Monday, March 21, 2016

1934 - 1939

This is a revised version of a post that first appeared on The Hooded Utilitarian on May 24, 2015.



Famous Funnies #1.

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The publication features both newspaper strip reprints and new material. Cover illustration by Jon Mayes. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Eastern Color. Cover/indicia date: July 1934. Cover price: 10¢.

Notes

This publication is generally considered the first North American periodical comic book.

The exact publication date is unknown. A copyright registration does not appear to have been filed.

There are no credited editors. The Grand Comics Database attributes the editorship to Harold Moore and Stephen Douglas.



New Fun Comics #1.

Published on January 11, 1935. Edited by Lloyd Jacquet. Cover art by Lyman Anderson. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: National Allied [DC]. Cover/indicia date: February 1935. Cover price: 10¢.

Notes

This is the first comic published by what would become DC Comics.

The source for the publication date is an internal publisher memo. A copyright registration does not appear to have been filed.



Mickey Mouse Magazine Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 1.

Published on May 3, 1935. Edited by Hal Horne. The cover illustrator is unknown. Magazine-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Hal Horne. Cover/indicia date: Summer/June-August 1935. Cover price: 10¢.

Notes

This is generally regarded as the first licensed comic book featuring the Walt Disney animation characters. However, according to Michael Barrier’s Dell Comics history Funnybooks: The Improbably Glories of the Best American Comic Books, the only comics in the early issues were “self-contained gag pages with dialogue balloons.” It was not until the 22nd issue, cover-dated July 1937, that the series featured comics stories. The first were originally published asMickey Mouse and Silly Symphonies Sunday-newspaper comics pages.



Detective Comics #1.

Published on February 10, 1937. Edited by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, Whitney Ellsworth, and Vincent Sullivan. Cover illustration by Vincent Sullivan. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Detective [DC]. Cover/indicia date: March 1937. Cover price: 10¢.

Notes

This is the first issue of what would become the longest-running periodical comics title in the United States. It was continuously published for 75 years. The final issue was released in 2012.



Action Comics #1.

Published on April 18, 1938. Edited by Vincent Sullivan. The comic features "Superman," by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster. Cover illustration by Joe Shuster. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Detective [DC]. Cover/indicia date: June 1938. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

"Superman" is the first Superman story. It is the first appearance of Superman, his alter ego Clark Kent, and Lois Lane.



Jumbo Comics #1.

Published on July 12, 1938. Edited by Malcolm Reiss, Jerry Iger, and Will Eisner. The comic includes the story "Sheena, Queen of the Jungle," by J. Morgan Thomas [Will Eisner] & Mort Meskin. Over-size magazine-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Real Adventures [Fiction House]. Cover/indicia date: September 1938. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

The comic is the first appearance of Sheena, Queen of the Jungle.



Detective Comics #27.

Published on March 30, 1939. Edited by Vincent Sullivan. The comic features the Batman story "The Case of the Chemical Syndicate," by Bob Kane & Bill Finger. Cover illustration by Bob Kane. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. St. Louis: Detective [DC]. Cover/indicia date: May 1939. Cover price: 10¢.

Notes

"The Case of the Chemical Syndicate" is the first Batman story. It is the first appearance of Batman, his alter ego Bruce Wayne, and Commissioner Gordon.



Superman.

Published on May 18, 1939. By Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster. Edited by Vincent Sullivan. Cover illustration by Joe Shuster & Leo O'Mealia. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. St. Louis: Detective [DC]. Cover/indicia date: Summer 1939. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

This unnumbered magazine became the first issue of the eponymous Superman periodical series.



Adventure Comics #40.

Published on June 10, 1939. Edited by Vincent Sullivan. The comic features the Sandman story "The Tarantula Strikes," by Bert Christman & Gardner Fox. Cover illustration by Creig Flessel. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. St. Louis: Detective [DC]. Cover/indicia date: July 1939. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

"The Tarantula Strikes" is the first appearance of the original Sandman and his alter ego Wesley Dodd.


Jumbo Comics #9.

Published on June 26, 1939. Edited by Malcolm Reiss, Jerry Iger, and Will Eisner. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Over-size standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Real Adventures [Fiction House]. Cover/indicia date: August-September 1939. Cover price: 10¢.



Wonderworld Comics #4.

Published on June 28, 1939. Edited by Victor Fox. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Bruns [Fox]. Cover/indicia date: August 1939. Cover price: 10¢.



Mystery Men Comics #2.

Published on July 10, 1939. Edited by Victor Fox. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Fox. Cover/indicia date: September 1939. Cover price: 10¢.



Jumbo Comics #10.

Published on August 9, 1939. Edited by Malcolm Reiss, Jerry Iger, and Will Eisner. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Real Adventures [Fiction House]. Cover/indicia date: October-November 1939. Cover price: 10¢.



Mystery Men Comics #3.

Published on August 10, 1939. Edited by Victor Fox. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Fox. Cover/indicia date: October 1939. Cover price: 10¢.



Marvel Comics #1.

Published on August 31, 1939. Edited by Martin Goodman. The comic features the story "The Human Torch," by Carl Burgos. It also includes the story "The Sub-Mariner," by Bill Everett. Cover illustration by Frank R. Paul. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Timely [Marvel]. Cover/indicia date: October 1939. Cover price: 10¢.

Notes

"The Human Torch" is the first appearance of the original "Golden Age" Human Torch. "The Sub-Mariner" is the first appearance of the Sub-Mariner character, also known as Namor.

This is the first comic book published by the future Marvel Comics.

The series title became Marvel Mystery Comics with the second issue.



Mystery Men Comics #4.

Published on September 13, 1939. Edited by Victor Fox. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Fox. Cover/indicia date: November 1939. Cover price: 10¢.



Blue Ribbon Comics #1.

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Published on September 18, 1939. Edited by Harry Shorten. Cover illustration by Norman Danberg. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. St. Louis: MLJ [Archie]. Cover/indicia date: December 1939. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

This is the first comic book published by the company that would become Archie Comics.



Wonderworld Comics #7.

Published on September 25, 1939. Edited by Victor Fox. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Fox. Cover/indicia date: November 1939. Cover price: 10¢.



Champion Comics #2.

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Published on October 5, 1939. This is the first comic book published for sale in what would eventually become the Harvey Comics line. The cover artist is unknown. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Cleveland: Worth [Harvey]. Cover/indicia date: December 1939. Cover price: 10¢.

Notes

The first issue of the series, published in August 1939, was reportedly a promotional giveaway. No copies are known to exist of that publication, and there is no extant cover image.

There are no editor credits in the issue listed here. The Grand Comics Database attributes the editorship to Worth Carnahan and Adolphe Barreaux.



Fantastic Comics #1.

Published on October 5, 1939. Edited by Victor Fox. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Fox. Cover/indicia date: December 1939. Cover price: 10¢.



Jungle Comics #1.

Published on October 6, 1939. Edited by Malcolm Reiss. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Glen Kel [Fiction House]. Cover/indicia date: January 1940. Cover price: 10¢.



Mystery Man Comics #5.

Published on October 12, 1939. Edited by Victor Fox. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Fox. Cover/indicia date: December 1939. Cover price: 10¢.



Jumbo Comics #11.

Published on October 13, 1939. Edited by Malcolm Reiss, Jerry Iger, and Will Eisner. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Real Adventures [Fiction House]. Cover/indicia date: December 1939-January 1940. Cover price: 10¢.



Wonderworld Comics #8.

Published on October 25, 1939. Edited by Victor Fox. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Fox. Cover/indicia date: December 1939. Cover price: 10¢.



Published on November 1, 1939. Edited by Malcolm Reiss, Jerry Iger, and Will Eisner. Cover illustration by Lou Fine & Will Eisner. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Fight Stories [Fiction House]. Cover/indicia date: January 1940. Cover price: 10¢.



Fantastic Comics #2.

Published on November 6, 1939. Edited by Victor Fox. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Fox. Cover/indicia date: January 1940. Cover price: 10¢.



Flash Comics #1.

Published on November 20, 1939. Edited by M. C. Gaines. The comic features the story "The Flash," by Gardner Fox & Harry Lampert. It also includes the story "The Hawkman," by Gardner Fox & Dennis Neville. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Cover illustration by Sheldon Moldoff. New York: All-American. Cover/indicia date: January 1940. Cover price: 10¢

Notes

"The Flash" is the first appearance of the original "Golden Age" Flash and his alter ego Jay Garrick.

"The Hawkman" is the first appearance of the original "Golden Age Hawkman, his alter ego Carter Hall, and Shiera Sanders, who in later stories would become the original "Golden Age" Hawkgirl.



Wonderworld Comics #9.

Published on November 25, 1939. Edited by Victor Fox. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Fox. Cover/indicia date: January 1940. Cover price: 10¢.



Whiz Comics #2.

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Published in December 1939. Edited by Bill Parker. The comic includes the story "Introducing Captain Marvel," by Bill Parker & C. C. Beck. Cover illustration by C. C. Beck. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. Louisville: Fawcett. Cover/indicia date: February 1940. Cover price: 10¢.

Notes

No Whiz Comics #1 was ever published. Whiz Comics #2 is the first issue of the series.

The exact publication date is unknown. A copyright registration does not appear to have been filed.

The December 1939 publication date is extrapolated from the fact that Whiz Comics was listed as a monthly series, and the next issue, #3, was published on January 12, 1940.

"Introducing Captain Marvel" is the first appearance of the original "Golden Age" Captain Marvel (also known as Shazam!) along with his alter ego Billy Batson, and the villain Dr. Sivana.



Fantastic Comics #3.

Published on December 10, 1939. Edited by Victor Fox. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Fox. Cover/indicia date: February 1940. Cover price: 10¢.



More Fun Comics #52.

Published on December 28, 1939. Edited by Whitney Ellsworth. The comic features the story "The Spectre," by Jerry Siegel & Bernard Baily. Cover illustration by Bernard Baily. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. St. Louis: Detective [DC]. Cover/indicia date: February 1940. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

"The Spectre" is the first appearance of The Spectre character and his alter ego Jim Corrigan.



Wonderworld Comics #10.

Published on December 28, 1939. Edited by Victor Fox. Cover illustration by Lou Fine. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 64 pages. New York: Fox. Cover/indicia date: February 1940. Cover price: 10¢.


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