(December 1944)

Charlton, 1944 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
Monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
The Frank Comunale Publishing Company
Editing:
?
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was ongoing

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Yellowjacket; Harbor Lights / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Ken Battefield ?
Inks:
Leo Bachle ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Theresa (inset); Yellowjacket

Indexer Notes

The eyebrows and lower lips are so similar to the cover of #9, and to a signed Johnny Canuck story in the Canadian "Dime Comics" that this could be the same artists.

The Steel Coffin Case (Table of Contents)

Yellowjacket / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ken Battefield
Inks:
Ken Battefield
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

[Adventure of the Crime School] (Table of Contents)

Yellowjacket / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ken Battefield ?
Inks:
Paul Gattuso
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Yellowjacket [Vince Harley]; Topaz (master criminal); Bugs Dugan; Fingers Fips
Synopsis:
Just released from prison, the master criminal starts a school for crooks to make crime pay.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Title from cover.
Gattuso is credited on inking this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who, and this is the only story that has some of his gaping faces, and many faces also look like Battefield's work.

Out of Commission (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
war

["Lightning never strikes..."] (Table of Contents)

Debunker / filler / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction

["Frightful famine lurks in war's wake..."] (Table of Contents)

Diana the Huntress / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Leo Morey
Inks:
Leo Morey
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Diana the Huntress; Hercules; Jupiter; Mercury; Discordia; Tony Palma (U.N. agent in Athens)
Synopsis:
American trucks with food shipments to Greece are attacked by Kashgar and his bandits.

Indexer Notes

Moray is credited on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who, and figures and female faces match well his later signed story in Adv. Into the Unknown #104.

The Fall of the House of Usher (Table of Contents)

Famous Tales of Terror / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
? (adaptation); Edgar Allan Poe (original story)
Pencils:
Gus Schrotter
Inks:
Gus Schrotter
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Edgar Allan Poe; Roderick Usher; Madelaine Usher
Synopsis:
Poe visits the gloomy house of Usher, and wonders what has come over his old friend, who roams the house like a madman.

Indexer Notes

Adapted from the Edgar Allan Poe story
Schrotter is credited on both pancil and ink on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who, an art is much similar to his Diana the Huntress stories.

["Hello Matey what office?"] (Table of Contents)

Beelines / filler / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

Circus Saboteur (Table of Contents)

King of the Beasts / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Harold DeLay
Inks:
Harold DeLay
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Danny King (circus crime fighter; Intro); Russo (circus manager); Crane [Cross] (clown-master, villain); Dubble (aerialist)
Synopsis:
A sudden outburst of mysterious tragedies occur, as if someone is trying to ruin the circus.

Indexer Notes

Originally credited to William M. Allison. Allison has more wide open eyes, like in his Poe story in #1.
This is by DeLay, who is credited on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who, and can be recognised by the "slow" movement of the rather short figures. Also faces and the layout style more like old book illustrations.

["Gun flashes pierced the midnight gloom..."] (Table of Contents)

Harbor Lights / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Rudy Palais
Inks:
Rudy Palais
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Steve Hardesty (harbor police): Jake Burns (smuggler); Theresa Burns (sister)
Synopsis:
Theresa overhears her brother and other smugglers planning their move to grab cocaine from a smuggler ship moored in the harbor, and she informs Steve of the harbor police.

Indexer Notes

Originally credited to Ken Battefield, but the pouchy eyes often out of fokus and a marked line down the cheek in sideview are certain signs of Palais. Also the movement of hands. He is credited on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Yellowjacket; Harbor Lights
  2. 1. The Steel Coffin Case
    Yellowjacket
  3. 2. [Adventure of the Crime School]
    Yellowjacket
  4. 3. Out of Commission
  5. 4. ["Lightning never strikes..."]
    Debunker
  6. 5. ["Frightful famine lurks in war's wake..."]
    Diana the Huntress
  7. 6. The Fall of the House of Usher
    Famous Tales of Terror
  8. 7. ["Hello Matey what office?"]
    Beelines
  9. 8. Circus Saboteur
    King of the Beasts
  10. 9. ["Gun flashes pierced the midnight gloom..."]
    Harbor Lights
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Steinar Ã…dland
  • Per Sandell
  • Gary L. Watson
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Bob Hughes
  • James Ludwig
  • Peter Croome