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Adventure Comics #40 [A Story]

"The Tarantula Strikes"
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Adventure Comics #40 [A Story]
Universe:   Earth-Two 
Editor: Vincent Sullivan
Writer: Gardner F. Fox
Penciler: Bert Christman
Cover Artist : Creig Flessel
Cover Date : July 1939
On Sale Date: June 1939
Story Arc: -
Pages: 6
Cover Price : $0.10
Users Read: 38 Users Rated: 27
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All-American Comics (v1) #4 [AN Story]
Feature Comics #21 [Q Story]
Adventure Comics #40 [A Story]
New York World[appost]s Fair Comics 1939 [A Story]
New York World[appost]s Fair Comics 1939 [F Story]
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The Sandman targets kidnappers holding an actress for ransom.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  The Sandman First Appearance
  The Sandman next appears in New York World[appost]s Fair Comics 1939 [I Story].

Supporting Characters
  Leslie Humphries First Appearance
  This is Leslie Humphries's only appearance.

  The Tarantula First Appearance
  This is The Tarantula's only appearance.

  Tom First Appearance
  This is Tom's only appearance.

Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Sandman's Gas Gun
Sandman's Gas Gun next appears in New York World[appost]s Fair Comics 1939 [I Story].
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  go2shaw Says:    
  2017-11-10 10:58:23  
  A very mysterious start for the Sandman. And the biggest mystery of all...what the heck's going on with the creepy "Wesley Dodd" doll??  

  cinnamongreen13 Says:    
  2017-12-01 15:58:14  
  I love his "all black aparel" that consists of a orange suit, yellow mask and gloves, purple cape and A green hat.
I hope we see a lot more of this guy, he has the potential to be my favourite heros so far in the DC order.

  Ice Says:    
  2017-12-08 13:29:29  
  Another big debut and this was...a pretty good introduction to Wesley Dodd! I've never read much Sandman I, but I'm interested in the character. The 90's Vertigo series, Sandman Mystery Theatre, seems really interesting as a retelling of these old stories.

I've never read that OR the old stories, so maybe I'll pick that up after reading a few more of these early ones.

  Russ Says:    
  2017-12-31 21:20:56  
  And the DC pantheon of heroes grows by one more. Say hello, or rather good night, to the Sandman!

Pretty basic story, but I think it served a purpose. It established Sandman's motif where he just gasses his opponents to sleep. And one of the truly whacked moments of the DC Order so far was Wesley putting that mini-me doll to bed. Okay, so Wesley's got a streak of insanity in him; I like it.

One other quick observation: like Batman, this first appearance of Sandman also states he's had at least one adventure before this one. I think a later origin states *possible spoiler* he started his career on the same case the Crimson Avenger.

4 stars. Really a 3 star story, but that doll scene just puts it over the edge.

  thatsAgoodONE11 Says:    
  2018-01-07 20:38:58  
  This one gets the extra star for historic significance. The first appearance of the Sandman! I've never read any Sandman stories, but after this, I am looking forward to future appearances and the JSA. Not only is the Sandman character creepy, but so is his civilian identity, Wesley Dodd. That doll thing is so weird and he is kind of a space cadet when talking to people outside of his gas mask. It's all very intriguing.


  kent18 Says:    
  2018-03-24 06:17:38  
  The Golden Age Sandman -- the business-suit-and-gas-mask version -- has always, *always* been my absolute favorite Golden Age character of all time, and stories such as this one are a big part of the reason why.

It's very clear that Fox and Flessel are deftly modeling him on such earlier shadowy pulp vigilantes as the Shadow and (even more closely) the Spider, and the end result is perfectly suited the heavily noir-ish storytelling style so predominant during this period. (Steven Seagle, half a century later, would do brilliant work extrapolating from these earliest stories for his celebrated SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE series... and yes, the little "Wesley" doll makes multiple appearances there, as well!)

Five stars, only because I can't give it six.

  LarryE Says:    
  2018-07-01 10:19:12  
  This version of Sandman is one of my favorite GA characters. I'm glad to finally seem him come on board.  

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