(May 1939)

DC, 1937 Series
< Previous Issue |
| Next Issue >
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1939-03-30
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.

Indicia:
DETECTIVE COMICS, published monthly by DETECTIVE COMICS, INC., 480 Lexington Ave., New York, N. Y. Entered as second class matter at Post-Office, New York, N. Y., under the Act of March 3, 1879. Subscription rates: 12 issues by mail in the United States and its possessions, $1.20; elsewhere $2.20 The Publisher accepts no responsibility for unsolicited material. Entire contents copyright 1939, by Detective Comics, Inc. For advertising rates, address Combined Publications, Inc., 125 East 46th Street, New York City. Western Office: Harley L. Ward, Inc., 360 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Ill.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Batman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks
Bob Kane (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]
Reprints
Keywords
bat rope; revolvers

Indexer Notes

Arlen Schumer has identified panel 5 of the January 17, 1937 Flash Gordon Sunday page by Alex Raymond as the source of Batman's pose.

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

Crime Never Pays / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bullets betray no less than fingerprints...
Genre
non-fiction
Reprints

Indexer Notes

On the inside front cover. Seven separate panels.

The Case of the Chemical Syndicate (Table of Contents: 2)

The Bat-Man / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane [as Rob't Kane] (signed)
Inks
Bob Kane [as Rob't Kane] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Bob Kane

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Bat-Man [Bruce Wayne] (introduction); Commissioner James Gordon (introduction); Mr. Lambert (introduction, death); Lambert (introduction, Mr. Lambert's son); un-named Police Sergeant (introduction); Steven Crane (introduction, death); Crane's butler (introduction); Paul Rogers (introduction); Alfred Stryker (villain, introduction, death); Jennings (villain, introduction, Stryker's assistant)
Synopsis
In his first case, the Bat-Man investigates the murder of a chemical tycoon, discovering that one of his partners murdered him to steal the secret contracts that would leave him as the sole owner of the Apex Chemical Corporation.
Reprints
Keywords
Apex Chemical Corporation

Indexer Notes

Named "Bat-Man" in the story.

According to Will Murray and Anthony Tollin, the November 1, 1936, Shadow novel Partners in Peril, written by Theodore Tinsley, was Bill Finger's inspiration for this story.

According to DSK of the Vallely Archives blog, and Robby Reed of the Dial H for Blog, the art in this issue is inspired by Henry Vallely's Gang Busters in Action (Big Little Book 1451) and Tom Lovell's art in Partners in Peril.

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

Tenderfoot / comic story / 0.75 page (report information)

Script
Charles Biro ?
Pencils
Charles Biro [as Biro] (signed)
Inks
Charles Biro [as Biro] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Good-night, boys - now don't forget your good deeds!
Genre
humor
Synopsis
A young boy scout discovers a lost youngster and attempts to help him find his way home, and gets lost in the process himself!
Reprints

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

Rosati Accordions / advertisement / 0.25 page (report information)

The Killers of Kurdistan (Table of Contents: 5)

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

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Speed Saunders; Tom (Trelawney's friend, death); Trelawney (death); Trelawney's maid; The Veiled Prophetress of the Killers of Kurdistan (villain); Killers of Kurdistan (villains, one dies)
Synopsis
Speed investigates the murder of two men, on one of which the killers left the symbol of a red crescent, the symbol of the Kurdistan Killers, a sect that both men belonged to but refused to kill for.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Martin O'Hearn.

Bullet Bluff (Table of Contents: 6)

Buck Marshall, Range Detective / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Homer Fleming ?
Pencils
Homer Fleming [as H. Fleming] (signed)
Inks
Homer Fleming [as H. Fleming] (signed)
Colors
? (red tones)
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Buck Marshall; un-named Sheriff; Matt Doyle (Box K Ranch worker); Jerry Kane (Box K Ranch owner, death); Pepper (Buck's horse); The Terror [Jack Stark] (villain)
Synopsis
Buck investigates the death of a ranch owner in which a black empty cartridge is left behind as a clue to the killer.
Reprints
Keywords
Box K Ranch

Indexer Notes

Story printed in red, white and black only.

Script credit suggested by the Who's Who.

[The Mysterious Murders] (Table of Contents: 7)

Spy / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Joe Shuster (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
"A dinner is thrown into pandemonium when its guest of honor..."
Genre
adventure
Characters
Bart Regan; Congressman Sneed (death); Congressman Little (death); Congressman Booker; Congressman Stoker; un-named spy (villain, death)
Synopsis
Bart investigates the deaths of members of a Committee on un-American activities that were killed by an explosive capsule hidden in their bananas.
Reprints

[Murder on the Oceanic Line Docks] (Table of Contents: 8)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
"Feared by the underworld and hunted by the police, the crimson carries on the work of befriending the helpless..."
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Crimson Avenger [Lee Travis]; Wing; Abe Gold (night club owner, death); un-named hospital nurse (death); Frank (villain); Mike Moran (villain)
Synopsis
The Crimson tracks down a killer who murdered one Abe Gold for welshing on a $100,000 bet.
Reprints

Death on the Airwaves (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre
crime
Characters
Richard Drew (death); President Benson; Captain Richard Byrne; Brian DeAngelo (villain)
Synopsis
Captain Byrne tracks down a revengeful killer who was once spurned in regards to a radio audtion.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Artist credits by Craig Delich. There are two illustrated advertisements found on the two pages: one for Daisy Air Rifles, the other by the Crowell Publishing Company.

[The New Orleans Mardi Gras Murder, Part 1] (Table of Contents: 10)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
"Boy! New Orleans at Mardi Gras time..."
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Bruce Nelson; Ed Lane (a detective); Lili Grauet (death)
Synopsis
Bruce begins his investigation of the death of a young woman due to black magic.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Hickey also signed the story as "TH."

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11)

The Mysterious Doctor Fu Manchu! / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You would be a dead man now if it was not for your friend in China...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Rev. J. D. Eltham; Greba Eltham; Nayland Smith; Vernon Denby; Dr. Petrie; Dr. Fu Manchu (villain)
Synopsis
Fu Manchu attempts to kill Greba Eltham, all in an attempt to keep Rev. Eltham from going to China.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Artist credits from Craig Delich.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12)

Flatfoot Flannigan / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Paul Gustavson
Pencils
Paul Gustavson [as Gustavson] (signed)
Inks
Paul Gustavson [as Gustavson] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Gustavson

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Calling all cars -- calling all cars -- bank robbery on Main and Center Streets...
Genre
humor
Characters
Flannigan
Synopsis
Flannigan is sent out on a bank robbery, but stops for a red light so he won't get a ticket!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

All Gustavson credits verified and courtesy of Terry Gustafson, Paul Gustavson's son.

[Danzig Marks Anniversary] (Table of Contents: 13)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Page includes several small ads from stamps dealers.

[Illegal Aliens] (Table of Contents: 14)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
"Cosmo is called to Immigration Headquarters..."
Genre
adventure
Characters
Cosmo; Carg (Immigration HQ official); Mike Donovan (Policeman); Yen Lo (villain); Kwan Joy Lo (villain); Fo Lee (villain)
Synopsis
Cosmo is placed on a case involving the illegal smuggling of Chinese into America.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story printed in red, white and black only.

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich. Writer only wrote stories for Sven Elven, therefore assumed to be Sven Elven by writer identification expert, Martin O'Hearn.

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

Plain Clothes Pete / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Russell Cole [as Alger] (signed)
Pencils
Russell Cole [as Alger] (signed)
Inks
Russell Cole [as Alger] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Russell Cole

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Pete, Louie th' Louse is operatin' 'round here again!
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Pete; Joe; Louie th' Louse (villain)
Synopsis
Pete and Joe try to discover the whereabouts of the hideout of notorious criminal Louie th' Louse.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit from Craig Delich.

[The Murderer on Vacation] (Table of Contents: 16)

Slam Bradley / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed); Paul Cassidy
Inks
Joe Shuster (signed); Paul Cassidy
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
"Out joy-riding, to relax from the tension of manhunting..."
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Slam Bradley; Shorty Morgan; Dick Kelly (death); Gale Dennis (villain); "Black Jack" Benson (villain); Nicky (villain); Helger Wetjen (villain)
Synopsis
Shorty and Slam help to find out the whereabouts of a Federal agent who disappeared after trailing an escaped felon to Switzerland.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

According to Alter Ego #112 for August of 2012, Paul Cassidy did some art on this story.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

All-American Comics; Movie Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Batman
  2. 1. ["Bullets betray no less than fingerprints..."]
    Crime Never Pays
  3. 2. The Case of the Chemical Syndicate
    The Bat-Man
  4. 3. ["Good-night, boys - now don't forget your good deeds!"]
    Tenderfoot
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    Rosati Accordions
  6. 5. The Killers of Kurdistan
    Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator
  7. 6. Bullet Bluff
    Buck Marshall, Range Detective
  8. 7. [The Mysterious Murders]
    Spy
  9. 8. [Murder on the Oceanic Line Docks]
    The Crimson Avenger
  10. 9. Death on the Airwaves
  11. 10. [The New Orleans Mardi Gras Murder, Part 1]
    Bruce Nelson
  12. 11. ["You would be a dead man now if it was not for your friend in China..."]
    The Mysterious Doctor Fu Manchu!
  13. 12. ["Calling all cars -- calling all cars -- bank robbery on Main and Center Streets..."]
    Flatfoot Flannigan
  14. 13. [Danzig Marks Anniversary]
    Stamp Collectors' Corner
  15. 14. [Illegal Aliens]
    Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise
  16. 15. ["Pete, Louie th' Louse is operatin' 'round here again!"]
    Plain Clothes Pete
  17. 16. [The Murderer on Vacation]
    Slam Bradley
  18. 17. ["Thanks, boys and girls of America..."]
    All-American Comics; Movie Comics
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Lionel English
  • Darci
  • Matthew Peets
  • Bob Hughes
  • Katie
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Merlin Haas
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Craig Delich
  • Henry Andrews
  • Per Sandell
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • R. S. Martin
  • Matthew Head
  • Edgar Loftin
  • Jochen G.
  • Gregory Fischer
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bill Wormstedt
  • Bob Klein
  • Mike Tiefenbacher
  • Jerry Bails (R.I.P.)
  • Carl Gafford
  • John Greb
  • Kelly Langston-Smith
  • Jeremy Heier
  • Chris Launder
  • Terry Vraspir
  • Craig Delich
  • Mike Bowen
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Dwayne Best
  • Bob Hughes
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Mark Gordon
  • Max Capp
  • Ed Boner