DC COMIC #13: More Fun #9
DATE: March/April 1936
PUBLISHER: More Fun, Inc.
CONTENTS: Cover by Vin Sullivan; “Hello Again!” (text article) by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson; “Sandra Of The Secret Service” by W.C. Brigham; “Along The Main Line” by Tom Cooper; “Spike Spalding” by Vin Sullivan; “In The Wake Of The Wander” (Captain Grim story) by Tom Cooper; “Bobby And Scotty” by Harry Lewis; “Woozy Watts” by Russell Cole; “Barry O’Neill And Fang Gow Of China” by Leo O’Mealia; “Don Drake On The Planet Saro” by Ken Fitch and Clem Gretter; “Henri Duval”, written by Jerry Siegel, drawn by Joe Shuster; “Fun Mail” (text article), illustrated by Ken Bald; “Jack Woods”, written by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, drawn by W.C. Brigham; “Slim Pickins” by Stan Randall; “Treasure Island”, written by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, drawn by Sven Elven; “Pelion And Ossa” by Al Stahl; “Buckskin Jim” by Tom Cooper; “Treasure Hunt Contest” (text article); “Talk About Talkies” (text article) by Mary Partrick; “Acorn Antics” by Creig Flessel; “King High” (text story) by Vin Sullivan; “Write A Letter And Win $5.00” (text article); “Bob Merritt And His Flying Pals”, written by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, drawn by Leo O’Mealia; “The Professor” by E.F. Koscik; “Wing Brady” by Henry Kiefer; “Brad Hardy” by A. Leslie Ross; “Books Books” (text article) by Edith Brittin; “Chubby” by Harold Sherman; “Little Linda” by Whitney Ellsworth; “Magic Crystal Of History” by Harlan David Haskins; “Midshipman Dewey” by Tom Cooper; “Hubert”, written by J. Muselli, drawn by Bill Patrick; “Rusty” by Harold Sherman; “2023 Super-Police”, written by Ken Fitch, drawn by Clem Gretter; “Doctor Occult”, written by Jerry Siegel, drawn by Joe Shuster. Editor: Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson. Associate editor: Vin Sullivan. Associate editor: Whitney Ellsworth.
CANON: Partial canon (Dr. Occult story).
SERIES NOTES: Lots of changes, the biggest of which is format: with this issue, More Fun finally switches to what is now the standard comic book size. With Bill Cook and John Mahon gone, Vin Sullivan and Whitney Ellsworth have been promoted to associate editors. The publisher’s official name is now More Fun Inc. instead of More Fun Magazine Inc. And More Fun will switch to something resembling a bimonthly schedule for a bit.
CREATOR NOTES: Lots of new artists, all of whom are making their comic book debuts. A. Leslie Ross takes over as the regular artist for Brad Hardy, and Harlan David Haskins takes over Magic Crystal Of History. Creig Flessel, who will have a long Golden Age career, contributes an illustration and will become a series regular. Russell Cole debuts Woozy Watts, a new recurring feature. Harry Lewis contributes Bobby And Scotty, which will appear again in about a year. Harold Sherman contributes Rusty and Chubby, the latter of which will return next issue. As for departures: The Professor ends, and E.F. Koscik has a few more scattered comic credits, mostly for Centaur. Henry Kiefer will leave Wing Brady, but will stay in More Fun with a new feature. Ivanhoe and Rambler Jim both take the issue off.
Sandra Of The Secret Service: Sandra is forced to impersonate a missing princess. I’m not sure why.
Along The Main Line: A good guy is forced at gunpoint by a bad guy to send some letter that will wreck a train.
Spike Spalding: Spike makes his friend Pincus spy on some bad guys to figure out where their boat is going. Every one of these early comics is really bad about catching the reader up on where the story is left off. I feel like I’d have to read a collected edition to have the slightest clue what’s going on.
In The Wake Of The Wander: Captain Grim watches natives on an island capture and kill a guy. Still no clue what’s going on in anything.
Bobby And Scotty: Standard hijinks, but I really like Harry Lewis’s art! He reminds me of something— can’t put my finger on it. Something about how the heads seem too big.
Woozy Watts: A bumbling oaf character who tries to promote a restaurant but runs afoul of the cops. (Due to a misprint, Bobby And Scotty and Woozy Watts both run their second pages early in the issue and their first pages later in the issue.)
Barry O’Neill And Fang Gow Of China: Barry, now sharing top billing with Fang Gow, tries to escape a boat.
Don Drake On The Planet Saro: Don fights weird alien creatures on a boat. Everybody’s on boats.
Henri Duval: I don’t know, Henri escapes from bad guys. No boats, just horses.
Here’s trivia: the “Fun Mail” page, which quotes and replies to fan mail, has a reader illustration from 14-year-old fan Ken Bald. In only about six or seven years, Bald would be a professional comic book artist, working regularly for Timely. This is his first published illustration.
Jack Woods: Jack tries to save a woman from bandits.
Slim Pickins: Slim spends two pages trying to get away from a giant ape that says “oogy foogy” and “icky blick”.
Treasure Island: More boat stuff. You live in a comic book in 1936, they just give you a boat.
Pelion And Ossa: The pair hitches a sled to the back of a car, and a cop stops them, but the cop accidentally rides the sled and gets in trouble, and Pelion and Ossa are like “yo fuck that guy”.
Buckskin Jim: Jim fights a lion and hitches a ride on a boat.
Bob Merritt And His Flying Pals: Most of this is spent showing a message travels. Complete filler. Also Prospector Jake escapes.
The Professor: The Professor heads to Africa on another boat, which has scoundrels hidden on board. The story is not continued next issue, the Professor never appears again, and I guess the scoundrels won.
Wing Brady: Wing rescues people in the desert. Henry Kiefer’s art sucks.
Brad Hardy: Brad gets attacked by an ape god, apparently.
Chubby: A fat kid enrages a grumpy old man.
Little Linda: Linda gets kidnapped by gangsters. Made me want to read Little Orphan Annie to check out the good version of this.
Magic Crystal Of History: Illustrated history with captions, but the captions are run-on sentences that carry over from one panel to the next. A caption will just cut off mid-sentence. I’ve never seen anything else like it. Harlan David Haskins might have been the first person in history to completely fuck up the comic book medium.
Midshipman Dewey: A boat. It’s been captured by pirates. Dewey escapes.
Hubert: Hubert, a clueless old man in a fancy hat and suit, puts a bunch of magnets in his pocket and gets his ass stuck to a construction site.
Rusty: Some guy crashes a car and then another guy teaches him a lesson about how you don’t need working brakes in a car to stop it because animals can stop just fine without brakes.
2023 Super-Police: A couple of guys escape from a cave or something. I don’t know what’s going on.
Doctor Occult: Doctor Occult and the Amsters escape from the Vampire Master before he burns to death, ending Doctor Occult’s first serialized story and the DC Universe’s first supervillain.