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Action Comics (1938) - #42
DC Comics


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  Editor(s):
Murray Boltinoff
Whitney Ellsworth
Mort Weisinger

Cover Artist(s):
Fred Ray
 

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Cover Date: November 1941
Cover Price: US $ 0.10

Issue Tagline: WORLD'S LARGEST SELLING COMIC MAGAZINE

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 64 pages

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Reprinted/Collected in:
Secret Origins (1973) #4
The Superman Chronicles (2006) TPB vol. 07
Superman: The Action Comics Archives (1998) HC vol. 03

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"The Empire In The Sky" - Edit this story

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Writer(s):
Jerome 'Jerry' Siegel

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John Sikela

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John Sikela

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An image for Lois Lane (DC)(Earth-2 - Pre Crisis) exists Lois Lane (DC)(Earth-2 - Pre Crisis)
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Perry White (DC)(Earth-2 - Pre Crisis)

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Luthor builds a giant city in the sky and hypnotizes Superman into doing his bidding.

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"The Origin of the Vigilante" - Edit this story

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Mort Weisinger

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Mort Meskin

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Mort Meskin

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At his execution, Killer Kelly tells Vigilante that he will come back from the grave, but he has really just bribed the prison doctor to lower the voltage. Greg Sanders, rodeo man, is met by Betty Stuart, a blues singer, after a rodeo, and he learns that Killer Kelly is loose. At his home, Greg dons the costume of the Vigilante and heads to the costume ball of Van Ardsley.

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Three Aces

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On their way back from South America, the Aces find themselves in the middle of a Central American revolution. A man named Miguel Miranda takes their planes for the war, and the Aces have to figure out a way to get them back.

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Fatman (DC)
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Mr. America goes out to investigate a strange lack of crime, but Bob is ordered to stay in. Feeling deserted, Bob creates the identity of Fatman. At Tex's headquarters, he develops a way to transform his cape into a magic flying carpet. Fatman stumbles upon the plans of the Queen Bee to steal radium.

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"Missing Masterpiece" - Edit this story

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"Dead or Alive" - Edit this story

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Wilton Weston

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Stan Kaye

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"Juggler, Junior, McGirk" - Edit this story

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Henry Boltinoff

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"The Jungle Film" - Edit this story

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In the jungle, Congo Bill's safari comes across a white man being buried alive by a native and attempts to stop him, only to be informed that he's just ruined a shot in an adventure film. Talking with the director, Hugo Von Eller, Bill finds out that the production has been plagued with problems. Sheila agrees to stand in for a sick actress, but the problems continue.

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"The Man who Could Control Minds" - Edit this story

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Joseph Sulman

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Zatara spots the Tigress and Frosty Parke and decides to follow them. He catches them trying to rob a bank and quickly stops them, putting Frosty into the hospital. There, Frosty uses an experiment that allows him to control men's minds, and somehow the power is transferred into him. He escapes and meets with Tigress to continue their crime spree. Zatara discovers Frosty's new power and investigates.

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