(February 1940)

Fawcett, 1940 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Fawcett Publications, Inc.
Brand:
A Fawcett Publication [Triangle]
Editing:
Bill Parker
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format:
Was On-Going Series

Issue Notes

1100 West Broadway Louisville, KY
General Offices: Fawcett Building, Greenwich, CT
Editorial Offices:1501 Broadway, NYC, NY


[Gangway for Captain Marvel!] (Table of Contents)

Captain Marvel / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
C. C. Beck
Inks:
C. C. Beck
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain Marvel [Billy Batson]
Reprints:
Keywords:
automobiles

[Introducing Captain Marvel] (Table of Contents)

Capt. Marvel / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Parker
Pencils:
C. C. Beck
Inks:
C. C. Beck
Colors:
Bill Parker
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain Marvel [Billy Batson] (introduction, origin); Shazam (wizard, death); Sterling Morris (President of Amalgamated Broadcasting Company); Hammond (Amalgamated Broadcasting Company receptionist); Dr. Thaddeus Bodog Sivana [aka The Phantom Scientist] (villain); Ebenezer Batson (villain, in flashback)
Synopsis:
After being taken by a mysterious stranger to meet the ancient wizard, Shazam, and gaining the powers of Captain Marvel, Billy Batson learns of a mysterious boss called the Phantom Scientist, and decides to report it to the head of Amalgamated Broadcasting Company.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Amalgamated Broadcasting Company (later called Station WHIZ); Historama; Seven Deadly Enemies of Man; Shazam; Skytower Apartments

Indexer Notes

This is the 3rd reprinting of this story (with five added pages), first being in ashcan Flash Comics #1, then ashcan Thrill Comics #1. In all respects, the characters are not introduced in this story, except possibly for Captain Marvel (known as Captain Thunder in the ashcans). So the term "introduction" has been removed from all characters except our hero.

[Ibis Lives Again] (Table of Contents)

Ibis the Invincible / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Parker
Pencils:
C. C. Beck
Inks:
C. C. Beck
Colors:
Bill Parker
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Ibis the Invincible [Prince Amentep] (introduction); Princess Taia (introduction)
Synopsis:
From the Egyptian wing of a famous American museum, young Prince Amentep rises from the dead as prophesied, and, with the help of the Ibistick, begins helping people in need. He then boards a ship, embarking on a search for the Princess Taia.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Ibistick

Indexer Notes

Story continues next issue.

[Origin of Golden Arrow] (Table of Contents)

Golden Arrow / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Parker
Pencils:
Pete Costanza
Inks:
Pete Costanza
Colors:
Bill Parker
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Golden Arrow [Roger Parsons](introduction, origin); Prof. Paul Parsons (introduction, death); Gloria Parsons (introduction, death); White Wind (his horse, introduction); Nugget Ned (prospector, death); Brand Braddock (villain, introduction); Bronk Braddock (villain, introduction); Brute Braddock (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
A band of criminals shoot down a hot air balloon piloted by Professor Paul Parsons, his wife and son, in order to get a secret gas formula. The young son is rescued by a lioness, which is shot by an old prospector who raises the child to manhood. That young man, now called Golden Arrow, tracks down the men responsible for his parent's deaths.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Artist revision from Greg Duncan to Pete Costanza by Craig Delich 2011-28-11 per P.C. Hamerlinck in Alter-Ego #6 (Autumn, 2000).

[The Coming of Spy Smasher] (Table of Contents)

Spy Smasher / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Parker
Pencils:
C. C. Beck
Inks:
C. C. Beck
Colors:
Bill Parker
Letters:
?

Genre:
spy; superhero
Characters:
Spy Smasher [Alan Armstrong] (introduction); Admiral Corby (introduction, Naval Intelligence Officer); Eve Corby (introduction, Adm. Corby's daughter); The Mask (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Spy Smasher goes on the trail to capture the Mask, who is after designs of the new naval mine layer from a safe in Admiral Corby's home.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Gyro-Sub (introduction)

[The Radium Theft of Dr. Death] (Table of Contents)

Scoop Smith / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Parker
Pencils:
Greg Duncan
Inks:
Greg Duncan
Colors:
Bill Parker
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Scoop Smith (introduction); Dr. John Galt (introduction, hospital President); Blimp Black (introduction, cameraman); Bruce Lane (introduction, newspaper Editor); Dr. Death [Dr. James Kirk!] (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Scoop is hired to recover $35,000 in radium stolen from a local hospital.
Reprints:

[Incident At Maloana] (Table of Contents)

Lance O'Casey / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Parker
Pencils:
Bob Kingett
Inks:
Bob Kingett
Colors:
Bill Parker ?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Lance O'Casey (introduction); Mr. Hogan (Lance's chimp, introduction); Skipper Jones (retired sea Captain, introduction); Barracuda Brent (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Finding the owner of the Moloana Trading Company severely injured, Lance learns that natives made the attack and kidnapped an American girl and her father in the process. Lance and Mr. Hogan track down the kidnapper and rescues the pair.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Continued in the next issue.

Seals of Doom (Table of Contents)

Dan Dare / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Parker
Pencils:
Greg Duncan
Inks:
Greg Duncan
Colors:
Bill Parker
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Dan Dare (introduction); Carol Clews (introduction); un-named Police Chief; Seminole Sam (death); Carlos Peseta (villain); Manuel (villain, Peseta's servant); Portugese Pete (villain)
Synopsis:
Dan is engaged to investigate the murder of a man on the estate of wealthy Carlos Peseta, but, in the process, uncovers a drug smuggling operation.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Continued in the next issue. Preliminary stoiry title given in last panel is "$500,000 or Else".

[Lucky Seven Cash Contest] (Table of Contents)

activity / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
various
Inks:
various
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Captain Marvel [Billy Batson]; Ibis [Prince Amentep]; Lance O'Casey; Dan Dare; Golden Arrow [Roger Parsons]; Scoop Smith; Spy Smasher [Alan Armstrong]
Synopsis:
Illustrated contest page in which readers are asked to name their favorite Whiz Comics character in a 50 word or less letter. There are $25 in cash prizes awarded: $10 for 1st place, $5 for 2nd place and $1 each for the next 10 places. Deadline for entry is given as January 15, 1940.

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2012-6-25.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [Gangway for Captain Marvel!]
    Captain Marvel
  2. 1. [Introducing Captain Marvel]
    Capt. Marvel
  3. 2. [Ibis Lives Again]
    Ibis the Invincible
  4. 3. [Origin of Golden Arrow]
    Golden Arrow
  5. 4. [The Coming of Spy Smasher]
    Spy Smasher
  6. 5. [The Radium Theft of Dr. Death]
    Scoop Smith
  7. 6. [Incident At Maloana]
    Lance O'Casey
  8. 7. Seals of Doom
    Dan Dare
  9. 8. [Lucky Seven Cash Contest]
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  • Peter Croome
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