(December 1940)

Centaur, 1940 Series
Price:
0.10 USD; 0.15 CAD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Centaur Publications Inc.
Editing:
?
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

December, 1940. Number 2. WHAM COMICS is published monthly by Centaur Publications, Inc., 221 East 20th St., Chicago, Illinois. Editorial and Executive Offices: 215 Fourth Ave., New York, N. Y. Application for entry as second class matter at the Post Office at Chicago, Ill., pending. Single copies 10c; 15c in Canada. Yearly subscription $1.00 in the U.S.A. (other countries $1.50). Copyright 1940 by Centaur Publications, Inc. Contents must not be reproduced without permission. No actual person is named or delineated in this fiction magazine. Printed in the U.S.A.


["Wham! The Frost"] (Table of Contents)

Blue Fire / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Lew Glanzman
Inks:
Lew Glanzman
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Blue Fire [Jack Knapp]; The Frost

This Beautiful Desk for only $1.00 (Table of Contents)

Remington Noiseless Deluxe Portable Typewriter / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

["Blue Fire is a real figure of mystery to the world..."] (Table of Contents)

Blue Fire / comic story / 9.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Louis Glanzman [as Lew Glanz] (signed)
Pencils:
Louis Glanzman [as Lew Glanz] (signed)
Inks:
Louis Glanzman [as Lew Glanz] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Blue Fire [Jack Knapp] (introduction, origin); The Frost (introduction)
Synopsis:
Jack Knapp, who spends his time experimenting with chemicals, causes an explosion that surrounds him with blue flame. While the fire engulfs him, he can pass through any object. Memorizing the formula, he goes to investigate an ocean liner sabotaged by a strange man encased in ice. Blue Fire discovers the Frost, a foreign agent who can freeze himself and his surroundings by consuming a small pill. Their powers produce a stalemate, but Jack only captures him temporarily.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The story was intended to continue in the next issue, but Centaur Publications, Inc. cancelled all of its titles and folded.
Writing credit from Who's Who.

Boys--Girls! Solve this Puzzle! (Table of Contents)

activity / 0.33 page (report information)

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

["Close to the heart of the great solar system..."] (Table of Contents)

Solarman / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
science fiction; superhero
Characters:
Solarman (introduction, origin); Quino (Saturian scientist, introduction); Al Ravoni (villain, gangster); Joe (villain); Tony (villain)
Synopsis:
On Saturn, the dwarf scientist Quino sends Solarman to help the people of Earth. His first assignment is to capture a fugitive gangster attempting to leave the country on a forged passport and bring him to justice.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Dyno-Ray Gun; Vacuum-Ray Projector; X-Ray Scope

Indexer Notes

Writing credit from Who's Who.

["Telegram for Mr. Morgan, Sir."] (Table of Contents)

The Sparkler / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
John F. Kolb (signed)
Pencils:
John F. Kolb (signed)
Inks:
John F. Kolb (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sparkler [Red Morgan]
Synopsis:
The Sparkler must track down Queen Marie and her mob who are smuggling diamonds.

Indexer Notes

Writing credit from Who's Who.

How the Buzzard Came to Be! (Table of Contents)

Buzzard / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Buzzard [Flash] (introduction, origin); The Mayor (introduction); The Police Chief (introduction); Flash's girlfriend (introduction)
Synopsis:
The Mayor gives an unidentified man a device that produces a gas that makes all see him as the "nemesis of the underworld", The Buzzard (an odd-looking man in tails with glasses, a large beak-like nose and a receding hairline)! When the Chief of Police hears that his forces have a gang cornered in a building, he rushes to the scene, expressing his annoyance over his son Flash's presence in the police department (the Mayor gave him the job). To his dismay, the Buzzard routs the gang before the police can do anything. Flash and his girlfriend are amused by the Chief's frustration, as they know that Flash is in fact the Buzzard.

Indexer Notes

Technically, the title applies to the three-panel strip that briefly gives the Buzzard's origin before the main story starts.
Writing credit from Who's Who.

Light Signals (Table of Contents)

Blue Fire / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Eric Reid]
Pencils:
Frank Thomas ? [as F. T.] (signed)
Inks:
Frank Thomas ? [as F. T.] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Blue Fire [Dick Knapp] (name was Jack Knapp in the lead story); The Frost; Tanya Gerhst (introduction)
Synopsis:
Blue Fire corners the Frost and his spy Tanya, preventing them from attacking an ocean liner. But they escape his grasp once more.

Indexer Notes

Who's Who identifies Eric Reid as a byline.

["Larry Hunter, young psychology professor..."] (Table of Contents)

Larry Hunter / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Patrick Weld (signed)
Inks:
Patrick Weld (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Larry Hunter (introduction, origin)
Synopsis:
Professor Larry Hunter is detoured on his way to a lecture and is imprisoned by Dr. Z, who has been studying the same topics of thought reception. Dr. Z forces Larry to work to complete his thought receiver, but with the help of fellow captive Mary Brown and the now-working receiver, Larry and Mary both escape. Larry vows to use the receiver to fight crime.

["Spark O'Leary is finishing his evening news broadcast..."] (Table of Contents)

Spark O'Leary / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Charles Pearson [as Chas Pearson] (signed)
Inks:
Charles Pearson [as Chas Pearson] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Spark O'Leary
Synopsis:
Spark uses radio to help the police catch a gang that's been blowing up buildings.

"Satan" Takes a Holiday (Table of Contents)

Jeb Tinker / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Arthur Hoffman (signed)
Inks:
Arthur Hoffman (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Reprints:

["Ancient god appears in night club"] (Table of Contents)

Craig Carter / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Ed Robbins [as Robin] (signed)
Pencils:
Ed Robbins [as Robin] (signed)
Inks:
Ed Robbins [as Robin] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Craig Carter; Nikky Darnier; Professor Darnier; Zeus; Pluto; Thor
Synopsis:
After reading about the events from last issue in the paper, some thugs kidnap Nikky to force Craig to give them his magic ring. With the help of the gods at his command through the ring, Craig defeats them, but Pluto decides to go off and have some "fun" rather than return to the ring once his work is done.

Indexer Notes

Writing credit from Who's Who.

Berg "Stout Fellow" (Table of Contents)

Album of Famous Animals / filler / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
biography

["Mail coupon! Given Nothing to buy!"] (Table of Contents)

Wilson Chem. Co., Inc. / advertisement / pages (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover. Some panels tinted pink, otherwise black and white.

["Boys! Girls! Have you seen our new 1941 catalog?"] (Table of Contents)

Johnson Smith & Company / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["Wham! The Frost"]
    Blue Fire
  2. 1. This Beautiful Desk for only $1.00
    Remington Noiseless Deluxe Portable Typewriter
  3. 2. ["Blue Fire is a real figure of mystery to the world..."]
    Blue Fire
  4. 3. Boys--Girls! Solve this Puzzle!
  5. 4. ["Close to the heart of the great solar system..."]
    Solarman
  6. 5. ["Telegram for Mr. Morgan, Sir."]
    The Sparkler
  7. 6. How the Buzzard Came to Be!
    Buzzard
  8. 7. Light Signals
    Blue Fire
  9. 8. ["Larry Hunter, young psychology professor..."]
    Larry Hunter
  10. 9. ["Spark O'Leary is finishing his evening news broadcast..."]
    Spark O'Leary
  11. 10. "Satan" Takes a Holiday
    Jeb Tinker
  12. 11. ["Ancient god appears in night club"]
    Craig Carter
  13. 12. Berg "Stout Fellow"
    Album of Famous Animals
  14. 13. ["Mail coupon! Given Nothing to buy!"]
    Wilson Chem. Co., Inc.
  15. 14. ["Boys! Girls! Have you seen our new 1941 catalog?"]
    Johnson Smith & Company
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Henry Andrews
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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