(May 1938)

DC, 1937 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1938-04-10
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Detective Comics, Inc.
Editing
Vin Sullivan [as Vincent A. Sullivan]
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
drama
Keywords
jewelry; theft; top hats

Brand New! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

[The Mystery of the Darby Pearls] (Table of Contents: 2)

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
To-day the "Calvon" sailed from Liverpool...
Genre
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Lord Eton; Doris Dane; Malcolm Dane; Dick Dane; Speed Saunders

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.

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

Oscar the Gumshoe / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Bob Kane (credited, signed)
Pencils
Bob Kane (credited, signed)
Inks
Bob Kane (credited, signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hmm! After close observation I arrive at the elementary conclusion...
Genre
humor
Characters
Oscar Zilch

Heels and Toes (Table of Contents: 4)

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)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; western-frontier
Characters
Bill Owens; Buck Marshall

[The Plot to Kill Larry Steele, Part 1] (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)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I tell ya'! It's the only thing to do!
Genre
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Snow; Larry Steele

Too Many Crooks (Table of Contents: 6)

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
Your methods are a bit clumsy, Mr. Nelson.
Genre
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Caulkins; Strafacchi; Bruce Nelson

Lightning Strikes Once (Table of Contents: 7)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure
Characters
Tom Braddock; Captain Brady; Loco Pedro

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.

[Mr. Death] (Table of Contents: 8)

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
Sally and Bart have just received the toughest assignment of their career!
Genre
adventure; spy
Characters
Mr. Death; Bart Regan; Sally Norris

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

"Bring 'Em In" Brannigan / comic story / 8 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
Guess I'll take a vacation!
Genre
humor; detective-mystery
Characters
"Bring 'Em In" Brannigan; McMonnies

[The Plane Crash Mystery] (Table of Contents: 10)

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
Doris Bay, alone and in need...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Pierce; Doris Bay; Cosmo

[The Lady-Killer] (Table of Contents: 11)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hurry! Someone's in trouble!
Genre
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Chester Glass; Slam Bradley; Shorty Morgan

Indexer Notes

story title from next issue blurb in previous issue

Ruth Harkness: Her Adventures in the Far East (Table of Contents: 12)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Ruth Harkness

Indexer Notes

inside back cover

[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. Brand New!
    Action Comics
  3. 2. [The Mystery of the Darby Pearls]
    Speed Saunders
  4. 3. ["Hmm! After close observation I arrive at the elementary conclusion..."]
    Oscar the Gumshoe
  5. 4. Heels and Toes
    Buck Marshall, Range Detective
  6. 5. [The Plot to Kill Larry Steele, Part 1]
    Larry Steele, Private Detective
  7. 6. Too Many Crooks
    Bruce Nelson
  8. 7. Lightning Strikes Once
  9. 8. [Mr. Death]
    Spy
  10. 9. ["Guess I'll take a vacation!"]
    "Bring 'Em In" Brannigan
  11. 10. [The Plane Crash Mystery]
    Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise
  12. 11. [The Lady-Killer]
    Slam Bradley
  13. 12. Ruth Harkness: Her Adventures in the Far East
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
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