(May 1939)

Fox, 1939 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Bruns Publications, Inc.
Editing:
Victor Fox
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was ongoing

Issue Notes

Indicia:
WONDER COMICS is published monthly by Bruns Publications, Inc., V. S. Fox, President, 480 Lexington Avenue, New York, N. Y. Editorial, Executive and Advertising Offices: 480 Lexington Avenue, New York, N. Y. Copyright 1939 by Bruns Publications, Inc. Application for entry as second-class matter is pending. Volume 1, No. 1, May, 1939. Single copies: 10ยข; Subscription, 12 months: $1.

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Wonder Man / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Wonder Man [Fred Carson]
Reprints:

Winged Wonders! (Table of Contents)

filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
? [as Floyd Kelly]
Pencils:
? [as Floyd Kelly] (signed)
Inks:
? [as Floyd Kelly] (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Illustrated text lettered like a comic. Inside front cover.

[The Origin of Wonder Man] (Table of Contents)

Wonder Man / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script:
Will Eisner
Pencils:
Will Eisner [as Erwin Willis] (signed)
Inks:
Will Eisner [as Erwin Willis] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Wonder Man [Fred Carson] (introduction; origin); Brenda/Nora Hastings (introduction; name changes halfway through story); Reggie "Playboy" Berold (introduction); General Attila (villain; introduction)
Synopsis:
Fred Carson, timid radio engineer and inventor, was given a ring by an old Tibetan which makes him impervious and the strongest man on Earth. His boss asks him to accompany his daughter Brenda (or Nora- the text is inconsistent) as she joins the Red Cross to help in a foreign war. When they arrive, the base comes under attack. Carson becomes Wonder Man, defends the base, puts an end to the war and feeds the populace.
Reprints:
  • Reprinted in black & white in the fanzine Alter Ego #48 (May 2005).

Indexer Notes

DC sued Fox to prevent further Wonder Man appearances.

["The Rio Grande, a sluggish moody river..."] (Table of Contents)

Shorty Shortcake / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
S. M. Iger
Pencils:
S. M. Iger [as Jerry Williams] (signed)
Inks:
S. M. Iger [as Jerry Williams] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Shorty Shortcake (introduction); Suzy (introduction); Skippy (introduction); Mr. De Welth (introduction); Weems (introduction); Tiny (villain; introduction)
Synopsis:
Shorty is captured by smugglers while walking near the Rio Grande. While he tries to escape from Tiny, Suzy and her dog Skippy seek the help of Mr. De Welth, richest man in the world, and his butler Weems to find Shorty.

Wonders That Are True (Table of Contents)

filler / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Illustrated text, lettered like a comic.

[Fire At Sea] (Table of Contents)

Patty O'Day / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Adolphe Barreaux?
Pencils:
Adolphe Barreaux (signed)
Inks:
Adolphe Barreaux (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Patty O'Day (introduction); Ham (introduction); Lord Michael Farnsworth [Lord Mike] (introduction)
Synopsis:
Reporter/camerawoman Patty O'Day parachutes onto a cruise ship to get footage of a fire. The crew doesn't want her filming, but a mysterious man calling himself Lord Farnsworth helps her escape, asking her to mail a letter for him when she returns to the shore.
Reprints:

Buffalo Bill (Table of Contents)

Men Who Made the West / text article / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
William F. Cody [Buffalo Bill]

Indexer Notes

Illustrated text, lettered like a comic.

[The Oasis of Li-Wang] (Table of Contents)

Dr. Fung / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Powell?
Pencils:
Bob Powell [as Arthur Dean] (signed)
Inks:
Bob Powell [as Arthur Dean] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Dr. Fung (introduction); Dan Barrister (introduction); Li-Wang (villain; introduction; death)
Reprints:
Reprint Note before Migration:
  • in Blue Beetle (Fox, 1939 series) #5

Indexer Notes

Dr. Fung and his assistant Dan encounter the mad scientist Li-Wang. Dan is captured, but escapes and finds that Dr. Fung has located Wang's laboratory and come up with a plan to destroy it and thwart Wang's dreams of conquest.

The Wrath of Allah (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Will Eisner [as William E. Eisner] (signed)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

Lone Hand (Table of Contents)

"Wild Tex" Dawson / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Will Eisner?
Pencils:
Will Eisner? [as Leon Spuds] (signed)
Inks:
Will Eisner?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Tex Dawson (introduction; origin); Cactus Kirby (villain; introduction)
Synopsis:
Tex finds a wanted criminal masquerading as the town Sheriff when he takes a new job on a cattle ranch.
Reprints:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Sport Album / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Chuck Wilson (signed)
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Gar Wood; Fred Jacoby; Lefty Grove

Indexer Notes

Signed twice- once as "by Chuck Wilson" in cursive but consistent lettering, once (at the bottom) as "Willson" [sic] looking more like a signature.

1000 Prizes Given Away Free! (Table of Contents)

Wonder Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Solicitation of feedback on Wonder Comics, with a promise of a ring like Wonder Man's to the first 1000 best respondents.

Indexer Notes

Says the next issue will be on sale April 28th.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Movie Memos / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Glenda Carol (signed)
Inks:
Glenda Carol (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Deanna Durbin; Wallace Beery; Joe E. Brown; Stan Laurel; Oliver Hardy

Indexer Notes

Text with illustrations, lettered like a comic.

[The Menace of the Mask] (Table of Contents)

K-5 Spies At War / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Will Eisner [as Ned Coe] (signed)
Pencils:
Will Eisner [as Ned Coe] (signed)
Inks:
Will Eisner [as Ned Coe] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
spy; war
Characters:
K-5 (introduction); Rick Anthony (introduction; death); The Mask [Sen. Stanley] (villain; introduction; death)
Synopsis:
K-5 is sent to find out who's behind a group of gun runners in a foreign war.
Reprints:

Gang-Buster Appointed By Gov. Harmon (Table of Contents)

"Gang-Buster" Robinson / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? [as Harold Vance] (signed)
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Richard G. Robinson ["Gang-Buster" Robinson] (introduction; origin); Spike McGinty (villain; introduction)
Synopsis:
Robinson is hired to rid Capital City of crime. On his first case he busts a gang that killed a city cop.
Reprints:

[Mr. Jones, take a letter] (Table of Contents)

Some Fun / filler / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

[The Hijacked Pocket Battleship] (Table of Contents)

Spark Stevens / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Kane [as Rob't Kane] (signed)
Pencils:
Bob Kane [as Rob't Kane] (signed)
Inks:
Bob Kane [as Rob't Kane] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Spark Stevens (a sailor; introduction); Chuck Lawton (introduction)
Synopsis:
Spark Stevens and Chuck Lawton, two Navy sailors who are friends but constantly squabble, are instrumental in recovering their ship when it is captured by criminals.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Prof. Penpusher's Cartooning Class / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? [as Heza Nutt] (signed)
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Wonder Stamp Club (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Belly Busters / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Bob Kane? [as Kane Roberts]
Pencils:
Bob Kane? [as Kane Roberts] (signed)
Inks:
Bob Kane? [as Kane Roberts] (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover. Credit is speculation based on the signed name.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Numerous (about 30) small ads. Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Wonder Man
  2. 1. Winged Wonders!
  3. 2. [The Origin of Wonder Man]
    Wonder Man
  4. 3. ["The Rio Grande, a sluggish moody river..."]
    Shorty Shortcake
  5. 4. Wonders That Are True
  6. 5. [Fire At Sea]
    Patty O'Day
  7. 6. Buffalo Bill
    Men Who Made the West
  8. 7. [The Oasis of Li-Wang]
    Dr. Fung
  9. 8. The Wrath of Allah
  10. 9. Lone Hand
    "Wild Tex" Dawson
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Sport Album
  12. 11. 1000 Prizes Given Away Free!
    Wonder Comics
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Movie Memos
  14. 13. [The Menace of the Mask]
    K-5 Spies At War
  15. 14. Gang-Buster Appointed By Gov. Harmon
    "Gang-Buster" Robinson
  16. 15. [Mr. Jones, take a letter]
    Some Fun
  17. 16. [The Hijacked Pocket Battleship]
    Spark Stevens
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    Prof. Penpusher's Cartooning Class
  19. 18. Wonder Stamp Club
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
    Belly Busters
  21. 20. [no title indexed]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Henry Andrews
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin