(November 1938)

Centaur, 1938 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Centaur Publications Inc.
Editing:
?
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

Correct order of sequences and additional sequences info from Greg Huneryager, November 2008.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Skyrocket Steele / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Bill Everett (signed)
Inks:
Bill Everett (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Skyrocket Steele Dodge; Sari Marston
Reprints:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
?; most typeset
Editing:
Joe Hardie

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover.

Numerous illustrated advertisements from various companies, plus plugs for current Centaur titles by Editor "Uncle" Joe, plus a subsciption coupons for the Centaur magazines being published.

["An armed party under the direction of King Kurt..."] (Table of Contents)

Skyrocket Steele / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bill Everett (signed)
Inks:
Bill Everett (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Bill Everett ?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Skyrocket Steele Dodge; Sari Marston; King Kurt; Invex, the Invisible Man (villain, introduction); Vance Roy (villain)
Synopsis:
Steele and King Kurt arrived in the Guard Halls of Mannin, discovering utter destruction and an invisible man who over powers them both. Suddenly, a masked stranger appears, tells both of his captives that he has captured Sari, then fires a self-propelled bomb at the two.
Reprints:

Adventures of Newsreel Cameraman (Table of Contents)

The Newsreel Man / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Frollo ?
Pencils:
Frank Frollo (signed)
Inks:
Frank Frollo (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Tom Norton (cameraman); Bill Rodman (cameraman); cameramen's boss; Captain Johnson (of "The Sea Wolf", death); General Fong (Chinese soldier); others Chinese soldiers; ship's crew members [Red; Joe; others un-named] (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
Tom and Bill's boss sends them out on a story aboard a ship to get some war films shot unaware that many of the crew members are planning a mutiny. After the mutiny and death of the Captain, the pair are set adrift and picked up by Chinese troops who take them where the war action is.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Hong Kong; Sea Wolf (a ship)

Indexer Notes

There is no "A" in the masthead.

Story is billed as "A gripping adventure story of two roving reelers --complete".

Oddity: Norton is called "Bill" in panel 5 on page 2.

The Lama of Kadak (Table of Contents)

Joe Brailey / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Victor J. Dowling ?
Pencils:
Victor J. Dowling (signed)
Inks:
Victor J. Dowling (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Joe Brailey [aka Briley]; Maudie; Kang; Mon-Yan-Sen (young child named the new Lama)
Synopsis:
Joe has set up camp in Tibet while on his quest to find snow leopards, and makes his way with Maudie to the monestary Kadak, where Maudie playfully plays with the Lama's hat, and is nearly killed for it until a young child puts it on. Later, the duo get to see the ceremony during which the new Lama of Kadak will be chosen.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Himalayan Mountains; Tibet

Indexer Notes

The letterer transposes the letter "I" in place of the letter "A" in many places and just plain leaves the "A" put of Joe's name.

"We find Dirk in his own private den in the castle..." (Table of Contents)

Dirk the Demon, 24th Century Archaeologist / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Everett ?
Pencils:
Bill Everett (signed)
Inks:
Bill Everett (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Dirk the Demon [Dirk Cay] (introduction); Baron Cay (introduction, Dirk's father); Laddie; Teddy; Reggad; un-named old man (gold prospector, death)
Synopsis:
Dirk and his friends steal his father's hydroplane and stumble across a handgun dated 1937. Even more mysterious is the fact that he and his friends discover an air-sealed tight room loaded with gold, guarded by an old prospector, who has been trapped in the room since the 1930's!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The strip is fully titled "Dirk the Demon, 24th Century Archaeologist".

How Terry Kilgison Flew Around The World In A Day (Table of Contents)

Terry Kilgison / text story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Terry Gilkison ? [as Lloyd Dyoll] (signed)
Pencils:
Terry Gilkison (signed)
Inks:
Terry Gilkison (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
non-fiction; aviation
Characters:
Terry Kilgison (American ace); Tom Norb (reporter); un-identified narrator (reporter); "The Guy"
Keywords:
New York Planet; Osaka; Wings Club

Indexer Notes

Pages 3 and 4 are found after sequence 6.

The amazing inside story of how the American Ace broke all records in flying around the world and how he won the million dollar flying race against his will.

[The Arrival of the Weekly Rocket-Ship Excursion on Mars] (Table of Contents)

2038 A. D. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
A.S. Van Eerde (signed)
Pencils:
A.S. Van Eerde (signed)
Inks:
A.S. Van Eerde (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
A.S. Van Eerde ?

Genre:
humor; science fiction

Indexer Notes

Humorous look at Earth tourists visiting Mars.

Tracks in the Snow (Table of Contents)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Howard L. Hastings ?
Pencils:
Howard L. Hastings [as H. L. Hastings] (signed)
Inks:
Howard L. Hastings [as H. L. Hastings] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Joe Mearns (trapper); Charlie Big-Moose (full-blooded Indian and runner for the Hudson Bay Company); un-named half-breed
Synopsis:
Joe muses in his lonely, isolated cabin in the wintery wilderness over the fact that two motherless children have staked him to trap furs for the money and he has little to show for it.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Hudson Bay Company

Fishermen's Luck (Table of Contents)

Bob Colby / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Martin Filchock ?
Pencils:
Martin Filchock [also as Filchock] (signed)
Inks:
Martin Filchock [also as Filchock] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Bob Colby (adventurer); un-named boat's Captain; Mary Ann (Captain's daughter); un-named Sheriff; four bandits Goose (a hijacker); rest un-named] (villains)
Synopsis:
Bob runs across a boat's Captain who has just sprained his ankle and helps him home, where he confides to Bob that some newspaper reporters have hired his boat to go fishing, and now he can't take them. Knowing the man needs the money desperately for he and his daughter, Bob agrees to take the men out to fish.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Mary Ann (a boat); The Wren (a boat)

Man-Hunt (Table of Contents)

'Wild Tex' Martin / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
William E. Eisner (signed)
Inks:
William E. Eisner (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Sheriff "Wild Tex" Martin; Rufe (land owner); Ned (Martin's Deputy); Breed (villain)
Synopsis:
Old Rufe refuses to tell Breed the location of his land charter that lays in one of the richest gold fields in the world, and is shot. Rufe comes to Rufe's aid and the Sheriff and Deputy track Breed to Rufe's cabin in the gold fields.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Split Canyon

Good Books (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Lone Ranger [John Reid]

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside back cover.

Illustrated advertisement from Centaur Publications, Incorporated, for a few different series of books the company is making available to readers. Some of the titles include: Nancy Drew Mysteries, Home-Run series, Picture Story books, X-Bar-X-Boys, Judy Bolton Mystery, and Don Sturdy books.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Found on the back cover.

Illustrated advertisement from Johnson Smith and Company in Detroit, offering such items as an electric baseball game, an electric football game, a giant flying plane, a live turtle, a blank catridge pistol and much more.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Skyrocket Steele
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. ["An armed party under the direction of King Kurt..."]
    Skyrocket Steele
  4. 3. Adventures of Newsreel Cameraman
    The Newsreel Man
  5. 4. The Lama of Kadak
    Joe Brailey
  6. 5. "We find Dirk in his own private den in the castle..."
    Dirk the Demon, 24th Century Archaeologist
  7. 6. How Terry Kilgison Flew Around The World In A Day
    Terry Kilgison
  8. 7. [The Arrival of the Weekly Rocket-Ship Excursion on Mars]
    2038 A. D.
  9. 8. Tracks in the Snow
  10. 9. Fishermen's Luck
    Bob Colby
  11. 10. Man-Hunt
    'Wild Tex' Martin
  12. 11. Good Books
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Lou Mougin
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lee Randall (R.I.P.)
  • Lou Mougin
  • James Ludwig