(March 1940)

Fiction House, 1940 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
Every month
On-sale date:
1940-01-21
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Love Romances Pub. 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

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. Class B periodical. Copyright number B 444353.


The Weird Void of Outer Space (Table of Contents)

The Planetary Adventures of Flint Baker on Pluto / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Will Eisner
Inks:
Will Eisner
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Flint Baker
Reprints:

Calling All Manhunters! Can You Solve a Crime? (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Bull's-Eye Bannon / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

["Bidding goodbye to their Martian friends and Princess..."] (Table of Contents)

The Planetary Adventures of Flint Baker on Pluto / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Herman Bolstein [as Starr Gayza] (signed)
Pencils:
Bob Powell ?
Inks:
? [shop]
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Fletcher "Flint" Baker; Mimi Wilson; Plutonian King (villain, introduction); The Plutonians (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis:
Instead of returning to Earth, Mimi sets the controls to alter the course and they land on Pluto, out of fuel. Immediately, Flint is attacked by weird half-man, half-amphibian creatures and captured.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Disintegrator Ray; Pluto

Indexer Notes

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).

Penciler revision from Witmer Williams?; Bob Powell ?; Dick Briefer ? to Powell per archive edition, added by Craig Delich.

["In the vast cold reaches of the far..."] (Table of Contents)

Amazona the Mighty Woman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Wilson Locke] (signed)
Pencils:
Alex Blum
Inks:
?; shop
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Amazona (introduction, origin); Blake Manners (newspaperman, explorer, introduction, only appearance); Hennigan (Blake's newspaper Editor, introduction); unnamed cab driver (introduction); gang of jewel robbers (villains, introduction for all, most die)
Synopsis:
Amazonia and her people, the last survivors of a super race that perished during the period of the last ice age, and who live in the far north reaches of the Arctic, are visited by the only survivor of an expedition. Wanting to return to America, a land they know nothing about, Blake soon finds himself accompanied on the trip by Amazona, who is bored with her true home.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Wilson Locke is most likely a house name attached to no particular person.

Penciler credit revised from Alex Blum ?; Dan Zolnerowich ? to Blum per archive, added by Craig Delich. The Who's Who does not indicate that either Blum or Zolnerowich worked on this feature and no extant evidence verifies they did.

The AC reprint states that Toni Blum wrote this story, but the Who's Who likewise does not indicate that she wrote this feature nor is there extant evidence to prove otherwise.

The AC reprint states that Dan Zolnerowich inked the story.

["Red Comet, mystery explorer of the universe, cruising..."] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Ken Jackson ? [as Major Thorp] (signed)
Pencils:
Ken Jackson ?; Alex Blum ?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Red Comet; Golo (villain, ruler of the giants, introduction); the Giants (villains, introduction for all, many die)
Synopsis:
While crusing the universe, Red Comet gets a strange message from a ruler on Jupiter, who challenges the entire solar system to battle with his forces.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Jupiter

Indexer Notes

HW suggests Don Lynch or Newt Alfred as possibilities for penciler.

Script and penciler credits per archive and added by Craig Delich. The Who's Who indicates that both Jackson and Blum worked on this strip in 1940, but NOT Lynch and Alfred who are not listed at all.

["...is passing through space within the orbit of..."] (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; Princess Zilla (introduction); Radgio (villain, Zilla's Prime Minister, introduction, death); Radgio's Councilmen (villains, introduction for all); Radgio's monsters (villains, introduction for all, some die)
Synopsis:
While cruising near Mercury, Spurt's Astragraph picks up the images of a young girl being roughly seized by brutal captors, and heads to the planet to investigate. He saves Princess Zilla, and learns that her Prime Minister is turning people into monsters, seeking to conquer the world.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Astragraph; Mercury

The Lizard-Men of Alpha Astra (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Lin Davies] (credited)
Pencils:
? (spot illustrations)
Inks:
? (spot illustrations)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Captain Dexter Ames; Doctor Phillips; Cara Phillips (the doctor's daughter); Sept Morgan (ship's Engineer); Gunner Hatch (crew member); The Lizard Men (villains, many die)
Synopsis:
Ames and Phillips visit a mystery planet and come face to face with rodent-faced Lizard Men!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Columbus (a space ship); Planet Alpha Astra

Indexer Notes

Story occurs in the year 21,000 A.D.

["Lieutenant of the Space Patrol, Buzz Crandall's life..."] (Table of Contents)

Buzz Crandall of the Space Patrol / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Lieutenant Buzz Crandall; Sabdra Coran; Moon Bats (villains); Lunar Land Squid (villain, death)
Synopsis:
Sandra and Buzz report to Post 82 on the Moon, and discover that all communication with Post 83 has been cut off, so the pair go and investigate.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Autoped; Cosmic Gun; Post 82; The Moon

Indexer Notes

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

["Pirate ships attack defenseless space transports."] (Table of Contents)

Captain Nelson Cole of the Solar Force / comic story / 12.75 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Beekman Terrill] (signed)
Pencils:
Leonard Frank
Inks:
Leonard Frank
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Captain Nelson Cole; unnamed Chief of the Solar Force; Felon (villain, space pirate leader, introduction, death?); Space Pirates (villains, introduction for all, many die)
Synopsis:
The Chief of the Solar Force puts Captain Cole in charge of finding the space pirates that are attacking defenseless space transports.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Iconoscope

Indexer Notes

Penciler revision from Leonard Frank ?; Dick Briefer ? to Frank and inker revision from Leonard Frank ?; ? to Frank per archive, added by Craig Delich. The Who's Who only indicates Frank doing the feature in 1941, but this art IS by Frank.

The Case of the Diamond Death: Case 1: File-A: Clue No. 4 (Table of Contents)

Bull's-Eye Bannon / comic story / 0.25 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bob Powell
Inks:
Bob Powell
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Bulls-Eye Bannon; Tom Peerce (mention only, death); Bonse (villain); two unnamed criminals (villains)
Synopsis:
Bannon captures the last suspect in the murder of Tom Peerce.
Reprints:

["Auro, an Earthman, is King of Jupiter, by..."] (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 (King of Jupiter); Auro's unnamed guard; The Dragon Man (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
A strange character approaches Auro's throne and asks him of he intends to wipe out a dragon responsible for the deaths of many of Auro's people. Soon Auro learns that this man, called the Dragon Man, is, in fact, the dragon.
Reprints:
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.

The blurb of last issue's story indicated that the story for this issue was "The Dragon God".

["There is no surface on the sun, it..."] (Table of Contents)

Mysteries of the Universe / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction; math & science
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Illustrated, two panel factual information featurette on the origin of the Earth and the fact there is no surface to the Sun.

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

advertisement / 0.05 page (report information)

[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. The Weird Void of Outer Space
    The Planetary Adventures of Flint Baker on Pluto
  2. 1. Calling All Manhunters! Can You Solve a Crime?
    Bull's-Eye Bannon
  3. 2. ["Bidding goodbye to their Martian friends and Princess..."]
    The Planetary Adventures of Flint Baker on Pluto
  4. 3. ["In the vast cold reaches of the far..."]
    Amazona the Mighty Woman
  5. 4. ["Red Comet, mystery explorer of the universe, cruising..."]
    Red Comet
  6. 5. ["...is passing through space within the orbit of..."]
    Spurt Hammond, Planet-Flyer
  7. 6. The Lizard-Men of Alpha Astra
  8. 7. ["Lieutenant of the Space Patrol, Buzz Crandall's life..."]
    Buzz Crandall of the Space Patrol
  9. 8. ["Pirate ships attack defenseless space transports."]
    Captain Nelson Cole of the Solar Force
  10. 9. The Case of the Diamond Death: Case 1: File-A: Clue No. 4
    Bull's-Eye Bannon
  11. 10. ["Auro, an Earthman, is King of Jupiter, by..."]
    Auro Lord of Jupiter
  12. 11. ["There is no surface on the sun, it..."]
    Mysteries of the Universe
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Craig Delich
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Peter Croome
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.