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Welcome to the History of Comic Books

We are going to back and learn a step by step chronology of the modern comic book format.

Lets relive the year 1933 and see how the world was living and how this helped shape the future of comic books.

1933 is a very important year for numerous reasons which we are going to discover.

The year began with a historic creation of "The Reign of the Superman" in january 1933 - a short story written by Jerry Siegel and illustrated by Joe Shuster in Cleveland Ohio. It was the first published use by the writer/artist duo of the name Superman, which they later applied to their fictional superhero. The title character of this story is a telepathic villain rather than a physically powerful hero. Over the next 5 years Siegel and Shuster would rework the character into the noble hero and eventually sell it to DC Comics in 1938.

1933 was the worst year of the depression with unemployment peaking at 25.2% with ( 1 in 4 people unemployed). Many thousands travelled the railroads across the USA looking for employment. The continuing drought in the Midwest made even more of the land into dust bowls. The USA now with a population of 125 million people voted F rankling D Roosevelt as their new president in March.

Adolf Hitler became the chancellor of Germany and opened the first concentration camp

Germany and Japan withdraw from League of Nations.

Esquire debuted as the first men's magazine.

Laurens Hammond introduces his Hammond organ.

Alcatraz became a federal penitentiary

The Loch Ness monster is spotted for the first time.

Shirley Temple signs a movie contract with Fox when she was 5 years old

The original King Kong Movie is shown

The First ever drive in Theatre is established in New Jersey

The Chocolate chip cookie is invented as is the popular board game Monopoly

Prohibition ended at the end of the year . Average wages for $52.00 a week or $1500 per year. A brand new house cost under $6,000.00. One gallon of gas was 10 cents as was a can of Campbells soup.

Mickey Mouse was a hit sensation for Walt Disney and comic books had been on the market since 1930.

David McKay published a 4 issue annual series. Mickey Mouse Comic #3 came out in 1933. It reprinted Mickey Mouse comic strips. It measures 10"x 9 3/4" is 52 pages long with a cardboard cover. The series lasted 4 issues with later reprints

There were two different Mickey Mouse Magazines done in 1933. The first in January published by Kamen-Blair. It was distributed by daries and local theaters. It lasted until issue #9, the first few issues had a 5 cent cover price, the later ones did not. The second was also give aways done through different Dairie companies. It had two volumes, the both going 12 issues. Both magazines were done by Walt Disney Productions and they ended in 1935. In the summer of the same year A new Mickey Mouse Magazine was done by publisher K. K. Publishing AKA Western Publishing Co.. Like the previous incarnation, this magazine would run 12 issues, then restart back at #1 with another volume. This continued for 5 years.

In 1933, Detective Dan, Secret Op. 48 was the first comic, sold on the newsstands, with original material in it. Created by Norman Marsh. The comic had a 3 color, cardboard cover. Inside was black and white. Sold for 10cents, dimensions were 10x13". It had 36 pages and was only a one shot published by Humor Publishers Corp., The Detective Dan character was a Dick Tracy clone, and didn't last very long. There was some other appearances by him though. One in The Adventures of Detective Ace King. Also done in 1933. There are some minor differences between the two books, among them a paper cover and pages 9 1/2 x12".

Humor Publishing put out a 3rd title in 1933 - Bob Scully the 2 Fisted Hick Detective.

Comic books became a great marketing tool and due to the depression many publishers started printing comics that were free giveaways throughout the decade. This gave a chance for printing presses to keep running during these hard times. Thousands of different comics were given away as companies used popular comic strips for advertising purposes. The pioneers of this trend is given to Sam Gold and Kay Kamen. Among the most well known giveaways are Kelloggs Buck Rogers and Ovaltine's Little Orphan Annie.

Eastern Color Printing Company was one company that became very important in formation of comic industry. They had a 45 year old sales manager named Harry I. Wildenberg, among his duties were to come up with ideas to keep the color presses going. In 1932 he noticed the color comic strips sections of newspapers were popular and thought they would be good for advertising.

He suggested the idea of a comic book used for advertising to Gulf Oil Company, one of his clients. They liked the idea and hired a few artists to create Gulf Comic Weekly among them were Stan Schendel who did The Uncovered Wagon, Victor (last name unknown) did Curly and the Kids and Svess (last name unknown) doing Smileage. These were one full page, full color comic pictures. The entire comic was 4 pages long and had a format of 10 ½ by 15. The comic was given away at Gulf Gas Stations making them probably the first comic book published and distributed outside of the newspaper market. The comic was advertised on radio (telling people to go to Gulf Gas stations to get them) on April 30th 1933.

Much to everybodys surprise, the comics proved an very effective draw to the gas stations. People were quickly coming in and snatching them all up. Gulf decided to print out 3 million copies a week had the name changed to Comics Funnies Weekly. The series remained in tabloid sized and lasted 422 issues, ending on May 23, 1941.

A few weeks after coming up with the tabloid sized comic book, Wildenberg came up with the idea of doing a comic book. He said he got it when reading a tabloid sized comic strip page, folded it in half, then in half again. He noticed it was a convenient size for reading comics. He also thought publishing it with 32 or 64 pages would be a good size.

Wildenberg wasn't the first to use this format though. From 1880's to 1910's the size was popular for reprinted comic pages. Pulp Dime Novels were already using that size and the Ledger Syndicate was also using 7 by 9 format for their Sunday newspaper comic strip inserts.

Convinced his idea would be popular Wildenberg secured the rights from many major Syndicates for to reprint their various comic strips. Among them, Associated, Bell, Fisher, McNaught and Public Ledger Syndicate. He had an artist make up a few hand make comics for demonstration purposes and then has his sales staff go around to all of Eastern Color's biggest advertisers. The first to respond (by telegram) was Procter and Gamble, asking for a million 32 page color comic book.

The comic published in the spring of 1933, was called Funnies on Parade. Most remarkable about was it set a format standard, using the same 8" x 11" format that comic books are printed in today. All 1 million copies were given away in a few weeks. The comic came with coupons for Proctor & Gamble products.

Doing the grunt work of publishing the comic went to Wildenbergs sales staff. Most of them were infected by the comic publishing bug after this issue and went on to continue with comics afterwards. The sales staff included Max Gaines (partnered with DC to create All American Comics imprint and started EC), Lev Gleason (became a publisher himself best known for starting the crime comics genre with Crime Does Not Pay) and Harold Moore. Also working on the project was Sol Harrison was the colour seperator (became DC Comics President - retired in 1980), George Dougherty Sr. was the printer (created a lived George Dougherty Co. comics company). Morris Margolis was from Charlton Publications, and was asked to help them figure out how to print the pages in order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Famous Funnies: a Carnival of Comics was the second comic book done by the Eastern Color group. Printed in 1933, it was 64 pages with a 10 cent price. It was the first retail comic that was distributed to the public as it was given away only through chain department stores. Eastern Color Printing worked together on creating it and got George Delacorte of Dell Publishing to publish the book. After the first issue, Dell Publishing (not seeing any profit) decided to stop publishing the comic.

M.C. Gaines sought to convince his boss Wildenberg that they could make money selling these comics on the newsstand. Wildenberg had a hard time believing that anyone would pay for a comic book. To prove his point , Gaines took a few of issues around, put 10 cent stickers on them and went to local newsstands over the weekend. He told the newsstands what he was testing to see if these could sell and that he'd be back Monday to see how they were doing. Monday came around and to his surprise, they had all sold out and the newsstands were asking for more.

Other freebie comics done were the 100 page Century of Comics with a print run of a half a million. From there Wildenberg was really interested in publishing a "higher level" of a comic book with reprints of famous comic strips, sold for 10 cents. He tried to get many companies to hop on but none would. Among those to turn him down were Oscar Fitz-Alan Douglas known as the brains of Woolsworth department store. After much deliberation he decided a 10 cents wasn't worth a comic book. Many other stores to turn them down, as did Parents Magazine. The just couldn't see anyone paying 10 cents for old comics they already read from the newspapers. They Syndicates didn't see it selling either, they remembered both Comics Monthly and The Funnies trying and failing at selling comic books.

Finally Eastern Color owner George Janosik stepped in and asked George Delacourt of Dell Publishing to form a 50/50 partnership in a 10 cent comic magazine for the newsstand. He agreed but the two were stopped cold by the distributor American News Distribution refused as they remembered Dell's The Funnies failure from a few years before. The two then decided to go to the retail chains stores again and got some of them to sell the comics at 10 cents each. Famous Funnies (know called Series One because of duplicate names) used material previously reprinted from the first Famous Funnies and Century of Comics. It was 64 pages, had a print run of 400,000 and they all sold out within 30 days. Not one single returned. Eastern wanted to go back for a second print run but Dell wouldn't agree. Apparently advertisers felt using comic books was beneath them. Still the sold out print run made the two companies $2,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1934

Flash Gordon Comic Strip is born on January 7th. 1934. Created by Alex Raymond and one of the first popular sci-fi oriented adventure comic strips.

Shell Globe magazine (V4 #2) dated March 1934 began featuring characters from Bud Fisher ( Mutt & Jeff) and Fontaine Fox ( Toonerville Folks) officially licensed to sell gas & oil for this company. 52,000 eight foot standees were made for Fisher's Mutt and Jeff and Fox's Powerful Katrinka and The Skipper for placement around 13,000 Shell gas stations. There was also 250,000 miniature figures of the same characters. In addition, more than 1,000,000 play masks were given away to children along with more than 285,000 window stickers. Thousands of 3x5 foot posters featuring these characters were released in conjunction with twenty-four sheet outdoor billboards. Radio announcements of this promotion began running April 7th, 1934.

Give-away comics had proven successful so MC Gaines believed that youngsters would buy comic books for 10 cents like the “Big Little Books” coming out at that time. So early in 1934, Eastern Color ran off 35,000 copies of Famous Funnies, Series 1, 64 pages of reprints for Dell Publishing Company to be sold for 10 cents in chain stores. It sold out quickly that Eastern Color issued a new version of Famous Funnies No. 1 in May 1934 but cover dated July 1934 which became, with issue No. 2 in July, the first monthly comic magazine. Famous Funnies was the first full-color comic book sold to the public. It set the standard of 68 pages, including covers, and sold for 10 cents. Early issues of this series, starting with #1, advertised the contents as "100 Comics and Games - Puzzles - Magic." The series would come out with a new issue every month making it the first monthly newsstand comic publication in America. The title continued for over 20 years through 218 issues, reaching a circulation peak of over 40,000 copies a month. In May 1934 (the comic was dated July), another first issue of Famous Funnies appeared on the newsstands. It featured four pages each of several newspaper comic characters. It was 64 pages long but kept the 10 cent price tag. It had a 90% sell though but still lost $4,150.60. A second issue came out in July (cover dated September) and was monthly after that. With the second issue the magazine hired people at 5 dollars a page to create original material for them. Meanwhile it cost the magazine 10 dollars a page for Syndicated reprints. The comic was edited by Steven O. Douglass but Moore got the credit in the first issue. From issue #3 and on Buck Rogers took the center stage and became the comics feature character. By 7th issue, finally a profit emerged as the group made $2,664.25, but it must have been too little, too late as Dell Publishing got cold feat and sold their 50% to Eastern Color. Still, every issue had higher sales, and by a years time sales were up to almost a million per month. How the 10 cents per issue got divided among the parties bounced around as the series progressed. At first Eastern would see 6 of the 10 cents, later it was 6 ½. The rest was split between Newsstand and Distributor with the newsstand taking 2 then 2 ½ cents and American News took 1 then 1 ½ cents. Eastern proudly made public the amount of money they were making off the comics, as a way of saying "I told you so" to the many people rejected the idea at first. They were making $30,000 per issue. They also did this to drum up more business, either as a publisher or printer. By the time a year had gone by Famous Funnies had gained some respect and was placed on newsstands beside slick magazines like Atlantic Monthly and Harper's. They also had 5 competitors putting out monthly magazines. This comic series would last 218 issues ending in 1955.

At the same time, Mr. Gaines went to the sponsors of Percy Crosby’s Skippy, which was on the radio, and convinced them to put out a Skippy book, advertise it on the air, and give away a free copy to anyone who bought a tube of Phillip’s toothpaste. Thus, 500,000 copies of Skippy’s Own Book of Comics was run off and distributed through drug stores everywhere. This was the historic first four-color comic book of reprints devoted to a single character.

July 26: Winsor McCay, creator of Little Nemo, dies at age 64

Milton Caniff's Terry and the Pirates begins. The popular strip features the adventures of Terry Lee in the Far East. The daily strips began on Oct 22nd 1934.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1935

Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (January 4, 1890 – 1965) was an American pulp magazine writer and entrepreneur who pioneered the American comic book, publishing the first such periodical consisting solely of original material rather than reprints of newspaper comic strips. Long after his departure from the comic book company he founded, Wheeler-Nicholson's National Allied Publications would evolve into DC Comics,

 

 

At the end of 1934, with a cover date of February 1935, New Fun Comics #1 came out. The creator, Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson decided that he didn't want to pay the fees that the newspapers were charging for their old comic strip reprints. So he got new comic material that wasn't being published in the newspapers. National Allied Publications Inc. published New Fun Comics in a large 10" x 15" tabloid size. Which was closer to what the news paper comic section was. The cover was full color and was made out of stiff cardboard. Inside about half the book had color in it, but each strip was usually allowed one color only. This would be the first comic book series to have advertisements placed inside since the comic was selling on the newsstands. The strips inside were done by a mix of cartoonist veterans struggling during the depression or young cartoonists trying to break in. In fact, some of the new comic material was made by Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson himself who had been a noted published writer for over a decade now. Some artists already had completed strips that the syndicates wouldn't take, and they were able to get some money for them by printing them here. Many were knock offs of popular newspaper strips. Out of all the strips only two had any lasting effect, those were Wing Brady and Barry O'Neill. The series would last 6 issues before the name would change to More Fun Comics, with issue #9 the format would change to a normal comic book size. Of those contributing strips to the issue would be Walt Kelly and Al Capp who later go on to have great success in the comic strip field. With the help of superheroes, this title would last 127 issues getting cancelled in November 1947. There was a brief time after issue #12 the book would start at #1 again with a volume 2. This last for 5 issues and then switched back to volume 1 returning with the original numbering with issue 18.

This historic comic book would be the first comic ever published for the company that would eventually become DC Comics - the longest running publisher in comic book history.

NEW FUN COMICS #1

[Don Nogales, Cattle Rustler: Part 1] featuring Jack Woods / cover / 1 page with script written by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson

Sandra of the Secret Service / comic story / 0.86 page (report information) Script:

Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson and art by Charles Flanders

Oswald The Rabbitt made his first comic book appearance in this issue. Oswald, originally a Disney creation and visually the immediate predecessor of Mickey Mouse, was at this point owned by Universal Pictures. As there never was an Oswald newspaper strip, these are not reprints. They also feature the black furred version of Oswald, not the then current white-furred version. There are 4 different Oswald stories in this issue.

Wing and Slim scan the desert as the Foreign Legion company camps featured the 1st appearance of Wing Brady in a short story by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson and art by Henry Kiefer

Ivanhoe / comic story / 0.84 page (report information) Script: by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson

And art by Charles Flanders. The story was adapted from Sir Walter Scott's novel.

[Spook Ranch] featuring Jack Woods is a 2 page text story written by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson [as Roger Furlong] with art by Charles Flanders

Other numerous funny animal stories, war and western genre and factual articles filled out the comic.

 

Fredric Whitney Ellsworth (November 27, 1908 – September 7, 1980) was an American comic book editor, and sometime writer and artist for DC Comics during the period known to historians and fans as the Golden Age of Comic Books. He was also DC's "movie studio contact," becoming both a producer and story editor on the TV series The Adventures of Superman. In the early 1930s, after working on the syndicated feature, Tillie the Toiler for King, he became associated with Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson's fledgling company National Allied Publications, later known as DC Comics. Initially an assistant editor, before becoming associate editor (1936–38), Ellsworth worked on such titles as Billy the Kid, Little Linda and More Fun Comics, as well as producing cover roughs for several years. He served as editorial director until c. 1951–1953, in particular on such titles as the flagship titles Action Comics, Adventure Comics, Batman, Detective Comics and Superman between 1940 and 1951, and later on such diverse titles as The Adventures of Alan Ladd, All-Star Comics, Green Lantern, Mr. District Attorney, and Wonder Woman (among others) between 1948 and 1951. In 1945, he licensed The Fox and the Crow and other animated characters from their distributor, Columbia Pictures. He also sketched "rough cover layouts for DC's top titles," including notably some for "Batman and Detective Comics until about 1946. Ellsworth was also the first writer on the Batman & Robin newspaper strip in 1966.

NEW FUN COMICS #2

Issue #2 dated March 1935

["Jack Has Turned the Tables on the Mexicans... Jack Woods story 1 page

Script:Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson

Jack Woods was the first DC character to appear on 2 different comic book covers and the first character to be featured on 2 DC covers in a row.

["A Band of Horsemen Led by Prior Aymer..."] Ivanhoe / comic story / 0.9 page

Script: Malcolm Wheeler-NIcholson ? [as Sir Walter Scott]; Sir Walter Scott (adaptation)

Pencils: Charles Flanders

adapted from the novel by Sir Walter Scott.

Movies(Table of Contents) text article / 0.25 page (report information)

Script:Joe Archibald

Talks about upcoming movies, includes photograph of Frankie Thomas and Rin Tin Tin.

Fun Mail / letters page / 1 page

1st DC letters page? Attributed and excerpted letters reprinted.

William Steinke promoting readers to become a president of their own local Fun Club, with coupon they can mail in.

["The Last Sign Said Eleven Miles..."](Table of Contents) Little Linda / comic story / 0.8 page (report information) Script: and artwork by Whitney Ellsworth - his first comic book work and the beginning of a long relationship with DC throughout the golden age. This story featured the characters Little Linda; Uncle Wilbur (villain); kidnapped boy

 

 

Vincent "Vin" Sullivan (June 5, 1911 – February 3, 1999) was a pioneering American comic book editor, artist and publisher. As an editor for National Allied Publications, the future DC Comics, he was responsible for buying Superman from creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster,[citation needed] and edited that archetypcal superhero in his first appearance, in Action Comics #1 (1938), and in the following year's Superman, the first American comic book devoted to a single character. In addition, Sullivan drew the premiere cover of Detective Comics, the series that in issue #27 launched the hit character Batman.

After leaving National in 1940, Sullivan was hired by the McNaught Newspaper Syndicate to form a new comic book publishing house.[citation needed] This became the Columbia Comic Corporation (Columbia Comics), where Sullivan launched the superhero omnibus Big Shot Comics, publishing early work by Gardner Fox, Creig Flessel, and Ogden Whitney, among others. Columbia Comics' several superhero features included Skyman. Unhappy with the reluctance of the owners to develop more original series,[citation needed] Sullivan left Columbia in 1943 and formed Magazine Enterprises. This company lasted until 1958,

 

NEW FUN COMICS #3

[The gondola containing Don and Betty and the midget then falls off the cliff into the water."]

Don Drake / cover / 1 page

Art: Clem Gretter Genre: science fiction

First sci-fi DC comic cover ever published.

Pincus/Spike Spalding / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Story and artwork by Vincent Sullivan

Oswald the Rabbit / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script and artwork by John Lindermayer

Sonny; Little Linda / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script and art by Whitney Ellsworth

Lloyd Victor Jacquet (March 7, 1899 - March 1970) was the founder of Funnies, Inc., one of the first and most prominent of a handful of comic book "packagers" established in the late 1930s that created comics on demand for publishers testing the waters of the emerging medium. Among its other achievements, Funnies, Inc. supplied the contents of Marvel Comics #1, the first publication of the company that would evolve into Marvel Comics. Characters created by Jacquet's company include the Sub-Mariner and the original Golden Age Human Torch. After serving as a colonel in World War I,[3] Jacquet worked as an editor for Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson's National Allied Magazines (the future DC Comics) on some of the first comic books — including the landmark New Fun: The Big Comic Magazine (Feb. 1935), the first such publication with solely original material rather than any newspaper comic strip reprints. Jacquet remained through its first four issues, later becoming art director of Centaur Publications — where some sources credit him with co-creating writer-artist Bill Everett's superhero Amazing Man — before leaving to start Funnies, Inc. The company was founded as First Funnies, Inc. in an attempt to publish a promotional giveaway comic, Motion Picture Funnies Weekly, but that idea proved unsuccessful.

NEW FUN COMICS #4

Loco Luke - cover story Script and art by Jack Warren

Oswald the Rabbit / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script and artwork by John Lindermayer

Little Linda / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script and art by Whitney Ellsworth children story

Spike Spalding / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script: and art by Vincent Sullivan adventure story

Charlie Fish / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script: and art by Vincent Sullivan Genre:fantasy-supernatural

NEW FUN COMICS #5

[Damsel In Distress: Part 1](Table of Contents) Jack Woods / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script: Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson

Pencils: W. C. Brigham

Western story

This is the first DC character to ever appear on a 3rd comic book cover.

Sandra of the Secret Service / comic story / 1 page

Script: Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson Pencils: by Monroe Eisenberg

detective-mystery Characters:Sandra; Lothar

[Prince of Patrania: Part 3](Table of Contents) Spike Spalding / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:and art by Vincent Sullivan

Genre:adventure Characters:King Philip of Patrania; Pincus

Shavetail text story / 1 page

Script: Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson

reprints: from September 15, 1930 issue of Adventure Magazine

Oswald the Rabbit / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script and artwork by John Lindermayer

Bob Merritt / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script: Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson

Pencils: Leo O'Mealia [as Lem]

Intro: Bob Merritt Based on Bill Barnes pulp magazine written by Wheeler-Nicholson.

Treasure Island / comic story / 1 page Script: Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (adaptation)

Pencils: Sven Elven ?

adapted from the Robert Louis Stevenson novel. May be rearranged panels from the 1925 Wheeler-Nicholson Syndicated version.

Charley Fish / comic story / 1 page

Script and art Vincent Sullivan

Humor

Jack Woods / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson

Pencils:W. C. Brigham (signed)

Genre:western-frontier Characters:Jack Woods

Ivanhoe / comic story / 1 page Script: Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson

Pencils: Richard Leoderer [as Rich]

Ivanhoe; Cedric; Lady Rowena; Prince John; Waldemar Fitzurse; Locksley [Robin Hood]; Hubert

adapted from Sir Walter Scott's novel

Magic Crystal of History / comic story / 1 page (

Script:and art Monroe Eisenberg

Genre:fantasy-supernatural

Characters:Bobby; Binks; Hotep

2023: Super Police / comic story / 1 page ()

Script: Ken Fitch

Pencils: Clemens Gretter

science fiction

Characters: Rex Cosmos; Professor Stanley; Joan Stanley; Captain Kiddlaw (Villain)

Jerome "Jerry" Siegel (October 17, 1914 – January 28, 1996), was the American co-creator, along with Joe Shuster, of Superman, the first of the great comic book superheroes and one of the most recognizable of the 20th century. In 1929, Siegel published what might have been the first SF fanzine, Cosmic Stories, which he produced with a manual typewriter and advertised in the classified section of Science Wonder Stories.

Joseph "Joe" Shuster July 10, 1914 – July 30, 1992) was a Canadian-American comic book artist best known for co-creating the DC Comics character Superman, with writer Jerry Siegel, in Action Comics #1 (cover-dated June 1938). Shuster was involved in a number of legal battles over ownership of the Superman character. His comic book career after Superman was relatively unsuccessful, and by the mid-1970s Shuster had left the field completely due to partial blindness.

The writer-artist team of Siegel and Shuster broke into comics with Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson's landmark New Fun, debuting with the musketeer swashbuckler "Henri Duval" and the supernatural-crimefighter strip Doctor Occult in issue #6 (Oct. 1935).

 

NEW FUN COMICS #6

Oswald the Rabbit / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script and artwork by John Lindermayer

 

[Introducing Dr. Occult]Dr. Occult / comic story / 1 page (

Script: Jerry Siegel Pencils: Joe Shuster

adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Characters: Dr. Occult (introduction); Lois Amster; Sander Amster; Rose Psychic; The Vampire

Synopsis: Dr. Occult and his partner Rose attempt to stop a vampire from attacking the Amsters.

["Why have we stopped?"](Table of Contents) Henri Duval / comic story / 1 page

Script:Jerry Siegel Pencils: Joe Shuster

adventure; historical

Characters: Henri Duval (introduction); Cecile; The King

Synopsis:Henri Duval saves the King from a band of highwaymen

Little Linda / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script: and art Whitney Ellsworth

Genre:children

Spike Spalding / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script: and art Vincent Sullivan

Genre:adventure

Charlie Fish / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script: and art

Vincent Sullivan

Genre:humor

Ken Fitch wrote several text pieces for New Fun, as well as writing the science fiction strips in the title of “Don Drake” and “2023 Super Police”. He was a prolific contributor to many golden age companies ranging from Chesler and Centaur to Fawcett and Holyoke.

Bert Whitman contributed “Judge Perkins” under the name “Burt”. He had a small comic shop in the early 1940s which produced Whirlwind Comics, Crash Comics and early issues of Green Hornet Comics.

Whitney Ellsworth contributed “Little Linda” starting with the second issue. He became a key editor for the early DC titles.

Leo O’Melia took over the art chores, as of issue 4, on “Barry O’Neil” which was an adventure strip set in the far east. His towering draftsmanship made the strip a standout. Although overshadowed by the fame of “Superman”, his early Action Comics covers are highly coveted by golden age fans.

Henry Kiefer drew “Wing Brady”. Kiefer produced material for many golden age companies through his association with the Chesler Shop and Iger Shop. He drew many esoteric features, such as “Dr. Nerod” for Green Giant Comics, “Liberty Lads” for Champion Comics and mainstream stories for Classics Illustrated.

Jack Warren, who drew the humorous western strip “Loco Luke”, continued in this vein by drawing a variety of humor and humorous western strips for Novelty Publications, Hillman and others.

BIG BOOK OF FUN COMICS #1 OCT 1935

Gerber and Overstreet call it "very rare," Comic Book Marketplace listed it among the "50 Rarest Golden Age Comics," Gary Carter, whose DC collection was the stuff of legend, dubbed it the second-rarest DC comic issue, and another DC completist, Ian Levine, once dubbed it one of the 20 rarest DCs as well.

This giant is the very first comic book annual, and the only thing that kept it off Overstreet's list of the 100 most valuable comic books is that no NM- value is listed by the Guide. This is a large comic (10 1/4" x 15"), with blank inside covers and no indicia. It has 48 pages, with 32 pages in color and the rest in black and white.

There's an ad for this in New Fun #6, dated October 1935. One of the first comic books ever published, and came out at a time that DC had only one series, New Fun which was publishing its last issue.

This comic giant contained 47 different story reprints from previous issues of New Fun #1 to #4.

Jack Woods and Don Drake are the main characters featured with multiple stories.

NEW COMICS #1 NOV 1935

After New Fun Comics, another Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson published another title. This was New Comics (December, 1935) and again it featured all new material. Among the artists who's work featured in here was Walt Kelly, Sheldon Mayer and Vincent Sullivan, all three would be important to the development of comics. The title would go through many name changes, turning into New Adventure Comics with issue #12, then to simply Adventure Comics with issue #32. Like New Fun, the title went through a period of volume 2 with new numbering starting with New Adventure Comics #1, then New Adventure Vol 3 #1 and stopping with Vol. 3 #2, before returning to #22 continuing it's original numbering run. This title with the help of many superhero features would last until 1983, ending with issue #503.

This is the first issue of DC Comics' second series. This title ran 11 issues as New Comics before turning into New Adventure Comics and then becoming the title DC fans of every generation grew up with, Adventure Comics. The series had a lifespan of 48 years and 503 issues, and this key first issue is ranked among the 100 most valuable comic books by Overstreet. It's got a cover by Vin Sullivan, with interior art by early DC aces Sheldon Mayer and Whitney Ellsworth, as well as a name that may surprise you: Walt Kelly!

Walter Crawford Kelly, Jr. (August 25, 1913 – October 18, 1973), commonly known as Walt Kelly, was an American animator and cartoonist, best known for the comic strip Pogo. He began his animation career in 1936 at Walt Disney Studios, contributing to Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Dumbo. At that time he did some work for DC Comics in 1935-1936. In 1941 Kelly transferred at the age of 28 to work at Dell Comics, where he created Pogo, which eventually became his platform for political and philosophical commentary.

NEW COMICS #1

Jibby Jones / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils and story :Vincent Sullivan (signed)

Characters:Jibby Jones

Gulliver's Travels / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script: and art Walt Kelly

Adventure

Characters:Gulliver; Lilliputians

adapted from GULLIVER'S TRAVELS by Jonathan Swift

Strange Adventures of Mr. Weed / comic story / 4 pages

Script: and art Sheldon Mayer

science fiction

Characters:Oliver Weed; Uriah Mowcher; Fritz

Sheldon Mayer (April 1, 1917 – December 21, 1991) was an American comic book writer, artist and editor. One of the earliest employees of Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson's National Allied Publications, Mayer produced almost all of his comics work for the company that would become known as DC Comics.

He is among those credited with rescuing the unsold Superman comic strip from the rejection pile.

Between 1936 and 1938, Mayer worked for Dell Comics, producing illustrations, house advertisements and covers for titles including Popular Comics, The Comics and The Funnies. Also in 1936, he joined the McClure Syndicate "as an editor working for comics industry pioneer M.C. Gaines." While working for the McClure syndicate, Mayer came across Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's unsold Superman comics strip, which he "immediately fell in love with." He recalled in a 1985 book that, "The syndicated press rejected it about fifteen times. I was singing [its] praises so much that in 1938 Gaines finally took the strip up to Harry Donenfeld, who was looking for original material to run in his new title, Action Comics," where the soon-to-be iconic character debuted as the lead feature of the first issue. Action Comics editor Vin Sullivan is also among those credited with discovering Superman. Mayer retired from editing in 1948, "to devote himself full-time to cartooning". He began to write and draw a number of humor comics for National, including the features The Three Mouseketeers, Leave It to Binky, a teenage humor book, and Sugar and Spike. Sugar and Spike proved to be one of Mayer's longest-lasting strips, starring two babies who could communicate in baby-talk that adults could not understand. Mayer even signed the stories he drew, something rare at National Periodical Publications in the late 1950s when Sugar and Spike debuted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAMOUS FUNNIES #6

Joe Palooka / comic story / 0.8 page(report information)

Script:Ham Fisher ?Pencils:Al Capp [as Ham Fisher]Inks:Al Capp [as Ham Fisher] in issue #5

Dixie Dugan / comic story / 0.8 page(report information)

Script:J. P. McEvoyPencils:J. H. StriebelInks:J. H. Striebel in issue #5

Strange As It Seems / cartoon / 1 page(report information)

Script:John HixPencils:John Hix in issue #5

The Nebbs / comic story / 0.8 page(report information)

Script:Sol HessPencils:Wallace A. CarlsonInks:Wallace A. Carlson in issue #5

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages(report information)

Script:Philip Francis NowlanPencils:Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins]

Genre:science fiction

Keeping Up With the Joneses / comic story / 0.8 page(report information)

Script:Pop MormandPencils:Pop Mormand in issue #5

 

Alfred Gerald Caplin (September 28, 1909 – November 5, 1979), better known as Al Capp, was an American cartoonist and humorist best known for the satirical comic strip Li'l Abner, which he created in 1934 and continued until 1977. He also wrote the comic strip Abbie an' Slats (in the years 1937–45)). Comic strips dealt with northern urban experiences until the year Capp introduced "Li'l Abner," the first strip based in the South. Although Capp was from Connecticut, he spent 43 years teaching the world about Dogpatch, reaching an estimated 60 million readers in over 900 American newspapers and 100 foreign papers in 28 countries.

FAMOUS FUNNIES #7

DIXIE DUGAN / BUCK ROGERS / STRANGE AS IT SEEMS / JOE PALOOKA / DIXIE DUGAN / BUNGLE FAMILY / THE NEBBS /

Dan Dunn Secret Operative 48 / comic story / 4 pages Script: and art by Norman Marsh

 

Norman Winfield Marsh (February 25, 1898 – February 10, 1980) was an American cartoonist.

Norman Marsh's career as a cartoonist began c. 1922. Circa 1947, he founded his own syndicate, Marsh Features Syndicate. Marsh created the character Dan Dunn in Detective Dan: Secret Operative No. 48, published by Humor Publishing Company in 1933. He later worked on Famous Funnies.

FAMOUS FUNNIES #8

Strange As It Seems

Buck Rogers

The Nebbs

Dan Dunn

S'matter Pop?

Dixie Dugan

The Bungle Family

Joe Palooka

Keeping Up With the Joneses

Samuel Maxwell "Jerry" Iger (/'aɪgər/; August 22, 1903 – September 5, 1990)[1] was an American cartoonist. With business partner Will Eisner he co-founded Eisner & Iger, a comic book packager that produced comics on demand for new publishers during the late-1930s and 1940s. He started out doing strips humor humor strips as "Bobby", “Peewee" and "Happy Daze" for Famous Funnies starting with issue #9 and then various strips each month. Iger became founding editor of another such early comic book, Wow, What a Magazine in 1936 but brought Iger together with a 19-year-old Will Eisner — future creator of The Spirit. Iger eventually bought Eisners share of their joint company.

FAMOUS FUNNIES #9

Joe Palooka

Dixie Dugan

Strange as It Seems

S'matter Pop?

The Bungle Family

The Nebbs

Keeping Up With the Joneses

Dan Dunn, Secret Operative 48

Strange as It Seems appeared as a syndicated cartoon feature in 1928 and became a familiar brand to millions around the globe for its comic strips, books, radio shows and film shorts. Created by John Hix, Strange as It Seems. It was a genre similar to Ripleys Believe It Or Not.

John McCary Hix was born on June 17, 1907 in Huntsville, Alabama - his series Strange As it Seems stayed popular. He died at a young age of 36 in 1944.

 

 

FAMOUS FUNNIES #10

Joe Palooka

Dixie Dugan

Strange As It Seems

S'matter Pop?

Buck Rogers

The Bungle Family

The Nebbs

Keeping Up With the Joneses

Dan Dunn

 

Joseph Patrick McEvoy (January 10, 1897 – August 8, 1958), also sometimes credited as John P. McEvoy or Joseph P. McEvoy, was an American writer whose stories were published during the 1920s and 1930s in popular magazines such as Liberty, The Saturday Evening Post and Cosmopolitan. Many of his stories were adapted to movies during this period, including It's a Gift (1934) starring W.C. Fields. McEvoy also had a hit play, The Potters (1923), contributed to the Ziegfeld Follies and wrote a number of novels, including Show Girl (1928) and Hollywood Girl (1929) which were adapted into the movies Show Girl (1928) and Show Girl in Hollywood (1930), both starring Alice White. He also wrote the books and lyrics for the musical revue, Americana which opened on Broadway in 1926 and was revived in 1928 and 1932.

McEvoy is perhaps best known as the creator and writer of the popular newspaper comic strip Dixie Dugan, based on Show Girl, distributed by the McNaught Syndicate and had a long run from 1929 to 1966.

 

 

FAMOUS FUNNIES #11

Joe Palooka

Dixie Dugan

Buck Rogers

Strange As It Seems

S'matter Pop?

Dixie Dugan

The Nebbs

The Bungle Family

Keeping Up With the Joneses

Dan Dunn

 

Harry J. Tuthill (1886–1957) was an American cartoonist best known for his comic strip The Bungle Family originally titled Home Sweet Home and launched in 1918. Retitled The Bungle Family in 1924 and ran until 1945. Distributed initially by the McClure Syndicate and later by the McNaught Syndicate, the strip was carried by 120 newspapers.

 

 

 

FAMOUS FUNNIES #12

S'matter Pop?

Buck Rogers

Strange As It Seems

Joe Palooka

Dixie Dugan

The Nebbs

The Bungle Family

Keeping Up With the Joneses

Dan Dunn

FAMOUS FUNNIES #13

Joe Palooka

Strange As It Seems

S'matter Pop?

Buck Rogers

Dixie Dugan

The Nebbs

The Bungle Family

Keeping Up With the Joneses

Dan Dunn

FAMOUS FUNNIES #14

Joe Palooka

Buck Rogers

Dixie Dugan

10. Harry Houdini

Strange As It Seems

The Nebbs

Smatter Pop?

The Bungle Family

Keeping Up With the Joneses

Strange As It Seems

Dan Dunn

FAMOUS FUNNIES #15

Buck Rogers

Dixie Dugan

Strange As It Seems

The Nebbs

Smatter Pop?

The Bungle Family

Keeping Up With the Joneses

Joe Palooka

The Nebbs

Dan Dunn

FAMOUS FUNNIES #16

Joe Palooka

Dixie Dugan

Strange As It Seems

Buck Rogers

The Nebbs

S'matter Pop?

The Bungle Family

Dixie Dugan

The Nebbs

Dan Dunn

FAMOUS FUNNIES #17

2ND Christmas cover featuring Santa Claus

This issue has not only a Buck Rogers 25th Century Disintegrator Pistol advertisement ; Daisy Air Rifles

But also 5 different Buck Rogers comic strips in this issue.

Joe Palooka

The Nebbs

The Bungle Family

Buck Rogers

S'matter Pop?

Buck Rogers

Dan Dunn, Secret Operative 48

Strange As It Seems

 

Mickey Mouse Magazine began in the summer, to become Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories in 1940, and combined original material with reprinted newspaper strips in most issues.

MICKEY MOUSE MAGAZINE VOLUME 3

(1935–1940). Initially published by Hal Horne, it had artwork by John Stanley and text pieces by Irving Brecher. By mid-1936, Horne turned over the magazine to Kay Kamen who oversaw merchandising for Disney. Kamen the following year recruited Western Publishing to handle production and publication. Western added reprinted Disney comic strips to the book's lineup beginning with the July 1937 issue; these included Gottfredson's Mickey daily strips re-formatted and colored for serialized magazine publication.

Title: None, but it is referred to as the Summer Quarterly.

Cover Description: Mickey Mouse is opening a book and coming out from the pages are the Disney characters. The cover also says "A fun-Book for Boys and Girls to Read to Grown-ups".

Value and Pricing: The original price in 1935 was ten cents. We saw this Mickey Mouse Magazine Volume 1 Number 4 in a self-described good condition sell for $310. The pictures reflected a condition of at best a good condition for its age.

 

 

KRIM KO COMICS is a promotional comic book for Krim-Ko, a chocolate-flavor milk drink featured in two pages of ads.

#9 for example features a Full page to half-page comics featured in this issue: Wild Bill (an airplane adventure strip), Jim Hawkins (pirates) by Dick Moores, Johnny Brains, Susan, Pinto, King of the Range, Sammy, Great Deeds of Great Americans by Dick Moores, Tot and Tom by Nick Penn, Mocko the Monk, and Lucky Lucas. Partial color, 16 pages, all newsprint, 8.25-in. x 11-in. "Published on behalf of the Krim-Ko Co., by the Better Cartoons Bureau, Wright Wrigly Building, Chicago. The local dairy bottling Krim-Ko has exclusive charge of the Komics to Krin-Ko customers."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1936

1936 was a historic year in the comic industry. The number of comic publishers doubled from the year before and they all seemed to agree on this new standard modern size format with most having a standard 68 pages for 10 cents cover price. Eastern Comics fell from 1st place to 4th place for most prolific publisher of the year. A new wave of publisher and titles started to fill the newsstands with new monthly ongoing titles. Dell Comics was the years biggest new publisher of the new comic book format.

In February 1936 Chicago Tribune Syndicate teamed up with Max Gaines, his assistant Sheldon Mayer and George Delacorte (his third try at comic books) and created Popular Comics featuring a huge amount of well known characters. Among them, Dick Tracy, Terry & the Pirates, Gasoline Alley, Skippy, Mutt and Jeff, Tailspin Tommy, Little Orphan Annie and many more. The third and final try at comics would be what Delacourte needed to become a successful publisher, in fact Dell Publishing Co. would be one of the most successful comic publishers of all time. This title would last 145 issues and end in 1948.

Popular Comics was first published by Dell Publishing Co., in February 1936. It was an anthology of previously published newspaper strips but still one of the most important comics of all time as it launched Dell Comics as a big comic book publisher and they would eventually become the #1 popular in the comic business. Dell Publishing were successful publishers of pulp magazines and had previously released one of the first comic books in 1929, with 'The Funnies'. The reprints of newspaper comic strips published were mainly supplied by The Chicago Tribune Syndicate. Soon after launch Dick Tracy made his first comic book appearance and would be a regular feature for quite a few issues. Other characters who appeared in its pages over the years are: Don Winslow U.S.N, Terry and the Pirates, The Gumps, Little Orphan Annie and Tarzan.

After a time the comic branched out into using original characters and stories mixed in with the reprints. Original characters included: Voice the Invisible Detective, Professor Supermind and Son, Martin the Marvel Man and Dr. Hormone. Towards the end of its Popular Comics dropped the use of original material.

The title had a long run lasting 145 issues the last dated September 1948.

#1 features the first comic book appearance of Dick Tracy and Don Winslow. #6 feature the 1st app of Scribbly.

POPULAR COMICS #1

Popular Comics #1 (Dell, 1936) Dell's first modern comic book, featuring reprints of some of the most popular comic strips of the day, including Dick Tracy (with Dick making his first comic book appearance), Gasoline Alley, The Gumps, Little Orphan Annie, Terry and the Pirates, Don Winslow (his first appearance), Moon Mullins, Mutt & Jeff, Tailspin Tommy, Smokey Stover, and more. Overstreet doesn't list values beyond VF 8.0. The issue is rated by The Photo-Journal Guide to Comic Books as a "7" or "scarce." There is a Rockford pedigree copy of this book surviving graded 6.5

Cover appearances: Dick Tracy; The Gumps; Gasoline Alley; Harold Teen; Little Orphan Annie; Tailspin Tommy; Skippy; Terry and the Pirates; Mutt and Jeff

Always Belittlin'

Believe it or Not

Ben Webster's Page

Bos'n Hal Sea Scout

Bronc Peeler and Coyote Pete

Cicero's Cat

Dick Tracy

Don Winslow of the Navy

Ella and her Fella

Gasoline Alley

Harold Teen

Herby

How to Fly

Jinglet

Kitty Higgins

Little Folks

Little Joe

Little Orphan Annie

Little Stanley

Looie

Lovey Dovey

Maw Green

Moon Mullins

Mort Green & Wife

Mutt and Jeff

On the Range

Skippy

Smitty

Smokey Stover

Tailspin Tommy

Terry and the Pirates

Texas Slim

The Gumps

Toonerville Folks

Winnie Winkle the Breadwinner

Zipper

Chester Gould (November 20, 1900 – May 11, 1985) was an American cartoonist, best known as the creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip, which he wrote and drew from 1931 to 1977, incorporating numerous colorful and monstrous villains. In 1931, Gould was hired as a cartoonist with the Chicago Tribune and introduced Dick Tracy in the newspaper The Detroit Mirror on Sunday, October 4, 1931. The original comic was based on a New York detective Gould was interested in. The comic then branched to the fictional character that became so famous. He drew the comic strip for the next 46 years from his home in Woodstock, Illinois. Gould's stories were rarely pre-planned, since he preferred to improvise stories as he drew them.

Frank Henry Willard (September 21, 1893, Anna, Illinois–January 11, 1958, Los Angeles, California) was a cartoonist best known for his comic strip Moon Mullins which ran from 1923 to 1991. He sometimes went by the nickname Dok Willard.

 

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Alvah Posen (1895 - June 10, 1960) was an American cartoonist on several comic strips, but he is best known for his strip Sweeney & Son and as co-producer of the now-lost Marx Brothers film, Humor Risk (1921). Sweeney & Son was a Sunday page which began in 1933, distributed by the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate, and continued for the next 25 years.

Fred Harman (February 9, 1902 - January 2, 1982) was an American artist, best known for his popular Red Ryder comic strip, which he drew for 25 years, reaching 40 million readers through 750 newspapers. Promoting Red Ryder as "America's famous fighting cowboy", Slesinger began an intensive campaign of merchandising and licensing with a parade of comic books, Big Little Books, novels, a serial films series, radio programs, commercial products, and apparel

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REG’LAR FELLERS

Percy Lee Crosby (December 8, 1891 – December 8, 1964) was an American author, illustrator and cartoonist best known for his comic strip Skippy. Adapted into movies, a novel and a radio show, Crosby's creation was commemorated on a 1997 U.S. Postal Service stamp. An inspiration for Charles Schulz's Peanuts, the strip is regarded by comics historian Maurice Horn as a "classic...

Following a full-page house ad in the March 15, 1923, issue, Skippy premiered in Life and quickly became a success. It became a syndicated comic strip two years later, initially by Johnson Features, Central Press Association and Editors Features Service, before publisher William Randolph Hearst signed Crosby to his King Features Syndicate. King distributed its first daily Skippy on October 7, 1926, and its first Sunday on April 1, 1929. Crosby retained the copyright, a rarity for strip artists of the time.

The strip focused on Skippy Skinner, a young boy living in the city. Usually wearing an enormous collar and tie and a floppy checked hat, he was an odd mix of mischief and melancholy.

The popular strip at one point guaranteed Crosby $2,350 a week, an enormous sum at the time. Crosby published a Skippy novel and other books; there were Skippy dolls, toys and comic books. The comic was adapted as the 1931 movie Skippy by Paramount Pictures. A hit, it won director Norman Taurog the Academy Award for Best Director, and boosted the career of young star Jackie Cooper, who played the title role. From 1928 to 1937, Crosby produced 3,650 Skippy strips

Frank Oscar King (April 9, 1883 – June 24, 1969) was an American cartoonist best known for his comic strip Gasoline Alley. In addition to innovations with color and page design, King introduced real-time continuity in comic strips by showing his characters aging over generations. Gasoline Alley is a comic strip created by Frank King and currently distributed by Tribune Media Services. First published November 24, 1918, it is the second-longest-running comic strip in the US (after The Katzenjammer Kids) and has received critical accolades for its influential innovations

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MAJOR STRANGE

TOM MIX

Fontaine Talbot Fox, Jr. (June 4, 1884 – August 9, 1964) was an American cartoonist and illustrator best known for writing and illustrating his Toonerville Folks comic panel, which ran from 1913 to 1955 in 250 to 300 newspapers across North America. The cartoons are set in the small town of Toonerville, which appears to operate in its own little universe.

Bill Holman (March 22, 1903 – February 27, 1987) was an American cartoonist who drew the classic comic strip Smokey Stover from 1935 until he retired in 1973. Distributed through the Chicago Tribune, it had the longest run of any strip in the screwball genre. Holman signed some strips with the pseudonym Scat H. He once described himself as "always inclined to humor and acting silly.

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DON DIXON

Walter Berndt (November 22, 1899, Brooklyn, New York – August 15, 1979, Port Jefferson, New York) was a cartoonist known for his long-run comic strip, Smitty, which he drew for 50 years. Berndt's first strip, That's Different, drawn for the Bell Syndicate, lasted less than a year. In 1922, he created Smitty, which he continued until 1973, working with his assistant Charles Mueller.

Little Joe was a Western comic strip, created in the early 1930s by Ed Leffingwell and later continued by his brother, Robert Leffingwell. Distributed by the Chicago Tribune Syndicate, this Sunday strip had a long run spanning four decades. It was never a daily strip.

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SCRIBBLY 1ST APP

Hal Forrest (Philadelphia, July 22, 1895 -? ) was an American comic strip artist best known for his work on Tailspin Tommy When he was 16, he drew a comic strip, Percy the Boy Scout, for the Philadelphia Telegraph, and a year later he became the youngest scoutmaster in the country, heading the 13th troop established in America. While he was with the 479th Pursuit Squadron, U.S. Air Corps Reserve, at Clover Field in Santa Monica, Forrest drew Artie the Ace, the first aviation comic strip, which led him to develop, in 1928, the popular Tailspin Tommy, syndicated in more than 200 newspapers as both a Sunday and daily strip.

Milton Arthur Paul "Milt" Caniff (February 28, 1907 – April 3, 1988) was an American cartoonist famous for the Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon comic strips.

The daily strip began October 22, 1934, and the Sunday color pages began December 9, 1934. Initially, the storylines of the daily strips and Sunday pages were different, but on August 26, 1936, they merged into a single storyline. In 1946, Caniff won the first Cartoonist of the Year Award from the National Cartoonists Society for his work on Terry and the Pirates.

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Al Smith (March 21, 1902 – November 24, 1986 [1]) was an American cartoonist whose work included a long run on the comic strip Mutt and Jeff. Bud Fisher appeared to lose all interest in his Mutt and Jeff strip during the 1930s, and after his assistant Ed Mack died in 1932, the job of creating the strip fell to Al Smith. The strip retained Fisher's signature until his death, however, and not until December 7, 1954 was the strip signed by Smith. Smith continued to draw the strip until 1980. Smith also drew the strips Rural Delivery and Cicero's Cat, the topper strip accompanying Mutt and Jeff.

The spin-off strip Cicero's Cat starred Desdemona, a cat that Smith originally introduced in 1933 as a pet for Mutt's son, Cicero. This pantomime strip was a "topper", a Sunday-only feature packaged with the Sunday strip.

Gaar Campbell Williams (December 12, 1880 - June 15, 1935) was a prominent American cartoonist who worked for the Indianapolis News and the Chicago Tribune.

The Tribune reprinted his work in at least a dozen portfolios: Zipper (1935) reprinted 25 of his 1932-34 cartoons about the dog Zipper. Hunting and Fishing (1935) reprinted 30 of his cartoons from 1927-34. Others were Among the Folks in History (four portfolios), Mort Green and Wife, Our Secret Ambition, Something Ought to be Done About This, Static, A Strain on the Family Tie and Wotta Life! Wotta Life!

By the time of his death in 1935, his cartoons were being published in 39 newspapers.

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Harold Lincoln Gray (January 20, 1894 – May 9, 1968) was an American cartoonist, best known as the creator of the newspaper comic strip Little Orphan Annie. He is considered to be the first American cartoonist to use a comic strip to express a political philosophy.

From 1921 to 1924, he did the lettering for Sidney Smith's The Gumps. After he came up with a strip idea in 1924 for Little Orphan Otto, the title was altered by Chicago Tribune editor Joseph Medill Patterson to Little Orphan Annie, launched August 5, 1924.

Films, radio and merchandising made Gray a multi-millionaire.[

Carl Frank Ludwig Ed (July 16, 1890 – October 10, 1959) was a comic strip artist best known as the creator of Harold Teen. His name is pronounced eed. Harold Teen debuted in the New York Daily News during February 1919. He said he started the strip because there was no comic strip on adolescence. I thought every well-balanced comic sheet should have one." Carl Ed's strip was widely read in the 1920s, and his readers became familiar with such slang as "shebas", "sheiks" and "pantywaist". Some of these were words and phrases created by Ed, such as, "Fan mah brow." With the popularity of the strip, Ed profited from merchandising of games, figurines and other products.

 

 

 

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APPLE MARY

SKULL VALLEY

SMILIN’ JACK

SWEENEY

Martin Michael Branner (1888 – May 19, 1970), known to his friends as Mike Branner, was a cartoonist who created the popular comic strip Winnie Winkle. He launched Winnie Winkle the Breadwinner as a daily strip in September 1920, followed by a Sunday page in 1923. Edith Branner served as the model for the character of Winnie Winkle. By 1939, Winnie Winkle the Breadwinner was printed in 125 newspapers in America and Europe for a combined circulation of more than eight and a half million. The title was shortened to Winnie Winkle in 1943.

Robert Sidney Smith (February 13, 1877 – October 20, 1935), known as Sidney Smith, was the creator of the influential comic strip, The Gumps debuting February 12, 1917

The Gumps had a 42-year run in newspapers, continuing until October 17, 1959. The strip, its merchandising (toys, games, a popular song, playing cards, food products) and media adaptations made Smith a wealthy man. Smith's strip was adapted into a live-action/animated film series in 1920–21 by Wallace Carlson. During production, Carlson formed a partnership with Gumps writer Sol Hess, and together they launched The Nebbs, a Gumps-like family comic strip which began May 1923 and continued until 1946. In 1922, Smith signed million-dollar contract ($100,000 per year for ten years). Two years later, he published the 183-page Andy Gump, His Life Story (1924). In 1935, he signed a new contract, giving him $150,000 a year. On his way home from signing that contract, he crashed his car and died in a head-on collision at the age of 58 on October 20, 1935.

Don Winslow of the Navy was an American comic strip created by Frank Victor Martinek and distributed by the Bell Syndicate from 1934 to 1955. The title character was a spychasing Lieutenant Commander in Naval intelligence. The comic strip led to a radio adventure serial that began in 1937, as well as film serials that began in 1942. Original comics stories also appeared in Fawcett comic books starting in 1943.

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Zack Terrell Mosley (December 12, 1906 - December 21, 1993 ) was an American comic strip artist best known for the aviation adventures in his long-running The Adventures of Smilin' Jack which ran in more than 300 newspapers from 1933 to 1973.

Frances Edwina Dumm (1893 – April 28, 1990) was a writer-artist who drew the comic strip Cap Stubbs and Tippie for six decades and is also notable as the nation’s first full-time female editorial cartoonist, She used her middle name for the signature on her comic strip, signed simply Edwina. Dumm continued to write and draw Tippie until her 1966 retirement (which brought the strip to an end).

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FUNNIES #1

Dell Publishing's second publication by this name was a standard American comic book published during the 1930s and 1940s to rival Eastern Color's successful comic-book series Famous Funnies, it similarly reprinted newspaper comic strips, mostly NEA-syndicate comics such as Alley Oop, by V. T. Hamlin, and Captain Easy, by Roy Crane, as well as others including Mutt and Jeff, by Bud Fisher, and Tailspin Tommy, by Hal Forrest. Packaged by Max Gaines and editor Sheldon Mayer, it ran 64 issues (Oct. 1936 - May 1942). It began running original material in #2 with Mayer's feature Scribbly, about a boy cartoonist, laid out to look like a Sunday newspaper comic strip. A few other original comics followed, including six-page adaptations of B-movie Westerns by 1938. The Funnies #1 features the 1st comic book appearances of alley Oop, Captain Easy and others. There is a Lamont Larson pedigree copy that grades 7.5. The debut issue of the series featured 37 different strip titles mostly 1 page each.

James Robert Williams (March 30, 1888, Nova Scotia, Canada – June 17, 1957) was a cartoonist who signed his work J. R. Williams. He was best known for his long-run daily syndicated panel, Out Our Way. As noted by Coulton Waugh in his 1947 book, The Comics, anecdotal evidence indicated that more Williams' cartoons were clipped and saved than were other newspaper comics. Out Our Way first appeared in newspapers on March 20, 1922. With 40 million readers by 1930, appearing in more than 700 newspapers at their peak.

Edgar Everett Martin (July 6, 1898 - August 31, 1960), known to his family and friends as Abe Martin, was an American cartoonist, who kept his comic strip, Boots and Her Buddies, running for decades, eventually reaching an audience of 60 million readers.. Syndicated by NEA, it appeared in 500 newspapers during the 1940s, with about half that carrying the Sunday strip. In the post-WWII years, the figure climbed to 700 newspapers

Gladys Parker (1910 – April 28, 1966) was an American cartoonist for comic strips and a fashion designer in Hollywood. She is best known as the creator of the comic strip Mopsy, which had a long run over three decades. Parker was one of the few female cartoonists working between the 1930s and 1950s

Developing Mopsy in 1939, Parker modeled the character on herself. By the end of the 1940s, Mopsy was published in 300 newspapers. In 1947, Mopsy began in St. John Publications' Pageant of Comics #1. Two years later, St. John gave her a title of her own, and Mopsy ran for 19 issues (February 1949 to September 1953). Charlton Comics reprinted several of those comic books in 1951. In 1955, Berkley Books published a Mopsy paperback collection. St. John also ran Mopsy as filler pages in its romance comics.

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Scribbly Jibbet, the boy cartoonist written and drawn by Sheldon Mayer, received his own title in 1948 after years of appearances in All-American Comics and Comic Cavalcade. Scribbly was the beneficiary of a teen comics boom that also saw the launch of "Leave it to Binky." The series still contained Mayer's work but now focused more on romance and Scribbly's attempts to get a steady job, with the previously regular guest star (Red Tornado) notably absent from its pages. During the 15 issue run of Scribbly, the character also appeared in "Leave it to Binky" and "Buzzy." Scribbly ran regularly in the Funnies starting with issue #2

Bela P. Zaboly (May 1910 – April 1985), aka Bill Zaboly, was an American cartoonist best known for his work on Thimble Theatre with Popeye. In the early 1930s created the Sunday strip Otto Honk about moon-faced, dim-bulb Otto, who was variously employed as a private eye, movie stunt man and football player. Zaboly discontinued this strip in 1936. He took over the Popeye daily strip from 1939 to1954

Royston Campbell Crane (November 22, 1901 – July 7, 1977), who signed his work Roy Crane, was an American cartoonist who created the comic strip characters Wash Tubbs in 1924, Captain Easy in 1929 and Buz Sawyer in 1943. He pioneered the adventure comic strip, establishing the conventions and artistic approach of that genre. Comics historian R. C. Harvey wrote, "Many of those who drew the earliest adventure strips were inspired and influenced by his work."

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Vincent Trout Hamlin (May 10, 1900 – June 14, 1993), who preferred the name V. T. Hamlin, created the popular, long-run comic strip Alley Oop, syndicated by the Newspaper Enterprise Association. He wrote Alley Oop from 1932 to 1971.

Merrill Blosser (May 28, 1892 – 1983) was the creator of the comic strip Freckles and His Friends, which had a long run (1915–71)

Carl T. Pfeufer (September 29, 1910 – May 5, 1980) was an American comic-book artist, magazine illustrator, one of the primary early artists of the Marvel Comics superhero the Sub-Mariner; and the longtime artist of Western hero Tom Mix's comic books. In 1935, Pfeufer and writer Bob Moore created a science-fiction adventure comic strip titled either Don Dixon which became more and more popular in the comics each year. Pfeufer's first sub-Mariner art for Marvel Comics was Marvel Mystery Comics #32 (June 1942), He also drew isues of Sub-Mariner Comics, All Winners Comics, All Select Comics, Captain America Comics and Blonde Phantom Comics up to 1948.

 

Dell Comics was also associated with a 4 issue free giveaway series in 1936 titled Butterfly Comics.

8 page issues printed in standard modern comic book size. Newsprint/ saddle stitched. The giveaway was sponsored by Butterfly Bread. Reprinting popular Comics such as: Smokey Stover, Tailspin Tommy, Gumps, plus "Red Magic" a novelty feature by A. W. Nugent. These are extremely rare.

Knock Knock was a one-shot release from Dell Comics in 1936 with a 10 cent cover price. Color cover with bw interior. 8 X 9 ¾ cardstock saddlestitched one shot with Enoch Knox by Bobby Dunn

 

 

 

1936 PART 4

William Cook and John Mahon started a publishing company called comics magazine co.

The Comics Magazine #1 was dated May 1936 as their first release. Cook and Mahon were former employees of National Allied Publications, owned by Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson - the company that gets later renamed to DC Comics.

The duo published the premiere issue of The Comics Magazine using inventory content from National Allied's submissions. It has been suggested that its possible this was in lieu of pay. All stories in #1 and #2 are taken from DC's inventory. The series would feature a character named The Clock, who was the first masked hero in comics. The title would last until 1940 ending with issue #42.

The Comics Magazine #1 would feature a character and two creators that go on to become famous. Mr. Mystic was created and done by Siegel and Shuster, the two would go on to create Superman. This character is a Superman prototype. Mr.Mystic was not in a costume in this issue, but the weird thing was the character would later appear in DC Comics More Fun #14, with the story (called "The Koth and the Seven") continuing on from one publishers book to the next. Another Siegel and Shuster character to appear in this title was Federal Agent, later renamed Federal Men when they also appeared in DC Comics. The Comics Magazine would change it's name to Funny Pages with issue #6.

Dr. Mystic / comic story / 2 pages

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Characters: Dr. Mystic [Dr. Occult]; Zator (introduction); Koth (introduction)

Zator appears to attack the city but only to attract Dr. Mystic's attention. He has come to bring Dr. Mystic through the spirit world to the Seven, but they are attacked by Koth on the way.

Borrowed from More Fun Comics. First installment of the Super Dr. Occult story line that continues in More Fun Comics #14.

When this #1 comic hit newsstands, it was the only series other than DC's More Fun and New Comics to have original content rather than strip reprints... but by all accounts the material herein was originally intended for those two DC titles! That certainly explains the presence of work by Sheldon Mayer and Walt Kelly, as well as the attribution of the cover art to Vin Sullivan.

This new publisher only lasted about a year before being sold to the founders of Ultem Publications, who not long thereafter sold to Joe Hardie who began Centaur. This title turned into Funny Pages which ended up as a Centaur title

The Strange Adventures of Mr. Weed / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Pencils:

Sheldon Mayer

Borrowed from New Comics.

J Worthington Blimp / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Pencils:

Borrowed from New Comics.

Cannonball Jones / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script: art Walt Kelly humor

Comics Magazine #1 to #2 (changes to Comic Magazine Funny Pages #3)

Comics Magazine 1936 0.15 68 2

COLOR COLOR 7.25 X 10.5 paper cover / newprint / saddlestitched May 1936

#2

Sheldon Mayer cover artwork

Federal Agent / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel Joe Shuster

Characters: Bart Regan (1st, next seen in Detective Comics #1)

Cannonball Jones / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Walt Kelly humor

#3

Title changes to Funny Pages #3

The Sapphire Eye of Sehkmet / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script: Will Eisner [as Jack Seaman]

Pencils: Kenneth Ernst

Genre:humor

#4

The Sapphire Eye of Sehkmet / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script: Will Eisner

Pencils: Kenneth Ernst

Genre:adventure

#5

Script:

Will Eisner ? (see notes)

Pencils: Kenneth Ernst (signed)

Inks: Kenneth Ernst

Colors:

#6

The Clock Strikes / comic story / 2 pages

Script: art George E. Brenner [as Geo E. Brenner] (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:The Clock [Brian O'Brian]

first masked hero in U.S. comic books);

"Slick" Martin (villain)Synopsis:The Clock suscessfully foils a bank robbery.

Continues directly into Funny Pages #7.

The Clock also appears in Funny Picture Stories #1 which has the same cover date.

#7

The Clock Strikes / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script: art George E. Brenner [as Geo E. Brenner] (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:The Clock [Brian O'Brien]; "Slick" Martin (villain); "Killer" Katz (villain)

Synopsis:With two-fisted gumption, the Clock easily makes quick work of the bank robbers

 

The Clock is a fictional masked crime-fighter character created in 1936, during the Golden Age of Comic Books. The first masked hero to appear in American comic books.

Created by cartoonist George Brenner, the Clock first appeared in two Comics Magazine Company publications: Funny Pages #6 and Funny Picture Stories #1 both cover-dated November 1936. His first appearances were in two-page features. The Clock's secret identity was eventually disclosed as Brian O'Brien, a wealthy member of high society.

The Clock may be a “missing link” between pulp and comic-book heroes. A hypnotist with a secret underground lair, his minimalist costume as a master of disguise was a three-piece suit and mask. The Clock used a number of gadgets (including a cane whose head becomes a projectile, and a diamond stud which fires tear gas), and customarily left a calling card with a clock face and "The Clock Has Struck".

The character appeared in Funny Pages #6–11 and other titles from the Comics Magazine Company, including Detective Picture Stories and Keen Detective Funnies. In 1937 the company was bought by Ultem, which encountered financial difficulties and sold the Clock (and other characters) to Quality Comics. Ultem was purchased and renamed Centaur Publications; despite the sale to Quality, Centaur continued to reprint old Clock stories.

 

 

FUNNY PICTURE STORIES #1

The Clock is on cover drawn by George Brenner

George E. Brenner (1913 - 1952) was an American cartoonist in the mid 1900s. He created comics such as The Clock, Bozo the Iron Man, and 711. Brenner was first employed by the Comics Magazine Company before moving to Everett "Busy" Arnold's Quality Comics group in late 1937, attaining the title of Executive Editor. He subsequently worked on titles such as Crack Comics, Doll Man Quarterly, Feature Comics, Police Comics, and Smash Comics. The cover for Smash Comics #22 was drafted by Brenner. One of the pseudonyms he used was "Wayne Reid"

The Clock / comic story / 7 pages (

Script: art George Brenner

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:The Clock (introduction ?)

Synopsis:The Clock captures a night-watchman who was in on a jewel heist.

The Clock also appears in Funny Pages V1 #6 which has the same cover date. The Clock's civilian name of Brian O'Brien is not given until the character's later run in Feature Funnies.

Allen Bert Christman, known professionally as Bert Christman, was an American cartoonist. Christman and writer Gardner Fox are generally credited as co-creating the original, Wesley Dodd version of the DC Comics character the Sandman. While the character's first appearance is usually given as Adventure Comics #40 (cover-dated July 1939), he also appeared in DC Comics' 1939 New York World's Fair Comics omnibus, which historians believe appeared on newsstands one to two weeks earlier, while also believing the Adventure Comics story was written and drawn first.[3][4] Each of the two stories' scripts were credited to the pseudonym "Larry Dean"; Fox wrote the untitled, 10-page story in New York World's Fair #1, while he simply plotted, and Christman scripted, the untitled, six-page story, generally known as "The Tarantula Strikes", in Adventure #40.

Christman's plane was shot down and he was killed in 1942 while parachuting by the Japanese Army Air Force

Dick Kent / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script: art Arthur Pinajian adventure story with Kent as last name

#2

The Clock / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script: art George Brenner [as George E. Brenner]

Genre:detective-mystery; superhero

Characters:The Clock

Synopsis:"The Clock again! A sinister figure of mystery. The police want to know his name."

DETECTIVE PICTURE STORIES #1

Eddie Brannigan / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script: ART George Brenner

Synopsis:

Detective Brannigan tracks down Krautz, the Phantom Killer.

Not a Clock story although blurbed as such on cover.

By the end of the year, Comics magazine co would be the first to publish titles devoted to a single theme. They were Detective Picture Stories, Western Picture Stories, and Funny Picture Stories. Despite the title, Funny was about Adventure type stories. Detective Picture Stories would last 5 issues and they would include some work by creators who later become famous like Wil Eisner and Bob Kane. The title may have continued on with another name but the specifics are not known. Funny Picture Stories lasted almost as long, but they did 3 volumes, resetting the numbers back to #1 each time. The 1st went 9 issues, the 2nd went 11 issues (#6 being the first with the Centuar Comics name on it) and the 3rd lasted 3 issues before the title gets renamed to Comic Pages from #4 and up. This series also had work from people who later become famous, among them Charles Biro and Bob Wood best known for Crime Does Not Pay comic, and Fred Guardineer who did a lot of work for DC Comics. Lastly, Western Picture Stories lasted 4 issues. All with Wil Eisner work in them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1936 - KING COMICS

In April of 1936, another major comic strip syndicate would jump in the comic book business. King Features created King Comics. David McKay was a publisher who had done some comic books through King Features, and he had the job of doing this one with the editor Ruth Plumly Thompson. In it Flash Gordon, Popeye, Mandrake the Magician would be among the popular strips to make their appearance in the first issue. Later on The Lone Ranger, The Phantom, Prince Valiant, Blondie and Little Lulu would be among the other popular strips to appear in the title. The comic would last 159 issues and end in 1952. Out of it would spring Standard Publishing a comic book company with many different titles.

King Comics #1 (David McKay Publications, 1936) The list of first appearances in this book is like a who's who of pre-Golden Age superstars, including Flash Gordon by Alex Raymond, Brick Bradford, Henry, and Mandrake the Magician. Popeye conks an ape's noggin on this Joe Musial "gorilla" cover, for the premiere issue of a title that would run for almost two decades. Overstreet doesn't even list values for this issue in grades above VF.

#1 Joe Musial cover art

Cover: Little King; Popeye; Wimpy; Henry; Swee'pea; Olive Oyl; Maggie; Barney Google

King Features Syndicate, Inc. is a print syndication company owned by The Hearst Corporation that distributes about 150 comic strips, newspaper columns, editorial cartoons, puzzles and games to nearly 5,000 newspapers worldwide.

William Randolph Hearst's newspapers began syndicating material in 1895 after receiving requests from other newspapers. In 1914, Hearst and his manager Moses Koenigsberg consolidated all of Hearst's syndication enterprises under one banner. Koenigsberg gave it his own name (the German word König means king) when he launched King Features Syndicate. Production escalated in 1916 with King Features buying and selling its own staff-created feature material. Syndication peaked in the mid-1930s with 130 syndicates offering 1,600 features to more than 13,700 newspapers

William Randolph Hearst (April 29, 1863 – August 14, 1951) was an American newspaper publisher who built the nation's largest newspaper chain and whose flamboyant methods of yellow journalism influenced the nation's popular media by emphasizing sensationalism and human interest stories. Hearst entered the publishing business in 1887 after being given control of The San Francisco Examiner by his wealthy father. Acquiring more newspapers, Hearst created a chain that numbered nearly 30 papers in major American cities at its peak. He later expanded to magazines, creating the largest newspaper and magazine business in the world. He was twice elected as a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives, and ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of New York City in 1905 and 1909. His peak circulation reached 20 million readers a day in the mid 1930s, but he was a bad money manager and was so deeply in debt that most of his assets had to be liquidated in the late 1930s; but he kept his newspapers and magazines. His life story was the main inspiration for Charles Foster Kane, the lead character in Orson Welles's film Citizen Kane.

 

 

Joe Musial (1905 – June 6, 1977), American comics artist and illustrator.

After joining the staff of "King Features Syndicate" in 1932, he drew as a "ghost" artist for comic strips, such as "Blondie", "Secret Agent X9", "Bringin Up Father", "Tillie the Toiler" and several Flash Gordon story books. Following the death of Charles H. Winner in 1956, he took over the comic strip "The Katzenjammer Kids" (the world's oldest continuing comic strip) until 1976. He was also the author of some books like "Learn How Dagwood Splits the Atom" (1949) and "Popeye, How to Draw Cartoons", In 1946, he was one of the first members of the then new founded “National Cartoonists Society (NCS)”, he was brought to testify - with Walt Kelly and Milton Caniff - at the hearings of the US Senate hearings which led to the establishment of the famous "Comics Code Authority" in 1954. For the "David McKay Company", he drew a great part of the covers of the "Magic Comics", "King Comics (magazine)" and "Ace Comics" issues

Clarence Gray (November 14, 1901 – January 5, 1957) was an American comic strip artist, best known for his long run drawing the science fiction adventure strip Brick Bradford for more than two decades.

In 1933, he created Brick Bradford with writer William H. Ritt, a columnist with the Central Press Association of Cleveland. Launched by the Central Press Association as an adventure strip, it quickly developed into one of the leading science-fiction strips of the 1930s. The daily comic strip was joined by a Sunday page in 1934, followed by a companion strip, The Time Top in 1935.

Billy DeBeck (April 15, 1890 – November 11, 1942), American cartoonist. He is most famous as the creator of the comic strip Barney Google, later retitled Barney Google and Snuffy Smith. The strip was especially popular in the 1920s and 1930s, and featured a number of well-known characters, including the title character, Bunky, Snuffy Smith, and Spark Plug the race horse. Spark Plug was a merchandising phenomenon, and has been called the Snoopy of the 1920s. DeBeck drew with a scratchy line in a "big-foot" style, in which characters had giant feet and bulbous noses. His strips often reflected his love of sports. In 1946, the National Cartoonists Society inaugurated the Billy DeBeck Memorial Awards (or the Barney Awards), which became the Reuben Award in 1954.

Nicholas Afonsky was a Russian artist, Born in Kovno in 1892, He was wounded five times during World War I, before boarding a ship to the USA in July 1923. Afonsky did his first comics work for the Wheelan-Nicholson Inc. syndicate under the pen name Meetrich. In 1934, he started out drawing the 'Little Annie Rooney' Sunday page, that was created by Ed Verdier and Brandon Walsh in 1927. He worked on the feature until 1943, and added the toppers 'Fablettes' and, most notably, 'Ming Foo'. The oriental character Ming Foo was introduced in the strip in 1934, and he got his own companion feature in 1935. Afonsky worked for King Features on Alex Raymond's 'Secret Agent X-9' (1938). He passed away in 1943, and was succeeded on 'Little Annie Rooney' by Darrell McClure.

Carl Thomas Anderson (14 February 1865 – 4 November 1948) was an American cartoonist best remembered for his comic strip Henry. Readers followed the pantomime adventures of the mute, bald-headed Henry in strips. In 1933, he sold his first Henry cartoon to The Saturday Evening Post for $50, and it became a regular weekly feature in that magazine. Within only months, Henry was being published in 50 American newspapers, including 15 Hearst papers. Anderson continued to work on the strip until his death in 1948. In 1934, the first Henry book was published featuring 60 cartoons from The Saturday Evening Post.

Jack Burnley (January 11, 1911 - December 19, 2006) was the pen name of Hardin J. Burnley, an American comic book artist and illustrator. Burnley was the first artist, after co-creator Joe Shuster, to draw Superman in comic books. Jack Burnley began his comics career working for the King Features Syndicate, providing cartoons for the sports section . His first published DC Comics assignment was the cover illustration for New York World's Fair 1940 the 2nd annual; the cover portrayed Superman with Batman and Robin, the first time the trio had ever appeared together in print. Burnley went on to provide uncredited artwork for Action Comics until 1947. Burnley co-created (with writer Gardner Fox) the superhero Starman, which first appeared in Adventure Comics (April 1941). He "became DC's top ghost artist," working on the main characters and titles. In addition to pencilling over 100 covers, he also worked (for a brief time in 1944), as uncredited penciler on both the Batman and Superman Sunday comic strips.

Charlie Schmidt was one of the creators of 'Radio Patrol'. This daily strip came about in 1933, when the editors of the Boston Daily Record assigned Charlie Schmidt and Eddie Sullivan to invent a detective strip. The daily strip ran until 1946, the Sunday strip until 1950. During the thirties, the popular comic was adapted for radio and a movie serial.

 

Lee Falk (April 28, 1911 – March 13, 1999), was an American writer, theater director and producer, best known as the creator of the popular comic strips The Phantom (1936–present) and Mandrake the Magician (1934-2013). At the height of their popularity, these strips attracted over 100 million readers every day. Falk also wrote short stories, and he contributed to a series of pulp novels about The Phantom.

A playwright and theatrical director/producer, Falk directed actors such as Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston, Paul Newman, and Chico Marx.

Philip Davis (March 4, 1906 – 16 December 1964), better known as Phil Davis, was an American artist who illustrated Mandrake the Magician, written by Lee Falk The strip was launched June 11, 1934 with Davis illustrating and Falk scripting. Davis continued drawing it until his death in 1964.

Nat Edson (1909-2001) He was a ghost artist on the 'Tim Tyler's Luck' daily strip (originally created by Lyman Young) from 1934 to 1945. Tim Tyler strips appeared in King Comics starting in 1936.

He was an artist who created numerous adventure and western strips for Dell Publishing from 1950 to 1972. For Dell's Disney productions, he illustrated among others ''Toby Tyler' and 'Zorro'. He has also drawn adventure comics for Quality, Lafayette, DC and Standard in the 1940s. He has illustrated some episodes of 'Tarzan' as well.

Elzie Crisler Segar (December 8, 1894 – October 13, 1938), known professionally as E. C. Segar, was an American cartoonist, best known as the creator of Popeye, a pop culture character who first appeared in 1929 in Segar's comic strip Thimble Theatre. The strip made its debut on December 19, 1919, featuring the character Olive Oyl. On January 17, 1929, when Castor Oyl needed a mariner to navigate his ship to Dice Island, Castor picked up an old salt down by the docks named Popeye. Popeye's first line in the strip, upon being asked if he was a sailor, was "'Ja think I'm a cowboy?" The character stole the show and became the permanent star. Popeye became a forerunner to superheroes and one of the most important characters of the 20th century. Segar is widely regarded as one of the most influential and talented cartoonists of all time, among the first to combine humor with long-running adventures.

Alexander Gillespie "Alex" Raymond (October 2, 1909 – September 6, 1956) was an American cartoonist, best known for creating Flash Gordon for King Features in 1934. The strip was subsequently adapted into many other media, from a series of movie serials (1936–1940) to a 1970s television series and a 1980 film.

Flash Gordon was created as competition to Buck Rogers as the mots popular sci-fi comic strip in the world. Alex Raymond later created another popular strip in 1946: Rip Kirby is a popular comic strip featuring the adventures of the eponymous lead character, a private detective created by Alex Raymond in 1946.

Lou Hanlon was the artist of the daily crime comic 'G-Man', that appeared with scripts by George Clark in the Chicago Tribune from 1935 to 1940. Hanlon was furthermore a sports cartoonist and a member of the National Cartoonists Society. G-Man appeared in comics starting with King Comics #1 in 1936.

George McManus (January 23, 1884 – October 22, 1954) was an American cartoonist best known as the creator of Irish immigrant Jiggs and his wife Maggie, the main characters of his syndicated comic strip, Bringing Up Father. In 1904, McManus created the first American family comic strip, The Newlyweds, about an elegant young couple and their baby Snookums. In 1913 he created Bringing Up Father which achieved great success from 1913 until his death. McManus said that Bringing Up Father had earned him $12,000,000 during his lifetime.

Otto Soglow (December 23, 1900 – April 3, 1975) was an American cartoonist best known for his comic strip The Little King which first appeared in The New Yorker in 1930 running until his death in 1975.

Clayton Knight OBE (March 30, 1891 – July 17, 1969) was an American aviator during World War I. He was also an aviation artist and illustrator, and is known for being one of the founders of the Clayton Knight Committee and the illustrator of the comic strip Ace Drummond. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, the comic strip ran as a Sunday page from 1935 to 1940. According to Rickenbacker's autobiography, at its peak, the strip ran in 135 newspapers. In 1936, the strip was adapted into a movie serial.

Charles Flanders (1907-1973) is am american artist who had greatest success drawing already established titles. He took over 'Secret Agent X-9' from Alex Raymond, which he continued until 1938. and he continued the 'King of the Royal Mounted' Sunday page from 1936. He became the sole artist on this strip in 1938. A year later, he was assigned to Fran Striker's 'The Lone Ranger', which he drew until 1971.

Ruth Plumly Thompson (27 July 1891 – 6 April 1976) was an American writer of children's stories, best known for writing many novels placed in Oz, the fictional land of L. Frank Baum's classic children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its sequels. Between 1921 and 1939, she wrote one Oz book a year. She had stories in comic books starting with King Comics #1 in 1936.

 

 

 

1936 - TIP TOP COMICS

Lev Gleason would get a comic strip Syndicate behind him and become the editor of Tip Top Comics #1 with all United Features syndicated comic strips. Under their umbrella was Tarzan, Li'l Abner, Broncho Bill, Captain and the Kids and other popular strips. Eventually Charlie Brown and Snoopy in Peanuts appeared in this series in 1951. This title also gave us the first published work of Harvey Kurtzman and Jack Davis, both would go on to make EC Comics very popular and successful. The series would also end up becoming one of the first comic book Trade Paper Back, with bound reprints of a number of issue being up for sale at the 1939 Worlds Fair. First set had issues 1-12, second 13-24, the third 25-36. This title would be published by both St. John Publishing and later Dell Publishing, stretching out and last 225 issues ending in 1961.

One of the very first comic books ever made Tip Top was put out by the United Features which owned the rights to a large number of newspaper comic strips. The first comic book appearance not only of Tarzan, but also Li'l Abner, Fritzi Ritz, Ella Cinders, and the Captain and the Kids. Jerry Siegel made a pitch to Tip Top Comics to publish his story about Superman, however the story was rejected. Issues #1-188 are published by United Features. Many of the earliest issue feature Tarzan cover appearances.

E. W. Scripps started his newspaper career in the 1885 and by 1909, it was including comics, pictures and features as well. His empire grew and delivered content to 400 newspapers in 1920 and about 700 in 1930. At that time, it had some 100 features available. United Feature Syndicate was formed in fall 1931. Fortune Magazine said in 1933 that United Feature was one of the "Big Four" American syndicates (along with King Features Syndicate, Chicago Tribune Syndicate, and the Bell Syndicate). From 1936 to 1954, United Features published their own line of comic books, using their comic strip features as characters. After ending the line in 1954, most of their comics would be continued by St. John Publications.

Tip Top Comics #1 features a classic early cover with characters Li'l Abner; Tarzan; Mammy Yokum; Ella Cinders; The Captain; Hans Katzenjammer; Fritz Katzenjammer; Fritzi Ritz

Li'l Abner and Tarzan are in a boxing match watched by the other characters

Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1, 1875 – March 19, 1950) was an American writer best known for his creations of the jungle hero Tarzan and the heroic Mars adventurer John Carter, although he produced works in many genres. He published 20 Tarzan books between 1912 and 1938. 5 different Tarzan strips were featured in Tip Top Comics #1 and Tarzan would be featured in almost every issue of this comic series.

Paul F. Berdanier was an American cartoonist, illustrator, etcher and painter. He did art on various features for United Feature Syndicate from the 1930s throughout the 1950s. He succeeded Russ Murphy as the artist of the comic strip 'How It Began' on 6 July 1931, and continued it until 6 May 1939. He added the topper strips 'Sources' (1933), 'Of All Things' (1934) and 'Twice Told Tales' (1937-1939). He was also present in United Features comic books like Tip Top Comics with features like 'Sparkman' (1943-45) and 'Tripple Terror' (1943-46). Berdanier was also a teacher at Washington University. Of All Things started in comic book format in Tip Top Comics #1.

Harry F. O'Neill wrote and drew the 'Broncho Bill' newspaper strip from 1928 to 1950. The strip was syndicated by United Features and was also reprinted in comic books like Sparkler and Tip Top Comics.

Gus Mager (1878–1956), American painter, illustrator and cartoonist during the first half of the 20th century. He was the creator of several comic strips, notably Hawkshaw the Detective and Sherlocko the Monk.

Bernard Dibble worked at the staff of the United Feature Syndicate. He assisted on the comic strips 'Captain and the Kids' and 'Hawkshaw the Detective' in the 1920s. He then drew the 'Captain and the Kids' strip from 1932 to 1938. In the late 1950s, he came up with the 'Fritzi Ritzi' Sunday page.

Ernest Paul "Ernie" Bushmiller, Jr. (August 23, 1905 – August 15, 1982 was an American cartoonist, best known for creating the long-running daily comic strip Nancy. Bushmiller took over the Fritzi Ritz comic strip in 1925. The character of Fritzi was modeled after Bushmiller's fiance, Abby Bohnet. The couple married July 9, 1930. Bushmiller introduced Nancy, Fritzi's niece, to the strip on January 2, 1933. The character proved popular, so she appeared more often. As Aunt Fritzi was seen less frequently, the strip was eventually retitled Nancy in 1938. The popular strip was translated into various languages, including Italian, German, Swedish and Norwegian. Phil Fumble was a Bushmiller strip which ran from 1932 through 1938.

Dudley T. Fisher Jr. (1890 – July 10, 1951) was a syndicated newspaper cartoonist, best known for his character Myrtle who was introduced in his Sunday page, Right Around Home, distributed by King Features Syndicate under various titles from 1937 to 1964.

Robert Moore Brinkerhoff was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1880. He created his first and only comic strip, 'Little Mary Mixup' in 1917. This comic about a mischievous little girl evolved as time went by: by wartime, Little Mary had grown up and even joined the fight against the Nazis. He died in Minneapolis in 1958.

Hal Foster (August 16, 1892 – July 25, 1982), Canadian-American comic book artist and writer best known as the creator of the comic strip Prince Valiant. His drawing style is noted for a high level of draftsmanship and attention to detail. In 1928, he began one of the earliest adventure comic strips, an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan. In 1937, he created his signature strip, the weekly Prince Valiant, a fantasy adventure set in medieval times.

Laverne Harding (October 10, 1905 – September 25, 1984) was an American animator.

Harding, who worked for the Walter Lantz studio for much of her half-century career in animation, is among the earliest woman animators. Working for the Lantz studio from 1934 until 1960,[2] Harding was particularly noted for her work on Woody Woodpecker cartoons; she designed the version of the character that was in use from 1950 to 1999. After leaving Lantz, she animated for Hanna-Barbera cartoons such as Yogi Bear. She later worked on Pink Panther cartoons. Her art on Cynical Susie began in Tip Top Comics #1.

Mo Leff has worked as an artist on the syndicated boxing strips 'Curly Kayoe' and 'Joe Palooka'. He worked as Al Capp's assistant on 'Li'l Abner' in the 1930s, until he went to work for Ham Fisher to ghost on 'Joe Palooka' in the late 1930s. It wasn't until Fischer's death in 1955, when Leff started signing the strip. Leff worked on 'Joe Palooka' until 1959. Mo had done his own 'Peter Pat' Sunday page for United Features from 1934 to 1938. He also contributed to the syndicate's comic books, like Tip Top Comics.

Robert L. Dickey was born in 1861. Horses and Dogs feature prominently in his newspaper strips 'Mr. and Mrs. Beans', 'Buster Beans' and 'Buckey and his Pals', which appeared in the 1930s. He also did dog cartoons for Life magazine from 1914 to 1930, He died in October 1944.

Edward Daniel Kuekes (February 2, 1901 – January 13, 1987) was an American editorial cartoonist. He won the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning for a Korean War cartoon called "Aftermath". Kuekes also drew a number of comic strips including Alice in Wonderland and its accompanying strip Knurl the Gnome for United Features Syndicate in 1934.

J. Carver Pusey was the artist of the pantomime newspaper strip 'Benny', that appeared in papers from 1929 to 1939. He also made strips called 'Cat Tales' and 'Duckie'.

Charles Plumb (November 13, 1899 - January 19, 1982) was an American cartoonist best known for maintaining a high quality of artwork on the comic strip Ella Cinders over three decades. He also drew the topper strip Chris Crusty which ran above Ella Cinders from 1931 to 1940.

 

 

 

1936 - DC

New Comics was DC Comics 2nd ongoing series and again it featured all new material. Among the artists who's work featured in here was Walt Kelly, Sheldon Mayer and Vincent Sullivan, all three would be important to the development of comics.

NEW COMICS #2

Sagebrush 'n' Cactus / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Robert Leffingwell humor; western-frontier

1ST APP OF Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Jerry Siegel Joe Shuster Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Steve Carson (introduction); Officer Walsh (villain); Kate Lane (villain, dies)

Synopsis:Steve discovers that Kate Lane and Patrolman Walsh are behind the kidnapping. Mayhem ensues

J. Worthington Blimp / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script: Sheldon Mayer

The Strange Adventures of Mr. Weed / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script: Sheldon Mayer Genre:science fiction

Gulliver's Travels / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:Walt Kelly last appearance

NEW COMICS #3

Jibby Jones / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Vincent Sullivan

J. Worthington Blimp / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Court Chuckles / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger [as Maxwell]

Genre:humor

Strange Adventures of Mr. Weed / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Genre:science fiction

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Morton Brent, Jr. (introduction, villain); Grayson (introduction)

NEW COMICS #4

Jibby Jones? / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Vincent Sullivan

Strange Adventures of Mr. Weed / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Genre:science fiction

last appearance

J. Worthington Blimp / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

last appearance

Submarine Terror [Part 1](Table of Contents) Federal Men / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Jerry Siegel

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Steve Carson; Franklin D. Roosevelt (guest)

Serene Summerfield, the preferred pen-name of Serena Summerfield, (August 9, 1885 - July 1966) was a commercial artist and early comic book artist and one of the earliest females to create original artwork. Her first known comics work was a two-page science-fiction piece entitled "Stratosphere Special", which appeared in New Comics #4 (cover dated March-April, 1936) for DC Comics predecessor, National Allied Newspaper Syndicate, Inc. The second and last installment appeared in New Comics #5. She then took the concept to Henle Publications as the near-identical "Space Limited (Above the Stratosphere)", which was published in Wow, What A Magazine! #1-4.

NEW COMICS #5

Jibby Jones / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Whitney Ellsworth

Federal Men / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mystery

Steve Conrad Adventurer / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

black and white

Genre:adventure

Characters:I: Steve Conrad

Creig Valentine Flessel (February 2, 1912 – July 17, 2008) American comic book artist and an illustrator and cartoonist for magazines ranging from Boys' Life to Playboy. One of the earliest comic book illustrators, Flessel drew the covers of many of the first American comic books, including the pre-Batman Detective Comics #2-19 (April 1937 - Sept. 1938). He both wrote and drew the two-page "Steve Conrad, Adventurer", premiering in New Comics #5 (June 1936); the two-page sports feature "Pep Morgan", premiering More Fun #12 (Aug. 1936); "Bret Lawton" and "Speed Saunders" (the latter with writer E. C. Stoner and later Gardner Fox), both premiering in Detective Comics #1; "Bradley Boys", premiering in More Fun #13; "As writer-artist, Flessel created the DC character the Shining Knight, in Adventure Comics #66 (Sept. 1941). He is also the artist who drew the first cover appearance of the Golden Age Sandman in Adventure Comics #40 generally considered the character's first appearance.

Merna Gamble was an artist who drew an adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities for DC Comics predecessor National Allied Newspaper Syndicate's New Comics/New Adventure Comics #4-25.

NEW COMICS #6

Who Ate My Fish?](Table of Contents) cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Whitney Ellsworth

Genre:humor; children

Steve Conrad / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Genre:adventure

Characters:Steve Conrad; Keith Roland; Sam; Myra; Judd

Synopsis:Steve and his friends are exploring the mysterious island when they get caught in a tropical storm. Then they are attacked by natives.

Federal Men / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Steve Carson; The president (not drawn as Roosevelt)

Synopsis:A gigantic tank attacks the capitol. Men in gas masks enter the White House and capture the President

NEW COMICS #7

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Whitney Ellsworth

Genre:humor; children

Kid with crab on cover.

Steve Conrad / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Genre:adventure

Characters:Steve Conrad; Myra; Captain Judd; Devachan (villain)

Synopsis:Devachan orders Myra to be sacrificed to the volcano

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Steve Carson

Synopsis:In disguise, Steve mows down part of the invading army in order to reach the Experimental Science Building where he hopes to find something to end the invasion

NEW COMICS #8

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Whitney Ellsworth

Boy with apples and man with gun on cover.

Steve Conrad / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Genre:adventureCharacters:Steve Conrad; Devachan (villain); Myra; Captain Judd; Sam; Keith Roland

Synopsis:Steve and Myra fall into the volcano and land in a lake. There they run into Sam and Keith and a mystery man with a canoe

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Steve Carson; Jean Dennis (introduction); Ralph Ventor

Synopsis:Washington is attacked by a gyro copter. Reporter Jean Dennis shows up and wants the inside scoop

Blood Pearls / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (signed)

Pencils:

Munson Paddock [as Pad]

Genre:adventure

Characters:Baslyn (villain); Dato Penang; Tsao-Chung's daughter

Synopsis:Baslyn wants the Blood Pearls so badly he is willing to kidnap a chinese girl to exchange for them.

Munson Leroy Paddock worked as a magazine and newspaper artist, and later drew for the early comic book industry. Paddock illustrated comics strips like 'Mr. Bluff' (1907-08),'Little Miss Thoughtful' (1908), 'Naughty Ned' (1909) His art appeared in early National/DC features like 'The Blood Pearls' and 'Monastery of the Blue God'. At Fox Comics, he was an artist of the features 'Chen Chang', 'The Green Mask' and 'Tex Maxon'. Paddock drew Casey Jones' for Quality, 'Res King' and 'The Shadow' for Street & Smith, as well as 'Ibis', 'Captain Midnight' and 'Mr. Scarlet' for Fawcett.

NEW COMICS #9

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Whitney Ellsworth

Kid boxers and referee on cover.

Straight from Hollywood / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script: Laidlaw

Genre:non-fiction

Characters:Spanky McFarland; Boris Karloff; Harpo Marx; Joe E. Brown

Steve Conrad / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Genre:adventureCharacters:Steve Conrad; Professor Brombay

Synopsis:Professor Brombay wants Steve and his friends to lead the Sea People in a revolt against Devachan.

I: Prof. Brombay, Zoanthroids

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Steve Carson; Jean Dennis; Ralph Ventor; 4K-11 (villain)

Synopsis:Steve disguises himself as one of the crew and sneaks aboard the Invisible Empires floating island, but he is unable to stop them from unleashing their giant metal robot upon the city.

NEW COMICS #10

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Whitney Ellsworth (signed)

Genre:humor

Synopsis:Boy and girl with pennants

Do You Know? / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel ?

Steve Conrad Adventurer / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Genre:adventure

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mystery

NEW COMICS #11

X-Mas Number(Table of Contents) cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Whitney Ellsworth (signed)

Genre:humorKeywords:Christmas; X-mas

Christmas carolers on cover.

Steve Conrad Adventurer / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Genre:adventureCharacters:Professor Bromberg; Myra; Steve Conrad; Sam; Keith Roland; Devachan (villain)

Synopsis:Steve and his friends lead the sea people in a revolt against the Zoanthropis.

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Steve Carson; Ralph; Nate Devlin (Introduction, villain)

Synopsis:Steve and Ralph chase a group of bank robbers. Devlin figures it would be clever to hide on a movie set where they try to convert a bank robbery scene into the real thing.

Alex Lovy (September 2, 1913 – February 14, 1992) was an American animator, who spent the majority of his career as an animator and director at Walter Lantz Productions. Lovy's early career was spent as a comic artist at DC Comics and he became an animator at the Lantz studio in the late 1930s. Slim and Tex appear in New Comics #11. Dale Daring also appears in New Comics #11.

MORE FUN #7

More Fun was the first comic book of a standard size to publish original material, and it continued publication until 1947.

Little Linda / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Whitney Ellsworth

Genre:adventure; childrenCharacters:Little Linda

Down By the Old Mill Stream / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Walt Kelly (signed)

Genre:humor

Henri Duval / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:adventure; historical

Doctor Occult / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Leger]

Joe Shuster [as Reuths]

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernaturalCharacters:Doctor Occult; Rose Psychic; Sander Amster; The Vampire Master

2023: Super Police / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:Ken Fitch (signed)

Pencils:Clem Gretter (signed)

Genre:science fiction

MORE FUN #8

Spike Spalding / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Vin Sullivan (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Spike Spalding

Henri Duval / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (Signed)

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:adventure; historical

Characters:Henri Duval

Synopsis:Henri Duval must protect the King from enemies disguised as musketeers

Doctor Occult / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Leger]

Joe Shuster [as Reuths]

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Characters:Doctor Occult; Lois Amster; Sander Amster; The Vampire Master

Synopsis:The Vampire Master tries to hypnotise Lois into killing her husband

Little People / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Walt Kelly

Characters:Corby O'Glin (Intro)

only appearance

Magic Crystal of History / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Ray Wardel

Genre:children; fantasy-supernatural

Characters:Bobby; Binks

Synopsis:Bobby and Binks are about to break through the lines of the enemy surrounding the city

Raymond Wesley Wardell was born December 31, 1886 in Brooklyn, New York. In 1935 he worked on a syndicated newspaper comic strip entitled The Magic Crystal of History. The strip was also published in the February 1936 issue of More Fun Comics, which was one of the earliest American comic books. Barreaux ran a comic shop affiliated with Harry Donenfeld's publishing empire. During the Great Depression Raymond Wardell became president of the American Artists Equity, an organization of commercial artists that lobbied the National Recovery Administration (NRA) to reduce artist exploitation. According to The New York Times, he claimed "The entire artists' fraternity are victims of worse sweatshop conditions than those which formerly prevailed in the garment trade. Among the objectionable conditions is the practice by shops of auctioning off art jobs to the lowest bidder.

MORE FUN #9

Charlie Fish / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Vince Sullivan (signed)

Genre:humorCharacters:Charlie Fish

Last "strip" cover. Paper cover.

Henri Duval / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (Signed)

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:adventure; historical

Characters:Henri Duval

Synopsis:Henri swipes a Musketeer's outfit and distracts the guards so he can rescue his friends

Acorn Antics / illustration / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Genre:fantasy-supernatural

only appearance

2023: Super Police / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:Ken Fitch (signed)

Pencils:Clem Gretter (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Characters:Kiddlaw; Axel Yoke; Rex Cosmos

Synopsis:Kiddlaw leaves Rex and Axel for dead. They follow an underground river looking for a way out.

Dr. Occult / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Leger]

Joe Shuster [as Reuths]

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Characters:Doctor Occult; Sander Amster; Vampire Master (dies); Mrs. Amster

Synopsis:The Vampire Master succombs to a blazing death, but Doc and the Amsters escape

MORE FUN #10

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Vincent Sullivan

Genre:humor; children

Don Drake / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:Ken Fitch

Pencils:Creig Flessel [as Fless]

Genre:sword and sorcery

Characters:Don Drake; Krenon; Betty; Queen Zira (intro)

Synopsis:Krenon leads a revolt against Queen Zira

2023: Super Police / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:Ken Fitch (signed)

Pencils:Clem Gretter (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Characters:Axel Yoke; Rex Cosmos; the Queen of Fortune (intro)

Synopsis:Axel and Rex are lost in an underground cavern where they find a strange civilization

Fishy Frolics(Table of Contents) illustration / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Pencils:

Doctor Occult / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Leger]

Joe Shuster [as Reuths]

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Characters:Doctor Occult; Burke; Lieutenant Day; Methusaleh

Synopsis:A madman believes he can transfer others longevity to himself by killing them

Henri Duval / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Joe Shuster [as Hugh Langley]

Genre:adventure; historical

Characters:Henri Duval

Synopsis:Duval is captured

Treasure Island / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson

Pencils:Sven Elven (signed)

Genre:historicalCharacters:Squire Trelawney; Jim Hawkins; Long John Silver

Synopsis:The voyage finally gets under way

last appearance; adapted from the Robert Louis Stevenson novel

MORE FUN #11

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Vincent Sullivan

Doctor Occult / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Leger]

Joe Shuster [as Reuths]

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Characters:Doctor Occult; Jenkins; Westly (intro, a werewolf)

Synopsis:Doctor Occult and a young girl are attacked by a werewolf.

The Ole Swimmin' Hole(Table of Contents) illustration / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Calling All Cars / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (Signed)

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Sandy Kean (intro) and the Radio Squad, Doris Bailey, Commissioner Bailey; The Purple Tiger's gang (Intro)

Synopsis:The Purple Tiger's gang kidnap Doris Bailey, the Police Commisioner's daughter

MORE FUN #12

NEW SLICK COVERS BEGIN

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Vincent Sullivan

Genre:humorSynopsis:Boy chasing butterfly

Pep Morgan / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Genre:adventureCharacters:Pep Morgan (introduction)

Dr. Occult / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Leger]

Joe Shuster [as Reuths]

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Characters:Doctor Occult; Westly; Mrs. Daniels (Intro)Synopsis:Westly asks Occult to help cure him. Meanwhile, Occult discovers an entire boarding house full of werewolves

Calling All Cars / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Sandy Kean; Commissioner Baily; Doris Bailey (Commissioner's daughter); The Purple Tiger (villain); The Purple Tiger's Gang (villains)

Synopsis:The Purple Tiger, a hooded and robed leader of a gang of crooks and kidnappers, has Doris Bailey, spoiled daughter of the Police Commissioner, kidnapped.

Continued from issue #11, wherein the Purple Tiger was never seen

MORE FUN #13

Volume 2 #1

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Vincent Sullivan

Genre:humorSynopsis:Boy perfuming skunk

Pep Morgan / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Genre:adventureCharacters:Chuck Kelly; Tubs Miller; Lank O'Doul; Pep Morgan

Synopsis:Pep scores a run with his eyes closed

Bradley Boys / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Genre:adventureCharacters:Tom Bradley; Jack Bradley

Synopsis:Tom and Jack get lost in the woods and build a hut.

Thrilling True Stories / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:Richard Speed

Pencils:Creig Flessel

Doctor Occult / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Leger]

Joe Shuster [as Reuths]

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Characters:Doctor Occult; Mrs. Daniels (death); WestleySynopsis:Occult is rescued by Westley

Calling All Cars / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (Signed)

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Sandy Kean; The Purple Tiger; Commisioner Bailey

Synopsis:Gangsters capture Sandy and the commissioner and deliver them to the Purple Tiger

MORE FUN #14

Volume 2 #2

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Vincent Sullivan (signed)

Genre:humor; childrenSynopsis:Kids taking apples to teacher

Dr. Occult / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Leger]

Joe Shuster [as Reuths]

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Calling All Cars / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (Signed)

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Sandy Kean; The Purple Tiger; Commisioner Bailey

Pep Morgan / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Genre:sports

Bradley Boys / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Genre:adventureCharacters:Tom Bradley; Jack Bradley

MORE FUN #15

Volume 2 #3

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Vincent Sullivan (signed)

Genre:humorSynopsis:Kid getting mule to kick a field goal

Dr. Occult / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Leger]

Joe Shuster [as Reuths]

Genre:adventureCharacters:Doctor Occult; Zator, the Seven; Koth (villain)

Calling All Cars / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Sandy Kean

Pep Morgan / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Genre:adventure

Bradley Boys / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Genre:adventureCharacters:Tom Bradley; Jack Bradley

Thrilling True Stories / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Pencils: creig flessel

Genre:adventure

MORE FUN #16

Volume 2 #4

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Vincent Sullivan (signed)

Characters:Santa Claus

Synopsis:Kid bear-trapping Santa Claus

Doctor Occult / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Leger]

Joe Shuster [as Reuths]

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Characters:Doctor Occult; Zator, the Seven; Koth (villain, Origin in flashback)

Synopsis:Koth, an alien marooned on Earth when his spaceship crashed, is preparing to wipe out the population

Pep Morgan / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Genre:adventureCharacters:Pep Morgan

Synopsis:Pep has to play football after fighting off hooligans who attempt to prevent him from reaching the game

Bradley Boys / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Genre:adventureCharacters:Tom Bradley; Jack Bradley; Harry Mattson (Intro)

Synopsis:Lost in the woods, Tom and Jack meet Harry Mattson, a wanted man.

Duotone in red and black

Detective Comics #1(Table of Contents)(Expand) / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page

Calling All Cars / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Sandy KeanSynopsis:Sandy has to disarm a madman with a reporter's "help

NEW BOOK OF COMICS #1 (DC, c. 1936) Overstreet lists this as the first regular-size comic annual, and the second DC annual of any size. The issue's a coveted Gerber "8," and it's dubbed "rare" by Overstreet as well. Extremely rare comic that Heritage Auctions has only sold 1 copy ever. The cover copyright date is 1936, and the stories reprinted are from New Comics #1-4 and More Fun Comics #9, none of which had a cover date later than March 1936. The cover bears the copyright "Nicholson Pub. Co." Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson was the founder of DC. Siegel and Shuster's Dr. Occult is among the characters inside.

cardboard cover / newsprint interior / square bound

A 2ndd issue would come out in 1938.

 

FEDERAL MEN ASHCAN COPY.

An ashcan copy is a term that originated in the Golden Age of Comic Books, meant to describe a publication produced solely for legal purposes (such as copyright), and not normally intended for distribution. These are extremely rare as only a few copies are made by and for the publisher for legal purposes. Never for sale and therefore unknown to the public until decades later. Federal Men by Siegel and Shuster might be the earliest ashcan comic ever made with the idea that DC may have considered publishing a Federal Men ongoing title.

 

 

1936 FAMOUS FUNNIES

FAMOUS FUNNIES #18

S'Matter Pop? / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Pencils:Victor Pazmiño

Fisher's History of Boxing / comic story / 0.2 page (report information)

Script: Ham Fisher

Pencils: Al Capp [as Ham Fisher]

Genre:sports

Joe Palooka / comic story / 0.8 page (report information)

Script: Ham Fisher

Pencils: Al Capp [as Ham Fisher]

Genre:sports

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Philip Francis Nowlan

Pencils:

Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S.M. Iger

Queenie / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

Genre:children

Dan Dunn / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Genre:detective-mystery

FAMOUS FUNNIES #19

Fisher's History of Boxing / comic story / 0.2 page (report information) Script:

Ham Fisher (?)

Joe Palooka / comic story / 0.8 page (report information)

Script: Ham Fisher (?)

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script: Philip Francis Nowlan

Pencils: Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S.M. Iger

Dan Dunn / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Alley Oop / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

V.T. Hamlin

1st comic-book app. of Alley Oop (Overstreet's credit of this to The Funnies #1 is erroneous)

Alley Oop is a syndicated comic strip created in 1932 by American cartoonist V. T. Hamlin, who wrote and drew the popular and influential strip through four decades for Newspaper Enterprise Association.

Captain Easy / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Roy Crane

1st comic-book app. of Captain Easy (Overstreet is erroneous in crediting it to The Funnies #1)

Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune was an American action/adventure comic strip created by Roy Crane that was syndicated by Newspaper Enterprise Association beginning on Sunday, July 30, 1933. The strip ran for more than five decades until it was discontinued in 1988.

FAMOUS FUNNIES #20 MARCH

This is the first modern comic book to ever reach a 20th issue.

Fisher's History of Boxing / comic story / 0.2 page (report information) Script:

Ham Fisher (?)

Joe Palooka / comic story / 0.8 page (report information)

Script: Ham Fisher (?)

Alley Oop / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

V.T. Hamlin

Captain Easy / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Roy Crane

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script: Philip Francis Nowlan

Pencils: Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Happy Daze / comic story / 0.5 page (report information) Script:

S.M. Iger

Pee Wee / comic story / 0.5 page (report information) Script:

S.M. Iger

Dan Dunn / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

FAMOUS FUNNIES #21 APRIL 1936

Alley Oop / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

V.T. Hamlin

Captain Easy / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Roy Crane

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script: Philip Francis Nowlan

Pencils: Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Dan Dunn / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Fisher's History of Boxing / comic story / 0.2 page (report information) Script:

Ham Fisher (?)

Joe Palooka / comic story / 0.8 page (report information)

Script: Ham Fisher (?)

Queenie / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

FAMOUS FUNNIES #22 MAY 1936

Alley Oop / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

V.T. Hamlin

Captain Easy / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Roy Crane

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script: Philip Francis Nowlan

Pencils: Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed)

Genre: science fiction

Dan Dunn / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Fisher's History of Boxing / comic story / 0.2 page (report information) Script:

Ham Fisher (?)

Joe Palooka / comic story / 0.8 page (report information)

Script: Ham Fisher (?)

Screen Oddities / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Capt. Roscoe Fawcett

Pencils:Jimmy Thompson [as Thompson] (signed)

Genre:non-fiction

Characters:James Melton; Myrna Loy; Carole Lombard; Sybil Jason; Gary Cooper; Harriet Hoctor; Fred Astaire; Joe E. Brown; Nino Martini; Eddie Cantor; Roger Imhoff; Leo Carrillo

FAMOUS FUNNIES #23 JUNE 1936

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S.M. Iger

Alley Oop / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

V.T. Hamlin

Captain Easy / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Roy Crane

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script: Philip Francis Nowlan

Pencils: Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed)

Genre: science fiction

Dan Dunn / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Fisher's History of Boxing / comic story / 0.2 page (report information) Script:

Ham Fisher (?)

Joe Palooka / comic story / 0.8 page (report information)

Script: Ham Fisher (?)

FAMOUS FUNNIES #24 JULY 1936

Pee Wee / comic story / 0.5 page (report information) Script:

S.M. Iger

Happy Daze / comic story / 0.5 page (report information) Script:

S.M. Iger

Alley Oop / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

V.T. Hamlin

Captain Easy / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Roy Crane

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script: Philip Francis Nowlan

Pencils: Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed)

Genre: science fiction

Dan Dunn / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Fisher's History of Boxing / comic story / 0.2 page (report information) Script:

Ham Fisher (?)

Joe Palooka / comic story / 0.8 page (report information)

Script: Ham Fisher (?)

 

FAMOUS FUNNIES #25 AUG 1936

Pee Wee / comic story / 0.5 page (report information) Script:

S.M. Iger

Happy Daze / comic story / 0.5 page (report information) Script:

S.M. Iger

Alley Oop / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

V.T. Hamlin

Captain Easy / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Roy Crane

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script: Philip Francis Nowlan

Pencils: Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed)

Genre: science fiction

Dan Dunn / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Fisher's History of Boxing / comic story / 0.2 page (report information) Script:

Ham Fisher (?)

Joe Palooka / comic story / 0.8 page (report information)

Script: Ham Fisher (?)

Dickie Dare / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Milton Caniff

Genre:adventure

1st comic-book app.

Scorchy Smith / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Noel Sickles

Genre:adventure; aviation

Characters:Scorchy; Tex; Ann; Col. Patterson

1st comic-book app.

Oaky Doaks / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Ralph Briggs Fuller

1st comic-book app.

Noel Douglas Sickles (January 24, 1910 – October 3, 1982) was an American commercial illustrator and cartoonist, best known for the comic strip Scorchy Smith. The series, which started in 1930, was heavily influenced by Roy Crane’s adventure strip Wash Tubbs.

Ralph Briggs Fuller (March 9, 1890 - August 16, 1963) was an American cartoonist best known for his long running comic strip Oaky Doaks, featuring the humorous adventures of a good-hearted knight in the Middle Ages. He signed the strips RB. Fuller. Oaky Doaks was launched on June 17, 1935, many months before the start of Prince Valiant. The Oaky Doaks Sunday strip, which began in 1941, was initially drawn by Bill Dyer (who also worked on The Adventures of Patsy) and later by Fuller where he remained until the strip ended in 1961.

 

FAMOUS FUNNIES #26 SEPT 1936

Above the Crowd / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Stookie Allen

Genre:non-fiction; aviation; biography

Characters:Captain Ernst Lehmann (captain of the Hindenburg zeppelin)

This issue was on the stands 9 months before the famous crash. Lehmann was on board only as an observer; he wasn't the captain on the fatal flight.

Dickie Dare / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Milton Caniff

Genre:adventure

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S.M. Iger

Captain Easy / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Roy Crane

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script: Philip Francis Nowlan

Pencils: Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed)

Genre: science fiction

Dan Dunn / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Fisher's History of Boxing / comic story / 0.2 page (report information) Script:

Ham Fisher (?)

Joe Palooka / comic story / 0.8 page (report information)

Script: Ham Fisher (?)

FAMOUS FUNNIES #27 OCT 1936

War On Crime; S'matter Pop?; Napoleon / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

1st photo-cover in comics (part photo, part-art)

War On Crime / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Rex Collier (signed)

Pencils:

Hammon (signed)

Genre:crime

1st true-crime stories in comics. Ledger Syndicate- began May 1936

In May 1936, J. Edgar Hoover contacts cartoonist Rex Collier and proposes a comic strip based on true stories of FBI Agents. Collier’s strip, "War on Crime", is reprinted in the October issue (#27) of Famous Funnies — the first "true crime" story in comic books.

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script: Philip Francis Nowlan

Pencils: Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed)

Genre: science fiction

Dickie Dare / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Milton Caniff

Genre:adventure

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S.M. Iger

Joe Palooka / comic story / 0.8 page (report information)

Script: Ham Fisher (?)

FAMOUS FUNNIES #28 NOV 1936

Joe Palooka / comic story / 0.8 page (report information) Script:

Ham Fisher (?)

War On Crime / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:

Rex Collier

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script: Philip Francis Nowlan

Pencils: Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed)

Genre: science fiction

Dickie Dare / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Milton Caniff

Genre:adventure

Nippie / comic story / 0.2 page (report information) Script:

Lank Leonard

Mickey Finn / comic story / 0.8 page (report information) Script:

Lank Leonard

1st app. in comic books

Frank E. Leonard (January 2, 1896 – August 1, 1970), better known as Lank Leonard, was an American cartoonist artist who created the long-running comic strip Mickey Finn, which he drew for more than three decades.

Mescal Ike / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S.L. Huntley

Pencils:

Art Huhta

Genre:humor

Newspaper artist Arthur Huhta cooperated with S. L. Huntley on strips like 'Mescal Ike' and 'Lolly Gags' in the 1930s. He worked as an assistant on 'The Nebbs' in 1928. Between 1929 and 1946, he made the 'Dinky Dinkerton' strip.

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S.M. Iger

FAMOUS FUNNIES #29 DEC 1936

Santa Claus; Napoleon / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Victor E. Pazmiño

Inks:

Victor E. Pazmiño

Xmas cover

War On Crime / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:

Rex Collier

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script: Philip Francis Nowlan

Pencils: Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed)

Genre: science fiction

Dickie Dare / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Milton Caniff

Genre:adventure

Mickey Finn / comic story / 0.8 page (report information) Script:

Lank Leonard

Pencils:

Fisher's History of Boxing / comic story / 0.2 page (report information) Script:

Ham Fisher (?)

Joe Palooka / comic story / 0.8 page (report information)

Script: Ham Fisher (?)

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S.M. Iger

Eastern Color also released an oddball one-shot in 1936 titled Daisy Comics.

Daisy Comics nn (Eastern Color, 1936) This giveaway promo premium comic from Daisy Air Rifles featured Joe Palooka and Buck Rogers. For such comic strip icons that both enjoyed long exposure in various comic book titles, this miniature (5 1/4" by 7 1/2") artifact seems undervalued. In fact, this comic sports the first full cover appearance of Buck Rogers.

 

 

1936 - WOW

Wow, What a Magazine! #1 (Henle Publications, 1936).

Volume: ? Price: 0.10 USD Pages: 52 Indicia frequency: ? Indicia / Colophon Publisher: Henle Publications Editing:S. M. Iger Color: Color Cover; Black and White with some Duotone Interiors Dimensions: Magazine Size; 9.5 inches x 11.25 inches Paper Stock: Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior Binding: Saddle-Stitched

Publisher: Henle

Pedigree: Lost Valley pedigree

Artists/Writers: Dick Briefer cover Will Eisner art

Significance: 1st Will Eisner art in comics. Fu Manchu, Buck Jones and Captain Scott Dalton begins.

First comic book work of Will Eisner and the first comic produced by S. M. "Jerry" Iger. Aka Wow What A Magazine! Dick Briefer cover.

Pee Wee / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger

Genre:children

Tom tinker / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger

Doctor Fu Manchu / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Leo O'Mealia

Inks:

Leo O'Mealia

Genre:adventureReprints:

Bell Syndicate strip reprints

Space Limited / illustration / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Serene Summerfield

Jocko and His Car / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger

Genre:humor

Larry and Tessie / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Lou Ferstadt

Louis Goodman Ferstadt (7 October 1900–August 1954) was a Jewish American muralist and comics artist.

He painted murals at the RCA Building and the Eighth Street Subway station in New York City on the occasion of the 1939 World's Fair.[6] He drew comics, including "Chuck",[7] "Mr. Risk",[8] and "The Bouncer". Ferstadt identified as a communist and regularly contributed comic strips for the Daily Worker newspaper.[

Bully Hayes the Black Pirate / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Will Eisner

Genre:adventure

The Flame / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Will Eisner

William Erwin "Will" Eisner (March 6, 1917 – January 3, 2005) was an American cartoonist, writer, and entrepreneur. He was one of the earliest cartoonists to work in the American comic book industry, and his series The Spirit (1940–1952) was noted for its experiments in content and form. In 1978, he popularized the term "graphic novel" with the publication of his book A Contract with God. He was an early contributor to formal comics studies with his book Comics and Sequential Art (1985). The Eisner Award was named in his honor, and is given to recognize achievements each year in the comics medium; he was one of the three inaugural inductees to the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame.

In 1936, high-school friend and fellow cartoonist Bob Kane, of future Batman fame, suggested that the 19-year-old Eisner try selling cartoons to the new comic book Wow, What A Magazine! "Comic books" at the time were tabloid-sized collections of comic strip reprints in color. By 1935, they had begun to include occasional new comic strip-like material. Wow editor Jerry Iger bought an Eisner adventure strip called Captain Scott Dalton, an H. Rider Haggard-styled hero who traveled the world after rare artifacts. Eisner subsequently wrote and drew the pirate strip "The Flame" and the secret agent strip "Harry Karry" for Wow as well.

Wow lasted four issues (cover-dated July–September and November 1936). After it ended, Eisner and Iger worked together producing and selling original comics material, One of the first such comic-book "packagers", their partnership was an immediate success, and the two soon had a stable of comics creators supplying work to Fox Comics, Fiction House, Quality Comics (for whom Eisner co-created such characters as Doll Man and Blackhawk), and others. Turning a profit of $1.50 a page, Eisner claimed that he "got very rich before I was 22," later detailing that in Depression-era 1939 alone, he and Iger "had split $25,000 between us", a considerable amount for the time.

 

Wow, What a Magazine! #2 (Henle Publications, 1936).

Publisher: Henle

Pedigree: Lost Valley pedigree

Artists/Writers: Will Eisner and Louis Ferstadt art

Significance: Popeye article. Painted cover.

CGC census 12/16: 1 in 8.0, none higher.

Popeye / comic story / 1 ? page (report information) Script:

E. C. Segar

Genre:humor

Scott Dalton / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Will Eisner

Genre:adventure; historical

The Flame / comic story / 1 ? page (report information) Script:

Will Eisner

Genre:adventure; historical [no title indexed](Table of Contents)

Captain Scott Dalton / comic story / 1 ? page (report information) Script:

Will Eisner

Genre:adventure

[no title indexed](Table of Contents)

Harry Karry / comic story / 1 ? page (report information) Script:

Will Eisner

Genre:detective-mystery [no title indexed](Table of Contents)

The Adventures of Hiram Hick in New York / comic story / 1 ? page (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Bob Kane (born Robert Kahn; October 24, 1915 – November 3, 1998) was an American comic book writer and artist who, with writer Bill Finger, created the DC Comics superhero Batman and also his sidekick Robin. He entered the comics field two years later, in 1936, freelancing original material to editor Jerry Iger's comic book Wow, What A Magazine!, including his first pencil and ink work on the serial Hiram Hick. The following year, Kane began to work at Iger's subsequent studio, Eisner & Iger, which was one of the first comic book "packagers" that produced comics on demand for publishers entering the new medium

 

 

Wow, What a Magazine! #3 (Henle Publications, 1936).

Publisher: Henle

Pedigree: Lost Valley pedigree

Artists/Writers: Will Eisner cover and art Bob Kane, Elsie Segar, Dick Briefer and Louis Ferstadt art

Significance: Ripley's "Believe it or not" and Popeye articles.

CGC census 12/16: 1 in 7.5, none higher.

Harry Karry / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Will Eisner

Characters:Harry Karry

The Flame / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner

Genre:adventure

Script:

Jack Demsey (credited)

Pencils:

E.C. Segar (illustration)

Genre:non-fiction

Characters:Popeye

Synopsis:Dempsey writes about Popeye's punching abilities, accompanying by a Thimble Theatre Popeye illustration. ["Poor Popeye. He sure is feeling low

Thimble Theatre / comic story / 0.6 page (report information) Script:

E. C. Segar (signed)

Pencils:

Pee Wee / comic story / 0.75 page (report information) Script:

S.M. “Jerry” Iger [as S.M. Iger] (signed)

Pencils:

Genre:humor; children

Harry Karry / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Bill Rensie]

Pencils:

Genre:adventure

Adventures of Hiram Hick / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Genre:humor

Pee Wee / comic story / 0.34 ? page (report information) Script:

S.M. “Jerry” Iger [as S.M. Iger] (signed)

S.M. “Jerry” Iger

Genre:humor; children

Captain Scott Dalton / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Wm. Eisner] (signed)

Will Eisner

Genre:adventure

text article / 1 page (report information) Script:

Otto Soglow

Genre:non-fiction

Synopsis:Otto Soglow text story and photograph, along with “Little King” paper doll cut-outs

Life In The Roar - comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

 

Wow, What a Magazine! #4 (Henle Publications, 1936).

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Dick Briefer ?

Genre:humor

The Flame / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Will Eisner

Genre:adventure; historical

Scott Dalton / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Will Eisner

Genre:adventure; historical

Harry Karry / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Will Eisner

The Adventures of Hiram Hick in New York / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Genre:humor

Pew Wee / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger

Genre:humor; children

Popeye / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

E. C. Segar

Popeye / text article / 1 page (report information) Script:

Jack Dempsey

The Little King / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Otto Soglow

Mandrake the Magician / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Lee Falk

Flash Gordon / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Don Moore

Pencils:

Alex Raymond

 

 

MICKEY MOUSE MAGAZINE

Here are details of #14 Vol 2 #2 from Nov 1936

There are many different Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck 1 page comic strips throughout.

Minnie Mouse also appears.

40 BIG PAGES OF MICKEY MOUSE #1 ONESHOT

Reprints Mickey Mouse Magazine #1, but with a different cover; ads were eliminated and some illustrated stories had expanded text. Cardboard cover, 10 1/4-in. x 12 1/2-in., 40 pgs, PC/BW. Cover price $0.10.

*Large 10 x 12

*illustrated paperback children's type binding, "linen" type

*story, comic, picture, puzzle and activity book

*Rare early Donald Duck

Chester Gump Finds The Hidden Treasure Western 1936 FREE 1 3.5 x 5.75 part of an 8 title series. Free with Lemix and Korlix Desserts.

Not to be confused with the common big little book of the same title.

KNOCK KNOCK

Overstreet lists this as 'No. 801' due to a small number written in the lower left hand of the cover artwork. Overstreet also lists Gerona Publications as a copublisher but Whitman is the only publisher listed. Dunn apparently invented the Knock Knock joke in this book.

48 PAGES Of black and white knock knock jokes.

Publication Date:

1936

Number of Issues Published:

1

Color:

Color Cover; Black and White Interior

Dimensions:

8" w x 9 3/4" h

Paper Stock:

Cardstock cover

Binding:

Saddle-stitched

Publishing Format:

One-shot

A variation of the format in the form of a children's game was described in 1929

In 1936, the standard knock-knock joke format was used in a newspaper advertisement.

A 1936 Associated Press newspaper article said that "What's This?" has given way to "Knock Knock!" as a favorite parlor game. The article also said that Knock Knock seemed to be an outgrowth of making up sentences with difficult words, an old parlor favorite.

Fred Allen's December 30, 1936 radio broadcast included a humorous wrapup of the year's least important events, including a supposed interview with the man who "invented a negative craze" on April 1: "Ramrod Dank... the first man to coin a Knock Knock."

"Knock knock" was the catchphrase of music hall performer Wee Georgie Wood, who was recorded in 1936 saying it in a radio play, but he simply used the words as a reference to his surname and did not use it as part of the well-known joke formula. The format was well known in the UK and US in the 1950s and 1960s before falling out of favor. It then enjoyed a renaissance after the jokes became a regular part of the badinage on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

 

Bobby Benson's B-Bar-B Riders and the Lost Herd (1936) was a radio giveaway by the Hecker-H.O. Company. Story by Peter Dixon. Art by Glen Thomas. 92 pages (22 pages of color comics and rest in novel form with B&W illustrations), 5-in. x 8-in.

Bobby Benson's B-Bar-B Riders In the Tunnel of Gold (Magazine Enterprises/AC Comics, 1936) Condition: VF. Radio promotional comic. Has text and 22 color pages. Given away by Hecker-H. O. Co., the makers of H. O. Oats.

Hecker H-O Company published a variety of premiums, including comics, to promote their various products which included Force Toasted Whole Wheat Flakes, H-O Quick Oats, Presto Cake Flower, Hecker's Cream Farina, and H-O Old Style Oats. Among other things, Hecker sponsored THE H-BAR-O RANGERS (CBS Radio Network 1932-1936) featuring Bobby Benson and Superman (1940-1942). The Company existed from 1920-1969 as Hecker H-O Company but was based on a much older firm, Hornby's Oats (hence the H-O in the company name).

Editors Press Service 1936 - 1940

United States

Total Number of Issues:

292

Editors Press Service published material printed in the United States for distribution overseas. Editors Press Service was formed by Joshua B. Powers publishing in the U.S. with T. V. Boardman distributing in the U.K. Boardman also had is own U.K. publications

Years based on the known dates of the Australian version of WAGS, which started before the British version and ended long after. It seems likely that other comic publications (possibly strips rather than books) were distributed earlier as the company may have started as early as 1933 The title would eventually feature comic strips by Bob Kane, Will Eisner and Frank Willard among others. Many of the comic strips would appear in USA publications but from various publishers.

The publication itself had a unique history. It was a transcontinental production: conceived, put together and printed in the U.S., but sold and distributed in Great Britain and Australasia.

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1937 JANUARY

All the comic books and magazines with a cover date of January 1937 came out in late 1936. The market was now established with 10 monthly titles competing for readers.

Which of these would have caught your attention on the newsstand?

Lets take an indepth look at the highlights of every comic with a January 1937 cover date.

DETECTIVE PICTURE STORIES #2

Detective Picture Stories #2 (Comics Magazine, 1937) Overstreet notes of the title, "all issues are very scarce", and Gerber rates this issue a "7". Early appearance of the Clock.

This comic book featured the longest running comic strip pages so far in comics with an average of 7 pages per strip.

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

William Allison

The Clock / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

George Brenner

The Master Mind(Table of Contents) comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

George Merkle

George Merkle was the pseudonym of George A. Marko born in 1901.

In the late 1930s his comic book career began. Using the name George Merkle, his first creation was the Master Mind which appeared in Detective Picture Stories, January 1937; Funny Pages, January 1938; Amazing Mystery Funnies, August 1938; and Keen Detective Funnies, August 1939. The sporadic appearances of the Master Mind suggests the stories were used as fillers.

Speed Rush / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

J. M. Wilcox

James Milton Wilcox was born July 27, 1895 in Columbus, Ohio. In 1933 his pen and ink story illustrations began to appear in Chicago-based pulp magazines, such as The Magic Carpet Magazine and Weird Tales, which was an innovative pulp magazine that featured otherworldly and macabre subjects. The December 1933 issue of Weird Tales has the first published appearance of Robert E. Howard's Conan. Those first illustrations of Conan are by J. M. Wilcox. In 1935 his pen and ink illustrations were published in the pulp magazine Thrilling Western. His drawings appeared in Ace Sports, Exciting Western, Western Aces, and Western Trails. In 1937 he began a secondary career drawing comic books for Chesler Studio. He signed most of his work for comics, "Jim Wilcox." Over the next two decades he drew comic books for Centaur, Dell, Fawcett, Gilberton, and Novelty Comics.

Clem Bowers / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

Victor Dowling

Victor J. Dowling was an American comic book artist from New York. He made features like 'The Age of Stone', 'Bailey of the Tropics', 'Windy Parks' and 'Wings of Crime' for Centaur Comics. He spent the 1940s drawing for Feature Comics and did his final comic book work in the early 1950s, when he contributed to the Atlas mystery titles 'Adventures into Terror', 'Adventures into Weird Worlds' and 'Uncanny Tales'.

The Amateur Murderer(Table of Contents) comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

Tom Mcnamara

Tom McNamara was a newspaper cartoonist and an artist for early comic books. McNamara's comic strip 'Us Boys' was published through the International Feature Service from 1910 to 1928. In the 1920s, he was based in Hollywood and worked as a writer for the 'Our Gang' series by Hal E. Roach Studios and as a director of Mary Pickford in 'Little Annie Rooney' and 'Sparrows', among other things. Between 1935 and 1946, he drew for comic books such as New Fun, Buzzy and All Funny by National Allied Publications (later DC) in New York.

Famous Funnies #30 (Eastern Color, 1937)

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Victor E. Pazmino

Alec and Itchy / comic story / 0.5 page (report information) Script:

Jimmy George

Pencils:

Merle Mulholland

Inks:

Merle Mulholland

Merle Julian Mulholland was born in Pennsylvania on June 22, 1898

He created the comic strip Alec and Itchy in 1931 and 1932. He died June 3, 1944

War On Crime / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:

Rex Collier

Pencils:

Kemp Starrett ?

Genre:crime

Characters:Dick Galatas; Pretty Boy Floyd; Richetti; J. Edgar Hoover; John Dillinger

Keywords:True crime story

Ledger Syndicate

Napoleon / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Clifford McBride

Clifford McBride (January 26, 1901 – May 21, 1951) was an American cartoonist best known for his comic strip Napoleon and Uncle Elby.

He created Elby, a character based on his uncle, Henry Elba Eastman. He soon began to add situations involving Elby's dog, Napoleon. McBride began Napoleon as a daily strip on June 6, 1932, reaching a wider audience once he connected with the McNaught Syndicate. His Sunday strip was added in 1933, and the following year, the title was changed to Napoleon and Uncle Elby. McBride's cartoons appeared in such magazines as Life and Cosmopolitan, and he profited from hardcover reprints, comic books and the licensing of his character as a spokesdog during the 1940s for Red Heart Dog Food. Merchandising included a stuffed toy of Napoleon. Napoleon and Uncle Elby was a 1945 hardcover collecting 116 of McBride's strips.

Skyroads / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Dick Calkins

Pencils:

Russell Keaton

Russell Keaton was born in Corinth, Mississippi, in 1910. His first comics job was assisting Dick Calkins on the early 'Buck Rogers' and 'Skyroads' newspaper strips in 1929. He eventually took over the 'Buck Rogers' Sunday page completely from 1930 to 1933. In 1939, Russell Keaton got his pilot's license and launched his own strip: 'Flyin' Jenny' for the Bell Syndicate. He died in 1945 at age 35

Toddy / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

George Marcoux

Genre:children

George Marcoux:

Worked on comics during the 1930’s until he became ill. In about 1942, he went back to work, beginning with the Street & Smith title Shadow Comics before creating "the boy with the most comics in America": Supersnipe in 1942. He drew Supersnipe until his death in 1949.

Funland / activity / 1 page (report information) Script:

A. W. Nugent

Pencils:

Arthur William Nugent (1891 - March 25, 1975), better known as Art Nugent, was an American cartoonist notable for his long-running syndicated puzzle feature, Funland (aka Uncle Art's Funland), which he drew for four decades. He sometimes used the signature A. W. Nugent.

He created Funland in 1933. Along with the games, riddles, connect-the-dots art, crossword puzzles and anagrams, it introduced his autobiographical character, Uncle Nugent (aka Uncle Art). It was distributed by United Feature Syndicate to more than 100 newspapers. In the 1940s, he created funny animal stories for Popular Comics and other comic books, which also carried Funland reprints. In "Pint-Size Pete" for The Big All-American Comics (1944), Pete heads into town to seek fame and fortune in hopes of saving his father's farm.

Dickie Dare / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Colton Waugh

Pencils:

Frederick Coulton Waugh (10 March 1896, Cornwall, England – 23 May 1973) was a cartoonist, painter, teacher and author, best known for his illustration work on the comic strip Dickie Dare and his book The Comics (1947), was the first comprehensive history and analysis of comic strips.

 

Adventures of Patsy / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Mel Graff

Pencils:

Mel Graff

Genre:adventure

Melvin Graff 1907-1975 drew the comic 'The Adventures of Patsy' for Associated Press starting in 1934.

Six years later, Mel Graff succeeded Austin Briggs on the 'Secret Agent X-9' series. Mel Graff drew this police comic until 1960. It was syndicated in 130 newspapers, including several Spanish-language papers in South America, Cuba and Mexico.

Connie / comic story / 0.8 page (report information) Script:

Frank Godwin

Frank Godwin (October 20, 1889 – August 5, 1959), American illustrator and comic strip artist, notable for his strip Connie and his book illustrations for Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Robinson Crusoe, Robin Hood and King Arthur. In 1938, Godwin stepped in to replace illustrator Kemp Starrett on writer Paul Powell's daily strip Roy Powers, Eagle Scout ("the official strip of the Boy Scouts of America") which continued until 1942. Godwin's two major strips, seen over three decades, were Rusty Riley (1948–59) and Connie (1927–44).

 

Fisher's History of Boxing / comic story / 0.2 page (report information) Script:

Ham Fisher

Pencils:

Al Capp [as Ham Fisher]

Genre:sports

copyright McNaught Syndicate

Joe Palooka / comic story / 0.8 page (report information) Script:

Ham Fisher

Pencils:

Al Capp [as Ham Fisher]

Queenie / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

Olly of the Movies / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Julian Ollendorf

Pencils:

Julian Ollendorf

julian Ollendorff was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 14, 1881,

Olly of the Movies was Ollendorff’s longest-running strip, from January 22, 1934 to 1938.

Jane Arden / Lena Pry / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Monte Barrett

Pencils:

Russell Ross

Genre:adventure

Characters:Jane Arden; Johnny; Terry Rand; Sue; Wanda Hays

Synopsis:Jane is on the trail of an actor who preys on young women.

copyright McNaught Syndicate

Russell Ross was assigned to the 'Jane Arden' strip in 1935, when the original artist Frank Ellis suddenly didn't send his drawings anymore. The 'Slim and Tubby' character Tubby also switched comics and became Arden's regular side-character. Ross drew the 'Jane Arden' strip with text by Monte Barrett until 1952. He continued to draw the strip with writer Walt Graham until 1955,

 

Above the Crowd / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Stookie Allen

Pencils:

Genre:non-fiction

rep from Sports Novels Magazine (Popular Publications

Benjamin David "Stookie" Allen (30 January 1903 - 6 January 1971)[1] was a cartoonist who created the nationally syndicated comic strip Mugsey. He worked on Flapper Fanny during the 1930s with his wife, Gladys Parker, In addition to Flapper Fanny, Mugsey and Heroes of Democracy, Allen created and drew Argosy magazine's Men of Daring and Women of Daring

Homer Hoopee / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Fred Locher

Pencils:

Genre:adventureCharacters:Homer Hoopee; Egbert

copyright the Associated Press

Fred H. Locher was a comic artist from Los Angeles who drew for Hearst newspapers. He drew the daily comic strip 'Cicero Sapp' from 1921 to 1928. In 1943, he briefly drew 'Homer Hoopee'.

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger

Pencils:

S. M. Iger

Inks:

S. M. Iger

Colors:

?

Letters:

?

Indexer Notes

copyright Eisner-Iger

The Funnies #4 (Dell, 1937) CGC VG- 3.5 Brittle pages. Christmas cover.

characters:Major Hoople [Santa Claus]Keywords:Christmas; snow

Captain Easy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Roy Crane

Mutt and Jeff / comic story / 0.7 page (report information) Script:

Bud Fisher

Cicero's Cat / comic story / 0.3 page (report information) Script:

Bud Fisher

Dan Dunn / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Scribbly / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Pencils:

Sheldon Mayer

Inks:

Sheldon Mayer

Alley Oop / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

V.T. Hamlin

Pencils:

V.T. Hamlin

Tad of the Tanbark / comic story / 1.2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire / comic story / 1.8 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

G-Men On The Job / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Dick Blair

Pencils:

Milt Youngren

Milt Youngren created 'G Men on the Job' with Dick Blair in the 1930s, which appeared in a Big Little Book and in a comic strip format in Dell's The Funnies comic book. He provided art for several other Big Little Books and illustrated advertising strips for Schwinn Bikes starring 'Speedy Wheeler' in the 1940s.

Reg'lar Fellers / comic story / 0.6 page (report information) Script:

Gene Byrnes

Pencils:

Gene Byrnes

Inks:

Gene Byrnes

Eugene Francis Byrnes (March 18, 1889 – July 26, 1974)[1] created the long-running comic strip Reg'lar Fellers, which he signed Gene Byrnes. His humorous look at suburban children (who nevertheless spoke like New York street kids) was distributed by the Bell Syndicate and other syndicates from 1917 to 1949.

 

FUNNY PICTURE STORIES #3 COMICS MAGAZINE

Lengthy 7 page comic strips all detective themed.

Dick Kent / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Art Pinajian

Genre:adventureCharacters:Dick Kent

Double Trouble(Table of Contents) comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Jeo E. Buresch

JOE BURESCH 1916-2004

Since the mid-1930s, he had been active as a syndicated artist. His highlights include: 'Crosby's Country Cousins' (1939-42) and the long running daily 'Dinah Mite' panel (1953 throughout the 1980s), Way back in the 1930s, Buresch had also done comic book art for Centaur Comics. He was a writer/artist for Detective Picture Stories and Western Picture Stories, Keen Detective Funnies and the author of features like 'Buck Rush', 'The Caveman Cowboy', 'Double Trouble', 'Hezzy of the Hills', 'Jimmy and Jean', 'Mountain Murder', 'Pat O'Day', 'Pete Kid Calahan' and 'Roadhouse Racket'.

Bob Colby / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Martin Filchock

Genre:adventure

Martin "Marty" Filchock (January 6, 1912 - September 5, 2012) was an American cartoonist. Filchock illustrated more than a hundred magazines including The Saturday Evening Post, Good Housekeeping, Readers Digest, and The Journal of the American Medical Association. At the time of his death at age 100, he was described as the "oldest working cartoonist."[2] He had had his first cartoon published in 1925 when he was only 13 years old

King Comics #10 (David McKay Publications, 1937) Joe Musial cover.

Characters:Little King; Popeye; Wimpy; Henry; Swee'pea

Thimble Theatre / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

E. C. Segar

Pencils:

Genre:humorCharacters:Popeye; Wimpy; Swee'pea; Alice the Goon; Olive Oyl;

Flash Gordon / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Don Moore

Pencils:

Alex Raymond

Genre:adventure; science fictionCharacters:Flash Gordon; Dale Arden; Hans Zarkov

Henry / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Carl Anderson

Genre:humorCharacters:HenryReprints:

from Henry Sundays (King Features Syndicate) 1936

Sport Features / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Pencils:

Jack Burnley

Genre:non-fiction; sports

from Sport Features Sundays (King Features Syndicate) 1937

Rosie's Beau / comic story / 0.15 page (report information) Script:

George McManus

Pencils:

George McManus

Genre:humorReprints:

from Rosie's Beau Sundays (King Features Syndicate) 1936.xx.xx - 1936.xx.xx

Runs across top of Bringing Up Father Sunday strip.

Bringing Up Father / comic story / 0.85 page (report information) Script:

George McManus

Mandrake the Magician / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Lee Falk

Pencils:

Phil Davis

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernaturalCharacters:Mandrake the Magician; Lothar

from Mandrake the Magician Sundays (King Features Syndicate) 1935.06.

Mickey Mouse Magazine #v2#4 [16] (January 1937)

Minnie Mouse / Donald Duck / Pluto / 3 Little Pigs and others

More Fun Comics #v2#5 (17)

Pencils:

Vincent Sullivan (signed)

Inks:

Vincent Sullivan (signed)

Colors:

?

Genre:humorCharacters:Spike Spalding

Doctor Occult / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Leger]

Pencils:

Joe Shuster [as Reuths]

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Characters:Doctor Occult; Koth (villain); The Seven

Synopsis:Occult conjures up a phantom army to defeat Koth.

Conclusion

Calling All Cars / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Sandy Kean; Dan Bowers (villain); Amos Twist (villain); Jimmy; the Chief

Synopsis:Sandy tries to take on the gamblers, but the Department won't back him

 

Pep Morgan / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Genre:adventure

Bradley Boys / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Pencils:

Thrilling True Stories / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Richard B. Speed (signed)

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Wing Brady / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Tom Hickey

Pencils:

Genre:adventure

Characters:Wing Brady; Lynn Harding; Ali Ben Saad (villain); Captain Chevigny; RonelliSynopsis:Wing makes a break for freedom.

Duotone in red and black

Mark Marson / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Tom Hickey

Pencils:

Genre:science fiction

Brad Hardy / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Tom Hickey

Pencils:

Tom Hickey (signed)

Tom Hickey born 1910 was active in comic book art since the mid-1930s. For National/DC, he worked on features like 'Wing Brady', 'The Golden Dragon', 'Bruce Nelson', 'Brad Hardy' and 'Mark Marson' in the second half of the 1930s. He then worked extensively for Dell Publications in the 1940s, doing 'Rex, King of the Deep', 'Raja Bill', and 'Tom and Jerry',

New Adventure Comics #12 (DC, 1937)

The first issue of this title, the numbering of which continues from New Comics, is a Gerber "scarce", Whitney Ellsworth cover and Joe Shuster art are featured.

Captain Jim of the Texas Rangers / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Homer Fleming

Pencils:

Genre:western-frontier

Homer William Fleming born on October 10, 1882 Homer's comics career spanned from 1936 to 1951.

Wrote and illustrated for DC Comics from 1936 through 1945.

Steve Conrad / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Pencils:

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Professor Grant (introduction); Jor-L (a Federal Man of 3000 A.D.; in Prof. Grant's fantasy, not to be confused with Superman's father, introduction);

Popular Comics #12 (Dell, 1937)

Dick Tracy Christmas cover. Interior artists include Sheldon Mayer.

Dick Tracy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Chester Gould

Genre:detective-mystery

Skippy / comic story / 0.6 page (report information) Script:

Percy Crosby

Little Orphan Annie / text story / 3.2 pages (report information) Script:

Harold Gray

Terry and the Pirates / text story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Milton Caniff

Apple Mary and Dennie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Martha Orr

Pencils:

Martha Orr

Martha Orr was one of the few successful female cartoonists of her generation. Her uncle was Carey Orr, cartoonist with the Chicago Tribune. She created the newspaper comic about the old but wise 'Apple Mary' in 1934. Orr's strip dealt directly and realisticly with the Great Depression, mixing the theme of economic hardship with melodramatic storylines.

The character lost her trademark apple cart and the strip gradually evolved into 'Mary Worth' after it was continued by Allen Saunders and Dale Connor in 1938, when Martha Orr retired to devote herself to her family.

Tip Top Comics #9 (United Features Syndicate, 1937)

Tarzan is the cover feature, and his adventure inside the comic is drawn by Hal Foster.

This issue contains the first published work of Jack Davis, who at the age of 12 won an art contest and had his drawing published somewhere in this issue

Tarzan / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Hal Foster

Pencils:

Hal Foster

Inks:

Hal Foster

Li'l Abner / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Al Capp

Pencils:

Al Capp

Inks:

Al Capp

 

 

 

1937 - FEB

The comic industry was growing and was obviously a success at this point as a few new publishers joined in the competition. For the first time ever we had more than 10 different monthly titles on the newsstands and this month we had a big jump up to 14 titles competing for your dime.

Star Comics #1 (February 1937) Chesler / Dynamic, 1937

Oversized

Price: 0.10 USD Pages: 68 Indicia frequency: monthly Indicia / Colophon Publisher: Chesler Publications, Inc. Editing:Harry "A" Chesler Color: color Dimensions: 8 3/8" x 11 3/8" Paper Stock:

This issue's tied with Star Ranger #1 as the first Chesler-published comic book, This issue is notable for having original material back when that was the exception rather than the rule! Dan Hastings is the most familiar character represented here, and H. C. Kiefer is the best-known artist. The cover is by W. C. Brigham.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

W. C. Brigham

Inks:

W. C. Brigham

Fred Schwab (August 25, 1917 – May 13, 2000)[1][2] was an American cartoonist whose humor panels and short features were published in a wide variety of comic books from at least 1938 to 1950, during a period fans and historians call the Golden Age of Comic Books. His notable comic-book appearances include Timely Comics' Marvel Comics #1 (Oct. 1939), the first publication of the company that would become Marvel Comics; and some of the earliest publications of the companies that would become DC Comics.

Jingle Jingle / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Fred Schwab?

Pencils:

Fred Schwab

Inks:

Fred Schwab

Schwab's first known comic-book credit is as writer and artist of the two-page "Tenderfoot Joe" Western-humor feature in Centaur Comics' Star Ranger #1 (Feb. 1937). Other early work includes the one-page "Silly Sleuths" in the publisher Detective Comics #1-2, 5 and 7 (March-April, July, Sept. 1937), from Detective Comics Inc., "The Great Boodini" in Centaur's Funny Pages vol. 2, #3 (Nov. 1937); "Butch the Pup" in More Fun Comics #33-35 (July-Sept. 1938), from DC a Sherlock Holmes parody feature for Fox Comics' Mystery Men Comics #1-2 (Aug.-Sept. 1939); and issues of National's Adventure Comics, Action Comics, and others. For Funnies, Inc., in 1939, either Schwab or Martin Filchock drew the cover of Motion Picture Funnies Weekly #1 (sources differ), an unpublished series designed to be a promotional giveaway in movie theaters. That comic is best known for the first appearance of the superhero the Sub-Mariner, created by fellow Funnies, Inc. freelancer Bill Everett. When Funnies, Inc. then supplied the contents of Marvel Comics #1 (Oct. 1939), the first comic book published by Marvel Comics predecessor Timely Comics, the packager included both an expanded version of the Sub-Mariner story plus five one-panel gags by Schwab that appear on the inside front cover under the rubric "Now I'll Tell One".[7]

Schwab also supplied humor pieces and features in the 1940s for Columbia Comics' Big Shot Comics; Fiction House's Fight Comics; Four Star Publications' Captain Flight Comics; Fox's Fantastic Comics; Novelty Press' Target Comics; and Timely's Daring Mystery Comics

Sources of Famous Quotations / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Pencils:

Creig Flessel ?

Round Table Adventures / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Pencils:

Rafael Astarita ?

Genre:adventure

Characters:King Arthur; Queen Guinevere

Bob Phantom / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Kenny the Magician (credited)

Pencils:

Rafael Astarita

Genre:detective-mystery

Raphael Jerard Norman Astarita was born August 2, 1912 in Brooklyn, New York City. In 1935 Raphael Astarita was twenty-three when he began to work for comic books. He drew a two-page strip about King Arthur for New Comics. He signed the work "Rafael Astarita" instead of using his birth name "Raphael." His friends called him "Raf." He drew for the Chesler Shop (1936-1939) and Eisner & Iger (1939-1941). He joined the staff at Fiction House Comics in 1942 and worked there for two years.

In 1947 Rafael Astarita became Art Director at Ned Pine's Standard Comic Books.

From 1950 to 1951 he worked for Avon Comics.

 

 

Star Ranger #1 (Chesler Publications, 1937)

Considered to be the very first Western comic.

Tied as the first comic published by Chesler Comics.

There is a Jesse James story.

Ace and Deuce and Air Plunderer appearances.

Creig Flessel art. Large format.

Price: 0.10 USD Pages: 68 Indicia frequency:

Chesler Publications, Inc. Editing:Harry "A" Chesler; Kenneth Fitch (managing editor) Color: color Dimensions: 8 3/8" x 11 3/8" Paper S

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

W. M. Allison

Inks:

W. M. Allison

Silver Saddle(Table of Contents) comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Frank Gruber (signed)

Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Genre:western-frontier

 

Lariat Law(Table of Contents) comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

W. C. Miller (signed)

Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Genre:western-frontier

The Return of Tarzan(Table of Contents) comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Dick Ryan

Genre:humor; jungleSynopsis:An African native is quite excited to learn he's been cast in the next Tarzan movie.

has nothing to do with Tarzan; features a tribe of apes

Western Picture Stories #1 (February 1937) Comics Magazine Company, 1937 Series

Volume: 1 Price: 0.10 USD Pages: 68 Indicia frequency: ? Indicia / Colophon Publisher: Comics Magazine Company, Inc.

Not only is this issue considered the first Western comic (tied for the honor with Chesler's Star Ranger), it's one of the first comic books to focus on a single theme, at a time when most series were a mix of very different genres a la Famous Funnies. This cover is the only time we've seen Will Eisner called Bill Eisner, but it's quite early in that great artist's career, appearing just half a year after his debut in Wow #1. The cover art is credited to William Allison.

'Wild Tex' Martin / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner

Synopsis:Blood flows when a "sheep" man meets a "cattle" man

Famous Frontiersmen

text article / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Ray Burley

Synopsis:Buffalo Bill Cody. The first of a series.

Text and illustrations.

Detective Picture Stories #3 (Comics Magazine, 1937)

There is a Mile High Pedigree copy of this early comic. - one of the earliest comics from Edgar Church's massive collection, and a very historic one at that. Detective Picture Stories is listed by Overstreet as the first single-themed comic book; this third issue of the series is dated one month before DC's Detective Comics #1. All issues of this title are considered very scarce.

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

J. M. Wilcox

Pencils:

J. M. Wilcox

Inks:

J. M. Wilcox

Roy Graham / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

Ed Moore Jr

Edward McDowell Moore Jr. was born in Maryland on June 7, 1918.

In the early 1930s Ed Moore, assisted Norman Marsh on Dan Dunn, a comic strip in 1937 to 1938. Moore also assisted on Don Wilson in 1938.

Bayfront Cowboy(Table of Contents) comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

Ellis Edwards

Edwards was a Pre-Golden Age writer, artist who worked in the mid-late 1930s for Centaur and National Periodicals

Famous Funnies #31 (February 1937)

Napoleon cover image

War On Crime / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Rex Collier

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Philip Francis Nowlan

Pencils:

Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed)

Joe Palooka / comic story / 0.8 page (report information) Script:

Ham Fisher (?)

Hammond Edward Fisher (September 24, 1900 – December 27, 1955) was an American comic strip writer and cartoonist who signed his work Ham Fisher. He is best known for his popular long-run on Joe Palooka, which was launched in 1930 and ranked as one of the top five newspaper comics strips for several years.

Fisher hired Al Capp, who later achieved fame as the writer-cartoonist of Li'l Abner. While ghosting on Joe Palooka, Capp claimed to have created the storyline about a stupid musclebound hillbilly named “Big Leviticus”, who was an obvious prototype for the Li'l Abner character. When Capp quit Joe Palooka in 1934 to launch his own strip, Fisher badmouthed him to colleagues and editors, claiming that Capp had stolen his idea. For years, Fisher would bring the characters back to his strip, billing them as “the Original Hillbilly Characters” and advising readers not to be “fooled by imitations”. It has long been taken for granted that the hillbilly-characters in Joe Palooka were the creations of Capp while he was ghosting Fisher's strip, and that Fisher's later denial of Capp's involvement in the strip was the result of professional jealousy. However, while there is no doubt that Capp did a substantial amount of work on Joe Palooka for several months, as an artist and probably also to some degree a writer, comics historians Denis Kitchen and Michael Schumacher have recently made a case that there is no way of knowing whether Capp or Fisher invented the hillbillies

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S.M. Iger

 

 

The Funnies #5 (February 1937) Dell

Dan Dunn cover

Dan Dunn / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Pencils:

Norman Marsh

Inks:

Norman Marsh

Scribbly / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Genre:teen

Tad of the Tanbark / comic story / 1.2 pages (report information)

Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire / comic story / 1.8 pages (report information)

Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Funny Pages #v1#8 (February 1937) Comics Magazine

Jack Dolittle / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Pencils:

Martin Filchock (signed)

The Clock Strikes / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

George E. Brenner [as Geo E. Brenner] (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:The Clock [Brian O'Brien]; "Slick" Martin (villain); "Killer" Katz (villain)

Funny Picture Stories #4 (Comics Magazine, 1937)

Gerber's Photo-Journal Guide to Comic Books rates this book an "8" or "rare" on

Will Eisner did art on "The Brothers Three" story, and the "Tom Dawson" story is drawn by Steve Jussen. Robert Thompson provided the cover art for the issue.

The Brothers 3 / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner

Silver Speed(Table of Contents) illustration / 2 pages (report information) Pencils:

Will Eisner (signed)

Inks:

Will Eisner (signed)

Rocky Baird / comic story / 8 pages (report information) Script:

Paul J. Lauretta

Paul J. Lauretta dec 28 1918 to 2000 - was one of Joe Shuster's early assistants on the 'Superman' comic. He primarily inked stories and did backgrounds, but he also did pencilling on some of the dailies. He was also the writer of the 'American Ace' comics, that appeared in Motion Picture Funnies Weekly. When he left Timely publishers, he continued the comic as 'Lieutenant Lank' at Centaur.

Paul Lauretta was an artist for Timely Comics and contributed to Marvel Mystery Comics #2 and #3. He created the character of American Ace, which was deemed too politically intense for younger readers and Lauretta was let go from Timely.

Tom Dawson / comic story / 8 pages (report information) Script:

Steve Jussen

Steve Jussen worked for Centaur comic books through Funnies Inc. in the late 1940s. He did script and art on features like 'Christopher's Coffin', 'Jerry Frost, Sea Scout', 'Tom Dawson' and 'Zardi, Eternal Man'

King Comics #11 (David McKay Publications, 1937)

E. C. Segar and Alex Raymond art.

Cover characters include Popeye , Flash Gordon, Henry, Little Annie Rooney, and King Of The Royal Mounted.

Mickey Mouse Magazine #v2#5 [17] Western

Donald Duck cover appearance

Also Minnie Mouse, Pluto the pup, 3 little pigs and many other animal characters.

More Fun Comics #18 Mile High pedigree (DC, 1937)

Rampant racism is on display on this cover as an Eskimo goes ice fishing and ends up catching more than he bargained for!

There is a Mile High pedigree copy of this issue which is one of the earliest comics owned by original reader Edgar Church.

Gerber rates this comic "scarce."

Artists in this issue include Leo O'Mealia, Creig Flessel, Joe Shuster, and Vincent Sullivan.

Cover

Pencils:

Vincent Sullivan (signed)

Genre:humor

Synopsis:Eskimo catching African native while ice fishing

Keywords: stereotyping of African natives; stereotyping of Eskimos

Doctor Occult / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Leger]

Pencils:

Joe Shuster [as Reuths]

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Pep Morgan / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Genre:adventure; sports

Buckskin Jim / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Tom Cooper

Genre:western-frontier

last appearance

Mark Marson of the Interplanetary Police / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Tom Hickey

Genre:science fiction

Thrilling True Stories / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Richard B. Speed (signed)

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Genre:adventure

Bradley Boys / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Genre:adventure

Radio Squad / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Sandy Kean

 

New Adventure Comics #13 (DC, 1937)

It rates a "10" or "unique" on Gerber's Scarcity scale, and Gerber goes on to note that "less than 5 copies exist." Comic Book Marketplace ranked it among the "50 Rarest Golden Age Comic Books." Overstreet considers the book to be rare, and does not even list values above VF 8.0 for it.

Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster story and art. Whitney Ellsworth cover

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Whitney Ellsworth (signed)

Kid and woman skating on cover

Steve Conrad Adventurer / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

black and white]]

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:V: Sammy and a dope peddler

Popular Comics #13 (Dell, 1937)

A Gerber "7." Characters include Dick Tracy, Little Orphan Annie, and Harold Teen. Artists include Sheldon Mayer.

The Gumps / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Genre:humor

Characters:Andy Gump; Kayo Mullins; Dick Tracy (inset); Terry Lee (inset); Little Orphan Annie (inset); Smitty (inset

Little Orphan Annie / text story / 3.2 pages (report information) Script:

Harold Gray

Dick Tracy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Chester Gould

Terry and the Pirates / text story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Milton Caniff

Tip Top Comics #10 (United Features Syndicate/Standard, 1937)

Li'l Abner cover.

Li'l Abner / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Al Capp

Tarzan / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Hal Foster

Genre:adventure; jungleReprints:

from Sunday pages beginning 6/17/33

Alice In Wonderland / comic story / 0.7 page (report information)Script:

Olive Ray Scott

Pencils:

Ed Kuekes

Genre:children; fantasy-supernatural

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1937 - MARCH

Detective Comics was the final publication of the entrepreneur Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, whose comics company, National Allied Publications, would evolve into DC Comics, one of the world's two largest comic book publishers, though long after its founder had left it. Wheeler-Nicholson's first two titles were the landmark New Fun Comics and New Comics. His 3rd and final title was Detective Comics

Wheeler-Nicholson was in debt to printing-plant owner and magazine distributor Harry Donenfeld. Wheeler-Nicholson took Donenfeld on as a partner in order to publish Detective Comics #1 through the newly formed Detective Comics, Inc., with Wheeler-Nicholson and Jack S. Liebowitz, Donenfeld's accountant, listed as owners. Wheeler-Nicholson was forced out a year later.

Originally an anthology comic, in the manner of the times, Detective Comics #1 (March 1937) featured stories in the "hard-boiled detective" genre, with such stars as Ching Lung (a Fu Manchu-style "yellow peril" villain); Slam Bradley (created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster before their character Superman saw print two years later); and Speed Saunders, among others. Its first editor, Vin Sullivan, also drew the debut issue's cover.

In March 1937, Detective Comics #1 came out. This comic was the first true DC comic book. This issue was the first production of two companies that formed the DC company. Most of the stories in this issue are racist towards Chinese people and they are the villains in the majority of the tales. One such story titled "Claws of the Red Dragon" was written by Major Malcolm Wheeler. Another story of note in here is called Slam Bradley done by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The character looks very similar to another they created. That being Superman. From the opening splash page to the different layouts to the tough guy hero saves the girls it's easy to see how there style paved the way for the typical comic hero story.

By 1938, Donenfeld, bought out Wheeler's other books to become the sole owner. He then took on a friend/accountant in his distribution business, Jack Liebowitz as a partner. The company was renamed National Periodical Publications. Liebowitz stayed at the offices and headed the accounting and creative part of DC, while Donnenfeld handled and expanded the distribution though his company Independent News Co.. Donnenfeld remained president of DC until his death in 1965. Liebowitz remained in DC until 1970 and later moved to the Board of Directors of the Warner Brothers company. Detective Comics is the longest running comic book title in history.

Detective Comics #1 (DC, 1937)

Possibly the most important comic book ever published and one of the 10 most valuable collectable comic books of all time.

This is the first issue of the comic series that gave the company DC its name. One of the first comics devoted to a single theme. The cover character is a Fu Manchu clone named Chin Lung, drawn by Vin Sullivan.

Bruce Nelson / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Vincent Sullivan

Genre:adventure

Characters:Sen Yoi

Keywords: mandarin hats; stereotyping of Chinese

Speed Saunders / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

E. C. Stoner

Pencils:

E. C. Stoner

Inks:

Creig Flessel

Elmer Cecil Stoner or E. C. Stoner (1897–1969) was an American artist who worked as a commercial illustrator. He created the art for the famous Planters mascot, Mr. Peanut, and was the first African-American artist to work in US comic books. He produced pencil art for the first issue of Detective Comics, which established DC Comics, and worked for a variety of other golden age companies such as Timely Comics, which became Marvel Comics. He created the short-lived comics series Blackstone, Master Magician in 1946 for EC Comics

Bret Lawton / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Bart Regan, Spy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Inks:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:adventure

Slam Bradley / comic story / 13 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Inks:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Slam Bradley (introduction); Shorty Morgan (introduction); Sergeant Kelly; Captain Frawley; Rita Carlisle (introduction, daughter of the Carlisle chain-store owner); Mimi (Rita's dog); Fui Onyui (villain, introduction); un-named antique store owner (villain, death)

 

The Comics #1 (Dell, 1937)

The new medium of "comic books" was really taking off, so Dell followed up Popular Comics and The Funnies with this third anthology series reprinting popular newspaper strips of the day.

Tom Mix made his first comic book appearance here. Wash Tubbs and Myra North begin.

This issue featured reprints from comic strip dailies and from recent Big Little Books.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Genre:humor

Characters:Wash Tubbs

Wash Tubbs / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Roy Crane (credited)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Wash Tubbs; Bud; Captain Easy; Joe Picket; Willie Zarat (villain)Reprints:

from Wash Tubbs daily (NEA Service, Inc.) ?

Wash Tubbs was an American comic strip created by Roy Crane that ran from April 14, 1924 to January 10, 1988.

Tom Mix / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Genre:western-frontier

1st comic book appearance of the western movie star.

Thomas Edwin Mix (born January 6, 1880 – October 12, 1940) was an American film actor and the star of many early Western movies between 1909 and 1935. Mix appeared in 291 films, all but nine of which were silent movies. He was Hollywood's first Western megastar and is noted as having helped define the genre for all cowboy actors who followed.

Myra North, Special Nurse / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Ray Thompson (credited)

Pencils:

Charles Coll (signed)

Ray Thompson created the newspaper strip 'Myra North, Special Nurse' with staff artist Charles Coll in 1936. The daily strip about a crime-fighting nurse appeared in over 400 newspapers from 10 February 1936 until 25 March 1939, while a Sunday page appeared from 6 December 1936 to 31 August 1941. In 1945 he created the one-panel cartoon strip 'Homer the Ghost', which is also known as 'Homer the Invisible' or simply 'Homer'. The panel was syndicated by the York Herald Tribune Syndicate throughout the US and South-America until August 1947.

Feature Books #nn Dick Tracy - (David McKay, 1937)

This historic issue, the first all-Dick Tracy comic book, is deemed "Very Rare" by Overstreet, which notes, "Five known copies; two incomplete" Gerber assigned it the exclusive "9" rating.

100 pages

Color cover; Black and White interior (#[nn]-25); Color interior (#26-57) Dimensions: Oversized 9" x 12" (#[nn]-25);

Feature Book was from the David McKay Company

This historic title was the first US comic book to devote complete issues to different characters. This was the first time this was attempted in the comic book market.

The series started its numbering after two unnumbered issues ("Popeye" and "Dick Tracy"). The Feature Book series reprinted the popular newspaper strips of the time, such as: "Popeye", "Dick Tracy", "Little Orphan Annie", "The Lone Ranger", "Secret Agent X-9", "The Phantom", "Mandrake the Magician" and on.

The first 25 issues were oversized (23x30,5 cm) black and white comic books while issues 26-57 were standard sized color comic books.

Dick Tracy / comic story / 96 pages (report information) Script:

Chester Gould

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Dick Tracy; Junior; the Chief;

reprinted in Feature Book #4 only a year later.

Feature Books #nn Popeye and the Jeep (David McKay Publications, 1937)

This 100-pager of Popeye and the Jeep is considered "Very Rare" by Overstreet. In fact, Gerber's Photo-Journal Guide doesn't even list it at all

Popeye / comic story / 96 pages (report information) Script:

E. C. Seegar

Genre:adventure

reprinted in Feature Book #3, only a year later

Western Picture Stories #2 (Comics Magazine, 1937)

Will Eisner art.

There is a Mile High Pedigree copy coming from the collection of Edgar Church and this was one of the earliest comics he owned.

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:

Rodney Thompson

'Wild Tex' Martin / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

William Eisner

Detective Picture Stories #4 (Comics Magazine, 1937)

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Rodney Thompson

Hammer Donovan / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as William Eisner] (signed)

Famous Funnies #32 (Eastern Color, 1937)

First appearance of the Phantom Magician.

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Victor E. Pazmiño

Genre:humor

Characters:Joe Palooka; Sam Smithers

War On Crime / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Rex Collier

Pencils:

Kemp Starrett ?

Genre:crimeCharacters:John Dillinger

Queenie / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

Genre:children

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Philip Francis Nowlan

Pencils:

Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Fisher's History of Boxing / comic story / 0.2 page (report information) Script:

Ham Fisher

Pencils:

Al Capp [as Ham Fisher]

Genre:sports

Joe Palooka / comic story / 0.8 page (report information) Script:

Ham Fisher

Pencils:

Al Capp [as Ham Fisher]

Adventures of Patsy / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Mel Graff

Genre:adventure

Characters:The Phantom Magician (intro); Patsy; King Silhouette; Thimble

Synopsis:The Magician makes his first appearance and turns King Silhouette into a sausage. Then he turns the cat into a sausage. Then Thimble eats one of them!

The Magician is dressed in green in this issue. Usually he's in red

The Funnies #6 (Dell, 1937)

This issue has a record setting 88 different strips and features in it.

Alley-Oop, Mutt & Jeff, and Reglar Fellers appearances

Dan Dunn Secret Operative 48 / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh (credited)

Genre:detective-mystery

Tailspin Tommy / comic story / 2.68 pages (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest (credited)

Pencils:

Hal Forrest (signed)

Myra North Special Nurse / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Ray Thompson ?

Pencils:

Charles Coll [as Coll] (signed)

Scribbly / comic story / 0.9 page (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer (credited)

Tad of the Tanbark / comic story / 0.22 page (report information) Script:

Bob Moore (credited)

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer (credited)

Scissor Sketches / illustration / 0.11 page (report information) Script:

Bob Moore (credited)

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer (credited)

Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire / comic story / 0.67 page (report information) Script:

Bob Moore (credited)

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer (credited)

Funny Pages #9 (Centaur, 1937)

The Photo-Journal Guide to Comic Books calls this issue "rare" (a Gerber "8"),

Will Eisner story and art are featured, and Victor Dowling did the cover.

Inside, there's story featuring The Clock.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Victor Dowling [as Dowling]

Inks:

Victor Dowling [as Dowling]

The Clock Strikes / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

George Brenner [as Geo. E. Brenner] (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:The Clock [Brian O'Brien]; "Killer" Katz (villain, death

Funny Picture Stories #5 (Comics Magazine, 1937)

Terror of the Timber / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Clyde Yeadon [as Clyde Don]

Inks:

Clyde Yeadon

Clyde Yeadon, who often signed with Clyde Don, was a comic book artist during the 1930s and 1940s. His early work include Centaur features like 'Forbidden Island', 'Stubie' and 'Terror of the Timber'. He drew funny animal features and 'Trinket' for Timely, 'Dumm Dum the Clown' for Consolidated Book and 'Stubby and Trinket' for Dell Publishing. In 1948 he did a feature called 'The Mighty Bunyan' for Bell Syndicate.

King Comics #12 (David McKay Publications, 1937)

Joe Musial cover. Jack Burnley art.

Mile High copy exists

Highlights include Popeye, Flash Gordon, G-Man, Mandrake the Magician and King of the Royal Mounted

Mickey Mouse Magazine #v2#6 [18] (March 1937)

Minnie Mouse cover 36 pages 10 cents

Wise Quacks Edited by Donald Duck / text story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Otto Messmer

Otto James Messmer (August 16, 1892 – October 28, 1983) was an American animator, best known for his work on the Felix the Cat cartoons and comic strip produced by the Pat Sullivan studio.

Feline Follies, starred Master Tom, a black cat, who was a prototype to Felix, which brought good luck to people in trouble.

Felix was the first cartoon character created and developed for the screen, as well as the first to become a licensed, mass merchandised character. Sullivan took the credit for Felix, and though Messmer directed and was the lead animator on all of the episodes he appeared in, Sullivan's name was the only onscreen credit that appeared in them. Messmer also oversaw the direction of the Felix newspaper strip, doing most of the pencils and inks on the strip until 1954. Felix the Cat starred in over 150 cartoons until 1931, when animation studios began converting to sound films. The newspaper strip’s popularity began to fade in the late 1930s, though the character was reintroduced to new fans via comic books in the 1940s. Messmer also produced more Felix comic books in the 1940s and 1950s

 

Mickey Mouse Comics / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Ted Osborne

Pencils:

Floyd Gottfredson

Arthur Floyd Gottfredson (May 5, 1905 – July 22, 1986) was an American cartoonist best known for his defining work on the Mickey Mouse comic strip. He has probably had the same impact on the Mickey Mouse comics as Carl Barks had on the Donald Duck comics.

Walt Disney Productions hired Gottfredson in 1929. In April 1930 he started working on the four-month-old Mickey Mouse comic strip. It had originally been scripted by Walt Disney. In May, Disney had Gottfredson assigned to the daily strip, Gottfredson continued to produce the Mickey Mouse strips for the next 45 years. Gottfredson's first daily strip was published in newspapers on his 25th birthday, May 5, 1930. On January 17, 1932 he began work on the newly inaugurated Mickey Mouse color Sunday strip which, in addition to the daily, he continued through mid-1938. Originally, Gottfredson drew the strips alone, but in 1934 he pulled back to plotting the stories and doing the penciling. Scripts were written by Ted Osborne (1934–49), Gottfredson continued illustrating the daily strip until he retired on October 1, 1975.

Silly Symphony Comics / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Ted Osborne

Pencils:

Al Taliaferro

Charles Alfred Taliaferro (August 29, 1905 – February 3, 1969), known simply as Al Taliaferro, was a Disney comics artist who produced Disney comic strips for King Features Syndicate. Taliaferro is best known for his work on the Donald Duck comic strip. Many of his strips were written by Bob Karp.

Taliaferro started his career lettering the Mickey Mouse strips (March 1931 – July 1932), and drew the Bucky Bug comics in 1932 as well as Silly Symphonies pages from 1932 to 1939. Taliaferro co-created a number of characters, including Huey, Dewey and Louie, Bolivar, Grandma Duck, and arguably Daisy Duck. He drew Donald Duck comic strips from 1938 until his death in 1969 in Glendale, California.

More Fun Comics #19 (DC, 1937).

Featured herein is Dr. Occult, generally accepted as the prototype for Superman, written and drawn by Superman's creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

Spike Spalding / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Vincent Sullivan (signed)

Inks:

Vincent Sullivan (signed)

Colors:

?

Genre:humorCharacters:Spike Spalding

Dr. Occult / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Leger]

Pencils:

Joe Shuster [as Reuths]

Inks:

Joe Shuster [as Reuths]

Colors:

?

Letters:

?

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernaturalCharacters:Doctor Occult; Rose Psychic (intro)

Pep Morgan / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Inks:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Thrilling True Stories / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Richard B. Speed (signed)

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Genre:adventure

Bradley Boys / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Genre:adventure

Radio Squad / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Sandy Kean; Jimmy Trent; Dan Bowers; Amos Twist

Detective Comics #1(Table of Contents)(Expand) / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page

New Adventure Comics #14 (DC, 1937)

Empowered by his G-man badge, the little kid seems to have taken on enough power to whoop it up with two criminals on this Whitney Ellsworth cover.

There is a Mile High copy.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Whitney Ellsworth (signed)

Characters:Kid; crooks

The Adventures of Steve Conrad / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Inks:

Creig Flessel

Jungle Fever / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Ed Winiarski

Genre:jungleCharacters:Red and Curly (intro

Ed Winiarski who sometimes signed his work "Win" or "Winny"

Winiarski's earliest known feature is the four-part story "Jungle Fever", which he wrote and drew across New Adventure Comics #14–16 (1937) and More Fun Comics #22 (July 1937), published by the company National Comics, the future DC Comics. Winiarski additionally drew and probably wrote the "Charlie Chan"-like Asian private eye feature "Mr. Chang" in Detective Comics #2 (April 1937). These were among the first of 100-story credits he would compile for the future DC. By 1941, Winiarski was also drawing for the companies Quality Comics and Hillman Periodicals. His first known credit for Timely Comics was art for the two-page text filler "All Winners" – a story that was also one of future Marvel legend Stan Lee's first comic works – in All-Winners Comics #1 (Summer 1941. As both writer and artist, he created the early superhero-humor feature "The Vagabond" in U.S.A. Comics #2 (Nov. 1941) – continuing it in the next two issues and in Young Allies Comics #4 and Comedy Comics #11 – as well as the single-appearance crusading-journalist feature "Powers of the Press", starring reporter Tom Powers (U.S.A. Comics #3). Also for Timely, Winiarski also wrote and drew such humor features as "The Creeper and Homer" (in Krazy Komics), "Oscar Pig" (in Terrytoons Comics), Millie the Model, and Hedy De Vine Comics. For Timely's 1950s successor, Atlas Comics, he drew numerous horror and suspense stories for anthologies including Strange Tales and Journey into Mystery, while also penciling, inking and probably writing the antics of trouble-prone "Buck Duck" in that funny animal's namesake comic and its predecessor, It's a Duck's Life In 1958, Winiarski did some work for Major Magazines' Mad-like satiric magazine Cracked.

Detective Sergeant Carey of the Chinatown Squad / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Joe Donohue

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Detective Sgt. Carey (intro)

Joseph W. Donohoe 1911-1964 was a Golden Age artist, who worked through Funnies Inc in the 1940s. For National/DC, he made 'Detective Sergeant Carey' in 1937-41. He drew the 'Fearless Fellows' feature in Novelty's 'Blue Bolt' comic book (1944-47).

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Blackie Flint (villain, intro

Popular Comics #14 (Dell, 1937)

Characters include Dick Tracy, Harold Teen, and the Gumps. Artists include Sheldon Mayer.

Dick Tracy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Chester Gould

Pencils:

Chester Gould

Inks:

Chester Gould

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 3.2 pages (report information) Script:

Harold Gray

Pencils:

Harold Gray

Inks:

Harold Gray

Colors:

?

Letters:

?

Indexer Notes

0.8 x 4

[no title indexed](Table of Contents) Maw Green / comic story / 0.8 page (report information) Script:

Harold Gray

Pencils:

Terry and the Pirates / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Milton Caniff

Tom Mix / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Early appearance of character

Credits unknown

Tip Top Comics #11 (United Features Syndicate, 1937)

Tarzan cover feature

youngsters in 1937 were surely lured by the promise of a Tarzan pin-up inside

(there are strip reprints with Hal Foster art in the issue).

1937 - APRIL

For the first time ever 17 different comic books were on the stands with a cover date of April 1937

Ace Comics #1 (David McKay Publications, 1937)

first appearance of Jungle Jim by Alex Raymond, Chic Young's Blondie, Krazy Kat

ran for 151 issues

Ace Comics was a comic book series published by David McKay Publications between 1937 and 1949 — The title reprinted syndicated newspaper strips owned by King Features Syndicate, following the successful formula of a mix of adventure and humor strips introduced by McKay in their King Comics title in April 1936; some of the strips transferred from King Comics from issue #1.

The first issue of Ace Comics was published in April 1937, and included the adventures of hunter Jungle Jim written by Flash Gordon writer Alex Raymond, Chic Young's Blondie, and George Herriman's surreal Krazy Kat strip, all three characters going on to appear in every issue of Ace Comics

the adventures of orphan Tim Tyler in Tim Tyler's Luck and Curley Harper at Lakespur both by Blondie writer/artist Chic Young's brother Lyman Young. Tim Tyler's Luck ran in every issue of Ace Comics, while the Curley Harper strip ended with issue 100, although a single strip just called Curley Harper appeared in issue #107.

The Blondie strip also appeared in every issue of Ace Comics, as did classic the humor strip The Katzenjammer Kids by Rudolph Dirks.

The strip Seein' Stars which ran in the first 50 issues, was written by Arthur Beeman and was based around the Hollywood film industry — cartoon versions of a number of Hollywood stars, including Fred Astaire, Betty Grable and Judy Garland guested.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Joe Musial

Inks:

Joe Musial

Genre:humor; children

Characters:Katzenjammer Kids; Pete the Tramp; Barney Google; Snuffy Smith; Elmer

Tex Thorne / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Zane Grey

Pencils:

Allen Dean

Inks:

Allen Dean

Colors:

?

Letters:

?

Genre:western-frontier

Jungle Jim / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Don Moore

Pencils:

Alex Raymond

Inks:

Alex Raymond

Katzenjammer Kids / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

H. H. Knerr

Genre:humor; children

Harold Hering Knerr (September 4, 1882 – July 8, 1949) was an American comic strip creator, who signed his work H. H. Knerr. He was best known as the writer-artist of The Katzenjammer Kids for 35 years.

Knerr was extremely prolific, producing more than 1,500 Sunday comic pages between 1901 and 1914

From 1903 to 1914, he drew The Fineheimer Twins, an imitation of The Katzenjammer Kids, which made it obvious he was the ideal artist to replace Rudolph Dirks on The Katzenjammer Kids.

Knerr took over The Katzenjammer Kids Sunday strip in November 1914

Elmer / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Doc Winner

Charles H. Winner (December 18, 1885 - August 12, 1956), better known as Doc Winner, was an American cartoonist, notable for his comic strips Tubby and Elmer, plus his contributions to Thimble Theatre, Barney Google and other King Features strips.

In 1923, he began his kid strip Tubby for United Feature Syndicate

Tillie the Toiler / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Russ Westover

Russell Channing Westover (March 8, 1886 – May 3, 1966) was a cartoonist best known for his long-run comic strip Tillie the Toiler.

Westover worked on his concept of a flapper character in a strip he titled Rose of the Office. With a title change to Tillie the Toiler, it sold to King Features Syndicate. Leaving the Herald, he began Tillie the Toiler for King Features in 1921, leading to a 1927 film adaptation by Hearst's Cosmopolitan Pictures with Marion Davies as Tillie.

During the late 1920s, more than 600 papers were carrying Tillie The Toiler. In 1926, he added another strip, The Van Swaggers, to his Sunday page as a topper. Cupples & Leon published a series of at least eight Tillie the Toiler reprint collections beginning in the 1920s and continuing into the 1930s. Westover profited from another movie when Kay Harris appeared in the title role of Columbia Pictures' Tillie the Toiler in 1941.

Tim Tyler's Luck / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Lyman Young

Pencils:

Lyman Young

Inks:

Lyman Young

Lyman W. Young (October 20, 1893 – February 12, 1984) was an American cartoonist who created the strip Tim Tyler's Luck. His younger brother, Chic Young, was the creator of Blondie.

In 1927, he created his own strip, The Kid Sister, a spin-off of The Kelly Kids.[1]

Young launched Tim Tyler's Luck in 1928, and in 1935, he added a topper strip Curley Harper.

Blondie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Chic Young

Murat Bernard "Chic" Young (January 9, 1901 – March 14, 1973) was an American cartoonist who created the popular, long-running comic strip Blondie. His 1919 William McKinley High School Yearbook cites his nickname as Chicken, source of his familiar pen name and signature. According to King Features Syndicate, Young had a daily readership of 52 million.

Young created Blondie. When it debuted September 8, 1930, it quickly became the most popular comic strip in America, gaining even more readers when Blondie and Dagwood married in 1933, followed by the 1934 birth of Baby Dumpling With films, radio, television and products, the strip became a licensing and media bonanza that made Young a wealthy man. During his lifetime, he produced more than 15,000 Blondie strips.[5] Described by former King Features president Joseph Connelly as "the greatest story teller of his kind since the immortal Charles Dickens," Young at his peak received more fan mail than any other cartoonist. His other works include the strip Colonel Potterby and the Duchess, which ran as a topper strip on the Blondie page from 1935 through 1963.

Etta Kett / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Paul Robinson

Paul Dowling Robinson (June 19, 1898 – September 21, 1974) was a comic strip artist best known for his long-run Etta Kett comic strip.

In 1932, Robinson found success with Etta Kett. Etta Kett ran in more than 50 American newspapers for almost 50 years, starting December 1925 and continuing until November 24, 1974

Krazy Kat / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

George Herriman

George Joseph Herriman (August 22, 1880 – April 25, 1944) was an American cartoonist best known for the comic strip Krazy Kat (1913–1944). More influential than popular, Krazy Kat had an appreciative audience among those in the arts.

Herriman began The Dingbat Family, starring E. Pluribus Dingbat and his family.[32] Herriman used typed lettering on the strip on July 26, 1910, but quickly went back to hand-lettering.

In July 1912, while Herriman had the Dingbats on vacation, Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse took over the strip, which was retitled Krazy Kat and I. Mouse for the duration.[39] On October 28, 1913, Krazy Kat debuted as an independent strip on the daily comics page.

Krazy Kat debuted in film in 1916. The first animated films starring a cat were produced by Hearst's International Film Service, though without Herriman's direct involvement

Don Winslow of the Navy #1 (Merwil Publishing, 1937)

This first issue of only two from Merwil, was a hybrid pulp/comic, with 16 pages of comics in color and a complete Don Winslow novel. The cover is a striking painted cover, and DC great Sheldon Mayer contributed interior art. Overstreet doesn't even list a value above VF 8.0

Sheldon Mayer art on the Captain Colorful and Jupiter Jones stories. Painted cover.

One of the first modern comic books ever published with a single character as the focus.

Don Winslow of the Navy was an American comic strip created by Frank Victor Martinek and distributed by the Bell Syndicate from 1934 to 1955. The title character was a spychasing Lieutenant Commander in Naval intelligence. The comic strip led to a radio adventure serial that began in 1937, as well as film serials that began in 1942. Original comics stories also appeared in Fawcett comic books starting in 1943

 

 

 

 

Western Action Thrillers #1 (Dell, 1937)

Square binding, 100 pages. Buffalo Bill story. Only issue of the title.

Buffalo Bill, The Texas Kid, Laramie Joe, Two-Gun Thompson, Rimrock O’Reilly and Wild West Bill appearances.

This was the 4th modern comic book ever from Dell Comics and their first one-shot.

Detective Comics #2 (DC, 1937)

Overstreet cites it as "rare"; and Gerber's The Photo-Journal Guide To Comic Books gives it an outrageous "9" or "Very Rare".

Creig Flessel did the cover; Superman co-creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster contributed scripting and interior art respectively.

2nd issue of the longest running comic book title of all time.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Slam Bradley / comic story / 13 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mystery

Bret Lawton / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Bret Lawton; Pedro (introduction); Spider Malone (villain)

last appearance

Spy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:adventure

Characters:Bart Regan; Phillip Marsden (introduction); Sally Norris; Olga Balinoff (villain); the Captain (villain, introduction)

Feature formerly titled "Bart Regan, Spy".

Star Comics V1#2 (Harry 'A' Chesler, 1937)

A Gerber "8." Just the second copy we've ever offered. Great Dick Ryan cover and art!

There is a Billy Wright pedigree copy of this early comic.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Dick Ryan (signed)

Inks:

Dick Ryan (signed)

River of Death(Table of Contents) comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Inks:

Creig Flessel

Sources of Famous Quotations / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Inks:

Creig Flessel

Star Ranger #2 (Centaur, 1937)

Second issue of the first-ever Western comic book.

Here's the second issue of the first-ever Western comic book, dating from the Platinum Age. Centaurs are always hard to find, and this one's no exception: it's a Gerber "scarce," meaning less than 50 copies are thought to exist.

Jess Phoolin / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Fred Schwab

The Old One(Table of Contents) comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Daniels (signed)

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Bandit Raid(Table of Contents) comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Tom Curry (signed)

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Pal(Table of Contents) comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

W. C. Miller ? [as Vance Miller]

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Home on the Range(Table of Contents) comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Gopher Moore(Table of Contents) comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Midnight Mob(Table of Contents) comic story / 3 pages

Vanishing Herd(Table of Contents) comic story / 4 pages

Okie Doke(Table of Contents) comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Frederick B. Guardineer (October 3, 1913 – September 13, 2002)] was an American illustrator and comic book writer-artist best known for his work in the 1930s and 1940s and for his 1950s art on the Western comic-book series The Durango Kid.

Guardineer contributed two features to the seminal Action Comics #1, the comic book that introduced Superman. He joined the studio of the quirkily named Harry "A" Chesler, an early "packager" supplying comics features on demand for publishers entering the emerging medium of comic books. There he drew adventure features such as "Dave Dean" and the science-fiction feature "Dan Hastings" before going freelance in 1938. Guardineer's first known comics credits appear in Western stories Star Ranger #2 (cover-dated April 1937). He also created for Star Comics, '"Funny Pages and Funny Picture Stories.

He is among the contributors to the future DC Comics' landmark title Action Comics #1 (June 1938), the landmark comic that introduced Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's seminal superhero Superman. There Guardineer wrote, drew and lettered the 12-page feature introducing his magician-hero creation Zatara, a character remaining in the DC stable as of the 21st century. Guardineer was also one of the artists on two features handled previously by Creig Flessel in More Fun Comics: "Pep Morgan" (on which he sometimes used the pseudonym Gene Baxter) and, in Detective Comics, "Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator".

Gun Boss(Table of Contents) comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

[as Jack Melzer]

Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Genre:western-frontier

Boss of the Ranch(Table of Contents) comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel [as Fless] (signed)

Genre:humor

Pinto Pete(Table of Contents) comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel [as Fless] (signed)

Hurtling Death(Table of Contents) comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:

Will Harr

Pencils:

Creig Flessel [as Valens Moreno] (signed)

Bull Moose(Table of Contents) comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel [as C.F.] (signed)

Hi-Lee Hi-Low(Table of Contents) comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel [as Fless] (signed)

The Comics #2 (Dell, 1937)

The 3rd ongoing comic book title from Dell Comics

Features include Tom Mix. J.R. Williams, John Hix, Charles Coll, and Roy Crane art.

Wash Tubbs / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Genre:adventure; humor

Characters:Wash Tubbs [Washington Tubbs II

International Spy Featuring Doctor Doom / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Genre:spy

Characters:Doctor Doom

Western Picture Stories #3 (Comics Magazine, 1937)

There is a Mile High copy.

classic Native American teaching the cowboy.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

William Allison

Wild Tex' Martin / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

William Eisner

Detective Picture Stories #5 (Comics Magazine, 1937)

The first detective/adventure art by Bob Kane appeared in this issue, and Kane's seven-page story concerns the heir to a millionaire fortune, a fellow who has a bit of Bruce Wayne in him! This was the last issue of the first detective comic series. It's part color, part black and white. In addition to the Bob Kane connection, there's another DC tie -- this series' publisher, the Comics Magazine Company, was started by two gents who left the company now known as DC. The cover star is the Clock, who appeared in Quality comics in later years. the Clock, the first masked hero created for comic books.

The Clock / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

George E. Brenner

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:The Clock

The Clock / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

George Brenner [as Geo E. Brenner] (signed)

The Case of the Missing Heir(Table of Contents) comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Dr. J. R. Ferguson (death); Peterson (lawyer); Rodgers; Dorothy; John Williams; Matilda (maid); The Boss (villain); Slick Ranger (villain, make-up artist)

Synopsis:John Williams inherits a fortune from his uncle, unaware that clever criminals have secured the services of a make-up artist, who will pose as Williams and take over the fortune.

Famous Funnies #33 (Eastern Color, 1937)

Careers of Baby Face Nelson and John Dillinger are traced.

S'matter Pop? / cover / 1 page

War On Crime / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Rex Collier

Pencils:

Kemp Starrett ?

Genre:crime

Characters:John Dillinger

Queenie / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S.M. Iger

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Philip Francis Nowlan

Pencils:

Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Fisher's History of Boxing / comic story / 0.2 page (report information) Script:

Ham Fisher

Pencils:

Al Capp [as Ham Fisher]

Genre:sports [

Joe Palooka / comic story / 0.8 page (report information) Script:

Ham Fisher

Pencils:

Al Capp [as Ham Fisher]

The Funnies #7 (Dell, 1937)

Dell Comics 2nd ongoing comic series

Major Hoopoe / cover / 1

Dan Dunn / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Pencils:

Norman Marsh

Inks:

Norman Marsh

Scribbly / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Genre:teen [

Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Tad of the Tanbark / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Funny Pages #10 (Comics Magazine, 1937).

The 1st ongoing comic title from Comics Magazine

Will Eisner artwork.

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Pencils:

Ellis Edwards

The Clock Strikes / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

George Brenner [as Geo. E. Brenner] (signed)

The Sapphire Eye of Sekhmet / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner

last appearance

Funny Picture Stories #6 (Comics Magazine, 1937)

Gerber (a 7 or "scarce")

War cover by an unidentified artist.

Tom Campbell / cover

Bob Steele / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

George Brenner

Genre:science fiction

King Comics #13 (David McKay Publications, 1937)

Mile High pedigree

Thimble Theatre; Henry; Little King; Bringing Up Father; Just Kids / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Joe Musial (signed)

Genre:humorCharacters:Popeye; Jiggs; Mush Stebbins; Little King; Henry

Thimble Theatre / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

E. C. Segar

Pencils:

Genre:humorCharacters:Eugene the Jeep; Popeye; Rough House; Geezil;

Flash Gordon / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Alex Raymond

Pencils:

Genre:adventure; science fiction

Sport Features / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Damon Runyon ?

Pencils:

Jack Burnley

Genre:non-fiction; sportsReprints:

from Sport Features Sundays (King Features) 1937

Mandrake the Magician / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Lee Falk

Pencils:

Phil Davis

Genre:adventureCharacters:Mandrake; LotharReprints:

from Mandrake the Magician Sundays (King Features) 1936-

Mickey Mouse Magazine #v2#7 [19]

Donald Duck cover

Minnie Mouse , Pluto, 3 Little Pigs etc.

Popular Comics #15 (Dell, 1937)

Features Terry and the Pirates, Dick Tracy, and others.

Larson pedigree

Dick Tracy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Chester Gould

Genre:detective-mystery

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 3.2 pages (report information) Script:

Harold Gray

Terry and the Pirates / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Milton Caniff

Don Winslow / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Frank V. Martinek

Pencils:

Leon A. Beroth

Tip Top Comics #12 (United Features Syndicate/Standard, 1937)

Tarzan

Lil Abner

Ella Cinders

Broncho Bill

Jim Hardy

1st appearance of JIM HARDY

Distributed by: United Feature Syndicate

First Appeared: 1936

Creator: Dick Moores

Richard Arnold Moores (December 12, 1909 – April 22, 1986) was an American cartoonist whose best known work was the comic strip Gasoline Alley, which he worked on for nearly three decades

He met Frank King while in Chicago, sharing a studio with him while drawing his own strip from 1936 to 1942: initially known as Jim Hardy, it later focused on a cowboy supporting character, Windy, and his horse, Paddles That was followed by 14 years working for Disney, drawing Uncle Remus and later Scamp and a short period in the 1950s at Western Publishing drawing funny animal comic books. The best known of these is the Mickey Mouse story "The Wonderful Whizzix" (Four Color #427, Oct. 1952), which some regard as the inspiration for the Disney's The Love Bug.

1937 - MAY

Feature Books #1 King of the Royal Mounted (David McKay, 1937)

This historic title was the first US comic book to devote complete issues to different characters. This was the first time this was attempted in the comic book market.

The series started its numbering after two unnumbered issues ("Popeye" and "Dick Tracy"). The Feature Book series reprinted the popular newspaper strips of the time, such as: "Popeye", "Dick Tracy", "Little Orphan Annie", "The Lone Ranger", "Secret Agent X-9", "The Phantom", "Mandrake the Magician" and on.

The first 25 issues were oversized (23x30,5 cm) black and white comic books while issues 26-57 were standard sized color comic books.

Feature Book was from the David McKay Company David McKay was also instrumental in Mickey Mouse merchandising, printing many of the fine Mickey Mouse books from the 1930s.

LuLu #1 (May 1937) Sun Publications, 1937 Chicago, Illinois

Price: 0.25 USD Pages: 52 Indicia / Colophon Publisher: Sun Publications

Editing:Don Ulsh Color: Black and White

Binding: saddle- stitched Publishing Format: ongoing series

cover /

Pencils:

Don Ulsh

Genre:humor

Cover logo appears to read: "It's a Lu-Lu" on this issue only.

May 1937 - 1941 ?

21 (#1 - #21)

Filled with bawdy one panel gags and jokes. Contains adult content.

Ace Comics #2 (David McKay Publications, 1937)

2nd comic book appearances of Jungle Jim by Alex Raymond, Chic Young's Blondie, Krazy Kat. All 3 characters appear in all 151 issues of this series.

Ace Comics was a comic book series published by David McKay Publications between 1937 and 1949 —

Contains some newspaper strip reprints.

Appearances by Tex Thorne, Tillie the Toiler, Etta Kett, Blondie, Ripleys Believe It Or Not and many more.

Seein’ Stars ran in the first 50 issues featuring Hollywood movie stars.

The adventures of orphan Tim Tyler in Tim Tyler's Luck and Curley Harper at Lakespur both by Blondie writer/artist Chic Young's brother Lyman Young. Tim Tyler's Luck ran in every issue of Ace Comics, while the Curley Harper strip ended with issue 100, although a single strip just called Curley Harper appeared in issue #107.

The Blondie strip also appeared in every issue of Ace Comics, as did classic the humor strip The Katzenjammer Kids by Rudolph Dirks.

Don Winslow of the Navy #2 (Merwil Publishing, 1937)

This is the final issue of only two from Merwil, A hybrid pulp/comic, with 16 pages of comics in color and a complete Don Winslow novel. DC great Sheldon Mayer contributed interior art. Painted cover.

One of the first modern comic books ever published with a single character as the focus.

Don Winslow of the Navy was an American comic strip created by Frank Victor Martinek and distributed by the Bell Syndicate from 1934 to 1955.

Detective Comics #3 (DC, 1937)

Overstreet calls it "rare", while Gerber calls it "very rare with a rating of 9", signifying that between six and ten are thought to exist. and one of the only reasons that it's been kept out of Overstreet's Top 100 Golden Age Comics list is only because no value above VF is listed;

Creig Flessel provided the "jailbird in the spotlight" cover and interior art for the issue. Joe Shuster and Sven Elven art. Jerry Siegel story.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Keywords:convicts

Speed Saunders / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel ?

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Speed Saunders; Spider Liverman (villain); Lora

Shooting Lesson(Table of Contents) text story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Capt. E. R. Anthony

Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Spy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Slam Bradley / comic story / 13 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Jim Bettersworth (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Slam Bradley; Shorty; D'arcy (villain); Purnelli (villain)

Jim Bettersworth was a gag cartoonist for Boy's Life in 1938-39. He drew the feature 'Slam Bradley' in National/DC's Detective Comics in 1937.

Star Comics #3 1937 Chesler Comics

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Dick Ryan (signed)

Inks:

Dick Ryan (signed)

Racist cover

Professor McScrewy / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer [as FBG] (signed)

Inks:

Fred Guardineer [as FBG] (signed)

Dan Hastings / text story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Ken Fitch

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Genre:science fiction

Dan Hastings / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Genre:science fictionCharacters:Dan Hastings, Dr. Carter,

Penny Aunty / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Pencils:

John Lindermayer (signed)

Genre:humorCharacters:Penny Aunty

John Lindermayer worked through the Harry "A" Chesler shop and the Eisner-Iger studio. In 1935-36, he published by DC/National's New Fun, doing features like 'Pelion and Ossa' and 'Oswald the Rabbit'. In 1939, he did a feature called 'Denny Scott of the Bengal Tigers' for Mystery Men Comics by Fox Comics. He also did various Centaur features, such as 'Granny and her Pets', 'His Highness', 'Penny Aunty' and 'Speed-a-way'. In Quality's Hit Comics, he did the 'Jack and Jill' feature in 1940.

Star Ranger #3 1937 Chesler Comics

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Fred Schwab

Inks:

Fred Schwab

The Buffalo(Table of Contents) comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Will Harr

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Inks:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Lyin' Lou / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Inks:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Maverick Puncher(Table of Contents) text story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Fred Guardineer

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Inks:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Wagon Trail(Table of Contents) comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Fred Guardineer [FBG]

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer [FBG]

Inks:

Fred Guardineer [FBG]

The Comics #3 (Dell, 1937)

3rd series from Dell Comics reprinting popular newspaper strips of the day.

Early appearances of Tom Mix, Wash Tubbs and Myra North begin.

This issue featured reprints from comic strip dailies and from recent Big Little Books.

rated "scarce" by The Photo-Journal Guide to Comic Books. Newspaper strip reprints.

Ally Oop begins in this issue.

Wash Tubbs / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Sheldon Mayer ?

Genre:adventureCharacters:Captain Easy

Alley Oop and Dinny / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

V .T. Hamlin

Genre:adventure; science fiction

In the Name of the Law / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

William Engle

Pencils:

Henry Vallely

Genre:non-fiction; crime

Characters:"Legs" DiamondReprints:

from Big Little Book #1155.Altered.

HENRY E. VALLELY (1881-1950). Artist for fashion and women magazines, big little books and comics.

International Spy Featuring Doctor Doom / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Conrad Vane

Pencils:

Jim Gary ?

Jim Gary (2 May 1905 - ?, USA)

worked at the commercial department of King Features Syndicate, where he illustrated book covers for adventure novels. In the mid-1930s, he worked with Stephen Slesinger on series for Whitman Publishing.

he illustrated the cowboy comic 'G-Men' and adaptations of Boris Karloff series. For Popular Comics and Crackajack Funnies, he drew the adventures of the Chinese detective 'Mr. Wong'. From 1939, Jim Gary was the artist of the 'King of the Royal Mounted' comic. Created originally as a Sunday page by author Zane Grey and artist Allen Dean in 1935, Jim Gary took over the comic from Dean's successor Charles Flanders. A daily feature had already been added to the Sunday page by that time, and Gary drew both until 1955. He was also the assistant of Fred Harman on 'Red Ryder' between 1938 and 1962.

Famous Funnies #34 (Eastern Color, 1937)

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Victor E. Pazmino

Genre:humorCharacters:Sam Smithers; Cam O'Flage

War On Crime / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Rex Collier

Pencils:

Kemp Starrett ?

Genre:crimeKeywords:True crime story

Kemp Starrett

(1890 - 1952, USA)

Kemp Starrett was a newspaper cartoonist and comic strip artist, He drew the 'Roy Powers, Eagle Scout' strip during the first year of its run, until it was taken over by Frank Godwin, another artist for the Ledger. Also for this newspaper, he worked on features like 'Babe Bunting' and 'War On Crime', but his longest running series was 'Vignettes of Life', which he drew from 1939 to 1952.

Queenie / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

Fisher's History of Boxing / comic story / 0.2 page (report information) Script:

Ham Fisher

Pencils:

Al Capp [as Ham Fisher]

Genre:sports

copyright McNaught Syndicate

Joe Palooka / comic story / 0.8 page (report information) Script:

Ham Fisher

Al Capp [as Ham Fisher]

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger

Genre:children

copyright Eisner-Iger

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Philip Francis Nowlan

Pencils:

Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed)

Genre:science fiction

The Funnies #8 (Dell, 1937)

Alley-Oop, Dan Dunn, Captain Easy, Mutt & Jeff, Tailspin Tommy, and others appearances.

Dan Dunn Secret Operative 48 / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh (credited)

Pencils:

Norman Marsh (credited)

Inks:

Norman Marsh (credited)

Colors:

?

Letters:

?

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Dan Dunn; Babs; Irwin; KayReprints:

from Dan Dunn Sunday (Publishers Syndicate) 1936.09.20

Ben Webster's Page / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Jay Jerome Williams [as Edwin Alger] (credited)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Ben Webster; Briar (a dog); Cap'n Avery [Phineas Avery]; Elmer Avery; Zebulon Zippy; Eel (villain); Sam Billop (villain)Reprints:

from Ben Webster's Page (Bell Syndicate) 1936

Edwin Alger

Edwin Alger Jr., pseudonym of Jay Jerome Williams, was the writer of 'Phil Hardy', drawn by George Storm in 1925. This strip appeared under the name 'Bound to Win' between 1927 and 1934. He is also the creator of the comic strip 'Ben Webster' (or 'Ben Webster's Career'), which appeared in newspapers between 1934 and 1940, and in comic books published by National/DC. It is possible that Alger did the art himself during the comic's early years, but in later years he has worked with several ghost artists.

The Tiny Mites / text story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Hal Cochran (credited)

Pencils:

George Scarbo (credited, signed)

Genre:anthropomorphic-funny animals

George Scarbo assisted JR Williams on the 'Out Our Way' feature. He created his own feature 'The Tinymites' in 1935. In the 1940s, he made his animal feature 'The Comic Zoo', featuring characters like 'Blackie Bear'.

Tailspin Tommy / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest (credited)

Four Aces / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest (credited)

Why Big Brothers Leave Home / comic story / 0.1 page (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer [as Scribbly] (credited)

Genre:humor; childrenCharacters:Scribbly Jibbet; Dinky Jibbet

Scribbly / comic story / 0.9 page (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer (credited)

Why Big Brothers Leave Home / comic story / 0.1 page (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer [as Scribbly] (credited)

Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore ?

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer ?

Genre:adventureCharacters:Don Dixon; Mala; Prince Simbi; TekReprints:

from Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire Sunday (Watkins Syndicate) ?

Tad of the Tanbark / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Moore (credited)

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer (credited)

Genre:adventure

Annibelle / comic story / 0.5 page (report information) Script:

Virginia Krausmann (credited)

Pencils:

Virginia Krausmann (credited)

Inks:

Virginia Krausmann (credited)

Colors:

?

Letters:

?

Characters:AnnibelleReprints:

from Annibelle Sunday (NEA Service, Inc.) 1936.04.26

Virginia Krausmann was one of the female comic artists of the beginning of the twentieth century. She was especilly known for the versatility of her style, taking over many strips from other artists, such as 'Annibelle' from Dorothy Urfer (1936-1939) and 'Marianne' from Ethel Hays in 1936.

King Comics #14 (David McKay Publications, 1937)

Joe Musial Popeye and Henry cover. Flash Gordon and Mandrake the Magician appearances.

Jack Burnley art.

Mile High pedigree

Thimble Theatre with Popeye / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Joe Musial (signed)

Inks:

Joe Musial (signed

Flash Gordon / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Alex Raymond

Pencils:

Alex Raymond (signed)

Sport Features / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Damon Runyon ?

Pencils:

Jack Burnley (signed)

Mandrake the Magician / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Lee Falk

Pencils:

Phil Davis

Mickey Mouse Magazine #20 (1937) Western

Stories about Donald Duck, Pluto, Goofy, Mickey Mouse, Mortimer Mouse and others

More Fun Comics #20 (1937) DC

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Vincent Sullivan (signed)

Inks:

Vincent Sullivan (signed)

Colors:

?

Genre:humor; childrenCharacters:Spike Spalding

Thrilling True Stories / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Richard B. Speed (signed)

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Genre:adventure

Doctor Occult / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Leger]

Pencils:

Joe Shuster [as Reuths]

Inks:

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernaturalCharacters:Doctor Occult; Rose Psychic; Nita Crane

Pep Morgan / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Hanko the Cowhand / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Genre:humorCharacters:Hanko (intro);

Bradley Boys / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Mark Marson of the Interplanetary Police / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Tom Hickey

Genre:science fiction

Radio Squad / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Sandy Kean; Jimmy Trent;

Detective Comics #3 / promo (ad

NEW ADVENTURE COMICS #15 (1937) DC

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Inks:

Creig Flessel

Steve Conrad Adventurer / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Popular Comics #16 (Dell, 1937)

Features Dick Tracy, Skippy, Terry and the Pirates, Smitty, Gasoline Alley, and others.

Dick Tracy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Chester Gould

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Harold Gray

Terry and the Pirates / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Milton Caniff

Don Winslow / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Frank V. Martinek

Pencils:

Leon A. Beroth

Bos'n Hal / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Frank V. Martinek

Pencils:

Leon A. Beroth

Inks:

Leon A. Beroth

was the leading artist of the daily 'Don Winslow of the Navy' strip from 1934 to 1952, that was written by Lt. Commander Frank V. Martinek.

 

Tip Top Comics #13 (United Features Syndicate, 1937)

Tarzan is the cover feature, and inside the issue are Hal Foster strip reprints of the Lord of the Jungle.

Other characters include Li'l Abner and the Captain and the Kids.

1937 - JUNE

A record setting 18 different comics on the stands that month for the first time ever The highest it would reach in 1937.

Picture Crimes #1 (David McKay Publications, 1937)

Very rare book, similar in design and content to Detective Comics #1.

Gerber lists as "7" or "scarce",

No values are listed in Overstreet

All the stories are crime genre

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils: Edgar Franklin

Genre:crime

Edgar Franklin Wittmack (1894–1956) was an illustrator and cover artist for many of the most popular magazines of the 1920s and 1930s. His covers, were usually created as oil paintings. Where Rockwell specialized in the humorous aspects of small town life, Wittmack dealt mainly with male-oriented interests. He often painted heroic or action-type figures for the "Saturday Evening Post, "Outdoor Life"[3] as well as the "quality" pulp magazines such as Adventure [4] and Short Stories. [5]

However, he is probably most known for the covers he created for "Popular Science". His "retro-futuristic" style was used during the depression to artistically convert the ideas of inventive Americans into unique visual expressions of potential reality. He wrote and drew 2 series for Ace Comics in 1941-2 covering the early events of World War II at sea — Battle of the Atlantic and Battle for the Seven Seas.

Feature Books #2 Popeye (David McKay, 1937)

One of the nicest Popeye covers in comics, featuring Popeye and Swee'pea. Reprints strips by Segar, 52 pages.

This historic title was the first US comic book to devote complete issues to different characters. This was the first time this was attempted in the comic book market.

The first 25 issues were oversized black and white comic books

Popeye / comic story / 68 pages (report information) Script:

E. C. Segar

Genre:adventure; humor

Characters:Popeye; Olive Oyl; Toar; Zexa Peal

Newspaper daily strips modified for comic book format November 1935 thru January 1936.

LuLu #2 (May 1937) Sun Publications, 1937 Chicago, Illinois

Price: 0.25 USD Pages: 52 Indicia / Colophon Publisher: Sun Publications

Editing:Don Ulsh Color: Black and White saddle- stitched ongoing series

Genre:humor

May 1937 - 1941 ?

21 (#1 - #21)

Filled with bawdy one panel gags and jokes. Contains adult content.

Ace Comics #3 (David McKay Publications, 1937)

3rd comic book appearances of Jungle Jim by Alex Raymond, Chic Young's Blondie, Krazy Kat.

All 3 characters appear in all 151 issues of this series.

Ace Comics was a comic book series published by David McKay Publications between 1937 and 1949 —

Contains some newspaper strip reprints.

Appearances by Tex Thorne, Tillie the Toiler, Etta Kett, Blondie, Ripleys Believe It Or Not and many more.

Seein’ Stars ran in the first 50 issues featuring Hollywood movie stars.

Tim Tyler's Luck ran in every issue of Ace Comics, while the Curley Harper strip ended with issue 100,

The Blondie strip also appeared in every issue of Ace Comics, as did classic the humor strip The Katzenjammer Kids by Rudolph Dirks.

Detective Comics #4 (DC, 1937)

Gerber calls it "very rare with a rating of 8"

Early issue of the longest running title in comic book history which would lead to the creation of DC Comics.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Speed Saunders / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel [as Fless]

Spy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:adventure; detective-mystery

Slam Bradley / comic story / 12 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Slam Bradley; Shorty Morgan; VILLAIN: Terril Desmond (intro)

Star Comics #4 (Harry 'A' Chesler, 1937)

rated an "8" or "rare" by Gerber's Photo-Journal Guide to Comic Books.

1st modern comics cover of Little Nemo cover.

Little Nemo in Slumberland / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Bob McCay [as Winsor McCay, Jr.]

The cover is by Winsor McCay, Jr., son of the creator of Little Nemo in Slumberland. You can tell it is not his father's work because the female characters are not drawn the same. Winsor McCay Jr. is also known as Bob McCay (his real name was Robert Winsor McCay).

Impy / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob McCay [as Winsor McCay, Jr.]

Robert McCay (21 June 1896 – 21 April 1962) was an American cartoonist during the golden age of comic books. He worked professionally under the names Winsor McCay Jr., and Bob McCay. He was the son of cartoonist and animator Winsor McCay.

In 1935, McCay signed with King Features Syndicate to produce Nemo in Adventureland, which featured the characters of his father's work Little Nemo as adults and ran until 1936. He also made political cartoons for the syndicate during the 1930s, In 1937, Harry "A" Chesler created a newspaper syndicate, signing McCay to produce a new version of Little Nemo, as well as a daily featuring Impie. Production continued on both after the syndicate was closed in 1938, being utilized in various comic books including Cocomalt Comics and Blue Ribbon, published by MLJ Publications (later Archie Publications). Street & Smith ran Little Nemo in 1942 in Shadow Comics. In 1945, McCay was again with Chesler’s shop, producing Little Nemo in Adventureland for Red Seal and Punch Comics until 1947, when the shop closed down for the final time Around 1939, McCay began working for DC Comics as a colorist, and would continue until about 1945. He was a background illustrator and inker at the Jack Binder Studio, working on the Fawcett character Bulletman, and Street & Smith’s Ajax the Sun Man and Blackstone the Magician.

Voice of the People / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Fred Guardineer [FBG]

Ima Sphinx / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer ?

Dan Hastings / text story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Ken Fitch

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Dan Hastings / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Ken Fitch

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

When Mother Was a Girl / cartoon / 0.33 page (report information) Script:

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer ?

When Father Was a Boy / cartoon / 0.33 page (report information) Script:

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer ?

Star Ranger #4 (Harry "A" Chesler, 1937)

Billy Wright pedigree

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Dick Ryan

Inks:

Dick Ryan

Tala(Table of Contents) comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Daniels

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

The Last Hand(Table of Contents) text story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Charles R. Allen

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer [As FBG]

Inks:

Fred Guardineer

The Gay Desperado(Table of Contents) comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Lyin' Lou / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Prairie Dog(Table of Contents) comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Western Picture Stories #4 (Comics Magazine, 1937)

This final issue of the short-lived Western-themed title is the hardest to find of the four that were published. Gerber lists it as an "8," meaning only 11-20 copies are believed to exist.

Mile High pedigree

Buck Bush / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Joseph E. Buresch

Famous Frontiersmen / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Ray Burley

Pencils:

Ray Burley

Inks:

Ray Burley

Letters:

?

Genre:non-fiction; biography; western-frontierCharacters:Wyatt Earp

Funny Picture Stories #7 (Comics Magazine, 1937)

This final issue of the short-lived title

Professor Joshwink / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Eugene Koscik

Tom Dawson / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

Steve Jussen (signed)

Steve Jussen worked for Centaur comic books through Funnies Inc. in the late 1940s. He did script and art on features like 'Christopher's Coffin', 'Jerry Frost, Sea Scout', 'Tom Dawson' and 'Zardi, Eternal Man'.

The Funnies #9 (Dell, 1937)

Mile High pedigree

Dan Dunn / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

G-Men On The Job / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Dick Blair

Pencils:

Milt Youngren

Tailspin Tommy / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest

Scribbly / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Genre:teen

Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Tad of the Tanbark / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Funny Pages #11 (Comics Magazine, 1937)

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

J. Patterson

The Clock / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

George Brenner

Tip Top Comics #14 (United Features Syndicate/Standard, 1937)

Over 100 funnies featuring newspaper reprints such as

Tarzan

Lil Abner

Ella Cinders

Jim Hardy

Captain and the Kids

Joe Jinks

Broncho Bill

Hawkshaw The Detective

And more

King Comics #15 (David McKay Publications, 1937)

Mile High pedigree

Popeye cover

Popeye, Henry, Flash Gordon, and Little Annie Rooney., Henry, King of the Royal Mounted

New Adventure Comics #16 (DC, 1937)

This issue marks the first non-humor cover of the title, and is labeled "scarce" by Gerber.

Junior Federal Men Club begins with this issue.

Federal Men / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Inks:

Creig Flessel

Colors:

?

Genre:adventure; detective-mysteryCharacters:Steve Carson

Dale Daring / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely [as Will Georgi]

Inks:

Will Ely

Bill Ely William J. Ely (b. 1919, USA)

William J. Ely worked as a comic book artist from the late 1930s to the early 1960s. Initially working through Funnies Inc, he did art on Dell features like 'Ellery Queen', 'Martan the Marvel Man', 'The Robinsons' and 'Caling All Cars'. He has worked extensively for National/DC titles, starting with features like 'Barry O'Neill', 'Larry Steele', Sandra of the Secret Service' and 'Dale Daring' in the 1930s, to mystery and crime features for House of Mystery, House of Secrets, Casebook Mystery and Tales of the Unexpected in the 1950s and 1960s.

Ely has also drawn adventure comics for Centaur, Fiction House, ACG/Creston, Ziff-Davis, Eastern Color, Hillman, Marvel and Charlton. He has illustrated such superhero comics as 'Rip Hunter, Time Master' and 'The Atom'.

Steve Conrad Adventurer / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Jungle Fever / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Ed Winiarski

Popular Comics #17 (Dell, 1937)

Dick Tracy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Chester Gould

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Harold Gray

Terry and the Pirates / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Milton Caniff

Mickey Mouse Magazine #21 (1937) Western

Stories about Donald Duck, Pluto, Mickey Mouse, Mortimer Mouse and others

More Fun Comics #21 (1937) DC

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Vincent Sullivan (signed)

Inks:

Vincent Sullivan (signed)

Colors:

?

Genre:humor; children

Sandra of the Secret Service / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely [as Will Georgi] (signed)

Bradley Boys / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Pencils:

Creig Flessel [as Fless]

Thrilling True Stories / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Richard B. Speed (signed)

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Hanko the Cowhand / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Pep Morgan / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Doctor Occult / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Leger]

Pencils:

Joe Shuster [as Reuths]

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Characters:Doctor Occult; Rose Psychic; Custer the ButlerSynopsis:Occult discovers that Nita Crane's tomb is emtpy.

Radio Squad / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Detective Comics #4 / promo (ad

Famous Funnies #35 (Eastern Color, 1937

Oaky Doaks / cover

War On Crime / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Rex Collier

Pencils:

Kemp Sterret

Queenie / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. I. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Philip Francis Nowlan

Pencils:

Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1937 - JULY

16 different comic titles had a July 1937 cover date. A slight drop from the month before.

Gags #1 (United Features Syndicate, 1937)

Rare one-shot comic featuring jokes and cartoons from the publisher who gave us the monthly Tip T op Comics

#1 is labeled as the summer issue but there would never be a followup issue.

Feature Books #3 Popeye (David McKay, 1937)

This historic title was the first US comic book to devote complete issues to different characters. This was the first time this was attempted in the comic book market.

The first 25 issues were oversized black and white comic books

Single character for the entire issue = Featuring Popeye and the Jeep.

Popeye / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Elzie Segar

Genre:humor

Characters:Popeye; the Jeep

Popeye / comic story / 83 pages (report information) Script:

Elzie Segar

Genre:humorCharacters:Popeye; the Jeep; Wimpy; Swee' Pea; Olive OylReprints:

from Popeye newspaper strips March? thru July, 1936

LuLu #3 (1937) Sun Publications, 1937 Chicago, Illinois

Price: 0.25 USD Pages: 52 Indicia / Colophon Publisher: Sun Publications

Editing:Don Ulsh Color: Black and White saddle- stitched ongoing series

Genre:humor

May 1937 - 1941 ?

21 (#1 - #21)

Filled with bawdy one panel gags and jokes. Contains adult content.

Ace Comics #4 (David McKay Publications, 1937)

4th comic book appearances of Jungle Jim by Alex Raymond, Chic Young's Blondie, and Krazy Kat.

All 3 characters appear in all 151 issues of this series.

Ace Comics was a comic book series published by David McKay Publications between 1937 and 1949 —

Seein’ Stars ran in the first 50 issues featuring Hollywood movie stars.

Tim Tyler's Luck ran in every issue of Ace Comics

Curley Harper strip ran in the first 100 issues,

Blondie appeared in every issue of Ace Comics, as did the humor strip The Katzenjammer Kids by Rudolph Dirks.

Contains some strip reprints and features appearances by Tex Tyler, Tillie the Toiler, Etta Kett, and many more.

The Comics #4 (Dell, 1937)

3rd series from Dell Comics reprinting popular newspaper strips of the day.

Rates a 7 on the Gerber Scarcity Index.

Early appearances of Tom Mix, Wash Tubbs and Myra North

featured reprints from comic strip dailies and from recent Big Little Books.

Wash Tubbs / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Characters:Wash Tubbs

Keywords:fishing

Wash Tubbs / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Roy Crane

Genre:humor

Characters:Wash Tubbs; Lulu Belle

Reprints:

from Wash Tubbs strip (NEA)

Detective Comics #5 (DC, 1937)

Larry Steele begins in this issue that features art by Creig Flessel (cover and interior art) and Joe Shuster.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Inks:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Slam Bradley / comic story / 13 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Winged Death(Table of Contents) text story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Whitney Ellsworth [as Fredric Wells]

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Spy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Larry Steele / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely (Will George)

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Larry Steele (introduction); Mr. Steele (introduction, Larry's father)

Speed Saunders / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel [as Fless]

Star Comics #5 (Harry 'A' Chesler, 1937)

Little Nemo story. Gerber rates this issue an "8", or "rare". Cover by Winsor McCay.

Little Nemo in Slumberland; Impy / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Bob McCay [as Winsor McCay Jr.] (signed)

Inks:

Bob McCay [as Winsor McCay Jr.] (signed)

Colors:

Bob McCay ?

Letters:

?

Genre:childrenCharacters:Little Nemo; Impy

Little Nemo in Slumberland / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob McCay [as Winsor McCay, Jr.]

Pencils:

Bob McCay [as Winsor McCay, Jr.]

Inks:

Bob McCay [as Winsor McCay, Jr.]

Colors:

Bob McCay

Letters:

Bob McCay [as Winsor McCay, Jr.]

Genre:humor; childrenCharacters:Little Nemo; Flip; Doctor Pill; Princess of Slumberland

Penny Aunty / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

John Lindermayer [as Linder Mayr] (signed)

 

Dan Hastings / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Ken Fitch

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

When Father Was a Boy / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Star Ranger #5 (Centaur, 1937)

Fred Schwab 4th of July flag cover. Fred Guardineer art.

Cowboy 4th of July / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Fred Schwab

Rolling Plains(Table of Contents) comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer [as FBG]

Lyin' Lou / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer?

White Coat(Table of Contents) comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Daniels (signed)

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Rattlesnake(Table of Contents) comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer [as FBG] (signed

Free Gold(Table of Contents) comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Where Men Are Men(Table of Contents) illustration / 0.5 page (report information) Script:

Will Eisner?

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Eisner] (signe

Slim Pickens / comic story / 0.75 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Jack Cole (signed JGC)

Jack Ralph Cole (December 14, 1914 – August 13, 1958)[1] was an American cartoonist best known for creating the comedic superhero Plastic Man, and his cartoons for Playboy magazine.

Cole began drawing for the studio of the Harry "A" Chesler, one of the first comic-book "packagers" who supplied outsourced stories to publishers entering the new medium. There, Cole drew for Centaur Publications comics such as Funny Pages and Keen Detective Funnies. Lev Gleason Publications hired Cole in 1939 to edit Silver Streak Comics, where one of his first tasks was to revamp the newly created superhero Daredevil. Other characters created or worked on by the prolific tyro include MLJ's The Comet in Pep Comics—who in short order became the first superhero to be killed—and his replacement, the Hangman.

After becoming an editor at Lev Gleason and revamping Jack Binder's original Golden Age Daredevil in 1940, Cole was hired at Quality Comics. He worked with Will Eisner, assisting on the writer-artist's signature hero The Spirit—a masked crime-fighter created for a weekly syndicated newspaper Sunday supplement and reprinted in Quality Comics. At the behest of Quality publisher Everett "Busy" Arnold, Cole later created his own satiric, Spirit-style hero, Midnight, for Smash Comics No. 18 (Jan. 1941). Midnight, the alter ego of radio announcer Dave Clark, wore a similar fedora hat and domino mask, and partnered with a talking monkey—questionably in place of the Spirit's young African-American sidekick, Ebony White.[4] During Eisner's World War II military service, Cole and Lou Fine were the primary Spirit ghost artists; their stories were reprinted in DC Comics' hardcover collections The Spirit Archives Vols. 5 to 9 (2001–2003), spanning July 1942 – Dec. 1944. Cole created Plastic Man for a backup feature in Quality's Police Comics #1 (Aug. 1941). Plastic Man gained his own title in 1943

 

 

 

The Funnies #10 Lost Valley pedigree (Dell, 1937)

Dan Dunn / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Tailspin Tommy / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest

Scribbly / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Genre:adventure; science fiction

Tad of the Tanbark / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Inks:

Carl Pfeufer

Tip Top Comics #15 (United Features Syndicate/Standard, 1937)

Highlights include

Tarzan

Lil Abner

Ella Cinders

Jim Hardy

Captain and the Kids

Hankshaw the Detective

And more

King Comics #16 (David McKay Publications, 1937)

Joe Musial cover.

Mile High pedigree

Popeye cover

Popeye, Henry, Flash Gordon, and Little Annie Rooney., Henry, King of the Royal Mounted

New Adventure Comics #17 (DC, 1937)

New Adventure Comics #v2#5 (17)

Another funny cover by Creig Flessel, one of DC's stable of artists who would go on to create some of the most memorable action covers of the 1930s, such as Detective #13 and Adventure #46.

Larson pedigree

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Inks:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Colors:

?

Characters:Boy (chased by bear

Nadir, Master of Magic / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Bill Ely

Pencils:

Bill Ely [as Will Georgi]

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Dale Daring / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bill Ely

Pencils:

Bill Ely (Will Georgi)

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Inks:

Joe Shuster

Colors:

?

Letters:

?

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Steve Carson;

Steve Conrad Adventurer / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Popular Comics #18 (Dell, 1937)

Dick Tracy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Chester Gould

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Harold Gray

Terry and the Pirates / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Milton Caniff

Mickey Mouse Magazine #v2#10 [22]

Donald Duck cover

Funny animal stories

More Fun Comics #22 (DC 1937)

Some of the most influential scripters and artists of comics' early days contributed to this issue, including Creig Flessel, Vincent Sullivan, Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, and Leo O'Mealia.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Vincent Sullivan (signed)

Genre:humor

Synopsis:Kid returning from fishing trip

Sandra of the Secret Service / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely (Will Georgi)

Jack Woods / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely (Will Georgi)

Genre:detective-mystery

Johnnie Law / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely (Will Georgi)

Radio Squad / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Dr. Occult / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster [as Reuths]

Mark Marson / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Tom Hickey

Genre:science fiction

Bradley Boys / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Hanko the Cowhand / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Pep Morgan / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Jungle Fever / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Ed Winiarski

Pencils:

Ed Winiarski [as Win]

Genre:jungle

Continued from NEW ADVENTURE COMICS #16; last appearance.

Famous Funnies #36 Lost Valley pedigree (Eastern Color, 1937)

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Victor E. Pazmino

War On Crime / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Rex Collier

Pencils:

Kemp Starrett ?

Inks:

Kemp Starrett ?

Queenie / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

Pencils:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger

Pencils:

S. M. Iger

Genre:childrenSynopsis:copyright Eisner-Iger

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Philip Francis Nowlan

Pencils:

Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed)

Genre:science fiction

 

1937 - AUGUST

August had only 12 comics released this month

A large drop and the lowest since January

Feature Books #4 Dick Tracy (David McKay, 1937)

Dick Tracy the Detective(Table of Contents) Dick Tracy / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Chester Gould

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Dick Tracy; Junior

Dick Tracy / comic story / 95 pages (report information) Script:

Chester Gould

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Dick Tracy; Junior; the Chief;

Reprints:

Dick Tracy daily newspaper comic strips from 1935.

Ace Comics #5 (David McKay Publications, 1937)

Snuffy Smith; Katzenjammer Kids / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Joe Musial (signed)

Jungle Jim / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Alex Raymond

Genre:adventure; jungleReprints:

Newspaper strips from 1937

Seein' Stars / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Feg Murray

Genre:non-fictionReprints:

Newspaper strip from 1936

Feg Murray

Frederic Murray

(15 May 1894 - 1973, USA) United States

Seein' Stars, by Feg Murray

Feg Murray was a sport cartoonist and columnist for the Los Angeles Times and did a feature called 'True Stories about Stamps' in True Comics around 1943. He is best known for his cartoon strip, 'Seein' Stars', in which he showcased several Hollywood celebrities of the time, in the style of Robert L. Ripley. 'Seein' Stars' appeared in hundreds of newspapers between 1941 and 1953. In addition, he was a radio host, among others on 'The Baker's Broadcast'.

 

The Pussycat Princess / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Ed Anthony (credited)

Pencils:

Ruth Carroll (signed)

Genre:humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals; childrenReprints:

Newspaper strips from 1936.

Ruth Carroll

(24 September 1899 - 5 December 1999, USA) United States

The Pussycat Princess, by Ruth Carroll (1945)

Ruth Carroll was born Ruth Crombie Robinson in New York in 1899. From 1936 through the end of World War II, she had a staff position at King Features Syndicate.

In 1935 she took over the 'Just Among Us Girls' cartoon panel from Paul Robinson for a few months. She was succeeded by Walter Van Arsdale. Carroll took over the weekly 'Pussycat Princess' comics after the sudden death of it's creator Grace Drayton in 1936. She continued the strip with scripts by Ed Anthony until 1947. She illustrated over 36 children's books from 1932 to 1976 (often written by her husband Latrobe), and also did (cover) illustrations for magazines like The American Girl

Blondie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Chic Young

Genre:humorReprints:

Newspaper strips from 1936

Detective Comics #6 Billy Wright pedigree (DC, 1937)

Speed Saunders by Creig Flessel is the cover feature

Larry Steele / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely [as Will George]

Spy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:adventureCharacters:Captain Hanley; a spy

Mr. Chang / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Pencils:

Ed Winiarski

Genre:adventureCharacters:Dr. Hugo Von Gratz (villain, introduction, death); Egor (villain, introduction)

last appearance

Slam Bradley / comic story / 13 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Joe Shuster

Tropical Trouble(Table of Contents) text story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner Fox [as Paul Dean]

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Speed Saunders / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner Fox

Creig Flessel

Genre:detective-mystery

Gardner Francis Cooper Fox (May 20, 1911 – December 24, 1986) an American writer known best for creating numerous comic book characters for DC Comics. Comic book historians estimate that he wrote more than 4,000 comics stories, including 1,500 for DC Comics.

Fox is known as the co-creator of DC Comics heroes the Flash, Hawkman, Doctor Fate and the original Sandman, and was the writer who first teamed those and other heroes as the Justice Society of America. Fox introduced the concept of the Multiverse to DC Comics in the 1961 story "Flash of Two Worlds!"

Fox's earliest stories for DC Comics featured Speed Saunders with art by Creig Flessel and later Fred Guardineer beginning at least with Detective Comics #4 (June 1937] Speed Saunders was initially credited to "E.C. Stoner," which many believe to be a Fox pseudonym.

The Funnies #11 Lost Valley pedigree (Dell, 1937)

Mutt and Jeff / cover /

Dan Dunn / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Tailspin Tommy / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest

Four Aces / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest

Scribbly / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Genre:teen

[no title indexed](Table of Contents)

Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Tad of the Tanbark / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Tip Top Comics #16 (United Features Syndicate/Standard, 1937)

Tarzan cover.

Includes Tarzan, Li'l Abner, Bronco Bill, and others.

Gerber lists as "uncommon."

King Comics #17 (David McKay Publications, 1937)

The book's got all the top characters the King Features Syndicate had to offer, led by Flash Gordon (drawn by Alex Raymond) and Mandrake the Magician.

Cover: Popeye, falling victim to a prank by the one and only Henry, to the amusement of Jiggs from the "Bringing Up Father" strip! And don't forget Eugene the Jeep, hanging on for dear life, and Wimpy, who deals with it like he deals with every situation -- by eating a burger.

Flash Gordon, Little Annie Roonie, King Of The Wild Mounted also appear

New Adventure Comics #18 (DC, 1937)

Gerber calls this issue "rare."

Cover by Creig Flessel. Surfing cover.

Dale Daring / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bill Ely [as Will Georgi]

Nadir, Master of Magic / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Bill Ely [as Will Georgi]

Steve Conrad Adventurer / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Inks:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Steve Carson; Ralph Ventor

Popular Comics #19 (Dell, 1937)

Don Winslow of the Navy; Skippy; Harold Teen; Gasoline Alley / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Genre:drama; humor; teen; warCharacters:Don Winslow; Skippy Skinner; Harold Teen; Skeezix Wallet

Dick Tracy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Chester Gould (credited)

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Harold Gray

Terry and the Pirates / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Milton Caniff (credited)

Skull Valley / comic story / 0.8 page (report information) Script:

Garrett Price (credited)

Genre:adventureCharacters:Bob; Pud Scum

Funny Fauna / comic story / 0.2 page (report information) Script:

Garrett Price

(1896 - 1979, USA) United States

Garrett Price became an illustrator for The New Yorker in the 1930s. In 1933 he developed the half-page Sunday strip 'White Boy', about the adventures of a young boy who is captured by a tribe of Native Americans, eventually living peacefully with them and learning their ways.

About halfway through its run, the strip suddenly switched both its locale and time period to a dude ranch in the 1930s, dropping almost all the characters and situations that had been developed thus far and changing its name to 'Skull Valley'. 'Skull Valley' ran until 1936. Price then left the comics field and focused on his work as a New Yorker cartoonist and cover artist.

Mickey Mouse Magazine #v2#11 [23

Mickey Minnie and Pluto cover

Donald Duck 3 Little Pigs and more

 

More Fun Comics #23 (DC, 1937

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Vincent Sullivan (signed)

Synopsis:Kid riding horse

Radio Squad / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Dr. Occult / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (Reuths)

Pep Morgan / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Hanko the Cowhand / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Thrilling True Stories / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Richard B. Speed

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Bradley Boys / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Jack Woods / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely (Will Georgi)

Johnnie Law / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely (Will Georgi)

 

Famous Funnies #37 (Eastern Color, 1937)

Napoleon / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Victor E. Pazmino

Genre:animalCharacters:Napoleon; Uncle Elby

War On Crime / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Rex Collier

Pencils:

Kemp Starrett ?

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Philip Francis Nowlan

Pencils:

Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed)

Queenie / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger

Genre:children

copyright Eisner-Iger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1937 - SEPT

We were back up to 16 different comics published this month. And we had a new publisher enter the race.

Funny Picture Stories V2#1 (Ultem, 1937)

"Indicia says V1#10." Gerber lists this issue as an "8" ("rare"),

Comics Magazine Company Inc was formed in 1936. Another entrepreneur, Harry "A" Chesler, published Star Comics and Star Ranger through his own Chesler Publications, each with first issues cover-dated February 1937. These titles were soon bought out by I. W. Ullman and Frank Z. Temerson's Ultem Publications. In September 1937, Ultem acquired the Comics Magazine Company's titles, retaining Chesler as the packager for both his own previous titles and the two that were continued from the Comics Magazine Co. Financial difficulties forced Ultem to sell some of its properties, including the Clock, to "Busy" Arnold's Quality Comics. By January 1938, Ultem was bought out by Joe Hardie, Fred Gardner, and Raymond Kelly's Centaur Publications, Inc., which had been publishing pulp magazines since at least 1933. Hardie, Gardner, and Kelly used this base to create Centaur Comics, which began publishing in March 1938.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Charles Biro (signed)

Jack Strand / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

Pencils:

Frank Frollo (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Rough House Annie / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Charles Biro

Dormitory Daze / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Charles Biro ?

Cop Killer(Table of Contents) comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Lucky Coyne / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Pencils:

Creig Flessel ?

Feature Books #5 Popeye and his Poppa (David McKay Publications, 1937)

This historic title was the first US comic book to devote complete issues to different characters. This was the first time this was attempted in the comic book market.

The first 25 issues were oversized black and white comic books

Segar strip reprints.

Popeye / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Elzie Segar

Genre:humorCharacters:Popeye; Poppa

LuLu #5 (1937) Sun Publications, 1937 Chicago, Illinois

Price: 0.25 USD Pages: 52 Indicia / Colophon Publisher: Sun Publications

Editing:Don Ulsh Color: Black and White saddle- stitched ongoing series

Genre:humor

May 1937 - 1941 ?

21 (#1 - #21)

Filled with bawdy one panel gags and jokes. Contains adult content.

 

The Comics #5 (Dell, 1937)

Wash Tubbs / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Keywords:baseball

Deadwood Gulch / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Boody Rogers [as Gordon Rogers]

Genre:western-frontier

Gordon G. Rogers (September 8, 1904, Hobart, Oklahoma – February 6, 1996), better known as Boody Rogers, was an American comic strip and comic book cartoonist who created the superhero parody Sparky Watts which debuted Monday, April 29, 1940 in some 40 newspapers. The strip ended when Rogers was drafted. During the 1930s, Rogers illustrated cowboy comics for Dell Comics and DC Comics.

Ace Comics #6 (David McKay Publications, 1937)

6th modern comic book appearances of Jungle Jim by Alex Raymond, Chic Young's Blondie, and Krazy Kat.

All 3 characters appear in all 151 issues of this series.

Ace Comics ran 1937 and 1949 —

Seein’ Stars ran in the first 50 issues featuring Hollywood movie stars.

Tim Tyler's Luck ran in every issue of Ace Comics

Curley Harper strip ran in the first 100 issues,

The Katzenjammer Kids by Rudolph Dirks was in every issue

Star Comics V1#6 Billy Wright pedigree (Harry 'A' Chesler, 1937)

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Charles Biro (signed)

Little Nemo in Slumberland / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob McCay [as Winsor McCay Jr]

Impy / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob McCay [as Winsor McCay Jr]

Genre:humor

no dialogue

Foxy Grandpa / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Pencils:

Charles Biro ?

Professor McScrewy / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer ?

Salute to a Policeman(Table of Contents) comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Fred Guardineer

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Dan Hastings / text story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Ken Fitch

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Genre:science fiction

illustrated text story

["Lord Withering radios the Allied Commission..."](Table of Contents)

Dan Hastings / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Ken Fitch

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Sources of Famous Quotations / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Ima Sphinx / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer ?

Star Ranger #6 Billy Wright pedigree (Centaur, 1937)

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Fred Schwab

The Cowgirl(Table of Contents) comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Fred Guardineer

Lyin' Lou / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Baldy(Table of Contents) comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Daniels

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Covered Wagons(Table of Contents) comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Fred Guardineer

Human Pelts(Table of Contents) text story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Ken Fitch

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Midnight Bandit Raid(Table of Contents) illustration / 2 pages (report information) Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Tubby of the T-Bone Ranch / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

 

Wild West Junior / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Charles Biro

Detective Comics #7 Billy Wright pedigree (DC, 1937)

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Inks:

Creig Flessel

Colors:

Keywords:Thompson submachine gun

Slam Bradley / comic story / 13 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Rifles on the River(Table of Contents) text story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Guy Monroe

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

hero, Kit Walker, named after The Phantom's secret i.d.

Spy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Larry Steele / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Speed Saunders / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner Fox

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

The Funnies #12 (Dell, 1937)

Our Boarding House with Major Hoople / cover /

Dan Dunn / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Tailspin Tommy / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest

Genre:adventure; aviation

Four Aces / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest

Scribbly / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Genre:humor

Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Genre:adventure; science fiction ["So I waited a chance until I caught him..."](Table of Contents)

Tad of the Tanbark / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Now You Tell One / comic story / 0.5 page (report information) Script:

Courtney Dunkel

Genre:humor

Courtney Dunkel

(1902 - 16 September 1982, USA)

Edward Courtney Dunkel was published in early Dell comic books like The Funnies and The Comics in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Dunkel was a cartoonist, illustrator and comic artist for Judge magazine in the 1930s. In 1944-45 and 1947 he did a newspaper feature called 'Hannah' for the McClure Syndicate.

Tip Top Comics #17 (United Features Syndicate, 1937)

Highlights include

Tarzan

Lil Abner

Ella Cinders

Jim Hardy

Captain and the Kids

Hankshaw the Detective

And more

King Comics #18 Mile High pedigree (David McKay Publications, 1937)

The book's got all the top characters the King Features Syndicate had to offer, led by Flash Gordon (drawn by Alex Raymond) and Mandrake the Magician.

Flash Gordon, Little Annie Roonie, King Of The Wild Mounted also appear

New Adventure Comics #19 Mile High pedigree (DC, 1937)

Gerber's "rare" designation.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Characters:two kidsSynopsis:Two kids playing pirates

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Steve Carson

Steve Conrad Adventurer / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Dale Daring / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Nadir, Master of Magic / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Off the Set / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Gill Fox (signed)

Gilbert Theodore "Gill" Fox (November 29, 1915 – May 15, 2004)

American political cartoonist, comic book artist and editor, and animator.

Fox began his career in animation at Max Fleischer's studio, but left due to labor unrest. He entered the comic book industry, working for a number of studios and companies, including DC Comics. In 1940 he was an editor and a cover artist for Quality Comics, with his work gracing the covers of such titles as Torchy and Plastic Man. In 1941, he wrote several weeks of continuity for the Spirit daily newspaper strip. A 1941 comic book written by Gill Fox described the bombing of Pearl Harbor in surprising detail, precisely one month before it happened. He left his editorial position at Quality in 1943 to serve in World War II, where he worked for Stars and Stripes. Once discharged from military service, Fox freelanced for Quality Comics until the early 1950s.

Popular Comics #20 (Dell, 1937)

Dick Tracy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Chester Gould

Pencils:

Chester Gould (signed)

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Harold Gray

Terry and the Pirates / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Milt Caniff

Dopey Dildock / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Loy Byrnes

Genre:humor

Streaky / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Loy Byrnes

Pencils:

Loy Byrnes (signed)

Loy Byrnes was an American comic artist who worked on 'Streaky', a newspaper comic originally started by Gus Edson. It appeared through the Chicago Tribune - New York News Syndicate between 1936 and 1938. In 1940, Loy Byrnes came up with 'Spunky'.

Mickey Mouse #24 (Western, 1937) Vol 2 #12

Indian boy on cover

More Fun Comics #24 Mile High pedigree (DC, 1937)

Gerber calls it "scarce

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Vincent Sullivan [as Vin Sullivan] (signed)

 

Sandra of the Secret Service / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely

Jack Woods / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Johnnie Law / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Pep Morgan / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Radio Squad / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Hanko the Cowhand / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:

?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Bradley Boys / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Genre:adventureCharacters:I: Nita Noble

Mark Marson / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:

?

Pencils:

Tom Hickey

Genre:science fiction

Characters:Mark Marson

Dr. Occult / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster [as Reuths) (signed)

Inks:

Joe Shuster [as Reuths] (signed)

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Characters:Dr. Occult [Richard Occult]; Henri Duval (villain, introduction, not the same Henri Duval who had his own strip!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Famous Funnies #38 (Eastern Color, 1937)

Contains a full-color portrait of Buck Rogers on the interior cover.

Napoleon / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Victor E. Pazmino

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Philip Francis Nowlan

Pencils:

Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed)

War On Crime / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Rex Collier

Pencils:

Kemp Starrett

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger

Genre:children

Indexer Notes

copyright Eisner-Iger

Queenie / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

Keeping Up With the Joneses / comic story / 0.75 page (report information) Script:

Pop Momand

1937 OCTOBER

Feature Funnies was an American comic book magazine published by Comic Favorites, Inc. in the United States for 20 issues from 1937 until 1939.

Publisher Everett M. "Busy" Arnold, formed Comic Favorites, Inc. in collaboration with three newspaper syndicates: the McNaught Syndicate, the Frank J. Markey Syndicate and Iowa's Register and Tribune Syndicate. (Comic Favorites later became an imprint of Arnold's Quality Comics, established in 1939.)

Hiring cartoonist Rube Goldberg and Goldberg's assistant, Johnny Devlin, Arnold in mid-1937 began publishing Feature Funnies from his office in Manhattan. Goldberg drew many of the covers.

The new material came from comics "packagers," small studios that sprang up to produce comics on demand for publishers looking to enter the emerging comic-book field. Arnold relied mostly on Eisner & Iger, headed by Will Eisner and Jerry Iger. Arnold changed the title to Feature Comics beginning with issue number 21

Feature Funnies #1 (Quality, 1937)

Rube Goldberg provided cover and interior art for this issue, which had the first appearances of Mickey Finn and Dixie Dugan.

Mile High pedigree

This was the first comic released by the new company Comic Favorites Inc which would become Quality Comics.

This was the last #1 issue released in 1937 by any publisher. It was the final new publisher to enter the business in 1937.

Joe Palooka / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Rube Goldberg

Star Snapshots / cartoon / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bernard Baily

Pencils:

Bernard Baily

Genre:non-fictionReprints:

reprint from Wags?

Eisner/Iger shop material. Previously appeared in Wow! What a Magazine.

Toddy / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

George Marcoux

Genre:humor

Characters:Toddy (first appearance in modern comics)

Jim Swift / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Ed Cronin

1st appearance

Lala Palooza / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Rube Goldberg

Reuben "Rube" Goldberg (July 4, 1883 – December 7, 1970) was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor. Goldberg is best known for a series of popular cartoons depicting complicated gadgets that perform simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways, giving rise to the term Rube Goldberg machines for any similar gadget or process. Goldberg received many honors in his lifetime, including a Pulitzer Prize for his political cartooning in 1948. Goldberg was a founding member and the first president of the National Cartoonists Society,[2] and he is the namesake of the Reuben Award, which the organization awards to the Cartoonist of the Year. The New York Evening Mail was syndicated to the first newspaper syndicate, the McClure Newspaper Syndicate, giving Goldberg's cartoons a wider distribution, and by 1916 he was earning $50,000 per year and being billed by the paper as America's most popular cartoonist

Flossie / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Al Zere

Genre:humor

Characters:Flossie (first appearance

Al Zere was the artist of comic strips like 'So This is Married Life' (1924-26), 'The Wows' (1930-33), 'Flossie' (1935-37), and 'Rookie Joe' (1941). He took over 'Susie Sunshine' from Earl Hurd in 1930, and was succeeded a year later by Dick Richards.

 

Funny Picture Stories V2#2 (Ultem, 1937)

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Wood ?

Pencils:

Bob Wood (signed)

Goofy Gags / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Wood

Pencils:

Bob Wood (signed)

Vacation Cowgirl(Table of Contents) comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Wood [as B W]

The Little Black Bag(Table of Contents) comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Bob Wood (signed)

Robert L. Wood

(1918? - 1962?, USA)

Bob Wood was an artist for the Harry "A" Chesler Group, he contributed work to companies like Lev Gleason (Silver Streak Comics, Daredevil Comics, Boy Comics), MLJ (Pep Comics, Top Notch) and Novelty Press (Target Comics). Wood has also worked on a daily comic called 'Goodbyeland' in 1937-38. Together with his Chesler colleague Charles Biro, he also edited some Lev Gleason titles, such as the infamous Crime Does Not Pay (1942). An interesting note is that Bob Wood was later convicted for murder and served prison time between 1958 and 1961.

Cutter Carson / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Dinner Time on the African Veldt(Table of Contents) illustration / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Bombs of Destiny(Table of Contents) comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Will Harr (signed)

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Genre:aviation; war

Feature Books #6 Dick Tracy (David McKay, 1937)

Dick Tracy / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Chester Gould

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Dick Tracy; Junior

Dick Tracy / comic story / 71 pages (report information) Script:

Chester Gould

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Dick Tracy; Pat Patton; Junior Tracy; Lips Manliss; Mimi; Athnel Jones

Reprints:

Reprints Dick Tracy newspaper comic strips from 1936.

LuLu #6 (1937) Sun Publications Chicago, Illinois

Extremely rare

Price: 0.25 USD Pages: 52 Indicia / Colophon Publisher: Sun Publications

Editing:Don Ulsh Black and White saddle- stitched ongoing series

Genre:humor

May 1937 - 1941 ?

21 (#1 - #21)

Filled with bawdy one panel gags and jokes. Contains adult content.

 

 

Ace Comics #7 (David McKay Publications, 1937)

The first Halloween cover on a modern comic book

Barney Google and Snuffy Smith, the Katzenjammer Kids, Ripley's Believe It or Not, Jungle Jim, Krazy Kat, Blondie.

Detective Comics #8 (DC, 1937)

Billy Wright Pedigree - This shows you how early the Wright collection started: this book is one of the first 250 or so comics ever published, and pre-dated Action #1 by eight months, but when it came out, Billy Wright had already been buying DCs for 21 months!

classic cover art for this issue is credited to Creig Flessel (if the art looks familiar, it's probably because it was appropriated for the oddball Atomic Comics some eight years later).

Bruce Nelson / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Characters:Lu Gong ?

Speed Saunders / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner Fox

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Fred Dunn (introduction); the Skipper (introduction)

The Laughing Mummy(Table of Contents) text story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner Fox [as Paul Dean]

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Larry Steele / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Spy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:adventureCharacters:Pierre Blanc (introduction);

Slam Bradley / comic story / 13 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

The Funnies #13 (Dell, 1937)

Our Boarding House with Major Hoople / cover /

Dan Dunn / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Tailspin Tommy / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest

Four Aces / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest

Scribbly / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Genre:humor ["Awestruck at the fate of the mad king..."](Table of Contents)

Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Tad of the Tanbark / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Tip Top Comics #18 (United Features Syndicate, 1937)

Tarzan is the cover feature.

The only ongoing comic series from United Features

King Comics #19 (David McKay Publications, 1937)

David McKays longest running ongoing series at this time

Joe Musial cover.

Mile High copy

Popeye and Henry cover

New Adventure Comics #20 (DC, 1937)

Mile High pedigree and Billy Wright pedigree

New Adventure Comics #v2#8 (20)

Tom Sawyer-esque cover by Creig Flessel,

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Characters:two kidsSynopsis:Two kids lost in swamp

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Steve Carson; Junior Federal Men; Operator 48 (introduction)

Dale Daring / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Nadir, Master of Magic / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernaturalCharacters:Nadir; Arcot; Job (villain)

Steve Conrad Adventurer / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

The Lone Ranger / promo (ad from the publisher)

Popular Comics #21 (Dell, 1937)

Dick Tracy

Skippy

Herby

Don Winslow

Little Oprhan Annie

Don Winslow

Harold Teen

Gumps

Terry and the Pirates

Winnie Winkle

Mickey Mouse Magazine #v2#13 [25]

Mickey Mouse cover

More Fun Comics #25 (DC, 1937)

Billy Wright pedigree

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Vincent Sullivan (signed)

Football cover by Vin Sullivan

Sandra of the Secret Service / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Genre:detective-mystery

Johnnie Law / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Doctor Occult / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Leger]

Pencils:

Joe Shuster [as Reuths]

Hanko the Cowhand / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Pencils:

Creig Flessel [as Fless]

Inks:

Creig Flessel

Bradley Boys / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Pencils:

Creig Flessel [as Fless]

Pep Morgan / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Pencils:

Creig Flessel [as Fless]

Talk About Talkies / text article / 1 page (report information) Script:

Mary Patrick

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Jack Woods / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Genre:western-frontierCharacters:Jack Woods; the sherriff; Dick Riley

Radio Squad / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Sandy Kean; Larry

Just For Fun / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Russell Cole

Pencils:

Russell Cole [as Alger]

Lone Ranger / advertisement / 1 page

Famous Funnies #39 (Eastern Color, 1937)

Story of the Boy Scouts of America.

Napoleon is featured in this issue 5 times

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Victor E. Pazmino

Characters:Sam Smithers

Football cover

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Philip Francis Nowlan

Pencils:

Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed

War On Crime / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Rex Collier

Pencils:

Kemp Starrett ?

Genre:crimeCharacters:Alvin Karpis; J. Edgar Hoover

copyright Ledger Syndicate

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger

Genre:children

copyright Eisner-Iger

Queenie / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

 

 

 

 

1937 - NOV

Feature Funnies #2 (Chesler, 1937)

Feature Funnies was an American comic book magazine published by Comic Favorites, Inc. in the United States for 20 issues from 1937 until 1939 from publisher Everett M. "Busy" Arnold, in collaboration with three newspaper syndicates:

This was the first comic title released by the new company Comic Favorites Inc which would become Quality Comics.

Lala Palooza / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Rube Goldberg (signed)

Lala Palooza / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Rube Goldberg (signed)

Genre:humor

strip reprints- Frank Jay Markey syndicate

Mickey Finn / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Lank Leonard (signed)

Genre:humorCharacters:Mickey Finn; Uncle Phil

strip reprints: McNaught Syndicate

The Hawk / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

George E. Brenner (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:The Hawk [T. James Harrington II] (former football player and wealthy heir, introduction); Deputy Inspector Pat Doyle; Link (Hawk's ally); Rollo (Hawk's ally); Moore; un-named criminal (villain)

Synopsis:When Harrington overhears the Police talking about some mysterious crimes, he dons a suit, throws an over-sized hankerchief over his head and dons one taloned glove. As the Hawk, he captures the man who had beat and robbed Old Moore of the charity donation to the city orphanage, then takes him back to his lair, where his allies deliver the crook into Police custody, while the Hawk taunts Doyle with a letter.

Indexer Notes

Only appearance. This character was Quality's first masked hero (Brenner's The Clock preceded the Hawk at another company, but at Quality, the Clock came one issue after the Hawk).

Funny Picture Stories V2#2 (Ultem, 1937)

The series originally published by Comics Magazine was now published by Ultem Comics

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Wood ?

Pencils:

Bob Wood (signed)

Out on the Farm / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson

Ma and Pa / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson

Cheerio Minstrels / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson [as PG]

High Pressure Preston / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson [as PG]

Nothing but the Truth / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson [as PG]

The Firehouse Gang / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson

Spider-Legs / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson

Our Pup / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson [as PG]

"Look Mom. They forgot to put their pants on!"](Table of Contents) cartoon / 0.5 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson [as PG]

Paul Gustavson (née Karl Paul Gustafson August 16, 1916 – April 29, 1977) was an American-immigrant comic-book writer and artist. His most notable creations during the Golden Age of Comic Books were The Human Bomb for Quality Comics, and the Angel, who debuted in Marvel Comics #1 (Oct. 1939), the first publication of Marvel Comics forerunner Timely Comics. The Angel would star in more than 100 stories in the 1940s. The Human Bomb would later be acquired by DC Comics and make sporadic appearances as late as 2005.

Gustavson began working in the studio of Harry "A" Chesler, a "packager" of comic books for starting at $12 a week" Gustavson began working for another comics packager, Funnies, Inc., which supplied publisher Martin Goodman with the contents of Marvel Comics #1. The packager also supplied Centaur Publications, for which Gustavson created A-Man, the The Arrow, Fantom of the Fair, and Man of War. Other notable work includes humor features in five early issues of DC's Action Comics, starting with issue #5 (Oct. 1938), and the two-page humor piece "Major Bigsbee an' Botts" in the oft-reprinted Batman #1 (Spring 1940). He later joined Quality Comics, one of DC's predecessors, where publisher "Busy" Arnold offered $25 a page. There Gustavson created the Human Bomb (premiering in Police Comics #1, Aug. 1941), aigning the earliest episodes with the pseudonym 'Paul Carroll. He wrote and drew the feature through September 1946. Gustavson also wrote/drew characters including Magno (premiering in Smash Comics #13, 1940); the Spider (premiering in Crack Comics #1, 1940); the Jester (in Smash Comics); and Rusty Ryan (in Feature Comics, May 1940), whose uniform was later copied by Captain America (Rusty Ryan preceded Captain America by 10 months). Gustavson, whose delicate, fine-line art resembles that of fellow Golden Age cartoonist Lou Fine, also worked on Blackhawk, Kid Eternity, Uncle Sam and other characters.

Feature Books #7 Little Orphan Annie - (David McKay Publications, 1937)

Mile High pedigree

This is one of the earlier newsstand purchases to enter the now famous Mile High Collection.

1st all dedicated Little Orphan Annie comic in the modern comic book format.

the only Little Orphan Annie title in the series.

Lulu #7 (Sun Publications, 1937)

R. C. Dell Thanksgiving cover.

Filled with bawdy one panel gags and jokes. Contains adult content.

Not listed in Overstreet.

Star Comics #7 (Ultem, 1937)

Mile High pedigree

This comic had been published by Harry Chesler but starting with issue #7 was now from Ultem Comics who now had the most titles on the newsstands.

Foxy Grandpa / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Charles Biro

Goobyland / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Charles Biro

Down Through the Ages with Fighting Men / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

His Own Medicine(Table of Contents) text story / 8 pages (report information) Script:

Ken Fitch

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (illustrations)

["Raskow leaves for Canada..."]

Dan Hastings / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

When Mother Was a Girl and When Father Was A boy / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Topsy Turvy / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Clem Gretter

Clem Gretter was born in 1904.

Between 1929 and 1938, he worked on the syndicated 'Sue to Lou' feature.

He worked for Harry "A" Chesler's shop in the mid-1930s, and provided art for features like 'Bud and his Legendary Scouts', 'Dan Hastings', and 'Topsy Turvy' for Centaur. For National/DC, he did '2023: Super Police', 'Don Drake of the Planet Saro' and 'Ray and Gail' in More Fun Comics and New Comics. During the 1940s, he continued to work on comic books by Fawcett, Magazine Enterprises and Hawley Publications. He assisted on the syndicated 'Ripley's Believe it or not' panel between 1941 and 1949.

Star Ranger #7 (Ultem, 1937)

Billy Wright pedigree

This comic had been published by Harry Chesler but starting with issue #7 was now from Ultem Comics who now had the most titles on the newsstands.

Cowboy Jake / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Fred Schwab

Genre:humor; western-frontier

also features characters from Jess Phoolin

The Little Papoose(Table of Contents) comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Fred Guardineer

Cowboy Jake / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Charles Biro ?

Lyin' Lou / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Fred Guardineer

Wild West Junior / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Charles Biro

One Less Horse-Thief!(Table of Contents) illustration / 2 pages (report information) Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

center-spread art piece of the lynching of a horse-thief.

Bad Medicine / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Fred Guardineer (signed) [as F.B.G.]

Ace Comics #8 (David McKay Publications, 1937)

Turkey and thanksgiving cover

Jungle Jim, Blondie, the Katzenjammer Kids, Ripley's Believe It or Not, Krazy Kat.

Detective Comics #9 Billy Wright pedigree (DC, 1937)

Speed Saunders / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Speed Saunders / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel ?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Larry Steele / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Death at Latitude 30(Table of Contents) text story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Whitney Ellsworth [as Fredric Wells]

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Spy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Slam Bradley / comic story / 13 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Slam Bradley; Shorty; The Human Fly (introduction, villain)

The Funnies #14 (Dell, 1937)

Mutt and Jeff / cover

Dan Dunn / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Scribbly / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Genre:science fiction

Tad of the Tanbark / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Tailspin Tommy / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Glenn Chaffin

Pencils:

Hal Forrest

Genre:adventure; aviation

Four Aces / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Glenn Chaffin

Pencils:

Hal Forrest

Salesman Sam / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

George Swanson

George Swanson

(1897 - December 1981, USA)

George Swanson was the artist on the 'Flop Family' strip. This comic, about an all American family, was distributed by King Features Syndicate from August 1943. The series started as a weekly page, under the name 'Dad's Family'. It was turned into a daily strip. Swanson drew the series for about forty years, until his death in 1981. Swanson, also drew series like 'Salesman Sam' (1920-1927), 'High Pressure Pete' (1927-1937), 'Officer 6 7/8' and 'Elza Poppin'.

Tip Top Comics #19 (United Features Syndicate, 1937)

Mile High pedigree

The only ongoing comic series from United Features.

Tip Top Comics ran for over 25 years

One of the main attractions of the first 60 issues was Hal Foster's Tarzan feature; another, Al Capp's Li'l Abner

The captain and the kids and Jim Hardy are also featured on the cover.

King Comics #20 (David McKay Publications, 1937)

Mile High pedigree

Joe Musial football cover. Featuring Popeye with a can of spinach in sight!

New Adventure Comics #21 (DC, 1937)

V2#9

Mile High pedigree

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Synopsis:Kids making Tarzan movie

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Junior Federal Men;

Steve Carson does not appear in this story.

Dale Daring / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Nadir, Master of Magic / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Winnfield / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Gill Fox (signed)

Genre:humor

Characters:Winnfield (only appearance)

Popular Comics #22 (Dell, 1937)

Don Winslow of the Navy; Skippy; Harold Teen; Gasoline Alley / cover /

Skippy is featured in 4 different strips

Dick Tracy / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Chester Gould (credited)

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Harold Gray (signed)

This is the same month that Feature Book #7 from David McKay Publishing featured an all Little Orphan Annie issue.

Terry and the Pirates / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Milton Caniff (credited)

Don Winslow of the Navy / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Frank V. Martinek [as Lieut. Comdr. F. V. Martinek, USNR] (credited)

Pencils:

Leon A. Beroth (credited)

Mickey Mouse Magazine V3#2 (K. K. Publications/Western Publishing Co., 1937)

Big Bad Wolf early Halloween cover.

More Fun Comics #26 Mile High pedigree (DC, 1937)

Kid and turkey / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Vincent Sullivan (signed)

Genre:humor

Thanksgiving cover

Sandra of the Secret Service / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Dr. Occult / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Pep Morgan / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Hanko the Cowhand / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Bradley Boys / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Jack Woods / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Famous Funnies #40 Lost Valley pedigree (Eastern Color, 1937)

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Victor E. Pazmino

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Philip Francis Nowlan

Pencils:

Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed)

War On Crime / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Rex Collier

Pencils:

Kemp Starrett ?

Dot and Dan in Santaland / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Robert Pilgrim

Genre:children

Characters:Santa Claus; Dot; Dan

copyright Bell Syndicate

Queenie / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

Life's Like That / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Fred Neher

Fred Neher (1903–September 26, 2001) was an American cartoonist best known for his syndicated gag panel, Life’s Like That, which offered a humorous look at human nature, with a focus on American society and family life, for more than five decades.

From 1930 to 1934, he freelanced to magazines in 40 markets, including Punch, the English magazine. He was the first American to sell to Punch in 20 years. Neher drew Goofey Movies for five years, along with gag cartoons for 42 magazines, including Collier's and The New Yorker, when the Bell Syndicate launched Life's Like That on October 1, 1934. It ran until 1941

1937 - DEC

Feature Funnies #3 (Chesler, 1937)

Feature Funnies was an American comic book magazine published by Comic Favorites, Inc. in the United States for 20 issues from 1937 until 1939 from publisher Everett M. "Busy" Arnold, in collaboration with three newspaper syndicates:

This was the first comic title released by the new company Comic Favorites Inc which would become Quality Comics.

Mickey Finn / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Lank Leonard

The Clock / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

George Brenner

Genre:superhero

Characters:The Clock [Brian O'Brien]; The Orchid; Mr. Glower; Monk (villain)Synopsis:The Orchid asks the Clock for help to beat a protection racket.

last app. in FUNNY PAGES (Comics Magazine Company) #11

 

Lala Palooza / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Rube Goldberg

Hawks of the Seas / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Willis B. Rensie]

Genre:historical

Characters:The Hawk (introduction); Claw Carlos (villain); The Governor; His Daughter

Synopsis:The Hawk and Claw Carlos vie over a precious Ruby, that belongs to neither of them.

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #17 (April 23, 1937)

Funny Picture Stories V2#4 (Ultem, 1937)

Christmas cover - Hippopatomus dressed up as Santa Claus

Dick Ryan cover

Feature Books #8 Secret Agent X-9 - (David McKay Publications, 1937)

Secret Agent X-9 (art not by Raymond).

Mile High pedigree

Secret Agent X-9 / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Charles Flanders

Secret Agent X-9 / comic story / 69 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Charles Flanders

Genre:spy

Characters:Secret Agent X-9

Reprints:

Secret Agent X-9 newspaper reprints from 1937

LuLu #8 Sun Publications

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

R. C. Dell

Genre:humor

Cover in red and black only

Star Comics #8 (Centaur, 1937)

Severed head centerspread by Fred Guardineer;

Little Nemo appearance.

Christmas cover; Popeye and Mickey Mouse appear as toys in Santa Claus bag.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Bob Wood

Inks:

Bob Wood

 

Star Ranger #8 (Centaur, 1937)

Mile High pedigree

Gustavson and Guardineer contributed art

Western genre stories

Dear Sandy Claus / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Fred Schwab

Inks:

Fred Schwab

Ace Comics #9 (David McKay Publications, 1937)

Joe Musial cover.

Features art by Musial, Alex Raymond, and Chic Young.

Katzenjammer Kids; Pete the Tramp; Barney Google / cover / 1 page

Pencils:

Joe Musial

Tex Thorne / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Zane Grey

Pencils:

Allen Dean

Jungle Jim / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Alex Raymond

Blondie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Chic Young

Detective Comics #10 (DC, 1937)

Speed Saunders / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Speed Saunders / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Larry Steele / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Spy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:adventure

Characters:Bart Reagan

Slam Bradley / comic story / 13 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Funnies #15 (Dell, 1937)

The Worry Wart / cover /

Scribbly / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Dan Dunn / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Genre:adventure; science fictionReprints:

from Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire Sundays (Daily Eagle) xxxx-xx-xx - xxxx-xx-xx

Tad of the Tanbark / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Tailspin Tommy / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Glenn Chaffin

Pencils:

Hal Forrest

Genre:adventure; aviationReprints:

from Tailspin Tommy Sundays (Bell Syndicate) xxxx-xx-xx - xxxx-

Four Aces / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest

Our Boarding House with Major Hoople / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Bill Freyse

Genre:humorReprints:

from Our Boarding House Sundays

William "Bill" Freyse (June 12, 1898 – March 1969) was an American cartoonist notable for his three decades of work on Our Boarding House, syndicated by Newspaper Enterprises Association.

In 1939, he took over Gene Ahern's Our Boarding House from Bela Zaboly and continued to draw it until his death in 1969. Over a 20-year period, Our Boarding House was written by William M. Braucher (1896–1958) Freyse drew the daily and Sunday panels for Our Boarding House with Major Hoople from the 1930s through the '60s. The strips were syndicated to hundreds of newspapers nationwide. He also created the cartoon version of The Lone Ranger and co-created The Green Hornet.

Tip Top Comics #20 (United Features Syndicate, 1937)

Christmas cover.

The Captain and the Kids / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Rudolph Dirks

Tarzan appears in unaccredited story

Li'l Abner / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Al Capp

The Captain and the Kids / comic story / 2.67 pages (report information) Script:

Rudolph Dirks

Pencils:

Rudolph Dirks

Rudolph Dirks (February 26, 1877 – April 20, 1968) was one of the earliest and most noted comic strip artists, well known for The Katzenjammer Kids (later known as The Captain and the Kids).

Dirks was born in Germany. His family moved to the USA. The New York World had a huge success with the full-color Sunday feature, Down in Hogan's Alley, better known as the Yellow Kid, starting in 1895. Dirks created The Katzenjammer Kids, and the first strip appeared on December 12, 1897. Gus Dirks assisted his brother with The Katzenjammer Kids during the first few years, until his suicide on June 10, 1902.

Frankie Doodle / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Ben Batsford

Ben Batsford was an American cartoonist born on June 5, 1893, in Canada. In 1921, he created the strip Billy's Uncle, which was syndicated until 1926. After that he joined King Features Syndicate, where he drew Doings of the Duffs for a while. From 1929-1930, he drew Little Annie Rooney, and from 1934-1938, he drew Frankie Doodle. In 1939, he drew Mortimer & Charlie, based on Edgar Bergen's popular radio show, and in the early 1940s, he illustrated the comic book Helpful Herbert.

King Comics #21 (David McKay Publications, 1937)

Mile High pedigree

Popeye is featured in a Christmas cover along with Wimpy and Henry by Joe Musial.

Jack Burnley interior art.

This title featured reprints of some of the most popular newspaper comic strips.

Gerber rates this as "uncommon" on his scarcity index,

New Adventure Comics #22 (DC, 1937)

Billy Wright pedigree

Gerber "8"

two kids are at the real North Pole with a letter addressed to Santa Claus!

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Eskimo and two kids on a sled.

Highlights in the Life of the Noted Explorer A. Hyatt Verrill/ 1 page

Script:

Will Ely

Genre:non-fiction; biography

only appearance

Dale Daring / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Nadir, Master of Magic / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely (signed)

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

G-Woman / comic story / 9 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Tom Cooper ?

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:June Justis (Operator 23, introduction); Joe Dalton (introduction, villain); Jake Shiller (introduction, villain); Farmer (introduction, villain)

only appearance

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Steve Carson; Sammy Drake (Introduction, villain

Vikings / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson ?

Pencils:

Alex Anthony Blum [as Anthony]

Genre:historical

last appearance

 

Popular Comics #23 (Dell, 1937)

Halloween pumpkin cover

Features include Dick Tracy, Terry and the Pirates, Little Orphan Annie, and Don Winslow of the Navy.

Skippy, Smiling Jack, Harold Teen, Streaky, Winnie Winkle

Mickey Mouse Magazine #27 V3#3 (K. K. Publications, Inc., 1937)

This may be the first printed appearance anywhere of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!

The issue came out shortly before the movie was released, making this a special "sneak preview" of Disney's first feature-length cartoon.

Christmas cover features Mickey Mouse as Santa Claus with presents

More Fun Comics #27 (DC, 1937)

Gerber "7" ("scarce").

Vince Sullivan Christmas cover.

Santa Claus / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Vin Sullivan (signed)

Genre:humor

Characters:Santa Claus

Synopsis:Santa has a flat tire

Sandra of the Secret Service / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Jack Woods / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Doctor Occult / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Leger]

Pencils:

Joe Shuster [as Reuths]

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Characters:Dr. Occult; Sgt. Ellsworth; The Snake-God

Synopsis:Occult and Ellsworth battle a cult of snake worshippers

Radio Squad / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (Signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Sandy Kean;

The Count / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Vin Sullivan (signed)

Genre:humor

Characters:The Count; Hives

only appearance

Jack Wyatt / comic story / 8 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Homer Fleming (signed)

Genre:western-frontier

Characters:Jack Wyatt; Yucca Terror; Sheriff Logan; Anne Loomis

only appearance

Mark Marson of the Interplanetary Police / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Tom Hickey (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Pep Morgan / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Hanko the Cowhand / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Genre:humor; western-frontier

Bradley Boys / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Off The Set / text article / 1 page (report information) Script:

Gill Fox (signed)

Genre:non-fiction

Characters:Barbara Stanwyck; Bert Wheeler; Bette Davis; Carl Andre

Keywords:celebrity

Are You Handicapped? / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Genre:non-fiction; biography

Characters:Helen Keller

Famous Funnies #41 (Eastern Color, 1937)

Lost Valley pedigree

Christmas cover.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Victor E. Pazmino

Genre:humor

Characters:Santa Claus and reindeer in sky

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Phil Nowlan

Pencils:

Dick Calkins

Genre:science fiction

copyright John F. Dille

Life's Like That / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Fred Neher

Genre:humor

copyright Consolidated News

War On Crime / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Rex Collier

Pencils:

Kemp Starrett ?

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger

Pencils:

Genre:children

copyright Eisner-Iger

Queenie / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Bliss

 

1937 - MISC

There were 10 unique comic related items released in 1937 that were either one-shot releases, promo items or weekly comic tabloids

Action Comics [ashcan] DC, 1937

This gruesome Craig Flessel cover graces the comic that was used to register the trademark and logo for Action Comics, where, only a few months later, Superman had his historic world premiere. The source for this and most other DC ashcans, was Sol Harrison, who worked for DC for 35 years. Very few ashcans were created to begin with and, of these, only a tiny fraction remain. Even more unusual is that this is the only ashcan whose cover art was not recycled from published art.

only three copies of the Action ashcan are known to exist, and one of those is in the permanent archives of DC comics, and the other is in the hands of a long-time ashcan collector.

black and white cover; black and white interior ?

Standard Golden Age U.S. size

Paper Stock:

glossy Velox cover ?; Velox interior ?

stapled

ashcan

National Allied Publications, Inc. (1 issue)

Ashcan edition created to secure trademark of title and logo. Second version named Action Funnies (DC, 1937 series).

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Genre:detective-mystery

The cover was originally intended for Detective Comics (1937) #2, but never used.

Slam Bradley / comic story / 10 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Slam Bradley; Shorty Morgan; Rita Carlisle; V: Fui Onyui

Reprints:

US from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #1 (March 1937) [remaindered]

Speed Saunders / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel ?; E. C. Stoner ?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Cyril "Speed" Saunders; Mr. Moran; V: Cap'n Scum

Reprints:

US from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #1 (March 1937) [remaindered]

In the early days of comics publishing, the most common procedure to secure a trademark for a potentially valuable title was to create an ashcan edition of the proposed comic book.

Companies would simply create the title's logo, affix it to a piece of existing cover art, and then shoot a Velox of it. (A Velox is a positive photographic print typically used by newspapers as a pre-press proof, which accounts for ashcan covers being black and white rather than color.) After the cover was created, it was trimmed to comic-book size and then stapled to the interior of a previously published book, or sometimes just some loose story pages. The ashcan was now complete. For all practical purposes it had the appearance of a legitimate comic book - and since the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) apparently accepted them as authentic comic books for trademark registration, no higher authority in the country existed to dispute this claim

 

Action Funnies Ashcan Edition (DC, 1937/38)

It's purported that early DC executive Harry Donenfeld had four ashcans created to protect the most important title in comic book history: Action Comics, Action Funnies, Double Action Comics, and Triple Action Comics.

Unlike some ashcans, the cover art was not taken from a previously published comic but is art that was later used as the cover to Action Comics #3. Interior is Detective Comics #10.

Crackajack Funnies (giveaway) #nn (Malto-Meal, 1937)

Malto-Meal promotional comic.

Features G-Man, Freckles, Dan Dunn, Buck Jones, Major Hoople, The Nebbs, and more.

Malto-Meal giveaway.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Characters:Speed Bolton; Dan Dunn; Clyde Beatty; Freckles; Buck Jones

Dan Dunn / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Speed Bolton, Air Ace / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Alden McWilliams

Alden Spurr McWilliams[1] generally credited as Al McWilliams (February 2, 1916 – March 19, 1993),[2] was an American comics artist who co-created the first African-American lead character of a comic strip. He started at Dell Comics on Crackajack Funnies #7 and also contributed to The Funnies; and the radio-show spinoff "Gang Busters" in Popular Comics and Four Color.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army on October 1, 1942, fighting in such World War II battles as D-Day, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star and France's Croix de Guerre. he both wrote and drew the Quality Comics war-comics features "Spitfire" in Crack Comics and "Atlantic Patrol", "Pacific Patrol", and "Secret War News" in Military Comics. He drew the detective feature "Steve Wood" in Quality's National Comics. He later worked on the science-fiction stores in Planet Comics, the sports-oriented Fight Stories, and the aviation-adventure Wings. In 1952, he created the science-fiction comic strip "Twin Earths", which ran through 1963. McWilliams' and writer John Saunders' Dateline: Danger!, which ran from 1968 to 1974, introduced the first African-American lead character of a comic strip, Danny Raven, co-star of this adventure series about two intelligence agents working undercover as reporters. Other comic-strip work includes the Star Trek and Buck Rogers strips

Smokey Stover Fire Fighter of Foo #1010 (1937) Western, 1937 Series

Price: 0.05 USD Pages: 68 Indicia

color cover; black & white interior

Dimensions: 5 9/16" x 7 5/16"

hardcover

Smokey Stover / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Bill Holman

Genre:humor

Characters:Smokey Stover

various(Table of Contents) Smokey Stover / comic story / 63 pages (report information) Script:

Bill Holman

Genre:humor

Characters:Smokey Stover

Synopsis:various stories

Reprints:

reprinted daily newspaper strips from Chicago Tribune-N.Y. News Syndicate

100 Pages of Comics #1 (Dell, 1937)

One-shot no date

100 page giant square bound with 10 cent cover

Wash Tubbs, Captain Easy, Major Hoople, Alley Oop, Tom Mix, and Tailspin Tommy.

Series features reprints from the 3 current Dell Comics ongoing series.

Tom Mix / cover /

Tailspin Tommy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest

Pencils:

Hal Forrest

Dan Dunn / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Pencils:

J. R. Williams

Drums of Doom #nn (United Features Syndicate, 1937)

Skull cover.

By Lt. F. A. Methot.

Golden Thunder Appearance.

Debatably the first horror comic book cover theme ever.

Hefty 25 cent cover price on this one-shot

It was advertised in a package deal with subscriptions to Tip Top Comics in Boys Life Magazine

Lynd Ward. Vertigo, A Novel in Woodcuts. New York: Random House, 1937.

First edition. Octavo. Unpaginated. 230 woodcuts.

patterned cloth boards

In black slipcase with black-lettered title label to front of case.

A Depression-era story, told entirely in woodcuts, without any text at all.

Pages: 500

Random House Brand:

Color: Black and white

Dimensions: 5 3/4" w x 8 1/4" h

Hardcover

Graphic Novel

All story pages appear on the right-hand (recto) page, with the verso (left-hand) pages blank.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Lynd Ward ?

Series topics presented in illustrated format:

Drunk driver; engraving; Great Depression; pantomime; strikebreaker; unemployment; woodcut; wordless

Gulf Funny Weekly (Gulf Oil Co., 1933-1941)

#197 and 50 other issues in 1937

The entire comic was 4 pages long and had a format of 10 ½ by 15. The comic was given away at Gulf Gas Stations making them probably the first comic book published and distributed outside of the newspaper market. The comic was advertised on radio (telling people to go to Gulf Gas stations to get them) when it debuted in April 1933.

Some of the highlights comic strip contributors are Stan Schendel who did The Uncovered Wagon, Victor did Curly and the Kids and Svess doing Smileage. These were one full page, full color comic pictures.

Much to everybodys surprise, the comics proved an very effective draw to the gas stations. People were quickly coming in and snatching them all up. Gulf decided to print out 3 million copies a week had the name changed to Comics Funnies Weekly. The series remained in tabloid sized and lasted 422 issues, ending on May 23, 1941.

Mile High pedigree and Davis Crippen pedigree

KRIM KO COMICS

#67 to 118 in 1937

promotional comic book for Krim-Ko, a chocolate-flavor milk drink featured in two pages of ads.

Partial color, 16 pages, all newsprint, 8.25-in. x 11-in. "Published on behalf of the Krim-Ko Co., by the Better Cartoons Bureau, Wright Wrigly Building, Chicago. The local dairy bottling Krim-Ko has exclusive charge of the Komics to Krin-Ko customers."

Cover story features Lola the Lost Flyer

Later in the year the title changes to Lola The Secret Agent

Could Lola be the first female detective in comics ?

WAGS UK was an american publication that was sold in distributed in England

Weekly tabloid

#1-51 in 1937 and would run 88 issues in total into 1938

Color: Full Color [#1-16];

16Color Pages, remainder Black and White [#17 onward]

Dimensions: 10.5 x 14.75 inches

Characters include Tarzan, Moon Mullins, Broncho Bill, The Comic Zoo and many others.

An Australian edition debuted first in 1936 and was longer running. The british version debuted in 1937.

The title would eventually feature comic strips by Bob Kane, Will Eisner and Frank Willard among others. Many of the comic strips would appear in USA publications but from various publishers.

The publication itself had a unique history. It was a transcontinental production: conceived, put together and printed in the U.S., but sold and distributed in Great Britain and Australasia.

In total 181 monthly comic books were published during 1937 plus these extras bring the total to over 330

 

1938 - JAN

1938 was the 5th year of the modern comic book format. The business was well established with a ½ dozen publishers competing for sales. The year began with 13 titles dated Jan 1938

Feature Funnies #4 (Chesler, 1938)

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #24 (June 11, 1937)

Lala Palooza / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Rube Goldberg (signed)

lala Palooza / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Rube Goldberg

Genre:humor

strip reprints- Frank Jay Markey syndicate

The Clock / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

George Brenner

Genre:superheroCharacters:The Clock [Brian O'Brien]; Captain Kane

Hawks of the Seas / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner

Genre:historicalReprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #21 (May 21, 1937)

 

Funny Pages V2#5 (Ultem, 1938)

This is the very last month that Ultem Comics published any titles - 4 in total

Titles would be taken over by Centaur Comics starting in March 1938.

Mile High pedigree

Mr. Whipple / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson ?

Uncle Johnny's Clarinet / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson [as PG]

Spots / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson [as PG]

Death On The Bottom(Table of Contents) text story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Daniels

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (illustration) (signed)

Funny Picture Stories V2#5 (Ultem, 1938)

Last issue from Ultem Comics

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Bob Wood (signed)

Star Dust / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Gill Fox

Genre:non-fiction

Brief bio of actor Joel McCrea; three small cartoons at bottom of page illustrate trivia about Deanna Durbin, Alan Dinehart, and Nelson Eddy.

Feature Books #9 Dick Tracy - (David McKay Publications, 1938)

Tracy's fourth and last Feature Book.

Billy Wright pedigree

B&W strip reprints from 1935-1937 (with much editing). Advertisement for the series (Sequence 3) states that #10 will be on sale 15th February and that new issues are published on the 15th of each month.

Dick Tracy / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Chester Gould

Dick Tracy / comic story / 70 pages (report information) Script:

Chester Gould

Genre:detective-mystery

Star Comics #9 (Centaur, 1938)

Last issue from Ultem Comics

Charles Biro cover; Fred Guardineer art.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Charles Biro [as Biro] (signed)

Salute To a Doctor(Table of Contents) text article / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Dan Hastings / text story / 8 ? pages (report information) Script:

Ken Fitch ? (see note)

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Jingle Jingle / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson (signed with interlocking PG)

Polly-Tix / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Fred Schwab

Genre:humorReprints:

US in Captain America Comics (Marvel, 1941 series) #13 (April 1942) [recolored]

Goobyland / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Charles Biro

Star Ranger #9 (Chesler, 1938)

Last issue from Ultem Comics

Rated a "7" or "scarce" by The Photo-Journal Guide to Comic Books

Billy Wright pedigree

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Fred Schwab

Ace Comics #11 (David McKay Publications, 1938)

Blondie, Jungle Jim, Ripleys Believe It Or NOt

Detective Comics #11 (DC, 1938)

Billy Wright pedigree

Creig Flessel portrayed the dapper Speed Saunders

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Speed Saunders of the River Police / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel ?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Larry Steele / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Incident In Algiers(Table of Contents) text story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Whitney Ellsworth

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Inks:

Creig Flessel

Colors:

?

Letters:

typeset

Characters:Sgt. Bill Gaines (introduction)

Spy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Slam Bradley / comic story / 13 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Baron Von Goetz (introduction, villain); Baroness Von Goetz (introduction, villain); Slam Bradley

Famous Explorer / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Will Ely ?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Funnies #16 (Dell, 1938)

Mutt and Jeff Christmas cover.

Alley Oop, Captain Easy, Dan Dunn, Major Hoople, Tailspin Tommy, many others.

Dan Dunn / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Genre:adventure; science fictionReprints:

Tad of the Tanbark / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Scribbly / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Pencils:

Sheldon Mayer

ailspin Tommy / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Glenn Chaffin

Pencils:

Hal Forrest

Genre:adventure; aviationReprints:

Four Aces / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest

Tip Top Comics #21 (United Features Syndicate/Standard, 1938)

Tarzan cover.

Mile High pedigree

Lil Abner Captain and the Kids Ella Cinders Jim Hardy Broncho Bill Fritzi Ritz

King Comics #22 (David McKay Publications, 1938)

Joe Musial cover.

Popeye cover

Lost Valley pedigree

New Adventure Comics #23 (DC, 1938)

Gerber "8."

Billy Wright pedigree

Creig Flessel (signed)

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Steve Conrad Adventurer / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Dale Daring / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Robin Hood / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Sven Elven

black and white

Genre:adventure; historical

Characters:Robin Hood (introduction)

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:The G-Girls [Norma; Rita](introduction); Junior G-Men [Fatty; Pete]

Synopsis:After being rejected for membership, the G-girls go off to find crime on their own.

Steve Carson does not appear in this story.

Nadir, Master of Magic / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

black and white

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Popular Comics #24 File Copy (Dell, 1938)

Dick Tracy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Chester Gould

Genre:detective-mystery

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Harold Gray

Terry and the Pirates / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Milt Caniff

Don Winslow of the Navy / comic story / 1.75 pages (report information) Script:

F. V. Martinek

Pencils:

Leon A. Beroth

Genre:war

Mickey Mouse Magazine V3#4 File Copy (K. K. Publications/ Western Publishing Co., 1938)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs serial begins.

This issue was on the news stands before the release of the movie.

Donald Duck Sunday strip reprints begin, under the title "Ducky Symphony."

New Years cover featuring Donald Duck and Goofy

More Fun Comics #28 (DC, 1938)

The majority of this issue is reprinted in Double Action Comics #2 January 1940 DC

The New Year Baby welcomes 1938 on this Vin Sullivan cover.

Mile High pedigree

New Years Baby of 1938 / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Vincent Sullivan (signed)

Sandra of the Secret Service / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Genre:detective-

Reprints:

US in Double Action Comics (DC, 1940 series) #2 (January 1940) [

Dr. Occult / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Leger]

Pencils:

Joe Shuster [as Reuths]

Genre:adventure; fantasy-

Reprints:

US in Double Action Comics (DC, 1940 series) #2 (January 1940) [black and white]

Hanko the Cowhand / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Inks:

Creig Flessel

Genre:humor; western-frontierCharacters:Hanko the CowhandReprints:

US in Double Action Comics (DC, 1940 series) #2 (January 1940)

Pep Morgan / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Radio Squad / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (Signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Mark Marson of the Interplanetary Police / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Tom Hickey (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Reprints:

US in Double Action Comics (DC, 1940 series) #2 (January 1940

Johnnie Law / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Johnnie Law;

Reprints:

US in Double Action Comics (DC, 1940 series) #2 (January 1940) [black and white]

Johnnie Law / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Reprints:

US in Double Action Comics (DC, 1940 series) #2 (January 1940) [black and white]

[The Lynching Part 1](Table of Contents)

Jack Woods / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery; western-

Reprints:

US in Double Action Comics (DC, 1940 series) #2 (January 1940)

Famous Funnies #42 (Eastern Color, 1938)

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Genre:humorCharacters:Oaky Doaks; Sam Smithers

Life's Like That / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Fred Neher

Genre:humor

copyright Consolidated News

War On Crime / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Rex Collier

Pencils:

Kemp Starrett?

Genre:crime

copyright Ledger Syndicate

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger

Genre:children

copyright Eisner-Iger

1938 - FEB

Feature Funnies #5 (Chesler, 1938)

George Brenner cover.

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #27 (July 2, 1937), #28 (July 9, 1937)

Bungle Family / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

George Brenner

Lala Palooza / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Rube Goldberg

Pencils:

Rube Goldberg

Genre:humor

strip reprints- Frank Jay Markey syndicate

The Clock Strikes / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

George E. Brenner (signed)

Genre:superheroCharacters:The Clock [Brian O'Brien];

Hawks of the Seas / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Willis Rensie]

Genre:historicalCharacters:HawkReprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #26

 

The Comics #6 (Dell, 1938)

Wash Tubbs / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Genre:humor

Characters:Wash Tubbs; Captain Easy

Rod Rian of the Sky Police / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Paul H. Jepsen

Genre:adventure; science fiction

Gordon Fife and the Boy King / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Genre:adventure

My Big Brudder / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Frank Engli (signed)

Genre:humor

Frank Engli

(10 November 1906 - 1977, USA)

He worked in the animation department of the Fleischer Studios in Manhattan. There, he worked on many cartoons with 'Popeye' and 'Betty Boop'. From 1934 he worked as a letterer and colorist on the comics by Milton Caniff and Noel Sickles, including 'Terry and the Pirates', 'Male Call', 'Steve Canyon' and 'Scorchy Smith'. He stayed with Caniff until his retirement in 1977.

In addition to his lettering work, he created his own strip in 1940, 'Rocky, the Stone Age Kid', for Comic Book Magazine, which was published by the Chicago Tribune. In 1946 and 1947, he drew 'Looking Back', a strip distributed by Field Enterprises. He also did occasional work for Harvey Comics.

Did You Know? / text article / 1 page (report information) Script:

Joe Archibald (signed)

Joe Archibald

(1898 - 1989, USA)

Joe Archibald was a writer and artist for comic books from the 1920s through 1950s. Archibald worked as a reporter during the 1920s and did art on syndicated features like 'Private Rhodes' (1930) and 'Saga of Steve West' (1928-29). He was present in The Funnies by Dell Comics in the late 1920s with features like 'Frosty Ayre', 'Lucky Duck' and 'Shylock Bones'. In the 1930s, he illustrated pulp novels, and did art on fillers for comic books by National/DC, such as 'Scrub Hardy', 'They Started Young' and 'Tinker Twins at Penn Point'. From the late 1940s throughout the 1950s he was an editor, artist and writer for Better Publications, illustrating sports features, puzzle pages, and stories with 'Roger Dodger', 'Space Cop Kelly' and 'Ginny'.

Cap'n Cloud / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Robert Weinstein

Genre:adventure

Robert "Bob" Weinstein illustrated the 'Cap'n Cloud' Sunday page for George Matthew Adams Service in the mid 1930s. In the early comic books by National/DC, he illustrated the features 'Cap'n Erik' and 'How to Build...'.

Feature Books #10 Popeye and Susan (David McKay, 1938)

Popeye / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Elzie Segar

Genre:humorCharacters:Popeye; Olive Oyle

Popeye / comic story / 70 pages (

Elzie Segar

Genre:adventure; humor

Characters:Popeye; Olive Oyle; Susan Brown; the Jeep; Castor Oyl; Plastic Pan

Reprints:

from Popeye daily newspaper strips (King Features) (1937-04-05 - 1937-08-28)

Ace Comics #11 (David McKay Publications, 1938)

First appearance of the Phantom in comics. Joe Musial cover.

Katzenjammer Kids, Ripley's Believe It or Not, Krazy Kat.

The Phantom begins with this issue, with his first comics appearance.

The Phantom is a fictional, costumed crime-fighter who operates from the fictional country of Bangalla. The character was created by Lee Falk for the adventure comic strip The Phantom, which debuted in newspapers on February 17, 1936. The Phantom was later depicted in many forms of media, including television shows, movies, and video games.

Katzenjammer Kids; Pete the Tramp; Barney Google / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Joe Musial

Inks:

Joe Musial

The Phantom / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Lee Falk

Pencils:

Ray Moore

Genre:adventure; jungle; superhero

Characters:The Phantom; Diana Palmer

Reprints:

from The Phantom dailies (King Features) 1936.11.DD - 1936.11.DD

Jungle Jim / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Don Moore

Pencils:

Alex Raymond

Genre:jungleReprints:

from Jan 31, 1937 to Feb 21 1937 Sundays.

Blondie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Chic Young

Pencils:

Chic Young

Detective Comics #12 (DC, 1938)

Mile High pedigree

Billy Wright pedigree

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Genre:crime

Speed Saunders / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel ?

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Speed Saunders; Objaw-wa Indians (villains)

Counterfeit(Table of Contents) text story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Vincent Sullivan

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Larry Steele / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Floyd Stimson / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Spy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Slam Bradley / comic story / 13 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Slam Bradley; Shorty Morgan; Pierre (introduction); Niles Hogarth

The Funnies #17 (Dell, 1938)

Alley Oop / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Sheldon Mayer

Inks:

Sheldon Mayer

Colors:

?

Letters:

?

Genre:humorCharacters:Alley OopKeywords:snow skiing

Dan Dunn / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

G-Man vs. The Red X / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Reprints:

Reprinted from G-Man vs. The Red X (1936, Whitman) Big Little Book #1147 with most text removed

(c)Stephen Slesinger

Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Tad of the Tanbark / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Tailspin Tommy / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest

Four Aces / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest

Scribbly / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Pencils:

Sheldon Mayer

Tip Top Comics #22 (United Features Syndicate, 1938)

Li'l Abner / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Al Capp

Inks:

?

Li'l Abner / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Al Capp

Pencils:

Al Capp

Tarzan / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Pencils:

Hal Foster (signed)

King Comics #23 (David McKay Publications, 1938)

Mile High pedigree

Popeye and Henry cover

Joe Musial cover.

New Adventure Comics #24 (DC, 1938)

Cosmic Aeroplane pedigree - likely the oldest comic book in this collection

rated "scarce" on the Gerber index

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Synopsis:Two men in a canoe going through rapids

Dale Daring / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Genre:adventure

Characters:V: The Red Hatchet

Dale Daring does not appear in this story.

Colored in black, white and red only.

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Steve Carson; Jerry Seffron (introduction);

Nadir, Master of Magic / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Boomerang Jones / comic story / 8 pages (report information) Script:

Fred Guardineer

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer [as Stan Babcock] (signed)

Characters:Boomerang Jones (introduction); Mungo (introduction); Slug (introduction, villain); Slug's gang of kidnappers (introduction, villain)

Only appearance.

Robin Hood / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Sven Elven

Steve Conrad Adventurer / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Popular Comics #25 (Dell, 1938)

Dick Tracy, Terry and the Pirates, Little Orphan Annie, The Gumps

Don Winslow, Skippy, Smitty, Skeezix,

Mickey Mouse Magazine #29 V3#5 (K. K. Publications/Western Publishing Co., 1938)

the first Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs cover, which also happens to be a Valentines Day cover.

third appearance anywhere.

More Fun Comics #29 (DC, 1938)

Mile High pedigree

Whitney Ellsworth is no longer listed as associate editor.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Vin Sullivan

Inks:

Vin Sullivan

Sandra of the Secret Service / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Sandra; Michael; Lucille Du Pont; Baron Von Schmidt

Synopsis:While on a vacation cruise Sandra and Michael stumble across a jewel robbery, which might be an inside job.

Reprints:

US in Double Action Comics (DC, 1940 series) #2 (January 1940

Dr. Occult / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Leger]

Pencils:

Joe Shuster [as Reuths]

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Characters:Dr. Occult; Ed Murphy; Sgt. EllsworthSynopsis:Ed Murphy is electrocuted for his crimes but vows to come back from the grave.

Reprints:

US in Double Action Comics (DC, 1940 series) #2 (January 1940) [black and white

Hanko the Cowhand / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Johnnie Law / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Genre:humor; western-frontierCharacters:Hanko the CowhandReprints:

US in Double Action Comics (DC, 1940 series) #2 (January 1940

Mark Marson of the Interplanetary Police / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Tom Hickey (signed)

Genre:science fictionCharacters:Mark Marson; Gail Hillary; Monty; BarwickeSynopsis:Mark begins his investigation with the Zoo Employees

Reprints:

US in Double Action Comics (DC, 1940 series) #2 (January 1940

Jack Woods / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Pep Morgan / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Genre:adventureCharacters:Pep Morgan; Peggy

next appearance in ACTION COMICS #1

Bradley Boys in the Wilderness / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Radio Squad / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (Signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Inks:

Joe Shuster

Colors:

?

Letters:

?

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Sandy Kean; Roy

Blister / comic story / 8 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Harold Sherman (signed)

Genre:humor; childrenCharacters:Blister (only appearance);

Hal Sherman

Harold Sicherman

(b. 1911, USA)

Harold Sherman, born Harold Sicherman, was a comics artist during the Golden Age of Comics. He was a gag cartoonist and was present at National/DC with 'The Star Spangled Kid', created with Jerry Siegel and published in Star Spangled Comics during the 1940s. He created a character called 'Wonder Woman' in 1940, which he wanted to sell shortly before the Marston/Peters character appeared. Sherman was also present in DC's Leading Comics and More Fun Comics, as well as Better Publications' Startling Comics. He worked on 'Star Spangled Kid' until June 1943, when he went into the service. After World War II (circa 1946), he assisted Bernard Bailey on backgrounds of 'The Spectre'. Later he returned to gag cartooning. He also did work on the Harvey character 'Spooky'.

 

Famous Funnies #43 Lost Valley pedigree (Eastern Color, 1938)

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Victor E. Pazmino

Genre:humorCharacters:Sam Smithers; Uncle Elby

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Phil Nowlan

Pencils:

Dick Calkins

Genre:science fiction

War on Crime / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Rex Collier

Pencils:

Kemp Starrett?

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger

Genre:children

copyright Eisner-Iger

1938 - MAR

16 titles this month and this is the 1st of 3 months in a row where there would be growth in # of titles

Feature Funnies #6 (Quality/Chesler, 1938)

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #32 (August 6, 1937)

Joe Palooka / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Rube Goldberg

Inks:

Rube Goldberg

Lala Palooza / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Rube Goldberg

Pencils:

Rube Goldberg

Inks:

Rube Goldberg

Genre:humorCharacters:Lala Palooza

strip reprints- Frank Jay Markey syndicate

Hawks of the Seas / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [ as Willis Rensie]

Pencils:

Will Eisner

Genre:historicalCharacters:Claw Carlos; The HawkReprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #30

The Clock Strikes / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

George E. Brenner (signed)

Genre:superhero

Characters:The Clock [Brian O'Brien]; Mike "Slick" Sparra (first appearance; villain)

Jim Swift / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Ed Cronin (signed)

Pencils:

Ed Cronin (signed)

Genre:adventureCharacters:Jim Swift; Marion Joyce; The Captain (villain)

last appearance

Funny Pages V2#6 (Centaur, 1938)

First issue of the title published by Centaur.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Bob Wood (signed)

Inks:

Bob Wood

Centaur Publications (also known as Centaur Comics) (1938–1942) was one of the earliest American comic book publishers. During their short existence, they created popular superhero characters, including Bill Everett's Amazing-Man.

By January 1938, Ultem was bought out by Joe Hardie, Fred Gardner, and Raymond Kelly's Centaur Publications, Inc., which had been publishing pulp magazines since at least 1933. Hardie, Gardner, and Kelly used this base to create Centaur Comics, which began publishing in March 1938. They also drew on the back inventory of stories to fill out the early issues of their new titles with reprints. Centaur Publications, Inc. ceased production at the end of 1940, but continued to produce comics under the name Comic Corporation of America. Centaur ceased publication four years later, primarily due to poor distribution, but in that period had created several colorful characters, including Bill Everett's Amazing Man. Everett would later go on to comics fame by introducing Namor The Submariner to Timely (later Atlas, then Marvel Comics.) Everett's first nationally published comic work was the cover of Amazing Mystery Funnies #1 (1938.)

Funny Picture Stories V2#6 (Centaur Publishing, 1938)

First Centaur issue of the title.

Fred Guardineer cover and art. Jack Cole, Bob Wood, Gill Fox, and Dick Ryan art.

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

US from Funny Picture Stories (Ultem, 1937 series) #v2#4 (December 1937)

Joe Hardie [as Uncle Joe]

Synopsis:Editorial introducing "Uncle Joe" as the new editor of Funny Pages, Funny Picture Stories, Star Comics, and Star Ranger Comics.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Laughing At Life / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson ?

Phony Crimes / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson [as Gus] (signed)

Insurance Ike / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Jack Cole (signed)

Get Your Man(Table of Contents) text story / 8 pages (report information) Script:

Harold S. Martin

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Genre:detective-mystery

Nothing But the Truth / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson ?

Star Comics #10 (Centaur, 1938)

Little Nemo appearance.

First issue by Centaur Publications,

rated a "7" ("scarce") in Gerber's rarity index.

Charles Biro cover. Fred Guardineer and Gill Fox art

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Charles Biro

Don Marlow / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Ken Fitch (signed)

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Star Ranger #10 (Centaur, 1938)

tied with Funny Pages #6 and Funny Picture Stories #6 as the first comic published by Centaur, who purchased it indirectly from Harry Chesler.

Mile High pedigree

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Fred Schwab (signed)

Inks:

Fred Schwab (signed)

The Roundup / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Inks:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Trail Blazers / text article / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Lyin Lou / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Killing to Live(Table of Contents) illustration / 2 pages (report information) Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Inks:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Wild Horse(Table of Contents) comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed

Medicine Man / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson (signed)

Inks:

Paul Gustavson (signed)

Spurs / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson (signed

Jest the Type / filler / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Jack Cole (signed)

Inks:

Jack Cole (signed)

 

 

 

 

 

Feature Books #11 (David McKay, 1938).

Little Annie Rooney.

Annie Rooney(Table of Contents) Annie Rooney / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Darrell McClure

Annie Rooney / comic story / 71 pages (report information) Script:

Darrell McClure

Genre:adventure

Characters:Annie Rooney; Zero; Miss Lydia

Reprints:

Annie Rooney newspaper comic strip reprints from 1936

Little Annie Rooney is a comic strip about a young orphaned girl who traveled about with her dog, Zero. King Features Syndicate launched the strip on January 10, 1927, not long after it was apparent that the Chicago Tribune Syndicate had scored a huge hit with Little Orphan Annie.

Darrell Craig McClure (February 25, 1903 – February 27, 1987), was an American cartoonist and illustrator best known for his work on the comic strip Little Annie Rooney from 1930 to 1966. The strip took its name from an 1890 song by Michael Nolan.

Ace Comics #12 (David McKay Publications, 1938)

Blondie, Jungle Jim, and Believe it or Not appear.

Joe Musial cover.

Detective Comics #13 (DC, 1938)

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Inks:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Speed Saunders / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel ?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Larry Steele / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Hero of the Air / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely ?

Spy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Peter Rawley (introduction); Bart Reagan; Sally Norris

Slam Bradley / comic story / 13 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

 

Funnies #18 (Dell, 1938)

Herky / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Genre:humor; children

Dan Dunn / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Genre:adventure; science fiction

Reprints:

from Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire Sundays (Daily Eagle)

Tad of the Tanbark / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Genre:adventure

Reprints:

from Tad of the Tanbark Sundays (Daily Eagle)

Tailspin Tommy / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Glenn Chaffin

Pencils:

Hal Forrest

Genre:adventure; aviation

Reprints:

from Tailspin Tommy Sundays (Bell Syndicate)

Four Aces / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest

Genre:adventure; aviation

Reprints:

from Four Aces Sundays (Bell Syndicate)

Scribbly / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Pencils:

Sheldon Mayer

Tip Top Comics #23 (United Features Syndicate, 1938)

The Captain and the Kids / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Genre:humorCharacters:Hans Katzenjammer; Fritz Katzenjammer; the Captain; Mama Katzenjammer

Li'l Abner / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Al Capp

The Mad Moon Mine(Table of Contents) text story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Lieutenant Fred A. Methot

Pencils:

Hoyle? (signed)

Genre:horror-suspense; western-frontierCharacters:The Claw

Indexer Notes

Chapter 3

Tarzan / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Hal Foster

Joe Jinks / comic story / 1.33 pages (report information) Script:

Vic Forsythe

Victor Clyde Forsythe, (August 24, 1885 – May 24, 1962), was an American artist, most known for his illustrations and desert paintings. He is the illustrator of many different comics, including Joe Jinks. He is also believed to be considered one of the original "Desert Painters".

In 1918, he created his most famous cartoon, "Joe's Car"/ In 1928, Forsythe renamed the cartoon from "Joe's Car" to "Joe Jinks", the name of the character. This was done since Joe had gone from being a car-obsessed man to an airplane pilot as well as a boxing manager. He officially retired from the comic the following year in 1938.[2]

King Comics #24 (David McKay Publications, 1938)

Mile High pedigree

Popeye and Henry head the cast of characters.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Joe Musial (signed)

Characters:Olive Oyl; Popeye; Wimpy; Henry

Thimble Theatre / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

E. C. Segar (signed)

Reprints:

from Thimble Theatre Sundays (King Features Syndicate)

Flash Gordon / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Don Moore

Pencils:

Alex Raymond (credited)

Reprints:

from Flash Gordon Sundays (King Features Syndicate

Sport Features / text article / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Jack Burnley (signed)

Characters:Max Baer; Buddy BaerReprints:

from Sport Features Sundays (King Features Syndicate

Mandrake the Magician / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Lee Falk (credited)

Pencils:

Phil Davis (signed)

Reprints:

from Mandrake the Magician Sundays (King Features Syndicate)

New Adventure Comics #25 (DC, 1938)

Billy Wright pedigree

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Inks:

Creig Flessel

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Junior Federal Men of 3000 A. D. (introduction);

Dale Daring / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Genre:adventure

Characters:Captain Don Brewster; Ali

Dale Daring does not appear in this story.

Monastery of the Blue God / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson

Pencils:

Munson Paddock

Genre:adventure

Characters:Corporal Drenoff; Count Von Bolander; Slotny

End of series (although story is labeled continued).

Robin Hood / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Part 3

Sven Elven

The Adventures of Steve Conrad / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel

Tale of Two Cities / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Charles Dickens (original); Merna Gamble (adaptation)

Pencils:

Merna Gamble

Genre:historical

Episode 22

End of series. Story is completed

Crusades / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Vernon Henkel

Characters:Guy De Lusignan (introduction); Saladin (introduction, villain)

Only appearance.

Nadir, Master of Magic / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Captain Quick / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Sven Elven

End of series.

Episode 22

Popular Comics #26 (Dell, 1938)

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Genre:humor

Characters:Dick Tracy; Little Orphan Annie; Skeezix Wallet; Uncle Willie

Dick Tracy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Chester Gould (credited)

Pencils:

Chester Gould (credited)

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Harold Gray

Pencils:

Harold Gray (signed)

Terry and the Pirates / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Milton Caniff (credited)

Genre:adventureCharacters:Terry Lee; Pat Ryan; Connie [George Webster Confucius]

Reprints:

from Terry and the Pirates Sunday (Chicago Tribune-N.Y. News Syndicate, Inc.) 1936.xx.xx

"Copyright, 1936, by Chicago Tribune-N.Y. News Syndicate, Inc

Don Winslow of the Navy / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Frank V. Martinek [as Lieut. Comdr. F. V. Martinek, USNR] (credited)

Pencils:

Leon A. Beroth (credited)

Genre:adventure; military

Characters:Don Winslow; Red; The Crocodile (villain)Reprints:

from Don Winslow of the Navy Sunday (The Bell Syndicate, Inc.) 1936.10.04

from Don Winslow of the Navy Sunday (The Bell Syndicate, Inc.) 1936.10.11

"Copyright, 1936, by The Bell Syndicate, Inc."

Mickey Mouse Magazine #30 V3#6 File Copy (K. K. Publications/ Western Publishing Co., 1938)

Snow White serial concludes. Lonesome Ghost appearance.

Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse cover

More Fun Comics #30 (DC, 1938)

1st DC comic to reach 30th issue and only the 2nd comic title ever to reach 30 issues

Cool oriental cover by Creig Flessel, it's the first non-humor cover in this series.

Gerber calls this issue "scarce" and estimates only 21 to 50 copies still exist.

Mile High pedigree

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Inks:

Creig Flessel

Sandra of the Secret Service / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Doctor Occult / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Leger]

Pencils:

Joe Shuster [as Reuths]

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Jack Woods / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed

Hooves of the Tartar Horde / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (signed)

Pencils:

Alexander Nikitin (signed)

Genre:adventure; historical

Characters:Alan de Beaufort; Helen; Juchi; Subatoi; Chatagai; Inaljuk

Synopsis:The forces of Genghis Kahn capture the city of Otrar in Persia.

continued in Warrior #1 pub by Blackerby in 1945

Spike Spalding / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Vince Sullivan

Genre:adventureCharacters:Spike Spalding; Pincus; Uncle George

Synopsis:The adventures over, Spike resumes a normal existence.

last appearance

Buzz Brown / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Buzz Brown (intro); Sandy MacLean

Radio Squad / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (Signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Sandy Kean; Jimmy

Little Linda / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Whitney Ellsworth

Genre:children

Characters:Linda; Lars Larsen; Yvonne Darling; Ted Reele

Synopsis:Lars rescues Linda and Ted from the waterfall

last appearance

Johnnie Law / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Pirate Gold / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sven Elven

Genre:historical

Characters:Captain Dennis; Jeff Roberts; Jean

Synopsis:Captain Dennis and Jeff rescue Jean from the Orientals

last appearance

Snow White and Her Friends

Talk About Talkies / comic story / 2 pages

Script:

Kathleen Waters

Characters:Snow White; Jane Withers; Glen Morris

Hope Hazzard / comic story / 9 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Alex Lovy

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Hope Hazzard (intro); Serge Rasoff; Princess Fiesole; Inspector Thomas

Synopsis:Hope Hazzard inherits Fenton Manor and immediately gets involved in a diamond smuggling case.

only appearance.

Famous Funnies #44 (Eastern Color, 1938)

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Genre:humor

Characters:Oaky Doaks; Big Chief Wahoo

Screen Oddities / illustration / 1 page (report information) Script:

Roscoe Fawcett [as Captain Roscoe Fawcett]

Pencils:

Bruno Thompson [as Thompson]

Characters:Mae Clarke; Fred Stone; Leslie Howard, Ginger Rogers; Nelson Eddy; Miriam Hopkins; Irene Dunne; Clark Gable; Carl Brisson; Robert Taylor; Charlie Chaplin; Marlene Dietrich

Synopsis:Odd facts about screen stars.

Reprints:

from Screed Oddities daily panel (Bell Syndicate

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Phil Nowlan

Pencils:

Dick Calkins

Genre:science fiction

copyright John F. Dille

Life's Like That / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Fred Neher

Genre:humor

copyright Consolidated News

War on Crime / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Rex Collier

Pencils:

Kemp Starrett?

Genre:crime

copyright Ledger Syndicate

Big Chief Wahoo / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Allen Saunders

Pencils:

Elmer Woggon

Genre:humor

copyright Publishers syndicate

1st appearance

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger

Genre:children

copyright Eisner-Iger

1938 - APRIL

17 comics with a cover date of April

Comics On Parade #1 by United Feature Syndicate. April 1938, goes to #104 1955.

First issue featured Tarzan by Hal Foster, Captain and the Kids, Little Mary Mixup, Abbie & Slats, Ella Cinders, Broncho Bill, and Li'l Abner.

Historic first issue of a title that ran for 17 years.

The cover features all the main characters posing together including Tarzan.

One of the most important series debuting in 1938.

The 2nd longest running title for United Feature Syndicate and their 2nd success story.

Funny Picture Stories Laundry Giveaway #nn (Comics Magazine Co./Centaur Publications, 1938) promotional comic. A copy of this comic would normally have been printed with the name of a local laundry on the covers and inside, but this was one of the copies that was used to promote the idea to the laundry owners and has the generic "Your Laundry Name" printed in those locations instead. This comic has 16 pages.

It is not clear if this promotional version is scarcer than a finished one with the laundry name printed on, and which version the Overstreet price refers to.

Contents differ from the regular issue with the same cover.

Feature Funnies #7 (Quality, 1938)

The Clock, Dixie Dugan, Jane Arden, Gallant Knight, and Ned Bryant.

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #36 (November 11, 1937), #65

Mickey Finn / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Pencils:

Lank Leonard (signed)

Gallant Knight / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Vernon Henkel (signed)

Genre:historical

Characters:Tyrone Neville [the Gallant Knight] (introduction, origin); Baron Melrot (introduction, villain)

Synopsis:Merlot assassinates the King and seizes the throne. Sir Neville joins a band of woodland outlaws to take arms against him.

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #64

Lala Palooza / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Rube Goldberg

Genre:humor

strip reprints- Frank Jay Markey syndicate

The Clock / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

George E. Brenner (signed)

Genre:superhero

Characters:The Clock [Brian O'Brien]; Captain Kane; The Owl [Baldy Getzmore] (villain, introduction)

Synopsis:The Owl threatens Baldy Getzmore, a former rum runner. But the Clock exposes cunning subterfuge.

Reprints:

from Wags (Editors Press Service, 1937 series

Hawks of the Seas / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner

Genre:historical

Characters:Hawk; Carlos (villain)Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #34

Clip Chance at Cliffside / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

George Brenner

Pencils:

George Brenner (Scott Sheridan)

Characters:Clip Chance (introduction); Slim (introduction); Chink (introduction); Bart (introduction, villain)

Funny Pages V2#7 (Centaur, 1938)

Billy Wright pedigree

2nd issue from Centaur Publications which had taken over the title just one month earlier

Numerous funny strips and westerns etc.

Funny Picture Stories V2#7 (Comics Magazine, 1938)

Gerber calls this issue "scarce," estimating that only 21 to 50 copies still exist in any condition

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Fred Schwab ?

Inks:

Fred Schwab ?

Grin and Laff / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Kermit Jaediker (credited) [as Kermit Ray]

Pencils:

Ray Gill (signed) [as Kermit Ray]

Genre:humor

four one-panel gag pieces.

Ray Gill

(11 March 1918 - 1 April 1984, USA)

Ray Gill was an American comic book writer, artist and editor

He was a writer and editor for Funnies Inc. on a great many features between 1937 and 1941. He did his early scripts for Centaur Comics titles, while also providing art for the feature 'Pals and Pastimes'. He wrote and illustrated fillers for Lev Gleason's New Friday imprint in 1939.

Throughout the 1940s, Gill was writing scripts for various Timely and Novelty Comics features, co-creating 'Airman' and 'Terry Vance'. He also did the art for a couple of these features, including 'Mighty Mouse', 'Super Rabbit' and 'Edison Bell'. He was also an artist for Archie Comics during this period.

By the 1950s, Gill was doing editorial work for Stanley Publications and Fawcett; he was senior editor on Fawcett's 'How-to' line of books. His final comic book art was with characters like 'Junior Hopp' and 'Peter Cottontail' for Stanmor in 1952-54.

Don't Look Now / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Paul Gustavson (signed)

Genre:humor

four one-panel gags cartoons.

Laughing At Life! / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Paul Gustavson (signed) [as PG overlapping initials]

Phoney Crimes / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Paul Gustavson (signed) [as interlocking P. and G.

Insurance Ike / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Jack Cole

Pencils:

Jack Cole

Nothing But the Truth / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Paul Gustavson (signed)

Roughhouse Annie / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Charles Biro

Pencils:

Charles Biro

Jim Comes Through/ 5 pages (report information) Script:

Maurice Gutwirth

Pencils:

Maurice Gutwirth (signed)

Maurice Gutwirth was a Golden Age comic artist, working through studios like Chesler, Eisner/Iger and Funnies Inc. Early work includes Centaur features like 'Doc Doyle', 'Lucky Doyle, Master Detective' and 'Sky Menace'. He drew among others 'Dr Frost' in Prize Comics (Feature Comics), and worked on Archie features like 'Bentley of Scotland Yard', 'Secret Assignments' and 'Silver Fox'.

For Better Publications, he illustrated 'American Eagle' (in Exciting Comics), 'Four Comrades', 'Jimmy Cole', 'Lucky Lawrence' and 'Sergeant Bill King'. He was the creator of 'USA', comics's first female super-patriot, for Quality Comics. He was present at Timely/Atlas with 'Captain America', 'The Falcon', 'Human Torch' and 'Phantom of the Underworld', and at Ace Periodicals with 'Buckskin', 'Marvo the Magician', 'Vulcan' and 'Sky Smith'.

The Comics #7 (Dell, 1938)

Rod Rian of the Sky Police / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Paul H. Jepsen

Characters:Rod Rian

Sci-fi story that later ran in Flash Comics #2-11 at DC Comics in 1940

Gordon Fife and the Boy King / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Inks:

Carl Pfeufer

The Mystery of the Hooded Horseman(Table of Contents) comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:

Norman Fallon

Norman Fallon was a comic book inker in the 40's during the Golden Age of comics. He worked on titles like Batman and World's Finest alongside artists such as Dick Sprang and Jerry Robinson. His first DC work is Batman #19.

Ted Strong / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Al Carreno

Pencils:

Al Carreno

Al Carreno

(1905 - 1964, Mexico) Mexico

Albert "Al" Carreno was born in Mexico City. He was asked to do a comic strip for an eight-page tabloid comic section. The result was a western, 'Ted Strong', but it was dropped after a few years.

Then Al Carreno went on to comic book illustration, working variously at Fox, Fawcett, National, Prize, Marvel, Pines and Ziff Davis throughout the 1940's and 1950's. He worked on titles such as 'Ibis', 'Red Gaucho', 'Captain Marvel', and 'The Blue Beetle'. In the 50's he also became active in the National Cartoonist Society and became NCS membership chairman. He also worked on 1950’s Atlas horror.

 

Star Comics #11 (Centaur, 1938)

Billy Wright pedigree

Gerber "9" issue ("very rare") as well as a Gerber "white space."

Sources list this as the first published comic book art by Jack Cole but this is not his first as we have mentioned him previously.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Jack Cole

Inks:

Jack Cole

Gertie the Cashier / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Genre:humor

This strip includes images of Mickey Mouse, W. C. Fields, Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin, Katherine Hepburn, Stan Laurel, Jimmy Durante, Betty Boop, Frankenstein, Oliver Hardy, Greta Garbo, and Groucho Marx.

Belly Laughs / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Jack Cole (signed)

Genre:humor

Salute to a Teacher / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Little Nemo in Slumberland / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob McCay [as Winsor McCay, Jr.] (signed)

Genre:fantasy-supernatural

Winsor McCay Jr. is aka Bob McCay.

Professor McScrewey / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer ?

Inks:

Fred Guardineer ?

King Kole / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Jack Cole ?

Inks:

Jack Cole ?

The Prince / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Basil Wolverton ?

Pencils:

Basil Wolverton ?

Genre:humor

Rumoured 1st comic work of Basil

Down Through the Ages / illustration / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Characters:Robin Hood; Little John )

Dan Hastings / text story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

Ken Fitch (signed)

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Characters:Dan Hastings

Don Marlow / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Ken Fitch (signed)

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Tell Me? Mr. Wise Guy / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson (signed)

Genre:humor

Star Ranger #11 (Centaur, 1938)

Fred Schwab cover. Fred Guardineer centerfold.

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Fred Schwab

Inks:

Fred Schwab

Feature Books #12 Blondie (David McKay Publications, 1938)

Blondie. Gerber "8" or "rare", according to The Photo-Journal Guide to Comic Books.

Features Blondie in her first solo comics venture.

Blondie / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Genre:humor

Characters:Dagwood; Blondie; Baby Dumpling

Blondie / comic story / 71 pages (report information) Script:

Chic Young

Genre:humor

Characters:Blondie; Dagwood; Baby Dumpling; Daisy

Reprints:

from Blondie (King Features) 1937.02.02 to 1937.06.05

Ace Comics #13 (David McKay Publications, 1938)

The Phantom, Jungle Jim, Blondie, Ripley's Believe It or Not, the Katzenjammer Kids, Krazy Kat

Barney Google; The Katzenjammer Kids / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Joe Musial (signed

["In the search for Peter Hawkins' lost son, Hawkins and Kolu were captured..."](Table of Contents) comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Alex Raymond

Pencils:

Alex Raymond

Blondie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Chic Young

She was also the feature of Feature Book #12 that same month

The Phantom / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Lee Falk

Pencils:

Ray Moore

Genre:jungle; superher0

3rd comic book appearance

 

Detective Comics #14 (DC, 1938)

Billy Wright pedigree

Speed Saunders ? / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Inks:

Creig Flessel

Colors:

?

Genre:detective-mystery

 

 

Speed Saunders / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel ?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

The Law at Work / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Larry Steele / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Oil from China(Table of Contents) text story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Vincent Sullivan [as Paul Dean]

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Inks:

Creig Flessel

Spy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Basil Montague (introduction, villain, death)

Slam Bradley / comic story / 13 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:The Boss (introduction, villain, death)

Quentin Roosevelt, Heroic Fighter(Table of Contents) comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Funnies #19 (Dell, 1938)

Mutt and Jeff cover. Alley Oop, Captain Easy, Dan Dunn, Major Hoople, Out Our Way, many others.

Mutt & Jeff / cover / 1 pag

Dan Dunn / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Pencils:

Norman Marsh

Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Genre:adventure; science fiction

Reprints:

from Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire Sundays (Daily Eagle) xxxx-xx-xx - xxxx-xx-xx

Tad of the Tanbark / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Genre:adventure

Reprints:

from Tad of the Tanbark Sundays (Daily Eagle) xxx

Tailspin Tommy / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Glenn Chaffin

Pencils:

Hal Forrest

Genre:adventure; aviation

Reprints:

from Tailspin Tommy Sundays (Bell Syndicate) xxxx-xx-xx - xxxx-

Four Aces / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest

Genre:adventure; aviation

Reprints:

from Four Aces Sundays (Bell Syndicate)

Scribbly / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Pencils:

Sheldon Mayer

Tip Top Comics #24 (United Features Syndicate, 1938)

Tarzan cover.

Ella Cinders Jim Hardy Fritzi Ritz Broncho Bill

Li'l Abner / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Al Capp

Pencils:

Al Capp

King Comics #25 (David McKay Publications, 1938)

Popeye / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Joe Musial [as Musial](signed)

Genre:humorCharacters:Popeye; Olive Oyl; Henry

Thimble Theatre / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

E. C. Segar

Pencils:

Flash Gordon / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Don Moore

Pencils:

Alex Raymond

Genre:adventure; science fiction

Characters:Flash Gordon; Dale Arden; Hans ZarkovReprints:

from Flash Gordon Sundays (King Features Syndicate) 1937-07-04 - 1937-07-25

Sport Features / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Jack Burnley

Mandrake the Magician / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Lee Falk

Pencils:

Phil Davis

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Characters:Mandrake the Magician; Lothar; Prince Paulo (villain)

Indexer Notes

from Mandrake the Magician Sundays (King Features Syndicate) 1937-07-04 - 1937-07-25

Popular Comics #27 (April 1938) Dell, 1936

Editing: Maxwell Gaines; Sheldon Mayer (assistant)

All Chicago Tribune strips move to Super Comics next month

The Gumps; Harold Teen; Smitty; Little Orphan Annie / cover / 1

Dick Tracy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Chester Gould (credited)

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Dick Tracy; Tess Trueheart; Pat Patton; Chief Brandon; Nina; Florio Stark; Madeline; Baldy Stark (villain)Reprints:

from Dick Tracy Sundays 1937.03.07-1937.03.28

Next appearance in Super Comics #1

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Harold Gray (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Little Orphan Annie; Daddy Warbucks [Oliver Warbucks]; Sandy (a dog); The Asp; J. Preston Slime; Boris SirobReprints:

from Little Orphan Annie Sundays 1937.02.28-1937.03.21

Next appearance in Super Comics #1

Harold Teen / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Carl Ed (credited)

Genre:teen

Characters:Harold Teen; Lillums Lovewell; Shadow Smart

Chicago Tribune, NY News Syndicate. Next appearance in Super Comics #1

Smilin' Jack / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Zack Mosley (credited)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Smilin' Jack [Jack Martin]; Cookie; VelvetReprints:

from Smilin' Jack Sundays Chicago Tribune NY News Syndicate. May 3, 1936 -May 10, 1936

Next appearance in Super Comics #1.

Gasoline Alley / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Frank King (credited)

Genre:dramaCharacters:Skeezix Wallet; Sissy; Brick; Trixie

copyright 1936 by Chicago Tribune NY News Syndicate. Next appearance in Super Comics #1

Winnie Winkle the Breadwinner / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Martin Branner (signed)

Genre:humorCharacters:Winnie Winkle; Perry Winkle; Mr. Winkle; Mrs. Winkle; Mascot (a dog)Reprints:

from Winnie Winkle Sundays 1936.04.26-1936.05.17

Copyright 1936 Chicago Tribune NY News Syndicate. May 3- 36 on page 2.

Next appearance in Super Comics #1

Terry and the Pirates / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Milton Caniff (credited)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Terry Lee; Pat Ryan; Connie [George Webster Confucius]; Captain Blaze [also as Sparks]

Reprints:

from Sunday Terry and the Pirates 1936.08.02-1936.08.09

Little Joe / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Ed Leffingwell (credited)

Genre:western-frontierCharacters:Little Joe; Utah; Yellow PonyReprints:

copyright 1936 Chicago Tribune NY News Syndicate.

Next Appearance in Super Comics #1.

Don Winslow of the Navy / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Frank V. Martinek [as Lieut. Comdr. F. V. Martinek, USNR] (credited)

Pencils:

Leon A. Beroth (credited)

Genre:warCharacters:Don Winslow; Red; The Crocodile (villain)Reprints:

from Don Winslow Sundays 1936.10.18-1936.11.08

copyright 1936 by the Bell Syndicate. 10-18-36

Moon Mullins / comic story / 0.8 page (report information) Script:

Frank Willard (credited)

Pencils:

Frank Willard (credited)

Genre:humorCharacters:Kayo; Mrs. Mullins; Professor Smug

copyright Chicago Tribune NY News Syndicate. Next Appearance in Super Comics #1

Mickey Mouse Magazine #31 V3#7 (K. K. Publications, Inc., 1938)

Seven Dwarfs Easter cover.

Famous Funnies #45 (Eastern Color, 1938)

Mile High pedigree and Lost Valley Pedigree

Big Chief Wahoo / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Victor E. Pazmino

Pencils:

Victor E. Pazmino

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Phil Nowlan

Pencils:

Dick Calkins

Genre:science fiction

copyright John F. Dille

War On Crime / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Rex Collier

Pencils:

Kemp Starrett ?

Genre:crime

copyright Ledger Syndicate

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger

Genre:children

copyright Eisner-Iger

1938 - MAY

Brand new and just what you’ve been waiting for

Superman !!

Superman is not mentioned anywhere in the ad but the iconic cover of the upcoming Action Comics #1 sure grabbed your attention.

This ad was posted identical in all 3 of DC’s comic books with a May 1938 cover date making these the first appearances of Superman in comic books. Detective #15, New Adventure #26 and More Fun #31.

18 comics in May

Super Comics #1 (Dell, 1938)

This issue marks the beginning of Terry and the Pirates, Dick Tracy, Smitty, the Gumps, Little Orphan Annie, Smilin' Jack, Gasoline Alley, and many more.

These characters moved over from Popular Comics #27 in April
Almost every strip in this issue is a continuation from Popular Comics

1938 that ran for over a decade, until 1949

Edgar Church Mile High pedigree,

Gerber 8, in his The Photo-Journal Guide to Comic Books, advises this is a "rare" issue, meaning an estimated 20 or less in existence.

Dick Tracy; Little Orphan Annie; Terry and the Pirates / cover /

Dick Tracy / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Chester Gould

Genre:detective-mysteryReprints:

from Dick Tracy Sundays 37.04.04 to 37.04.25

Continued from Popular Comics 27 (Dell, 1936 series)

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Harold Gray

Genre:dramaReprints:

from Little Orphan Annie Sundays 37.04.04 to 37.04.25

Continued from Popular Comics 27 (Dell, 1936 series)

Terry and the Pirates / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Milton Caniff

Genre:adventure

Continued from Popular Comics 27 (Dell, 1936 series)

 

Comics On Parade #2 (United Features Syndicate, 1938)

Tarzan, Li'l Abner, Nancy, Fritzi Ritz, Captain and the Kids, others.

Feature Funnies #8 (Quality, 1938)

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #40 (December 3, 1937)

Jane Arden; Lena Pry / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Russell Ross

lala Palooza / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Rube Goldberg

Genre:humor

strip reprints: Frank J. Markey Syndicate

The Clock / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

George Brenner (signed)

Genre:superhero

Characters:The Clock [Brian O'Brien]; Captain Kane; Mr. O'Brien; Maroni (villain)

Synopsis:Captain Kane asks the Clock to capture Maroni before Maroni has him transferred.

Reprints:

from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series)

Hawks of the Seas / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Willis Rensie]

Pencils:

Will Eisner

Genre:historical

Characters:The Hawk; Claw Carlos

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #38 (November 19, 1937

Funny Pages V2 #8 (Centaur, 1938)

3rd issue from Centaur

Features art by Gill Fox, Frank Frollo, Bob Wood, Craig Fox, George Nagle, and Claire S. Moe.

Funny Picture Stories v2 #8 (centaur, 1938)

Go on! Knock it off!(Table of Contents) cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Charles Biro

Inks:

Charles Biro

Frozen Justice(Table of Contents) comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jack Cole

Pencils:

Jack Cole

Star Comics #12 (Centaur, 1938)

Little Nemo appearance.

Billy Wright pedigree

Riders of the Golden West begins.

Gerber "7" issue ("scarce").

 

 

Star Ranger #12 (Centaur, 1938)

Last issue.

rom Centaur's third month of publishing. .

Billy Wright pedigree

becomes "Cowboy Comics" with next issue.

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Jack Cole [as J. Cole] (signed)

Art by Cole, Fred Guardineer, and Paul Gustavson.

Feature Books #13 Inspector Wade - (David McKay Publications, 1938)

Billy Wright pedigree

The Photo-Journal Guide to Comic Books rates the issue a "7" or "scarce".

Inspector Wade(Table of Contents) Inspector Wade / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Lyman Anderson

The Swiss Headwaiter(Table of Contents) Inspector Wade / comic story / 36 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Stark [as ghost for Edgar Wallace]

Pencils:

Lyman Anderson

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Inspector Wade; Donavan

Reprints:

from Inspector Wade of Scotland Yard (King Features Syndicate) 1937 6-17-37-8-26-37

Original story appeared in the Scotland Yard Book by Edgar Wallace. Original printing unknown. Wallace died 3 years prior to the start of the comic strip.

The Black(Table of Contents) Inspector Wade / comic story / 36 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Stark [as ghost for Edgar Wallace]

Pencils:

Lyman Anderson

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Inspector Wade; Donavan; The Black

Reprints:

strip reprints King Features 8-28-1937 thru 11-6-37

based on 1935 novel by Edgar Wallace featuring Detective Minter

Lyman Anderson

(5 May 1907 - 1993, USA)

In the early 1930s, major publisher Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson conceived a comic book, 'New Fun'. Anderson worked on the first two issues.

In 1934 Anderson was contacted by Sheldon Stark as a possible artist for a strip Stark was designing for King Features Syndicate. The resulting strip, 'Inspector Wade', appeared in daily newspapers later that year.working on it until 1938

Ace Comics #14 (David McKay Publications, 1938)

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Joe Musial

Genre:humor

Characters:Katzenjammer Kids; Barney Google

Jungle Jim / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Don Moore

Pencils:

Alex Raymond

Genre:jungleCharacters:Jungle Jim; Blackie; Bhutan; Lil De Vrille; Hawkins

Reprints:

April 25-May 16, 1937 Sundays

Blondie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Chic Young

The Phantom / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Lee Falk

Pencils:

Ray Moore

Genre:adventure; jungle; superheroCharacters:The Phantom; GuranReprints:

from daily strips beginning Dec 16, 1936

 

 

Detective Comics #15 (DC, 1938)

issue contains a "coming soon" ad for Action #1!

Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster actually drew two stories for this issue as well.

Billy Wright pedigree

cover / 1 page (report information)Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Inks:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Action Comics #1 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page

Speed Saunders / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel ?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Oscar the Gumshoe / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Larry Steele / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Lightning Strikes Once(Table of Contents) text story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Vincent Sullivan [as Paul Dean]

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Spy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:adventureCharacters:Mr. Death; Bart Reagan; Sally Norris

Slam Bradley / comic story / 13 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Chester Glass; Slam Bradley; Shorty Morgan

Ruth Harkness: Her Adventures in the Far East(Table of Contents) comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

The Funnies #20 (Dell, 1938)

Alley Oop / cover / 1

Tim McCoy / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Genre:western-frontier

Adapted from the Monogram motion picture.

Dan Dunn / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Genre:crime

Reprints:

from Dan Dunn Sundays (Publishers Syndicate) xxxx-xx-xx - xxxx-xx-xx

Four Aces / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest

Genre:adventure; aviation

Reprints:

from Four Aces Sundays (Bell Syndicate) xxxx-xx-x

Scribbly / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Tip Top Comics #25 (United Features Syndicate, 1938)

Lost Valley pedigree

Cover of Captain and the Kids - Katzenjammer Kids

TARZAN, Lil Abner, Jim Hardy

King Comics #26 (David McKay Publications, 1938)

Joe Musial cover.

Lost Valley pedigree

Popeye / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Joe Musial (signed)

Inks:

Joe Musial (signed)

Colors:

?

Genre:humorCharacters:Popeye; Henry

thimble Theatre / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

E. C. Segar

Genre:humorCharacters:Popeye; Wimpy; Olive Oyl

Reprints:

from Thimble Theatre Sundays (King Features Syndicate) 1937-08-08 - 1937-08-29

Flash Gordon / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Don Moore

Pencils:

Alex Raymond

Genre:adventure; science fictionCharacters:Flash Gordon; Dale Arden; Hans Zarkov

Reprints:

from Flash Gordon Sundays (King Features Syndicate) 1937-08-01 - 1937-08-22

Sport Features / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Jack Burnley

Genre:non-fiction; sports

from Sport Features Sundays (King Features Syndicate) 1937

Brick Bradford / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

William Ritt

Pencils:

Clarence Gray

Genre:adventure; science fiction

Reprints:

from Brick Bradford Sundays (King Features Syndicate) 1937-08-01 - 1937-08-22

Mandrake the Magician / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Lee Falk

Pencils:

Phil Davis

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernaturalCharacters:Mandrake the Magician; Lothar

Reprints:

from Mandrake the Magician Sundays (King Features Syndicate) 1937-08-01 - 1937-08-22

Feature Books ad text story / 1 page :

Feature Book #13 on sale May 15th (Inspector Wade)

New Adventure Comics #26 (DC, 1938)

This is widely considered the rarest DC comic!

DC collector Ian Levine put together a complete run of every DC comic and this was the very last book he could locate.

inside cover has an ad for Action #1, making this one of the very first times an image of Superman saw print. The cover art was in the hands of DC's best cover artist of the early era, Creig Flessel. The interior is a mix of adventure and humor, with the creators of DC's two greatest characters both contributing: Bob Kane drew some gag strips for the issue, and Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster drew the Federal Men feature.

First issue published by Detective Comics Inc. per the indicia.

Cover

Creig Flessel (signed)

Characters:Indian (fighting eagle

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Steve Carson; A reckless driver; Junior Federal Men Club; Sandy Kean;

Nadir, Master of Magic / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Characters:Nadir; The Captain (death); Sammy (introduction); the Renegade (introduction) [The Pirate Ship: Part 1](Table of Contents)

Dale Daring / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Genre:adventure

Characters:Captain Don Brewster;

Robin Hood / comic story / 8 pages (report information) Script:

Sven Elven

Characters:I: Little John and the Merry Men

Professor Doolittle / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane (signed)

Genre:humor

Characters:Prof. Doolittle (intro)

Rusty and His Pals / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Bill Finger

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Genre:adventure

Characters:Rusty; Specs; Tubby; Chen Fu (villain)

Milton "Bill" Finger (February 8, 1914 – January 18, 1974) was an American comic strip and comic book writer best known as the co-creator, with Bob Kane, of the DC Comics character Batman, and the co-architect of the series' development. Although Finger did not receive proper credit for his hand in the development of Batman, Kane acknowledged his contributions years after Finger's death.

Finger also wrote many of the original 1940s Green Lantern stories after co-creating the original Green Lantern (Alan Scott), and would go on to contribute to the development of numerous other comic book series. He was posthumously inducted into the comic book industry's Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1999. His name provided the basis for the Bill Finger Award, founded by Jerry Robinson and presented annually at the San Diego Comic-Con International to honor excellence in comic book writing.

Odds 'n Ends / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Sheldon Moldoff

Sheldon "Shelly" Moldoff (April 14, 1920 – February 29, 2012)[1] was an American comic book artist best known for his early work on the DC Comics characters Hawkman and Hawkgirl, and as one of Bob Kane's primary "ghost artists" on the superhero Batman. He co-created the Batman supervillains Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, the second Clayface, and Bat-Mite, as well as the original heroes Bat-Girl, Batwoman, and Ace the Bat-Hound. Moldoff is the sole creator of the Black Pirate.

Click Evans / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Maurice Kashuba

Pencils:

Maurice Kashuba (signed)

Genre:adventureCharacters:Click Evans (intro, a newsreel cameraman)

only appearance

This is the first DC published work by Maurice Kashuba.

Popular Comics #28 (Dell, 1938)

1st app of Gene Autry in comics

Gene Autry / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

adapted from a 1938 Republic movie

Tailspin Tommy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest

Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Science fiction

Tad of the Tanbark / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Son of the Minute Men / text story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sam Merwin Jr. [as Carter Sprague]

This series precedes by a year Merwin's 1st published sf story in the pulp "Thrilling Wonder Stories".

More Fun Comics #31 (DC, 1938)

Billy Wright pedigree

Published a month before Action #1 and contains an ad for that book.

Creig Flessel cover with a Robinson Crusoe theme.

This is the first issue published by Detective Comics, Inc., 480 Lexington Ave, NY, NY.

cover

Creig Flessel (signed)

Superman / advertisement / 1 page

Sandra of the Secret Service / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Inks:

Will Ely (signed)

Doctor Occult / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Leger]

Pencils:

Joe Shuster [as Reuths]

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Buzz Brown / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Hank 'n' Hunk / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Russell Cole [as Alger]

Genre:humorCharacters:Hank; Hunk

only appearance.

Slaphappy and his Pappy / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

B. Block (signed)

Genre:humorCharacters:Slaphappy; Pappy

Only appearance.

Collared(Table of Contents) text story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Thomas Delaney

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer [as F.B.G.]

Inks:

Fred Guardineer [as F.B.G.]

Mark Marson of the Interplanetary Police / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Tom Hickey (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Characters:Mark Marson; Diane Greystone; Ransford; Monty

last appearance

Johnnie Law / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Inks:

Will Ely (signed)

Radio Squad / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Sandy Kean; Larry Trent

Ginger Snap / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane [as Robert Kane]

Inks:

Bob Kane

Colors:

?

Letters:

?

Genre:humor; childrenCharacters:Ginger Snap (intro); the Colonel

Brad Hardy / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Tom Hickey (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Brad Hardy; Genral Porgo; KardosSynopsis:Porgo wakes and faces Brad with his sword.

black and white;

last appearance

Jack Woods / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Biff Brody and Pop Beaner / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel ?

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Biff Brody; Pop Beaner; Tony The Runt; Farmer Kettlesoup; Brainie

Synopsis:Biff captures a criminal by having an auto accident.

Only appearance.

Red Logan / comic story / 8 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Ed Winiarksi [as WIN]

Genre:adventure

Characters:Red Logan (intro); Trigger; Butch

1st appearance

Mickey Mouse Magazine V3#8 (K. K. Publications/Western Publishing Co., 1938)

Donald Duck / comic story / 1 page

Mickey Mouse / text story / 3.5 pages

Mickey Mouse / comic story / 2 pages

Ingersoll Mickey Mouse Wrist Watch/ Mickey Mouse / advertisement / 1 pag

Famous Funnies #46 (Eastern Color)

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Victor E. Pazmiño

Genre:humor

Characters:Sam Smithers; Pigtails

War On Crime / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Rex Collier

Pencils:

Kemp Starrett ?

Genre:crimeCharacters:Brunette; Vandenbush

True crime story. copyright Ledger Syndicate

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger

Genre:children

copyright Eisner-Iger

1938 - JUNE

The golden age of comics began June 1938 with the first appearance of the alien superhero Superman.

There were 18 comics on the newsstands that month.

Action Comics #1 (DC, 1938)

The first appearance of Superman is also considered the first superhero comic and therefore the beginning of the golden age of comics,

Published on April 18, 1938 (cover-dated June), by National Allied Publications, a corporate predecessor of DC Comics, it is considered the first true superhero comic; and though today Action Comics is a monthly title devoted to Superman, it began, like most early comics, as an anthology of different strips and genres.

Action Comics was started by publisher Jack Liebowitz. The first issue had a print run of 200,000 copies, which promptly sold out, although it took some time for National to realize that the "Superman" strip was responsible for sales of the series that would soon approach 1,000,000 a month. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were paid $10 per page, for a total of $130 for their work on this issue. Liebowitz would later say that selecting Superman to run in Action Comics #1 was "pure accident" based on deadline pressure and that he selected a "thrilling" cover, depicting Superman lifting a car over his head.

Jack Liebowitz signed a cheque on March 1, 1938 from Detective Comics made payable to Jerome Seigel and Joe Schuster. Both of the creators names were spelled incorrect. The check, in the amount of $412, includes an accounting of the items being paid for. At the very top is “Superman $130,” Next is the payment for the June 1938 Detective Comics at $210. Following that are payments of $36 each for Adventure Comics and More Fun. It would also appear that DC Comics used this check as evidence in their 1939 lawsuit against Victor Fox, given the fact that the evidence stamp from this case is clearly visible on the reverse of the check, as are the actual endorsement signatures of Siegel and Shuster themselves.

Superman was instantly popular possibly due to the shocking unbelievable cover of the first issue. Superman would appear in each issue but would NOT appear on the cover again until issue #7. Sales were growing though due to popularity and a readers poll after a few months found 80% of readers chose Superman as their favorite strip in Action Comics.

In the very first comic book price guide from Argosy in 1965 the ten cent comic was listed with a value of $50.00 unheard of at that time when the comic collectibles market was brand new. The first Overstreet Price Guide in 1970 listed it as the most valuable comic ever at $300.00. In every annual Overstreet guide the price would rise and rise and rise. Only once did it fall to 2nd place in the late 1980s but otherwise has always ranked as the most valuable comic book of all time.

On August 24, 2014, a copy graded 9.0 by CGC was sold on eBay for US$3,207,852. It is the only comic book to have sold for more than $3 million for a single original copy. Action Comics would go on to run for 904 numbered issues up until 2011 when the series was restarted with a new #1.

There is a Billy Wright pedigree copy.

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils: Joe Shuster

Inks: Joe Shuster

Superman / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:superhero

Characters:Superman [Clark Kent] (introduction, origin)

Synopsis:A space vehicle from a destroyed world lands on Earth, and its occupant becomes Superman. In addition, a scientific explanation for this being's powers is given.

Reprints:

US in Secret Origins (DC, 1973 series) #1 (February-March 1973)

US in Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #C-26 (1974)

This strip was originally prepared for newspaper publication, cut up and repaged.

Superman / comic story / 11.67 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:superhero

Characters:Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor (unnamed); Lois Lane; Daily Star; Evelyn Curry; Bea Carroll (villain); Butch Matson (villain); Senator Barrows (villain); Alex Greer (villain)

Synopsis:Superman delivers a witness to the governor to stop an execution, then stops a wife-beater. Later Superman, as Clark Kent, goes out with Lois, but she earns the wrath of Butch Matson and Superman must save her. Finally, Clark is assigned a story on the South American republic of San Monte. He heads to Washington DC to find out who is behind Senator Barrows pushing legislation which will embroil the United States in a war in Europe by grabbing lobbyist Alex Greer and scaring the truth out of him.

Reprints:

US in Superman (DC, 1939 series) #1 (Summer 1939)

which is reprinted

Story continues in Action Comics #2.

Originally prepared for newspaper publication, cut up and repaged, most probably by Joe Shuster.

Vince Sullivan, Sheldon Mayer, and Harry Lampert are often cited as having done the paste-up work based on their own claims.

Lets analyze the first storyline of Superman and see what we learn

Superman was inserted into a rocketship as an infant by his father and sent to Earth from an unnamed planet that was being destroyed from old age. The baby is found in the ship and found by a passing motorist who turned the child over to an orphanage. They discovered the baby had amazing strength and could lift heavy items. As an adult now named Clark Kent, he could leap great lengths, hurdle a 20 story building, run faster than an express train. Kent came from a planet whose inhabitants physical structure was millions of years advanced.

In his first adventure he leaves a woman outside near a tree tied up and gagged. He goes to see the governor but is not very diplomatic in his approach. He grabs the butler and carries him up the stairs. The governors bedroom door is made of steel which Superman breaks through. The butler pulls out a gun and shoots Superman in the chest. Superman gives the governor papers on releasing a prisoner about to face electrocution. The next morning wearing hat and glasses reporter Clark Kent sees the paper about the released convict and is happy there is no mention of Superman. The unnamed editor of the Daily Star newspaper asks Clark Kent if he has heard of Superman. Reports are out about Superman already. Clark Kent is sent to a residential address about a wife beating. When he gets there the main is beating his wife. Superman aggressively lifts the main and violently throws him hard against the wall. The man stabs Superman in the chest but the blade breaks. The man faints ! We meet Lois Lane for the first time typing at her desk at the Daily Star. Clark Kent asks her for a date and this time she says yes. Later that evening they are out dancing when the mobster Butch Matson tries to cut in but Lois slaps him in the face. Kent doesn’t want to fight so Lois storms off. On the road Butch forces Lois’ taxi to stop and they take her against her will. With Lois in the car they drive off but Superman is standing in the middle of the road. He leaps over the car before they hit him. Superman lifts the car, shakes it upside down and until everyone falls out before he smashes the car. Superman hangs Butch Matson at the top of a telephone pole. Lois is started as Superman lifts her and carries her back to the city. Clark Kent takes a train to Capitol City to check up on Senor Barrows. Superman climbs the wall of his high rise apartment. Superman confronts Alex Greer, the corrupt lobbyist and grabs him by the foot as they leap through air. Superman plans to take him to the Capitol building but the strip ends with him missing his leap.

And so begins the startling adventures of the most sensational strip character of all time : Superman.

Zatara Master Magician / comic story / 12 pages (report information) Script:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Zatara (introduction); Tong (introduction); Brady (death); Captain Kennedy; The Tigress (introduction, villain); Babcock (villain)

Synopsis:Zatara and Tong investigate the murders of several railroad detectives and the theft of over $200,000 in loot.

Reprints:

US in Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #C-26 (1974)

He first appeared in Action Comics #1 (June 1938), and was created by writer and artist Fred Guardineer.

Pep Morgan / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner F. Fox

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Pep Morgan; Pop Burkett; Sailor Sorenson; Boomerang; O'Rourke; Doc Lowery (villain)

Synopsis:When the Boxing Commission runs a dirty fight trainer out of town, he swears his revenge...against Pep.

Reprints:

US in Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #C-26 (1974)

Scoop Scanlon, Five Star Reporter / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Scoop Scanlon; Rusty James; Arnold (villain)

Synopsis:An international jewel thief arrives in America as a prisoner, but Scoop and Rusty are on hand to witness his escape with the help of his gang lying in wait.

Reprints:

US in Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #C-26 (1974)

Tex Thomson / comic story / 12 pages (report information) Script:

Ken Fitch ?

Pencils:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Tex Thomson (introduction ); Bob; Betty; unnamed gangster chief (intro, villain, death); Monk (villain); Sonja (villain)

Synopsis:Ken is framed for the murder of a man, and, with the help of Betty and Bobby, sets out to prove his innocence.

Reprints:

US in Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #C-26 (1974)

Stardust / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

? [as the Star Gazer]

Genre:non-fiction

Characters:Fred Astaire; Constance Bennett; Charles Boyer; Wheeler; Woolsey

Synopsis:Interesting facts about celebrities Fred Astaire, Constance Bennett, Charles Boyer and the comedy team of Wheeler and Woolsey are provided in this illustrated filler.

Reprints:

US in Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #C-26 (1974

Odds 'n Ends / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff

Genre:non-fiction

Reprints:

US in Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #C-26 (1974)

Inside back cover.

Circus the Comic Riot #1 (Globe Syndicate, 1938)

Basil Wolverton art on Spacehawks and Disk Eyes. Pewee Throttle by Jack Cole. Jack Hinton by Will Eisner. Van Bragger by Bob Kane.

Mile High pedigree

Gerber and Overstreet both consider this comic "scarce,"

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Will Hammell

Inks:

Will Hammell

Peewee Throttle / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jack Cole

Pencils:

Jack Cole

Jack Hinton the Guardsman / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner

Pencils:

Will Eisner

Van Bragger / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Side Streets of New York / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Kane [as Robert Kaye]

Pencils:

Bob Kane [as Robert Kaye]

Dinty and Mope / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

James Pabian

Inks:

James Pabian

James A. "Jim" Pabian (April 14, 1909 – July 23, 1996) was an American screenwriter and director of short films. He co-wrote and directed the Tom and Jerry short The Brothers Carry-Mouse-Off. He also co-wrote another Tom and Jerry short, Haunted Mouse. Both were released by MGM in 1965.

Pabian also worked as an artist for Dell Comics in the 1940s and 1950s, and created the syndicated daily comic strips Hollywood Johnnie, Screen Girl, and Go Go Gruver. He first worked in comics in Circus The Comic Riot #1 in 1938.

Spacehawks / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Basil Wolverton

Pencils:

Basil Wolverton

Genre:science fiction

Disk-Eyes the Detective / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Basil Wolverton [as Dennis Langdon]

Pencils:

Basil Wolverton [as Dennis Langdon]

Genre:detective-mystery

Basil Wolverton (July 9, 1909 – December 31, 1978) was an American cartoonist and illustrator, and "Producer of Preposterous Pictures of Peculiar People who Prowl this Perplexing Planet." His many publishers included Marvel Comics and Mad magazine.

Disk-Eyes the Detective and Spacehawks were published in 1938 in Circus comics. In 1940, Spacehawk (a different and improved feature) made its debut in Target Comics , published by Novelty Press. It ran for 30 episodes (262 pages) until 1942.

Wolverton's humor feature Powerhouse Pepper, about a superstrong if none-too-bright boxer, appeared in various comic books published by Timely Comics from 1942 through 1952. He worked on many other Timely titles and created other unique characters.

Natty Nats / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Ed Nofziger

Pencils:

Ed Nofziger

Ed Nofziger

(1913 - 16 October 2000, USA)

began working for the Saturday Evening Post in 1938 and also in the comic book market in 1938.

After World War II, he went into animation, working for UPA studios drawing 'Mister Magoo', and creating the character Mother Magoo. He later worked at Hanna-Barbera where he did the 'Ruff and Ready' comic strips and stories.

Sprinkle Puss / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Dave Gerard

Pencils:

Dave Gerard

Dave Gerard (June 18, 1909 - August 31, 2003) was a prolific magazine humor cartoonist from the 1940s through to the 1960s, most notably for Collier's Weekly, Country Gentleman, and The Saturday Evening Post. Between 1953 and 1966, Gerard drew the newspaper comic strip Will-Yum. Will-Yum was also featured in a Dell comic book. He began in comic books in 1938 with Circus #1.

Beau Gus / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Wesley Morse

Pencils:

Wesley Morse

Wesley Morse (June 17, 1897 – June 20, 1963) was a cartoonist who is most famous for his creation of the Bazooka Joe comic strip for the bubble gum company Topps in 1953.

Morse was one of only two known authors of underground "Tijuana Bible" comics in the 1930s (Doc Rankin is believed to be another), Morse drew 60 of the little booklets, as well as four of the larger, more expensive 16 page books from the same publishers.

Morse worked on various comic strips starting in 1925.

Beau Gus which appeared in the early comic book Circus: The Comic Riot in 1938.

Galahad Jones and His Lady / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Eldon Frye

Pencils:

Eldon Frye

Eldon Frye – Artist, Illustrator, Designer, Cartoonist

Eldon Reed Frye (1909-1990) was a nationally known artist whose oil portraits of aviation pioneers hang in San Diego’s Aerospace Hall of Fame. His helpful-hint “Putterin’ Pete” cartoon series was syndicated around the world.

Crackajack Funnies #1 (Dell, 1938)

Mile High pedigree - possibly the earliest comic to have a CGC 9.8 grade

One of Dell's earliest titles followed a common format of the day of reprinting popular comic strips. Over 20 different strips were represented in this first issue, including Dan Dunn, Don Winslow, Buck Jones, Tom Mix, Myra North, Major Hoople, and others.

Don Winslow; Dan Dunn; Freckles; Myra North; Tom Mix / cover

Dan Dunn / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Pencils:

Norman Marsh

Don Winslow / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

F. V. Martinek

Pencils:

Leon A. Beroth

Genre:adventure; military

Characters:Don Winslow

Synopsis:Don and his crew are trying to rescue American civilians from the Spanish Civil War.

daily newspaper strip reprints.

Tom Mix / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Al Lewin

Genre:western-frontier

copyright by Stephen Slesinger. Probably from an unidentified Big Little Book.

Tom Traylor, G-Man X-32 / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Milt Youngren ?

Inks:

Milt Youngren ?

Mickey Mouse / promo (ad from the publisher)

Super Comics #2 (Dell, 1938)

Smokey Stover / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Bill Holman ?

Inks:

Bill Holman ?

Dick Tracy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Chester Gould

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Dick Tracy; Johnny Mintworth

Reprints:

from Dick Tracy Sundays 1937-05-09 to 1937-05-30

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Harold Gray

Genre:adventure

Characters:Daddy Warbucks; The Asp; Annie; Sirob; Mr. Am

Reprints:

From Little Orphan Annie Sundays 1937-05-09 to 1937-05-30

terry and the Pirates / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Milton Caniff

Genre:adventure

Characters:Terry; Pat: Poppa Pyzon; Connie; The Dragon Lady

Reprints:

Chicago Tribune Sundays 10-04-36 to 10-25-36

The Lost Colony of Atlantis / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

William Ward

Pencils:

William Ward

Reprints:

from Mickey Mouse Weekly (Great Britain)

William A. Ward

(1887 - 1958, UK) United Kingdom

William Ward was a British animator and comic book artist, best-known for drawing the British 'Donald Duck' serials and his work for Gerald Swan comic books.

he was hired by Odhams Press to draw a series of continuing 'Donald Duck' comics for Mickey Mouse Weekly. Besides the dailies by Al Taliaferro and the early Italian comics, these stories are among the first comic appearances of the character. Ward's first story is even considered the first Duck adventure comic ever. He drew twelve serials between 1937 and 1940, and gave Donald co-stars like the girl Donna (from the short) and the Scottish sailor Mac (an original character). His stories had strange and wildly imaginative settings like the Wild West, the Arabian Nights, 5000 fathoms under the sea, the moon and the planet Venus.

Comics On Parade #3 (United Features Syndicate, 1938)

Tarzan leads the march on the cover with such notables as Li'l Abner, the Katzenjammer Kids, Nancy, Abbie N Slats and others following behind him.

Lamont Larson Pedigree

The Comics #8 (Dell, 1938)

Mile High pedigree

["Pop! Have you seen my arrow?"](Table of Contents) cover / 1 page

Ted Strong / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Al Carreno (credited)

Genre:western-frontier

Characters:Ted Strong; Dud; Gus; Jack Baldwin; Mr. Dorgan (villain); Zorrillo Pete (villain)

Reprints:

from Ted Strong Sunday (The George Matthew Adams Service, Inc.) 1935

Rod Rian of the Sky Police / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Paul H. Jepson (signed)

Pencils:

Paul H. Jepson (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Characters:Rod Rian; Karin; Taro; Unicor warriors

Reprints:

from Rod Rian of the Sky Police newspaper strip (The George Matthew Adams Service, Inc.) 1935

Gordon Fife and the Boy King / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore (credited)

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer (credited)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Baltos [Count Baltha]; Magda; Nicky [Nicholas]; Rognal

Reprints:

from Gordon Fife and the Boy King newspaper strip (Watkins Syndicate)

Tex Ritter / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Norman Fallon (credited)

Genre:western-frontier

The Enchanted Stone of Time / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Adolphe Barreaux (credited)

Pencils:

Adolphe Barreaux (credited)

Genre:fantasy-supernatural

dolphe Barreaux

Charles Barr

(9 January 1899 - 23 October 1985, USA)

He became a highly productive artist for pulp magazines published by Harry Donenfeld from the 1930s to the 1950s, including romance, detective and mystery titles. He also made a comic strip called 'Flossie Flip' for one these titles, The Police Gazette. Barreaux and Donenfeld joined forces and founded Barreaux Studios. One of his best known creations of the time was the adult comic strip 'Sally the Sleuth', that appeared in Spicy Detective Stories from 1934. Barreaux drew the comic until 1942, when several other artists had their turn on the strip. Sally was soon followed by other comic characters, such as 'Dan Turner'.

By 1935 Barreaux also found the time to create the syndicated comic strip 'The Enchanted Stone of Time', and a year later he was also present in comic books like More Fun Comics and New Fun Comics. Barreaux renamed his business Majestic Studios, that he headed from 1936 to 1953. The studio produced a great many comic features for the comic book industry. These include work for companies like Ace ('The Black Spider', 'The Raven'), DC/National ('The Magic Crystal of History', 'Tad Among the Pirates'),

Feature Funnies #9 (Quality Comics) 1938

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #44 (December 31, 1937

The masked hero The Clock appears on the cover the same month as Action Comics #1 with Superman

Joe Palooka / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Ed Cronin?

Inks:

Ed Cronin?

The Clock / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

George Brenner

Pencils:

George Brenner

Genre:superhero

Characters:The Clock [Brian O'Brien]; Joe Taff; Carteer; Captain Kane

Synopsis:The Clock solves a jewel robbery by threatening to use his usual assortment of torture devices.

Indexer Notes

from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series

Hawks of the Seas / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner

Pencils:

Will Eisner

Genre:historical

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #42 (December 17, 1937

Lala Palooza / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Rube Goldberg

Pencils:

Rube Goldberg

Genre:humor

strip reprints Frank J Markey Syndicate

Feature Books #14 Popeye (David McKay Publications, 1938)

Popeye in "Wild Oats." E. C. Segar story, cover, and art. Considered "scarce" by Overstreet.

Popeye / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Elzie Segar

Genre:humor

Characters:Popeye

gold coins

Popeye / comic story / 71 pages (report information) Script:

Elzie Segar

Genre:humor

Characters:Popeye; Olive Oyle; the Jeep; Poppa

Reprints:

from Popeye newspaper strips 1937

Ace Comics #15 (David McKay Publications, 1938)

Katzenjammer Kids / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Joe Musial

Jungle Jim / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Alex Raymond

Genre:jungleReprints:

Newspaper reprints from 1936 to 1937

Blondie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Murat Young [as Chic Young]

Pencils:

Murat Young [as Chic Young]

Murat Young [as Chic Young]

Genre:humor; domestic

Reprints:

Newspaper reprints from 1936 to 1937

The Phantom / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Lee Falk

Pencils:

Ray Moore

Genre:adventure; jungle; superhero

Reprints:

Newspaper reprints from 1936 to 1937

Nicodemus O'Malley & his Whale, Palsy-Walsy / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Ad Carter

Pencils:

Ad Carter

Genre:children; fantasy-supernatural

Reprints:

Newspaper reprints from 1936 to 1937.

The Nicodemus strip occupies the top 1/3 of three Just Kids pages

August Daniel Carter (1895–1957) was an American comic strip cartoonist who created the long-running Just Kids strip. He was known as Ad Carter, the signature he used on his strips.

Just Kids looked like Reg'lar Fellers, as Carter imitated Byrnes' art style as well as his character set-up, especially in the early days. But while the imitation was never as popular as the original, it still carved out its own place in the public consciousness. In addition to pins, dolls, games and other merchandised products, it was the subject of a coloring book in 1928 and a 16-page comic book reprint in 1932. Starting in 1934, it was the subject of at least a half-dozen Big Little Books. In the late '30s, as modern-style comic books rose to prominence, Dell Comics put it in the back pages of several of its comic strip reprints

Detective Comics #16 (DC, 1938)

Billy Wright pedigree

on the stands at the same time as Action #1, and has an ad for it inside!

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Inks:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Genre:crimeKeywords:gunfights; machine guns; motorcycles; policemen; rifles

Speed Saunders / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Creig Flessel ?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Speed Saunders; Mike Bruno (intro, villain); Miss Bannon; Joseph Bannon

Action Comics #! / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page

Larry Steele / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Spy / comic story / 8 pages (report information)Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Inks:

Joe Shuster

Genre:adventure

Characters:Barrow (intro, villain, death)

Slam Bradley / comic story / 13 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Slam Bradley; Joan Carter (intro)

THE FUNNIES #21 June 1938 Dell Comics

Scribbly; Our Boarding House / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Four Aces / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest

Pencils:

Hal Forrest

Genre:adventure; aviation

Reprints:

from Four Aces Sundays (Bell Syndicate

Scribbly / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Pencils:

Sheldon Mayer

The Wonderland of Oz / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Genre:fantasy-supernatural-supernatural

Characters:Tip; Mombi; Jack Pumpkinhead

Jack Randall / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Richard Rogers

Pencils:

Richard Rogers

Genre:western-frontier

Adapted from the Monogram motion picture

TIP TOP COMICS #26 JUNE 1938 UNITED FEATURES

Tarzan Captain and the Kids Jim Hardy Lil Abner Fritzi Ritz

Broncho Bill Frankie Doodle Little Mary Mixup Joe Jinks etc.

King Comics #27 (David McKay Publications, 1938)

Mile High pedigree

Lost Valley pedigree

Popeye and Henry cover

New Adventure Comics #27 (DC, 1938)

The book has the same June 1938 cover date as Action Comics #1, and this issue's ad for the latter book, featuring a black and white image of the Superman cover, is notable as one of the earliest known published images of Superman. The underwater cover is by Creig Flessel.

Second issue published by Detective Comics Inc.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Diver battling a shark

Flash! Here's a new magazine you can't afford to miss!(Table of Contents)(Expand) / promo (ad from the publisher) /

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Steve Carson; The Cobra (Introduction, villain);

Rusty and His Pals / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Genre:adventure

Characters:Rusty; Tubby; Specs; Chen Fu (villain

Professor Doolittle / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane (signed)

Firing Squad Fizzle(Table of Contents) text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:

Gardner Fox [as Paul Dean]

Dale Daring / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Genre:adventure

Characters:Dale Daring; Dwan Yo (Intro, villain)

Stardust / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bernard Baily

Pencils:

Bernard Baily

Characters:Victor McLaglen; Jean Muir; Spanky McFarland from Our Gang ;

Junior Federal Men Club / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Steve Carson]

Robin Hood / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Sven Elven

Pencils:

Sven Elven (signed)

Genre:adventure; historical

Characters:Robin Hood; Little John; Will Gamewell

Nadir, Master of Magic / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Popular Comics #29 (Dell, 1938)

Mutt & Jeff / cover / 1 page

Mutt and Jeff appear 5 times in this issue. Herky appears 4 times.

Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Tad of the Tanbark / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Tailspin Tommy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest

Pencils:

Hal Forrest

part 2(Table of Contents) Son of the Minute Men / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:

Sam Merwin Jr. [as Carter Sprague]

This series precedes by a year Merwin's 1st published sf story in the pulp "Thrilling Wonder Stories".

More Fun Comics #32 (DC, 1938)

Billy Wright pedigree

Published the same month as Action #1, and has an ad for it on the inside front cover.

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Vin Sullivan

Pencils:

Vin Sullivan (signed)

Synopsis:Kids painting horse into zebra

["Flash! Here's a new magazine you can't afford to miss!"](Table of Contents)(Expand) / Action Comics #1 / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page

Sandra of the Secret Service / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Inks:

Will Ely (signed)

Doctor Occult / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Characters:Doctor Occult; Rose Psychic

Synopsis:Dr. Occult has a new invention that lets him locate crime by tracking malignant thought waves. They can also teleport and turn invisible.

Indexer Notes

The story is continued but never finished. Dr. Occult next appears in ALL-STAR SQUADRON #49 some 40 years later.

Johnnie Law / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely

Cap'n Jerry / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

R. A. Burley (Signed)

Genre:adventureCharacters:Cap'n Jerry (intro)

Radio Squad / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Sandy Kean; Blackie Turner (villain

Nevertheless It's True-- / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Sheldon Moldoff (signed)

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff (signed)

Genre:non-fiction

Ginger Snap / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane [as Robert Kane]

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Odds 'n Ends / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Sheldon Moldoff (signed)

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff (signed)

Jack Woods / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely

Mickey Mouse Magazine #33 V3#9 (K. K. Publications, Inc., 1938)

2nd Dopey cover in this series

And the 3rd snow white and seven dwarfs related cover in this series.

Famous Funnies #47 (Eastern Color, 1938)

Lost Valley Pedigree

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Genre:humor

Characters:Rudy Nebb; Pa Piffle

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Phil Nolan

Pencils:

Dick Calkins (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Hairbreadth Harry / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

F. O. Alexander

Pencils:

F. O. Alexander

Genre:adventure

Characters:Harry; Belinda; Rudolph Rassendale

Synopsis:Belinda and Harry manage to escape the beast and make it back into the spaceship

War On Crime / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Rex Collier

Pencils:

Jimmy Thompson

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger

Pencils:

S. M. Iger

Genre:humor

copyright Eisner and Iger

Queenie / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

Pencils:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

 

1938 JULY

A Record setting 23 different titles this month - highest ever

Over in England The Beano Comic debuted published by DC Thomson.

The first issue dated July 30 featured the debuts of Lord Snooty, Wee Peem, Tin-Can Tommy, Hairy Dan, Ping the Elastic Man, Helpful Henry and Big Eggo.

Published weekly this series is a classic of UK pop culture with over 3500 issues published. Sales reached a high of 2 million copies a week by 1950.

Little Giant Comics #1 (Centaur, 1938)

Black and white with a color cover. Features stories, puzzles, and magic. Paul Gustavson art.

Volume: 1 Price: 0.10 USD Pages: 132 ?

Black and White interior

Dimensions: 6.75" x 4.5"

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Martin Filchock

infinity cover

Martin Filchock wrote and drew the majority of the strips in this issue

Many of the strips in this issue are reprinted from various different Centaur Comics published.

Gil Galan-G Man(Table of Contents) comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Craig Fox

Pencils:

Craig Fox

Lucky Coyne / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Charles Biro

Genre:crimeCharacters:Lucky Coyne

Reprints:

US from Funny Picture Stories (Ultem, 1937 series) #v2#1 (September 1937)

Jack Strand In The Fourth Dimension / comic story / 18 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Frank Frollo

Characters:Jack Strand

Reprints:

US in Funny Picture Stories (Centaur, 1938 series) #v2#11 (November 1938

Lucky Coyne / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel ?

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Lucky CoyneReprints:

US in Keen Detective Funnies (Centaur, 1938 series) #v2#6 (June 1939)

Previously credited to Will Eisner, but the other appearances of this story are all credited to Flessel

Action Comics #2 (DC, 1938)

The second appearance of Superman, this is one of the 15 most valuable comics in the hobby in its own right. Superman didn't make the issue's cover, but this was before DC had caught on to the fact that the Man of Tomorrow was the breakout character.

Leo O'Mealia show up on collectors' "all-time favorite covers" lists.

Billy Wright pedigree

Rockford Pedigree

 

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)

Superman / comic story / 12.67 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:superhero

Characters:Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Lola Cortez; George Taylor (cameo); Villains: Alex Greer; Emil Norvell

Synopsis:Clark Kent and Lois Lane are sent by editor Taylor to San Monte in South America to cover a war that is brewing. Besides saving Lois from being executed as a spy, Superman proves the war is being fomented by munitions manufacturers led by Emil Norvell.

Reprints:

US in Superman (DC, 1939 series) #1 (Summer 1939)

which is reprinted

Originally prepared for newspaper publication, cut up and repaged. No black shading used. Clark works for the [Cleveland] Evening News. Superman wears blue boots.

The Superman strip begins continued right from the story in Action Comics #1

Superman not able to fly missed his mark when he leaped in the air. He fell 80 stories and hit the pavement smashing it on impact. Superman faces some criminals and they fire their rifles at him but the bullets do not harm him. Later we see the 2nd appearance of Lois Lane ever. Later Superman is on a large ship and leaning against the rail it breaks and he falls into the ocean. He swims away rather than try to get back on board. We later see Superman punch some thugs in the face. Superman later leaps through the air at an army base. While doing some reporting Lois Lane is framed and is kidnapped and put in front of the firing squad. Superman leaps over the prison wall and blocks the gunshots. Superman leaps over the wall carrying Lois. Superman then throws a man like he is tossing a javelin but its not clear if the man dies or not. Lois seems smitten with Superman. Superman leaps into the air to stop an army plane with guns blazing at him. The propeller shatters on Superman’s skin and so the plane crashes. Superman is able to stop a war. Clark Kent is seen in one panel with his chief.

Scoop Scanlon, Five-Star reporter / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Inks:

Will Ely (signed)

Pep Morgan / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner F. Fox

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer [as Gene Baxter] (signed)

Tex Thomson / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Ken Fitch ?

Pencils:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Zatara, Master Magician / comic story / 12 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner Fox

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Zatara [Giovanni "John" Zatara]; Tong; Miss Hendrix; Jim Hendrix; Adam Springer

Synopsis:Zatara investigates a murder on a reportedly haunted farm.

Gardner Fox credit from interview in Alter Ego #20 Jan 2003 in which Fox states this was his first Zatara story.

Play Ball(Table of Contents) activity / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff

Crackajack Funnies #2 (Dell, 1938)

Don Winslow; Wash Tubbs; Dan Dunn; Freckles; Myra North; Boots; Buck Jones / cover / 1 page

Dan Dunn / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Don Winslow / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

F. V. Martinek

Pencils:

Leon A. Beroth

Genre:militaryReprints:

daily newspaper strip reprints

Tom Mix / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Al Lewin

Genre:western-frontier

copyright by Stephen Slesinger.

Probably from an unidentified Big Little Book

Circus the Comic Riot #2 (Globe Syndicate, 1938)

early work by Will Eisner (two years before the first Spirit section),

Jack Cole (three years before Plastic Man appeared),

Bob Kane (almost a year before Detective #27),

and Basil Wolverton.

Super Comics #3 (Dell, 1938)

Features include Dick Tracy, Terry and the Pirates, Little Orphan Annie, and Gasoline Alley.

Dick Tracy; Smilin' Jack; Harold Teen / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Characters:Dick Tracy; Harold Teen; Smilin' Jack; Annie Warbucks; Terry; Skeezix; Smitty; Andy Gump; Kayo

Dick Tracy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Chester Gould

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Dick Tracy; Collie Vinso (villain); Johnny Mintworth; Pat Patton; Marge Denton; Carr (villain)

Reprints:

from Dick Tracy Sundays 1937.06.06-1937.06.27

Copyright 1937 by Chicago Tribune NY News Syndicate

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Harold Gray

Terry and the Pirates / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Milt Caniff

Pencils:

Milt Caniff (signed)

Genre:adventure

Reprints:

Chicago Tribune Sundays 11-01-36 to 11-29-36

Smilin' Jack / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Zack Mosley

Pencils:

Zack Mosley (signed)

Comics On Parade #4 (United Features Syndicate, 1938)

Fritzi Ritz, Captain and the Kids, Tarzan, Li'l Abner, others.

The Captain and the Kids / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Cover includes head shots of Little Mary Mixup, Slats, Fritzi Ritz, Li'l Abner, Ella Cinders and Tarzan.

Tarzan of the Apes / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Li'l Abner / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Al Capp

Pencils:

Al Capp

Genre:humor

Characters:Mammy Pansy Yokum; Bessie Hunks (her sister

Keen Detective Funnies #8 (Centaur, 1938)

first issue of the title formerly known as Detective Picture Stories.

Contains a story featuring The Clock.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Gill Fox

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:The Clock [Brian O'Brien] (inset); Wood Police (inset); Broken Skull (inset); Rocky Baird (inset); Cap'n Jim (inset)

 

Clock / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

George Brenner

Pencils:

George Brenner

Reprints:

US from Funny Picture Stories (Comics Magazine Company, 1936 series) #v1#1 (November 1936)

Funny Pages V2#9 (Centaur, 1938)

Charles Biro cover. Gill Fox art.

Billy Wright pedigree

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Charles Biro (signed)

Inks:

Charles Biro (signed)

Jingle Jingle / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson (signed)

Spots / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson (signed)

Funny Picture Stories #v2#9 (July 1938) Centaur, 1938 Series

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Charles Biro [as Biro] (signed)

Inks:

Charles Biro [as Biro] (signed

Don't Look Now / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Paul Gustavson (signed)

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson (signed)

Jack Strand / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

Frank Frollo

Pencils:

Frank Frollo

Genre:science fiction

Phoney Crimes / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Paul Gustavson [as Gustavson] (signed)

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson [as Gustavson] (signed)

Nothing But The Truth / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Paul Gustavson (signed)

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson (signed)

Tell Me Mr. Wise Guy? / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Paul Gustavson

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson

The Yellow Death Part 2(Table of Contents) text story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Omar Gwinn (credited)

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (credited)

Genre:adventure

Feature Funnies #10 (July 1938) Quality Comics, 1937 Series

Mickey Finn / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Lank Leonard

Inks:

Lank Leonard

Gallant Knight / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Vernon Henkel

Pencils:

Vernon Henkel

Genre:historicalCharacters:Sir Neville; King Melrot; Baron BorekReprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #76

Lala Palooza / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Rube Goldberg

Pencils:

Rube Goldberg

Genre:humor

strip reprints Frank Jay Markey syndicate

Archie O'Toole / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Bud Thomas]

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Bud Thomas]

Genre:humor; children

Characters:Archie O'Toole (first appearance); Gil. O Teen

Synopsis:King Gil O. Teen demands that every one in his kingdom with a beard should be shot, boycotted or sent to a concentration camp. But Archie O'Toole a young artist, accedentally defenestrates him and becomes the new king.

Universal Phoenix Features

The Clock / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

George Brenner

Pencils:

George Brenner

Genre:superhero

Characters:The Clock [Brian O'Brien]; Tad Carney; Killer Casca

Synopsis:Killer Casca discovers the Clock's identity. The Clock swears he'll never live to tell anyone.

Universal Phoenix Features

Hawks of the Seas / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner

Pencils:

Will Eisner

Genre:historicalCharacters:The Hawk; Chieko; Logan; Merrystone

Synopsis:Chieko sets a trap for the Hawk- for the reward money.

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #46 (January 14, 1938

Star Comics #13 (Centaur, 1938)

Fred Guardineer art.

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Dick Ryan (signed)

Joe Dimaggio(Table of Contents) cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Gill Fox (signed)

Pencils:

Gill Fox (signed)

Surprise For Moe(Table of Contents) comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Paul Gustavson

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson (signed

Impy / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob McCay [as Winsor McCay, Jr.] (signed)

Pencils:

Bob McCay [as Winsor McCay, Jr.] (signed

Scoop Cody / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Ken Ernst ? [as KE]

Genre:superhero

Characters:The Mask (Scoop Cody; intro

Dan Hastings / text story / 8 pages (report information) Script:

Ken Fitch

Pencils:

R. H. Livingston [as RH]

Genre:science fiction

Down In Flames(Table of Contents) illustration / 2 pages (report information) Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Don Marlow / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Ken Fitch

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Genre:science fiction

King Kole's Kourt / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Jack Cole

Long Tusk(Table of Contents) comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Daniels (signed)

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Cowboy Comics #13 (Centaur, 1938)

Overstreet calls #13 "rare" and Gerber gave it a scarcity rating of "8."

This was a single-theme comic back when very few such comics were published. The release date is just one month after Action #1, a time when Centaur was publishing more titles than DC was. The reason for the #13 is that Cowboy was an entitling of Star Ranger, and with #15, the title was changed again to Star Ranger Funnies.

This issue's features the Centaur logo which the publisher did not use very often.

Billy Wright pedigree

Feature Books #15 Barney Baxter In The Air - (David McKay, 1938)

Mile High pedigree

Barney Baxter in the Air was an American comic strip by Frank Miller. It started its run in 1936 for the Denver's Rocky Mountain News and later was syndicated by King Features.

Barney Baxter was an "adventure strip" involving heroic exploits centering on aviation

Color cover; Black and White interior (#[nn]-25); Color interior (#26-57) Dimensions: Oversized 9" x 12"

Barney Baxter In The Air(Table of Contents) Barney Baxter / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Frank Miller

Genre:adventure

Barney Baxter / comic story / 71 pages (report information) Script:

Frank Miller

Pencils:

Frank Miller

Genre:adventure

Characters:Barney Baxter; Gus

Reprints:

Reprints Barney Baxter newspaper comic strips from 1938

Ace Comics #16 (David McKay Publications, 1938)

Joe Musial cover

Featuring the Phantom, Blondie, Jungle Jim, Believe It Or Not, Krazy Kat, and many more.

Detective Comics #17 (DC, 1938)

Billy Wright pedigree

first appearance of Dr. Fu Manchu in Detective. Creig Flessel is the cover artist.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Inks:

Creig Flessel

Speed Saunders / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Oscar the Gumshoe / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Larry Steele / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:I: Bill Graham, Vera Sanders;

Dr. Fu Manchu / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Sax Rohmer

Pencils:

Leo O'Mealia

Genre:adventureCharacters:I: Sir Denis Nayland Smith, Dr. Petrie; V: Dr. Fu Manchu (I)

strip reprints; adapted from THE INSIDIOUS DR. FU MANCHU by Sax Rohmer; ; also reprinted in WOW COMICS (Henle) #1-4

Spy / comic story / 8 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:adventureCharacters:The Hooded Hordes (Introduction, villains); Bart Reagan; Betsy Norris

Slam Bradley / comic story / 13 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:V: Ramon Gonzales (I); I: Sporty Morgan (Shorty's brother

The Funnies #22 (July 1938) Dell, 1936 Series

Captain Easy / cover /

Four Aces / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest

Pencils:

Hal Forrest

Genre:adventure; aviationReprints:

from Four Aces Sundays (Bell Syndicate

Scribbly / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Pencils:

Sheldon Mayer

The Wonderland of Oz / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Genre:fantasy-supernatural

Characters:Jack Pumpkinhead; Mombi; Tip

Synopsis:Tip releases Jack from Mombi and they flee together into Oz

Tim McCoy / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Genre:western-frontier

Adaptation of the Monogram motion picture.

Tip Top Comics #27 (United Features Syndicate, 1938)

Lost Valley pedigree

Tarzan / cover / 1 page

Tarzan / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Burne Hogarth

The Haunted House on the Hill - chapter five text story / 3 pages

Script:

Lieut. F. A. Methot

Genre:adventure

Horror title

King Comics #28 (David McKay Publications, 1938)

Lost Valley pedigree

Popeye / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Joe Musial [as Musial]

Genre:humor

Characters:Popeye; Swee'pea; Henry

Thimble Theatre / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

E. C. Segar

Pencils:

E. C. Segar

Genre:humorCharacters:Popeye; Pappy; Olive Oyl; Swee'pea

Synopsis:Popeye get Melankonus because Swee'pea's real mother has taken him away.

Reprints:

from Thimble Theatre Sundays (King Features Syndicate) 1937-10-03 - 1937-10-24

Barney Baxter in the Air / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Frank Miller (signed)

Genre:adventure; aviation

Reprints:

from The Barney Baxter Sundays (King Features Syndicate

Same month that Feature Book features this strip

Flash Gordon / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Don Moore

Pencils:

Alex Raymond

Genre:adventure; science fiction

Characters:Flash Gordon; Dale Arden; Hans Zarkov

Reprints:

from Flash Gordon Sundays (King Features Syndicate) 1937-09-26 - 1937-10-17

King of the Royal Mounted / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Zane Grey

Pencils:

Charles Flanders

Genre:adventure; western-frontier

Reprints:

from King of the Royal Mounted Sundays (King Features Syndicate) 1937

Sport Features / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Jack Burnley

Genre:non-fiction; sports

from Sport Features Sundays (King Features Syndicate) 1937

Brick Bradford / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

William Ritt

Pencils:

Clarence Gray

Genre:adventure; science fiction

Synopsis:Brick returns to the surface world.

Reprints:

from Brick Bradford Sundays (King Features Syndicate) 1937-09-26 - 1937-10-17

Mandrake the Magician / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Lee Falk

Pencils:

Phil Davis

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Characters:Mandrake the Magician; Lothar

Reprints:

from Mandrake the Magician Sundays (King Features Syndicate) 1937-09-26 - 1937-10-17

Feature Books(Table of Contents) text story / 0.33 page (report information) Script:

Feature Book #12 on sale April 15th

New Adventure Comics #28 (DC, 1938)

A "scarce" issue, according to Gerber,

Fred Guardineer, Leo O'Mealia, Bob Kane, and Joe Shuster art.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Characters:Sailor; pirates

Anchors Aweigh! / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Fred Guardineer

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Genre:adventure

Characters:I: Lt. Commander Don Kerry, "Red" Murphy, Admiral Allen;

Tom Brent / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Jim Chambers

Pencils:

Jim Chambers

Characters:I: Tom Brent;

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mystery

Nadir, Master of Magic / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Characters:Mr. Linn (Introduction, Villain);

Professor Doolittle / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Genre:humor

Captain Desmo / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Ed Winiarski

Pencils:

Ed Winiarski

black and white

Genre:adventureCharacters:I: Gabby McGuire;

Dale Daring / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Robin Hood / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Sven Elven

Pencils:

Sven Elven

Characters:I: Friar Tuck

Rusty and His Pals / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Genre:adventure

Characters:V: Chen Fu

Popular Comics #30 (Dell, 1938)

Skippy; Katrinka / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Sheldon Mayer ?

Genre:adventure; humor

Characters:Skippy; Katrinka

Don Dixon / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore (credited)

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer (credited)

Genre:science fiction

Characters:Don Dixon; Dr. Matt Lugoff; Milos; Lord Jard; Wanda; Mala; Kath

Brooklyn Eagle Sunday strip reprint. Probably 1937.

Tailspin Tommy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest (credited)

Pencils:

Hal Forrest (signed)

Genre:adventure; aviation

Characters:Tailspin Tommy; Skeets; Betty

Bell Syndicate. # 401-404. All strips were numbered not dated

Tad of the Tanbark / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore (credited)

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer (credited)

Genre:jungleCharacters:Tad; Speed

Brooklyn Eagle Sunday page. Topper for Don Dixon

More Fun Comics #33 (DC, 1938).

full page ad for Action #2 inside, and is graced by DC's powerhouse creators, Bob Kane, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

Mile High pedigree

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Vince Sullivan (signed)

Inks:

Vince Sullivan (signed

Sandra of the Secret Service / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely

Radio Squad / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Sandy Kean; Jimmy

Buccaneer / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Bernard Baily

Pencils:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Inks:

Bernard Baily

Spotlights In Sports / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Sheldon Moldoff

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff (signed)

Genre:biography; sports

Ginger Snap / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane [as Robert Kane]

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Genre:humor; children

Johnnie Law / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Stardust / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bernard Baily

Pencils:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Genre:non-fiction; biographyCharacters:Paul Muni; Tyrone Power; Katherine Hepburn; Charles LaughtonKeywords:celebrity

Nevertheless It's True / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Sheldon Moldoff

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff (signed)

Genre:non-fictionCharacters:Mickey Mouse

 

Mickey Mouse Magazine #34 V3#10 (K. K. Publications, Inc., 1938)

First solo Goofy cover.

Famous Funnies #48 (Eastern Color, 1938

Mile High Pedigree

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Characters:Napoleon; Jitter

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Philip Francis Nowlan

Pencils:

Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Hairbreadth Harry / comic story / 0.8 page (report information) Script:

F. O. Alexander

Pencils:

F. O. Alexander

Genre:adventureCharacters:Harry; Belinda; Rudolph Rassendale

Synopsis:The spaceship crashlands in the Swiss Alps.

Science fiction

War On Crime / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Rex Collier

Pencils:

Jimmy Thompson

Genre:crime

True crime story.copyright Ledger Syndicate

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger

Pencils:

S. M. Iger

copyright Eisner-Iger

Queenie / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

Pencils:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

1938 - AUGUST

Little Giant Movie Funnies #1 (August 1938) Centaur

Color cover; Black and White interior Dimensions: 6.75" x 4.5

First comic book devoted completely to movies with funny spoofs

Billy Wright pedigree

A Gerber "8."

132 pages.

Ovanhoe The Secret Treasure, Rags The Wonder Dog

Contains stories, puzzles, and magic tricks.

Paul Gustavson and Bob Wood art.

Amazing Mystery Funnies V1#1 (Centaur, 1938)

The first published comic book work of Bill Everett.

The cover was the youngster's only contribution to this premiere issue, which features a mixture of reprints and new material.

Billy Wright pedigree

Volume: 1 Price: 0.10 USD Pages: 52

Skyrocket Steele cover only, feature begins in issue #2

The majority of this issue is reprinted from past issues of Funny Picture Stories from the past 2 years.

Skyrocket Steele / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Bill Everett (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Characters:Skyrocket Steele Dodge; Sari Marston

Reprints:

US in The Bill Everett Archives (Fantagraphics, 2011 series) #1 - Amazing Mysteries (December 2011)

While featured on the cover, there is no Skyrocket Steele story in this issue

Little Giant Comics #2 (Centaur, 1938)

Black and white with a color cover. Features stories, puzzles, and magic.

Paul Gustavson did art in issue #1 so its possible he contributed to #2 as well.

Volume: 1 Price: 0.10 USD Pages: 132 ?

Black and White interior

Dimensions: 6.75" x 4.5"

Martin Filchock wrote and drew the majority of the strips in issue #1 so its possible he contributed to #2 as well.

Many of the strips in this issue are reprinted from various different Centaur Comics published.

Action Comics #3 (DC, 1938)

Overstreet's "scarce" rating and Gerber's 8 ("rare") rating

The third appearance of Superman, one of the 30 most valuable comics of all time

Cover art is by Leo O'Mealia.

Billy Wright pedigree

[The Blakely Mine Disaster](Table of Contents) Superman / comic story / 12.67 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:superhero

Characters:Superman [Clark Kent]; George Taylor (not named); Stanislaw Kober; Thornton Blakely (villain)

Synopsis:After Superman saves a group of miners from a cave-in, Clark Kent senses a story that may mean that the mine's owner, Thorton Blakely, is actually running unsafe mine operations and blaming accidents on the miners themselves.

Superman in miners outfit pulls himself up a mine cable while lifting up an unconscious minor.

Reprints:

US in Superman (DC, 1939 series) #1 (Summer 1939)

Superman appears in only one panel in his own costume in this story. Wears blue boots. Clark Kent appears in only one panel dressed in his business suit.

Scoop Scanlon, Five Star Reporter / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Inks:

Will Ely (signed)

Letters:

?

Genre:adventureCharacters:Scoop Scanlon; Rusty James;

Pep Morgan / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner F. Fox

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer [as Gene Baxter] (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Pep Morgan; Blackie; Davis

Synopsis:Pep attempts to win race car prize, despite dirty tricks from his opponents.

Opening frame shows Pep reading Action Comics

Tex Thomson / comic story / 12 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Inks:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Zatara Master Magician / comic story / 12 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Zatara; Tong; Tigress

Synopsis:Zatara foils the latest scheme of the Tigress

3rd app of Zatara

Crackajack Funnies #3 (Dell, 1938)

Mile High pedigree

Dell File copy

Copyright 1935, 1936, 1937 and 1938 by Publishers' Syndicate Inc., NEA Service, Inc., Bell Syndicate, Inc., and Steven Slesinger, Inc. Distributed by American News Company.

Don Winslow; Wash Tubbs; Dan Dunn, Secret Operative 48; Freckles; Myra North, Special Nurse / cover

Dan Dunn, Secret Operative 48 / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Pencils:

Norman Marsh (signed)

Don Winslow / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

F. V. Martinek (signed)

Pencils:

Leon A. Beroth (signed)

Genre:adventure; war

Tom Mix / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Al Lewin (signed)

Genre:western-frontier

Circus the Comic Riot #3 (Globe Syndicate, 1938)

overstreet "scarce" and a Gerber "8" ("rare").

Will Eisner, Basil Wolverton, Jack Cole, and Bob Kane art.

On-sale date: 1938-07-13

Final issue from this short lived series and the only title from this publisher in 1938

Super Comics #4 (Dell, 1938)

Gerber's Photo-Journal terms this issue "scarce," estimating that less than 50 copies exist.

The book's star-studded lineup includes Dick Tracy, Little Orphan Annie, Terry and the Pirates, Gasoline Alley, Harold Teen, and many more.

Dick Tracy; Orphan Annie; Mutt / cover /

Dick Tracy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Chester Gould

Pencils:

Chester Gould

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Dick Tracy; Pat Patton; Johnny Mintworth; Danny Supeena (villain)

Reprints:

from Dick Tracy Sunday (Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate) 1937.07.04-1937-07-25

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Harold Gray

Pencils:

Harold Gray

Genre:adventureCharacters:Annie; Sandy; Mr. Am

Reprints:

from Little Orphan Annie Sundays (Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate) 1937-07-04 - 1937-07-25

The Lost Colony of Atlantis / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

William Ward

Pencils:

William Ward

Genre:adventure

Reprints:

from Mickey Mouse Weekly (Odhams, 1936 series

Terry and the Pirates / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Milton Caniff

Pencils:

Milton Caniff

Genre:adventureCharacters:Pat Ryan; Terry Lee; ConnieSynopsis:The Dragon Lady lures Pyzon's men away with the promise of women.

Reprints:

from Terry and The Pirates Sundays (Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate) 1936-12-06 - 1937-01-03

Wings Of Fortune / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Reg Perott

Pencils:

Reg Perott

Genre:aviationReprints:

from Mickey Mouse Weekly (Odhams, 1936 series

The City of Jewels / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Jock McCail

Pencils:

Jock McCail

Genre:adventure

Reprints:

from Mickey Mouse Weekly (Odhams, 1936 series

Comics On Parade #5 (United Features Syndicate, 1938)

Rates a 7 on the Gerber Scarcity Index.

Cover features Tarzan swimming with all the ot her main characters such as

Lil Abner, Captain and the Kids, Abbie and Slats, Ella Cinders, Fritzi Ritz, and others.

The Comics #9 (Dell, 1938)

scarcity rating of "7" from Gerber's Photo-Journal. Tex Ritter appearance

Salesman Sam / comic story / 0.5 page (report information) Script:

George Swanson

Pencils:

George Swanson

This strip appears 8 times in this issue - the highest record of repeated strips so far in comics.

Rod Rian of the Sky Police / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Paul H. Jepson

Pencils:

Paul H. Jepson

Gordon Fife and the Boy King / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Feature Funnies #11 (Chesler, 1938)

Bungle Family / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Ed Cronin ?

The Clock Strikes / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

George Brenner (signed)

Pencils:

George Brenner (signed)

Genre:superhero

Characters:The Clock [Brian O'Brien]; Captain Kane; Doyle; Silk Basso; Muscles Mulloy

Synopsis:The Clock appears to have murdered real estate broker Tyrone Carron

Hawks of the Seas / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Willis Rensie]

Pencils:

Will Eisner

Genre:historicalReprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #50 (February 11, 1938

Archie O'Toole / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Bud Thomas]

Pencils:

Will Eisner

Genre:humor

Characters:Archie O'Toole; Spider; Gil O.TeenSynopsis:Archie abolishes spinach- and fights a duel with Gil O.Teen

Lala Palooza / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Rube Goldberg

Pencils:

Rube Goldberg

Genre:humor

strip reprints- Frank Jay Markey syndicate

Screen Snapshots / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Pencils:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Genre:biography

Universal Phoenix Features

Cowboy Comics #14 (Centaur, 1938)

This was a single-theme comic back when very few such comics were published. Centaur was publishing more titles than DC was. This is the 2nd and final issue of this title

With #15, the title was changed again to Star Ranger Funnies.

This issue's features the Centaur logo which the publisher did not use very often.

Native american Indian cover. Same month as Feature Book #16 featured Red Eagle.

Feature Books #16 Red Eagle - (David McKay, 1938)

Oversized with rough, heavy stock cover. 76 pages.

Mile High pedigree

First comic devoted to a native american Indian

Same month as Cowboy Comics #1 4had a native american Indian cover.

Red Eagle / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Jimmy Thompson (signed)

Genre:western-frontierCharacters:Red Eagle

Red Eagle / comic story / 33 pages (report information) Script:

Jimmy Thompson

Pencils:

Jimmy Thompson

Genre:western-frontierCharacters:Red Eagle

Original Material?

Ace Comics #17 (David McKay Publications, 1938)

Featuring the Phantom, Blondie, Krazy Kat, and many more.

Katzenjammer Kids / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Joe Musial

Inks:

Joe Musial

Jungle Jim / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Alex Raymond

Blondie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Chic Young

Genre:humor; domestic

The Phantom / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Lee Falk

Pencils:

Ray Moore

Genre:adventure; jungle

Detective Comics #18 (DC, 1938)

Mile High pedigree

Fu Manchu was actually the star of a feature at this time, and the lineup of good guys included Slam Bradley (two-fisted sleuth), Speed Saunders (plainclothes cop), Buck Marshall (range-ridin' detective), Bart Regan (spy), and Cosmo ("the phantom of disguise").

Dr. Fu Manchu / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Inks:

Creig Flessel

Speed Saunders / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Inks:

Fred Guardineer

Oscar the Gumshoe / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Larry Steele / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Dr. Fu Manchu / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Sax Rohmer

Pencils:

Leo O'Mealia

Genre:adventureCharacters:Nayland Smith; Fu Manchu

Reprints:

from Bell Syndicate dailies (1931.xx.xx)

strip reprints; adaptation of THE INSIDIOUS DR. FU MANCHU by Sax Rohmer

Spy / comic story / 8 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:adventure; detective-mysteryCharacters:Bart Reagan; Sally Norris; Villain: Akmet and two enemy spies (one Dies; Introduction for all); Introduction: Maharaja KahoonSynopsis:Bart proposes to Sally

Steve Malone / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner Fox

Pencils:

?

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Steve Malone (introdcution); Villain: Gini (Introduction)

Story in black and white

Slam Bradley / comic story / 13 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Slam Bradley; Shorty Morgan

The Funnies #23 (August 1938) Dell,

Herky / cover

Four Aces / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest

Pencils:

Hal Forrest

Genre:adventure; aviationReprints:

from Four Aces Sundays (Bell Syndicate

Scribbly / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Pencils:

Sheldon Mayer

The Wonderland of Oz / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Walt Spouse

Pencils:

Walt Spouse

Genre:fantasy-supernatural-supernatural

Characters:Tip; Jack Pumpkinhead; Wooden Sawhorse

Synopsis:Tip and Jack continue on their path and bring a wooden sawhorse to life so they can ride it.

Tip Top Comics #28 (United Features Syndicate, 1938)

Lost Valley pedigree

Li'l Abner cover and story.

Tarzan, Captain and the Kids, Jim Hardy, Frankie Doodle, Ella Cinders, Little Mary Mixup

King Comics #29 (David McKay Publications, 1938)

Joe Musial cover. Jack Burnley art.

Lost Valley pedigree

Popeye / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Joe Musial [as Musial](signed)

Genre:humorCharacters:Popeye; Wimpy; Olive Oyl

Thimble Theatre / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

E. C. Segar

Pencils:

E. C. Segar

Genre:humorCharacters:Popeye; Olive Oyl; Swee'peaSynopsis:Swee'pea "runs" away from his real mama.Reprints:

from Thimble Theatre Sundays (King Features Syndicate) 1937-10-31 - 1937-11-21

Flash Gordon / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Don Moore

Pencils:

Alex Raymond

Genre:adventure; science fictionCharacters:Flash Gordon; Dale Arden; Hans ZarkovReprints:

from Flash Gordon Sundays (King Features Syndicate) 1937-10-24 - 1937-11-14

King of the Royal Mounted / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Zane Grey

Pencils:

Charles Flanders

Genre:adventureReprints:

from King of the Royal Mounted Sundays (King Features Syndicate) 1937

Sport Features / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Jack Burnley

Genre:non-fiction; sports

from Sport Features Sundays (King Features Syndicate) 1937

Brick Bradford / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

William Ritt

Pencils:

Clarence Gray

Genre:adventureReprints:

from Brick Bradford Sundays (King Features Syndicate) 1937-10-24 - 1937-11-14

Mandrake the Magician / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Lee Falk

Pencils:

Phil Davis

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernaturalCharacters:Mandrake the Magician; Lothar

from Mandrake the Magician Sundays (King Features Syndicate) 1937-10-24 - 1937-11-14

New Adventure Comics #29 (DC, 1938)

Mile High pedigree

Gerber "7."

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Soldier fighting Arab thieves on cover

Anchors Aweigh! / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Fred Guardineer

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Genre:adventure

Characters:El Diablo (villain); Rose Del Muerte (first appearance; villain)

Candid Comic Camera / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Genre:humor

first appearance

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mystery

Nadir, Master of Magic / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Professor Doolittle / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Genre:humor

Robin Hood / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Sven Elven

Pencils:

Sven Elven

Dale Daring / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Rusty and His Pals / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Popular Comics #31 (Dell, 1938)

Tim McCoy, Mutt and Jeff, and Tailspin Tommy appear.

Toby; Tailspin Tommy; Skippy; Herky; Shark Egan; Toonerville Trolley / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Genre:adventure; humorCharacters:Toby; Tailspin Tommy; Skippy; Herky; Shark Egan; SkipperKeywords:firecrackers

Tim McCoy as Tim Carson / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Jim Gary

Inks:

Jim Gary

Genre:western-frontierCharacters:Tim Carson [also as El Votago]; Kate Wiley; Tex Bowen; Nancy Bowen; Butch (villain); Bart Kane (villain)Reprints:

Big Little Book reprint?

Based on the movie "Two Gun Justice," featuring Tim McCoy as Tim Carson, Betty Compson as Kate Wiley and directed by Alan James

Don Dixon / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore (credited)

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer (credited)

Genre:science fictionCharacters:Don Dixon; Dr. Matt Lugoff; Milos; Lord Jard; Wanda; Mala; Kath

Brooklyn Eagle Sunday strip reprint. Probably 1937.

Tailspin Tommy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest (credited)

Pencils:

Hal Forrest (signed)

Genre:adventureCharacters:Tailspin Tommy; Skeets; Betty; Paul; Jerry; Socrates (a dog); Martin (villain); Pete (villain); Pop Sutter (villain)Reprints:

# 401-404. Bell Syndicate. All strips were numbered not dated

Tad of the Tanbark / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore (credited)

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer (credited)

Genre:western-frontierCharacters:Tad; Speed

Brooklyn Eagle Sunday page. Topper for Don Dixon.

More Fun Comics #34 (DC, 1938)

Mile High pedigree

Kid and dog chased by man / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Vince Sullivan (signed)

Inks:

Vince Sullivan (signed)

Sandra of the Secret Service / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Inks:

Will Ely (signed)

Radio Squad / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Sandy Kean; Larry Trent

Buccaneer / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Pencils:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Inks:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Ginger Snap / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Johnnie Law / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Inks:

Will Ely (signed)

Butch the Pup / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Fred Schwab

Pencils:

Fred Schwab

Genre:humorCharacters:Butch the pup (Intro

Now You Know / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Sheldon Moldoff (signed)

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff (signed)

Stardust / text article / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Pencils:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Genre:non-fiction; biographyCharacters:Boris Karloff; Alice Faye; W.C.Fields; Stepin Fetchit

Here and There / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Paul Gustavson (signed)

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson (signed)

Sport Dust / text article / 1 page (report information) Script:

Sheldon Moldoff (signed)

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff (signed)

Genre:non-fiction; sports

Mickey Mouse Magazine #35 V3#11 File Copy (K. K. Publications/Western Publishing Co., 1938)

Mickey the Sheriff begins.

Contains a color feature on Snow White's Animal Friends.

Famous Funnies #49 Lost Valley pedigree (Eastern Color, 1938)

Napoleon / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Victor E. Pazmiño

Genre:humor; animalCharacters:Napoleon; Uncle Elby

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Philip Francis Nowlan

Pencils:

Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed)

Genre:science fiction

War On Crime / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Rex Collier

Pencils:

Jimmy Thompson

Queenie / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

Pencils:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

1938 - SEPT

For the 2nd time in comic book history a record setting 23 different titles were on the newsstands this month.

Fiction House began in 1921 as a pulp-magazine publisher of primarily aviation, Western and sports pulps. In 1938 Fiction House expanded into comic books, an emerging medium began to seem a viable adjunct to the fading pulps. Receptive to a sales call by Eisner & Iger, one of the prominent "packagers" of that time who produced complete comic books on demand for publishers looking to enter the field, Scott released Jumbo Comics #1 (Sept. 1938). Fiction House star Sheena, Queen of the Jungle appeared in that initial issue. Will Eisner and S.M. "Jerry" Iger had created the leggy, leopard-wearing jungle goddess for the British magazine Wags, under the joint pseudonym "W. Morgan Thomas".

Fiction House's other features in that initial foray included the period adventure "Hawks of the Seas" (continuing a story from Quality Comics' Feature Funnies #12, after Eisner-Iger and Quality had had a falling out Future industry legend Jack Kirby did his first comic book for Jumbo Comics following his debut in Wild Boy Magazine: the science fiction feature The Diary of Dr. Hayward (under the pseudonym "Curt Davis")

Jumbo Comics #1 (Fiction House, 1938)

Considered one of Overstreet's Top 100 Golden Age Comics, this is the first published comic book art by Jack Kirby and also the very first comic published by Fiction House. Bob Kane and Will Eisner contributed to the issue as well.

It's called "rare" by Overstreet and Gerber gives it an 8 out of 10 on its scarcity scale.

The book also happens to have the first appearance of the publisher's most prominent character, Sheena, Queen of the Jungle. This book is quite literally jumbo, measuring 10.5" x 14.5". The first 8 issues are oversized and cannot be graded by CGC.

Mile High pedigree of #1-8

Price: 0.10 USD Pages: 68

Monthly On-sale date: 1938-07-12

Editing: Malcolm Reiss (editor); Jerry Iger (feature editor); William E. Eisner (art director

Uncle Otto; Hawks of the Seas; Peter Pupp; Sheena / cover

Peter Pupp / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane ?

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Inks:

Bob Kane

Letters:

?

Genre:anthropomorphic-funny animalsCharacters:Peter Pupp; Tinymite; Watt A. DoggReprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #26, #23

Hawks of the Seas / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

? [as Willis B. Rensie]

Pencils:

Will Eisner

Inks:

Will Eisner

Letters:

?

Genre:historicalCharacters:The Hawk, Fluth; Sagua; MerrystoneReprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #58

US in Jerry Iger's Classic Jumbo Comics (Blackthorne, 1985 series) #1 (June 1985)

Indexer Notes

Earlier pages from Hawks of the Seas were reprinted in Quality's Feature Funnies 3 through 12.

Bobby / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger

Pencils:

S. M. Iger

Genre:childrenCharacters:Bobby; Miss Eiffel;

The Count of Monte Cristo / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

? (adaptor); Alexandre Dumas (original author)

Pencils:

Jack Kirby [as Jack Curtiss] (signed)

Genre:adventureCharacters:Edmond Dantes; M. Danglars; Fernand Mondego; the fair Mercedes

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #64, #65

Adapted from Alexandre Dumas's novel.

The Diary of Dr. Hayward / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Jack Kirby [as Curt Davis]

Inks:

Jack Kirby [as Curt Davis]

Letters:

?

Genre:science fictionCharacters:Stuart Taylor; Kromo; Dr. Hayward; Lora HaywardReprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #64

 

 

Uncle Otto / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Carl Heck]

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Carl Heck]

Inks:

Will Eisner [as Carl Heck]

Letters:

?

Genre:humor

Pee Wee / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger

Pencils:

S. M. Iger

Inks:

S. M. Iger

Letters:

?

Genre:humorCharacters:Pee Wee; Bushy; Uncle Shamus

Sheena, Queen of the Jungle / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as W. Morgan Thomas]

Pencils:

Mort Meskin

Genre:jungle

Characters:Sheena [Sheena Rivington]; Bob Reynolds (appears in all Sheena stories); Professor Van Dyke

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #58, #56

US in Jerry Iger's Classic Jumbo Comics (Blackthorne, 1985 series) #1 (June 1985)

US in Out of the Shadows (Fantagraphics, 2012 series) (June 2012)

Indexer Notes

Script is reportedly by Eisner.

Gilda Gay / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Bernard Baily

Genre:humor

Characters:Gilda Gay; Buster; Joe; Monty

ZX-5 Spies In Action / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

? [as Morgan Thomas]

Pencils:

Will Eisner

Genre:spyCharacters:ZX-5; Major Jason

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #50 (February 11, 1938

Heroes of Sport / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

? [as Tom Swift]

Pencils:

Will Eisner; Edwin Loughlin; Erwin

Genre:non-fiction; sports

The Hunchback of Notre Dame / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Dick Briefer (adaptor) [from Victor Hugo (original author)]

Pencils:

Dick Briefer

Genre:adventure

Characters:Quasimodo; Jehan; Esmeralda; Phoebus; Claude Frollo

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #17 (April 23, 1937), #21 (May 21, 1937)

From the classic novel by Victor Hugo

Richard "Dick" Briefer (January 9, 1915 – December 1980) was an American comic-book artist best known for his various adaptations, including humorous ones, of the Frankenstein monster. Under the pseudonym Dick Hamilton, he also created the superhero team the Target and the Targeteers for Novelty Press.

Wilton of the West / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Jack Kirby

Genre:western-frontierCharacters:Wilton; Bart Lugar; Luke Reed; Billy Danson;

Jack Kirby (August 28, 1917 – February 6, 1994), born Jacob Kurtzberg, was an American comic book artist, writer, and editor, widely regarded as one of the medium's major innovators and one of its most prolific and influential creators.

He began in comics with Jumbo Comics #1 in 1938. In 1940, he and writer-editor Joe Simon created the highly successful superhero character Captain America for Timely Comics, predecessor of Marvel Comics. During the 1940s, Kirby, generally teamed with Simon, created numerous characters for that company and for National Comics Publications. At Crestwood Publications he and Simon created the genre of romance comics and later founded their own short-lived comic company, Mainline Publications. Ultimately, Kirby found himself at Timely's 1950s iteration, Atlas Comics, which in the next decade became Marvel. There, in the 1960s, Kirby and writer-editor Stan Lee co-created many of the company's major characters, including the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Hulk. The Lee-Kirby titles garnered high sales and critical acclaim, but in 1970, feeling he had been treated unfairly, Kirby left the company for rival DC. At DC, Kirby created his Fourth World saga in the early 1970s. Regarded by many as the greatest comic book artist of all time.

Amazing Mystery Funnies #2 (Centaur, 1938)

Bill Everett and Will Eisner artwork.

Mile High pedigree

Billy Wright pedigree

Bondage cover by Bill Everett.

1st bondage cover in comics ever

1st sexy female cover in comics ever

Skyrocket Steele / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Bill Everett (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Characters:Sari Marston; Vance Roy

Skyrocket Steele / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Bill Everett (signed)

Pencils:

Bill Everett (signed)

Inks:

Bill Everett (signed)

Colors:

?

Letters:

?

Genre:science fiction

Characters:Skyrocket Steele Dodge (introduction); Sari Marston; Peter Muhr; King Kurt; Minister Craid; Tal (villain, Lieutenant in command of Mannin); Vance Roy (villain)

2038 A. D. / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

A. S. Van Eerde (signed)

Pencils:

A. S. Van Eerde (signed)

1st appearance of strip

Science fiction

The Brothers 3 / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner

Pencils:

Will Eisner

Inks:

Will Eisner

Colors:

?

Letters:

?

Characters:The Brothers 3Reprints:

US from Funny Picture Stories (Comics Magazine Company, 1936 series) #v1#4 (February 1937

Action Comics #4 (DC, 1938)

Before Superman took over the covers of this title completely, Leo O'Mealia distinguished himself with covers like this.

uncommon" according to The Photo-Journal Guide to Comic Books,

On-sale date: 1938-07-25

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)

Keywords:Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Superman / comic story / 12.75 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:superhero

Characters:Superman [Clark Kent]; Tommy Burke; Mary; Coach Randall (villain); Ray Martin; Oliver Stanley; Wallace Dodd

Synopsis:Overhearing a crooked college football coach at Dale University plotting to populate his team with thugs to defeat rival Cordell University, Superman impersonates a football player from Cordell to straighten the situation out.

Superman uses some interesting measures to achieve his goal. He drugs a sports player with a hypodermic needle and then impersonates him on the team. He punches a fellow football player which knocks him across the room. During the football game Superman continues to carry the ball with 5 guys on his back.

Reprints:

US in Superman (DC, 1939 series) #1 (Summer 1939)

Pep Morgan / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner F. Fox

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer [as Gene Baxter] (signed)

Tex Thomson / comic story / 12 pages (report information) Script:

Ken Fitch ?

Pencils:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Scoop Scanlon, Five Star Reporter / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Scoop Scanlon; Rusty James;

Zatara Master Magician / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Fred Guardineer

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Zatara; Tong; Joan; Big Bill; Butch

Synopsis:Zatara defends the lovely dancer, Joan, from the advances of Big Bill.

Crackajack Funnies #4 File Copy (Dell, 1938)

Don Winslow; Wash Tubbs; Dan Dunn; Freckles; Myra North / cover /

Super Comics #5 (Dell, 1938)

File Copy

Smilin' Jack, Terry and the Pirates, Dick Tracy, Little Orphan Annie, and many more pre-1940s comic characters are featured.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Bill Holman

Dick Tracy / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Chester Gould

Pencils:

Chester Gould

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Dick Tracy; Johnny Mintworth; Danny Supeena (villain)

Indexer Notes

copyright 1937 Chicago Tribune, NY News Syndicate

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Harold Gray

Pencils:

Harold Gray

Terry and the Pirates / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Milton Caniff

Pencils:

Milton Caniff

Genre:adventureReprints:

from Terry and the Pirates Sunday (Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate) 1937-01-10 - 1937-02-07

Mickey Mouse / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page

Comics on Parade #6 United Features, 1938 Series

Lil Abner, Captain and the Kids, Abbie and Slats, Ella Cinders, Fritzi Ritz, and others.

5 pages of Tarzan strips

Keen Detective Funnies #9 (Centaur, 1938)

Featuring the Clock (first masked comic hero).

Billy Wright pedigree

Lamont Larson pedigree

This is the second issue of the series containing mostly reprints from earlier Centaur books including -

Funny Picture Stories (Comics Magazine Company, 1936 series) v1#3

Western Picture Stories (Comics Magazine Company, 1937 series) #1

Funny Picture Stories (Comics Magazine Company, 1936 series) v1#2

Detective Picture Stories (Comics Magazine Company, 1936 series) #4

Detective Picture Stories (Comics Magazine Company, 1936 series) #3

The Hidden Message(Table of Contents) cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

John Patterson

Pencils:

John Patterson

Reprints:

from Western Picture Stories (Comics Magazine Company, 1937 series

Wild Tex' Martin / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner

Pencils:

Will Eisner

Genre:western-frontier

Reprints:

US from Western Picture Stories (Comics Magazine Company, 1937 series) #1 (February 1937

The Clock / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

George E. Brenner

Pencils:

George E. Brenner

Genre:detective-mystery; superhero

Reprints:

US from Funny Picture Stories (Comics Magazine Company, 1936 series) #v1#2 (December 1936

The Comics #10 (Dell, 1938)

Clancy the Cop / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Genre:humor

Rod Rian of the Sky Police / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Paul H. Jepson (signed)

Pencils:

Paul H. Jepson (signed)

Genre:science fictionCharacters:Rod Rian; Andres; Chan; Commandant Elmus; Karin; Taro; Unicors

Reprints:

from Rod Rian of the Sky Police newspaper strip (The George Matthew Adams Service, Inc

Gordon Fife and the Boy King / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore (credited)

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer (credited)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Captain Gordon Fife; Baltos [Count Baltha]; Carol; Nicky [Nicholas]; Rognal

Reprints:

from Gordon Fife and the Boy King newspaper strip (Watkins Syndicate

Tex Ritter / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Norman Fallon (credited)

Genre:western-frontier

Characters:Tex Rand; Captain Hayes; Captain Mendoza; Doc Thornton; Hickson; Louise Stanley; Mr. Walker; Pee Wee McDougal [also as Holt]; White Flash (a horse); Butch Regan (villain); Jeff Jeffries (villain)

Keywords:Arizona Rangers

Adaptation of the 1937 movie Riders of the Rockies

Funny Pages v2 #10 (Centaur, 1938)

Mile High pedigree

Gerber's "rare" or Overstreet's "scarce"

first appearance of superhero, The Arrow, by Paul Gustavson.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Martin Filchock (signed)

Inks:

Martin Filchock

Arrow / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson

Genre:superhero

Characters:The Arrow [Ralph Payne](introduction)

Indexer Notes

I: The Arrow (Ralph Payne

Funny Picture Stories V2#10 (Centaur Publications, 1938)

Billy Wright pedigree

Jack Strand - science fiction strip appears

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Dick Ryan (signed)

Feature Funnies #12 (Chesler, 1938)

Joe Palooka / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Ed Cronin

Lala Palooza / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Rube Goldberg

Pencils:

Rube Goldberg

Inks:

Rube Goldberg

Genre:humor

strip reprints- Frank Jay Markey syndicate

Screen Snapshots / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Pencils:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Genre:biography

Universal Phoenix Features

Clip Chance at Cliffside / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

George Brenner [as Scott Sheridan]

Pencils:

George Brenner

Characters:Bob Hoyt (first appearance); Bill Webb (first appearance)

The Clock Strikes / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

George E. Brenner (signed)

Pencils:

George E. Brenner (signed)

Genre:superheroCharacters:The Clock [Brian O'Brien]; Charitable Charley (villain, introduction

Archie O'Toole / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Bud Thomas]

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Bud Thomas]

Genre:adventure; humor

Characters:Archie O'Toole; Gil O. Teen (villain); Sneezheim

Synopsis:Gil O. Teen tries to get Archie to fall in love with a female impersonator

Hawks of the Seas / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Willis Rensie]

Pencils:

Will Eisner

Genre:historical

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #54

Continued in JUMBO COMICS (Fiction House) #1.

Star Comics #14 (Centaur, 1938)

Gill Fox cover; Fred Guardineer art.

Clang! Clang! Clang! / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Gill Fox

Inks:

Gill Fox

Little Nemo in Slumberland / comic story / 1 page

Feature Books #17 Gang Busters (David McKay Publications, 1938)

Gang Busters, their first appearance.

Price: 0.10 USD Pages: 76

Color cover; Black and White interior (#[nn]-25);

Oversized 9" x 12"

Adapted from the Famous Radio Program. Original Material

Gang Busters was an American dramatic radio program heralded as "the only national program that brings you authentic police case histories." It premiered as G-Men, sponsored by Chevrolet, on July 20, 1935. After the title was changed to Gang Busters on January 15, 1936, the show had a 21-year run through November 20, 1957

The popularity of the radio show prompted a spin-off comic book published by DC Comics, which ran for 67 issues between 1947 and 1958. Big Little Books based on the series were also produced.

Universal Pictures made a very popular Gang Busters movie serial in 1942

Gang Busters / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Jimmy Thompson

Genre:crime

Gang Busters / comic story / 71 pages (report information) Script:

? (adaptor)

Pencils:

Jimmy Thompson (illos)

Genre:crime

This is a long text story with illustrations by Thompson thru out the book ranging from full page to small panel illos

Ace Comics #18 (David McKay Publications, 1938)

Katzenjammer Kids / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Joe Musial

Genre:humor; children

Jungle Jim / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Alex Raymond

Blondie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Chic Young

The Phantom / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Lee Falk

Pencils:

Ray Moore

Genre:adventure; jungle; superhero

Detective Comics #19 (DC, 1938)

Mile High pedigree

On-sale date: 1938-08-05

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Speed Saunders / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner Fox

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Inks:

Fred Guardineer

Colors:

?

Letters:

?

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Dave Grogan (introduction, villain, death); Gus (introduction)

Inspector Kent / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

George Newman (signed)

Pencils:

George Newman (signed)

Inks:

George Newman (signed)

Colors:

?

Letters:

?

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Inspector Kent (introduction); Dr. Ronald Wainwright (introduction

Larry Steele / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Inks:

Will Ely

Letters:

?

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Larry Steele; En Rico (villain, introduction)

Indexer Notes

Story printed in black and white

Spy / comic story / 8 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Inks:

Joe Shuster

Colors:

?

Letters:

?

Genre:adventure; spyCharacters:Bart Regan; Sally Norris; Rosa Rinaldo (villain, saboteur, introduction, death)Synopsis:Rosa, a female saboteur who has committed many acts of sabotage, interrupts the wedding of spies Bart and Sally, and uses a mirror that fires destructive rays. Unfortunately for Rosa, that leads to a spectacular, unfortunate end for her.

Indexer Notes

Bart Regan and Sally Norris almost get married

Dr. Fu Manchu / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

? (Sax Rohmer adapatation) (credited to Rohmer)

Pencils:

Leo O'Mealia

Inks:

Leo O'Mealia

Colors:

?

Letters:

typeset

Genre:adventureCharacters:Dr. Fu-ManchuReprints:

from ?

Indexer Notes

Strip reprint, adapted from "The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu" by Sax Rohmer

A Dead Case(Table of Contents) text story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner Fox [as Paul Dean]

Steve Malone / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner Fox

Pencils:

?

Inks:

?

Letters:

?

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Steve Malone; Luigi Ferrini (villain, introduction)

Indexer Notes

Story printed in black and white

The Funnies #24 1938 Dell

Our Boarding House with Major Hoople / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Genre:humor

Characters:Major Hoople

Four Aces / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest

Pencils:

Hal Forrest

Genre:adventure; aviation

Reprints:

from Four Aces Sundays (Bell Syndicate

Scribbly / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Pencils:

Sheldon Mayer

The Wonderland of Oz / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Walt Spouse

Pencils:

Walt Spouse

Genre:fantasy-supernatural-supernatural

Characters:Tip; Jack Pumpkinhead; Wooden Sawhorse

Synopsis:Tip, Jack and the Sawhorse reach the emerald city of Oz.

Keywords:Emerald City; Oz

The Singing Outlaw(Table of Contents) comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Richard Rogers

Genre:western-frontier

Adapted from the Universal motion picture

Heroes' Hall of Fame / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Stookie Allen

Pencils:

Stookie Allen

Genre:non-fiction; biography; animal

Synopsis:Biography of the heroic war dog Rags

Tip Top Comics #29 (United Features Syndicate, 1938)

Davis Crippen ("D" Copy) pedigree

Captain and the Kids cover

Tarzan, Lil Abner, Abbie and Slats, Ella Cinders, Fritzi Ritz and more

On sale date from Tip Top Comics to be published Tuesday, August 2, 1938

King Comics #30 (David McKay Publications, 1938)

Lost Valley pedigree

Joe Musial cover.

Music instrument cover 1st ever with either a guitar or bass guitar as played by Popeye

Olive Oyl and Henry also on cover.

New Adventure Comics #30 (DC, 1938

On-sale date: 1938-08-08

Mile High pedigree

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Keywords:whale; Whalers

Anchors Aweigh! / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Fred Guardineer

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Genre:adventure [)

Jest a Minute / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Genre:humor

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Nate Sharp; Tate; Roberts; Butch Durkin (introduction); Gat (introduction); Gat's partner (introduction

Nadir, Master of Magic / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernaturalCharacters:Captain Jim (Introduction)

last appearance; story never resolved

Professor Doolittle / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Genre:humor

Robin Hood / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Sven Elven

Pencils:

Sven Elven

last appearance

Rusty and His Pals / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Genre:adventure

Characters:V: Long Sin

Dale Daring / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Genre:adventure

Characters:V: U Hoang

Popular Comics #32 (Dell, 1938)

Tippie, Ted Starr, Skippy, Don Dixon, Tailspin Tommy, TimMcCoy featured in Phantom Ranger

 

More Fun Comics #35 (DC, 1938)

Creig Flessel cover. Bob Kane and Bernard Baily stories and art. Joe Shuster art.

On-sale date: 1938-08-01

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Radio Squad / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Sandy Kean; Larry Trent; Scoop Hanlon

Synopsis:the Chief makes Larry dress up as a girl to catch robbers up at Lovers' Lane

Bloodhound Brown / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Russell Cole [as Alger]

Pencils:

Russell Cole [as Alger]

Genre:humor

Characters:Bloodhound Brown (only app.)

Buccaneer / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Ken Fitch ?

Pencils:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Genre:adventure; historical

Johnnie Law / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Ginger Snap / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane (signed)

Genre:humor; children

Characters:Ginger Snap

Sportettes / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Sheldon Moldoff (signed)

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff (signed)

Genre:non-fiction; sports

Characters:Bittsy Grant; Mel Ott; Freddy Lindstrom;

Cinema Dust / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Sheldon Moldoff (signed)

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff (signed)

Genre:non-fiction; biography

Characters:Joe E Brown; Wallace Beery; Eleanor Powell; Eddie CantorKeywords:celebrity

Sandra of the Secret Service / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Sandra of the Secret Service

Synopsis:Sandra finds herself in the middle of a war between gangsters

End of series

Mickey Mouse Magazine #36 V3#12 (K. K. Publications/Western Publishing Co., 1938)

File Copy

Donald Duck cover with skunk

Donald Duck reprints end in this issue.

Famous Funnies #50 (Eastern Color, 1938)

Davis Crippen ("D" Copy) pedigree

Chief Wahoo and Buck Rogers backup stories.

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Victor E. Pazmino

Pencils:

Victor E. Pazmino

Genre:humor

Characters:King Cedric

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Phil Nowlan

Pencils:

Dick Calkins

Genre:science fiction

Characters:Buck Rogers; Wilma Deering

copyright John F. Dille

War On Crime / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Rex Collier

Pencils:

Jimmy Thompson

Genre:crime

Characters:J. Edgar Hoover

copyright Ledger Syndicate

Queenie / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

Pencils:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

 

1938 OCTOBER

21 titles this month.

13 October: E.C. Segar, creator of Thimble Theatre and Popeye, dies at age 44.

Little Giant Detective Funnies #1 (Centaur, 1938)

Gerber "8."

Billy Wright pedigree

Dimensions: 6.75" x 4.5"

Black and white with a color cover. Also contains puzzles and magic tricks.

Jumbo Comics #2 (Fiction House, 1938

The first eight issues measured 10 1/2" x 14 1/2"

This rare issue features the second appearance of Sheena, and three stories by a young Jack Kirby who went on to help create the Marvel Universe.

There is a strip of Charlie McCarthy and Edgar Bergen that previews the cartoon "A Letter of Introduction

A Gerber "7", and "rare" according to Overstreet.

Black and White (#1-8); Color (#9 onwards) Dimensions: Tabloid:10.5 x 14 1/2 (#1-8); 8.5 x 10.5 inches

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #24 (June 11, 1937), #24 (June 11, 1937), #28 (July 9, 1937), #30, #62, #64, #64, #65, #72 (July 15, 1938)

Charlie McCarthy & Edgar Bergen / cover

Peter Pupp / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Characters:Peter Pupp; The Weather Man; Merkin (first appearance); Buddah the Genie (first appearance); The Cloud Men [Zeke (first appearance; villain); Zeke, Jr. (first appearance; villain)]

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #27 (July 2, 1937)

US in Jumbo Comics (Fiction House, 1938 series) #19 (September 1940

Hawks of the Seas / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Willis B. Rensie]

Pencils:

Will Eisner

Genre:historicalCharacters:Hawk; Merrystone (villain)

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #62

Jest Laffs / cartoon / 0.75 page (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Genre:humor

Universal Phoenix Syndicate materia

Phil-Os-Sappies / cartoon / 0.25 page (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Genre:humorSynopsis:3 one-panel jokes

Universal Phoenix Syndicate material

The Count of Monte Cristo / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Jack Kirby [as Jack Curtiss] (signed)

Inks:

Jack Kirby [as Jack Curtiss] (signed)

Genre:adventureCharacters:Edmond Dantes; Villefort; Danglars; Fernard Mondego

Synopsis:Dantes is arrested on trumped up charges.

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #68 (6/17/38

Bobby / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger (signed)

Pencils:

S. M. Iger (signed)

Characters:Bobby; Mister De Flicker

Universal Phoenix Features Syndicate

Uncle Otto / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Carl Heck] (signed)

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Carl Heck] (signed)

Genre:humor

Universal Phoenix Features. One Dated 8/23/37. The other three are not dated

The Diary of Dr. Hayward / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Jack Kirby [as Curt Davis] (signed)

Inks:

Jack Kirby [as Curt Davis] (signed)

Letters:

?; Jack Kirby (page 3)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Dr. Hayward; Mr. Eternity (introduction); Kromo (villain)Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #68 (6/17/38)

Sheena / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

? [as Morgan Thomas]

Pencils:

Mort Meskin

Inks:

Mort Meskin

Letters:

?

Genre:jungleCharacters:Sheena (origin continued); Prof. Van Dyke; the witch doctor; Cardweel Rivington (first appearance; death; flashback; Sheena's father); Bat Morgan (first appearance; villain)Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #68 (6/17/38

Wilton of the West / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

? [as Fred Sande] (signed)

Pencils:

Jack Kirby

Genre:western-frontier

Characters:Wilton; Bart Lugar (villain, death

Red Fang(Table of Contents) text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:

Linton Davies

Characters:lead character named Johnny Storm

Pee Wee / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger

Pencils:

S. M. Iger (signed)

Genre:humor; children

Reprints:

US in Jumbo Comics (Fiction House, 1938 series) #27 (May 1941)

Indexer Notes

Universal Phoenix Syndicate strips dated 10/4/37, 8/23/37. Two with no date

Gilda Gay / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Genre:humorCharacters:Gilda; Judy

Universal Phoenix Syndicate date 12/6/37, 11/22/37. Two with no date

ZX-5 Spies In Action / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Major Thorpe]

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Major Thorpe]

Characters:ZX-5; Baron de Rolf (villain)Synopsis:ZX-5 doubles back and captures his pursuers and then uses them to get over the border.

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #54

Little Giant Movie Funnies #2 (October 1938) Centaur, 1938 Se

Color cover; Black and White interior Dimensions: 6.75" x 4.5

This was now 1 of 3 titles published by Centaur in their Little Giant funny series all in small dimensions with 132 pages count.

Little Giant Comics #3 (Centaur, 1938)

Gerber "8" for good reason.

Color cover; Black and White interior Dimensions: 6.75" x 4.5

The content consists of comics, puzzles, and games

Action Comics #5 (DC, 1938

Billy Wright pedigree

Gerber "8"

On-sale date: 1938-08-25

cover / 1 page (report information)Pencils:

Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)

Superman / comic story / 9 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:superhero

Characters:Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; George Taylor (not named)Synopsis:Lois and Clark compete with one another to get the scoop on the possible collapse of the Valleyho Dam.

Reprints:

US in Superman (DC, 1939 series) #3 (Winter 1939-1940

Lois Lane makes an appearance and newspaper editor George Taylor asks for Clark Kent saying that he has a job for him and that its not a job for a girl. Lois Lane is furious. Lois tricks Clark Kent and sends him a fictional story while she boards a train. Superman tries to prevent a train bridge from collapsing and then he works on saving the dam. Superman saves Lois and carries her and leaps through the air. Lois gives Superman their first kiss. She asks him to stay with her always.

The Diddle Family / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Paul Gustavson

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson [as P. Gustavson] (signed)

Genre:domesticCharacters:Diddle Family

Pep Morgan / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner F. Fox

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer [as Gene Baxter] (signed)

Genre:adventure

Valley of the Past(Table of Contents) text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:

Richard Martin (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Dan; Pete

Synopsis:Two young men are camping in the Arizona wilderness when they encounter an ancient beast

Science fiction

Tex Thomson / comic story / 10 pages (report information) Script:

Ken Fitch ?

Pencils:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Genre:adventure

Scoop Scanlon, Five-Star Reporter / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Genre:adventure

Zatara Master Magician / comic story / 12 pages (report information) Script:

Fred Guardineer

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Genre:adventureCharacters:Zatara; Tong; George; Professor Dunn; Amen-Hotep (villain)Synopsis:While visiting Egypt, Zatara helps Archaeology Professor Dunn find his lost expedition party

Star Light / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff (signed)

Genre:non-fiction

Crackajack Funnies #5 (Dell, 1938)

nude woman on the cover!

Mile High pedigree

File copy

On-sale date: 1938-08-23

Myra North / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Charles Coll

Inks:

Charles Coll

Colors:

?

Genre:adventure

Indexer Notes

Note: cover reprints a page from interior strip, but mis-colors a statue-image, creating a nude-woman panel on cover

Dan Dunn / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Pencils:

Norman Marsh (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Tom Mix / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Al Lewin

Pencils:

Al Lewin (signed)

Genre:western-frontier

Jaragu and the Lost Islands / text story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:

?

Genre:adventure; jungle

Don Winslow / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Frank V. Martinek (signed)

Pencils:

Leon A. Beroth (signed)

Genre:adventure; war

Super Comics #6 (Dell, 1938)

File Copy

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Bill Holman

Dick Tracy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Chester Gould

Pencils:

Chester Gould

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Dick Tracy; Johnny Mintworth; Danny Supoena (villain); Chief Brandon; Pat Patton

copyright 1937 Chicago Tribune NY News Syndicate

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Harold Gray

Pencils:

Harold Gray

Terry and the Pirates / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Milt Caniff

Pencils:

Milt Caniff (signed)

Comics On Parade #7 (United Features Syndicate, 1938)

Li'l Abner cover.

Tarzan, Abbie N Slats, Captain and the Kids, Ella Cinders, Alice In Wonderland, Broncho Bill etc.

Feature Funnies #13 (October 1938) Quality Comics

Mickey Finn / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Lank Leonard

Espionage Starring Black X / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Will Erwin]

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Will Erwin]

Genre:spy

Characters:Black X [Richard Spencer] (first appearance; origin); Major Gates [or Major Gale] (first appearance)

Synopsis:Richard Spencer is supposedly killed in a plane crash and becomes a spy known only as "Black X". He stops some important plans from falling into enemy hands and meets an enemy agent who looks exactly like him.

Eisner/Iger shop material.

Lala Palooza / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Rube Goldberg

Pencils:

Rube Goldberg

Inks:

Rube Goldberg

Colors:

?

Letters:

?

Genre:humor

Indexer Notes

strip reprints- Frank Jay Markey syndicate

Archie O'Toole / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Bud Thomas]

Pencils:

Will Eisner

Inks:

Will Eisner

Colors:

?

Letters:

?

Genre:humor; childrenCharacters:Archie O'Toole; Killer Diller (first appearance; villain); Sydney Slime; Earl of WintergreenSynopsis:The Earl of Wintergreen beats Killer Diller in a boxing match in order to become Archie's bodyguard.

Indexer Notes

Eisner/Iger shop material.

Screen Snapshots / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Pencils:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Genre:biography

Eisner/Iger shop material.

The Clock Strikes / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

George Brenner

Pencils:

George Brenner

Characters:The Clock [Brian O'Brien]; Z. Y. Callis (first appearance; villain)Synopsis:When Z.Y. Callis locks his employees out of his plant rather than pay them a raise, The Clock pays him a visit.

eisner/Iger shop material.

Gallant Knight / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Vernon Henkel

Pencils:

Vernon Henkel

historicalCharacters:Sir Neville; Sir Borat (first appearance; villain); Sir Giles; InezSynopsis:Sir Borat plots to get rid of Sir Neville because of jealousy.

Eisner/Iger shop material.

Star Ranger Funnies V1#15 (Centaur, 1938)

It's part of the first Western series (initially called Star Ranger, then Cowboy Comics)

The content was produced by the Iger shop, and includes art by that group's biggest name, Will Eisner.

Mile High pedigree

1st issue of this new title.

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Terry Gilkison (signed)

Genre:children; western-frontier

Home In the Ozarks / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Jack Cole (signed)

Rangeography! / text article / 1 page (report information) Script:

Terry Gilkison (signed)

Pencils:

Terry Gilkison (signed)

Inks:

Terry Gilkison (signed)

Genre:biography

Characters:"Wild Bill" Hickock; Bob Dalton; William Tilghman

The Ermine / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

George Filchock (signed)

Pencils:

? Filchock [as Phil Chalk] (signed)

Genre:western-frontier

Characters:The Ermine (Intro)

'Wild Tex' Martin / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as William E. Eisner]

Pencils:

Will Eisner (signed)

Genre:western-frontier

Spurs / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson (signed)

Slim Pickens / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Jack Cole ?

Genre:humor; western-frontier

Medicine Man / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson (signed

Feature Books #18 Mandrake the Magician (David McKay, 1938)

Price: 0.10 USD Pages: 76

Color cover; Black and White interior (#[nn]-25);

Mandrake the Magician is a syndicated newspaper comic strip, created by Lee Falk (before he created The Phantom). Mandrake began publication on June 11, 1934. Phil Davis soon took over as the strip's illustrator, while Falk continued to script. The strip is distributed by King Features Syndicate.

Mandrake the Magician / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:

Phil Davis

Genre:superhero

Characters:Mandrake

Mandrake the Magician / comic story / 71 pages (report information) Script:

Lee Falk

Pencils:

Phil Davis

Genre:superhero

Characters:Mandrake; LotharReprints:

Mandrake the Magician newspaper comic strip reprints from 1937

Ace Comics #19 (David McKay Publications, 1938)

Joe Musial cover.

Captain and the Kids on cover

Blondie, Ripleys Believe It Or Not, Jungle Jim etc.

Detective Comics #20 (DC, 1938)

first appearance of the Crimson Avenger. Like

rated "scarce" by Gerber.

On-sale date: 1938-09-07

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Leo O'Mealia (signed)

Synopsis:A policeman punches a criminal.

Keywords:automatic pistols; policemen

Speed Saunders / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner Fox

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Speed Saunders; Mandarin Hapsu (introduction, villain); Ming Toy (introduction, death

Larry Steele / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Larry Steele; Delores; En Rico (Dies, villain

Spy / comic story / 8 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:adventure; spy

Characters:Bart Reagan; Sally; Senator Barkly (introduction

Dr. Fu Manchu / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Sax Rohmer

Pencils:

Leo O'Mealia

Genre:adventure

Reprints:

Bell Syndicate strip reprints, 1932; adapted from THE INSIDIOUS DR. FU MANCHU by Sax Rohmer

Give and Take(Table of Contents) text story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner Fox [as Paul Dean]

Letters:

typeset

Characters:Detective Bedford

Bruce Nelson / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner Fox ?

Pencils:

Tom Hickey

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Bruce Nelson; Mrs. Warren (Intro, villain

Crimson Avenger / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Jim Chambers ?

Pencils:

Jim Chambers

Genre:detective-mystery; superhero

Characters:The Crimson Avenger [Lee Travis] (introduction); Wing (introduction); Myron Block (introduction, villain); Joe Marko (introduction, villain)

Synopsis:Lee Travis, editor of the Globe Leader, dons a weird costume in order to track down a murderer.

first chronological appearance and origin told in Secret Origins (DC, 1986 Series) #5

Slam Bradley / comic story / 13 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Pete Hanson (introduction, villain); Muscles (introduction, villain); Langley (introduction, villain); O'Brien (introduction, villain); Mysto (introduction, villain); Slam Bradley; Shorty Morgan

Slam Bradley gains magic powers for this story only

The Funnies #25 (October 1938) Dell,

Our Boarding House with Major Hoople / cover

Four Aces / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest

Pencils:

Hal Forrest

Genre:adventure; aviation

Reprints:

from Four Aces Sundays (Bell Syndicate

Scribbly / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Pencils:

Sheldon Mayer

The Wonderland of Oz / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Walt Spouse

Pencils:

Walt Spouse

Genre:fantasy-supernatural-supernatural

Characters:Tip; Jack Pumpkinhead; Wooden Sawhorse; General Jinjur; ScarecrowSynopsis:Jack meets the Scarecrow while Tip discovers General Jinjur is leading an all-female army against Oz.

Keywords:Emerald City; Oz

Border Wolves(Table of Contents) comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Norton S. Parker

Pencils:

Richard Rogers

Genre:western-frontier

Adapted from the Universal motion picture

Heroes' Hall of Fame / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Stookie Allen

Pencils:

Stookie Allen

Tip Top Comics #30 (United Features Syndicate, 1938)

Davis Crippen ("D" Copy) pedigree

Tarzan and lion on cover

lil Abner Captain and the Kids Jim Hardy Ella Cinders etc.

King Comics #31 (David McKay Publications, 1938)

Joe Musial cover.

Popeye Olive Oyl and Henry on the cover

EC Segar, creator of Popeye died in October 1938

New Adventure Comics #31 (DC, 1938)

Mile High pedigree

This was the last issue before the name change to Adventure Comics, a name that stuck for the next 45 years!

On-sale date: 1938-09-09

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Characters:Eskimo; polar bear

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Jack Grant (villain); Peter Hazelton

Dale Daring / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Genre:adventure

Characters:Dale Daring

conclusion of adventure

Andy Handy / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Leo O'Mealia

Pencils:

Leo O'Mealia

Genre:humor

Characters:Andy Handy

Indexer Notes

last appearance

Rusty and His Pals / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Genre:adventure

Characters:Rusty; Ichabod Slade (villain); Omar

Anchors Aweigh! / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Fred Guardineer

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Genre:adventure

Characters:El Diablo (villain

Popular Comics #33 (Dell, 1938)

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Characters:Tailspin Tommy; Willis Willet; Shark Egan; Mutt

6 of the strips in this issue are reprinted from Popular Comics #1

Tailspin Tommy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest (credited)

Pencils:

Hal Forrest (credited)

Inks:

Hal Forrest (credited)

Colors:

?

Letters:

?

Genre:adventure; aviationCharacters:Tailspin Tommy [Tommy Tomkins]; Betty-Lou Barnes; Jerry; Skeets Milligan [also as Skeeter]; Socrates (a dog); Pete (villain); Pops Sutter (villain); Slade (villain)Reprints:

from Tailspin Tommy Sunday (The Bell Syndicate, Inc.) 1937

Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Genre:science fiction

Jack Randall / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Norman Fallon

Genre:western-frontier

Characters:Jack Lane; Nola Walters; Tip; Bill Larson [as Moose Walters] (villain)

Based on Monogram picture starring Jack Randall

Dell Fast-Action books

Mickey Mouse; King of the Royal Mounted; Dan Dunn; Charlie McCarthy

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page

More Fun Comics #36 (DC, 1938)

Mile High pedigree

The Masked Ranger and his sidekick Pedro begin their series run

Gerber considers this issue to be "scarce."

On-sale date: 1938-09-01

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Synopsis:Kid singing on amateur hour program

Masked Ranger / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Jim Chambers (signed)

Genre:western-frontier

Characters:Masked Ranger; Star; Pedro

Johnnie Law / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Johnnie Law; The Tiger Claw gang

Peekin at Pictures / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Sheldon Moldoff

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff

Ginger Snap / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

The Sports Teacher / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Sheldon Moldoff (signed)

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff (signed)

Buccaneer / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Pencils:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Genre:adventure; historical

Characters:Dennis Stone; Captain Klaugh

Radio Squad / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Sandy Kean; Larry Trent

Lt. Bob Neal of Sub 662 / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Hirsch (signed)

Pencils:

Rusty Lehman (signed)

Genre:war

Characters:Lieutenant Bob Neal

1st comic book work of artist Rusty Lehman

Mickey Mouse Magazine V4#1 (K. K. Publications/ Western Publishing Co., 1938)

Adapts the animated short "The Brave Little Tailor".

Bobby and Chip by Otto Messmer begins.

The Practical Pig begins.

Famous Funnies #51 (Eastern Color, 1938)

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Victor E. Pazmino

Pencils:

Victor E. Pazmino

Genre:humor

Characters:The Great Gusto

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Phil Nowlan

Pencils:

Dick Calkins

Genre:science fiction

copyright John F. Dille

War On Crime / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Rex Collier

Pencils:

Jimmy Thompson

Genre:crime

copyright Ledger Syndicate

Queenie / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

Pencils:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss

1938 - NOVEMBER

23 titles - tied for record

This month begins with a mystery.

Little Giant Detective Funnies #2 (Centaur, 1938) should have come out this month

But no copy has been verified to exist of issues #2 and #3 making it seem likely that copies were never distributed or sold

But what is odd is that if the series continued monthly than issue #4 would have had a cover date of January 1939 and there is confirmed a #4 issue of the series. So it appears this series has only a #1 and #4 issue timed perfectly 3 months apart.

Jumbo Comics #3 (Fiction House, 1938)

Black & White; oversized (10½" x 14½"

3rd comic book work of Jack Kirby PLUS the most impressive lineup of writers and artists breaking into comics this year: Will Eisner, Lou Fine, Bob Kane, Mort Meskin, Dick Briefer, Bernard Bailey, Jerry Iger

Joe Penner / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Will Eisner

Inks:

Will Eisner

Genre:humor

Characters:Joe Penner (from the RKO campus comedy movie "Mr. Doodle Kicks Off"); Sheena (feature panel); ZX-5 (feature panel); The Count of Monte Cristo (feature panel); Pee Wee (cameo panel); The Hawk (cameo panel); Bobby (cameo panel); Uncle Otto (cameo panel)

Keywords:football

Peter Pupp / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane (signed)

Pencils:

Bob Kane (signed)

Genre:adventure; anthropomorphic-funny animals

Characters:Peter Pupp; Buddah the Genie; Tiny MiteSynopsis:Trip to the Moon, Part 3. Peter buys a secret formula to grow hair from a barber on another planet.

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #32 (August 6, 1937

Bobby / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger (signed)

Pencils:

S. M. Iger (signed)

Inks:

S. M. Iger (signed)

Letters:

?

Genre:humorCharacters:Eddie Cantor; Bobby; Teeny; Mr. De FlickerSynopsis:Bobby In Hollywood: Part 3

Indexer Notes

from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937

Hawks of the Seas / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will EIsner [as Willis B. Rensie]

Pencils:

Will Eisner

Inks:

Will Eisner

Letters:

?

Genre:historicalCharacters:Hawks of the Seas; Merrystone (villain); Claw Carlos (intro); Sagua; Governor LathropReprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #68 (6/17/38), #66

Heroes of Sport / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

? [as Tom Swift]

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Erwin]

Inks:

Will Eisner [as Erwin]

Letters:

?

Genre:non-fiction; sportsCharacters:Jake Kilrain; Babe Ruth; Bill Tilden; Kitty Rawls, Primo Carnera

Indexer Notes

Four panels of a sports strip from Universal Phoenix Syndicate. The Rawls strip is dated 9/27/37

Uncle Otto / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Will Eisner

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Carl Heck]

 

Pee Wee / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger (signed)

Pencils:

S. M. Iger (signed)

Inks:

S. M. Iger (signed)

Letters:

?

Genre:humor; childrenReprints:

Four Universal Phoenix Features strips

Gilda Gay / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bernard Baily?

Pencils:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Genre:humorCharacters:Gilda Gay - The Modern GirlReprints:

Four Universal Phoenix Features syndicate strips

Jest Laffs / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Genre:humor

Universal Phoenix Features

Hunchback of Notre Dame / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Dick Briefer (signed)

Genre:adventureSynopsis:Part three.Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #27 (July 2, 1937), #28 (July 9, 1937), #30

Sheena / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

? [as W. Morgan Thomas]

Pencils:

Mort Meskin (signed)

Genre:jungleCharacters:Sheena; Bob Reynolds; Bat Morgan (villain); Prof. Van DykeReprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #65

Inspector Dayton / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger? [as George Thatcher]

Pencils:

Will Eisner? [as George Thatcher]

Inks:

Eisner & Iger Shop

Genre:adventure; detective-mysteryCharacters:Inspector Dayton; Col. Case (first appearance; villain)Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #64

The Diary of Dr. Heyward / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Jack Kirby [as Curt Davis] (signed)

Genre:adventureCharacters:Dr. Heyward; Stuart Taylor; Lora Lake; Mr. Eternity; Kromo (villain)Synopsis:Hayward reverses Kromo's mind transfer.

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #72 (July 15, 1938

The Count of Monte Cristo / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Lou Fine [as Jack Cortez]

Characters:Edmond Dantes; Villefort; Mercedes

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #72 (July 15, 1938

Jest For Fun / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Kane (signed)

Pencils:

Bob Kane (signed)

Genre:humor

Universal Phoenix Syndicate

Ken Hammond / text story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

? [as Linton Davies]

Pencils:

Lou Fine (signed)

Characters:Ken Hammond (first appearance; origin

ZX-5 Spies in Action / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner ? [as Major Thorpe]

Pencils:

Will Eisner ? [as Major Thorpe]

Inks:

Eisner/Iger Shop

Genre:adventure; spyCharacters:ZX-5Synopsis:ZX-5 tries to sneak into the enemy barracks but he is identified. He escapes by hijacking a plane, but the pilot ejects him by doing an immelman and tossing ZX-5 out of the open cockpit.

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #58

Wilton of the West / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

? [as Fred Sande] (signed)

Pencils:

Jack Kirby

Genre:western-frontierCharacters:Wilton; The Hooded Archer [Fleetfoot] (villain, introduction

 

Amazing Mystery Funnies V1#3 (Centaur, 1938)

Mile High pedigree

Bill Everett is the cover artist of this early Golden Age comic,

Skyrocket Steele / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Bill Everett (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Characters:Skyrocket Steele Dodge; Sari Marston

Skyrocket Steele / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Bill Everett (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Characters:Skyrocket Steele Dodge; Sari Marston; King Kurt; Invex, the Invisible Man (villain, introduction); Vance Roy (villain

Dirk the Demon, 24th Century Archaeologist / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Bill Everett ?

Pencils:

Bill Everett (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Dirk the Demon [Dirk Cay] (introduction); Baron Cay (introduction, Dirk's father);

2038 A. D. / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

A.S. Van Eerde (signed)

Pencils:

A.S. Van Eerde (signed)

A.S. Van Eerde ?

Genre:humor; science fiction

Humorous look at Earth tourists visiting Mars

Tracks in the Snow(Table of Contents) comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

Howard L. Hastings ?

Pencils:

Howard L. Hastings [as H. L. Hastings] (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Joe Mearns (trapper); Charlie Big-Moose (full-blooded Indian and runner for the Hudson Bay Company); un-named half-breed

Synopsis:Joe muses in his lonely, isolated cabin in the wintery wilderness over the fact that two motherless children have staked him to trap furs for the money and he has little to show for it.

Reprints:

US from Western Picture Stories (Comics Magazine Company, 1937 series) #1 (February 1937

'Wild Tex' Martin / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

William E. Eisner (signed)

Pencils:

William E. Eisner (signed)

Genre:western-frontier

Characters:Sheriff "Wild Tex" Martin; Rufe (land owner); Ned (Martin's Deputy); Breed (villain)

Synopsis:Old Rufe refuses to tell Breed the location of his land charter that lays in one of the richest gold fields in the world, and is shot. Rufe comes to Rufe's aid and the Sheriff and Deputy track Breed to Rufe's cabin in the gold fields.

Reprints:

US from Western Picture Stories (Comics Magazine Company, 1937 series) #3 (April 1937

 

 

 

 

 

Action Comics #6 (DC, 1938)

Billy Wright pedigree

Rockford pedigree

one of Overstreet's top 50 Golden Age comics.

6th app of Superman

Debut of an unnamed "office boy," who according to Overstreet as well as DC's own Who's Who is none other than Jimmy Olsen who would later star in his own comic series for 20 years.

On-sale date: 1938-09-26

DC's first-ever gorilla cover -- a theme the publisher would return to over and over

cover / 1 page (report information)Pencils:

Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)

Genre:jungle

Keywords:cameras; gorillas; jungles

Superman / comic story / 12.67 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Inks:

Joe Shuster; Paul Lauretta ?

Colors:

?

Letters:

Paul Lauretta

Genre:superheroCharacters:Superman [Clark Kent]; Jimmy Olsen (introduction, as an office boy); Nick Williams (villain, introduction); Lois Lane; George Taylor (unnamed)Synopsis:Clark Kent is introduced to a fighter manager who claims to be Superman's personal manager. But when Lois discovers the existence of a phony Superman, who is tied to that manager, the real Superman must act quickly to save Lois' life.Reprints:

US in Superman (DC, 1939 series) #3 (Winter 1939-1940

Here is what we learn in this particular story about the Superman mythology

At this point newspapers headline his activities with ever increasing regularity. The story is interesting as its about a man who claims to have all commercial legal rights to the Superman name. The phony Superman’s personal manager uses this name and likeness to advertise cars and gasoline. He tells Clark Kent that he has licensed Superman bathing suits, movie rights and to appear in comic books. Jimmy Olsen listens in on the conversation Jimmy Olsen looks to be about 13 years old, young, clean cut and blonde. Lois and Clark go to a dance that night and the female singer performs a song You’re A Superman. Lois sneaks off to meet the fake Superman and his manager only to prove they are frauds. They decide to kill Lois by throwing her out the window but Superman catches her.

Pep Morgan / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner F. Fox

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer [as Gene Baxter] (signed)

Tex Thomson / comic story / 10 pages (report information) Script:

Ken Fitch?

Pencils:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Chuckles / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Paul Gustavson

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson

Odds 'n Ends / cartoon / 0.75 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff

Genre:non-fiction; sports

Scoop Scanlon, Five-Star Reporter / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Scoop Scanlon; Gentleman Jack (villain

Zatara Master Magician / comic story / 12 pages (report information) Script:

Fred Guardineer

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Genre:adventureCharacters:Zatara; Tong

Crackajack Funnies #6 (Dell, 1938)

File copy

Mile High copy

On-sale date: 1938-10-07

This could be the 1st regular monthly comic book artwork published by Al McWilliams after it appears he made his comic book debut in the Crackajack Funnies (giveaway) #nn (Malto-Meal, in 1937)

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Win Smith?

Genre:humor

Synopsis:children playing football

Dan Dunn / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Marsh

Pencils:

Norman Marsh

Capt. Frank Hawks-- Air Ace / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Alden McWilliams

Don Winslow / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Frank V. Martinek

Pencils:

Leon A. Beroth

Genre:adventure; war

Tom Mix / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Al Lewin

Pencils:

Al Lewin

Genre:western-frontier

Tom Traylor- G-Man X-32 / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

James Gary

Super Comics #7 (Dell, 1938)

Dick Tracy, Terry and the Pirates, and Little Orphan Annie are among the many features.

Rated "scarce" by Gerber.

Smokey Stover / cover / 1 page

Dick Tracy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Chester Gould

Pencils:

Chester Gould

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Dick Tracy; Johnny Mintworth; Danny Supeena (villain); Junior Tracy

c. 1937 Chicago Tribune, NY News Syndicate

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Harold Gray

Pencils:

Harold Gray

Genre:adventure; drama

Terry and the Pirates / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Milton Caniff

Pencils:

Milton Caniff

Genre:adventure

Comics On Parade #8 (United Features Syndicate, 1938)

Lil Abner cover

Tarzan Abbie N Slats Captain and the Kids Ella Cinders Broncho Bill etc.

Keen Detective Funnies #10 (Centaur, 1938)

Billy Wright pedigree

The majority of this issue is reprinted from Detective Picture Stories (Comics Magazine Company)

#3 and #4 from 1937

Doc Doyle / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Maurice Gutwirth [as M. Gutwirth] (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Tell-Tale Smoke(Table of Contents) text story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Pat Allen

Pencils:

Bill Everett (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Reprints:

US in Fantoman (Centaur, 1940 series) #2 (August 1940

Funny Pages V2#11 (Centaur, 1938)

The Arrow, by Paul Gustavson, makes his second appearance in this issue.

Scarce" (Gerber 7) issue, with art by Gustavson, Jack Cole, and Bill Everett.

Nutty Fagin / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Jack Cole [as Sassafrass]

Pencils:

Jack Cole [as Sassafrass

The Arrow / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Paul Gustavson (signed) [as P. Gustavson]

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson (signed) [as P. Gustavson]

Inks:

Paul Gustavson (signed) [as P. Gustavson]

Colors:

?

Letters:

?

Genre:adventure; superheroCharacters:The Arrow; Dutch Kelly; Elaine Parker; Butts; MorleySynopsis:The Arrow rescues the kidnapped grown children of a millionaire from a gang of gamblers who are using their debts to force them to commit crimes

Sheep's Clothing(Table of Contents) text story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Pat Allen (credited)

Pencils:

Bill Everett (signed) (illustrations)

Inks:

Bill Everett (signed) (illustrations)

Genre:crime

Characters:Bob Martin; Mrs. Martin (Bob's mother); Harold Busbee; Mister Sam; Gimpy (villain); Chollie [aka The Monk] (villain)

Jitney Joe / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Paul Gustavson (signed) [as P. Gustavson]

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson (signed) [as P. Gustavson]

Smart Alec / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jack Cole

Pencils:

Jack Cole (signed

Jingle Jingle / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Paul Gustavson (signed) [as P. Gustavson]

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson (signed) [as P. Gustavson

Cheerio Minstrels / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Jack Cole

Genre:humor

Racist depictions.

Spots / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Paul Gustavson (signed)

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson (signed

Egbert / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson

Funny Picture Stories V2#11 (Comics Magazine, 1938)

Gerber "7" or "scarce."

Charles Biro presents us with a hair-raising cover,

Jack Strand / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Frank Frollo

Genre:adventure; science fictionCharacters:Jack Strand

Reprints:

US from Little Giant Comics (Centaur, 1938 series) #1 (July 1938

Phony Crimes / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson (signed)

Inks:

Paul Gustavson

Genre:humorCharacters:Professor Twiddle

Little Nemo in Slumberland / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob McCay [as Winsor McCay, Jr.]

Pencils:

Bob McCay [as Winsor McCay, Jr.]

Feature Funnies #14 (Chesler, 1938)

Will Eisner, Vernon Henkel, and George Brenner art. Football cover.

Ned Brant / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Ed Cronin

Genre:sports

Gallant Knight / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Vernon Henkel

Pencils:

Vernon Henkel

Genre:historical

Characters:Sir Borat (villain); Sir Neville; Duke of Berengar; Inez

Synopsis:The Duke decrees that Borat and Neville must settle their differences in single combat.

Indexer Notes

Eisner/Iger shop material. Reprinted from Wags?

Archie O'Toole / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Bud Thomas]

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Bud Thomas]

Genre:humorCharacters:Gil O'Teen (villain

The Clock Strikes / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

George E. Brenner (signed)

Pencils:

George E. Brenner (signed)

Genre:superhero

Characters:The Clock [Brian O'Brien]; Captain Kane; Mayor Willis (death); Commissioner Litz (villain, introduction)

Synopsis:The Clock's secret identity, as a playboy and ace criminologist, is revealed in this story, and he establishes a relationship with Captain Kane, who speaks to the Clock through a screened door that masked O'Brien's face.

Eisner/Iger shop material. Reprinted from Wags?

Espionage Starring Black X / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Will Erwin]

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Will Erwin]

Genre:spy

Characters:Black X; Jonathan Atcherson (first appearance; villain); Mulligan (first appearance

Reynolds of the Mounted / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Art Pinajian

Pencils:

Art Pinajian

Genre:western-frontier

Characters:Sgt. Jim Reynolds, RCMP (first appearance); The Terror (first appearance; villain); Bateau (first appearance; villain); their gang (first appearance; villains

Lala Palooza / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Rube Goldberg

Pencils:

Rube Goldberg

Genre:humor

strip reprints- Frank Jay Markey syndicate

Star Comics #15 (Centaur, 1938)

Little Nemo appearance; Speed Silvers by Fred Guardineer and the Last Pirate by Carl Burgos begin.

Riggin' Bill / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Maurice Filchock

Inks:

Maurice Filchoc

Carl Burgos (né Max Finkelstein,[1] April 18, 1916, New York City, New York – March 1, 1984)[1][2] was an American comic book and advertising artist best known for creating the original Human Torch in Marvel Comics #1 (Oct. 1939)

His earliest works include penciling and inking the six-page story "The Last Pirate", starring Count Rocco and his ship the Emerald Queen, in Centaur Publications' Star Comics, creating the features "Air-Sub DX", in Centaur's Amazing Mystery Funnies vol. 2, #4 (April 1939), and "Rocky Dawson"; and creating the robot hero the Iron Skull in Centaur's Amazing-Man Comics #5 (Sept. 1939).

Burgos and others, including Centaur Publications writer-artist Bill Everett, then followed Centaur art director Lloyd Jacquet to Jacquet's own newly formed packager, Funnies, Inc

Publisher Martin Goodman's new Timely Comics released Marvel Comics #1 (Oct. 1939). That landmark issue included only writer-artist Carl Burgos' Human Torch but also Bill Everett's hit character the Sub-Mariner. A painted cover by veteran science-fiction pulp artist Frank R. Paul featured the Torch.

Burgos' character proved a hit, and quickly went on to headline one of comics' first single-character titles, The Human Torch. He next created the superhero character the White Streak in Novelty Press' Target Comics #1 (Feb. 1940), and, with writer John Compton, the superhero the Thunderer in Timely's Daring Mystery Comics #7 (April 1941)

Feature Books #19 Mandrake the Magician (David McKay, 1938)

76 pages oversized large size black and white interior

Mandrake the Magician / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Phil Davis

Genre:superhero

Mandrake the Magician / comic story / 71 pages (report information) Script:

Lee Falk

Pencils:

Phil Davis

Genre:superhero

Characters:Mandrake; Lothar

Reprints:

Mandrake the Magician newspaper comic strip reprints from 1938

Ace Comics #20 (David McKay Publications, 1938)

Joe Musial cover. Features art by Musial, Alex Raymond, and Chic Young.

Halloween cover with pumpkin

Katzenjammer Kids / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:

Joe Musial

Genre:humor; children

Jungle Jim / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Alex Raymond

Blondie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Chic Young

The Phantom / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Lee Falk

Pencils:

Ray Moore

Detective Comics #21 (DC, 1938)

This issue features the second appearance of this title's first costumed hero, the Crimson Avenger,

art by Fred Guardineer, Joe Shuster, and Leo O'Mealia.

Mile High pedigree

Billy Wright pedigree

 

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Leo O'Mealia

Inks:

Leo O'Mealia

Colors:

?

Synopsis:A policeman is shot.Keywords:policemen

Speed Saunders / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner Fox

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Phillippa Rowen (introduction, death); Betty Palmer (introduction); Big Shot Bettini (villain); Speed Saunders

Speed is shown reading DETECTIVE COMICS

Larry Steele / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Tom Hayworth (introduction, villain); Dr. Avery (introduction, villain); Colby (introduction, villain

Spy / comic story / 8 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:adventure

Characters:Baron Von Mundorf (introduction, villain); Lorenzo Rica (introduction, villain

Dr. Fu Manchu / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Sax Rohmer

Pencils:

Leo O'Mealia

strip reprints; adapted from THE INSIDIOUS DR. FU MANCHU by Sax Rohmer

The Crime in Stone(Table of Contents) text story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner Fox [as Paul Dean]

Bruce Nelson / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner Fox ?

Pencils:

Tom Hickey

Crimson Avenger / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Jim Chambers ?

Pencils:

Jim Chambers

Genre:superheroCharacters:Miller; Miller's gang

2nd appearance

Steve Malone / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner Fox

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:V: The Ferrini gang (I

Slam Bradley / comic story / 13 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Seth (introduction, villain ,death); Lord Atherton (introduction

Funnies #26 (Dell, 1938).

Sheldon Mayer cover.

Scribbly / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer [as S.M.] (signed)

Pencils:

Sheldon Mayer [as S.M.] (signed)

Genre:humorCharacters:Scribbly

Four Aces / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest

Pencils:

Hal Forrest

Genre:adventure; aviationReprints:

from Four Aces Sundays (Bell Syndicate

Scribbly / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Pencils:

Sheldon Mayer

The Crime Busters / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Alden McWilliams

The Wonderland of Oz / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Walt Spouse

Pencils:

Walt Spouse

Genre:fantasy-supernatural-supernatural

Characters:Tip; Jack Pumpkinhead; Wooden Sawhorse; Scarecrow; General Jinjur

Synopsis:Jinjur's forces invade the Emerald City, but Tip and Jack faciliate the Scarecrow's escape astride the sawhorse.

Keywords:Emerald City; Oz

Western Trails(Table of Contents) comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Norton S. Parker

Pencils:

Richard Rogers

Genre:western-frontier

Adapted from the Universal motion picture

Tip Top Comics #31 (United Features Syndicate, 1938)

Davis Crippen ("D" Copy) pedigree Group

Rockford pedigree

Captain and the Kids cover

Tarzan 5 pages

Lil Abner / Jim Hardy / Frankie Doodle / Ella Cinders / Broncho Bill etc.

King Comics #32 (David McKay Publications, 1938)

Mile High pedigree

Lost Valley pedigree

Popeye is featured on the cover holding a musical bugle also with Henry.

Adventure Comics #32 (DC, 1938)

First issue of this new title - one of the longest running comic book titles of all time and would run for 45 years until 1983

On-sale date: 1938-10-10

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Bash Forelli (introduction, villain)

Dale Daring / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Captain Desmo / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Ed Winiarski

Pencils:

Ed Winiarski

Genre:adventureCharacters:Captain Desmo; The "Masked Man" (introduction; Captain Terhune); Colonel McAllister (introduction

Dot and Danny / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Romer

Pencils:

Romer

Genre:domesticCharacters:Dot; Danny

last appearance.

Ol' Oz Bopp / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Russell Cole

Pencils:

Russell Cole (Alger)

Genre:humorCharacters:Oz Bop

last appearance

Professor Doolittle / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Genre:humo

Tod Hunter / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Genre:adventureCharacters:Tod Hunter; Hassim (villain)

Rusty and His Pals / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Genre:adventureCharacters:Rusty; Ichabod Slade (villain

Anchors Aweigh! / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Fred Guardineer

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Genre:adventureCharacters:El Diablo (villain

This Doggone World / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Stockton

Pencils:

Stockton

Genre:anthropomorphic-funny animals

only appearance

Popular Comics #34 (Dell, 1938)

Cover features Mutt

Plus Don Dixon, Skippy, Herky, Shark Egan

Plus strips of:

Tailspin Tommy, Jack Randall in Man’s Country etc.

More Fun Comics #37 (DC, 1938)

All issues of More Fun are "scarce to rare" according to Overstreet,

Mile High pedigree

On-sale date: 1938-10-03

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Genre:humor; sports

Characters:Kid football player chased by dog

Superman(Table of Contents)(Expand) / Superman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.75 page

The Sports-teacher / activity / 0.75 page (report information) Script:

Sheldon Moldoff (signed)

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff (signed

Johnnie Law / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely (signed)

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Characters:Johnnie Law; Tigers Claw Gang

Ginger Snap / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane (signed

Peekin at Pictures / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Sheldon Moldoff

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff

Genre:biography

Rex Darrell / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Terry Gilkison (signed)

Pencils:

Terry Gilkison (signed)

Genre:adventureCharacters:Rex Darrell [the Flying Fox] (first appearance

Radio Squad / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Sandy Kean; Larry Trent

Buccaneer / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Pencils:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Genre:adventureCharacters:Dennis Stone; Captain Klaugh;

Mickey Mouse Magazine #38 V4#2 (K. K. Publications/Western Publishing Co., 1938)

First Huey, Dewey, and Louie cover

Famous Funnies #52 (Eastern Color, 1938)

Halloween pumpkin cover

Somebody's Stenog / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Victor E. Pazmiño

Genre:humor

Characters:Sam Smithers

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Philip Francis Nowlan

Pencils:

Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed

War on Crime / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Rex Collier

Pencils:

Jimmy Thompson ?

Queenie / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

Pencils:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss

1938 - DECEMBER

22 titles - one less than last month

This month begins with a mystery.

Little Giant Detective Funnies #3 (Centaur, 1938) should have come out this month

But no copy has been verified to exist of issues #2 and #3 making it seem likely that copies were never distributed or sold

But what is odd is that if the series continued monthly than issue #4 would have had a cover date of January 1939 and there is confirmed a #4 issue of the series. So it appears this series has only a #1 and #4 issue timed perfectly 3 months apart.

Jumbo Comics #4 (Fiction House, 1938)

Overstreet calls it "scarce" and Gerber calls it rates it an 8 or "rare."

The 2nd comic book work by Lou Fine folowing his debut last month in Jumbo Comics #3.

plus art by Will Eisner (origin of the Hawk), Dick Briefer ("Hunchback of Notre Dame"), Bob Kane ("Peter Pupp" and "Jest Laughs"), and more.

B & W; oversized

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #32 (August 6, 1937), #38 (November 19, 1937), #62, #64, #72 (July 15, 1938), #82 (September 23, 1938), #83 (September 30, 1938)

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Pencils:

S. M. Iger ?

Keywords:stereotyping of African-Americans; Thanksgiving; turkeys

 

Bobby / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger (signed)

Pencils:

S. M. Iger (signed)

Genre:humor

from Wags (UK) 1937

Inspector Dayton / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner ? [as George Thatcher] (signed)

Pencils:

Will Eisner ? [as George Thatcher] (signed)

Genre:adventure; detective-mysteryCharacters:Inspector Dayton; Patch; Col. Case (villain)

from Wags (UK) 64-65?

Hawks of the Seas / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Willis B. Rensie]

Pencils:

Will Eisner

Genre:historical

Characters:The Hawk (origin,fb); Madeline (flashback; the Hawk's ex-fiancee); Madeline's Brother (Villain, Intro, Death, flashback)

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #71

Uncle Otto / comic story / 0.5 page (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Carl Heck] (signed)

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Carl Heck] (signed)

Inks:

Will Eisner [as Carl Heck] (signed)

Colors:

?

Letters:

?

Genre:humor

Indexer Notes

Universal Phoenix Syndicate

Peter Pupp / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Genre:adventure; anthropomorphic-funny animals

Characters:Peter Pupp; Buddah the Genie; Zula (first appearance; villain); Prof. Botts (first appearance); Prof. Botts' daughter (first appearance)

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #36 (November 11, 1937

Heroes of Sport / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

? [as Tom Swift]

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Erwin]

Genre:non-fiction; sports

Second one dated 9/20/37. Universal Phoenix Syndicate

Count of Monte Cristo / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Lou Fine [as Jack Cortez]

Characters:Edmond Dantes; Napoleon Bonaparte

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #76

Pee Wee / comic story / 0.5 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger (signed)

Pencils:

S. M. Iger (signed)

Genre:humor; children

Universal Phoenix Features. 7/12/37 and 5/31/37

Sheena / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

? [as W. Morgan Thomas]

Pencils:

Mort Meskin (signed)

Genre:jungle

Characters:Sheena; Prof. Van Dyke; the witch doctor; Bat Morgan (villain; death)Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #69

Jest Laffs / cartoon / 0.75 page (report information) Script:

Bob Kane [as Robert Kane]

Pencils:

Bob Kane [as Robert Kane]

Genre:humor

Universal Phoenix Features

Uncle Otto / comic story / 0.25 page (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Carl Heck] (signed)

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Carl Heck] (signed)

Hunchback of Notre Dame / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Dick Briefer (signed)

Genre:adventure; drama

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #31

ZX-5 Spies In Action / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner ? [as Major Thorpe]

Pencils:

Will Eisner ? [as Major Thorpe]

Genre:spyCharacters:ZX-5Synopsis:ZX-5 excapes death and then immediately gets himself in trouble again.

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #63

Diary of Dr. Hayward / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Lou Fine [as Curt Davis]

Inks:

Lou Fine [as Curt Davis]

Characters:Dr. Hayward; Mr. Eternity; Kromo (villain; death); Stuart Taylor; Lora

from Wags (UK) 1937 series #76?-77?

Diary of Dr. Hayward / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Lou Fine [as Curt Davis]

Genre:adventureCharacters:Dr. Hayward; Ali Ben Pasha (first appearance; villain); Stuart Taylor; Lora

Synopsis:Ali Ben Pasha has discovered the secret of invisibility.

from Wags (UK) 1937 series #78?-79

Wilton of the West / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Lou Fine [as Fred Sande]

Genre:western-frontier

Characters:Wiley Wilton; Henry Fleetfoot (villain); Geoffrey; Marcia

Synopsis:Wilton rescues Geoffrey and Marcia from a bandit.

Universal Phoenix Features

Louis Fine (November 26, 1914 – July 24, 1971) was an American comic book artist

In 1938, Fine, like many other comics artists of the time, found work at Eisner & Iger, a prominent "packager" that supplied complete comic books to publishers testing the waters of the emerging medium. Fine's first published comics art was in Jumbo Comics

Fine went on to do exquisite and acclaimed work for Fox Feature Syndicate, where he supplied the cover of 1939's Blue Beetle #1 and drew such features as "The Flame" in Wonderworld Comics and the later eponymous series. For publisher Everett M. "Busy" Arnold's Quality Comics, he drew features including "The Black Condor" (initially under the pseudonym Kenneth Lewis) in Crack Comics; "Doll Man" (under the pseudonym William Erwin Maxwell) in Feature Comics; "The Ray" in Smash Comics; "Uncle Sam" in National Comics; and "Stormy Foster" in Hit Comics. Fine became particularly prominent as a cover artist.

Fine, along with Plastic Man creator Jack Cole, was a ghost-artist on Will Eisner's celebrated Sunday-supplement newspaper comic book The Spirit during Eisner's World War II military service, Fine inking over Cole's pencil work. Some of these were reprinted in Quality's Police Comics and The Spirit comic book, where Fine's work continued to appear through 1949, five years after Fine had left comics.

Joe Simon, an artist and the first editor of Marvel Comics, called Fine his "favorite artist.... He was also Jack Kirby's favorite artist. I know that Jack was a fan of and greatly influenced by Fine’s work".

Amazing Mystery Funnies #3 (#4) (Centaur, 1938)

Cover and art by Bill Everett.

For a 2nd month in a row the issue was numbered #3

So some call it #3B and for easy reference I am going to call it #4.

The majority of the comic strips in this issue are all reprinted from previous comics published by Centaur.

Dirk the Demon / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Bill Everett (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Dirk the Demon

Dirk the Demon on cover but not present in this issue

Skyrocket Steele / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Bill Everett (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Characters:Skyrocket Steele Dodge; Sari Marston; King Kurt; Tal; Vance Roy (villain); Invex the Invisible Man (villain

Dave Dean / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Norman Daniels (signed)

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Characters:Dave Dean (introduction); Shorty (introduction)

Reprints:

US from Funny Pages (Ultem, 1937 series) #v2#1 (September 1937

Action Comics #7 (DC, 1938)

One of the 10 most valuable comics of all time and the 2nd most valuable Superman related comic ever.

Superman appeared on a comic book cover for just the second time here.

After #1 and #7, Superman's next cover appearance was #10, and while every issue from #12 onward at least showed the costumed hero in a small vignette, he did not become the full-fledged permanent cover feature until #19. Oft-repeated comic book lore has DC's management puzzled at the unexpectedly strong sales of Action (an anthology series with many different characters sharing its 64 pages) and actually surveying newsdealers only to find out that kids were not asking for Action Comics but simply requesting the comic with Superman. While it's not clear whether DC discovered this before or after #7 came out, the striking cover image leaves little doubt that this one sold out in a hurry. The cover art is by the character's creator Joe Shuster, and it's worth noting that Superman's "S" has changed since issue #1 (the version seen here is closer to the final look of the symbol) and our hero is wearing his familiar boots here, not the ankle-high shoes he sported on #1. Also, #7 is the first comic book cover ever to show the word "Superman!" Other distinctions: it's the second superhero cover of any comic (at best, the Crimson Avenger's cover on Detective Comics #22, also December 1938, ties it for the honor), and this is also the first cover to show Superman as we know him best today: airborne. We would say "flying," but in these early stories his power was simply to take gigantic leaps!

On-sale date: 1938-10-25

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Letters:

Paul Lauretta

Genre:superhero

Characters:Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; Curly; George Taylor (unnamed); Jordan; Derek Niles (villain); Trigger

Synopsis:The Jordan Circus is having a rough go of it and the promissory notes are coming due, so Superman decides to join the circus to help it pay off those notes and get it back into the black.

Wears yellow boots, "S" symbol is all yellow;

Clark Kent gets bullied at the Daily Star and Lois Lane is not impressed. Later at the circus Superman is able to crush a gun with his bare hands. Superman gets a job as the new strongman at the circus and an ad is placed in the newspaper about Superman. Superman lifts an elephant during his circus show. Superman dangerously hurls a man high up into the sky and catches him 3 times in an effort to scare him. Bullets bounce off Superman’s chest.

Pep Morgan / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner F. Fox

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer [as Gene Baxter]

Ad for Siegel and Shuster School of Humor on page Coyote Canyon Bill / cartoon by Fred Schwab

The Diddle Family / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Paul Gustavson

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson [as P. Gustavson] (

Tex Thomson / comic story / 10 pages (report information) Script:

Ken Fitch ?

Pencils:

Bernard Baily (signed

Now You Know / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff (signed

Scoop Scanlon. Five Star Reporter / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed

Zatara Master Magacian / comic story / 12 pages (report information) Script:

Fred Guardineer

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Zatara; Tong

WesThrills! / cartoon / 0.67 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Terry Gilkison [as Gil Kesson] (signed)

Genre:non-fiction; western-frontier

Characters:Buffalo Bill; John Slaughter; Wild Bill Hickok

Some facts about western heroes

Crackajack Funnies #7 (Dell, 1938)

Mile High pedigree

File copy

On-sale date: 1938-11-10

Don Winslow; Dan Dunn / cover

Dan Dunn / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Norman Marsh (signed)

Capt. Frank Hawks-- Air Ace / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Al McWilliams (signed)

Tom Mix / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Al Lewin (signed

Don Winslow / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Leon Beroth

Super Comics #8 (Dell, 1938)

Mile High pedigree

Chester Gould had begun his "Dick Tracy" strip in 1931, and the plainclothes detective had emerged in the fledgling comic book genre as early as 1936, by 1938 settling in with this title for some nine years before finally getting his own book

On-sale date: 1938-11-18

Dick Tracy / cover /

Red Ryder / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page

Dick Tracy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Chester Gould

Terry and the Pirates / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Milt Caniff

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Harold Gray

Comics On Parade #9 (United Features Syndicate, 1938)

Mile High pedigree

Li'l Abner / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Al Capp

Genre:humor

Characters:Li'l Abner; Mammy Yokum

Li'l Abner / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Al Capp

Pencils:

Al Capp

Genre:humor

includes gun ad with Abner

The Return of Tarzan / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Alice in Wonderland / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Olive Ray Scott

Pencils:

Ed Kuekes

Keen Detective Funnies #11 (Centaur, 1938)

On-sale date: 1938-10-27

Billy Wright pedigree

Most of the comic strips in this issue were reprinted from previous comics published by Centaur.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Martin Filchock (signed)

Inks:

Martin Filchock (signed

Funny Pages V2#12 (Centaur, 1938)

Larson pedigree

Paul Gustavson art.

On-sale date: 1938-11-03

Skid Davis / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Al McWilliams

The Arrow / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Paul Gustavson (signed)

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson (signed)

Genre:superheroCharacters:The Arrow [Ralph Payne]

Reprints:

US in Fantoman (Centaur, 1940 series) #2 (August 1940

Wild Horse(Table of Contents) comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson

Reprints:

US from Funny Picture Stories (Comics Magazine Company, 1936 series) #v1#1 (November 1936

Feature Funnies #15 (Quality, 1938)

Joe Palooka / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Ed Cronin

Genre:sports

Characters:Joe Palooka; Knobby

Gallant Knight / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Vernon Henkel

Pencils:

Vernon Henkel

Genre:historical

Characters:Sir NevilleSynopsis:Traveling far from home, Neville defends a lonely castle from strange invaders.

Eisner/Iger shop material. Reprinted from Wags?

Archie O'Toole / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Bud Thomas]

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Bud Thomas]

Genre:humor; children

Characters:Archie O'Toole

Synopsis:Archie goes to America to seek out a loan for his country, Pyromania. He finds it by signing advertising endorsements.

Eisner/Iger shop material.

The Clock / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

George Brenner

Pencils:

George Brenner

Genre:superhero

Characters:The Clock [Brian O'Brien]; Captain Kane; Tony Malta (villain); Jake

Synopsis:Tony Malta tries to frame the Clock for murder.

Eisner/Iger shop material. Reprinted from Wags?

Lala Palooza / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Rube Goldberg

Pencils:

Rube Goldberg

Genre:humor

strip reprints- Frank Jay Markey syndicate

Espionage Starring Black X / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Will Erwin]

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Will Erwin]

Genre:spy

Characters:Black X; Major Murdock; Joshua Hawkins; Count Rokk (villain)

Synopsis:A foreign pirate submarine is sinking American ships and trying to drag the US into war.

Indexer Notes

Eisner/Iger shop material

The Barbarian(Table of Contents) text story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Robert Hyatt

Pencils:

Edward Cronin (illustration)

Characters:Konar the Barbarian (first appearance

Star Comics #16 (Centaur, 1938)

The Phantom Rider begins. Carl Burgos and Paul Gustavson art.

My lawn mower you borrowed last summer! / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Terry Gilkison

Inks:

Terry Gilkison

Phantom Rider / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

A. L. Petersen

Pencils:

A. L. Petersen

Genre:western-frontierCharacters:The Phantom Rider (Intro

Picture Queries / activity / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Terry Gilkison (signed)

Genre:non-fiction

Keywords:Franklin D. Roosevelt; Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands; the Titanic

It's All In Fun(Table of Contents) cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Paul Gustavson (signed)

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson (signed

Fadeaway Farr / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Jack Binder

Genre:western-frontier

Speed Silvers / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Paul Gustavson

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson

Officers Bloo and Gold / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Basil Wolverton ?

Pencils:

Basil Wolverton ?

Genre:humor

Last Pirate / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Carl Burgos

Pencils:

Carl Burgos

Genre:adventure

Feature Books #20 The Phantom (David McKay Publications, 1938)

The first solo Phantom comic published in the U.S.

Some consider this The Phantom #1

The Phantom also appears this same month in Ace Comics #21

Price: 0.10 USD Pages: 76

Color cover; Black and White interior (#[nn]-25);

Oversized 9" x 12" (#[nn]-25)

The Phantom / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Ray Moore

Genre:superhero

Characters:The Phantom; Diana

The Phantom / comic story / 71 pages (report information) Script:

Lee Falk

Pencils:

Ray Moore

Genre:superhero

Characters:The Phantom; Diana

Reprints:

The Phantom newspaper comic strip reprints from 1936

Ace Comics #21 (David McKay Publications, 1938)

Joe Musial cover.

The Katzenjammer Kids / cover

Jungle Jim / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Alex Raymond

Blondie / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Chic Young

Pencils:

Chic Young (signed

The Phantom / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Lee Falk

Pencils:

Ray Moore

The Phantom also appears this same month in his own solo feature in Feature Book #20

Detective Comics #22 (DC, 1938)

Billy Wright Pedigree

This is just the second superhero cover in the history of comics! It's tied for that honor with Action #7, with of course only Action #1 coming earlier.

This is his only cover appearance of the series.

Jim Chambers is the cover artist for the book.

Bob Kane, Joe Shuster, and Fred Guardineer art.

On-sale date: 1938-11-07

Crimson Avenger / cover / 1 page (report information)Pencils:

Jim Chambers

Genre:superhero

Characters:Crimson Avenger

Keywords:machine guns; stereotyping of Chinese

Slam Bradley / comic story / 13 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:V: Fui Onyui (D); I: Yat Sin

Synopsis:Slam Bradley disguises himself as Chinese in order to infiltrate an opium den, then pretends to smoke opium before making contact with an allied agent.

Indexer Notes

Opium story.

Larry Steele / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Maniacs (villains, death); a girl; Larry Steele

story in black and white

Crimson Avenger / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Jim Chambers?

Pencils:

Jim Chambers

Genre:superhero

Characters:V: Sgt. Haines (I); I: Mr. Gates

A Sticky Clue(Table of Contents) text story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner Fox (Paul Dean)

[Break-in at the Bartilian Embassy](Table of Contents) comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:adventure; spy

Characters:Morgan (intro); Nitchova (intro

Dr. Fu Manchu / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Sax Rohmer

Pencils:

Leo O'Mealia

Genre:adventure

Indexer Notes

strip reprints; adapted from THE INSIDIOUS DR. FU MANCHU by Sax Rohmer

Oscar the Gumshoe / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Speed Saunders / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner Fox

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

The Funnies #27 (Dell, 1938)

Our Boarding House with Major Hoople / cover

Four Aces / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest

Pencils:

Hal Forrest

Genre:adventure; aviationReprints:

from Four Aces Sundays (Bell Syndicate

Scribbly / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Pencils:

Sheldon Mayer

The Crime Busters / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Alden McWilliams

The Wonderland of Oz / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Walt Spouse

Pencils:

Walt Spouse

Genre:fantasy-supernatural-supernaturalCharacters:Tip; Jack Pumpkinhead; Wooden Sawhorse; Scarecrow; Tin Woodsman; Winkies

The Last Stand(Table of Contents) comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Norton S. Parker; Harry O. Hoyt

Pencils:

Richard Rogers ?

Genre:western-frontier

Adapted from the Universal motion picture

Tip Top Comics #32 (United Features Syndicate, 1938)

Jack Davis' first published work.

Mile High pedigree

Davis Crippen D copy pedigree

Tarzan / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Paul Berdanier (signed

Tarzan / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Hal Foster

Genre:jungleReprints:

from newspaper strips

Li'l Abner / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Al Capp

Pencils:

Al Capp

Genre:humor

Reprints:

from newspaper strips

Tip Top Cartoon Club(Table of Contents) text article / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Contest page for readers.

One cartoonist-reader was Jack Davis of Atlanta, Ga

Jack" Davis, Jr. (December 2, 1924 – July 27, 2016) was an American cartoonist and illustrator, known for his advertising art, magazine covers, film posters, record album art and numerous comic book stories. He was one of the founding cartoonists for Mad in 1952

King Comics #33 (David McKay Publications, 1938)

Popeye and Henry bump into each other on a rainy day for this cute cover image

Mile High pedigree

Lost Valley pedigree

Thimble Theatre; Henry / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Joe Musial (signed)

Characters:Popeye; Henry

Thimble Theatre / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Bela Zaboly ? [as E. C. Segar ](credited)

Genre:humor

Reprints:

from Thimble Theatre Sundays (King Features) 1938-02-21 - 1938-03-20

Flash Gordon / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Alex Raymond (signed)

Reprints:

from Flash Gordon Sundays (King Features) 1938-02-13 - 1938-03-06

King of the Royal Mounted / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Zane Grey (credited)

Pencils:

Charles Flanders (signed)

Sport Features / text article / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Jack Burnley (signed)

Characters:Max Schmeling

Brick Bradford / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

William Ritt (credited)

Pencils:

Clarence Gray (signed)

Reprints:

from Brick Bradford Sundays (King Features) 1938-02-13 - 1938-03-06

Mandrake the Magician / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Lee Falk (credited)

Pencils:

Phil Davis (signed)

Reprints:

from Mandrake Sundays (King Features) 1938-02-13 - 1938-03-06

Radio Patrol / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Eddie Sullivan (credited)

Pencils:

Charlie Schmidt (signed)

Reprints:

from Radio Patrol Sundays (King Features) 1938-02-13 - 1938-03-06

Adventure Comics #33 (DC, 1938)

2nd issue of this title that ran for 45 years

Mile High pedigree

Creig Flessel provided the cover art here, with Bob Kane and Joe Shuster contributing story art.

On-sale date: 1938-11-09

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Inks:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Synopsis:Man grabbing strut of airplane

Anchors Aweigh! / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Fred Guardineer

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Salty Sam / comic story / 0.67 page (report information) Script:

Fred Schwab [as Stockton]

Pencils:

Fred Schwab [as Stockton]

Genre:humor

Characters:Salty Sam (introduction, only appearance)

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Biff Davis (villain)

Dale Daring / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Now You Know / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff

Nevertheless It's True... / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff

Professor Doolittle / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Cinema Dust / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff

Rusty and His Pals / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Genre:adventureCharacters:Rusty; The Duchess (villain, introduction

Billy the Kid / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Whitney Ellsworth

Pencils:

Whitney Ellsworth (signed)

Genre:humor; children

Characters:Billy the Kid (introduction, only appearance

Popular Comics #35 (December 1938) Dell,

Toonerville Folks / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Fontaine Fox

Pencils:

Fontaine Fox

Tad of the Tanbark / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Tailspin Tommy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Hal Forrest

Pencils:

Hal Forrest

Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire / comic story / 2 page

Sci-fi

More Fun Comics #38 (DC, 1938)

Mile High pedigree

Billy Wright pedigree

On-sale date:1938-11-01

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Inks:

Creig Flessel

Colors:

?

Genre:humorCharacters:Kid hunter stalked by bears

Radio Squad / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Sandy Kean; Larry Trent;

Johnnie Law / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely

Characters:Johnnie Law; Helen

Now You Know! / cartoon / 0.67 page (report information) Script:

Sheldon Moldoff (signed)

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff (signed)

Ginger Snap / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Buccaneer / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Pencils:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Mickey Mouse Magazine #39 V4#3 (K. K. Publications/Western Publishing Co., 1938)

Ferdinand the Bull cover and feature story.

Famous Funnies #53 (Eastern Color, 1938)

Christmas cover.

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Pencils:

Victor E. Pazmiño

Buck Rogers / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Philip Francis Nowlan

Pencils:

Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed

Queenie / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

Pencils:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

1939 JANUARY

Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#1 (Centaur, 1939)

The majority of comic strips in this issue are reprinted from previous comics from Centaur

Skyrocket Steele / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Terry Gilkison

Skyrocket Steele / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Bill Everett (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Characters:Skyrocket Steele Dodge; Sari Marston; King Kull; Vance Roy (villain)

Funny Pages V3 #1 (Centaur, 1939

Bob Kane and Paul Gustavson art.

Bruce Wayne prototype in "Case of the Missing Heir," by Bob Kane.

Appeared three months before the first Batman appearance.

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Fred Schwab (signed

Arrow / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Genre:superhero

Reprints:

US in The Arrow (Centaur, 1940 series) #1 (October 1940

The Case of the Missing Heir(Table of Contents) comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Reprints:

US from Detective Picture Stories (Comics Magazine Company, 1936 series) #5 (April 1937

Funny Picture Stories V3#1 (Comics Magazine, 1939)

The majority of the comic strips in this issue were reprinted from previous comics from Centaur

Art by Bob Kane, Al McWilliams, and Paul Gustavson.

Canvas Dusters(Table of Contents) comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Irving Settel

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson

Statement of the Ownership, Management, Circulation, Etc.(Table of Contents) statement of ownership

Lloyd Jacquet (editor); Joseph J. Hardie (publisher); Raymond J. Kelly (owner, business manager); S. J. Fried (owner); Harle Publications, Inc. (owner); Centaur Pubications, Inc. (owner)

Synopsis:Statement of ownership for Funny Picture Stories for October 1, 1938.

Keen Detective Funnies #v2#1 (January 1939) Centaur

Many of the strips in this issue are reprinted from previous comics from Centaur

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Terry Gilkison (signed)

Rocky Baird / comic story / 7 pages (report information) Script:

Paul J. Lauretta

Pencils:

Paul J. Lauretta

Star Ranger Funnies v2 #1 (Centaur, 1939)

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Jack Cole (signed)

Genre:western-frontier

Home in the Ozarks / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jack Cole (signed)

Pencils:

Jack Cole (signed)

Genre:humor

Characters:Duddy Heffer; Fud Heffer

Rangeography! / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Terry Gilkison (signed)

Pencils:

Terry Gilkison (signed)

Genre:non-fiction; biography

Characters:Capt. L.H. McNelly; John Wesley Harding; Sam Houston

Synopsis:Bios of historic Texas Rangers and facts about the Rio Grande and the Mavericks that populated the early Texas frontier territory

Single Series #2 Broncho Bill (United Features Syndicate, 1939)

Bronco Bill / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Genre:western-frontier

Synopsis:Bill shoots while riding his horse

Broncho Bill; Bumps / comic story / 63.67 pages (report information) Script:

Harry O'Neil

Pencils:

Harry O'Neil

Genre:western-frontier

Broncho Bill strip is at top of page with Bumps "topper" bellow.

Copyright notices on individual strips have dates blanked out.

Tip Top Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page

Little Giant Detective Funnies #4 (January 1939) Centaur, 1938 Series

Extremely rare last issue of this series in small dimension size still but now printed in an upright position. Issues #2 and #3 are not known to exist of this series so this lone issue was printed in 1939.

Jumbo Comics #5 (Fiction House, 1939)

Mile High copy

Considered "scarce" by Gerber

huge book is wrapped by a Christmas cover.

Will Eisner, Dick Briefer, Bob Kane, and Bob Powell art.

On-sale date: 1938-11-28

Oversized, 10.5" x 14.5". Full color cover, black and white interior.

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #36 (November 11, 1937), #38 (November 19, 1937), #42 (December 17, 1937), #81 (September 16, 1938), #81 (September 16, 1938), #82 (September 23, 1938), #82 (September 23, 1938), #83 (September 30, 1938), #83 (September 30, 1938

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Will Eisner

Characters:Sheena; the Hawk; Spencer Steel; Doctor Hayward

Bobby / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger

Pencils:

S. M. Iger

Genre:humor; children

Characters:Bobby; Mr. Von Snitzel; Mr. De Flicker; Laurel & Hardy (Cameo); Marx Brothers (Cameo); Bert Wheeler (Cameo); Edward G. Robinson (Cameo); Charlie McCarthy (Cameo); Edgar Bergen (Cameo)

Indexer Notes

from Wags (UK) 1937

Hawks of the Seas / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Willis B. Rensie]

Pencils:

Will Eisner

Genre:adventure; historical

Characters:The Hawk; Governor Lathrop; Captain Clogg; Jeremy; Doctor SnydeReprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #74

Uncle Otto / comic story / 0.5 page (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Carl Heck]

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Carl Heck]

Peter Pupp / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Genre:anthropomorphic-funny animals

Characters:Peter Pupp; Zula; Budah

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #40 (December 3, 1937

The Count of Monte Cristo / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Lou Fine [as Jack Cortez]

Genre:adventureCharacters:Edmond Dantes; Abbe Faria

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #80

Pee Wee / comic story / 0.5 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger

Pencils:

S. M. Iger

Genre:humor; childrenCharacters:Pee Wee; Tommy

10/18/37 and 11/22/37. Universal Phoenix Syndicate.

Gilda Gay / comic story / 0.5 page (report information) Script:

Bernard Baily

Pencils:

Bernard Baily

Genre:humorCharacters:Gilda Gay

8/24/37. First strip date is illegible. Universal Phoenix Features.

Sheena / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as W. Morgan Thomas]

Pencils:

Mort Meskin ?

Inks:

Mort Meskin ?

Letters:

?

Genre:jungleCharacters:Sheena; Bob Reynolds; natives

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #72 (July 15, 1938

Jest Laffs / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

The Hunchback of Notre Dame / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Dick Briefer

Genre:drama; historicalCharacters:Clopin; Esmeralda; Jehan; Gringoire

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #35

Keywords:adaptation

adapted from novel by Victor Hugo

ZX-5 Spies In Action / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Major Thorpe]

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Major Thorpe]

Genre:spyCharacters:ZX-5; "her highness"Synopsis:ZX-5 is recognized while trying to escape back to Chesterland.Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #65

Ken Hammond / text story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Lin Davies

Pencils:

Lou Fine

Genre:jungle

The Diary of Dr. Hayward / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Lou Fine [as Curt Davis]

Genre:adventureCharacters:Stuart Taylor; Dr. Hayward; Lora Hayward; Ali Pasha

from Wags (UK) 1937

Wilton of the West / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Lou Fine [as Fred Sande]

Genre:western-frontier

Characters:Wilton; Miss Marcia; Geoffrey

Universal Phoenix Features

Action Comics #8 (DC, 1939)

Billy Wright pedigree

Superman's first use of super-hearing was in this issue.

Fred Guardineer cover art

On-sale date: 1938-11-25

cover / 1 page (report information)Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Genre:historical

Keywords:British army; Native Americans; tomahawks

Art is an homage to N.C. Wyeth's illustration "The Battle at Glen Falls" for the book _Last of the Mohicans_ (1919 edition)

Superman / comic story / 12.75 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Inks:

Joe Shuster; Paul Lauretta ?

Genre:superhero

Characters:Superman [Clark Kent]; Frankie Marello; Box-Ears; Nick; Pinky; Gimpy (villain)

Synopsis:Superman decides to get involved in a case involving wayward boys being used by a petty criminal, who uses the boys to steal items from wealthy people that he can sell for quick cash...all at their expense.

wears red boots, "S" symbol is all yellow. Uses super-hearing for the first time.

Superman gets quite violent punching a man who is on the phone and throwing his entire body against the wall and then dropping him face first into a garbage can. The police are about to arrest a boy when Superman grabs the boy. The police order him to stop and shoot their gun at Superman. Superman later leaps through the air while carrying a boy under each arm. Superman saves a life by blocking a speeding bullet. Superman tosses the rifleman into the river. Another punk hits Superman on the back of the head with a wrench but it bends and Superman feels no pain. Superman carries 2 punks and walks a telephone wire and risks their life to scare them. Later Superman is able to leap over numerous city blocks in one giant leap. Superman uses his bare hands to knock down some cheaply made slum buildings to help end a crime wave in the area.

Pep Morgan / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner F. Fox

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer [as Gene Baxter] (signed)

Genre:adventure

Tex Thomson / comic story / 10 pages (report information) Script:

Ken Fitch ?

Pencils:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Tex Thomson; Dr. Kichung (villain

Odds 'N' Ends / comic story / 0.66 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff [as Moldoff] (signed

Scoop Scanlon, Five Star reporter / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Zatara Master Magician / comic story / 12 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner F. Fox

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed

Oscar the Gumshoe / comic story / 0.66 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Crackajack Funnies #8 (Dell, 1939)

File Copy

First appearance Speed Bolton.

On-sale date: 1938-12-16

Tom Traylor- G-Man X32 / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

James Gary

Genre:adventure

Cover is blow-up of interior panel

Don Winslow / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Frank V. Martinek (signed)

Pencils:

Leon A. Beroth (signed)

Genre:adventure; war

Super Comics #9 File copy (Dell, 1939)

On-sale date: 1938-12-20

Dick Tracy / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Genre:detective-mystery

Dick Tracy / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Chester Gould

Pencils:

Chester Gould

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Dick Tracy; Pat Patton; Danny Supeena; Johnny Mintworth

8-22-38

A Dick Tracy Thriller / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils:

Chester Gould (signed)

Comics On Parade #10 (United Features Syndicate, 1939)

Mile High pedigree

Li'l Abner cover.

6 pages of Lil Abner

Tarzan Abbie N Slats Captain and the Kids Ella Cinders Broncho Bill etc.

 

Feature Funnies #16 Quality, 1939

Mickey Finn / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Ed Cronin

Screen Snapshots / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Pencils:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Genre:biographyCharacters:Hedy LaMarr

Eisner/Iger shop material. Reprinted from Wags?

Archie O'Toole / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Bud Thomas]

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Bud Thomas]

Genre:humor

Characters:Archie O'Toole; Suzy (intro, unnamed); Two crooks

Synopsis:Coming back from New York with enough money to balance the budget, King Archie is accosted by two crooks while trying to rescue a girl from a balloon. Archie and the girl escape and he takes her back to Pyromania with him.

Eisner/Iger shop material

Gallant Knight / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Vernon Henkel (signed)

Pencils:

Vernon Henkel (signed)

Genre:historical

Characters:Sir Neville; The Black Baron (first appearance?; villain)

Synopsis:Sir Neville attempts to rescue a young lad who has been captured by the Black Baron, but the Baron captures and imprisons him instead.

Indexer Notes

Eisner/Iger shop material.

The Clock Strikes / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

George E. Brenner (signed)

Pencils:

George E. Brenner (signed)

Genre:superhero

Characters:The Clock [Brian O'Brien]; Slick Hart (villain); Gyp Nolan (villain)

Synopsis:When villains steal a famous diamond as soon as it arrives in New York, the Clock goes after them.

Eisner/Iger shop material.

Espionage / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Will Erwin]

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Will Erwin]

Genre:spy

Characters:Black X; The Purple Hoods (first appearance; villains); Batu (First appearance); Madame L'Darge

Synopsis:Black X and his Oriental companion Batu stop a gang of saboteurs from blowing up the 71st Regiment.

Eisner/Iger shop material

Ace Comics #22 (David McKay Publications, 1939)

The Katzenjammer Kids / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

H. H. Knerr

Jungle Jim / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Alex Raymond

The Phantom / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Lee Falk

Pencils:

Ray Moore

Genre:superhero

13th appearance in comic books

Detective Comics #23 (DC, 1939)

On-sale date: 1938-12-05

Speed Saunders / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Speed Saunders

Keywords:revolvers; snow; snow skiing;

Speed Saunders / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner Fox

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:V: A murderer (I); I: Margot Lee

Larry Steele / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:V: Baron Pakloff (I); I: Lord and Lady Ashley

Crimson Avenger / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Jim Chambers?

Pencils:

Jim Chambers

Genre:superhero

Characters:V: "The Boss" and his zombies (I for all

Railroad Riddle(Table of Contents) text story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner Fox [as Paul Dean]

Spy / comic story / 8 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:adventure

Characters:V: Dr. LaForge (I)

Dr. Fu Manchu / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Sax Rohmer

Pencils:

Leo O'Mealia

Genre:adventure

strip reprints; adapted from THE INSIDIOUS DR. FU MANCHU by Sax Rohmer

Kops and Robbers / cartoon / 0.67 page (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Slam Bradley / comic story / 13 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Shuster Shop

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:I: Prof. Kenton, a bird-man, and an orange man; V: A flower-man (I)

Slam and Shorty go to the year 2,000,000,000 A.D

The Funnies #28 (Dell, 1939)

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Keywords: ice skating

Scribbly / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer

Pencils:

Sheldon Mayer

Four Aces / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Hall Forrest

Pencils:

Hall Forrest

Newspaper reprints

The Wonderland of Oz / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

L. Frank Baum

Pencils:

Walt Spouse

The Crime Busters with Al Brady / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Al McWilliams

Song of the Buckaroo(Table of Contents) comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

John Rathmell (credited)

Pencils:

Frank Frollo ?

Genre:western-frontier

Adaptation of a Monogram Picture starring Tex Ritter

Tip Top Comics #33 (United Features Syndicate, 1939)

Lost Valley pedigree

Tarzan and gorilla cover.

5 pages of Tarzan

Lil Abner / Captain and the Kids / Ella Cinders / Jim Hardy / Frankie Doodle etc.

Adventure Comics #34 (DC, 1939)

The third issue of one of DC's flagship titles

the series was titled New Comics from #1- 11 and New Adventure Comics from #12-31

Mile High pedigree

On-sale date: 1939-12-09

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Biff Davis (villain); Red (villain; introduction

The Sportsteacher / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff

Dale Daring / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Genre:adventure

Captain Desmo / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Ed Winiarski

Pencils:

Ed Winiarski

Genre:adventure

Characters:The "Masked Man" (villain

Professor Doolittle / comic story / 1.5 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Cinema Dust / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff

Genre:non-fiction

Characters:Edward G. Robinson; John Boles; William Powell; Deanna Durbin

Candid Comic Camera / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Now You Know! / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff

Rusty and His Pals / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Genre:adventure

Characters:Long Sin (villain

Anchors Aweigh! / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Fred Guardineer

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Genre:adventure

Characters:Ramon Fernando (villain

Tiny / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Fred Schwab

Pencils:

Fred Schwab

Genre:humor

Characters:Tiny (introduction; only appearance)

inside back cover

King Comics #34 (David McKay Publications, 1939)

Lost Valley pedigree

Popeye and Henry feature on the cover

Popular Comics #36 (January 1939) Dell

Skippy / cover / 1 page

Scribbly / comic story / 0.2 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Sheldon Mayer

Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Moore

Pencils:

Carl Pfeufer

Jack Randall / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

based on a Monogram movie

More Fun Comics #39 (DC, 1939)

Mile High pedigree

Christmas cover

On-sale date: 1938-12-01

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel

Genre:humor

Characters:Santa Claus; striking elves

Masked Ranger / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Jim Chambers (signed)

Pencils:

Jim Chambers (signed)

Genre:western-frontier

Characters:Masked Ranger; Pedro; Dave; Steve Delaney; Higey

Synopsis:The Masked Ranger rescues a young man from a lynch mob

Johnnie Law / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Johnnie Law; Bozo Brogan

Radio Squad / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Sandy Kean; Larry Trent

Ginger Snap / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Genre:humor

Peekin at Pictures / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

Sheldon Moldoff (signed)

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff (signed

Buccaneer / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Pencils:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Genre:adventure; historical

Characters:Dennis Stone; Captain Klaugh; Kaboz; Daneo; Regina

Mickey Mouse Magazine V4#4 (K. K. Publications/Western Publishing Co., 1939)

Mother Pluto strip reprints begins. Spotty, the Greedy Little Pig appearance.

On-sale date: 1938-12-09

Donald Duck / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Tom Wood

Just Between Us(Table of Contents) text story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Floyd Gottfredson

Mickey Mouse / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Merril de Maris

Pencils:

Floyd Gottfredson

Morty and Ferdie / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Merrill De Maris

Pencils:

Floyd Gottfredson

Pluto / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Al Taliaferro

Spotty the Greedy Little Piglet(Table of Contents) comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Al Taliaferro

Famous Funnies #54 (Eastern Color, 1939).

Buck Rogers, Chief Wahoo, Dickie Dare, Scorchy Smith, and many other features.

Oaky Doaks / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Victor E. Pazmiño

Pencils:

Victor E. Pazmiño

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Philip Francis Nowlan

Pencils:

Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Queenie / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

Pencils:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

1939 FEBRUARY

21 titles

Radio Funnies [ashcan] DC, 1939 Series

Published in English (United States) United States

[circa 1939] - March 1939

velox black & white cover; color interior

Dimensions:

standard Golden Age US

Ashcan comic produced to secure trademark of title and logo.

DC's Golden Age ashcan editions were hand-assembled comics using a specially created cover (featuring a new-title logo art and often unrelated artwork), and were used to establish a trademark for a particular title. Usually, only two to ten copies were produced, most of which were tossed in the trash after they served their purpose, hence the name "ashcan". They are the rarest of the rare for comic book collectors. Here's an example of an ashcan that goes even beyond that -- it's a previously unknown variant on a known ashcan-only title. The known comic was cover dated March, 1939, as a #1, and featured cover art taken from Adventure Comics #39, with interiors from Detective Comics #19. This version was just recently unearthed from a private collection. It has no cover date or issue number, and features cover art from Detective Comics #26, with contents taken from Detective #17. The black and white cover has "156B" penciled in the upper right corner, and in the lower right is typewritten "M. Charles Gaines," indicating this was publisher Max Gaines' personal copy.

The cover art is from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #26 and interior contents are from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #17.

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

US from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #26 (April 1939) [cover in black & white]

Star Comics Vol. 2, #1 (Centaur, 1939)

Early masked hero cover however its not a superhero it’s a western hero.

Mile High pedigree

The Phantom Rider clocks a cowboy on the cover of this tough-to-find mix of adventure, funny-animal, and strip reprints.

Phantom Rider / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Genre:western-frontier

Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#2 (Centaur, 1939)

The cover art is by Bill Everett, and it's early in his comics career.

Note the 2/39 cover date, eight months before Marvel Comics #1.

The fellow trussed up at the upper left is the hero of the piece, Skyrocket Steele.

Skyrocket Steele / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Bill Everett (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Characters:Skyrocket Steele Dodge; Sari Marston

Skyrocket Steele / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Bill Everett

Pencils:

Bill Everett

Genre:science fiction

Characters:Skyrocket Steele Dodge; Sari Marston

The Vampire(Table of Contents) comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Tarpe Mills (signed)

Genre:fantasy-supernatural; horror-suspense

Characters:Gaetano; Nino; Rosa (death); un-named man (Rosa's fiance); Constable; Captain of the City Police; Maria (death); Pietro (Maria's lover); old beggar (villain)Synopsis:It had been 97 years since the vampire of Salano had made an appearance, but when a woman and man were found, marks to their throats and bodies drained of blood, the authorities finally took the threat seriously and took steps to find the beast.

Reprints:

US in Masked Marvel (Centaur, 1940 series) #2 (October 1940

Tarpé Mills (1915–88) was the pseudonym of comic book creator June Mills, one of the first major female comics artists. She is best known for her action comic strip, Miss Fury, the first female action hero created by a woman. Born June Tarpé Mills, she signed her work by her middle name "Tarpé" to conceal her gender. Mills created several action comics characters: Devil's Dust, The Cat Man, The Purple Zombie, and Daredevil Barry Finn, before creating her most remembered character, Miss Fury, in 1941. The Miss Fury comic strip began April 6, 1941. A character based loosely on Mills' own appearance, the artwork was created in a glamorous style with considerable attention placed on the heroine's outfits

Keen Detective Funnies V2#2 (Centaur, 1939)

Billy Wright pedigree

Gerber "8"

On-sale date: 1939-01-02

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

RR (signed

Little Dynamite / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Jack Cole (signed)

Pencils:

Jack Cole (signed)

Reprints:

US in Fantoman (Centaur, 1940 series) #2 (August 1940

Stoney Dawson / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Carl Burgos (signed)

Reprints:

US in Amazing Adventure Funnies (Centaur, 1940 series) #1 (June 1940

Single Series #3 Ella Cinders (United Features Syndicate, 1939)

Ella Cinders / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Genre:humor

Characters:Ella Cinders

Synopsis:Ella scrubs a floor.

Chris Crusty / comic story / 32 ? pages (report information) Script:

Bill Conselman (credited)

Pencils:

Charlie Plumb (credited)

Genre:humor

Reprints:

from Chris Crusty newspaper strip 1932-1933

Strip occupies the top tier thru 75% of the comic then switches to the bottom tier for the rest. Missing one strip due to ad. Last strip on inside back cover.

Ella Cinders / comic story / 32 ? pages (report information) Script:

Bill Conselman (credited)

Pencils:

Charlie Plumb (credited)

Genre:humor

Characters:Ella Cinders

Reprints:

from Ella Cinders newspaper strip reprints 1932-1933

Last strip on inside back cover.

Ella Cinders is a syndicated comic strip created by writer Bill Conselman and artist Charles Plumb. Distributed by United Feature Syndicate, the daily version was launched June 1, 1925, and a Sunday page followed two years later. It was discontinued in 1961. Chris Crusty ran above Ella Cinders as a topper strip from 1931 to 1940.

Little Giant Comics #4 (February 1939) Centaur,

Color cover; Black and White interior

Final issue of this smaller sized series that with this last issue was finally printed upright in standard comic format

Martin Filchock funny cover art

Jumbo Comics #6 (Fiction House, 1939)

Mile High,

Gerber was right on with his "9" rating

very-oversized book has early work by Will Eisner (who did the terrific cover), Jerry Iger, Bob Kane, and Dick Briefer.

The paper is alternating pink and white (some earlier issues were pink and green).

On-sale date: 1938-12-27

Editing: Malcolm Reiss (editor); Jerry Iger (feature editor); Will Eisner (art director

Oversized, 10.5" x 14.5". Full color cover, black and white interior.

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #40 (December 3, 1937), #42 (December 17, 1937), #46 (January 14, 1938), #81 (September 16, 1938), #82 (September 23, 1938

Bobby / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Will Eisner

Genre:children

Keywords:policemen; snow; snowballs

Bobby / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger

Pencils:

S. M. Iger

Genre:children

Characters:Bobby; Philip Fadeout; Montmorency

Reprints:

US in Jumbo Comics (Fiction House, 1938 series) #21 (November 1940)

Indexer Notes

from Wags (UK) 1937 series

 

Hawks of the Seas / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Willis Rensie]

Pencils:

Will Eisne

Genre:historical

Characters:Jeremy; Fluth; Caleb; Bogg; Sagua

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #79

Uncle Otto / comic story / 0.5 page (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Carl Heck]

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Carl Heck]

Genre:humorCharacters:Uncle Otto

Universal Phoenix Feature

Stars On Parade / comic story / 0.5 page (report information) Script:

? [as Lora Lane]

Pencils:

Bernard Baily

Genre:non-fiction

Characters:various Hollywood stars

Universal Phoenix Syndicate one strip dated 1?-9-37

Peter Pupp / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Genre:anthropomorphic-funny animals

Characters:Peter; Tinymite; Professor Botts; Zula

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #44 (December 31, 1937

Heroes of Sport / comic story / 0.5 page (report information) Script:

? [as Tom Swift]

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Tom Swift]; ? [as Tom Swift]

Genre:non-fiction; sports

Universal Phoenix Features. 2nd strip dated 4-19-37

The Count of Monte Cristo / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner ?

Pencils:

Lou Fine [as Jack Cortez]

Genre:adventure

Characters:Edmund Dantes; Abbe Faria

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #84 (October 7, 1938

Pee Wee / comic story / 0.5 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger

Pencils:

S. M. Iger

Genre:humor; children

Characters:Bobby; his mom

Universal Phoenix Features 4-28-37 and 7-26-37

Gilda Gay / comic story / 0.5 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Bernard Baily

Genre:humorCharacters:Gilda; Monty

Universal Phoenix Features 7-5-37 and 7-19-37

Life in the Roar / cartoon / 0.33 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Bob Kane ? [as Robert]

Genre:humor

Universal Phoenix Features

Sport Short / comic story / 0.33 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Will Erwin]

Genre:non-fiction; sports

Universal Phoenix Features 4-26-37

Sheena / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

? [as W. Morgan Thomas]

Pencils:

Mort Meskin

Genre:jungle

Characters:Sheena; Bob; white oil prospectors

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #75

Jest Laffs / cartoon / 0.67 page (report information) Script:

Bob Kane [as Robert Kane]

Pencils:

Bob Kane [as Robert Kane]

Genre:humor

Universal Phoenix Features

Uncle Otto / comic story / 0.33 page (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Carl Heck]

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Carl Heck]

Genre:humorCharacters:Uncle Otto

Universal Phoenix Features 5-3-37

The Hunchback of Notre Dame / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

? (adaptor); Victor Hugo (original author)

Pencils:

Dick Briefer

Genre:adventure

Characters:Quasimodo; Esmeralda; Gringoire; Phoebus

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #39

Indexer Notes

adapted from the novel by Victor Hugo.

ZX-5 Spies In Action / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner ? [as Major Thorpe]

Pencils:

Will Eisner (layouts); Bob Powell ?

Genre:spyCharacters:ZX-5; Major Hasting; Magda; Alexi

Synopsis:ZX-5 believes he is being trailed by enemy agents.

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #68 (6/17/38

Ken Hammond / text story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Lin Davies

Pencils:

Lou Fine (illo)

Genre:jungle

The Diary of Dr. Hayward / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Lou Fine [as Curt Davis]

Genre:adventure

Characters:Ali Pasha; Stuart Taylor; Laura; Dr. Hayward

Reprints:

US from Wags [UK] (Editors Press Service, 1937 series) #84 (October 7, 1938

Wilton of the West / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

? [as Fred Sands]

Pencils:

Lou Fine

Genre:western-frontier

Characters:Wilton; Rusty; Snorty; Marcia

Universal Phoenix Features

Action Comics #9 (DC, 1939)

Billy Wright pedigree

second cover ever to mention Superman's name (#7 being the first, even #1 did not have his name)!

Now obvious to DC that it was Superman that was helping sell this title

The cover illustration is by Fred Guardineer.

On-sale date: 1939-01-02

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Keywords:automobile racing; automobiles

Superman / comic story / 13 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel (signed)

Pencils:

Joe Shuster (signed)

Inks:

Joe Shuster; Paul Lauretta ?

Genre:superhero

Characters:Superman [Clark Kent]; Lois Lane; George Taylor (unnamed); Detective Captain Reilly; Mortimer Snoop

Synopsis:Superman, having torn down a slum area so that newer, more modern apartments could be built, is labeled as a crook by the Chief of Police, who assigns Detective Reilly (better known as "100% Reilly" because he always gets his man) to bring the Man of Tomorrow in.

"S" Symbol is all yellow.

Highlights of this story include: Superman lifts a tank into the air. Chief of Police reports that he believes Superman should be charged with destroying government property in the last issue. Lois Lane tells Clark Kent how much she dislikes him and after a heated discussion she reveals that there is someone else she cares for - Superman. The newspaper reports there is a $5,000 reward for capture of Superman but everyone fails.

Scoop Scanlon, Five Star Reporter / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Scoop Scanlon; Lefty Laroway

Pep Morgan / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner F. Fox

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer [as Gene Baxter]

The Diddle Family / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Paul Gustavson ?

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson [as Gustavson

Tex Thomson / comic story / 10 pages (report information) Script:

Ken Fitch ?

Pencils:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Genre:adventure

\Characters:Tex Thomson; Dr. Kichung (villain

Zatara Master Magician / comic story / 12 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner F. Fox

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer (signed)

Genre:adventure

Characters:Zatara; Tong

Candid Comic Camera / cartoon / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Bob Kane (signed)

Comics On Parade #11 (United Features Syndicate, 1939)

Li'l Abner and Daisy Mae cover and "Sadie Hawkins Day" story.

Appearances by Tarzan, Ella Cinders, Broncho Bill, and more.

Feature Funnies #17 (Chesler, 1939)

Mile High pedigree

The Bungle Family / cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

"Quick!! There's a gas leak in the kitchen!"

Pencils:

Ed Cronin

Richard Manners / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Frank Frollo (signed)

Pencils:

Frank Frollo (signed)

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Richard Manners (first appearance; origin; a detective); Mr. Manners (first appearance); Doris Winthrop (first appearance); Nick Gordon (first appearance; villain)

Eisner/Iger shop material

Archie O'Toole / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Bud Thomas]

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Bud Thomas]

Genre:humor; children

Characters:Archie O'Toole; Queen Vera Venom of Twotimia (first appearance; villain); Hodge; Podge; Fudge; Lord Helpis; Suzy

The Clock Strikes / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

George E. Brenner (signed)

Pencils:

George E. Brenner (signed)

Genre:superhero

Characters:The Clock [Brian O'Brien]; Dr. T. Loden (first appearance); a window washer (first appearance; death); Nick (first appearance; villain); Slug (first appearance; villain)

Synopsis:Nick and Slug steal radium from a doctor's office.

Indexer Notes

Eisner/Iger shop material. Reprinted from Wags?

Espionage / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Eisner [as Will Erwin]

Pencils:

Will Eisner [as Will Erwin]

Genre:spy

Characters:Black X; Batu; Dr. Stieble (first appearance; villain; death)

Synopsis:Black X and Batu go after Dr. Stieble, a clearing house for all spy information in North America.Keywords:swords

Indexer Notes

Eisner/Iger shop material

Feature Book #21 ([1939]) David McKay,

Price: 0.10 USD Pages: 76

Color: Color cover; Black and White interior (#[nn]-25);

Oversized 9" x 12" (#[nn]-25)

The Lone Ranger / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Genre:superhero; western-frontier

Characters:Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger / comic story / 71 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Ed Kressy

Genre:superhero; western-frontier

Characters:Lone Ranger; Tonto; Silver

Reprints:

Lone Ranger newspaper comic strip reprints from 1938-1939. Strips date from September 12, 1938 to January 14, 1939

The Lone Ranger is a fictional masked former Texas Ranger who fought outlaws in the American Old West with his Native American friend, Tonto. The character has been called an enduring icon of American culture.[7]

He first appeared in 1933 in a radio show conceived either by WXYZ (Detroit) radio station owner George W. Trendle, or by Fran Striker,[8] the show's writer. The radio series proved to be a hit and spawned a series of books (largely written by Striker), an equally popular television show that ran from 1949 to 1957, comic books, and several movies.

Ace Comics #23 (David McKay Publications, 1939)

Davis Crippen ("D" Copy) pedigree

The Katzenjammer Kids / cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Harold Knerr

Jungle Jim / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Alex Raymond

Pencils:

Alex Raymond

Clark Gable, Shirley Temple, Ann Miller(Table of Contents) Seein' Stars / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Feg Murray

Pencils:

Feg Murray

Buster Crabbe, Snow White(Table of Contents) Seein' Stars / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Feg Murray

Pencils:

Feg Murray (signed)

Genre:non-fiction

Characters:Buster Crabbe [Flash Gordon

The Phantom / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Lee Falk

Pencils:

Ray Moore

Genre:jungle; superhero

Detective Comics #24 (DC, 1939)

Mile High pedigree

Billy Wright pedigree

Gerber scarcity rating of "8."

The counterfeiting cover is by Fred Guardineer

On-sale date: 1939-01-05

cover / 1 page (report information)Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Inks:

Fred Guardineer

Colors:

?

Genre:crimeKeywords:bondage; counterfeiting; printing presses

Cleo and Clancy / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Speed Saunders / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner Fox

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Inks:

Fred Guardineer

Colors:

?

Letters:

?

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Fence Borden (Villain, Introduction); Nora Dobson (Villain, Introduction); Harry Karr (Villain, Introduction

Oscar the Gumshoe / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Larry Steele / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Inks:

Will Ely

Colors:

?

Letters:

?

Genre:detective-mysteryCharacters:Maurice Du Val (villain, introduction); Maxine Beaumont (introduction, death); Lucille Beaumont (introduction, death

Spy / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Shuster Shop

Inks:

Shuster Shop

Colors:

?

Letters:

?

Genre:adventureCharacters:Jones (villain, introduction, death); crew of the WHIRLWIND (villains, introduction, death

Dr. Fu Manchu / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Sax Rohmer

Pencils:

Leo O'Mealia

Inks:

Leo O'Mealia

Colors:

?

Letters:

typeset

Genre:adventure

strip reprints; adapted from THE INSIDIOUS DR. FU MANCHU by Sax Rohmer

Crimson Avenger / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Jim Chambers?

Pencils:

Jim Chambers

Genre:superhero

Characters:Tony Sparta (villain, introduction); the River Gang (villains, introduction); Sin Lu (villain, introduction

Slam Bradley / comic story / 13 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Shuster Shop

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Iron Fingers (villain, introduction); a tyrant (villain, introduction, death); the bird-man (villain, death); the plant-man (villain, death); the orange guy (villain, introduction); Prof. Kenton (guest-star

The Funnies #29 (Dell, 1939

Sheldon Mayer, Fred Harmon, Roy Crane, and Al McWilliams art.

Editing:Maxwell Gaines; Sheldon Mayer (assistant

Last MC Gaines issue. A number of features move to DC Comics' All-American Comics at this point

Scribbly / comic story / 3 pages (report information) Script:

Sheldon Mayer (signed)

Pencils:

Sheldon Mayer (signed)

Genre:humor; children

Next appearance in DC's All-American Comics #1

Ben Webster / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jay Jerome Williams [as Edwin Alger]

Pencils:

Russel Cole ?

Genre:adventure

Next appearance in All-American Comics #1 (DC, 1939 series

The Wonderland of Oz / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Walt Sprouse (adaptation); L. Frank Baum (original story)

Pencils:

Walt Spouse (signed)

Genre:fantasy-supernaturalCharacters:Jack Pumpkinhead; Sawhorse; Wogglebug

adapted from The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Crime Busters / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Al McWilliams (signed)

Genre:crime

original material

Tex Ritter as Texas Dan / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

John Rathmell

Pencils:

Frank Frollo ?

Genre:western-frontier

Original Material

Tip Top Comics #34 (United Features Syndicate, 1939)

Tarzan cover literally explodes with colors from all over the rainbow

Gerber says the issue is "uncommon";

Mile High pedigree

Lil Abner / Captain and the Kids / Ella Cinders etc.

Adventure Comics #35 (DC, 1939)

Mile High pedigree

Gerber "7" on its scarcity scale.

On-sale date: 1939-01-09

Editing:Vincent Sullivan

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Gas House Gang / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

Sheldon Moldoff

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff

Genre:humor

Characters:The Gashouse Gang (introduction and only appearance)

inside front cover

Cotton Carver / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Gardner Fox?

Pencils:

Geoff Newman

Genre:adventure

Characters:I: Cotton Carver; V: Quelta (I, D

Federal Men / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Dale Daring / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Will Ely

Pencils:

Will Ely

Professor Doolittle / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Rusty and His Pals / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Genre:adventureCharacters:V: Ichabod Slade

Anchors Aweigh! / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Fred Guardineer

Pencils:

Fred Guardineer

Genre:adventureCharacters:V: El Diablo

King Comics #35 (David McKay Publications, 1939)

Mile High pedigree

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Joe Musial

Inks:

?

Colors:

?

Genre:humorCharacters:Popeye; Wimpy; Henry

Thimble Theatre / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

E.C. Segar

Pencils:

Doc Winner [as E. C. Seegar]

Genre:humor

Reprints:

from Thimble Theatre Sundays (King Features) 1938-04-17 - 1938-05-08

Flash Gordon / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Don Moore

Pencils:

Alex Raymond

Genre:adventure; science fiction

Characters:Flash Gordon; Dale Arden; Hans Zarkov; Ming the Merciless

Reprints:

from Flash Gordon Sundays (King Features Syndicate) 1938.04.10 - 1938.05.01

Sport Features / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Jack Burnley

Genre:non-fiction; sports

Brick Bradford / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

William Ritt

Pencils:

Clarence Gray

Genre:adventureReprints:

from Brick Bradford Sundays (King Features Syndicate) 1938.04.10 - 1938.05.01

Mandrake the Magician / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Lee Falk

Pencils:

Phil Davis

Genre:adventure; fantasy-supernaturalCharacters:Mandrake the Magician; Lothar; Professor ThursbyReprints:

from Mandrake Sundays (King Features Syndicate) 1938.04.10 - 1938.05.01

Mickey Mouse Books(Table of Contents)(Expand) / Mickey Mouse / promo (ad from the publisher)

 

Popular Comics #37 (February 1939) Dell, 1936

Mutt; Herky / cover

Don Dixon / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Genre:science fiction

Gun Packer(Table of Contents) comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Genre:western-frontierCharacters:Jack Denton

A comic version of a Monogram movie starring Jack Randall

More Fun Comics #40 (DC, 1939)

The first DC Comic to reach 40 issues and also the 2nd comic ever in the modern standard format to reach #40

Mile High pedigree

Overstreet says "all issues are scarce to rare,"

Gerber gave issue #40 a "7" rating.

On-sale date: 1939-01-03

cover / 1 page (report information) Pencils:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Inks:

Creig Flessel (signed)

Colors:

?

Genre:humorCharacters:Kids (on sled, going off hill

Johnnie Law / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

?

Pencils:

Will Ely

Genre:detective-mystery

Radio Squad / comic story / 6 pages (report information) Script:

Jerry Siegel

Pencils:

Joe Shuster

Genre:detective-mystery

Characters:Sandy; Larry

Ginger Snap / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Bob Kane

Pencils:

Bob Kane

Now You Know / text article / 1 page (report information) Script:

Sheldon Moldoff

Pencils:

Sheldon Moldoff

The Buccaneer / comic story / 5 pages (report information) Script:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Pencils:

Bernard Baily (signed)

Genre:adventureCharacters:Dennis Stone

Here and There / comic story / 2 pages (report information) Script:

Paul Gustavson

Pencils:

Paul Gustavson

Genre:humor

last appearance. Black and white. Inside back cover.

Mickey Mouse Magazine #41 V4#5 (K. K. Publications/ Western Publishing Co., 1939)

Valentine's Day cover, which incidentally was the first solo Pluto cover

File copy

Famous Funnies #55 (Eastern Color, 1939)

Lost Valley pedigree

cover / 1 page (report information) Script:

Victor E. Pazmino

Pencils:

Victor E. Pazmino

Genre:humor

Characters:Hairbreadth Harry; Belinda

Buck Rogers / comic story / 4 pages (report information) Script:

Phil Nowlan

Pencils:

Rick Yager [as Dick Calkins] (signed)

Genre:science fiction

Keywords:science fiction

Queenie / comic story / 1 page (report information) Script:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]

Pencils:

S. M. Iger [as Bob Bliss]