(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.

["The rabbit never closes his eyes to sleep!"] (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

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)

["Boy! - This is a swell vacation!"] (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

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)

["Mom got a letter that Aunt Effy wants us to come to New York..."] (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

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)

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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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