(2018)

Hermes Press, 2018 Series
Published in English (United States) United States
 
Price
60.00 USD
Pages
264
On-sale date
2018-09-18
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Hermes Press
Brand
Hp
ISBN
978-1-61345-164-9 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9781613451649 56000
Editing
Mark Burstein (copy editor); Eileen Sabrina Herman (managing editor); David Armstrong (associate editor)
Color
color
Dimensions
7 7/8" x 10 1/4"
Paper Stock
Bond
Binding
hardcover
Publishing Format
One-Shot

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

G-Men / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
? (painted)
Inks
? (painted)
Colors
? (painted)
Letters
typeset

Genre
crime

Indexer Notes

The original cover was for G-Men [v18 #2, February 1940] (10¢, pulp) which slugged "Murder Over London," starring Dan Fowler by C. K. M. Scanlon, and "Postage Stamp Payoff" starring Ogden L. "Pee-Wee" Holmes by Edward Churchill. C. K. M. Scanlon was a pseudonym for Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson and was the publishing house name required for the Dan Fowler feature.

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

blank page(s) / 3 pages (report information)

Indexer Notes

Starts at the inside front cover with two blank pages with only the faintest of backgrounds suggesting the inside of platinum age comics, "Bob Merritt and his Flying Pals." The third page is completely white.

[Title and indicia] (Table of Contents: 2)

credits, title page / 2 pages (report information)

Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

No illustrations.

[Adventure [v76 #1, September 15, 1930]] (Table of Contents: 3)

Shavetail / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Duncan McMillan [as D.McM.] (signed, painted)
Inks
Duncan McMillan [as D.McM.] (signed, painted)
Colors
Duncan McMillan [as D.McM.] (signed, painted)
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Synopsis
Mounted cavalry charge into action.
Keywords
42M; Shavetail

Indexer Notes

The cover to a pulp fiction periodical containing a novelette, "Shavetail," by Malcolm Wheeler-Nelson. Adventure [v76 #1, September 15, 1930] ed. A. A. Proctor (The Butterick Publishing Company, 25¢, pulp).

[Adventure [v73 #1, December 15, 1929]] (Table of Contents: 4)

The Song of Death / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Loyal Faunce (signed, painted)
Inks
Loyal Faunce (signed, painted)
Colors
Loyal Faunce (signed, painted)
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Synopsis
Portrait of a military man in a tall fur hat.
Keywords
hashknife; siberia

Indexer Notes

This is a cover to a pulp fiction periodical containing a novel, "The Song of Death," by Malcolm Wheeler-Nelson. Adventure [v73 #1, December 15, 1929] ed. Anthony M. Rud (The Butterick Publishing Company, 25¢, pulp).

[Adventure [v95 #3, July 1936]] (Table of Contents: 5)

Rider of the Golden Mare / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Charles De Feo (painted)
Inks
Charles De Feo (painted)
Colors
Charles De Feo (painted)
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Synopsis
A closeup of a mounted cavalryman charging into battle, sword raised.

Indexer Notes

This is a cover to a pulp fiction periodical containing a short story, "Rider of the Golden Mare," by Malcolm Wheeler-Nelson. Adventure [v95 #3, July 1936] ed. Howard V. L. Bloomfield (Popular Publications, Inc., 15¢, pulp).

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

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

No illustrations.

Xmas Number (Table of Contents: 7)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 0.5 page (report information)

Pencils
Whitney Ellsworth (signed)
Inks
Whitney Ellsworth (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor
Reprints
Keywords
Christmas; X-mas

Indexer Notes

Christmas carolers.

Special Note about the Comics in This Volume (Table of Contents: 8)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
DC Comics Before Superman: Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson's Pulp Comics is the first endeavor in a continuing effort to bring to the general public...
Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

The author discusses a few of the technical challenges in documenting such rare source material and hopes that she inspires other people to look into the origins of the comic book.

[Don Nogales - Cattle Rustler, Part 1] (Table of Contents: 9)

Jack Woods / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Lyman Anderson (signed)
Inks
Lyman Anderson (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Well, here's the Rio Grande-- --what's that?
Genre
detective-mystery; western-frontier
Characters
Jack Woods (introduction); Don Nogales (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Jack is captured in the middle of the night by Don Nogales and his assistant Miguel. The men carry him to Don Nogales' ranch in Mexico. Once arrived there, Jack manages to ditch the custody of Miguel by his own physical prowess, throwing him to the ground and taking away his gun. When he goes in search of Don Nogales, the fallen man stands with the intention of throwing a knife at Jack.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This is the cover for New Fun (DC, 1935 series) #v1#1, a one-page cliffhanger for an ongoing story (only appearing on the series' covers).

Foreword (Table of Contents: 10)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jim Steranko
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It may be a matter of perspective, of conjecture, of perception in determining where it all began.
Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Steranko sets the context for what Wheeler-Nicholson accomplished amid the emerging experiments leading up to the regularly-published, original content landmark that was New Fun #1. Steranko touches only briefly on Wheeler-Nicholson's ouster from his own operations and instead takes time to draw comparisons in what the man accomplished as a soldier and what he accomplished as a publisher.

[Don Nogales - Cattle Rustler, Part 2] (Table of Contents: 11)

Jack Woods / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Lyman Anderson (signed)
Inks
Lyman Anderson (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Jack has turned the tables on the Mexicans...
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Jack Woods; Miguel; Don Nogales (villain)
Synopsis
Jack accepts a job from Nogales so that he can investigate the cattle-rustling. But he is spotted and Nogales orders him killed.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This is the cover for New Fun (DC, 1935 series) v1#2.

Introduction (Table of Contents: 12)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
"Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!" ... fighting for truth, justice and the American way.
Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

The author acknowledges the well-known introduction of Superman to TV and movie fans in the 1950s leading to an interest in the de facto beginning of superheroes in 1938 with Action #1 but describes the aim of this book as digging deeper into the three and a half years leading up to the print premiere of Superman. She gives a quick survey of what is known and speculated about National Allied Publications during those formative years and offers a short bibliography at the end of the introduction.

The Reign of the Superman (Table of Contents: 13)

illustration / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel [as Herbert S. Fine] (credited)
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The bread-line! Its row of downcast, disillusioned men; unlucky creatures who have found that life holds nothing but bitterness for them.
Characters
Professor Ernest Smalley; Bill Dunn

Indexer Notes

This is the two-page Shuster illustration accompanied by text opening a short story by Jerry Siegel. This was originally self-published while the two men were only 18 years old, more than five years before Action Comics #1. The story appeared in issue #3 of a typed, mimeographed science fiction fanzine titled, "Science Fiction: The Advance Guard of Future Civilization," lasting five issues. This is presented here between the first and second page of the introduction.

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

Superman / comic story / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
As a distant planet was destroyed by old age, a scientist placed his infant son...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Kal-El; Clark Kent]
Synopsis
Superman's origin is told in the space of a single daily newspaper strip.

Indexer Notes

The reproduction here is said to be from 1935. As pictured it is signed and dedicated by "the artist creator of Superman." This is the strip that would be reconfigured and used in the first Superman story in Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #1.

[Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster] (Table of Contents: 15)

illustration / 0.75 page (report information)

Pencils
? (photograph)
Inks
? (photograph)

Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

The bottom 3/4 of the page is reserved for various promotional and high school photographs of Jerome Siegel and Joe Shuster. This appears between the first and second page of the introduction.

[Harry Donenfeld, Jack Liebowitz and Irwin Donenfeld] (Table of Contents: 16)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
? (photograph)
Inks
? (photograph)

Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

This is a single full-page studio portrait of Harry Donenfeld, Jack Liebowitz (owners) and Irwin Donenfeld (executive) of National Allied Publications. Undated.

Chapter One, Harry Donenfeld and Jack Liebowitz (Table of Contents: 17)

about comics / 1.4 pages (report information)

Script
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It's hard not to be captivated by Harry Donenfeld.
Genre
non-fiction

Pages
17 - 19

Abstract
Harry Donenfeld and Jack Liebowitz are discussed at length - respective backgrounds, personal nature and roles in National Allied Publications.

[Harry Donenfeld] (Table of Contents: 18)

illustration / 0.25 page (report information)

Pencils
? (photograph)
Inks
? (photograph)

Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Photograph of Harry Donenfeld at work. Appears between page one and two of the chapter on Harry Donenfeld and Jack Liebowitz.

[Donenfeld Magazines] (Table of Contents: 19)

illustration / 0.75 page (report information)

Pencils
? (painted)
Inks
? (painted)
Colors
? (painted)
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure; detective-mystery; western-frontier
Synopsis
A jungle girl spearing an alligator; a cowgirl lefty shooting it out; chorus line girls discovering one their own stabbed in the heart.

Indexer Notes

Three covers are reproduced from a stable of pulp fiction titles published by Donenfeld:
• Spicy-Adventure Stories [v5 #3, December 1936] (Culture Publications, Inc., 25¢, pulp, cover by Parkhurst)
• Spicy Western Stories [v4 #6, January 1939] (Culture Publications, Inc., 25¢, pulp, cover by H. J. Ward)
• Spicy Detective Stories [v6 #3, January 1937] (Culture Publications, Inc., 25¢, pulp, censored version)
These covers are included to demonstrate the type of material Donenfeld was publishing before entering into his partnership with Wheeler-Nicholson.

[Donenfeld Magazines] (Table of Contents: 20)

illustration / 0.6 page (report information)

Pencils
? (painted)
Inks
? (painted)
Colors
? (painted)
Letters
typeset

Genre
detective-mystery
Synopsis
A scantily-clad woman is chained to a coffin containing a dead man. Around her are the bodies of two men and a woman hanging by neck chains. A (live) black cat glares at her from the coffin lid.

Indexer Notes

This cover reproduction is a from a pulp fiction periodical, Spicy Mystery Stories [v4 #4, February 1937] (Culture Publications, Inc., 25¢, pulp). This cover is included to demonstrate the type of material Donenfeld was publishing before entering into his partnership with Wheeler-Nicholson.

[Sketch of Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson] (Table of Contents: 21)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Howard Cruse (signed)
Inks
Howard Cruse (signed)

Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson

Indexer Notes

Dated 2008.

Chapter Two, Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (Table of Contents: 22)

about comics / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
My grandfather's story seems extraordinary--and many people find it unbelievable.
Genre
non-fiction

Pages
21 - 23

Abstract
Discussion of Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson by the author, his granddaughter, including life story, military record, education, activism, a brush with death and court-martial. The segment includes a few family photographs, including Antoinette Wheeler-Nicholson, the subject's mother.

[G-Men [v18 #2, February 1940]] (Table of Contents: 23)

G-Men / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
? (painted)
Inks
? (painted)
Colors
? (painted)
Letters
typeset

Genre
crime
Synopsis
A man struggles at gunpoint, being held in a train cabin.

Indexer Notes

This is a cover to pulp fiction periodical, G-Men [v18 #2, February 1940] (10¢, pulp). The illustration is taken from the "Dan Fowler" story attributed to C. K. M. Scanlon--which was a pseudonym for Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson--as it was the publishing house name required for the Dan Fowler feature authors.

Chapter Three, The Pulps (Table of Contents: 24)

about comics / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It was natural that Wheeler-Nicholson would turn to publishing and writing to care for his family.
Genre
non-fiction

Pages
25 - 27

Abstract
The author discusses the breadth of the subject's short story work across a 32-year writing career with over 150 stories published. Wheeler-Nicholson first entered into publishing on his own in 1925 and again in 1929 and this lead to collecting newspaper strip reprints.

[Weird Tales [v22 #4, October 1933]] (Table of Contents: 25)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Margaret Brundage (painted)
Inks
Margaret Brundage (painted)
Colors
Margaret Brundage (painted)
Letters
typeset

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis
An alluring woman in leather, masked not unlike Catwoman, with a near-lifelike bat figure worked into her cowl.

Indexer Notes

This is the cover to a pulp fiction periodical, Weird Tales [v22 #4, October 1933] (25¢, 128pp+, pulp, cover by M. Brundage).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 26)

Don Drake / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Clem Gretter
Inks
Clem Gretter
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The gondola containing Don and Betty and the midget men falls off the cliff into the water.
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Don Drake; Betty
Synopsis
The giant ant-people carry the crew to the many-armed horrible monster in charge. Battle ensues.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This is the cover to New Fun (DC, 1935 series) #v1#3

Chapter Four, New Fun (Table of Contents: 27)

about comics / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In 1934, Wheeler-Nelson established National Allied Publications, Inc., and raised enough capital to finance his first comic magazine.
Genre
non-fiction

Pages
29 - 31

Abstract
Discussion of the earliest history of National Allied Publications, Inc. in which Wheeler-Nelson established the first original modern comic book on January 11, 1935. The New Fun series is outlined at length including credits, editorship, and additions to the staff.

[Damsel in Distress, Part 1] (Table of Contents: 28)

Jack Woods / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
W. C. Brigham (signed)
Inks
W. C. Brigham (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Jack, passing an isolated shack in the desert, hears a cry for help in a woman's voice.
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Jack Woods; woman in distress; kidnappers.
Synopsis
A beautiful woman is held captive in a ranch house, and Jack outwits them to rescue her.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This is the cover to New Fun (DC, 1935 series) #v1#5. Appears between page 1 and 2 of Chapter Four: New Fun.

[Lloyd Jacquet, Martin Goodman, Carl Burgos] (Table of Contents: 29)

illustration / 0.5 page (report information)

Pencils
? (photograph)
Inks
? (photograph)

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
A candid photograph (party setting) of Lloyd Jacquet, Martin Goodman, and Carl Burgos all in working suits.

Indexer Notes

Jacquet was the editor of New Fun Magazine for juveniles. Goodman was the publisher of Timely Comics. Burgman was the comic artist who would create The Human Torch, circa 1940.

Fang Gow of China (Table of Contents: 30)

Barry O'Neill / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
As the mongol turned the paralysis ray, in the statue, on Barry O'Neill and Le Grand, ...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Inspector Le Grand; Fang Gow (Villain)

Indexer Notes

This is a single frame reproduction blown up to fill the entire page. The frame is taken from the Barry O'Neill feature in More Fun Comics (DC, 1936 Series) #v1#10, May 1936. The original feature was originally just two pages long and ten frames. This frame (the story opener) was selected to highlight O'Mealia's higher-quality art and the myriad pulp origins of the main character, going back years to 1933 in Wheeler-Nicholson's own writings. The Fang Gow storyline lasted through 35 parts for more than four years.

Chapter Five, Barry O'Neill: "Fang Gow of China" (Table of Contents: 31)

about comics / 2.5 pages (report information)

Script
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Barry O'Neill: "Fang Gow of China" appeared in New Fun #1 and continued throughout Wheeler-Nicholson's era.
Genre
non-fiction

Pages
33 - 35

Abstract
The feature Fang Gow of China was selected to highlight the myriad pulp origins of the main character and protagonist going back at least two years in Wheeler-Nicholson's own writings. The Fang Gow storyline (as written by Wheeler-Nicholson) lasted through 29 parts for more than three years, until March 1938. The author's account includes meticulous detail on the characters and creators who worked on the feature.

The subsequent pages in this collection do not include a reprint of the first six installments (from New Fun) or the last installment, which would have come from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #37 (April 1939). Because of this, a text-only recap of the story arc's beginning and end are included on page 35.

[Leo E. O'Mealia] (Table of Contents: 32)

illustration / 0.25 page (report information)

Pencils
? (photograph)
Inks
? (photograph)

Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

This is a photograph of Leo E. O'Mealia from 1905 at work at an illustrator's desk surrounded by scraps of art, ink, and brushes.

Action Comics (DC, 1938 Series) #2 (July 1938) (Table of Contents: 33)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 0.25 page (report information)

Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Reprints
Keywords
biplanes; parachuting

Indexer Notes

The author includes the iconic cover to Action Comics (DC, 1938 Series) #2 and to study O'Mealia's remarkably advanced story-telling art.

[Fang Gow of China, Part 7] (Table of Contents: 34)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
We're headed out to sea, Barry!
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Inspector Le Grand; Fang Gow (villain)
Synopsis
Barry and Le Grand are taken to Fang Gow's yacht and subjected to a paralysis ray.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This is the first installment collected as the author explains that the preceding installments were too costly to acquire. She only summarizes the arc's beginnings in the text (see page 35 for that synopsis).

[Fang Gow of China, Part 8] (Table of Contents: 35)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Now will you answer the questions or shall the might of Fang Gow crumble you to dust?
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Inspector Le Grand; Fang Gow (villain)
Synopsis
Barry and Le Grand are prisoners aboard Fang Gow's yacht.
Reprints

[Fang Gow of China, Part 9] (Table of Contents: 36)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Barry O'Neill and Inspector Le Grand aboard Fang Gow's yacht are halted in their attempt to escape--
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Inspector Le Grand; Fang Gow (villain)
Synopsis
Barry and Le Grand attempt to escape from Fang Gow's yacht.
Reprints

[Fang Gow of China, Part 10] (Table of Contents: 37)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
As the mongol turned the paralysis ray, in the statue, on Barry O'Neill and Le Grand, ...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Inspector Le Grand; Fang Gow (villain)
Synopsis
Barry and Le Grand escape overboard.
Reprints

[Fang Gow of China, Part 11] (Table of Contents: 38)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
After a vicious and bloody encounter Barry and Le Grand succeed in escaping from Fang Gow's yacht.
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Inspector Le Grand
Synopsis
Barry reveals to Le Grand that Fang Gow has a plot to blow up Paris.
Reprints

[Fang Gow of China, Part 12] (Table of Contents: 39)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Dynamite in zee sewers of Paree! It ees terrible, Barry!
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Inspector Le Grand; Fang Gow (villain)
Synopsis
Dynamite in the sewers of Paris and Barry finally comes face to face with Fang Gow.
Reprints

[Fang Gow of China, Part 13] (Table of Contents: 40)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Yes, Barry O'Neill, we meet at last.
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Inspector Le Grand; Fang Gow (villain)
Synopsis
Having captured Barry and Le Grand, Fang Gow demands Barry throw the switch that will destroy Paris.
Reprints

[Fang Gow of China, Part 14] (Table of Contents: 41)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hoping to thwart Fang Gow's plans, Barry O'Neill and Inspector Le Grand hurry to the sewers where they are captured by the insidious Mongol.
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Inspector Le Grand; Fang Gow (villain)
Synopsis
Barry breaks free and he and Le Grand float down the sewers to what they think might be freedom.
Reprints

[Fang Gow of China, Part 15] (Table of Contents: 42)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hoping to thwart Fang Gow's plot to blow up the city, Barry and Inspector Le Grand hurry to the sewers of Paris where they are trapped by the vicious Mongol--
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Inspector Le Grand; Fang Gow (villain)
Synopsis
While trapped, part of Fang Gow's trap goes awry and explodes. Barry gets the drop on Fang Gow and guns him down.
Reprints

[Fang Gow of China, Part 16] (Table of Contents: 43)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Barry O'Neill and Inspector Le Grand, trapped in the underground passageways of Fang Gow's subterranean stronghold...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Inspector Le Grand; Fang Gow (villain)
Synopsis
Barry and Le Grand escape from the sewers, but the gravely wounded Fang Gow disappears.
Reprints

[Fang Gow of China, Part 17] (Table of Contents: 44)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hurrying back to police headquarters, after a series of death-defying incidents...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Inspector Le Grand; Fang Gow (villain); Jean Le Grand (cameo); Pierre (death)
Synopsis
Fang Gow kidnaps Le Grand's daughter.
Reprints

[Fang Gow of China, Part 18] (Table of Contents: 45)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Fang Gow, paralyzed by a bullet lodged in his spine, barely escapes being captured...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Inspector Le Grand; Fang Gow (villain); Jean Le Grand; Dr. Bonfil (Dr. Bonfils)
Synopsis
The paralyzed Fang Gow demands Le Grand find a doctor to operate on him if he ever wants to see his daughter again.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Bonfils is introduced here as Bonfil, with spelling corrected in later installments.

[Fang Gow of China, Part 19] (Table of Contents: 46)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Fang Gow, the enemy of the human race, was frustrated in his attempt to blow up the city of Paris...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Inspector Le Grand; Fang Gow (villain); Dr. Bonfils; Jean Le Grand
Synopsis
Dr. Bonfils operates successfully to save Fang Gow's life. Barry disguises himself and learns more about Fang Gow's plans from the cemetery.
Reprints

[Fang Gow of China, Part 20] (Table of Contents: 47)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (see notes)
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Dr. Bonfils, who yields to the pleadings of Inspector Le Grand, leaves the prison chamber to administer to Fang Gow...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Inspector Le Grand; Fang Gow (villain); Dr. Bonfils; Jean Le Grand
Synopsis
Jean saves Barry's life by shooting his attacker.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The author credits Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson as the writer through part 29.

[Fang Gow of China, Part 21] (Table of Contents: 48)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (see notes)
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Alarmed by the girl's shot that saved Barry from the giant jailor's sword...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Inspector Le Grand; Fang Gow (villain); Jean Le Grand
Synopsis
Barry, Jean, and Le Grand attempt to escape, but only Jean is in the plane when it takes off.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The author credits Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson as the writer through part 29.

[Fang Gow of China, Part 22] (Table of Contents: 49)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (see notes)
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Pursuing Fang Gow, whose men have kidnapped Doctor Bonfils and Jean Le Grand, Barry O'Neill is captured...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Inspector Le Grand; Fang Gow (villain); Jean Le Grand; Dr. Bonfils
Synopsis
Jean, Dr. Bonfils, and Fang Gow fly away as Barry and Le Grand are left to find another plane for Barry to pursue. But Barry is shot down.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The author credits Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson as the writer through part 29.

[Fang Gow of China, Part 23] (Table of Contents: 50)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (see notes)
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Knowing he would be an easy target for the gunner if he pulled the ripcord...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Fang Gow (villain)
Synopsis
Having been shot down Barry splashes into the Mediterranean sea and is hunted. The pilot gives up and returns to Fang Gow to report his apparent victory.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The author credits Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson as the writer through part 29.

[Fang Gow of China, Part 24] (Table of Contents: 51)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (see notes)
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I zink eet ees a man een zee watair!
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Inspector Le Grand; Fang Gow (villain); Jean Le Grand; Dr. Bonfils
Synopsis
Barry is rescued at sea by a steamer that has the Inspector on it. As Fang Gow recovers in the Port of Said, he tries to coerce the doctor and Jean into treatment and also a government formula for a poison.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The author credits Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson as the writer through part 29.

[Fang Gow of China, Part 25] (Table of Contents: 52)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (see notes)
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Fang Gow, who wants the formula for making the deadly poison gas recently perfected in the French government laboratories...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Inspector Le Grand; Fang Gow (villain); Jean Le Grand; Dr. Bonfils; Ben Ali
Synopsis
Barry follows a lead from his friend Ben Ali. Fang Gow is ready to cut off Jean's Finger when Barry pulls the trigger.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The author credits Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson as the writer through part 29.

[Fang Gow of China, Part 26] (Table of Contents: 53)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (see notes)
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Barry follows the man with a hole in his hand to Fang Gow's Port Said hideout where he hopes to rescue...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Fang Gow (villain); Jean Le Grand; Dr. Bonfils; Ling Foo
Synopsis
Barry has interrupted Jean's mutilation but in the chaos gets separated and then caught. While imprisoned he meets Ling Foo.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The author credits Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson as the writer through part 29.

[Fang Gow of China, Part 27] (Table of Contents: 54)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (see notes)
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Barry O'Neill pursues Fang Gow and his band of cutthroats to the wicked city of Port Said...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Fang Gow (villain); Jean Le Grand; Ling Foo
Synopsis
After Ling Foo frees him, Barry attempts to rescue Jean Le Grand from Fang Gow's clutches.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The author credits Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson as the writer through part 29.

[Fang Gow of China, Part 28] (Table of Contents: 55)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (see notes)
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Fang Gow, wounded by Barry in Paris, kidnaps the famous surgeon, Dr. Bonfils and Inspector Le Grand's daughter...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Fang Gow (villain); Jean Le Grande; Dr. Bonfils
Synopsis
Barry rescues Jean from Fang Gow's clutches, but is unable to escape himself.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The author credits Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson as the writer through part 29.

[Fang Gow of China, Part 29] (Table of Contents: 56)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (see notes)
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Barry, with Ling Foo's aid, escapes from his dungeon, making his way to the roof.
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Inspector Le Grand; Fang Gow (villain); Dr. Bonfils; Jean Le Grand
Synopsis
Barry and Jean are free but Fang Gow still holds Dr. Bonfils. Fang Gow wants surgery to help him walk again.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The author credits Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson as the writer through part 29.

[Fang Gow of China, Part 30] (Table of Contents: 57)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Leo E. O'Mealia
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
After a gun duel in which Barry wounds the treacherous Fang Gow, Dr. Bonfils, eminent French surgeon and Jean...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Inspector Le Grand; Fang Gow (villain); Jean Le Grand; Dr. Bonfils
Synopsis
Fang Gow tortures Dr. Bonfils. Barry disguises himself with face paint and a turban, sneaks into Fang Gow's building, promptly gets tossed into a snake pit, finds Dr. Bonfils and the two are trapped by water.
Reprints

[Fang Gow of China, Part 31] (Table of Contents: 58)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Leo E. O'Mealia
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
After rescuing Jean Le Grand from Fang Gow's Port Said hideout, Barry returns to rescue Dr. Bonfils...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Inspector Le Grand; Fang Gow (villain); Jean Le Grand; Dr. Bonfils; Ling Foo
Synopsis
Barry and the doctor find an escape hatch from the water trap and meet up with Ling Foo, who reveals himself as a friendly spy with an excellent command of English after all. Jean leaves for France but is intercepted and kidnapped, as is her father, the Inspector.
Reprints

[Fang Gow of China, Part 32] (Table of Contents: 59)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Leo E. O'Mealia
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Fang Gow, believing Barry and Doctor Bonfils murdered by his men, sends thugs to kidnap Jean Le Grand.
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Inspector Le Grand; Fang Gow (villain); Jean Le Grand; Dr. Bonfils; Shiek Ah Hamid
Synopsis
Fang Gow meets with an Arabian Shiek and arranges to exchange Jean for a mind-control drug. Jean is briefly reunited with her father. Having gotten the doctor to safety, Barry returns to Fang Gow's lair. Inspector Le Grand is used to test the slave drug, who assaults his daughter and attacks Barry foiling his rescue attempt. Jean is passed to the Shiek.
Reprints

[Fang Gow of China, Part 33] (Table of Contents: 60)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Leo E. O'Mealia
Pencils
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo E. O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Jean Le Grand... Daughter of Inspector Le Grand, has been traded to a sheik by Fang Gow...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Inspector Le Grand; Fang Gow (villain); Jean Le Grand; Dr. Bonfils; Shiek Ah Hamid; Naida; Ling Foo [as Lin]
Synopsis
Jean Le Grand, daughter of the inspector, has been kidnapped and is being auctioned by the Shiek to slave traders. Inspector Le Grand remains mind-controlled after attacking Barry. Barry acquires an antidote from Dr. Bonfils and goes back to rescue Le Grand. However, they end up fighting again. Naida, a slave girl, helps Jean to escape, only to end up wandering the desert.
Reprints

[Fang Gow of China, Part 34] (Table of Contents: 61)

Barry O'Neill / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Ed Winiarski
Pencils
Ed Winiarski [as Win]
Inks
Ed Winiarski [as Win]
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Jean Le Grand, daughter of Inspector Le Grand, escapes from a desert sheik to whom she has been sold as a slave--
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry O'Neill; Inspector Le Grand; Fang Gow (villain); Jean Le Grand
Synopsis
The Inspector recovers from the antidote and he and Barry escape. Jean wanders the desert until rescued by a passing rug merchant. Fang Gow is incensed by Barry's escape and sends his men to spy on Barry. Barry disguises himself to rescue Jean but is exposed and laid out on the torture table under Fang Gow's hand.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The first frame of this story is the same as the last frame of the previous story, but it has been redrawn by the new artist, Ed Winiarski (replacing Leo E. O'Mealia). The author of this collection makes a point of analyzing the lower quality of Winiarski's art exemplified here. This is the last installment collected as the author explains that the remaining installments were too costly to acquire. She only summarizes the arc's conclusion (see page 35 for that synopsis).

New Comics (DC, 1935 series) #1 (December 1935) (Table of Contents: 62)

Jibby Jones / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Vin Sullivan (signed)
Inks
Vin Sullivan (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; children
Characters
Jibby Jones
Reprints

Chapter Six, Artists and Writers (Table of Contents: 63)

about comics / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Two of the most famous creators to come out of the Major's comics magazine were Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
Genre
non-fiction

Pages
111 - 117

Abstract
Author Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson reviews the artists and writers emerging from the field at National Allied Publications beginning in 1935. Included are Jerry Siegel, who had his first comic story published in More Fun #6. As early as October 1935, Wheeler-Nicholson was advising Siegel on what to do with the Superman strip. Also discussed are Vincent Sullivan, Sheldon Mayer (who would later be formative for William Moulton Marston), and Walt Kelly. Wheeler-Nicholson's broad writing, editing, and publishing accomplishments were soon followed by the efforts of Harry Chesler, Will Eisner, and Jerry Iger.

There is room on the last page for a very small reproduction of the interior art of Walt Kelly's complete 1-page story "Down by the Old Mill Stream" originally published in More Fun (DC, 1936 series) v1#7 (January 1936).

[Koth and the Seven, Part 3] (Table of Contents: 64)

Dr. Occult / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel [as Leger]
Pencils
Joe Shuster [as Reuths]
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Entering an Egyptian tomb in quest of a magical belt, Occult and Zator feel apprehensive--
Genre
adventure
Characters
Doctor Occult; Zator; Glack; Koth (villain)
Synopsis
Occult defends Zator, and with his sword given by the Seven, he defeats Glack.

Indexer Notes

Only the first page of the two-page story is presented. The story originally appeared in More Fun Comics (DC, 1936 series) v2#3 [15] (November 1936). This page is presented between page one and two of Chapter Six, Artists and Writers.

[Rescuing the King, Part 3] (Table of Contents: 65)

Henri Duval / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (Signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Out of the night a horde of horsemen pour down on the inn.
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Henri Duval
Synopsis
Henri Duval must protect the King from enemies disguised as musketeers.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The reproduction here leaves room on the page for two more small images:
• Wow — What a Magazine! (Henle Publications, 1936 series) #1 (July 1936) - cover only.
• More Fun (DC, 1936 series) v1#7 (January 1936) - indicia only.

This page is presented between page one and two of Chapter Six, Artists and Writers.

[Part 2] (Table of Contents: 66)

Gulliver's Travels / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Jonathan Swift (credited); Walt Kelly (signed)
Pencils
Walt Kelly (signed)
Inks
Walt Kelly (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The tiny people cart Gulliver into the town of Lilliput.
Genre
children; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Gulliver
Synopsis
Gulliver arrives in Lilliput and is given a house and a meal.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

True to Walt Kelly's nature, each page being a single frame allows for extraordinary detail of the goings-on about town with several micro-scenes all playing out mid-frame such as two women whispering, one child rescuing another from falling out a window, etc. The two one-page scenes are framed as if it were a single poster, with the feature banner spreading across the top while the sides and bottom are bordered in intricate scenic detail. These pages are presented in this compilation between page one and two of Chapter Six, Artists and Writers.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 67)

Federal Men / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Joe Shuster (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Carson, I want you to meet Professor Grant!
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Professor Grant (introduction); Jor-L (a Federal Man of 3000 A.D. in Prof. Grant's fantasy, not to be confused with Superman's father, introduction)
Synopsis
Professor Grant gives the Federal Men a forecast of the future of crime detection in the format of an imaginary story. In the year 3000 AD, when there is a disturbance at the Mountains of Mars, Jor-L, an ace sleuth of the service, uses his one man space flyer to track it down.

Indexer Notes

This is page one of the original four-page story published in New Adventure Comics (DC, 1937 series) v1#12 (January 1937). Characters and synopsis only cover this one page. Visit https://www.comics.org/issue/155/#3887 for the full description.

The page is presented in this compilation between page one and two of Chapter Six, Artists and Writers.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 68)

Little Linda / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Whitney Ellsworth [as Whit Ellsworth] (signed)
Pencils
Whitney Ellsworth [as Whit Ellsworth] (signed)
Inks
Whitney Ellsworth [as Whit Ellsworth] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Good ole winter!!
Genre
adventure; children
Characters
Little Linda
Synopsis
Little Linda has bad luck performing several everyday winter activities but is rewarded with a cozy fire at the end of the day.
Reprints

Chapter Seven, The Comics of 1936 (Table of Contents: 69)

about comics / 2.5 pages (report information)

Script
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The year 1936 was one of firsts for Wheeler-Nicholson's comics.
Genre
non-fiction

Pages
119 - 123

Abstract
Author Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson revisits the 21 issues published by National Allied Publications during 1936, the changes in practice for cover composition, the inclusion of the first female creators, Emma C. McKean, and Merna E. Gamble, the influence of the success of pulp fiction on comics, and Wheeler-Nicholson's evolution of rights management amidst the practice of other publishers declaring bankruptcy in order to avoid paying creators only to form a new company almost immediately.

[The Dan Bowers Case, Part 1] (Table of Contents: 70)

Calling All Cars / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel [as Jerome Siegel] (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (signed)
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
That's us! Let's Go!
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Sandy Kean
Synopsis
Sandy tries to take on the gamblers.

Indexer Notes

This story is page one of the original two-page story published in More Fun Comics (DC, 1936 series) v2#5 (17) (January 1937). Characters and synopsis only cover this one page. Visit https://www.comics.org/issue/154/#3858 for the full description.

The page is presented in this compilation between page one and two of Chapter Seven, The Comics of 1936.

More Fun Comics (DC, 1936 series) v1#10 (May 1936) (Table of Contents: 71)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 0.25 page (report information)

Pencils
Vin Sullivan
Inks
Vin Sullivan
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
No Swimming
Genre
humor; children
Reprints
Keywords
thermometer

New Book of Comics (DC, 1936 series) #1 (1936) (Table of Contents: 72)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
? (various)
Pencils
? (various)
Inks
? (various)
Colors
? (various)
Letters
? (various)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gold!
Genre
adventure; humor; children; detective-mystery
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The cover consists of various excerpts from Nicholson features. The page is presented in this compilation between page one and two of Chapter Seven, The Comics of 1936.

Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #1 (March 1937) (Table of Contents: 73)

Bruce Nelson / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Vin Sullivan
Inks
Vin Sullivan
Colors
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Sen Yoi
Reprints
Keywords
mandarin hats; stereotyping of Chinese

Indexer Notes

The art credits were verified by Vin Sullivan himself. The page is presented in this compilation between page one and two of Chapter Seven, The Comics of 1936.

[Alaskan Adventure, Part 7] (Table of Contents: 74)

Bob Merritt / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo O'Mealia
Inks
Leo O'Mealia
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It's a queer thing that we can't fly through that mist cloud that hangs over the volcano.
Genre
adventure; aviation

Indexer Notes

This is one-frame blowup of from the last page of [Alaskan Adventure, Part 7] (Bob Merritt) from More Fun Comics (DC, 1936 series) v2#9 (21).

Chapter Eight, Bob Merritt (Table of Contents: 75)

about comics / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The strip, "Bob Merritt, The Mystery Plane,'" illustrated by Leo O'Mealia, appeared in New Fun #5 (August 1935).
Genre
non-fiction

Pages
125 - 127

Abstract
Author Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson discusses the emergence of the Bob Merritt strip as a staple feature for the New Fun and then More Fun publications. As far as character and plot design, Bob Merritt was typical of Wheeler-Nicholson's pulp fiction work that was published with Street & Smith in the Bill Barnes feature at the same time, sometimes re-using plots and dialog. Wheeler-Nicholson's passions for technology and invention informed Merritt's character, as well as his advanced views on minorities.

[Alaskan Adventure, Part 5] (Table of Contents: 76)

Bob Merritt / illustration / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo O'Mealia
Inks
Leo O'Mealia
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gosh, they're throwin' those bodies into the fire down there!
Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
Dicky Saunders; The Silent Orientals
Synopsis
Dicky spies from atop a ledge in a cave.

Indexer Notes

This is a single frame reproduction blown up to fill half a page. The frame is taken from the Barry O'Neill feature in More Fun Comics (DC, 1936 series) #v2#7 (19). Appears between page 1 and 2 of Chapter Eight: Bob Merritt.

[Alaskan Adventure, Part 13] (Table of Contents: 77)

Bob Merritt / illustration / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo O'Mealia
Inks
Leo O'Mealia
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The gangster fleet rises to give battle to the raiders--
Genre
adventure; aviation

Indexer Notes

This is a single frame reproduction blown up to fill half a page. The frame is taken from the Barry O'Neill feature in More Fun Comics (DC, 1936 series) #28. Appears between page 1 and 2 of Chapter Eight: Bob Merritt.

[Alaskan Adventure, Part 1] (Table of Contents: 78)

Bob Merritt / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
With the two enemy planes roaring down upon their tail, Red and Shorty nose their plane toward Earth to avoid the deadly gun-fire.
Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
Bob Merritt; Red; Shorty; Buzz; Lefty; Saunders
Synopsis
Bob and his pals coordinate efforts to locate Prospector Jake's gold mine.
Reprints
Keywords
Bumble-bee; Edmonton

[Alaskan Adventure, Part 2] (Table of Contents: 79)

Bob Merritt / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bob Merritt and his men finally land and pitch camp in the heart of the Alaskan Rockies.
Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
Bob Merritt; Prospector Jake; Dicky Saunders
Synopsis
Saunders is captured by gangsters looking for the gold mine. Bob investigates an extinct volcano crater with his rocket plane but is mysteriously repelled.
Reprints

[Alaskan Adventure, Part 3] (Table of Contents: 80)

Bob Merritt / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bob and several of his men leave their camp base in planes.
Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
Bob Merritt; Prospector Jake
Synopsis
Merritt's camp is raided, but he returns just in time to run them off with his plane and tracer bullets. They investigate the scene of the attack but find no bodies. They decide to strike camp and move to safer ground.
Reprints

[Alaskan Adventure, Part 4] (Table of Contents: 81)

Bob Merritt / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
During the night Bob Merritt's camp is suddenly attacked by a mysterious and well-armed group of invaders.
Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
Bob Merritt; Dicky Saunders; Monk Morton (villain)
Synopsis
Bob flies out to investigate the cloud again. Meanwhile, Monk Morton plans to topple the cliffside camp. Saunders escapes into a narrow cave, while Monk's men fire bullets after him.
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[Alaskan Adventure, Part 5] (Table of Contents: 82)

Bob Merritt / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Young Saunders, a member of Bob Merritt's organization, is captured by Monk Morton who seeks to know...
Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
Dicky Saunders; The Silent Orientals
Synopsis
Saunders escapes from Monk Morton only to be captured by a group of Asians who seem to have discovered the gold mine.
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Keywords
chamber; execution; monks; ritual sacrifice; terror-stricken; torch-lit

[Alaskan Adventure, Part 6] (Table of Contents: 83)

Bob Merritt / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Dicky Saunders, youngest member of Bob Merritt's flying company, in escaping from Monk Morton's mobsters...
Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
Dicky Saunders; Bob Merritt; Shorty; The Silent Orientals
Synopsis
While investigating the clouded volcano, Bob scouts too far from his plane and is also captured by the mysterious Asians.
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Keywords
chopping block; cloud; death sentence; gold; kidnapping; lookout; red light; thick glasses; underground; volcano

[Alaskan Adventure, Part 7] (Table of Contents: 84)

Bob Merritt / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Knowing the danger in attempting to pierce the mysterious cloud that hovers over the crater, Bob Merritt, on his lone tour of inspection...
Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
Bob Merritt; Dicky Saunders; Buzz; Shorty; Tex; Prospector Jake; Monk Morton
Synopsis
Bob is taken to the same execution chamber as Saunders. Morton's gangsters wait to blow up Merritt's camp until after they know where the gold is. Bob's flying company and Jake take off in search of Merritt.
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[Alaskan Adventure, Part 8] (Table of Contents: 85)

Bob Merritt / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Captured by a band of silent Asiatics while trying to lean the secret of the mysterious cloud hovering over the volcano...
Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
Bob Merritt; The Silent Asiatics (The Silent Orientals); Dicky Saunders;
Synopsis
Bob is coerced into writing a note that instructs his flying company to retreat and abandon him and the claim to the gold mine. The note is delivered, but Bob bursts free to attack the big executioner.
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[Alaskan Adventure, Part 9] (Table of Contents: 86)

Bob Merritt / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The guard that Dicky tripped was stunned by striking his head against the execution block.
Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
Bob Merritt; Dicky Saunders
Synopsis
Bob and Dicky fight three thugs to the death, with Dicky turning the tide with a decisive blow from the executioner's sword. Meanwhile, Bob's company prepares to comply with the note, Morton's men wait at the bottom of the cliff. Bob and Dicky split up--Bob is to try to get to his plane, and Dicky is to get to Morton's men to save the camp from explosives.
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[Alaskan Adventure, Part 10] (Table of Contents: 87)

Bob Merritt / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In stunned amazement the Asiatics watch this half-naked American's sudden rush towards them with the executioner's huge sword.
Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
Bob Merritt; The Silent Asiatics; Dicky Saunders; Monk Morton
Synopsis
Bob does his best to cause a ruckus outside the cave near the airfield to cover Dicky escaping the other direction towards Morton's men and Dicky is killing everyone who gets in his way. Finally, Bob retreats back into the cave and uses the sword to collapse the tunnel on the angry horde of Asiatics. He makes his way out to the airfield and steals back his plane.
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[Alaskan Adventure, Part 11] (Table of Contents: 88)

Bob Merritt / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bob got away!
Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
Bob Merritt; Dicky Saunders; Buzz; Red; Shorty; Tex; Prospector Jake; Monk Morton
Synopsis
Merritt flies into his camp and checks with Buzz about the secret message that was coded into the note Bob was forced to write. He finds preparations are in place. Meanwhile, Dicky finds the explosives set at the base of the cliff just in time to disarm them from the remote detonation wire. However, he is briefly electrocuted in the process and is discovered by Morton and his men. The remaining Asiatics have taken to the air.
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[Alaskan Adventure, Part 12] (Table of Contents: 89)

Bob Merritt / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
With their huge transport planes laden with the gold from old Prospector Jake's Alaskan volcano mine, the Asiatics have taken to the air.
Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
Bob Merritt; Dicky Saunders; Monk Morton (villain); The Wasp (villain); Trigger (villain)
Synopsis
The Asiatics' planes bear down on Bob's camp, Morton presses his attack on Dicky's position and Merritt prepares to ambush Dicky's attackers from the rear. By the time the bombs drop, however, Bob's men have already evacuated the camp.
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Indexer Notes

'The Wasp' and 'Trigger' are not super-villains - just thugs from Monk's crew with decent nicknames.

[Alaskan Adventure, Part 13] (Table of Contents: 90)

Bob Merritt / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Fearing Bob Merritt and his companions might interfere with their transporting the gold from old Prospector Jake's claim...
Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
Bob Merritt; Dicky Saunders; Buzz; Red Gleason; Shorty; Tex; Prospector Jake; Monk Morton (villain); The Wasp (villain, death); Trigger (villain, death)
Synopsis
Bob meets up with Dicky, having gunned down The Wasp and Trigger, as Morton and the rest of his men retreat to find their planes, as the Asiatics' bombs are hammering Merritt's camp.
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[Alaskan Adventure, Part 14] (Table of Contents: 91)

Bob Merritt / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Inks
Leo O'Mealia (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
With a roar the rocket ship shoots from the ground.
Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
Bob Merritt
Synopsis
Merritt flies alone against both the planes of the Asiatics and those of Monk Morton's men. He uses his tiny "Bumble-Bee" rocket plane effectively dodging among the other heavier planes and bi-planes, making kill after kill.
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Indexer Notes

This segment is the last installment collected here and the second-to-last ever written for Bob Merritt. Similar to the explanation for the missing episode of Barry O'Neill, the author states on page 127 that the final installment of the Bob Merritt story arc collected here (originally published in More Fun Comics (1936 series) #30 March-April 1938) was left out because of the rarity of the original material. However, she explains that the uncollected sequence is one-page, black and white, and ends with Bob flying off with "to be continued."

The author's description (of the uncollected segment) conflicts with GCD records for that sequence. GCD indexer Jim Van Dore confirmed the sequence has no color, but that it is two pages. Furthermore, Bob Merritt wins the dogfight, descends to the volcano and deplanes, only to be shot by the Asiatic marauders. It's an unresolved cliffhanger since no Merritt stories have ever appeared since. In fact, it is part 14 collected here that ends with Bob flying off with "to be continued."

[Mystery Stories [v12 #1, October 1927]] (Table of Contents: 92)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
? (painted)
Inks
? (painted)
Colors
? (painted)
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Synopsis
A lone Viking figure looks out at the sun breaking the horizon.

Indexer Notes

This is the original cover was for Mystery Stories [v12 #1, October 1927] (25¢, pulp) and contained the short story "The Blood Pearls," by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson.

Chapter Nine, "Blood Pearls" (Table of Contents: 93)

about comics / 1 page (report information)

Script
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
"Blood Pearls" is one of the finer examples of Wheeler-Nicholson's pulp writing.
Genre
non-fiction

Pages
157 - 157

Abstract
The author discusses "The Blood Pearls," a story published in comics in six 4-page installments in New Comics (DC, 1935 series) #8-11 and New Adventure Comics (DC, 1937 series) #12-13. Again, this is writing that originated in Wheeler-Nicholson's pulp career, this time from 1927 with the publication of "The Blood Pearls" in the pages of Mystery Stories [v12 #1, October 1927] (25¢, pulp). She discusses Wheeler-Nicholson's military background as having informed the narrative and remarks on the unusual choices made for the protagonist. Artist Munson Paddock's background is also discussed, as well as his remarkable work for the comic book implementation.

[Episode 1] (Table of Contents: 94)

The Blood Pearls / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (credited)
Pencils
Munson Paddock [as Pad] (credited)
Inks
Munson Paddock [as Pad] (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Baslyn, heavy-jowled white man, lives by his wits in the Orient.
Genre
adventure
Characters
Baslyn; Dato Penang; Tsao-Chung's daughter
Synopsis
Baslyn wants the Blood Pearls so badly he agrees to abduct a Chinese mestiza girl for old Dato who taunts him with the necklace's rare beauty and unusual snake setting made up of seven rubies. So charged, he returns to Manila and happens upon a festival and meets a masked woman. He woos her out of selfish reasons at first, but when she is unmasked he realizes she fits the bill for old Dato, so he drugs her.

Indexer Notes

Baslyn could be referenced as a villain, but his story as an unwitting protagonist in a story about cursed jewelry transforms him into something of a victim of his greed leading him from one wrong choice to the next with no hope of escape.

A Filipina mestiza is a woman of mixed Filipino and any foreign ancestry. The context here indicates an exotic Chinese woman of rare beauty.

[Episode 2] (Table of Contents: 95)

The Blood Pearls / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (credited)
Pencils
Munson Paddock [as Pad] (credited)
Inks
Munson Paddock [as Pad] (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Baslyn, in Manila, has drugged a lovely Chinese girl!
Genre
adventure
Characters
Baslyn; Tsao-Chung's daughter; Felipe; Penang's nephew (introduction); Dato Penang (death)
Synopsis
Baslyn and Felipe sail back to old Dato but are met by Dato's nephew, who makes them wait till morning. Baslyn tries to trade the girl to Data for the pearls, but the nephew stabs Dato and seizes the girl escaping into the night. On the way out, oddly, he insists Baslyn take the priceless necklace. As Baslyn recovers and cleans up, he is seized almost immediately by haunted guilt over having betrayed the girl.

Indexer Notes

The story arc will finish after part six with no explanation as to whatever happens to the girl.

[Episode 3] (Table of Contents: 96)

The Blood Pearls / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (credited)
Pencils
Munson Paddock [as Pad] (credited)
Inks
Munson Paddock [as Pad] (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Baslyn, white scoundrel in Manila, takes a Chinese girl, drugged, to old Dato Penang--receiving in exchange Dato's blood pearls.
Genre
adventure
Characters
Baslyn; Fong; Tsao-Chung; Filipe
Synopsis
Baslyn tries to sell the pearls to Fong, but he refuses them and only looks at Baslyn with pity. Baslyn tries other dealers with no luck. Knowing he cannot go to white dealers he retreats and is followed by the girl's father, Tsao-Chung. Tsao-Chung threatens him with a curse, but Baslyn throws him overboard for the sharks and escapes with Felipe. He sells his boat and packs hastily for the States.

[Episode 4] (Table of Contents: 97)

The Blood Pearls / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (credited)
Pencils
Munson Paddock [as Pad] (credited)
Inks
Munson Paddock [as Pad] (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Baslyn, in Manila, abducts a Chinese mestiza girl and exchanges her for blood pearls which he is unable to sell.
Genre
adventure
Characters
Baslyn; Tsao-Chung's daughter (flashback); Penang's nephew (flashback); Dato Penang (flashback)
Synopsis
Baslyn makes it to his transpacific ship in time, but as they set sail, he begins to stew about the events. He becomes obsessed with the number seven noticing it everywhere and letting Tsao-Chung's warning curse get under his skin. Reaching the U.S., he spooks at the sight of a Chinese person who might be Tsao-Chung and bolts for a train station to Chicago. Once in the new city, he spots another Chinese man again.

[Episode 5] (Table of Contents: 98)

The Blood Pearls / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (credited)
Pencils
Munson Paddock [as Pad] (credited)
Inks
Munson Paddock [as Pad] (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Baslyn has committed two heinous crimes--he fears "certain punishment."
Genre
adventure
Characters
Baslyn; Tsao-Chung (The Chinaman)
Synopsis
Baslyn is somewhat hysterical by now and leaves the train in Michigan heading to a farmhouse to hide out. But while he sleeps, he is robbed by a drifter who himself befalls an unfortunate accident right there in the barn. He retrieves the pearls and makes his way to a remote cabin. But nearby the Chinese man approaches. Baslyn bursts from the cabin, escaping into the night.

[Episode 6] (Table of Contents: 99)

The Blood Pearls / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (credited)
Pencils
Munson Paddock [as Pad] (credited)
Inks
Munson Paddock [as Pad] (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Relentlessly, the Chinaman pursues!
Genre
adventure
Characters
Baslyn (death); Tsao-Chung's brother (The Chinaman)
Synopsis
Baslyn believes the ghost of Tsao-Chung is pursuing him. He flees the cabin, through Detroit and onto New York City. He finds a pearl dealership near Bell Street, but the Chinese man is waiting for him. Baslyn is done for. The pearls and the body are left for the dealer to find. The Chinese man visits a high priest on the very same street and reports the disposition of Baslyn. The Chinese man is revealed to be the girl's uncle--the brother of the murdered Tsao-Chung.

Indexer Notes

In the comics, the story is considered complete, but Tsao-Chung's daughter is never recovered nor is Dato Penang's nephew who had made off with her into the night in part two.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 100)

The Monastery of the Blue God / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Munson Paddock
Inks
Munson Paddock
Colors
?

Genre
adventure; military
Characters
The Governor of Kalgan
Synopsis
The Governor of Kalgan orders executions.

Indexer Notes

This is a single frame reproduction blown up to fill the entire page. The frame is taken from The Monastery of the Blue God in New Adventure Comics (DC, 1937 Series) from possibly v2#11 (23) or v2#12 (24), which would have been the tenth or eleventh installment out of twelve. It wouldn't be earlier because earlier installments are sufficiently indexed so as to be ruled out.

Chapter Ten, "The Monastery of the Blue God." (Table of Contents: 101)

about comics / 1.4 pages (report information)

Script
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
"The Monastery of the Blue God" was originally a pulp story, "The Monastery of the Blue Death" in The Popular Magazine (April 2, 1930).
Genre
non-fiction

Pages
183 - 185

Abstract
The author covers the background pulp story in detail and relates it to Wheeler-Nicholson's own military experience again, but also takes time to discuss family history, including the Major's wife Elsa Bjøerkbom, a woman of aristocratic background, who is the model for the story's heroine. This is apparent in the writing as well as Munson Paddock's art. The comic story appears in twelve 4-page installments but only three are collected in this volume.

[Elsa Bjøerkbom] (Table of Contents: 102)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
? (photograph)
Inks
? (photograph)

Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

The author, Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson, includes a charming studio portrait of Elsa Bjøerkbom, a woman of aristocratic background, who is Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson's wife and the model and prototype for the heroine of The Monastery of the Blue God. This is apparent in the Major's writing as well as Munson Paddock's art.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 103)

The Monastery of the Blue God / illustration / 0.6 page (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Munson Paddock
Inks
Munson Paddock
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Who is this Von Bolander?
Genre
adventure; military
Characters
Captain Douglas Stewart; Baroness Elsa von Saxenberg
Synopsis
Stewart asks the lovely Elsa what she knows about Lieutenant Count Kraft Von Bolander.

Indexer Notes

This is the 19th frame of episode 2 of The Monastery of the Blue God, originally published in New Adventure Comics (DC, 1937 series) v2#3 (15) May 1937. The author of this compilation includes this enlarged frame to demonstrate the likeness to the real-life Elsa Bjøerkbom.

[Episode 1] (Table of Contents: 104)

The Monastery of the Blue God / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (credited)
Pencils
Munson Paddock [as Pad] (credited)
Inks
Munson Paddock [as Pad] (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The Swedish legation in Paris is ablaze with lights!
Genre
adventure; military
Characters
Captain Douglas Stewart (introduction); Sergeant Miller; Lieutenant Count Kraft Von Bolander (Swedish military); Baroness Elsa von Saxenberg; Vivan Kroningeld
Synopsis
The armistice for the World War has been signed, and Captain Stewart attends a celebratory ball in Paris where he runs into his friend, Miller. At once, he is distracted by the appearance of Elsa von Saxenberg, a Swedish aristocrat. Stewart gets an uneasy introduction to her by Von Bolander and by the end of the evening, the two have another date planned. As they part, he tells that in three days he will propose to her.
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Indexer Notes

The first two pages are black, white, and red; the last two pages are black and white. The story arc originally appeared in twelve 4-page installments, but only three are collected in this volume, selected by the author of the compilation to highlight the relationship between the family-inspired characters written by her grandfather. Sergeant Miller is described in his first frame as being dressed in a lieutenant's uniform, but the story consistently refers to him as a sergeant.

[Episode 2] (Table of Contents: 105)

The Monastery of the Blue God / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (credited)
Pencils
Munson Paddock [as Pad] (credited)
Inks
Munson Paddock [as Pad] (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Well roommate, I am to return to the States on the next transport!
Genre
adventure; military
Characters
Captain Douglas Stewart; Lieutenant Count Kraft Von Bolander (Swedish military); Baroness Elsa von Saxenberg; Vivan Kroningeld
Synopsis
With only a day left in Paris, Stewart makes his plans to woo Elsa. They manage to take lunch but are shadowed the Count and another man. Afterward, they evade the Count, while Elsa remains reluctant but charmed by the Captain's plans for their future. He learns about the sapphire she wears with its hidden note and about the Blue God, but they are spied upon. Her brooch is misplaced, and Von Bolander and a scar-faced man steal the note about the treasure behind the jewel. Stewart finds the Count and confronts him.
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Indexer Notes

The first two pages are black, white, and red; the last two pages are black and white. The story arc originally appeared in twelve 4-page installments, but only three are collected in this volume, selected by the author of the compilation to highlight the relationship between the family-inspired characters written by her grandfather.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 106)

The Monastery of the Blue God / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (credited)
Pencils
Munson Paddock [as Pad] (credited)
Inks
Munson Paddock [as Pad] (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Captain Douglas Stewart, Intelligence Service, Peking, his fiancée, Baroness Elsa Von Saxonberg, Sergeant Miller and Corporal Drenoff travel to Mongolia...
Genre
adventure; military
Characters
Captain Douglas Stewart; Baroness Elsa Von Saxenberg; Sergeant Miller; Corporal Drenoff; The Governor of Kalgan; Lieutenant Count Kraft Von Bolander (villain)
Synopsis
The Chinese Governor of Kalgan listens to Von Bolander's lies about our heroes and orders the men executed and the woman captured. Meanwhile, Stewart, Elsa, Miller and Drenoff drive through the desert. They narrowly escape the advance of fifty Chinese cavalry and instead manage to effect a capture and surrender by using a herd of Mongol ponies to hide their numbers.

Indexer Notes

The first two pages are black, white, and red; the last two pages are black and white. The story arc originally appeared in twelve 4-page installments, but only three are collected in this volume, selected by the author of the compilation to highlight the relationship between the family-inspired characters written by her grandfather. This 4-page story is the third segment collected and originally occurred either as the tenth or possibly the eleventh installment out of twelve. It wouldn't be earlier because earlier installments are sufficiently indexed so as to be ruled out.

New Adventure Comics (DC, 1937 series) v2#1 [13] (February 1937) (Table of Contents: 107)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Whitney Ellsworth (signed)
Inks
Whitney Ellsworth (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A woman is unsteadily ice-skating while a boy follows her around with a pillow.
Reprints
Keywords
pillow

Chapter Eleven, The Comics of 1937 (Table of Contents: 108)

about comics / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The year 1937 was a watershed for the Major and his comics business.
Genre
non-fiction

Pages
199 - 201

Abstract
The author discusses the business particulars of the emergence of the company that publishes Detective Comics #1, the major's fourth company and first to have stipulated a partnership with anyone--Harry Donenfeld and Jack Liebowitz. This partnership is short-lived as the Major was soon ousted. The author is careful in outlining Donenfeld's possible relationship to organized crime and the alleged coercion by Liebowitz and Donenfeld of the Major's agreements that led to him losing control over the entire comics operation. The author surveys the talent used in the 1937 comics.

New Adventure Comics (DC, 1937 series) v2#7 (19) (September 1937) (Table of Contents: 109)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Creig Flessel (signed)
Inks
Creig Flessel (signed)
Colors
?

Genre
adventure
Synopsis
Two kids are at a beach playing pirates, suitably dressed, swords in hand. At their feet is a wooden crate half-buried in the sand with "Hidden Treasure, Captain Kidd" etched into it, with a pirate skull and crossbones. Also in hand is a copy of "How to Fence."
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Indexer Notes

This is presented between pages 1 and 2 of Chapter Eleven, The Comics of 1937.

[Sven Elven Sketch] (Table of Contents: 110)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Inks
Sven Elven (signed)

Synopsis
A profile of an attractive woman.

Indexer Notes

Pen and ink drawing from the artist behind many of Wheeler-Nicholson's classic adaptations for comics.

Chapter Twelve, Some Classics Illustrated (Table of Contents: 111)

about comics / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In addition to his pulp adventure stories based on his experiences and travels...
Genre
non-fiction

Pages
203 - 205

Abstract
The author discusses Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson's pulp stories that took place in historical periods with elements of medieval crusades, knights and the occasional historical figure or location. Many of these pulp works would later inform the Major's writing and editing for comics. Artist Sven Elven had collaborated with Wheeler-Nicholson as early as 1925 on a rendition of The Three Musketeers. They would work together on Stevenson's Treasure Island and Haggard's She. The author delves into Sven Elven's background and biography. There is space enough for three frames of Sven Elven art taken from the story, "She." This classic novel adaptation ran fifty pages through 16 installments beginning in New Comics (1935 series) v1#6 (July 1936 through December 1937).

Indexer Notes

There is no reference to any Classics Comics or Classics Illustrated titles from Gilberton.

Foe of the Borgias (Table of Contents: 112)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Sven Elven
Inks
Sven Elven
Colors
?

Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Rafael Colonna; tower guard
Synopsis
Rafael disarms a tower guard

Indexer Notes

This illustration is taken from the 22nd frame of the story, Foe of the Borgias, which originally appeared in New Adventure Comics (DC, 1937 series) v2#1 [13] (February 1937)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 113)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Sven Elven
Inks
Sven Elven
Colors
? (purple tint over black and white)
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure; fantasy-supernatural

Indexer Notes

This illustration is a composite of two elements:
• text from the author introducing the next two stories ('Foe of the Borgias' and 'She').
• a faint, full-page background image taken from the second story ('She').

This is a single frame reproduction blown up to fill the entire page. The frame is taken from the story "She" running through fifty pages in 16 installments beginning in New Adventure Comics (1937 series) v1#6 (July 1936 through December 1937). The original frame text would have included, "She sits in Judgement, meting out a terrible penalty for this who dared to disobey her by attacking Holly and his companions."

Foe of the Borgias (Table of Contents: 114)

comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Sven Elven
Inks
Sven Elven
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Rafael Colonna, alone at meat in the castle of his love, the Princess Yolanda, perceives a sinister reflection...
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Rafael Colonna (introduction); Cesare Borgia (introduction, villain)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The author of this compilation inexplicably elects to leave out the last page of the story, stating that the story is "almost impossible to obtain."

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 115)

She / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Sven Elven
Inks
Sven Elven
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Leo Vincey; Horace; Holly, with their men, Job and Mahomed, are captured by a savage tribe.
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Leo Vincey; Horace; Holly; Job; Mahomed; Ustane; Chief Billali
Synopsis
Captured by an African tribe, the crew shoots and fights their way through a thick crowd of 'savages.' Holly uses his enormous strength to crush, while Leo fights well, but is overwhelmed. At the last possible moment, Ustane uses her body to block and safeguard him. The skirmish is then interrupted by Chief Billali.

Indexer Notes

This two-page segment reprints entirely one of the two-page bits among 16 episodes of "She," adapted from the H. Rider Haggard novel. There are no dialog balloons - all the narrative and dialog is in short text at the bottom of each panel, with each page generally holding up to eight panels. The comic story originally ran through fifty pages in 16 installments beginning in New Adventure Comics (1937 series) v1#6 (July 1936 through December 1937). This installment (not identified by the author) has to be among the first seven episodes, as they were two pages long--possibly episode six. This is one of only two installments selected for this collection.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 116)

She / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Sven Elven
Inks
Sven Elven
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
She, seeing the scarab ring on Holly's finger and recognizing it as the one belonging to her ancient lover, Kallikrates...
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Leo Vincey; Holly; Job; Ustane; Chief Billali
Synopsis
She interrogates Holly about how he acquired the scarab ring. Holly is flustered but doesn't reveal anything, and soon She relents. Holly visits Leo, finding him still feverish and declining, so instead, he goes back to investigate a passageway. At the end of it, he glimpses She in the middle of a feverish ritual. He remains hidden and speculates to himself whether Leo really is her lover reincarnated. Later She and Holly discuss her rule and whether She can help save Leo. She arrives to do this and realizes that Leo is her reincarnated lover, Kallikrates.

Indexer Notes

The first two pages are black, white, and red; the last two pages are black and white. There are no dialog balloons - all the narrative and dialog is in short text at the bottom of each panel, with each page generally holding up to eight panels. This four-page segment reprints entirely one of the four-page bits among 16 episodes of "She," adapted from the H. Rider Haggard novel. The comic story originally ran through fifty pages in 16 installments beginning in New Adventure Comics (1937 series) v1#6 (July 1936 through December 1937). This installment (not identified by the author) has to be among the first few of the last nine episodes, as they were four pages long. This is one of only two installments selected for this collection.

[New Comics (DC, 1935 series) v1#6 (July 1936)] (Table of Contents: 117)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Whitney Ellsworth
Inks
Whitney Ellsworth
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; children
Synopsis
A boy fishing (while wearing a tie) holds up a fish skeleton to a guilty cat with a halo on his head.
Reprints

Chapter Thirteen, "The Golden Dragon" (Table of Contents: 118)

about comics / 1.25 pages (report information)

Script
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
"The Golden Dragon" first appeared in New Comics #6.
Genre
non-fiction

Pages
225 - 227

Abstract
Author Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson introduces "The Golden Dragon." The comic story originally ran through 126 pages in 31 installments beginning in New Comics (1935 series) v1#6 (July 1936 through March 1939). While the pulp source of this story (published as a serial in the summer of 1931) is not considered as good as some of the other of the Major's pulps, it was suitable for adaptation as a comic story. The entire 126 pages are rendered by pulp artist Tom Hickey and his bio and background are also discussed. Only six complete segments are included in this compilation, so the author takes time to frame up plot points from the other 25 sections.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 119)

The Golden Dragon / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Tom Hickey (signed)
Inks
Tom Hickey
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Down the valley charged a mob of Mongol horsemen!
Genre
adventure; historical
Synopsis
The Cossacks defend Ian Murray's weapons caravan from Mongol horsemen.

Indexer Notes

This is a single frame reproduction blown up to fill the entire page. The frame is taken from The Golden Dragon feature in New Comics (DC, 1935 series) #v1#9, October 1936. The original feature was originally just two pages long and twelve frames. This frame (the story's action peak) was selected to highlight Hickey's higher-quality art and the myriad pulp origins of these characters, going back years to 1931 in Wheeler-Nicholson's own writings. The Golden Dragon storyline lasted through 31 parts for almost three years. The presentation here is between page 1 and 2 of Chapter Thirteen: The Golden Dragon.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 120)

The Golden Dragon / illustration / 0.75 page (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Tom Hickey
Inks
Tom Hickey
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Why yes, do you know of him?
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Doris Willis; Ian Murray; Ken Cockerill
Synopsis
Doris and Ken discuss Torgadoff, who had abducted her in Peking.

Indexer Notes

This is a single panel reproduction blown up to fill nearly the entire page. The frame is taken from The Golden Dragon feature in New Comics (DC, 1935 series) #v1#9, October 1936. The feature was originally just two pages long and twelve panels. This frame (a complimentary profile of Doris on her mount) was selected to highlight Hickey's higher-quality art and the myriad pulp origins of these characters, going back years to 1931 in Wheeler-Nicholson's own writings. The Golden Dragon storyline lasted through 31 parts for almost three years. The presentation here is between page 1 and 2 of Chapter Thirteen: The Golden Dragon.

[Episode 3] (Table of Contents: 121)

The Golden Dragon / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Tom Hickey (signed)
Inks
Tom Hickey
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
There's a blockade on the tracks!
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Ian Murray; Lefty Murphy; Ken Cockerill; Doris Willis
Synopsis
In the Gobi desert, Bandits attack the train, but Ian and his crew drive them off. They arrive safely in Kuei-Hua. They're about to set off with guns and ammo loaded into a camel caravan when Doris Willis is chased into the scene by mounted Mongols. Ian scatters them to save her.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

• The indexed copy has the pages printed out of order. The correct reading order for this segment is page 228 followed by page 237. This installment is comprised of numbered panels from 1 to 8 and 9 to 15, having the synopsis as described above.
• Of the six episodes collected from The Golden Dragon, overall the correct reading order is pages 228,237,236,229-235 and 238-243.
• This is the first segment to read of the six available.

[Episode 4] (Table of Contents: 122)

The Golden Dragon / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Tom Hickey (signed)
Inks
Tom Hickey
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Well, it was this way: In Peking I had the misfortune to be captured by a horrible, pale-faced Tartar by the name of Torgadoff.
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Ian Murray; Ken Cockerill; Doris Willis; Lefty Murphy; Torgadoff (villain)
Synopsis
Ian learns how Doris was taken from Peking to the Mongol compound near Kuei-Hua where she managed to escape and reach his caravan. Since she is on her own, Ian is obliged to accept her into the band. The group sets out to deliver weapons caravan to the Ja-Lama. On the way, they meet up with a friendly band of Cossacks who join as guards. Soon Mongol riders come upon Ian's advance patrol and the Cossacks drive them off. Shortly, they spy Torgadoff heading a column of horsemen directly for their weapons caravan behind them.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

• Torgadoff is described by Doris as a Tartar, which is a particular Turkic-speaking culture from west-central Russia.
• The indexed copy has the pages printed out of order. The correct reading order for this segment is page 236 followed by page 229. This is comprised of numbered panels from 1 to 6 and 7 to 12 having the synopsis as described above.
• Of the six episodes collected from The Golden Dragon, overall the correct reading order is pages 228,237,236,229-235 and 238-243.
• This is the second segment to read of the six available.

[Episode 5] (Table of Contents: 123)

The Golden Dragon / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Tom Hickey (signed)
Inks
Tom Hickey
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Recovering from the shock of seeing the vast column of Mongol horsemen, Ian, Ken and Lefty Murphy come to a quick decision--
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Ian Murray; Ken Cockerill; Lefty Murphy
Synopsis
Ian's patrol elects to harass the column of Mongol riders to prevent them from reaching the caravan, but are soon in over their heads as ammunition runs out and the Mongols advance on their high-top position.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

• Of the six episodes collected from The Golden Dragon, overall the correct reading order is pages 228,237,236,229-235 and 238-243. This is because of the page-ordering misprint.
• This is the third segment to read of the six available.

[Episode 6] (Table of Contents: 124)

The Golden Dragon / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Pencils
Tom Hickey (signed)
Inks
Tom Hickey
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
We left Ian, Ken and Murphy stranded on the mountaintop, out of ammunition and about to be attacked by a mob of fierce Mongols.
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Ian Murray; Ken Cockerill; Lefty Murphy; Doris Willis; Bob Walker; Don Walker; Red Riley; Pan Chi-Lou
Synopsis
While Ian fights at the mountaintop, Doris, the Cossacks, and the rest of Ian's band wait for their return. Bob gets educated on Doris' ability to handle a weapon and they begin to hear Ian's fighting. They plan to take five men up and relieve them.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

• Of the six episodes collected from The Golden Dragon, overall the correct reading order is pages 228,237,236,229-235 and 238-243.
• This is the fourth segment to read of the six available.

[Episode 7] (Table of Contents: 125)

The Golden Dragon / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (plot); Tom Hickey (script)
Pencils
Tom Hickey (signed)
Inks
Tom Hickey
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hearing his name called, Ian whirls to find a breathless Pan Chi-Lou standing there, his arms loaded with ammunition drums.
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Ian Murray; Ken Cockerill; Lefty Murphy; Pan Chi-Lou; Bob Walker; Don Walker; Doris Willis;
Synopsis
While five men have left the caravan to bring ammunition to Ian, Ken, and Murphy, it is a sixth person (Pan Chi-Lou) who arrives first, having taken a shortcut. The Mongols are routed yet again, and Pan walks Ian through what might be coming next, based on the gold pieces found on the dead from the treasure of Genghis Khan. The final panel gives a glimpse of the Dragon Priests who are making big plans to stop Ian's weapons caravan from reaching the Ja-Lama.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

• Of the six episodes collected from The Golden Dragon, overall the correct reading order is pages 228,237,236,229-235 and 238-243. This is because of the page-ordering misprint.
• This is the fifth segment to read of the six available. This is also the last segment that is collected without skipping anything, as this segment concludes with the band at the mountaintop in daylight, while the next segment begins at night and the band has already reached their destination, safe behind a gate.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 126)

The Golden Dragon / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (plot); Tom Hickey (script)
Pencils
Tom Hickey (signed)
Inks
Tom Hickey
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
What the heck is going to pop next?
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Ian Murray; Ken Cockerill; Lefty Murphy; Mongol Messenger (The Mongol Leader, disguised)
Synopsis
Ian, Ken, and Lefty are holed up at night when a fat messenger arrives demanding to see Pan Chi-Lou. They allow him to enter the compound, but then Pan Chi-Lou is nowhere to be found.

Indexer Notes

This two-page excerpt appears to be a detached story example (page 3 and 4 of an episode, with the episode's conclusion evident) taken from one of the four-page segments of The Golden Dragon. Only episodes 10 through 21 are four-pagers. The Golden Dragon comic story originally ran through 126 pages in 31 installments beginning in New Comics (1935 series) v1#6 (July 1936 through March 1939). As the series changed names and indicia publishers, the chapters kept up, missing only one issue.
• Of the six episodes collected from The Golden Dragon, overall the correct reading order is pages 228,237,236,229-235 and 238-243, because of the page-ordering misprint.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 127)

The Golden Dragon / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (plot); Tom Hickey (script)
Pencils
Tom Hickey (signed)
Inks
Tom Hickey
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Disguised partially by the heavy coat and hat taken from the unconscious Mongol, Ian boldly walks toward the campfire and the sentinel...
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Ian Murray; Doris Willis; Pan Chi-Lou; The Mongol Leader
Synopsis
Ian is in the Mongol outpost where Doris and Pan are being held captive. While disguised he sneaks about at night trying to misdirect the guards while Pan acquires three camels for their escape. Ian stumbles upon the Mongol Leader and the fight.

Indexer Notes

This sequence is complete and originates from one of the four-page segments of The Golden Dragon. Only episodes 10 through 21 are four-pagers. The Golden Dragon comic story originally ran through 126 pages in 31 installments beginning in New Comics (1935 series) v1#6 (July 1936 through March 1939). As the series changed names and indicia publishers, the chapters kept up, missing from only one issue.
• Of the six episodes collected from The Golden Dragon, overall the correct reading order is pages 228,237,236,229-235 and 238-243, because of the page-ordering misprint.
• This installment is the last complete segment to read of the six available.
• In one panel Pan Chi-Lou looks right at Ian Murray and inexplicably says, "Sure, Mike!"

Action Comics [ashcan] (DC, 1937 series) #1 (Table of Contents: 128)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Creig Flessel
Inks
Creig Flessel
Letters
typeset

Genre
detective-mystery
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The cover was originally intended for Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #2, but never used.

Chapter Fourteen, The Endgame (Table of Contents: 129)

about comics / 2.5 pages (report information)

Script
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In spite of the stress he was under in 1937, the Major managed to publish 32 comics, consisting of three titles, More Fun, New Adventure and Detective Comics.
Genre
non-fiction

Pages
245 - 247

Abstract
Author Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson presents the case to explain her grandfather's importance in the emergence of the American comics business. It's evident that by December 1937, the race was on to secure the Action Comics copyright and to line up Superman as the lead content for the new title. The legal battle brought by Liebowitz and Donenfeld is portrayed as one to keep the Wheeler-Nicholson mired, out of the way and ultimately out of the business. The author describes the family's perspective on what happened, the public records, the Major's steps and possible missteps in the larger context of his character. After the bankruptcy was ruled against him he returned to writing novels.

Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #1 (Table of Contents: 130)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 0.25 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Shuster (see notes)
Inks
Joe Shuster (see notes)
Colors
Jack Adler (see notes)
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent]
Reprints
Keywords
automobiles

Indexer Notes

View sequence notes for the original publication https://www.comics.org/issue/293/#6720 for more information about credits. This cover is presented on the second page of Chapter Fourteen, The End Game.

[Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson] (Table of Contents: 131)

illustration / 0.25 page (report information)

Pencils
? (photograph)
Inks
? (photograph)

Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

The bottom left quarter of the page is reserved for a studio portrait of Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson in later years. This is presented on the second page of Chapter Fourteen, The End Game.

New Adventure Comics (DC, 1937 series) #24 (February 1938) (Table of Contents: 132)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Creig Flessel (signed)
Inks
Creig Flessel (signed)
Colors
?

Genre
adventure; western-frontier
Synopsis
Two men in a canoe going through rapids.
Reprints

Afterword (Table of Contents: 133)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 2 pages (report information)

Script
David Armstrong
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I have long wanted to produce a documentary series about the comic book business.
Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Associate editor, David Armstrong reviews his personal experiences leading him to be interested in comics history and Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson's project in particular. He recounts early fan experiences of the 1960s and entering into film-making. In particular, he recounts his personal interviews with some of the talents documented here and their contemporaries, including Vin Sullivan, Creig Flessel, Joe Giella, Mart Levy and Sy Barry. Many were able to attest to what it was like to work for Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson's companies. Includes a small photo of Creig Flessel and Fred Guardineer.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 134)

Federal Men / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Shuster
Inks
Joe Shuster
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; science fiction
Characters
Jor-L (a Federal Man of 3000 A.D. in Prof. Grant's fantasy, not to be confused with Superman's father, introduction); Nira-Q (villain in Grant's fantasy, introduction, reforms); Martain gang (villains)
Synopsis
Jor-L, ace sleuth of the service, uses his one man space flyer to track down a disturbance on Mars. There he meets Nira-Q, the bandit queen. She captures him to use as a hostage when she tries to seize a space ship with a priceless radium cargo.

Indexer Notes

This is page two of the original four-page story published in New Adventure Comics (DC, 1937 series) v1#12 (January 1937). Characters and synopsis only cover this one page. Visit https://www.comics.org/issue/155/#3887 for the full description.

The page is presented in this compilation between page one and two of the afterword.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 135)

Oscar / comic story / 0.1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hello there, sonny boy!
Genre
humor
Synopsis
Oscar taps a boy on the head in greeting, but when the boy cries, he gets his own lesson in head knocks.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The three sequences taken from More Fun (DC, 1936 series) #v1#7 are reproduced as a single image effectively retaining the page's original layout.

Answer to Puzzles in Last Issue (Table of Contents: 136)

activity / 0.65 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
?

Reprints

Indexer Notes

The three sequences taken from More Fun (DC, 1936 series) #v1#7 are reproduced as a single image effectively retaining the page's original layout.

More Fun (DC, 1936 series) v1#7 (January 1936) (Table of Contents: 137)

statement of ownership / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
F. B. Jeske
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The three sequences taken from More Fun (DC, 1936 series) #v1#7 are reproduced as a single image effectively retaining the page's original layout.

"Published monthly in St. Louis, MO
Publisher: More Fun Magazines, Inc., 373 Fourth Ave, New York, NY
Editor: Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, 373 Fourth Ave, New York, NY
Managing Editor: William H. Cook, 373 Fourth Ave, New York, NY
Business Manager John F. Mahon, 373 Fourth Ave, New York, NY
Asst. Business Manager F. B. Jeske, 420 DeSoto, Ave. St. Louis, Mo.
Owners:
More Fun Magazines, Inc., 373 Fourth Ave, New York, NY
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, 5 Forest Ave Great Neck, Long Island, NY
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Eagle Bldg., Brooklyn, NY"

Acknowledgments (Table of Contents: 138)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It is impossible to write a book that reveals new information about the early days of comics history without the help of...
Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

The author lists a treasure trove of resources for any comics researcher, alongside numerous thanks to individuals and institutions.

[The Vampire Master, Part 2] (Table of Contents: 139)

Doctor Occult / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel [as Leger]
Pencils
Joe Shuster [as Reuths]
Inks
Joe Shuster
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Rose!-- The silver bullets!
Genre
adventure; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Doctor Occult; Rose Psychic; Sander Amster; The Vampire Master
Synopsis
After a thwarted attack for the Vampire Master, the villain threatens to swarm the city with vampires if a ransom is not paid. Doctor Occult prepares a trap.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The is the second of four 1-page episodes.

About the Authors (Table of Contents: 140)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson is writing a biography of Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson...
Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Includes blurbs for Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson, Jim Steranko and David Armstrong.

[Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson] (Table of Contents: 141)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
? (photograph)
Inks
? (photograph)

Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

The author includes a full-page, candid outdoor photograph of her grandfather, Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, in a hat, warm coat, and an ascot.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 142)

blank page(s) / 3 pages (report information)

Indexer Notes

Starting just before the inside back cover, the first page is completely white. The last two blank pages have only the faintest of backgrounds suggesting the interior stories of platinum age comics, "Barry O'Neill."

[Adventure [v76 #1, September 15, 1930]] (Table of Contents: 143)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jim Steranko
Pencils
Duncan McMillan [as D.McM.] (signed, painted)
Inks
Duncan McMillan [as D.McM.] (signed, painted)
Colors
Duncan McMillan [as D.McM.] (signed, painted)

Genre
adventure
Keywords
42M; Shavetail

Indexer Notes

This is the back cover and is a composite of two elements:
• The art for the Pulp fiction periodical containing a novelette, "Shavetail," by Malcolm Wheeler-Nelson. Adventure [v76 #1, September 15, 1930] ed. A. A. Proctor (The Butterick Publishing Company, 25¢, pulp). Presented without trade dress at about 50% size, centered.
• Above the art is a quote from Jim Steranko's foreword in this volume.

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  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    G-Men
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. [Title and indicia]
  4. 3. [Adventure [v76 #1, September 15, 1930]]
    Shavetail
  5. 4. [Adventure [v73 #1, December 15, 1929]]
    The Song of Death
  6. 5. [Adventure [v95 #3, July 1936]]
    Rider of the Golden Mare
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
  8. 7. Xmas Number
  9. 8. Special Note about the Comics in This Volume
  10. 9. [Don Nogales - Cattle Rustler, Part 1]
    Jack Woods
  11. 10. Foreword
  12. 11. [Don Nogales - Cattle Rustler, Part 2]
    Jack Woods
  13. 12. Introduction
  14. 13. The Reign of the Superman
  15. 14. ["As a distant planet was destroyed by old age, a scientist placed his infant son..."]
    Superman
  16. 15. [Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster]
  17. 16. [Harry Donenfeld, Jack Liebowitz and Irwin Donenfeld]
  18. 17. Chapter One, Harry Donenfeld and Jack Liebowitz
  19. 18. [Harry Donenfeld]
  20. 19. [Donenfeld Magazines]
  21. 20. [Donenfeld Magazines]
  22. 21. [Sketch of Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson]
  23. 22. Chapter Two, Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
  24. 23. [G-Men [v18 #2, February 1940]]
    G-Men
  25. 24. Chapter Three, The Pulps
  26. 25. [Weird Tales [v22 #4, October 1933]]
  27. 26. ["The gondola containing Don and Betty and the midget men falls off the cliff into the water."]
    Don Drake
  28. 27. Chapter Four, New Fun
  29. 28. [Damsel in Distress, Part 1]
    Jack Woods
  30. 29. [Lloyd Jacquet, Martin Goodman, Carl Burgos]
  31. 30. Fang Gow of China
    Barry O'Neill
  32. 31. Chapter Five, Barry O'Neill: "Fang Gow of China"
  33. 32. [Leo E. O'Mealia]
  34. 33. Action Comics (DC, 1938 Series) #2 (July 1938)
  35. 34. [Fang Gow of China, Part 7]
    Barry O'Neill
  36. 35. [Fang Gow of China, Part 8]
    Barry O'Neill
  37. 36. [Fang Gow of China, Part 9]
    Barry O'Neill
  38. 37. [Fang Gow of China, Part 10]
    Barry O'Neill
  39. 38. [Fang Gow of China, Part 11]
    Barry O'Neill
  40. 39. [Fang Gow of China, Part 12]
    Barry O'Neill
  41. 40. [Fang Gow of China, Part 13]
    Barry O'Neill
  42. 41. [Fang Gow of China, Part 14]
    Barry O'Neill
  43. 42. [Fang Gow of China, Part 15]
    Barry O'Neill
  44. 43. [Fang Gow of China, Part 16]
    Barry O'Neill
  45. 44. [Fang Gow of China, Part 17]
    Barry O'Neill
  46. 45. [Fang Gow of China, Part 18]
    Barry O'Neill
  47. 46. [Fang Gow of China, Part 19]
    Barry O'Neill
  48. 47. [Fang Gow of China, Part 20]
    Barry O'Neill
  49. 48. [Fang Gow of China, Part 21]
    Barry O'Neill
  50. 49. [Fang Gow of China, Part 22]
    Barry O'Neill
  51. 50. [Fang Gow of China, Part 23]
    Barry O'Neill
  52. 51. [Fang Gow of China, Part 24]
    Barry O'Neill
  53. 52. [Fang Gow of China, Part 25]
    Barry O'Neill
  54. 53. [Fang Gow of China, Part 26]
    Barry O'Neill
  55. 54. [Fang Gow of China, Part 27]
    Barry O'Neill
  56. 55. [Fang Gow of China, Part 28]
    Barry O'Neill
  57. 56. [Fang Gow of China, Part 29]
    Barry O'Neill
  58. 57. [Fang Gow of China, Part 30]
    Barry O'Neill
  59. 58. [Fang Gow of China, Part 31]
    Barry O'Neill
  60. 59. [Fang Gow of China, Part 32]
    Barry O'Neill
  61. 60. [Fang Gow of China, Part 33]
    Barry O'Neill
  62. 61. [Fang Gow of China, Part 34]
    Barry O'Neill
  63. 62. New Comics (DC, 1935 series) #1 (December 1935)
    Jibby Jones
  64. 63. Chapter Six, Artists and Writers
  65. 64. [Koth and the Seven, Part 3]
    Dr. Occult
  66. 65. [Rescuing the King, Part 3]
    Henri Duval
  67. 66. [Part 2]
    Gulliver's Travels
  68. 67. ["Carson, I want you to meet Professor Grant!"]
    Federal Men
  69. 68. ["Good ole winter!!"]
    Little Linda
  70. 69. Chapter Seven, The Comics of 1936
  71. 70. [The Dan Bowers Case, Part 1]
    Calling All Cars
  72. 71. More Fun Comics (DC, 1936 series) v1#10 (May 1936)
  73. 72. New Book of Comics (DC, 1936 series) #1 (1936)
  74. 73. Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #1 (March 1937)
    Bruce Nelson
  75. 74. [Alaskan Adventure, Part 7]
    Bob Merritt
  76. 75. Chapter Eight, Bob Merritt
  77. 76. [Alaskan Adventure, Part 5]
    Bob Merritt
  78. 77. [Alaskan Adventure, Part 13]
    Bob Merritt
  79. 78. [Alaskan Adventure, Part 1]
    Bob Merritt
  80. 79. [Alaskan Adventure, Part 2]
    Bob Merritt
  81. 80. [Alaskan Adventure, Part 3]
    Bob Merritt
  82. 81. [Alaskan Adventure, Part 4]
    Bob Merritt
  83. 82. [Alaskan Adventure, Part 5]
    Bob Merritt
  84. 83. [Alaskan Adventure, Part 6]
    Bob Merritt
  85. 84. [Alaskan Adventure, Part 7]
    Bob Merritt
  86. 85. [Alaskan Adventure, Part 8]
    Bob Merritt
  87. 86. [Alaskan Adventure, Part 9]
    Bob Merritt
  88. 87. [Alaskan Adventure, Part 10]
    Bob Merritt
  89. 88. [Alaskan Adventure, Part 11]
    Bob Merritt
  90. 89. [Alaskan Adventure, Part 12]
    Bob Merritt
  91. 90. [Alaskan Adventure, Part 13]
    Bob Merritt
  92. 91. [Alaskan Adventure, Part 14]
    Bob Merritt
  93. 92. [Mystery Stories [v12 #1, October 1927]]
  94. 93. Chapter Nine, "Blood Pearls"
  95. 94. [Episode 1]
    The Blood Pearls
  96. 95. [Episode 2]
    The Blood Pearls
  97. 96. [Episode 3]
    The Blood Pearls
  98. 97. [Episode 4]
    The Blood Pearls
  99. 98. [Episode 5]
    The Blood Pearls
  100. 99. [Episode 6]
    The Blood Pearls
  101. 100. [no title indexed]
    The Monastery of the Blue God
  102. 101. Chapter Ten, "The Monastery of the Blue God."
  103. 102. [Elsa Bjøerkbom]
  104. 103. ["Who is this Von Bolander?"]
    The Monastery of the Blue God
  105. 104. [Episode 1]
    The Monastery of the Blue God
  106. 105. [Episode 2]
    The Monastery of the Blue God
  107. 106. ["Captain Douglas Stewart, Intelligence Service, Peking, his fiancée, Baroness Elsa Von Saxonberg, Sergeant Miller and Corporal Drenoff travel to Mongolia..."]
    The Monastery of the Blue God
  108. 107. New Adventure Comics (DC, 1937 series) v2#1 [13] (February 1937)
  109. 108. Chapter Eleven, The Comics of 1937
  110. 109. New Adventure Comics (DC, 1937 series) v2#7 (19) (September 1937)
  111. 110. [Sven Elven Sketch]
  112. 111. Chapter Twelve, Some Classics Illustrated
  113. 112. Foe of the Borgias
  114. 113. [no title indexed]
  115. 114. Foe of the Borgias
  116. 115. ["Leo Vincey; Horace; Holly, with their men, Job and Mahomed, are captured by a savage tribe."]
    She
  117. 116. ["She, seeing the scarab ring on Holly's finger and recognizing it as the one belonging to her ancient lover, Kallikrates..."]
    She
  118. 117. [New Comics (DC, 1935 series) v1#6 (July 1936)]
  119. 118. Chapter Thirteen, "The Golden Dragon"
  120. 119. ["Down the valley charged a mob of Mongol horsemen!"]
    The Golden Dragon
  121. 120. ["Why yes, do you know of him?"]
    The Golden Dragon
  122. 121. [Episode 3]
    The Golden Dragon
  123. 122. [Episode 4]
    The Golden Dragon
  124. 123. [Episode 5]
    The Golden Dragon
  125. 124. [Episode 6]
    The Golden Dragon
  126. 125. [Episode 7]
    The Golden Dragon
  127. 126. ["What the heck is going to pop next?"]
    The Golden Dragon
  128. 127. ["Disguised partially by the heavy coat and hat taken from the unconscious Mongol, Ian boldly walks toward the campfire and the sentinel..."]
    The Golden Dragon
  129. 128. Action Comics [ashcan] (DC, 1937 series) #1
  130. 129. Chapter Fourteen, The Endgame
  131. 130. Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #1
    Superman
  132. 131. [Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson]
  133. 132. New Adventure Comics (DC, 1937 series) #24 (February 1938)
  134. 133. Afterword
  135. 134. [no title indexed]
    Federal Men
  136. 135. ["Hello there, sonny boy!"]
    Oscar
  137. 136. Answer to Puzzles in Last Issue
  138. 137. More Fun (DC, 1936 series) v1#7 (January 1936)
  139. 138. Acknowledgments
  140. 139. [The Vampire Master, Part 2]
    Doctor Occult
  141. 140. About the Authors
  142. 141. [Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson]
  143. 142. [no title indexed]
  144. 143. [Adventure [v76 #1, September 15, 1930]]
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