(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
?

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 / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Fred Guardineer
Inks
Fred Guardineer
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
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 Vincent]
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

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

[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
?

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 / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Will Ely
Pencils
Will Ely
Inks
Will Ely
Letters
?

Genre
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
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
?

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
? (Sax Rohmer adapatation) (credited to Rohmer)
Pencils
Leo O'Mealia
Inks
Leo O'Mealia
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Dr. Fu-Manchu
Reprints
  • from Dr. Fu Manchu daily (Bell Syndicate) ? - ?

Indexer Notes

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

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
Inks
Tom Hickey
Colors
?
Letters
?

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

[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 (signed)
Inks
Sven Elven (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Sven Elven ?

Genre
adventure
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 / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
?

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
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
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
  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
  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
  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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