(October 1943)

Fiction House, 1940 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
60
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Glen-Kel Pub. Co., Inc.
Brand:
Fiction House Magazines
Editing:
John C. Mitchell
Color:
Color Cover; Black and White Interior
Dimensions:
Early Issues Standard Golden Age U.S.; Later Issues Standard Silver Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Blood Raiders of the Tree-Trail (Table of Contents)

Kaänga / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Rafael Astarita (signed)
Inks:
Rafael Astarita (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Kaänga; Ann Mason
Reprints:
Keywords:
gorillas; treehouses

Blood Raiders of the Tree-Trail (Table of Contents)

Kaänga / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Frank Riddell]
Pencils:
Howard Larsen ?; Rafael Astarita (p 1); ?
Inks:
Howard Larsen ?; Rafael Astarita ? (p 1); ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Kaänga; Ann Mason; Senegalese; Todd; M'boja; Zugoabs (African tribe); Tarahs (African tribe); Roeder; Norton
Synopsis:
Con artists "salt" Juju Mountain with diamonds, setting off a series of bloody tribal wars.
Keywords:
diamonds; goldsmiths; gorillas; hunting leopards; Juju Mountain; swindling; witch doctors

Indexer Notes

The story title is taken from the cover blurb.

first line: "When human blood is figured in the cost, diamonds rank highest among Africa's treasures."

Although this art is traditionally credited to Astarita, his presence beyond the splash page is vague and debatable, at best. The art in the second half of the story is crude and distorted and is by an unknown hand or hands.

["The jungle echoes war-lust...vicious, primitive total war..."] (Table of Contents)

Simba / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Ed Hunt]
Pencils:
Richard Case
Inks:
Richard Case
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
animal; jungle
Characters:
Simba; Tiku (monkey); M'glo (elephant)
Synopsis:
Simba rescues Tiku from a crocodile and then battle the elephant, M'Glo, for the kingship of the jungle.
Keywords:
crocodiles

["The Watuan natives observe an ancient ritual in choosing a new king..."] (Table of Contents)

Tabu, Wizard of the Jungle / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Saul Rosen
Inks:
Saul Rosen
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Watus (African tribe); Banto; Raimu
Synopsis:
Tabu exposes an ambitious witch doctor as a fraud.
Keywords:
leopards; moon gods; poison; stereotyping of African natives; temples; Throne of Death; witch doctors

Murder! (Table of Contents)

Wambi, The Jungle Boy / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Roy L. Smith]
Pencils:
Henry Kiefer
Inks:
Henry Kiefer
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Tawn; Wambi; Ogg; Ronald Barton; Mr. Barton
Synopsis:
Seeking revenge for her husband's imprisonment, little Ronald's nurse tries to murder him and make it look like an accident. Wambi rescues the boy and the woman is killed by a water buffalo.
Keywords:
crocodiles; pythons; water buffalo

["The warriors of Vixa attack Khefra."] (Table of Contents)

Fantomah, Daughter of the Pharoahs / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as W.B. Hovious]
Pencils:
George Appel
Inks:
George Appel
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Fantomah; Raa; Fury; Horus
Synopsis:
Khefran inventor, Raa, with Fantomah's blessing, takes his failed invention, artificial wings, to the besieging Vixan army. When they use them in their attack on Khefra, the wings fail and the Khefran army is victorious.
Keywords:
artificial wings; elephants; Vixa (African kingdom)

Juju Medicine (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Garold S. Hatfield]

Genre:
jungle

["With the vapors of death swirling from a heinous graven mouth..."] (Table of Contents)

Captain Terry Thunder / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Pierre La Rue]
Pencils:
Robert Webb; Arnold Hicks
Inks:
Arnold Hicks ?; Jack Kamen ?; ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Leila; Kaan; Terry Thunder; Red Rogue; Anderson the Arab
Synopsis:
Native chief Kaan, hoping that his daughter never marries so that he has no rivals for his kingship, has rigged an idle to give off poison vapors, and every suitor is required to approach the idol. Kaan's daughter, Leila, discovers the poisoning mechanism and dismantles it, but not before it kills Kaan.
Keywords:
black fever; Idol of Death

["One thousand pieces of gold...Two!..Three!..Higher and higher the bidding mounts..."] (Table of Contents)

Camilla / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
George Tuska
Inks:
George Tuska
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Camilla; Trader Ali; Laeefa; Sarra; Sika
Synopsis:
Camilla is drugged by a witch doctor and sold to an Arab slaver.
Keywords:
drugs; salve auctions; slaves; stereotyping of African natives; stereotyping of Arabs; tigers; whips; witch doctors
Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Blood Raiders of the Tree-Trail
    Kaänga
  2. 1. Blood Raiders of the Tree-Trail
    Kaänga
  3. 2. ["The jungle echoes war-lust...vicious, primitive total war..."]
    Simba
  4. 3. ["The Watuan natives observe an ancient ritual in choosing a new king..."]
    Tabu, Wizard of the Jungle
  5. 4. Murder!
    Wambi, The Jungle Boy
  6. 5. ["The warriors of Vixa attack Khefra."]
    Fantomah, Daughter of the Pharoahs
  7. 6. Juju Medicine
  8. 7. ["With the vapors of death swirling from a heinous graven mouth..."]
    Captain Terry Thunder
  9. 8. ["One thousand pieces of gold...Two!..Three!..Higher and higher the bidding mounts..."]
    Camilla
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