1940 in comics

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Notable events of 1940 in comics. See also List of years in comics.



Events and publications[edit]

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Year overall[edit]

January[edit]

Debuts[edit]

February[edit]

  • Ace Comics (1937 series) #35 - David McKay Publications
  • Action Comics (1938 series) #21 - DC Comics
  • Adventure Comics (1938 series) #47 - DC Comics
  • All-American Comics (1939 series) #11 - DC Comics
  • Daring Mystery Comics (1940 series) #2 - Timely Comics
  • Detective Comics (1937 series) #36 - DC Comics
  • Feature Comics (1939 series) #29 - Quality Comics
  • Flash Comics (1940 series) #2 - National Periodical Publications
  • Marvel Mystery Comics (1939 series) #4 - Timely Comics
  • More Fun Comics (1936 series) #52 - National Periodical Publications
  • Smash Comics (1939 series) #7 - Quality Comics
  • Whiz Comics #2, the first appearance of Captain Marvel — Fawcett

Spring[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

  • Ace Comics (1937 series) #37 - David McKay Publications
  • Action Comics (1938 series) #23 - DC Comics
  • Adventure Comics (1938 series) #49 - DC Comics
  • All-American Comics (1939 series) #13 - DC Comics
  • Amazing Mystery Funnies (1938 series) #19 - Centaur Publications
  • Daring Mystery Comics (1940 series) #3 - Timely Comics
  • Detective Comics (1937 series) #38 - DC Comics
  • Feature Comics (1939 series) #31 - Quality Comics
  • Flash Comics (1940 series) #4 - National Periodical Publications
  • Marvel Mystery Comics (1939 series) #6 - Timely Comics
  • Master Comics (1940 series) #2 - Fawcett Publications
  • More Fun Comics (1936 series) #54 - National Periodical Publications
  • Mystic Comics (1940 series) #2 - Timely Comics
  • Smash Comics (1939 series) #9 - Quality Comics

May[edit]

  • Ace Comics (1937 series) #38 - David McKay Publications
  • Action Comics (1938 series) #24 - DC Comics
  • Adventure Comics (1938 series) #50 - DC Comics
  • All-American Comics (1939 series) #14 - DC Comics
  • Amazing Mystery Funnies (1938 series) #20 - Centaur Publications
  • Daring Mystery Comics (1940 series) #4 - Timely Comics
  • Detective Comics (1937 series) #39 - DC Comics
  • Doc Savage Comics (1940 series) #1 - Street & Smith Publications
  • Feature Comics (1939 series) #32 - Quality Comics
  • Flash Comics (1940 series) #5 - National Periodical Publications
  • Marvel Mystery Comics (1939 series) #7 - Timely Comics
  • More Fun Comics (1936 series) #55 - National Periodical Publications
  • Smash Comics (1939 series) #10 - Quality Comics

Summer[edit]

June[edit]

  • June 2: first publication of Will Eisner's "The Spirit Section", featuring debuts of the series The Spirit, Lady Luck and Mr. Mystic.[2]
  • Ace Comics (1937 series) #39 - David McKay Publications
  • Action Comics (1938 series) #25 - DC Comics
  • Adventure Comics (1938 series) #51 - DC Comics
  • All-American Comics (1939 series) #15 - DC Comics
  • Amazing Mystery Funnies (1938 series) #21 - Centaur Publications
  • Daring Mystery Comics (1940 series) #5 - Timely Comics
  • Detective Comics (1937 series) #40 - DC Comics
  • Feature Comics (1939 series) #33 - Quality Comics
  • Flash Comics (1940 series) #6 - National Periodical Publications
  • Marvel Mystery Comics (1939 series) #8 - Timely Comics
  • Master Comics (1940 series) #3 - Fawcett Publications
  • More Fun Comics (1936 series) #56 - National Periodical Publications
  • Mystic Comics (1940 series) #3 - Timely Comics
  • Smash Comics (1939 series) #11 - Quality Comics
  • Superman (1939 series) #5 cover dated Summer - National Periodical Publications

July[edit]

  • Ace Comics (1937 series) #40 - David McKay Publications
  • Action Comics (1938 series) #26 - DC Comics
  • Adventure Comics (1938 series) #52 - DC Comics
  • All-American Comics (1939 series) #16 - DC Comics
  • Amazing Mystery Funnies (1938 series) #22 - Centaur Publications
  • Detective Comics (1937 series) #41 - DC Comics
  • Doc Savage Comics (1940 series) #2 - Street & Smith Publications
  • Feature Comics (1939 series) #34 - Quality Comics
  • Flash Comics (1940 series) #7 - National Periodical Publications
  • Marvel Mystery Comics (1939 series) #9 - Timely Comics
  • Master Comics (1940 series) #4 - Fawcett Publications
  • More Fun Comics (1936 series) #57 - National Periodical Publications
  • Mystic Comics (1940 series) #4 - Timely Comics
  • Smash Comics (1939 series) #12 - Quality Comics

August[edit]

  • Ace Comics (1937 series) #41 - David McKay Publications
  • Action Comics (1938 series) #27 - DC Comics
  • Adventure Comics (1938 series) #53 - DC Comics
  • All-American Comics (1939 series) #17 - DC Comics
  • Amazing Mystery Funnies (1938 series) #23 - Centaur Publications
  • Detective Comics (1937 series) #42 - DC Comics
  • Feature Comics (1939 series) #35 - Quality Comics
  • Flash Comics (1940 series) #8 - National Periodical Publications
  • Marvel Mystery Comics (1939 series) #10 - Timely Comics
  • Master Comics (1940 series) #5 - Fawcett Publications
  • More Fun Comics (1936 series) #58 - National Periodical Publications
  • Red Raven Comics (1940 series) #1 - Timely Comics
  • Smash Comics (1939 series) #13 - Quality Comics

Fall[edit]

  • All Star Comics (1940 series) #2 - DC Comics
  • Batman (1940 series) #3 - DC Comics

September[edit]

  • Ace Comics (1937 series) #42 - David McKay Publications
  • Action Comics (1938 series) #28 - DC Comics
  • Adventure Comics (1938 series) #54 - DC Comics
  • All-American Comics (1939 series) #18 - DC Comics
  • Amazing Mystery Funnies (1938 series) #24, last issue - Centaur Publications
  • Daring Mystery Comics (1940 series) #6 - Timely Comics
  • Detective Comics (1937 series) #43 - DC Comics
  • Feature Comics (1939 series) #36 - Quality Comics
  • Flash Comics (1940 series) #9 - National Periodical Publications
  • Marvel Mystery Comics (1939 series) #11 - Timely Comics
  • Master Comics (1940 series) #6 - Fawcett Publications
  • More Fun Comics (1936 series) #59 - National Periodical Publications
  • Smash Comics (1939 series) #14 - Quality Comics
  • Superman (1939 series) #6 - National Periodical Publications

October[edit]

  • Ace Comics (1937 series) #43 - David McKay Publications
  • Action Comics (1938 series) #29 - DC Comics
  • Adventure Comics (1938 series) #55 - DC Comics
  • All-American Comics (1939 series) #19 - DC Comics
  • Detective Comics (1937 series) #44 - DC Comics
  • Feature Comics (1939 series) #37 - Quality Comics
  • Flash Comics (1940 series) #10 - National Periodical Publications
  • Human Torch (1940 series) #2 - Timely Comics
  • Marvel Mystery Comics (1939 series) #12 - Timely Comics
  • Master Comics (1940 series) #7 - Fawcett Publications
  • More Fun Comics (1936 series) #60 - National Periodical Publications
  • Smash Comics (1939 series) #15 - Quality Comics

November[edit]

  • Ace Comics (1937 series) #44 - David McKay Publications
  • Action Comics (1938 series) #30 - DC Comics
  • Adventure Comics (1938 series) #56 - DC Comics
  • All-American Comics (1939 series) #20 - DC Comics
  • Detective Comics (1937 series) #45 - DC Comics
  • Feature Comics (1939 series) #38 - Quality Comics
  • Flash Comics (1940 series) #11 - National Periodical Publications
  • Marvel Mystery Comics (1939 series) #13 - Timely Comics
  • Master Comics (1940 series) #8 - Fawcett Publications
  • More Fun Comics (1936 series) #61 - National Periodical Publications
  • Smash Comics (1939 series) #16 - Quality Comics
  • Superman (1939 series) #7 - National Periodical Publications

Winter[edit]

  • All Star Comics (1940 series) #3 - DC Comics
  • Batman (1940 series) #4 (DC Comics) — first appearance of Gotham City

December[edit]

  • Ace Comics (1937 series) #45 - David McKay Publications
  • Action Comics (1938 series) #31 - DC Comics
  • Adventure Comics (1938 series) #57 - DC Comics
  • All-American Comics (1939 series) #21 - DC Comics
  • Detective Comics (1937 series) #46 - DC Comics
  • Feature Comics (1939 series) #39 - Quality Comics
  • Flash Comics (1940 series) #12 - National Periodical Publications
  • Marvel Mystery Comics (1939 series) #14 - Timely Comics
  • Master Comics (1940 series) #9 - Fawcett Publications
  • More Fun Comics (1936 series) #62 - National Periodical Publications
  • Smash Comics (1939 series) #17 - Quality Comics

Specials[edit]


First issues by title[edit]


Initial appearances by character name[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Wallace, Daniel; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1940s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "The first issue of Batman's self-titled comic written by Bill Finger and drawn by Bob Kane, represented a milestone in more ways than one. With Robin now a partner to the Caped Crusader, villains needed to rise to the challenge, and this issue introduced two future legends: the Joker and Catwoman." 
  2. ^ Markstein, Don. "Lady Luck".