(December 1948)

Fiction House, 1940 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
Monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Glen-Kel Pub. Co., Inc.
Brand:
Fiction House Magazines 52 Pages
Editing:
J.F. Byrne (Managing Editor)(credited); John C. Mitchell (credited)
Color:
Color Cover; Black and White Interior
Dimensions:
Early Issues Standard Golden Age U.S.; Later Issues Standard Silver Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Merchants of Murder (Table of Contents)

Kaänga / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
John Celardo
Inks:
John Celardo
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Kaänga; Ann Mason
Keywords:
saddle zebras

Merchants of Murder (Table of Contents)

Kaänga / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Frank Riddell]
Pencils:
John Celardo (signed)
Inks:
John Celardo (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Martha Matthews (introduction); Herbert Matthews (introduction); Lapham (introduction, villain); Beans (introduction, villain); Kulangis (African tribe)(introduction, villains); Kaänga; Ann Mason: N'geeso
Synopsis:
Kaänga escorts artist Herbert Matthews to the Congo Castle, a medieval castle in the jungle. On arrival, they discover that the castle has been taken over by a white gang and the Kulangis. Kaänga liberates the castle people with the help of an angry rhinoceros.
Keywords:
castles; catapults; Congo Castle; elephants; leopards; painting; rhinoceroses; saddle deer; saddle zebras; tiger traps; treasure chests

Indexer Notes

The story title is taken from the cover blurb.

first line: "War and peace race side by side in the vast domain of Kaänga, lord of the jungle."

["'The innocent seed of curiosity, once planted in in the mind, grows with dangerous speed.'"] (Table of Contents)

Simba, King of Beasts / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Ed Hunt]
Pencils:
Joe Doolin
Inks:
Joe Doolin
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
animal; jungle
Characters:
Simba; Jubor (wild dog)
Synopsis:
A trio of dogs trained to hunt lions are loosed in the jungle. Simba is only able to defeat them by feigning a slip into a crocodile pool. The dogs follow and while they are being devoured by the crocodiles, Simba escapes.
Keywords:
Cape buffalo; crocodiles; lion-hunting dogs; porcupines; zebras

["'Seems like only yesterday,' wrote Terry Thunder in his military log book."] (Table of Contents)

Captain Terry Thunder / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Pierre La Rue]
Pencils:
Dan Zolnerowich
Inks:
Dan Zolnerowich
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; jungle
Characters:
Terry Thunder (origin); Commissioner John Thompson (introduction, death); Claire Thompson (introduction); The Scorpion (introduction, villain, death)
Synopsis:
Terry recalls his first posting to Fort Diablo and the villain, the Scorpion. The Scorpion returns as Terry is dedicating a memorial to the commissioner who died at the Scorpion's hand. The Scorpion is killed when the memorial pillar falls on him.
Keywords:
Afri-Congo Trading Company; cutlasses; monuments; saddle zebras; shaffrons; Turkish costume

["The gerenuk roams the plains of eastern Africa."] (Table of Contents)

Jungle Facts / comic story / 0.67 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Mike Peppe ?
Inks:
Mike Peppe ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction; jungle; nature
Synopsis:
Brief natural histories of several veldt-dwelling animals.
Keywords:
bongos; gerenuks; kavirondo crane; quaggas; sable antelope.; sable antelopes

Indexer Notes

The bottom one-third of the final page is an advertisement.

["There is one master that all the living creatures of the jungle respect -- death!"] (Table of Contents)

Wambi, The Jungle Boy / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Roy L. Smith]
Pencils:
Henry Kiefer (signed)
Inks:
Henry Kiefer (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Sirdah (villain); Wambi; Tawn Ogg; Mocar (monkey); Pyra (parrot)
Synopsis:
The monkeys choose Wambi to be their king while Sirdah plans a trap.
Keywords:
crocodiles; pythons; ruins

Diamonds of Doom (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Victor Ibsen]
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
jungle

["The temple of Kahzembu, the war god, yet towered above the N'loga kraal..."] (Table of Contents)

Tabu / comic story / 5.5 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Mack]
Pencils:
Maurice Whitman (signed)
Inks:
Maurice Whitman (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Zara (introduction); Mobu (introduction); Kito (introduction); Kahzembu (introduction, villain); Tabu; Kito
Synopsis:
The war god Kahzembu is jealous of the villages honoring of peace. He takes a child and forces the mother to steal the sacred fire from the Temple of Peace and take it to his temple. Tabu goes to the Land of Mists and defeats Kahzembu and returns the sacred fire to its rightful place.
Keywords:
hippopotamuses; Land of Mists; sacred fires; Temple of Peace; temples

["Tempers on the veldt are short today --"] (Table of Contents)

Jungle Quiz / activity / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Mike Peppe ?
Inks:
Mike Peppe ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction; jungle
Synopsis:
An animal habitat quiz.
Keywords:
American buffalo; apatosauruses; brown bears; elephants; kangaroos; lions; llamas; otters; snow leopards; tarsiers; zebras

["'The gold shall bring thieves and killers to your village...'"] (Table of Contents)

Camilla / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Victor Ibsen]
Pencils:
Matt Baker
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Losako (introduction, villain, death); Barton (introduction, villain); Sammy Stone (introduction, villain); N'Kowa (introduction); Zantra Barton (introduction); a female trader (introduction); Camilla; Fang (dog); Koru; Bantus (African tribe)
Synopsis:
Camilla convinces the Bantu chief to use the Bantus' temple gold to buy quinine and salt. The witch doctor is offended and works with a group of white renegades to steal the gold. Camilla prevents the theft.
Reprints:
Keywords:
disguises; gold; Kuangola (African town); leopards; quinine; rhinoceroses; saddle zebras; salt; witch doctors
Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Merchants of Murder
    Kaänga
  2. 1. Merchants of Murder
    Kaänga
  3. 2. ["'The innocent seed of curiosity, once planted in in the mind, grows with dangerous speed.'"]
    Simba, King of Beasts
  4. 3. ["'Seems like only yesterday,' wrote Terry Thunder in his military log book."]
    Captain Terry Thunder
  5. 4. ["The gerenuk roams the plains of eastern Africa."]
    Jungle Facts
  6. 5. ["There is one master that all the living creatures of the jungle respect -- death!"]
    Wambi, The Jungle Boy
  7. 6. Diamonds of Doom
  8. 7. ["The temple of Kahzembu, the war god, yet towered above the N'loga kraal..."]
    Tabu
  9. 8. ["Tempers on the veldt are short today --"]
    Jungle Quiz
  10. 9. ["'The gold shall bring thieves and killers to your village...'"]
    Camilla
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