(September 1937)

DC, 1937 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1937-08-10
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Detective Comics, Inc.
Editing
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (editor and publisher); Vin Sullivan [as Vincent A. Sullivan] (associate editor); Whitney Ellsworth [as F. Whitney Ellsworth] (associate editor)
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

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in the U. S. Copyright Office filing.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Creig Flessel (signed)
Inks
Creig Flessel (signed)
Colors
?

Genre
crime
Keywords
Thompson submachine gun

Detective Comics (Table of Contents: 1)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Includes indicia.

[In Atlantic City] (Table of Contents: 2)

Slam Bradley / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (credited as Jerome Siegel)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (credited)
Inks
Joe Shuster (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Boy! I didn't know this life-saving racket was so much fun!
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
The "Undersea Killer"; Ethel Mann; Slam Bradley; Shorty Morgan
Synopsis
Slam gets a telegram asking him to fly to Atlantic City immediately. On arrival Slim and Shorty discover that the man who sent the telegram has just drowned, so to investigate disguise themselves as life guards. He saves Ethel Mann from drowning, and later gets a message asking if they can meet. She claims to be a excellent swimmer, but claims to have been pulled underwater by a pair of non-human arms. Shorty gets pulled into the sea by a mysterious inhuman figure, but Slam saves him. Later, when saving Ethel yet again, the "creature" is revealed to be merely a man in a diving suit.

Indexer Notes

story title from next issue blurb in previous issue

[The Premonition of Emil Rogello] (Table of Contents: 3)

Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson ?
Pencils
Sven Elven (credited)
Inks
Sven Elven (credited)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Cosmo sits at home reading...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Emilio Rogello; Leon Petrokoff; Cosmo; Luigi
Synopsis
Cosmo gets a call from his friend Emilio, who has had a premonition of danger. When he gets to the apartment, Cosmo finds Emilio has been murdered. Disguising himself as his dead friend, a knife is thrown at him, but he has seen the would-be assassin's reflection and ducked. The killer is revealed to be Leon Petrokoff, recently released from an insane asylum.

The Claws of the Red Dragon (Table of Contents: 4)

Bruce Nelson / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Tom Hickey (credited) (signed as TH)
Inks
Tom Hickey (credited) (signed as TH)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A band of murderous Chinese...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Chin Lung; Lu Gong; Stucchi; Bruce Nelson; Sigrid von Holtzendorf; Von Holtzendorf (Sigrid's father)

Rifles on the River (Table of Contents: 5)

text story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Guy Monroe (credited)
Pencils
Creig Flessel (signed)
Inks
Creig Flessel (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Kit Walker; Biff Davis

[The Mystery Play] (Table of Contents: 6)

Gumshoe Gus / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Patrick (credited)
Pencils
Bill Patrick (credited)
Inks
Bill Patrick (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gus - Mrs, Gottbucks, the society woman...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Augustus "Gumshoe Gus" Gimlet; Mrs. Julia Gottbucks

[The Colossus Disaster] (Table of Contents: 7)

Spy / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (credited as Siegel)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (credited as Shuster) (signed as Shuster)
Inks
Joe Shuster (credited as Shuster) (signed as Shuster)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bart, I want you and Sally...
Genre
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Hanson; Bart Regan; Sally
Synopsis
Bart and Sally are sent to investigate whether or not the dirigible "Colossus" was deliberately sabotaged.
Keywords
airships

Indexer Notes

story inspired by the Hindenburg disaster

A Report -- in Detail (Table of Contents: 8)

Buck Marshall, Range Detective / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Homer Fleming (credited as H. Fleming)
Pencils
Homer Fleming (credited as H. Fleming)
Inks
Homer Fleming (credited as H. Fleming)
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; western-frontier
Characters
Ben Elin; Buck Marshall; Jim Holt; The Sheriff

[Mystery of the Wholesale Kidnappings, Part 3] (Table of Contents: 9)

Larry Steele, Private Detective / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Ely [as Will Ely]
Pencils
Bill Ely [as Will Ely]
Inks
Bill Ely [as Will Ely]
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A number of celebrities have disappeared...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Squinty; Dutch; Mrs. Steele (Larry's mother); Larry Steele

At the Rodeo (Table of Contents: 10)

Speed Saunders / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Creig Flessel ?
Pencils
Creig Flessel
Inks
Creig Flessel
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Tex Dallas; an unnamed gunman; Speed Saunders
Synopsis
A champion bronc rider is shot from his horse at a rodeo. Speed is in the audience, and enters the same event, when he is also shot at. Fortunately, he was thrown from the bronc just before impact. The killer is revealed to be a rider who was sacked from the rodeo, and who was trying to close up the show.

Indexer Notes

Gardner Fox does not begin writing until issue 18.

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

Silly Sleuths / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
What's the idea of the cheese and the trap?
Genre
humor

Next Month (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Johnson Smith & Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. Detective Comics
  3. 2. [In Atlantic City]
    Slam Bradley
  4. 3. [The Premonition of Emil Rogello]
    Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise
  5. 4. The Claws of the Red Dragon
    Bruce Nelson
  6. 5. Rifles on the River
  7. 6. [The Mystery Play]
    Gumshoe Gus
  8. 7. [The Colossus Disaster]
    Spy
  9. 8. A Report -- in Detail
    Buck Marshall, Range Detective
  10. 9. [Mystery of the Wholesale Kidnappings, Part 3]
    Larry Steele, Private Detective
  11. 10. At the Rodeo
    Speed Saunders
  12. 11. ["What's the idea of the cheese and the trap?"]
    Silly Sleuths
  13. 12. Next Month
    Detective Comics
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
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