(October-November 1939)

Fiction House, 1938 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
every other month
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Real Adventures Publishing Co., Inc.
Editing:
Malcolm Reiss (Editor); Will Eisner (Art Director); S. M. Iger (Feature Editor)
Color:
Black and White (#1-8); Color (#9 onwards)
Dimensions:
Tabloid (#1-8); 8.5x 10.5 inches (#9); Standard Golden Age U.S. (#10 onwards)
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched

Issue Notes

first standard-sized issue


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Stuart Taylor in Weird Stories of the Supernatural / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
science fiction
Reprints:
Keywords:
extra-terrestrials; spears

"[After escaping from the mad king, Sheena, Bob...]" (Table of Contents)

Sheena / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as W. Morgon Thomas]
Pencils:
Bob Powell
Inks:
Bob Powell
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Sheena; Bob; Namu (leopard; death)
Synopsis:
Sheena gets her leopard costume after Bob kills a leopard named Namu.

["Peter and Tinymite found to their amusment that..."] (Table of Contents)

Peter Pupp / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Peter Pupp; Tinymite; Fooy On Yu; Ah Choo

["Projecting themselves by their own invention into time, .."] (Table of Contents)

Stuart Taylor in Weird Stories of the Supernatural / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Curt Davis]
Pencils:
Lou Fine
Inks:
Lou Fine
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction

Indexer Notes

formerly Weird Stories of the Supernatural

["Mom, I'm gonna be independent-I'm lookin' for..."] (Table of Contents)

Bobby / filler / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
S.M. Iger
Pencils:
S.M. Iger
Inks:
S.M. Iger
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Bobby; his mom

["Esmeralda, really the daughter of a noble, is..."] (Table of Contents)

Hunchback of Notre Dame / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
? (adaptor); Victor Hugo (original author)
Pencils:
Dick Briefer
Inks:
Dick Briefer
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
historical
Characters:
Esmeralda; Jehan; Quasimodo

Indexer Notes

final installment

The Jungle Pirates (Table of Contents)

Ken Hammond and the Leopard Man / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Lin Davies
Pencils:
Bob Powell
Inks:
Bob Powell
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Ken Hammond

The Crimson Rider Unmasked (Table of Contents)

Wilton of the West / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Fred Sande]
Pencils:
Lou Fine
Inks:
Lou Fine
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Wilton; The Crimson Rider

The Perfect Crime (Table of Contents)

Spencer Steel / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Dennis Colebrook]
Pencils:
? [shop work]
Inks:
? [shop work]
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery

Indexer Notes

Appears to be Eisner layouts or influence. But the "shop" is the "artist" and you can already see why it's so tough to sort them out...Tho it's very early one could see future traces of Zolne, Cardy and even Bryant if one wanted to...

["The Isle of Mantilla uncharted even to this..."] (Table of Contents)

The Hawk / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Willis Rensie]
Pencils:
Will Eisner
Inks:
Will Eisner
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
historical
Characters:
Hawk, Jeremy; Senorita Mantilla; Black Tonda; Jose Mantilla

["For months an old castle on the border..."] (Table of Contents)

ZX-5 / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Major Thorpe]
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
spy
Characters:
ZX-5; Swenson; Major Hastings; Magda; Alphonse; Josoix; Baron Karl

Indexer Notes

This is a true shop job again...but this time unlike the Spencer Steel work, it contains some elements seen in the "Powell-Henkel" style [see ZX-5 in issue 6] described earlier. There is a license plate that has R-B on it but other than Bob Bugg no other link came to mind in style.

["Inspector Dayton prepares to embark on his long..."] (Table of Contents)

Inspector Dayton / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? [as George Thatcher]
Inks:
? [as George Thatcher]
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Inspector Dayton; Carlos Diez; Wini Damian; Russell Nelson

Indexer Notes

Possibly reprinted from E-I syndicated material. A few panels have extraneous numbers in corners and the size of the lettering varies, hinting at paste-up pages of differing sizes.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Stuart Taylor in Weird Stories of the Supernatural
  2. 1. "[After escaping from the mad king, Sheena, Bob...]"
    Sheena
  3. 2. ["Peter and Tinymite found to their amusment that..."]
    Peter Pupp
  4. 3. ["Projecting themselves by their own invention into time, .."]
    Stuart Taylor in Weird Stories of the Supernatural
  5. 4. ["Mom, I'm gonna be independent-I'm lookin' for..."]
    Bobby
  6. 5. ["Esmeralda, really the daughter of a noble, is..."]
    Hunchback of Notre Dame
  7. 6. The Jungle Pirates
    Ken Hammond and the Leopard Man
  8. 7. The Crimson Rider Unmasked
    Wilton of the West
  9. 8. The Perfect Crime
    Spencer Steel
  10. 9. ["The Isle of Mantilla uncharted even to this..."]
    The Hawk
  11. 10. ["For months an old castle on the border..."]
    ZX-5
  12. 11. ["Inspector Dayton prepares to embark on his long..."]
    Inspector Dayton
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.
  • Len Wolinsky
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.
  • Jim Walls
  • Len Wolinsky