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(May 1939)

DC, 1937 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1939-03-30
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Detective Comics, Inc.
Editing:
Vincent Sullivan
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

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in the U. S. Copyright Office filing.

Indicia:
DETECTIVE COMICS, published monthly by DETECTIVE COMICS, INC., 480 Lexington Ave., New York, N. Y. Entered as second class matter at Post-Office, New York, N. Y., under the Act of March 3, 1879. Subscription rates: 12 issues by mail in the United States and its possessions, $1.20; elsewhere $2.20 The Publisher accepts no responsibility for unsolicited material. Entire contents copyright 1939, by Detective Comics, Inc. For advertising rates, address Combined Publications, Inc., 125 East 46th Street, New York City. Western Office: Harley L. Ward, Inc., 360 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Ill.


["Bullets betray no less than fingerprints..."] (Table of Contents)

Crime Never Pays / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

On the inside front cover. Seven separate panels.

The Case of the Chemical Syndicate (Table of Contents)

The Bat-Man / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Bob Kane [as Rob't Kane] (signed)
Inks:
Bob Kane [as Rob't Kane] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Bob Kane

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Bat-Man [Bruce Wayne] (introduction); Commissioner James Gordon (introduction); Mr. Lambert (introduction, death); Lambert (introduction, Mr. Lambert's son); un-named Police Sergeant (introduction); Steven Crane (introduction, death); Crane's butler (introduction); Paul Rogers (introduction); Alfred Stryker (villain, introduction, death); Jennings (villain, introduction, Stryker's assistant)
Synopsis:
In his first case, the Bat-Man investigates the murder of a chemical tycoon, discovering that one of his partners murdered him to steal the secret contracts that would leave him as the sole owner of the Apex Chemical Corporation.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Apex Chemical Corporation

Indexer Notes

Named "Bat-Man" in the story.

According to Will Murray and Anthony Tollin, the November 1, 1936, Shadow novel Partners In Peril, written by Theodore Tinsley, was Bill Finger's inspiration for this story.

["Good-night, boys - now don't forget your good deeds!"] (Table of Contents)

Tenderfoot / comic story / 0.75 page (report information)

Script:
Charles Biro ?
Pencils:
Charles Biro [as Biro] (signed)
Inks:
Charles Biro [as Biro] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A young boy scout discovers a lost youngster and attempts to help him find his way home, and gets lost in the process himself!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The last 0.25 of this page is a 6-panel advertisement for Rosati accordions, writer and artist unknown.

The Killers of Kurdistan (Table of Contents)

Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Inks:
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Fred Guardineer

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Speed Saunders; Tom (Trelawney's friend, death); Trelawney (death); Trelawney's maid; The Veiled Prophetress of the Killers of Kurdistan (villain); Killers of Kurdistan (villains, one dies)
Synopsis:
Speed investigates the murder of two men, on one of which the killers left the symbol of a red crescent, the symbol of the Kurdistan Killers, a sect that both men belonged to, but refused to kill for.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer credit by Martin O'Hearn.

Bullet Bluff (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Homer Fleming [as H. Fleming] (signed)
Pencils:
Homer Fleming [as H. Fleming] (signed)
Inks:
Homer Fleming [as H. Fleming] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Buck Marshall; un-named Sheriff; Matt Doyle (Box K Ranch worker); Jerry Kane (Box K Ranch owner, death); Pepper (Buck's horse); The Terror [Jack Stark] (villain)
Synopsis:
Buck investigates the death of a ranch owner in which a black empty cartridge is left behind as a clue to the killer.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Box K Ranch

Indexer Notes

Story printed in red, white and black only.

Writer credit courtesy of the Who's Who, added by Craig Delich.

[The Mysterious Murders] (Table of Contents)

Spy / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Bart Regan; Congressman Sneed (death); Congressman Little (death); Congressman Booker; Congressman Stoker; un-named spy (villain, death)
Synopsis:
Bart investigates the deaths of members of a Committee on un-American activities that were killed by an explosive capsule hidden in their bananas.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First line: "A dinner is thrown into pandemonium when its guest of honor..."

[Murder on the Oceanic Line Docks] (Table of Contents)

The Crimson Avenger / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Jim Chambers (signed)
Pencils:
Jim Chambers (signed)
Inks:
Jim Chambers (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Crimson Avenger [Lee Travis]; Wing; Abe Gold (night club owner, death); un-named hospital nurse (death); Frank (villain); Mike Moran (villain)
Synopsis:
The Crimson tracks down a killer who murdered one Abe Gold for welshing on a $100,000 bet.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First line: "Feared by the underworld and hunted by the police, the crimson carries on the work of befriending the helpless..."

Death on the Airwaves (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox [as Paul Dean] (signed)
Pencils:
Fred Guardineer
Inks:
Fred Guardineer
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Richard Drew (death); President Benson; Captain Richard Byrne; Brian DeAngelo (villain)
Synopsis:
Captain Byrne tracks down a revengeful killer who was once spurned in regards to a radio audtion.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Artist credits by Craig Delich (Nov. 2005). There are two illustrated advertizements found on the two pages: one for Daisy Air Rifles, the other by the Crowell Publishing Company.

[The New Orleans Mardi Gras Murder, Part 1] (Table of Contents)

Bruce Nelson / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Bruce Nelson; Ed Lane (a detective); Lili Grauet (death)
Synopsis:
Bruce begins his investigation of the death of a young woman due to black magic.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Hickey also signed the story as "TH." First line: "Boy! New Orleans at Mardi Gras time..."

["You would be a dead man now if it was not for your friend in China..."] (Table of Contents)

The Mysterious Doctor Fu Manchu / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Sax Rohmer; Leo O'Mealia (adaption)
Pencils:
Leo O'Mealia
Inks:
Leo O'Mealia
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Rev. J. D. Eltham; Greba Eltham; Nayland Smith; Vernon Denby; Dr. Petrie; Dr. Fu Manchu (villain)
Synopsis:
Fu Manchu attempts to kill Greba Eltham, all in an attempt to keep Rev. Eltham from going to China.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Artist credits from Craig Delich.

["Calling all cars -- calling all cars -- bank robbery on Main and Center Streets..."] (Table of Contents)

Flatfoot Flannigan / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Paul Gustavson ?
Pencils:
Paul Gustavson [as Gustavson] (signed)
Inks:
Paul Gustavson [as Gustavson] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Paul Gustavson ?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Flannigan
Synopsis:
Flannigan is sent out on a bank robbery, but stops for a red light so he won't get a ticket!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credits verified and letterer credit by Craig Delich.

Danzig Marks Anniversary (Table of Contents)

Stamp Collectors' Corner / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

[Illegal Aliens] (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:
adventure
Characters:
Cosmo; Carg (Immigration HQ official); Mike Donovan (Policeman); Yen Lo (villain); Kwan Joy Lo (villain); Fo Lee (villain)
Synopsis:
Cosmo is placed on a case involving the illegal smuggling of Chinese into America.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story printed in red, white and black only. First line: "Cosmo is called to Immigration Headquarters..."

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich. Writer only wrote stories for Sven Elven, therefore assumed to be Sven Elven by writer identification expert, Martin O'Hearn.

["Pete, Louie th' Louse is operatin' 'round here again!"] (Table of Contents)

Plain Clothes Pete / 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:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Pete; Joe; Louie th' Louse (villain)
Synopsis:
Pete and Joe try to discover the whereabouts of the hideout of notorious criminal Louie th' Louse.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit from Craig Delich.

[The Murderer on Vacation] (Table of Contents)

Slam Bradley / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Slam Bradley; Shorty Morgan; Dick Kelly (death); Gale Dennis (villain); "Black Jack" Benson (villain); Nicky (villain); Helger Wetjen (villain)
Synopsis:
Shorty and Slam help to find out the whereabouts of a Federal agent who disappeared after trailing an escaped felon to Switzerland.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

According to Alter Ego #112 for August of 2012, Paul Cassidy did some art on this story.

First line: "Out joy-riding, to relax from the tension of manhunting..."

[All-American Comics #2 and Movie Comics #2] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Batman
  2. 1. ["Bullets betray no less than fingerprints..."]
    Crime Never Pays
  3. 2. The Case of the Chemical Syndicate
    The Bat-Man
  4. 3. ["Good-night, boys - now don't forget your good deeds!"]
    Tenderfoot
  5. 4. The Killers of Kurdistan
    Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator
  6. 5. Bullet Bluff
    Buck Marshall, Range Detective
  7. 6. [The Mysterious Murders]
    Spy
  8. 7. [Murder on the Oceanic Line Docks]
    The Crimson Avenger
  9. 8. Death on the Airwaves
  10. 9. [The New Orleans Mardi Gras Murder, Part 1]
    Bruce Nelson
  11. 10. ["You would be a dead man now if it was not for your friend in China..."]
    The Mysterious Doctor Fu Manchu
  12. 11. ["Calling all cars -- calling all cars -- bank robbery on Main and Center Streets..."]
    Flatfoot Flannigan
  13. 12. Danzig Marks Anniversary
    Stamp Collectors' Corner
  14. 13. [Illegal Aliens]
    Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise
  15. 14. ["Pete, Louie th' Louse is operatin' 'round here again!"]
    Plain Clothes Pete
  16. 15. [The Murderer on Vacation]
    Slam Bradley
  17. 16. [All-American Comics #2 and Movie Comics #2]
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  • Tony R. Rose
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  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
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