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Dusty the Boy Detective

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Dusty the Boy Detective

Real Name

Dustin Simmons

First Appearance

Pep Comics# 11 (1941)

Original Publisher


Created by

Harry Shorten and Irv Novick

Golden Age Origin

After his father's death at the hands of foreign agents,Dusty Simmons is adopted by Joe Higgins, aka the Shield, and begins to fight crime as Dusty the Boy Detective. He later formed the team known as the Boy Buddies with the sidekick of the Wizard, Roy the Super-Boy. Dusty had no superpowers.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Pep Comics# 11-65
  • Shield-Wizard Comics #2-13
  • Special Comics #1
  • Hangman Comics #2-8
  • The Black Hood Comics #10


  • While the golden age MLJ Dusty the Boy Detective is public domain, subsequent versions used by Archie comics are NOT.

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