1939 in comics

1939 in comics

Events and publications

January

* "Ace Comics" (1937 series) #22 – David McKay Publications
* "Action Comics" (1938 series) #8 – DC Comics
* "Adventure Comics" (1938 series) #34 - DC Comics
* "Amazing Mystery Funnies" (1938 series) #5 – Centaur Publications
* "Detective Comics" (1937 series) #23 - DC Comics
* "Feature Funnies" (1937 series) #16 – Quality Comics
* "More Fun Comics" (1936 series) #39 – National Periodical Publications

February

* "Ace Comics" #23 - David McKay Publications
* "Action Comics" #9 - DC Comics
* "Adventure Comics" #35 - DC Comics
* "Amazing Mystery Funnies" #6 - Centaur Publications
* "Detective Comics" #24 - DC Comics
* "Feature Funnies" #17 - Quality Comics
* "More Fun Comics" #40 - National Periodical Publications

March

* "Ace Comics" #24- David McKay Publications
* "Action Comics" #10 - DC Comics
* "Adventure Comics" #36 - DC Comics
* "Amazing Mystery Funnies" #7 - Centaur Publications
* "Detective Comics" #25 - DC Comics
* "Feature Funnies" #18 - Quality Comics
* "More Fun Comics" #41 - National Periodical Publications

April

* "Ace Comics" #25 - David McKay Publications
* "Action Comics" #11 - DC Comics
* "Adventure Comics" #37 - DC Comics
* "All-American Comics" #1 – All-American Publications
* "Amazing Mystery Funnies" #8 - Centaur Publications
* "Detective Comics" #26 - DC Comics
* "Feature Funnies" #19 - Quality Comics
* "More Fun Comics" #42 - National Periodical Publications
* "Movie Comics" (1939) #1 - National Periodical Publications

May

* "Ace Comics" #26 - David McKay Publications
* "Action Comics" #12 - DC Comics
* "Adventure Comics" #38 - DC Comics
* "All-American Comics" #2 - All-American Publications
* "Amazing Mystery Funnies" #9 - Centaur Publications
* "Detective Comics" #27 - DC Comics
* "Feature Funnies" (becomes "Feature Comics") #20 - Quality Comics
* "More Fun Comics" #43 - National Periodical Publications
* "Movie Comics" #2 - National Periodical Publications

June

* "Ace Comics" #27 - David McKay Publications
* "Action Comics" #13 - DC Comics
* "Adventure Comics" #39 - DC Comics
* "All-American Comics" #3 - DC Comics
* "Amazing Mystery Funnies" #10 - Centaur Publications
* "Detective Comics" #28 - DC Comics
* "Feature Comics" (previously "Feature Funnies") #21 - Quality Comics
* "More Fun Comics" #44 - National Periodical Publications
* "Movie Comics" #3 - National Periodical Publications
* "Superman" (1939 series) #1, cover dated Summer - National Periodical Publications

July

* "Ace Comics" #28 - David McKay Publications
* "Action Comics" #14 - DC Comics
* "Adventure Comics" #40 - DC Comics
* "All-American Comics" #4 - All-American Publications
* "Amazing Mystery Funnies" #11 - Centaur Publications
* "Detective Comics" #29 - DC Comics
* "Feature Comics" #22 - Quality Comics
* "More Fun Comics" #45 - National Periodical Publications
* "Movie Comics" #4 - National Periodical Publications

August

* "Ace Comics" #29 - David McKay Publications
* "Action Comics" #15 - DC Comics
* "Adventure Comics" #41 - DC Comics
* "All-American Comics" #5 - All-American Publications
* "Amazing Mystery Funnies" #12 - Centaur Publications
* "Detective Comics" #30 - DC Comics
* "Feature Comics" #23 - Quality Comics
* "More Fun Comics" #46- National Periodical Publications
* "Movie Comics" #5 - National Periodical Publications
* "Smash Comics" (1939 series) #1 - Quality Comics

eptember

* "Ace Comics" #30 - David McKay Publications
* "Action Comics" #16 - DC Comics
* "Adventure Comics" #42 - DC Comics
* "All-American Comics" #6 - All-American Publications
* "Amazing Man Comics" (1939 series) #5 - Centaur Publications
* "Amazing Mystery Funnies" #13 - Centaur Publications
* "Detective Comics" #31 - DC Comics
* "Feature Comics" #24 - Quality Comics
* "Four Color Series 1" (1939 series) #1 - Dell Publishing
** First comic-book appearance Dick Tracy, previously been seen in comic strips beginning 1931
* "More Fun Comics" #47 - National Periodical Publications
* "Movie Comics" #6, last issue - National Periodical Publications
* "Smash Comics" #2 - Quality Comics
* "Superman" #2, cover dated Fall - National Periodical Publications

October

* "Ace Comics" #31 - David McKay Publications
* "Action Comics" #17 - DC Comics
* "Adventure Comics" #43 - DC Comics
* "All-American Comics" #7 - All-American Publications
* "Amazing Man Comics" #6 - Centaur Publications
* "Amazing Mystery Funnies" #14 - Centaur Publications
* "Detective Comics" #32 - DC Comics
* "Feature Comics" #25 - Quality Comics
* "Four Color Series 1" #2 - Dell Publishing
* "Marvel Comics" (becomes "Marvel Mystery Comics") (1939 series) #1 - Timely Comics
* "More Fun Comics" #48 - National Periodical Publications
* "Smash Comics" #3 - Quality Comics

November

* "Ace Comics" #32 - David McKay Publications
* "Action Comics" #18 - DC Comics
* "Adventure Comics" #44 - DC Comics
* "All-American Comics" #8 - All-American Publications
* "Amazing Man Comics" #7 - Centaur Publications
* "Amazing Mystery Funnies" #15 - Centaur Publications
* "Detective Comics" #33 - DC Comics
* "Feature Comics" #26 - Quality Comics
* "More Fun Comics" #49 - National Periodical Publications
* "Smash Comics" #4 - Quality Comics

December

* "Ace Comics" #33 - David McKay Publications
* "Action Comics" #19 - DC Comics
* "Adventure Comics" #45 - DC Comics
* "All-American Comics" #9 - All-American Publications
* "Amazing Man Comics" #8 - Centaur Publications
* "Amazing Mystery Funnies" #16 - Centaur Publications
* "Detective Comics" #34 - DC Comics
* "Double Action Comics" (1939 series) #1 - National Periodical Publications
* "Feature Comics" #27 - Quality Comics
* "Marvel Mystery Comics" (previously "Marvel Comics") #2 - Timely Comics
* "More Fun Comics" #50- National Periodical Publications
* "Smash Comics" #5 - Quality Comics
* "Superman" #3, cover dated Winter - National Periodical Publications

pecials

* "New York World's Fair" (1939) series) #1 - National Periodical Publications
* "Mutt & Jeff" (1939) #1 - All-American Comics

First issues by title

*"All-American Comics" cover dated April, published by All-American Publications.
*""'Amazing Man Comics" cover dated September, published by Centaur Publications. Issues #1 through 4 were not published.
*""'Double Action Comics" cover dated December, published by National Periodical Publications.
*"Four Color Series 1" published by Dell Publishing
*"Marvel Comics" cover dated October, published by Timely Comics.
*"Movie Comics" cover dated April, published by National Periodical Publications.
*"Mutt & Jeff" cover dated Summer, published by All-American Comics
*"New York World's Fair" published by National Periodical Publications
*"Smash Comics" cover dated August, published by Quality Comics.
*"Superman" cover dated Summer, published by National Periodical Publications.

Renamed titles

*"Feature Comics" renamed "Feature Funnies" as of the June cover date.
*"Marvel Comics" renamed "Marvel Mystery Comics' as of the December cover date.

Initial appearances by character name

*Batman in "Detective Comics" #27 (May) created by Bob Kane, published by DC Comics.
*Human Torch in "Marvel Comics" #1 (October) created by Carl Burgos, published by Timely Comics
*The Sandman (Wesley Dodds) in "New York World's Fair" #1 created by Gardner Fox and Bert Christman, published by National Periodical Publications.


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