Superman #56
(January-February 1949)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1948-11-01
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand
A Superman DC Publication
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (credited); 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 the publication date reported to the U.S. Copyright Office found in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Third Series, Volume 2, Part 2, Number 2, Periodicals, July-December 1948. Class B periodical. Copyright registration number B161380.


Smarty Pants (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Smartypants

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

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

America's Greatest Comics Characters (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

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

The Prankster Picks a Partner! (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; The Prankster (villain); Perry White; Lois Lane
Synopsis
The Prankster tricks Superman into using his powers to help him commit crimes.

Indexer Notes

Formerly credited to Bill Woolfolk, but it's not in his pay records per Martin O'Hearn

Henry Iba (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Wheaties / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Man with the Purple Hand (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

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

The Man Who Couldn't Laugh! (Table of Contents: 6)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; F. P. Crotchett (intro); Little Joe Blaney (intro)
Synopsis
F. P. Crotchett hasn't laughed in 20 years and offers $100,000 to anyone who can make him.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Plot revised and re-used in Superman (DC, 1939 series) #136. Formerly credited to Bill Woolfolk, but it's not in his pay records per Martin O'Hearn.

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

Monark Super Deluxe / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Gets the Bird! (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Bazooka the Atom Bubble Boy / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Little Pete / 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
Why are you crying, Stover?
Genre
humor; children

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

Northwestern Products Co. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Jerry the Jitterbug / 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
8 - 27 - 10 - Here I go!
Genre
humor; teen

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

Adventures of Nip & Tuck; Smith Brothers Cough Drops / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

The Spark of Life (Table of Contents: 13)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Raymond Perry ?
Inks
Raymond Perry ?
Colors
Raymond Perry ?
Letters
typeset

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

Kellogg's Rice Krispies / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Casey the Cop / comic story / 0.67 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The Chief said the animals are being molested at night...
Genre
humor

Superman's Secret Message (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

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

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

Daffy & Doodle / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Before I leave, I'll have to write Doodle a note...
Genre
humor

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

Irvin Foster Sportswear / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Smartypants (Table of Contents: 19)

Superman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Alvin Schwartz
Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Smartypants; C. C. Skynhedd; Perry White
Synopsis
Prof. Skynhedd is an expert in progressive education. So how come a two year old can run rings around him?
Reprints

Mystery Mine's Treasure! (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

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

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

Columbia / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 22)

Shorty / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hey, Shorty! Will you deliver this package for me?
Genre
humor; teen

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 23) (Expand) /

Schwinn / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 24) (Expand) /

Thom McAn / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 25) (Expand) /

National Radio Institute / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

What to Do If Lost in the Woods at Night (Table of Contents: 26) (Expand) /

Eveready / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Smarty Pants
    Superman
  2. 1. Editorial Advisory Board
  3. 2. America's Greatest Comics Characters
  4. 3. The Prankster Picks a Partner!
    Superman
  5. 4. Henry Iba
    Wheaties
  6. 5. The Man with the Purple Hand
    Adventures of Sam Spade; Wildroot Cream-Oil
  7. 6. The Man Who Couldn't Laugh!
    Superman
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Monark Super Deluxe
  9. 8. Gets the Bird!
    Bazooka the Atom Bubble Boy
  10. 9. ["Why are you crying, Stover?"]
    Little Pete
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Northwestern Products Co.
  12. 11. ["8 - 27 - 10 - Here I go!"]
    Jerry the Jitterbug
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Adventures of Nip & Tuck; Smith Brothers Cough Drops
  14. 13. The Spark of Life
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Kellogg's Rice Krispies
  16. 15. ["The Chief said the animals are being molested at night..."]
    Casey the Cop
  17. 16. Superman's Secret Message
    Supermen of America
  18. 17. ["Before I leave, I'll have to write Doodle a note..."]
    Daffy & Doodle
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    Irvin Foster Sportswear
  20. 19. Smartypants
    Superman
  21. 20. Mystery Mine's Treasure!
    Ray-o-Vac
  22. 21. [no title indexed]
    Columbia
  23. 22. ["Hey, Shorty! Will you deliver this package for me?"]
    Shorty
  24. 23. [no title indexed]
    Schwinn
  25. 24. [no title indexed]
    Thom McAn
  26. 25. [no title indexed]
    National Radio Institute
  27. 26. What to Do If Lost in the Woods at Night
    Eveready
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