Police Comics #1 (Aug, 1941). Art by Gil Fox.
|Publication date||August 1941 - October 1953|
|Number of issues||127|
Police Comics was a comic book anthology title published by Quality Comics (under its imprint "Comic Magazines") from 1941 until 1953. It featured short stories in the superhero, crime and humor genres.
The first issue of Police Comics featured the debuts of Plastic Man, Phantom Lady, the Human Bomb, and Firebrand, all characters that continued to be published decades later by DC Comics after it acquired Quality's properties. Firebrand, the initial lead feature, was soon eclipsed by Jack Cole's popular Plastic Man, who took the cover and the lead from issues #5-102. Other notable characters featured in Police Comics include Manhunter, who was introduced in Police Comics #8, #711, who was introduced in Police Comics #1, and Will Eisner's The Spirit, in the form of reprints of the character's newspaper comic strips.
After the popularity of superhero comics waned, Police Comics shifted with issue #103 (Dec, 1950) to more naturalistic detective and crime-themed stories. The series ended in October 1953 with issue #127.
- Plastic Man (#1-102)
- Mouthpiece (#1-13)
- Manhunter (#8-101)
- 711 (#1-15)
- Phantom Lady (#1-23)
- Human Bomb (#1-58)
- Firebrand (#1-13)
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