(April 1940)

DC, 1937 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1940-03-06
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Detective Comics, Inc.
Brand
A DC Publication
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (uncredited)
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

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, 1940, Number 2. Second class permit. Copyright number 449539.


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

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

[Robin the Boy Wonder] (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks
Jerry Robinson
Colors
?
Letters
Jerry Robinson

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson] (introduction, origin); John Grayson (introduction, Dick's father, death); Mary Grayson (introduction, Dick's mother, death); Mr. Haly (Haly Circus owner); Boss Zucco [Anthony Zucco] (villain, introduction); Blade (villain, death)
Synopsis
Dick Grayson watches his parents die and overhears the killers confessing the point, and he decides to tip off the Police. However, the Batman intervenes to save the boy's life, and trains him to become his partner, Robin the Boy Wonder. Then the duo head out to gather evidence needed to put the criminals behind bars.
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Keywords
Haly Circus; slingshot

Indexer Notes

The splash page replicates the cover.

[Phono-Post Stamps] (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Page includes many small ads from stamps dealers.

[The Electrical Assassin] (Table of Contents: 4)

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; Chick Cavanaugh (Secret Service agent, death); Nell Johnson (villain, death); Carter (villain, a scientist, death)
Synopsis
Bart nearly loses his life when he investigates a scientist's invention that produces lightning, which can be directed to any target the scientist desires, and with which he plans to terrorize the nation and eventually control it.
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[Dr. Hydkil] (Table of Contents: 5)

Red Logan / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ken Ernst
Inks
Ken Ernst
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Red Logan; Ivan; Inspector Enright; Simpson (Policeman); Mitchell (Policeman); Archie (Times Courier employee); Dr. Hydkil (villain); Gluko (villain, Hydkil's assistant)
Synopsis
Red becomes involved in a murder mystery that has all the earmarks of a vampire killer. Instead he runs smack dab into a crazed medical genius bent on becoming another Frankenstein!
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[Phoney Jewel Robbery] (Table of Contents: 6)

The Crimson Avenger / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Crimson Avenger [Lee Travis]; Wing; Mrs. Duprey; Mac (Globe-Leader reporter); Mike (Policeman); Mr. Duprey (villain); "Gimpy" Malone (villain); Joe Scalponi (villain)
Synopsis
The Crimson investigates and puts to an end an insideous plan in which wealthy people pay to have their jewels stolen, then get them returned after having collected the insurance on them.
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No. 1 - Kidnapped, by Robert Louis Stevenson (Table of Contents: 7)

Detective Comics Monthly Book Review / text article / 0.75 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

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

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

Peck Brothers / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Uncle Otto / comic story / 0.17 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Ahchoo!
Genre
humor

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

Miniature Homes Co. / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

The Kidnaped Singer (Table of Contents: 12)

Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Inks
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Fred Guardineer

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Speed Saunders; Lora de Thiessi (Torch singer); Jim (backstage employee); Marie (Thiessi's maid-servant); un-named Police Captain; Jim (airport pilot); un-named fiancee of Lora de Thiessi (villain)
Synopsis
Speed uncovers a plot by the supposed fiancee of singer Lora de Thiess, who had gotten himself into debt by gambling, then put the touch on Lora's theater to ransom her back from a kidnapping.
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Indexer Notes

Millennium Edition: Detective Comics 38 (DC, 2000 series) lists the writer as being Fred Guardineer, but, per Craig Delich, Guardineer never wrote this strip.

[The Gambler's Protector] (Table of Contents: 13)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Don Lynch (signed)
Inks
Don Lynch (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Steve Malone; Chief of Police Runyan; Happy (Malone's secretary); Butch Smaltz (villain); un-named Police Commissioner (villain); Butch (villain)
Synopsis
Steve makes the discovery that the city's criminal rackets are being financed by the Police Commissioner.
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[At the Arctic Circle] (Table of Contents: 14)

Cliff Crosby / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure
Characters
Cliff Crosby; Dr. Broussard; Aga (Kingdom Chief); Sabu (villain, phony Kingdom Chief); Sengi (villain)
Synopsis
Having to bail out of their plane over the arctic regions, Cliff and Dr. Broussard are shocked to find African natives living in the arctic with little clothing on. They are brought before the Chief of the Sabu Kingdom and informed about a serum the natives drink that permits them to live in the coldest of weather without clothing!
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The Case of the Vanishing Train (Table of Contents: 15)

text story / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script
Richard Martin (credited)
Letters
typeset

Genre
detective-mystery

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

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

[The Big Fire] (Table of Contents: 17)

Slam Bradley / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Dennis Neville (signed)
Inks
Dennis Neville (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Slam Bradley; Shorty Morgan; Tommy Crane (crippled boy); un-named apartment building janitor (villain)
Synopsis
Slam and Shorty help rescue people from a burning apartment building.
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Six Big Headline Features for the "Big Six" Comic Magazines! (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

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

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

Lancaster County Seed Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

The Complete Works of Shakespeare / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Batman
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  3. 2. [Robin the Boy Wonder]
    The Batman
  4. 3. [Phono-Post Stamps]
    Detective Stamp Page
  5. 4. [The Electrical Assassin]
    Spy
  6. 5. [Dr. Hydkil]
    Red Logan
  7. 6. [Phoney Jewel Robbery]
    The Crimson Avenger
  8. 7. No. 1 - Kidnapped, by Robert Louis Stevenson
    Detective Comics Monthly Book Review
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Peck Brothers
  11. 10. ["Ahchoo!"]
    Uncle Otto
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Miniature Homes Co.
  13. 12. The Kidnaped Singer
    Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator
  14. 13. [The Gambler's Protector]
    Steve Malone, District Attorney
  15. 14. [At the Arctic Circle]
    Cliff Crosby
  16. 15. The Case of the Vanishing Train
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    The Crowell-Collier Publishing Co.
  18. 17. [The Big Fire]
    Slam Bradley
  19. 18. Six Big Headline Features for the "Big Six" Comic Magazines!
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
    Lancaster County Seed Co.
  21. 20. [no title indexed]
    The Complete Works of Shakespeare
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Lionel English
  • Matthew Peets
  • Craig Delich
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Per Sandell
  • R. S. Martin
  • Matthew Head
  • Gregory Fischer
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bill Wormstedt
  • Bob Klein
  • Mike Tiefenbacher
  • Jerry Bails (R.I.P.)
  • Carl Gafford
  • John Greb
  • Kelly Langston-Smith
  • Jeremy Heier
  • Chris Launder
  • Terry Vraspir
  • Craig Delich
  • Mike Bowen
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Dwayne Best
  • Bob Hughes
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Mark Gordon
  • Max Capp
  • Ed Boner