([April 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 (publisher)
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

The Brain Battles the Mummy (Table of Contents)

The Brain / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

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

Indexer Notes

Main picture on cover is of The Brain punching a mummy with a skull face.

Club News & Views (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
Typeset; ?

Synopsis:
Letters and addresses of Active Comics Club Members.

Indexer Notes

Indicia on last page of comic, not here.

The Brain and the Mummy Man (Table of Contents)

The Brain / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
The Brain; The Mummy Man
Synopsis:
The Brain psychically contacts the Mummy Man who then kidnaps a girl to lure him to a graveyard. The Brain falls into a grave, but then flys out. The Mummy Man runs away with the girl. The Brain rescues her and the Mummy Man and his gang are destroyed. The last panel introduces Active Jim.

["So you're looking for Active Jim too..."] (Table of Contents)

Active Jim / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure; humour
Characters:
Active Jim; Joan Brian, his secretary
Synopsis:
Sort-of an ad for the Active Club. Coupon on last page says to send to "Bell Feature and Publishers".

Who is Wild Bill (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Leo Bachle; Bob Bachle
Pencils:
Leo Bachle; Bob Bachle
Inks:
Leo Bachle; Bob Bachle
Letters:
Leo Bachle; Bob Bachle

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Wild Bill
Reprints:
  • from Dime Comics (Bell Features, 1942 series) #? [first page of Adventure of Wild Bill, with Indian saying "Chief say no wantum fight with white brothers."]

The Flight Parade (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:
Pioneer passengers. Balloon ride: The Marquis d'Arlandes.

Capt. Red Thortan (Table of Contents)

Capt. Red Thortan / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Captain Red Thortan; Carole Powell
Synopsis:
(Continued from last issue) Red kills the tiger. He and Carole escape the pit. Red takes over a Japanese tank but ends up going over a cliff. (to be continued).

["Oh, I love a parade!"] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Synopsis:
Ad for Joke Comics.

The Greatest Contest Ever In Comic Magazines (Table of Contents)

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

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

Synopsis:
Ad for a contest to write a letter saying what Bell Comic character you like and win a bike, a wristwatch or a fountain pen.

Look! Easily Built Models Sent By Mail (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Ad for Model airplanes from the Trans-Canada Mail Order Company.

Dixon of The Mounted (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Theodore Steele
Pencils:
Theodore Steele
Inks:
Theodore Steele
Letters:
Theodore Steele

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Dixon; Mad Griffen; Ruth; Cat Burke; Lad
Synopsis:
(Continued from last issue) Dixon is captured by the half-Devil who reveals that he steals furs from the Indians. Dixon unmasks him and finds Mad Griffen, a criminal maniac from the Yukon. Cat Burke, his associate, arrives by plane and captures Dixon. Lad, Dixon's dog, arrives as he is about to be destroyed by a bomb and Dixon and Ruth escape.

50 Free Prize Winners (Table of Contents)

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

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

Synopsis:
Winners from the "What Would You Do Contest" from Active Comics #1. Names and Addresses.

This Month's Message to Members (Table of Contents)

Active Jim's Active Club / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Active Jim's monthly message to members of the Active Club. Includes code to use a special code-wheel on.

[Thunderfist vs. Giant Robot] (Table of Contents)

Thunderfist / comic story / 13.5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Thunderfist
Synopsis:
Thunderfist battles a giant robot and evil people on a rocket.

Indexer Notes

Story's only credit is "Illustrated by M. Karn". Might be also written by Murry Karn or by Edmund Legault.

Jokes (Table of Contents)

comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humour
Synopsis:
Half page joke at the end of Thunderfist.

[Ad for Wow Comics] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Reprints:
  • from Wow Comics (Bell Features, 1941 series) #? [cover]

Indexer Notes

Includes indicia for comic, stating publication by "Commercial Signs of Canada". No date listed.

[Ad for Model Planes] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Continued from ad inside issue.
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Brain Battles the Mummy
    The Brain
  2. 1. Club News & Views
  3. 2. The Brain and the Mummy Man
    The Brain
  4. 3. ["So you're looking for Active Jim too..."]
    Active Jim
  5. 4. Who is Wild Bill
    Wild Bill
  6. 5. The Flight Parade
  7. 6. Capt. Red Thortan
    Capt. Red Thortan
  8. 7. ["Oh, I love a parade!"]
  9. 8. The Greatest Contest Ever In Comic Magazines
  10. 9. Look! Easily Built Models Sent By Mail
  11. 10. Dixon of The Mounted
    Dixon of The Mounted
  12. 11. 50 Free Prize Winners
  13. 12. This Month's Message to Members
    Active Jim's Active Club
  14. 13. [Thunderfist vs. Giant Robot]
    Thunderfist
  15. 14. Jokes
  16. 15. [Ad for Wow Comics]
  17. 16. [Ad for Model Planes]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Peter Croome
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Chris Launder
  • Peter Croome