Saturday, March 26, 2016

January 1942 - July 1942

This is a revised and expanded version of a post that was first published at The Hooded Utilitarian on June 7, 2015.



Sensation Comics #3.

Published on January 3, 1942. Edited by Sheldon Mayer. The comic includes the Wonder Woman story “Diana Prince--Framed for Espionage,” by William Moulton Marston & Harry G. Peter. Cover illustration by Irwin Hasen. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: J. R. [DC]. Cover/indicia date: March 1942. Cover price: 10¢.



National Comics #21.

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



Police Comics #8.

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Published on January 9, 1942. Edited by Gilbert [Gill] Fox. The comic includes the Plastic Man story “The Sinister Eight Ball,” by Jack Cole. Cover illustration by Gill Fox. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: March 1942. Cover price: 10¢.



Star Spangled Comics #7.

Published on February 1, 1942. Edited by Whitney Ellsworth. The comic includes The Newsboy Legion with the Guardian story "The Story of the Newsboy Legion," by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby. Cover illustration by Jack Kirby & Joe Simon. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. St. Louis: Detective [DC]. Cover/indicia date: April 1942. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

"The Story of the Newsboy Legion" is the first appearance of the Newsboy Legion, the Guardian, and his alter ego Jim Harper.



Sensation Comics #4.

Published on February 3, 1942. Edited by Sheldon Mayer. The comic includes the Wonder Woman story “The Coming of Paula von Gunther,” 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: April 1942. Cover price: 10¢.



Hit Comics #21.

Published on February 4, 1942.Edited by S. M. [Jerry] Iger. Cover illustration by either Max Elkan or Reed Crandall. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: April 1942. Cover price: 10¢.



Captain Marvel Adventures #8.

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Published on February 6, 1942. Edited by Ralph Daigh. The comic includes the story “Macro the Giant,” by C. C. Beck & Otto Binder. Cover illustration by C. C. Beck. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Louisville: Fawcett. Cover/indicia date: March 6, 1942. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

"Macro the Giant" is the first Captain Marvel story that the feature's co-creator, artist C. C. Beck, collaborated on with scriptwriter Otto Binder.



Police Comics #9.

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Published on March 3, 1942. Edited by Gilbert [Gill] Fox. The comic includes the Plastic Man story “Satan’s Son Sells Out to the Japs,” by Jack Cole. Cover illustration by Gill Fox. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: April 1942. Cover price: 10¢.



Sensation Comics #5.

Published on March 3, 1942. Edited by Sheldon Mayer. The comic includes the Wonder Woman story “Assault on the OCTOPUS,” 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: May 1942. Cover price: 10¢.



Fairy Tale Parade #1.

To read the issue online, click here. Note to readers: Walt Kelly employs elements of racist caricature in the "Little Black Sambo" story.

Published on March 17, 1942. Edited by Oskar Lebeck. The comic features adaptations of Hans Christian Andersen's “Thumbelisa,” Helen Bannerman's “Little Black Sambo,” and the Brothers Grimm's "Hansel and Gretel." It also includes the original stories “Winkie and the Wishing Well” and “The Flute o’ McTootle.” All stories are scripted and drawn by Walt Kelly. Cover illustration by Walt Kelly. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: 1942. Cover price: 10¢.



Captain Marvel Adventures #10.

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Published on April 3, 1942. Edited by Ralph Daigh. The comic includes the story “At the Circus,” by C. C. Beck & Otto Binder. Cover illustration by C. C. Beck. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Louisville: Fawcett. Cover/indicia date: May 1, 1942. Cover price: 10¢.



Sensation Comics #6.

Published on April 8, 1942. Edited by Sheldon Mayer. The comic includes the Wonder Woman story “Wonder Woman’s Lasso,” 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: June 1942. Cover price: 10¢.



Crime Does Not Pay #22.

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Published on April 29, 1942. Edited by Charles Biro & Bob Wood. Cover illustration by Charles Biro. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Comic House [Lev Gleason]. Cover/indicia date: July 1942.

Note

This is the first issue of the best-selling crime-story anthology series. It takes over the numbering of Silver Streak Comics.



Captain Marvel Adventures #11.

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Published on May 1, 1942. Edited by Ralph Daigh. The comic includes the story “The Finish of Mr. Finish,” by C. C. Beck & Otto Binder. Cover illustration by C. C. Beck. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Louisville: Fawcett. Cover/indicia date: May 29, 1942. Cover price: 10¢.



Sensation Comics #7.

Published on May 2, 1942. Edited by Sheldon Mayer. The comic includes the Wonder Woman story “The Milk Racket of Paula von Gunther,” 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: July 1942. Cover price: 10¢.



Police Comics #10.

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Published on May 13, 1942. Edited by Gilbert [Gill] Fox. The comic includes the Plastic Man story “The Cyclop Paper,” by Jack Cole. Cover illustration by Gill Fox. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: July 1942. Cover price: 10¢.



Sensation Comics #8.

Published on June 2, 1942. Edited by Sheldon Mayer. The comic includes the Wonder Woman story “Battle of the Bullfinch Store,” 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: August 1942. Cover price: 10¢.



Hit Comics #23.

Published on June 3, 1942. Cover illustration by Reed Crandall. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: August 1942. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

There is no credited editor for the issue.



Detective Comics #66.

Published on June 20, 1942. Edited by Whitney Ellsworth, Murray Boltinoff, and Mort Weisinger. The comic includes the Batman story "The Crimes of Two-Face!" by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Jerry Robinson. Cover illustration by Jerry Robinson & George Roussos. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. St. Louis: Detective [DC]. Cover/indicia date: August 1942. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

"The Crimes of Two-Face!" is the first appearance of the villain Two-Face and his alter ego Harvey Dent (called Harvey Kent in this first story only).



Police Comics #11.

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Published on July 3, 1942. Edited by Gilbert [Gill] Fox. The comic includes the Plastic Man story “The Brain of Cyrus Smythe,” by Jack Cole. It also includes The Spirit story, “The Origin of the Spirit,” by Will Eisner. Cover illustration by Gill Fox. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: September 1942. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

"The Origin of the Spirit" was originally published in newspapers on June 2, 1940. It is the first The Spirit story.



Sensation Comics #9.

Published on July 3, 1942. Edited by Sheldon Mayer. The comic includes the Wonder Woman story “The Return of Diana Prince,” 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: September 1942. Cover price: 10¢.



Wonder Woman #1.

Published on July 18, 1942. Edited by Sheldon Mayer. The comic includes the stories “Wonder Woman’s Story,” “Wonder Woman Goes to the Circus!” “The Master Plan of Paula von Gunther,” and “The Greatest Feat of Daring in Human History, “ all by William Moulton Martson & Harry G. Peter. Cover illustration by Harry G. Peter. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Wonder Woman [DC]. Cover/indicia date: Summer 1942. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

This is the first issue of the eponymous Wonder Woman series.



Captain Marvel Adventures #14.

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Published on July 24, 1942. Edited by Ralph Daigh. The comic includes the story “The Unwilling Toys,” by C. C. Beck & Otto Binder. Cover illustration by Dave Berg. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Louisville: Fawcett. Cover/indicia date: August 21, 1942. Cover price: 10¢.


Next: August 1942 to December 1942.

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