34 – The Dripping Claws of the Red Dragon

Detective Comics brought not only lengthier stories, but also stories of a more graphic nature.  April 1937 featured the continuation of “The Claws of the Red Dragon” by Tom Hickey.  This series followed Bruce Nelson through a “Yellow Peril” story.  Like other forms of period racism, reading these stories can make one uncomfortable.  We are […]

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26 – Capes and Flying

August 1936 creeps the industry ever-closer to a full-fledged superhero, with Doctor Occult meeting The Seven, donning a skin-tight uniform with a symbol on its chest and a red cape, and then flying through the ether to Egypt.  Clearly Siegel and Shuster were playing with their crazy Superman idea in other strips. Note that this […]

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25 – Next Ish

In More Comics #13 (July 1935), the Doctor Occult story featured a “next issue!” blurb.  I think this is the first time I’ve seen the creators excited enough to tease the next issue storyline.

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23 – The Golden Idol

In May 1936, Centaur Publications released Comic Magazine #2 containing a first in comic book history: a full 7-page comic book story.  This was a departure from everything else being published in comic books at the time since it was also a self-contained story having a beginning, middle and end. It was by Tom Cooper, […]

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21 – Dr. Mystic nee Occult

March 1936 brings three more companies into the comic book publishing game:  Centaur Publications, United Features, David McKay.  Centaur Publications was formed by two former employees of National Allied Publications, John Mahon and Bill Cook.  Their flagship comic book is Comics Magazine #1, which includes a feature called “Dr. Mystic, Occult Detective”.  The feature is […]

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20 – Win Some Artwork!

New Comics #3 (February 1936) brought another adventure for Siegel & Shuster’s “Federal Men”.  It also had the first contest to win original artwork of its hero Steve Carson.  Eastern Color’s Famous Funnies #20 also featured a letter from a reader for the first time.

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18 – Steve Carson, Federal Man

In December 1935, New Comics #2 featured a 4-page story called “Federal Men” by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.  Steve Carson was an FBI agent in the 1930s.  The bad guy’s girl is named Kate Lane, she comes to her senses just in time for her villainous boyfriend, Walsh, to kill her in the heat […]

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17 – Time Travel and Weed

November 1935 brought National Allied Publications’ second title, New Comics #1 – not to be confused with “New Fun Comics”, which was renamed to “More Fun Comics” in its next issue.  New Comics featured several adventure strips like “The Strange Adventures of Mr. Weed” (a strip about an eccentric historian who does a bit of […]

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15 – Doctor Occult!

It’s September 1935 and here we are, the birth of the DC Universe.  With this panel Doctor Occult becomes the first character to exist in the DC Comics universe, though obviously there was no such concept of a shared universe / continuity at the time.  The strip debuted in New Fun Comics #6 by National […]

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8 – Bobby ‘n’ Binks be trippin’

New Fun Comics #2 continued to publish new comics including several adventure stories.  The Magic Crystal of History appears to be the first instance of time travel in a comic book story.  I hope they made it out of Ancient Egypt ok!

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