(July 1938)

DC, 1937 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1938-06-06
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
Inks
Creig Flessel
Colors
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Keywords
caves; currency; lanterns; revolvers

Swelegant Is the Word for It! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

The Snake Death (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Fred Guardineer (credited, signed)
Inks
Fred Guardineer (credited, signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I have called you in, Saunders...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Speed Saunders; a spy (introduction, death); Percy (introduction, death); Mr. Horn (introduction); Miss Horn (introduction)

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.

Guardineer signs in the final panel.

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

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gosh! The Black Mask Gang...
Genre
humor
Characters
Oscar the Gumshoe
Synopsis
Oscar receives a note telling him of the whereabouts of the Black Hand Gang, notorious bank robbers. He and a squad of police advance on a shack, kick in the door, and find a gang of kids who are amused that the cops have fallen for their prank.

[The Maine Castle Mystery, Part 1] (Table of Contents: 4)

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
Mr. Steele, there's a Mr. Graham from Hollywood to see you--
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Larry Steele; Bill Graham (introduction); Vera Sanders (introduction); The Boss (villain, introduction); his gang (villains, introduction)

[Von Ruyter's Explosive Gun] (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
Van Ruyter has, after two years...
Genre
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Cosmo; Von Ruyter (introduction); Countess Varnoff De Mornay (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Von Ruyter has invented a new form of high explosive gun. Tests for the War Department are spectacular, and they ask permission to install a battery of guns in one of their Pacific possessions. The plans are stolen, however, and his friend Cosmo goes off to investigate, finally uncovering the Russian Countess De Mornay. She gets away with false plans Cosmo has planted. The diagram shows the monkey cage in the Bronx Zoo, and the formula is that for castor oil.

Indexer Notes

story in black and white

[The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu, Part 1] (Table of Contents: 6)

Dr. Fu Manchu / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Leo O'Mealia; Sax Rohmer (original author) (credited)
Pencils
Leo O'Mealia
Inks
Leo O'Mealia
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Imagine a man, tall, lean and cat-like...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Sir Denis Nayland Smith (introduction); Dr. Petrie (introduction); Dr. Fu Manchu (villain, introduction)
Reprints
  • from Dr. Fu Manchu daily (Bell Syndicate)

Indexer Notes

Adapted from The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu by Sax Rohmer; also reprinted in Wow -- What a Magazine! (Henle Publications, 1936 series) #1-4.

The daily strip ran in newspapers in 1930 and 1931.

The Hooded Hordes (Table of Contents: 7)

Spy / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure
Characters
The Hooded Hordes (introduction, villains); Bart Regan; Betsy Norris

Indexer Notes

story title from next issue blurb in previous issue

Disaster on the Diamond (Table of Contents: 8)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre
sports
Characters
Percy Hamilton; Slugger Brant; Mr. Stone

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 Coolie Smugglers [Part 1] (Table of Contents: 9)

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; aviation; detective-mystery
Characters
Bruce Nelson; Captain Carstairs (villain, introduction)

The Right Trail (Table of Contents: 10)

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; Speck (villain, introduction)

Indexer Notes

story in black and white

Slam Bradley Gets the Air (Table of Contents: 11)

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

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

Genre
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Slam Bradley; Shorty Morgan; Ramon Gonzales (villain, introduction); Sporty Morgan (Shorty's brother, introduction)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12)

Detective Puzzles / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
A. W. Nugent
Pencils
A. W. Nugent
Inks
A. W. Nugent
Letters
?

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. Swelegant Is the Word for It!
    Action Comics
  3. 2. The Snake Death
    Speed Saunders
  4. 3. ["Gosh! The Black Mask Gang..."]
    Oscar the Gumshoe
  5. 4. [The Maine Castle Mystery, Part 1]
    Larry Steele, Private Detective
  6. 5. [Von Ruyter's Explosive Gun]
    Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise
  7. 6. [The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu, Part 1]
    Dr. Fu Manchu
  8. 7. The Hooded Hordes
    Spy
  9. 8. Disaster on the Diamond
  10. 9. The Coolie Smugglers [Part 1]
    Bruce Nelson
  11. 10. The Right Trail
    Buck Marshall, Range Detective
  12. 11. Slam Bradley Gets the Air
    Slam Bradley
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Detective Puzzles
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
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