Superman #53
(July-August 1948)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1948-05-03
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
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched (squarebound #183, 187, 193, 197, 202, 207, 212, 217, 222, 227, 245, 252, 272, 278, 284)
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration. On-sale date of May 5 in blurb at the end of the Superman story in Action Comics #121.


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

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

An Open Letter to Superman Fans (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / text story / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
? [as Lois Lane]
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Synopsis
List of Superman's accomplishments in the "real world."

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

The Origin of Superman! (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Jor-El (flashback); Lara (flashback); Luthor (cameo); John Kent (1st named, flashback); Mary Kent (flashback)
Synopsis
After a prologue which demonstrates Superman's amazing abilities, his origin is recounted. On the scientifically advanced planet of Krypton, Jor-El fails to convince the Council of Five that Krypton is doomed. As Krypton explodes, Jor-El and Lara send their son to Earth, where he is found and adopted by the elderly Kents. As Clark grows to maturity he manifests abilities far beyond that of mortal men. On his deathbed, his father urges Clark to become a powerful force for good as Superman.
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Indexer Notes

The name John Kent appears on Superman's father's tombstone. This is the only time this name is used. Kryptonians are shown to have x-ray vision.

You Run Faster in Keds! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

U. S. Keds / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Captain Tootsie Traps the Circus Culprit (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

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

The Oracle from Metropolis! (Table of Contents: 6)

Superman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Alvin Schwartz
Pencils
Al Plastino
Inks
Al Plastino
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Prof. Grog; Mike Mooney; Agamemnon; the Delphic Oracle
Synopsis
Professor Grog accidentally sends Superman and mechanic Mike Mooney back to ancient Egypt. The cynical Mooney tries to come up with ways to make money off of the Delphic Oracle, but Superman teaches him not to scoff at things he doesn't understand.

Indexer Notes

time-travel story

Get Your Free Movie Star Pictures (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Schwinn / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Won - By a Whisper! (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Another Jim Wise "P-F" Sports Story; "P-F" Canvas Shoes / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Shorty / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Henry Boltinoff
Pencils
Henry Boltinoff
Inks
Henry Boltinoff
Letters
Henry Boltinoff

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Tryouts for the Baseball Team Today at the Stadium
Genre
humor

Look Kids! Get Your Own Scale Model of the History Making Freedom Train! (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

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

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

Daffy & Doodle / comic story / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
Lit-Win
Pencils
Lit-Win
Inks
Lit-Win
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Puff! Puff!" "Last stop... all fares please!
Genre
humor

Superman's Secret Message (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

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

The Tiniest Things in the World (Table of Contents: 13)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Samachson [as William Morrison]
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction

Show Time (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

Adventures of "Popsicle Pete" / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Mister Grumble / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Phil Berube (signed)
Pencils
Phil Berube (signed)
Inks
Phil Berube (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Grrr - I'm hungry as a bear this morning...
Genre
humor

Rounding Up the Rustlers (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

"U. S." Royal with His Jet-Propelled Bike; U. S. Bike Tires / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

A Job for Superhombre! (Table of Contents: 17)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Don C. Cameron
Pencils
Al Plastino
Inks
Al Plastino
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; Don Camero; Estrellita; The Eye; Perry White; Mike the Clip; Horseface; the TNT Kid; Glass Jaw Grogan; One Ear Eddie
Synopsis
The Eye takes all the criminals in Metropolis to South America to set up a giant piracy operation, using the home of an old friend of Lois' as a front.

Indexer Notes

Don Camerro is named after writer Don Cameron.

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

Homer / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Pencils
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Housewares? Two aisles over?

Hi-Kids! Get This Cracker Jack Magic Pencil (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

Cracker Jack / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

How Much Do You Really Know About Baseball? (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

Thom McAn / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

New Handbook and New Air Rifle Catalog Ready (Table of Contents: 21) (Expand) /

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

Taste Treat to Share... (Table of Contents: 22) (Expand) /

Milky Way / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Origin of Superman
    Superman
  2. 1. Editorial Advisory Board
  3. 2. An Open Letter to Superman Fans
    Superman
  4. 3. The Origin of Superman!
    Superman
  5. 4. You Run Faster in Keds!
    U. S. Keds
  6. 5. Captain Tootsie Traps the Circus Culprit
    Captain Tootsie; Tootsie Roll Pop
  7. 6. The Oracle from Metropolis!
    Superman
  8. 7. Get Your Free Movie Star Pictures
    Schwinn
  9. 8. Won - By a Whisper!
    Another Jim Wise "P-F" Sports Story; "P-F" Canvas Shoes
  10. 9. ["Tryouts for the Baseball Team Today at the Stadium"]
    Shorty
  11. 10. Look Kids! Get Your Own Scale Model of the History Making Freedom Train!
    Kellogg's Variety
  12. 11. ["Puff! Puff!" "Last stop... all fares please!"]
    Daffy & Doodle
  13. 12. Superman's Secret Message
    Supermen of America
  14. 13. The Tiniest Things in the World
  15. 14. Show Time
    Adventures of "Popsicle Pete"
  16. 15. ["Grrr - I'm hungry as a bear this morning..."]
    Mister Grumble
  17. 16. Rounding Up the Rustlers
    "U. S." Royal with His Jet-Propelled Bike; U. S. Bike Tires
  18. 17. A Job for Superhombre!
    Superman
  19. 18. ["Housewares? Two aisles over?"]
    Homer
  20. 19. Hi-Kids! Get This Cracker Jack Magic Pencil
    Cracker Jack
  21. 20. How Much Do You Really Know About Baseball?
    Thom McAn
  22. 21. New Handbook and New Air Rifle Catalog Ready
    Daisy Air Rifles
  23. 22. Taste Treat to Share...
    Milky Way
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