(September-October 1940)

DC, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1940-07-10
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 ad in Action Comics #27 and copyright registration.


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

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

Superman (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman
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Indexer Notes

Frontispiece.

[Lois Lane, Murder Suspect] (Table of Contents: 3)

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]; Samuel Norval (cameo, jewel collector, death); Burkley (villain, architect, introduction); Sgt. Casey (introduction); Lois Lane; "Scoop" Carter; John Davis; Henry Davis
Synopsis
When Lois is found at the scene of the murder of a noted jewel collector, she is arrested for that murder. Superman learns that the architect, who had installed numerous fail safe devices to protect the jeweler's gems, is responsible, and he had planned to throw the blame on the jeweler's two nephews until Lois had come upon the scene.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

Supermen of America / text article / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster (spot illustration)
Inks
Paul Cassidy (spot illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Well, Members, now that we're all together again this month, let's talk about something that's on everyone's lips today: building up a reserve!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Synopsis
Page where Superman begin to elaborate on the first word in the Supermen of America motto: Strength! A code message in Code Saturn No. 5 is given as well as a coupon being provided for reader's to join the Supermen of America club.
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Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich.

Too Big for Marbles (Table of Contents: 5)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
George Shute (signed)
Pencils
Don Komisarow [as a K in a circle] (signed)
Inks
Don Komisarow [as a K in a circle] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
crime
Characters
Wally Brennan; Bill Trent; Bruno (villain); Luigi (villain)
Synopsis
Because of the quick thinking of young Wally Brennan, two dope peddlers, who had stolen $50,000 worth of dope from a medical supply house, and shot the night watchmen, are captured after Wally left a note in the pocket of a coat owned by one of the felons and it was sent to the cleaners.
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Indexer Notes

Art credits by Craig Delich & Jerry Bails. The second page of the story has two outside advertisements on it.

The 'Big Six' Comic Magazines Still Lead the Field! (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.75 page (report information)

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

Baby Ruth / advertisement / 0.25 page (report information)

Driftin' Dave (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Russell Cole [as Alger] (signed)
Pencils
Russell Cole [as Alger] (signed)
Inks
Russell Cole [as Alger] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Russell Cole

Genre
humor
Characters
Dave
Synopsis
As Dave comes by several houses, he asks the ladies standing out front if they could supply him with a meal. All answer no except the third, who tells him that, if he spades her flower bed, she'll provide a meal. She feeds him, then he walks off.
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Indexer Notes

Writer, artist and letterer credits revised from Ray McGill to Cole by Craig Delich.

[The Rulers of Gateston] (Table of Contents: 9)

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]; George Taylor; Mr. Mason (Daily Planet publisher); Lois Lane; Jim Tirrell (death); George Tirrell; Calvin Chalmers; Brute Bashby (villain); Twist (villain)
Synopsis
Brute Bashby and his thugs roll into the town of Gateson with the sole purpose of establishing a protection racket, which means each shop owner must fork over 10% of their profits. When the local newspaper editor starts a written campaign against the racketeers, an explosion at the newspaper office kills him, which attracts the attention of Lois and Clark, who vow to do something about it.
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Super Strength (Table of Contents: 10)

Superman / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Jack Burnley
Inks
Jack Burnley
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction; superhero
Characters
Superman
Synopsis
Superman relates and shows how regular exercises, such as chinning, deep breathing and swimming can do wonders for one's health.
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Indexer Notes

Art credits verified by Burnley to Craig Delich. Superman inset at top of page by Joe Shuster and Paul Cassidy.

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

All-Star Comics; Mutt & Jeff / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

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

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

[Mission to San Caluma] (Table of Contents: 13)

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); Paul Lauretta [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor; Lois Lane; Mumsen (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Relief efforts to help the tornado and earthquake ravaged South American nation of San Caluma head out by boat but hit a snag when an aircraft carrying the relief commission officials nearly crashes. Things go from bad to worse when Superman's true identity is discovered by a thief, several witnesses to the event are killed, and Lois is nearly burned to death.
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The Strangest Case (Table of Contents: 14)

text story / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox [as Gardner F. Fox] (credited)
Pencils
Don Komisarow [as a K in a circle] (signed)
Inks
Don Komisarow [as a K in a circle] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure; jungle
Characters
Java Colt; Jason Dent (death); Ross; a monkey (villain)
Synopsis
Java Colt was mystified at the murder of old Jason Dent down in Borneo, in a locked room with only a small window, and Dent laying dead with a lady's stickpin thrust into the base of the man's skull. But the real shocker was who the murderer turned out to be!
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Indexer Notes

Art credits by Craig Delich & Jerry Bails.

Superman Is on the Radio! (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

The Adventures of Superman / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[Sore Arm Puzzle!] (Table of Contents: 16)

Sports Close-Ups! / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Burnley
Pencils
Jack Burnley
Inks
Jack Burnley
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction; sports
Characters
Dizzy Dean (pictured); Monte Pearson (pictured); Lefty Grove (mentioned); Carl Hubbell (mentioned); Lefty Gomez (mentioned); Bob Feller (mentioned); Lon Warneke (mentioned)
Synopsis
This filler talks about the problems professional baseball pitchers have with sore arms.
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Indexer Notes

Writer and art credits verified by Burnley to Craig Delich.

[The Construction Racket] (Table of Contents: 17)

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); Paul Lauretta [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor; Lois Lane; Sgt. Casey [as Sgt. Clancy]; John (cameo, contruction company head, death); Sam Goetz; Mr. Jackson (villain, introduction); Mayor Hansen (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
When a department store collapses and the head of the construction firm that erected it is slain, Clark Kent smells a story in the making, and knows it when, as Superman, he investigates the construction of the city's new Municipal Stadium. At the opening day ceremonies of the stadium it collapses, and, while Superman rescues children, Lois Lane is seriously injured and taken to the hospital where a transfusion is necessary...provided by Clark Kent!
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Indexer Notes

Oddity: Clark tears open his own skin in order for the transfusion to take place.

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

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

Remington Rand / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Daisy Air Rifles / 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. Superman
    Superman
  4. 3. [Lois Lane, Murder Suspect]
    Superman
  5. 4. ["Well, Members, now that we're all together again this month, let's talk about something that's on everyone's lips today: building up a reserve!"]
    Supermen of America
  6. 5. Too Big for Marbles
  7. 6. The 'Big Six' Comic Magazines Still Lead the Field!
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Baby Ruth
  9. 8. Driftin' Dave
  10. 9. [The Rulers of Gateston]
    Superman
  11. 10. Super Strength
    Superman
  12. 11. ["For swell vacation reading, don't miss these two!"]
    All-Star Comics; Mutt & Jeff
  13. 12. ["Up! Goes the popularity of this sensational adventure strip!"]
    Batman
  14. 13. [Mission to San Caluma]
    Superman
  15. 14. The Strangest Case
  16. 15. Superman Is on the Radio!
    The Adventures of Superman
  17. 16. [Sore Arm Puzzle!]
    Sports Close-Ups!
  18. 17. [The Construction Racket]
    Superman
  19. 18. ["Superman and a raft of other headline adventure features..."]
    Superman; Action Comics
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
    Remington Rand
  21. 20. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Craig Delich
  • Bob Hughes
  • Dan Kocher
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Per Sandell
  • Matthew Head
  • Jim Stangas
  • Steve Dasinger
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Hughes
  • Dwayne Best
  • Pat Lang
  • Bob Rivard
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Allen Ross
  • Ed Boner