
Reprints
Keywords
Daily Star; Galonia-Toran War

Indexer Notes

"S" on cape.

The last panel is an illustrated promotional ad for The Spectre, with illustration by Bernard Baily.

New! (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

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

Supermen of America (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

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

[Volunteer Fireman] (Table of Contents: 5)

Pep Morgan / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox ?
Pencils
Fred Guardineer [as Gene Baxter] (signed)
Inks
Fred Guardineer [as Gene Baxter] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Pep Morgan; Joe Mack; Charlie; Mrs. Mack; Rufus Toone (villain); Ezra Wright (villain); Fred Davis; Jack Green; Ted
Synopsis
As Pep is playing pinochle with the volunteer fire department, they receive word that Joe Mack's place is burning. When they arrive, they find that Joe's wife ran back in for her pocketbook. Pep prepares a daring rescue. Later, evidence is found that the fire might have been set intentionally, and suspicion falls on Rufus Toone and his nephew, Ezra Wright.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich.

[Murder at the Slash-D Ranch] (Table of Contents: 6)

"Chuck" Dawson / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Homer Fleming
Inks
Homer Fleming
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Chuck Dawson; Blacky; Andy Parsons; Mrs. Parsons; Jackson
Synopsis
A young "puncher" mistakes an old gunman for a friend, but his friendly slap causes him to be held at gunpoint. Chuck sees that the young man apologized, and he intervenes. Later, on a rough mountain trail, Chuck finds the young man's body and is coerced into helping track down the killer when the Slash-D ranch foreman finds him by the body.

[Beauty Was the Beast] (Table of Contents: 7)

Clip Carson / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure
Characters
Clip Carson; Gloria Anders; Harry Anders; Reginald Hood; Mr. Ballard
Synopsis
Aboard a liner en route from Algiers to South America, Clip sees a man, Harry Anders, knocked overboard and jumps in to rescue him. Back on board, the man and his daughter, Gloria, tell Clip about a statue that they obtained in Africa that has brought nothing but attempts on their lives, despite their readiness to return it. Clip goes to the room of an anthropologist, Reginald Hood, for more information but is met with great resistance. Shortly thereafter, Harry is found murdered, and Clip races to solve the case.

Malay Head (Table of Contents: 8)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Frank Cooper (credited)
Pencils
? (spot illo)
Inks
? (spot illo)
Colors
?
Letters
Typeset

Genre
adventure

Indexer Notes

Across 2 pages.

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

Daisy Air Rifles / advertisement / 0.25 page (report information)

A Bike for You (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

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

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

advertisement / 0.25 page (report information)

[The Island Demon] (Table of Contents: 12)

"Tex" Thomson / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Ken Fitch ?
Pencils
Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks
Bernard Baily (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Bernard Baily

Genre
adventure
Characters
Tex Thomson; Bob Daley; Cary James; Doctor Reid; Dr. Drummond; a demon (Villain); Courtney; Mrs. Van Schuler
Synopsis
Tex Thomson must stop a Demon from an island in the Indian Ocean that has the power to impersonate other people.

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

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

Fantastic Facts / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
No! Not a jitterbug...
Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich.

Issue from Haiti (Table of Contents: 14)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Page includes many small ads from stamps dealers.

[The Lost Scot Gold Mine, Part 2] (Table of Contents: 15)

Three Aces / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bert Christman [as Christopher] (signed)
Inks
Bert Christman [as Christopher] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Three Aces [Fog Fortune; Gunner Bill; Whistler Will] (brief origin); Matt Saunders; Sally Saunders; Perry Laverne; Martino Fenton; Nedra; Concho; Juan; Pepito
Synopsis
Concho and his raiders kidnap Sally and Perry, according to Nedra and Martino's plans. Martino soons finds that he has been double-crossed by Concho, who takes him captive as well. One night a whistling sound through the camp ignites the hopes of the captives.

Indexer Notes

Story continued from Action Comics #21.

[Wet Paint] (Table of Contents: 16)

Rex / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Characters
Rex; Rex's owner
Synopsis
Rex's owner kicks Rex out of a chair so that he can paint it. Rex finds a way to sleep in the chair again.

Indexer Notes

Writer and letterer credits added by Craig Delich.

The "Mask" (Table of Contents: 17)

Zatara the Master Magician / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Fred Guardineer
Inks
Fred Guardineer
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Zatara; The Mask (Villain); The Tigress (Villain); Ed Burton
Synopsis
Recently returned from England, Zatara dines at the El Storko Club, where he notices the Tigress. He sees her poison the drink of Ed Burton, a banker. Zatara saves him. The Tigress meets with the Mask and discusses their plans to kill Ed. Zatara hunts after the Tigress to stop them.

Six Big Headline Features for the "Big Six" Comic Magazines! (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

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

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

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

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

Wilson Chem. 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. [Europe at War, Part 1]
    Superman
  4. 3. New!
    Superman
  5. 4. Supermen of America
  6. 5. [Volunteer Fireman]
    Pep Morgan
  7. 6. [Murder at the Slash-D Ranch]
    "Chuck" Dawson
  8. 7. [Beauty Was the Beast]
    Clip Carson
  9. 8. Malay Head
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
  11. 10. A Bike for You
    The Crowell-Collier Publishing Company
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
  13. 12. [The Island Demon]
    "Tex" Thomson
  14. 13. ["No! Not a jitterbug..."]
    Fantastic Facts
  15. 14. Issue from Haiti
    Action Stamp Page
  16. 15. [The Lost Scot Gold Mine, Part 2]
    Three Aces
  17. 16. [Wet Paint]
    Rex
  18. 17. The "Mask"
    Zatara the Master Magician
  19. 18. Six Big Headline Features for the "Big Six" Comic Magazines!
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  21. 20. [no title indexed]
    Wilson Chem. Co.
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