(October 1941)

Lev Gleason, 1941 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
New Friday 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

Death is the Referee! (Table of Contents)

Daredevil / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Daredevil [Bart Hill]; Tonia Saunders; Hans Meyer
Reprints:

Daredevil Presents 10 Smash Features (Table of Contents)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Daredevil [Bart Hill]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover.

TOC losting the 10 features included in the magazine with super brief synopses and a head view of Daredevil. It lists Charles Biro and Bob Wood as Editors.

Death Is the Referee (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; Sue Smith (fiancee of Jeff); Jeff Hart; un-named yacht Captain; Hans Meyer (villain, dictator of the island, death)
Synopsis:
Sue and Jeff are taking their yacht to an uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean for their honeymoon and invite Bart and Tonia to accompany them. Unfortunately, when they are shipped on such an island, they face a cruel dictator who is out to kill all the men and make one the ladies his wife!
Reprints:
Keywords:
S.S. "Clover"

Indexer Notes

Story title taken from the cover. Story inspired by "The Most Dangerous Game".

The last panels gives the title to next issue's story: "Dead Men Can Talk".

Pardons For Cash (Table of Contents)

Daredevil / text story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Dick Wood (signed)
Pencils:
Charles Biro (spot illustrations)
Inks:
Charles Biro (spot illustrations)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Daredevil [Bart Hill]; un-named prison guard; Captain Mellon (of the F.B.I.); Jonathan C. Shultz (villain, death); Sapone (villain)
Synopsis:
Racket king Shultz waits for the prison baseball team to take the field, with him keeping score, in order for him to make an ingenious prison break at just the right time!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Sing Sing

Indexer Notes

The last section of page 3 features the illustrated "Daredevil's Punch-of-the-Month", which spotlights "The Solar Plexus Punch Just Below the Ribs", describing how to effectively deliver this crippling blow.

The Claw In Captivity!!! (Table of Contents)

The Claw / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Claw (villain); Bill Hopkins; Jean Hopkins; Mrs. Hopkins (Jean's mother); Fu (villain, one of the Claw's agents)
Synopsis:
The Claw is captured and brought to New York City in chains, kept in a special holding area at the Central Park Zoo until a massive prison can be built to house him. However, the villain escapes and looks for Bill and Jean Hopkins to exact his revenge upon.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Central Park Zoo

In Glory Canyon (Table of Contents)

Pat Patriot / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Charles Biro; Bob Wood
Pencils:
Frank Borth
Inks:
Frank Borth
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Pat Patriot [Patricia Patrios]; Chester Wood (introduction); un-named Sheriff; Butternose (villain, ranch hand, introduction)
Synopsis:
Pat's old friend, Chester Wood, invites her to come out to his ranch near Glory Canyon, where he is in charge of building the Glory Dam. After she arrives, Woods advises her that unknown parties have been attempting to destroy the dam as it supplies vital electricity to vital defense industries.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Glory Canyon; Glory Dam

Indexer Notes

Artist revision from Reed Crandall to Borth by Craig Delich 2013-8-18. The Archives edition lists Reed Crandall as artist, but the Who's Who doesn't indicate that Crandall drew this strip. But it does state that Borth did illustrate the strip in 1941 and this is his art style (just as he did the Phantom Lady).

Oddity: Pat is shown alternately with and without her cape.

Fu Tong (Table of Contents)

Nightro / 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]; Blackie (Goddard's dog); Fong (villain, introduction); Lee Tang (villain, introduction); un-named other gang members (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis:
Reading about the loss of a fourteenth Navy pilot, Hugh Goddard realizes that the pilots were better pilots than that, and chooses to investigate, and discovers that the pilots were suckered into landing their planes near a decoy plane, where they were captured.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer credit verified by Michael Gilbert.

[Rossi the Racketeer] (Table of Contents)

Real American Number One / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure; western-frontier
Characters:
The Bronze Terror [Jeff Dixon]; White Falcon; Rossi (villain, introduction, death); Butch (villain, introduction); Stella (villain, introduction); other un-named gang members (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis:
Rossi and his gang into the city of Redfield, where they set up a new atraction: an amusement center comprised of crooked gambling machines.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Redfield

[The Mystery Sub] (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; Carrie; Socko; Dean Roberts; President Franklin D. Roosevelt (cameo); un-named German U-Boat Commander (villain); other un-named Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
Dash is told by the Dean of the college that he must pass his German exam on Friday or be ineligible for the football team......just as a rado broadcast tells of the sinking of a U.S. ship by a German submarine. When he rounds up the crew of the sub, the Present of the United Sates presents Dash with the Distinguished Service Cross.
Reprints:
Keywords:
"City of Norwalk"; Hale College

Indexer Notes

The Archives edition lists Ashe also as the writer. However, the Who's Who doesn't indicate that Ashe drew this feature.

The Glass Gargoyle (Table of Contents)

Thirteen / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Thirteen [Harold Higgins]; Officer Casey (Policeman); Arthur C. Yates (villain, explorer and lecturer, introduction); Compello (villain, introduction, death); Inky (villain)
Synopsis:
Higgins decides to go to the museum to see the famed Egyptian Buddha that has gruesome tradegies associated with it. While there, a gang of crooks enter and mkae off with the exhibit, which contains a paper able to decipher an Egyptian code.
Reprints:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Puzzle Fun / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script:
A. W. Nugent (signed)
Pencils:
A. W. Nugent (signed)
Inks:
A. W. Nugent (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
A. W. Nugent

Characters:
Jack Bunny; Jim Panzee; Mrs. Hen
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Page contains six different activities for the reader to do, including finding seven intentional mistakes in a drawing and finding hidden pictures.

[The Submarine Signaller] (Table of Contents)

London / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
London [Marc Holmes]; Prime Minister Winston Churchill (cameo); Bland (villain, introduction); The Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
A rather unique voyage occurs, the ship carrying a diplomat, a condemned criminal, an aspiring playright and a fading movie actress......all on the heels of a ship sunk by a German U-Boat.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Big Ben; H.M.S. "Albion"; London; U-52

Indexer Notes

Writer confirmed by Robinson himself.

[The New Manager] (Table of Contents)

Whirlwind The Blonde Bomber / comic story / 7 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:
Whirlwind [Terry Turner]; Tim (Terry's fight manager); Jackie Wings (fight promoter, introduction); Atwood (Tim's attorney); Dobbs (Wing's butler); Mr. Shaeffer (fight promoter); Mauler Murphy (boxer)
Synopsis:
Terry's contract is placed in the hands of his fighter manager's attorney, who informs the boxer that he is to report to Westchester to help with an "Aid For Britain" boxing exhibition.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Daily Star

Get It On Your Newsstand Now (Table of Contents)

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

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

Characters:
Captain Battle [Jonathan Battle]; Hale Battle
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Illustrated promotional advertisement for Captain Battle Comics #1 with cover pictured.

Free Focusing Power Telescope With This Offer (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Found on the back cover.

Illustrated advertisement from Metro Publications, who offer readers a free telescope with their purchase of a book titled "Scientific Wonders of the World" for only $1.98. Has coupon.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Death is the Referee!
    Daredevil
  2. 1. Daredevil Presents 10 Smash Features
  3. 2. Death Is the Referee
    Daredevil
  4. 3. Pardons For Cash
    Daredevil
  5. 4. The Claw In Captivity!!!
    The Claw
  6. 5. In Glory Canyon
    Pat Patriot
  7. 6. Fu Tong
    Nightro
  8. 7. [Rossi the Racketeer]
    Real American Number One
  9. 8. [The Mystery Sub]
    Dash Dillon at Hale
  10. 9. The Glass Gargoyle
    Thirteen
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Puzzle Fun
  12. 11. [The Submarine Signaller]
    London
  13. 12. [The New Manager]
    Whirlwind The Blonde Bomber
  14. 13. Get It On Your Newsstand Now
    Captain Battle Comics
  15. 14. Free Focusing Power Telescope With This Offer
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