Friday, March 25, 2016

August 1941 - December 1941

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



Hit Comics #16

Published on August 6, 1941. Edited by S. M. [Jerry] Iger. Cover illustration by Reed Crandall. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: October 1941. Cover price: 10¢.



Police Comics #3.

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Published on August 6, 1941. Edited by Edward Cronin. The comic includes the Plastic Man story “The Pinball Racket,” by Jack Cole. Cover illustration by Gill Fox & Will Eisner. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: October 1941. Cover price: 10¢.



National Comics #16.

Published on August 8, 1941. Edited by Edward Cronin. Cover illustration by Reed Crandall. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: October 1941. Cover price: 10¢.



Superman #13.

Published on August 26, 1941. Edited by Whitney Ellsworth, Murray Boltinoff, and Mort Weisinger. The comic includes the story "The Archer," by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, with Leo Nowak. Cover illustration by Fred Ray. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. St. Louis: National [DC]. Cover/indicia date: November/December 1941. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

"The Archer" is the first appearance in comic books of Superman supporting character Jimmy Olsen. The character was created in 1940 for the Superman radio show. However, some references claim a story in Action Comics #6 (cover-dated November 1938) is the character's first appearance. The basis for this is a panel in which an unnamed copyboy resembling the Olsen character appears.



Hit Comics #17

Published on September 3, 1941. 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 1941. Cover price: 10¢.



National Comics #17.

Published on September 5, 1941. Edited by Edward Cronin. Cover illustration by Reed Crandall. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: November 1941. Cover price: 10¢.



Police Comics #4.

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Published on September 10, 1941. Edited by Edward Cronin. The comic includes the Plastic Man story “Crime School for Delinquent Girls,” by Jack Cole. Cover illustration by Gill Fox. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: November 1941. Cover price: 10¢.



More Fun Comics #73.

Published on September 19, 1941. Edited by Whitney Ellsworth & Mort Weisinger. The comic includes the Green Arrow story "The Case of the Namesake Murders," by Mort Weisinger & George Papp. It also includes the Aquaman story "The Submarine Strikes," by Mort Weisinger & Paul Norris. Cover illustration by Howard Sherman. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. St. Louis: Detective [DC]. Cover/indicia date: November 1941. Cover price: 10¢.

Notes

"The Case of the Namesake Murders" is the first appearance of Green Arrow and his alter ego Oliver Queen.

"The Submarine Strikes" is the first appearance of Aquaman.



Classic Comics #1.

Edited by Albert L. Kanter & Malcolm Kildale. The adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers is by Malcolm Kildale. Cover illustration by Malcolm Kildale. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Gilberton. Cover/indicia date: October 1941. Cover price: 10¢.

Notes

The exact publication date is unknown. No copyright registration for the issue appears to have been filed.

The comic is the first issue in the Classic Comics/Classics Illustrated line of comics.



Hit Comics #18

Published on October 3, 1941. Edited by S. M. [Jerry] Iger. Cover illustration by Reed Crandall. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: December 1941. Cover price: 10¢.



National Comics #18.

Published on October 8, 1941. Edited by Edward Cronin. Cover illustration by Reed Crandall. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: December 1941. Cover price: 10¢.



Police Comics #5.

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Published on October 10, 1941. Edited by Edward Cronin. The comic includes the Plastic Man story “The Return of Madam Brawn,” by Jack Cole. Cover illustration by Gill Fox. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: December 1941. Cover price: 10¢.



Pep Comics #22.

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Published on October 15, 1941. Edited by Abner Sundell. The comic includes the story "Introducing Archie," by Bob Montana & Vic Bloom. Cover illustration by Irving Novick. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages.St. Louis: MLJ [Archie]. Cover/indicia date: December 1941. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

"Introducing Archie" is the first Archie story, and the first appearance of Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, and Jughead Jones.



All-Star Comics #8.

Published on October 21, 1941. Edited by Sheldon Mayer. The comic includes the story “Introducing Wonder Woman,” by William Moulton Martson & Harry G. Peter. Cover illustration by Everett E. Hibbard. New York: All-American [DC]. Cover/indicia date: December 1941-January 1942. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

"Introducing Wonder Woman" is the first Wonder Woman story. It features the first appearances of Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor.



Detective Comics #58.

Published on October 21, 1941. Edited by Whitney Ellsworth, Murray Boltinoff, and Mort Weisinger. The comic includes the Batman story "One of the Most Perfect Frame-Ups of All Time!" by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Jerry Robinson. Cover illustration by Fred Ray & Jerry Robinson. St. Louis: Detective [DC]. Cover/indicia date: December 1941. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

"One of the Most Perfect Frame-Ups of All Time!" is the first appearance of the Penguin and his alter ego Oswald Cobblepot.



Hit Comics #19

Published on November 5, 1941. Edited by S. M. [Jerry] Iger. Cover illustration by Reed Crandall. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: January 1942. Cover price: 10¢.



Sensation Comics #1.

Published on November 5, 1941. Edited by M. C. Gaines & Sheldon Mayer. The comic includes the Wonder Woman story “Wonder Woman Arrives in Man’s World,” by William Moulton Marston & Harry G. Peter. Cover illustration by Harry G. Peter & Jon L. Blummer. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: J. R. [DC]. Cover/indicia date: January 1942. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

"Wonder Woman Arrives in Man's World" is the second Wonder Woman story. It is the beginning of the character's continuing feature in Sensation Comics.



National Comics #19.

Published on November 7, 1941. Edited by Edward Cronin. Cover illustration by Reed Crandall. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: January 1942. Cover price: 10¢.



Police Comics #6.

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Published on November 12, 1941. Edited by Edward Cronin. The comic includes the Plastic Man story “Case of the Disembodied Hands,” by Jack Cole. Cover illustration by Gill Fox. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: January 1942. Cover price: 10¢.



Sensation Comics #2.

Published on December 2, 1941. Edited by Sheldon Mayer. The comic includes the Wonder Woman story “The Menace of Dr. Poison,” by William Moulton Marston & Harry G. Peter. Cover illustration by Harry G. Peter. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: J. R. [DC]. Cover/indicia date: February 1942. Cover price: 10¢.



Hit Comics #20

Published on December 3, 1941. Edited by S. M. [Jerry] Iger. Cover illustration by Reed Crandall. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: February 1942. Cover price: 10¢.



National Comics #20.

Published on December 5, 1941. Edited by Edward Cronin. Cover illustration by Reed Crandall. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: February 1942. Cover price: 10¢.



Police Comics #7.

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Published on December 12, 1941. Edited by Gilbert [Gill] Fox. The comic includes the Plastic Man story “The United Crooks of America,” by Jack Cole. Cover illustration by Gill Fox. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: February 1942. Cover price: 10¢.


Next: January 1942 to July 1942.

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