(February 1939)

DC, 1937 Series
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Volume
[2]
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1939-01-05
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

On sale date from the publication date and volume number found at the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 34, 1939, Number 1. Second class permit. Copyright number 408865.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Guardineer (signed as Guardineer)
Inks
Fred Guardineer (signed as Guardineer)
Colors
?

Genre
children; crime
Keywords
bondage; counterfeiting; printing presses

[Tic-Tac-Toe] (Table of Contents: 1)

Cleo and Clancy / comic story / 0.75 page (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Characters
Cleo; Clancy
Synopsis
Two uniformed beat officers sneak furtively around the neighborhood until they get to a wooden fence. Creeping behind it they gleefully play games of Tic Tac Toe.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

The Persian Jewel Mystery (Table of Contents: 2)

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; Fence Borden (villain, introduction); Nora Dobson (villain, introduction); Harry Karr (villain, introduction); Syade
Synopsis
The Persian consul is charged with murder and Saunders has to prove his innocence. He uses his scientific detective skills to comb through the evidence.

[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
Extra! Gun Moll Escapes
Genre
humor; crime
Characters
Oscar

[The Model Murder 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
What do you think of this one, Larry?
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Larry Steele; Maurice Du Val (villain, introduction); Maxine Beaumont (introduction, death); Lucille Beaumont (introduction, death); Yvonne Beaumont

[The Ace Foundry Sabotage] (Table of Contents: 5)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The night shift begins work...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Cosmo; Radsky (villain, introduction); Gordon; Radsky
Synopsis
Cosmo investigates sabotage at the Ace Foundry. Meanwhile Radsky agitates for a strike.

Indexer Notes

story in red, white, and black

Script previously credited as "Sven Elven ?", but the byline clearly states "Illustrated by Sven Elvin", with no hint of authorship.

[Subterfuge at Sea] (Table of Contents: 6)

Spy / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (credited)
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster; Wayne Boring [as Joe Shuster] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
One instant the freighter Gale...
Genre
adventure; spy
Characters
Bart Regan; Sally Norris; Jones (villain, introduction, death); crew of the WHIRLWIND (villains, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Bart and Sally search for gunrunners aboard a merchant ship.

[Dental Work Now Is Almost As Good an Evidence of Identity As Fingerprints!] (Table of Contents: 7)

Crime Never Pays / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Don Vincent (signed)
Pencils
Don Vincent (signed)
Inks
Don Vincent (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction; crime

Will Issue Own Stamps (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Page includes several small ads from stamps dealers.

[The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu, Part 8] (Table of Contents: 9)

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
Nayland Smith dropped cross-legged...
Genre
adventure; crime
Characters
Dr. Fu Manchu; Sir Dennis Nayland Smith; Dr. Petrie
Reprints
  • from Dr. Fu Manchu daily (Bell Syndicate)

Indexer Notes

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

The strip originally appeared in newspapers in 1930 and 1931.

The Old Gray House (Table of Contents: 10)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Terry Keane (credited)
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
children; crime
Characters
Billy Kane; Joe; Harry (counterfeiter); Chief of Police Higgins

[Tony Sparta and the River Gang] (Table of Contents: 11)

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
Say, Mac, you got a nice spot here for a slot machine...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Crimson Avenger [Hal Travis]; Wing; Tony Sparta (villain, introduction); the River Gang (villains, introduction); Sin Lu (introduction)
Synopsis
The Crimson Avenger tries to break up an insurance racket.

Back from the Dead [Part 1] (Table of Contents: 12)

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

Script
Tom Hickey ?
Pencils
Tom Hickey (signed)
Inks
Tom Hickey (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Bruce Nelson; Gentleman Jeff Virdone (villain, introduction); Officer Mears; Officer Grogan; Officer Garrett

Indexer Notes

Not on Bails' list of Fox stories.

Trail of Paper (Table of Contents: 13)

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)
Colors
? (red tones)
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Buck Marshall; Gene Carley (villain, introduction); The Sheriff; Miss Dorothy

Indexer Notes

story in red, white, and black

[In Two Billion A.D., Part 2] (Table of Contents: 14)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Together with Professor Kenton...
Genre
adventure; detective-mystery; science fiction
Characters
Slam Bradley; Shorty Morgan; Iron Fingers (villain, introduction); a tyrant (villain, introduction, death); the bird-man (villain, death); the plant-man (villain, death); the orange guy (villain, introduction); Prof. Kenton
Synopsis
Slam and Shorty are still in 2,000,000,000 A.D., where they encounter a variety of weird foes. Finally they return to 1938, but run when Professor Kenton offers to take them into the past.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 15)

Detective Puzzles / activity / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

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

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Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. [Tic-Tac-Toe]
    Cleo and Clancy
  3. 2. The Persian Jewel Mystery
    Speed Saunders
  4. 3. ["Extra! Gun Moll Escapes"]
    Oscar the Gumshoe
  5. 4. [The Model Murder Mystery, Part 1]
    Larry Steele, Private Detective
  6. 5. [The Ace Foundry Sabotage]
    Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise
  7. 6. [Subterfuge at Sea]
    Spy
  8. 7. [Dental Work Now Is Almost As Good an Evidence of Identity As Fingerprints!]
    Crime Never Pays
  9. 8. Will Issue Own Stamps
    Stamp Collectors' Corner
  10. 9. [The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu, Part 8]
    Dr. Fu Manchu
  11. 10. The Old Gray House
  12. 11. [Tony Sparta and the River Gang]
    The Crimson Avenger
  13. 12. Back from the Dead [Part 1]
    Bruce Nelson
  14. 13. Trail of Paper
    Buck Marshall, Range Detective
  15. 14. [In Two Billion A.D., Part 2]
    Slam Bradley
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Detective Puzzles
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
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