(July 1942)

Lev Gleason, 1942 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Comic House, Inc.
Brand:
Published by Comic House Inc.
Editing:
Charles Biro; Bob Wood
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Saddle-stitched

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
crime
Keywords:
bars; gambling; machine guns; playing cards; poker chips; revolvers

Crime Does Not Pay a Completely New Kind of Magazine (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Lev Gleason (signed)
Letters:
typeset

The Real Story Behind Lepke, Mad Dog of the Underworld (Table of Contents)

Crime Kings / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Wood ? [as Woody Hamilton] (signed)
Pencils:
Harry Lucey [as Lucey] (signed)
Inks:
Harry Lucey
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Louis "Lepke" Buchalter (1897-1944); Nathan "Kid Dropper" Kaplin (1891-1923); Jacob "Gurrah" Shapiro (1899-1947); Jacob "Little Augie" Orgen (1893-1927); I. "Danny Field" Friedman (died 1939); Irving Penn (c1897-1939); Louis Cohen (1904-1939)(unnamed in story)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story is noted as "Disgrace to the Human Race" #1. Baby Faced Nelson is announced as "Disgrace to the Human Race" #2 appearing in the next issue.

Wild Bill Hickok (Table of Contents)

comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Wood? [as Woody Hamilton] (signed)
Pencils:
Bob Wood? [as Woody Hamilton] (signed)
Inks:
Bob Wood? [as Woody Hamilton] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
historical; western-frontier
Characters:
Wild Bill Hickok (1837-1876); Tom Smith (1830-1870); John Wesley "Wes Harding" Hardin (1853-1895); Ben Thompson (1843-1884); Phil Cole (1839-1871); Mike Williams (died 1871)(appears here as Mike McWilliams)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

signature in lower right hand corner of splash page.
Next issue blurb promises the story of Pancho Villa.

Officer Edward Maher and the Mad Dog Killers of Fifth Avenue (Table of Contents)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Frank Volp
Inks:
Frank Volp
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime
Characters:
The Esposito Brothers
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Volp is credited on this series by Jerry Bails' Who's Who, and the artwork here, with marked, bony cheeks and mouth often rendered in two short lines, can be found in his signed London stories in Daredevil Comics #9 and 10 (Lev Gleason).

The Saga of Harpshead Road (Table of Contents)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Charles Biro?
Pencils:
Carl Hubbell [as Hub] (signed)
Inks:
Carl Hubbell [as Hub] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ed Hamilton ?

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Big Harp (dies)
Reprints:

Two-Legged Rats (Table of Contents)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Montana [as Montana] (signed)
Pencils:
Bob Montana [as Montana] (signed)
Inks:
Bob Montana [as Montana] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Jon Overs (dies)
Reprints:

The Mad Musician and His Tunes of Doom (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Wood ?
Pencils:
George Tuska ?
Inks:
George Tuska ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ed Hamilton ?

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Zilla (dies)
Reprints:

Hollywood's Panther Man, the Jersey Devil (Table of Contents)

Crime Corner / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Wood? [as Woody Hamilton] (credited)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
crime
Reprints:

The Case of the Twisted Cigarettes (Table of Contents)

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:
crime
Characters:
Dick Williams
Reprints:

The Blackout Murder Mystery (Table of Contents)

Be a Detective / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Norman Maurer ?
Inks:
Norman Maurer ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The solution appears on the last page of the War Eagle story.

[The Bond Drive] (Table of Contents)

Dickie Dean / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Bob Montana cameo
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

War Bond promo

Cilicia (Table of Contents)

Stamps / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Sidney M. Elias

Indexer Notes

Stamp column with stamp ads.

["Steel Grey Wings Over America.."] (Table of Contents)

The War Eagle / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Alan Mandel (signed)
Inks:
Alan Mandel (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The War Eagle [Bill Reed] (introduction); Mrs. Reed (Bill's mother); Bonnie (Bill's sweetheart); Roger Currians; Klein (crew member on S.S. Atlantic, death); Kelly (watchman); Mike (Policeman); The Wrench (villain, introduction, death); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
Although struck down with infantile paraylsis, wealthy Bill Reed, after being put down by a college rival for his sweetheart's hand, develops a set of wings, and, over a period of two years, perfects them and is able to walk again. He dedicates his life to serving mankind: foiling hijackers, rounding up public enemies, and so on until a foe emerges called the Wrench, who had suffered injuries from grabbing an incendiary bomb in the 1st World War, and who threatens the S.S. Atlantic.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Daily Express; S.S. Atlantic; The Tabloid

Indexer Notes

Only appearance of the War Eagle.

Writer revision from Alan Mandel to ? by Craig Delich. The Who's Who doesn't indicate that Mandel was a writer, only an artist.

The solution to the "Blackout Murder Mystery", found elsewhere in the issue, is found at the bootom of page 10.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. Crime Does Not Pay a Completely New Kind of Magazine
  3. 2. The Real Story Behind Lepke, Mad Dog of the Underworld
    Crime Kings
  4. 3. Wild Bill Hickok
  5. 4. Officer Edward Maher and the Mad Dog Killers of Fifth Avenue
  6. 5. The Saga of Harpshead Road
  7. 6. Two-Legged Rats
  8. 7. The Mad Musician and His Tunes of Doom
  9. 8. Hollywood's Panther Man, the Jersey Devil
    Crime Corner
  10. 9. The Case of the Twisted Cigarettes
  11. 10. The Blackout Murder Mystery
    Be a Detective
  12. 11. [The Bond Drive]
    Dickie Dean
  13. 12. Cilicia
    Stamps
  14. 13. ["Steel Grey Wings Over America.."]
    The War Eagle
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Lou Mougin
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
  • Edgar Loftin
  • Steinar Ã…dland
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