([Summer 1944?])

 
Volume:
?
Price:
0.10 CAD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Howard Publications
Editing:
Harry Shorten (original editor); F. E. Howard ? (reprint editor)
Color:
Full Colour Cover; Black and White interior
Dimensions:
Standard US Golden Age Size

Issue Notes

Indexed from scanned copy that appears to be missing inside back cover (possibly blank?).

Indicia for issue states "Comics published and printed in Canada by Howard Publications, 7 Wellwood Ave., Toronto, Canada."

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

The House That Crime Built (Table of Contents)

Black Hood / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Clem Weisbecker (see notes)
Inks:
Gil Kane ? (see notes)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Black Hood
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Indexer Notes

Cover is from first page of story in Pep Comics #49. Artwork is signed in the original but signatures have been eliminated from this reprinting.

["FEH Leads the Way"] (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
A man with an FEH Logo for a head is the skipper of a rowing crew where other comics are the rowers.
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Indexer Notes

Modified from the original by replacing the MLJ Logo with a crudely drawn FEH Logo. Also includes indicia stating that book is "published and printed in Canada by Howard Publications".

The House That Crime Built (Table of Contents)

Black Hood / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Clem Weisbecker [as Clem]; ?
Inks:
Gil Kane ? [as Pen]; ?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Mary Hawkins (Introduction, Villain, Death); The Black Hood
Synopsis:
Narrated by "the house that crime built", this is the story of Black Hood solving a crime at a house built in 1821 with a history of crimes being committed in it.
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Indexer Notes

First page image also used as cover. Modified from the original in the following ways: 1) One page deleted (page 8 from the original). 2) Pages 2,7 and new page 8 (original page 9) have been completely re-drawn. It appears as though they have been crudely traced from the original, perhaps the printing plates were not available for these pages?

Archie is Good For What Ails You! (Table of Contents)

Archie / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Bill Vigoda ?
Pencils:
Bill Vigoda (see notes)
Inks:
Bill Vigoda (see notes)
Letters:
?

Genre:
teen
Characters:
Archie Andrews; Jughead Jones; Veronica Lodge
Synopsis:
Promo for Archie Andrews radio show on WOR Mutual.
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Indexer Notes

Artwork is signed in original printing but signatures have been eliminated for this reprint.

[Aboard the NARCISSUS] ["But But -- I can explain everything, Mr. Weatherbee, honest!"] (Table of Contents)

Archie / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Ed Goggin
Pencils:
Harry Sahle [as Sahle]; ?
Inks:
Virginia Drury [as Ginger]; ?
Letters:
?

Genre:
teen
Characters:
Archie Andrews; Mr. Weatherbee; Miss Grundy; Reggie; Jughead Jones; Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge
Synopsis:
Mr. Weatherbee uses his latest readings in Child Psycology and gives Archie responsibility for a school picnic aboard a boat. Archie accidentally charters a garbage scow, but everything turns out all right in the end.
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Indexer Notes

Modified from the original in the following ways: 1) 2 pages have been deleted (original page 2 and 3) These two pages contained the part of the story where Archie is caught trying to play a prank on Reggie and sent to the principal's office. 2) Pages 3 (original page 5), 5 (original page 7) and 7 (original page 9) have been completely re-drawn. It appears as though they have been crudely traced from the original, perhaps the printing plates were not available for these pages?

[The Landgoing Tugboat] ["Ahoy mate!"] (Table of Contents)

Catfish Joe / comic story / 5.66 pages (report information)

Script:
Larry Harris (see note)
Pencils:
Larry Harris (see note)
Inks:
Larry Harris (see note)
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Captain Barney Keel (introduction); Catfish Joe; Kitty Keel; Gabby
Synopsis:
Captain Barney Keel is driving a tugboat along the land when a dam breaks and he and Catfish Joe find themselves floating around on a newly created lake rescuing animals.
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Indexer Notes

Artwork is signed in original printing but signatures have been eliminated for this reprint.

["I'm Jim Crow, Hello!"] (Table of Contents)

Animal-Antix / filler / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Three fun facts about animals as submitted by readers. Address says to submit to "Catfish Joe", so presumably this was a sub-feature of that strip.
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Indexer Notes

When reprinted in Black Hood, all the addresses of the kids who submitted the stories were changed to Canadian cities to make it seem more home-grown. 160 West Broadway New York, New York (the address to send letters to was changed to 160 West 21st Street, Calgary.

Tales of a Safety Pin (Table of Contents)

Shield / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Otto Binder
Pencils:
Irv Novick ?
Inks:
Irv Novick ?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Silky Malone (villain, introduction); Miser (villain, introduction); The Shield; Dusty
Synopsis:
A safety-pin that seems to be followed by bad luck helps The Shield and Dusty solve a crime.
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Indexer Notes

In the reprint, The Shield's costume has been changed from stars and stripes to a Union Jack.

["Our little friend, here, was playing cops and robbers..."] (Table of Contents)

Pep's Puzzle Page / activity / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
A maze with a copy of Super Comics at the center, a man holding a sign with scrambled letters and how to draw a face.
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Indexer Notes

Name of comic in the puzzle page has been changed from Pep to Super (since Pep was not published by F.E. Howard).

[Marriage of the Medusa] ["Funny, Snooch I'd swear I've pulled this pirate out..."] (Table of Contents)

Marco Loco / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Carl Hubbell ?
Pencils:
Carl Hubbell (signed)
Inks:
Carl Hubbell (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
humour; historical
Characters:
The Medusa (Introduction, villain); Snooch; Marco Loco
Synopsis:
Marco Loco and Snooch are hypnotised by the Medusa but then capture her and take her to the King to collect a reward.
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Indexer Notes

Artwork is signed in original printing but signatures have been eliminated for this reprint. The last panel in the original has a "coming next issue" box that has been eliminated in the reprint.

Do You Know??? (Table of Contents)

activity / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chuck Purvis (credited, see note); Ed Goggin (actual)
Pencils:
Chuck Purvis (credited, see note); Ed Goggin (actual)
Inks:
Chuck Purvis (credited, see note); Ed Goggin (actual)
Letters:
?

Synopsis:
Four trick questions and answers including how to tell the left bank of a river from the right bank.
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Indexer Notes

Title block in the original states "By Ed Goggin", but has been relettered in reprint to be "By Chuck Purvis". No other evidence of Chuck Purvis working in comics. Speculation that he re-lettered and redrew any pages that needed to be worked on for this reprint.

[The Bear Cub] (Table of Contents)

Li'l Chief Bugaboo / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Dave Higgins ?
Pencils:
Dave Higgins (see notes)
Inks:
Dave Higgins (see notes)
Letters:
?

Genre:
humour
Characters:
Li'l Chief Bugaboo; Fido
Synopsis:
Li'l Chief Bugaboo and Fido find a bear cub and accidentally anger its mom.
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Indexer Notes

Artwork is signed in original printing but signatures have been eliminated for this reprint. First panel taken from another story to replace first panel of this one. No obvious reason why the publisher would have done this.
Earlier indexer felt this was written by Theresa Woik [Szenics]. She is not known to have written any comics, but is known for inking and lettering.

["I see the thrills of a lifetime in store for you."] (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bill Vigoda (see notes)
Inks:
Bill Vigoda (see notes)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Black Hood
Synopsis:
A witch looks in her crystal ball and sees a new comic called Black Hood now on sale.
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Indexer Notes

On back cover of comic. Original was signed, but signature has been eliminated from reprint. Also text has been changed to reference Super Comics and the last bit of the speech bubble stating to get them "before they're all gone" has been eliminated.