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Issue Details

Issue #53
Published July-August 1948
Cover Price 0.10
Pages 52
Editing Whitney Ellsworth (credited); Jack Schiff (managing); Mort Weisinger (actual)

Cover Details - "The Origin of Superman"

Characters Superman
Genre superhero
Pencils Wayne Boring
Inks Stan Kaye

1 page Superman text story "An Open Letter To Superman Fans"

Synopsis List of Superman's accomplishments in the "real world"
Genre superhero
Script ? [as "Lois Lane"]
Letters typeset

10 page Superman story "The Origin of Superman"

Characters Superman; Jor-El (flashback); Lara (flashback); Luthor (cameo); John Kent (1st named, flashback); Mary Kent (flashback)
Synopsis After a prologue which demonstrates Superman's amazing abilities, his origin is recounted. On the scientifically advanced planet of Krypton, Jor-El fails to convince the Council of Five that Krypton is doomed. As Krypton explodes, Jor-El and Lara send their son to Earth, where he is found and adopted by the elderly Kents. As Clark grows to maturity he manifests abilities far beyond that of mortal men. On his deathbed, his father urges Clark to become a powerful force for good as Superman.
Genre superhero
Script Bill Finger
Pencils Wayne Boring
Inks Stan Kaye
Notes The name John Kent appears on Superman's father's tombstone. This is the only time this name is used. Kryptonians are shown to have x-ray vision.
Reprinted in Superman From the Thirties to the Seventies (Crown Publishers, Inc., 1971 series) #nn; in Best of DC, The (DC, 1979 series) #16; in Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told, The (DC, 1987 series) #nn; in Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told, The (DC, 1989 series) #nn; in Superman in the Forties (DC, 2005 series) #nn

1 page Captain Tootsie; Tootsie Rolls advertisement "The Circus Culprit"

Characters Captain Tootsie
Genre superhero; ad
Pencils C. C. Beck (signed)
Inks C. C. Beck (signed)

10 page Superman story "The Oracle From Metropolis"

Characters Superman; Prof. Grog; Mike Mooney; Agamemnon; the Delphic Oracle
Synopsis Professor Grog accidentally sends Superman and mechanic Mike Mooney back to ancient Egypt. The cynical Mooney tries to come up with ways to make money off of the Delphic Oracle, but Superman teaches him not to scoff at things he doesn't understand.
Genre superhero
Script Alvin Schwartz
Pencils Al Plastino
Inks Al Plastino
Notes time-travel story

2 page Shorty filler "Tryouts for the Baseball team"

Genre gag
Script Henry Boltinoff
Pencils Henry Boltinoff
Inks Henry Boltinoff
Letters Henry Boltinoff

Half page Daffy and Doodle story "Last stop- all fares please!"

Genre humor
Script Lit-Win
Pencils Lit-Win
Inks Lit-Win

2 page text article "The Tiniest Things In the World"

Genre fact
Script Joe Samachson [as William Morrison]
Letters typeset

1 page Mr. Grumble filler "I'm hungry as a bear this morning!"

Genre humor
Script Phil Berube (signed)
Pencils Phil Berube (signed)
Inks Phil Berube (signed)

13 page Superman story "A Job For Superhombre"

Characters Superman; Lois Lane; Don Camero; Estrellita; The Eye; Perry White; Mike the Clip; Horseface; the TNT Kid; Glass Jaw Grogan; One Ear Eddie.
Synopsis The Eye takes all the criminals in Metropolis to South America to set up a giant piracy operation, using the home of an old friend of Lois' as a front.
Genre superhero
Script Don Cameron
Pencils Al Plastino
Inks Al Plastino
Notes Don Camerro is name after writer Don Cameron.