Strange #2
(June 1957)

Farrell, 1957 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
Bi-Monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Four Star Comic Corp.
Brand
Ajax; A Farrell Publication
Editing
Ruth Roche; S. M. Iger (art editor); Robert W. Farrell (publisher)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock
newsprint
Binding
saddle-stitched

Issue Notes

Iger studio artwork; ID distribution symbol on cover


His Long Strange Journey (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Unnamed magician
Synopsis
A magician stands in front of a giant cat, or a tiny magician stands in front of a normal-sized cat.

Indexer Notes

Magician resembles Mandrake

Strange Dateline (Table of Contents: 1)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Richard Porter; Sylvia Porter (newlyweds); Old Man; Doctor (unnamed)
Synopsis
Newlyweds Richard and Sylvia meet a strange man on the beach, who writes "July 10 1958" in the sand and runs away. Sylvia is killed in a traffic accident the next day, July 10, 1958, while Richard is thrown free. Richard finds the strange man on the beach, where he has written Oct 9 1994. Richard swims out to sea but is rescued by a fishing boat. When he revives, a doctor tells him that he's a lucky man.
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Indexer Notes

Original title: "Let Me Die Today." Kamen-like Iger studio artwork; crudely censored pre-code story; Old Man was a crone/witch in original; told in second person.

Strange Spirits (Table of Contents: 2)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction; fantasy-supernatural
Synopsis
Heavily illustrated article about witch doctors.
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Tropical Madness [beginning] (Table of Contents: 3)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Dr. James Parker
Synopsis
Dr. James Parker tells the story of how a collector paid him $10,000 for medical school by capturing a rare quetzal bird in Costa Rica.
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How to Be a Gracious Ghost! (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; horror-suspense
Characters
Emily Ghost; werewolf
Synopsis
An unnamed ghost and Charlie, wearing a Death-like robe, seek advice about haunting an old mansion from Emily Ghost, a Morticia-like character. A werewolf shows up during the lessons. Two newlyweds arrive, escaping from a storm. The monsters scare them only because the eloping newlyweds think that their parents have found them.
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Keywords
monsters

Indexer Notes

Done in a humorous, early Mad style.

His Long, Strange Journey! (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Wilbur Cummings; Martha Cummings; St. Peter (unnamed); Satan; Death
Synopsis
Cowardly Wilbur Cummings is knocked unconscious when he falls down a flight of stairs. His consciousness is rejected from Heaven because he hasn't done anything good, then rejected from Hell because he hasn't done anything bad. Death sends him back to life for another chance.
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Indexer Notes

Original title: "No Place to Go." This is a censored pre-code story. It doesn't make much sense.

How 'Black Beauty' turns an also-ran into 'Video Vic!' (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Tropical Madness [conclusion] (Table of Contents: 7)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
[typeset]

Characters
Dr. James Parker
Synopsis
Dr. James Parker was attacked by a flock of quetzals, then blacked out for three days. A quetzal stayed with him and willingly went back to America. Parker's hair turned solid white. The quetzal died two days after Parker sold him to the collector.
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The Ghost Detective! (Table of Contents: 8)

Zero, the Ghost Detective / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Alex Blum ?
Inks
Alex Blum ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Zero, the Ghost Detective; Nancy; Uncle Dan (Nancy's uncle); Captain Gore's ghost
Synopsis
Zero, the Ghost Detective, and Nancy take a fishing trip on the ship of Captain Gore, Nancy's uncle. Zero discovers Captain Gore quarreling with a ghost on deck at night. Nancy reveals that Captain Gore was accused of killing the ship's former captain. The ghost pulls Captain Gore overboard. The ship's crew decide that Zero and Nancy are jinxes. Captain Gore tries to drag the ship onto some rocks. Zero stops him with a disintegrator, and the crew thanks him.
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Indexer Notes

Probably a censored pre-code story. Possibly "The Skipper Who Wouldn't Die" from Atomic Comics (Green Publishing, 1946 series) #3. Blum credits suggested by Saltarella via the GCD Error Tracker.

Given! We Give You...Cash or Premiums (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. His Long Strange Journey
  2. 1. Strange Dateline
  3. 2. Strange Spirits
  4. 3. Tropical Madness [beginning]
  5. 4. How to Be a Gracious Ghost!
  6. 5. His Long, Strange Journey!
  7. 6. How 'Black Beauty' turns an also-ran into 'Video Vic!'
  8. 7. Tropical Madness [conclusion]
  9. 8. The Ghost Detective!
    Zero, the Ghost Detective
  10. 9. Given! We Give You...Cash or Premiums
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