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(February 1940)

DC, 1936 Series
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Volume:
5
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
?
On-sale date:
1939-12-28
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Detective Comics, Inc.
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth
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

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in the U. S. Copyright Office filing found at the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 35, January-December 1940, Numbers 1-4. Detective Comics is reported as the publisher in the filing. Second class permit. Copyright number 440426.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Spectre / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Bernard Baily
Inks:
Bernard Baily
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Spectre has a blue cloak and grey skin.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Spectre / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks:
Bernard Baily (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Bernard Baily

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan] (introduction, origin); Clarice Winston (Jim's girl); Clarice's parents; Wayne Grant (detective); The Voice; Gat Benson (villain); Benson's mob [Louie Snipe; rest un-named] (villains)
Synopsis:
Jim Corrigan, hard-boiled detective, gets inside information on a job to be pulled by Gat Benson, and, while trying to stop the theft, is captured and murdered. However, a voice from heaven tells Corrigan that his battle against crime is not over, so he is restored to life with amazing powers, which he plans to use against Benson and save the life of Clarice.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Spectre has a blue cloak and grey skin, which was colored incorrectly in the Archive edition.

Jerry Siegel's name omitted from the splash page.

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

Story concluded next issue.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Henrietta / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; children

[The Tuareg Siege] (Table of Contents)

Wing Brady / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Wing Brady

[The Marching Mechanical Men] (Table of Contents)

Biff Bronson / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Albert Sulman
Pencils:
Joe Sulman
Inks:
Joe Sulman
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Biff Bronson; Dan Druff; The Wizard (villain)
Synopsis:
The Wizard sends mechanical robots to steal all the silver stored at West Point.

Indexer Notes

continued next issue

[The Bank Robbery] (Table of Contents)

Radio Squad / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Martin Wheeler (signed)
Inks:
Martin Wheeler (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Radio Squad [Sandy Kean; Larry Trent]

Bust Up in Borneo (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Anthony (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure

[Return to the Canal Zone] (Table of Contents)

Lt. Bob Neal / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Robert Hirsch (signed)
Pencils:
Russ Lehman (signed)
Inks:
Russ Lehman (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
war
Characters:
Bob Neal; Tubby; Dr. McDonald; Judith McDonald

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Fantastic Facts / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
George Papp (signed)
Pencils:
George Papp (signed)
Inks:
George Papp (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction

Peril on the Ice Plains (Table of Contents)

King Carter / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Paul Lauretta (signed)
Inks:
Paul Lauretta (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
King Carter

The Studio Mystery (Table of Contents)

Detective Sergeant Carey / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Donohoe (signed)
Pencils:
Joe Donohoe (signed)
Inks:
Joe Donohoe (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Sergeant Carey; Sleepy

["This is the Mounted Headquarters, isn't it?"] (Table of Contents)

Sergeant O'Malley of the Red Coat Patrol / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
John Lehti (signed)
Inks:
John Lehti (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Sgt. O'Malley; Black Hawk; Mr. Bourke

[The Invisible Pills] (Table of Contents)

Bulldog Martin / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bart Tumey (signed)
Inks:
Bart Tumey (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Bulldog Martin; Jonah; Duke Tweed (villain)
Synopsis:
An old friend of his father's bequeaths Biff some invisibility pills.
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Spectre
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    The Spectre
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Henrietta
  4. 3. [The Tuareg Siege]
    Wing Brady
  5. 4. [The Marching Mechanical Men]
    Biff Bronson
  6. 5. [The Bank Robbery]
    Radio Squad
  7. 6. Bust Up in Borneo
  8. 7. [Return to the Canal Zone]
    Lt. Bob Neal
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Fantastic Facts
  10. 9. Peril on the Ice Plains
    King Carter
  11. 10. The Studio Mystery
    Detective Sergeant Carey
  12. 11. ["This is the Mounted Headquarters, isn't it?"]
    Sergeant O'Malley of the Red Coat Patrol
  13. 12. [The Invisible Pills]
    Bulldog Martin
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Craig Delich
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Per Sandell
  • Robert Stanley Martin
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Arthur Lortie
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed
  • Lou Mougin
  • Pat Lang
  • Bob Hughes