(Summer 1940)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
quarterly
On-sale date
1940-05-10
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Superman, Inc.
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (uncredited); Murray Boltinoff (uncredited)
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 found in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 35, 1940, Number 2. Second class permit. Copyright number 455828. Also, house ad in More Fun Comics #56 says "on sale about May 10th."


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Paul Lauretta ?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

[Superman, World's Greatest Adventure Character] (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Wayne Boring
Inks
Wayne Boring
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
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Indexer Notes

Frontispiece.

[The Slot Machine Racket] (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Paul Cassidy (pages 1-8); Wayne Boring (pages 9-13) [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks
Paul Cassidy (pages 1-8); Paul Lauretta (pages 9-13) [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; George Taylor; Jensen; Harde; Slug Kelly (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Lois and Clark are very concerned when they see business owners trying to induce children into their stores to play slot machines, placed there by the goons of "Slug" Kelly. When the duo are held captive by Kelly and threatened with death, Superman takes over to clean house of the machines and the mugs responsible for them.
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Indexer Notes

The Planet's rival paper, The Morning Pictorial, is introduced.

Super Strength: Rules for Summer Living (Table of Contents: 4)

Superman / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Dennis Neville ?
Inks
Dennis Neville ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction; superhero
Characters
Superman
Synopsis
Superman reminds his readers to get plenty of rest, eat right, gets lots of exercise and drink plenty of milk.
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Indexer Notes

The page features an inset picture of Superman, illustrated by Joe Shuster, plus an illustrated plug for Jowett Books on physical strength at the bottom.

Supermen of America (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

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

[Campaign Against the Planet] (Table of Contents: 6)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Zachary Collum (introduction, publisher of the Morning Pictorial); Lois Lane; Burt Mason (introduction, publisher of the Daily Planet); George Taylor; Representative Barnes; Alex Evell (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Punk politician Alex Evell, because of his growing political power, is out to buy the Planet's competitor, so that he will have a newspaper to back up his political dealings. But Evell doesn't like Clark Kent and his scathing articles about him, so the crook sets out to buy out the Planet as well..or else!
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Power of the Press (Table of Contents: 7)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
George Shute (signed)
Pencils
Bernard Baily
Inks
Bernard Baily
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Bill Harkness; The Great Gordon (ventriloquist)
Synopsis
Bill Harkness, a reporter for just two days, swelled with pride at the dedication of the new State Hospital, the top story of that time. Afterwards, he entered the building to look around, and bumped into one of the patients, the Great Gordon, the best ventriloquist of his day. Bill learned that this man had a son named Johnny, but then was interrupted by the Superintendent who wished that Harkness had never talked to the man. When he asked why, Harkness was finally told the secret of Gordon's son...he was the dummy he had used in his act!
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Indexer Notes

The text story is surrounded by a variety of ads for such things as Baby Ruth candy bars, roller skates and more.

[Luthor's Incense Menace] (Table of Contents: 8)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Wayne Boring [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor; Mr. Gregory (villain, death); Borden Mosely (villain); Lex Luthor (villain, with grey hair)
Synopsis
Clark Kent smells a rat when he enters several offices of financial wizards, hoping to find out why they are profiting during a time of extreme depression, and noting a sickening sweet smell of incense in the air. Superman discovers that it involves a plot by Luthor, who uses the narcotic incense to inslave the men and thus profit off their ventures.
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Indexer Notes

Superman uses his powers to reshape his features for the first time.

Boring inker credit from Craig Delich; we previously suggested Paul Cassidy.

The 'Big Six' Comic Magazines Still Lead the Field! (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

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

Murder in the Wind (Table of Contents: 10)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Wallis (signed)
Pencils
? (spot illustrations)
Inks
? (spot illustrations)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
crime
Characters
Pert Blair; Jared Greene (villain); Clare Sanders; Doc Chalmers; Tom Larkin (death)
Synopsis
People were very surprised when young Pert Blair was elected Sheriff, and more surprised, after the first murder in the county's history occured, when Pert nailed the town's banker for the murder!
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Indexer Notes

Both pages are surrounded by a series of promotional ads including for fireworks by the Baltimore Fireworks Company and making your own records at home by the Home Recording Company.

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

Shorty / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Yip! Yip!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Shorty (a dog)
Synopsis
Shorty is chased home by a smaller dog...then re-emerges in a tiger skin and chases the other dog off.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12)

Jest Jokes / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Whitney Ellsworth ?
Pencils
Whitney Ellsworth ?
Inks
Whitney Ellsworth ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
There! Let that be a lesson to you!
Genre
humor
Synopsis
The filler consists of four unrelated gag cartoons.
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Superman Is on the Radio! (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Superman / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

All-Star Comics #1 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Batman #1 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

[The Wonder Drug Racket] (Table of Contents: 16)

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; George Taylor; Morton Craig; Professor Carl Grinstead; Dr. Bren (villain); Carlin (villain, introduction); Nick Blake (villain); Butch (villain); Jimmy (villain)
Synopsis
Superman investigates why a noted chemist's serum, parabiolene, financed by a noted gangster named Carlin, is being used on noted people, making them virtual slaves to do the bidding of Carlin.
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Indexer Notes

Superman uses x-ray vision and super hearing.

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

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

Announcing the Sensational New Daisy 1000 Shot Red Ryder Carbine (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

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

Fireworks (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

Spencer Fireworks Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  3. 2. [Superman, World's Greatest Adventure Character]
    Superman
  4. 3. [The Slot Machine Racket]
    Superman
  5. 4. Super Strength: Rules for Summer Living
    Superman
  6. 5. Supermen of America
    Superman
  7. 6. [Campaign Against the Planet]
    Superman
  8. 7. Power of the Press
  9. 8. [Luthor's Incense Menace]
    Superman
  10. 9. The 'Big Six' Comic Magazines Still Lead the Field!
  11. 10. Murder in the Wind
  12. 11. ["Yip! Yip!"]
    Shorty
  13. 12. ["There! Let that be a lesson to you!"]
    Jest Jokes
  14. 13. Superman Is on the Radio!
    Superman
  15. 14. ["For thrills and adventure don't miss this first issue of All-Star Comics"]
    All-Star Comics #1
  16. 15. ["Here It Is!"]
    Batman #1
  17. 16. [The Wonder Drug Racket]
    Superman
  18. 17. ["Superman and a raft of other headline adventure features..."]
    Superman; Action Comics
  19. 18. Announcing the Sensational New Daisy 1000 Shot Red Ryder Carbine
    Daisy Air Rifles
  20. 19. Fireworks
    Spencer Fireworks Co.
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Craig Delich
  • Bob Hughes
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Per Sandell
  • Matthew Head
  • Steve Dasinger
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