(March 1953)

Toby, 1953 Series
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Minoan Publishing Corp.
Brand
A Minoan Magazine
Editing
?
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U.S.

[Web Of Horror] (Table of Contents)

Purple Claw / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Ben Brown
Inks
David Gantz
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense

The Web of Horror (Table of Contents: 1)

Purple Claw / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ben Brown (signed)
Inks
David Gantz (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Dr. Jonathan Weir; The Purple Claw; Dr. Italo Schiasi (death); Enzo (death); Baron Latro (death); Countess Arachni (first appearance)
Synopsis
Dr. Jonathan Weir, the possessor of the Purple Claw, travels to the Valley of Horror in answer to a request from his friend Dr. Italo Schiasi. Unfortunately, Dr. Schiasi is already dead at the hands of a giant spider. Dr. Weir is also caught in a giant spider's web but he escapes with the aid of the Purple Claw. He is determined to avenge his friend's death and accuses Baron Latro of killing him. The Countess Arachni stops Baron Latro from stabbing Dr. Weir because she finds him attractive. When mountain birds distract Dr. Weir (they seem to think that the Countess is their natural prey) the Countess manages to steal the Purple Claw from him. Later when he travels to her castle he is caught in a web and unable to defend himself. He passes out but Countess Arachni rescues him by killing Baron Latro in his spider form and taking Dr. Weir to her castle. When he wakes up he tries to get the Purple Claw back but the Countess throws it into the moat. She spins a web around him but he manages to fall out a window and recover the Purple Claw floating in the water. He uses it to defeat the spiders and Countess Arachni.
Reprints

The Killer In the Snow (Table of Contents: 2)

Purple Claw / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ben Brown (signed)
Inks
David Gantz (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
A skiing party is confronted with a killer snowman - avenging his murder years ago. One by one the wrongdoers meet their icy fate. Dr. Jonathan Weir aka "The Purple Claw" can only save himself.
Reprints

The Serpent Strikes (Table of Contents: 3)

Purple Claw / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ben Brown (signed)
Inks
David Gantz (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
Dr. Jonathan Weir battles Leera, a weresnake woman preying upon a befriended couple.
Reprints

Sparks of Life (Table of Contents: 4)

cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
Chas. Kuhn
Pencils
Chas. Kuhn
Inks
Chas. Kuhn
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

6 panels: "The Good Old Days," "Jobs We'd Love" et al.

Brief Stop at Lambeau (Table of Contents: 5)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
Parisian killer Henri Roche awakes in limbo and meets the cursed hangman of the afterworld - who will hang him again.

U.S. Marines in the Boxer Rebellion (Table of Contents: 6)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Historical account of US intervention in China, summer 1900. Filler page.
Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Web Of Horror]
    Purple Claw
  2. 1. The Web of Horror
    Purple Claw
  3. 2. The Killer In the Snow
    Purple Claw
  4. 3. The Serpent Strikes
    Purple Claw
  5. 4. Sparks of Life
  6. 5. Brief Stop at Lambeau
  7. 6. U.S. Marines in the Boxer Rebellion
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Tillmann Courth
  • Darrel McCann
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