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(November 1939)

DC, 1937 Series
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Volume:
[3]
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1939-09-30
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

On sale date from the publication date and volume number found in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 34, 1939, Number 4. Second class periodical. Copyright number 432358. Volume number is not found in the comic itself.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Batman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks:
Bob Kane (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]
Reprints:
Keywords:
automobiles

Indexer Notes

Batman is wearing a gun.

The Batman Wars against the Dirigible of Doom (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger (pp. 1-2); Gardner F. Fox (pp. 3-12)
Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed); Sheldon Moldoff (backgrounds)
Inks:
Bob Kane (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sheldon Moldoff

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne] (origin); Thomas Wayne (Bruce's father, death); Martha Wayne (Bruce's mother, death); Joe Chill (villain, un-named); Professor/Dr. Carl Kruger (villain, death); The Scarlet Horde (villains, all scientists, all die); Mr. Bixley (villain, death); Napoleon Bonaparte (villain, image only)
Synopsis:
After an account of how the Batman came into being as a crime fighter, Batman becomes alarmed at the sudden appearance of deadly dirigibles whose occupants wish to rule the world.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Baterang; Batplane; Death-Ray machine; gas capsule; Manhattan; silk rope; smoke capsule

Indexer Notes

Contains a 2 page origin sequence, the 'original' origin.

Written by Bill Finger (credit from Craig Delich and Martin O'Hearn, October, 2005).

The Batman carries and uses a gun in this story.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Odds and Ends / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Sheldon Moldoff
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
biography; sports
Characters:
Charlie Ruffing; Pop Warner
Synopsis:
Brief biographies are provided for Charlie Ruffing and Pop Warner.

Indexer Notes

Synopsis added by Craig Delich 2-10-09.

[Thoria Invades Luxen] (Table of Contents)

Spy / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Mart Bailey (signed)
Inks:
Mart Bailey (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; spy
Characters:
Bart Regan; Karl Palchek
Synopsis:
Bart helps restore democracy in Luxen.

Mine of Mystery (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Buck Marshall

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Larry Steele, Private Detective / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ken Ernst (signed)
Inks:
Ken Ernst (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Larry Steele; Brenda

Coffee-Colored Diamonds (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Thomas (signed)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
crime

The Northwoods Mystery (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Inks:
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Fred Guardineer

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Speed Saunders

[The Sewer Robberies] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Cosmo; Neil

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich 2-10-09.

[The White Goddess, 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; Mambu

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Crime Never Pays / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction

[Shorty Swallows a Diamond] (Table of Contents)

Slam Bradley / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Mart Bailey (signed)
Inks:
Mart Bailey (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Slam Bradley; Shorty Morgan; Diane Penton; Dr. Farnsby
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Batman
  2. 1. The Batman Wars against the Dirigible of Doom
    Batman
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Odds and Ends
  4. 3. [Thoria Invades Luxen]
    Spy
  5. 4. Mine of Mystery
    Buck Marshall, Range Detective
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Larry Steele, Private Detective
  7. 6. Coffee-Colored Diamonds
  8. 7. The Northwoods Mystery
    Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator
  9. 8. [The Sewer Robberies]
    Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise
  10. 9. [The White Goddess, Part 1]
    Bruce Nelson
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Crime Never Pays
  12. 11. [Shorty Swallows a Diamond]
    Slam Bradley
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  • Jim Van Dore
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