(February 1940)

Fiction House, 1940 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
?
On-sale date:
1940-01-10
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Love Romances Pub. Co., Inc.
Brand:
Fiction House Magazines
Editing:
?
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
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 440632.


Cave of the Demons (Table of Contents)

Flint Baker / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Will Eisner
Inks:
Will Eisner
Colors:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Flint Baker
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credits verified by Roy Thomas.

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

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

["Several miles above sea level towers Prof. Sandow's observatory:"] (Table of Contents)

Planet Payson / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Herman Bolstein [as Morley Starr] (signed)
Pencils:
George Tuska
Inks:
George Tuska
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Planet Payson (introduction); Professor Sandow (astronomer, introduction); Roland (introduction); The Hawkmen (introduction); Buzzlark (villain, introduction, death); Buzzlark's men (villains, introduction for all, many die)
Synopsis:
Professor Sandow detects strange flashes among the clouds, so Payson and Roland investigate, and discover a castle on a cloud, where they discover eerie Hawkmen who seek help in eliminating a war between the clouds!
Reprints:
  • in Roy Thomas Presents Planet Comics: Collected Works (PS Artbooks, 2012 series) #1 (September, 2012)
Keywords:
Electro Tubes; Sea Level Towers; Sting Ray Gun

Indexer Notes

Script credit by Craig Delich. The Who's Who lists Bolstein as the only writer of the strip and no conflicting evidence exists that states otherwise.

Cave of the Demons ["Flint Baker, Mimi, and his two aids plan..."] (Table of Contents)

The Adventures On Mars Of ... Flint Baker / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script:
Herman Bolstein [as Stari Gayza] (signed)
Pencils:
Arthur Peddy
Inks:
Arthur Peddy
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Fletcher "Flint" Baker; Mimi Wilson; Princess Viga; unnamed Martian scientist (villain, introduction, death); the scientist's monster (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Planning to return to Earth after their adventures on Mars, Flint and Mimi are approached by Princess Viga, who begs them to stay and help defend her people from a terrifying monster.
Reprints:
  • in Roy Thomas Presents Planet Comics: Collected Works (PS Artbooks, 2012 series) #1 (September, 2012)

Indexer Notes

The story title is taken from the cover blurb.

Script credit by Craig Delich. The Who's Who lists Bolstein as the only other writer in 1940 on this strip (the other was Dick Briefer, who wrote the stories he drew for this feature).

Art revision from Bob Powell ? to Peddy by Craig Delich. The Who's Who does not indicate that Powell worked on this feature and no data extant suggests that he did. However, Peddy is listed as the only other artist on this feature in 1940.

The Dashing, Slashing Adventure of the Great Solinoor Diamond (Table of Contents)

Tiger Hart of Crossbone Castle on the Planet Saturn / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Tiger Hart (introduction); Zip (introduction); Queen Hilda (introduction); Turk the Terrible (villain, introduction); Talon (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Tiger Hart rescues the captive Queen Hilda from the clutches of Turk the Terrible, who is holding her in exchange for the Great Solinoor diamond.
Reprints:

["A pound of coal is insignificant, but a..."] (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:
Lieutenant Spurt Hammond; Amoura (Queen of Venus, introduction); Prince Khangiz (villain, Red Master of Mars, introduction)
Synopsis:
Spurt is sent to the planet Venus in order to obtain a supply of Radia-Tronite crystal which is needed to supply power to America's generators, leading to a war between America and Mars.
Reprints:
  • in Roy Thomas Presents Planet Comics: Collected Works (PS Artbooks, 2012 series) #1 (September, 2012)
Keywords:
Mars; Radia-Tronite; Venus; year 40000

The Earth Queen's Last Refuge (Table of Contents)

text story / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Don Varick] (credited)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Queen Lais; Commander Lothain; Ma'Gloon (villain, traitor to Earth, death); Betelgeuzians (villains)
Synopsis:
The Queen and Commander land on a little known planetoid known as Cathoid after escaping from the Red Fleet of Betelgeux, whose mission is to wipe out all Earth craetures in the universe!
Reprints:
  • in Roy Thomas Presents Planet Comics: Collected Works (PS Artbooks, 2012 series) #1 (September, 2012)
Keywords:
Brorsens Comet; Defiance III (a spaceship)

Indexer Notes

Story is continued from the previous issue.

The last half-page of the story features an illustrated advertisement from the Crowell-Collier Publishing Company, encouraging readers to sell just three magazines for their company, and earn money and prizes for doing so.

["While at the bottom of the seas that cover..."] (Table of Contents)

Buzz Crandall of the Space Patrol / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Buzz Crandall; Dr. Coran [aka Curan] (scientist); Sandra Coran [aka Curan] (the doctor's daughter); Sinfo (villain, scientist, introduction, death); the Crab-Men (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis:
Buzz, the doctor and his daughter are attacked by mysterious Crab-Men at the bottom of the seas covering Neptune, are captured and taken to the lair of the evil Sinfo, who controls the creatures, and who intends to use his captaives as guinea pigs.
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.

Oddity: In this story, the spelling of the doctor and his daughter's last names are alternately known as "Coran" and "Curan", and the daughter's name is now Sandra (it was Nancy in issue #1).

["Captain Cole, I want you to take a..."] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
? [pages 1-9]; Malcolm Kildale [pages 10-15]
Inks:
? [pages 1-9]; Malcolm Kildale [pages 10-15]
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Captain Nelson Cole [becomes "Torro" in this story only with magic clothing and whip]; Z-X (Cole's boss); Berton (member of Cole's crew); Ruler of Zog (introduction); a two-headed giant (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Cole is ordered to take a large fleet to the Planet Zog to take on a giant who is extracting tribute from Zog's poor people.
Reprints:
  • in Roy Thomas Presents Planet Comics: Collected Works (PS Artbooks, 2012 series) #1 (September, 2012)
Keywords:
Dwight Field; Planet Zog; Washington D.C.

Indexer Notes

The giant's heads are of "husband and wife".

["Auro is an Earthman who came to Jupiter..."] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Herman Bolstein
Pencils:
R. Louis Golden [as R. L. Golden] (signed)
Inks:
R. Louis Golden [as R. L. Golden] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Auro [aka Lord of Jupiter]; Ava (introduction); Agra (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
At one of his famed gigantic banquets, Auro is pulled aside by one of the servants, Ava, and told that he must flee before the murderer of her parents, Agra, arrives to kill him.
Reprints:
  • in Roy Thomas Presents Planet Comics: Collected Works (PS Artbooks, 2012 series) #1 (September, 2012)
Keywords:
Jupiter

Indexer Notes

Script credit by Craig Delich. The Who's Who indicates that Bolstein write this strip in 1940 and no extant data suggests otherwise.

HS notes that, despite the Golden credit, the art looks more like Malcolm Kildale than Golden.

The Who's Who does not indicate that Malcolm Kildale ever drew this feature and no extant data suggests otherwise. The only other artist in 1940 for this feature was Bob Powell, but this art is not by him.

The final panel blurb provides the title to next issue's story, "The Dragon God".

[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)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Cave of the Demons
    Flint Baker
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. ["Several miles above sea level towers Prof. Sandow's observatory:"]
    Planet Payson
  4. 3. Cave of the Demons ["Flint Baker, Mimi, and his two aids plan..."]
    The Adventures On Mars Of ... Flint Baker
  5. 4. The Dashing, Slashing Adventure of the Great Solinoor Diamond
    Tiger Hart of Crossbone Castle on the Planet Saturn
  6. 5. ["A pound of coal is insignificant, but a..."]
    Spurt Hammond, Planet Flyer
  7. 6. The Earth Queen's Last Refuge
  8. 7. ["While at the bottom of the seas that cover..."]
    Buzz Crandall of the Space Patrol
  9. 8. ["Captain Cole, I want you to take a..."]
    Captain Nelson Cole of the Solar Force
  10. 9. ["Auro is an Earthman who came to Jupiter..."]
    Auro Lord of Jupiter
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Katie
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Craig Delich
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.
  • Lou Mazzella
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.