(September 1939)

Centaur, 1938 Series
< Previous Issue |
| Next Issue >
Volume:
2
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
monthly
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

Issue Notes

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

[Dive of Death] (Table of Contents)

Fantom of the Fair / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Fantom of the Fair (also inset); Speed Centaur (inset)
Reprints:
Keywords:
World's Fair

Indexer Notes

Story title taken from actual story upon which the cover is based,

Amazing Facts About Pioneer American Homes (Table of Contents)

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

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

Characters:
Speed Centaur; The Masked Marvel

Indexer Notes

Partially illustrated page, first featuring an article by the Editor, Uncle Joe, on Colonial American homes. Secondly, there is a publisher's plug for the latest mags published by Centaur. Thirdly, there are three very brief advertisements concerning postage stamps, a quiz booklet and film developing. Finally, at the bottom of the page, is an illustrated promo for Keen Detective Comics and Amazing Mystery Funnies with illos of Speed Centaur and the Masked Marvel.

Dive of Death!.. (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; Mr. Adams (Fair show owner); Jane Adams (Adam's daughter); Tony (Adam's employee); Marcos (villain, Fair show owner, death); Marcos' henchman (villain, death)
Synopsis:
A struggling Fair show owner has words and more with a fellow competitor who seems to be stealing every idea that he has had. The rival goes so far as to rig a death dive trap for the girl, and might have succeeded if not for the intervention of the Fantom.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Golden Palace; World's Fair

Indexer Notes

Script revision from Gustavson to ? by Craig Delich. The Who's Who does not indicate that Gustavson wrote this feature nor does extant evidence exist that confirms he did.

["Get Professor Gray on the Televisor!"] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Captain Tim; Professor Gray; Dr. Ralon (death); Nelson (Ralon's assistant); un-named girl (villain, Ralon's first created human, death); girl's men (villains, all die)
Synopsis:
Dr. Ralon confirms to Professor Gray that he has succeeded in bringing to life, through his evolutionizing machine, human beings from animals, when a girl and some men enter his lab and kill him. Tom and Gray soon learn that the girl was the first of Dr. Ralon's creations and that she had gone mad, killing the doctor.
Keywords:
acetylene gun; Air-Sub 'DX'; electronic pistol; Lanton City

["Flying over the polar region..."] (Table of Contents)

The Inner Circle / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Lochlan Field [as L. Field] (signed)
Inks:
Lochland Field [as L. Field] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; spy
Characters:
The Inner Circle [Major Paul Ramsay; John Bain (Canadian engineer); Kirby; un-named pilots]; radium thieves (villains)
Synopsis:
Ramsay and Bain head up to Great Bear Lake to meet with agent Kirby in regards to several hijackings of planes loaded with radium.
Keywords:
Great Bear Lake

Indexer Notes

Inker credit by Craig Delich.

Continued next issue.

The Hidden Empire (Part 2) (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
adventure; science fiction
Characters:
Don Dixon; Dr. Lugoff; Princess Wanda; Dagmar (villain); Taal (villain, Dagmar's cousin)
Synopsis:
Dagmar threatens to kill Wanda and Dr. Lugoff unless Don consents to become co-ruler of her kingdom. But the Queen's jilted suitor, Taal, has other plans.
Reprints:
  • from Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire Sunday strip (Watkins Syndicate) ?

Indexer Notes

Pfeufer signed his name in the 2nd panel on page one and panel 5 on page four.

Story concluded in Volume 2 #11.

Rocketship Race (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Lloyd Jacquet [as Lloyd Victor] (credited)
Pencils:
George A. Fish [as G.A.F.] (signed) (spot illustration)
Inks:
George A. Fish [as G.A.F.] (signed) (spot illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Thomas Piper; Mac (Piper's mechanic); Riginald Saunders
Synopsis:
Tom was determined to win the Rocketship Derby Race, even though his competitor, Regie Saunders, was known for not sticking to the rules!
Keywords:
Champion (a rocketship); Rocketship Derby Race; The Flash (a rocketship)

["We find 'Speed Centaur' waiting in a cave..."] (Table of Contents)

Speed Centaur / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Speed Centaur; Reel McCoy; Jack Pott gang [Jack Pott (leader); Jim "Droopy" Raws; rest un-named] (villains)
Synopsis:
To try and catch up with the Jack Pott gang, Speed assumes the disguise of a true horse and he and Reel follow one of the gang's torpedo's into town. Speed then uses his voice to convince the thug that he is a talking horse, and the thug buys the horse from Reel and takes it and Reel to the gang's hideout.
Keywords:
Nob Nose Mountain

["Hmmm--looks like all the foreign countries..."] (Table of Contents)

Daredevil Barry Finn / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Tarpe Mills (signed)
Inks:
Tarpe Mills (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Barry Finn; Joan Hart; Professor Walton (scientist, death); Sulla (villain, Zaroff's assistant); Dr. Zaroff (villain); Dacia Zaroff (villain, Zaroff's daughter); Joseph Stalin (villain, cameo); Adolf Hitler (villain, cameo); Benito Mussolini (villain, cameo)
Synopsis:
Zaroff visits an English scientist, who has invented a process for enlarging any insect to any size that he wishes. Seizing upon the opportunity, Zaroff kills the scientist, seizes the machine for his own purposes, and meets with leaders from the major warring powers, offering (for a price) the use of this invention. Then, accompanied by Dacia, Zaroff sails to New York, planning to release a horde of the giant insects upon the United States, bringing disease, pague and death.

Indexer Notes

Script revision from Mills to ? by Craig Delich. The Who's Who does not indicate that Mills write this feature nor does any other extant evidence that is known.

Knuckle Down! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Martin Filchock ?
Pencils:
Martin Filchock [also as Filchock] (signed)
Inks:
Martin Filchock [also as Filchock] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery; sports
Characters:
Pat Mullen (a baseball pitcher); Mr. Mullen (Pat's father); Mrs. Mullen (Pat's mother, cameo); Champ (villain, a boxer); Champ's manager (villain)
Synopsis:
Concerned because his name and bout is being pushed out the sports section of the newspaper by the Union school, Champ and his manager conspire to get the team's star pitcher to throw the game in the Junior Baseball Championships.
Keywords:
Daily News

Indexer Notes

Data from Jerry Bails index cards and Howard Keltners Golden Age index.

Act Now On This Bargain Offer. (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [Dive of Death]
    Fantom of the Fair
  2. 1. Amazing Facts About Pioneer American Homes
  3. 2. Dive of Death!..
    Fantom of the Fair
  4. 3. ["Get Professor Gray on the Televisor!"]
    Air-Sub 'DX'
  5. 4. ["Flying over the polar region..."]
    The Inner Circle
  6. 5. The Hidden Empire (Part 2)
    Don Dixon
  7. 6. Rocketship Race
  8. 7. ["We find 'Speed Centaur' waiting in a cave..."]
    Speed Centaur
  9. 8. ["Hmmm--looks like all the foreign countries..."]
    Daredevil Barry Finn
  10. 9. Knuckle Down!
  11. 10. Act Now On This Bargain Offer.
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Craig Delich
  • Lou Mougin
  • Henry Andrews
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lee Randall (R.I.P.)
  • Lou Mougin
  • James Ludwig