(October 1937)

DC, 1937 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1937-09-10
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)

Bruce Nelson / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Creig Flessel
Inks
Creig Flessel
Colors
?

Characters
Lu Gong ?
Synopsis
An Asian man is inspecting jewels.
Keywords
jewelry; pearls; treasure chests

Indexer Notes

Character previously listed as Lu Chung, but this does not match the character listed in the story sequence.

Detective Comics (Table of Contents: 1)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Includes indicia.

The River Patrol (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
Creig Flessel ?
Pencils
Creig Flessel (credited as Fless)
Inks
Creig Flessel (credited as Fless)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Fred Dunn (introduction); the Skipper (introduction); Speed Saunders; Inspector Moran
Synopsis
Fred Dunn escapes San Sin Jail and Speed is assigned to the case. Both board a passenger ship but Dunn jumps overboard and Speed follows. They are picked up by a fishing boat. The captain refuses to put into shore, so they become crew members for the duration. Dunn saves the skipper from drowning. When they get to New Bedford Speed phones his boss, only to learn that Dunn has been cleared of all charges. Dunn returns to the ship, works hard and eventually becomes skipper of his own ship.

Indexer Notes

Gardner Fox does not begin writing until issue 18.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

The Law Wins / cartoon / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
When the killer pulls the trigger...
Genre
non-fiction; crime

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

Hohner Harmonicas / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

[Mystery of the Wholesale Kidnappings, Part 4] (Table of Contents: 5)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
We got ol' man Steele...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Squinty (villain); Dutch; Dr. Sargoff (introduction); Sonia Sargoff (introduction, his wife); Larry Steele; Hatch; Hastings
Synopsis
Larry is working with the F.B.I. to pursue a band of kidnappers. Disguised as a seaman, he meets Hatch, an old friend. Together they reach an old mansion and are amazed to find an operating room in the cellar, with four patients on separate tables. The doctor brags that these four are to be dissected and reassembled in order to create one perfect specimen. Larry and Hatch are discovered by the doctor's wife, who holds them at gunpoint.

[The Disappearance of Carl Huntley] (Table of Contents: 6)

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
The police suspect foul play...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Carl Huntley (introduction); Cosmo
Synopsis
Four bodies have been stolen from various morgues, and Cosmo is called in to help solve the case. He decides to stand vigil in the last morgue to be robbed. During the early hours of the morning the window opens, a man enters and carries out one of the bodies. Cosmo follows to an old farmhouse, and is amazed to find a well-equipped laboratory manned by the supposedly missing scientist Carl Huntley. Cosmo steps out of the shadows and Hartley sets fire to the lab. Cosmo rescues him, later explaining that strain and overwork had snapped Hartley's mind, but that he has been shocked back to sanity.

The Claws of the Red Dragon [Part 8] (Table of Contents: 7)

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
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Lu Gong (villain); Chin Lung (villain); Bruce Nelson; Sigrid Von Holtzendorf; Von Holtzendorf

Indexer Notes

conclusion of serial

The Laughing Mummy (Table of Contents: 8)

text story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Vin Sullivan [as Paul Dean]
Pencils
Creig Flessel (signed)
Inks
Creig Flessel (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Pop Regan; Sgt. Brooks; Captain Hammill; Stone

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

Bloodhound Brown / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Russell Cole (credited as Alger)
Pencils
Russell Cole (credited as Alger)
Inks
Russell Cole (credited as Alger)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
They've sent for Bloodhound Brown to work on the Smith case.
Genre
humor; detective-mystery

[The Phony Pierre Blanc] (Table of Contents: 10)

Spy / comic story / 4 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
U.S. Spy Headquarters...
Genre
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Pierre Blanc (introduction); a killer (introduction, villain); Bart Regan; Sally
Synopsis
In Washington, D. C., Sally and Bart are assigned to protect the French Envoy, Pierre Blanc. At his apartment a man answers the door and insists he can take care of himself. Sally and Bart are stubborn and sit themselves down. The man acts suspiciously and a noise is heard from the closet. Blanc is inside tied up and, at gunpoint, the man tells the two agents to join him, so that he can kill them all together. Bart kicks the gun from his hand and the pair overpower him.

Lucky Hunch (Table of Contents: 11)

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
Morgen (introduction, villain); Buck Marshall; The Sheriff; Rolf ; Berk
Synopsis
Out on the range Buck finds a murdered cowboy belonging to the 2M ranch. Back in town he joins the Sheriff and rides out to the 2M, where the owner, Morgen, claims that his foreman, Rolf, saw rival ranch owner Berk in the vicinity about the time of the murder. They all ride over and Berk, unwilling to be railroaded by Morgen and Rolf, pulls a gun and rides off. They catch up with him and shoot it out, but Buck cleverly arranges for Rolf to confess that Morgen killed his own rider.

[The Hillbillies] (Table of Contents: 12)

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
Put up yore hands, everybody!
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Zeke Willis (introduction, villain); Lem (introduction, villain); Lucy-Belle Willis (introduction); the Willises (introduction); the Tollivers (introduction); Slam Bradley; Shorty Morgan
Synopsis
Slam foils a bank robbery, capturing Zeke Willis from the Kentucky Mountains. Willis escapes and Slam and Shorty go in pursuit. They uncover a feud between the Willis and Tolliver clans that has lasted a hundred years.

Indexer Notes

story title from next issue blurb in previous issue

Heigh Yo, Silver! (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

The Lone Ranger Magazine / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Bruce Nelson
  2. 1. Detective Comics
  3. 2. The River Patrol
    Speed Saunders
  4. 3. ["When the killer pulls the trigger..."]
    The Law Wins
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    Hohner Harmonicas
  6. 5. [Mystery of the Wholesale Kidnappings, Part 4]
    Larry Steele, Private Detective
  7. 6. [The Disappearance of Carl Huntley]
    Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise
  8. 7. The Claws of the Red Dragon [Part 8]
    Bruce Nelson
  9. 8. The Laughing Mummy
  10. 9. ["They've sent for Bloodhound Brown to work on the Smith case."]
    Bloodhound Brown
  11. 10. [The Phony Pierre Blanc]
    Spy
  12. 11. Lucky Hunch
    Buck Marshall, Range Detective
  13. 12. [The Hillbillies]
    Slam Bradley
  14. 13. Heigh Yo, Silver!
    The Lone Ranger Magazine
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
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