(March 1939)

Centaur, 1938 Series
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Volume:
2
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
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

Vol. 2, Number 3. March, 1939. AMAZING MYSTERY FUNNIES is published monthly by Centaur Publications, Inc., 420 De Soto Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri. Editorial and executive offices: 220 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y.


[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
Reprints:

Hello Boys and Girls (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Chuck Thorndike
Inks:
Chuck Thorndike
Letters:
typeset
Editing:
Joe Hardie

Indexer Notes

Top half of the page is a letter to readers of the magazine by Uncle Joe, talking about what lies in the future as far as life as we know it is concerned. The bottom half is an illustrated advertisement from Centaur Publications, Inc. for two separate instruction books on how to learn how to draw by Chuck Thorndike ("The Secrets of Cartooning" and "The Art of Cartooning"), and the book, "Turn Your Humor Into Money", by Sydney K. Margous, all covers reporduced.

Part 1 - The Professors Enemy! (Table of Contents)

Air-Sub 'DX' / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Carl Burgos (signed)
Pencils:
Carl Burgos (signed)
Inks:
Carl Burgos (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; science fiction
Characters:
Professor Gray; Tim; Rita; Curley (villain); Kirk (villain)
Synopsis:
On their way home after the "Air-Sub" has undergone a series of tests, Professor Gray and the crew fly over Curley's land, who immediately issues orders to bring the DX down, but not to destroy it.
Keywords:
Crab-Subs; Dissolving Gun; Reflectascope; Tago-Lor; Teleray

Indexer Notes

Script revision from ? to Burgos by Craig Delich, per the Who's Who, which verifies he wrote the feature at this time.

Burgos also signed his last name only on the last panel, and next issues story is titled "Invasion".

["You can land just to the right of the main building..."] (Table of Contents)

Dirk the Demon / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Dirk the Demon [Dirk Cay]; Princess Nemo; Prince Marcus
Synopsis:
Dirk and the Princess arrive for her wedding to Prince Marcus, but they find the place overtaken by men in strange masks. They're captured, but Dirk escapes and frees the royal couple.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Most data added by Henry Andrews 2009-07-10.

Story takes place in 2330 A.D..

Jerry Bails' Who's Who doesn't list Everett as doing this feature, but we know he did. Not sure if he wrote it, but there is a good likelihood that he did.

Vanishing Men (Table of Contents)

Phantom o' the Hills / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Arthur Pinajian (signed)
Pencils:
Arthur Pinajian (signed)
Inks:
Arthur Pinajian (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Phantom of the Hills; Thunder (Phantom's horse); Pete (posse member); Lem (posse member); bank robbers [Joe; rest un-named] (villains, some die); un-named Sheriff (villain, bank robber's boss)
Synopsis:
The Sheriff and his posse chase a group of bank robbers into the hills, where they disappear, which they seem to do every time they commit a crime! When the posse decides to pitch camp and await the outlaws to show themselves, the Sheriff decides to look around, and is spotted by the Phantom making his way to the lair of the bandits!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script and art credits by Craig Delich, verified by the Who's Who.

Dictator's Mistakes (Table of Contents)

text story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Rex Lawrence] (credited)
Pencils:
George A. Fish [as GAF] (signed)
Inks:
George A. Fish [as GAF] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Professor Gardner (super-scientist); Luaram (villain, Dictator of Almania, death); Almanian War Cabinet (villains)
Synopsis:
Dictator Luaram is determined not to let a Professor's invention, an infra-atomic bomb, leave the nation, and, instead, be used by the mad fiend to rule the world! But the wily Professor has an ace up his sleeve to deal with the mad man.
Keywords:
Almania; Great Palace; infra-atomic bomb; North American Continental Republic

Indexer Notes

Rex Lawrence is a by-line used by a writer at Centaur on many of their text pieces.

The Madhouse Murder Mystery (Table of Contents)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
E. F. Webster ? (signed)
Pencils:
E. F. Webster (signed)
Inks:
E. F. Webster (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; crime
Characters:
"Bull" O'Rourke (Chief of Detectives); Inspector Chic Farrel (Police ace investigator); Bruce Baron (actor, death); Mary Black (nurse); Dr. Raynard (hospital staff member); Hooded Black-Cloaked figure [Marstar; aka Dr. Delamorte] (villain, brain specialist); Quando (Hooded figure's assistant)
Synopsis:
Inspector Farrel is ordered by the Chief to investigate the report of a suicide at the Hillcrest Sanitarium, and pauses to question the nurse on duty when she is suddenly seized by a mysterious hooded figure in black and taken to a dungeon in the sanitarium for an immediate brain transplant.
Keywords:
Hillcrest Sanitarium

Indexer Notes

Some pages in red tones, others in black and white.

Ethel Felder Webster is the full name of this artist/writer for Centaur. It is a good bet that she wrote this story.

Delamorte's name is also spelled on the splash page as Delamort.

Pay Off For Mr. Ghost (Table of Contents)

Pat O'Day / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Buresch [as Joseph E. Buresch] (signed)
Pencils:
Joe Buresch [as Joseph E. Buresch] (signed)
Inks:
Joe Buresch [as Joseph E. Buresch] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Buresch ?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Pat O'Day (detective); un-named Police Captain; Jerry Mays (reporter); Mr. Billings; Billing's wife; The Ghost [Billing's butler]; Jane (Billing's maid); Greta (Billing's cook)
Synopsis:
The Captain ordered Pat to accompany a news reporter over to the Billings place to investigate spooky goings-on, and the pair believe one of Mr. Billing's servants is to blame. However, they discover that all three are in on the plan to scare the Billings' because they haven't been paid, and this investigation would result either in bad publicity for the Billings, or the servant's salaries getting paid.
Reprints:
  • from Detective Picture Stories (Comics Magazine Company, 1936 series) #?.
Keywords:
Craig Estate; The News

Indexer Notes

The Who's Who confirms Buresch wrote this feature.

The Mysterious Poacher (Table of Contents)

Captain Dale / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Captain Dale; un-named Corporal; Charlie Bigmoose (Indian tracker); Gus Lucas (poacher)
Synopsis:
Captain Dale and his buddy scouted the area for missing animals, and discovered many of them beheaded or missing entirely, and suspect that a poacher was at work.

Indexer Notes

The Who's Who confirms that Hastings wrote this feature.

Fantastic Projects! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Terry Gilkison
Inks:
Terry Gilkison
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

One page illustrated look at rail transportation of the past, present and future.

["Back on Earth, after their adventure on the planetoid Mannin..."] (Table of Contents)

Skyrocket Steele in the Year X (about 2500 A.D.) / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Skyrocket Steele Dodge; Invex (the Invisible Man); Sari Marston (Steele's girl); Paul Marston (Sari's brother, spy for the Red Men of Venus); Martin (castle guard); Vance Roy (villain, mention only)
Synopsis:
Invex reports to Steele that his formula for his new creation, the "Invisa-Ray", has been stolen from the safe. Unknown to either, Steele's girl has taken the formula and uses it on herself in order to trail Vance Roy unawares and see what evil plans he has in store. And what she discovers is too horrible to contemplate: the Yellow Star Army has seized control of the entire planet.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Invisa-Ray; Mini-cab; Yellow Star Army

Indexer Notes

Concludes next issue.

["Flung from a meteor, which is spinning wildly..."] (Table of Contents)

Eddie the Odd / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Munson Paddock [as Cecelia Munson] (signed)
Inks:
Munson Paddock [as Cecelia Munson] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Eddie the Odd; Bill (a bird); Bert (a bird)
Synopsis:
Flung from a meteor and landing on Earth, Eddie is spotted by two large birds, one of whom wants to take Eddie to his kids to play with. But the bird gets tired and drops Eddie: into a nudist camp!

Indexer Notes

Cecelia Munson was a house name at Fox Publications, often used by Munson as writer and artist.

There is no mention in the Who's Who about Munson working for or contributing to Centaur books.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside back cover.

Illustrated advertisement from Johnson Smith and Company in Detroit for a variety of things readers could buy: a genuine portable typewriter (for 39 cents yet), a movie projector and five films (for 89 cents), glider skates (for 79 cents), a printing press (for $2.98), and many others.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Skyrocket Steele
  2. 1. Hello Boys and Girls
  3. 2. Part 1 - The Professors Enemy!
    Air-Sub 'DX'
  4. 3. ["You can land just to the right of the main building..."]
    Dirk the Demon
  5. 4. Vanishing Men
    Phantom o' the Hills
  6. 5. Dictator's Mistakes
  7. 6. The Madhouse Murder Mystery
  8. 7. Pay Off For Mr. Ghost
    Pat O'Day
  9. 8. The Mysterious Poacher
    Captain Dale
  10. 9. Fantastic Projects!
  11. 10. ["Back on Earth, after their adventure on the planetoid Mannin..."]
    Skyrocket Steele in the Year X (about 2500 A.D.)
  12. 11. ["Flung from a meteor, which is spinning wildly..."]
    Eddie the Odd
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Lou Mougin
  • Mike Nielsen
  • 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