(June 1938)

DC, 1937 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1938-05-10
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
crime
Keywords
gunfights; machine guns; motorcycles; policemen; rifles

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

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

The Case of the Missing Corpse (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
Creig Flessel ?
Pencils
Creig Flessel
Inks
Creig Flessel; ? (see notes)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
At a lonely cemetary...
Genre
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Speed Saunders; Mike Bruno (intro, villain); Miss Bannon; Joseph Bannon (flashback)

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.

Most of the inking here is of a lighter and more delicate nature than Flessel's usual style.

Black Tony Barmacino: Dictator of the Dope Dynasty (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters
Black Tony Barmacino

Indexer Notes

Compare the art style with the subsequent, signed, story.

[The Plot to Kill Larry Steele, Part 2] (Table of Contents: 4)

Larry Steele / 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 was kidnapped...
Genre
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Larry Steele; Snow (villain)

[The National Museum Mystery] (Table of Contents: 5)

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
Late one night...
Genre
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Cosmo; Korensky (intro, villain)

Too Many Crooks, Part 3 (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
Mr. Parsons and I...
Genre
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Bruce Nelson; Tony Freeland (intro, villain, death)

The Tattoo Trap (Table of Contents: 7)

text story / 1.75 pages (report information)

Script
Vin Sullivan [as Paul Dean] (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Ken (F.B.I. agent)

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: 8) (Expand) /

The Crowell Publishing Co. / advertisement / 0.25 page (report information)

[A Traitor in Our Midst] (Table of Contents: 9)

Spy / comic story / 8 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
Valuable secret orders have been vanishing...
Genre
adventure; spy
Characters
Barrow (intro, villain, death); Kleog (intro, villain, death); Mrs. Barrow (intro); Bart Regan; Sally Norris

"Fingerprint" Farson, the Plain Clothes Man (Table of Contents: 10)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Russell Cole [as Alger]
Pencils
Russell Cole [as Alger]
Inks
Russell Cole [as Alger]
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
"Fingerprint" Farson

Trading Trouble (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
Buck Marshall; Ned Tobin (intro, villain)

[The Broadway Bandit] (Table of Contents: 12)

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
Help! - Pol --!
Genre
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Slam Bradley; Shorty Rogers; Joan Carter (intro); The Broadway Bandit [Boris Desmond] (intro, villain)

Indexer Notes

story title from next issue blurb in previous issue

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

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

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

Spencer Fireworks Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. ["Flash! Here's a new magazine you can't afford to miss!"]
    Action Comics
  3. 2. The Case of the Missing Corpse
    Speed Saunders
  4. 3. Black Tony Barmacino: Dictator of the Dope Dynasty
  5. 4. [The Plot to Kill Larry Steele, Part 2]
    Larry Steele
  6. 5. [The National Museum Mystery]
    Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise
  7. 6. Too Many Crooks, Part 3
    Bruce Nelson
  8. 7. The Tattoo Trap
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    The Crowell Publishing Co.
  10. 9. [A Traitor in Our Midst]
    Spy
  11. 10. "Fingerprint" Farson, the Plain Clothes Man
  12. 11. Trading Trouble
    Buck Marshall, Range Detective
  13. 12. [The Broadway Bandit]
    Slam Bradley
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Spencer Fireworks Co.
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