(February 1941)

Fiction House, 1938 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
every month
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Real Adventures Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand:
Fiction House Magazines
Editing:
Malcolm Reiss (Editor); Will Eisner (Art Director); S. M. Iger (Feature Editor)
Color:
Black and White (#1-8); Color (#9 onwards)
Dimensions:
Tabloid:10.5 x 14 1/2 (#1-8); 8.5 x 10.5 inches (#9); Standard Golden Age U.S. (#10 onwards)
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format:
Was ongoing series

Curse of the Black Venom (Table of Contents)

Sheena / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
John Celardo ?
Inks:
John Celardo ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Sheena; Bob
Keywords:
leopards

Indexer Notes

I know why we're calling this Celardo, BUT it looks very different from signed Celardo cover on #27

Curse of the Black Venom ["Taking life easy after their last adventure, Sheena..."] (Table of Contents)

Sheena / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as W. Morgan Thomas]
Pencils:
Bob Powell
Inks:
Bob Powell
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
M'lobo; Mbika; Gindii Oro; Dr. Mohammed Bey

Indexer Notes

Title is taken from cover.

["Yes, Bobby, collecting stamps is a very fine..."] (Table of Contents)

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
S. M. Iger
Pencils:
S. M. Iger
Inks:
S. M. Iger
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; children
Characters:
Gramps; Soapy; Petrovich; Jed

["Bound for a port in the mysterious tropics..."] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
? [as Willis Rensie]
Pencils:
Will Eisner; Art Saaf
Inks:
Will Eisner; Art Saaf
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
historical
Characters:
Villains: Red Gregory; Fluth; Jeremy; Sagua

Indexer Notes

Per Mort Leav, Art Saaf was given old Eisner material and assigned to re-write, re-compose, and fill in the gaps to create "new" Eisner Hawk stories (Robin Snyder's The Comics).

["A spine-tingling story in which Lightning sends..."] (Table of Contents)

Lightning / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Teller Tayles]
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
General Larkin; nameless saboteurs

Indexer Notes

Very grotesque art.

["We'll be smashed to pieces!"] (Table of Contents)

Jumbo Laffs / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
? [as I. M. Leffin]
Pencils:
Bob Kane?
Inks:
Bob Kane?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

If this is Bob Kane, then these must be reprints.

The Ghost In the Pantry (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Tom Alexander
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Typeset

Genre:
children
Characters:
Nip; Tuck

Indexer Notes

Feature includes 1/3 page Ownership Statement. Owner is J.G. Scott; T.T. Scott is Business Manager. 461-8th Ave. NYC

["Last month, Peter and his companions reached the..."] (Table of Contents)

Peter Pupp / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Golleh]
Pencils:
Bob Kane
Inks:
Bob Kane
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
children
Characters:
Colonel/King Riffraff; Professor Botts; Doctor Strom; Zula's robot
Reprints:

["The age old desire of man for a..."] (Table of Contents)

Stuart Taylor / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Curt Davis]
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Doctor Hayward; Laura Hayward

Indexer Notes

Possibly this is a collaged reprint from some of the early Jack Kirby episodes. The splash panel is certainly a reuse of the Stuart Taylor figure on the cover of Jumbo #10.

["An ancient and long disused chateau is the..."] (Table of Contents)

ZX-5 Spies In Action / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Major Thorpe]
Pencils:
shop
Inks:
shop
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Dr. Villiare; Johnny; Manya; De Gruz
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Many diverse hands, and possibly a collage of earlier strips - certainly the splash panel is "adapted" from the cover of Jumbo #11.

["The killer indian meets the vengeance of white..."] (Table of Contents)

Wilton of the West / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Fred Sande]
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Snorty; Sagawan; Gabby Wacko; Mexican Joe

Indexer Notes

Art is by a Lou Fine wannabe - or collaged from earlier Wilton strips?

The Mystery of the Two-Headed Lady of the Circus (Table of Contents)

Inspector Dayton / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Major Thorpe]
Pencils:
Whitmer Williams
Inks:
Whitmer Williams
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Mitzi Dolan; Flora Dolan; Giglio the clown; Tino Marco the swordswallower

["Tom, Dick, and Harry, three American pilots fighting..."] (Table of Contents)

Tom, Dick and Harry / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Charles Tansul]
Pencils:
Charles Sultan
Inks:
Charles Sultan
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Von Herman Leicher; Carl

Indexer Notes

Possible George Tuska involvement on page two.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Curse of the Black Venom
    Sheena
  2. 1. Curse of the Black Venom ["Taking life easy after their last adventure, Sheena..."]
    Sheena
  3. 2. ["Yes, Bobby, collecting stamps is a very fine..."]
    Bobby
  4. 3. ["Bound for a port in the mysterious tropics..."]
    The Hawk
  5. 4. ["A spine-tingling story in which Lightning sends..."]
    Lightning
  6. 5. ["We'll be smashed to pieces!"]
    Jumbo Laffs
  7. 6. The Ghost In the Pantry
  8. 7. ["Last month, Peter and his companions reached the..."]
    Peter Pupp
  9. 8. ["The age old desire of man for a..."]
    Stuart Taylor
  10. 9. ["An ancient and long disused chateau is the..."]
    ZX-5 Spies In Action
  11. 10. ["The killer indian meets the vengeance of white..."]
    Wilton of the West
  12. 11. The Mystery of the Two-Headed Lady of the Circus
    Inspector Dayton
  13. 12. ["Tom, Dick, and Harry, three American pilots fighting..."]
    Tom, Dick and Harry
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.
  • Len Wolinsky
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Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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