First Published Comic Goes On Display This Saturday In Ohio

Rupp Comics in Fremont, Ohio is having their 22nd Anniversary Celebration and they have gotten themselves quite the display piece. A copy of the 1933, Detective Dan: Secret Operative No.48. Often considered the first modern comic book as everything published prior to were filled with short comic strips or were compilations of comics previously published in newspapers. This was the first to feature new and original artwork to make a complete story. It was cancelled after just one issue making it extremely rare and only a few hundred copies are known to exist.

DetectiveDanCOVER LoResThe shops owner, Christopher Rupp, discovered the rare book when he was contacted to appraise a collection for an estate sale earlier this year.

"When I first saw this book, I had to do some research as I was not too familiar with it," says Rupp, "I discovered that this is a piece of comic book history and I feel that everyone should get a chance to see it since it is so rare.  It's not every day that you come across an 80-year-old comic book."

Detective Dan Dunn was inspired by the Dick Tracy newspaper strips and in turn inspired Detective Comics which a few years later would introduce the world to Batman.

DetectiveDanIBCOVER LoResAlong with the book, the Anniversary Celebration on the 7th will also feature comic creators Dirk Manning and Chris Enhot signing autographs. Rupp's Comics is located in the heart of Fremont, Ohio at 335 North Ohio Avenue. Questions can be directed by phone to 419-334-4959 or through the email

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About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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