(February 1945)

Rural Home, 1945 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Rural Home Publishing Co.
Editing:
?
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Crash Kid / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?

[Stolen Pie] (Table of Contents)

Hobo-Ken / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Dan Gordon
Pencils:
Dan Gordon
Inks:
Dan Gordon
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Hobo-Ken
Synopsis:
Hobo-Ken steals a pie and shares it with the cop who chases him.
Keywords:
hobo; pie

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Art ID from Who's Who of American Comic Books website.

The Strange Case of the Black Dragon Gods! (Table of Contents)

Crash Kid / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bob Oksner
Inks:
Bob Oksner
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Crash Kid [Rusty Adams] (introduction); Pook (Rusty's pal); Ho Lin Fong; Lum Fo (villain)
Synopsis:
The Crash Kid joins forces with the daughter of a murdered oriental businessman to track down and halt the activities of the Black Dragon Cult.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credits by Bill Black.

[Shrunken Uniform] (Table of Contents)

Mussel-Man / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Dan Gordon
Pencils:
Dan Gordon
Inks:
Dan Gordon
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
satire-parody; superhero
Characters:
Mussel-Man
Synopsis:
Mussel-Man is late getting to a crime because he has to iron his uniform. He lands in a puddle and his uniform shrinks.

Indexer Notes

Superman parody, includes "Up, up and away!" dialogue. Art ID from Who's Who of American Comic Books website.

[Saving the Football Game] (Table of Contents)

Hardy of Hillsdale High / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Charles Quinlan
Inks:
Charles Quinlan
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
teen
Characters:
Ted Hardy; Cal Vetter; Zelda; Lizzie Jones
Synopsis:
Ted Hardy transfers from a rural school to a big city school, where he tries to fit in. He gets his chance in the final football game of the season.
Keywords:
football; high school

Indexer Notes

Art ID from signed Hardy of Hillsdale High story in Cannonball #2.

[Dangerous Dancing] (Table of Contents)

Hank the Hero / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Dan Gordon
Pencils:
Dan Gordon
Inks:
Dan Gordon
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Hank
Synopsis:
Hank outfights a dozen Japanese soldiers on an island in the Pacific, but breaks his leg while jitterbugging when he gets home.
Keywords:
jitterbug dance; Pacific; Statue of Liberty; World War II

The Crash Kid Scores a Scoop (Table of Contents)

The Crash Kid / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Don Grange (credited)
Pencils:
Bob Oksner ?
Inks:
Bob Oksner ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Crash Kid [Rusty Adams]; Pook; Tommy Brown; Mr. Comedy [Tim Carmody] (villain)
Synopsis:
Mr. Comedy pulls a robbery each day and the Crash Kid has to figure out where he will strike next.
Keywords:
acronym; newspaper; robberies

Indexer Notes

Text story with two illustrations. Same artist as the other Crash Kid story in the issue.

The Strange Deaths of the Painted Grin (Table of Contents)

Crime Crusader / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Crime Crusader [Jonathan Jones] (intro); Kewpie O'Toole; Flip Baroni; Van Park; Joseph Miller; Lloyd Cosgrove; Verne Stanton
Synopsis:
The Crime Crusader investigates a series of murders. Each corpse has a grotesque grin and a stuffed animal is found near the body.
Keywords:
circus; clown; dream; fire; hypodermic syringe; murder; serial killer

[Foiling the Bank Robbery] (Table of Contents)

Officer O'Heck / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Dan Gordon
Pencils:
Dan Gordon
Inks:
Dan Gordon
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Officer O'Heck
Synopsis:
Officer O'Heck chases a little kid for riding his bike on the grass and accidentally breaks up a bank robbery.
Keywords:
bank robbery

Indexer Notes

Art ID from Who's Who of American Comic Books website.

The D.A. Dares Danger (Table of Contents)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Elliott Sanders (credited)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Andy Prescott; Mysto the Magician; Spud Mahoney
Synopsis:
A District Attorney uses a card trick to distract a thug who wants a statement that the D.A. has in his possession that proves he is a murderer.
Keywords:
color-blind; playing cards

Indexer Notes

Text story with one illustration.

[Raid on Algiers] (Table of Contents)

Thunderbrand / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Brand [Thunderbrand] (first appearance); Barbarossa; Giacomo; Teng-ha; Hassan
Synopsis:
Young Brand wins a sword fight and earns the right to find out how he came to be part of a pirate ship's crew. A lost golden scepter holds the secret of his identity. A raid against Algiers goes badly and Brand has to rescue Barbarossa, the captain.
Keywords:
1500; Algiers; dungeon; pirates; ships; swords; torture

Indexer Notes

Art ID from Who's Who in American Comics website.

[The Rabbit Hunt] (Table of Contents)

Gunsite Gus / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Dan Gordon
Pencils:
Dan Gordon
Inks:
Dan Gordon
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Gunsite Gus
Synopsis:
Gunsite Gus goes hunting for rabbits, but the one he finds tricks him into having his shotgun smashed by rocks.
Keywords:
rabbit hunt; shotgun

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover. The characters act like Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny in the Warner Bros. cartoons.

Birthstone Ring Given Away (Table of Contents)

Gold Crown Spot Remover / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Top third of back cover. Ad for selling Gold Crown Spot Remover and Cleaner. Gold Crown Products, Jefferson, Iowa.

New True-Love and Friendship Ring (Table of Contents)

Empire Diamond Co. / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Middle third of back cover. Ad for sterling silver ring and matching earrings. $1.95 each from Empire Diamond Co., Jefferson, Iowa.

New Enlargement 3¢ Stamp (Table of Contents)

Dean Studios / advertisement / 0.34 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Bottom third of back cover. Ad for introductory offer of a 5 x 7 enlargement of a photo or negative for sending the mail-in coupon and a 3¢ stamp. Dean Studios, Des Moines, Iowa.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Crash Kid
  2. 1. [Stolen Pie]
    Hobo-Ken
  3. 2. The Strange Case of the Black Dragon Gods!
    Crash Kid
  4. 3. [Shrunken Uniform]
    Mussel-Man
  5. 4. [Saving the Football Game]
    Hardy of Hillsdale High
  6. 5. [Dangerous Dancing]
    Hank the Hero
  7. 6. The Crash Kid Scores a Scoop
    The Crash Kid
  8. 7. The Strange Deaths of the Painted Grin
    Crime Crusader
  9. 8. [Foiling the Bank Robbery]
    Officer O'Heck
  10. 9. The D.A. Dares Danger
  11. 10. [Raid on Algiers]
    Thunderbrand
  12. 11. [The Rabbit Hunt]
    Gunsite Gus
  13. 12. Birthstone Ring Given Away
    Gold Crown Spot Remover
  14. 13. New True-Love and Friendship Ring
    Empire Diamond Co.
  15. 14. New Enlargement 3¢ Stamp
    Dean Studios
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Craig Delich
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Dan Kocher
  • Merlin Haas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Gary L. Watson