(March 1940)

DC, 1938 Series
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Volume
[4]
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1940-02-02
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Detective Comics, Inc.
Editing
Vin Sullivan [as Vincent A. Sullivan]
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U.S.; Standard Silver Age U.S.; Standard Modern Age U.S.; Digest size (5" x 6.75") #491-503
Binding
Saddle-Stitched; Squarebound #390, 416, 491-503
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

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 443607.


The Hour-Man! (Table of Contents)

The Hourman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks
Bernard Baily (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Hourman [Rex Tyler]; The Sandman [Wesley Dodds] (inset)

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

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

[Origin of the Hour-Man] (Table of Contents: 2)

The Hourman / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Ken Fitch
Pencils
Bernard Baily (signed)
Inks
Bernard Baily (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Bernard Baily

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Hourman [Rex Tyler]; Mr. Bannerman; Marcia Van Shelton; Mary Kennedy; Patsy; Randall (villain); John Kennedy (villain, reforms at end of story)
Synopsis
Chemist Rex Tyler discovers a powerful chemical he calls "miraclo", and decides to put his new powers to work helping the oppressed. His first case involves the recovery of stolen pearls and the reforming of a would-be crook.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Expanded version presented in Secret Origins (DC, 1986 series) #16. Rex Tyler's post office box (#28) is given in this story.

Fitch writer credit from Craig Delich and verified by Martin O'Hearn; we previously credited Gardner Fox. Letterer credit from Craig Delich.

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

Fantastic Facts / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The rabbit never closes his eyes to sleep!
Genre
non-fiction

[The Mind-Slave of Fang Gow] (Table of Contents: 4)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Ed Winiarski
Pencils
Ed Winiarski [as Win]
Inks
Ed Winiarski [as Win]
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Jean LeGrand (introduction); Fang Gow (villain)

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

Butch the Pup / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Boy! - This is a swell vacation!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Butch

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

[Professor Dirk's Crime School] (Table of Contents: 6)

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Chad Grothkopf
Inks
Chad Grothkopf
Colors
?
Letters
Chad Grothkopf

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Steve Carson; Professor Dirk (villain, introduction, death)

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit from Craig Delich, verified by Chad Grothkopf.

Junior Federal Men Club (Table of Contents: 7)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

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

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Page includes many small ads from stamps dealers.

[Death to the D.A.] (Table of Contents: 9)

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

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Ogden Whitney
Inks
Ogden Whitney
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Judge Quick; Mae Trust; Mrs. Holt; Dian Belmont [the Lady in Red]; D.A. Belmont; Dr. Fulton (villain)
Synopsis
Dian invites Wes to a party dressed as the Sandman, so he can try and get to the bottom of death threats being made against her father.
Reprints

Dead Man's Chest (Table of Contents: 10)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Clem Gordon (credited)
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure

Indexer Notes

Over two pages.

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

Daisy Air Rifles / advertisement / 0.25 page (report information)

A Bike for You (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

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

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

advertisement / 0.25 page (report information)

[Hassle in Hollywood, Part 2] (Table of Contents: 14)

Socko Strong / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Albert Sulman
Pencils
Joseph Sulman [as Koppy] (signed)
Inks
Joseph Sulman [as Koppy] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; sports
Characters
Socko Strong; Monte Swift (villain)

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

The Diddle Family / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Paul Gustavson
Pencils
Paul Gustavson
Inks
Paul Gustavson
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Gustavson

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Mom got a letter that Aunt Effy wants us to come to New York...
Genre
domestic
Characters
The Diddle Family

Indexer Notes

Only appearance in Adventure Comics. Strip previously appeared in early issues of Action Comics.

Letterer credit courtesy of Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.

[Singapore Sal] (Table of Contents: 16)

Steve Conrad Adventurer / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Lehti
Pencils
Jack Lehti
Inks
Jack Lehti
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Steve Conrad; Singapore Sal (villain, introduction); Slick (villain, introduction); Colonel Bradford (villain, introduction)

[Mansion of Murder, Part 3] (Table of Contents: 17)

Rusty and His Pals / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Rusty; Tino (villain); Zoroff (villain, introduction); Karl (villain, introduction)

[The Dope Smuggler's Double] (Table of Contents: 18)

Anchors Aweigh! / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Bart Tumey
Pencils
Bart Tumey
Inks
Bart Tumey
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Joe Madson (villain, introduction); Lester G. Fester (villain, introduction, death)

The Earth Passage (Table of Contents: 19)

Cotton Carver / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Ogden Whitney
Inks
Ogden Whitney
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Cooton Carver; Deela (guest-star); First Ones (villains)
Synopsis
Cotton Carver returns to the surface of Earth.

Six Big Headline Features for the "Big Six" Comic Magazines! (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

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)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 22) (Expand) /

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Hour-Man!
    The Hourman
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  3. 2. [Origin of the Hour-Man]
    The Hourman
  4. 3. ["The rabbit never closes his eyes to sleep!"]
    Fantastic Facts
  5. 4. [The Mind-Slave of Fang Gow]
    Barry O'Neill
  6. 5. ["Boy! - This is a swell vacation!"]
    Butch the Pup
  7. 6. [Professor Dirk's Crime School]
    Federal Men
  8. 7. Junior Federal Men Club
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Adventure Stamp Page
  10. 9. [Death to the D.A.]
    The Sandman
  11. 10. Dead Man's Chest
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
  13. 12. A Bike for You
    The Crowell-Collier Publishing Company
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
  15. 14. [Hassle in Hollywood, Part 2]
    Socko Strong
  16. 15. ["Mom got a letter that Aunt Effy wants us to come to New York..."]
    The Diddle Family
  17. 16. [Singapore Sal]
    Steve Conrad Adventurer
  18. 17. [Mansion of Murder, Part 3]
    Rusty and His Pals
  19. 18. [The Dope Smuggler's Double]
    Anchors Aweigh!
  20. 19. The Earth Passage
    Cotton Carver
  21. 20. Six Big Headline Features for the "Big Six" Comic Magazines!
  22. 21. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  23. 22. [no title indexed]
    Wilson Chem. Co.
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