(January-February 1952)

Hillman, 1952 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Hillman Periodicals, Inc.
Brand:
A Hillman Publication
Editing:
Edward Cronin
Color:
Color
Paper Stock:
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Daring Exploits With Today's Fish-Men... (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Mike Suchorsky ?
Inks:
Mike Suchorsky ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
war

Indexer Notes

JVJ at GoldenAgeComics credits this to Suchorsky, and it may well be, although the bubbles is different from his #2 cover, as is the big bolt cutter. And some of his detailed inking is missing.

Choose Your Art Career (Table of Contents)

Art Instruction, Inc. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Loads of opportunities for you in the exciting and profitable art field.

Indexer Notes

Several small drawings.

Operation Ravage (Table of Contents)

Dan Durkin Frogman / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Kim Aamodt ?
Pencils:
Mike Suchorsky
Inks:
Mike Suchorsky
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
war
Characters:
Dan Durkin (Chief Petty Officer); Ames (Seaman 1st Class)
Synopsis:
Strange subs have suddenly apperaed off the coast Japan and Korea, and United Nations ships will soon be in danger.

Indexer Notes

Suchorsky is credited to Frogman by Jerry Bails' Who's Who, and this is certain Suchorsky work, with his detailed inking, rounded ears and bulging lower lips as on page 3 and 4. He had many stories in GI Joe. Also JVJ credits Suchorsky. Aamodt is the only writer credited to Frogman 1952-53, but there may have been others.

Underwater Trapper (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Kim Aamodt ?
Pencils:
John Prentice
Inks:
John Prentice
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Sam Chase (undercover man and frogman); Lyman (shipyard owner)
Synopsis:
Units of priceless chemicals have been disapperaing from the lab at the shipyard, and Sam Chase is put on the case.

Indexer Notes

Prentice is credited to war stories for 1952-53 at Hillman by Jerry Bails' Who's Who, and his sober faces are not to be mistaken. Just think of Rip Kirby and you have him.

The Iron Prowler (Table of Contents)

filler / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
war; non-fiction
Synopsis:
From the first American submarine "The Turtle" in 1742, to the US subs of World War II.

Throw Away That Truss! (Table of Contents)

Brooks Appliance Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
? (photos)
Inks:
? (photos)
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
C.E. Brooks (inventor)
Synopsis:
A simple-acting belt invention that helps Nature support the weakened muscles gently, but securely.

Willie Needs Us (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Kim Aamodt ?
Pencils:
Dan Zolnerowich
Inks:
Dan Zolnerowich
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
war
Characters:
Willie (O.S.S. Agent); Pierre (French resistance man)
Synopsis:
Before the invasion of Normandy, an American O.S.S. Agent sends a message in code about a German rocket launcher that has to be destroyed by frogmen.

Indexer Notes

JVJ at GoldenAgeComics has Daly as best guess and a possible Zolne.
Daly is credited by Jerry Bails' Who's Who on both pencils and ink on war stories at Hillman, but I miss his faces with thin "angry" eyebrows like in DC's Aquaman.
Zolne worked for Hillman on both pencils and ink, but is not credited on war stories. The heavy "S" inside the ears is like Zolne's signed work on "Captain Terry Thunder" in Jungle Comics #107, and some hands and "diving" persons are exactely similar in both of these stories. So I place my bet on Zolnerowich.

Operation Demolition (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
war
Synopsis:
A US Navy demolition team at work in the Pacific.

The Frogman Takes a Bunker (Table of Contents)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ed Smalle
Inks:
Jack Abel
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
war
Characters:
Tony Larsen (frogman); Lft. Burke
Synopsis:
Frogman Larsen takes on a bunker alone, against the Lieutenant's orders.

Indexer Notes

JVJ (Vadeboncoeur) has Smalle/Abel credited here, and Smalle is credited on both pencils and ink at Hillman 1952, but not war stories, while Abel is credited to ink on war stories. Both are very probable when looking at faces and inking.

Double_Cross in the Deep (Table of Contents)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Kim Aamodt ?
Pencils:
Paul Reinman
Inks:
Michael Becker
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Pat Jackson (frogman); Utah Sims (frogman); Gus Brussock (civilian diver)
Synopsis:
Forign agents are trying to sabotage the building of underwater oil storage tanks for submarine refueling.

Indexer Notes

JVJ art credits, and both Reinman and Becker are credited to war stories at Hillman in 1952.

Gorgeous Dresses for You... (Table of Contents)

Harford Frocks, Inc. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
How to earn up to $7.00 in a day by selling dresses to your friends.

Save Your Hair (Table of Contents)

Ward Laboratories, Inc. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Kill these hair-destroying germs with Ward's Formula. Guarantee.

Hey, You Skinny Bag of Bones! (Table of Contents)

Jowett Institute / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
George F. Jowett; John Sill
Synopsis:
Let George Jowett prove in 10 thrilling minutes a day he can make tou a He-Man.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Daring Exploits With Today's Fish-Men...
  2. 1. Choose Your Art Career
    Art Instruction, Inc.
  3. 2. Operation Ravage
    Dan Durkin Frogman
  4. 3. Underwater Trapper
  5. 4. The Iron Prowler
  6. 5. Throw Away That Truss!
    Brooks Appliance Co.
  7. 6. Willie Needs Us
  8. 7. Operation Demolition
  9. 8. The Frogman Takes a Bunker
  10. 9. Double_Cross in the Deep
  11. 10. Gorgeous Dresses for You...
    Harford Frocks, Inc.
  12. 11. Save Your Hair
    Ward Laboratories, Inc.
  13. 12. Hey, You Skinny Bag of Bones!
    Jowett Institute
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