(March 1953)

Toby, 1953 Series
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Minoan Publishing Corp.
Brand:
A Minoan Magazine
Editing:
?
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U.S.

[Web Of Horror] (Table of Contents)

Purple Claw / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Ben Brown
Inks:
David Gantz
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
horror-suspense

The Web of Horror (Table of Contents)

Purple Claw / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ben Brown (signed)
Inks:
David Gantz (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Dr. Jonathan Weir; The Purple Claw; Dr. Italo Schiasi (death); Enzo (death); Baron Latro (death); Countess Arachni (first appearance)
Synopsis:
Dr. Jonathan Weir, the possessor of the Purple Claw, travels to the Valley of Horror in answer to a request from his friend Dr. Italo Schiasi. Unfortunately, Dr. Schiasi is already dead at the hands of a giant spider. Dr. Weir is also caught in a giant spider's web but he escapes with the aid of the Purple Claw. He is determined to avenge his friend's death and accuses Baron Latro of killing him. The Countess Arachni stops Baron Latro from stabbing Dr. Weir because she finds him attractive. When mountain birds distract Dr. Weir (they seem to think that the Countess is their natural prey) the Countess manages to steal the Purple Claw from him. Later when he travels to her castle he is caught in a web and unable to defend himself. He passes out but Countess Arachni rescues him by killing Baron Latro in his spider form and taking Dr. Weir to her castle. When he wakes up he tries to get the Purple Claw back but the Countess throws it into the moat. She spins a web around him but he manages to fall out a window and recover the Purple Claw floating in the water. He uses it to defeat the spiders and Countess Arachni.
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The Killer In the Snow (Table of Contents)

Purple Claw / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ben Brown (signed)
Inks:
David Gantz (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Synopsis:
A skiing party is confronted with a killer snowman - avenging his murder years ago. One by one the wrongdoers meet their icy fate. Dr. Jonathan Weir aka "The Purple Claw" can only save himself.
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The Serpent Strikes (Table of Contents)

Purple Claw / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ben Brown (signed)
Inks:
David Gantz (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Synopsis:
Dr. Jonathan Weir battles Leera, a weresnake woman preying upon a befriended couple.
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Sparks of Life (Table of Contents)

cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chas. Kuhn
Pencils:
Chas. Kuhn
Inks:
Chas. Kuhn
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

6 panels: "The Good Old Days," "Jobs We'd Love" et al.

Brief Stop at Lambeau (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
horror-suspense
Synopsis:
Parisian killer Henri Roche awakes in limbo and meets the cursed hangman of the afterworld - who will hang him again.

U.S. Marines in the Boxer Rebellion (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Historical account of US intervention in China, summer 1900. Filler page.
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Table of Contents

  1. 0. [Web Of Horror]
    Purple Claw
  2. 1. The Web of Horror
    Purple Claw
  3. 2. The Killer In the Snow
    Purple Claw
  4. 3. The Serpent Strikes
    Purple Claw
  5. 4. Sparks of Life
  6. 5. Brief Stop at Lambeau
  7. 6. U.S. Marines in the Boxer Rebellion
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  • Jim Van Dore
  • Tillmann Courth
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin