Dan Dunn is credited as the first fictional character to make a debut in an American comic magazine. Quite a claim to fame! He was created by Norman Marsh, and debuted in Detective Dan, Secret Operative No. 48, in 1933. Humor Publications cancelled the title after just the one issue (the company would only produce a total of three comic before folding). But all was not lost as the same year Publishers Syndicate launched Dan Dunn's comic strip.
It is quite apparent that Dan Dunn is a Dick Tracy clone. He has the same square-jaw and when it comes to taking on criminals, he has the same propensity to violence. Comparisons have also been made between his partner Irwin Higgs and Dick Tracy's Pat Patton. Showing his softer side Dunn is friendly with an orphaned girl named Babs and owns a dog he called Wolf.
Dan Dunn also appeared in 7 Big Little Books and two issue pulp magazines. Although he never made it onto the silver screen, Dan did appear in 78 episodes of a 15-minute radio program. The final Dan Dunn strip appeared Sunday, October 3, 1943, as he headed off to war. He still appears to be missing in action.