(November 1940)

Centaur, 1940 Series
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Price
0.10 USD; 0.15 CAD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1940-09-05
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Centaur Publications Inc.
Editing
?
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

November, 1940. Number 1. WHAM COMICS is published monthly by Centaur Publications, Inc., 221 East 20th St., Chicago, Illinois. Editorial and Executive Offices: 215 Fourth Ave., New York, N. Y. Application for entry as second class matter at the Post Office at Chicago, Ill., pending. Single copies 10c; 15c in Canada. Yearly subscription $1.00 in the U.S.A. (other countries $1.50). Copyright 1940 by Centaur Publications, Inc. Contents must not be reproduced without permission. No actual person is named or delineated in this fiction magazine. Printed in the U.S.A.

The on-sale date is from the publication date recorded in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, 1940, New Series, Vol. 35, No. 4.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Craig Carter / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Eddie Robbins [as Robin] (signed)
Inks
Eddie Robbins [as Robin] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Read about Craig Carter and his Magic Ring
Genre
superhero
Characters
Craig Carter; Zeus

The Stamp Album (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Tatham Stamp Co. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Two of a Kind and Both Aces! (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

Super-Mystery Comics; Sure-Fire Comics / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Craig Carter and the Magic Ring (Table of Contents: 3)

Craig Carter / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Eddie Robbins
Pencils
Eddie Robbins
Inks
Eddie Robbins
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Craig Carter (introduction); Nikky Darnier (introduction); Professor Darnier (Nikky's father, introduction); Zeus; Mercury; Pegasus
Synopsis
Craig declares to his girlfriend that he wants to become a crime fighter. He discovers that an Egyptian named Aben Toumaj whose life he once saved has given him a magical ring that commands the (Greek) gods (although Thor is also mentioned). When thieves steal the formula for a powerful acid from Nikky's father, Craig gets his first case!

Indexer Notes

Credits from Who's Who.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

Sparkler / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
John F. Kolb (signed)
Pencils
John F. Kolb (signed)
Inks
John F. Kolb (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
There's a nice quiet looking town.
Characters
The Sparkler [Red Morgan]; Madge Sherman (introduction)
Synopsis
The Sparkler stops in a supposedly quiet town where two mobs are fighting for control.

Indexer Notes

last appeared in Super Spy (Centaur, 1940 series) #1

Writing credit from Who's Who.

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

Copper Slugg / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Stop thief
Characters
Copper Slugg; Police Chief
Synopsis
Slugg needs to learn to control his fists, but even though he gets suspended he still catches the crooks.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

Phantom Rider / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
A. L. Petersen (signed)
Inks
A. L. Petersen (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Lin Wade, top waddy of the "Lazy Ranch", heads for town on an after round-up holiday.
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Phantom Rider; Thunder (his horse)
Synopsis
The Phantom Rider saves a man who was framed for murder when he pulled his gun but did not shoot it.

Indexer Notes

last appeared in Funny Pages (Centaur, 1936 series) #34; last appearance

The Mystery of the "Circle-X" (Table of Contents: 7)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Ray Gill
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
western-frontier

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

Speed Silvers / 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
Along a southern route from California...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Speed Silvers; Mike Muldoon
Synopsis
Mike reminisces to Speed about the old days of the railroad and wishes they'd get robbed, and then they do.

Indexer Notes

Last appeared in Amazing Adventure Funnies (Centaur, 1940 series) #2.

Silvers' last appearance.

Jerry Bails' Who's Who doesn't indicate that Gustavson wrote this feature, only illustrated it. However, Paul's son, Terry, indicates that his father also wrote and lettered this feature. So both are added here.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

Jon Linton / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Harry Francis Campbell (signed)
Pencils
Harry Francis Campbell (signed)
Inks
Harry Francis Campbell (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'll bet the Nogos steal our dinosaur idea, Jon!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Jon Linton; Dr. Kane; Lisa Kane; Alpha-712
Synopsis
After Jon helps Alpha defeat the Nogos, he and the Kanes journey back to the 3rd dimension and Earth. To their surprise, Alpha joins them en route and explains that they may have travelled in time as well as space. They arrive in 1940, sixty years before their time, and are greeted with suspicion and disbelief.

Indexer Notes

last appeared in Amazing Mystery Funnies (Centaur, 1938 series) #23; last appearance

Writing credit from Who's Who.

The story ends fairly abruptly, and there appears to be a box for a "continued next issue" blurb, but it is blank and the feature did not appear in issue #2.

"Togo", Hero of the Alaskan Trail (Table of Contents: 10)

Album of Famous Animals / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
Roy Humprhies ?
Pencils
Roy Humphries (signed)
Inks
Roy Humphries (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction; animal; biography

Indexer Notes

Who's Who lists Humphries as both a writer and artist, but only lists him as doing pencils inks for "filler" at Centaur.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11)

Speed Centaur / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Malcolm Kildale (signed)
Inks
Malcolm Kildale (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
With Reel trying to scoop the newspaper world...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Speed Centaur; Jerry "Reel" McCoy
Synopsis
Speed takes Reel to see the ruined city of his people, but they are captured by hostile humans who have taken up residence there.

Indexer Notes

last appeared in Amazing Mystery Funnies (Centaur, 1938 series) #24; last appearance

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

Detecto / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Albert Tyler [as Al-Bert] (signed)
Inks
John Belfi (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
After all my tiresome research I have finally succeeded...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Jack Strand (discoverer of the Detecto beam)
Synopsis
Scientist Jack Strand discovers "detecto", the wonder beam, and installs it in his car. When he hears of a dangerous criminal on the loose, Jack pursues him and captures him using detecto.

Indexer Notes

Jerry Bails's Who's Who lists Belfi as pen/ink and doesn't mention Tyler, but Tyler's other credits are always pen/ink while Belfi has a number of purely inker credits. Also, Tyler [as Al-Bert] is first in the signature, but it's possible that duties were shared or reversed.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13)

Amazing Facts / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Did you know that? Andrew Johnson
Genre
non-fiction; biography

Indexer Notes

Writing credit from Who's Who.

This Beautiful Desk for only $1.00 (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

Remington Noiseless Deluxe Portable Typewriter / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

"Boys! Girls! Have you seen our new 1941 catalog?" (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

Johnson Smith & Company / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Read about Craig Carter and his Magic Ring"]
    Craig Carter
  2. 1. The Stamp Album
    Tatham Stamp Co.
  3. 2. Two of a Kind and Both Aces!
    Super-Mystery Comics; Sure-Fire Comics
  4. 3. Craig Carter and the Magic Ring
    Craig Carter
  5. 4. ["There's a nice quiet looking town."]
    Sparkler
  6. 5. ["Stop thief"]
    Copper Slugg
  7. 6. ["Lin Wade, top waddy of the "Lazy Ranch", heads for town on an after round-up holiday."]
    Phantom Rider
  8. 7. The Mystery of the "Circle-X"
  9. 8. ["Along a southern route from California..."]
    Speed Silvers
  10. 9. ["I'll bet the Nogos steal our dinosaur idea, Jon!"]
    Jon Linton
  11. 10. "Togo", Hero of the Alaskan Trail
    Album of Famous Animals
  12. 11. ["With Reel trying to scoop the newspaper world..."]
    Speed Centaur
  13. 12. ["After all my tiresome research I have finally succeeded..."]
    Detecto
  14. 13. ["Did you know that? Andrew Johnson"]
    Amazing Facts
  15. 14. This Beautiful Desk for only $1.00
    Remington Noiseless Deluxe Portable Typewriter
  16. 15. "Boys! Girls! Have you seen our new 1941 catalog?"
    Johnson Smith & Company
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