(June 24, 1942)

Fawcett, 1941 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
Bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1942-04-22
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Fawcett Publications, Inc.
Brand
A Fawcett Publication [Triangle]
Editing
Otto Binder ?

Issue Notes

The indicia lists W. H. Fawcett, Jr. as President, Elliott D. Odell as Advertising Director, Roscoe K. Fawcett as Circulation Director, Ralph Deigh as Editorial Director, and Al Allard as Art Director.

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. 2.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Spy Smasher / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Gus Ricca ?
Inks
Gus Ricca ?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
spy; superhero
Characters
Spy Smasher [Alan Armstrong]; George Washington (Mount Rushmore); Thomas Jefferson (Mount Rushmore); Theodore Roosevelt (Mount Rushmore); Abraham Lincoln (Mount Rushmore); Nazis
Reprints
Keywords
Mount Rushmore

Another Fawcett Movie Star! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Captain Marvel; Spy Smasher / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

These Smash Stories Inside! (Table of Contents: 2)

Spy Smasher / table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
various
Inks
various
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Victory Battalion [Al Bronson; Jimmy; rest un-named]; Bruno (villain)
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Death Over Washington (Table of Contents: 3)

Spy Smasher / comic story / 17 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Emil Gershwin
Inks
Emil Gershwin
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
spy; superhero
Characters
Spy Smasher [Alan Armstrong]; Admiral Thompson (death); Senator Williams; Admiral Corby; Eve Corby; Death [Baroness Von Todt] (villain, introduction, death); "Satan" (villain, introduction, a German spy, death)
Synopsis
The death of USN Admiral Thompson by a figure called Death peaks the interest of Alan Armstrong and Spy Smasher takes a hand to track down the foul villain. After being captured by Satan and taken down to a fiery pit of fire and brimstone, Spy Smasher discovers he is in the company of high U.S. officials that have been kidnapped in order to gain Death (and the Nazis) vital military secrets.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story taken from contents page, while splash page box says "Death Itself Must Die!"
Art formerly attributed to Gene McDonald with a question mark. The Gershwin attribution is from the reprint.

Wow Comics (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

The Two-Faced Killer! (Table of Contents: 5)

Spy Smasher / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Emil Gershwin
Inks
Emil Gershwin
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
spy; superhero
Characters
Spy Smasher [Alan Armstrong]; Admiral Corby; Eve Corby; Casey (private detective); Henry Grogan (investigator, death); Bruno [as Williams] (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
The murder of an investigator gets Admiral Corby involved in getting Spy Smasher to track down the murderer, not knowing the killer is actually in disguise and working under Admiral Corby's command in order to steal Naval secrets.
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Indexer Notes

Art formerly attributed to Gene McDonald with a question mark. The Gershwin attribution is from the reprint.

The Woman Who Doomed a Million Men! (Table of Contents: 6)

Thrilling Spy Tales / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Harry Anderson
Inks
Harry Anderson
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
spy
Characters
Mrs. Greenhow (introduction, Confederate spy); BG Irvin McDowell (guest star); President Abraham Lincoln (guest star); General George B. McClellan (guest star); Allan Pinkerton (guest star)
Synopsis
Union disaster after Union disaster is known to have been caused by Confederate spy, Mrs. Greenhow, but how to get proof? President Lincoln puts the head of the Federal Secret Service, Allan Pinkerton, on the job to get that proof!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Art credits from the reprint.

Spy Smasher Vs. America Smasher (Table of Contents: 7)

Spy Smasher / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Emil Gershwin
Inks
Emil Gershwin
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
spy; superhero
Characters
Spy Smasher [Alan Armstrong]; Admiral Corby; Eve Corby; America Smasher (villain)
Synopsis
America Smasher escapes from the FBI agent guarding him and steps up his attack on America's morale by projecting propaganda films on a giant screen in the sky, and when the screen is destroyed, shines them on buildings. It is up to Spy Smasher to figure out where he is projecting from so that he can stop the propaganda.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story title taken from contents page title. The first sentence in the story is "Fighting flesh-and-blood spies is hard enough work." Art formerly credited to Gene McDonald with a ?. Art identification from reprint.

The Chinese Pheasant (Table of Contents: 8)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Paul Sinderson (signed)
Pencils
? (illustration)
Inks
? (illustration)
Letters
typeset

Genre
war
Characters
Steve Laston; Japanese (villains, all die)
Synopsis
Steve investigates a spooky old house after a British naval attaché is found murdered and robbed of vital papers containing part of the Allied plans for naval strategy.
Reprints

The Victory Battalion (Table of Contents: 9)

Spy Smasher / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Emil Gershwin
Inks
Emil Gershwin
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
spy; superhero
Characters
Spy Smasher [Alan Armstrong]; The Victory Battalion [Al Bronson; Jimmy; others unnamed] (Spy Smasher's kid club, introduction); unnamed museum professor; Herr Schnitzel; his spies [Louie the Bull; others unnamed] (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
Al and Jimmy stumble onto a group of spies who are going to be smuggled aboard the freighter "Sea Gull", which will then join a convoy. The spies are then to signal a German submarine so that the sub can sink all the ships in the convoy. Spy Smasher becomes involved when Jimmy is captured by the spies and taken aboard the freighter.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story title taken from the contents page. Art formerly attributed to Gene McDonald with a question mark. The Gershwin attribution is from the reprint.

The last panel in the story informs the readers that they should ask a theatre manager showing the Spy Smasher serial to give them a Victory Battalion button.

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Spy Smasher
  2. 1. Another Fawcett Movie Star!
    Captain Marvel; Spy Smasher
  3. 2. These Smash Stories Inside!
    Spy Smasher
  4. 3. Death Over Washington
    Spy Smasher
  5. 4. Wow Comics
  6. 5. The Two-Faced Killer!
    Spy Smasher
  7. 6. The Woman Who Doomed a Million Men!
    Thrilling Spy Tales
  8. 7. Spy Smasher Vs. America Smasher
    Spy Smasher
  9. 8. The Chinese Pheasant
  10. 9. The Victory Battalion
    Spy Smasher
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