Tip Top Comics #v5#8 (56)
(December 1940)

United Feature, 1936 Series
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Volume
5
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1940
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
United Feature Syndicate, Inc.
Editing
?
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock
Glossy Cover: Newsprint Interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Li'l Abner / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Al Capp
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor

Roll Call of the Dead! (Table of Contents: 1)

Strange as It Seems / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
John Hix
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction

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

Li'l Abner / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Al Capp
Pencils
Al Capp
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Look! It says 'Dining, Dancing, Moosic'! It also says 'Kum On Inn'!
Genre
humor

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

Iron Vic / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bernard Dibble [as DIB] (signed)
Inks
Bernard Dibble [as DIB] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Trouble on the Panther ball club!
Genre
sports
Characters
Iron Vic; Buck O'Brien;

Indexer Notes

Signed on last page at bottom.

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

The Captain and the Kids; Hawkshaw the Detective / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Rudolph Dirks
Pencils
Rudolph Dirks (signed)
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

The 2 strips share 5 pages.

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

What's Your Hobby? / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction

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

Ella Cinders / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Conselman
Pencils
Charlie Plumb
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
domestic

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

Tarzan / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Don Garden [as Edgar Rice Burroughs] (credited)
Pencils
Hal Foster [as H Foster] (signed); Burne Hogarth [as Hogarth] (signed)
Inks
Hal Foster [as H Foster] (signed); Burne Hogarth [as Hogarth] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
For long hours, Tarzan observed Flint's army; then, with his prisoner...
Genre
adventure; jungle
Characters
Tarzan [John Clayton, Lord Greystoke]; Queen Nakonia
Reprints
  • from Tarzan Sundays (United Features Syndicate) 1936-02-05 - 1936-02-16. These feature the transition from Hal Foster (the first strip here) to Burne Hogarth (the final pair).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8)

Fritzi Ritz; Phil Fumble / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Ernie Bushmiller
Pencils
Ernie Bushmiller
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

The two strips share 5 pages.

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

Tailspin Tommy / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Hal Forrest
Pencils
Hal Forrest
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Tomkins, take full control... with Mr. Milligan as co-pilot.
Genre
adventure; aviation

Guiana's Famous Stamps (Table of Contents: 10)

Stamp Tips on Guiana / text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

With stamp ads.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11)

The Mirror Man / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Fred Methot
Pencils
Reg Greenwood
Inks
Reg Greenwood
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
To save young Benton from mad professor Gregg, The Mirror Man becomes visible...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Mirror Man [Dean Alder]; Benton (student at Alder Academy); unnamed Police Captain; Bennett (Academy instructor); Drew Thorne (member of the State Boys Reformatory); Bob Britt (Tommy's brother); Tommy Briit; Professor Gregg (villain)
Synopsis
Mirror Man saves young Benton from the clutches of the evil Professor, but takes a bullet in the should doing so. Benton assists him to a mirror, through which the hero passes, rests and recovers from his wound. After Gregg is jailed, Alder is informed of young Tommy Britt being cheated out of money at the Cattail Club, so Mirror Man takes a hand before Tommy's brother Bob takes on the thugs at the club alone.
Reprints
Keywords
Alder Academy; Cattail Club

Indexer Notes

Continued from previous issue.

Blurb at the bottom of the last page states: "Continued in Tip Top Comics No. 57 top be published Friday, November 29, 1940."

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

Jim Hardy / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Dick Moores
Pencils
Dick Moores
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The mysterious murder of 'Clocker' Colik is the talk of Hub City.
Genre
adventure

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13)

Abbie an' Slats / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Raeburn van Buren
Pencils
Raeburn van Buren
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
So this is that phoney's big idea! Jasper Hagstone and all his chiselling pals think...
Genre
humor
Characters
Bathless Groggins

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

Broncho Bill; Bumps / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Harry O'Neill
Pencils
Harry O'Neill
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; domestic; western-frontier

Indexer Notes

The two strips share 4 pages.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 15)

Little Mary Mixup / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
R. M. Brinkerhoff
Pencils
R. M. Brinkerhoff (signed)
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16)

The Triple Terror / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Fred Methot
Pencils
Reg Greenwood
Inks
Reg Greenwood
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
With the stolen radium, The Glove has created a death ray capable of...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Triple Terror [Chemix [Barton Brandon]; Lectra [Richard Brandon]; Menta [Bruce Brandon]]; Professor Walters (inventor, death); Diana Walters (daughter of Professor Walters); Dr. Mario (villain, Walter's lab assistant); The Glove (villain, death); the Glove's gang (villains, all die)
Synopsis
Having rescued the daughter of Professor Walters, whose death ray is in the possession of the villainous Glove and his gang, the Triple Terror are happy to have recovered the radium stolen by the Glove, even though the inventor was murdered by the Glove's men. When Diana voices the fact that Mario was somehow involved with the Glove, the theft of the invention and the murder of her father, the Triple Terror vow to return the stolen radium, capture the Glove and Mario, and destroy their island hideout.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story continued from previous issue and continued next issue. Some told in flashback.

Inker credit courtesy of the Who's Who.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17)

Frankie Doodle / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Ben Batsford
Pencils
Ben Batsford
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
domestic

America, Begorra! (Table of Contents: 18)

Strange as It Seems / comic story / 0.75 page (report information)

Script
John Hix
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Li'l Abner
  2. 1. Roll Call of the Dead!
    Strange as It Seems
  3. 2. ["Look! It says 'Dining, Dancing, Moosic'! It also says 'Kum On Inn'!"]
    Li'l Abner
  4. 3. ["Trouble on the Panther ball club!"]
    Iron Vic
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    The Captain and the Kids; Hawkshaw the Detective
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    What's Your Hobby?
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Ella Cinders
  8. 7. ["For long hours, Tarzan observed Flint's army; then, with his prisoner..."]
    Tarzan
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Fritzi Ritz; Phil Fumble
  10. 9. ["Tomkins, take full control... with Mr. Milligan as co-pilot."]
    Tailspin Tommy
  11. 10. Guiana's Famous Stamps
    Stamp Tips on Guiana
  12. 11. ["To save young Benton from mad professor Gregg, The Mirror Man becomes visible..."]
    The Mirror Man
  13. 12. ["The mysterious murder of 'Clocker' Colik is the talk of Hub City."]
    Jim Hardy
  14. 13. ["So this is that phoney's big idea! Jasper Hagstone and all his chiselling pals think..."]
    Abbie an' Slats
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Broncho Bill; Bumps
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Little Mary Mixup
  17. 16. ["With the stolen radium, The Glove has created a death ray capable of..."]
    The Triple Terror
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    Frankie Doodle
  19. 18. America, Begorra!
    Strange as It Seems
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Craig Delich
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