(August 1940)

DC, 1936 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1940-06-28
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

Issue Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration.


[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

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

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

[no title indexed] (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..."

[no title indexed] (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

[no title indexed] (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
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Congo Bill and Professor Kent are staying at a peaceful native village...
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

[no title indexed] (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
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Captain Desmo and Gabby, apparently victorious over the Society of Assassins...
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)

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

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

[no title indexed] (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
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Are you Farmer Doode?
Genre
humor

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

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Employees of the Johnston Drug Store are the victims...
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.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Approvals are stamps sent out on approval...

Indexer Notes

Mostly ads for stamps vendors.

[no title indexed] (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
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Swell story you turned out on the Rath stolen bonds...
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.

[no title indexed] (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
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'm just cooking up a bit of adventure!
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)

[no title indexed] (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
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Sergeant O'Malley reporting, Inspector -- you sent for me?
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)

Editing
Related Scans
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