(August 1940)

DC, 1936 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Detective Comics, Inc.
Brand:
A DC Publication
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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Spectre / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Spectre
Reprints:

["For thrills and adventure don't miss this first issue..."] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

All-Star Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

["These 4 comic magazines and the five shown above..."] (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

[The Arsonist] (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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Wayne Grant; Bob Brent
Synopsis:
The Spectre investigates the kidnapping and attempted murder of a warehouse owner and discovers that Brent's partner has been embezzling funds and is trying to eliminate any possibility the thefts will be discovered.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit and synopsis added by Craig Delich. First line: "No one knows that Jim Corrigan, hard-fisted detective, is in reality the earthbound Spectre..."

["Boys and girls! Do you like Mutt & Jeff?"] (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

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

The Circus Crimes (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script:
Joe Donohoe
Pencils:
Joe Donohoe
Inks:
Joe Donohoe
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Sergeant Carey; Sleepy

["Congo Bill and Professor Kent are staying at a peaceful native village..."] (Table of Contents: 6)

Congo Bill / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Congo Bill; Professor Kent; O'Toole (chimpanzee); Inspector Slade; The Skull (villain); Omdurr; leopard cultists
Synopsis:
Bill fights a leopard cult working under the sway of the Skull.
Keywords:
botany; leopard cults; machine guns; Scotland Yard

["Captain Desmo and Gabby, apparently victorious over the Society of Assassins..."] (Table of Contents: 7)

Captain Desmo / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ed Winiarski [as Win] (signed)
Inks:
Ed Winiarski [as Win] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Captain Desmo; Gabby; Droon (villain)
Synopsis:
On vacation Gabby and Desmo come across an island filled with munitions to be sold to the highest bidder.

Superman Is on the Radio! (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

The Adventures of Superman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

["Hey, fellers!"] (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

Adventure Comics; Hourman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

["Are you Farmer Doode?"] (Table of Contents: 10)

Farmer Doode / comic story / 0.75 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

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

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

["Employees of the Johnston Drug Store are the victims..."] (Table of Contents: 12)

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

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

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Radio Squad [Sandy Keene; Larry Trent]

[The Bridge of the Damask Girdle] (Table of Contents: 13)

Here and There / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Arcky
Pencils:
Arcky (signed)
Inks:
Arcky (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Believe It or Not! factoids.

["Approvals are stamps sent out on approval..."] (Table of Contents: 14)

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

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

Indexer Notes

Mostly ads for stamps vendors.

["Swell story you turned out on the Rath stolen bonds..."] (Table of Contents: 15)

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

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

Genre:
war
Characters:
Lt. Bob Neal; Pat Grant; Tubby Potts; Mr. Rath; Gambling Pete
Synopsis:
Mr. Rath accuses his wife of stealing, after which she apparently commits suicide.

["I'm just cooking up a bit of adventure!"] (Table of Contents: 16)

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

Script:
Albert Sulman (signed)
Pencils:
Joe Sulman (signed)
Inks:
Joe Sulman (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Biff Bronson; Detective Houndem; Wilson; Monk (villain)
Synopsis:
A corrupt private detective tries to frame an ex-con for the second time.

Gunman's Reputation (Table of Contents: 17)

text story / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox (credited)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
crime

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

advertisement / 0.25 page (report information)

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

Baby Ruth / advertisement / 0.25 page (report information)

["Sergeant O'Malley reporting, Inspector -- you sent for me?"] (Table of Contents: 20)

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

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Sgt. O'Malley; Black Hawk

[Theft of the Book of Thoth] (Table of Contents: 21)

Doctor Fate / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Howard Sherman
Inks:
Howard Sherman
Colors:
?
Letters:
Howard Sherman

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dr. Fate [Kent Nelson]; Inza Kramer; unnamed wizard (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Dr. Fate searches for the lost book of Toth at the bottom of the River Koptos only to find it stolen by an evil wizard, who not only tries to kill Inza, but Fate in the process.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Fate has a red cape. Synopsis modified by Craig Delich. First line: "High on a hilltop in ghost-haunted Salem stands a lonely stone tower..."

[Nature's Pelican] (Table of Contents: 22)

Fantastic Facts / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
George Papp
Pencils:
George Papp
Inks:
George Papp
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 23) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 24) (Expand) /

Book Coupon Exchange / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Spectre
  2. 1. ["For thrills and adventure don't miss this first issue..."]
    All-Star Comics
  3. 2. ["These 4 comic magazines and the five shown above..."]
  4. 3. [The Arsonist]
    The Spectre
  5. 4. ["Boys and girls! Do you like Mutt & Jeff?"]
    Mutt & Jeff
  6. 5. The Circus Crimes
    Detective Sergeant Carey
  7. 6. ["Congo Bill and Professor Kent are staying at a peaceful native village..."]
    Congo Bill
  8. 7. ["Captain Desmo and Gabby, apparently victorious over the Society of Assassins..."]
    Captain Desmo
  9. 8. Superman Is on the Radio!
    The Adventures of Superman
  10. 9. ["Hey, fellers!"]
    Adventure Comics; Hourman
  11. 10. ["Are you Farmer Doode?"]
    Farmer Doode
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
  13. 12. ["Employees of the Johnston Drug Store are the victims..."]
    Radio Squad
  14. 13. [The Bridge of the Damask Girdle]
    Here and There
  15. 14. ["Approvals are stamps sent out on approval..."]
    More Fun Stamp Page
  16. 15. ["Swell story you turned out on the Rath stolen bonds..."]
    Lieut. Bob Neal of Sub. 662
  17. 16. ["I'm just cooking up a bit of adventure!"]
    Biff Bronson
  18. 17. Gunman's Reputation
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
    Baby Ruth
  21. 20. ["Sergeant O'Malley reporting, Inspector -- you sent for me?"]
    Sergeant O'Malley of the Red Coat Patrol
  22. 21. [Theft of the Book of Thoth]
    Doctor Fate
  23. 22. [Nature's Pelican]
    Fantastic Facts
  24. 23. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  25. 24. [no title indexed]
    Book Coupon Exchange
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Bob Hughes
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Per Sandell
  • Arthur Lortie
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed
  • Lou Mougin
  • Pat Lang
  • Bob Hughes