(August-September 1952)

DC, 1952 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1952-06-06
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand
Superman DC National Comics
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (credited); Julius Schwartz (actual)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock
newsprint
Binding
saddle-stitched
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 6, Part 2, Numbers 1-2, Periodicals, January-December 1952. Class B periodical. Copyright registration number B366880.


Who Is the Phantom Stranger? (Table of Contents)

The Phantom Stranger / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Sy Barry
Colors
?
Letters
?; Ira Schnapp (logo)

Genre
fantasy-supernatural

Indexer Notes

Logo creator information from Todd Klein (as posted on his Facebook page, 5 September 2016).

Superman Says: "It's Smart to Check-- And Doublecheck!" (Table of Contents: 1)

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

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

Genre
advocacy; superhero
Characters
Superman
Synopsis
Superman lectures two drivers and a bicyclist about road safety.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

The Haunters from Beyond! (Table of Contents: 2)

The Phantom Stranger / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Manly Wade Wellman
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Sy Barry
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
The Phantom Stranger (intro); Anne Parris; Bryce Parris; Rita Westcott
Synopsis
Secretary Anne Parris, descendant of a family of witch-hunters, has inherited the Parris fortune. Her criminal cousin Bryce costumes as a witchmaster and tries to scare her to death. Anne, however, is assisted by the Phantom Stranger to reveal the plot.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Reprint info from Mark Waid and Michael R. Grabois. Manly Wade Wellman is credited as writer of this story in Julie Schwartz's editorial records for the "Mysterious Stranger." Gardner Fox is credited as the creator of The Phantom Stranger and writer of some stories in The Comic Reader #27, July 1964.

The character of Rita Westcott is also referred to as "Rina" twice in the story.

Top Speed Stops Spy (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

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

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

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

Editorial Advisory Board (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

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

When Dead Men Walk! (Table of Contents: 6)

The Phantom Stranger / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
John Broome ?; Gardner Fox ?
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Sy Barry; Joe Giella
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Phantom Stranger; John Martin; Bart Benson; Carson Rand; Jim Thompson; Edgar Jones; Margo Phillips; Matt Wright
Synopsis
When three friends die in a plane crash, the spirits seem to be haunting those they left behind, but the Phantom Stranger reveals that the ghostly appearances are really the work of an embezzler attempting to cover his tracks.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Reprint in The Phantom Stranger (DC, 1969 series) #1 noted by Michael R. Grabois through Per Sandell.

Message to Parents - What to Do if Polio Comes Your Way (Table of Contents: 7)

public service announcement / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
Warning signs of polio and steps to take when you see them.
Keywords
National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis

Hey! You Baseball Fans! Look! -- (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Necco Assorted Wafers / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Goblin in the Bottle (Table of Contents: 9)

comic story / 5.67 pages (report information)

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Murphy Anderson (signed)
Inks
Murphy Anderson (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Moira Varner; Don Holborn; Susan Parks; Latham
Synopsis
Socialite Moira Varner tries to break up an engagement by pretending to command a bottle imp.

Indexer Notes

Artist signature in panel before last.

Your Hair's Best Friend! (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

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

Whistle Magic (Table of Contents: 11)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Mort Drucker
Pencils
Mort Drucker
Inks
Mort Drucker
Colors
?
Letters
?

Reprints

Fate Takes a Hand (Table of Contents: 12)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

text w/illo

The House of Strange Secrets! (Table of Contents: 13)

The Phantom Stranger / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Joe Giella
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Phantom Stranger; Robart; Neal Hunter
Synopsis
Stage magician Robart lures a traveler to his house. He wants to kill him and be able to cast a black magic spell. The Phantom Stranger appears on the scene, protects the innocent man and foils Robart’s evil plans.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Reprint info from Mark Waid and Michael R. Grabois.

Two More Thrilling Magazines for Mystery Fans! (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

Sensation Mystery; House of Mystery / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

The Secret of Treasure Cave (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

Cloverine Brand Salve / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Who Is the Phantom Stranger?
    The Phantom Stranger
  2. 1. Superman Says: "It's Smart to Check-- And Doublecheck!"
    Superman
  3. 2. The Haunters from Beyond!
    The Phantom Stranger
  4. 3. Top Speed Stops Spy
    Another Jim Wise "P-F" Adventure Story; "P-F" Canvas Shoes
  5. 4. ["Today we're going to have a contest!"]
    Fleer's Dubble Bubble
  6. 5. Editorial Advisory Board
    DC Comics
  7. 6. When Dead Men Walk!
    The Phantom Stranger
  8. 7. Message to Parents - What to Do if Polio Comes Your Way
  9. 8. Hey! You Baseball Fans! Look! --
    Necco Assorted Wafers
  10. 9. Goblin in the Bottle
  11. 10. Your Hair's Best Friend!
    Wildroot Cream-Oil Hair Tonic
  12. 11. Whistle Magic
  13. 12. Fate Takes a Hand
  14. 13. The House of Strange Secrets!
    The Phantom Stranger
  15. 14. Two More Thrilling Magazines for Mystery Fans!
    Sensation Mystery; House of Mystery
  16. 15. The Secret of Treasure Cave
    Cloverine Brand Salve
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Steve Jenner
  • Bob Hughes
  • Tillmann Courth
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Per Sandell
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Gene Reed
  • Matthew Head
  • Peter Croome
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Nick Caputo
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed