(November 1939)

Centaur, 1938 Series
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Volume:
2
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Centaur Publications Inc.
Editing:
?
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Fantom of the Fair / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Frank Thomas (signed)
Inks:
Frank Thomas (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero

["Catastrophe strikes at the electrical utilities area of the World's Fair."] (Table of Contents)

Fantom of the Fair / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Inks:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Fantom of the Fair; Mike (a Policeman); The Thunderbolt (villain, robot, death?); "The Brain of the Robot" (villain)
Synopsis:
In the Electric Utilities area of the World's Fair, a giant electro-robot goes on a rampage, turned loose by some unknown person, threatening the lives of Fair goers with a million volts of electricity at its fingertips. The Fantom battles the metal menace until he discovers the brains behind the controls, then deals with him.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script revision from Gustavson to ? by Craig Delich. The Who's Who does not indicate that Gustavson wrote this feature nor does any other evidence extant suggest he did.

["Hurry, Joan, we haven't much time--"] (Table of Contents)

Daredevil Barry Finn / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Tarpe Mills (signed)
Inks:
Tarpe Mills (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Barry Finn; Joan Hart; Frogga; Dr. Allan West; Dorian West (Allan's daughter); Colonel Blake; Dacia Zaroff (villain); Sulla (villain, Dacia's assistant); Dr. Zaroff (villain, Dacia's father)
Synopsis:
Barry and Joan receive an invitation to a Grand Ball in Washington.....but Zaroff's daughter also receives one, and she has her sights set on some papers for a new invention being carried by a Colonel Blake.

Indexer Notes

Script revision from Mills to ? by Craig Delich. The Who's Who does not indicate that Mills wrote this feature nor is there evidence extant that says he did.

["London. In the early morning..."] (Table of Contents)

The Inner Circle / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Lochjand Field [as L. Field] (signed)
Inks:
Lochland Field [as L. Field] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
The Inner Circle [Major Paul Ramsay; George Selkirk]; Sir Edmonton (Secretary of the Exchequer); The Blue Robins [Mr. Breton (leader); Doc; Monk; Murphy] (villains)
Synopsis:
Major Ramsay and George Selkirk infiltrate the nefarious Blue Robins in order to get information as to the group's activities and to stop their bombings of important British districts, and to prevent the kidnapping of Sir Edmonton.
Keywords:
Breton Castle; The Blue Robins

The Hidden Empire (Part 3) (Table of Contents)

Don Dixon / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Moore (signed)
Pencils:
Carl Pfeufer (signed)
Inks:
Carl Pfeufer (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Don Dixon; Dr. Lugoff; Wanda; Queen Tania; Oreg; dragon creature (villain, death); Queen Dagmar (villain); Prince Taal (villain, restored to good)
Synopsis:
Don and his friends succeed in capturing a stone, a talisman of youth, whose blazing rays return Tania to her rightful state, but reduces the Queen to that of an ugly hag.

Indexer Notes

Next issue begins "The War of the Marshland".

Runaway Rocketship (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Lloyd Victor (credited)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Speed; Mike Reilly (Speed's assistant)
Synopsis:
Speed and Mike act quickly to stop a runaway freight rocket train carrying three bombs from causing a major catastrophe.
Keywords:
Rocketways System; Rocky Mountains

["It is the year 2009 A.D...."] (Table of Contents)

Jon Linton, Flyer, Scientist, Adventurer / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Harry Francis Campbell (signed)
Pencils:
Harry Francis Campbell (signed)
Inks:
Harry Francis Campbell (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; aviation; science fiction
Characters:
Jon Linton (scientist); Dr. Kane (Don's teacher); Lisa Kane; Timothy Burke (head of International Secret Service); Tarmak (villain, death); Satan Rex (villain)
Synopsis:
Jon and Dr. Kane feverishly work in the bowels of a dead volcano, attempting to perfect a new space ship. Unfortunately, a visit from Mr. Burke has led nefarious individuals to the secret lab site, one of which carries a mysterious tattoo on his forehead.
Keywords:
Alaska; Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes

Indexer Notes

Actually, it's the year 2013, but let's not quibble.

Continued next issue.

The Strange Creature Half-Man Half-Horse! (Table of Contents)

Speed Centaur / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Malcolm Kildale (signed)
Inks:
Malcolm Kildale (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Speed Centaur; Reel McCoy; Slug Fest (villain); Dickie the Dunce (villain); Pier Sicx (villain); Hophead Hogan (villain); Charlie "Horse" Schmidt (villain); Slug (villain); Butch (villain)
Synopsis:
Five different gangs in the city are organizing themselves to attack Speed and Reel.
Keywords:
Bates Undertaker; Nob Nose Mountain

Indexer Notes

Script credit revised from Kildale to ? by Craig Delich. The Who's Who does not indicate that Kildale wrote this feature nor does any other evidence extant.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Illustrated advertisement from Johnson Smith and Company, offering readers over 7000 different novelties, such as a vestpocket folding camera for 39 cents, a midget racer for 25 cents, a 30-shot BB pistol for 25 cents and much more.

Found on the back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Fantom of the Fair
  2. 1. ["Catastrophe strikes at the electrical utilities area of the World's Fair."]
    Fantom of the Fair
  3. 2. ["Hurry, Joan, we haven't much time--"]
    Daredevil Barry Finn
  4. 3. ["London. In the early morning..."]
    The Inner Circle
  5. 4. The Hidden Empire (Part 3)
    Don Dixon
  6. 5. Runaway Rocketship
  7. 6. ["It is the year 2009 A.D...."]
    Jon Linton, Flyer, Scientist, Adventurer
  8. 7. The Strange Creature Half-Man Half-Horse!
    Speed Centaur
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Lou Mougin
  • Henry Andrews
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lee Randall (R.I.P.)
  • Lou Mougin
  • James Ludwig