Air Fighters Comics #v2#2 [14]
(November 1943)

Hillman, 1941 Series
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Volume
2
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1943-09-27
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Hillman Periodicals Inc.
Editing
Ed Cronin (credited) (editor)

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is from the publication date recorded in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, 1943, New Series, Vol. 38, No. 4.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Airboy / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Fred Kida
Inks
Fred Kida
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
war; aviation
Characters
Airboy [David Nelson II]; Valkyrie [Leselotte von Schellendorf]
Reprints

[Airboy Meets Valkyrie] (Table of Contents: 1)

Airboy / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Ed Cronin ?
Pencils
Fred Kida (signed as Kida)
Inks
Bill Quackenbush (signed as Quackenbush)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Is Airboy a coward?
Genre
adventure; aviation; war
Characters
Airboy [David Nelson II]; Birdie (Airboy's plane); Valkyrie [Leselotte von Schellendorf] (villain) (introduction, reforms); Airmaidens (villains, introduction for all, all reform); Oberst (villain, introduction, death); The Nazis (villains, introduction for all, many die)
Synopsis
Valkyrie, whose heart is as black as the ace of spades, more than welcomes the chance to take on Airboy and succeeds in capturing him and Birdie. Not satisfied that she is the better pilot, the air maiden wants to battle Airboy, using his own plane against him. Some of the Airmaidens free Airboy and hide him, but they are later captured and all are sentenced to death. But Valkyrie, in love with Airboy, reforms, and she and her Airmaidens turn the tables on the Nazis and save the day.
Reprints
Keywords
London; World War II

Indexer Notes

First appearance of Valkyrie and the Airmaidens.

Script credits were added by Craig Delich, as suggested by Jerry Bails' Who's Who. Delich also suggested Warren Kuhn, but per Kuhn's 2018 obituary, he was in the Army during this time period (1943-1946) and his known Hillman work was a backup feature in the Airboy Comics and story in Real Clue Comics, both circa 1949 per Bails. Circa 1949 corresponds with his time in New York attending New York University (1946-1948) and Columbia University (1948-1950). So it is unlikely to be Kuhn here.

[Zombies of the High Llama] (Table of Contents: 2)

Sky Wolf [SkyWolf / Skywolf] / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
John Giunta (signed)
Inks
John Giunta (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
aviation; war; adventure
Characters
Sky Wolf [Larry Wolfe]; Sky Wolf's Band [Cocky-Roche; the Judge; the Turtle]; High Llama (villain, actually a Japanese in disguise, death); the Llama's zombie followers (villains, all die)
Synopsis
An archaeological society of October 28, 2985 A.D. discovers the wreckage of the 20th Century in their travels, including some movie film highlighting the exploits of Sky Wolf and his band in 1943, fighting over the jungles of New Guinea. They are captured by the High Llama and his zombie followers, and are hypnotized to go out and fight against the British forces.
Reprints
Keywords
New Guinea; Zenus Archaeology Society; zombies

Indexer Notes

The last panel blurb gives the title of next issue's story: "Prince of Evil."

[Swooner the Crooner] (Table of Contents: 3)

Skinny McGinty / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Tony DiPreta (signed as DiPreta)
Inks
Tony DiPreta (signed as DiPreta)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hey, fellas--look at McGinty---he ain't eatin' again!
Genre
humor; military
Characters
Skinny McGinty; Rudy Swooner; Col. Burpdale; Col. Burpdale's daughter

[The Nazi Robot Bombers] (Table of Contents: 4)

Iron Ace / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
While sirens wail far below in the streets of London...
Genre
war; adventure; aviation
Characters
Iron Ace [Captain Ronald Britain]; Magog
Keywords
London; World War II

How to Find a Marine (Table of Contents: 5)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Hodges (credited as Carl C. Hodges)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It was nearly dawn near the Solomons.
Genre
war
Characters
Bill Burke; Ensign Mallow; Red Williams
Synopsis
Bill Burke is in charge of a rescue mission to retrieve a pilot who was forced to bail out of his plane.

Indexer Notes

Solomon Islands; World War II

[The Plot to Destroy Mt. Rushmore] (Table of Contents: 6)

Bald Eagle / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Maurice Del Bourgo ?
Inks
Maurice Del Bourgo ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Nightfall in the exercise yard of an internee camp, somewhere in the...
Genre
war; adventure; aviation
Characters
Bald Eagle
Keywords
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

[The Judas Sacrifice] (Table of Contents: 7)

The Black Angel / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
John Cassone
Inks
John Cassone
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Evening in a London restaurant near the office of the air ministry...
Genre
aviation; war; adventure
Characters
The Black Angel [Sylvia Manners]; Jeff (pilot, death); Schmidt's wife; The Nazis [Lt. Schmidt (death); Hans; others un-named] (villains, some die)
Synopsis
Sylvia reads in the newspaper that the Nazis are crying foul over R.A.F. pilot Jeff bombing their schools and hospitals. But he denies that, claiming that photos of him attacking these targets was doctored. When the Nazis murder Jeff, the Black Angel steps in to square accounts.
Reprints
Keywords
Germany; London; World War II

[The Dutchman's Ruse] (Table of Contents: 8)

Flying Dutchman / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bob Fujitani (signed as B. Fuje)
Inks
Bob Fujitani (signed as B. Fuje)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
An R.A.F. fighter base---somewhere in England---!
Feature Logo
The Flying Dutchman
Genre
aviation; war; adventure
Characters
The Flying Dutchman [Jan]; Major Kurt Rausbeck (villain, death); Lt. Rausbeck (villain, Rausman's brother, pilot); Major Streeter (villain, pilot); The Nazis (villains, many die)
Synopsis
The Dutchman and Rausbeck have an aerial battle and the Dutchman wins, while Rausman dies. Cleverly, the Dutchman switches uniforms and planes so that Nazi forces believed that their hated enemy is dead. Now the Dutchman is flying with the enemy and causing destruction all along the way.
Reprints
Keywords
Kiel; R.A.F.
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Airboy
  2. 1. [Airboy Meets Valkyrie]
    Airboy
  3. 2. [Zombies of the High Llama]
    Sky Wolf [SkyWolf / Skywolf]
  4. 3. [Swooner the Crooner]
    Skinny McGinty
  5. 4. [The Nazi Robot Bombers]
    Iron Ace
  6. 5. How to Find a Marine
  7. 6. [The Plot to Destroy Mt. Rushmore]
    Bald Eagle
  8. 7. [The Judas Sacrifice]
    The Black Angel
  9. 8. [The Dutchman's Ruse]
    Flying Dutchman
This issue was modified by, among others
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Keith Chandler
  • Craig Delich
  • Del Gruber
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Mark Q
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Dan Stevenson
  • Jim Van Dore