(January 1938)

Ultem, 1937 Series
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Ultem Publications, Inc.
Editing:
Harry "A" Chesler (Editor, credited); George Nagle (Managing Editor, credited)
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Statement of Ownership, Management, Circulation, Etc. on credits/table of contents page.

Index updated from a DCM scan missing pages 31-34 and 61-62.

There is considerable confusion surrounding this issue and the previous issue (Star Comics #8) in older sources. The original indexes were taken from Howard Keltner's guide, which appears to have swapped the contents of #8 and #9 (with a few inconsistencies). Even though the DCM scan is incomplete, the table of contents page is unquestionably that of #9, as it includes the indicia as well, and makes it clear that the Keltner listing for #8 come from the contents page of #9.


Next case, 1939 (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Johnson Smith & Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
? (duotone, with red)
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

From Start to Finish (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Fred Schwab (sidebar illustrations); ? (masthead illustrations)
Inks:
Fred Schwab (sidebar illustrations); ? (masthead illustrations)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Art spotting by Henry Andrews.

Contents (Table of Contents)

table of contents / 0.75 page (report information)

Pencils:
W. C. Brigham
Inks:
W. C. Brigham
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

The statement of ownership takes up about a quarter of the page, most of the way down. Otherwise this would have a page count of 1.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

statement of ownership / 0.25 page (report information)

Script:
Frank Z. Temerson; Irving Bober (notary)
Letters:
typeset
Editing:
Frank Z. Temerson (owner, business manager); I. W. Ullman (owner); C. & A. Publishing Co. (owner); Ultem Publications, Inc. (publisher); Harry A. Chesler (editor); George Nagle (managing editor)

Synopsis:
Statement of ownership of "Star Comics, published monthly at Mount Morris, Ill., for October 1, 1937, State of Illinois."

Indexer Notes

Addresses:
404 Fourth Avenue, N. Y. C. (Ullman; Temerson; Ultem Publications, Inc.)
420 Lexington Avenue, N. Y. C. (C. & A. Publishing Co.)
276 Fifth Avenue, N. Y. C. (Chesler; Nagle)

Sworn to on October 7, 1937

["I helped put up that building"] (Table of Contents)

Belly-Laughs / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Gill Fox ?
Pencils:
Gill Fox (signed)
Inks:
Gill Fox (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

"Kernal Hippo" plays "Santa" at the New Year Gift Party (Table of Contents)

Shinanigans / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Dick Ryan
Pencils:
Dick Ryan
Inks:
Dick Ryan
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Reprints:

Where Cotton Originated (Table of Contents)

Do You Know? / text article / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction

Salute To a Doctor (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Inks:
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

The Base Stealer's Nemesis (Table of Contents)

Sport-O-Gram / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Gill Fox (signed)
Inks:
Gill Fox (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction; sports

["Help!! I can't swim!"] (Table of Contents)

Jingle Jingle / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Paul Gustavson (signed with interlocking PG)
Inks:
Paul Gustavson (signed with interlocking PG)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

Norma Shearer (Table of Contents)

So This Is Hollywood! / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Gill Fox (signed)
Inks:
Gill Fox (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
biography

["Limber up your saw-bone, mate"] (Table of Contents)

Riggin' Bill / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Fred Schwab
Pencils:
Fred Schwab (signed)
Inks:
Fred Schwab (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Signature in the top-left corner of the last panel. Writing credit from Who's Who.

["Poor thing must be starved!"] (Table of Contents)

Polly-Tix / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Fred Schwab
Pencils:
Fred Schwab
Inks:
Fred Schwab
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Style matches the signed Riggin' Bill story on the previous two pages. Who's Who shows that Schwab wrote most of his features. Also, the Marvel Masterworks reprint of the reprint credits Schwab.

["Professor, what can I fill a barrel full of and make lighter?"] (Table of Contents)

Professor McScrewy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
W. C. Brigham ?
Inks:
W. C. Brigham ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Indexer Notes

Credits from Who's Who and comparison with the cover of Star Comics #1.

"Don't pass a light in Gooby town" (Table of Contents)

Goobyland / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Charles Biro
Inks:
Charles Biro
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Indexer Notes

Art credit from Who's Who and comparison with the cover of this issue.

["King Arthur's knights were at the court"] (Table of Contents)

Round Table Adventures / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Rafael Astarita ?
Inks:
Rafael Astarita ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Who's Who.

Saved in the Neck of Time (Table of Contents)

Jungle Town Show Boat / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Dick Ryan (signed)
Pencils:
Dick Ryan (signed)
Inks:
Dick Ryan (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Reprints:

["When they crowned me I wasn't told that I'd have to wear this thing too!"] (Table of Contents)

King Kole's Kourt / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Fred Schwab
Pencils:
Fred Schwab
Inks:
Fred Schwab
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Indexer Notes

Art ID by comparison with signed Schwab work. Schwab as writer credit from Who's Who.

["Hours for kicking the prince are from 10 A.M. to 2 P. M."] (Table of Contents)

The Prince / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Fred Schwab
Pencils:
Fred Schwab
Inks:
Fred Schwab
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Indexer Notes

Credits from Who's Who and comparison to signed Schwab stories in this issue.

["Don't look like there's any work to be done around here!"] (Table of Contents)

Ima Sphynx / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

According to Who's Who, Wood wrote most of his features during this time. Signature is in the bottom right-hand corner of the last panel.

[Jack Rabbit] (Table of Contents)

Misleading Names / text article / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction

The Pardon (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Claire S. Moe (signed)
Pencils:
Claire S. Moe (signed)
Inks:
Claire S. Moe (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Indexer Notes

Signed in the last panel. Also credited "by Claire S. Moe" in the splash panel.

["Caesar had been a member of Rome's ruling triumvirate."] (Table of Contents)

The Source of Famous Quotations / comic story / 2 ? pages (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction; history

Indexer Notes

Only the first page is present in the available scan, after which the next several pages are missing, but 2 pages would be typical of this feature.

Colt Canyon (Table of Contents)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
western-frontier

Indexer Notes

This story may or may not be located at this point- the pages here are missing from the available scan. The page count would fit given the expected page counts of the features to either side (the page count is from Keltner's index, although as with most of the issue, it is incorrectly listed under #8- however, it appears on this issue's title page which otherwise exactly matches the interior contents).

Alternately, the story listed as "50 Men Outside" may actually be "Colt Canyon" (with a 1-page filler occupying the extra space), and "50 Men Outside" may be a 2-page story here.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Dan Hastings / text story / 8 ? pages (report information)

Script:
Ken Fitch ? (see note)
Pencils:
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Inks:
Fred Guardineer
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
science fiction

Indexer Notes

The available scan is missing the first page of this story, but Ken Fitch was credited on earlier splash illustrations. This story is at least 7 pages, and 8 pages is likely as that is the length of the installment in issue #7 (the text story for #8 has not been indexed at this time).

["Y'know, Jim, things has been purty quiet along the border lately."] (Table of Contents)

Smugglers Tracks / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Phil Nolan (credited, see notes)
Inks:
Phil Nolan (credited, see notes)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier

Indexer Notes

There's a "by Phil Nolan" byline, but no information on Nolan can be found. He might have been a writer, or just a pen name.

[The Circus Elephant] (Table of Contents)

Jack Potts / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Fred Schwab
Pencils:
Fred Schwab
Inks:
Fred Schwab
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Art/writing ID from Who's Who and comparison with signed Schwab work in this issue.

["Away way off in turvy land a little boy lay sick"] (Table of Contents)

Topsy Turvy / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Signed in the last panel. According to Who's Who, Bob Wood scripted his own work for Chesler.

["Herman Rosenthal, gambler of New York City"] (Table of Contents)

Justice Triumphed / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
history

["Good evening radio frinds... and what is your pleasure?"] (Table of Contents)

Bows an' Arrows / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Dick Ryan
Pencils:
Dick Ryan (signed)
Inks:
Dick Ryan (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Reprints:

["The girl who uses Argo Starch"] (Table of Contents)

Adventures at the Circus / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Reprints:

["Come right in, Reverend, we are glad to see you"] (Table of Contents)

Bib and Tucker / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

["The door's jammed? I'll be right up to fix it!"] (Table of Contents)

Joe McGee / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Fred Schwab
Pencils:
Fred Schwab
Inks:
Fred Schwab
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Credits from Who's Who and comparison with signed Schwab work in this issue.

["Order! Be seated-- next case."] (Table of Contents)

Court of Inhuman Relations / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Dick Ryan
Pencils:
Dick Ryan
Inks:
Dick Ryan
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Reprints:

["Hot dogs!! That wuzza swell scrap!"] (Table of Contents)

Li'l Arthur / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Fred Schwab
Pencils:
Fred Schwab
Inks:
Fred Schwab
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Credits from Who's Who and comparison with other Fred Schwab features.

["As an experiment during the world war"] (Table of Contents)

Homing Instincts / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction

["So, our presence is requested!"] (Table of Contents)

Pokey Forgets to Remember / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Dick Ryan
Pencils:
Dick Ryan
Inks:
Dick Ryan
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

50 Men Outside (Table of Contents)

comic story / 3 ? pages (report information)

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

Genre:
western-frontier

Indexer Notes

It's not entirely clear if this is "50 Men Outside" or not, as only the final page is present in the available copy. It may be "Colt Canyon", which is the other story on the table of contents that is not accounted for. The story is not mentioned in Keltner's guide, so there's no telling whether it's a 2 or 3 page story (it's possible that there was a 1-page filler that is also part of the 2 pages that are missing between this feature and the previous one.

"I'm th' new reporter for the local chirp. (Table of Contents)

Bug-Ville / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Dick Ryan [as Uncle Dick] (signed)
Pencils:
Dick Ryan [as Uncle Dick] (signed)
Inks:
Dick Ryan [as Uncle Dick] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

America's Greatest Comic Magazines (Table of Contents)

Funny Pages; Funny Picture Stories / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Fred Schwab ?
Pencils:
Fred Schwab
Inks:
Fred Schwab
Colors:
? (duotone, with red)
Letters:
?

Synopsis:
A robber only wants his victim's comics, not his cash.

Indexer Notes

On sale the first Wednesday of every month.
Art spotting by Henry Andrews. Schwab usually wrote his humor scripts.
Inside back cover.

["Greatest bargain in ten years"] (Table of Contents)

Remington Noiseless Portable Typewriter / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
? (duotone, with red)
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Next case, 1939
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  3. 2. From Start to Finish
    Jest for Fun
  4. 3. Contents
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
  6. 5. ["I helped put up that building"]
    Belly-Laughs
  7. 6. "Kernal Hippo" plays "Santa" at the New Year Gift Party
    Shinanigans
  8. 7. Where Cotton Originated
    Do You Know?
  9. 8. Salute To a Doctor
  10. 9. The Base Stealer's Nemesis
    Sport-O-Gram
  11. 10. ["Help!! I can't swim!"]
    Jingle Jingle
  12. 11. Norma Shearer
    So This Is Hollywood!
  13. 12. ["Limber up your saw-bone, mate"]
    Riggin' Bill
  14. 13. ["Poor thing must be starved!"]
    Polly-Tix
  15. 14. ["Professor, what can I fill a barrel full of and make lighter?"]
    Professor McScrewy
  16. 15. "Don't pass a light in Gooby town"
    Goobyland
  17. 16. ["King Arthur's knights were at the court"]
    Round Table Adventures
  18. 17. Saved in the Neck of Time
    Jungle Town Show Boat
  19. 18. ["When they crowned me I wasn't told that I'd have to wear this thing too!"]
    King Kole's Kourt
  20. 19. ["Hours for kicking the prince are from 10 A.M. to 2 P. M."]
    The Prince
  21. 20. ["Don't look like there's any work to be done around here!"]
    Ima Sphynx
  22. 21. [Jack Rabbit]
    Misleading Names
  23. 22. The Pardon
  24. 23. ["Caesar had been a member of Rome's ruling triumvirate."]
    The Source of Famous Quotations
  25. 24. Colt Canyon
  26. 25. [no title indexed]
    Dan Hastings
  27. 26. ["Y'know, Jim, things has been purty quiet along the border lately."]
    Smugglers Tracks
  28. 27. [The Circus Elephant]
    Jack Potts
  29. 28. ["Away way off in turvy land a little boy lay sick"]
    Topsy Turvy
  30. 29. ["Herman Rosenthal, gambler of New York City"]
    Justice Triumphed
  31. 30. ["Good evening radio frinds... and what is your pleasure?"]
    Bows an' Arrows
  32. 31. ["The girl who uses Argo Starch"]
    Adventures at the Circus
  33. 32. ["Come right in, Reverend, we are glad to see you"]
    Bib and Tucker
  34. 33. ["The door's jammed? I'll be right up to fix it!"]
    Joe McGee
  35. 34. ["Order! Be seated-- next case."]
    Court of Inhuman Relations
  36. 35. ["Hot dogs!! That wuzza swell scrap!"]
    Li'l Arthur
  37. 36. ["As an experiment during the world war"]
    Homing Instincts
  38. 37. ["So, our presence is requested!"]
    Pokey Forgets to Remember
  39. 38. 50 Men Outside
  40. 39. "I'm th' new reporter for the local chirp.
    Bug-Ville
  41. 40. America's Greatest Comic Magazines
    Funny Pages; Funny Picture Stories
  42. 41. ["Greatest bargain in ten years"]
    Remington Noiseless Portable Typewriter
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