(September 11, 1958)

George A. Pflaum, 1946 Series
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Volume
14
Price
[none]
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
published every two weeks during the school year
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Geo. A. Pflaum, Publisher, Inc.
Editing
Joseph G. Schaller (editor); Richard J. Voelkel (associate editor); Victor Keuping (art director); Carl Beachum (copy editor)
Color
Full Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U.S., Later Standard Silver Age U.S., Later Still Standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Champ in the Circus / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Frank Borth (signed)
Inks
Frank Borth (signed)
Colors
?

Genre
adventure; humor

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

Puzzle Page / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bill Berry (signed)
Inks
Bill Berry (signed)
Letters
?

Synopsis
Four activities. Fit these 20 small words together to spell at least 18 large words. Jack is paying Mike $73 with seven bills, none of which are $1 bills. What is the value of each of the seven bills? Look carefully at the above figure and tell whether the black mark is on the bottom or top of the figure. Fill in the blanks and spell the names of three well-known trees. Answers are upside-down on the bottom of the page.

Indexer Notes

inside front cover

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

The Champ in the Circus / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Capt. Frank Moss (credited)
Pencils
Frank Borth (signed)
Inks
Frank Borth (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Once there was a circus....
Genre
adventure; humor
Characters
Frumson (The Champ) Wooters; Col. Horatio Hornbeam; Blackie Salter; Gunboat; Mr. Slade
Synopsis
Frumson Wooters shows up at Hornbeam's Circus, in the hopes of finding a job. The circus is a broken down affair that has seen better times. The clowns don't even try to be funny anymore. Unless Col. Hornbeam can pay his bills, the US Marshall will foreclose the mortgage next week. Frumson finds out they're not hiring because they're broke. He tries his luck at a high striker (use a mallet to ring the bell on top of a tower) and loses his dime. Unaware that the cable is controlled by the operator of the game, he tries again, determined to ring the bell and winds up breaking the game.

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

JGS's Scratch Pad / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Joseph G. Schaller (editor)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
The editor tells the readers what sort of features Treasure Chest will be having during the new school year.

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

Terry Brennan's Do It Yourself! / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Terry Brennan (credited)
Pencils
Fran Matera (signed)
Inks
Fran Matera (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
sports
Characters
Terry Brennan
Synopsis
This issue features tips on how to keep yourself in condition spiritually, have the proper attitude when you win and also to lose with grace. He stresses that studies come first before sports.

Indexer Notes

Notre Dame's Terry Brennan is the youngest major college football coach in the country today (1958). For that reason and because of his success at Notre Dame, he is becoming a symbol of athletic know-how for America's youth. Particularly Catholic youth.

Make Mine Vanilla/Double Dutch (Table of Contents: 5)

The First Time / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Lloyd Ostendorf (signed)
Inks
Lloyd Ostendorf (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Synopsis
Two text articles with two accompanying illustrations. The first story tells how a little girl was waiting for a druggist to put a scoop of ice cream into her dish, but he accidentally dropped it into a glass of soda water. Before he could remove it, she began to eat it. On that day in 1874, the ice cream soda was invented. The other story tells the pre-Civil War origins of double-dutch jump roping in Tennessee, where grapevines were substituted for jump rope.

Patron of China … St. Joseph (Table of Contents: 6)

Piercing the Iron Curtain / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Catherine Beebe (credited)
Pencils
Paul Karch [as P. K.] (signed)
Inks
Paul Karch [as P. K.] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
religious
Characters
Jesus; Joseph; Mary; St. Joseph; Melchior; Caspar; Balthazar
Synopsis
The story of St. Joseph, starting from when he was a young man.

Indexer Notes

The top half of the first page is typeset text. The comic story begins on the bottom half on the first page.

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

Treasure Chest's Joke Page / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
Frank Huffman (signed)
Pencils
Frank Huffman (signed)
Inks
Frank Huffman (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

Four single-panel gags.

Once Upon a Time... (Table of Contents: 8)

text article / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
The top half of the page is an article from the editor telling the readers how in the weeks to come, Eric St. Clair will be retelling old fables and stories, but giving them a new touch.

Indexer Notes

The editor seems to have thought very highly of Eric St. Clair and mentions several times how the author has a very good style and will make you smile.

…Midas Heard a Song (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 3.5 pages (report information)

Script
Eric St. Clair (credited)
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
King Midas

Indexer Notes

Text story begins on the bottom-half of the page and has six accompanying illustrations.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10)

Chuck White and His Friends / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Moss [as Max Pine] (credited)
Pencils
Frank Borth (signed)
Inks
Frank Borth (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hello Chuck!
Genre
adventure
Characters
Chuck White; Mike Kelly; Father Carroll; Dutch Berger; Joe Kelly; Sally; Teddy
Synopsis
School has started and Chuck is visiting his old alma mater, St. John's High School. Mike Kelly quit school to take a construction job and Father Carroll asks Chuck to visit Mike to talk him into quitting his job and returning to school and the football team. Mike tells Chuck he wants to be independent, be his own boss and not have anyone tell him what to do. Sally and Teddy drive past the construction site on their bikes and Mike drives a bulldozer to show off for them and then acts like he hardly knows them at all and leaves for dinner.

Indexer Notes

Max Pine was an alias of Frank Moss, per 2006 interview with Frank Borth: "You can find out in reading your things he also uses the word Max Pine as a substitute for him because he didn't want them to think he was writing everything in the place..." http://cuislandora.wrlc.org/islandora/object/cuislandora%3A40849

[Burying Bones] (Table of Contents: 11)

Pierre / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?

Genre
humor
Characters
Pierre
Synopsis
A dog won't leave Pierre alone until he buries its bone for him.

Indexer Notes

inside back cover; pantomime gag-strip told in six panels.

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

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Champ in the Circus
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Puzzle Page
  3. 2. ["Once there was a circus...."]
    The Champ in the Circus
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    JGS's Scratch Pad
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    Terry Brennan's Do It Yourself!
  6. 5. Make Mine Vanilla/Double Dutch
    The First Time
  7. 6. Patron of China … St. Joseph
    Piercing the Iron Curtain
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Treasure Chest's Joke Page
  9. 8. Once Upon a Time...
  10. 9. …Midas Heard a Song
  11. 10. ["Hello Chuck!"]
    Chuck White and His Friends
  12. 11. [Burying Bones]
    Pierre
  13. 12. ["Come in for your copies of Treasure Chest."]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Dan Kocher
  • Larry Miller
  • Michael Hoskin
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  • Rick Schindler
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