(January 1956)

Charlton, 1955 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
bimonthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines:
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Charlton Comics Group
Brand:
A Charlton Publication
Editing:
Pat Masulli
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Silver Age, later Standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was ongoing

Issue Notes

Material in this issue appears to be inventory purchased from St.John.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Bill Molno
Inks:
Vince Alascia
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

credits per Nick Caputo, April 2014.

["Steel nerves were as important as steel helmets.."] (Table of Contents: 1)

"Tripoli" Shores Fighting Marine / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This story is a reprint, but it was edited by Charlton for compliance with the Comics Code, removing elements that the censors found objectionable. For example, on page 3 in the original St. John version, Tripoli Shores and Arkansaw Woods come across the body of a American Marine in a ditch. The Marine has had his hands tied behind him before being shot in the back of the head. In the Charlton reprint all the dialogue is kept the same, but the dead Marine disappears and the two characters are now standing over a ditch filled with rocks talking about a dead Marine who isn't there.

["Digging foxholes in this rocky ground will certainly toughen them up, Major."] (Table of Contents: 2)

Canteen Kate / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Matt Baker
Inks:
Matt Baker ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
John Duffy

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The original St. John version of this story was heavily edited by Charlton (Dick Giordano most likely) in order to make it conform to the sensibilities of Comics Code censors. In the splash panel on page 1, where Canteen Kate was originally skinny dipping, a discrete swimsuit top has been added, and her bare legs sticking out of the water have been replaced by a large boulder. When Kate gets dressed, the rolled-up shorts that were always her "uniform" are replaced with capri pants that come down to her calves, and instead of a tight-fitting blouse bursting with Matt Baker's carefully drawn cleavage, she now sports a T-shirt under the blouse to eliminate that distraction. In at least all profile shots where it was technically possible, Kate's breast size has been significantly reduced.

Credits per Nick Caputo, January 2015.

Danger in Disguise (Table of Contents: 3)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Reprints:

Flying High (Table of Contents: 4)

Biff Barnes and Smokey Walsh / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
John Duffy

Reprints:

The Big Blast (Table of Contents: 5)

Leatherneck Jack / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Gene Colan
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This story was heavily edited from the St. John original prior to being reprinted by Charlton. The original story length was 41 panels over seven pages; as published by Charlton the story consisted of 34 panels over six pages. Most of the panel eliminations seem to have been made primarily to condense the story, and in order for the narrative to keep making even basic sense some of the remaining panels have been shuffled about in position. Some of the changes, however, both by omission and editing, were obviously made to satisfy Comics Code censors. For example, on page 2, where Leatherneck Jack and his sidekick are firing at and killing Chinese soldiers, the Chinese soldiers have been removed from the panel, leaving only the smoke from their rifles. Other small changes of this nature were made throughout, including (bizarrely) the elimination of all sound-effect words like "BLOOM!" from explosions.

Colan pencils per Nick Caputo, January 2015.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. ["Steel nerves were as important as steel helmets.."]
    "Tripoli" Shores Fighting Marine
  3. 2. ["Digging foxholes in this rocky ground will certainly toughen them up, Major."]
    Canteen Kate
  4. 3. Danger in Disguise
  5. 4. Flying High
    Biff Barnes and Smokey Walsh
  6. 5. The Big Blast
    Leatherneck Jack
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Nick Caputo
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Steve Newton
  • Jochen G.
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Craig Delich
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Donald Dale Milne