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Detective Comics (1937) - #1
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  Editor(s):
Whitney Ellsworth
Vincent A. Sullivan - 'Vin'
Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson

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Cover Date: March 1937
Cover Price: US $ 0.10

Issue Tagline: None.

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 64 pages

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The Greatest Golden Age Stories Ever Told (1990) HC
Millennium Edition:... (2000) Detective Comics 1

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Creative control of the issue exercised by Wheeler-Nicholson. Funding by Harry Donenfeld and Jack Liebowitz.

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"The Murders of Cap'n Scum" - Edit this story

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Writer(s):
Elmer Cecil Stoner - 'E.C. Stoner'

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The Balinoff Case

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The origin tale of Bart Regan and his fiancée Sally Norris. It shows how the duo first became spies for the US Government, and how they were sent up against Olga Balinoff and her gang of spies.

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This is the first of the Spy series. Less than a fully integrated story arc, but more than a series of unconnected tales, it would be the banner under which the Regan/Norris adventures would fly until Detective #83.

The series is notable for demonstrating Siegel and Shuster's considerable prowess for telling detective stories, something generally obscured by the long shadow of Superman. The series is neatly contrasted with not only Superman, but the Slam Bradley stories as well. If Slam and Shorty are the working class private dicks, Regan and Norris are their decidedly more upper class counterparts.

Though it probably had no influence on Terence Young's filmed interpretation of James Bond, Spy gave us a glimpse into the world of the counter-espionage agent that has some definite similarities with MGM's Bond--minus the womanizing, of course.

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Jerome 'Jerry' Siegel

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Slam Bradley, a roughneck private investigator, is summoned by Police Captain Frawley to assist Rita Carlisle. Rita, the daughter of a chain-store owner wants Slam to guard her dog Mimi. Bradley is insulted by the job and rudely refuses her, but he tells Shorty Morgan, an admirer of Slam, to take the job.

Shorty guards the dog while Rita visits Chinatown. When she disappears, Shorty summons Slam to help locate her. Slam finds a secret passage in a china shop, which leads him to Chinatown leader Fui Onyui. Fui has kidnapped Rita, but Slam braves Fui?s deathtraps and rescues her. Shorty lays a trap of his own which snares Fui. Slam is impressed and takes Shorty as a partner.

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