(March 1942)

Bell Features, 1942 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.10 CAD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Commercial Signs of Canada
Brand:
Colonial Distributors
Editing:
Cy Bell; John Hollis Mason?
Color:
Colour cover; Black and White interior (Issue #1-28), Full Colour (#29 and on)
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

Editor credits from Canuck Comics by John Bell.


Thunderfist and the Monster of Catastrophe (Table of Contents)

Thunderfist / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Thunderfist; The Brain; Captain Red Thortan; Dixon of the Mounted

Indexer Notes

Main illo is of Thunderfist with buildings in the background.

The Throw of the Dice (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
advocacy
Characters:
Adolf Hitler
Synopsis:
Full page illo of Hitler throwing dice into the English Channel.
Keywords:
political

Indexer Notes

Indicia is also on this page. Notes that it was published by "Commercial Signs of Canada".

Thunderfist and the Monster of Catastrophe (Table of Contents)

Thunderfist / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmund Legault [as E.T. Legault]
Pencils:
Murray Karn [as M. Karn]
Inks:
Murray Karn [as M. Karn]
Letters:
Murray Karn [as M. Karn]?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Randolph Steele [Thunderfist]; Beverly Holmes; Bruzzack
Synopsis:
Randolph Steele and Beverly Holmes are on a train that runs into a T-rex. Then dinosaurs attack New York City. Thunderfist rides a pterodactyl back to the lair of Bruzzack who brought them to life.

The Flight Parade (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
The history of flight. Francois Pilatre de Rosier - 1st balloonist and 1st crash victim.

Oddities (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
J. O'Henly
Pencils:
J. O'Henly
Inks:
J. O'Henly
Letters:
J. O'Henly?

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Notes and illos of Blitzkrieg ants, the cochineal and the chameleon.

Dixon of the Mounted and Dreadful Dwellings (Table of Contents)

Dixon of the Mounted / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmund Legault [as E.T. Legault]
Pencils:
Edmund Legault [as E.T. Legault]
Inks:
Edmund Legault [as E.T. Legault]
Letters:
Edmund Legault [as E.T. Legault]?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Dixon of the Mounted; Ruth Barton; Lad
Synopsis:
[continued from issue #1] Dixon fights the half man/half devil. Lad, his dog, dies saving. Ruth and Dixon escape to find an ancient schooner. It's booby-trapped and they are re-captured by the half man/half devil. [to be continued]

Join Now: Active Club (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 2 pages (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Coupon to fill out and mail in to join club. Club motto is "Strength: Fair Play"

Capt. Red Thortan (Table of Contents)

Captain Red Thortan / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script:
Al Cooper
Pencils:
Al Cooper
Inks:
Al Cooper
Letters:
Al Cooper?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Capt. Red Thortan; Carole Powell
Synopsis:
[continued from issue #1] Red is almost captured by Japanese soldiers, but escapes and rescues Carole Powell, daughter of Colonel Powell. While escaping they fall into a pit with a tiger. [to be continued]

50 Warplane Kits (Table of Contents)

activity / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Scout Starr, the Boy Wonder
Synopsis:
Contest to win one of 50 warplane kits. Fill in the blanks dialogue contest. Phillip Starr, 14 year old scout, saves a woman from a burning building.

Phoney Laws (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
J. O'Henly [as O'Henly]
Pencils:
J. O'Henly [as O'Henly]
Inks:
J. O'Henly [as O'Henly]
Letters:
J. O'Henly [as O'Henly]

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Weird laws from Connecticut, New York City, Ohio and Alderson, West VA.

[Ad for Model Airplanes] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Model airplanes from Trans-Canada Mail Order Co. Continued on back cover.

[Farmer jokes] (Table of Contents)

filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
J. O'Henly
Pencils:
J. O'Henly
Inks:
J. O'Henly
Letters:
J. O'Henly?

Genre:
humour
Synopsis:
Two one-panel jokes about farmers.

["Hold him! I'll put a bullet through his heart."] (Table of Contents)

The Brain / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Leo Bachle
Pencils:
Leo Bachle
Inks:
Leo Bachle
Letters:
Leo Bachle

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
The Brain; Elsie
Synopsis:
(Continued from previous issue) The Brain fights the sabatours and escapes, then comes back and saves Elsie. He tells her to head to Toronto, but she tries to help him and ends up captured again. He saves her and defeats the sabatours.

Indexer Notes

Includes an ad for Johnny Canuck in Dime Comics on the last page.

[Ad for Rex Baxter in Dime Comics] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Edmond Good
Pencils:
Edmond Good
Inks:
Edmond Good
Letters:
Edmond Good?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Rex Baxter
Reprints: show reprint note before migration

[Ad for 50-inch flying model Lockheed Interceptor] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Continued from ad inside the issue.
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Thunderfist and the Monster of Catastrophe
    Thunderfist
  2. 1. The Throw of the Dice
  3. 2. Thunderfist and the Monster of Catastrophe
    Thunderfist
  4. 3. The Flight Parade
  5. 4. Oddities
  6. 5. Dixon of the Mounted and Dreadful Dwellings
    Dixon of the Mounted
  7. 6. Join Now: Active Club
  8. 7. Capt. Red Thortan
    Captain Red Thortan
  9. 8. 50 Warplane Kits
  10. 9. Phoney Laws
  11. 10. [Ad for Model Airplanes]
  12. 11. [Farmer jokes]
  13. 12. ["Hold him! I'll put a bullet through his heart."]
    The Brain
  14. 13. [Ad for Rex Baxter in Dime Comics]
    Rex Baxter
  15. 14. [Ad for 50-inch flying model Lockheed Interceptor]
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  • Peter Croome
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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