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Issue Details

Issue #77
Published October 1944
Cover Price 0.10
Pages 52
Editing Whitney Ellsworth (credited), Jack Schiff (actual)

Cover Details

Characters Superman; V: The Prankster.
Genre superhero
Pencils Wayne Boring
Inks Stan Kaye
Reprinted in Superman: The Action Comics Archives (DC, 1997 series) #5 (2007)

12 page Superman story "The Headline Hoax"

Characters Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White; Lois Lane; Amos Amster; Thomas Todd; Joe; V: Prankster.
Synopsis The Prankster disguises himself as a blind news dealer and manufactures Daily Planet headlines to con certain people so that he can make a profit off of them!
Genre superhero
Script Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils Ed Dobrotka (signed as Joe Shuster)
Inks Ed Dobrotka (signed as Joe Shuster)
Notes Writer correction 9/07 from John Wells. Previously credited to Don Cameron. Action Archives credits this story to Don Cameron. Oddity: in the last panel of page 10, Prankster is reading a copy of "The Daily Star" [the first newspaper Clark kent worked for]. Synopsis added by Craig Delich 10-20-07.
Reprinted in Superman: The Action Comics Archives (DC, 1997 series) #5 (2007)

5 page Hayfoot Henry filler "The Punctured Picture"

Characters Hayfoot Henry
Genre detective; humor
Inks Stan Kaye
Notes Writer credit revised from Alvin Schwartz to ? and penciller credit revised from Stan Kaye to ? by Craig Delich 10-21-08. The Who's Who lists Alvin Schwartz as writer only from 1946-48 and Stan Kaye only as inker in 1944.

10 page The Vigilante story "The Rainbow Man sees Red"

Characters The Vigilante [Greg Sanders]; V: Rainbow Man.
Genre superhero
Pencils Mort Meskin (signed as Mort Morton Jr.)

Half page Clancy the Cop filler

Characters Clancy
Genre gag
Script Henry Boltinoff
Pencils Henry Boltinoff
Inks Henry Boltinoff
Letters Henry Boltinoff
Notes Writer credit added by Craig Delich 10-20-07.

6 page Congo Bill story "The Leaping Leopard"

Characters Congo Bill
Genre jungle
Pencils Edwin Smalle?
Inks Edwin Smalle?

2 page text story "Terror's Victim"

Genre adventure
Script Ted Udall? (signed as Tod Loury)
Letters typeset

8 page Zatara story "The Pranks of Pan"

Characters Zatara
Genre occult
Pencils William F. White?
Inks William F. White?