(August 1939)

DC, 1937 Series
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Volume
[3]
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1939-06-30
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

On sale date from the publication date found in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 34, 1939, Number 3. Class B periodical. Copyright number B 422127. Volume number not listed in the original comic indicia.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
crime
Reprints
Keywords
gas welding; knives

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

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

[The Return of Doctor Death] (Table of Contents: 2)

Batman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Bob Kane (signed); Sheldon Moldoff (backgrounds) [as Bob Kane] (credited)
Inks
Bob Kane (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Sheldon Moldoff

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Less than a week ago...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Mrs. Jones; Mrs. Jones's maid; Doctor Death [as Ivan Herd] (villain); Mikhail (villain, Dr. Death's assistant, death)
Synopsis
Thought dead in a fire in his home, Dr. Death has survived, but is in need of funds to re-establish himself, so he sets his sights on diamonds owned by a Mrs. Jones.
Reprints
Keywords
gas capsules; utility belt

Indexer Notes

The storyline continued from the previous issue.

The original script for this story has survived, confirming Fox's authorship. The original title of the story was "The Batman and the Diamonds of Death". Batman logo is The Batman.

Kane signs again on the final page.

[Criminal Photography] (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Terry Gilkison (signed as TG)
Inks
Terry Gilkison (signed as TG)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction; crime

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

Oscar the Gumshoe / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Bob Kane (credited, signed)
Pencils
Bob Kane (credited, signed)
Inks
Bob Kane (credited, signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Bob Kane ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Don't worry - He's as good as caught...
Genre
humor
Characters
Oscar

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

Detective Stamp Page / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Page includes several small ads from stamps dealers.

Finger of Doom (Table of Contents: 6)

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
adventure; western-frontier
Characters
Buck Marshall; The Sheriff; Morgan; Vail; Slade

Indexer Notes

Story printed in red and black only.

[The Dictator of the United States] (Table of Contents: 7)

Spy / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (credited)
Pencils
Mart Bailey (signed as M B)
Inks
Mart Bailey (signed as M B)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In the Senate, Senator Kingsley...
Genre
adventure; spy
Characters
Bart Regan

Indexer Notes

Bailey signs his initials on the final page.

[The Old Man and the Kid] (Table of Contents: 8)

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
Yes sir - What can I do for you?
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Larry Steele

Shadowed (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 1.56 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Thomas (credited)
Pencils
Fred Guardineer
Inks
Fred Guardineer
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Chief of Police Benson; Detective Carr; Blinky Moroni

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustrations.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

The Model Builder / advertisement / 0.44 page (report information)

The Crossbow Mystery (Table of Contents: 11)

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

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Speed Saunders

The Tea Racketeers (Table of Contents: 12)

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

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Bruce Nelson

Indexer Notes

Script previously credited to Hickey, but there is no evidence to suggest he did anything other than the art.

[The Imperial Insurance Swindle] (Table of Contents: 13)

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
As Cosmo and Inspector Gray...
Genre
adventure; crime
Characters
Cosmo; Inspector Gray; Gene Clausen; Captain Alvarez

Indexer Notes

Story printed in red and black only.

Script previously suggested as by Elvin, but there is no evidence that he did more than art and letters.

[The Granville Insane Asylum] (Table of Contents: 14)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Let 'em have it, Slam!
Genre
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Slam Bradley; Shorty Morgan; Dr. Granville; Gloria Travers

The Comic Book of Tomorrow Is Here Today!! (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

New York World's Fair Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[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. [no title indexed]
    All-American Comics; Movie Comics
  3. 2. [The Return of Doctor Death]
  4. 3. [Criminal Photography]
    Crime Never Pays
  5. 4. ["Don't worry - He's as good as caught..."]
    Oscar the Gumshoe
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Detective Stamp Page
  7. 6. Finger of Doom
    Buck Marshall, Range Detective
  8. 7. [The Dictator of the United States]
    Spy
  9. 8. [The Old Man and the Kid]
    Larry Steele, Private Detective
  10. 9. Shadowed
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    The Model Builder
  12. 11. The Crossbow Mystery
    Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator
  13. 12. The Tea Racketeers
    Bruce Nelson
  14. 13. [The Imperial Insurance Swindle]
    Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise
  15. 14. [The Granville Insane Asylum]
  16. 15. The Comic Book of Tomorrow Is Here Today!!
    New York World's Fair Comics
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
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