([circa 1959])

Thorpe & Porter, 1958? Series
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Price
1/- [0-1-0 GBP]
Pages
68
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Strato Publications Ltd.
Brand
?
Editing
?
Color
Colour cover; Black and White interior
Dimensions
9.5" x 7"
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Perfect bound
Publishing Format
Was ongoing

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Airboy / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Ernest Schroeder
Inks
Ernest Schroeder
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
Airboy [David Nelson II]
Reprints
Keywords
Birdie

Indexer Notes

Art credit from GCD index of original publication.
Art cropped top and bottom to fit.

The Curse of the Fire God (Table of Contents: 1)

comic story / 5.67 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Howard Purcell
Inks
Howard Purcell
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Pete Marek thought he had it made!
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Pete Marek
Synopsis
Pete Marek has stolen a million dollars and escapes to Peru where he is pursued by detectives. He plunges into the jungle but his path is blocked by a festival to the Fire God. Told that the alternative route is 5 miles away he pushes through despite warnings the Fire God will seek him out. Further along a bolt of lightning sets fire to the track forcing him to change course. He then tries to cross a rope bridge which catches fire. He decides to go further up into the snow. The detectives see smoke coming from a hut and find Marek. His glasses have focused the sun's rays causing a fire.
Reprints
Keywords
Fire God; glasses

Look to the Stars! (Table of Contents: 2)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Schiff
Pencils
Lou Cameron
Inks
Lou Cameron
Letters
Ira Schnapp

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gosh Bob, we're lost! What do we do now?
Genre
advocacy; maths & science
Characters
Bob; Ted
Synopsis
Bob and his friends are saved from being lost in the woods because Bob knows how to find Polaris, the North Star.

Indexer Notes

Appeared across a range of US DC comics in November/December 1958.

[Well, this is our camping site...] (Table of Contents: 3)

Professor Eureka / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Pencils
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Letters
Henry Boltinoff (signed)

Genre
humour
Reprints

The Swami of Broadway (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bill Ely
Inks
Bill Ely
Letters
Pat Gordon

First Line of Dialogue or Text
From the mysterious jungles of Bengal to the glittering lights of an American city came the Swami--bringing with him a magic emerald possessing the power to unlock the forbidden secrets of the future!
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Dean Hall; Orry Kane; swami [Jones]
Synopsis
Dean Hall and Orry Kane are on a trip in Bengal. Kane tries again to persuade Hall to sell him his theater, Hall again refuses. They enter a village and see a swami who predicts an elephant stampede. The square is emptied just in time. A month later Hall auditions acts for his theater when the swami appears on stage. He makes two predictions which comes true. Later the swami is asked to appear at the theater and he says he will not enter as it will be struck by a meteor. Hall sells the theatre to Kane and leaves. The swami is then revealed to be a fake. Then a meteor hits the theatre.
Reprints
Keywords
swami

The Fantastic Wishing Well (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 5.67 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Mort Meskin [as Meskin] (signed)
Inks
George Roussos; Mort Meskin ?
Letters
Artie Simek

First Line of Dialogue or Text
If you'd have told me some time ago I'd find a wishing well that actually worked, I'd have laughed at you.
Genre
crime; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Brad Horton
Synopsis
Brad Horton has stolen $150,000 in marked money. He jumps from a train into some woods looking for a place to bury the money until it is safe to spend. He trips and falls into an old well. He wishes he never left the train and suddenly finds himself back there. Leaving the train again he finds his way back to the well where a stone tells him that wishes cost a nickel. He wishes for a million dollars and uses this to buy up the well and surrounding land. Officials visit and want to know the source of his wealth. He makes a wish to escape but the nickel is fake and he is arrested.
Reprints
Keywords
marked money; nickel; wishing well

Indexer Notes

Signature (Meskin) on lower edge of splash panel.

Following discussion on GCD Main, inker changed from Mort Meskin to George Roussos with a query on Meskin as inker. Meskin and Roussos had a collaborative relationship from the 1940s onwards (information from Lambiek).

I Haunted Corby Castle (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
fantasy-supernatural

The Man Who Stole Air (Table of Contents: 7)

comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Nick Cardy [as NC] (signed)
Inks
Nick Cardy [as NC] (signed)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
What strange things did Eric Fowler see in the air around us.. which no one else saw?
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Eric Fowler; Harry (G.S.A. Agent - voice on radio only); George Croft (G.S.A. Agent)
Synopsis
Former scientist Eric Fowler is seen collecting samples of air. George Croft is assigned and tails him back to his house. Inside he sees Fowler talking to tiny aliens. Suddenly the tiny aliens are giants and they head towards the nearby army base. Fowler recovers from being stunned and tells Croft that he tried to trick the aliens into giving him their secrets by promising them helium which they need for fuel. The aliens have a magnifying device which created the giant images. Croft disables the device and the giants disappear. The aliens are given helium and leave Earth.
Reprints
Keywords
giant aliens; helium; spaceship; tiny aliens

Indexer Notes

Nick Cardy NC monogram in the lower right splash panel.

I Was Earth's First Exile (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Lee Elias
Inks
Lee Elias
Letters
Stan Starkman ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In one moment, I was the first man to pilot a rocket into orbit--and soon after I found myself engaged in a strange battle on an alien world!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Captain "Ferg" Ferguson; Dzuga (dictator)
Synopsis
An astronaut on a test flight is transported to a distant planet where he gains super-powers and helps defeat a dictator.
Reprints
Keywords
dictator; spaceship; superpowers

[We must choose between...] (Table of Contents: 9)

Peter Puptent, Explorer / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Pencils
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Letters
Henry Boltinoff (signed)

Genre
humour
Reprints

We Hunted the Forbidden Treasure (Table of Contents: 10)

comic story / 8.67 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jim Mooney (signed)
Inks
Jim Mooney (signed)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
We had probed the murky depths of the seven seas--trekked across the scorching deserts--and invaded the frigid Arctic in the quest of buried fortunes...
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Clyde King; Andy; Boswell (curio dealer); Antib; Parker
Synopsis
An ancient Aztec curse seems to follow an expedition that seeks to find a lost treasure.
Reprints
Keywords
Aztec; Mexico

Indexer Notes

Jim Mooney signature on left hand side of splash panel, two thirds of the way down.

My World of Giants (Table of Contents: 11)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Miller
Letters
typeset

Genre
science fiction
Reprints

We Were 20th Century Cavemen (Table of Contents: 12)

comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ruben Moreira
Inks
Ruben Moreira
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
There on that deserted island, we were ready to pull back the dark veil surrounding one of the greatest mysteries of life --the secret of eternal youth!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Dr. Cooper; Nora; Jim
Synopsis
A scientific experiment gone wrong revives the prehistoric world in the present.
Reprints
Keywords
dinosaurs; pterodactyl; rejuva-ray

The Atom Servant of Man (Table of Contents: 13)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Schiff
Pencils
Morris Waldinger
Inks
Tommy Nicolosi
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
maths & science
Reprints

[Moolah, the high-wire artist suddenly took sick.] (Table of Contents: 14)

Moolah the Mystic / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Pencils
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Letters
Henry Boltinoff (signed)

Genre
humour
Reprints

Museum of Worthless Inventions (Table of Contents: 15)

comic story / 5.67 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Bernard Baily
Inks
Bernard Baily
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
All these crazy contraptions are scientifically impossible! Could this be... witchcraft?
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Professor Amos Todd
Synopsis
Amos Todd sells tickets to his Museum of Worthless Inventions when he sees a flash of light come through the rain clouds. He shows a gold making machine and then a power pill which converts water to gasoline. He is surprised when the water suddenly bursts into flame. In the storm he helps a doctor's car with a power pill and water. He finds all inventions now work and fixes the hospital generator with a perpetual motion machine. Back at the museum criminals steal the gold making machine. Todd follows using mechanical wings which stop working as he lands. All machines return to uselessness.
Reprints
Keywords
perpetual motion; power pill
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Airboy
  2. 1. The Curse of the Fire God
  3. 2. Look to the Stars!
  4. 3. [Well, this is our camping site...]
    Professor Eureka
  5. 4. The Swami of Broadway
  6. 5. The Fantastic Wishing Well
  7. 6. I Haunted Corby Castle
  8. 7. The Man Who Stole Air
  9. 8. I Was Earth's First Exile
  10. 9. [We must choose between...]
    Peter Puptent, Explorer
  11. 10. We Hunted the Forbidden Treasure
  12. 11. My World of Giants
  13. 12. We Were 20th Century Cavemen
  14. 13. The Atom Servant of Man
  15. 14. [Moolah, the high-wire artist suddenly took sick.]
    Moolah the Mystic
  16. 15. Museum of Worthless Inventions
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