(June 1941)

Lev Gleason, 1939 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
72 ?
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
New Friday Publications, Inc.
Editing:
Lev Gleason
Color:
Full Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format:
Was ongoing

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Captain Battle / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?; Don Rico (head of Daredevil and Claw at the top only) (signed)
Inks:
?; Don Rico (head of Daredevil and Claw at the top only) (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain Battle [Jonathan Battle]; Daredevil [Bart Hill] (inset); The Claw (inset)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art information told by Don to his son and posted on Don's official website http://deadwax.net/donrico/index.html

["Join Captain Battle's Boys' Brigade!"] (Table of Contents)

Captain Battle's Boys' Brigade / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Jack Binder
Inks:
Jack Binder
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Captain Battle [Jonathan Battle]
Synopsis:
Illustrated promotional advertisement for Captain Battle's new club, complete with stylized coupon to submit with 10 cents.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

On the inside front cover.

Great Peril (Table of Contents)

Capt. Battle / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Carl Formes [as Formes] (signed)
Pencils:
Jack Binder [as Binder] (signed)
Inks:
Jack Binder [as Binder] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain Battle [Jonathan Battle]; Jane Lorrain; The Black Dragon (villain); Deaglos (villains, birdmen of the Dragon)
Synopsis:
Jonathan is taken by surprise by the Deaglos in his laboratory, but falls unconscious through a trap door unseen. However, the strange birdmen succeed in securing some of Battle's inventions and kidnap Jane for good measure so that she can become the Queen for the Black Dragon.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Curvoscope; Dissolvo; Luceflyer

Indexer Notes

Story title taken from the cover.

Daredevil Vs. the Claw [Part 5] (Table of Contents)

Daredevil Versus The Claw / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Don Rico (signed)
Pencils:
Don Rico (signed)
Inks:
Don Rico (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Daredevil [Bart Hill]; Tonia Saunders; The Claw (villain); Lucifer the Genii (villain, introduction); Genii's monsters (villains, many die)
Synopsis:
Frustrated by defeats at the hands of Daredevil, the Claw ventures to the inferno to seek Lucifer's aid against Dardevil. Lucifer agrees with one condition: if Daredevil wins again, then the Claw will be banished into Asia forever.
Reprints:
Keywords:
The Claw's Monastary

Indexer Notes

The Daredevil feature continues in Daredevil Comics (Lev Gleason, 1941 series) #1.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Laffs / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
David B. Icove [as D.B.I.] (signed)
Pencils:
David B. Icove [as D.B.I.] (signed)
Inks:
David B. Icove [as D. B. I.] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Jones; Smith; Lenny; Lenny's Dad; Caesar (historical character); Brutus (historical character); Uncle Ned; Joey; Tommy; Jed
Synopsis:
Series of 16 assorted gags, some illustrated, including a 4-panel strip.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer and artist credits added by Craig Delich 2013-1-8. This page also includesa Silver Streak Portrait Certificate, and an illustrated spot ad for a picture ring for sale for 48 cents.

[Bok, King of Slavers] (Table of Contents)

The Pirate Prince / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Dick Briefer [as Richard Norman] (signed)
Pencils:
Dick Briefer [as Richard Norman] (signed)
Inks:
Dick Briefer [as Richard Norman] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
historical
Characters:
The Pirate Prince; Snad (a shipmaker); Bok (villain, King of the slave smugglers, death); Pete (villain); Marp (villain)
Synopsis:
Bok forces a local shipmaker to construct a special ship for his use in slave smuggling, but when he refuses, all of the shipmaker's fleet is destroyed by fire. He then agrees to build the ship with a double hull, that will effectively hide the whereabouts of slaves aboard the ship.....or so it is thought!
Reprints:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Kelly the Cop / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Art Helfant (signed)
Pencils:
Art Helfant (signed)
Inks:
Art Helfant (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Art Helfant

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Kelly; Felix; Beansie the Bully (villain)
Synopsis:
Kelly hears a commotion and finds Beansie and Felix going at it.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2013-1-8.

Fights the Gadget Octopus (Table of Contents)

Dickie Dean Boy Inventor / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Dick Wood ?
Pencils:
Pierce Rice ?
Inks:
Louis Cazeneuve ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Dickie Dean; Zip; Pete Tagle(owner of the County Fair Amusement Park); Jackie Tagle; Professor Skinn [aka Professor Skin] (villain); Blubber (villain)
Synopsis:
After saving the life of a young boy in his Sky Bug, Dickie speaks with the boy's father and comments that there is no safe play area for children in the community. When Dickie suggests using the old amusement park grounds as a possible site, Mr. Tagle gives the property to Dickie to fix up. However, the evil Professor Skinn intends to stop such efforts.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Balloon Bus; Fire Gun; the Octopus; The Sky Bug

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2013-1-8, who also took the writer/artist credits from the Who's Who. The last 1/4th of the page is an illustrated invention section, where Dickie asks readers to send in their invention ideas. One such invention, an Air Pressure Boat, sent in by reader Michael Dubroff from Brooklyn, is shown.

["Deep in the African wilderness, Lance Hale..."] (Table of Contents)

Lance Hale / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Pencils:
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Inks:
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Fred Guardineer ?

Genre:
adventure; jungle
Characters:
Lance Hale; Nellie Lee; Bill; natives (villains, some die); "Great One" (villain, a man-eating rat, death)
Synopsis:
Lance follows natives and their kidnapped female back to a temple in the jungle, where she is to be sacrificed. Saving her from several perils, Lance and Nellie head back to her expedition.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Last panel promo tells of Lance battling "The Missing Link" in the next issue.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Can You Answer These? / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script:
David B. Icove [as D.B.I.] (signed)
Pencils:
David B. Icove [as D.B.I.] (signed)
Inks:
David B. Icove [as D. B. I.] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Synopsis:
Nine illustrated puzzlers are given for the readers to answer, plus there is seven question intelligence quiz. All answers are provided.
Reprints:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Can You Solve These? / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script:
David B. Icove
Pencils:
David B. Icove
Inks:
David B. Icove
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Ferdie Frog; Slippery Snake; Porky Pig; Dirty Dog; Dopey Duck (death); Rocky Rooster (villain)
Synopsis:
A baseball crossword puzzle is given for readers to solve (solution included), an illustrated "Barnyard Murder Mystery" is presented for readers to determine who the murderer is, and there are two mathematical illustrated problems for readers to solve.
Reprints:

The Ghost of the Domino (Table of Contents)

Presto Martin, Quick Change Artist / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Presto Martin [also as Domino and Scarface Klein]; Sergeant Murphy (Policeman); un-named Police Commissioner; Daredevil [Bart Hill] (image in newspaper); Domino (villain, death); "Lucky" Rica (villain, death); Slug (villain); Scarface Klein (villain); Pete Poulos (villain); Trigger Annand (villain)
Synopsis:
Before Domino went to the chair for his crimes, he threatened to come back and get his revenge on those who turned state's evidence on him. Presto sees a case in the making when three of the witnesses are murdered. When Martin and Murphy check on Domino's grave, it is empty, and Martin smells a rat: a member of Domino's gang, looking to kill off Domino's gang members in order to help himself to money Domino had stashed away.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Panel 6 on page 2 reads: "Roussos does it again! Famous cartoonist meets second deadline!" This refers, of course, to George Roussos, noted comic book artist.

The Red Scar, or, Prairie Justice Never Lags: Part 4 (Table of Contents)

Silver Ranger and His Wonder Horse Lucifer / text story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Carl Formes (signed)
Pencils:
Jack Binder
Inks:
Jack Binder
Colors:
?
Letters:
?; most typeset

Genre:
historical; western-frontier
Characters:
The Silver Ranger; Lucifer (Ranger's horse); Sam Leonard (prospector, death); Sally Leonard (Sam's daughter); un-named Sheriff; Slim Barker (villain)
Synopsis:
The Ranger comes across a prospector who has just been fatally shot, but before he dies, he gives the Ranger a map to his gold mine that he had staked in his daughter's name. The Ranger tracks the killer to the town saloon and confronts him as the cur asks the saloon keeper to lock up two bags of gold dust. Out-numbered, the Ranger dashes out of the saloon right into the Sheriff, who, along with his deputies, rounds up Barker and the others.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Pine Gulch; Rocky Ford Palace Saloon

Indexer Notes

Story title correction by Craig Delich 2013-1-8.

[The Ripper] (Table of Contents)

Cloud Curtis and His Golden Bullet / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Carl Formes [as Formes] (signed)
Pencils:
Jack Binder [as Binder] (signed)
Inks:
Jack Binder [as Binder] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
aviation
Characters:
Cloud Curtis; "Crusher" McCoy; "Pop" Whistler; Scissors (villain, death); Spike (villain, death)
Synopsis:
Cloud must battle the threat of an international spy organization, who has sent their aircraft, termed The Ripper, to attack Army flying students. Cloud, Crusher and Pop attack the Ripper, but that plane's strong magnet holds the Golden Bullet in place and returns the aircraft to the spy's headquarters, from which Cloud and friends break out of their prison, man their plane and destroy the Ripper and crew.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Golden Bullet; The Ripper

Western Justice (Table of Contents)

Sheriff Jed / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
David B. Icove [as D. B. Icove] (signed)
Pencils:
David B. Icove [as D.B. Icove] (signed)
Inks:
David B. Icove [as D. B. Icove] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Jed (Sheriff); Dan Leary (death); Tubby; Joe Walsh (death); Ed Smith (death); Snake (villain)
Synopsis:
Jed accuses Snake of the murder of Dan Leary, but finds it difficult to prove it.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Page count corrected by Craig Delich 2013-01-8.

[Enter Simon Girty] (Table of Contents)

Dan Dearborn, Freedom's Son / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Walter Galli
Pencils:
Bernard Klein [as Bernie] (signed)
Inks:
Bernard Klein [as Bernie] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
historical
Characters:
Dan Dearborn; Jerry; Simon Girty (villain); the Indians (villains)
Synopsis:
Dan and Jerry come upon a village in flames after an Indian raid and learn from one of the dying settlers that white men, led by a man named Girty, egged the Indians on to make the attack. But Dan becomes a captive of the Indians and is slated to be burned at the stake when Girty shows up and Dan uses a ruse to save his life.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer credit revised from Bernard Sachs ? to Galli and art credits from Bernard Sachs to Bernard Klein by Craig Delich 2013-1-8. The Who's Who verifies this. Story continued in the next issue.

Introducing Mercury, the Boy Streak (Table of Contents)

Silver Streak , World's Fastest Man, and Whiz, King of Falcons / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Silver Streak [un-named taxi cab driver]; Mercury, the Boy Streak [Mickey O'Toole] (introduction); Whiz (pet Falcon); Slugger O'Toole (Mickey's father, mentioned only, death); Riley (Policeman); Dutch Bultz [aka "The Racket King"] (villain, mobster); Wang Fo [aka Wang Fu] (villain)
Synopsis:
Having received the Medal of Honor from President Roosevelt, the Streak heads north to New York City, where he sees a boy being manhandled. He saves the boy and endows him with the same powers he has, while, elsewhere, mobster Dutch Bultz offers to pay Wang Fo $1 million if he can eliminate Silver Streak.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Mercury changes his name to Meteor in the next issue.

Tops 'em All! (Table of Contents)

Silver Streak Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Bob Wood (signed)
Inks:
Bob Wood (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?; some typeset

Characters:
The Silver Streak [un-named taxi cab driver]; Mercury [Mickey O'Toole]; Whiz (pet Falcon); Cloud Curtis; Captain Battle [Jonathan Battle]; Presto Martin; Dickie Dean; Daredevil [Bart Hill]; The Pirate Prince
Synopsis:
Illustrated promotional; advertizement for Silver Streak Comics #12 (July, 1941) and the features found within its pages. Ad states the issue would go on sale June 5th (1941).
Reprints:
Keywords:
Golden Bullet

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside back cover. Sequence added by Craig Delich 2013-1-8.

["Fireworks"] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Illustrated advertizement by the Spencer Fireworks Company in Polk, Ohio, for its products, including selling its 1941 Young American Assortment, $6.45 worth of fireworks, for only $2.95. Wioth every order, the buyer will receive a 35 cent giftbox of Salutes free.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the back cover. Sequence added by Craig Delich 2013-1-8.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Captain Battle
  2. 1. ["Join Captain Battle's Boys' Brigade!"]
    Captain Battle's Boys' Brigade
  3. 2. Great Peril
    Capt. Battle
  4. 3. Daredevil Vs. the Claw [Part 5]
    Daredevil Versus The Claw
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    Laffs
  6. 5. [Bok, King of Slavers]
    The Pirate Prince
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Kelly the Cop
  8. 7. Fights the Gadget Octopus
    Dickie Dean Boy Inventor
  9. 8. ["Deep in the African wilderness, Lance Hale..."]
    Lance Hale
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Can You Answer These?
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Can You Solve These?
  12. 11. The Ghost of the Domino
    Presto Martin, Quick Change Artist
  13. 12. The Red Scar, or, Prairie Justice Never Lags: Part 4
    Silver Ranger and His Wonder Horse Lucifer
  14. 13. [The Ripper]
    Cloud Curtis and His Golden Bullet
  15. 14. Western Justice
    Sheriff Jed
  16. 15. [Enter Simon Girty]
    Dan Dearborn, Freedom's Son
  17. 16. Introducing Mercury, the Boy Streak
    Silver Streak , World's Fastest Man, and Whiz, King of Falcons
  18. 17. Tops 'em All!
    Silver Streak Comics
  19. 18. ["Fireworks"]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • James Ludwig
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Chris Launder