(May 1949)

McCombs, 1945 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
McCombs Publications, Inc.
Editing:
?
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Mystery Adventure Thrills (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Anthony Cataldo
Inks:
Anthony Cataldo
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
occult
Synopsis:
From the story The Claws of Death

Indexer Notes

From the story The Claws of Death.
The faces and clumsy movements point to Cataldo.

Seatcovers (Table of Contents)

Gaylark Products / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Get De Luxe Seatcovers way beloq reatail.

Kid Safety Says Play Safe! (Table of Contents)

Harvey Comics Group / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
How to have fun with the bicycle by playing safe.

Bobby Shelby and His Pals (Table of Contents)

The Shelby Cycle Company / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Lee Elias (signed)
Inks:
Lee Elias (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Bobby Shelby
Synopsis:
Half page comic strip with Shelby bicycles.

Adventure in El Chico (Table of Contents)

Vic Cutter / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Bolle (plot); Leonard Starr ?
Pencils:
Frank Bolle (signed)
Inks:
Frank Bolle (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Vic Cutter (detective); Laura Ames (secretary); Major Martinez; Jay Thompson (U.S. agent); Senor Alvaros
Synopsis:
A U.S. Federal Agent is killed in his hotel room and Cutter is going to take his place to find the revolutionary outfit he was tracing.

Indexer Notes

Bolle and Starr are both credited on this feature, but this story is only signed by Bolle, and Starr as writer is uncertain. It could also be Ken Fitch, who is also credited on writing this feature at this time.

The Claws of Death (Table of Contents)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Ken Fitch ?
Pencils:
Anthony Cataldo
Inks:
Anthony Cataldo
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
occult
Characters:
Denton Bowles (ghost chaser); Roger Sherill; Cecilie Sherill; Anthony DeBleu; The Claw (pirate)
Synopsis:
The Curse of Death has killed four of the Sherill brides for half a century back, and now the bride fears for her life.

Indexer Notes

Faces and movement of figures are all signs of Cataldo.

["These heads were made by using the numbers..."] (Table of Contents)

Little Artists' page / activity / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Follow the dots and other puzzles with numbers and letters.

Dangerous Flight (Table of Contents)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Cadet Jimmy Quentin; Captain James Quentin; Sgt. O'Shaughnessy
Synopsis:
Adventures on an Air Force training center.

The Tip That Turned the Table (Table of Contents)

Gillette Bicycle Tires / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Harry Anderson ?
Inks:
Harry Anderson ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Jack; Jane
Synopsis:
Bicycle contest with winner on Gillette tires.

Indexer Notes

The faces look very much like Anderson's work, with short lines below the outer corner of eyes.

["Basketball..."] (Table of Contents)

Sportopics / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Tom Doerer (signed)
Pencils:
Tom Doerer (signed)
Inks:
Tom Doerer (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Tom Doerer (signed) ?

Genre:
sports
Characters:
Ward Lambert
Synopsis:
A little about basketball.

Indexer Notes

Doerer is credited on sports fillers by Jerry Bails' Who's Who, and the letters are so integrated in the panels that it is most probably Doerer's work all the way.

["Nancy! Don't tease him!"] (Table of Contents)

Cartoons and Jokes / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Kirk Stiles; Vic Herman; Ron; La ? (all signed)
Inks:
Kirk Stiles; Vic Herman; Ron; La ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Many small cartoons and jokes. Not easy to read all the signed names.

Can You Find the Secret Clues (Table of Contents)

Monark Bicycles / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Sherlock Holmes
Synopsis:
What is the secret clues to Monark's popularity?

"Come on Minnie! Jump on the raft!" (Table of Contents)

Minnie Soo with Little Haha and Tonka / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Ralph Heimdahl
Pencils:
Ralph Heimdahl
Inks:
Ralph Heimdahl
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; children; western-frontier
Characters:
Minnie Soo; Little Haha; Tonka (great warrior)
Synopsis:
Minnie and Haha are rafting on the river and stumble upon unfriendly white trappers.

Indexer Notes

Not signed as usual, but art similar to the rest in this series. Heimdahl is credited on writing and drawing this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

Call to Action (Table of Contents)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Tommy; Buddy
Synopsis:
Tommy dreams of riding freight trains with a tramp.

["That's the last of the old chief, Lagha!"] (Table of Contents)

Voodah / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Ken Fitch
Pencils:
Anthone Cataldo [as AC] (signed)
Inks:
Anthone Cataldo [as AC] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Voodah; Zanzi; Cheeko (monkey); Laga (crooked pretender); Chief Kuala
Synopsis:
The old chief is dead and the new has a dangerous rival.

Indexer Notes

Fitch is credited as writer by Jerry Bails' Who's Who on this feature.
Cataldois is credited on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who, and he have drawn most of the stories, with much muscles inspired by Hogarth's Tarzan. He can be spotted by his faces and a bit akward movements on short legs.

["What will happen if you connect the dots..?"] (Table of Contents)

Crown Puzzle Page / activity / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Follow the dots and other puzzles.

Here They Are Guys... (Table of Contents)

Reliance / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
The swell Reliance Boy's Wear you want.

They Laughed When I Started To Talk (Table of Contents)

Fun Parade, Inc. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
A book about telling funny jokes.

It "Zips" All the Way Around (Table of Contents)

Illinois Merchandise Mart / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Zipper billfold offer.

The New B-B Pak (Table of Contents)

Daisy B-B Guns / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Shots for Daisy B-B Guns.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Mystery Adventure Thrills
  2. 1. Seatcovers
    Gaylark Products
  3. 2. Kid Safety Says Play Safe!
    Harvey Comics Group
  4. 3. Bobby Shelby and His Pals
    The Shelby Cycle Company
  5. 4. Adventure in El Chico
    Vic Cutter
  6. 5. The Claws of Death
  7. 6. ["These heads were made by using the numbers..."]
    Little Artists' page
  8. 7. Dangerous Flight
  9. 8. The Tip That Turned the Table
    Gillette Bicycle Tires
  10. 9. ["Basketball..."]
    Sportopics
  11. 10. ["Nancy! Don't tease him!"]
    Cartoons and Jokes
  12. 11. Can You Find the Secret Clues
    Monark Bicycles
  13. 12. "Come on Minnie! Jump on the raft!"
    Minnie Soo with Little Haha and Tonka
  14. 13. Call to Action
  15. 14. ["That's the last of the old chief, Lagha!"]
    Voodah
  16. 15. ["What will happen if you connect the dots..?"]
    Crown Puzzle Page
  17. 16. Here They Are Guys...
    Reliance
  18. 17. They Laughed When I Started To Talk
    Fun Parade, Inc.
  19. 18. It "Zips" All the Way Around
    Illinois Merchandise Mart
  20. 19. The New B-B Pak
    Daisy B-B Guns
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