(September 1938)

DC, 1937 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1938-08-05
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
crime
Synopsis
A policeman watches a safecracker.
Keywords
automatic pistols; safes

Indexer Notes

Pencils and inks were originally credited to Leo O'Mealia. Creig Flessel confirmed to Scott Bonagofsky in 2007 that it was one of his covers. Correction was submitted by Scott Bonagofsky on July 20, 2008.

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

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

The Grogan Case (Table of Contents: 2)

Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
crime; detective-mystery
Characters
Speed Saunders; Dave Grogan (introduction, villain, death); Gus (introduction)

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

Model Airplane News / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

Crime Never Pays / cartoon / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
Vin Sullivan [as Don Vicent - sic] Signed)
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Moulage casts aids in detection work!
Genre
non-fiction; crime
Characters
Alphonse Poller

[The Invisibility Formula] (Table of Contents: 5)

Inspector Kent / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
George Newman (signed)
Pencils
George Newman (signed)
Inks
George Newman (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hello, Inspector Kent!
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Inspector Kent (introduction); Dr. Ronald Wainwright (introduction, death); Wendy Foster (introduction); Henry Adams (introduction); The Raven (introduction, villain); Algy Hawks
Synopsis
Dr. Wainwright's invisibility formula is stolen from his laboratory by the Raven, and assistant Adams is found tied up. Lured from the crime scene with word the Raven has been arrested, Kent is saved from killers by Wendy, whose father was swindled out of $4 million by the Raven. The real villain, disguised as Adams, kills Wainwright and uses his formula to temporarily become invisible.
Keywords
disguise; England; invisible; Scotland Yard; swindle

Indexer Notes

Synopsis and some other information by Art Lortie.

[The Island of Wanatoba, Part 1] (Table of Contents: 6)

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
About 2000 miles due east...
Genre
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Larry Steele; En Rico (villain, introduction)

Indexer Notes

Story printed in black and white.

[Mirror of Doom] (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
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Tired of chasing international perils...
Genre
adventure; spy
Characters
Bart Regan; Sally Norris; Rosa Rinaldo (villain, saboteur, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Rosa, a female saboteur who has committed many acts of sabotage, interrupts the wedding of spies Bart and Sally, and uses a mirror that fires destructive rays. Unfortunately for Rosa, that leads to a spectacular, unfortunate end for her.

Indexer Notes

Bart Regan and Sally Norris almost get married!

[The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu, Part 3] (Table of Contents: 8)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I contemplated the square of paper...
Genre
adventure; crime
Characters
Dr. Fu Manchu; Sir Dennis Nayland Smith; Dr. Petrie; Sir Crichton Davey
Reprints
  • from Dr. Fu Manchu daily (Bell Syndicate)

Indexer Notes

Adapted from The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu by Sax Rohmer.

The strip appeared in newspapers during 1930 and 1931.

A Dead Case (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox [as Paul Dean]
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

The Coolie Smugglers [Part 3] (Table of Contents: 10)

Bruce Nelson / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson ?
Pencils
Tom Hickey (credited) (signed as TH)
Inks
Tom Hickey (credited) (signed as TH)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Bruce Nelson; Captain Carstairs (villain); Ungi

[The Air Pirates and the S.S. Almoa] (Table of Contents: 11)

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 enters the sumptuous hacienda...
Genre
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Cosmo; Captain Bartlett (introduction); Carlo de Milo (introduction); a band of pirates (villains, introduction for all)

[Luigi Ferrini Strikes] (Table of Contents: 12)

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
Pass it over.
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Steve Malone; Luigi Ferrini (villain, introduction)

Indexer Notes

Story printed in black and white.

[In Africa] (Table of Contents: 13)

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
Returning from a shopping trip...
Genre
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Slam Bradley; Shorty Martin; Betty Gladstone (introduction); Mr. Gladstone (introduction); The "Beast-Man" (introduction, villain, death)

Indexer Notes

story title from next issue blurb in previous issue

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

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: 15) (Expand) /

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Action Comics; More Fun Comics; New Adventure Comics
  3. 2. The Grogan Case
    Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Model Airplane News
  5. 4. ["Moulage casts aids in detection work!"]
    Crime Never Pays
  6. 5. [The Invisibility Formula]
    Inspector Kent
  7. 6. [The Island of Wanatoba, Part 1]
    Larry Steele, Private Detective
  8. 7. [Mirror of Doom]
    Spy
  9. 8. [The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu, Part 3]
    Dr. Fu Manchu
  10. 9. A Dead Case
  11. 10. The Coolie Smugglers [Part 3]
    Bruce Nelson
  12. 11. [The Air Pirates and the S.S. Almoa]
    Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise
  13. 12. [Luigi Ferrini Strikes]
    Steve Malone, District Attorney
  14. 13. [In Africa]
    Slam Bradley
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Detective Puzzles
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
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