On sale date from the fanzine, Fantasy News, dated April 14, 1940 (on page 3). The comic was scheduled for release during the week of April 14-20, 1940. Information shared by Bart Bush through the Comics History Exchange page on Facebook (4 October 2016).
There is no actual origin in this story. It is written like the Red Bee has had previous adventures.
Writer revision from Toni Blum ? to ? by Craig Delich 2013-12-30. The Who's Who indicates that Toni Blum wrote this feature only in 1941-42.
Artist verification for Nicholas by the Who's Who. The strip was signed with a by-line of B. H. Apiary, which was not a real person.
This is the first installment of a recurring horror feature and is the first such horror feature in comics, predating "Eerie Comics" by seven years, which is considered the first supernatural comic. The Old Witch character is very similar to the Old Witch who narrated EC comics horror tales, which debuted ten years later.
More racist than usual for this time period.