(November 1940)

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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Tem Publishing Co., Inc.
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched

Issue Notes

Vol. 1 -- No. 5 November 1940
CRASH COMICS is published monthly by Tem Publishing Co., Inc. Office of publication, Meriden, Conn. Editorial Offices, 381 Fourth Avenue, New York, N.Y. Application for entry as second-class matter at the Post Office of Meriden, Conn., under the Act of March 3, 1879, pending. Price 10 cents per copy. Subscription rates, 12 issues for $1.20 in the United States and its possessions. Copyright 1940 by Tem Publishing Co., Inc. Printed in the U. S. A.

Only issue that is just "Crash Comics" on both the cover and indicia.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Cat-Man / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Bert Whitman (signed)
Inks:
Bert Whitman (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Cat-Man [David Merrywether]; The Blue Streak [Don-Vin] (inset); Buck Burke (inset); Shangra (inset); Strongman [Percy van Norton] (inset); Secret Agent Z-2 (inset)
Reprints:

Read the 3 Outstanding Comic Magazines (Table of Contents)

Crash Comics; Speed Comics; Whirlwind Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Promo for the three Temerson-related titles, although neither of the other two published any further issues with this cover date or later under Temerson's publisher. Speed Comics would be taken over by Leo Greenwald and then Harvey.

Indexer Notes

Notably, the Worth Carnahan-published series (Champion Comics, Cyclone Comics and O.K. Comics) which some sources associate with Temerson, are not included in this promo.

Inside front cover.

["Strongman, the mighty man of tomorrow..."] (Table of Contents)

Strongman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Rey Isip [as "Pagsilang R. Isip" (signed)]
Inks:
Rey Isip [as "Pagsilang R. Isip" (signed)]
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

next appears in THE INVADERS (2nd series) #1 (Marvel)

["Holy jumpin' fish hooks!"] (Table of Contents)

Flying Trio / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
George Storm
Inks:
George Storm
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

last appearance

["In a cabin at the edge of a cliff.."] (Table of Contents)

The Cat-Man / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Irwin Hasen
Inks:
Irwin Hasen
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Cat-Man [David Merrywether]; un-named Chief of the Secret Service; Herr Blonker [aka Hans the Tailor] (villain, foreign spy)
Synopsis:
David convinces the Chief of the Secret Service to let him handle the recent influx of spys coming into the country on forged passports. To do so, the Cat-Man must successfully live through a series of traps that the spy's have used to kill other agents that have tried to penetrate the spy's stronghold.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Blood-Freeze Ray; Power Gun; Smother Sphere

Indexer Notes

The Cat-Man loses his second of nine lives in the story. Catman next appears in Catman Comics #1.

Alec & the Reign of Yang (Table of Contents)

Alec / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Rudolf Johnson (signed)
Inks:
Rudolf Johnson (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

next appears in CATMAN COMICS #10

["Buck and his hunters are breaking camp..."] (Table of Contents)

Buck Burke / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
George Storm
Inks:
George Storm
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Indexer Notes

last appearance

["The Blue Streak moves to free men of importance..."] (Table of Contents)

The Blue Streak, the Defender of the People / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Dan Gormley ?
Inks:
Dan Gormley ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Blue Streak [Don-Vin]; Tago (Streak's servant); Admiral Swan (explorer); group of Fifth Columnists (villains, all die)
Synopsis:
The Streak heads to Antarctica in search of a noted explorer who has not been heard from in 48 hours, and who had hoped to stake a claim on behalf of the U.S. for iron gold and oil in the region. He discovers the Admiral under avalanch snows, rescues him, but then has to fight off the Admiral's assistants who turn out to be 5th Columnists!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Blue Streak's last appearance.

Art credits by Craig Delich.

["Because of her innumerable escapes..."] (Table of Contents)

Jane Drake / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Jane Drake
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This was the last appearance of the Jane Drake feature..

["The N.Y. Museum of Cultural History has commissioned young Bob Preston..."] (Table of Contents)

Bob Preston / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Characters:
Bob Preston (intro, only appearance)
Reprints:

["Scientists freely admit that a century hence..."] (Table of Contents)

Solar Legion / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Kirby
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

last appearance; Jack Kirby removed from pencils and inks fields (per Greg Theakston)

Waterfront Wildcat (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

["Cloaked in anonymity..."] (Table of Contents)

Secret Agent Z-2 / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Irwin Hasen (signed)
Inks:
Irwin Hasen (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

last appearance

["We shall soon reach the palace, Jack."] (Table of Contents)

Shangra / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Nam Chung Po
Pencils:
Rey Isip [as "Pagsilang R. Isip"] (signed)
Inks:
Rey Isip [as "Pagsilang R. Isip"] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Shangra
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

last appearance

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Cat-Man
  2. 1. Read the 3 Outstanding Comic Magazines
    Crash Comics; Speed Comics; Whirlwind Comics
  3. 2. ["Strongman, the mighty man of tomorrow..."]
    Strongman
  4. 3. ["Holy jumpin' fish hooks!"]
    Flying Trio
  5. 4. ["In a cabin at the edge of a cliff.."]
    The Cat-Man
  6. 5. Alec & the Reign of Yang
    Alec
  7. 6. ["Buck and his hunters are breaking camp..."]
    Buck Burke
  8. 7. ["The Blue Streak moves to free men of importance..."]
    The Blue Streak, the Defender of the People
  9. 8. ["Because of her innumerable escapes..."]
    Jane Drake
  10. 9. ["The N.Y. Museum of Cultural History has commissioned young Bob Preston..."]
    Bob Preston
  11. 10. ["Scientists freely admit that a century hence..."]
    Solar Legion
  12. 11. Waterfront Wildcat
  13. 12. ["Cloaked in anonymity..."]
    Secret Agent Z-2
  14. 13. ["We shall soon reach the palace, Jack."]
    Shangra
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Craig Delich
  • Henry Andrews
  • Lou Mougin
  • Bob Hughes
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