Police Comics No. 21

Quality Comics published issue No. 21 of Police Comics in August 1943. Jack Cole illustrated the cover that depicts a knife protruding towards Plastic Man from a hole in the door while Plastic Man attempts to turn the knob. Behind Plastic Man is the Spirit saying “Look out, Plastic Man!” while Plastic Man replies “Quiet Spirit! You want ‘em to know we’re here?” This issue contained stories that featured Plastic Man in the "The Menace of Serpina," Manhunter in "The Blue Room of Blandings Castle," and Phantom Lady in "Phantom Lady Vs. the Spider Widow." Other stories featured The Spirit, Burp the Twerp, Destiny, Dick Mace, Super Snooper, and The Human Bomb.
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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National Museum of American History


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