(November 1940)

Centaur, 1940 Series
Volume:
?
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Centaur Publications Inc.
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

Data for this issue from Jerry Bails index cards & Howard Keltners index


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Arrow / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Bob Lubbers (signed)
Inks:
Bob Lubbers (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Arrow [Ralph Payne]

["Help police! The bank has been robbed!"] (Table of Contents)

The Arrow / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Lubbers (signed)
Pencils:
Bob Lubbers (signed)
Inks:
Bob Lubbers (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Arrow [Ralph Payne]; Richard van Vadeen; Police Captain; Harry (villain, bank robber); "Schultz" Forbes (villain); Forbe's gang (villains); The Boss (villain, kidnapper); The Boss's gang [Limey (death); Slick; Bull (death)] (villains, kidnappers)
Synopsis:
A crime boss has a great idea on how to make some easy, sure loot: follow thieves to their hideout, fire arrows into the place (making them think the Arrow was on to them), and when the crooks clear out, they enter and take the lucre! But this idea is only a diversion to a bigger and better crime: ransom.
Keywords:
19 Club

Indexer Notes

Script credit by Craig Delich, with the Who's Who indicating that he did.

["Being instrumental in the capture of the murderer..."] (Table of Contents)

The Arrow / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Pencils:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Inks:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Arrow [Ralph Payne]; Harry Benson (reporter); Benson's newspaper Editor; Charlie (newspaper press man); Jane (reporter); Chief of Police; Marcus (villain, killer); Marcus' mob [Rickie; rest un-named) (villains)
Synopsis:
On the eve of the murder trial of a gangster named Marcus, reporter Benson gets a warning from Marcus' gang not to testify against their boss.......or else.
Reprints:
  • from ?
Keywords:
The Herald (newspaper)

Indexer Notes

The last panel of the story shows the Arrow shooting an arrow, but the rest of panel is blank. No doubt it said something in the original version before the story was reprinted here.

["Here's a good one, John --"] (Table of Contents)

The Arrow / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Pencils:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Inks:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Arrow [Ralph Payne]; John Carter (Department of Sanitation worker); Dr. Lang (Commissioner of Sanitation); Lang's Secretary; Dr. Sheldon (villain, Department of Sanitation employee, embezzler, death)
Synopsis:
The Department of Sanitation ignores a demand for $1 million, else the city's water supply will be poisoned, and the crime is carried out.
Reprints:
  • from ?

Indexer Notes

The last panel of the story shows the Arrow shooting an arrow, but the rest of panel is blank. No doubt it said something in the original version before the story was reprinted here, and one can see traces of the lettering that was once there.

The Headless Horseman Rides Again (Table of Contents)

The Headless Horseman / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Martin Filchock (signed)
Pencils:
Martin Filchock (signed)
Inks:
Martin Filchock (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
The Headless Horseman [Betty (Paige) Warren]; Black Beauty (Horseman's horse); Betty's mother; Jim Parks (death); Sheriff Jim Dandee; Alec Trush (villain, owner of the Bar-X Ranch); Trush's gang [Hank; others un-named] (villains)
Synopsis:
It seems the Headless Horseman has been up to no good, killing people, burning down a town and more, but Betty will believe none of it, even after the Horseman apparently robs the stagecoach she is riding in. Since she is the real Horseman, she sets out to find the true culprits.
Reprints:
  • from ?
Keywords:
Bar-X (a ranch); Gringo Gulch (Idaho); Last Chance Saloon; Lazy J (a ranch); Mesa

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Some Fun / text article / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

These two pages contain alternating illustrations and typed jokes.

Speedway of Death! (Table of Contents)

Larry Kane, The Adventure Hunter / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Steve Dahlman (signed)
Inks:
Steve Dahlman (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Larry Kane; Tommy Woods (young boy, accident victim); Tommy's mother; Colonel Kirkdale (race car owner); "Rock" Zirko (villain, racketeer); Red Bragg (villain, Zirko's race car driver); Zirko's mob (villains)
Synopsis:
When Larry witnesses the hit and run of a young boy, he vows to pay the boy's hospital bills totaling $2000. When he sees the chance to earn $5000 by winning a race car event, he goes for it, not knowing that a racketeer has resolved not to allow Larry to win the event.
Reprints:
  • from ?
Keywords:
Rocket-Car Special

Indexer Notes

Inker credit from Craig Delich, with the Who's Who indicating that he did.

["Lieutenant Lank -- the Robin Hood of wartime..."] (Table of Contents)

Lieutenant Lank / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Paul J. Lauretta (signed)
Inks:
Paul J. Lauretta (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; war
Characters:
Lieutenant Lank [aka the Robin Hood of Wartime]; Bavanian Consulate; enemy soldiers (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
Lank is called in by the Bavanian Consul, fearing that an enemy attack is due......and he is right, so the Lieutenant heads out to investigate. Discovering enemy bombders at work pummeling a small town, Lank mans an airplace to face the foe.
Reprints:
  • from ?
Keywords:
Attainia; Castle Dor; Tara (a town)

Indexer Notes

Previous appearance of this feature in Amazing Mystery Funnies #24.

Inker credit by Craig Delich, with the Who's Who indicating that he did.

["I shore feel lost here."] (Table of Contents)

'Bill' Hardin / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Al Micale [as Al Mack] (signed)
Inks:
Al Micale [as Al Mack] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Bill Hardin; Pedro Carlos Montenez Del Cordorba; Don Carlos (Pedro's father, rancher); Jose (ranch hand)
Synopsis:
Bill enters Mexico, hot on the trail of cattle rustlers, and promptly saves the life of the son of a wealthy ranch owner.
Reprints:
  • from ?
Keywords:
Mexico

Indexer Notes

Artist correction by Craig Delich. The Who's Who indicates that Al Mack was a pen-name for Micale.

The story ends abruptly with a blank small panel in the last story panel (because this is a reprinted story), no doubt once giving information about the continuance of the story.

"The King" in London (Table of Contents)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Harold Hughes (signed)
Inks:
Harold Hughes (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Sir Oliver King; Roger King; Su (Roger's servant); Hemsley Hardwicke (Roger's cousin); Judson (family lawyer); Slip Horrigan (villain, gambler); Corrigan's gang [Knuckles; Pinkey; Lefty; Roger Smith impersonator] (villains)
Synopsis:
Roger has been found alive and stands to inherit 100,000 pounds.......rather than his cousin, Hemsley, and the criminal elements trying to coerce Hemsley means for Roger's cousin to get that money: one way or another!
Reprints:
  • from ?
Keywords:
Liverpool; London; The Blue Pigeon

Indexer Notes

Inker credit by Craig Delich, with the Who's Who indicating that he did.

Fantasy Isle (Chapter 9) (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
George Loomis (signed)
Inks:
George Loomis (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Tippy Taylor; Satan (villain); Carlos (villain, Satan's assistant)
Synopsis:
After escaping from the Underground World by reducing himself to miniature size, Terry, in order to regain his true size, must remain in the House of Satan for one whole night. But Satan forces him to drink a potion that changes him physically, but not mentally, and Tippy succeeds in besting Satan and returns to normal size.
Keywords:
House of Satan

Indexer Notes

Data for this issue from Jerry Bail's index cards and Howard Keltner's index.

Continues from Amazing Mystery Funnies #24.

Last appearance.

Inker credit by Craig Delich, with the Who's Who indicating that he did.

Robin Hood (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Joseph A. Kaliff (signed)
Pencils:
Joseph A. Kaliff (signed)
Inks:
Joseph A. Kaliff (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Robin Hood; William the Conquerer

Indexer Notes

Script and inker credits by Craig Delich, with the Who's Who indicating this.

Brief illustrated biography of Robin Hood.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Illustrated advertisement from the Johnson Smith and Company, offering readers a variety of items to purchase, such as a blank cartridge pistol for 50 cents, transfer crayons for 10 cents, a bugle for 33 cents, magnetic pups for 25 cents and much more.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Arrow
  2. 1. ["Help police! The bank has been robbed!"]
    The Arrow
  3. 2. ["Being instrumental in the capture of the murderer..."]
    The Arrow
  4. 3. ["Here's a good one, John --"]
    The Arrow
  5. 4. The Headless Horseman Rides Again
    The Headless Horseman
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Some Fun
  7. 6. Speedway of Death!
    Larry Kane, The Adventure Hunter
  8. 7. ["Lieutenant Lank -- the Robin Hood of wartime..."]
    Lieutenant Lank
  9. 8. ["I shore feel lost here."]
    'Bill' Hardin
  10. 9. "The King" in London
  11. 10. Fantasy Isle (Chapter 9)
  12. 11. Robin Hood
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Lou Mougin
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Dan Kocher
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lee Randall (R.I.P.)
  • Lou Mougin