(February 1940)

DC, 1936 Series
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Volume
[5]
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1939-12-28
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Detective Comics, Inc.
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (uncredited)
Color
Full Color, Duotone, and Black and White (#9-47); Full Color (#48 onwards)
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Newsprint Interior, Paper Covers (#9-11); Glossy Covers (#12 onwards)
Binding
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format
Was ongoing series

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in the U. S. Copyright Office filing found at the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 35, January-December 1940, Numbers 1-4. Detective Comics is reported as the publisher in the filing. Second class permit. Copyright number 440426.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Spectre / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Bernard Baily
Inks
Bernard Baily
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Spectre has a blue cloak and grey skin.

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

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

Money and Big Prizes (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

The Crowell-Collier Publishing Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

The Spectre / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks
Bernard Baily (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Bernard Baily

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Introduction
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan] (introduction, origin); Clarice Winston (Jim's girl); Clarice's parents; Wayne Grant (detective); The Voice; Gat Benson (villain); Benson's mob [Louie Snipe; rest un-named] (villains)
Synopsis
Jim Corrigan, hard-boiled detective, gets inside information on a job to be pulled by Gat Benson, and, while trying to stop the theft, is captured and murdered. However, a voice from heaven tells Corrigan that his battle against crime is not over, so he is restored to life with amazing powers, which he plans to use against Benson and save the life of Clarice.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The Spectre has a blue cloak and grey skin, which was colored incorrectly in the Archive edition. Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

Story concluded next issue.

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

Henrietta / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Fred Schwab
Inks
Fred Schwab
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gee! - If only I had money to buy it!
Genre
humor; children

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

Wilson Chem. Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

Wing Brady / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Three days under this blazing sun...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Wing Brady

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

Biff Bronson / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Albert Sulman
Pencils
Joe Sulman [as Koppy]
Inks
Joe Sulman [as Koppy]
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
See that factory? -That's where I was born!
Genre
adventure
Characters
Biff Bronson; Dan Druff; The Wizard (villain)
Synopsis
The Wizard sends mechanical robots to steal all the silver stored at West Point.

Indexer Notes

continued next issue

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8)

Radio Squad / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Martin Wheeler (signed)
Inks
Martin Wheeler (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Robbers intent upon breaking into the First National Bank's safe...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Radio Squad [Sandy Kean; Larry Trent]

Bust-Up in Borneo (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Anthony (signed)
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure

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

Lieut. Bob Neal of Sub 662 / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Hirsch (signed)
Pencils
Rusty Lehman (signed)
Inks
Rusty Lehman (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In Honolulu Bob and Tubby have received orders to report back to the Canal Zone...
Genre
war
Characters
Bob Neal; Tubby; Dr. McDonald; Judith McDonald

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

Fantastic Facts / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Camel of the Plant World
Genre
non-fiction

Briefly Noted (Table of Contents: 12)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Page includes many small ads for stamps dealers.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13)

King Carter / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Paul Lauretta (signed)
Inks
Paul Lauretta (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Say, King, don't you think we ought to rest tonight...
Genre
adventure
Characters
King Carter

The Studio Mystery (Table of Contents: 14)

Detective Sergeant Carey / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Donohoe (signed)
Pencils
Joe Donohoe (signed)
Inks
Joe Donohoe (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Sergeant Carey; Sleepy

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

Sergeant O'Malley of the Red Coat Patrol / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
John Lehti (signed)
Inks
John Lehti (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
This is the Mounted Headquarters, isn't it?
Genre
adventure
Characters
Sgt. O'Malley; Black Hawk; Mr. Bourke

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

Bulldog Martin / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bart Tumey (signed)
Inks
Bart Tumey (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bulldog receives a letter and a package from a Boston law firm...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Bulldog Martin; Jonah; Duke Tweed (villain)
Synopsis
An old friend of his father's bequeaths Biff some invisibility pills.

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

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

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

Daisy Air Rifles / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

Home Recording Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Spectre
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  3. 2. Money and Big Prizes
    The Crowell-Collier Publishing Co.
  4. 3. ["Introduction"]
    The Spectre
  5. 4. ["Gee! - If only I had money to buy it!"]
    Henrietta
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Wilson Chem. Co.
  7. 6. ["Three days under this blazing sun..."]
    Wing Brady
  8. 7. ["See that factory? -That's where I was born!"]
    Biff Bronson
  9. 8. ["Robbers intent upon breaking into the First National Bank's safe..."]
    Radio Squad
  10. 9. Bust-Up in Borneo
  11. 10. ["In Honolulu Bob and Tubby have received orders to report back to the Canal Zone..."]
    Lieut. Bob Neal of Sub 662
  12. 11. ["Camel of the Plant World"]
    Fantastic Facts
  13. 12. Briefly Noted
    Fun Stamp Page
  14. 13. ["Say, King, don't you think we ought to rest tonight..."]
    King Carter
  15. 14. The Studio Mystery
    Detective Sergeant Carey
  16. 15. ["This is the Mounted Headquarters, isn't it?"]
    Sergeant O'Malley of the Red Coat Patrol
  17. 16. ["Bulldog receives a letter and a package from a Boston law firm..."]
    Bulldog Martin
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    Flash Comics
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
    Home Recording Co.
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Craig Delich
  • Bob Hughes
  • Merlin Haas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Per Sandell
  • R. S. Martin
  • Matthew Head
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Arthur Lortie
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed
  • Lou Mougin
  • Pat Lang
  • Bob Hughes