Thursday, March 24, 2016

1940

This is a revised version of a post that was originally published at The Hooded Utilitarian on May 31, 2015.


Science Comics #1.

Published on January 2, 1940. Edited by Victor Fox. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Fox. Cover/indicia date: February 1940. Cover price: 10¢.



Fantastic Comics #4.

Published on January 8, 1940. Edited by Victor Fox. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Fox. Cover/indicia date: March 1940. Cover price: 10¢.



Mystery Men Comics #8.

Published on January 18, 1940. Edited by Victor Fox. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Fox. Cover/indicia date: March 1940. Cover price: 10¢.



Superman #4.

Published on January 23, 1940. Edited by Whitney Ellsworth. The comic includes the story "Superman Versus Luthor," by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, with Paul Cassidy. Cover illustration by Joe Shuster. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. St. Louis: Detective [DC]. Cover/indicia date: Spring 1940. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

"Superman Versus Luthor" is the first published Superman story to feature the villain Lex Luthor. However, it was the second story with the Luthor character that was completed. The initial story with Luthor was published a month later in Action Comics #23 (listed below).



Science Comics #2.

Published on January 29, 1940. Edited by Victor Fox. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Fox. Cover/indicia date: March 1940. Cover price: 10¢.



Wonderworld Comics #11.

Published on January 29, 1940. Edited by Victor Fox. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Fox. Cover/indicia date: March 1940. Cover price: 10¢.



Fantastic Comics #5.

Published on February 9, 1940. Edited by Victor Fox. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Fox. Cover/indicia date: April 1940. Cover price: 10¢.



Fight Comics #4.

Published on February 14, 1940. Edited by Malcolm Reiss, Jerry Iger, and Will Eisner. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Fight Stories [Fiction House]. Cover/indicia date: April 1940. Cover price: 10¢.



Mystery Man Comics #9.

Published on February 16, 1940. Edited by Victor Fox. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Fox. Cover/indicia date: April 1940. Cover price: 10¢.



Action Comics #23.

Published on February 23, 1940. Edited by Whitney Ellsworth & Murray Boltinoff. This comic includes the Superman story "Europe at War, Part 2," by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, with Paul Cassidy. Cover illustration by Joe Shuster, with Paul Cassidy. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. St. Louis: Detective [DC]. Cover/indicia date: April 1940. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

"Europe at War, Part 2" is the first completed Superman story to feature the villain Lex Luthor. However, the subsequent story "Superman Versus Luthor" was published first, in Superman #4 (listed above).



Detective Comics #38.

Published on March 6, 1940. Edited by Whitney Ellsworth. This comic includes the Batman story "Robin the Boy Wonder," by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Jerry Robinson. Cover illustration by Bob Kane & Jerry Robinson. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. St. Louis: Detective [DC]. Cover/indicia date: April 1940. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

"Robin the Boy Wonder" is the first appearance of Robin and his alter ego Dick Grayson.



Hit Comics #1.

Published on April 3, 1940. Edited by Ed Cronin. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: July 1940. Cover price: 10¢.



National Comics #1.

Published on April 3, 1940. Edited by Will Eisner. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: July 1940. Cover price: 10¢.



Batman #1.

Published on April 24, 1940. Edited by Whitney Ellsworth. The comic includes the Batman stories "The Joker" and "The Cat." Both stories are by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Jerry Robinson. Cover illustration by Bob Kane & Jerry Robinson. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. St. Louis: Detective [DC]. Cover/indicia date: Spring 1940. Cover price: 10¢.

Notes

This is the first issue of the eponymous Batman series.

"The Joker" is the first appearance of the Joker. "The Cat" is the first appearance of Catwoman (Selina Kyle). The character is called the Cat in this initial story.



All-American Comics #16.

Published on May 17, 1940. Edited by Sheldon Mayer. The comic features the story "The Origin of the Green Lantern," by Mart Dellon [Martin Nodell] & Bill Finger. Cover illustration by Sheldon Moldoff. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: All-American [DC]. Cover/indicia date: July 1940. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

"The Origin of the Green Lantern" is the first appearance of the original, "Golden Age" Green Lantern and his alter ego Alan Scott.



Hit Comics #2.

Published on May 22, 1940. Edited by Ed Cronin. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: August 1940. Cover price: 10¢.



National Comics #2.

Published on May 22, 1940. Edited by Will Eisner. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: August 1940. Cover price: 10¢.



Hit Comics #3.

Published on July 3, 1940. Edited by Ed Cronin. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: September 1940. Cover price: 10¢.



National Comics #3.

Published on July 3, 1940. Edited by Will Eisner. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: September 1940. Cover price: 10¢.



Hit Comics #4.

Published on August 3, 1940. Edited by S. M. [Jerry] Iger. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: October 1940. Cover price: 10¢.



National Comics #4.

Published on August 7, 1940. Edited by Will Eisner. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: October 1940. Cover price: 10¢.



Hit Comics #5.

Published on September 4, 1940. Edited by S. M. [Jerry] Iger. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: November 1940. Cover price: 10¢.



National Comics #5.

Published on September 6, 1940. Edited by Will Eisner. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: November 1940. Cover price: 10¢.



Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories, Vol. 1, No. 1. [#1]

Published on September 9, 1940. Edited by Alice Nielsen [Cobb]. Cover illustration by Hank Porter. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: K. K. [Dell]. Cover/indicia date: October 1940. Cover price: 10¢.

Notes

Walt Disney's Comics and Stories is the flagship series of the comic-book line featuring the Walt Disney animation characters. Dell published the line between 1940 and 1962.

This first issue includes stories starring Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, and Clarabelle Cow.



Hit Comics #6.

Published on October 2, 1940. Edited by S. M. [Jerry] Iger. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: December 1940. Cover price: 10¢.



National Comics #6.

Published on October 4, 1940. Edited by Will Eisner. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: December 1940. Cover price: 10¢.



Hit Comics #7.

Published on November 2, 1940. Edited by S. M. [Jerry] Iger. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: January 1941. Cover price: 10¢.



National Comics #7.

Published on November 8, 1940. Edited by Will Eisner. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: January 1941. Cover price: 10¢.



All-Star Comics #3.

Published on November 22, 1940. Edited by Sheldon Mayer. The comic includes the story "The First Meeting of the Justice Society of America," by Gardner Fox & Everett Hibbard. Cover illustration by Everett Hibbard. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: All-American [DC]. Cover/indicia date: Winter 1940-1941. Cover price: 10¢.

Notes

"The First Meeting of the Justice Society of America" is the first appearance of the Justice Society, the first team of superheroes. The initial team roster was Hourman, the Spectre, and the original versions of the Atom, Doctor Fate, the Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, and the Sandman.



Hit Comics #8.

Published on December 4, 1940. Edited by S. M. [Jerry] Iger. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: February 1941. Cover price: 10¢.



National Comics #8.

Published on December 6, 1940. Edited by Will Eisner. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: February 1941. Cover price: 10¢.



Captain America Comics #1.

Published on December 20, 1940. By Joe Simon & Jack Kirby. The comic features the stories "Case No. 1: Meet Captain America" and "The Riddle of the Red Skull," both by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Cover illustration by Jack Kirby. New York: Timely [Marvel]. Cover/indicia date: March 1940. Cover price: 10¢.

Notes

"Case No. 1: Meet Captain America" is the first appearance of Captain America, his alter ego Steve Rogers, and Bucky Barnes.

"The Riddle of the Red Skull" is the first appearance of the Red Skull.


Next: January 1941 to July 1941.

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