(December 1937)

DC, 1937 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1937-11-10
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)

Speed Saunders / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Speed Saunders
Keywords
automatic pistols; automobiles

Indexer Notes

Three men in a car.

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

More Fun Comics; Adventure Comics; Detective Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.67 page (report information)

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

credits, title page / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

[Mystery at Oak Gables] (Table of Contents: 3)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
This is a thrilling mystery story....
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
"Speed" Cyril Saunders; Mrs. Saunders (introduction, Speed's mother); Madge Allen; Sak-Ri-Ko; Arthur Harde (introduction, villain); Monroe (introduction, villain)
Synopsis
Speed helps Madge Allen thwart a plot to cheat her out of her inheritance.

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

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

Script
Whitney Ellsworth
Pencils
Whitney Ellsworth
Inks
Whitney Ellsworth
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Most American cities today are policed by radio-cars...
Genre
non-fiction; crime

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

advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

[The Nick Orsatti Case, Part 1] (Table of Contents: 6)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A month has elapsed...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Larry Steele; Laura Wilkes (introduction); James Wilkes (introduction); Nick Orsatti (introduction, villain)

[Curse of the Indian Mummy] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Sven Elven (credited)
Inks
Sven Elven (credited)
Letters
Sven Elven

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Cosmo accompanies his friend...
Genre
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Cosmo; Prof. Dean (introduction); a Hindu priest (introduction, villain, death)

Indexer Notes

In a long and exhaustive article on Elvin (real name Herbert Swen Frederick Frykholm) published in Alter Ego #162 (January 2020), Michael D. Fraley states that Elvin lettered all the work he did for National.

The Blood of the Lotus [Part 2] (Table of Contents: 8)

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
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Bruce Nelson; Dr. Hong (introduction, villain, death); Slug Cully; the Lotus; Philip Pomeroy

Green Death (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Vin Sullivan (credited as Vincent Sullivan)
Pencils
Creig Flessel
Inks
Creig Flessel
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Sir Burton Roberts; Jenkins (butler); Inspector King

Handcuff Hawkins (Table of Contents: 10)

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
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Handcuff Hawkins

[To Sink the Atlantis] (Table of Contents: 11)

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
Room 2048...U.S. Spy Headquarters...
Genre
adventure; spy
Characters
Bart Regan; Sally; an anarchist (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Bart and Sally are assigned to protect the steamship Atlantis. Sally pretends to be an anarchist in order to smoke the terrorist into the open.

Trail of Yellow (Table of Contents: 12)

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
Buck Marshall; The Sheriff; Cross (introduction, villain)

[In the Ring] (Table of Contents: 13)

Slam Bradley / comic story / 12.78 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
Say! You can sure toss a neat right!
Genre
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Slam Bradley; Shorty Morgan; Snoop; Danny Blake (introduction, death); Nick Cardoni (introduction, villain); Manny O'Day (introduction, villain)
Synopsis
Slam's new friend Danny dies in a boxing ring. Slam investigates Nick Cardoni for murder.

Indexer Notes

story title from next issue blurb in previous issue

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

Lionel Trains / advertisement / 0.22 page (report information)

[George Barrett, Kentucky Killer] (Table of Contents: 15)

The Law at Work / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Creig Flessel
Inks
Creig Flessel
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Barrett was born and brought up in the hills of Kentucky...
Genre
non-fiction; crime
Characters
George Barrett

Indexer Notes

inside back cover

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Speed Saunders
  2. 1. ["All your friends..."]
    More Fun Comics; Adventure Comics; Detective Comics
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
  4. 3. [Mystery at Oak Gables]
    Speed Saunders
  5. 4. ["Most American cities today are policed by radio-cars..."]
    The Law Wins
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
  7. 6. [The Nick Orsatti Case, Part 1]
    Larry Steele, Private Detective
  8. 7. [Curse of the Indian Mummy]
    Cosmo, The Phantom of Disguise
  9. 8. The Blood of the Lotus [Part 2]
    Bruce Nelson
  10. 9. Green Death
  11. 10. Handcuff Hawkins
  12. 11. [To Sink the Atlantis]
    Spy
  13. 12. Trail of Yellow
    Buck Marshall, Range Detective
  14. 13. [In the Ring]
    Slam Bradley
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Lionel Trains
  16. 15. [George Barrett, Kentucky Killer]
    The Law at Work
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
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