(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
Vin Sullivan ?
Pencils
Vin Sullivan ?
Inks
Vin 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)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
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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