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Price
29.95 USD
Pages
148
On-sale date
2014-10-22
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
AC Comics
Brand
AC Comics [Rising, Star on Top]
Barcode
649241926030 09411
Editing
Mark G. Heike (publisher; editor in chief); Stephanie S. Heike (executive editor); Bill Black (editor emeritus)
Color
color cover; black & white interior
Dimensions
standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; white paper interior
Publishing Format
Ongoing series

Special Aviators Issue! (Table of Contents)

Skyman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Ogden Whitney
Inks
Ogden Whitney
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
aviation; superhero
Characters
Skyman
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Recolored. Figures reused with new background.

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

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

The Great Aviator Heroes of the Golden Age (Table of Contents: 2)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
typeset

Characters
Black Venus

Indexer Notes

Vignette of splash panel of Black Venus story.

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

Skyman / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox [as Paul Dean] (signed)
Pencils
Ogden Whitney (signed)
Inks
Ogden Whitney (signed)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Heroic figure of the airways of America...
Genre
aviation; superhero
Characters
The Skyman [Allen Turner]; Fawn Carroll; U.S. Army Major; Commander Innes; submarine commander (villain); submarine crew members (villains, one dies)
Synopsis
Skyman saves Fawn and an Army Major from being blown up in their launch by a torpedo. He is told that mysterious submarines have been preying on the U.S. Merchant Marine the past two months, and no ship is sunk: they just disappear in mid-ocean.
Reprints
Keywords
Atomatic; Fusileer; Fusileer belt; Paraly-Ray; Stasimatic; The Wing

Indexer Notes

Masthead also reads "America's National Hero!".

Credits from Craig Delich. The Who's Who indicates that Fox wrote this feature at this time, using the Paul Dean pen-name.

The Fusileer is a weapon of Skyman's that uses a combination of cosmic, cathode and polar rays.

Comic misidentifies this story as being from Big Shot Comics (Columbia, 1940 series) #11 (March 1941).

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

The Phantom Falcon / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Charles Sultan
Inks
Charles Sultan
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Harvey Beecher dead! Wealthy inventor leaves riddle will!
Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
The Phantom Falcon [Chet Horne]; Officer O'Leary; Kate Beecher; Commissioner Gordon; Carl Beecher (villain); Eric Beecher (villain)
Synopsis
Chet is approached by the two sons of the late inventor, Harvey Beecher, who fear for their lives from their sister, of all people, who supposedly desires the fortune of her late father. She allegedly has a clue that will solve her father's will, but it is actually Chet Horne who fools the Beecher brothers into thinking that he has solved the riddle secret of Harvey Beecher's will.
Reprints

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

Black Venus / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman [as H. Kurtzman] (signed)
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman [as H. Kurtzman] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Black Venus--a modern Joan of Arc...
Genre
aviation; superhero; war
Characters
Black Venus [Mary LeRoche]; Ken Casey (Flight Officer); Lt. Bill Evans (Mary's boyfriend, pilot); Captain Burn; Major Billings; The Japanese (villains)
Synopsis
Discovering that Bill has been captured and being tortured for information by the Japanese in a concentration camp, Black Venus vows to locate and save him from further atrocities.
Reprints
Keywords
Corregidor; P-38

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Gary Watson via the GCD Error List, 9 August 2006.

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

The Masked Pilot / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Jenney [as Bob Jenny] (credited)
Pencils
Bob Jenney [as Bob Jenny] (credited)
Inks
Bob Jenney [as Bob Jenny] (credited)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Oh! Oh! This looks like we're in for a bit of troubleshooting!
Genre
adventure; aviation; superhero
Characters
The Masked Pilot; Dwight Ellis (aviation designer); Tom; Karl Ellman (villain, engineer, death)
Synopsis
The Masked Pilot and Tom head for the aviation factory owned by friend Dwight Ellis, who has had a problem with his plane prints being traced. The Pilot discovers that one of the factory employees is the guilty party, then has to fight for his very life to subdue him.
Reprints
Keywords
Alaska; Army

Indexer Notes

Original copyright information, "Copr. 1940 by R. S. Callender" removed from this reprint.

[The Judas Sacrifice or "Evening in a London restaurant near the office of the Air Ministry..."] (Table of Contents: 7)

The Black Angel / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
John Cassone
Inks
John Cassone
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
aviation; superhero; war
Characters
The Black Angel [Sylvia Manners]; Jeff (pilot, death); Schmidt's wife; The Nazis [Lt. Schmidt (death); Hans; others un-named] (villains, some die)
Synopsis
Sylvia reads in the newspaper that the Nazis are crying foul over R.A.F. pilot Jeff bombing their schools and hospitals. But he denies that, claiming that photos of him attacking these targets was doctored. When the Nazis murder Jeff, the Black Angel steps in to square accounts.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

AC Comics claims the art in this issue was done by Mort Leav.

A Trip To Trouble (Table of Contents: 8)

Chickie Ricks The Flyin' Fool / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bob Powell
Inks
Bob Powell
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
The Flyin' Fool [Chickie Ricks]; Sergeant Gooch; Mr. Li (Maylene's father); Maylene the Tigress; un-named Mayor (villain); band of un-named villains (villains, all die)
Synopsis
Chickie and Gootch attempt to help Maylene the Tigress free her nation of Tibet from corrupt government officials, who have kidnapped her father.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Pencil credit from Bob Overstreet.

Art verification by Bill Black.

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

Wing Tips / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Gene Fawcette
Inks
Gene Fawcette
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Help protect America! Make a wings air defense...
Genre
non-fiction; aviation
Reprints

Indexer Notes

An illustrated public service feature, requesting Americans to make an air defense notebook using these four illustrations. Page is divided into 4 equal sized panels, each one spotlighting an enemy aircraft silhouette, this time: the Mitsubishi 96 from Japan, the Junkers Ju 90 from Germany, the Focke-Wulf "Kurier" from Germany and the Mitsubishi "Obtori" from Japan.

[The Dutchman's Ruse or "The Flying Dutchman stages a one-man invasion of occupied Europe..."] (Table of Contents: 10)

The Flying Dutchman / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bob Fujitani [as B. Fuje] (signed)
Inks
Bob Fujitani [as B. Fuje] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
aviation; war
Characters
The Flying Dutchman; Major Kurt Rausbeck (villain, death); Lt. Rausbeck (villain, Rausman's brother, pilot); Major Streeter (villain, pilot); The Nazis (villains, many die)
Synopsis
The Dutchman and Rausbeck have an aerial battle and the Dutchman wins, while Rausman dies. Cleverly, the Dutchman switches uniforms and planes so that Nazi forces believed that their hated enemy is dead. Now the Dutchman is flying with the enemy and causing destruction all along the way.
Reprints
Keywords
Kiel; R.A.F.

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

Tommy Tomahawk / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
George Appel [as G. H. Appel] (signed)
Inks
George Appel [as G. H. Appel] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The modern American Indian...
Genre
aviation; war
Characters
Tommy Tomahawk; Tommy's Squadron [Red Wing; others un-named]; un-named Japanese Intelligence Officer (villain); The Japanese (villains, some die)
Synopsis
The Japanese decide on a daring plan to attack Tommy and his squadron, and capture Tommy in order to prevent their attacks on the Japanese forces trying to keep their shipping lanes open in the Pacific.
Reprints
Keywords
Cher-O-Keeee (squadrons salute to the enemy); native americans; racial stereotypes

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Gary Watson via the GCD Error List, 9 August 2006.

[Zombies of the High Llama or "Daily Report: Zenus Archaeology Society--"] (Table of Contents: 12)

Sky Wolf / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
John Giunta (signed)
Inks
John Giunta (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
aviation; superhero; war
Characters
Sky Wolf [Larry Wolfe]; Sky Wolf's Band [Cocky-Roche; the Judge; the Turtle]; High Llama (villain, actually a Japanese in disguise, death); the Llama's zombie followers (villains, all die)
Synopsis
An archaeological society of October 28, 2985 A.D. discovers the wreckage of the 20th Century in their travels, including some movie film highlighting the exploits of Sky Wolf and his band in 1943, fighting over the jungles of New Guinea. They are captured by the High Llama and his zombie followers, and are hypnotized to go out and fight against the British forces.
Reprints
Keywords
New Guinea; Zenus Archaeology Society; zombies

Indexer Notes

The last panel blurb gives the title of next issue's story: "Prince of Evil."

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

The Golden Eagle / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Rudy Palais [as R. Palais] (signed)
Inks
Rudy Palais [as R. Palais] (signed)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In the silence of a secret hangar...
Genre
aviation; superhero; war
Characters
The Golden Eagle [Dennis Quinn]; Liberty (the Eagle's pet eagle); Moki [also as Stashu] (a native guide); Captain Anderson; The Japanese [Stashu; Tonga; Katoya; others un-named] (villains, some die)
Synopsis
Dennis is listening in to secret Japanese radio messages, all of which are meant to hinder the Allied invasion of the Japanese homeland. So he sends his friend Moki to locate the radio station, which he does, and together with the Golden Eagle, put an end to the station and its crew.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Gary Watson via the GCD Error List, 9 August 2006.

The Killers in Kunai (Table of Contents: 14)

Captain Aero, "King of the Sky Trails" / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Charles M. Quinlan, Jr. [as Charles M. Quinlan] (signed byline)
Pencils
Charles M. Quinlan, Sr. [as Charles M. Quinlan] (signed byline)
Inks
Charles M. Quinlan, Sr. [as Charles M. Quinlan] (signed byline)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
aviation; war
Characters
Captain Aero; Chop Suey (Aero's Chinese pal); Jenkins (Corporal of the Guard, Post No. 6); Sam; Imperial Japanese Air Force Commander (villain); The Japanese (villains, many die)
Synopsis
Captain Aero doesn't think that his night guards are crazy when they see and shoot at large, hairy beasts, especially when he comes face to face with them himself. Then they discover that Japanese soldiers are inside of the cleverly woven Kunai grass outfits.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script credit by Craig Delich.

P-38 Lightning (Table of Contents: 15)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
aviation
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Gary Watson via the GCD Error List, 9 August 2006.

Illustrated feature of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning and all of its capabilities.

[The Kidnapping of Dr. Ryan or "Nazi agents meet in New York for a daring move!"] (Table of Contents: 16)

The Lone Eagle / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Elmer Wexler
Inks
Elmer Wexler
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
aviation; war
Characters
The Lone Eagle; Dr. Ryan (gas expert); Dr. Ryan imposter (death); Nazi agents [Kees; others un-named](villains, some die)
Synopsis
The Lone Eagle plans a ruse to get the real Dr. Ryan safely to England with his odorless gas invention, but Nazi agents capture the scientist in his lab before he is scheduled to leave.
Reprints
Keywords
Curtis Field; Devonia (ship); R.A.F.

Indexer Notes

Art credits by Craig Delich.

The Hawk! (Table of Contents: 17)

The Phantom Eagle / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Marc Swayze (signed)
Inks
Marc Swayze (signed)
Letters
?

Genre
aviation; war
Characters
The Phantom Eagle [Mickey Malone]; Phoeniz Squadron [Jerry; others un-named]; Colonel Langley; Chinese Intelligence Officer (father of Mei-Ling, introduction, death); The Hawk [Mei-Ling] (air ace, introduction, death); Japanese prison Commandant (villain, death); The Japanese (villains, some die)
Reprints
Keywords
Cometplane; Daily Paper; Tokyo

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Marc Swayze ? to ? by Craig Delich (28 November 2011). Per Swayze's column in Alter-Ego (Twomorrows, 1999 series) #10 (September 2001) in which he stated that he didn't start writing this feature until Wow (Fawcett, 1940 series) #63.

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

Captain Midnight / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bob Jenney [as R. L. J.] (signed)
Inks
Bob Jenney [as R. L. J.] (signed)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
After forcing Shark's henchman, Gardo, to land...
Genre
adventure; aviation; superhero
Characters
Captain Midnight [Captain Jim Albright]; Chuck Ramsay [SS-11]; un-named farmer; Major Steele (at Secret Squadron HQ); Jack Conway (test pilot); Ivan Shark (villain); Fang (villain); Fury Shark (villain); Gardo (villain, mention only)
Synopsis
Midnight and Chuck land in a farmer's field, and talk their way out of being taken to the local Sheriff, but lose their prisoner, Gardo, in the process. They head to a squadron aerial instrument company, where they learn that several planes have been sabotaged. Captain Midnight vows to discover and capture the person rersponsible.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Original copyright information on the masthead reading "Copr., 1942, by The Wander Co." was removed in this reprint.

[T.N.T. For Tokyo or "Captain Wings, secret agent and US army air ace, smashes into..."] (Table of Contents: 19)

Captain Wings / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Major T. E. Bowen] (credited)
Pencils
Rudy Palais ?
Inks
Max Elkan
Letters
?

Genre
aviation; war
Characters
Captain Wings [Captain Smith]; Sue; Mickey; Commander Rogers; Stella Ruben; Jewel (villain, Stella's servant); Nazi Officer (villain); Japanese Minister of War (villain); The Japanese (villains, some die)
Synopsis
Captain Smith is ordered to go with Commander Rogers in his plane-carrying submarine, and then be dropped 100 miles off the Japanese coast. He meets Stella Ruben, and together they head to Tokyo to kidnap the Japanese Minister of War.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story title is taken from the cover blurb from original series Wing Comics (Fiction House, 1940 series) #22 (June 1942).

AC Comics credits Max Elkan as the sole artist for this story.

Major T. E. Bowen is a byline used at Fiction House.

Pencil credit revised from Max Elkin to ? by Craig Delich (8 December 2014) and moved to inker position, in place of Rudy Palais, now removed to penciler position with a ?. The Who's Who indicates that Elkan did inks only on this feature and there is no evidence extant that is known to indicate he also did pencils. Palais did pencil and ink work on this feature in 1942, and, upon examining the art closely, it seems that Palais MAY have penciled this story (per Craig Delich).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 20)

Airboy / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script
Ernest Schroeder
Pencils
Ernest Schroeder
Inks
Ernest Schroeder
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It is night, and we are a great airport...
Genre
adventure; aviation; superhero
Characters
Airboy [David Nelson II]; Tex Calhoun (industrialist); Sven; Cathy Collins (Rick Merrill's fiancee); Captain Rick Merrill (pilot); Arnold Stark (villain, Rick's twin cousin, death)
Synopsis
Industrialist Tex Calhoun is sponsoring a test flight, but has chosen another pilot to make the test instead of Airboy. But when he shows up late, heavily clothed and not wishing to speak to anyone or allow anyone near him, Airboy smells a rat, and checks his apartment, where Rick is found wounded. Airboy jumps in Birdie and heads out to chase down the pirated plane, flown by Rick's twin brother. He forces the pilot down and a long stand-off occurs before death finally wins out.
Reprints
Keywords
Birdie

Indexer Notes

Writer credit verified by Roy Thomas.

[The Sub Strikes or "Wing is in Europe when the war breaks out..."] (Table of Contents: 21)

Wing Turner / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Floyd Kelly] (signed)
Pencils
George Tuska [as Floyd Kelly] (signed)
Inks
George Tuska [as Floyd Kelly] (signed)
Letters
?

Genre
aviation; war
Characters
Wing Turner; the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis
Wing is assigned the task of manning a plane over the U-boat infested waters of the North Atlantic, looking for the periscopes of subs below the surface. He spots one and heads into the air to coordinate his ship's torpedo target. While the torpedo sinks the sub, Wing's plane's rudder is hit by flying shattered metal and crashes into the ocean, becoming fair game for the Nazis.
Reprints
Keywords
Havre (France)

Indexer Notes

The Who's Who indicates that Floyd Kelly was a by-line, used by George Tuska as well as Jack Kirby, Dennis Neville, and others. The by-line probably refers to the artist only, not the writer.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 22)

Flyin' Jenny / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Russell Keaton (signed)
Pencils
Russell Keaton (signed); Gladys Parker ?
Inks
Russell Keaton (signed); Gladys Parker ?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Cyril catches his foster father off balance...
Genre
adventure; aviation; war
Characters
Jenny; Cyril; Rick; Otto (villain)
Synopsis
Cyril is in trouble again and Jenny heads out to rescue him when a hurricane strikes and she is forced to return to base. After the storm, and fearing the bioy is lost, Jenny takes to the skies again and this time spots Cyril being menaced at sea by sharks!
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 23) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Check 'em out! (Table of Contents: 24) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. Special Aviators Issue!
    Skyman
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. The Great Aviator Heroes of the Golden Age
  4. 3. ["Heroic figure of the airways of America..."]
    Skyman
  5. 4. ["Harvey Beecher dead! Wealthy inventor leaves riddle will!"]
    The Phantom Falcon
  6. 5. ["Black Venus--a modern Joan of Arc..."]
    Black Venus
  7. 6. ["Oh! Oh! This looks like we're in for a bit of troubleshooting!"]
    The Masked Pilot
  8. 7. [The Judas Sacrifice or "Evening in a London restaurant near the office of the Air Ministry..."]
    The Black Angel
  9. 8. A Trip To Trouble
    Chickie Ricks The Flyin' Fool
  10. 9. ["Help protect America! Make a wings air defense..."]
    Wing Tips
  11. 10. [The Dutchman's Ruse or "The Flying Dutchman stages a one-man invasion of occupied Europe..."]
    The Flying Dutchman
  12. 11. ["The modern American Indian..."]
    Tommy Tomahawk
  13. 12. [Zombies of the High Llama or "Daily Report: Zenus Archaeology Society--"]
    Sky Wolf
  14. 13. ["In the silence of a secret hangar..."]
    The Golden Eagle
  15. 14. The Killers in Kunai
    Captain Aero, "King of the Sky Trails"
  16. 15. P-38 Lightning
  17. 16. [The Kidnapping of Dr. Ryan or "Nazi agents meet in New York for a daring move!"]
    The Lone Eagle
  18. 17. The Hawk!
    The Phantom Eagle
  19. 18. ["After forcing Shark's henchman, Gardo, to land..."]
    Captain Midnight
  20. 19. [T.N.T. For Tokyo or "Captain Wings, secret agent and US army air ace, smashes into..."]
    Captain Wings
  21. 20. ["It is night, and we are a great airport..."]
    Airboy
  22. 21. [The Sub Strikes or "Wing is in Europe when the war breaks out..."]
    Wing Turner
  23. 22. ["Cyril catches his foster father off balance..."]
    Flyin' Jenny
  24. 23. [no title indexed]
  25. 24. Check 'em out!
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  • Peter Croome
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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