(December 1939-January 1940)

Fiction House, 1938 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
every other month
On-sale date:
1939-10-13
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Real Adventures Publishing Co., Inc.
Editing:
Malcolm Reiss (Editor); William E. Eisner (Art Director); S. M. Iger (Feature Editor)
Color:
Black and White (#1-8); Color (#9 onwards)
Dimensions:
Tabloid:10.5 x 14 1/2 (#1-8); 8.5 x 10.5 inches (#9); Standard Golden Age U.S. (#10 onwards)
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format:
Was ongoing series

Issue Notes

On sale date from the publication date found in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 34, 1939, Number 4. Second class periodical. Copyright number 431356.


The War of the Emerald Gas (Table of Contents)

ZX-5 / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
spy

Indexer Notes

Appears to be a science fiction cover and has nothing to do with the ZX-5 story inside.

[Land of Giant Men] (Table of Contents)

Sheena / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Sheena; Bob Reynolds; Mr. Barker; Inez Barker; Chim

Indexer Notes

Title from last issue blurb; first line, "From the jungle's darkness into the clearing emerges..."

["Synopsis While Peter and Tinymite ran to tell..."] (Table of Contents)

Peter Pupp / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Peter Pupp; Tinymite; Fooy on Yu;

["- - It is morning, as the early mists rise..."] (Table of Contents)

The Hawk / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
historical
Characters:
The Hawk; Jeremy; Ogly; Caprini

["My dad knows a man who says he..."] (Table of Contents)

Bobby / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Bobby

Indexer Notes

1/2 page of "Prize Winners in August-September 1939 Jumbo Comics Gag Contest" appear above "Bobby."

["After his suprise elopement, and short honeymoon, Spencer..."] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
? [as Dennis Colbrook]
Pencils:
Klaus Nordling?
Inks:
Klaus Nordling?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Spencer Steel; Nora Steel; "Pixie" Panto; Inga; Phillip Danbury; Nancy Danbury; Count Georgi Puskri; Alonzo Snead

Indexer Notes

Note: "Colebrook" is spelled without the "E". Different style from #10. But it's still a shop job, and you can see some panels done by Tuska...overall feel...Klaus Nordling.

City of Treachery (Table of Contents)

Ken Hammond / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Lin Davies
Pencils:
Bob Powell
Inks:
Bob Powell
Letters:
Typeset

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Ken Hammond; Dick Walsh - the Leopard Man; Nikki-Tikki; Mongga; Kuri

["Your daughter a captive in Moki's castle?"] (Table of Contents)

Stuart Taylor in Weird Stories of the Supernatural / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Stuart Taylor; Melani; Moki; Dr. Hayward; Laura

Indexer Notes

Hints of George Brenner in the art.

The War of the Green Gas (Table of Contents)

ZX-5 Spies In Action / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Major Thorpe]
Pencils:
Bob Powell?
Inks:
Vern Henkel?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
spy
Characters:
ZX-5; King Genghis; Major Hastings; General Kutani;

Indexer Notes

Same artwork as in #10 - a mixture: including Bob Powell and perhaps Witmer Williams, Frank Frollo, or Vern Henkel. Caniff swipes.

["Out of the western hills comes Wilton to...] (Table of Contents)

Wilton of the West / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Wilton; Wiley; Snorty

The Death Drum (Table of Contents)

Inspector Dayton / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as George Thatcher]
Pencils:
Bob Powell?
Inks:
Vern Henkel?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Inspector Dayton; Paul Goodshaw; Wini Damien; Ella Fitzhugh; Gene

Indexer Notes

Powell and/or Henkel - I can't tell, but I'm more inclined to think is might not be Powell. Other possibilities: Frollo and/or Zolnerowich.

["Early in the year 1838, an elegant carriage..."] (Table of Contents)

The Count of Monte Cristo / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Jack Cortez]
Pencils:
Lou Fine
Inks:
Lou Fine
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
historical
Characters:
Vampa; Albert de Morcerf; Jocopo; Count of Monte Cristo
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The War of the Emerald Gas
    ZX-5
  2. 1. [Land of Giant Men]
    Sheena
  3. 2. ["Synopsis While Peter and Tinymite ran to tell..."]
    Peter Pupp
  4. 3. ["- - It is morning, as the early mists rise..."]
    The Hawk
  5. 4. ["My dad knows a man who says he..."]
    Bobby
  6. 5. ["After his suprise elopement, and short honeymoon, Spencer..."]
    Spencer Steel
  7. 6. City of Treachery
    Ken Hammond
  8. 7. ["Your daughter a captive in Moki's castle?"]
    Stuart Taylor in Weird Stories of the Supernatural
  9. 8. The War of the Green Gas
    ZX-5 Spies In Action
  10. 9. ["Out of the western hills comes Wilton to...]
    Wilton of the West
  11. 10. The Death Drum
    Inspector Dayton
  12. 11. ["Early in the year 1838, an elegant carriage..."]
    The Count of Monte Cristo
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