(November 1939)

DC, 1937 Series
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Volume:
[3]
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1939-09-30
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 and volume number found in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 34, 1939, Number 4. Second class periodical. Copyright number 432358. Volume number is not found in the comic itself.


[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:
automobiles

Indexer Notes

Batman is wearing a gun.

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

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

The Batman Wars against the Dirigible of Doom (Table of Contents: 2)

Batman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger (pp. 1-2); Gardner Fox (pp. 3-12)
Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed); Sheldon Moldoff (backgrounds)
Inks:
Bob Kane (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sheldon Moldoff

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne] (origin); Thomas Wayne (Bruce's father, death); Martha Wayne (Bruce's mother, death); Joe Chill (villain, un-named); Professor/Dr. Carl Kruger (villain, death); The Scarlet Horde (villains, all scientists, all die); Mr. Bixley (villain, death); Napoleon Bonaparte (villain, image only)
Synopsis:
After an account of how the Batman came into being as a crime fighter, Batman becomes alarmed at the sudden appearance of deadly dirigibles whose occupants wish to rule the world.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Baterang; Batplane; Death-Ray machine; gas capsule; Manhattan; silk rope; smoke capsule

Indexer Notes

Contains a 2-page origin sequence, the 'original' origin, written by Bill Finger (credit from Craig Delich and Martin O'Hearn). The art for the origin sequence is inspired by Bill Vallely's art in Gang Busters In Action and Junior G-Men and the Counterfeiters as well as Hal Foster's in Tarzan for the last panel.

The Batman carries and uses a gun in this story.

["Big" Charlie Ruffing, "Pop" Warner] (Table of Contents: 3)

Sportettes / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Sheldon Moldoff
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
biography; sports
Characters:
Charlie Ruffing; Pop Warner
Synopsis:
Brief biographies are provided for Charlie Ruffing and Pop Warner.

Indexer Notes

No feature logo. Synopsis added by Craig Delich.

Gifts for You! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

American Specialty Co. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[Thoria Invades Luxen] (Table of Contents: 5)

Spy / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Mart Bailey (signed)
Inks:
Mart Bailey (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; spy
Characters:
Bart Regan; Karl Palchek
Synopsis:
Bart helps restore democracy in Luxen.

Mine of Mystery (Table of Contents: 6)

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

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

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Buck Marshall

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ken Ernst (signed)
Inks:
Ken Ernst (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text:
Four robberies in my department in four straight weeks...
Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Larry Steele; Brenda

Coffee-Colored Diamonds (Table of Contents: 8)

text story / 1.5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
crime

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

The Crowell-Collier Publishing Co. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

The Northwoods Mystery (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Inks:
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Fred Guardineer

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Speed Saunders

[The Sewer Robberies] (Table of Contents: 11)

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

Script:
Sven Elven ?
Pencils:
Sven Elven (signed)
Inks:
Sven Elven (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Cosmo; Neil

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich.

[The White Goddess, Part 1] (Table of Contents: 12)

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

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

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Bruce Nelson; Mambu

[Poroscopy Aids Scientific Sleuths in Solving Crimes!] (Table of Contents: 13)

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

Script:
Vincent Sullivan ?
Pencils:
Vincent Sullivan ?
Inks:
Vincent Sullivan ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction

Third Set for Abbey (Table of Contents: 14)

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.

[Shorty Swallows a Diamond] (Table of Contents: 15)

Slam Bradley / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Mart Bailey (signed)
Inks:
Mart Bailey (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Slam Bradley; Shorty Morgan; Diane Penton; Dr. Farnsby

Flash! (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

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

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

Remington Rand / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

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

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Batman
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  3. 2. The Batman Wars against the Dirigible of Doom
    Batman
  4. 3. ["Big" Charlie Ruffing, "Pop" Warner]
    Sportettes
  5. 4. Gifts for You!
    American Specialty Co.
  6. 5. [Thoria Invades Luxen]
    Spy
  7. 6. Mine of Mystery
    Buck Marshall, Range Detective
  8. 7. ["Four robberies in my department in four straight weeks..."]
    Larry Steele, Private Detective
  9. 8. Coffee-Colored Diamonds
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    The Crowell-Collier Publishing Co.
  11. 10. The Northwoods Mystery
    Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator
  12. 11. [The Sewer Robberies]
    Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise
  13. 12. [The White Goddess, Part 1]
    Bruce Nelson
  14. 13. [Poroscopy Aids Scientific Sleuths in Solving Crimes!]
    Crime Never Pays
  15. 14. Third Set for Abbey
    Detective Stamp Page
  16. 15. [Shorty Swallows a Diamond]
    Slam Bradley
  17. 16. Flash!
    New York World's Fair Comics; Superman
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    Remington Rand
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
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