Tag Archives: Jack Burnley

Superman gets mixed up in everything!

Flesicher cartoons promo - Action Comics #54

This ad from Action Comics (1938) #54 again uses the Jack Burnley-drawn cover to Superman (1939) #19 to promote the “Superman, Matinee Idol” story from that issue and it’s tie to the Fleischer Studios Superman cartoons. Figures likely drawn by Whitney Ellsworth.


Boy! Is Clark Kent In Trouble!!!

Fleischer cartoons/"Superman, Matinee Idol" promo 2 - Action Comics #53

This second ad from ACTION COMICS (1938) #53, further promoted “Superman, Matinee Idol,” including giving a sneak peak of the Jack Burnley cover to SUPERMAN (1939) #19 and giving a hint about the story’s plot. Figures in the ad likely illustrated by Whitney Ellsworth, who also was nearing the end of this tenure as editor of the Superman titles.

I’ll be seeing you on the screen …

Fleischer cartoons promo - All-Star Comics #8

This ad from ALL-STAR COMICS (1940) #8 was published one day short of a month after the release of the first Fleischer Studios Superman cartoon. The Superman image is recycled from the cover of the 1940 issue of WORLD’ S FAIR COMICS. “Superman’s secret message” was a recurring feature of the Supermen of America page featured in most issues of ACTION COMICS and SUPERMAN at this time. However, despite claiming to use Code Mars as its deciphering key, the code doesn’t appear to match up to any of of the nine key codes on the Supermen of America decoder card.