(January 1940)

Fiction House, 1940 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
every other month
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Love Romances Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand:
Fiction House Magazines
Editing:
Malcolm Reiss (Editor); William E. Eisner (Art Director); S. M. Iger (Feature Editor)
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

The One-Eyed Monsters of Mars (Table of Contents)

Flint Baker / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Flint Baker
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Lou Fine cover pencil and ink credits confirmed by one-time owner of the original art, Roger Hill, and confirmed to him by a conversation he had with Will Eisner (2010-1-5).

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

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The One-Eyed Monster Men from Mars (Table of Contents)

The Planetary Adventures of Flint Baker / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script:
Dick Briefer (signed)
Pencils:
Dick Briefer (signed)
Inks:
Dick Briefer (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Fletcher "Flint" Baker (introduction, origin); Harry Parks (freed convict, introduction); Phil Godwin (freed convict, introduction); Cliff Grant (freed convict, introduction, death); Mimi Wilson (New York Globe reporter, introduction); King of Mars [aka the Ruler of Ru] (introduction); Princess Viga (the King's daughter, introduction); Sarko (villain, introduction, death); Sarko's monster horde (villains, many die)
Synopsis:
Flint has completed the rocket ship begun by his father and is ready to take off for Mars, but first has three prison convicts freed to serve as his crew. They land on Mars and find the corpse of a former explorer, who leaves a letter warning anyone finding his note to stay away from the dark side of Mars.
Reprints:
  • in Roy Thomas Presents Planet Comics: Collected Works (PS Artbooks, 2012 series) #1 (September, 2012)
Keywords:
New York Globe

Indexer Notes

Script credit by Craig Delich. The Who's Who indicates that Briefer wrote this feature when he illustrated it, and no information extant suggests that he didn't.

["Early in the twenty-first century, a cruise ship..."] (Table of Contents)

Auro Lord of Jupiter / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Malcolm Kildale
Inks:
Malcolm Kildale
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Auro [Hardwich] (introduction, origin); Tara (pet saber-tooth tiger); Professor John Hardwich (Auro's father, introduction, death); Mrs. John Hardwich (Auro's mother, introduction, death); Martha Gale (an assistant pilot, introduiction); King of Neptune (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
After a rocket ship crash that kills his parents, Auro is raised by a saber-tooth tiger. He is approached by a young woman named Martha to help save her friends who have been taken as slaves by the fiendish ruler of Neptune.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Neptune

["Hurtling through space with the speed of light..."] (Table of Contents)

The Red Comet / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Ken Jackson (signed)
Pencils:
? [as Ken Jackson] (signed)
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural; science fiction
Characters:
The Red Comet (introduction); un-named Police Captain (introduction); The Munitions King [J.G.] (villain, introduction, death); Munition King's war-profiteers (villains, introduction for all, all die)
Synopsis:
While the public is amazed and elated that no crimes have been committed for two weeks, the Police feel that their jobs are less secure because of the crime busting activities of the Red Comet. His magical powers seem to draw him like a magnet to the criminal element, and he has rounded them up with amazing speed, taking each to a different uninhabited but inhabitable planet in the universe and dropping them off to fend for themselves.
Reprints:
  • in Mystery Men Comics (AC, 1999 series) #92 (2014) (in black and white)

    in Roy Thomas Presents Planet Comics: Collected Works (PS Artbooks, 2012 series) #1 (September, 2012)
Keywords:
The Star

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from ? to Jackson by Craig Delich, indicated by the Who's Who.

Inker revision from Ken Jackson to ? by Craig Delich. The Who's Who indicates that Jackson only penciled the feature in 1940 (so did Alex Blum) and there is no evidence elsewhere to contradict this.

["Sudden danger threatens the inhabitants of the solar..."] (Table of Contents)

Captain Nelson Cole of the Solar Force / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Captain Nelson Cole (introduction); Bud (Cole's sidekick, introduction); unnamed President of the Solar Congress; Zan (villain, dictator of Volcus, introduction); Zan's woman (villain, introduction); Zan's Army of robots (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis:
The loss of several Solar Ships forces the President of the Solar Congress to appoint Captain Cole to lead a force against the enemies from outer space. They are captured and the dictator, Zan, intends to turn them into dehumanized robots.
Reprints:
  • in Roy Thomas Presents Planet Comics: Collected Works (PS Artbooks, 2012 series) #1 (September, 2012)
Keywords:
Cosmic Ships; Dynogetic Gas; Planet Volcus

The War Lords of the Moon (Table of Contents)

Spurt Hammond, Planet Flyer / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Spurt Hammond (introduction); The Lunerzons (villains, women warriors, introduction for all); The Mooniacs (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis:
Spurt and his companions must fend off the attacks of the Luzerons, who occupy the polar regions of the Moon, and who are in the business of robbing interplanetary transports.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Moon

["Crossing through space in their atom-powered ship, Buzz..."] (Table of Contents)

Buzz Crandall and the Space Patrol / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Bob Jordan] (credited)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Buzz Crandall (introduction); Dr. Curan (scientist, introduction); Nancy Curan (Dr. Curan's daughter, introduction); The Sharkmen (villains, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Buzz and his crew must face the Sharkmen, semi-intelligent living under the murky waters of Neptune, who have captured Dr. Curan and other members of his Neptune expedition.
Reprints:
  • in Roy Thomas Presents Planet Comics: Collected Works (PS Artbooks, 2012 series) #1 (September, 2012)
Keywords:
Neptune

Indexer Notes

Possible artists for this strip in 1940 include Nick Cardy, Gene Fawcette, and Charles Sultan.

The Man Who Stole a World! (Table of Contents)

Quorak, Space Pirate / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Alvin Charles [as Albert Charles] (signed)
Inks:
Alvin Charles [as Albert Charles] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Quorak (villain, Earth scientist, introduction); Lt. Gary Blake (introduction); Dean (astronomer, introduction); Joan Perry (introduction, radio operator, only appearance); unnamed World President (introduction)
Synopsis:
A former Earth scientist takes up residence on a far distant planetoid, and threatens to rule the universe and destroy all traces of civilization. His forst target is the Planet Pluto, which he attempts to pull from its orbit by a strange infra-red ray invention of his.
Reprints:
  • in Roy Thomas Presents Planet Comics: Collected Works (PS Artbooks, 2012 series) #1 (September, 2012)
Keywords:
India; Planet Pluto; Planetoid Spectremus; year 2000 A.D.

Indexer Notes

Art credits added by Craig Delich, credited in the Who's Who.

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

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

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

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The One-Eyed Monsters of Mars
    Flint Baker
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. The One-Eyed Monster Men from Mars
    The Planetary Adventures of Flint Baker
  4. 3. ["Early in the twenty-first century, a cruise ship..."]
    Auro Lord of Jupiter
  5. 4. ["Hurtling through space with the speed of light..."]
    The Red Comet
  6. 5. ["Sudden danger threatens the inhabitants of the solar..."]
    Captain Nelson Cole of the Solar Force
  7. 6. The War Lords of the Moon
    Spurt Hammond, Planet Flyer
  8. 7. ["Crossing through space in their atom-powered ship, Buzz..."]
    Buzz Crandall and the Space Patrol
  9. 8. The Man Who Stole a World!
    Quorak, Space Pirate
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Jim Stangas
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Craig Delich
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Mitchell Maglio
  • Ralf Haring
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.