([circa March 1945])

Bell Features, 1942 Series
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Price:
0.10 CAD
Pages:
60
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Bell Features and Publishing Company Limited
Brand:
Colonial Distributors Bell Features
Editing:
?
Color:
Colour cover; Black and White interior (Issue #1-28), Full Colour (#29 and on)
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)

The Brain / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Adrian Dingle (signed) [as Dingle]
Inks:
Adrian Dingle (signed) [as Dingle]
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Brain [Gordon Bell]; The Fox

[Now You Can Be the "Brain"!] (Table of Contents: 1)

activity / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ted Steele
Inks:
Ted Steele
Letters:
?

Characters:
The Brain [Gordon Bell]

Indexer Notes

A cut-out mask printed across the interior front and back covers.

There is a version featuring a mask of Capt. Wonder instead.

The Pay-Dirt Pugs! (Table of Contents: 2)

Dr. Blue and Blackie / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Marc L. Borgatta
Pencils:
Marc L. Borgatta
Inks:
Marc L. Borgatta
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Dr. Blue; Blackie Hargrave; Pug Norton; Johnnie Baron
Synopsis:
Dr. Blue and Blackie deal with a counterfeiter.

["Hey guys!! Guess what?? We're going to play a "battle of bands" at the Roseband dance-hall!"] (Table of Contents: 3)

J. C. Flatbottom / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Harry Brunt
Pencils:
Harry Brunt
Inks:
Harry Brunt
Letters:
?

Genre:
humour
Characters:
J. C. Flatbottom; Count Basie
Synopsis:
J. C. and the gang are playing a battle of the bands against Count Basie, so they try to win using a record and turntable.

["Sock"] (Table of Contents: 4)

Thunderfist / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Leo Bachle
Pencils:
Leo Bachle
Inks:
Leo Bachle
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Thunderfist [Randy Steele]; Joan Woods; Jack Gunn [Fred]
Synopsis:
Joan Woods is kidnapped.

Indexer Notes

Joan refers to him as Fred, but the rest of the story calls him Jack Gunn.

There was a big mix-up with the two parts of this story. This issue has the first page for this part followed by 5 pages that should have run last issue.

["At the moment I am writing this, the war in Europe seems just about over... no doubt, by the time you read it... V-E Day may be here."] (Table of Contents: 5)

Active Jim's Club News and Views / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
? [as Active Jim]
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
?; typeset

Characters:
Active Jim

["Gotta nail this baby, quietly"] (Table of Contents: 6)

Capt. Red Thortan / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Fred Kelly
Pencils:
Fred Kelly
Inks:
Fred Kelly
Letters:
?

Genre:
war
Characters:
Red Thortan; Charlie
Synopsis:
Red frees the two prisoners and they fight the Japanese running the camp.

["Seventeen year old Cinder Smith, the youngest member of a large family of railroad men, is about the happiest boy in the world!"] (Table of Contents: 7)

Cinder Smith / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Fred Kelly
Pencils:
Fred Kelly
Inks:
Fred Kelly
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Cinder Smith; Joe; Jack Smith
Synopsis:
Cinder Smith is in charge of a relay tower on a railway line, has to stop the express before it reaches a weakened bridge.

["But I've gotta find a hat that suits my personality!"] (Table of Contents: 8)

Penny's Diary / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Patricia Joudry
Pencils:
Doris Slater
Inks:
Doris Slater
Letters:
?

Genre:
humour; teen
Characters:
Penny Matthews; Jeanie Graham; Shirley Anderson; David Armstrong
Synopsis:
Penny is trying to find just the right hat to impress a home-coming soldier.

["This dame complicates matters... I can't let her interfere with my plans to become king of the black market!"] (Table of Contents: 9)

The Brain / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Leo Bachle
Pencils:
Leo Bachle
Inks:
Leo Bachle
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Brain [Gordon Bell]; The Fox; Rose Contine
Synopsis:
The Brain tracks the Fox to his lair.

["What weather! It isn't a fit night for man nor Hitler!"] (Table of Contents: 10)

The Noodle / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Ross Saakel
Pencils:
Ross Saakel
Inks:
Ross Saakel
Letters:
?

Genre:
humour; superhero
Characters:
The Noodle [Jordan Chimes]; Henrietta
Synopsis:
An ape has escaped from the zoo.

White Man's Voodoo (Table of Contents: 11)

Betty Burd / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Fred Kelly
Pencils:
Fred Kelly
Inks:
Fred Kelly
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Betty Burd; Masawa; Issi
Synopsis:
Betty sees a native supposedly killed by an angry thunder god.

[Sleeping Beauty!] (Table of Contents: 12)

It's a Fact! / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Ross Saakel
Pencils:
Ross Saakel
Inks:
Ross Saakel
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Patricia Maguire

Indexer Notes

Four one-panel cartoons about Patricia Maguire's long sleep, the triple balancing rocks, a phone booth shaped like a coffin and an eclipse that changed history.

["Ah - cub bear - me ketchum - he make good rug for igloo!"] (Table of Contents: 13)

Oolay the Eskimo / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Cal
Pencils:
Cal
Inks:
Cal
Letters:
?

Genre:
humour
Characters:
Oolay
Synopsis:
Ooolay tries to catch a bear cub on an iceberg.

["Our story opens at the home of Kay Towne, where Joan Brian and Active Jim are attending a party..."] (Table of Contents: 14)

Active Jim / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Fred Kelly
Pencils:
Fred Kelly
Inks:
Fred Kelly
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Joan Brian; Active Jim; Kay Towne; Marty; Lois; Dean
Synopsis:
Jim and Joan take part in a scavenger hunt.

Plate No. 2. Longwinged Swimmers (Table of Contents: 15)

Know Your Birds / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
René L. Kulbach
Pencils:
René L. Kulbach
Inks:
René L. Kulbach
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction; animal

Indexer Notes

Information and drawings on the herring gull, franklins gull, forsters tern, and double crested comorant.

Back cover.

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Brain
  2. 1. [Now You Can Be the "Brain"!]
  3. 2. The Pay-Dirt Pugs!
    Dr. Blue and Blackie
  4. 3. ["Hey guys!! Guess what?? We're going to play a "battle of bands" at the Roseband dance-hall!"]
    J. C. Flatbottom
  5. 4. ["Sock"]
    Thunderfist
  6. 5. ["At the moment I am writing this, the war in Europe seems just about over... no doubt, by the time you read it... V-E Day may be here."]
    Active Jim's Club News and Views
  7. 6. ["Gotta nail this baby, quietly"]
    Capt. Red Thortan
  8. 7. ["Seventeen year old Cinder Smith, the youngest member of a large family of railroad men, is about the happiest boy in the world!"]
    Cinder Smith
  9. 8. ["But I've gotta find a hat that suits my personality!"]
    Penny's Diary
  10. 9. ["This dame complicates matters... I can't let her interfere with my plans to become king of the black market!"]
    The Brain
  11. 10. ["What weather! It isn't a fit night for man nor Hitler!"]
    The Noodle
  12. 11. White Man's Voodoo
    Betty Burd
  13. 12. [Sleeping Beauty!]
    It's a Fact!
  14. 13. ["Ah - cub bear - me ketchum - he make good rug for igloo!"]
    Oolay the Eskimo
  15. 14. ["Our story opens at the home of Kay Towne, where Joan Brian and Active Jim are attending a party..."]
    Active Jim
  16. 15. Plate No. 2. Longwinged Swimmers
    Know Your Birds
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Peter Croome
  • Keith Alan Morgan
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Peter Croome