(January 1963)

Western, 1962 Series
Price:
0.25 USD
Pages:
84
Indicia frequency:
Quarterly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
K. K. Publications, Inc.
Brand:
Gold Key
Editing:
?
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Silver Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy Card Stock Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding:
Squarebound
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

Gold Key 30007-301


[The Smiling Cavalier] (Table of Contents)

Boris Karloff / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
? (painted); ? (photograph)
Inks:
? (painted); ? (photograph)
Colors:
? (painted)
Letters:
Typeset

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Boris Karloff (photograph)
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (photo)
Inks:
? (photo)
Letters:
?

Indexer Notes

Foreword and listing of contents, inside front cover, black & white

Blind Man's Bluff (Table of Contents)

Boris Karloff Thriller / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
George Evans
Inks:
George Evans
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ben Oda

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Boris Karloff (host); Jim Blake (death); Buzz Murphy (death); Judy Davis
Synopsis:
During a race Buzz Murphy, driving very recklessly because Jim is in the lead, causes Jim to crash. Afterwards, Buzz asks Jim's fiancée out for a drink while he is in the hospital. The next day while Buzz is driving on the racetrack Jim suddenly shows up behind him and causes him to die in a crash. The people at the wreckage comment that Jim had died in the hospital just before the crash.
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The Dreamer (Table of Contents)

Boris Karloff Thriller / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Mike Sekowsky
Inks:
Mike Peppe
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ben Oda

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Boris Karloff (host); Dr. E. Korvo; Mark Pearson (death); Diane; Dr. A. B. Haven
Synopsis:
Mark Pearson shows up at Dr. Korvo's (a psychiatrist) office after hours begging him to help him. He has a recurring dream about being on a ship when it sinks. Dr. Korvo agrees to try to help him and hypnotizes him because he has amnesia. Under hypnosis Mark is revealed to be on a cruise where he talks to a psychiatrist about a recurring dream he has where he he has amnesia. After talking to the psychiatrist he goes to dinner and then walks on the deck with his girlfriend when the ship hits an iceberg. The ship sinks with him on board and he drowns. While he is remembering his drowning his body disappears but a stack of wet money is left to pay the bill. At the end of the story Dr. Korvo notices a headline in the paper stating that today is the 50th anniversary of the day the Titanic sunk.
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The Smiling Cavalier (Table of Contents)

Boris Karloff Thriller / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Paul S. Newman
Pencils:
Tom Gill
Inks:
Herb Trimpe
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ben Oda

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Boris Karloff (host); Laurie Callan; Don Juan
Synopsis:
Laurie Callan loves to visit the museum and try to sketch the 17th century masterpiece "The Smiling Cavalier" but she never seems to be able to get it right. One night when she accidently remains in the museum after it closes the paintings come to life. The "Smiling Cavalier" (Don Juan) and the other two "Smiling Cavalier" paintings come out and chase Laurie until she can escape. The night guard that lets her out looks just like the Don Juan "Smiling Cavalier".
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Indexer Notes

Script credit from Robin Snyder's The Comics!, Vol 22, no. 11 (Nov 2011)

The Man from Nowhere (Table of Contents)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jerry Robinson (illustration)
Inks:
Jerry Robinson (illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Typeset

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Kaspar Houser (death); Earl Stanhope
Synopsis:
The story of the mystery of Kaspar Houser. Nothing is known of his childhood, his strange sense of smell, his strange eyesight and the truth of various attacks on him that ended with his death.
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The Island (Table of Contents)

Boris Karloff Thriller / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Dan Spiegle
Inks:
Dan Spiegle
Colors:
?
Letters:
? [WCL (Gold Key/Dell West Coast Letterer)]

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Boris Karloff (host); Cecil Matthews (death); Fred; Mr. Johnson; Charlie
Synopsis:
Cecil Matthews is a bank employee who is sick of his job. He steals $30,000 and flys to Hawaii where he plans to charter a plane to Papinee, an island he found in an old "Islands of Paradise" book. The bank notices the theft before he can get to Papinee so he hijacks a mail plane to fly him there. Once there he kills the pilot and settles in at the deserted village. What Cecil doesn't know is that the reason the village is deserted is that the Island of Papinee was chosen by the Government to use in a missile test. The next day he is destroyed when the bomb is detonated on the island.
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The Phantom Plane (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (illustrations)
Inks:
? (illustrations)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Typeset

Genre:
detective-mystery
Synopsis:
The story of the "Lady Be Good", a Liberator bomber from World War II. The "Lady Be Good" disappeared from Soluch in North Africa in May 1943 and wasn't seen again until May 1959 when it was found in the Sahara Desert. The tracks of it's men intersected with the tracks of two other forces, Italian soldiers and British soldiers. The trail was eventually lost and it was never known how the plane got to the Sahara Desert or what happened to its crew.
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The Devil's Armchair (Table of Contents)

Boris Karloff Thriller / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Paul S. Newman
Pencils:
Mike Sekowsky
Inks:
Mike Peppe
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ben Oda

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Martha Harris (death); Mr. Duval; Stanley Harris; Lucy Rambeau (death); Jean Maraque
Synopsis:
Martha Harris buys an antique chair for her husband's birthday. He loves the chair but when she or her friend try to sit in it they are jabbed. She tries to take the chair back but is told that it is cursed and that she must keep it forever. It was used by a man named Jean Maraque to kill a young lady who spurned him. Martha does not believe the story and is killed when she tries to throw the chair out.
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Indexer Notes

Script credit from Robin Snyder's The Comics!, Vol 22, no. 11 (Nov 2011)

Find the Traitor (Table of Contents)

comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bob Fujitani
Inks:
Bob Fujitani
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ben Oda

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
General Luis Amendez (death); Perez; Colonel Menderes
Synopsis:
General Luis Amendez is driven through a quiet city to his presidential palace. He rules with an iron fist where people are afraid to even speak around him. When he finds a letter saying that he must die and that the people will be free he tells the police to find the individuals behind the letters and to kill them. If they can't find them they will be killed themselves. The police find that the one writing the letters is General Amendez himself (he suffers from schizophrenia). They kill the General to keep from being killed themselves.
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The Black Pit (Table of Contents)

Boris Karloff Thriller / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Sparling
Inks:
Jack Sparling
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ben Oda

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Boris Karloff (host); Mort Fallon; Mr. Stoker; Jamie Walsh; Dan Walsh; Matt Walsh; Jamie's father
Synopsis:
Mort Fallon wants to write an article on the 10th anniversary of a mine collapse. Jamie Walsh agrees to take Mort on a tour of the mine and only agrees to take him to the site of the collapse when Mort offers him $100. While on their way there they hear "tommyknockers" (the souls of miners who lost their lives there) warning them to leave. Jamie honors his agreement and when they get to the site of the collapse Mort trips and causes another collapse. Jamie is injured in the collapse and they are almost out of air when he and Mort are rescued by Jamie's father and brothers Dan and Matt. They lead them to an elevator shaft where they are transported to the surface. When Mort tells Mr. Stoker how they got out he shows Mort that the cables are rusted through and the elevator is at the bottom of the shaft. Mr. Stoker then tells Mort that Jamie's father and brothers Dan and Matt were killed ten years ago in the original collapse.
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A Very Strange Burial (Table of Contents)

Boris Karloff Thriller / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Giovanni Ticci
Inks:
Alberto Giolitti
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ben Oda

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Boris Karloff (host); Sydney Clybourne (death); Malcolm Billings (death); Alf; Caleb Mason; Mosesh; Sekoo (death)
Synopsis:
Sydney Clybourne walks in front of a car and is killed. When the police investigate the accident they find a book on him with a story from Sydney's time in Tanganyika. Sydney was on a safari there with Malcolm Billings when they heard a story about a strange ritual that a local tribe goes through whenever their chief dies. He is loaded on an elephant with all of his earthly belongings and they go to an unknown burial ground. They go on a safari to find the tribe and Sydney's friend Malcolm poisons the chief. When the elephant is loaded with the chief's body and his belongings Malcolm follows it and jumps on its back when it is out of sight. Sydney follows it until it arrives at a cliffside and throws everything on its back over the edge. Malcolm is killed and Sydney is left with the knowledge that he was part of the effort to steal the money that got Malcolm killed.
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Indexer Notes

New pencils identification by Alberto Becattini (December 2010).

The Amazing Peter Hurkos (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Paul S. Newman
Pencils:
Tom Gill
Inks:
Tom Gill
Letters:
Tom Gill?

Genre:
non-fiction; biography; history
Characters:
Peter Hurkos
Synopsis:
Peter Hurkos (the man with the x-ray brain) helps the Dutch authorities in the city of Nijmegen identify the arsonist terrorizing the area.
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Indexer Notes

Inside back cover, black and white. Script credit from Robin Snyder's The Comics!, Vol 22, no. 11 (Nov 2011)

Thriller Pin-Up No. 2 (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
? (painted)
Inks:
? (painted)
Colors:
? (painted)

Genre:
horror-suspense
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Pin-up of the front cover without photograph, logo or lettering.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [The Smiling Cavalier]
    Boris Karloff
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. Blind Man's Bluff
    Boris Karloff Thriller
  4. 3. The Dreamer
    Boris Karloff Thriller
  5. 4. The Smiling Cavalier
    Boris Karloff Thriller
  6. 5. The Man from Nowhere
  7. 6. The Island
    Boris Karloff Thriller
  8. 7. The Phantom Plane
  9. 8. The Devil's Armchair
    Boris Karloff Thriller
  10. 9. Find the Traitor
  11. 10. The Black Pit
    Boris Karloff Thriller
  12. 11. A Very Strange Burial
    Boris Karloff Thriller
  13. 12. The Amazing Peter Hurkos
  14. 13. Thriller Pin-Up No. 2
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