(May 1940)

Fiction House, 1940 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
Every month
On-sale date:
1940-03-14
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Glen Kel Publishing 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.
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, 1940, Number 2. Second class permit. Copyright number 449460.


Empire of the Ape Men (Table of Contents)

Kaänga / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Kaänga
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

While the text suggests that this cover depicts a scene from a story in the comics, there is no such story here.

["$50.00 given away free"] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

"Once again, the arch enemy of Kaänga strikes." (Table of Contents)

Kaänga / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Red Bradey]
Pencils:
George Tuska
Inks:
George Tuska
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Kaänga; Sam Broot (villain); Ann Mason; Cheeba (leopard)
Synopsis:
Ann and Cheeba help Kaänga escape after he is captured by Broot. Kaänga then uses the animals of the jungle to chase away Broot's army.
Keywords:
kepis; stereotyping of African natives; swimsuits

Indexer Notes

Sam Broot is miscolored as a Caucasian.

["Deep in the jungle stands a group of giant ant hills, home of the poisonous red ants --"] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
? [as Taylor Martin]
Pencils:
Arthur Peddy ?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
The Red Panther; The Ant Woman (introduction, villain, death)
Synopsis:
After the Red Panther rescues a safari from poisonous ants, the Ant Woman vows revenge on the Panther and the safari leaders. However, their capture, the Panther turns the tables on the Ant Woman and she is killed by her own ants.
Keywords:
anthills; ants; bondage; stereotyping of African natives

Indexer Notes

The previous indexer doubts that this is Peddy's artwork.

["The screams of a caged leopard resounds throughout the jungle,..." [sic]] (Table of Contents)

Tabu, Wizard of the Jungle / comic story / 7.75 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Robert Lewis]
Pencils:
George Carl Wilhelms ?
Inks:
George Carl Wilhelms ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Tabu; The Zsingos (African tribe)(introduction, villains, death); Jibus (African tribe)
Synopsis:
The leopard cultist Zsingos kidnap the children of the Jibus to sacrifice to their gods. The children are rescued by Tabu after he uses his own magic to overcome the magic traps set for him by the Zsingos.
Keywords:
baboons; bondage; caves; human sacrifice; kidnapping; leopard cults; lions; skeletons; stereotyping of African natives; tiglons

Strange Case of Ezra Ark: Case 3: File 1: Clue 2 (Table of Contents)

comic story / 0.25 page (report information)

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

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Ark
Synopsis:
In this installment of the Fiction House serialized mystery of the month, Ark's nephew threatens to kill him.

["Restoring the eternal fountain of youth, Camilla rules her lost empire in pefect peace and harmony..."] (Table of Contents)

Camilla / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Tad Carter]
Pencils:
Bob Powell
Inks:
Bob Powell; ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Camilla; Lief Thorgson (introduction, villain, death); Count Knuten (introduction, villain); Count Knuten's cousin (introduction, villain)
Synopsis:
Camilla thwarts the Viking king Lief Thorgson through superior magic. After Thorgson's death at Camilla's hand, his men agree to follow her.
Keywords:
bondage; chariots; human sacrifice; riding zebras; torture; Vikings

Death of the Laughing Terror (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Lin Davies]
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Ran-Tog

["The masked arrows, a band of thieving natives attack Captain Thunder's fort..."] (Table of Contents)

Captain Terry Thunder / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bill Bossert
Inks:
Bill Bossert ?; Leonard Frank ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; jungle
Characters:
Captain Terry Thunder; The Masked Arrows (introduction, villains, death); Astbis (African tribes)
Synopsis:
The Masked Arrows capture the fort and Terry must get assistance from the local tribes to re-take it.
Keywords:
idols; stereotyping of African natives

["We'll find plenty of tuskers in there..."] (Table of Contents)

Wambi, The Jungle Boy / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Wambi; Wolf Lawsen (introduction, villain, death); Raga (crocodile); Nostro (hippopotomus); Ogg (ape); Tawn (elephant); Bimi (badger)
Synopsis:
Wambi and his animal friends rescue a herd of elephants from an ivory hunter and then destroy him and his steamboat with his own dynamite.
Keywords:
dynamite; ivory hunting; stereotyping of African natives

["Angered savage tribes, whipped to fierce action by the cruelty of African slavers..."] (Table of Contents)

Roy Lance / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Harold Morley]
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Roy Lance; Kubuttis (African tribe)
Synopsis:
Roy helps members of the Kubutti escape from slavers.
Keywords:
Belgian Congo; poisoned darts; safaris; slavers; stereotyping of African natives

["Simba approaches the water hole to slake his thirst."] (Table of Contents)

Simba, King of the Beasts / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
William M. Allison
Inks:
William M. Allison
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Simba; John Mason; Dick Mason
Synopsis:
Unscrupulous hunters poison the water hole and take the Masons captive. Simba rescues the Masons, who then detoxify the water hole.
Keywords:
poision; water buffalo; water holes

["Fantomah, propelling herself on powerfully developed thought waves; glides swiftly over the silent jungle."] (Table of Contents)

Fantomah / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Fletcher Hanks [as Barclay Flagg] (signed)
Pencils:
Fletcher Hanks [as Barclay Flagg] (signed)
Inks:
Fletcher Hanks [as Barclay Flagg] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Fletcher Hanks

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Fantomah; Mundoor (introduction, villain)
Synopsis:
Discovering the eggs of giant reptiles on a fallen asteroid, Mundoor raises the reptiles in an attempt to take over the world. Fantomah uses her astounding powers to break Mundoor's hypnotic control over the reptiles and sends Mundoor, the reptiles, and the asteroid into deep space.
Reprints:
Keywords:
astronomical observatories; hypnosis; meteorites; Simbora (Middle Eastern city); skeletons; super vitamin plants

["You're lucky -- my doctor says I can only eat lean meat!"] (Table of Contents)

Jungle Roars / cartoon / 0.25 page (report information)

Script:
? [as Lore]
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Keywords:
cannibals; stereotyping of African natives

Indexer Notes

1 panel cartoon

["This parrots from the jungle, he can do everything but talk"] (Table of Contents)

Jungle Roar / cartoon / 0.25 page (report information)

Script:
? [as Lore]
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Keywords:
parrots; pet stores

Indexer Notes

1 panel cartoon

A Jungle Tale (Table of Contents)

Prof. Dunk / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Will Eisner ? [as Heck ?]
Inks:
Will Eisner ? [as Heck ?]
Colors:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Professor Dunk
Synopsis:
A monkey with a magnifying glass puts the professor on the hot seat.
Keywords:
magnifying glasses; monkeys

Indexer Notes

mime strip

Tony Rose doubts the art is Eisner's but can see the resemblance between the signature and Eisner's traditional signature.

["Have you read these magazines?"] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

["Money and big prizes"] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Empire of the Ape Men
    Kaänga
  2. 1. ["$50.00 given away free"]
  3. 2. "Once again, the arch enemy of Kaänga strikes."
    Kaänga
  4. 3. ["Deep in the jungle stands a group of giant ant hills, home of the poisonous red ants --"]
    The Red Panther
  5. 4. ["The screams of a caged leopard resounds throughout the jungle,..." [sic]]
    Tabu, Wizard of the Jungle
  6. 5. Strange Case of Ezra Ark: Case 3: File 1: Clue 2
  7. 6. ["Restoring the eternal fountain of youth, Camilla rules her lost empire in pefect peace and harmony..."]
    Camilla
  8. 7. Death of the Laughing Terror
  9. 8. ["The masked arrows, a band of thieving natives attack Captain Thunder's fort..."]
    Captain Terry Thunder
  10. 9. ["We'll find plenty of tuskers in there..."]
    Wambi, The Jungle Boy
  11. 10. ["Angered savage tribes, whipped to fierce action by the cruelty of African slavers..."]
    Roy Lance
  12. 11. ["Simba approaches the water hole to slake his thirst."]
    Simba, King of the Beasts
  13. 12. ["Fantomah, propelling herself on powerfully developed thought waves; glides swiftly over the silent jungle."]
    Fantomah
  14. 13. ["You're lucky -- my doctor says I can only eat lean meat!"]
    Jungle Roars
  15. 14. ["This parrots from the jungle, he can do everything but talk"]
    Jungle Roar
  16. 15. A Jungle Tale
    Prof. Dunk
  17. 16. ["Have you read these magazines?"]
  18. 17. ["Money and big prizes"]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Lou Mazzella
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.