(August 1941)

Harvey, 1941 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD; 0.15 CAD
Pages:
100
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Alfred Harvey
Editing:
Alfred Harvey
Format:
small digest size, 100 pages

Issue Notes

Additional sequences by Gary Watson, 8/26/2006.

POCKET COMICS, Volume 1, number 1, August 1941. Published bi-monthly by Alfred Harvey, 55 West 42nd Street, New York, N. Y. Application for entry as second class matter pending at the Post Office in New York. Copyright 1941, by Alfred Harvey, New York, N. Y., U. S. A. Price 10 cents per copy. In Canada 15 cents per copy. Subscription for six issues, 60 cents in U. S. A. (Other countries 85 cents). Contents must not be reproduced without written permission. No actual person is named or delineated in this fiction magazine. Printed in U. S. A.


["Beware Satan -- here comes the Spirit of '76 --"] (Table of Contents)

Spirit of '76 / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Joe Simon
Inks:
Joe Simon
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Spirit of '76
Reprints:
Keywords:
Statue of Liberty

Indexer Notes

Art previously tentatively attributed to Bob Powell, but Joe Simon's autobiography "My Life In Comics" states that he drew the covers, and Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. agrees.

[Contest] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Keywords:
contest

Indexer Notes

Promo for a contest to win $25 if you name the features of Pocket Comics that you like. Printed on inside front cover.

[The Saboteur from Hell] (Table of Contents)

Satan / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Otto Binder [as Eando Binder] (signed)
Pencils:
Pierce Rice
Inks:
Arturo Cazeneuve ?; Louis Cazeneuve ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Private Air Cadet Jim Brady; Lieutenant Patricia Randall (nurse); Satan (villain, introduction, mad dictator of the underworld); Adolf Hitler (villain); un-named members of Satan's gang (villains, introduction for all, many die)
Synopsis:
Satan makes the mistake of trying to sabotage Camp Porter in his mad campaign to undermine the U.S. program to defend democracy.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Camp Porter

Indexer Notes

Rice pencils verified by Craig Delich and Bill Black 2012-12-13. Ink credits added by Craig Delich for Bill Black, who states the two Cazeneuves did the inking on this story. The Who's Who doesn't list either one as working on this strip.

[Origin of the Red Blazer] (Table of Contents)

The Red Blazer / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Al Avison [as A. Avison] (signed)
Inks:
Al Avison [as A. Avison] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Red Blazer [Jack Dawson] (introduction, origin); Kagah (Martian, assistant to Dr. Morgan, death); Dr. Morgan (scientist, inventor of a space cruiser); Doc Breenan (villain)
Synopsis:
Jack comes upon the scene of an aged man burying someone, and discovers that he is Dr. Morgan, a scientist who invented the space cruiser and flew to Mars in 1901. Slipping Dawson a drink, the young man passes out and is taken to the heaviside layer by the scientist, where astro-pyro rays advanced the young man's evolutionary stage a few pegs. He returns to Earth to battle criminals who are looting cities and murdering residents.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Astro-Pyro Rays; Kamena Penitentiary; space cruiser; Vis-o-Phone

[Origin of the Spirit of '76] (Table of Contents)

Spirit of '76 / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Major Ralston]
Pencils:
Edd Ashe
Inks:
Edd Ashe
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; superhero
Characters:
Spirit of '76 [Gary Blakely] (introduction and origin); Major Ralston (Gary's grandfather); Captain Blakely (Gary's father); Tubby (Cadet friend of Gary's); Captain Hoch (villain); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
Gary is attending West Point, but his family tradition of serving in the military spurs him on to action before he graduates, and what better way than taking on Luftwaffe Captain Hoch, whose "Khaki Shirts" are planning to dynamite West Point.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Original indexer had art credited to Bob Powell. Original art at at Lewis Wayne Gallery.

[Origin of the Black Cat] (Table of Contents)

Black Cat / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Alfred Harvey
Pencils:
Barbara Hall
Inks:
Barbara Hall
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Black Cat [Linda Turner] (introduction and origin); Rick Horne (introduction); Garboil (villain, introduction)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Tina Robbins' interview of Hall as given on the Comixscholars-L list serve on 30 April 2014. Previous indexer credited both pencils and inks to Al Gabriele.

[Origin of the Phantom Sphinx] (Table of Contents)

The Phantom Sphinx / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Pierce Rice
Inks:
Arturo Cazeneuve; Louis Cazeneuve
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Phantom Sphinx [General Amron] (introduction, origin); Dr. Salle (scientist, introduction); Nancy Taylor (American reporter); Red Norton (villain, bandit, death); Suliman the Terrible (villain, transformed into a camel)
Synopsis:
Dr. Salle and his companions discover a long lost tomb that contains the remains of General Amron, who was put into a hypnotic sleep by his father some 6000 years before. However, a notorious bandit named Norton kills all the explorers, reads Salle's notes, then revives the mummy using a Star Sirius, a pebble and the eyes of the mummy. Rising from his long sleep, the mummy, heeding the words of his father, becomes the Phantom Sphinx, and avenges the wrongs that have been done.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Sphinx; Star Sirius

Indexer Notes

Art credits revised from Louis Cazeneuve ? by Bill Black and added by Craig Delich 2012-12-9. Original art at Lewis Wayne Gallery.

[Origin of British Agent 99] (Table of Contents)

British Agent 99 / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as William Churchill, Jr.] (signed)
Pencils:
Arturo Cazeneuve ?; Pierce Rice ?
Inks:
Arturo Cazeneuve ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; war
Characters:
British Agent 99 [Alan Douglas, aka Hal Payne as an American reporter] (introduction, origin, former Hollywood star); General Douglas (flashback, Alan's father, death); Sultana Zaida; Chuck; Herr Karl Vern (villain); Fritz (villain); Heinrich (villain, Vern's chauffeur); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
Traveling to Belgrade, Yugoslavia, on his first assignment, in the disguise of an American reporter, Agent 99 saves a young girl from the Nazis, and tells her that he is there in Yugoslavia to protect her from Gestapo agents.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Komitadjii (patriotic secret society)

Indexer Notes

Bill Black states the art was done by Arturo Cazeneuve, yet the Who's Who states that Pierce Rice was the penciler of the strip (in 1941). Maybe Cazeneuve inked the story. Added by Craig Delich 2013-2-13.

John Doyle Convicted of Murder (Table of Contents)

The Zebra / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as "Ellery King"] (signed)
Pencils:
Pierce Rice
Inks:
Arthur Cazeneuve; Louis Cazeneuve ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Zebra [John Doyle] (introduction, origin); Mary Sewell (Doyle's girlfriend); Happy Mike (villain, political boss); Slug (villain)
Synopsis:
Sentenced to death for murder because of the actions of politicians protecting the real culprit, John Doyle escapes from prison to track down the murderer, and discovers that his girl friend has been kidnapped by criminals who believe she knows more about the actual murderer than she should.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Daily World

Indexer Notes

Bill Black reports that Louis Cazeneuve also did inks on this story, although the Who's Who doesn't list Louis having worked on this strip.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Meet the Stars / filler / 2 pages (report information)

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

The Zebra's Murder Case (Table of Contents)

Zebra / text story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
? (Ellery King)
Pencils:
Pierce Rice?
Inks:
Pierce Rice?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustrations.

[The Mysterious Island] (Table of Contents)

Spin Hawkins / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Characters:
Spin Hawkins (introduction)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Indexer Notes

House ad for: Patriotic Pocket Comics; Digest Comics; Army Pocket Comics; The Black Cat; Historic Comics; Cadet Blakley Spirit of '76 Battles Satan. Advertised as all new, all 100 pages and on sale
SOON.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Ditto / filler / 1 page (report information)

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Best Laughs of the Month / filler / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Printed on inside back cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Indexer Notes

House ad for Spitfire Comics. Printed on back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["Beware Satan -- here comes the Spirit of '76 --"]
    Spirit of '76
  2. 1. [Contest]
  3. 2. [The Saboteur from Hell]
    Satan
  4. 3. [Origin of the Red Blazer]
    The Red Blazer
  5. 4. [Origin of the Spirit of '76]
    Spirit of '76
  6. 5. [Origin of the Black Cat]
    Black Cat
  7. 6. [Origin of the Phantom Sphinx]
    The Phantom Sphinx
  8. 7. [Origin of British Agent 99]
    British Agent 99
  9. 8. John Doyle Convicted of Murder
    The Zebra
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Meet the Stars
  11. 10. The Zebra's Murder Case
    Zebra
  12. 11. [The Mysterious Island]
    Spin Hawkins
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Ditto
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Best Laughs of the Month
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
  • Gary L. Watson
  • Darci
  • Peter Croome
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin