"Superman: "Superman at the World's Fair"": Superman hears that the committee is going to nominate Tom North as governor. He gets the information to press before it has been publicly released. The chief sends him and Lois Lane to cover the New York World's Fair. As the train is taking them t
- And so - till another time - adieu to the Sandman.
- — Sandman
Synopsis for Superman: "Superman at the World's Fair"
Superman hears that the committee is going to nominate Tom North as governor. He gets the information to press before it has been publicly released. The chief sends him and Lois Lane to cover the New York World's Fair. As the train is taking them to New York, Kent discovers that it's about to crash into another train. He leaps in between the two trains and uses his strength to bring them to a stop.
When they get to the World's Fair, he hears about an exhibit on infantile paralysis that is not going to be finished in time, so he springs into action. He completes the necessary excavations, drives pilings into the swamp, and completes the exhibit.
He jumps to the top of the Trylon in order to locate Lois Lane. He catches up with her, and they run into Nick Stone, a noted criminal. He decides to pretend to be knocked unconscious to see what happens. Stone takes Lane back to his hideout and tells her his plan: to have his henchmen steal the Rhanee jewels that are being exhibited, when the fireworks go off.
As Stone is about to shoot Lane, Superman shows up. He snatches the bullet out of the air just two inches from her head. Superman rushes back to the World's Fair just as the fireworks are going off. He gets to the ground just as the two crooks run away. He chases after them, pulls them out of their car, and drags them back to the police. For good measure, he saves a parachutist whose chute has failed to open. Lois Lane jumps on him at just that moment. She plants a kiss on his cheek before he's able to jump off.
Appearing in Superman: "Superman at the World's Fair"
- Nick Stone (a criminal)
- Tom North (a politician) (Mentioned only)
- Rahnee Jewels
Synopsis for "Chuck Warren Goes to the New York World's Fair"
Inside the locker room of Catonah College, Chuck Warren and two of his track teammates were celebrating their notice in the local newspaper after a meet that happened earlier. Then, another teammate walked in and informed them that if they won the Tri-State meet on Saturday, they would be sent to New York City for the New York World's Fair meet, which encouraged Chuck to try harder in his next track meet. Chuck placed first place, allowing Catonah's entry to be accepted. Their trip to New York City was not paid for, so they decided to take Chuck's car there while their coach took a train. At some point when Chuck was driving, he saw that a bridge was missing, but instead of stopping, he sped up and jumped across the gap to the other side of the road. They arrived by nightfall and Chuck requested a room for himself and his girlfriend Joe. Chuck and Joe were sleeping together in the barn, until...
Chuck realized that he had been dreaming and was woken up to go on the actual trip. They arrived in Springville, which was exactly one hundred miles away from the World's Fair. When Chuck arrived in Springville, he witnessed a bank robbery and decided that he had to thwart it. After thwarting the bank robbery by hitting their car with his own, the bank president thanked Chuck, but his car was damaged, so the bank decided to pay their train fare. Chuck and team arrived at the World's Fair for the meet. Later, Joe ran on the track, racing against other competitors, but was left in fourth place. Eventually, he overtook the other competitors, winning the race and also setting a new world record for the mile relay. Afterwards, Glenn Cunningham, another competitor congratulated Chuck for his win. Then Chuck and his team received watches with the World's Fair emblem on them, as prizes. Additionally, they were also allowed to see all the sights of the World's Fair for free.
Appearing in "Chuck Warren Goes to the New York World's Fair"
- Chuck Warren
- Bank robbers
- Joe (Chuck's girlfriend)
- Bank president
- Joe Carr
- Glenn Cunningham
- Catonah College
- New York City
Synopsis for Hanko the Cowhand: "... Goes to the World's Fair"
Appearing in Hanko the Cowhand: "... Goes to the World's Fair"
Synopsis for Butch the Pup: "At the New York World's Fair"
Appearing in Butch the Pup: "At the New York World's Fair"
- Butch the Pup
Synopsis for Ginger Snap: "At the New York World's Fair"
Appearing in Ginger Snap: "At the New York World's Fair"
- Ginger Snap
Synopsis for Scoop Scanlon: "... at the World's Fair"
Appearing in Scoop Scanlon: "... at the World's Fair"
- Scoop Scanlon, Five Star Reporter
- Rusty James, photographer
- Mr. Bronson, of Bronson Airlines, Inc., as "the Bat's Wing"
- Luisetti, bomb planter
- Bill Wesley, aircraft designer
- Jim Peters, decoder, at Police Headquarters
Synopsis for "A Day at the World's Fair"
Appearing in "A Day at the World's Fair"
Synopsis for Slam Bradley: "... at the World's Fair"
Appearing in Slam Bradley: "... at the World's Fair"
- Tony Spinelli (a thief) (Single appearance)
Synopsis for The Sandman: "... at the World's Fair"
Mister Evarts of the Dodds-Bessing Steel Corporation telephones Wesley Dodds and arranges to meet him at the New York World's Fair. He instructs Dodds to bring the plans for the ray gun that he had invented. Dodds complies, but doesn't understand the request, as he is already donating the ray gun itself. At the fair, Wes and Evarts meet U.S. Secret Service agent George Henry. Henry insures that he will safeguard the plans and bring them to Washington. Suspicious by nature, Wesley surreptitiously pockets a crucial page from the blueprints. Suddenly the lights flicker out, and when they come back on, the blueprints are missing. Evarts appears upset, but moans that there is little that anybody can do now. Wesley sneaks away and changes into his "Mystery Man" alter ego - the Sandman.
The Sandman discovers that the man he met with earlier was not the real George Henry. He goes to the steel foundry where he finds the real Secret Service agent bound and gagged. Releasing him, Wes learns that the impostor he met earlier was actually an international spy named Boris Leland. The Sandman leaves the building and drives to Long Island. From there, he finds the spy ring gathering together on a private yacht on the Sound. He attacks the men and renders them all unconscious with his gas gun. He then discovers that Boris Leland had been working alongside Mister Evarts. The Sandman demands to know why Evarts would betray Wesley Dodds, to which Evarts explains that he was in financial straits and sold the plans to Leland to pay off his debts. The Sandman douses Evarts with his gas gun and takes him away.
Appearing in The Sandman: "... at the World's Fair"
- The Sandman (Wesley Dodds) (a mystery man) (First appearance)
- Boris Leland (spy) (Single appearance)
- his thugs
- Evarts (executive at Dodds-Bessing) (Single appearance)
- George Henry (Federal agent) (Single appearance)
- New York City
- Long Island Sound
- Dodds' Red Roadster
- Leland's Yacht
- Evarts' Power Boat
Synopsis for Zatara: "The World's Fair Exhibit"
Appearing in Zatara: "The World's Fair Exhibit"
- Rodgers (a criminal) (Single appearance)
- Elmer Gordon (a collector) (Single appearance)
- Jade Necklace of Princess Ti-Lo
- Published by Detective Comics, Inc.
- Originally, this issue was not numbered.
- This issue is reprinted in DC Comics Rarities Archives #1.
- Sandman at the World's Fair is reprinted in The Golden Age Sandman Archives Vol. 1.
- First appearance of Wesley Dodds, the Golden Age Sandman. Chronologically, he makes a previous appearance in the first story in Adventure Comics #40.
- According to his introductory blurb, the Sandman is wanted by police on two continents, yet has never committed a crime.
- In this story, Wes Dodds invents a ray gun, and turns the blueprints over to the U.S. government. He never uses it afterward, and neither do the armed forces or any Federal agencies. It is never seen or mentioned again.
- Scoop Scanlon packs a concealed handgun.
- Slam Bradley at the World's Fair
- Superman at the World's Fair is reprinted in Superman Chronicles Vol. 1 and Superman: The World's Finest Comics Archives, Volume 1.
- This is the first appearance of Superman outside Action Comics. Superman appeared last in Action Comics #12. He appears next in Action Comics #13.
- George Taylor appeared last in Action Comics #12. He appears next in Action Comics #14.
- Lois Lane appeared last in Action Comics #10. She appears next in Action Comics #15.
- In this story, Lois Lane is kidnapped for the third time.
- Zatara: "The World's Fair Exhibit"
- Also appearing in this issue of New York World's Fair Comics were:
- This is the first comic book depiction of the Trylon and the Perisphere in Queens. These monuments will "soon" (chronologically) serve as the base of operations for the All-Star Squadron.
- Superman's hair is mis-colored yellow, and his shirt as red, on the cover to this issue.
- Cover gallery for the New York World's Fair Comics series
- Images from New York World's Fair Comics Vol 1 1
Links and References
- New York World's Fair Comics series index at the Grand Comics Database
- 1939 New York World's Fair article at Wikipedia