(April 1954)

Toby, 1952 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Toby Press, Inc.
Brand
A Minoan Magazine
Editing
Elliot Caplin (uncredited); Mel Lazarus (Art Director)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock
newsprint
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing

The Serpent Strikes (Table of Contents)

Purple Claw / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Ben Brown
Inks
David Gantz
Colors
?
Letters
?

Reprints

The Web of Horror (Table of Contents: 1)

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

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

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)

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

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

Reprints

The Serpent Strikes (Table of Contents: 3)

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

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

Reprints

He Walks by Night (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
George Olesen
Inks
George Olesen
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Serpent Strikes
    Purple Claw
  2. 1. The Web of Horror
    A Purple Claw Mystery
  3. 2. The Killer in the Snow
    A Purple Claw Mystery
  4. 3. The Serpent Strikes
    A Purple Claw Mystery
  5. 4. He Walks by Night
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Darrel McCann
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein