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Issue Details

Issue #42
Published November 1941
Cover Price 0.10
Pages 68
Editing Whitney Ellsworth, [Mort Weisinger, Murray Bolitnoff (assistants)]
Notes Superman has a yellow "S" on blue triangle on his cape.

Cover Details

Characters Superman
Genre superhero
Pencils Fred Ray
Inks Fred Ray
Letters typeset
Notes Superman has a yellow "S" on blue triangle on his cape.
Reprinted In Superman: The Action Comics Archives (DC, 1997 series) #3 (2001).

13 page Superman story "The Empire in the Sky"

Characters Superman [Clark Kent]; Villains: Luthor (Zytal, bald), Jake Mobray [D] Dirk Chadwick [D]; Perry White; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen [cameo]; Carl Bransom; Nick Flaerty; John Standing; Freeman Chase.
Synopsis A series of strange disappearances of prominent men in the city of Metropolis makes Clark Kent believe the kidnappings weren't under ordinary circumstances. When, as Superman, he tries to get information from local mobsters, they are suddenly destroyed by a ray out of the blue. He later discovers that Luthor built a giant city in the sky, and the arch for then hypnotizes Superman into doing his bidding.
Genre superhero
Script Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils Leo Nowak (signed as Joe Shuster)
Inks Shuster Shop
Notes Archives credits this to John Sikela. New art id by Craig Delich and Bob Hughes 6/05. Modified synopsis added by Craig Delich 9-6-08.
Reprinted In Superman: The Action Comics Archives (DC, 1997 series) #3 (2001).

8 page The Vigilante story "The Origin of the Vigilante"

Characters The Vigilante [Greg Sanders] (I, origin); V: Killer Kelly; Betty Stuart; Van Ardsley.
Synopsis At his execution, Killer Kelly tells Vigilante that he will come back from the grave, but he has really just bribed the prison doctor to lower the voltage. Greg Sanders, rodeo man, is met by Betty Stuart, a blues singer, after a rodeo, and he learns that Killer Kelly is loose. At his home, Greg dons the costume of the Vigilante and heads to the costume ball of Van Ardsley. When Killer Kelly bashes the party, the Vigilante has to rope them in.
Genre superhero; Western
Script Mort Weisinger
Pencils Mort Meskin
Inks Mort Meskin
Reprinted in Secret Origins (DC, 1973 series) #4 (September-October 1973)

4 page Black Pirate story "The Ship Spies"

Characters The Black Pirate [Jon Valor]; Bonnie; Villains: un-named cutthroats.
Synopsis A cutthroat pretends to be an escaped fugitive to get close to Jon Valor. Bonnie is suspicious, however.
Genre period
Pencils Sheldon Moldoff
Inks Sheldon Moldoff
Notes Strip is continued in Sensation Comics #1.

6 page Three Aces story "Revolution in Central America!"

Characters Three Aces: Fog Fortune, Gunner Bill and Whistler Will; V: Miguel Miranda.
Synopsis On their way back from South America, the Aces find themselves in the middle of a Central American revolution. A man named Miguel Miranda takes their planes for the war, and the Aces have to figure out a way to get them back.
Genre adventure; aviation
Script Gardner F. Fox
Pencils Chad Grothkopf
Inks Chad Grothkopf
Notes Writer credit added by Craig Delich 9-6-08.

8 page Mr. America story "The Origin of Fatman"

Characters Mr. America [Tex Thomson]; Fatman [Bob Daley] (origin as Fatman); V: The Queen Bee.
Synopsis Mr. America goes out to investigate a strange lack of crime, but Bob is ordered to stay in. Feeling deserted, Bob creates the identity of Fatman. At Tex's headquarters, he develops a way to transform his cape into a magic flying carpet. Fatman stumbles upon the plans of the Queen Bee to steal radium.
Genre superhero
Script Ken Fitch
Pencils Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks Bernard Baily (signed)
Notes 1st uses cape as a flying carpet. Writer credit by Jerry Bails via Craig Delich 5/05.

1 page text story "Missing Masterpiece"

Characters Peter Projak
Genre war
Script Sidney Drew (signed)
Letters typeset

1 page text story "Dead or Alive"

Characters Killer Manon
Genre adventure
Script Wilton Weston (signed)
Pencils Stan Kaye (spot illustration)
Inks Stan Kaye (spot illustration)
Letters typeset

Half page Jokes filler "Juggler, Junior, McGirk"

Genre gags
Script Henry Boltinoff
Pencils Henry Boltinoff
Inks Henry Boltinoff
Notes Writer credit added by Craig Delich 9-6-08.

6 page Congo Bill story "The Jungle Film"

Characters Congo Bill; Sheila Hanlen; Professor James Kent; Hugo Von Eller; Winters; V: Tomkins.
Synopsis In the jungle, Congo Bill's safari comes across a white man being buried alive by a native and attempts to stop him, only to be informed that he's just ruined a shot in an adventure film. Talking with the director, Hugo Von Eller, Bill finds out that the production has been plagued with problems. Sheila agrees to stand in for a sick actress, but the problems continue.
Genre jungle
Pencils Fred Ray
Inks Fred Ray
Notes Writer credit revision from Fred Ray? to ? added by Craig Delich 9-6-08.

9 page Zatara story "The Man who Could Control Minds"

Characters Zatara; Villains: The Tigress, Frosty Parke.
Synopsis Zatara spots the Tigress and Frosty Parke and decides to follow them. He catches them trying to rob a bank and quickly stops them, putting Frosty into the hospital. There, Frosty uses an experiment that allows him to control men's minds, and somehow the power is transferred into him. He escapes and meets with Tigress to continue their crime spree. Zatara discovers Frosty's new power and investigates.
Genre occult
Script Gardner F. Fox
Pencils Joseph Sulman
Inks Joseph Sulman