(November 1940)

Centaur, 1940 Series
Volume
?
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Centaur Publications, Inc.
Color
color cover; color interior
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

Some data for this issue from Jerry Bails' index cards & Howard Keltner's index.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Arrow / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Bob Lubbers (signed)
Inks
Bob Lubbers (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Arrow [Ralph Payne]

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1)

The Arrow / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Lubbers (signed)
Pencils
Bob Lubbers (signed)
Inks
Bob Lubbers (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Help police! The bank has been robbed!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Arrow [Ralph Payne]; Richard van Vadeen; Police Captain; Harry (villain, bank robber); "Schultz" Forbes (villain); Forbe's gang (villains); The Boss (villain, kidnapper); The Boss's gang [Limey (death); Slick; Bull (death)] (villains, kidnappers)
Synopsis
A crime boss has a great idea on how to make some easy, sure loot: follow thieves to their hideout, fire arrows into the place (making them think the Arrow is on to them), and when the crooks clear out, they enter and take the lucre. But this idea is only a diversion for a bigger and better crime: kidnapping.
Keywords
19 Club

Indexer Notes

Script credit by Craig Delich

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

The Arrow / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Pencils
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Inks
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Gustavson

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Being instrumental in the capture of the murderer...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Arrow [Ralph Payne]; Harry Benson (reporter); Benson's newspaper Editor; Charlie (newspaper press man); Jane (reporter); Chief of Police; Marcus (villain, killer); Marcus' mob [Rickie; rest unnamed) (villains)
Synopsis
On the eve of the murder trial of a gangster named Marcus, reporter Benson gets a warning from Marcus' gang not to testify against their boss or else.
Reprints
  • from ?
Keywords
The Herald (newspaper)

Indexer Notes

The last panel of the story shows the Arrow shooting an arrow, but the rest of panel is blank. No doubt it said something in the original version before the story was reprinted here.

Letterer credit from Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

The Arrow / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Pencils
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Inks
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Gustavson

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Here's a good one, John --
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Arrow [Ralph Payne]; John Carter (Department of Sanitation worker); Dr. Lang (Commissioner of Sanitation); Lang's Secretary; Dr. Sheldon (villain, Department of Sanitation employee, embezzler, death)
Synopsis
The Department of Sanitation ignores a demand for $1 million else the city's water supply will be poisoned, and the crime is carried out.
Reprints
  • from ?

Indexer Notes

The last panel of the story shows the Arrow shooting an arrow, but the rest of panel is blank. No doubt it said something in the original version before the story was reprinted here, and one can see traces of the lettering that was once there.

Letterer credit from Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.

The Headless Horseman Rides Again (Table of Contents: 4)

The Headless Horseman / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Martin Filchock (signed)
Pencils
Martin Filchock (signed)
Inks
Martin Filchock (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
The Headless Horseman [Betty (Paige) Warren]; Black Beauty (Horseman's horse); Betty's mother; Jim Parks (death); Sheriff Jim Dandee; Alec Trush (villain, owner of the Bar-X Ranch); Trush's gang [Hank; others un-named] (villains)
Synopsis
It seems the Headless Horseman has been up to no good, killing people, burning down a town and more, but Betty will believe none of it, even after the Horseman apparently robs the stagecoach she is riding in. Since she is the real Horseman, she sets out to find the true culprits.
Reprints
  • from ?
Keywords
Bar-X (a ranch); Gringo Gulch (Idaho); Last Chance Saloon; Lazy J (a ranch); Mesa

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

Some Fun / text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

These two pages contain alternating illustrations and typed jokes.

Speedway of Death! (Table of Contents: 6)

Larry Kane, The Adventure Hunter / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Dahlman (signed)
Inks
Steve Dahlman (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Larry Kane; Tommy Woods (young boy, accident victim); Tommy's mother; Colonel Kirkdale (race car owner); "Rock" Zirko (villain, racketeer); Red Bragg (villain, Zirko's race car driver); Zirko's mob (villains)
Synopsis
When Larry witnesses the hit and run of a young boy, he vows to pay the boy's hospital bills totaling $2000. When he sees the chance to earn $5000 by winning a race car event, he goes for it not knowing that a racketeer has resolved not to allow Larry to win.
Reprints
  • from ?
Keywords
Rocket-Car Special

Indexer Notes

Inker credit from Craig Delich

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

Lieutenant Lank / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Paul J. Lauretta (signed)
Inks
Paul J. Lauretta (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Lieutenant Lank -- the Robin Hood of wartime...
Genre
adventure; war
Characters
Lieutenant Lank [aka the Robin Hood of Wartime]; Bavanian Consulate; enemy soldiers (villains, some die)
Synopsis
Lank is called in by the Bavanian consul, fearing that an enemy attack is due. He is right, so the Lieutenant heads out to investigate. Discovering enemy bombers at work pummeling a small town, Lank mans an airplane to face the foe.
Reprints
  • from ?
Keywords
Attainia; Castle Dor; Tara (a town)

Indexer Notes

Previous appearance of this feature in Amazing Mystery Funnies #24.

Inker credit from Craig Delich

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8)

'Bill' Hardin / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Al Micale [as Al Mack] (signed)
Inks
Al Micale [as Al Mack] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I shore feel lost here.
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Bill Hardin; Pedro Carlos Montenez Del Cordorba; Don Carlos (Pedro's father, rancher); Jose (ranch hand)
Synopsis
Bill enters Mexico, hot on the trail of cattle rustlers, and promptly saves the life of the son of a wealthy ranch owner.
Reprints
  • from ?
Keywords
Mexico

Indexer Notes

The story ends abruptly with a blank small panel in the last story panel (because this is a reprinted story), no doubt once giving information about the continuance of the story.

"The King" in London (Table of Contents: 9)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Harold Hughes (signed)
Inks
Harold Hughes (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Sir Oliver King; Roger King; Su (Roger's servant); Hemsley Hardwicke (Roger's cousin); Judson (family lawyer); Slip Horrigan (villain, gambler); Corrigan's gang [Knuckles; Pinkey; Lefty; Roger Smith impersonator] (villains)
Synopsis
Roger has been found alive and stands to inherit 100,000 pounds instead of his cousin Hemsley. The criminal elements trying to coerce Hemsley intend for Roger's cousin to get that money -- one way or another.
Reprints
  • from ?
Keywords
Liverpool; London; The Blue Pigeon

Indexer Notes

Inker credit by Craig Delich

Fantasy Isle Chapter 9 (Table of Contents: 10)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
George Loomis (signed)
Inks
George Loomis (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Tippy Taylor; Satan (villain); Carlos (villain, Satan's assistant)
Synopsis
After escaping from the Underground World by reducing himself to miniature size, Terry, in order to regain his true size, must remain in the House of Satan for one whole night. But Satan forces him to drink a potion that changes him physically, but not mentally, and Tippy succeeds in besting Satan and returns to normal size.
Keywords
House of Satan

Indexer Notes

Continues from Amazing Mystery Funnies #24.

Last appearance.

Inks credit from Craig Delich

Robin Hood (Table of Contents: 11)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Joseph A. Kaliff (signed)
Pencils
Joseph A. Kaliff (signed)
Inks
Joseph A. Kaliff (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Robin Hood; William the Conquerer
Synopsis
Brief illustrated biography of Robin Hood.

Indexer Notes

Script and inks credits from Craig Delich

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Arrow
  2. 1. ["Help police! The bank has been robbed!"]
    The Arrow
  3. 2. ["Being instrumental in the capture of the murderer..."]
    The Arrow
  4. 3. ["Here's a good one, John --"]
    The Arrow
  5. 4. The Headless Horseman Rides Again
    The Headless Horseman
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Some Fun
  7. 6. Speedway of Death!
    Larry Kane, The Adventure Hunter
  8. 7. ["Lieutenant Lank -- the Robin Hood of wartime..."]
    Lieutenant Lank
  9. 8. ["I shore feel lost here."]
    'Bill' Hardin
  10. 9. "The King" in London
  11. 10. Fantasy Isle Chapter 9
  12. 11. Robin Hood
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Lou Mougin
  • Henry Andrews
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Dan Kocher
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
  • Peter Croome
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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