(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)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

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)

Script
Frank Z. Temerson; Irving Bober (notary)
Letters
typeset
Editing
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)

Synopsis
Statement of ownership of "Star Comics, published monthly at Mount Morris, Ill., for October 1, 1937, State of Illinois."

Indexer Notes

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 with interlocking PG)
Pencils
Paul Gustavson (signed with interlocking PG)
Inks
Paul Gustavson (signed with interlocking PG)
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Gustavson

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

Indexer Notes

Jerry Bails' Who's Who doesn't indicate that Gustavson wrote this feature, only illustrated it. However, Paul's son, Terry, indicates that his father also wrote and lettered this feature. So both are added here.

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
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

Indexer Notes

Signature in the top-left corner of the last panel. Writing credit from Who's Who.

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

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

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

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

Indexer Notes

Style matches the signed Riggin' Bill story on the previous two pages. Who's Who shows that Schwab wrote most of his features. Also, the Marvel Masterworks reprint of the reprint credits Schwab.

[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 Who's Who and comparison with the cover of Star Comics #1.

"Don't pass a light in Gooby town" (Table of Contents: 15)

Goobyland / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Art credit from Who's Who and comparison with the cover of this issue.

[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 from Who's Who.

Saved in the Neck of Time (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
?

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. Schwab as writer credit from Who's Who.

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

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hours for kicking the prince are from 10 A.M. to 2 P. M.

Indexer Notes

Credits from Who's Who and comparison to signed Schwab stories in this issue.

[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

According to Who's Who, Wood wrote most of his features during this time. 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 (signed)
Pencils
Claire S. Moe (signed)
Inks
Claire S. Moe (signed)
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.

[The Circus Elephant] (Table of Contents: 27)

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

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

Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

Art/writing ID from Who's Who and comparison with signed Schwab work in this issue.

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

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

Script
Bob Wood
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. According to Who's Who, Bob Wood scripted his own work for Chesler.

[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

[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
Pencils
Fred Schwab
Inks
Fred Schwab
Colors
?
Letters
?

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

Indexer Notes

Credits from Who's Who and comparison with signed Schwab work in this issue.

[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
Pencils
Fred Schwab
Inks
Fred Schwab
Colors
?
Letters
?

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

Indexer Notes

Credits from Who's Who and comparison with other Fred Schwab features.

[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)

Pokey Forgets to Remember / 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

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 [as Uncle Dick] (signed)
Pencils
Dick Ryan [as Uncle Dick] (signed)
Inks
Dick Ryan [as Uncle Dick] (signed)
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. Saved in the Neck of Time
    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. ["Hours for kicking the prince are from 10 A.M. to 2 P. M."]
    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. [The Circus Elephant]
    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!"]
    Pokey Forgets to Remember
  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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