Elementary Detective Comics: Nos. 27 – 37

introducing the Batman

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DETECTIVE COMICS
essential for 1939

I

No. 27 (May ’39) on sale April 18th
editor: Vin Sullivan
cover art: Bob Kane (Batman)

The Bat-Man: The Case of the Chemical Syndicate; story: Bill Finger; art: Bob Kane (as Rob’t Kane); 6 pages.

Crime Never Pays (inside front cover); 1 page.
Tenderfoot; story and art: Charles Biro; 1 page.
Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator and the Killers of Kurdistan; story: Gardner Fox; art: Fred Guardineer; 6 pages.
Buck Marshall, Range Detective: Bullet Bluff; story and art: Homer Fleming; 6 pages.
Spy; story: Jerry Siegel; art: Joe Shuster; 6 pages.
The Crimson Avenger; story and art: Jim Chambers; 6 pages.
Death on the Airwaves (text); story: Gardner Fox (as Paul Dean); spot illustrations: Fred Guardineer; 2 pages.
Bruce Nelson; story and art: Tom Hickey; 6 pages.
The Mysterious Doctor Fu Manchu; story: Sax Rohmer; adaptation and art: Leo O’Mealia; 4 pages.
Flatfoot Flannigan; story and art: Paul Gustavson; 1 page.
Stamp Collectors’ Corner: Danzig Marks Anniversary (text); 1 page.
Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise; story and art: Sven Elven; 6 pages.
Plain Clothes Pete; story and art: Russell Cole (as Alger); 4 pages.
Slam Bradley; story: Jerry Siegel; art: Joe Shuster; 9 pages.
House ad for ALL-AMERICAN COMICS No. 2 and MOVIE COMICS No. 2 (inside back cover); 1 page.

II

No. 28 (June ’39) on sale May 11th
editor: Vin Sullivan
cover art: Fred Guardineer

The Bat-Man; story: Bill Finger; art: Bob Kane (as Rob’t Kane); 6 pages.

Jest a Second; art: Bob Kane; 1 page.
Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator and the Dope Ring; art: Fred Guardineer; 6 pages.
Buck Marshall, Range Detective: Killing by Proxy; art: Homer Fleming; 6 pages.
Spy; story: Jerry Siegel; art: Joe Shuster; 6 pages.
The Crimson Avenger; story and art: Jim Chambers; 6 pages.
Human Cargo (text); story: Jack Anthony; 2 pages
Bruce Nelson; story and art: Tom Hickey; 6 pages.
Doctor Fu Manchu; story: Sax Rohmer; adaptation and art: Leo O’Mealia; 4 pages.
Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise; story and art: Sven Elven; 6 pages.
Slam Bradley; story: Jerry Siegel; art: Joe Shuster; 13 pages.
House ad for ALL-AMERICAN COMICS No. 3 and MOVIE COMICS No. 3 (inside back cover); 1 page.

III

No. 29 (July ’39) on sale June 13th
editor: Vin Sullivan
cover art: Bob Kane (Batman)

The Bat-Man: The Batman Meets Doctor Death; story: Gardner Fox; art: Bob Kane; 10 pages.

House ad for DC magazines (inside front cover, includes indicia); 1 page
Crime Never Pays; story and art: Vin Sullivan; 1 page.
The Stamp Detective (text); 1 page.
Larry Steele, Private Detective; art: Will Ely; 6 pages.
Spy; story: Jerry Siegel; art: Mart Bailey; 6 pages.
The Crimson Avenger; story and art: Jim Chambers; 6 pages.
A Game for Two (text); story: Gardner Fox (as Paul Dean); 2 pages.
Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator and the Perfect Crime; art: Fred Guardineer; 6 pages.
Bruce Nelson; story and art: Tom Hickey; 6 pages.
Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise; story and art: Sven Elven; 6 pages.
Slam Bradley; story: Jerry Siegel; art: Joe Shuster; 13 pages.
House ad for ALL-AMERICAN COMICS No. 4 and MOVIE COMICS No. 4 (inside back cover); 1 page.

IV

No. 30 (August ’39) on sale July 13th
editor: Vin Sullivan
cover art: Fred Guardineer

The Batman; story: Gardner Fox; art: Bob Kane with Sheldon Moldoff; 10 pages.

House ad for ALL-AMERICAN COMICS No. 5 and MOVIE COMICS No. 5 (inside front cover, includes indicia); 1 page.
Crime Never Pays; art: Terry Gilkison; 1 page.
Oscar the Gumshoe; art: Bob Kane; 1 page
Buck Marshall, Range Detective: Finger of Doom; art: Homer Fleming; 6 pages.
Spy; story: Jerry Siegel; art: Mart Bailey; 6 pages.
Larry Steele, Private Detective; art: Will Ely; 6 pages.
Shadowed (text); story: Frank Thomas; 2 pages.
Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator and the Crossbow Mystery; story: Gardner Fox?; art: Fred Guardineer; 6 pages.
Bruce Nelson: The Tea Racketeers; story and art: Tom Hickey; 6 pages.
Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise; story and art: Sven Elven; 6 pages.
Slam Bradley; story: Jerry Siegel; art: Joe Shuster; 13 pages.
House ad for NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR COMICS [1939, 25¢] (inside back cover); 1 page.

V

No. 31 (September ’39) on sale August 10th
editor: Vin Sullivan
cover art: Bob Kane (Batman)

The Batman; story: Gardner Fox; art: Bob Kane with Sheldon Moldoff; 10 pages.

House ad for ALL-AMERICAN COMICS No. 6 and MOVIE COMICS No. 6 (inside front cover, includes indicia); 1 page.
Crime Never Pays; story and art: Vin Sullivan; 1 page.
Policeman; art: Paul Gustavson; 1 page.
Buck Marshall, Range Detective: Killer’s Bait; art: Homer Fleming; 6 pages.
Spy; story: Jerry Siegel; art: Mart Bailey; 6 pages.
Larry Steele, Private Detective; art: Ken Ernst; 6 pages.
Newspaper Nightmare (text); story: Gardner Fox (as Paul Dean); 2 pages.
Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator and the Mammoth Mystery; art: Fred Guardineer; 6 pages.
Bruce Nelson; story and art: Tom Hickey; 6 pages.
Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise; story and art: Sven Elven; 6 pages.
Slam Bradley; story: Jerry Siegel; art: Joe Shuster; 13 pages.
House ad for NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR COMICS [1939, 25¢] (inside back cover); 1 page.

VI

No. 32 (October ’39) on sale September 12th
editor: Vin Sullivan
cover art: Fred Guardineer

The Batman; story: Gardner Fox; art: Bob Kane with Sheldon Moldoff; 10 pages.

Odds ‘n Ends; story and art: Sheldon Moldoff; half page.
Spy; story: Jerry Siegel; art: Mart Bailey; 6 pages.
Buck Marshall, Range Detective: The Last Act; art: Homer Fleming; 6 pages.
Crime Never Pays; story and art: Vin Sullivan; 1 page.
Larry Steele, Private Detective; art: Ken Ernst; 6 pages.
Vanishing Gems (text); story: Gardner Fox (as Paul Dean); 2 pages.
Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator and the Skull-Face Cult; art: Fred Guardineer; 6 pages.
Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise; story and art: Sven Elven; 6 pages.
Bruce Nelson; story and art: Tom Hickey; 6 pages.
Slam Bradley; story: Jerry Siegel; art: Joe Shuster; 13 pages.

VII

No. 33 (November ’39) on sale October 10th
editor: Vin Sullivan
cover art: Bob Kane (Batman)

Batman: The Batman Wars against the Dirigible of Doom; story: Bill Finger (pages 1 – 2), Gardner Fox (pages 3 – 12); art: Bob Kane with Sheldon Moldoff; 12 pages.

Odds ‘n Ends; story and art: Sheldon Moldoff; half page.
Spy; story: Jerry Siegel; art: Mart Bailey; 6 pages.
Buck Marshall, Range Detective: Mine of Mystery; art: Homer Fleming; 6 pages.
Larry Steele, Private Detective; art: Ken Ernst; 6 pages.
Coffee-Colored Diamonds (text); story: Frank Thomas; 2 pages.
Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator and the Northwoods Mystery; art: Fred Guardineer; 6 pages.
Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise; story and art: Sven Elven; 6 pages.
Bruce Nelson; story and art: Tom Hickey; 6 pages.
Crime Never Pays; story and art: Vin Sullivan; 1 page.
Slam Bradley; story: Jerry Siegel; art: Mart Bailey; 10 pages.
House ad for NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR COMICS [1939, 15¢] and SUPERMAN No. 1; 1 page.

VIII

TEC34.p9No. 34 (December ’39) on sale November 7th
editor: Vin Sullivan
cover art: Creig Flessel (Crimson Avenger)

Batman; story: Gardner Fox; art: Bob Kane with Sheldon Moldoff; 10 pages.

House ad for DC and All-American magazines (inside front cover, includes indicia); 1 page.
Whatt A. Knutt; story and art: Bob Kane; 1 page.
Spy; story: Jerry Siegel; art: Mart Bailey; 6 pages.
Buck Marshall, Range Detective: The Last Trick; art: Homer Fleming; 6 pages.
Crime Never Pays; story and art: Vin Sullivan; 1 page.
Steve Malone, District Attorney; story: Gardner Fox; art: Don Lynch; 6 pages.
Swift Justice (text); story: Gardner Fox (as Paul Dean); 2 pages.
Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator and the Spy Mystery; art: Fred Guardineer; 6 pages.
Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise; story and art: Sven Elven; 6 pages.
The G-Men; 2 pages.
Bruce Nelson: The White Goddess; story and art: Tom Hickey; 6 pages.
Slam Bradley; story: Jerry Siegel; art: Mart Bailey; 10 pages.
House ad for FLASH COMICS, on sale Nov. 10th; 1 page.

IX

No. 35 (January ’40) on sale December 7th
editor: Vin Sullivan
cover art: Bob Kane (Batman)

Batman; story: Bill Finger; art: Bob Kane with Sheldon Moldoff; 12 pages.

Fantastic Facts: Railroad Lingo; art: George Papp; half page.
Spy; story: Jerry Siegel; art: Mauric Kashuba; 6 pages.
Buck Marshall, Range Detective: Branded Yellow; art: Homer Fleming; 6 pages.
Steve Malone, District Attorney: The Kidnapping Racket; story: Gardner Fox; art: Don Lynch; 6 pages.
Mystery with Music (text); story: Richard Lawlor (2 pages)
Statement of Ownership (quarter page)
Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator and the Voodoo Vengeance; art: Fred Guardineer; 6 pages.
Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise; story and art: Sven Elven; 6 pages.
Spanky & Cranky, the Twins; art: Bob Kane; 1 page.
Bruce Nelson; story and art: Tom Hickey; 6 pages.
Slam Bradley; story: Jerry Siegel; art: Mart Bailey; 10 pages.
Right or Wrong? plus house ad for FLASH COMICS, on sale Dec. 15th; 1 page.
House ad for SUPERMAN No. 3 (inside back cover); 1 page.

DETECTIVE COMICS
essential for 1940

X

No. 36 (February ’40) on sale January 4th
editor: Whitney Ellsworth
cover art: Bob Kane (Batman)

Batman; story: Bill Finger; art: Bob Kane with Jerry Robinson; 12 pages.

Spy; story: Jerry Siegel; art: Mauric Kashuba; 6 pages.
Buck Marshall, Range Detective: Claim of Satan; art: Homer Fleming; 6 pages.
Steve Malone, District Attorney; art: Don Lynch; 6 pages.
Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator and the Spider; story: Gardner Fox; art: Fred Guardineer; 6 pages.
Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise; story and art: Sven Elven; 6 pages.
A Climax in Opera (text); story: Richard Martin; spot illustrations: Bernard Bailey; 2 pages.
Bruce Nelson; story and art: Tom Hickey; 6 pages.
Slam Bradley; story: Jerry Siegel; art: Mart Bailey; 10 pages.

XI

No. 37 (March ’40) on sale February 6th
editor: Whitney Ellsworth
cover art: Bob Kane with Jerry Robinson (Batman)

Batman; story: Bill Finger; art: Bob Kane with Jerry Robinson; 12 pages.

Fantastic Facts; art: George Papp; 1 page.
Spy; story: Jerry Siegel; art: Mauric Kashuba; 6 pages.
Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise; story and art: Sven Elven; 6 pages.
The Crimson Avenger; story: Jim Chambers; art: Harry Lucey; 6 pages.
Murder by Sea (text); story: John Randall; 2 pages.
Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator and the Crime Roundup; story: Gardner Fox; art: Fred Guardineer; 6 pages.
Steve Malone, District Attorney; art: Don Lynch; 6 pages.
Cliff Crosby; story and art: Chad Grothkopf; 6 pages
Tiny; 1 page.
Slam Bradley; story: Jerry Siegel; art: Mart Bailey; 10 pages.

BATMAN
surplus for 1940

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BATMAN No. 1 (Spring ’40) on sale April 25th
editor: Whitney Ellsworth

Batman: The Legend of the BatmanWho He Is and How He Came to Be; story: Bill Finger; art: Bob Kane with Sheldon Moldoff; 2 pages.
Reprinted from DETECTIVE COMICS Nos. 33 and 34.

Batman; story: Bill Finger; art: Bob Kane with Jerry Robinson; 12 pages.
Originally intended for DETECTIVE COMICS No. 38.

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Researched using information provided on Mike’s Amazing World of Comics, the Grand Comics Database and in THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COMIC BOOK HEROES: Vol. 1–BATMAN by Michael L. Fleisher, as well as other resources.

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