Adventure Comics #40

DC Comics

United States

Published
July 1939
Page count
68
Cover price
0.10 USD
Colour
Colour
Size
Standard size
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/475

Credits

Editing
Vin Sullivan [as Vincent A. Sullivan]

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover Untitled (The Sandman) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
The Sandman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]

Credits

Art
Creig Flessel
Letters
typeset
Show/hide 1. Untitled Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

"It's all I need to go any place!"

Notes

Inside front cover.

Show/hide 2. Untitled (The Sandman) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
The Sandman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Vivian Dale; The Tarantula [Mr. Crossart] (villain, introduction)

Credits

Script
Gardner Fox [as Larry Dean]
Art
Bert Christman

Reprint history

Also printed
United States
Justice League of America (DC, 1960 series) #94 (November 1971)
The Tarantula Strikes
 
Australia
Giant Batman Album (Colour Comics, 1962 series) #30 ([1975])
Untitled
 
Australia
Giant Batman Album (Colour Comics, 1962 series) #30 ([1975])
From GCD
from Adventure Comics #40 (July 1939)

Synopsis

The Sandman comes up against a very crafty and dangerous adversary while investigating the kidnapping of a famed actress and subsequent demand for $500,000 ransom.

Notes

Gardner Fox script per Bob Hughes. We previously credited the story to Christman, then to Christman from a Fox plot. Per Hughes' textual analysis, this story does not match Christman's stories in the three subsequent issues. The Sandman wears orange business suit thru #43. Sandman origin in Secret Origins (DC, 1986 series) #7.

Show/hide 3. Untitled (Tiny) Comic story, 1 page

"Gosh! I'll bet I'm the toughest thing alive-!"

Featuring

Feature
Tiny
Genre
Humor
Characters
Tiny

Credits

Script
Fred Schwab
Art
Fred Schwab
Letters
Fred Schwab ?

Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

Show/hide 4. Untitled (Barry O'Neill) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Barry O'Neill
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Count Guniff (villain, death)

Credits

Script
Ed Winiarski
Art
Ed Winiarski [as Win]
Show/hide 5. Untitled (Federal Men) Comic story, 4 pages

Featuring

Feature
Federal Men
Genre
Detective-mystery
Characters
Mike (villain, counterfeiter); Jake (villain, counterfeiter); un-named counterfeiter (villain); Steve Carson

Credits

Script
Jerry Siegel
Art
Shuster Shop [as Joe Shuster]
Paul Cassidy (see notes)

Notes

According to Alter Ego #112 for August of 2012, Paul Cassidy did some of the art on this story.

Show/hide 6. Junior Federal Men Club Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

Credits

Letters
typeset
Show/hide 7. James Cagney, Mickey Rooney, Groucho Marx (Peekin at Pictures) Cartoon, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Peekin at Pictures
Genre
Non-fiction

Credits

Script
Sheldon Moldoff
Art
Sheldon Moldoff
Show/hide 8. Wolf Ruckson's Trap, Part 2 (Jack Woods) Comic story, 4 pages

Featuring

Feature
Jack Woods
Genre
Detective-mystery
Characters
Jack Woods; Wolf Rucker (villain, death)

Credits

Script
Jim Chambers
Art
Jim Chambers
Colours
? (red tones)

Notes

First two pages printed in red, black and white; last two in black and white.

Show/hide 9. Untitled (Adventure in Stamps) Text article, 2 pages

Featuring

Feature
Adventure in Stamps

Credits

Author
Letters
typeset

Notes

Second page includes several small ads from stamps dealers.

Show/hide 10. Untitled (Captain Desmo) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Captain Desmo
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Captain Desmo; Colonel Benback (villain)

Credits

Script
Ed Winiarski
Art
Ed Winiarski [as Win]

Notes

Story is in black and white, with only the feature logo in red tones.

Show/hide 11. Untitled (Don Coyote) Comic story, 2 pages

Featuring

Feature
Don Coyote
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Dan Coyote; William Shakespeare (guest appearance)

Credits

Script
Fred Schwab
Art
Fred Schwab
Letters
Fred Schwab ?

Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

Show/hide 12. Untitled (Bulldog Martin) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Bulldog Martin
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Bulldog Martin (introduction); Palfry (villain, introduction); Hefty (villain, introduction)

Credits

Script
Bart Tumey
Art
Bart Tumey

Notes

Story is in black and white, with only the feature logo in red tones. Bulldog Martin's next appearance in More Fun Comics (DC, 1936 series) #47.

Show/hide 13. Money Makers Text story, 2 pages

Featuring

Genre
Adventure

Credits

Author
Frank Thomas (credited)
Letters
typeset
Show/hide 14. Untitled (Socko Strong) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Socko Strong
Genre
Adventure; sports
Characters
Socko Strong (introduction, a boxer); Jerry Indutch; The champ (villain); his manager (villain); gun-runners (villain)

Credits

Script
Joseph Sulman [as Koppy]
Art
Joseph Sulman [as Koppy]

Notes

Story is in black and white, with only the feature logo in red tones.

Show/hide 15. Untitled (Skip Schuyler) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Skip Schuyler
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Skip Schuyler; Anthony Carnochan (introduction); Donna Carnochan (introduction)

Credits

Script
Tom Hickey
Art
Tom Hickey
Show/hide 16. Untitled (Rusty and His Pals) Comic story, 4 pages

Featuring

Feature
Rusty and His Pals
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Rusty; Duchess (guest star); Ichabod Slade (villain, death)

Credits

Script
Bill Finger
Art
Bob Kane
Letters
Bob Kane

Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich. Script credit changed from Kane to Finger by Bob Hughes.

Show/hide 17. Untitled (Anchors Aweigh!) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Anchors Aweigh!
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Taurus the Bull

Credits

Script
Bart Tumey
Art
Bart Tumey
Show/hide 18. Untitled (AiRecords) Cartoon, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
AiRecords
Genre
Non-fiction; aviation

Credits

Script
Terry Gilkison
Art
Terry Gilkison
Show/hide 19. Untitled (Movie Comics; All-American Comics) Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

"Thanks again, boys and girls of America..."

Featuring

Feature
Movie Comics; All-American Comics

Credits

Letters
typeset

Notes

Inside back cover.

Show/hide 20. Untitled (Johnson Smith & Co.) Advertisement, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Johnson Smith & Co.

Credits

Letters
typeset

Notes

Back cover.


Notes

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in the U. S. Copyright Office filing found in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 34, 1939, Number 3. Second class permit. Copyright number 421294.

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 34692

Entry created

  • 28/10/2007

Cover added

  • 19/08/2017

Index completed

  • 04/09/2019

Last updated

  • 04/09/2019