(January 1940)

DC, 1937 Series
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Volume:
[3]
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1939-11-30
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

Volume number and the on sale date from the publication date found at the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 35, January-December 1940, Numbers 1-4. Second class permit. Copyright number 437787.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Batman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Bob Kane
Inks:
Bob Kane
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Duc D'orterre
Reprints:
Keywords:
bondage; hypodermic syringes; mad scientists

Indexer Notes

Since the Duc D'orterre appears on this cover, it is believed this cover was supposed to go with #34's story (note by Craig Delich).

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

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

[The Case of the Ruby Idol] (Table of Contents: 2)

The Batman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed); Sheldon Moldoff (backgrounds)
Inks:
Bob Kane (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sheldon Moldoff

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Commissioner James Gordon; Weldon (curio collector); Joe; Mike; Wong; Sin Fang [Sheldon Lenox] (villain, explorer, introduction, death); followers of Kila (villains)
Synopsis:
The existence of a large ruby in the shape of a hideous figure leads to the death of one man and threatens the life of another, so the Batman enters the fray to battle a weird Hindu cult over it.
Reprints:
Keywords:
gas pellet; Kila (God of Destruction)

Indexer Notes

Batman is shown with a gun on the splash page.

[Railroad Lingo] (Table of Contents: 3)

Fantastic Facts / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
George Papp (signed)
Inks:
George Papp (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction

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

Flex-i-Track / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[The Unknown Sub] (Table of Contents: 5)

Spy / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils:
Maurice Kashuba (signed)
Inks:
Maurice Kashuba (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; spy
Characters:
Bart Regan; Ambassador Ludorf; Von Klotz

Branded Yellow (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

The Kidnapping Racket (Table of Contents: 7)

Steve Malone, District Attorney / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Don Lynch
Inks:
Don Lynch
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Steve Malone

Mystery with Music (Table of Contents: 8)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Richard Lawlor (credited)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure

Indexer Notes

Split over two pages.

Statement of Ownership (Table of Contents: 9)

statement of ownership / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
J. S. Liebowitz
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Publisher Detective Comics, Inc.
480 Lexington Ave, NY, NY
Editor Vincent Sullivan
Owners: Harry Donenfeld, P. H. Sampliner.

On the bottom of the first page of the text story.

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

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

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

advertisement / 0.17 page (report information)

The Voodoo Vengeance (Table of Contents: 12)

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

[Strange Death of Doctor Dupre] (Table of Contents: 13)

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; Inspector Grey; Dupre

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich.

[Cuba Honors Tobacco] (Table of Contents: 14)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Page includes many small ads from stamps dealers.

["Cripes! I've been waitin' for that Spanky..."] (Table of Contents: 15)

Spanky and Cranky / comic story / 0.67 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; children
Characters:
Spanky; Cranky

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

Built-Rite / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

[The White Goddess, Part 2] (Table of Contents: 17)

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; Toni Hutton

[In the Foreign Legion] (Table of Contents: 18)

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; Clyde Winthrop; Scar Jenson; Tony Caputo; Aba Cadabra
Synopsis:
Slam and Shorty join the Foreign Legion to track down an American fugitive.

Right or Wrong? (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

Flash Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

He's Back with Us Again!! Superman (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

Superman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 21) (Expand) /

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

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Batman
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  3. 2. [The Case of the Ruby Idol]
    The Batman
  4. 3. [Railroad Lingo]
    Fantastic Facts
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    Flex-i-Track
  6. 5. [The Unknown Sub]
    Spy
  7. 6. Branded Yellow
    Buck Marshall, Range Detective
  8. 7. The Kidnapping Racket
    Steve Malone, District Attorney
  9. 8. Mystery with Music
  10. 9. Statement of Ownership
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    The Crowell-Collier Publishing Co.
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
  13. 12. The Voodoo Vengeance
    Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator
  14. 13. [Strange Death of Doctor Dupre]
    Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise
  15. 14. [Cuba Honors Tobacco]
    Detective Stamp Page
  16. 15. ["Cripes! I've been waitin' for that Spanky..."]
    Spanky and Cranky
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Built-Rite
  18. 17. [The White Goddess, Part 2]
    Bruce Nelson
  19. 18. [In the Foreign Legion]
    Slam Bradley
  20. 19. Right or Wrong?
    Flash Comics
  21. 20. He's Back with Us Again!! Superman
    Superman
  22. 21. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
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