(August 1939)

Fox, 1939 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1939-06-15
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Bruns Publications, Inc.
Brand:
FP
Editing:
Victor Fox
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
7 1/2" x 10 1/4"
Paper Stock:
Glossy Covers; Newsprint Interior
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

MYSTERY MEN COMICS, Vol 1, No. 1. Published monthly by Bruns Publications, Inc., V. S. Fox, President, 480 Lexington
Avenue, New York, N. Y. Office of publication, 29 Worthington St., Springfield, Mass. Application for entry as second-class matter at the Post Office at Springfield, Mass., pending. Price 10 cents per copy. Subscription rates: 12 issues in the United States, its possessions, Mexico, South America, Spain, $1.50. Elsewhere, $2.50. The Publisher accepts no responsibility for unsolicited material. Copyright 1939, by Bruns Publications, Inc. Printed in the U.S.A.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Green Mask / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Lou Fine
Inks:
Lou Fine
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

A Modern Robin Hood (Table of Contents)

Green Mask / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Walter Frehm
Inks:
Walter Frehm
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
The Green Mask [Michael Shelby] (introduction); "News" Blake; Rocky Vilon (villain; introduction; death); Cyrus Boomer (villain; introduction)
Reprints: show reprint note before migration

Indexer Notes

takes place after 1st story in Green Mask, The (Fox, 1940 series) #1

[Origin of Rex Dexter of Mars] (Table of Contents)

Rex Dexter / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Dick Briefer?
Pencils:
Dick Briefer (signed)
Inks:
Dick Briefer
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Rex Dexter (introduction; origin); Montague Dexter (introduction); Pres. Grover (introduction); Cynde (introduction); Boris Thorax (villain; introduction)
Reprints:

How To Become a Detective (Table of Contents)

Billy Bounce / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Norman Lee (signed)
Pencils:
Norman Lee (signed)
Inks:
Norman Lee
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Billy Bounce (introduction)

[The Coming of Chen Chang] (Table of Contents)

Chen Cheng / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Characters:
Chen Chang (villain; introduction); Wong (villain; introduction); Richard Kendall (introduction)

[Skulduggery on Smoky Mountain] (Table of Contents)

Wing Turner / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
George Tuska
Inks:
George Tuska
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Wing Taylor (introduction); The Chief (villain; introduction); Clutch (villain; introduction)

[Trapped By the Top] (Table of Contents)

Zanzibar / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
George Tuska (signed)
Inks:
George Tuska
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Zanzibar (introduction; a magician); The Top (villain; introduction)
Reprints:

The Case of Tintype's Will (Table of Contents)

Hemlock Shomes and Dr. Potsam / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Fred Schwab ?
Pencils:
Fred Schwab
Inks:
Fred Schwab
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; detective-mystery
Characters:
Hemlock Shomes (introduction); Dr. Potsam (introduction); Elmer T. Tintype (introduction); Sloppy Joe (introduction)
Synopsis:
Hemlock Shomes and Dr. Potsam travel to Old Man Tintype's mansion and try to figure out which one of the many men who claim to be his son actually killed him.

The Haunted House (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Will Eisner (signed)
Letters:
typeset

[Trouble At Gun Hollow] (Table of Contents)

Waco Kid / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Characters:
The Waco Kid (introduction); Brazos Teale (villain; introduction)
Reprints:

Another Bombing Outrage (Table of Contents)

Inspector Bancroft / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Art Franklin
Inks:
Art Franklin
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Inspector Bancroft (introduction); Inspector Grainger (introduction); Stuart Bledsoe (villain; introduction)

[The Coming of the Blue Beetle] (Table of Contents)

Blue Beetle / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Will Eisner?
Pencils:
Charles Nicholas (signed)
Inks:
Charles Nicholas
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
The Blue Beetle [Dan Garret] (introduction); Mike Mannigan (introduction); The White Face Gang [John Brandes; others] (villains; introduction)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Blue Beetle wears business suit, mask, and hat in this story; no apparent super-powers; story chronologically follows 1st story in Blue Beetle (Fox, 1939 series) #1

This Blue Beetle was published by Fox, then Holyoke, then Fox again, and then Charlton before Charlton revamped Dan Garrett Blue Beetle with a new origin and powers in 1964, and later replaced him with a new Blue Beetle (Ted Kord) in 1967.

Throughout his early appearances, the Blue Beetle's last name varied between "Garret" and "Garrett", while Mike Mannigan sometimes had his last name spelled "Manigan".

[The Panama Canal Affair] (Table of Contents)

D-13 / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Will Eisner?
Pencils:
Bob Powell [as S.R. Powell] (signed)
Inks:
Bob Powell?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
D-13 [Richard Anthony] (introduction; a secret agent); Manata (villain; introduction)
Reprints:

[The Valley of the Dead] (Table of Contents)

Capt. Danny Scott / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
John Lindermayer
Inks:
John Lindermayer
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Capt. Danny Scott of the Bengal Lancers (introduction)

[Saboteurs on the S. S. REGINA] (Table of Contents)

Lt. Drake / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Klaus Nordling [as F. Klaus] (signed)
Inks:
Klaus Nordling
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Lt. Drake of Naval Intelligence (introduction); Lobardi (villain; introduction); Kutch (villain; introduction); a girl (villain; introduction)
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Green Mask
  2. 1. A Modern Robin Hood
    Green Mask
  3. 2. [Origin of Rex Dexter of Mars]
    Rex Dexter
  4. 3. How To Become a Detective
    Billy Bounce
  5. 4. [The Coming of Chen Chang]
    Chen Cheng
  6. 5. [Skulduggery on Smoky Mountain]
    Wing Turner
  7. 6. [Trapped By the Top]
    Zanzibar
  8. 7. The Case of Tintype's Will
    Hemlock Shomes and Dr. Potsam
  9. 8. The Haunted House
  10. 9. [Trouble At Gun Hollow]
    Waco Kid
  11. 10. Another Bombing Outrage
    Inspector Bancroft
  12. 11. [The Coming of the Blue Beetle]
    Blue Beetle
  13. 12. [The Panama Canal Affair]
    D-13
  14. 13. [The Valley of the Dead]
    Capt. Danny Scott
  15. 14. [Saboteurs on the S. S. REGINA]
    Lt. Drake
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Peter Croome
  • Mark Boyer
  • Henry Andrews
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