(August 1939)

Centaur, 1938 Series
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Volume:
2
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1939
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Centaur Publications Inc.
Editing:
Joe Hardie
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Speed Centaur / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Paul Gustavson
Inks:
Paul Gustavson
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Speed Centaur; Fantom of the Fair (inset)

["Uncle Joe Says":] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Joe Hardie
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Speed Centaur; The Masked Marvel

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover.

Besides the indicia, there is an editorial letter from "Uncle Joe", who wonders what life will be like in 1959, and uses radio as an example of that that medium has improved over the years.

There is a house advertisement for the line of Centaur Comics, and tells readers that if they buy any three Centaur books, they will get a copy of Uncle Joe's Funnies absolutely free.

There is a tiny advertisement from Club Photo Incorporated offering readers 5" x 7" enlargement of any two photos they submit along with 25 cents.

There is an illustrated promotional advertisement for Speed Centaur in Amazing Mystery Funnies and The Masked Marvel in Keen Detective Funnies.

["Far to the North, vast wastes of land..."] (Table of Contents)

Speed Centaur / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Malcolm Kildale (signed)
Inks:
Malcolm Kildale (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Speed Centaur (introduction, origin); Norton (a trapper, death); Reel McCoy (newspaper reporter); Police Officer Quinn; "Killer" Diller (villain); Diller's gang (villains)
Synopsis:
After an earthquake in a chain of uncrossed mountains occurs, destroying a city in the process, a lone trapper, checking his traps, comes across a youthful Centaur, whom he takes back to his cabin. He learns the Centaur is the sole survivor of the City of Centaurs, destroyed in the earthquake, and so takes on the responsibility of raising the Centaur and encouraging him to fight crime, which he does, teaming up with a reporter.
Keywords:
City of the Centaurs; Daily Views; The City of Rockets

Indexer Notes

Script revision from Kildale to ? by Craig Delich. The Who's Who doesn't indicate Kildale wrote the feature nor is there any other evidence known to suggest he did.

["We find Major Ramsey in London..."] (Table of Contents)

The Inner Circle / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Lochland Field
Inks:
Lochland Field
Colors:
? (red tones)
Letters:
?

Genre:
spy
Characters:
The Inner Circle [Major Paul Ramsay; Ian Ahern; unnamed agent]; General Rask (of Strath); Captain Mann (of Strath); Pasrcastol (villain, Courbian Minister of Propaganda); Targib (villain, Courbian officer)
Synopsis:
Major Ramsay and Ian head to South America, specifically to the nation of Strath, to help the leaders there protect themselves from neighoring Courbia, who is threatening to attack unless Strath agrees to lay down its arms. Ramsay and Ahern successfully kidnap the Courbian Propaganda Minister to gain leverage in the pending crisis.
Keywords:
Belcade; London; St. Courbia; Strath; Triast (a city); Yort (a city)

Indexer Notes

Inker credit revised from ? to Field by Craig Delich. The Who's Who verifies that Field did the inking.

The story is printed in reds, blacks and whites.

Oddly enough, the Courbian soldiers are dresed in helmets and uniforms not unlike those of the Nazis.

The Hidden Empire (Part 1) (Table of Contents)

Don Dixon / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Moore (signed)
Pencils:
Carl Pfeufer (signed)
Inks:
Carl Pfeufer (signed)
Colors:
? (red tones)
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; science fiction
Characters:
Don Dixon; Dr. Lugoff; Wanda (Princess of Pharia); Dagmar (villain, Marsh-God); Dagmar's monsters (villains); Taal (villain, the Queen's assistant)
Synopsis:
Don, Lugoff and Wanda enter the Haunted Swamp after rescuing Princess Wanda from the wrecked aero-sphere in the Hidden City. They encounter a wraith-like figure and Don chases after it, disappearing beneath the murky waters. He recovers in the presence of Dagmar and learns that his two compatriots have also been captured, and unless Don agrees to become her King, his two friends will die.
Reprints:
  • from Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire Sunday strip (Watkins Syndicate) ?
Keywords:
Haunted Swamp; Hidden Empire

Indexer Notes

Continued from ?.

Continued next issue.

First page printed in reds, blacks and whites, while rest of story is uncolored.

Inker credit revised from ? to Pfeufer by Craig Delich. The Who's Who verifies Pfeufer inked this feature.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Do You Know? / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Reprints:
  • from early Chesler / Ultem material ?

Indexer Notes

Several amazing facts are illustrated: where cotton originated, why babies suck their thumbs, and why crows appoint sentinels... all of which are mysteries and the answers are unknown.

Counter-Spy (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Lloyd Jaquet [as Lloyd Dyoll] (credited)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Mat Reilly (Annapolis officer); Reilly's un-named Annapolis classmate; Harry Rustleman (Annapolis officer, court-martialed)
Synopsis:
Mat and his buddy were discussing Harry Rustleman, a classmate of theirs who had been court-martialed for possibly being a spy, served time in prison, then released. Neither of them believed Harry guilty, even though incriminating evidence had been found in his apartment. Soon, the latest newspaper revealed the truth, making them that Rustleman had been used by Naval Intelligence to pass off fraudulent plans to the enemy.
Keywords:
El Capitan Club; Manila

Indexer Notes

Masthead in color but illustrations are in black and white.

["Jack Strand goes to Psyk's world of the subconscious..."] (Table of Contents)

Jack Strand / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Frollo (signed)
Pencils:
Frank Frollo (signed)
Inks:
Frank Frollo (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Jack Strand; Diana Carlin; Peter Smith (villain, Dr. Carlin's former secretary, death); Psyk (villain)
Synopsis:
Now in Psyk's power, Jack comes across a man supposedly dead: Diana's late father's former Secretary, Peter Smith, wsho had drowned, but was being kept alive by Psyk's control of his subconscious. He asks Jack to kill him in order to be released from Psyk's power, but it's actually a ploy to steal Jack's ray contained in the stone in his lapel pin. Meanwhile, Psyk is sending Diana back to the United States to transfer Psyk's will to the President and other officials. Jack stops the attempt, but is arrested for the murder of Peter Smith, who accompanies Diana.
Reprints:
Keywords:
White House

Indexer Notes

Story is supposedly continued in the next issue, but the feature does not appear therein.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Stranger Than Fiction! / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Walter Gallia (signed)
Inks:
Walter Gallia (signed)
Colors:
? (red tones)
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
President John Tyler; Mrs. James Ryan; Bessie Kreuger (mention only)

Indexer Notes

Possibly a reprint from syndication, but may just be a similar title.

Series of four illustrations, each relating an interesting facts, such as President Tyler being the first U.S. bowling champion, never having lost a match in 19 years of competition.

Inker credit by Craig Delich.

Printed in black, red and white.

["Upon receiving a diary, written by Dr. Montan..."] (Table of Contents)

Air-Sub DX / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Carl Burgos (signed)
Pencils:
Carl Burgos [as Burgos] (signed)
Inks:
Carl Burgos [as Burgos] (signed)
Colors:
? (red tones)
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Captain Tim; Professor Gray; Rita; The Living Diamonds; The Conqueror [Dr. Montan] (villain, death); The Mech (villain, a giant robot); The Ocres (villains, mention only)
Synopsis:
Tim, Rita and Professor Gray are nearing Mystery Island, where Tim expects to find the mysterious Conqueror, and they get their wish when Montan captures the Air-Sub and takes all three prisoner. Montan places Rita in a glass tube and nearly kills her with music until Professor Gray agrees to help Montan develop Super Gas. Howsever, Montan is stopped by one of the Living Diamonds, and the trio regain control of the Air-Sub.
Keywords:
Air-Sub DX; Mystery Island

Indexer Notes

First page printed in red, black and white, rest in black and white.

Continued from the previous issue.

Next month's adventure is titled "Arctic Adventure" in the final panel.

["Up from unknown caverns..."] (Table of Contents)

Fantom of the Fair / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Inks:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Fantom of the Fair; Professor Carter; Sir Conway (big game hunter and explorer, death?); Sergeant Collins (policeman); Ticonda (villain, an ape, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Professor Carter warns Sir Conway to return the giant white ape back to the Arctic regions where he discovered him before the ape breaks out of his enclosure and wrecks the Fair. Unfortunately, the drugs given to weaken the beast wear off too soon and the ape breaks out of the Fair's zoo and causes havoc until the Fantom steps into the picture.
Reprints:
Keywords:
1939 New York World's Fair

Indexer Notes

Continuity from previous issue's story is noted in the splash.

Script revision from Gustavson to ? by Craig Delich. The Who's Who does not indicate that Gustavson actually wrote the strip and no other extant evidence is known that he did.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Homing Instincts / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Series of illustrated facts concerning the homing instincts of the carrier, pigeon, dogs, cats, horses and geese.

[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 Remington Rand in Buffalo, offering readers a nice desk for $1 when they purchase a portable typewriter. Offer also includes a 24-page booklet on how to type plus a carrying case for the typewriter.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Found on the back cover.

Illustrated advertisement from the Johnson Smith and Company, offering readers a variety of items to purchase, such as a 30-shot automatic repeating B-B pistol for 25 cents, a printing press for $2.95, a midget racer for 25 cents, a folding camera for 39 cents, and much more.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Speed Centaur
  2. 1. ["Uncle Joe Says":]
  3. 2. ["Far to the North, vast wastes of land..."]
    Speed Centaur
  4. 3. ["We find Major Ramsey in London..."]
    The Inner Circle
  5. 4. The Hidden Empire (Part 1)
    Don Dixon
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Do You Know?
  7. 6. Counter-Spy
  8. 7. ["Jack Strand goes to Psyk's world of the subconscious..."]
    Jack Strand
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Stranger Than Fiction!
  10. 9. ["Upon receiving a diary, written by Dr. Montan..."]
    Air-Sub DX
  11. 10. ["Up from unknown caverns..."]
    Fantom of the Fair
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Homing Instincts
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Lou Mougin
  • Katie
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Ramon Schenk
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lee Randall (R.I.P.)
  • Lou Mougin
  • James Ludwig