(January 1938)

Ultem, 1937 Series
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Ultem Publications, Inc.
Editing
Harry "A" Chesler (Editor, credited); George Nagle (Managing Editor, credited)

Issue Notes

Statement of Ownership, Management, Circulation, Etc. on credits/table of contents page.

Index updated from a DCM scan missing pages 31-34 and 61-62.

There is considerable confusion surrounding this issue and the previous issue (Star Comics #8) in older sources. The original indexes were taken from Howard Keltner's guide, which appears to have swapped the contents of #8 and #9 (with a few inconsistencies). Even though the DCM scan is incomplete, the table of contents page is unquestionably that of #9, as it includes the indicia as well, and makes it clear that the Keltner listing for #8 come from the contents page of #9.

Next case, 1939 (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Charles Biro [as Biro] (signed)
Inks
Charles Biro [as Biro] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

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

Johnson Smith & Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

From Start to Finish (Table of Contents: 2)

Jest for Fun / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Fred Schwab (sidebar illustrations); ? (masthead illustrations)
Inks
Fred Schwab (sidebar illustrations); ? (masthead illustrations)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Art spotting by Henry Andrews.

Contents (Table of Contents: 3)

table of contents / 0.75 page (report information)

Pencils
W. C. Brigham
Inks
W. C. Brigham
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

The statement of ownership takes up about a quarter of the page, most of the way down. Otherwise this would have a page count of 1.

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

statement of ownership / 0.25 page (report information)

Letters
typeset

Synopsis
Statement of ownership of "Star Comics, published monthly at Mount Morris, Ill., for October 1, 1937, State of Illinois." Frank Z. Temerson (owner, business manager); I. W. Ullman (owner); C. & A. Publishing Co. (owner); Ultem Publications, Inc. (publisher); Harry A. Chesler (editor); George Nagle (managing editor)

Addresses:
404 Fourth Avenue, N. Y. C. (Ullman; Temerson; Ultem Publications, Inc.)
420 Lexington Avenue, N. Y. C. (C. & A. Publishing Co.)
276 Fifth Avenue, N. Y. C. (Chesler; Nagle)

Sworn to on October 7, 1937

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

Belly-Laughs / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
Gill Fox ?
Pencils
Gill Fox (signed)
Inks
Gill Fox (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I helped put up that building
Genre
humor

"Kernal Hippo" plays "Santa" at the New Year Gift Party (Table of Contents: 6)

Shinanigans / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Dick Ryan
Pencils
Dick Ryan
Inks
Dick Ryan
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor
Reprints

Where Cotton Originated (Table of Contents: 7)

Do You Know? / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction

Salute To a Doctor (Table of Contents: 8)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Inks
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

The Base Stealer's Nemesis (Table of Contents: 9)

Sport-O-Gram / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Gill Fox (signed)
Inks
Gill Fox (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction; sports

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

Jingle Jingle / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
Paul Gustavson (signed as PG)
Pencils
Paul Gustavson (signed as PG)
Inks
Paul Gustavson (signed as PG)
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Gustavson (signed as PG)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Help!! I can't swim!
Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

Gustavson credits from Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.

Norma Shearer (Table of Contents: 11)

So This Is Hollywood! / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Gill Fox (signed)
Inks
Gill Fox (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
biography

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

Riggin' Bill / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Fred Schwab (signed)
Pencils
Fred Schwab (signed)
Inks
Fred Schwab (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Limber up your saw-bone, mate
Genre
humor
Reprints

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

Polly-Tix / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Fred Schwab (signed as FS)
Pencils
Fred Schwab (signed as FS)
Inks
Fred Schwab (signed as FS)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Poor thing must be starved!
Genre
humor
Reprints

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

Professor McScrewy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
W. C. Brigham ?
Inks
W. C. Brigham ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Professor, what can I fill a barrel full of and make lighter?

Indexer Notes

Credits from comparison with the cover of Star Comics #1.

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

Goobyland / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Charles Biro
Inks
Charles Biro
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Don't pass a light in Gooby Town

Indexer Notes

Art credit from comparison with the cover of this issue.

Narration is done in rhyme.

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

Round Table Adventures / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Rafael Astarita ?
Inks
Rafael Astarita ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
King Arthur's knights were at the court

Indexer Notes

Art credits suggested by the Who's Who.

Narration is done in rhyme.

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

Jungle Town Show Boat / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Dick Ryan (signed)
Pencils
Dick Ryan (signed)
Inks
Dick Ryan (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Follow the crowd to the boat --
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18)

King Kole's Kourt / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Fred Schwab
Pencils
Fred Schwab
Inks
Fred Schwab
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
When they crowned me I wasn't told that I'd have to wear this thing too!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Art ID by comparison with signed Schwab work.

Narration is done in rhyme.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19)

The Prince / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Fred Schwab (signed as FS)
Pencils
Fred Schwab (signed as FS)
Inks
Fred Schwab (signed as FS)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Never mind -- I'll make it on the hoof!

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 20)

Ima Sphynx / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Bob Wood (signed)
Pencils
Bob Wood (signed)
Inks
Bob Wood (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Don't look like there's any work to be done around here!

Indexer Notes

Signature is in the bottom right-hand corner of the last panel.

[Jack Rabbit] (Table of Contents: 21)

Misleading Names / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction

The Pardon (Table of Contents: 22)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Claire S. Moe
Pencils
Claire S. Moe
Inks
Claire S. Moe
Colors
?
Letters
?

Indexer Notes

Signed in the last panel. Also credited "by Claire S. Moe" in the splash panel.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 23)

The Source of Famous Quotations / comic story / 2 ? pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Caesar had been a member of Rome's ruling triumvirate.
Genre
non-fiction; history

Indexer Notes

Only the first page is present in the available scan, after which the next several pages are missing, but 2 pages would be typical of this feature.

Colt Canyon (Table of Contents: 24)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This story may or may not be located at this point- the pages here are missing from the available scan. The page count would fit given the expected page counts of the features to either side (the page count is from Keltner's index, although as with most of the issue, it is incorrectly listed under #8- however, it appears on this issue's title page which otherwise exactly matches the interior contents).

Alternately, the story listed as "50 Men Outside" may actually be "Colt Canyon" (with a 1-page filler occupying the extra space), and "50 Men Outside" may be a 2-page story here.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 25)

Dan Hastings / text story / 8 ? pages (report information)

Script
Ken Fitch ? (see note)
Pencils
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Inks
Fred Guardineer
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
science fiction

Indexer Notes

The available scan is missing the first page of this story, but Ken Fitch was credited on earlier splash illustrations. This story is at least 7 pages, and 8 pages is likely as that is the length of the installment in issue #7 (the text story for #8 has not been indexed at this time).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 26)

Smugglers Tracks / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Phil Nolan (credited, see notes)
Inks
Phil Nolan (credited, see notes)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Y'know, Jim, things has been purty quiet along the border lately.
Genre
western-frontier

Indexer Notes

There's a "by Phil Nolan" byline, but no information on Nolan can be found. He might have been a writer, or just a pen name.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 27)

Jack Potts / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Fred Schwab (signed as FS)
Pencils
Fred Schwab (signed as FS)
Inks
Fred Schwab (signed as FS)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hi lee oh lay-de ho
Genre
humor

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 28)

Topsy Turvy / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Wood (signed)
Pencils
Bob Wood (signed)
Inks
Bob Wood (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Away way off in Turvy Land a little boy lay sick, [...]

Indexer Notes

Signed in the last panel.

Narration is done in rhyme.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 29)

Justice Triumphed / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Herman Rosenthal, gambler of New York City
Genre
history

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 30)

Bows an' Arrows / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Dick Ryan
Pencils
Dick Ryan (signed)
Inks
Dick Ryan (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Good evening radio frinds... and what is your pleasure?
Genre
humor
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 31)

Adventures at the Circus / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The girl who uses Argo Starch, [...]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

narration is in rhyme.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 32)

Bib and Tucker / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Come right in, Reverend, we are glad to see you.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 33)

Joe McGee / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Fred Schwab (signed as FS)
Pencils
Fred Schwab (signed as FS)
Inks
Fred Schwab (signed as FS)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The door's jammed? I'll be right up to fix it!
Genre
humor

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 34)

Court of Inhuman Relations / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Dick Ryan
Pencils
Dick Ryan
Inks
Dick Ryan
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Order! Be seated -- next case.
Genre
humor
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 35)

Li'l Arthur / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Fred Schwab (signed as FS)
Pencils
Fred Schwab (signed as FS)
Inks
Fred Schwab (signed as FS)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hot dogs!! That wuzza swell scrap!
Genre
humor

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 36)

Homing Instincts / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
As an experiment during the world war
Genre
non-fiction

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 37)

Pig-Ville / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Dick Ryan
Pencils
Dick Ryan
Inks
Dick Ryan
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
So -- our presence is requested!
Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

narration is done in rhyme

50 Men Outside (Table of Contents: 38)

comic story / 3 ? pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier

Indexer Notes

It's not entirely clear if this is "50 Men Outside" or not, as only the final page is present in the available copy. It may be "Colt Canyon", which is the other story on the table of contents that is not accounted for. The story is not mentioned in Keltner's guide, so there's no telling whether it's a 2 or 3 page story (it's possible that there was a 1-page filler that is also part of the 2 pages that are missing between this feature and the previous one.

"I'm th' new reporter for the local chirp. (Table of Contents: 39)

Bug-Ville / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Dick Ryan (signed as Uncle Dick)
Pencils
Dick Ryan (signed as Uncle Dick)
Inks
Dick Ryan (signed as Uncle Dick)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor

America's Greatest Comic Magazines (Table of Contents: 40) (Expand) /

Funny Pages; Funny Picture Stories / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 41) (Expand) /

Remington Noiseless Portable Typewriter / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. Next case, 1939
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  3. 2. From Start to Finish
    Jest for Fun
  4. 3. Contents
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
  6. 5. ["I helped put up that building"]
    Belly-Laughs
  7. 6. "Kernal Hippo" plays "Santa" at the New Year Gift Party
    Shinanigans
  8. 7. Where Cotton Originated
    Do You Know?
  9. 8. Salute To a Doctor
  10. 9. The Base Stealer's Nemesis
    Sport-O-Gram
  11. 10. ["Help!! I can't swim!"]
    Jingle Jingle
  12. 11. Norma Shearer
    So This Is Hollywood!
  13. 12. ["Limber up your saw-bone, mate"]
    Riggin' Bill
  14. 13. ["Poor thing must be starved!"]
    Polly-Tix
  15. 14. ["Professor, what can I fill a barrel full of and make lighter?"]
    Professor McScrewy
  16. 15. ["Don't pass a light in Gooby Town"]
    Goobyland
  17. 16. ["King Arthur's knights were at the court"]
    Round Table Adventures
  18. 17. ["Follow the crowd to the boat --"]
    Jungle Town Show Boat
  19. 18. ["When they crowned me I wasn't told that I'd have to wear this thing too!"]
    King Kole's Kourt
  20. 19. ["Never mind -- I'll make it on the hoof!"]
    The Prince
  21. 20. ["Don't look like there's any work to be done around here!"]
    Ima Sphynx
  22. 21. [Jack Rabbit]
    Misleading Names
  23. 22. The Pardon
  24. 23. ["Caesar had been a member of Rome's ruling triumvirate."]
    The Source of Famous Quotations
  25. 24. Colt Canyon
  26. 25. [no title indexed]
    Dan Hastings
  27. 26. ["Y'know, Jim, things has been purty quiet along the border lately."]
    Smugglers Tracks
  28. 27. ["Hi lee oh lay-de ho"]
    Jack Potts
  29. 28. ["Away way off in Turvy Land a little boy lay sick, [...]"]
    Topsy Turvy
  30. 29. ["Herman Rosenthal, gambler of New York City"]
    Justice Triumphed
  31. 30. ["Good evening radio frinds... and what is your pleasure?"]
    Bows an' Arrows
  32. 31. ["The girl who uses Argo Starch, [...]"]
    Adventures at the Circus
  33. 32. ["Come right in, Reverend, we are glad to see you."]
    Bib and Tucker
  34. 33. ["The door's jammed? I'll be right up to fix it!"]
    Joe McGee
  35. 34. ["Order! Be seated -- next case."]
    Court of Inhuman Relations
  36. 35. ["Hot dogs!! That wuzza swell scrap!"]
    Li'l Arthur
  37. 36. ["As an experiment during the world war"]
    Homing Instincts
  38. 37. ["So -- our presence is requested!"]
    Pig-Ville
  39. 38. 50 Men Outside
  40. 39. "I'm th' new reporter for the local chirp.
    Bug-Ville
  41. 40. America's Greatest Comic Magazines
    Funny Pages; Funny Picture Stories
  42. 41. ["Greatest bargain in ten years"]
    Remington Noiseless Portable Typewriter
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