(August 1941)

Lev Gleason, 1941 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Your Guide Publications, Inc.
Editing:
Charles Biro; Bob Wood
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was ongoing series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Daredevil / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Letters:
typeset

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover.

Lists all 10 features inside the book with super brief synopses.

Also lists the Editors as Charles Biro and Bob Wood.

[The Kiss of Death] (Table of Contents)

Daredevil / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Daredevil [Bart Hill]; Tonia Saunders (Bart's girl friend); Dr. Pierce (introduction, death); Rving (Pierce's driver); Joe (Policeman); Princess Sheba (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Forty years after he and his partner discovered the tomb of Princess Sheba, Dr. Pierce, knowing the Princess was buried alive, discovers a secret hidden inside the golden cobra buried with her: a serum which can bring her back to life!
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Indexer Notes

The splash page features the "Seal of the Princess Sheba".

[Introducing the Whirlwind] (Table of Contents)

The Whirlwind / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
The Whirlwind [Terry Turner] (introduction, a boxer); Mr. Turner (introduction); Bonnie (introduction, Terry's girl friend); Jean Jacques (villain, lumberjack, introduction); Dolores [also as Delores] (villain, introduction); Monte (villain, fight promoter, introduction)
Synopsis:
Terry Turner is taking on an inhuman brute named Jean Jacques for the heavyweight championship, and learns that two swindlers, who tricked his Dad into signing some papers, are asking Terry to take a dive in the fight, or else his Dad will go up the river.
Reprints:

["Some men would come out of the experience described here with guns blazing."] (Table of Contents)

Nightro, the Streamlined Robin Hood / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Dick Wood
Pencils:
George Roussos [as Inky Roussos] (signed)
Inks:
George Roussos [as Inky Roussos] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Nightro [Hugh Goddard] (introduction, scientist, origin); Dr. Miller (introduction); Hoag (villain, introduction); Tollini (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Two unscrupulous miners, having discovered a vein of pitchblend (or radium), have their find confirmed by scientist, Hugh Goddard. But when Hugh suggests turning the discovery over to the Cancer Cure Foundation, the greedy miners club Hugh and depart with their discovery, leaving Goddard abandoned in the Alaska wilderness with little hope of survival.
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Indexer Notes

Writer verified by Michael Gilbert.

Nightro, who becomes snow blind, can see again with the use of polaroid lenses in his glasses, something strangely familar when one looks at how DC's Dr. Mid-Nite could see with infra-red lenses.

[Baseball Beginnings] (Table of Contents)

Dash Dillon at Hale / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Edd Ashe (signed)
Inks:
Edd Ashe (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Dash Dillon (introduction, medical student); Coach Taylor; Lynn Taylor (the baseball coach's daughter); Tony (Dash's friend);
Synopsis:
The baseball team at Hale University is doing poorly and Coach Taylor is in danger of losing his job. However, his daughter suggests to Dash Dillon that he join the team since he is such a great pitcher and hitter.......and his talents may be enough to turn things around and save her Dad's job.
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Keywords:
Hale University

[The Coming of the Pioneer] (Table of Contents)

Pioneer, Champion of America / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
The Pioneer (introduction, origin); The Boss (villain); Joe (villain); Scotty (villain)
Synopsis:
The Pioneer hears a crash and discovers a wrecked car with injured men at the bottom of a gorge. He nurses them back to health, not realizing that they are escaped killers!
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Indexer Notes

Only appearance, even though the last panel says that the Pioneer will return in the next issue.

Writer confirmed by Michael Gilbert.

When the artist signed his name, below it it reads "Copr. 1941 The Freelance".

Daredevil On "Defense" (Table of Contents)

Daredevil / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Charles Biro ? [as Daredevil] (signed)
Pencils:
Charles Biro (spot illustrations)
Inks:
Charles Biro (spot illustrations)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Daredevil [Bart Hill]; Polas (half-breed cafe owner in San Francisco); Sin Lee (Chinese); Nick Mondello (villain, death?); un-named assistant to Mondello (villain)
Synopsis:
While investigated illegal alien entries, Daredevil visits a small cafe in San Francisco and learns about a brutal man named Nick Mondello, who is behind the wave of smuggled aliens into the area.
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Indexer Notes

The last part of page two has a feature mastheaded "Daredevil's Punch-of-the-Month", with title "The Left-Hook", plus an illustration of Daredevil. Daredevil explains when the punch is usually used and how it is delivered.

[Origin of the Bronze Terror] (Table of Contents)

Real American #1 / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Dick Briefer (signed)
Pencils:
Dick Briefer (signed)
Inks:
Dick Briefer (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; sports
Characters:
The Bronze Terror [Jeff Dixon] (introduction, son of an Indian Chief, lawyer, origin); White Falcon (introduction, Jeff's father); Lilly (introduction, Jeff's childhood sweetheart); un-named Sheriff; un-named aide to the Chief (death); Mr. Welch (villain, crooked lawyer); Judge Hawks (villain); Zeke (villain, death); Scar Thornton (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Unscrupulous renegade Scar Thornton fills the Indians with liquor and fleeces them of their money on crooked games of chance. When the Chief of the tribe appears and tells all of his tribal members to go home, Scar takes offense and vows to kill the Indian.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Redfield

London Can Take It! (Table of Contents)

London / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Robinson (signed)
Pencils:
Jerry Robinson (signed)
Inks:
Jerry Robinson (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
London [Marc Holmes] (introduction); Dian (introduction); Prime Minister Winston Churchill; Admiral Hawkins; Dian (Prime Minister's niece); Franz (villain); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
A prisoner of a concentration camp, Franz escapes with the help of Dian and makes his way to London, where he is greeted and lauded by the Prime Minister himself. However, Marc smells a rat.....and that rat turns out to be Franz himself, who kidnaps Churchill and is in the process of taking him to see Hitler himself when he is stopped by Holmes!
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Keywords:
H.M.S. Balfur; the BBS

Indexer Notes

? removed from writer credit by Craig Delich 2013-2-4. The Who's Who and Robinson verify his writing his creation as well as illustrating it.

[Origin of Pat Patriot] (Table of Contents)

Pat Patriot, America's Joan of Arc / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Charles Biro; Bob Wood [as "Chuck" Woodro] (signed)
Pencils:
Frank Borth
Inks:
Frank Borth
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Pat Patriot [Patricia Patrios] (introduction, origin); Mike Brown (introduction, Pat's boy friend); un-named foreman (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Pat is fire from her job at the Mallison Airplane Plant by a less than friendly foreman, and appears in a play later that evening, garbed in a rather patriotic costume. Later, when she discovers that her former foreman is smuggling airplane engines to the enemy, she steps forward to stop his activities.
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Keywords:
Mallison Airplane Plant

Indexer Notes

The Who's Who lists no writer or artist named Chuck Woodrow. The pen name "Chuck Woodro" on this strip refers to writers Charles Biro and Bob Wood.

The Archives edition lists Reed Crandall as artist, but the Who's Who doesn't indicate that Crandall drew this strip. However, the Who's Who does verify that Frank Borth did in 1941 and the art style matches his work of that time on the Phantom Lady.

So, Crandall removed and Borth inserted as artist By Craig Delich 2013-8-16.

World's Worst Villain (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
The Claw (villain); Daredevil [Bart Hill] (cameo); Mrs. Hopkins (introduction, Jean's mother); Bill Hopkins (introduction, an engineer, Jean's brother); Jean Hopkins [aka known as Jean Rogers] (introduction, secretary); Bea (Jean's co-worker); Dick Hopkins (introduction, Jean's other brother); President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Synopsis:
After leaving work, Jean Rogers reads in the paper that her brother Dick is missing after an entire trainload of men enroute for Army maneuvers has vanished. Meanwhile, President Roosevelt receives a letter from the Claw stating that he has those men held prisoner, and unless the President grants trhe Claw full control of the nation's gold supply, the men await a horrible fate!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Daily Star

Indexer Notes

The last panel gives the title of next issue's story: "The Battle of the Centuries!".

New - Sensational (Table of Contents)

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

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

Characters:
Captain Battle [Jonathan Battle]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Illustrated promotional advertisement for Captain Battle Comics #1 (no cover pictured), which lists the titles of the three Captain Battle stories, with synopses, and other ballyhoo.

Best of Them All! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Characters:
Silver Streak [unknown taxi cab driver]; Meteor [Mickey O'Toole]; Daredevil [Bart Hill]; Captain Battle [Jonathan Battle]; Hale Battle
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the back cover.

Illustrated promotional advertisement for the latest issue of Silver Streak Comics, picturing the main characters in the book.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Daredevil
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. [The Kiss of Death]
    Daredevil
  4. 3. [Introducing the Whirlwind]
    The Whirlwind
  5. 4. ["Some men would come out of the experience described here with guns blazing."]
    Nightro, the Streamlined Robin Hood
  6. 5. [Baseball Beginnings]
    Dash Dillon at Hale
  7. 6. [The Coming of the Pioneer]
    Pioneer, Champion of America
  8. 7. Daredevil On "Defense"
    Daredevil
  9. 8. [Origin of the Bronze Terror]
    Real American #1
  10. 9. London Can Take It!
    London
  11. 10. [Origin of Pat Patriot]
    Pat Patriot, America's Joan of Arc
  12. 11. World's Worst Villain
    The Claw
  13. 12. New - Sensational
    Captain Battle Comics
  14. 13. Best of Them All!
    Silver Streak Comics
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • arjay
  • Craig Delich
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Chris Launder
  • Peter Croome
  • Len Wolinsky