Norman Marsh (1901 - 1981)<>

Norman Marsh was the comic artist who created the newspaper comic 'Dan Dunn', first named 'Detective Dan', which started in 1932 in the LA Times. This comic had a 3 color, cardboard cover. Inside was black and white. It had 36 pages, sold for 10 cents with dimensions of 10x13". The Detective Dan character was a Dick Tracy clone who would go on to appear in other comics, one of them was The Adventures of Detective Ace King also done in 1933 by the same publisher. It ran for ten years, until Norman Marsh was drafted for the Military in 1942. Back in civil life, Marsh turned to King Features Syndicate and created 'Hunter Keene', a crackerjack detective with a strong resemblance to 'Dan Dunn' The strip lasted for only a year (April 1946 to April 1947) and was followed by Marsh's most successful strip, 'Danny Hale', which ran until 1962.

Norman eventually became an activist against comic syndication in the United States, and has always worked hard to get his strips published. Norman Marsh's early characters have influenced such comics as 'Dick Tracy' and 'Superman'



Paul Pinson took over the daily 'Dan Dunn' strip from its creator Norman Marsh, together with writer Allen Saunders. Pinson drew the strip briefly in the early 1940s, eventually handing it over to Alfred Andriola.

Dan Dunn example: daily by Paul Pinson, December 31, 1942.  Copyright Publishers Syndicate.  Notice the severe creases and bends thanks to poor packing and the United States Postal Service.  It's too bad, as I like the art on this particular daily.  from: http://comicstripfan.com/newspaper/d/dandunn.htm
This page is created because Norman Marsh was a close friend of U S Crane.  They attended collage together in Michigan.
View Norman's visit Memories at U S's home.