(October 1941)

Centaur, 1940 Series
Volume
?
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
bimonthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Comic Corporation of America

Issue Notes

Some data for this issue from Jerry Bails' index cards & Howard Keltner's index. Additional information added from scan by Henry Andrews.

Indicia:
October, 1941, Number 3. The Arrow is published bi-monthly by Comic Corporation of America, 215 Fourth Ave., New York, N. Y. Application for entry as second class matter pending at the Post Office at New York, N. Y. Single copies, 10c. Yearly subscription 60c in the U.S.A. (other countries 85 c). Copyright 1941 by Comic Corporation of America. Contents must not be reproduced without permission. Printed in U.S.A.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Arrow / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Paul Gustavson
Inks
Paul Gustavson
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Gustavson

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Arrow [Ralph Payne]; Jane Markham; Adolf Hitler (villain, image); the Nazis (villains)

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit courtesy of Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson. It is a part of the art, not dialogue balloon.

For Defense Buy a Share in America (Table of Contents: 1)

U.S. Defense Savings Bonds / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Minuteman

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover.

Illustrated Comic Corporation of America PSA for the new U.S. Defense Savings Bonds.

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

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
U.S. military secrets, mysteriously sent to Germany, help the master spy.....
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Arrow [Ralph Payne]; Jane Markham (B-12's assistant); B-12 (British agent); Lord Hawford (villain, master spy); Gestapo agents (villains); Adolf Hitler (villain, image)
Synopsis
The Arrow assists British agent B-12 and Jane, his assistant, in tracing how vital military information is being to sent to Gestapo agent Lord Hawford.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script credit by Craig Delich

The Arrow reveals his true identity to Jane in the story.

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

Jungle Prince / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Dan Gormley (signed)
Inks
Dan Gormley (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
So that he may rule supreme...
Genre
jungle
Characters
Jungle Prince [Kelo] (introduction, origin); Sik (Kelo's servant, introduction); Balka, the Guardian (a tiger); Carnov (villain, dictator of Balkania, introduction); Carnov's thugs (villains, introduction for all, one dies)
Synopsis
Kelo becomes the king of Balkania after a ruthless dictator murders his father, and that dictator, Carnov, has Kelo in his sights as his next victim.
Keywords
Balkania; The Legend of Balka

Indexer Notes

Rather unusual for this time period in comics, Carnov refers to his aide as an "ass".

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

The Rainbow / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Ed Herron (signed as Eddy Herron)
Pencils
Al Plastino (signed as Alfredo Plastino)
Inks
Al Plastino (signed as Alfredo Plastino)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Jim Travis, college graduate, calls at the home of his sweetheart...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Rainbow [Jim Travis] (college graduate, introduction, origin); Elsie Norris (Jim's sweetheart, introduction); Tommy (introduction); Tommy's sister (introduction); Black Rufus (villain, introduction); Rufus' gang [Tony; rest unnamed] (villain)
Synopsis
Inspired by a comic book he has read, Jim Travis decides to take up a bizarre mantle and fight crime. He saves the life of a young girl and her brother from Black Rufus, because the madman seeks revenge for the girl testifying against his brother.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

As far as can be determined, this was the Rainbow's only appearance (Craig Delich, 2011-4-18).

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

Dash Dartwell, the Human Meteor / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Dashford (Dash) Dartwell, is a student at Dravrah University...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Dash Dartwell (introduction, origin); Dr. Drew Moss (Professor of Bio-Chemistry, introduction); Bettie Moss (daughter of Dr. Moss, introduction); Jones (athlete, introduction); Adams (athlete, introduction); Compton (athlete, introduction); Coach Stone (of Dravrah University, introduction); Butch (villain, introduction); five unnamed gangsters (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
Young Dash Dartwell, a scrub track athlete for Dravrah University, agrees to take Metalo-Tablets, invented by Professor Moss, a biochemistry teacher at the college, to see what effects they would have on the human body. When three of Dravrah's star track members are kidnapped by crooks, Dash is allowed to participate in the Elay Relays. He sets three world records and culminates the day by capturing the six dangerous criminals responsible for the kidnappings.
Keywords
Dravrah University; Metabo Catalyst; Sports Review

Indexer Notes

Interesting note: if one spells the names of the two colleges running in the relays backwards, you have: "Harvard" (Dravrah) and "Yale" (Elay).

Dash Dartwell was introduced in Amazing Man Comics #21, by-lined Harry Francis Campbell (who drew the feature in 1941). The story line is primarily the same (Bettie is called Lois, and the athletes are not kidnapped....instead their bus is hit, injuring most of the team) but with entirely different art with caption revisions. Also, the last panel is signed "Taylor", which refers to Henry Taylor, who drew Dash Dartwell circa 1941-circa 1942. My guess is that the story in Amazing Man #21 was drawn by Taylor while the story here is Arrow #3 was by Campbell.

Trial Run Terror (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Tom Russell (credited)
Pencils
Sam Glanzman (signed as Glanz) (spot illustrations)
Inks
Sam Glanzman (signed as Glanz) (spot illustrations)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
Ensign Pete Taylor (pilot); Red Putnam (tail gunner); Commander Fisher; Rear Admiral Glenn; enemy pilots (villains, all die)
Synopsis
Pete and Red are put into the air as the naval commander expects an enemy attack from two bombers spotted down the coast from Halifax. And they appear, in a near fight-to-the-death battle.
Keywords
Curtiss ESO3C-1; U.S.S. Medford (Navy Cruiser)

The Case of the Vanishing Thugs (Table of Contents: 7)

Randall Ross, Master Sleuth / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Randall Ross (detective, introduction); Marsha Hunt (reporter, introduction); Inspector McDugan (introduction); Duke D'arcy (villain, robber, introduction); Duke's gang [Joe; Spider; rest unnamed] (villains, robbers, introduction for all)
Synopsis
Randall saves the life of a reporter who had witnessed a bank robbery and was then captured by the thugs and finally locked in a room which they set afire.
Keywords
Daily Bugle; The Ajax (a gambling ship)

He Foils a Plot at the Panama Canal (Table of Contents: 8)

"Duke" Collins, the Fearless Marine / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
R. C. Fuller (signed)
Inks
R. C. Fuller (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
war
Characters
Duke Collins (introduction); unnamed Consul of Andesia (introduction); Sue (Collins’ sweetheart); Asiatic Fifth Columnists (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
Arriving back from the Panama Canal region, Duke is informed that foreign planes are arriving at a base in the South American city of Andesia, and he is ordered to head for Andesia to look the situation over.
Keywords
Andesia

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

Keith Butler / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Stan Drake (signed as Stanley Allen Drake)
Inks
Stan Drake (signed as Stanley Allen Drake)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You see that blond fellow speaking with Toby over there?
Genre
adventure
Characters
Keith Butler (one-time star athlete, introduction); Jeanne (Keith's girl, introduction); Charlie Bahrenburg (introduction); Toby (villain, death)
Synopsis
Charlie tells a friend of his about Keith Butler, once a star football player, whose girl was kidnapped by a thug named Toby, hypnotized, and forced to sing in a nightclub. Keith spent five years tracking down his fiance and coming to terms with Toby.
Keywords
The Parisian (nightclub)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10)

The Arrow / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Paul Gustavson
Pencils
Paul Gustavson
Inks
Paul Gustavson
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Gustavson

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A familiar figure, the Arrow, speeds over the narrow winding road...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Arrow [Ralph Payne]; Warden of Eastern Prison; Joe Paco (villain, prisoner); Stringer (villain, prisoner)
Synopsis
The Arrow happens to be passing Eastern Prison just as a prison break occurs, so he secretly enters and puts an end to the up-rising.
Keywords
Eastern Prison

Indexer Notes

All stories in #1 and #2 are taken from DC's inventory.

Cover story.

Script and letterer credits from Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.

Act Now! On This Bargain Offer. (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Arrow
  2. 1. For Defense Buy a Share in America
    U.S. Defense Savings Bonds
  3. 2. ["U.S. military secrets, mysteriously sent to Germany, help the master spy....."]
    The Arrow
  4. 3. ["So that he may rule supreme..."]
    Jungle Prince
  5. 4. ["Jim Travis, college graduate, calls at the home of his sweetheart..."]
    The Rainbow
  6. 5. ["Dashford (Dash) Dartwell, is a student at Dravrah University..."]
    Dash Dartwell, the Human Meteor
  7. 6. Trial Run Terror
  8. 7. The Case of the Vanishing Thugs
    Randall Ross, Master Sleuth
  9. 8. He Foils a Plot at the Panama Canal
    "Duke" Collins, the Fearless Marine
  10. 9. ["You see that blond fellow speaking with Toby over there?"]
    Keith Butler
  11. 10. ["A familiar figure, the Arrow, speeds over the narrow winding road..."]
    The Arrow
  12. 11. Act Now! On This Bargain Offer.
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
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