(June 1937)

DC, 1936 Series
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Volume:
2
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Nicholson Publishing Co., Inc.
Editing:
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (editor); Vincent Sullivan (associate editor); F. Whitney Ellsworth (associate editor)
Color:
Full Color, Duotone, and Black and White (#9-46 or 47); Full Color (#47 or 48 onwards)
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
Newsprint Interior, Paper Covers (#9-11); Glossy Covers (#12 onwards)
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched

Issue Notes

First issue distributed by Independent News- owned by Harry Donenfeld and Paul Sampliner.

The indicia has "VOL. 2 No. 9", but the cover has "No. 21".


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Vincent Sullivan (signed)
Inks:
Vincent Sullivan (signed)
Colors:
?

Genre:
humor; children
Synopsis:
A young child is pretend shaving before a mirror.
Keywords:
bathtubs; dogs; medicine cabinets; mirrors; shaving; shaving cream; straight razors

Better Than Ever! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

New Adventure Comics #16 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[The Brain: Part 2] (Table of Contents)

Sandra of the Secret Service / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Will Ely [as Will Georgi] (signed)
Pencils:
Will Ely [as Will Georgi] (signed)
Inks:
Will Ely [as Will Georgi] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Sandra; Michael; The Brain (villain, introduction, death?); Captain Snegg (villain, death?); Dealers In Death (villains, all die?)
Synopsis:
The Brain, a cloaked and hooded criminal mastermind, and boss of Captain Snegg, torpedoes a boat that Sandra of the Secret Service is on returning to the United States. On a small isle, in a bomb-proof shelter, the Brain makes his lair with a factory for making the rifles, machine guns and bombs that he and his gang sell to provoke unrest. Apparently killed when Sandra escapes and orders the marines to torpedo the Brain's islands, which causes explosions that destroy the islands.

Indexer Notes

Captain Snegg appears in the previous issue, but it is this issue that it becomes known that the Brain is his boss.

[The Kidnaping of Spike: Part 2] (Table of Contents)

Spike Spalding / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Vincent Sullivan (signed)
Pencils:
Vincent Sullivan (signed)
Inks:
Vincent Sullivan (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Spike Spalding; Count Alex; Rupo; Princess Margo; King Philip; The Sailor
Synopsis:
Patrania is flooded with rumors that the King has fled, and war with Provokia looms.

["He flies through the air with the greatest of ease"] (Table of Contents)

Just For Fun / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

["One of these ads sounds very good"] (Table of Contents)

Hap the Sap / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Jimmy DeAngelo
Pencils:
Jimmy DeAngelo (signed)
Inks:
Jimmy DeAngelo
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

last appearance

The Battle of Hastings (Table of Contents)

Magic Crystal of History / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Bobby; Binks; King Harold; Tostig; William the Conqueror

[The Smugglers: Part 3] (Table of Contents)

Wing Brady / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Tom Hickey (signed)
Pencils:
Tom Hickey (signed)
Inks:
Tom Hickey (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Wing Brady; Lynn Harding
Synopsis:
Wing escapes from his captors, sets their ship on fire, and escapes underwater, but is late for dinner.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Fun Club / text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
list of RI members

[Episode 21] (Table of Contents)

Ivanhoe / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils:
Raymond Perry
Inks:
Raymond Perry
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
historical
Characters:
Rebecca; The Grand Master; The Preceptor; Brian de Bois Gilbert
Synopsis:
Rebecca is put on trial for witchcraft and demands trail by combat.

Indexer Notes

adapted from the Sir Walter Scott novel.

Duotone in red and black

["My angel! My dream girl!"] (Table of Contents)

Alger's Variety Show / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

The Three Godfathers (Table of Contents)

Straight from Hollywood / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Laidlaw (signed)
Pencils:
Laidlaw (signed)
Inks:
Laidlaw (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Rin-Tin-Tin Jr.; Joe E. Brown

[Fang Gow of China: Part 21] (Table of Contents)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Inks:
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Barry O'Neil; Legrand; Jean Legrand; Fang Gow (villain)
Synopsis:
Barry, Jean, and LeGrand attempt to escape, but only Jean is in the plane when it takes off.

Indexer Notes

Formerly Barry O'Neil and Fang Gow of China.

Script credit revised from O'Mealia to ? by Craig Delich. According to the Who's Who, O'Mealia was artist only on this strip and there is no evidence extant to verify writing credits for this feature.

[Napoleon] (Table of Contents)

Just Suppose / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Henry Kiefer
Inks:
A. D. Kiefer
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Napoleon

[People of the Red Planet: Part 7] (Table of Contents)

Mark Marson of the Interplanetary Police / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Tom Hickey (signed)
Inks:
Tom Hickey (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Mark Marson; Monty; Gail Hillary; King Sarno (villain)
Synopsis:
Mark and Monty escape through a window, while Gail is saved from a fate worse than death but is still a captive.

Indexer Notes

Story printed in duotone (red and black).

Script credit revised from Hickey to ? by Craig Delich. According to the Who's Who, Hickey illustrated this feature only, and there is no extant evidence to prove he wrote this feature.

In the Wilderness [Part 9] (Table of Contents)

Bradley Boys / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Creig Flessel
Pencils:
Creig Flessel [as Fless]
Inks:
Creig Flessel
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Tom Bradley; Jack Bradley; Harry Matson
Synopsis:
The boys are attacked by a grizzly bear.

["It's my son who has the toothache!"] (Table of Contents)

Just Jokes / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Whitney Ellsworth (signed)
Pencils:
Whitney Ellsworth (signed)
Inks:
Whitney Ellsworth (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Entire production conceived and produced by Whit Ellsworth and Joe Miller.

[Roping the Ram] (Table of Contents)

Thrilling True Stories / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Richard B. Speed (signed)
Pencils:
Creig Flessel
Inks:
Creig Flessel
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure

["In Tampa Town it's fine cigars"] (Table of Contents)

Sam the Porter / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Sam

Indexer Notes

Story printed in duotone (red and black).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Do You Know? / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Henry Kiefer
Inks:
A. D. Kiefer
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Duotone in red and black

[Episode 10] (Table of Contents)

Three Musketeers / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils:
Sven Elven (signed)
Inks:
Sven Elven
Letters:
?

Genre:
historical
Characters:
Madame Bonancieux; D'Artagnan
Synopsis:
D'Artagnan saves M. Boancieux from the Cardinal's men.

Indexer Notes

adapted from the Alexandre Dumas novel

[Alaskan Adventure: Part 7] (Table of Contents)

Bob Merritt / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils:
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Inks:
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Bob Merritt; Dicky Saunders; Buzz; Shorty; Tex; Prospector Jake; Monk
Synopsis:
Bob is captured by the Asians. The gangsters wait to attack until they know where the gold is.
Bob's friends take off in search of him.

[The Whittler] (Table of Contents)

Hanko the Cowhand / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Creig Flessel (signed)
Inks:
Creig Flessel (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; western-frontier
Characters:
Hanko
Synopsis:
Hanko reads a book on whittling and can't stop.

Indexer Notes

Script revision from Flessel to ? by Craig Delich. The Who's Who indicates that Flessel only illustrated this feature, and no extant evidence has been presented to indicate that he wrote this.

[The Underwater City] (Table of Contents)

Brad Hardy / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Tom Hickey (signed)
Inks:
Tom Hickey (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Brad Hardy; Prince Kardos
Synopsis:
Brad and Kardos discover an underwater city where they can breathe like they were on land.

Indexer Notes

Story printed in duotone (red and black).

Script revision from Hickey to ? by Craig Delich. The Who's Who indicates that Hickey only illustrated this feature, and no extant evidence has been presented to indicate that he wrote this.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Talk about Talkies / text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Mary Patrick (signed)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Wheeler and Woolsey

[Linda's Stepmother: Part 2] (Table of Contents)

Little Linda / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Whitney Ellsworth
Pencils:
Whitney Ellsworth
Inks:
Whitney Ellsworth
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; children
Characters:
Linda; Silas Flint; Linda's stepmother
Synopsis:
When Linda's stepmother shows up and tries to take custody, Silas Flint "kidnaps" Linda and they both run away on a long adventure.

[The Secret Mine: Part 4] (Table of Contents)

Jack Woods / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils:
Will Ely [as Will Georgi] (signed)
Inks:
Will Ely [as Will Georgi] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Jack Woods; Mrs. Harkins; Val Stanton; Hines; Fagin
Synopsis:
Jack and Fagin are trapped by a mine cave-in.

[Lacrossed Out] (Table of Contents)

Pep Morgan / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
sports
Characters:
Pep Morgan; Coach
Synopsis:
Pep tries to play lacrosse.

Indexer Notes

Script revision from Flessel to ? by Craig Delich. The Who's Who indicates that Flessel only illustrated this feature, and no extant evidence has been presented to indicate that he wrote this.

[The Lord of Life: Part 2] (Table of Contents)

Doctor Occult / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel [as Leger]
Pencils:
Joe Shuster [as Reuths]
Inks:
Joe Shuster
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Doctor Occult; Rose Psychic; Custer the Butler
Synopsis:
Occult discovers that Nita Crane's tomb is emtpy.

[The Dan Bowers Case: Part 5] (Table of Contents)

Radio Squad / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks:
Joe Shuster (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Radio Squad [Sandy Kean]; Dan Bowers (villain); Bugs Brighty (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Sandy goes seemingly berserk and arrests every connected hoodlum in town, daring the authorities to let them out again.
Reprints:

[Island Adventure: Part 13] (Table of Contents)

Woozy Watts / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Woozie Watts; Smith
Synopsis:
Woozie meets another prisoner on the island, a girl named Smith.

[The Arsonist: Part 1] (Table of Contents)

Johnnie Law / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Will Ely
Pencils:
Will Ely [as Will Georgi]
Inks:
Will Ely
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Johnnie Law (intro); Tim; Mrs. Ashley
Synopsis:
Johnnie saves an orphan boy from a fire set by an arsonist and then asks the fellow to come live with him.

["The Knife"] (Table of Contents)

Trissie / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Tom Folliard
Pencils:
Tom Folliard
Inks:
Tom Folliard
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; children
Characters:
Trissie
Synopsis:
Trissie brings a large knife to the neighborhood sharpener, thus fomenting all kinds of consternation about the town.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Detective Comics #4 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. Better Than Ever!
    New Adventure Comics #16
  3. 2. [The Brain: Part 2]
    Sandra of the Secret Service
  4. 3. [The Kidnaping of Spike: Part 2]
    Spike Spalding
  5. 4. ["He flies through the air with the greatest of ease"]
    Just For Fun
  6. 5. ["One of these ads sounds very good"]
    Hap the Sap
  7. 6. The Battle of Hastings
    Magic Crystal of History
  8. 7. [The Smugglers: Part 3]
    Wing Brady
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Fun Club
  10. 9. [Episode 21]
    Ivanhoe
  11. 10. ["My angel! My dream girl!"]
    Alger's Variety Show
  12. 11. The Three Godfathers
    Straight from Hollywood
  13. 12. [Fang Gow of China: Part 21]
    Barry O'Neill
  14. 13. [Napoleon]
    Just Suppose
  15. 14. [People of the Red Planet: Part 7]
    Mark Marson of the Interplanetary Police
  16. 15. In the Wilderness [Part 9]
    Bradley Boys
  17. 16. ["It's my son who has the toothache!"]
    Just Jokes
  18. 17. [Roping the Ram]
    Thrilling True Stories
  19. 18. ["In Tampa Town it's fine cigars"]
    Sam the Porter
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
    Do You Know?
  21. 20. [Episode 10]
    Three Musketeers
  22. 21. [Alaskan Adventure: Part 7]
    Bob Merritt
  23. 22. [The Whittler]
    Hanko the Cowhand
  24. 23. [The Underwater City]
    Brad Hardy
  25. 24. [no title indexed]
    Talk about Talkies
  26. 25. [Linda's Stepmother: Part 2]
    Little Linda
  27. 26. [The Secret Mine: Part 4]
    Jack Woods
  28. 27. [Lacrossed Out]
    Pep Morgan
  29. 28. [The Lord of Life: Part 2]
    Doctor Occult
  30. 29. [The Dan Bowers Case: Part 5]
    Radio Squad
  31. 30. [Island Adventure: Part 13]
    Woozy Watts
  32. 31. [The Arsonist: Part 1]
    Johnnie Law
  33. 32. ["The Knife"]
    Trissie
  34. 33. [no title indexed]
    Detective Comics #4
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Bob Hughes
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Allen Ross
  • Michael Hoskin
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed
  • Lou Mougin
  • Pat Lang
  • Bob Hughes