(April-May 1951)

DC, 1947 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand:
Superman DC National Comics
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US, latter issues standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

The Ice Show Gang (Table of Contents)

Gang Busters / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Win Mortimer
Inks:
Win Mortimer
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Keywords:
ice-skating; revolver

["...and if you go for real slam-bang action set against..."] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

The Ice Show Gang (Table of Contents)

comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Phil Evans
Pencils:
Bill Ely
Inks:
Bill Ely
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Henry Fenwick; Jim Landau; Grace Duvall
Synopsis:
Insurance investigator Grace Duvall goes undercover at an ice show after jewel thefts occur whenever the show plays a town.
Keywords:
fire escape; guns; ice show; ice-skating; insurance; jewel theft; miniature camera; perfume; telephone; undercover

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Evans' estate (Comics Buyer's Guide June 15, 1990). Tag line of "Listen in to Gang Busters every Saturday night on C.B.S." at bottom of last page.

Royal Stars of Sports and Movies Free of Extra Cost! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

["Let's go in and hear our fortunes!"] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Fleer; Dubble Bubble / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

["It's starting to rain!"] (Table of Contents)

Casey the Cop / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Casey the Cop; Sarge
Synopsis:
Casey uses a trash can to get out of the rain.
Keywords:
rain

Indexer Notes

Occupies bottom 1/2 of page

I Broke the Sweetest Racket in the World (Table of Contents)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
John Prentice
Inks:
John Prentice
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Synopsis:
An investigator solves a perfume-smuggling racket.
Keywords:
Air France; alcohol; Benzoin; fishing boat; France; Grasse; heating oil; helicopter; motorcycle; perfume; smuggling

Indexer Notes

Story includes a short primer on making perfume. Story is told in the first person.

Now... Write Secret Messages in the Dark and Erase with Light!!!! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Nabisco Shredded Wheat; Straight Arrow / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

History of Detective Mystery (Table of Contents)

comic story / 0.67 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Edgar Allan Poe
Synopsis:
Anecdotes about detectives and written mysteries.

Indexer Notes

Occupies top 2/3 of page

Our Bunch All Munch Nestlé's Crunch (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

The Invisible Bank Robbers! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ramona Fradon
Inks:
Ramona Fradon
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Lieutenant Halleck; Commissioner J. T. Scarpa; Chief Francis Reynolds; Bank president Joel J. Stevens; Al Macek; Omar Billings
Synopsis:
Despite all the entrances being covered by police, robbers twice blast open a bank's vault and kill the watchman. An insurance investigator gets a job as a night watchman to see if it's an inside job.
Keywords:
bank robbery; electric eye alarm; insurance; time bomb

["Your line of fortune tells me you are about to have lots of good luck!"] (Table of Contents)

Beware the Rackets / comic story / 0.67 page (report information)

Script:
Al McLean (signed)
Pencils:
Al McLean (signed)
Inks:
Al McLean (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Al McLean ?

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
A gypsy's fortune-telling racket involves sleight of hand to change an envelope containing $20 with a envelope containing plain paper.
Keywords:
fortune-telling; gypsy; sleight of hand

Indexer Notes

Occupies top 2/3 of page

Thrilling for Features and Fun! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

The Universe is the Limit! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

Death Takes the Lead! (Table of Contents)

A Casebook Mystery / comic story / 3.5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Mort Drucker (signed)
Inks:
Mort Drucker (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Rita Canay; Penny Worth; Jerry Burgess; Lt. Barney Hammer
Synopsis:
Penny gets the lead for a new musical comedy, but her rival and her fiancé aren't happy about it.
Keywords:
gas mask; murder; poison gas; theater

Indexer Notes

A "solve the mystery" story.

Editorial Advisory Board (Table of Contents)

credits, title page / 0.5 page (report information)

Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

List of people serving on the board: Dr. Lauretta Bender, Josette Frank, Dr. W. W. D. Sones, and Dr. S. Harcourt Peppard. Also a list of titles being published.

Slow Suicide (Table of Contents)

The Grapevine / text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Captain Tootsie in the North Woods (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Captain Tootsie; Tootsie Rolls / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Appointment with Death! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Phil Evans
Pencils:
Nick Cardy
Inks:
Nick Cardy
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Walt Wiley; Baldy Farrow; Big Bill Bascomb; Steve Bascomb; Joe Bascomb
Synopsis:
A gang sets up one of their members to take the rap for them. The man, Walt Wiley, dies in prison, but not before his cellmate Baldy Farrow concocts a scheme for Walt to gain revenge after death.
Keywords:
bridge; disguise; drowning; murder; parole; plastic surgery; poison; prison; revenge; robbery; telephone; television

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Evans' estate (Comics Buyer's Guide June 15, 1990)

Draw Me! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Art Instruction, Inc. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Superman Says "Human Rights for All!" (Table of Contents)

Superman / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Jack Schiff
Pencils:
Win Mortimer
Inks:
Win Mortimer
Letters:
?

Genre:
advocacy
Characters:
Superman
Synopsis:
Superman settles an argument about the length of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, then promotes the United Nations' 1948 declaration on human rights.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Win Official National Rifle Association Medals With Your Daisy (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Daisy Air Rifles / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Ice Show Gang
    Gang Busters
  2. 1. ["...and if you go for real slam-bang action set against..."]
    Tomahawk
  3. 2. The Ice Show Gang
  4. 3. Royal Stars of Sports and Movies Free of Extra Cost!
  5. 4. ["Let's go in and hear our fortunes!"]
    Fleer; Dubble Bubble
  6. 5. ["It's starting to rain!"]
    Casey the Cop
  7. 6. I Broke the Sweetest Racket in the World
  8. 7. Now... Write Secret Messages in the Dark and Erase with Light!!!!
    Nabisco Shredded Wheat; Straight Arrow
  9. 8. History of Detective Mystery
  10. 9. Our Bunch All Munch Nestlé's Crunch
  11. 10. The Invisible Bank Robbers!
  12. 11. ["Your line of fortune tells me you are about to have lots of good luck!"]
    Beware the Rackets
  13. 12. Thrilling for Features and Fun!
  14. 13. The Universe is the Limit!
    Mystery in Space
  15. 14. Death Takes the Lead!
    A Casebook Mystery
  16. 15. Editorial Advisory Board
  17. 16. Slow Suicide
    The Grapevine
  18. 17. Captain Tootsie in the North Woods
    Captain Tootsie; Tootsie Rolls
  19. 18. Appointment with Death!
  20. 19. Draw Me!
    Art Instruction, Inc.
  21. 20. Superman Says "Human Rights for All!"
    Superman
  22. 21. Win Official National Rifle Association Medals With Your Daisy
    Daisy Air Rifles
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