Dan Dunn is a fictional detective created by Norman W. Marsh. He first appeared in Detective Dan: Secret Operative No. 48, a proto-comic book from 1933, produced by Humor Publishing. He subsequently appeared in newspaper comic strips.
Detective Dan: Secret Operative No. 48 (1933).
Cover art by Norman W. Marsh
|First appearance||Detective Dan: Secret Operative No. 48 (1933)|
|Created by||Norman W. Marsh|
Writer-artist Norman W. Marsh's hardboiled detective Dan Dunn first appeared in Humor Publishing's proto-comic book Detective Dan: Secret Operative No. 48, copyrighted on May 12, 1933. Comics historian Don Markstein notes that this periodical and the only two others from this publisher were pioneering in that they contained "non-reprinted comics in 1933", though these periodicals were not "in modern comic book format. Theirs were done as tabloids" with Detective Dan: Secret Operative No. 48 measuring either 9½ × 12 inches or 10 × 13 inches (sources differ), with black-and-white newsprint pages and a three-color cardboard cover. It sold for 10 cents.
The character appeared primarily in the newspaper comic strip Dan Dunn, syndicated by Publishers Syndicate beginning Monday, September 25, 1933, with a Sunday page added soon afterward. The strip, which ran through Sunday, October 3, 1943, eventually would appear in approximately 135 papers. Dan Dunn strips were reprinted in comic books, through publisher Eastern Color's Famous Funnies, Dell Comics' The Funnies and Red Ryder Comics, and Western Publishing's Crackajack Funnies from 1935 to 1943.
|Author(s)||Norman W. Marsh (1933–1941)|
Allen Saunders (1942–1943)
|Illustrator(s)||Paul Pinson, Alfred Andriola (1942–1943)|
|Current status/schedule||Daily & Sunday; concluded|
|Launch date||September 25, 1933|
On September 25, 1933, Publishers Syndicate began distributing Dan Dunn as a comic strip that eventually peaked at 135 newspapers. A Sunday color page was added not long after the daily strip's launch. Marsh both drew and wrote Dan Dunn from 1933–41, One critic describes the artwork as the weaker aspect, calling it "arid", with a chronic, wintry aspect", "cavernous spaces" and "huddled, stiff-jointed postures." Assistants included Jack Ryan c. 1937, Ed Moore c. 1937-38, and Dick Fletcher.
Marsh left the strip In 1942 following a disagreement with Publishers Syndicate. Allen Saunders, the syndicate's comics editor, took over as writer from 1942–43, with art first by Paul Pinson and then by Alfred Andriola. Saunders and Andriola subsequently replaced Dan Dunn with a new detective strip, Kerry Drake in 1943.
Markstein calls the square-jawed Detective Dunn an imitation of Dick Tracy, blowing away criminals with the same no-nonsense resort to violence that fans liked seeing during an era of urban crime gangs. In newspapers, however, Dunn never approached Tracy's popularity. The strip's successor writer, Allen Saunders, believed the comic rivaled Dick Tracy in pioneering themes and techniques of the American detective comic.
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