Adventure Comics #61

DC Comics

United States

Published
April 1941
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/1374

Credits

Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (uncredited)

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover Untitled (Starman) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Starman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
The Starman [Ted Knight]; the Sandman [Wesley Dodds] (inset)

Credits

Art
Jack Burnley
Letters
typeset

Notes

Starman does not have a circle around the star on his chest, although it appears in the story art.

Show/hide 1. The "Big Six" Comic Magazines Still Lead the Field! Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

Credits

Letters
typeset

Notes

Inside front cover.

Show/hide 2. The Amazing Starman (Starman) Comic story, 9 pages

Featuring

Feature
Starman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Starman [Ted Knight](introduction, origin); Doris Lee (niece of FBI Chief, Woodley Allen, introduction); Woodley Allen (FBI trouble-shooter, introduction); Professor Davis; Dr. Doog (villain, introduction, death); Nelson (villain, death)

Credits

Script
Gardner Fox ? (see notes)
Jack Burnley (see notes)
Pencils
Jack Burnley
Inks
Jack Burnley
Ray Burnley (backgrounds)
Colours
Raymond Perry
Letters
Betty Bentley

Reprint history

Also printed
United States
Justice League of America (DC, 1960 series) #94 (November 1971)
The Amazing Starman
 
Australia
All Star Adventure Comic (KG Murray, 1973 series) #89 ([October 1974?])
The Amazing Starman
 
United States
Millennium Edition: Adventure Comics 61 (DC, 2000 series) (December 2000)
The Amazing Starman
From GCD
from Adventure Comics #61 (April 1941)
 
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #61

Synopsis

Starman is called in to battle the "Secret Brotherhood of the Electron", which is sabotaging America's communication and light system.

Notes

Jack Burnley recalls someone other than Fox doing the first story, but the writing style does look like Fox's. Burnley does state that he re-wrote the last part of this story, introducing a villain that he called Dr. Doom, but whom the editors changed to Dr. Doog. If one looks, for example, at the lettering in the balloon on page 6, panel 3, you can see the lettering of "Dr. Doog" looks totally different, and was obviously re-lettered. Burnley has at different times recalled his letterer as his sister Betty Bentley and the backgrounds done by his brother Ray. The cover for this issue reappears as the last panel in the Starman story in Adventure #63. Information here related to Craig Delich by Burnley at his home in Charlottesville, Virgina in 1989.

Show/hide 3. No title recorded (It's True!) Cartoon, 0.5 pages

"It takes 29,600 parts..."

Featuring

Feature
It's True!
Genre
Non-fiction
Show/hide 4. No title recorded (All-Star Comics) Promo (ad from the publisher), 0.5 pages

"For thrills and adventure..."

Featuring

Feature
All-Star Comics
Show/hide 5. Lishak the Gladiator (Mark Lansing) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Mark Lansing
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Mark Lansing; Kit; King Talon; Costa (villain); Lishak (villain, death)

Credits

Script
Howard Purcell
Art
Howard Purcell

Synopsis

King Talon hopes to save Mark from being tortured and to save Kit before ending Costa's evil reign.

Notes

Writer credit verified by Jerry Bails. The end panel of this story is a promo for the Spectre strip appearing in More Fun Comics.

Show/hide 6. Untitled (Facts) Cartoon, 0.5 pages

"Approximately 200,000,000 chickens..."

Featuring

Feature
Facts
Genre
Non-fiction

Credits

Script
Henry Boltinoff
Art
Henry Boltinoff
Letters
Henry Boltinoff

Synopsis

Two fact quickies are featured: that approximately 100 million chickens are produced and marketed in the U.S. each year, AND that it takes more than one million tons of coal a day to supply this nation's demand for heat, light and power.

Notes

Writer and letterer credits verified by Jerry Bails.

Show/hide 7. No title recorded (The Black Owl; Prize Comics) Advertisement, 0.5 pages

Featuring

Feature
The Black Owl; Prize Comics

Credits

Letters
typeset
Show/hide 8. The Ghost Plane (Federal Men) Comic story, 4 pages

Featuring

Feature
Federal Men
Genre
Detective-mystery
Characters
Steve Carson; Drew (death); Major Gruen; un-named Governor; Blitz Merkel (villain); Mr. Ender (villain)

Credits

Script
Jerry Siegel
Art
Chad Grothkopf [as Chad]
Letters
Chad Grothkopf

Synopsis

Steve Carson of the FBI is called in to deal with the loss of five border policemen engaged by the Border Business Association to prevent gun running across the border.

Show/hide 9. Treachery Off Singapore (Steve Conrad Adventurer) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Steve Conrad Adventurer
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Steve Conrad; Chang; Sparky Watts (death); Blubber Bolsom (villain); Slippy (villain)

Credits

Script
Jack Lehti
Art
Jack Lehti

Synopsis

Steve begins to investigate the situation when his old pal Sparky is spouting off about a fabulous treasure he has uncovered, and then is murdered.

Show/hide 10. Untitled (Peter and His Pup) Comic story, 1 page

"It's a swell day, Whiskers! Let's go fishing!"

Featuring

Feature
Peter and His Pup
Genre
Humor
Characters
Peter; Whiskers (his dog)

Credits

Script
Ray McGill
Art
Ray McGill
Letters
Ray McGill

Synopsis

When Peter and his pup go fishing and have no luck, the dog figures out a better way to do the fishing.

Show/hide 11. Untitled (The Quiz Page) Cartoon, 1 page

"1. How did Death Valley get its name?"

Featuring

Feature
The Quiz Page
Genre
Non-fiction

Credits

Script
Henry Boltinoff [as Bolty]
Art
Henry Boltinoff [as Bolty]
Letters
Henry Boltinoff

Synopsis

Six questions are asked: 1) How did Death Valley get its name?; 2) What does SOS mean?; 3) When is Groundhog Day?; 4) Do bulls actually see red?; 5) How large is an acre?; and 6) What does the olive branch symbolize?

Notes

Letterer credit verified by Jerry Bails.

Show/hide 12. The Runaway Dinosaurs (The Hourman) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
The Hourman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Hourman [Rex Tyler]; Mr. Bannerman; un-named Professor; Jimmy Martin; Thorndyke Tompkins; Minute Men of America; Mr. Whistle (villain)

Credits

Script
Ken Fitch
Art
Bernard Baily
Letters
Bernard Baily

Synopsis

The Hourman, blamed for stealing animated mechanical prehistoric beasts from a museum, finds he has to battle them in order to save Thorndyke from kidnappers.

Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich. Writer credit verified by Martin O'Hearn. The last panel of the story is an illustrated ad for The Spectre by Jerry Siegel, starring in More Fun Comics. The villain, Mr. Whistle, is called Mr. Whistler in the last half of the story.

Show/hide 13. No title recorded (Adventure Stamp Page) Advertisement, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Adventure Stamp Page

Credits

Letters
typeset
Show/hide 14. Too Many Suspects (Paul Kirk, Manhunter) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Paul Kirk, Manhunter
Genre
Detective-mystery
Characters
Paul Kirk; Police Chief Holden; Andrew Kallan [as Bushy] (villain)

Credits

Script
Ed Moore
Art
Ed Moore
Letters
Ed Moore

Synopsis

A noted banker fakes his death in order to abscond with bank funds and place the blame on other employees.

Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

Show/hide 15. The Flying Carpet by Richard Halliburton (Book Review) Text article, 0.67 pages

Featuring

Feature
Book Review

Credits

Author
Letters
typeset
Show/hide 16. No title recorded Advertisement, 0.33 pages

Notes

A few small ads on the book review page.

Show/hide 17. Defender of Barlunda (Cotton Carver) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Cotton Carver
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Cotton Carver; Princess Deela; King Marl; Nardak; Orko (villain, death)

Credits

Script
Jack Lehti
Art
Jack Lehti

Synopsis

Cotton saves Deela from being kidnapped by Orko, then they find themselves stranded in the ancient city of Dorgo, armed only with the Ring Machine to fight off another onslaught by Orko.

Show/hide 18. Case of the Black Cat Text story, 1.5 pages

Featuring

Genre
Adventure
Characters
Jimmy Owen; Minerva (a cat); Hilda

Credits

Author
T. C. O'Neil (credited)
Art
Fred Ray [as Ray] (signed, spot illustration)
Letters
typeset

Synopsis

Jimmy Owen, a private detective from the Quick Service Agency, is hired to protect the life of a cat, which is the recipient of $250,000 from her deceased owner.

Show/hide 19. Superman Is on the Radio (Superman) Advertisement, 0.5 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]

Credits

Letters
typeset

Notes

Advertisement for the Superman radio program.

Show/hide 20. The Menace of the Metal Gun! (The Sandman) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
The Sandman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Dian Belmont; D.A. Belmont; Ivan Borloff (villain)

Credits

Art
Creig Flessel

Synopsis

Sandman must battle a scientist, in the pay of a foreign government, who has invented a mysterious Cylindecraft, whose purple ray can eat its way through metal.

Notes

Sandman uses his new Wirepoon in this story. The Millennium edition lists the writer as Gardner F. Fox.

Show/hide 21. Colossal! Terrific! Stupendous! (World's Best Comics) Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
World's Best Comics

Credits

Letters
typeset
Show/hide 22. Prizes for All! (American Seed Co.) Advertisement, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
American Seed Co.

Credits

Letters
typeset

Notes

Inside back cover.

Show/hide 23. There's Power for You! (Baby Ruth) Advertisement, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Baby Ruth

Credits

Letters
typeset

Notes

Back cover.


Notes

"Ellsworth, although the only one credited as editor, is more an editor-in-chief -- with Mort Weisinger and Jack Schiff the actual editors starting a few years into the 40's; many stories throughout the 40's probably colored by Raymond Perry."

On-sale date from ad in More Fun Comics #66 and copyright registration.

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 66853

Index completed

  • 08/09/2019

Last updated

  • 08/09/2019