(December 1952)

Charlton, 1952 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Capitol Stories, Inc.
Brand:
A Law and Order Publication
Editing:
Alfred V. Fago (Editor); Walter Gibson (Assistant Editor)
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was ongoing

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Frank Frollo (signed)
Inks:
Frank Frollo (signed)
Colors:
?

Genre:
crime

In This Issue (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Frank Frollo (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Pencils only.

The Spanish Prison Racket (Table of Contents)

comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Frank Frollo (signed)
Inks:
Frank Frollo (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime

Indexer Notes

The title should be "The Spanish Prisoner Racket" since the con is called the "Spanish Prisoner."

Cold Deck (Table of Contents)

Gamblers Never Gamble / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Walter Gibson (?)
Pencils:
Dick Giordano (signed)
Inks:
Dick Giordano (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Jerry Dey; Sidney Radner
Synopsis:
Jasper the waiter helps gambler Jerry Day win big at the 400 Club through cold decking, substituting a rigged deck of cards for the original, while himself not dealing. He is stopped in the nick of time by the clever substitution of a third deck containing mostly Jokers.

Indexer Notes

Somewhat strangely, on being discovered Jerry says that "there's only ONE Joker allowed in a deck of cards" when in fact there are TWO Jokers in every deck. The trick -- cold decking -- gets its name from the fact that the deck that replaces the one in the game is cold from being in storage for so long. Sidney Radner was a real-life figure who authorized use of his image for this story.

The Big Time Build-Up (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
crime

Charge It! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Frank Frollo (signed)
Inks:
Frank Frollo (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime

The Spirit Photo Racket (Table of Contents)

Dr. Neff, the Original Ghost-Breaker / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Frank Frollo (signed)
Inks:
Frank Frollo (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Dr. Neff
Synopsis:
Dr. William Neff, called the "Ghost-Breaker" due to his efforts to stamp out the phony spiritualist rackets, prevents a pair of swindlers from making off with an old lady's money by pretending they can call up the ghost of her late husband through trick photography.

Indexer Notes

Dr. Bill Neff was a real life magician, known for his "Madhouse of Mystery," who authorized the use of his image for this series.

The Horse That Couldn't Lose! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Frank Frollo
Inks:
Frank Frollo
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime

Indexer Notes

Pencil/Ink confirmed by Gene Reed [MN Aug 2007]

Rackets (Table of Contents)

comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Frank Frollo
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover. Pencils only. Pencils confirmed by Gene Reed [MN Aug 2007].

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. In This Issue
  3. 2. The Spanish Prison Racket
  4. 3. Cold Deck
    Gamblers Never Gamble
  5. 4. The Big Time Build-Up
  6. 5. Charge It!
  7. 6. The Spirit Photo Racket
    Dr. Neff, the Original Ghost-Breaker
  8. 7. The Horse That Couldn't Lose!
  9. 8. Rackets
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Daniel Thingvold
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed
  • Ramon Schenk