(April 1940)

Fiction House, 1940 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
Every month
On-sale date:
1940-02-26
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 in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 35, 1940, Number 2. Second class permit. Copyright number 448363.


Slave Planet; Space Islands of Destruction (Table of Contents)

Flint Baker / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Charles Sultan
Inks:
Charles Sultan
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Flint Baker
Reprints:

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

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

Slave Planet ["Flint and Mimi are returning from an adventure..."] (Table of Contents)

Flint Baker / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Fletcher "Flint" Baker; Mimi Wilson; Parks (crew member); "The Great Eye" (villain, introduction, death?); "The Great Ear" (villain, introduction); "The Great Mouth"(villain, introduction); space monsters (villains, creatures, some die)
Synopsis:
On their way back to Earth, Flint and Mimi are attacked by a space monster as they pass the planet Jupiter, and when others threaten,the crew decides to land on Jupiter. There they face a threat of The Great Eye, The Great Ear and The Great Mouth.
Reprints:
Keywords:
City of Zu; Jupiter

Indexer Notes

The story title is taken from the cover.

HS notes that the last three pages show evidence of Eisner.

The Who's Who doesn't indicate that Will Eiser provided art for this feature and no extant evidence shows otherwise.

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).

["Auro and his loyal followers save the universe..."] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Herman Bolstein [as Nick Charles] (signed)
Pencils:
Sid Greene ?
Inks:
Sid Greene ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Auro [also as Thogra]; Jano (Prince of Saturn,introduction); Thogra (villain, Jano's uncle, a Saturnian, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
The people inhabiting Auro's planet gather to watch a strange space ship hurtling from space and landing into a lake. When Auro investigates, he discovers the ship contains a young Prince of Saturn who was shot into space by his madman uncle.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Saturn

Indexer Notes

Nick Charles is most likely a house name and not a specific individual.

Artist revision from Sid Greene ? to Powell, added by Craig Delich. The Who's Who does NOT indicate that Greene worked for Fiction House and no evidence extant indicates that he did.

The Who's Who further indicates that art in 1940 on this feature was provided by either R. Louis Golden (this is not his work) and Bob Powell.

["The traveler through space, whose magic prowess adds..."] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Ken Jackson [as Arthur King] (signed)
Pencils:
Alex Blum ?; Dan Zolnerowich ?
Inks:
Dan Zolnerowich ?; ? [shop]
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
The Red Comet; unnamed Earth explorers
Synopsis:
While cruising in outer space, he Comet spots an Earth ship heading directly toward Vegeto: The Planet of Deadly Planets, and he decides to follow them down and save them before the planet's vegetation destroys them.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Vegeto

Indexer Notes

The Who's Who indicates that Ken Jackson, Blum and Zolnerowich provided pencls on this feature in 1940, and that Jackson and Zolnerowich provided inks.

Oddity: The Red Comet shrinks down and communicates with termites (ala Ant-Man).

["A banquet celebrating the third centenary of the..."] (Table of Contents)

Captain Nelson Cole of the Solar Force / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Beekman Terrill] (signed)
Pencils:
Charles Sultan
Inks:
Charles Sultan
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Captain Nelson Cole; Felon (villain)
Synopsis:
As Captain Cole is being recognized as guest of honor at the Third Centenary of the Solar Police Force, suddenly a death ray strikes and kills a number of dancers, then seeks him out. Cole investigates the ray and discovers that his enemy, Felon, is behind it, so Cole follows his foe to Earth, offering his services to aggressor nations.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Mars; Solar Police Force

Indexer Notes

Artist identified by the archive edition and the Who's Who indicates the same. It does NOT indicate that Richard Case worked on this feature and no extant evidence states that he ever did.

Mist Men of Mercury (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Arnot Bissel] (credited)
Pencils:
Gene Fawcette ? (spot illustrations)
Inks:
? (spot illustrations)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Kirk; Hoffer (scientist); the Mist Men
Synopsis:
Kirk was spinning out of control through space after escaping from a concentration camp on Earth, being placed there by a mad dictator who was going to execute him for a crime he never committed. He lands on Mercury by chance and discovers the eerie Mist Men.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Black Forest; Mercury

Space Islands of Destruction ["A young American space pilot, in the year..."] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
? [as Wm. S. Mott] (signed)
Pencils:
Henry Kiefer
Inks:
Henry Kiefer
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Spurt Hammond; Janice Dale (introduction); Mercurian pirates (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis:
Spurt is sent by his superior ot Mercury to battle the dreaded beaked men who wear detachable bat wings and have been attacking the commerce routes and taking hostages for ransom.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Mercury

Indexer Notes

Story title is taken from the cover blurb.

Story occurs in the year 25000.

["Adventure at the center of the Moon. Buzz..."] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Lieutenant Buzz Crandall; Doctor Curan [aka Curran]; Sandra Curan (the doctor's daughter); Dr. Zynnon (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Dr. Curan brings desperate news from the Earth to Lt. Crandall that the Moon is going to explode due to the build-up of hydrogen gas at its core. Unfortunately for them, one of the passengers invited along for the trip, Dr. Zynnon, has an intense hatred for mankind and seeks to destroy them.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Moon

Indexer Notes

Possible artists for this strip in 1940 include Nick Cardy, Gene Fawcette, Fletcher Hanks (this art is not by him), and Charles Sultan.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Kenny Carr of the Martian Lancers / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Stan Ford] (signed)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Captain Kenny Carr (introduction); Dwight (Carr's service buddy); unnamed Colonel; enemy soldiers (villains, half die)
Synopsis:
Kenny's term of enlistment in the service has ended and he intends to return to Earth, even though the Colonel and Dwight scheme to get him to re-enlist. Unbeknownst to them, their plot turns out to be for real and Carr re-ups to help repel the invaders.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Basha; Kakar

Indexer Notes

Penciler revision from Larry Antonette ? to ? by Craig Delich. The Who's Who doesn't indicate that Antonette worked at Fiction House, let alone on this feature, and no extant evidence indicates that he did.

Stan Ford is most likely a house name and not the name of any specific individual.

Only appearance, even though the story seems to imply that this is a continued story from somewhere, and the final blurb indicates that Carr will return in the next issue.

["Captain Jack North of the Universal Space Patrol..."] (Table of Contents)

Gale Allen of the Women's Space Battalion / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Fred Nelson] (signed)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Gale Allen and the Women's Space Battalion (introduction for all); Captain Jack North (Universal Space Patrol member, introduction); The Plutonians (villains, introduction for all, some die)
Synopsis:
Awaiting the return of a scouting party, North receives an urgent SOS from the group, stating that they were captured by pirates from Pluto. North asks the commandant for help and Gale Allen and her Women's Space Battalion arrive to help out, much to his disdain.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Pluto; Saturn

Indexer Notes

On the cover, this feature is billed as "Gale Allen of the Girls' Space Patrol."

Fred Nelson is most likely a house name and not the name of any specific individual.

Penciler credit revised from R. A. Burley ? [sic Ray A. Burnley] to ? by Craig Delich. According to the Who's Who, Burnley worked at Fiction House in 1940, but not on this feature, and no evidence indicates that he did.

Possible artists in 1940 who worked on this feature are: Lee Elias, Al Gabriele and Bob Powell.

["The Ancient Egyptians believed that the Milky Way..."] (Table of Contents)

Space Facts / comic story / 0.75 page (report information)

Script:
? [by Lunar] (signed)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction; math & science
Reprints:
Keywords:
Egyptians; Moon; Sun

Indexer Notes

Amazing space facts are presented in four separate illustrated panels.

Case 2....File-A....Clue 4 (Table of Contents)

The Case of the Frightened Killer / comic story / 0.25 page (report information)

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

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Bull's-Eye Bannon; Nora Earl (Dean's daughter-in-law); Clarence Dean (Earl's younger son); Miss Kane (a nurse)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The 4th and final clue is provided in Case 2 and which Junior Manhunters of American are asked to solve and discover the identity of the true guilty person.

The Strongest Man in the Universe (Table of Contents)

Jim Giant, the Strongest Man in the Universe / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Ned Small] (signed)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Jim Giant (introduction); an unnamed dictator to be (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Giant must face fierce men from the North Pole who travel in strange land sleds that can reach speeds of 100mph and are armed with ray guns, who suddenly attack North America.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Ned Small is most likely a house name and not the name of a specific individual.

Art revision from Alex Blum to ? by Craig Delich. The Who's Who indicates that Blum did not work on this feature and no extant evidence exists that proves otherwise.

Only appearance, even though the final blurb indicates that Giant will back in the next issue.

[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
Edits to this Issue are currently awaiting review by a GCD Editor

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Slave Planet; Space Islands of Destruction
    Flint Baker
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Bull's-Eye Bannon
  3. 2. Slave Planet ["Flint and Mimi are returning from an adventure..."]
    Flint Baker
  4. 3. ["Auro and his loyal followers save the universe..."]
    Auro Lord of Jupiter
  5. 4. ["The traveler through space, whose magic prowess adds..."]
    The Red Comet
  6. 5. ["A banquet celebrating the third centenary of the..."]
    Captain Nelson Cole of the Solar Force
  7. 6. Mist Men of Mercury
  8. 7. Space Islands of Destruction ["A young American space pilot, in the year..."]
    Spurt Hammond, Planet Flyer
  9. 8. ["Adventure at the center of the Moon. Buzz..."]
    Buzz Crandall of the Space Patrol
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Kenny Carr of the Martian Lancers
  11. 10. ["Captain Jack North of the Universal Space Patrol..."]
    Gale Allen of the Women's Space Battalion
  12. 11. ["The Ancient Egyptians believed that the Milky Way..."]
    Space Facts
  13. 12. Case 2....File-A....Clue 4
    The Case of the Frightened Killer
  14. 13. The Strongest Man in the Universe
    Jim Giant, the Strongest Man in the Universe
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Craig Delich
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Ramon Schenk
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.