Superman #76
(May-June 1952)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1952-03-05
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand
Superman DC National Comics
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (credited editor); Mort Weisinger (actual editor)
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 March 7 in ad in Mystery in Space #8.


Happy Hobby Time! (Table of Contents: 1)

Superboy / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Schiff
Pencils
Win Mortimer
Inks
Win Mortimer
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
advocacy; superhero
Characters
Superboy; Frank
Synopsis
Superboy shows Frank that he can be creative, regardless of whether his creations are perfect, and notes an expressive hobby can be life long enjoyment.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

The Mightiest Team in the World! (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
John Fischetti (pages 1-8); Stan Kaye (pages 9-12)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; John Smilter; Lois Lane; Gell; Commissioner James Gordon
Synopsis
Superman and Batman learn each other's secret identities when they meet on a cruise while trying to find a diamond thief.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

1st Superman-Batman team (outside of radio and the Justice Society of America). The World's Finest Comics Archives reprint was taken from the World's Finest #179 reprint, as evidenced by the splash page blurb: "Now that you've read the 'origin' of the World's Finest Team, here's the natural follow-up...from Superman No. 76, May-June 1952...." Inker credits corrected by Craig Delich; they were reversed. It appears that Kaye's inks actually begin on lower half of page 8.

New Wheaties Are Better Than Ever! (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Wheaties / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

Private Pete / 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
This guard duty is easy!
Genre
humor
Characters
Pvt. Pete
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Riddle Me This; Necco / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

The Misfit Manhunter! (Table of Contents: 6)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Joe Harris (introduction); Henry Smithers (FBI officer); Frosty Ferris (villain, introduction); Pete (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Young Joe Harris always wanted to be a G-Man, but his physical defects prevent him from being one...until Superman unwittingly gives Joe a chance to hold several non G-Man positions. Unfortunately, Frosty Harris and his gang plan to use Joe's physical liabilities against him in order to commit crimes.
Reprints

Editorial Advisory Board (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Bendix Coaster Brake / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Adventures of Rex the Wonder Dog / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Fleer's Dubble Bubble Gum / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Professor Eureka / comic story / 0.5 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
That's Professor Eureka, our most eminent research scientist!
Genre
humor
Characters
Professor Eureka

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

Quick Quiz / activity / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
H. T. Elmo (signed)
Pencils
H. T. Elmo (signed)
Inks
H. T. Elmo (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
H. T. Elmo

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Is the old motto... 'Keep your powder dry' accurate?
Genre
non-fiction

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

Wildroot Cream-Oil / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

The Gatling Gun (Table of Contents: 14)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Ben Galloway (credited)
Pencils
Raymond Perry (signed)
Inks
Raymond Perry (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Richard J. Gatling
Synopsis
Story of how Richard Gatling invented the gun that carries his name.
Reprints

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

Susie / comic story / 0.67 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Omigosh! I got up an hour earlier by mistake!
Genre
humor
Characters
Susie

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

Luden's Cough Drops / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Jerry the Jitterbug / 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
Mmm- I just adore men who smoke pipes...
Genre
humor
Characters
Jerry the Jitterbug; unnamed girl of Jerry's
Synopsis
When Jerry's girl sees another man smoking a pipe, she comments that it looks so masculine. Jerry retorts by saying that his father gave him one for his birthday and that he would bring it over to show her. He does...with surprising results!
Reprints

Superman's Secret Message (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

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

Mrs. Superman! (Table of Contents: 19)

Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Armand Laval (hair dresser); Lorraine Jennings (introduction); Shut-Eye Collins (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Lois gets the bright idea of arranging an engagement for Clark Kent to a girl friend of hers, all in hopes of then being able to marry Superman. But the Man of Steel learns of the plan and arranges a scheme to de-rail that attempt.
Reprints
Keywords
Daily Planet

Indexer Notes

Script credit based on comparisons with stories in Action Comics that Martin O'Hearn reassigned to Dorothy Woolfolk (http://martinohearn.blogspot.com/search/label/Woolfolk%20%28Dorothy%29%2...). We previously credited this story to Bill Woolfolk, but it is not on his list. Per Craig Delich, there is a good possibility that Stan Kaye did the heads of Lois Lane in this story.

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

Peg / 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
I signed up for a dancing course...
Genre
humor
Characters
Peg

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

Vitalis Hair Cream / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Learn a Bit of Magic! / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
Al McLean (signed)
Pencils
Al McLean (signed)
Inks
Al McLean (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Al McLean

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'd like you to practice these little tricks of magic...
Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Tricks of magic that the reader could easily perform are illustrated step by step.
Reprints

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

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

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

Sheaffer's / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Mightiest Team on Earth!
    Superman
  2. 1. Happy Hobby Time!
    Superboy
  3. 2. The Mightiest Team in the World!
    Superman
  4. 3. New Wheaties Are Better Than Ever!
    Wheaties
  5. 4. ["This guard duty is easy!"]
    Private Pete
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Riddle Me This; Necco
  7. 6. The Misfit Manhunter!
    Superman
  8. 7. Editorial Advisory Board
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Bendix Coaster Brake
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Adventures of Rex the Wonder Dog
  11. 10. ["When does the race start?"]
    Fleer's Dubble Bubble Gum
  12. 11. ["That's Professor Eureka, our most eminent research scientist!"]
    Professor Eureka
  13. 12. ["Is the old motto... 'Keep your powder dry' accurate?"]
    Quick Quiz
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Wildroot Cream-Oil
  15. 14. The Gatling Gun
  16. 15. ["Omigosh! I got up an hour earlier by mistake!"]
    Susie
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Luden's Cough Drops
  18. 17. ["Mmm- I just adore men who smoke pipes..."]
    Jerry the Jitterbug
  19. 18. Superman's Secret Message
    Supermen of America
  20. 19. Mrs. Superman!
    Superman
  21. 20. ["I signed up for a dancing course..."]
    Peg
  22. 21. [no title indexed]
    Vitalis Hair Cream
  23. 22. ["I'd like you to practice these little tricks of magic..."]
    Learn a Bit of Magic!
  24. 23. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
  25. 24. [no title indexed]
    Sheaffer's
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Mike Nielsen
  • Merlin Haas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Gene Reed
  • Matthew Head
  • Peter Croome
  • Matthias Hofmann
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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