Police Comics No. 17

Police Comics No. 17 was published by Quality Comics in March 1943. Gill Fox illustrated the cover that depicts Plastic Man pushing a peace pipe into a Native American’s mouth. The cover also has an inset image of The Spirit saying “Hey, Fellows..Don’t Forget I’m The Spirit!” This issue features stories including Plastic Man in "Murder in Maniac Mansion," Manhunter in "Red Haired Kate," and the Spirit in "The Orphans."
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.
Object Name
comic book
date made
Quality Comics
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 7 1/2 in x 10 1/4 in; 19.05 cm x 26.035 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Comic Books
Popular Entertainment
World War II
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Comic Books
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Olivia V. Crisson and Phillip M.S. Crisson in honor of Peter Bozzer

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