(December 1940)

Columbia, 1940 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1940-10-31
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Columbia Comic Corporation
Editing
Vin Sullivan (credited as Vincent Sullivan) (editor)

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is from the publication date recorded in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, 1941, New Series, Vol. 36, No. 2.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Joe Palooka; Skyman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Creig Flessel ?
Inks
Creig Flessel ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Look, fellers! Here's th' Skyman with more toys!
Genre
humor
Characters
Joe Palooka; Skyman; Marvelo (inset); Face (inset); Charlie Chan (inset)
Keywords
Christmas

Indexer Notes

A previous indexer credited the artwork to Ogden Whitney, but this looks more like Creig Flessel's work.

Merry Christmas! (Table of Contents: 1)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
?

Characters
Joe Palooka; Charlie Chan; The Skyman; Rocky Ryan; Marvelo and Zee; The Face; Jigger Jones; Dixie Dugan; Spt-Chief' Mike
Keywords
Christmas; wreath

Indexer Notes

Ten vignettes of the main characters who appear regularly, arrayed around a holly wreath, with the message, "Merry Christmas!" All images taken from panels drawn by their regular artists.

[Norgo's Freeze Weapon] (Table of Contents: 2)

The Skyman / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox (credited as Paul Dean)
Pencils
Ogden Whitney (signed)
Inks
Ogden Whitney (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It is a hot day at Jurgon Beach, Florida.
Genre
adventure; superhero; aviation
Characters
Fawn Carroll; Allan Turner [Skyman]; Norgo
Synopsis
Norgo blankets parts of the United States with extreme cold and then threatens to do the same to the entire country if the U.S. does not surrender to him.
Keywords
Jurgon Beach; stasimatic; Washington DC

Indexer Notes

Ogden Whitney signed the fifth panel of story page 11.

[Reunion with Knobby] (Table of Contents: 3)

Joe Palooka / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Ham Fisher (credited)
Pencils
Ham Fisher (credited)
Inks
Ham Fisher (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
At last Knobby has found Joe, who is in a Newark jail following the capture of three desperate gangsters.
Genre
humor; sports
Characters
Joe Palooka; Knobby Walsh; Steve; Tony; Weidebottom; Mr. Stookey; Buddy Peters
Reprints
  • from Joe Palooka daily (The McNaught Syndiccate)

Joe Palooka's Christmas Carol (Table of Contents: 4)

Joe Palooka / text story / 1.7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The snow had started falling early in the afternoon and by nightfall the countryside was blanketed with a coating of pure whiteness.
Genre
humor
Characters
Joe Palooka; Knobby Walsh; Mrs. Brady; Tom Brady
Synopsis
Joe and Knobby, on their way home for Christmas, stop for the night at a tavern. Overhearing a conversation between a doctor and the tavern proprietor about a down on their luck mother and child, Joe and Knobby decide to help bring the Christmas spirit to the mother and child.
Keywords
Christmas

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

statement of ownership / 0.3 page (report information)

Script
Ann L. Horgan (business manager) (credited)
Letters
typeset

[The Robot Killer] (Table of Contents: 6)

Tom Kerry District Attorney / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Fred Guardineer (credited as Gene Baxter)
Inks
Fred Guardineer (credited as Gene Baxter)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
With this new radio-controlled robot - and my new germ spray - I can become the greatest criminal of my age!
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Tom Kerry
Synopsis
Tom Kerry investigates a robot that is robbing banks.
Keywords
National Trust Company; prussic acid; robot

[The Hypnotist] (Table of Contents: 7)

Spy-Chief / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Mart Bailey (signed)
Inks
Mart Bailey (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Arming against any possible war emergency, the United States tests its mighty bombers in a long distance trial flight...
Genre
spy
Characters
Spy-Chief [Jeff Cardiff]; "Ace" Gordon; Jack Condon; The Hypnotist
Synopsis
A hypnotist takes control of a bomber squadron and Jeff investigates the threat to U.S. security.
Keywords
Chicadee Field; Washington DC

Indexer Notes

Mart Bailey signed the seventh panel of story page 6.

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

Jibby Jones / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Creig Flessel
Pencils
Creig Flessel
Inks
Creig Flessel
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Huh?
Genre
humor; children
Characters
Betty; Jibby Jones; Jane; Uncle Grump
Synopsis
Betty is distressed after her uncle tells her that Santa Claus doesn't exist; Jibby and Jane dress up as Santa to prove him wrong.
Keywords
Christmas

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

Movieland Sketches / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Fred Guardineer (signed as F B G)
Inks
Fred Guardineer (signed as F B G)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Blood in the regular black and white movies is made up of chocolate syrup!
Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Ann Sheridan; Errol Flynn; Don Ameche

[The Kidnapping of David Frome, Part 3] (Table of Contents: 10)

Charlie Chan / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Alfred Andriola (credited)
Pencils
Alfred Andriola (credited)
Inks
Alfred Andriola (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Charlie's ruse works!
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Kirk Barrow; Carla; Biena; Col. Bamba; Borrico; General Jura; Charlie Chan; David Frome
Reprints
  • from Charlie Chan daily (The McNaught Syndicate)

Indexer Notes

strip reprints

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

Mike the Mascot / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gosh! - what a night!
Genre
humor
Characters
Mike
Synopsis
Mike attacks Santa Claus believing Santa to be a robber.
Keywords
Christmas

[Mystery in Metalanim] (Table of Contents: 12)

Rocky Ryan / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox ?
Pencils
Ogden Whitney (signed)
Inks
Ogden Whitney (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Solving the riddle of the lost city of Anghor-Thom with Doe Ames, a girl archaeologist, Rocky prepares to leave her at Saigon...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Doe Ames; Rocky Ryan; Mr. Jonson; Mr. Ames
Synopsis
Doe receives a message that her father has disappeared while studying the architecture of a partially submerged city and Rocky offers to travel with her to discover what happened.
Keywords
giant octopus; Metalanim

Indexer Notes

Ogden Whitney signed the fifth panel of story page 6.

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

Kid Stuff / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Albert Chartier ?
Pencils
Albert Chartier (signed)
Inks
Albert Chartier (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
If you ask me, Buckwheat, I'm sure glad I ain't no Clark Gable type.
Genre
humor
Characters
Buckwheat

Indexer Notes

Seven unrelated gag panels.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14)

Dixie Dugan / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
J. P. McEvoy (credited)
Pencils
John Striebel (credited)
Inks
John Striebel (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Imogene, dear - your Uncle John is coming over!
Genre
humor
Characters
Imogene; John; Dixie Dugan
Reprints
  • from Dixie Dugan Sunday (The McNaught Syndicate)

Indexer Notes

The top tier of each page is "Good Deed Dotty", by the same creators.

[The Chilean Drug Smugglers] (Table of Contents: 15)

Marvelo / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox ?
Pencils
Fred Guardineer (credited)
Inks
Fred Guardineer (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The sport of millionaires - deep sea fishing off the coast of Chile!
Genre
adventure
Characters
Marvelo; Zee; Captain Esperol

Too Much Santa Claus (Table of Contents: 16)

The Bungle Family / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
H. J. Tuthill (credited)
Pencils
H. J. Tuthill (credited)
Inks
H. J. Tuthill (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
An elegant fit, sir.
Genre
humor
Characters
George Bungle
Synopsis
George wears a Santa Claus suit home and receives a lot of negative attention.
Reprints
  • from The Bungle Family Sunday (The MvNaught Syndicate)

Indexer Notes

The top tier is a strip entitled "Testimonials", by the same creator.

[Mystery of the Missing Shoes] (Table of Contents: 17)

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

Script
Gardner Fox (credited as Michael Blake)
Pencils
Mart Bailey
Inks
Mart Bailey
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
On a deserted elevated structure in the city...
Genre
adventure; superhero
Characters
Tony Trent [The Face]; Ted Bolder; O'Rourke

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18)

Let's Play Games / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
A. W. Nugent ?
Pencils
A. W. Nugent (signed)
Inks
A. W. Nugent (signed)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A deep-sea game filled with thrills and danger...

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Look, fellers! Here's th' Skyman with more toys!"]
    Joe Palooka; Skyman
  2. 1. Merry Christmas!
  3. 2. [Norgo's Freeze Weapon]
    The Skyman
  4. 3. [Reunion with Knobby]
    Joe Palooka
  5. 4. Joe Palooka's Christmas Carol
    Joe Palooka
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
  7. 6. [The Robot Killer]
    Tom Kerry District Attorney
  8. 7. [The Hypnotist]
    Spy-Chief
  9. 8. ["Huh?"]
    Jibby Jones
  10. 9. ["Blood in the regular black and white movies is made up of chocolate syrup!"]
    Movieland Sketches
  11. 10. [The Kidnapping of David Frome, Part 3]
    Charlie Chan
  12. 11. ["Gosh! - what a night!"]
    Mike the Mascot
  13. 12. [Mystery in Metalanim]
    Rocky Ryan
  14. 13. ["If you ask me, Buckwheat, I'm sure glad I ain't no Clark Gable type."]
    Kid Stuff
  15. 14. ["Imogene, dear - your Uncle John is coming over!"]
    Dixie Dugan
  16. 15. [The Chilean Drug Smugglers]
    Marvelo
  17. 16. Too Much Santa Claus
    The Bungle Family
  18. 17. [Mystery of the Missing Shoes]
    The Face
  19. 18. ["A deep-sea game filled with thrills and danger..."]
    Let's Play Games
  20. 19. ["Have you seen our new 1941 catalog?"]
This issue was modified by, among others
  • Katie
  • Keith Chandler
  • Del Gruber
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Dave Redmond
  • Derek Reinhard
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Len Wolinsky