(January 1939)

Fiction House, 1938 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
Monthly
On-sale date:
1938-11-28
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Real Adventures Publishing Co., Inc.
Editing:
Malcolm Reiss; S. M. Iger (feature editor); Will Eisner (art director)
Color:
Black and White (#1-8); Color (#9 onwards)
Dimensions:
Tabloid:10.5 x 14 1/2 (#1-8); 8.5 x 10.5 inches (#9); Standard Golden Age U.S. (#10 onwards)
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format:
Was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Oversized, 10.5" x 14.5". Full color cover, black and white interior.

On sale date from the publication date found at the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 34, 1939, Number 1. Second class permit. Copyright number 395901.

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Will Eisner
Inks:
Will Eisner
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Sheena; the Hawk; Spencer Steel; Doctor Hayward
Reprints:
Keywords:
sleds; snow

["Bobby, you'd better hurry, it's time for you..."] (Table of Contents)

Bobby / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
S. M. Iger
Pencils:
S. M. Iger
Inks:
S. M. Iger
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; children
Characters:
Bobby; Mr. Von Snitzel; Mr. De Flicker; Laurel & Hardy (Cameo); Marx Brothers (Cameo); Bert Wheeler (Cameo); Edward G. Robinson (Cameo); Charlie McCarthy (Cameo); Edgar Bergen (Cameo)

Indexer Notes

from Wags (UK) 1937 series

["Tony, you've got to tell me who beat..."] (Table of Contents)

Inspector Dayton / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? [as George Thatcher]
Inks:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Inspector Dayton; Anderson Case
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Different artwork than was in Jumbo #1 under George Thatcher by-line.

Treasure of the Dead [Part 1] (Table of Contents)

Hawks of the Seas / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Will Eisner [as Willis B. Rensie]
Pencils:
Will Eisner
Inks:
Will Eisner
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; historical
Characters:
The Hawk; Governor Lathrop; Captain Clogg; Jeremy; Doctor Snyde
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Reprinted -- re-translated into English -- in Will Eisner's Hawks of the Seas (Kitchen Sink Press, Inc., 1986 series) #1

[pantomime gag strip] (Table of Contents)

Uncle Otto / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Will Eisner [as Carl Heck]
Pencils:
Will Eisner [as Carl Heck]
Inks:
Will Eisner [as Carl Heck]

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Uncle Otto

Indexer Notes

strip is wordless.

["Errol Flynn, while rehearsing a boxing sequence for..."] (Table of Contents)

Stars on Parade / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Audrey Blum Bossert [as Lora Lane]
Pencils:
Audrey Blum Bossert [as Lora Lane]
Inks:
Audrey Blum Bossert [as Lora Lane]
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Keywords:
celebrity

Indexer Notes

Audrey Blum Bossert is more commonly known as Toni Blum. Various stars appear.

The Army Pursuit (Table of Contents)

Modern Planes and Model Building / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script:
? [as Les Marshall]
Pencils:
? [as Les Marshall]
Inks:
? [as Les Marshall]
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction; aviation
Reprints:

["In the last installment Peter and his friends..."] (Table of Contents)

Peter Pupp / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Kane
Pencils:
Bob Kane
Inks:
Bob Kane
Letters:
?

Genre:
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters:
Peter Pupp; Zula; Budah
Reprints:

["Irvin Jaffee is a native New Yorker. As..."] (Table of Contents)

Heroes of Sport / comic story / 0.67 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? [as Tom Swift]
Inks:
? [as Tom Swift]
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction; sports
Characters:
Irving Jaffee; Simon Byrne

Indexer Notes

Although the second strip, dated 8/16/37, is signed ERWIN, supposedly an Eisner pen name, it is WAY too crude to be even the earliest Eisner IMHO. Universal Phoenix Features.

["London, England. On a recent visit here, Robert..."] (Table of Contents)

News Facts / cartoon / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
? [as George]
Pencils:
? [as George]
Inks:
? [as George]
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Robert Taylor; others

Indexer Notes

Universal Phoenix Features

["Complete the faces of Cinderella, her sisters, and..."] (Table of Contents)

Puzzle Phun / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Donald DeConn
Pencils:
Donald DeConn
Inks:
Donald DeConn
Letters:
?

Genre:
children
Reprints:

["For a hundred glorious days, the armies of..."] (Table of Contents)

The Count of Monte Cristo / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Lou Fine [as Jack Cortez]
Inks:
Lou Fine [as Jack Cortez]
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Edmond Dantes; Abbe Faria
Reprints:

["Tommy, how did ya get so many freckles?"] (Table of Contents)

Pee Wee / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
S. M. Iger
Pencils:
S. M. Iger
Inks:
S. M. Iger
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; children
Characters:
Pee Wee; Tommy

Indexer Notes

10/18/37 and 11/22/37. Universal Phoenix Syndicate.

["Ah, there's Gilda. Hello, Gilda, say when you..."] (Table of Contents)

Gilda Gay / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Bernard Baily
Pencils:
Bernard Baily
Inks:
Bernard Baily
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Gilda Gay

Indexer Notes

8/24/37. First strip date is illegible. Universal Phoenix Features.

["Gee whiz! Just when the tenth chapter of..."] (Table of Contents)

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
S. M. Iger
Pencils:
S. M. Iger
Inks:
S. M. Iger
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; children
Characters:
Bobby
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

from Wags (UK) 1937 series.

["There is grave trouble in the Latonga tribe..."] (Table of Contents)

Sheena / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Will Eisner [as W. Morgan Thomas]
Pencils:
Mort Meskin ?
Inks:
Mort Meskin ?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Sheena; Bob Reynolds; natives
Reprints:

["Shall I tuck you in?"] (Table of Contents)

Jest Laffs / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Bob Kane
Pencils:
Bob Kane
Inks:
Bob Kane
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Reprints:

[pantomime gag strip] (Table of Contents)

Uncle Otto / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Will Eisner [as Carl Heck]
Pencils:
Will Eisner [as Carl Heck]
Inks:
Will Eisner [as Carl Heck]
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Uncle Otto

Chapter 14: A Water Attack (Table of Contents)

The Adventures of Tom Sherrill / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Donald DeConn
Pencils:
Donald DeConn
Inks:
Donald DeConn
Letters:
?

Genre:
children
Characters:
Tom Sherrill; Sneerface; Jim
Reprints:

["Clopin, king of the Paris underworld, suddenly halts..."] (Table of Contents)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Dick Briefer
Inks:
Dick Briefer
Letters:
?

Genre:
drama; historical
Characters:
Clopin; Esmeralda; Jehan; Gringoire
Reprints:
Keywords:
adaptation

Indexer Notes

adapted from novel by Victor Hugo

["Upon ZX-5's timely information, the Chesterlian troops move..."] (Table of Contents)

ZX-5 Spies In Action / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Will Eisner [as Major Thorpe]
Pencils:
Will Eisner [as Major Thorpe]
Inks:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
spy
Characters:
ZX-5; "her highness"
Synopsis:
ZX-5 is recognized while trying to escape back to Chesterland.
Reprints:

Slave Safari (Table of Contents)

Ken Hammond / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Lin Davies
Pencils:
Lou Fine
Inks:
Lou Fine
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Ken Hammond

["Gee, Spence was to meet me here in..."] (Table of Contents)

Spencer Steel / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ed Laughlin [as Dennis Colebrook]
Inks:
Ed Laughlin [as Dennis Colebrook]
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Spencer Steel; Doaks; Fence Andrews; Mouthpiece
Moffitt
Reprints:

["Yes gentlemen, before you is a man posessing..."] (Table of Contents)

The Diary of Dr. Hayward / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Lou Fine [as Curt Davis]
Inks:
Lou Fine [as Curt Davis]
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Stuart Taylor; Dr. Hayward; Lora Hayward; Ali Pasha

Indexer Notes

from Wags (UK) 1937 series 80?-83?

["Hmm. That Indian is out cold. I'll get..."] (Table of Contents)

Wilton of the West / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Lou Fine [as Fred Sande]
Inks:
Lou Fine [as Fred Sande]
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Wilton; Miss Marcia; Geoffrey

Indexer Notes

Universal Phoenix Features

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Jumbo Jim's Prize Party / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
?
Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. ["Bobby, you'd better hurry, it's time for you..."]
    Bobby
  3. 2. ["Tony, you've got to tell me who beat..."]
    Inspector Dayton
  4. 3. Treasure of the Dead [Part 1]
    Hawks of the Seas
  5. 4. [pantomime gag strip]
    Uncle Otto
  6. 5. ["Errol Flynn, while rehearsing a boxing sequence for..."]
    Stars on Parade
  7. 6. The Army Pursuit
    Modern Planes and Model Building
  8. 7. ["In the last installment Peter and his friends..."]
    Peter Pupp
  9. 8. ["Irvin Jaffee is a native New Yorker. As..."]
    Heroes of Sport
  10. 9. ["London, England. On a recent visit here, Robert..."]
    News Facts
  11. 10. ["Complete the faces of Cinderella, her sisters, and..."]
    Puzzle Phun
  12. 11. ["For a hundred glorious days, the armies of..."]
    The Count of Monte Cristo
  13. 12. ["Tommy, how did ya get so many freckles?"]
    Pee Wee
  14. 13. ["Ah, there's Gilda. Hello, Gilda, say when you..."]
    Gilda Gay
  15. 14. ["Gee whiz! Just when the tenth chapter of..."]
    Bobby
  16. 15. ["There is grave trouble in the Latonga tribe..."]
    Sheena
  17. 16. ["Shall I tuck you in?"]
    Jest Laffs
  18. 17. [pantomime gag strip]
    Uncle Otto
  19. 18. Chapter 14: A Water Attack
    The Adventures of Tom Sherrill
  20. 19. ["Clopin, king of the Paris underworld, suddenly halts..."]
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  21. 20. ["Upon ZX-5's timely information, the Chesterlian troops move..."]
    ZX-5 Spies In Action
  22. 21. Slave Safari
    Ken Hammond
  23. 22. ["Gee, Spence was to meet me here in..."]
    Spencer Steel
  24. 23. ["Yes gentlemen, before you is a man posessing..."]
    The Diary of Dr. Hayward
  25. 24. ["Hmm. That Indian is out cold. I'll get..."]
    Wilton of the West
  26. 25. [no title indexed]
    Jumbo Jim's Prize Party
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Bob Hughes
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.
  • Michael Hoskin
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.
  • Jim Walls
  • Len Wolinsky