Police Comics No. 16

Police Comics No. 16 was published by Quality Comics in February 1943. Gill Fox illustrated the cover that depicts Plastic Man capturing criminals by encircling them with his extendable arm. On the left side of the cover is The Spirit who says “I’m The Spirit! And Ebony and I are certainly a circus in this issue!” This issue features stories that included Plastic Man in "The Revenge of Chief Great Warrior;" Manhunter in "Wanted: Thor, Manhunter's Dog, Dead or Alive" and The Spirit in "Palyachi the Killer Clown."
Police Comics was an anthology comic that featured the exploits of Plastic Man, Phantom Lady, The Spirit, Mouthpiece, Human Bomb, Firebrand, 711, and Manhunter in 127 issues published between August 1941 and October 1953. In issue 103, the book shifted from superhero tales to realistic detective stories of “suspense, mystery, and adventure” that featured Private Eye Ken Shannon and Treasury Department agent Pete Trask.
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Quality Comics
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 7 1/2 in x 10 1/4 in; 19.05 cm x 26.035 cm
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Gift of Olivia V. Crisson and Phillip M.S. Crisson in honor of Peter Bozzer
related event
World War II
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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