(January 1940)

Fiction House, 1940 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
every other month
On-sale date:
1939-10-06
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Glen Kel Publishing Co., Inc.
Editing:
Malcolm Reiss
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

On sale date from the publication date found at the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 35, January-December 1940, Numbers 1-4. Second class permit. Copyright number 432186.


Prey of the Slavers (Table of Contents)

Käanga / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Käanga

["Read about this amazing free offer"] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

Prey of the Slavers (Table of Contents)

Kaänga / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Alex Blum [as Alex Boon]
Inks:
Alex Blum [as Alex Boon]
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Kaänga (introduction and origin); Ann Mason (introduction and origin); Prof. Mason (death; Ann's father)(introduction, death); Bill Blacton (villain, introduction, death); Slattery
Synopsis:
Kaänga rescues Ann from the slaver, Blacton, and tells her how he came to live in the jungle.
Keywords:
apemen; safaris; slave auctions; slavers; stereotyping of African natives

Indexer Notes

The diaeresis (the two dots over the letter "a") in Kaänga's name are not placed consistently between the story and the cover.

Kaänga appeared previously in Fiction House's JUNGLE STORIES pulp; The story title is taken from the cover blurb.

first line: "Kaänga, mysterious white man of the jungle, is..."

["In a ruined city deep in the jungle..."] (Table of Contents)

White Panther / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Taylor Martin (signed)
Inks:
Taylor Martin (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
The White Panther (introduction and origin); White Panther's father (introduction); Dr. White (introduction); Dr. White's daughter (introduction); Prof. Zaroff (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
The White Panther is dispatched by his father to help Dr. White recover curative gems and to protect the Whites from Zaroff, an unethical competitor.
Keywords:
cannibals; caverns; stereotyping of African natives

Indexer Notes

Signed by "Taylor Martin" and since several of the artists involved did sign their names to their features in this first issue, we'll guess Martin.

The Slave Raiders (Table of Contents)

Tabu, Wizard of the Jungle / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Fletcher Hanks [as Henry Fletcher] (signed)
Pencils:
Fletcher Hanks [as Henry Fletcher] (signed)
Inks:
Fletcher Hanks [as Henry Fletcher] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Fletcher Hanks

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Tabu (introduction and origin); witch doctor (introduction); a band of slavers (villains, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
In return for rescuing a witch doctor, Tabu is given a "six sense" and amazing powers which he uses to combat evil and injustice in the jungle. He tracks and defeats a group of slave raiders, terrorizing them with his powers and attacks by obedient animals, finally transforming himself into a "tree-vine" and crushing them to death.
Reprints:
Keywords:
slavers

Indexer Notes

Spelled "Taboo" on cover.

Story title taken from cover.

first line: "Deep in the heart of the jungle reigns a man with a sixth sense..."

Queen of the Lost Empire (Table of Contents)

Camilla / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
C. A. Winter
Inks:
C. A. Winter
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Camilla (introduction and origin); Jon Dale (introduction); Dr. Birch (introduction); Ruth Birch (introduction); Omar (tiger)
Synopsis:
Explorer Jon Dale discovers a lost city in the jungle, ruled by Queen Camilla. Daily human sacrifices are necessary for Camilla and her people to retain their immortality. Jon stops the sacrifice of a captured scientist's daughter and the people of the city, including Camilla, perish.
Keywords:
human sacrifice; immortality; lost civilizations

Indexer Notes

The story title is taken from the cover blurb.

first line: "The young scientist, Jon Dale, seeks a lost civilization in Africa..."

This story is re-worked and re-told in the next issue.

["Deep in the African jungles, overlooking the headwaters of the river used by the slave trade..."] (Table of Contents)

Captain Terry Thunder of the Congo Lancers / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Arthur Peddy
Inks:
Arthur Peddy
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Captain Terry Thunder (introduction and origin); the Congo Lancers (introduction and origin)[Kerrigan; Doyle; Red]; a band of slavers (introduction, villain)
Synopsis:
Terry and his lancers are assigned to a fort, deep in the jungle, and are charged with interrupting the slave trade.
Keywords:
British army; slavers; slavery; Yambezi garrison

["Wambi, jungle boy, the mysterious denizen of the jungle tree-tops..."] (Table of Contents)

Wambi / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Henry Kiefer
Inks:
Henry Kiefer
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Wambi (introduction); Ricco (introduction, villain); Sven (introduction, villain); Tawn (elephant); Kimba (leopard); Balu (leopard)
Synopsis:
Gunrunners sell guns to the natives in Wambi's jungle, which they then use to steal gold from local prospectors. Wambi reports the crimes to the local constabulary who defeat the natives.
Keywords:
gold panning; gunrunning; rowboats; stereotyping of African natives

["A wealthy Englishman enters a bar-room in Capetown."] (Table of Contents)

White Hunters of the African Safari / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
George Wilson (signed)
Inks:
George Wilson (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Buck (introduction); Rex (introduction); Slim (introduction); Mr. Cog; Mr. Cog's daughter; Ralph
Synopsis:
Cog bails out petty criminals Buck, Rex, and Slim to use as overseers of his safari. Cog drives the natives too hard and they rebel. His new overseers manage to rescue him and his daughter.
Keywords:
safaris; stereotyping of African natives

Indexer Notes

This is signed George Wilson, so we're inclined to use that as our guess. It's such amaterish stuff that almost anybody could have done it.

["This is the story of Simba, king of..."] (Table of Contents)

Simba, King of the Beasts / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
William M. Allison (signed)
Inks:
William M. Allison (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
animal; jungle
Characters:
Simba (lion)(introduction); Slita (lion)(death)
Synopsis:
Aging Simba saves the life of his rival, Slita and then barely manages to prevent being usurped by the younger Slita. Simba concedes his pride Slita and departs.
Keywords:
safaris; stereotyping of African natives

[Drums of the Leopard Men] (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Dick Briefer
Inks:
Dick Briefer
Colors:
?
Letters:
Dick Briefer ?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Buck Barton (introduction); Marc Vandell (introduction); The Leopard Men (introduction, villains); Zan Markov (introduction, villain, death); Kito
Synopsis:
Safari guide Buck Barton infiltrates a leopard cult to rescue his client.
Keywords:
leopard cults; safaris; shrunken heads; stereotyping of African natives

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

["3 more comic magazines that you'll enjoy like a million --"] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Prey of the Slavers
    Käanga
  2. 1. ["Read about this amazing free offer"]
  3. 2. Prey of the Slavers
    Kaänga
  4. 3. ["In a ruined city deep in the jungle..."]
    White Panther
  5. 4. The Slave Raiders
    Tabu, Wizard of the Jungle
  6. 5. Queen of the Lost Empire
    Camilla
  7. 6. ["Deep in the African jungles, overlooking the headwaters of the river used by the slave trade..."]
    Captain Terry Thunder of the Congo Lancers
  8. 7. ["Wambi, jungle boy, the mysterious denizen of the jungle tree-tops..."]
    Wambi
  9. 8. ["A wealthy Englishman enters a bar-room in Capetown."]
    White Hunters of the African Safari
  10. 9. ["This is the story of Simba, king of..."]
    Simba, King of the Beasts
  11. 10. [Drums of the Leopard Men]
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
  13. 12. ["3 more comic magazines that you'll enjoy like a million --"]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Peter Croome
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.