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Issue Details

Issue #56
Published November 1940
Cover Price 0.10
Pages 68
Editing Vincent Sullivan?

Cover Details

Characters The Hourman; The Sandman (inset)
Genre superhero
Pencils Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks Bernard Baily (signed)
Letters typeset

8 page The Hourman story "Dr. Slight's Living Statues"

Characters The Hourman [Rex Tyler]; Thorndyke (introduction); Guest Stars: Jimmy Martin; Minute Men of America (one un-named member); Dr. Slight (villain, introduction, death); Sandor (villain, living plaster cast, death); Midge (villain, living plaster cast, death)
Synopsis Rex Tyler, ordered by Mr. Bannerman to head out to "Castle Doom" to assist Dr. Slight in working out a special chemical formula, is unaware that this formula gives life to plaster casts by means of a special machine, which have been used to bomb places on the east coast.
Genre superhero
Script Ken Fitch
Pencils Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks Bernard Baily (signed)
Letters Bernard Baily
Notes Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2008-2-23. Writer credit added by Craig Delich 2010-1-8 and verified by Martin O'Hearn 2010-1-5.

6 page Barry O'Neill story "Fang Gow's Ruse"

Characters Barry O'Neill; Fang Gow (villain)
Genre adventure
Script Ed Winiarski
Pencils Ed Winiarski
Inks Ed Winiarski

6 page Mark Lansing story "Death Behind the Waves"

Characters Mark Lansing; Mokan (villain)
Genre adventure
Script Howard Purcell
Pencils Howard Purcell
Inks Howard Purcell
Notes Story title taken from last issue's blurb.

4 page Federal Men story "The Menacing Midget"

Characters Steve Carson; Orlaff (villain, introduction)
Genre detective
Script Jerry Siegel
Pencils Chad Grothkopf
Inks Chad Grothkopf

6 page Cotton Carver story "At Grips With the Kraken"

Characters Cotton Carver; Guest Stars: Red Mike; Lupa; Della; Klo (introduction); Queen Slya (introduction); The Kraken (a monster, villain, introduction, death)
Genre adventure
Script Gardner F. Fox
Pencils Jack Lehti
Inks Jack Lehti

2 page Just Like Junior filler

Genre gag
Notes Last appearance.

6 page Socko Strong story "Bodyguard"

Characters Socko Strong; Joseph B. Meek (introduction); Natty Lew Schultz (villain, introduction)
Genre adventure; sports
Script Albert Sulman
Pencils Joseph Sulman
Inks Joseph Sulman

2 page text story "Strange Trail"

Genre adventure
Script Gardner F. Fox (signed)
Letters typeset

6 page Steve Conrad Adventurer story "Shipwrecked"

Characters Steve Conrad; Major Stanley (introduction); Miss Stanley (introduction); Peter Van Mire (villain, introduction, death)
Genre adventure
Script Jack Lehti
Pencils Jack Lehti
Inks Jack Lehti

10 page The Sandman story "The Crook Who Knew the Sandman's Identity"

Characters The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Dian Belmont; Squat Stacey and his gang (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis While out one evening, a gang of thugs enters and steals Dian's bracelet, and the Sandman heads out after them.....a situation that leads to the eventual kidnapping of Wes Dodds!
Genre superhero
Script Gardner F. Fox
Pencils Creig Flessel
Inks Chad Grothkopf
Letters Chad Grothkopf
Notes Credits updated 11/04 by Bob Hughes, identification by Craig Delich.
Reprinted in Golden Age Sandman Archives (DC, 2004 series) #1