(December 1938)

DC, 1937 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1938-11-07
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Detective Comics, Inc.
Editing
Vin Sullivan (as Vincent A. Sullivan)

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in the U. S. Copyright Office filing.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Crimson Avenger / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jim Chambers (signed)
Inks
Jim Chambers (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Crimson Avenger
Keywords
machine guns; stereotyping of Chinese

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

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

[The Return of Fui Onyui] (Table of Contents: 2)

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
Keep me waiting an hour overtime...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Slam Bradley; Shorty Martin; Fui Onyui (villain, death); Yat Sin (introduction)
Synopsis
Slam Bradley disguises himself as Chinese in order to infiltrate an opium den, then pretends to smoke opium before making contact with an allied agent.
Keywords
opium

Indexer Notes

A sign on the wall behind Slam in the splash panel reads:
DR. L. K. SIEGEL - DENTIST

[Mansion of Maniacs] (Table of Contents: 3)

Larry Steele, Private Detective / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Ely (credited as Will Ely)
Pencils
Bill Ely (credited as Will Ely)
Inks
Bill Ely (credited as Will Ely)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Well one things certain [sic]...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Larry Steele; unnamed deranged maniacs (villains, death)

Indexer Notes

story in black and white

[Wanted, Dead or Alive: The Crimson Avenger] (Table of Contents: 4)

The Crimson Avenger / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jim Chambers ?
Pencils
Jim Chambers (credited)
Inks
Jim Chambers (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Yes, Mac, our paper has offered a $5,000 reward...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Crimson Avenger [Lee Travis]; MacKenzie; Wing; Sgt. Haines (villain, introduction); Mr. Gates (a D.A., introduction)

The Song of Death [Part 3] (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
Gardner Fox ?
Pencils
Tom Hickey (credited) (signed as TH)
Inks
Tom Hickey (credited) (signed as TH)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Bruce Nelson; Billie Bryson; Mrs. Warren (villain); Renick

A Sticky Clue (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 1.67 pages (report information)

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

Genre
crime
Characters
Pierre Laverne (thief); Henri Mourette

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

Bob Showed Them How Spies Work! (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Chemcraft / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

[Break-In at the Bartilian Embassy] (Table of Contents: 8)

Spy / comic story / 5 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
An agent named Morgan...
Genre
adventure; spy
Characters
Bart Regan; Sally Regan; Agent Morgan (intro); Nitchova (intro)

Secret Service (Table of Contents: 9)

comic story / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
Whitney Ellsworth (signed as Fred Wells)
Pencils
Whitney Ellsworth (signed as Fred Wells)
Inks
Whitney Ellsworth (signed as Fred Wells)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Edward O. Heinrich

How to Be Funny (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Siegel-Shuster School of Humor / advertisement / 0.1 page (report information)

Buddha Money Mystery (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Reliable Sales Co. / advertisement / 0.07 page (report information)

Electric Unloading (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Lionel Trains / advertisement / 0.16 page (report information)

[The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu, Part 6] (Table of Contents: 13)

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
Doctor Petrie, in an effort to solve the mysterious deaths...
Genre
adventure; crime
Characters
Dr. Fu Manchu; Dr. Petrie; Sir Dennis Nayland Smith; Inspector Ryman
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 in 1930 and 1931.

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

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
Did you call for me, Sarge?
Genre
humor; detective-mystery
Characters
Oscar the Gumshoe

[In Vino Philatelus] (Table of Contents: 15)

Stamp Collectors' Corner / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Page includes a few small ads for stamps dealers.

[Bonelli the Jewel Thief] (Table of Contents: 16)

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
A great crowd is milling about...
Genre
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Cosmo; Mr. Carriere; Inspector Reilly; Bonelli (villain, introduction)

Indexer Notes

story in black and white

[The Duchess of Biltshire's Diamonds] (Table of Contents: 17)

Inspector Kent of Scotland Yard / 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 Kent, this is Scotland Yard calling...
Genre
crime; detective-mystery
Characters
Inspector Kent; The Colonel; The Raven (villain); Duchess of Biltshire; Sergeant Willy Wiggbert; Captain Martineau; Mrs. Martineau
Synopsis
The Raven's henchmen gas the guards and help him escape from death row via a gyro-plane. Several weeks later, he attempts to steal the Duchess of Biltshire's diamonds worth $500,000.
Keywords
death row; diamonds; England; gas; gyro-plane; prison; Scotland Yard

Indexer Notes

Last appearance in Detective Comics. The feature makes one more appearance in Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #38 (May 1939), where it replaces Cotton Carver for one issue. Story probably inspired by "The Duchess of Wiltshire's Diamonds" (1897) by Guy Booth. Synopsis and some other information by Art Lortie.

Newman signs again on the final page.

The Snow Murder (Table of Contents: 18)

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

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Speed Saunders; Rosita Fernandez; Walter Weston; Ordway (intro, villain, death)

Crime-Curiosities (Table of Contents: 19)

cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
George Papp (signed as GEP)
Pencils
George Papp (signed as GEP)
Inks
George Papp (signed as GEP)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Six unrelated gag panels

Be a Movie King (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 21) (Expand) /

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Crimson Avenger
  2. 1. ["Buddy can ya' spare a dime?"]
  3. 2. [The Return of Fui Onyui]
    Slam Bradley
  4. 3. [Mansion of Maniacs]
    Larry Steele, Private Detective
  5. 4. [Wanted, Dead or Alive: The Crimson Avenger]
    The Crimson Avenger
  6. 5. The Song of Death [Part 3]
    Bruce Nelson
  7. 6. A Sticky Clue
  8. 7. Bob Showed Them How Spies Work!
    Chemcraft
  9. 8. [Break-In at the Bartilian Embassy]
    Spy
  10. 9. Secret Service
  11. 10. How to Be Funny
    Siegel-Shuster School of Humor
  12. 11. Buddha Money Mystery
    Reliable Sales Co.
  13. 12. Electric Unloading
    Lionel Trains
  14. 13. [The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu, Part 6]
    Dr. Fu Manchu
  15. 14. ["Did you call for me, Sarge?"]
    Oscar the Gumshoe
  16. 15. [In Vino Philatelus]
    Stamp Collectors' Corner
  17. 16. [Bonelli the Jewel Thief]
    Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise
  18. 17. [The Duchess of Biltshire's Diamonds]
    Inspector Kent of Scotland Yard
  19. 18. The Snow Murder
    Speed Saunders
  20. 19. Crime-Curiosities
  21. 20. Be a Movie King
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  22. 21. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
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