(September 1939)

Fox, 1939 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Fox 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. 2, is published monthly by Fox Publications, Inc. Office of publication, 29 Worthington Street, Springfield, Mass. Editorial and Executive offices, 480 Lexington Avenue, New York, N. Y. Entered as second-class matter at the Post Office at Springfield, 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, $1.50. The Publisher accepts no responsibility for unsolicited material. Copyright, 1939, by Fox Publications, Inc. Contents must not be reproduced without permission. No actual person is named, or delineated in this fiction magazine. The names of all characters that are used are fictitious. Use of a name which is the same as that of any living person is accidental. Printed in the U.S.A.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Rex Dexter / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Reprints:

[The Tong War of San Sin] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Walter Frehm (signed)
Inks:
Walter Frehm (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Green Mask [Michael Shelby]; "News" Blake (reporter); Chu Fan (antique dealer, death); Foo Young (merchant, death); Sing Tew (merchant, death); Fong Lee (former King of Chinatown, introduction); Lotus Lee (Fong Lee's daughter, introduction); San Sin (villain, dope and smuggling racketeer, introduction); Lo Fang (villain, San Sin's henchman, introduction)
Synopsis:
The Green Mask, alarmed at the Tong wars erupting in Chinatown, seemingly joins forces with the nefarious San Sin in order to find a way to rescue Fong Lee's daughter from his evil clutches.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Chinatown; S.S. Canton

[Crisis On Capris] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Rex Dexter; Professor Landar; Cynde (spaceship pilot); The Caprisians (villain, monsters, introduction for all, many die)
Synopsis:
A mysterious plague threatens to destroy all life on Earth, and the only cure is radium: but the Earth doesn't have sufficient quantities in order to deal with the disease. Therefore, Rex and Cynde head to the Planet Capris to obtain the valuable material.
Keywords:
Capris (a planet)

Indexer Notes

? removed from writer credit by Craig Delich. The Who's Who confirms Briefer wrote this strip.

Story time frame is 2000 A.D..

[So I close this meeting of junior detectives...] (Table of Contents)

Billy Bounce, the Kid Detective / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Fred Schwab [as Norman Lee] (signed)
Pencils:
Fred Schwab [as Norman Lee] (signed)
Inks:
Fred Schwab [as Norman Lee] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
children; crime
Characters:
Billy Bounce; Butch (villain); un-named crook (villain)
Synopsis:
Butch and his pal see easy dough by snatching Billy for ransom.

Indexer Notes

Revised writer and artist credits by Craig Delich. Norman Lee was a pen name used in this issue by Schwab, confirmed by the Who's Who.

[River Lily the Pirate] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
adventure; crime
Characters:
Richard Kendall; Chen Chang (villain); Chang's thugs [Wong; rest un-named] (introduction for all); River Lily (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
River pirate Chang orders his thugs to capture Kendall and take him to the mysterious River Lily aboard the "Dragon Heart".
Keywords:
Dragon Heart (a ship); Tacoma (a ship); Yangtze River Line

Indexer Notes

Artist credits confirmed by the Who's Who.

[The Stolen Transport Planes] (Table of Contents)

Wing Turner, Air Detective / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
aviation; detective-mystery
Characters:
Wing Turner; Senor Zanko (villain, smuggler, introduction); Chico (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Wing is called in to discover the whereabouts of six missing transport planes.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Rocky Mountains

Indexer Notes

Floyd Kelly is a house by-line used by several artists at Fox, including George Tuska, Jack Kirby and Dennis Neville (among others).

Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. notes that George Tuska did not draw this story (2009-2-28).

Ben Rosenberg (Table of Contents)

Real Life Personal Interviews with Famous Detectives / text article / pages (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction; crime
Characters:
Ben Rosenberg; Charles "Pal" Palatino (villain); Vincent Ceffelli (villain)
Synopsis:
Detective Ben Rosenberg tracks down two notorious robbers that have been commiting crimes on Broadway in 1932.

Indexer Notes

Part text and part spot illustrations.

Harris also signed this feature as "Harris".

Famed Statue Missing (Table of Contents)

Zanzibar the Magician / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Zanzibar; Zeus (introduction); Hercules (introduction); Venus (introduction); Greek warriors (villains)
Synopsis:
Zanzibar investigates the theft of the famed statue: the Venus de Milo.
Keywords:
Daily Gazette; time travel

Indexer Notes

Tuska created this feature.

[The Spookington Castle] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Fred Schwab [as Fred] (signed)
Pencils:
Fred Schwab [as Fred] (signed)
Inks:
Fred Schwab [as Fred] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Fred Schwab

Genre:
humor; detective-mystery
Characters:
Hemlock Shomes; Dr. Potsam; Dr. Spookington (mention only, introduction); Mrs. Spookington (introduction); un-named criminal (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Hemlock and the good doctor visit Spookington Castle in order to try and collect a $10 reward for the return of the kidnapped Mrs. Spookington.
Keywords:
Super-Sleuth Detective Agency

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

The Long Arm of Vengeance (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure; crime
Characters:
Barney (seaman); Eban (helmsman); Captain Clark (death); Marlin (villain, 1st Mate, death)
Synopsis:
The crew of the Falcon spot a derelict or ghost ship off the starboard bow and Barney, Marlin and Clark go aboard to investigate, discovering the corpse of the Captain of that ship......a Captain that promises justice for Marlin.
Keywords:
The Falcon (a ship)

[Wanted: The Waco Kid] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
The Waco Kid; Sheriff Elliot; Killer Barkus (villain); Barkus' gang (villains)
Synopsis:
As the Waco Kid rides along, he spots a wanted poster: on himself, for bank robbery and murder!
Keywords:
Mustang City; Red Gap Canyon

[Baron Garza's Plan] (Table of Contents)

Inspector Bancroft, Ace Investigator of Scotland Yard / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Art Franklin (signed)
Pencils:
Art Franklin (signed)
Inks:
Art Franklin (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Inspector Bancroft; Chief Inspector Grainger; un-named man (death); un-named Customs Officer; Baron Garza (villain, introduction); Garza's thugs (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis:
Bancroft is summoned by letter to a derelict house, to find a dying man who says he was shot by a Baron Garza. Investigating, he discovers the Baron and his thuigs are behind a gun smuggling racket.
Keywords:
Drovian Embassy; London; Tatania (a ship)

Indexer Notes

Art identification by Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. (2009-2-28).

Writer addition and art revision from Art Peddy ? to Franklin per Craig Delich (2014-6-16), verified by the Who's Who.

[The Armored Truck Robbery] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Blue Beetle [Dan Garret]; Mannigin (Policeman); Tim (newsboy); un-named Chief of Police; a group of thugs [Jake; Blackie; rest un-named) (villains)
Synopsis:
A group of thugs rob an armored car of its $80,000 payload and capture the Beetle in the process.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Blue Beetle has a costume similar to his official one, but wears no mask.

[The Peace Pact Problem] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
spy
Characters:
D-13 [Captain Richard Anthony]; Sir Norbert Chandler (European Statesman, introduction); un-named King of Duraguay (introduction); Von Wenger (villain, introduction); Hans (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
The airplane carrying Captain Anthony and Sir Chandler is suddenly attacked by other aircraft, and forced to land, the purpose of which is to force two opposing nations to sign a pact with each other.
Keywords:
Duraguay; Gothland

Indexer Notes

Writer credit by Craig Delich, verified by the Who's Who.

[The Trap of Sula Khan] (Table of Contents)

Captain Denny Scott of the Bengal Lancers / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
John Lindermayer [as L. Mayer] (signed)
Inks:
John Lindermayer [as L. Mayer] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Captain Denny Scott; James (young boy); Doctor Ellis (mention only, death); Sula Kahn (villain, a slave dealer); Afanga (villain)
Synopsis:
Captain Scott and James enter the town of Gulam, unaware that a sinister figure named Kahn and his men are out to kidnap the boy.
Keywords:
Gulam; Victoria Valley

Indexer Notes

Art credits verified by the Who's Who.

[The Alien Smugglers] (Table of Contents)

Lt. Drake of the Naval Intelligence / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure; military
Characters:
Lt. Drake; un-named whaler Captain (villain); whaler's crew (villains)
Synopsis:
Lt. Drake is put onto a case involving the smuggling of oriental aliens into San Francisco, and he discovers that the aliens are being sewn into large fish to avoid detection..
Keywords:
Tanbark (a whaler)

Indexer Notes

Writer credit by Craig Delich, verified by the Who's Who (and the art credits, too).

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Rex Dexter
  2. 1. [The Tong War of San Sin]
    Green Mask
  3. 2. [Crisis On Capris]
    Rex Dexter of Mars
  4. 3. [So I close this meeting of junior detectives...]
    Billy Bounce, the Kid Detective
  5. 4. [River Lily the Pirate]
    Chen Chang
  6. 5. [The Stolen Transport Planes]
    Wing Turner, Air Detective
  7. 6. Ben Rosenberg
    Real Life Personal Interviews with Famous Detectives
  8. 7. Famed Statue Missing
    Zanzibar the Magician
  9. 8. [The Spookington Castle]
    Hemlock Shomes and Dr. Potsam
  10. 9. The Long Arm of Vengeance
  11. 10. [Wanted: The Waco Kid]
    The Waco Kid
  12. 11. [Baron Garza's Plan]
    Inspector Bancroft, Ace Investigator of Scotland Yard
  13. 12. [The Armored Truck Robbery]
    The Blue Beetle
  14. 13. [The Peace Pact Problem]
    D-13, Secret Agent
  15. 14. [The Trap of Sula Khan]
    Captain Denny Scott of the Bengal Lancers
  16. 15. [The Alien Smugglers]
    Lt. Drake of the Naval Intelligence
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Craig Delich
  • Henry Andrews
  • Peter Croome
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin