Detective Comics #31

DC Comics

United States

Published
September 1939
Page count
68
Cover price
0.10 USD
Colour
Colour
Size
Standard size
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/516

Credits

Editing
Vin Sullivan [as Vincent A. Sullivan]

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover No title recorded (Batman) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Julie Madison; The Monk

Credits

Art
Bob Kane
Letters
typeset
Show/hide 1. No title recorded (All-American Comics; Movie Comics) Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
All-American Comics; Movie Comics

Credits

Letters
typeset

Notes

Inside front cover.

Show/hide 2. Batman vs. the Vampire, Part 1 (Batman) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Julie Madison (Bruce's fiancée, introduction); Dr. Trent; the Monk (villain, introduction)

Credits

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Bob Kane
Sheldon Moldoff (backgrounds)
Inks
Bob Kane
Letters
Sheldon Moldoff

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Bumper Batcomic (Murray, 1978 series) #10 ([July 1978?])
Untitled
 
Australia
Bumper Batcomic (Murray, 1978 series) #11 ([September 1978?])
Untitled
 
United States
Batman Archives (DC, 1990 series) #1 ([June] 1990)
Batman vs. the Vampire, Part 1
 
United States
The Batman Chronicles (DC, 2005 series) #1 ([March] 2005)
Batman vs. the Vampire Part 1
From GCD
from DETECTIVE COMICS (DC, 1937 series) #31 (September 1939).
 
From Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #31

Synopsis

When Batman discovers Julie in a trance, he is advised by a doctor to take her to Hungary, where he faces a living vampire, who wishes to kill the Caped Crusader and feed Julie to his werewolves.

Notes

Batman uses two new weapons in this story: the Batgyro and the Baterang. This is the first appearance of Julie Madison, introduced as Bruce's fiancée. She would show up in a few additional issues until she breaks off her engagement to Bruce in Detective Comics #49. Storyline continues in the next issue.

Show/hide 3. Latest Arrivals for World's Fair (Detective Stamp Page) Text article, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Detective Stamp Page

Credits

Author
Letters
typeset

Notes

Page includes several small ads from stamps dealers.

Show/hide 4. Waging Battle Against Highway Piracy! (Crime Never Pays) Comic story, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Crime Never Pays
Genre
Non-fiction

Credits

Script
Vin Sullivan ?
Art
Vin Sullivan ?
Show/hide 5. No title recorded (Policeman!) Cartoon, 1 page

"Hey, O'Toole - You're takin' the corners too fast again!"

Featuring

Feature
Policeman!
Genre
Humor

Credits

Script
Paul Gustavson
Art
Paul Gustavson [as Gustavson]
Letters
Paul Gustavson

Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich. All Gustavson credits verified and courtesy of Terry Gustafson, Paul Gustavson's son.

Show/hide 6. Killer's Bait (Buck Marshall, Range Detective) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Buck Marshall, Range Detective
Genre
Western-frontier
Characters
Buck Marshall

Credits

Art
Homer Fleming [as H. Fleming]
Colours
? (red tones)

Notes

Story printed in red and black only.

Show/hide 7. The Mystery Plane (Spy) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Spy
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Bart Regan

Credits

Script
Jerry Siegel
Art
Mart Bailey
Show/hide 8. Mrs. Velvet (Larry Steele, Private Detective) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Larry Steele, Private Detective
Genre
Detective-mystery
Characters
Larry Steele; Amos Velvet; Williams; Dr. Taylor; Sgt. Britt

Credits

Art
Ken Ernst
Show/hide 9. Newspaper Nightmare Text story, 2 pages

Featuring

Genre
Adventure

Credits

Author
Gardner Fox [as Paul Dean] (credited)
Letters
typeset
Show/hide 10. The Mammoth Mystery (Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator
Genre
Detective-mystery
Characters
Speed Saunders

Credits

Art
Fred Guardineer
Letters
Fred Guardineer
Show/hide 11. Friday the Thirteenth (Bruce Nelson) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Bruce Nelson
Genre
Detective-mystery
Characters
Bruce Nelson; Col. Lonsdale; Carol Londsdale

Credits

Script
Tom Hickey
Art
Tom Hickey
Show/hide 12. Dr. Dupre (Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Cosmo; Dr. Brigg; Senor Sierra; Dr. Crane; Dr. Dupre

Credits

Script
Sven Elven ?
Art
Sven Elven
Colours
? (red tones)

Notes

Story printed in red and black only. Writer credit added by Craig Delich.

Show/hide 13. The Zoo Murder (Slam Bradley) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Slam Bradley
Genre
Detective-mystery
Characters
Slam Bradley; Shorty Morgan; Dugan

Credits

Script
Jerry Siegel
Art
Joe Shuster
Show/hide 14. The Comic Book of Tomorrow Is Here Today!! (New York World's Fair Comics) Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
New York World's Fair Comics

Credits

Letters
typeset

Notes

Inside back cover.

Show/hide 15. No title recorded (Johnson Smith & Co.) Advertisement, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Johnson Smith & Co.

Credits

Letters
typeset

Notes

Back cover.


Notes

On sale date from the publication date found in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 34, 1939, Number 3. Second class permit. Copyright number 424437. Volume number not listed in the original comic indicia.

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 35729

Entry created

  • 26/01/2008

Index completed

  • 13/09/2019

Last updated

  • 13/09/2019