(August 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.
Brand:
?
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:
Jack Binder [as Binder] (signed)
Inks:
Jack Binder [as Binder] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Synopsis:
Illustrated advertisement for Captain Battle's Boys' Brigade, with coupon, for readers to mail in with ten cents to join the brigade.
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Indexer Notes

Inside front cover

[Enter Captain Battle, Jr.] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain Battle [Jonathan Battle]; Hale Battle; Dr. Goode; Dr. Goode's daughter; Priesthood of Moko (villains); Hans (villain); un-named Nazi sub commander (villain, death); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
Captain Battle rescues Hale from the Priesthood of Moko, who are in the process of sacrificing him to their god, then heads with his young charge to deal with a Nazi sub attacking a small town. They rescue the daughter of the Dr. Goode, who has been taken prisoner by the Germans because of his secret wound-healing formula. After she makes a costume for the young boy, patterned after the Captain's, they head out to save the good doctor.
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Keywords:
Dissolvo-Gun; Luceflyer

Indexer Notes

The last 1/3 of the last page of the story is a plug for the latest Silver Streak and Captain Battle Comics issues, plus a photo of Captain Battle making a public appearance in New York City and promotion for readers to join Captain Battle's Boys' Brigade.

The Adventure of the Laughing Hyena (Table of Contents)

Silver Streak and Meteor, the Boy Speed-King / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Silver Streak [un-named taxi cab driver); Meteor [Mickey O'Toole]; The Hyena ["Bull" Karson] (villain, introduction); the Hyena's gang [Joe; un-named others](villains)
Synopsis:
The Streak and Meteror read with the disgust about the lynchings of negro sharecroppers by the bloodthirsty Hyenas, and decide to do something about it.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Souda (a village)

Indexer Notes

Mercury is renamed Meteor in this story. The last panel gives the title for the next story "Case of the Totem Pole".

[The Bomb Saboteurs] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
adventure; aviation
Characters:
Cloud Curtis; "Crusher" McCoy; "Pop" Whistler; Slouchy (villain); two un-named gang members (villains, both die)
Synopsis:
Cloud catches a couple of thugs trying to blow up his aircraft hanger, and discover that others in their group plan to blow up International Aeroplane and a U.S. battleship. So, he sets out in the Golden Bullet to stop those schemes.
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Keywords:
Golden Bullet

Quick Revenge, or, You Can't Do That To My Buddy (Table of Contents)

Captain Battle / text story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Otto Binder ?
Pencils:
Jack Binder (spot illustrations)
Inks:
Jack Binder (spot illustrations)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain Battle [Jonathan Battle]; Hale Battle; un-named bouncer (villain); un-named beer-dive owner (villain)
Synopsis:
Captain Battle learns of a crooked roulette wheel at work, conning military men out of their hard earned money, so he and Hale take action by busting up the wheel and rounding up those responsible.
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[The Treasure Map] (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
Characters:
The Pirate Prince;
Synopsis:
The Prince fishes a bottle out of the ocean, which contains an incomplete treasure map inside. Accidently knocked overboard, he then dreams of seeing the treasure, landing on an island and meeting someone who tells him that he will get clues to the missing pieces of the map from weird beings on the island.
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Boys and Girls, Win $100 in Cash Prizes (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Don Rico (cover); ?
Inks:
Don Rico (cover); ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?; most typeset

Characters:
Captain Battle [Jonathan Battle] (inset); The Silver Streak [unknown taxi cab driver] (inset)
Synopsis:
Illustrated promotion from the publisher, with Silver Streak #12 cover shown, for a new contest, offering a $50 1st Prize, $10 2nd Prize, five $5 3rd Prizes, and twenty-five $1 4th Prizes. First, readers are asked to answer this question in 100 words or less: "Which feature do you like best in Silver Streak Comics and why?". Secondly, also in 100 words or less, readers are asked, "How I get all my friends to buy Silver Streak Comics". All letters were to be postmarked by August 9, 1941.
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[The Mad Elephant] (Table of Contents)

Lance Hale / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
jungle; adventure
Characters:
Lance Hale; un-named Chief of Meru tribe; Nada (Meru Chief's daughter)
Synopsis:
Driven mad with pain, a wounded African elephant runs rampant through the Meru village, and inhabitants contact Lance, hoping he could stop the destructive beast. In the process of doing so, Lance saves the daughter of the Meru chief several times.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2013-2-21. The last panel tells of Lance Hale's next battle, this time against a man-eating crocodile.

[The Lightning Machine] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Dick Wood [as Dick Hamilton] (signed)
Pencils:
Fred Schwab ?
Inks:
Fred Schwab ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Dickie Dean; Zip Todd; Professor Blankhorne (villain, introduction, death); C.B. Wolf (villain, death)
Synopsis:
Dickie invents a photo lightning machine that can generate a true bolt of lightning that can hit any spot within a radius of miles. He takes it in to the offices of Kent Burk and Endicott to get it patented, not realizing an imposter is on hand to steal the invention and get it to Professor Blankhorne.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Photo-lightning Machine; Sky Bug

Indexer Notes

Writer credit by Craig Delich 2013-2-21. The Who's Who states that "Dick Hamilton" was the pen-name of writer Dick Wood. Also, the art is obviously NOT by Dick Briefer, but appears to be Fred Schwab.

[Origin of Thun-Dohr] (Table of Contents)

Thun-Dohr / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Jeff Remon] (signed)
Pencils:
? [as Jeff Remon] (signed)
Inks:
? [as Jeff Remon] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Thun-Dohr (introduction, origin); un-named parents of Thun-Dohr (both die); The Dalai Lama; Dr. Benson Bell (death); Sin Khaii (villain, introduction); Clavell (Professor Bell's assistant, made evil by the Black Madness)
Synopsis:
At a monastary in ancient Tibet, a young American Lama, now called Thun-Dohr, is summoned by the Dalai Lama and told the story of a white search party that met its fate looking for Lha-I-Ha......there was one survivor, a young baby, brought to the Dalai Lama. This young man is told he was then trained, in mind and body, in the arts of the Gom-pa, and that, now, he must undergo the tests of the Potala. He passes and is given a bracelet of gold that connects the spirits of himself and the Dalai Lama, who will fight evil together....in spirit.
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Keywords:
Monastary of Lha-I-Ha; Pandora's Box; the Black Madness

Indexer Notes

Jeff Remon is a by-line for the strip only.

The Riddle of the Missing Bullet! (Table of Contents)

Presto Martin / 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 Mr. Billups]; Sergeant Murphy; Toni Billups; Mr. Billups (death); Battleship LeBlanc (boxer); Jackson (villain); un-named cook (villain)
Synopsis:
Presto runs into ex-movie star and acquaintance, Toni Billups, and finds out that her father has been having dreams in which he is going to be murdered. Later, he is informed at a boxing match that Toni's father has indeed been killed and Prestpo is off to discover the killer's identity.
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Indexer Notes

There is a blurb at the bottom of the last page giving the title of next issue's adventure, "The Case of the Baseball Murders".

The Affair of the Scarlet Skull (Table of Contents)

Daredevil / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Don Rico
Pencils:
Don Rico
Inks:
Don Rico
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Daredevil [Bart Hill] [also as The Scarlet Skull]; Tonia Saunders (Bart's fiancee); The Scarlet Skull (villain, introduction); Eric Sinhart (villain)
Synopsis:
Daredevil discovers that a Nazi bigwig is behind a plot to use the Scarlet Skull to kidnap the President of the United States, while a member of the gang disguises himself as the President in order to undermine U.S. war efforts.
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Indexer Notes

Policeman at the Police Station is shown reading a copy of Silver Streak Comics. The last panel reveals the next story title: "Enter the Parson".

[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:
?

Characters:
Daredevil [Bart Hill]; The Claw; Nightro [Hugh Goddard]; London [Marc Holmes]; Whirlwind [Terry Turner]; Bronze Terror [Jeff Dixon]; The Pioneer, Champion of America
Synopsis:
Illustrated promotional advertisement for Daredevil Comics #2, picturing the cover, and some of the interior features.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover

[no title indexed] (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]
Synopsis:
Illustrated promotional advertisement for the first issue of Captain Battle Comics, including the titles of the three Captain Battle stories with synopses.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Back cover

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Captain Battle
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Captain Battle's Boys' Brigade
  3. 2. [Enter Captain Battle, Jr.]
    Captain Battle
  4. 3. The Adventure of the Laughing Hyena
    Silver Streak and Meteor, the Boy Speed-King
  5. 4. [The Bomb Saboteurs]
    Cloud Curtis and His Golden Bullet
  6. 5. Quick Revenge, or, You Can't Do That To My Buddy
    Captain Battle
  7. 6. [The Treasure Map]
    The Pirate Prince
  8. 7. Boys and Girls, Win $100 in Cash Prizes
    Silver Streak contest
  9. 8. [The Mad Elephant]
    Lance Hale
  10. 9. [The Lightning Machine]
    Dickie Dean, the Boy Inventor
  11. 10. [Origin of Thun-Dohr]
    Thun-Dohr
  12. 11. The Riddle of the Missing Bullet!
    Presto Martin
  13. 12. The Affair of the Scarlet Skull
    Daredevil
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Daredevil Comics
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Captain Battle Comics
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Craig Delich
  • Mike Nielsen
  • James Ludwig
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Chris Launder