(1939)

First Funnies, Inc., 1939 Series
 
Price:
0.00 FREE
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
weekly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
First Funnies, Inc.
Brand:
?
Editing:
Lloyd Jacquet ?; Bill Everett (Art Director)
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock:
newsprint
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Indicia (transcription courtesy of Frank Motler):
Motion Picture FUNNIES WEEKLY—No. 1 Published weekly by First Funnies Inc. 45 West 45th Street, NEW YORK N. Y. Title and entire contents copyright 1939 by First Funnies Inc. Distributed exclusively by First Funnies Inc. 45 West 45th Street, New York N. Y.

Inside front and inside back covers are completely blank. Indicia is printed at the bottom of the first interior page.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Fred Schwab
Pencils:
Fred Schwab
Inks:
Fred Schwab
Colors:
?

Indexer Notes

Some sources credit Martin Filchock with this cover, but the mustachioed cowboy on the "now playing" posters and (to a lesser degree) the surprise lines coming from the fellow on top of the ladder's head are dead giveaways for Schwab, who per Who's Who also wrote his own gag cartoons such as this one (art spotting by Henry Andrews). Overstreet apparently also credits Schwab.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

blank page(s) / 1 page (report information)

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover is entirely blank.

["Here is the Sub-Mariner!"] (Table of Contents)

The Sub-Mariner / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Everett (signed)
Pencils:
Bill Everett (signed)
Inks:
Bill Everett (signed)
Letters:
Bill Everett

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor] (introduction and origin); Anderson; Nelson (death); Carley (death); Princess Fen (flashback, introduction); Emperor Tha-Korr (introduction, un-named in story); Dorma (introduction)
Synopsis:
Prince Namor, having learned of what the race of white men once did to his undersea kingdom, vows, and is encouraged, to make war on the surface dwellers.
Reprints: show reprint note before migration

Indexer Notes

Signed in the final panel. The indicia for this issue is at the bottom of the first page of this story, which is the first interior page of the issue. The box at the end of the last page (blanked out in the Marvel Comics version) reads "CONTINUED NEXT WEEK"

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Fun-o-graphs / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Vernon Miller
Pencils:
Vernon Miller (signed)
Inks:
Vernon Miller (signed)
Letters:
Vernon Miller

Genre:
children
Synopsis:
Three illustrated items: cartoon cut-out activity; optical illusion; word game
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

As per scan at http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/preview/index.php?did=16991&page=51

["Not a bad looking cat"] (Table of Contents)

Kar Toon and his Copy Cat / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Martin Filchock
Pencils:
Martin Filchock (signed)
Inks:
Martin Filchock (signed)
Letters:
Martin Filchock ?

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Filchock wrote most of his own scripts, and early on most Funnies, Inc. staffers did their own lettering.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Jolly the Newsie / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
George Peter ?
Pencils:
George Peter (signed)
Inks:
George Peter (signed)
Letters:
?

Indexer Notes

Also signed "G. Peter" in the last panel.

The Wasp (Table of Contents)

Spy Ring / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Jay Fletcher ?
Pencils:
Jay Fletcher (signed)
Inks:
Jay Fletcher (signed)
Letters:
?

Reprints:

[Origin of the American Ace] (Table of Contents)

American Ace / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Paul J. Lauretta (signed)
Inks:
Paul J. Lauretta (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
aviation
Reprints: show reprint note before migration

Indexer Notes

Signed with the artist's full name (although I cannot make out his middle name) on the final panel.

The seventh page was not reprinted directly, although the first six panels of the story in Marvel Mystery Comics #3 relate roughly the same events.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

blank page(s) / 1 page (report information)

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover is entirely blank.

100% Drawing Power (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bill Everett (signed)
Inks:
Bill Everett (signed)
Letters:
?; typeset

Indexer Notes

Ad touting the effectiveness of Motion Picture Funnies Weekly for drawing kids to theaters. Interested parties are directed to write "FUNNIES, Inc." (not First Funnies) at the 45 W. 45th St. address and "Ask for Mr. Mahon" (John F. Mahon, former Nicholson business manager and former partner, with fellow Nicholson alum William H. Cook, in the Comics Magazine Corporation, a predecessor of Centaur).

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. ["Here is the Sub-Mariner!"]
    The Sub-Mariner
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Fun-o-graphs
  5. 4. ["Not a bad looking cat"]
    Kar Toon and his Copy Cat
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Jolly the Newsie
  7. 6. The Wasp
    Spy Ring
  8. 7. [Origin of the American Ace]
    American Ace
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
  10. 9. 100% Drawing Power
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Frank Lovece