(November 1943)

Holyoke, 1942 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Holyoke Publishing Co., Inc.
Editing:
Phillip Steinberg ?
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

Indicia:
THE BLUE BEETLE, November, 1943, No. 27. Published monthly by Holyoke Publishing Co., Inc. Office of publication, 1 Appelton Street, Holyoke, Mass. Editorial and executive offices, 52 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York City. Entered as second-class matter at the Post Office at Holyoke, Mass., under the Act of March 3, 1879. Price 10 cents per copy. Subscription rates: 12 issues in the United States and its possessions, Mexico, South America, Spain, $1.20. The publisher accepts no responsibility for unsolicited material. Copyright 1942 by Holyoke Publishing Co., Inc. Contents must not be reproduced without permission. The names of all characters that are used are ficticious. Use of a name which is the same as that of any living person is accidental.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Blue Beetle / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Blue Beetle [Dan Garrett]

Be the Master (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover ad for books on boxing, "police wrestling" and "police jiu-jitsu" from Pickwick Co.

[An Epidemic of Truth- "Pause a moment dear reader!" (first line)] (Table of Contents)

Blue Beetle / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Alex Blum ?
Inks:
Alex Blum ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Blue Beetle [Dan Garrett]; Sally Kirby; Dr. Marks; Mr. Kirby
Synopsis:
A scientist sprays truth gas over the city, inciting a mob.

Indexer Notes

Garret is misspelled in this story.

Death in the Sky! (Table of Contents)

Crime Reporter / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
war
Synopsis:
A Nazi sabotages a new plane, killing the test pilot. But when the F.B.I closes in on him, he tries to escape in a plane he'd sabotaged and dies himself.

Indexer Notes

In the last panels the F.B.I. agent addresses the reader, saying that this story "proves that the axis can never win", followed by a panel urging readers to buy war stamps and bonds.

["Did you call me, Mrs. Van Snoot?"] (Table of Contents)

Little Willie / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Mel Lazarus [as Mel] (signed)
Pencils:
Mel Lazarus [as Mel] (signed)
Inks:
Mel Lazarus [as Mel] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Little Willie; Mrs. Van Snoot; Polly (a parrot)
Synopsis:
Willie looks after a parrot but his friends teach the parrot some new vocabulary.

Indexer Notes

In the first panel, a box notes "'Little Willie' is an exclusive feature of Blue Beetle Comics. What do you think of him?"

["Commissioned by a world-famous laboratory..."] (Table of Contents)

Rod Ripley, Wizard of Science / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
S. M. Iger? [as Jerry Maxwell]
Pencils:
Sam Cooper ?
Inks:
Sam Cooper ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Rod Ripley; Zarita; Sir Balcom; Ahmed (a guide); Rameses (mummy); Isis (goddess)
Synopsis:
Rod Ripley and his companion Zarita must find the cure for a mysterious disease in the tomb of Rameses in the "Great Pyramid of Ghazi". They join British scientist Sir Malcom in Cairo. Ahmed, their guide, is kiled by a falling stone as they try to enter the pyramid. As they take the formula from Rameses's sarcophagus, Rameses awakens and curses them. Then Isis appears, and tells them they may take the formula but only if they leave and never return. The three are happy to comply, and Ripley seals the pyramid behind them.

Indexer Notes

art credits from Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

["Boy oh boy! Is he a cockadoodle dandy!"] (Table of Contents)

Turkey Joe / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Sid Lazarus [as Lazarus] (signed)
Pencils:
Sid Lazarus [as Lazarus] (signed)
Inks:
Sid Lazarus [as Lazarus] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters:
Turkey Joe; U.S. Army
Synopsis:
Joe is a well-dressed turkey with no where to go on the farm, until he gets an invitation to dinner from the Army. But Joe fails to realize that he's being invited not to *be* dinner on Thanksgiving.

Indexer Notes

Only appearance. credits from Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

["Now le's see"] (Table of Contents)

Rookie Rod / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Mel Lazarus [as Mel] (signed)
Pencils:
Mel Lazarus [as Mel] (signed)
Inks:
Mel Lazarus [as Mel] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Rookie Rod
Synopsis:
Rod tries to learn the "manly art of self-defense", but chooses a first opponent who is too skilled.

Young Norwegian Hero Fools Gestapo (Table of Contents)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
non-fiction; war
Characters:
Knut Fredriksen; Lieutenant Colonel Ole Reistad; First Lieutenant James Perry Muri
Synopsis:
Article describing the roles of Norwegians and Norwegian-Americans in the war.

Igor Sikorsky and His Amazing Helicopter (Table of Contents)

comic story / 9 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction; war
Characters:
Igor Sikorsky
Synopsis:
Biography of Sikorsky's attempts and eventual success at building a helicopter.

Indexer Notes

It is predicted that the helicopter will "soon be everyman's airplane", and that it will replace the automobile. One early helicopter is described as looking more like a "Rube Goldberg invention"

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Come to the Fun Circus / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Mel Lazarus (signed)
Pencils:
Mel Lazarus (signed)
Inks:
Mel Lazarus (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

The Case of the Fish Scale Man (Table of Contents)

Durrand Draw / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Montgomery Mulford
Pencils:
George Tukel ?
Inks:
George Tukel ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Durrand Draw (intro); Beth (intro)
Synopsis:
Durrand Draw is called to solve a case where a girl has been abducted by a man with fish scales on his skin. But the fish scale man's role is not what it first appears.

["Oh- er- hello- er- ah- silly programs thos kids listen to, eh?"] (Table of Contents)

Service Gags / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Mel Lazarus [as Mel] (signed)
Pencils:
Mel Lazarus [as Mel] (signed)
Inks:
Mel Lazarus [as Mel] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; war

Indexer Notes

Five one-panel gags.

["Ho, little one!"] (Table of Contents)

Tamaa, Jungle Prince / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bob Kipler (signed)
Inks:
Bob Kipler (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Tamaa; Augo (Tamaa's lion)
Synopsis:
Tamaa must free Augo from a tribe after he is captured as part of a ritual to choose the next chief, and then help the better candidate win.

Double Trouble [Part 1] (Table of Contents)

Blue Beetle / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Lee Ames ?
Inks:
Lee Ames ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Blue Beetle [Dan Garrett]; Spunky; Dick Wilson (F.B.I. agent); Fritz Von Straff (the Nazi Blue Beetle); Himmler; Gretchen
Synopsis:
The military sends a captured Gestapo agent back into Germany to impersonate the Blue Beetle and help free some captured soldiers. Unfortunately the Nazi goes back on his word, so the real Blue Beetle has to follow him and free his friends. Continued....

Indexer Notes

Blue Beetle's sidekick Spunky was called Sparky in earlier issues. Spunky does not wear a costume in this story. "Garrett" has two t's in this story.

Omnibus of Pleasure (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
"Uncensored! A Rare Selection of Fun and Revelry from the World's Most Titillating Tales of LOVE!" The book costs 98 cents, from Strayon Publishers.

["You, too can be more beautiful- charming and popular!"] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
"For every girl who wants to be lovely", the book "Better than Beauty" sells for 98 cents, from Herald Publishing Co.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

["Drink a Toast to Our Armed Forces!"] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Ad for six glasses each showing a member of a branch of the military embracing and kissing a girl.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Blue Beetle
  2. 1. Be the Master
  3. 2. [An Epidemic of Truth- "Pause a moment dear reader!" (first line)]
    Blue Beetle
  4. 3. Death in the Sky!
    Crime Reporter
  5. 4. ["Did you call me, Mrs. Van Snoot?"]
    Little Willie
  6. 5. ["Commissioned by a world-famous laboratory..."]
    Rod Ripley, Wizard of Science
  7. 6. ["Boy oh boy! Is he a cockadoodle dandy!"]
    Turkey Joe
  8. 7. ["Now le's see"]
    Rookie Rod
  9. 8. Young Norwegian Hero Fools Gestapo
  10. 9. Igor Sikorsky and His Amazing Helicopter
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Come to the Fun Circus
  12. 11. The Case of the Fish Scale Man
    Durrand Draw
  13. 12. ["Oh- er- hello- er- ah- silly programs thos kids listen to, eh?"]
    Service Gags
  14. 13. ["Ho, little one!"]
    Tamaa, Jungle Prince
  15. 14. Double Trouble [Part 1]
    Blue Beetle
  16. 15. Omnibus of Pleasure
  17. 16. ["You, too can be more beautiful- charming and popular!"]
  18. 17. ["Drink a Toast to Our Armed Forces!"]
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  • Henry Andrews
  • Bob Hughes
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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