(December 1939)

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Inks:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Editing:
Joe Hardie

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Fantom of the Fair (also inset); "Speed" Centaur (inset)

Meet the Artist Who Draws "Speed Centaur" (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 0.6 page (report information)

Script:
Joseph Hardie [as Uncle Joe] (signed)
Pencils:
Malcolm Kildale (illustration); Bill Everett (Amazing Man)
Inks:
Malcolm Kildale (illustration); Bill Everett (Amazing Man)
Letters:
typeset
Editing:
Joe Hardie

Genre:
biography
Characters:
Malcolm Kildale; Amazing Man [John Aman]

Indexer Notes

The inside front cover has a half-page text feature on Malcolm Kildale, accompanied by a small (self?) portrait of the artist.

Also features small advertisements for stamp collectors and film developing.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Amazing Man / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.4 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bill Everett
Inks:
Bill Everett
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Amazing Man [John Aman]

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover.

Illustrated promotional advertisement for the latest issue of Amazing-Man Comics, featuring Amazing Man.

["She'll be a slave driver!"] (Table of Contents)

The 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 (factory worker); Jane Benton (steel mill owner); Rusty (disgruntled factory worker); George (villain, Jane's cousin)
Synopsis:
Jane's cousin has his eyes set on total control over a steel mill and makes Jane look bad by disrupting work in the mill in order to slow down production and gain control. He
Reprints:
Keywords:
Pennsylvania

Indexer Notes

"As winter draws near, the World's Fair closes its gates until the spring... the Fantom turns elsewhere in his work of safeguarding human life and upholding justice", the story being set in a steel mill in Pennsylvania.

Script revision from Gustavson to ? by Craig Delich. The Who's Who does not indicate that Gistavson wrote this feature and no other extant evidence verifies that he did.

The true face of The Fantom is shown at the end of this story.

["I realize now, that it is Dorian, whom you really care for..."] (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; Frogga; Dr. Allam West; Dorian West; Sulla (villain, Zaroff's assistant); Dacia Zaroff (villain, Zaroff's daughter); General Kyota (villain)
Synopsis:
Having been spurned by Joan, Barry and Frogga leave on a luxury cruise to Hawaii to get their minds off the lady, unaware that Dorian is also going through bad emotions over Barry as well. Meanwhile, Dacia and General Kyota plan to ship a highly corrosive acid (mixed with oil) to where the U.S. Pacific Fleet is stationed, intent on destroying it.

Indexer Notes

Script revision from Mills to ? by Craig Delich. The Who's Who does not indicate that Mills wrote this feature and no other extant evidence known verifies that he did.

["While cruising near the planet Venus..."] (Table of Contents)

Space Patrol / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Basil Wolverton (signed)
Pencils:
Basil Wolverton (signed)
Inks:
Basil Wolverton (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Nick Nelson (Space Patrol member, introduction); Kodi (Nick's Martian assistant, introduction); Owen Kosterman (villain, space bandit, introduction, death); The Spider Men (villains, all die)
Synopsis:
Nick Nelson and Kodi pursue "notorious space bandit" Owen Kosterman to the jungles of Venus, and encounter a couple of couple of cannibalistic spider men.
Keywords:
Venus

The Hidden Empire (Part 4) (Table of Contents)

Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Don Dixon; Dr. Lugoff (ruler of all the swampland below the water); Princess Wanda; Queen Tania; King Taal; Queen Dagmar (villain); Kul of Fens (villain, ruler of all the swampland above the water); The Marsh Men (villains)
Synopsis:
An uneasy truce is in place after Queen Dagmar is ousted as leader of the Marsh Kingdom, but that doesn't stop her from aligning herself with Kul of Fens to get her retribution.
Reprints:
  • from Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire Sunday strip (Watkins Syndicate) ?
Keywords:
Fenians

Indexer Notes

This is a continuing story line.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Looking Over Your Magazines / text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
John Giunta (signed)
Pencils:
John Giunta [as J.Giunta] (spot illustrations) (signed)
Inks:
John Giunta [as J. Guinta] (spot illustrations) (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

A text feature created by Editor Joe Hardie, devoted to reviews of fan magazines, all reviewed by a fan publisher, John Giuanta. Fanzines reviewed include FANTASY NEWS (James V. Taurasi), NEW FANTOM, THE FANTAST (C.S. Youd), FANTASCIENCE DIGEST (Bob Madle, Jack Agnew) and SPACEWAYS (Harry Warner, Jr.).

There is also a small illustrated advertisement from Spencer Fireworks Company, offering readers free catalog and fireworks just for showing off the company's catalog to others.

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

John 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:
science fiction
Characters:
Jon Linton (scientist); Dr. Kane (Don's teacher); Lisa Kane; Timothy Burke (head of International Secret Service); Eric von Hochwalt (physicist, mention only); Satan Rex (villain, Master of the City of the Mists); Lak Dahl (villain, aide to Satan Rex, acting as a traitor)
Synopsis:
Jon and Burke set off to thwart the plan of madman Satan Rex, who seeks to destroy the Earth by throwing it off its orbit, and into the path of the Sun.
Keywords:
Ahmn Machin Mountains; City of the Mists; Gobi Desert; Green Mist; Hawks Field; Lak Dahl's Valley; N-Ray; Visigram

Indexer Notes

A continuing story, set in the year 2009 A.D.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Stranger than Fiction! / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Walter Galli (signed)
Pencils:
Walter Galli (signed)
Inks:
Walter Galli (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Daniel Webster; Pig-Face Wamba; Philip Fowler; Gussie Merz; Catherine Hood; King George V (also wife and son)

Indexer Notes

A illustrated page of nine surprising and curious facts.

Script credit by Craig Delich, verified by the Who's Who.

["At their usual meeting place..."] (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; Prince John of Avon; The Ten Knights of Doom (villains); Prince John's Uncle (villain, mention only)
Synopsis:
ASfter mopping up crime in the "City of Rackets", Speed decides to take a well deserved vacation: with Reel, as they explore a cave beyond the one Speed uses as a base of operations and which carries them back in time. As they travel down a road, they are challenged to do battle with Ten Knights of Doom.
Keywords:
Nob Nose Mountain

Indexer Notes

To be continued.

Script credit revised from Kildale to ? by Craig Delich. The Who's Who does not indicate that Kildale wrote this feature (although he created it), nor does extant evidence (including this issue's profile) verify that he wrote it.

["An atom?"] (Table of Contents)

Adam the Atom-Smasher / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Adam [Smasher]; on-looker
Synopsis:
A scientist invents a super atom bombarder, which can harness the energy of 10,000,000,000,000,000 atoms per second, and will cause the Earth to spin around 1400 times as fast, causing one day to pass every minute. The ignoramus the scientist is explaining this to doesn't really understand the concept, but wonders what effect the device will have on people.

Indexer Notes

Continued next issue.

Art credits verified by the Who's Who under the title Adam Smasher.

Act Now On This Bargain Offer. (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside back cover.

Illustrated advertisement from Remington Rand, offering readers a beautiful desk for only $1.00 if they purchase a Remington portable typewriter. Offered free is a 24-page booklet which teaches how to touch type and a typewriter carrying case.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Found on the back cover.

Illustrated advertisement from Johnson Smith and Company, offering readers a variety of items at low cost, such as an electric television rifle for $1.19, a hula skirt for 10 cents, yacht caps for 25 cents, a speedy "steam" boat for 15 cents, and many more.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Fantom of the Fair
  2. 1. Meet the Artist Who Draws "Speed Centaur"
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Amazing Man
  4. 3. ["She'll be a slave driver!"]
    The Fantom of the Fair
  5. 4. ["I realize now, that it is Dorian, whom you really care for..."]
    Daredevil Barry Finn
  6. 5. ["While cruising near the planet Venus..."]
    Space Patrol
  7. 6. The Hidden Empire (Part 4)
    Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Looking Over Your Magazines
  9. 8. ["It is the year 2009 A.D.!"]
    John Linton, Flyer Scientist, Adventurer
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Stranger than Fiction!
  11. 10. ["At their usual meeting place..."]
    Speed Centaur
  12. 11. ["An atom?"]
    Adam the Atom-Smasher
  13. 12. Act Now On This Bargain Offer.
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Lou Mougin
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Edgar Loftin
  • Peter Croome
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lee Randall (R.I.P.)
  • Lou Mougin
  • James Ludwig