(February 1942)

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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
Monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Whitman Publishing Company
Editing:
?
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched

["and please ... see that he confines his maneuvers to the army!"] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (photo)
Inks:
? (photo)
Colors:
? (photo)
Letters:
?

[Fun Thrills Entertainment] (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Four girls holding placards showing the main ingredients of the issue. Printed in black and blue on inside front cover.

["Reckless, adventure-loving Rusty O'Reilly..."] (Table of Contents)

Rusty O'Reilly / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Rusty O'Reilly (introduction); Betsy Saunders; Madam Q (spy queen); Zandusi
Synopsis:
Rusty by mistake gets handed a roll of spy microfilm, intended for Madam Q, who is looking exactly like Rusty. Rusty and Betsy go to the lair of Zandusi claiming to be Madam Q and a new spy recruit. Paratroopers save their lives at the last minute.

["Darling, if you don't come to me at 3 oclock [sic!] ..."] (Table of Contents)

Pepsi and Pete / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Rube Goldberg (signed)
Pencils:
Rube Goldberg (signed)
Inks:
Rube Goldberg (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Pepsi; Pete; an unnamed private
Synopsis:
Pepsi and Pete save the private on kitchen duty by coring twenty boxes of apples with a machine gun.

Indexer Notes

Comic strip advertisement for Pepsi-Cola.

["The Navy is our first line of defense!"] (Table of Contents)

Seaman Sy Wheeler / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Walt Kelly
Pencils:
Walt Kelly
Inks:
Walt Kelly
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; military
Characters:
Seaman Sy Wheeler (introduction); Clarence (Sy's friend); Kitty (first girlfriend); Betty (second girlfriend); Herman Preevy (Kitty's fiancé); Paul Poozle (Betty's fiancé); Angelo (bear); Angelo's bear tamer
Synopsis:
Sy gets his girl's name tattooed on his chest, and when she gets engaged to another man, he has the tattoo changed to the name of his next girlfriend. When the first girlfriend returns to Sy, desperate measures are needed. Clarence tries using hair tonic on Sy's chest in order to hide the tattoo under a mat of chest hairs.

["Fork yore broncs, coks..."] (Table of Contents)

Rimfire Ferguson / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
drama; western-frontier
Characters:
Rimfire Ferguson (introduction); Scotty Burke (Rimfire's pal); Cole Darrow; Ruth Gaynor; Dan Darrow (Ruth's uncle)
Synopsis:
Rimfire and Scotty stay the night at Cole Darrow's place. Rimfire chases an intruder, turning out to be Ruth looking for her uncle's will that is stashed away at Darrow's house.

Rita Hayworth reveals ... (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?; ? (photograph)
Inks:
?; ? (photograph)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Rita Hayworth

Indexer Notes

Advertisement for Royal Crown Cola, placed between pages 4 and 5 of the Rimfire Ferguson story.

["I've been dancing with a sergeant ..."] (Table of Contents)

Party Line / cartoon / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Chuck Saxon (signed)
Inks:
Chuck Saxon (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; erotica
Synopsis:
Six more or less scantily clad young women delivering double entendres about servicemen on the phone.

How the Fighting Giants Won Their Name (Table of Contents)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
war
Synopsis:
Account of the 38th U.S. Infantry, 3rd Division and their defense of the bank of the Marne in July 1918.

Indexer Notes

Uniforms of the German soldiers and officers look more like the ones used in WWII than WWI.

Dear Joe (Table of Contents)

Camp Girl / text story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (spot illustrations)
Inks:
? (spot illustrations)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
"Good" advice to servicemen about how to act in army camp.

How to keep peace (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (spot illustration)
Inks:
? (spot illustration)
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Advertisement for Barbasol shaving cream.

["Oh, hello Margie - no we haven't anything special ..."] (Table of Contents)

cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Two cartoons about servicemen and pretty girls.

The Sooper Sweeps, or, How To Keep Our City Clean (Table of Contents)

Hank and Lank / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Thomas ?
Pencils:
Frank Thomas (signed)
Inks:
Frank Thomas (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; superhero
Characters:
Hank; Lank (introduction and origin for both); the Spirit of All Comic Avengers; "Grade A Gorilla"; the town's mayor
Synopsis:
The gangster chief "Grade A Gorilla" corners all the milk in town so that the babies have none. The protagonists, having gained sooper powers by boiling old superhero comics in a large pot, save the day by making milk fountains, and moreover convincing the gangsters to reform.

Indexer Notes

The Spirit of All Comic Avengers looks a lot like Batman. He presents the protagonists with a Captain Marvel-like magic word: "Xntz!"

["Of all the !!! That's the tenth car to pass up ..."] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Two unnamed soldiers; a woman driver
Synopsis:
The two soldiers are thumbing a ride, but are picked up only when the not-so-well shaven one hides in the bushes.

Indexer Notes

Comic strip advertisement for GEM Clog-pruf [sic!] Razor.

["If there's anything I hate worse than a quitter ..."] (Table of Contents)

cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Two cartoons about servicemen and pretty girls.

["Th' Army doctor said I was a little wunt..."] (Table of Contents)

Elmer and Bugs Bunny / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Walt Kelly ?
Pencils:
Walt Kelly
Inks:
Walt Kelly
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters:
Elmer Fudd; Bugs Bunny; an unnamed army doctor
Synopsis:
Elmer wants to pass the army's medical exam, and Bugs helps him out.

$100.00 cash (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (spot illustration)
Inks:
? (spot illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Contest inquiring about reader's favorite stories in the present issue. Contest open solely to men of the armed forces, and entry coupon to be filled out with Name, Camp or Base, and State.

Roughin' It by Samuel Clemens (Table of Contents)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Samuel Clemens [Mark Twain]; Ballou (friend of Clemens'); Ollendorf (friend of Clemens'); Arkansas (villain)
Synopsis:
Clemens and his two friends get thrown out of a tavern, and decide instead to spend the night with their horses; but the stable is getting washed away by a river. They save the horses' lives and try to get to the next town, but none of them knows the way in the blizzard that blows up.

Indexer Notes

Adapted in part from Mark Twain's ROUGHING IT.

["I thought the army was mechanized!"] (Table of Contents)

cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Five cartoons about servicemen. Printed in black and blue on inside back cover.

28% less nicotine (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (photographs)
Inks:
? (photographs)
Colors:
? (photographs)
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Paul Wilcox, Ryan School of Aeronautics, San Diego

Indexer Notes

Advertisement for Camel cigarettes. On back cover.