Exciting Comics #v5#3 (15)
(December 1941)

Pines, 1940 Series
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Volume
5
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
Monthly with the exception of January, May, September
On-sale Date
1941-10-23
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Better Publications, Inc.
Editing
Ned Pines

Issue Notes

Some info verified using a DCM scan (http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/)

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. 4.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Black Terror / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Elmer Wexler
Inks
Elmer Wexler
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
The Black Terror [Bob Benton]; Tim [Tim Roland]
Keywords
armored cars; machine guns

Indexer Notes

Cover marquee: "Make Way For.... The Liberator! ....In This Issue"

[The Malay Menace] (Table of Contents: 1)

The Black Terror / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Richard Hughes ?
Pencils
David Gabrielsen [as D. Gabrielsen] (signed)
Inks
David Gabrielsen [as D. Gabrielsen] (signed)
Colors
Richard Hughes ?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Night... at the window of a wealthy home...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Master [Philip Van Allen] (villain, introduction, death); Malay cult (villains, introductions); Black Terror [Bob Benton]; Tim Roland; Mrs. J. Wellington Gibbs; Dr. Croydon; Mr. Gibbs; Jean; Victor Helmont
Synopsis
After a college prank disfigures Van Allen, he decides, years later, to take revenge against those who caused his disfigurement.
Keywords
Van Allen Museum

[Origin of the Liberator] (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
Richard Hughes
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Nelson Drew conducts a chemistry lecture at Claflin College---
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Liberator [Dr. Nelson Drew] (introduction, origin); Annabel Evans (introduction); Tommy (introduction); Prof. Forbes (introduction, death); Krause (villain, introduction); Kurt (villain, introduction); Nazi spies (villains, introductions)

Indexer Notes

Writer credit inferred from the fact the character Annabel Evans shares a first name with Hughes's wife.

Ted Crane in China (Table of Contents: 3)

Ted Crane / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
George Mandel
Inks
George Mandel
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In Haiphong, French Indo-China---
Genre
adventure
Characters
Dr. Cobra (villain); John Lasher (villain, introduction); Japanese (villains); Ted Crane; Betty; Ho-Lan

The Big Gun (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Barry Brandon
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
Barry Brandon
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Freddie Calvert stood in the pilot house of the whale-hunting ship "Nordstjernan," as it bobbed around Cape Hinlopen in the Arctic Ocean.
Genre
adventure
Characters
Freddie Calvert; Lars Hansen; Captain Svenson
Synopsis
The Nordstjernan hits an iceberg and Lars falls overboard.
Keywords
Arctic Ocean; harpoon gun; iceberg; whaling ship

Indexer Notes

The last name of Lars is spelled as Hansen and Hanson within the story.

[The Panama Peril] (Table of Contents: 5)

Larry North, U.S.N. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Leslie Bellem ?
Pencils
Max Plaisted
Inks
Max Plaisted
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Two sportsmen, on a Caribbean cruise, reported people on these deserted islands off Panama!
Characters
Frieda (villain, introduction); Nazis (villains); Larry North; Betty; Helen Wallace; Capt. Wallace
Keywords
Panama Canal

Indexer Notes

Bellem credit suggested by Jerry Bails's Who's Who.

[The Calmite Explosive] (Table of Contents: 6)

Sergeant Bill King / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Maurice Gutwirth (signed)
Inks
Maurice Gutwirth (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
My new explosive, calmite... is twenty times more destructive than dynamite, major!
Genre
military
Characters
Brandt (villain, introduction); Capt. Hoffer (villain, introduction); Sgt. Bill King; Sgt. King; Major Frey; Anson
Keywords
calmite

[The Gentleman Strikes] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Kin Platt
Inks
Kin Platt
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In Tony Colby's office--
Genre
crime
Characters
The Gentleman (villain, introduction); Tony Colby; Mr. Langtry; Pete; George; Carol
Keywords
Bennett Galleries; Orloff necklace

Danger Signal (Table of Contents: 8)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Tex Mumford
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
Tex Mumford
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Tommy and Buck Tucker were brothers who both lived on the Circle T ranch.
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Tommy Tucker; Buck Tucker; John Tucker
Synopsis
Tommy helps to catch his father's robber.
Keywords
baseball; Circle T ranch

[The Chinese Smugglers] (Table of Contents: 9)

Jim Hatfield, Texas Ranger / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
At Ranger headquarters---
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Sheriff Goff (villain, introduction); Lobo Kane (villain, introduction); Jim Hatfield; Belle Kent; Mr. Kent; Chuck
Keywords
Eagle Pass; Rio Grande Saloon

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

Gunboat Grey / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Ray McGill
Pencils
Ray McGill (signed)
Inks
Ray McGill (signed)
Colors
Ray McGill
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Aw, chee -- I don't feel good today!
Genre
humor
Characters
Gunboat Grey (introduction)
Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Black Terror
  2. 1. [The Malay Menace]
    The Black Terror
  3. 2. [Origin of the Liberator]
    The Liberator
  4. 3. Ted Crane in China
    Ted Crane
  5. 4. The Big Gun
  6. 5. [The Panama Peril]
    Larry North, U.S.N.
  7. 6. [The Calmite Explosive]
    Sergeant Bill King
  8. 7. [The Gentleman Strikes]
    The Mask
  9. 8. Danger Signal
  10. 9. [The Chinese Smugglers]
    Jim Hatfield, Texas Ranger
  11. 10. ["Aw, chee -- I don't feel good today!"]
    Gunboat Grey
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