(July 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)

Daredevil / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Daredevil [Bart Hill]; Captain Battle [Jonathan Hale] (inset); Silver Streak [unknown taxi cab driver] (inset)
Reprints:

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 Boys' Brigade, the Defenders of American Democracy! Readers are to mail in the attached Boy's Brigade coupon with 10 cents, and they will receive the membership card and official badge in the mail.
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Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Bargains In Murder (Table of Contents)

Daredevil / 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 (Bart's fiancee); District Attorney Wayne (death); Judge Harkins (villain); The Murder Syndicate [Porky Porter (chief); Chopper Lane (the executioner); Mysteriouis Figure in Black] (villains, introduction for all); Slug (villain); Eric Sinhart ? (villain)
Synopsis:
The Murder Syndicate gets the job of bumping off the District Attorney and succeeds. However, Bart spots the Chopper and eventually rounds him up as well as the chief, Porky Porter, as Daredevil. But a mysterious figure in black and his fellow felons show up at the courtroom, tosses in tear gas, and rescues the two criminals, capturing Daredevil in the process.
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Indexer Notes

The last panel of the story tells of Daredevil's next foe, the Spymaster (shown in next to last panel of this story?), and gives the titles of next issue's story: "The Affair of the Scarlet Skull."

The Treasure Hunters (Table of Contents)

Dickie Dean The Boy Inventor / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Dick Briefer ?
Pencils:
Dick Briefer ?
Inks:
Dick Briefer ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Dickie Dean; Zip Todd; Tod (Zip's uncle); Cranky Andy (villain, death); Andy's gang (villains)
Synopsis:
Dickie and Zip are on summer vacation from school and decide to visit Zip's fisherman Uncle Tod, who can't understand why the fish have been dying......fish he needs to catch for a living. Dickie turns the Sky-Sub into a walking submarine, and he and Zip go underwater to investigate. They find the reason why the fish are dying and spot the mast of an old treasure ship......a ship that one of Uncle Tod's rivals is interested in.
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Keywords:
The Sky-Bug (aka the Walking Submarine)

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich 2013-2-4. The last 1/3 of page 8 is devoted to Dickie Dean's Invention Corner, and features the invention of Jerry Young of Urbana, Illinois: a home-made picture projector.

The Race Against Death (Table of Contents)

Silver Streak and Mercury, the Boy Speed King / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Rex Richards (signed)
Inks:
Rex Richards (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Silver Streak [an unknown taxi cab driver]; Mercury; The Invaders (villains, many die)
Synopsis:
The Streak and Mercury head to China to help save the imperiled village of San Cho from the enemy invaders.
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Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Rex Richards ? to ? by Craig Delich 2013-2-4. The Who's Who indicates that Richards was an artist only on this strip. Thus the ? behind the penciler name was also removed. The last panel of the story gives the title of the next story: "The Adventure of the Laughing Hyena".

[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:
Joe; Leo; Eddy
Synopsis:
Various illustrated activities for the readers to solve include a animal cross-word puzzle, the dwarf's problem, and two brain teasers. The solution to all of these is provided.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Synopsis:
Readers are asked to take a Quick Quiz of six questions, plus find the answers to nine illustrated posers, such as: what makes a baseball curve, what state has more than 10,000 lakes, and so on. Answers are provided.
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[The Forbidden Valley of Ka-Zor] (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; un-named cave-man and his family
Synopsis:
Lance decides to explore the forbidden Valley of Ka-Zor, surrounded on all sides by steep cliffs, and never explored by man. There he meets a cave-man and his family, saving them from various prehistoric creatures.
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Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2013-2-4.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Chubby Chump / filler / 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:
humor
Characters:
Chubby Chump; un-named umpire
Synopsis:
In a baseball game, with the manager threatening to trade him to another team, Chubby hits a long ball and rounds all the bases, sliding into home for an apparent home run. That is, until the ump tells him that he had yelled foul ball on the play!
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Daredevil / promo (ad from the publisher) / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils:
Charles Biro; various
Inks:
Charles Biro; various
Colors:
?
Letters:
?; most typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Daredevil [Bart Hill]; The Claw; Nightro [Hugh Goddard]; London [Marc Holmes]; The Whirlwind [Terry Turner]; The Pioneer; The Bronze Terror [Jeff Dixon]
Synopsis:
Illustrated publisher promotional advertisement for Daredevil Comics #2, with cover reproduced, on sale June 20, 1941, and featuring twelve smash features (some illustrated w/text blurbs).
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Indexer Notes

The centerfold of this issue.

[Introducing Hale Battle] (Table of Contents)

Captain Battle / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain Battle [Jonathan Hale]; Hale Battle [formerly Nathan Hale; later Captain Battle Jr.] (introduction); The Black Dragon (villain); Deaglo Birdmen [Major Ling Fu] (villains, all reform); the Thibetan Hoods (villains)
Synopsis:
Captain Battle works feverishly in his lab, trying to turn the bewitched birdmen of the Black Dragon back into human beings. He succeeds with one of them, Major Ling Fu, who agrees to help the Captain against his foes, and together, they fly to the Dragon's Castle, and succeed in freeing the other birdmen from their bewitching. He discovers that one of the Deaglos is a young boy named Nathan Hale, who helps Battle fight the Thibetan Hoods, who capture young Hale and attempt to sacrifice him to their god Moko.
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Keywords:
Curvos-copette; De-witcher Gun; Luce Flyer

Indexer Notes

Continued in the next issue.

Boomerang! or The Bandit's Thwarted Revenge: Part 5 (Table of Contents)

The Silver Scout and His Horse Lucifer / text story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
The Silver Scout [originally known as The Silver Ranger]; Lucifer (the Scout's horse); Rose (school teacher); Manuel's wife; un-named Sheriff; Rodrigo (villain, renegade bandit)
Synopsis:
The Scout and Lucifer answer to the screams of a young school teacher from Roaring Falls, kidnapped and being abused by the renegade bandito from Mexico, Rodrigo, but is promptly captured by the outlaw's men. They head for the bandit's camp on the American side of the border before journeying on to Mexico the next day and get roaring drunk. During the night, Rose is freed by a woman whose son was killed by Rodrigo, who then frees the Scout, who rounds up the bandit and his cut-throats.
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Keywords:
Roaring Rapids

Indexer Notes

Oddity: The Scout's horse is white, yet the text calls him coal-black.

[The Tolarian Kidnappers] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
adventure; aviation
Characters:
Cloud Curtis; Lem Anderson; "Crusher" McCoy; "Pop" Whistler; Mike (news reporter); Co-ordinator of Defense [Kutsden]; Tolarians (villains)
Synopsis:
Cloud's friend, Lem, has invented a new type of bomb and Cloud agrees to test it, and if it is worthy, he'll talk to the Army about it. Before he can take off in the Golden Bullet, a news reporter informs Cloud that the U.S. Defense Co-ordinator has been kidnapped by the Tolarians, and Cloud is the only one to get him back safely without anyone being the wiser.
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Keywords:
Golden Bullet

[Captain Blooze's Whaler Scam] (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:
adventure; war
Characters:
The Pirate Prince; Captain Blooz (villain, slave-runner)
Synopsis:
The Prince runs across Captain Blooz again, who tries to convince him that he no longer a slave-runner, but a whaler. But a fire aboard Blooz's ship reveals hidden slaves, and Blooz is captured and handed over to the slaves, who are returned to Africa by the Prince. As for Blooz, he becomes a slave to the ex-slaves.
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[The Capture of Simon Girty] (Table of Contents)

Dan Dearborn / 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; Scar-Face Dykes (villain, mentioned only); Simon Girty (villain); the Indians (villains)
Synopsis:
Dan is saved from torture by the Indians by Sam Girty, leader of the dreaded "White Savages", but discovers that Jerry has followed Dan and has been nabbed by Sam. He is able to save the boy and turn the tables on Girty's "White Savages" and they are captured.....but Sam somehow escapes.
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Indexer Notes

Continued from last issue. Writer/artist credits for Bernard Baily revised to Walter Galli, writer, and Bernard Klein, artist, by Craig Delich 2013-2-4.

The Unbelievable Case of the Lady Killer!! (Table of Contents)

Presto Martin Master of Quick Disguise / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Presto Bill Martin [also as the Lady Killer]; Miss Kent (Martin's secretary); Betty (actress); Jack Jenkins (sports cartoonist, Betty's boy friend); un-named Police Commissioner; The Lady Killer (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Presto must face and defeat a disguised, cloaked adversary who has taken to killing, beating and brutally murdering beautiful young girls.
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Keywords:
Crane Club

Indexer Notes

The last panel reveals the name of next issue's story: "Riddle of the Missing Bullet".

Here's Captain Battle! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Characters:
Captain Battle [Jonathan Battle]
Synopsis:
Illustrated promotional advertisement, assuring readers that the good Captain himself will visit their neighborhood soon. But, in the meantime, they are to go to their local newsstand and pick up the newest issue of Captain Battle Comics, on sale June 27, 1941. Also, readers are asked whether or not they have joined Captain Battle's Boys' Brigade
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Indexer Notes

Found on the inside back cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Charles Biro ?
Inks:
Charles Biro ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Daredevil [Bart Hill]
Synopsis:
Illustrated promotional advertisement asking readers to pick up the newest issue of Daredevil Comics (#2), on sale June 20, 1941.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Daredevil
  2. 1. Join Captain Battle's Boys' Brigade!
    Captain Battle's Boys' Brigade
  3. 2. Bargains In Murder
    Daredevil
  4. 3. The Treasure Hunters
    Dickie Dean The Boy Inventor
  5. 4. The Race Against Death
    Silver Streak and Mercury, the Boy Speed King
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Can You Solve These?
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Can You Answer These?
  8. 7. [The Forbidden Valley of Ka-Zor]
    Lance Hale
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Chubby Chump
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Daredevil
  11. 10. [Introducing Hale Battle]
    Captain Battle
  12. 11. Boomerang! or The Bandit's Thwarted Revenge: Part 5
    The Silver Scout and His Horse Lucifer
  13. 12. [The Tolarian Kidnappers]
    Cloud Curtis and His Golden Bullet
  14. 13. [Captain Blooze's Whaler Scam]
    The Pirate Prince
  15. 14. [The Capture of Simon Girty]
    Dan Dearborn
  16. 15. The Unbelievable Case of the Lady Killer!!
    Presto Martin Master of Quick Disguise
  17. 16. Here's Captain Battle!
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    Daredevil Comics
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • James Ludwig
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Chris Launder