(August 1938)

DC, 1937 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1938-07-06
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)

Dr. Fu Manchu / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Creig Flessel
Inks
Creig Flessel
Colors
Creig Flessel
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Dr. Fu Manchu
Reprints
Keywords
chemistry; laboratories; retorts; test tubes

Indexer Notes

Art previously credited to Leo O'Mealia. Changed per Scott Bonagofsky (April 19, 2007) based on his conversations with Creig Flessel.

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

New Adventure Comics; More Fun Comics; Action Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

The Hilton Diamond (Table of Contents: 2)

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

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Speed Saunders; John Hilton (introduction, dies); Jim Hilton; Donald Brent (villain, introduction)

Indexer Notes

Donald Brent is also called Elias Brent, as if the writer couldn't remember his name from one page to the next.

[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
Hmm! They're reported to be hiding around this locality!
Genre
humor
Characters
Oscar
Synopsis
Oscar mistakes a group of men in prison stripes for escaped convicts. In fact, they are heading for the Good Fellows Club Masquerade Ball

[Murder in Texas] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Cosmo, feeling the need of a vacation...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Cosmo; Jem Hawkins; Sheriff Harvey
Synopsis
Cosmo takes a vacation out west and gets involved in a case when his friend Sheriff Harvey is accused of murder.

[The Maine Castle Mystery, 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)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Larry and Bill Graham...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Larry Steele; Bill Graham; Vera Sanders; The Boss (villain); his gang (villains)

Indexer Notes

story in black and white

[The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu, Part 2] (Table of Contents: 6)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Put that back, old man...
Genre
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Nayland Smith; Fu Manchu; Dr. Petrie
Reprints
  • from Dr. Fu Manchu daily (Bell Syndicate)

Indexer Notes

Adaptation of The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu by Sax Rohmer.

The daily strip ran in newspapers in 1930 and 1931.

Death's Ruby (Table of Contents: 7)

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
?

Genre
adventure; detective-mystery; spy
Characters
Bart Regan; Sally Norris; Akmet and two enemy spies (villains, one dies; introduction for all); Maharaja Kahoon (introduction)
Synopsis
Bart proposes to Sally.

The Golden Key (Table of Contents: 8)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Detective Tom Lawton; Henry Burroughs; Arnold Lansing (villain)

Indexer Notes

Text story with two illustrations.

The Coolie Smugglers, Part II (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; detective-mystery
Characters
Bruce Nelson; Captain Carstairs (villain)

[The Lavalle Case] (Table of Contents: 10)

Steve Malone, District Attorney / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Don Lynch
Inks
Don Lynch
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Steve Malone, brilliant young criminal lawyer...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Steve Malone (introdcution); Gini (villain, introduction)

Indexer Notes

Story in black and white.

In an interview in Alter Ego #20 (June 2003), Fox states this was his first comic story, sold in March 1938.

Compare the art with the signed Steve Malone story in Adventure Comics #38 (May 1939).

[In the Stratosphere] (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
Slam and Shorty are taking a spin...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Slam Bradley; Shorty Morgan; Sgt. Gage; Prof. Barton (introduction); Prof. James; Miss James; Knife Morley (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Slam and Shorty encounter a strange rocket shaped plane being flown by a girl. It turns out to be an invention that two scientists are fighting over.

Indexer Notes

story title from next issue blurb in previous issue

[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]
    Dr. Fu Manchu
  2. 1. Socko!
    New Adventure Comics; More Fun Comics; Action Comics
  3. 2. The Hilton Diamond
    Speed Saunders
  4. 3. ["Hmm! They're reported to be hiding around this locality!"]
    Oscar the Gumshoe
  5. 4. [Murder in Texas]
    Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise
  6. 5. [The Maine Castle Mystery, Part 2]
    Larry Steele, Private Detective
  7. 6. [The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu, Part 2]
    Dr. Fu Manchu
  8. 7. Death's Ruby
    Spy
  9. 8. The Golden Key
  10. 9. The Coolie Smugglers, Part II
    Bruce Nelson
  11. 10. [The Lavalle Case]
    Steve Malone, District Attorney
  12. 11. [In the Stratosphere]
    Slam Bradley
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Detective Puzzles
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
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