(April 1940)

DC, 1937 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1940-03-05
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Detective Comics, Inc.
Brand:
A DC Publication
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth
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

[Robin the Boy Wonder] (Table of Contents)

The Batman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks:
Jerry Robinson
Colors:
?
Letters:
Jerry Robinson

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson] (introduction, origin); John Grayson (introduction, death); Mary Grayson (introduction, death); Mr. Haly (Haly Circus owner); Boss Zucco [Anthony Zucco](villain, introduction); Blade (villain, death)
Synopsis:
Dick Grayson watches his parents die and overhears the killers confessing the point, and he decides to tip off the Police. However, the Batman intervenes to save the boy's life, and trains him to become his partner, Robin the Boy Wonder. Then the duo head out to gather evidence needed to put the criminals behind bars.
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[The Electrical Assassin] (Table of Contents)

Spy / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Maurice Kashuba (signed)
Inks:
Maurice Kashuba (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Bart Regan; Chick Cavanaugh (Secret Service agent, death); Nell Johnson (villain, death); Carter (villain, a scientist, death)
Synopsis:
Bart nearly loses his life when he investigates a scientist's invention that produces lightning, which can be directed to any target the scientist desires, and with which he plans to terrorize the nation and eventually control it.
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[Dr. Hydkil] (Table of Contents)

Red Logan / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ken Ernst
Inks:
Ken Ernst
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Red Logan; Ivan; Inspector Enright; Simpson (Policeman); Mitchell (Policeman); Archie (Times Courier employee); Dr. Hydkil (villain); Gluko (villain, Hydkil's assistant)
Synopsis:
Red becomes involved in a murder mystery that has all the earmarks of a vampire killer. Instead he runs smack dab into a crazed medical genius bent on becoming another Frankenstein!
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[Phoney Jewel Robbery] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Crimson Avenger [Lee Travis]; Wing; Mrs. Duprey; Mac (Globe-Leader reporter); Mike (Policeman); Mr. Duprey (villain); "Gimpy" Malone (villain); Joe Scalponi (villain)
Synopsis:
The Crimson investigates and puts to an end an insideous plan in which wealthy people pay to have their jewels stolen, then get them returned after having collected the insurance on them.
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Kidnapped (Table of Contents)

Monthly Book Review / filler / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction

The Kidnapped Singer [sic] (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; Lora de Thiessi (Torch singer); Jim (backstage employee); Marie (Thiessi's maid-servant); un-named Police Captain; Jim (airport pilot); un-named fiancee of Lora de Thiessi (villain)
Synopsis:
Speed uncovers a plot by the supposed fiancee of singer Lora de Thiess, who had gotten himself into debt by gambling, then put the touch on Lora's theater to ransom her back from a kidnapping.
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Indexer Notes

Millennium Edition: Detective Comics #38 (2000 series) lists the writer as being Fred Guardineer. Fred Guardineer never wrote this strip, fact added by Craig Delich 2009-2-13.

[The Gambler's Protector] (Table of Contents)

Steve Malone, District Attorney / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Don Lynch (signed)
Inks:
Don Lynch (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Steve Malone; Chief of Police Runyan; Happy (Malone's secretary); Butch Smaltz (villain); un-named Police Commissioner (villain); Butch (villain)
Synopsis:
Steve makes the discovery that the city's criminal rackets are being financed by the Police Commissioner.
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At The Arctic Circle (Table of Contents)

Cliff Crosby / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Chad Grothkopf
Pencils:
Chad Grothkopf
Inks:
Chad Grothkopf
Colors:
?
Letters:
Chad Grothkopf

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Cliff Crosby; Dr. Broussard; Aga (Kingdom Chief); Sabu (villain, phony Kingdom Chief); Sengi (villain)
Synopsis:
Having to bail out of their plane over the arctic regions, Cliff and Dr. Broussard are shocked to find African natives living in the arctic with little clothing on. They are brought before the Chief of the Sabu Kingdom and informed about a serum the natives drink that permits them to live in the coldest of weather without clothing!
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The Case of the Vanishing Train (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Richard Martin (signed)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
detective-mystery

[The Big Fire] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Dennis Neville (signed)
Inks:
Dennis Neville (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Slam Bradley; Shorty Morgan; Tommy Crane (crippled boy); un-named apartment building janitor (villain)
Synopsis:
Slam and Shorty help rescue people from a burning apartment building.
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Editing
Edits to this Issue are currently awaiting review by a GCD Editor

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Batman
  2. 1. [Robin the Boy Wonder]
    The Batman
  3. 2. [The Electrical Assassin]
    Spy
  4. 3. [Dr. Hydkil]
    Red Logan
  5. 4. [Phoney Jewel Robbery]
    The Crimson Avenger
  6. 5. Kidnapped
    Monthly Book Review
  7. 6. The Kidnapped Singer [sic]
    Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator
  8. 7. [The Gambler's Protector]
    Steve Malone, District Attorney
  9. 8. At The Arctic Circle
    Cliff Crosby
  10. 9. The Case of the Vanishing Train
  11. 10. [The Big Fire]
    Slam Bradley
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Lionel English
  • Matthew Peets
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bill Wormstedt
  • Bob Klein
  • Mike Tiefenbacher
  • Jerry Bails (R.I.P.)
  • Carl Gafford
  • John Greb
  • Kelly Langston-Smith
  • Jeremy Heier
  • Chris Launder
  • Terry Vraspir
  • Craig Delich
  • Mike Bowen
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Dwayne Best
  • Bob Hughes
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Mark Gordon
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