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Gang Busters   (1947)
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Publisher: DC Comics

Publication Date: Dec/Jan 1947 - January 1959

Country: United States

Language: English

Notes:
This title was one of DC's earliest experiments with licensing material made popular in another medium.

Gang Busters was a mid-20th century, radio pre-cursor to the 21st century's Law & Order and CSI. Like these modern dramas, Gang Busters emphasized procedural details over characterization. The radio show's producer had a special arrangement with J. Edgar Hoover's FBI to present actual, if closed, cases in fairly minute detail. It was one of the first times that American audiences got a glimpse into the workings of Bureau agents. The approach was different enough from other crime dramas of the day to ensure that the show ran for around two decades.

Production began on the show, initially titled G-Men, in July of 1935. By January 1936, the name had changed to Gang Busters. The title change was heralded with a new opening sequence, featuring loud gunfire and squealing tires. This new sequence thus inspired the phrase, "to come on like gang busters", used in American English to mean any strong, forceful or energetic entry.

After several different runs on various radio networks, a brief appearance on television, a handful of films, a book series, and this comic series, the Gang Busters phenomenon died in the late 1950s. In fact, this comic book was the final medium in which Gang Busters stories were told.

Trivia
At one time, the narrator of Gang Busters on radio was Norm Schwarzkopf, Sr., father of the more famous Allied Commander during the First Gulf War.

Number of issues cataloged: 67



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