(1998)

AC, 1996 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
6.95 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
?
Brand:
?
Barcode:
?
Editing:
Bill Black
Color:
Color cover; Black and White with occasional Color
Dimensions:
Standard Modern Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; White paper interior
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Alex Schomburg; Various
Inks:
Alex Schomburg; Various
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Pyroman; Black Terror; Mr. Scarlet; Pinky; Yankee Girl
Reprints:

The 9th Big Issue! Men of Mystery (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Bill Black ?
Pencils:
? (photos); Mac Raboy
Inks:
? (photos); Mac Raboy
Letters:
?
Editing:
Bill Black

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dick Purcell [Captain America]; Dave O'Brien [Captain Midnight]; Robert Lowery [Batman]; Tristram Coffin [Rocket Man]; Captain Midnight

Indexer Notes

Text article containing information on each character (and their story) featured in this issue of Men of Mystery, a promo for the next issue, including a reprint of the cover and a small blurb advertising The Official Golden-Age Hero & Heroine Directory.

Dice of Death! (Table of Contents)

Black Terror / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Mort Lawrence ?
Inks:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Ned Pines (original editor)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Black Terror [Bob Benton]; Tim; Guy Sandor; Sandra Sandor; Slim Sandor (death); Bob Benton; Bugsy White (death); Sarge McGooligan
Synopsis:
Guy Sandor's brother Slim is released from prison but he comes out of prison more evil than ever. He is frustrated by the goodness of his brother Guy and his wife Sandra (who are secretly in love) so he goes looking to cash in an I.O.U. he got in prison while playing with loaded dice. The man refuses to pay the I.O.U. because he found out the dice were loaded so Slim kills him. His brother Guy is arrested for the murder when he finds the body right before the police come in. Slim goes on the run with his wife while the Black Terror figures out that he is responsible and has to track him down to clear Guy's name.
Reprints:

[The Mars Factor] (Table of Contents)

Pyroman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Ned Pines (original editor)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Pyroman [Dick Martin]; Adolf Hitler; Joyce; Boxer; Dick Martin; Karl; Schnubel
Synopsis:
Adolf Hitler comes up with the idea to use Mars to help defeat America. He pays Schnubel to use a projector he has developed that can simulate Mars' atmosphere on earth. Schnubel uses his projector on the city and it is up to Pyroman to figure out how to stop him.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First sentence in the story is "Dick Martin, a young research student, is mistakenly charged with murder and electrocuted!".

Best of the West (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Bill Black
Pencils:
Frank Bolle; ?; ?; Frank Frazetta; ?
Inks:
Frank Frazetta; ?; ?; Frank Frazetta; ?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Haunted Horseman; Durango Kid; Redmask

Indexer Notes

An article detailing information on the upcoming Best of the West comics. Illustrations to promote the book includes a reprint of the covers to the first three issues, an example of the Haunted Horseman pin back badge and a panel from a Durango Kid story.

Beware the Hangman (Table of Contents)

Hangman / text article / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Mark Heike
Pencils:
Bob Fujitani; Harry Lucey; Irv Novick; Bob Wood; Lin Streeter; ?
Inks:
Bob Fujitani; Harry Lucey; Irv Novick; Bob Wood; Lin Streeter; ?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hangman [Bob Dickering]; Comet; Dusty and Roy [the Boy Buddies]; Hack O'Hara; Bob Dickering; Thelma Gordon; The Shield

Indexer Notes

This article details the comics history of the Hangman, with numerous illustrations reprinted and a complete Hangman Golden-Age Checklist. The illustrations are a reprint of the first page of "The Crime Behind the Noose" from Pep Comics (Archie, 1940 series) #38 (April 1943) by Bob Fujitani, a headshot of The Comet from Pep Comics (Archie, 1940 series) #10 (December 1940) by Bob Wood, a full body illustration of The Comet from Pep Comics (Archie, 1940 series) #15 (May 1941) by Lin Streeter, an illustration of a villain by Bob Fujitani, a one-page recap of the Hangman's origin (Introducing the Hangman) from Special Comics (Archie, 1941 series) #1 (Winter 1942) by Harry Lucey, the cover to Pep Comics (Archie, 1940 series) #17 (July 1941) by Irv Novick, the cover to Special Comics (Archie, 1941 series) #1 (Winter 1942) by Harry Lucey, an illustration of the Hangman by Irv Novick, a panel from a Hack O'Hara story by Bob Fujitani, an illustration of Hangman by Bob Fujitani, a reprint of the first page from Special Case #21: Murder in the Guest Room in Hangman Comics (Archie, 1942 series) #7 (Summer 1943) by Bob Fujitani, the first page from The Medusa's Curse in Pep Comics (Archie, 1940 series) #45 (January 1944) by Bob Fujitani, a panel from Pep Comics (Archie, 1940 series) #40 (July 1943) by Bob Fujitani, the cover to Hangman Comics (Archie, 1942 series) #8 (Fall 1943) by Bob Fujitani, the first page to Special Case #22: The Hangman's Ransom from Hangman Comics (Archie, 1942 series) #7 (Summer 1943) by Bob Fujitani, an illustration by Bob Fujitani, a panel from Pep Comics (Archie, 1940 series) #44 (December 1943) by Bob Fujitani, an illustration of the Hangman by ?, the first two pages from "The Raven" in Pep Comics (Archie, 1940 series) #35 (January 1943) by Bob Fujitani, the cover from Pep Comics (Archie, 1940 series) #35 (January 1943) by Irv Novick and another illustration of the Hangman by ?.

New Title! Thrilling Science Fiction (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
? (promo copy)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction

Indexer Notes

Promo for the upcoming comic Thrilling Science Fiction with a listing of some of the creators, some of the characters involved and a reprint of the cover.

Next Issue! (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
? (promo copy)
Pencils:
Emil Gershwin; Emil Gershwin; Dan Barry; ? (photo)
Inks:
Emil Gershwin; Emil Gershwin; Dan Barry; ? (photo)
Letters:
?

Characters:
Spy Smasher; Captain Midnight; Robert Lowery [Batman]; Johnny Duncan [Robin]

Indexer Notes

Promo for the tenth issue of Golden-Age Men of Mystery, including part of two panels from the Spy Smasher story, part of one panel from the Captain Midnight story and a photo of Batman and Robin (Robert Lowery & Johnny Duncan) from the serial Batman and Robin.

Watch Out for the Ooze (Table of Contents)

Yankee Girl / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Black
Pencils:
Bill Black; Mark Heike
Inks:
Bill Black; Mark Heike
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Yankee Girl [Lauren Mason]; Myrtle Flournoy (death); Sergeant Otis (death); Madigan; unnamed scientist (death); Merlin
Synopsis:
A creature called the Ooze sucks the life force from two people. Yankee Girl follows it into the sewers to try to find out where it comes from.
Reprints:

Men of Mystery Special Bonus (Table of Contents)

Cat-Man / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Irwin Hasen
Inks:
Irwin Hasen
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero

Indexer Notes

This page is reprinted from the Cat-Man story in Crash Comics Adventures (Temerson, 1940 series) #5, the second appearance of Cat-Man.

Supporting Synn Watch Will Keep Golden Age Reprints Alive! (Table of Contents)

Synn Watch / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.8 page (report information)

Script:
? (promo copy)
Pencils:
Brad Gorby (airbrushed); Brad Gorby (painted); Dick Ayers ?; ? (photo)
Inks:
Brad Gorby (airbrushed); Brad Gorby (painted); Dick Ayers ?; ? (photo)
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Synn; Human Torch; Sharon Blair [Synn]

Indexer Notes

Advertisement for the first two issues of Synn Watch, including the contents for each issue, a reprint of the cover from each issue, an illustration of the Human Torch and a photo of Sharon Blair as Synn.

Editor's Note (Table of Contents)

Hangman / text article / 0.2 page (report information)

Script:
Bill Black
Pencils:
Harry Lucey
Inks:
Harry Lucey
Letters:
?

Characters:
Hangman

Indexer Notes

Additional comment in addition to the Hangman article earlier referring to how the Hangman stories were violent for it's day but it had the atmosphere lacking in some of today's horror stories. It also reprinted the cover to Hangman Comics (Archie, 1942 series) #5 (Winter 1942-1943).

Will Power (Table of Contents)

Mr. Scarlet and Pinky / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bob Fujitani
Inks:
Bob Fujitani
Letters:
?
Editing:
Roy Ald (original editor)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Brian Butler [Mr. Scarlet]; Pinky; Harry Day; John Day; Robert Day; Tom Day; Counsellor Kane; Mr. Scarlet
Synopsis:
Brian Butler's uncle Harry calls Brian and three others together to let them know that he is leaving his money to the four of them equally. The next day Counsellor Kane calls the four back together and says that it appears that Uncle Harry committed suicide and that to get the money from his will the four of them have to spend a week together in his cliffside home. Robert goes ahead to get the house ready. When the others get there John Day is killed when he opens the door in what is apparently an accident. When the others get inside they find a burned body in the fireplace that has a buckle with R.D. on it so they expect that Robert is dead. Tom is killed when the couch they sit on falls through the floor. Brian figures out that everyone is being killed and they find the next trap. He and Pinky set it off and then hide to see what is going on.
Reprints:

AC Comics Back Issues (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
? (promo copy)
Pencils:
Various
Inks:
Various
Letters:
?

Indexer Notes

Advertisement for a wide variety of AC back issues, along with contents for some of the issues and reprints of the covers to All Hero Retro Comics Annual #1, Femforce #101, Femforce: Origins Graphic Novel, Golden-Age Mystery Men #1 and an unidentified cover.

Here For Today, Tomorrow and Forever! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
? (promo copy)
Pencils:
Brad Gorby (painted); Brad Gorby
Inks:
Brad Gorby (painted); Mark Heike
Colors:
? (painted cover)
Letters:
? (various)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Cat-Man; Phantom Lady; Miss Victory; Stunt Man; Green Hornet; Femforce [She-Cat; Rio Rita; Blue Bulleteer; Miss Victory; Rad]

Indexer Notes

Advertisement for two upcoming books with information on the contents and the covers for both books (The Official Golden-Age Hero & Heroine Directory and Femforce: Origins Graphic Novel).

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. The 9th Big Issue! Men of Mystery
  3. 2. Dice of Death!
    Black Terror
  4. 3. [The Mars Factor]
    Pyroman
  5. 4. Best of the West
  6. 5. Beware the Hangman
    Hangman
  7. 6. New Title! Thrilling Science Fiction
  8. 7. Next Issue!
  9. 8. Watch Out for the Ooze
    Yankee Girl
  10. 9. Men of Mystery Special Bonus
    Cat-Man
  11. 10. Supporting Synn Watch Will Keep Golden Age Reprints Alive!
    Synn Watch
  12. 11. Editor's Note
    Hangman
  13. 12. Will Power
    Mr. Scarlet and Pinky
  14. 13. AC Comics Back Issues
  15. 14. Here For Today, Tomorrow and Forever!
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  • Darrel McCann
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