Four Color #7 - Gang Busters
(July 1940)

Dell, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Dell Publishing Company, Inc.
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

Based on Philip H. Lord's radio program (later a television show). Panel arrangement varies from 8 panels per page to 6 panels per page. Some pages have headers. Three staples holds the book together. Month of publication based on ad's for other comics in this issue.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Gang Busters / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jim Chambers (signed)
Inks
Jim Chambers (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
crime

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1)

Gang Busters / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
On the Night of April 25, 1935...
Genre
crime
Reprints
  • from Popular Comics (Dell, 1936 series) #38?

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

Gang Busters / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Al McWilliams ?
Inks
Al McWilliams ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Jack White was a petty crook..
Genre
crime
Reprints
  • from Popular Comics (Dell, 1936 series) #39?

The Jack Markey Gang (Table of Contents: 3)

Gang Busters / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
crime
Characters
Mrs. Kane; Sheriff Blake; Sheriff Kane (death); Officer Art Shank (death); Bo Roark (villain, death); Butch (villain); George Markey (villain); Jack Markey (villain, death); Jigger Wells (villain, death); Lulu Grove (villain); Mike Markey (villain); Slick (villain); Tom Markey (villain, death)
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

Gang Busters / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Al McWilliams (signed)
Inks
Al McWilliams (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Together we'll make headlines...
Genre
crime
Characters
Officer Harris (death); Al Collins (villain); Cora Collins (villain)
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

Gang Busters / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Al McWilliams (signed)
Inks
Al McWilliams (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
'Big Boy' Bob Brody, a slippery bank robber
Genre
crime
Characters
Big Boy Bob Brody (villain, death); Rice (villain); Hill (villain); Daly (villain)
Reprints

The McCoy Gang (Table of Contents: 6)

Gang Busters / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
crime
Characters
Detective Chief Cal Yorke; Detective Len Gates; Detective Johnny Marvin; Officer Tom Baker (death); Officer Larry McMillan (death); W. J. Kuehl; Ralph Hadley; Ned Wade; Mrs. Jarvis; The McCoy Gang [Bob McCoy (villain); Eddie McCoy (villain, death); Nick Ryan (villain)]; Soapy (villain)
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

Gang Busters / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Al McWilliams (signed)
Inks
Al McWilliams (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
John West-a hardened old criminal
Genre
crime
Characters
Harry Austin (villain); John West (villain); Joe Hanley (villain)
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8)

Gang Busters / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Al McWilliams (signed)
Inks
Al McWilliams (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
At exactly 12 o'clock noon
Genre
crime
Characters
John Winston (first appearance); Pete Baxter (first appearance); Tony Carter (first appearance); The Red Hood Gang [Dutch Orlando (villain); Kid Grant (villain); Spike Morganti (villain, death)]
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

Gang Busters / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Al McWilliams (signed)
Inks
Al McWilliams (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A police patrol car is cruising slowly thru the back streets of Cleveland, Ohio
Genre
crime
Characters
John Winston; Pete Baxter; Tony Carter; Chief Taylor; Officer Ahearn; Henry Louis; Mary Louis; The Carlson Gang [Carlson (villain); Walt (villain, death); Michaels [as Mitchell] (villain, death); Gip Sands (villain)]
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10)

Gang Busters / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Al McWilliams (signed)
Inks
Al McWilliams (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
An early summer morning finds a holdup in progress...
Genre
crime
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11)

Gang Busters / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jim Chambers
Pencils
Will Ely
Inks
Will Ely
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
This is the case of the Tri-State Gang...
Genre
crime
Characters
John Winston; Pete Baxter; Tony Carter; Officer Kelly (death); Tri-State Gang [Flo McGuire (villain); George Mayer (villain); Hank Mayer (villain); Joe Cardo (villain); Ray Lowen (villain)]
Synopsis
G-Man John Winston and his assistants chase the Tri-State Gang to a showdown in Baltimore.
Reprints
Keywords
electric chair

Indexer Notes

Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. and Hames Ware believe the writer is Jim Chambers and the artist is Will Ely (March 2011).

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Gang Busters
  2. 1. ["On the Night of April 25, 1935..."]
    Gang Busters
  3. 2. ["Jack White was a petty crook.."]
    Gang Busters
  4. 3. The Jack Markey Gang
    Gang Busters
  5. 4. ["Together we'll make headlines..."]
    Gang Busters
  6. 5. ["'Big Boy' Bob Brody, a slippery bank robber"]
    Gang Busters
  7. 6. The McCoy Gang
    Gang Busters
  8. 7. ["John West-a hardened old criminal"]
    Gang Busters
  9. 8. ["At exactly 12 o'clock noon"]
    Gang Busters
  10. 9. ["A police patrol car is cruising slowly thru the back streets of Cleveland, Ohio"]
    Gang Busters
  11. 10. ["An early summer morning finds a holdup in progress..."]
    Gang Busters
  12. 11. ["This is the case of the Tri-State Gang..."]
    Gang Busters
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Gary L. Watson
  • Jerry Hillegas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Chris Launder
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