(1998)

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Volume:
?
Price:
6.95 USD
Pages:
60
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
?
Brand:
?
Barcode:
?
Editing:
Bill Black
Format:
Black & White with occasional Color; Standard Modern Age U.S.; Glossy Cover; White paper interior

Special Comic Heroes in the Serials Issue! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Mac Raboy; ? (photos)
Inks:
Mac Raboy; ? (photos)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Spy Smasher; Captain America (photo of Dick Purcell); Captain Midnight (photo of Dave O'Brien); Batman (photo of Robert Lowery); Rocketman (photo of Tristram Coffin)

[Captain America Pin-Up] (Table of Contents)

Captain America / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
? (photo)
Inks:
? (photo)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America (photo of Dick Purcell)

Indexer Notes

A still of Dick Purcell as Captain America from the Captain America serial of 1943.

Men of Mystery of the Movies! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Characters:
Captain Midnight (photo of Dave O'Brien)

Indexer Notes

A contents page (of sorts) including a photo of Dave O'Brien as Captain Midnight from the Captain Midnight serial of 1942.

Spy Smasher! (Table of Contents)

Spy Smasher / text article / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
C. C. Beck; Pete Costanza; ?; ? (photos)
Inks:
Emil Gerswhin; Pete Costanza; ?; ? (photos)
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain Marvel; Spy Smasher; The Mask; Spy Smasher (photo of Kane Richmond); The Mask (photo of Hans Shumm); Eve Corby (photo of Marguerite Chapman); Admiral Corby (photo of Sam Flint)

Indexer Notes

This article begins with a short history of serials in general and then alleges that the Spy Smasher serial most closely duplicated the action in a comic book and was the most faithful serial when it came to subject matter. A synopsis of the first episode of the film follows. Much of the rest of the article focuses on the actors in the movies, including David Sharp, who was the stuntman that portrayed Spy Smasher during the action. Also included in this article is a reprint of the cover to Whiz Comics (Fawcett, 1940 series) #35 (October 1942), part of a panel from Whiz Comics #8 showing The Mask, the artwork from one piece of the Spy Smasher serial advertisement in 1942 and various stills from the movie itself.

[Spy Smasher Vs. American Smasher] (Table of Contents)

Spy Smasher / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Emil Gershwin
Inks:
Emil Gershwin
Letters:
?
Editing:
Otto Binder ? (original editor)

Genre:
spy; superhero
Characters:
Spy Smasher [Alan Armstrong]; America Smasher; Admiral Corby; Eve Corby; Alan Armstrong
Synopsis:
America Smasher escapes from the FBI agent guarding him and steps up his attack on America's morale by projecting propaganda films on a giant screen in the sky, and when the screen is destroyed shines them on buildings. It is up to Spy Smasher to figure out where he is projecting from so that he can stop the propaganda.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First sentence in the story is "Fighting flesh-and-blood spies is hard enough work."

Captain Midnight (Table of Contents)

Captain Midnight / text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (photos)
Inks:
? (photos)
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain Midnight (photo of Dave O'Brien); Joyce Edwards (photo of Dorothy Short); Chuck Ramsey (photo of Sam Edwards); Ichabod Mudd (photo of Guy Wilkerson)

Indexer Notes

This article begins by talking about the Captain Midnight radio broadcasts that preceded the movie. We then move into the movie serial while discussing the outfits used and the characters featured. The actors are then covered as well as the director. The serial is portrayed as poorly directed and acted at times, but still full of action and more exciting than the radio broadcasts. Also included are various stills from the serial.

The Cross-Country Crime! (Table of Contents)

Captain Midnight / comic story / 8.7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Dan Barry
Inks:
Dan Barry
Letters:
?
Editing:
Roy Ald (original editor)

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Captain Midnight [Captain Albright]; Icky; The Secret Squadron; Bob; Captain Albright; Joyce Ramsay; Chuck Ramsay; Ivan Shark; Gardo
Synopsis:
Captain Albright creates a jetmobile that can drive from New York to Los Angeles in three hours. Unfortunately, he creates two of these jetmobiles and one is stolen by Ivan Shark. Along with stealing the second jetmobile Ivan also kidnaps Joyce Ramsay in an effort to make sure that Captain Albright doesn't come after him. This might keep Captain Albright away, but not Captain Midnight and the Secret Squadron. Captain Midnight uses the other jetmobile to try to capture Ivan.
Reprints:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Captain Midnight / text article / 0.3 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
Typeset

Genre:
superhero

Indexer Notes

A short comic book history of the character Captain Midnight. Also covered are the most famous artists to handle him.

King of the Rocketmen! (Table of Contents)

Rocket Man / text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (photos)
Inks:
? (photos)
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction; superhero
Characters:
Rocket Man [Jeff King] (photo of Tristram Coffin); Burt Winslow (photo of House Peters, Jr.); Glenda Thomas (photo of Mae Clarke); Professor Millard (photo of James Craven); Dirken (photo of Don Haggerty)

Indexer Notes

This article begins by giving a synopsis of the King of the Rocketmen serial. It then looks at the various actors and the director. It also covers the outfit worn by the Rocket Man and all of the various serials and the tv series using the character. Also included is a variety of stills from this serial.

[Battle for Post-War Air Routes] (Table of Contents)

Rocketman / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Tony Cataldo; Al Plastino ?
Inks:
Tony Cataldo; Al Plastino ?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Harry "A" Chesler (original editor)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Rocketman [Cal Martin]; Rocketgirl [Doris Dalton]; Mr. Shoals; Norton Bemis; Cal Martin; Doris Dalton; Barton; Senor Muerte Hernandez; Mr. Death [Senor Muerte Hernandez]
Synopsis:
Someone is causing all of Norton Bemis' planes to crash, and it is up to Rocketman and Rocketgirl to figure out who is causing the problems.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First sentence in the story begins "No holds are barred in the billion dollar battle for postwar air routes..."

The Secret Code! (Table of Contents)

Black Commando / text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (photos)
Inks:
? (photos)
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Black Commando (photo of Paul Kelly); Paul Kelly (as himself)

Indexer Notes

This article begins by suggesting that The Secret Code is the best serial put out by Columbia Pictures. It gives a synopsis of the serial and covers the actors and director. It also covers how this serial character was made into a comics character. Also included is an advertising sheet from the movie, a portrait of Paul Kelly and two stills from the serial.

Hitler's Mechanical Monster (Table of Contents)

The Black Commando / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Black
Pencils:
Bill Black
Inks:
Bill Black
Letters:
?

Genre:
Superhero
Characters:
The Black Commando [Dan Barton]; Adolf Hitler; Thyssen; Dan Barton; Metzger; Pat
Synopsis:
The Black Commando finds out that the Nazis have smuggled a giant robot into the country. The robot is here to shoot down a transport plane and it is up to the Black Commando to stop it, while keeping the Nazis from figuring out that Dan Barton is not really a traitor to his country.

Captain America (Table of Contents)

Captain America / text article / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (photos); Joe Simon
Inks:
? (photos); Jack Kirby
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Grant Gardner] (photo of Dick Purcell); Gail Richards (photo of Lorna Gray); The Scarab (photo of Lionel Atwill); Simms (photo of Jay Novello); Fred Graham (stuntman); Captain America (photo of Dale Van Sickel, stuntman)

Indexer Notes

This article begins by pointing out that Captain America was the last serial by Republic Studios. It details the origin of the comic book Captain America but then goes on to explain that this Captain America is not based on the comic book character. A synopis of the serial is given and then a history of the actors and director are covered. Also included is various stills from the serial, a couple of photos of actors that starred in the serial and an illustration of Captain America from the comic books.

I Remember Batman and Robin! (Table of Contents)

Batman / text article / 4.9 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Black
Pencils:
? (photos); ?; ?
Inks:
? (photos); ?; ?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman (photo of Robert Lowery); Robin (photo of Johnny Duncan); Police Commissioner Gordon (photo of Lyle Talbot); The Wizard

Indexer Notes

This article begins with a lengthy reminiscence by Bill Black of his youth and the first time he saw the last chapters of the Batman and Robin serial. He then gives a synopsis of the serial, along with a commentary on its pros and cons. Also included is an advertisment for the serial, a number of stills from the serial, a photo of one of the stars of the serial and an illustration of the batmobile.

Fawcett Collectors of America (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 0.1 page (report information)

Script:
? (ad copy)
Pencils:
Alex Ross
Inks:
Alex Ross
Letters:
?

Characters:
Captain Marvel

Indexer Notes

Advertisement for Fawcett Collectors of America #59, including contents and a small reprint of the cover.

Golden Age Greats / Golden Age Men of Mystery (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
? (promo copy)
Pencils:
Various
Inks:
Various
Letters:
?

Indexer Notes

House ad for Golden Age Greats and Golden Age Men of Mystery comics (and others) detailing the contents of each issue, with reprints of the covers to Golden Age Greats #4,6,8,11,12, Golden-Age Men of Mystery #2, 4-8, Official Golden-Age Hero & Heroine Directory, Senorito Rio TPB, All Hero Retro Annual #1 and Best of the West #1.

[Radar Men from the Moon Still] (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

A still from the serial Radar Men From the Moon, episode eight.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Special Comic Heroes in the Serials Issue!
  2. 1. [Captain America Pin-Up]
    Captain America
  3. 2. Men of Mystery of the Movies!
  4. 3. Spy Smasher!
    Spy Smasher
  5. 4. [Spy Smasher Vs. American Smasher]
    Spy Smasher
  6. 5. Captain Midnight
    Captain Midnight
  7. 6. The Cross-Country Crime!
    Captain Midnight
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Captain Midnight
  9. 8. King of the Rocketmen!
    Rocket Man
  10. 9. [Battle for Post-War Air Routes]
    Rocketman
  11. 10. The Secret Code!
    Black Commando
  12. 11. Hitler's Mechanical Monster
    The Black Commando
  13. 12. Captain America
    Captain America
  14. 13. I Remember Batman and Robin!
    Batman
  15. 14. Fawcett Collectors of America
  16. 15. Golden Age Greats / Golden Age Men of Mystery
  17. 16. [Radar Men from the Moon Still]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Henry Andrews
  • Darrel McCann
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Darrel McCann