(April 1940)

DC, 1938 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1940-02-23
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Detective Comics, Inc.
Brand
A DC Publication
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (uncredited); Murray Boltinoff (uncredited)
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

This is the first issue with a DC bullet on cover.

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in the U. S. Copyright Office filing in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 35, 1940, Number 2. Class B periodical. Copyright number B 449540. The filing states that Detective Comics, Inc. is the publisher and copyright holder.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Paul Cassidy
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent] (also inset)
Reprints

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

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

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

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; George Taylor; Luthor (villain, introduction, no first name given in this story, apparent death); General Lupo (villain)
Synopsis
While on assignment with Lois Lane as Clark Kent, Superman investigates the conflict between Galonia and Toran and finds munitions manufacturer Luthor behind it. When Lois is kidnapped and taken to Luthor's colossal dirigible, Superman follows and puts an end to Luthor and the war.
Reprints
Keywords
Daily Planet; Galonia; Toran

Indexer Notes

First mention of Daily Planet in comic book.

Superman #4 went on sale 2/15/40, which predates Action 23. However, careful examination of the two Luthor stories in Superman #4 and the Luthor story here, it becomes clear that this Luthor story in Action #23 comes first. One telltale clue is to see Superman asking someone "Who is Luthor?"

Luthor has red hair.

The last panel of this story is an illustrated promotional ad for the Sandman in Adventure Comics.

Now on Sale! (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)

[Trouble at the Mine] (Table of Contents: 5)

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

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

Genre
adventure
Characters
Pep Morgan

Dead Men Tell No Tales (Table of Contents: 6)

Black Pirate / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre
historical
Characters
The Black Pirate [Jon Valor] (introduction); Captain Ruff (villain)

Indexer Notes

Title is given in panel 3, page 1 of story.

[The Lost City of Gold] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Chad Grothkopf
Inks
Chad Grothkopf
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Three Aces [Fog Fortune; Gunner Bill; Whistler Will]

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added and art verification by Craig Delich.

No. 1 - Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson (Table of Contents: 8)

Action Comics Monthly Book Review / text article / 0.75 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

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

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

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

Peck Brothers / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[How to Find Bones] (Table of Contents: 11)

Uncle Otto / comic story / 0.17 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor

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

Miniature Homes Co. / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

[The Man with the Rubber Face] (Table of Contents: 13)

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; Gargantua T. Potts

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

Spy's Return (Table of Contents: 14)

text story / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script
Toni Blum ? [as Jack Anthony] (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure

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

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

[Revolution in Verdania, Part 1] (Table of Contents: 16)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Clip Carson

[Red Cross Anniversary] (Table of Contents: 17)

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 Treasure Tower (Table of Contents: 18)

Zatara / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure
Characters
Zatara; The Tigress (villain)

Six Big Headline Features for the "Big Six" Comic Magazines! (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

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

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

Lancaster County Seed Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

The Complete Works of Shakespeare / 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 2]
    Superman
  4. 3. Now on Sale!
    Superman
  5. 4. Supermen of America
  6. 5. [Trouble at the Mine]
    Pep Morgan
  7. 6. Dead Men Tell No Tales
    Black Pirate
  8. 7. [The Lost City of Gold]
    Three Aces
  9. 8. No. 1 - Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson
    Action Comics Monthly Book Review
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Peck Brothers
  12. 11. [How to Find Bones]
    Uncle Otto
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Miniature Homes Co.
  14. 13. [The Man with the Rubber Face]
    Tex Thomson
  15. 14. Spy's Return
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    The Crowell-Collier Publishing Co.
  17. 16. [Revolution in Verdania, Part 1]
    Clip Carson
  18. 17. [Red Cross Anniversary]
    Action Stamp Page
  19. 18. The Treasure Tower
    Zatara
  20. 19. Six Big Headline Features for the "Big Six" Comic Magazines!
  21. 20. [no title indexed]
    Lancaster County Seed Co.
  22. 21. [no title indexed]
    The Complete Works of Shakespeare
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