(March 1937)

DC, 1937 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Detective Comics, Inc.
Editing:
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson; Vincent Sullivan (associate); Whitney Ellsworth (associate)
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age US; Standard Silver Age US; Standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
Newsprint; Glossy
Binding:
Saddle-stitched; Squarebound
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Bruce Nelson / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Vincent Sullivan
Inks:
Vincent Sullivan
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Sen Yoi
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The art credits were verified by Vin Sullivan himself.

The River Patrol (Table of Contents)

Speed Saunders / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
E. C. Stoner
Pencils:
E. C. Stoner
Inks:
Creig Flessel
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Cyril "Speed" Saunders (introduction); Mr. Moran (introduction); Hen Velsor (a bayman); Joe Plum (Velsor's partner); Lu; Jake; Cap'n Scum (villain, introduction); Luke (villain)
Synopsis:
Speed investigates the murder of several Chinamen along the wharf area and uncovers a human smuggling operation.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Scripter and penciller credits verified by Millennium Edition: Detective Comics #1 (2000 series) #nn. Correct story title, some info and synopsis added by Craig Delich 2009-6-27.

Ken Quattro, in Alter Ego #118 (July 2013), verifies art credits, but asks the question: did the writer credit come from Stoner's widow?

[The Rhangwa Pearls] (Table of Contents)

Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Sven Elven (signed)
Pencils:
Sven Elven (signed)
Inks:
Sven Elven (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sven Elven ?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Cosmo, The Phantom of Disguise (introduction); Captain Burke (introduction); Gregory Dillingwater (introduction); Buckley (Dillingwater's butler); un-named Inspector; Taro [also as un-named Policeman and butler Buckley] (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
A millionaire that has just bought the fabulously valuable Rhanggwa Pearls receives a letter from someone threatening to steal them.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Scripter credit from Millennium Edition: Detective Comics #1 (2000 series) #nn. Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2012-6-17.

[The Peruvian Mine Murders: Part 1] (Table of Contents)

Bret Lawton / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
Creig Flessel
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Bret Lawton (introduction); Tim Morgan (introduction, mine owner); Jan (hotel manager); Fred Collins (Chief Engineer of Morgan's mines); Spider Malone (villain, introduction); un-named Incan priest (villain)
Synopsis:
Confronted by a series of murders, Bret forages into the Peruvian jungles to ascertain why a hole appears in each victim's throat, but they were not shot!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story printed in black and white.

The Claws of the Red Dragon (Table of Contents)

Bruce Nelson / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (signed)
Pencils:
Tom Hickey (signed)
Inks:
Tom Hickey (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Bruce Nelson (introduction); Erick von Holtzendorff (introduction); Sigrid von Holtzendorf (introduction); Sen Yoi (I, villain); un-named Chinese (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis:
Venturing into downtown San Francisco, Bruce finds it odd to see a Chinese restaurant among the buildings, and no one to wait upon him when he enters desiring a meal. Stranger still, another couple enters and is served anything they desire. When he decides to stick around and see what develops, he and the couple are suddenly grabbed and blindfolded!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story continued next issue.

[The Gotlotz Jewels] (Table of Contents)

Gumshoe Gus / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Patrick (signed)
Pencils:
Bill Patrick (signed)
Inks:
Bill Patrick (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Bill Patrick

Genre:
humor; detective-mystery
Characters:
Gumshoe Gus (introduction); un-named Police Commissioner; Mrs. Gotlotz; Reeves (butler)
Synopsis:
Gus is sent to a rich woman's home to watch over her pearls during a party and nabs a man he sees pocketing them. Unfortunately for Gus, it is the Chief!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2009-6-27.

[The Balinoff Case: Part 1] (Table of Contents)

Bart Regan, Spy / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)
Pencils:
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks:
Joe Shuster (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Bart Regan [also as Captain Markham] (introduction, origin); un-named Federal Government Chief (introduction); Sally Norris (introduction, Bart's fiancee); Olga Balinoff (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Bart is called on to volunteer for a secret spy case, but in doing so, he must forgo his own personal agenda, including his marriage to fiance Sally.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Continued in the next issue.

[The Gotrox Pearls] (Table of Contents)

Eagle-Eyed Jake / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Russell Cole [as Alger] (signed)
Pencils:
Russell Cole [as Alger] (signed)
Inks:
Russell Cole [as Alger] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Russell Cole

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Eagle-Eyed Jake (introduction); Mrs. Gotrox (introduction); un-named Maid; Hammock Jones (detective); Hortense
Synopsis:
Jake is called in to solve the theft of some pearls, and promptly discovers that there were no pearls in the first place!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2009-6-27.

none (Table of Contents)

Silly Sleuths / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Fred Schwab
Pencils:
Fred Schwab
Inks:
Fred Schwab
Colors:
?
Letters:
Fred Schwab

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Gus; Inspector Schmaltz; Reilly
Synopsis:
Series of four 1 panel detective-related gag cartoons.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2009-6-27.

[The Bar S Rustlers] (Table of Contents)

Buck Marshall, Range Detective / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Homer Fleming (signed)
Pencils:
Homer Fleming (signed)
Inks:
Homer Fleming (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Buck Marshall [posing as Sam Wilson] (introduction); un-named Sheriff; Volk; Jackson; Rawhide; Slick; Sanders (villain, introduction, owner of the Bar 8 Ranch)
Synopsis:
Buck is called in to discover the truth behind some rustling charges between two cattle ranchers that have had hard feelings for each other since a land deal went bad.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story printed in black and white. The Bar 8 Ranch is interchangable called the Bar S Ranch throughout the story.

[The Streets of Chinatown] (Table of Contents)

Slam Bradley / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)
Pencils:
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks:
Joe Shuster (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Slam Bradley (introduction); Shorty Morgan (introduction); Sergeant Kelly; Captain Frawley; Rita Carlisle (introduction, daughter of the Carlisle chain-store owner); Mimi (Rita's dog); Fui Onyui (villain, introduction); un-named antique store owner (villain, death)
Synopsis:
The daughter of a chain-store magnate wants to hire Slam to guard her valuable poodle, and when he turns it down, Shorty volunteers.
Reprints:
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Bruce Nelson
  2. 1. The River Patrol
    Speed Saunders
  3. 2. [The Rhangwa Pearls]
    Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise
  4. 3. [The Peruvian Mine Murders: Part 1]
    Bret Lawton
  5. 4. The Claws of the Red Dragon
    Bruce Nelson
  6. 5. [The Gotlotz Jewels]
    Gumshoe Gus
  7. 6. [The Balinoff Case: Part 1]
    Bart Regan, Spy
  8. 7. [The Gotrox Pearls]
    Eagle-Eyed Jake
  9. 8. none
    Silly Sleuths
  10. 9. [The Bar S Rustlers]
    Buck Marshall, Range Detective
  11. 10. [The Streets of Chinatown]
    Slam Bradley
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