(January 1938)

DC, 1937 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1937-12-10
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 renewal filing. There is no listing for the original registration.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Synopsis
Man climbing up a rope about to be cut.

News! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

More Fun 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.

[The Anarchist Submarine Plot] (Table of Contents: 3)

Speed Saunders of the River Police / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The fleet's in!
Genre
crime; detective-mystery
Characters
a gang of anarchists (introduction, villain, death); Speed Saunders; Ensign Alsworth
Synopsis
The fleet is at anchor in New York Harbor. A plot is uncovered to destroy the reef at the harbor entrance, thus stranding the ships. Speed puts on a diving suit and gets dropped from a plane near to the reef. On the sea bottom he finds a submarine and enters through a hatch. He holds the saboteurs at gunpoint, but they overpower him, tie him to a post and escape. With the clock ticking down, the sub begins to surface. With only a minute to go, Speed escapes the sub just before it blows up. No damage has been done.

Indexer Notes

We formerly credited the script of this story to Gardner Fox, but in an interview in Alter Ego #20 (June 2003), he stated that his first comic story, sold in March 1938, appeared in Detective Comics #18.

The Power Behind "Machine Gun" Kelly (Table of Contents: 4)

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

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

Genre
non-fiction

[The Nick Orsatti Case, Part 2] (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
Larry leaves James Wilkes at his home...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Nick Orsatti (villain); Larry Steele; James Wilkes; Jones
Synopsis
Leaving James Wilkes safely at his home, Larry and the police set off to the royal Club to arrest Nick Orsatti, who escapes out of a back door. He drives to an apartment building which he owns, and descends into the cellar. Later, Larry goes back to the club, but is captured at gun point by one of Orsatti's henchmen, who drives him to his boss.

[The Phony Murder of Sir Fenton Carsley] (Table of Contents: 6)

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
How about dinner at the club this evening...
Genre
crime; detective-mystery
Characters
Sir Fenton Carsley (introduction, villain); Cosmo; Inspector Burke; Phyllis Carlin
Synopsis
Cosmo is in England visiting his old friend Inspector Burke of Scotland Yard. A report of a body dragged from the River Thames comes in, and the pair arrive at the wharf to find a body whose face has been smashed in. His wallet contents reveal that he is Sir Fenton Carsley. Cosmo casts doubts on the identification. Calling on Sir Fenton's niece Phyllis that evening he discovers that on the following day, when she reaches the age of twenty-one, she will inherit all of the estate. Cosmo uncovers a plot by Sir Fenton to cover his bad debts by murdering his niece.

Indexer Notes

story in black and white

Bulls Eye (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
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I guess I'll drop in on old Kramer...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Kramer (introduction); a gang of crooks (introduction, villain); Bruce Nelson
Synopsis
Bruce goes to the shop of old Kramer to see if his watch is fixed. The man behind the counter tells him Kramer has gone to Buffalo to his daughter's funeral. Bruce knows that Kramer has no daughter and has spotted the old man's glasses on the counter. He leaves, goes round to the back and breaks in. He finds a gang of men forcing Kramer to open his safe. By various devious tricks, including shooting a bottle of acid on an overhead shelf, he incapacitates them, just as the police arrive.

Incident in Algiers (Table of Contents: 8)

text story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Whitney Ellsworth (credited)
Pencils
Creig Flessel (signed)
Inks
Creig Flessel (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure; drama
Characters
Sgt. Bill Gaines (introduction)

The Willow Lane Mystery (Table of Contents: 9)

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
humor

[The Atlantis Aftermath] (Table of Contents: 10)

Spy / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gaily the Atlantis docks at France...
Genre
adventure; spy
Characters
an anarchist (introduction, villain, death); Bart Regan; Sally
Synopsis
Bart and Sally are met from the boat by the Paris representative of the U.S. Secret Service. Mentioning that they captured an anarchist on board ship and the man draws a gun, telling them he a colleague of the anarchist. Exiting the car they are approached by a gendarme who wants to sell them a lottery ticket. Both the man and Bart buy one, the latter with American currency. In a warehouse Bart and Sally hide behind some crates but the man advances on them with his gun. He is shot by the gendarme who has followed them. Bart explains to Sally that he paid the gendarme with a cigar coupon.

In the Bag (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
western-frontier
Characters
Kole (introduction, villain); Buck Marshall

Indexer Notes

story in black and white

[The Flying Circus] (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
Pardon my knuckles...
Genre
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Baron Von Goetz (introduction, villain); Baroness Von Goetz (introduction, villain); Slam Bradley

Indexer Notes

story title from next issue blurb in previous issue

Sir Hubert Wilkens Famous Arctic Explorer (Table of Contents: 13)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
adventure; biography
Characters
Sir Hubert Wilkens
Synopsis
One incident in the life of Sir Hubert Wilkens, involving a crash landing over the Arctic, an attempt to walk 97 miles to the nearest land over frozen ice, and a fall into the ice where drowning was narrowly avoided by catching the edge of the ice with his ice pick.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

[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]
  2. 1. News!
    More Fun Comics
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
  4. 3. [The Anarchist Submarine Plot]
    Speed Saunders of the River Police
  5. 4. The Power Behind "Machine Gun" Kelly
    The Law at Work
  6. 5. [The Nick Orsatti Case, Part 2]
    Larry Steele, Private Detective
  7. 6. [The Phony Murder of Sir Fenton Carsley]
    Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise
  8. 7. Bulls Eye
    Bruce Nelson
  9. 8. Incident in Algiers
  10. 9. The Willow Lane Mystery
  11. 10. [The Atlantis Aftermath]
    Spy
  12. 11. In the Bag
    Buck Marshall, Range Detective
  13. 12. [The Flying Circus]
    Slam Bradley
  14. 13. Sir Hubert Wilkens Famous Arctic Explorer
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
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