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Issue Details

Issue #2
Published Summer 1941
Frequency quarterly
Cover Price 0.15 USD
Pages 100
Editing Whitney Ellsworth
Notes Indicia is on first page which has a large globe logo filling the page. Under this is "Formerly World's Best Comics" followed by the indicia: WORLD'S FINEST COMICS, Summer Issue, No. 2 Published quarterly by World's Best Comics Company, 480 Lexington Avenue, New York, N. Y. Second class entry applied for at the Post Office at New York, N. Y. Entire contents copyright 1941 by World's Best Comics Company.

Cover Details

Characters Superman [Clark Kent]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Genre Superhero
Pencils Fred Ray
Inks Fred Ray
Letters typeset
Reprinted in Batman: The World's Finest Comics Archives (DC, 2002 series) #1; in Superman: The World's Finest Comics Archives (DC, 2004 series) #1

1 page promo (ad from the publisher)

Pencils Creig Flessel ?
Inks Creig Flessel ?

13 page Superman story "The Unknown X"

Characters Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White; Russell Walker; The Unknown X [Arthur Jameson](villain, introduction); Benjie (villain)
Synopsis Superman must find out the identity of the mysterious gang leader known as the Unknown X who has organized one of the most thorough criminal organizations Metropolis has ever seen.
Genre superhero
Script Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils Paul Cassidy [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Inks Leo Nowak ? [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Notes Credits in World's Finest Archives are wrong.
Reprinted in Superman: The World's Finest Comics Archives (DC, 2004 series) #1

8 page Red, White and Blue story "Repelling the Invaders"

Characters Red Dugan; Whitey Smith; Blooey Blue; Doris West
Genre adventure
Script Jerry Siegel ?
Pencils Harry Lampert
Inks Harry Lampert

5 page The Crimson Avenger story "Mystery of the Night Club Robberies"

Characters The Crimson Avenger [Lee Travis]; Wing
Genre superhero
Script Jack Lehti (signed)
Pencils Jack Lehti (signed)
Inks Jack Lehti (signed)
Notes Crimson wears no cape.

8 page Johnny Thunder story "Johnny in the Army"

Characters Johnny Thunder; the Thunderbolt
Genre superhero; humor
Script John B. Wentworth
Pencils Stan Aschmeier
Inks Stan Aschmeier
Notes The Thunderbolt is yellow.

6 page Young Doc Davis story "Errand of Mercy"

Characters Doc Davis
Genre detective
Script Henry Boltinoff
Pencils Henry Boltinoff
Inks Henry Boltinoff
Letters Henry Boltinoff?
Notes Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2010-2-17.

9 page Zatara story "The Tornado Mystery"

Characters Zatara; Tong
Genre occult
Script Gardner F. Fox
Pencils Joseph Sulman (signed)
Inks Joseph Sulman (signed)

4 page Drafty #158 story "The Fish"

Characters Drafty
Genre military humor
Script Ed Moore ?
Pencils Ed Moore (signed)
Inks Ed Moore (signed)
Letters Ed Moore ?
Notes Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2010-2-17.

7 page The King story "The Adventure of the French Quarter"

Characters The King [King Standish]; The Witch (villain)
Genre detective
Script Gardner F. Fox
Pencils Harry Lampert (signed)
Inks Harry Lampert (signed)
Letters Harry Lampert

5 page Punch Parker story "Poison Flowers"

Characters Punch Parker
Genre detective
Pencils Don Cameron? Ed Winiarski? Paul Norris?
Notes Pencil credits by Craig Delich and Jerry Bails. Inker is different from the one in the story in World's Best #1.

7 page Lando, Man of Magic story "Mystery at the Circus"

Characters Lando
Genre occult
Script Howard Purcell ?
Pencils Howard Purcell
Inks Howard Purcell

13 page Batman and Robin story "The Man Who Couldn't Remember!"

Characters Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Linda Page; William Kendrick; Big Tim Bannon (introduction); Mr. Graves (villain); Ambrose Taylor (villain, introduction, death); Frankie (villain, death); Mitch Mason (villain, introduction); Trig Cooler (villain, introduction)
Synopsis When the New District Attorney vows vengeance against the crime lords of Gotham City and further states that he has a little black book in his possession that lists each of them and their connections, it's all Batman & Robin can do to save his life!
Genre Superhero
Script Bill Finger
Pencils Bob Kane (signed)
Inks Bob Kane (signed); George Roussos (backgrounds)
Reprinted in Batman: The World's Finest Comics Archives (DC, 2002 series) #1