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Dan Dunn
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Real Name

Dann Dunn

First Appearance

Detective Dan, Secret Operative No. 48, 1933

Created by

Norman Marsh

Publication History

Dan Dunn was the first fictional character to make his debut in an American comic magazine, making him the forerunner of many comic book heroes. Created by Norman Marsh, he first appeared in Detective Dan, Secret Operative No. 48, a 1933 Humor Publications magazine, which was canceled after one issue.

Later in 1933, Dan Dunn made his newspaper debut in the Dan Dunn comic strip for Publishers Syndicate. He eventually appeared in Big Little Books, which are probably the most readily available source of the character's adventures for modern readers. In 1936, Dan Dunn became the title character of a pulp magazine that lasted for two issues. He also appeared in a radio series that lasted for 78 episodes.

Public Domain Appearances

Comic Books:

  • Detective Dan, Secret Operative No. 48
  • Famous Funnies #10,13,16-26
  • The Funnies #1-5,7,9,11,17
  • Mammoth Comics #[nn]
  • Crackajack Funnies #1-25,29-35
  • Popular Comics #33
  • Red Ryder #3,10,12,17-18

Comic Strip:

  • Dan Dunn comic strip for Publishers Syndicate(1933-1943)

Little Big Books:

  • Dan Dunn, Secret Operative No. 48, on the Trail of Wu Fang
  • Dan Dunn, Secret Operative No. 48, Crime Never Pays
  • Dan Dunn, Secret Operative No. 48, and the Border Smugglers
  • Dan Dunn, Secret Operative No. 48, and the Zeppelin OF Doom
  • Dan Dunn, Secret Operative No. 48, and the Crime Master
  • Dan Dunn, Secret Operative No. 48, on the Trail of Counterfeiters
  • Dan Dunn, Secret Operative No. 48, and the Underworld Gorillas

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