DR DESTINE

DR. DESTINE

Dr. Destine who was created by Ed Furness made his first appearance in Grand Slam Comics, vol. 3, no. 10, September 1944. Unlike the other features of this time which revolved around the war this serial was purely crime fiction. “Suave, polished, handsome” Dr. Destine was a private detective with the attractive secretary Beverly for his partner. Furness patterned his character after the Nick Charles character played by William Powell in The Thin Man film series of the 1930’s and 1940’s. Another similarity with the film series is the Dr. Destine/Beverly relationship which bears a marked resemblance to the husband and wife team of Nick and Nora Charles of Mr. & Mrs. North. In a departure from the man without a country motif so common among the Anglo-American characters, Dr. Destine is located in Toronto. In the opening scenes he and Beverly are dancing at the Palais Royal which in the 1940’s was a popular night spot hall located on the Lakeshore Boulevard in the Sunnyside district of Toronto.

One gets the feeling that this was one serial that Ed enjoyed doing. The stories are inventive and by this time the Anglo-American staff are quite competent in their illustrating. At the end of the war, Ted McCall and Ed attempted to remodel “Freelance” into a private detective. Would this model havebeen more successful?

 

MEDIUM:

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:

Cover:

Front: Illus., Unidentified. Grand Slam/Three Aces, IV-49, December 1945.

Content:

Serial:

“Dr Destine…” Contributors unidentified. Grand Slam Comics, Black & white interiors.
“… Introducing.” 3-10, September 1944: 31-44

“… The Case Of The Two Mysterious Words.” 3-11, October 1944: 31-44.

“… and the Case Of The Purple Scarab.” 3-12, November 1944: 31-44.

“… The Mystery Of The Black Death.”, 4-2, January 1945: 33-46.

“ … Clue Of The Leopard’s Fangs.”, 4-3, February 1945: 19-32.

“… and the Poison Plot Against The Underworld.” 4-4, March 1945: 11-19.

“… and Five Faces To Doom.”, 4-4, March 1945: 38-47.

“… And The Vultures Of Death Mountain.”. 4-6: May 1945: 19-32.

“… League Of The Saints From Hades.” 4-6 (actually 4-7), June 1945: 17-30.

“Dr Destine.” Contributors unidentified. Grand Slam/Three Aces Comics, Colour interiors.
No story. IV-45, August 1945:

No story. IV-46, September 1945:

“… The Killer Of The Big House.” IV-48, Nov. 1945: 13-22.

“… Fog Is The Shroud For Death.” IV-49, Dec. 1946: 1-10

No story. IV-50, January 1946.

“Dr Destine…” Contributors unidentified. Grand Slam Comics. Colour interiors.
No story. V-51, February. 1946.

“ … and the Clue Of The Counterfeit Shoe.” V-53, June/July 1946: 17-28.

“… Letter From The Dead.” 5-54, August/September 1946: 18-31.

“… and the Mesmerized Diplomat. 5-55, October November 1946: 16-25.

“…..” 5-56, December/January 1946: 33-46.

“Dr. Destine and the Dolls Of Death.” Contributors unidentified. Three Aces, V-51, February. 1946: 23-32. Dr. Destine’s only appearance in Three Aces,

SOURCE:

Interview:

With Ed Furness.

GALLERY:

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“Dr. Destine and the Vultures Of Death Mountain.” Grand Slam Comics, 4-6, May 1945: 30

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Grand Slam/Three Aces, V-49, December 1945: Front cover.

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Dr. Destine: no title.” Grand Slam Comics, 5-56, December/January 1946 [1947]: 40.