(February 1942)

Fox, 1940 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
bimonthly
On-sale Date
1941-11-21
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Fox Publications, Inc.
Brand
A Fox Feature Comic FP
Editing
Victor Fox (editor)

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is from the publication date recorded in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, 1942, New Series, Vol. 37, No. 1.

The Claws of the Cat (Table of Contents)

Blue Beetle / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Roland Patenaude (signed as Pat)
Inks
Roland Patenaude (signed as Pat)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Blue Beetle
Reprints

Claws of the Cat (Table of Contents: 1)

Blue Beetle / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Al Carreño
Inks
Al Carreño
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen ? (sourced)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Blue Beetle [Dan Garret]; Joan Mason; The Cat (villain, introduction); Dr. Franz; Mike Mannigan
Synopsis
The Star Diamond is on exhibit at Bufany's, a temptation for many thieves, including the Cat, a man with a claw instead of a hand.

Indexer Notes

credits from Jim Vadeboncoeur

Letters: From Comics Interview #7, David Anthony Kraft interviewing Joe Rosen (Sam's older brother). Joe said, in part: "[George] Mandel introduced Sam to the big letterer of the time, Howard Ferguson, who was working for both Timely and Fox. Fox was Ferguson’s lesser account, and soon he gave it to Sam."
The issue is cover-dated February 1942. Sam Rosen would have been 19 (as per Alex Jay's research, he was born in April 1922). Though the lettering is broader than he would be doing a few years later, his distinctive J's and diagonal exclamation points are already very much in evidence.

The Octopus of the Underground (Table of Contents: 2)

Blue Beetle / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Al Carreño
Inks
Al Carreño
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Blue Beetle [Dan Farret]; Mike Mannigan; The Octopus (villain, introduction); Dr. Franz
Synopsis
An insane gangster called the Octopus has an undersea hideout where the Blue Beetle and Joan almost die, until Mike rescues them.

Indexer Notes

credits from James Vadeboncoeur

The Dead Don't Kill (Table of Contents: 3)

Blue Beetle / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Louis Cazeneuve
Inks
Louis Cazeneuve
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Blue Beetle [Dan Garret]; Mike Mannigan; Dr. Franz; Dr. Dix (villain, introduction); William Harper
Synopsis
A series of murders are planned to gain control of an inheritance.

Cargo of Doom (Table of Contents: 4)

Blue Beetle / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Louis Cazeneuve
Inks
Louis Cazeneuve
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Blue Beetle [Dan Garret]; Mike Mannigan; Felland (villain, introduction); Dr. Franz; Judith Carthy
Synopsis
Judith Carthy's life is in danger because she has papers that proved Felland is head of an organization that stole army secrets.

Indexer Notes

credits from James Vadeboncoeur

[The Devil's Magic Wash Tub] (Table of Contents: 5)

Davy the Wish Master / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Arturo Cazeneuve ? [as Arthur Pierce] (signed)
Inks
Pierce Rice ? [as Arthur Pierce] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; children; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Davy; The Devil; the Grogans; Bumper
Synopsis
Davy wishes for a pile of money and the Grogans conjure up the devil to help get it away from him.

Indexer Notes

last appearance

Flaming Cargo (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Gene Rider
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure

King of the Chess Killers (Table of Contents: 7)

Gladiator / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Pierce Rice
Inks
Arturo Cazeneuve
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
The Gladiator [Dan Kenneth]; June Starr; Dr. Wrath (villain, introduction); Casova (introduction)
Synopsis
All who oppose the Chess Master die.

Indexer Notes

follows FANTASTIC COMICS #23; end of series

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Claws of the Cat
    Blue Beetle
  2. 1. Claws of the Cat
    Blue Beetle
  3. 2. The Octopus of the Underground
    Blue Beetle
  4. 3. The Dead Don't Kill
    Blue Beetle
  5. 4. Cargo of Doom
    Blue Beetle
  6. 5. [The Devil's Magic Wash Tub]
    Davy the Wish Master
  7. 6. Flaming Cargo
  8. 7. King of the Chess Killers
    Gladiator
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