World's Finest Comics #68

DC Comics

United States

Published
January-February 1954
Page count
68
Cover price
0.15 USD
Colour
Colour
Size
Silver Age size
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Format
Comic series
Branding
DC: Superman National Comics
 
DC: Superman National Comics
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/11037

Credits

Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, Editor [credited]
 
Jack Schiff, Managing Editor
 
Mort Weisinger, Story Editor
 
George Kashdan, Story Editor

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover Untitled (Batman and Robin; Superman) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Batman and Robin; Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]

Credits

Art
Win Mortimer, line art
Colours
, colourist

Reprint history

First print
Australia
Super Adventure Comic (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #49 ([July 1954])
Untitled
Also printed
United Kingdom
Super Adventure Comic (KGM, 1952 series) #49 (October 1954)
No title recorded
Printed in
Buntes Allerlei (Aller Verlag, 1953 series) #11/1954 (Mai 1954)
 
Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus (DC, 2015 series) #9 ([August] 2021)
Show/hide 1. Home, Sweet Home! (Binky [DC]) Public service announcement, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Binky [DC]
Genre
Advocacy; teen

Credits

Writing
Jack Schiff, scripter
Art
Sheldon Mayer, line art
 
, inker
Text
Ira Schnapp, letterer

Reprint history

First print
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #144 (May 1950)
Home, Sweet Home
Also printed
United States
Superman (DC, 1939 series) #64 (May-June 1950)
Home, Sweet Home!
 
United States
Superboy (DC, 1949 series) #30 (January 1954)
Home, Sweet Home!
 
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #188 (January 1954)
Home, Sweet Home!
 
United States
Buzzy (DC, 1945 series) #53 (January 1954)
Home Sweet Home!

Notes

On the inside front cover.

Art credits from Bob Hughes, Gene Reed, Merlin Haas, Edgar Loftin, and Allen Ross. Loftin and Ross question Mayer inks credit. Bob Bailey argues Bob Oksner base with Mayer heads.

Show/hide 2. The Menace from the Stars! (Superman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Perry White

Credits

Writing
Bill Woolfolk, scripter
Art
Wayne Boring, penciller
 
Stan Kaye, inker
Colours
, colourist
Text
Pat Gordon , letterer

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Super Adventure Comic (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #54 ([December 1954?])
Menace from the Stars
 
United Kingdom
Super Adventure Comic (KGM, 1952 series) #54 ([March 1955?])
The Menace from the Stars!
 
United Kingdom
Superman Annual (KGM, 1951 series) December 1963 (December 1963)
The Menace from the Stars!
 
United States
Superman in the Fifties (DC, 2002 series) ([September] 2002)
The Menace from the Stars!
 
United States
Superman in the Fifties (DC, 2002 series) ([September] 2002)
Printed in
Superman in the Fifties (DC, 2021 series) #[nn] (2020 [April 2021])

Synopsis

After attempting to destroy an asteroid with traces of Kryptonite, Superman loses his memory. He changes into the clothes in the cape pocket and heads to the Daily Planet. Lois and Perry tell him he is Clark Kent and that Superman has disappeared. When Clark puts on the Superman suit to fool some bank robbers and finds that bullets bounce off him, he credits the suit. He breaks up the asteroid and then decides to reveal to the Daily Planet that though he has been acting as him, he isn't Superman. As he walks to the office, however, he is hit by a truck and remembers that he really is Superman.

Notes

Woolfolk credit from Martin O'Hearn at http://martinohearn.blogspot.com/

There was a Superman TV show based on this particular story (or maybe the other way around).

Show/hide 3. Untitled (Dubble Bubble) Advertisement, 0.5 pages

"Watch your step here, Butch..."

Featuring

Feature
Dubble Bubble
Genre
Children

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
Ray Thompson, line art [signed]
Colours
, colourist
Text
, letterer
Show/hide 4. Editorial Advisory Board (Superman DC National Comics) Promo (ad from the publisher), 0.5 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman DC National Comics

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Text
, typeset
Show/hide 5. Nine Men Against Fort Mohawk! (Tomahawk) Comic story, 9.67 pages

Featuring

Feature
Tomahawk
Genre
Historical; western-frontier
Characters
Tomahawk; Dan Hunter

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
Nick Cardy, line art
Colours
, colourist
Text
Pat Gordon , letterer

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Davy Crockett and the Frontier Fighters (Colour Comics, 1956 series) #8 ([September 1956?])
Nine Men Against Fort Mohawk
Printed in
Tomahawk (Illustrerte Klassikere / Williams Forlag, 1969 series) #8/1973 ([august] 1973)
 
Buntes Allerlei (Aller Verlag, 1953 series) #13/1954 (Juni 1954)
Show/hide 6. Untitled (Wildroot Cream-Oil) Advertisement, 0.33 pages

Featuring

Feature
Wildroot Cream-Oil

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
, line art
Colours
, colourist
Text
, letterer
Show/hide 7. Untitled (Shorty) Comic story, 1 page

"Good day, sir. Could you spare me a piece of cake?"

Featuring

Feature
Shorty
Genre
Humour

Credits

Writing
Henry Boltinoff, scripter [signed]
Art
Henry Boltinoff, line art [signed]
Colours
, colourist
Text
Henry Boltinoff, letterer [signed]

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Superboy (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #64 ([May 1954])
Shorty
 
United Kingdom
Superboy (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #64 ([June 1954?])
The Giant Who Came to Smallville!
Printed in
Rommets Helter (Serieforlaget / Se-Bladene / Stabenfeldt, 1965 series) #4/1966 ([november] 1966)
Show/hide 8. The Mystery of the Vanishing Villains! (Green Arrow) Comic story, 9.67 pages

Featuring

Feature
Green Arrow
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; Speedy [Roy Harper]

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
George Papp, line art
Colours
, colourist
Text
Ira Schnapp, letterer

Reprint history

Also printed
United Kingdom
Batman (KGM, 1952 series) #62 ([October 1955?])
The Mystery of the Vanishing Villains
 
Australia
Colossal Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #50 (August 1969)
The Mystery of the Vanishing Villains
Printed in
Rommets Helter (Serieforlaget / Se-Bladene / Stabenfeldt, 1965 series) #4/1966 ([november] 1966)
Original
World's Finest Comics 68, January-February 1954

Notes

Letters credit from Todd Klein via his Klein Letters blog (19 September 2016, http://kleinletters.com/Blog/ira-schnapp-in-worlds-finest-comics-part-2/).

Show/hide 9. Superman Is on Television! (The Adventures of Superman) Promo (ad from the publisher), 0.33 pages

Featuring

Feature
The Adventures of Superman
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
, line art
Colours
, colourist
Text
, letterer
Show/hide 10. Untitled (Little Pete) Comic story, 0.5 pages

"Here is a present for you, Miss Tyson."

Featuring

Feature
Little Pete
Genre
Humour

Credits

Writing
Henry Boltinoff, scripter [signed]
Art
Henry Boltinoff, line art [signed]
Colours
, colourist
Text
Henry Boltinoff, letterer [signed]
Show/hide 11. Untitled (Smith Brothers Cough Drops) Advertisement, 0.5 pages

Featuring

Feature
Smith Brothers Cough Drops

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
, line art
Colours
, colourist
Text
, letterer
Show/hide 12. Rookin' the Ranchers! (Two-Gun Percy) Comic story, 5 pages

Featuring

Feature
Two-Gun Percy
Genre
Humour; western-frontier

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
Jimmy Thompson, line art
Colours
, colourist
Text
Ira Schnapp, letterer

Notes

Letters credit from Todd Klein via his Klein Letters blog (19 September 2016, http://kleinletters.com/Blog/ira-schnapp-in-worlds-finest-comics-part-2/).

Show/hide 13. Riddle of the Portuguese Cat! (Special Spy Story) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Special Spy Story
Genre
Spy

Credits

Writing
David Wood, scripter [as Dave Wood]
Art
Howard Sherman, line art
Colours
, colourist
Text
Pat Gordon , letterer

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Strange Adventures (Colour Comics, 1954 series) #6 ([February 1955])
Riddle of the Portuguese Cat
 
Australia
Strange Adventures (Colour Comics, 1954 series) #6 ([February 1955])
 
Australia
Colossal Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #25 ([May 1963?])
Riddle of the Portuguese Cat
 
Australia
Colossal Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #25 ([May 1963?])
 
Australia
All Favourites Comic (Colour Comics, 1960 series) #71 ([March 1969?])
Riddle of the Portuguese Cat
 
Australia
All Favourites Comic (Colour Comics, 1960 series) #71 ([March 1969?])

Notes

Originally scheduled for Danger Trail #6, which was never published. Pencils credit from Gene Reed based on copies of editorial records received from Nelson Bridwell in 1986. Records also show that the original title for this story was "Lisbon Legacy."

Show/hide 14. Caging the King of Beasts Text story, 2 pages

Featuring

Genre
Adventure

Credits

Writing
Jack Miller, author
Art
Raymond Perry, line art (header)
Colours
, colourist
Text
, typeset

Reprint history

First print
Unknown
Show/hide 15. Three Smashing Adventures of Superman (Superman) Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
Win Mortimer, penciller
 
Al Plastino, penciller
 
Wayne Boring, penciller (illustration)
 
Win Mortimer, inker
 
Al Plastino, inker
 
Stan Kaye , inker (illustration)
Colours
, colourist
Text
Ira Schnapp, letterer

Synopsis

Includes reproduction of the cover to Superman #86.

Show/hide 16. The Secret Weapons of the Crimesmith! (Batman and Robin) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman and Robin
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; The Crimesmith [Rand Garrow] (villain, introduction); Whitey Willerson; "Patch" Parsons; Director Harben

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
Sheldon Moldoff, penciller
 
Charles Paris, inker
Colours
, colourist
Text
Pat Gordon , letterer

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Super Adventure Comic (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #49 ([July 1954])
The Secret Weapons of the Crimesmith
 
United Kingdom
Super Adventure Comic (KGM, 1952 series) #49 (October 1954)
The Secret Weapons of the Crimesmith
 
United Kingdom
Super Adventure Comic (KGM, 1952 series) #49 (October 1954)
 
Australia
Colossal Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #40 ([February 1967?])
The Secret Weapons of the Crimesmith
Printed in
Buntes Allerlei (Aller Verlag, 1953 series) #11/1954 (Mai 1954)
 
Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus (DC, 2015 series) #9 ([August] 2021)
Original
World's Finest Comics 68, January-February 1954

Synopsis

Batman and Robin search for the Crimesmith, a new villain who invents fantastic mechanical weapons for criminals to use in their crimes.

Notes

Credits by Pat Lang and Craig Delich.

Show/hide 17. Untitled (Littleton Stamp Co.) Advertisement, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Littleton Stamp Co.

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
, line art
Colours
, colourist
Text
, typeset
Show/hide 18. Untitled (Electric Baseball) Advertisement, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Electric Baseball

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
, line art
Text
, typeset

Notes

Inside back cover.

Show/hide 19. Untitled (Daisy Manufacturing Company) Advertisement, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Daisy Manufacturing Company

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
, line art
Colours
, colourist
Text
, typeset

Notes

Back cover.


Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration.

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 36435

Entry created

  • 18/05/2008

Cover added

  • 23/08/2014

Index completed

  • 27/12/2021

Last updated

  • 27/12/2021