(September 1938)

Fiction House, 1938 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
On-sale Date
1938-07-12
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Real Adventures Publishing Co., Inc.
Editing
Malcolm Reiss (editor); Jerry Iger (feature editor); Will Eisner [as William E. Eisner] (art director)

Issue Notes

The comic is oversized, with dimensions of 10.5" x 14.5".

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in the U. S. Copyright Office filing. Real Adventures is the reported publisher.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Uncle Otto; Hawks of the Seas; Peter Pupp; Sheena / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Reprints
Keywords
diving

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

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


First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hello Kids! Greetings from Jumbo Jim (Jumbo says "Hi-ya")
Synopsis
A welcome from the editor and solicitation for reader submissions, along with indicia.

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

Peter Pupp / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Kane (signed)
Pencils
Bob Kane (signed as Bob Kane)
Inks
Bob Kane (signed)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hello, folks--before we start out on this...
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Peter Pupp; Tinymite; Watt A. Dogg
Synopsis
Introduction of Peter's sidekick, Tinymite. Peter and Tinymite are kidnapped in their sleep by The Rat, and delivered to evil scientist Watt A. Dogg, who intends to ship them to the moon to see if it is made of creme cheese. Peter attempts to seize control of the ship, and veers off-course, landing on a strange planet. Peter and Tinymite meet the sole inhabitant (who's identity is revealed next issue as The Weatherman).
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Indexer Notes

The Weatherman appears to be a potential inspiration for R. Crumb's character, Mr. Natural

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

Hawks of the Seas / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Will Eisner (signed as Willis Rensie)
Pencils
Will Eisner (signed as Willis Rensie)
Inks
Will Eisner (signed as Willis Rensie)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Merrystone's soldiers are scheming to seize the Hawk...
Genre
historical
Characters
The Hawk, Fluth; Sagua; Merrystone
Synopsis
The Hawk learns of a plan by slaver Captain Merrystone to attack Hawk's ship at dawn in retaliation for Hawk's interference in his slave trade. Hawk, in disguise, eludes Merrystone's men, and returns to his ship to warn his men. Before the attack, Hawk's men board another of Merrystone's ships, and convinces them to free their slaves and join him. When dawn arrives, Merrystone finds Hawk under sail, and immune to his attack. Hawk waits to find his opportunity to follow through on his promise of returning the slaves to their home.
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Indexer Notes

Reprints pages 41-45 of the Eisner-Iger syndicated "Hawks of the Seas" Sunday strip - full size, without color. Earlier pages were reprinted in Quality's Feature Funnies 3 through 12.

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

Bobby / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
S. M. Iger (signed)
Pencils
S. M. Iger (signed)
Inks
S. M. Iger (signed)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It's a pleasure to meet you, young man.
Genre
children
Characters
Bobby; Miss Eiffel; Philip Fadeout
Reprints

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

Puzzle Phun / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Don DeConn (signed as de conn)
Pencils
Don DeConn (signed as de conn)
Inks
Don DeConn (signed as de conn)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Can you paint Paddy in the bright and...
Genre
children
Synopsis
fun activity page, including coloring-book item, complete a nursery rhyme, connect the dots, word puzzle, and "find the objects". There is a second one-page Puzzle Phun feature in sequence 16.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

The Count of Monte Cristo / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Alexandre Dumas (original author); ? (adaptor)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed as Jack Curtiss)
Inks
Jack Kirby (signed as Jack Curtiss)
Letters
Jack Kirby (signed as Jack Curtiss)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
On February 24, 1815, the stout ship Pharoah...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Edmond Dantes; M. Danglars; Fernand Mondego; the fair Mercedes; Mr. Morrell
Synopsis
The ship "Pharoah" returns to Marsaille as Napoleon Bonaparte threatens upheaval in France. The ship owner Morrelle learns Edmond Dantes has assumed command during the voyage upon the death of Capt. Leclare, which has rankled Dante's rival, Danglars. Dantes possesses a letter, given to him by Leclare, with instructions to deliver it when the password "Elba" is given. Dantes delivers it, but is witnessed by Danglars. Dantes then visits his fiancee, and learns that of a jealous rival for her affection, Fernand Mondego, who would kill his rival. Danglars schemes with Mondego to make it so.
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Indexer Notes

Adapted from Alexandre Dumas's novel.

Strips #1 to #4.

Letters credit identified by Greg Theakston and later Harry Mendryk on the Jack Kirby Museum web page http://kirbymuseum.org/blogs/simonandkirby/archives/2369, 31 October 2008 (retrieved 15 December 2014).

The Man Who Lived Twice (Part 1) (Table of Contents: 7)

Spencer Steel / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Edwin Loughlin (credited as Dennis Colebrook)
Inks
Edwin Loughlin (credited as Dennis Colebrook)
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Spencer Steel; Doakes; Lucky Lucifer; Judge Grayson
Synopsis
Spencer, recuperating from a gunshot wound, intends to rest and go on vacation, until his friend and reporter, Doakes, informs him of the trial of "Lucky" Lucifer for murder. Spencer attends the trial, where Lucifer is found guilty and sentenced to hang. Lucifer vows vengeance on Judge Grayson, and sets in motion a plan. His gang kidnaps Lucifer's brother, a scientist with the knowledge to bring back the dead to life.
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Indexer Notes

Strips #30 to #33. Strip #33 is additionally signed "Colebrook".

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8)

The Diary of Dr. Hayward / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Kirby (under house name Curt Davis)
Inks
Jack Kirby (under house name Curt Davis)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In the world of science a long forgotten...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Stuart Taylor; Kromo; Dr. Hayward; Lora/Laura Hayward
Synopsis
Evil scientist Kromo kidnaps Stuart Taylor, and with his equipment, transfers their minds between their bodies. Dr. Hayward and his daughter Lora (Taylor's girlfriend), unaware that Kromo now controls Taylor's body, welcome Taylor home. Hayward catches on, but is overpowered by Taylor. Taylor captures Lora and departs.
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Indexer Notes

The feature title "The Diary of Dr. Hayward" would change by issue 9 to "Weird Stories of the Supernatural", and again to "Stuart Taylor in Weird Stories of the Supernatural" by issue 10. All stories featured Stuart Taylor, Dr. Hayward, and Lora (changed to Laura by issue 6).

Universal Phoenix Features Syndicate copyright notice on pages 1 and 4.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

Uncle Otto / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Will Eisner (signed as Heck!)
Pencils
Will Eisner (signed as Heck!)
Inks
Will Eisner (signed as Heck!)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Sanitary hot dog factory--visitors invited
Genre
humor
Characters
Uncle Otto
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Indexer Notes

Four one-page gag strips. Two are dated - 9-6-37 and 11-15-37 - and both have the United Phoenix Features colophon.

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

Stars On Parade / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Toni Blum (signed as Toni Rossett)
Pencils
Bill Bossert ? (credited as Lora Lane)
Inks
Bill Bossert ? (credited as Lora Lane)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
One of the loveliest girls in Hollywood, Fay...
Characters
Fay Wray (first strip); Eddie Cantor (first strip); Clark Gable (first strip); Dame May Whitty (first strip); Anna Sten (second strip); Victor Moore (second strip); Miriam Jordan (second strip); Harpo Marx (second strip); Shirley Temple (third strip); Ramon Navarro (third strip); Edgar Bergen (third strip); Buddy Ebsen (fourth strip); Billy Gilbert (fourth strip); Walt Disney (fourth strip)
Synopsis
short bios for Fay Wray, Eddie Kantor, Clark Gable, Dame May Whitty, Anna Sten, Miriam Jordan, Harpo Marx, Shirley Temple, Ramon Novarro, Edgar Bergen, Buddy Ebsen, Billy Gilbert, and Walt Disney.
Reprints
Keywords
celebrity

Indexer Notes

Audrey (Toni) Blum was married to Bill Bossert and it is possible that he did the art as "Lorna Lane".

Four discrete strips, each bearing the Universal Phoenix Features colophon. Dated 12-6-37, 11-22-37 and 9-6-38 (the fourth has no date).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11)

Jest Laffs / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
If you split, I'll give you the combination.
Genre
humor
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Six unrelated one panel gags.

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

Pee Wee / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
S. M. Iger (signed)
Pencils
S. M. Iger (signed)
Inks
S. M. Iger (signed)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Say, Pee Wee, what do you call a guy...
Genre
humor
Characters
Pee Wee; Bushy; Uncle Shamus
Reprints

Indexer Notes

4 x 4 panel strips, the first dated 8-16-37, the third 5-3.

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

Sheena / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
W. Morgan Thomas (credited)
Pencils
Mort Meskin (signed as Meskin)
Inks
Mort Meskin (signed as Meskin)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In search of the mysterious Sheena, Bob Reynolds...
Genre
jungle
Characters
Sheena [Sheena Rivington]; Bob Reynolds (appears in all Sheena stories); Professor Van Dyke
Synopsis
Bob Reynolds and Prof. Van Dyke search for the elusive Sheena, but are captured by her guards. They escape, but, instead of fleeing, approach Sheena in her throne room, and Van Dyke speaks to Sheena in her tongue, stating that they are friendly. Sheena's medicine man regales them with the story of how Sheena came to be Queen of the Jungle. The story begins with an invading force of Moguls. The wildness of the land and the resistance of the native people whittled their numbers down, until the small remaining group of them settled, and lived with the natives. (continued)
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Indexer Notes

Script is reportedly by Eisner.

Strips #11 to #15.

Build the Flash (Table of Contents: 14)

Modern 'Planes and Model Building / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Les Marshall (signed)
Pencils
Les Marshall (signed)
Inks
Les Marshall (signed)
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction; aviation
Synopsis
Background information and model-building instructions for two planes, the Bermuda Clipper and the Waco C-7.
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Indexer Notes

Strips #17 and #23.

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

Gilda Gay / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bernard Baily
Inks
Bernard Baily
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gosh, Gilda, this is the tenth time I've...
Genre
humor
Characters
Gilda Gay; Buster; Joe; Monty
Reprints

Indexer Notes

4 x 4 panel stand alone strips.

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

Puzzle Phun / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
Don DeConn (signed as don)
Pencils
Don DeConn (signed as don)
Inks
Don DeConn (signed as don)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Jane loved to strut in diamonds and satin
Genre
children
Reprints

Lost in the Arctic (Table of Contents: 17)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Owen Finbar] (credited)
Pencils
Will James (signed); ?
Inks
Will James (signed); ?
Letters
Typeset

Genre
adventure
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Six spot illustrations by various artists - including Will James and possibly John Forte and Bob Schwartz - possibly reprinted from various pulp magazines.

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

The Hunchback of Notre Dame / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Dick Briefer ? (adaptor); Victor Hugo (original author)
Pencils
Dick Briefer (credited)
Inks
Dick Briefer (credited)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Paris 1482. The narrow street of the ancient...
Genre
adventure; drama
Characters
Quasimodo; Jehan; Esmeralda; Phoebus; Claude Frollo
Synopsis
Quasimodo, a deformed unfortunate, spends his days confined to Notre Dame, acting as bell-ringer. He is lured by a festival to the Town square, espies Esmeralda, and falls in love. Evil Jehan, who lusts for Esmeralda, lures Quasimodo to kidnap her. Quasimodo is captured, and put into the pillory. Only Esmeralda show mercy on him. Esmeralda has a romantic rendezvous with her rescuer, but the jealous Jehan murders him. Esmeralda is framed for the murder, and sentenced to hang, only to be saved at the last minute by Quasimodo.
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Indexer Notes

From the classic novel by Victor Hugo.

Credit reads "Pictured by Dick Briefer" which does not necessarily suggest that he is also the writer.

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

The Adventures of Tom Sherrill / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Don DeConn (signed as don)
Pencils
Don DeConn (signed as don)
Inks
Don DeConn (signed as don)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Chapter one. Escape. The story of a sturdy...
Genre
children
Characters
Tom Sherrill; Ellen Sherrill; Chief Pow-Pow
Reprints

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

ZX-5 Spies In Action / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Morgan Thomas]
Pencils
Will Eisner
Inks
Will Eisner; ?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Transovania has declared war and early one morning...
Genre
spy
Characters
ZX-5; Major Jason
Synopsis
The country of Transovania has become provocative, bombing their neighbor Chesterland's munitions plant. Chesterland needs intel in order to respond to the aggression, and sends superspy ZX-5 to infiltrate Transovanian operations in the Kale Valley.
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Indexer Notes

Artwork mostly by Eisner.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 21)

Heroes of Sport / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Tom Swift (credited)
Pencils
Edwin Loughlin (signed); Will Eisner (signed as Erwin); Bob Gustafson (signed as Gustafson); ?
Inks
Edwin Loughlin (signed); Will Eisner (signed as Erwin); Bob Gustafson (signed as Gustafson); ?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Tom McAuliffe of Buffalo, the armless golfer, played...
Genre
non-fiction; sports
Synopsis
spot illustrations and bios provided for Tom McAuliffe, "Lefty" Grove, Terry McGovern, Cleve Brown, "Battling" Nelson, Ben Heller, Honus Wagner, Helen Wills Moody, Henry Lewis, Walter Hagen, and Jimmy Johnson.
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Indexer Notes

Four single tier strips by three different artists.
Strip #1 - dated 12-6-37, by Edwin Laughlin.
Strip #2 - dated Oct. 28, 1937, by Will Eisner (as Erwin).
Strip #3 - dated 5-3, by Will Eisner (as Erwin).
Strip #4 - dated -37, by Bob Gustafson.

Island of Gold (Table of Contents: 22)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Capt. Dennis Drake] (credited)
Pencils
? (3 spot illustrations)
Inks
? (3 spot illustrations)
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure

Indexer Notes

Three illustrations, two different artists. Possible translation of art signatures: "R. Thomay" and "Hofer." Perhaps sourced from various pulps.

Jumbo Jim's Prize Party (Table of Contents: 23) (Expand) /

advertising a cartoon contest for readers / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 24)

Inspector Dayton / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Geo. Thatcher] (credited)
Pencils
Will Eisner
Inks
Will Eisner
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Inspector Day (sic) has come upon a smuggling ring...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Inspector Dayton; Joe the Fink; "Ace of Spades"
Synopsis
Inspector Dayton has finally crossed paths with the smuggling ring he has been hunting, only to be captured. He escapes, and makes it to the police station, with a plan to capture the ring, known as "The Ace of Spades". The gang manages to elude Dayton's trap, but not without leaving clues to their whereabouts.
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Indexer Notes

Art previously credited to "Jack Kirby ?".
Page four indicates that it is Strip #50, suggesting that this is sequence #47 to #50.

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

Wilton of the West / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed as Jack Curtiss)
Inks
Jack Kirby (signed as Jack Curtiss)
Letters
Jack Kirby (signed as Jack Curtiss) (Page 4); ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The sherrif (sic) and his men are trapped in...
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Wilton; Bart Lugar; Luke Reed; Billy Danson; Major Murdock
Synopsis
Bart Luger and his band of cutthroats have the Sheriff and his posse surrounded, but Wilton and little Billy flank them. When Billy is in danger of being shot, Wilton has no choice but to engage Bart, and a fight ensues. Wilton knocks out Bart, and attempts to take him captive, but Bart's gang puts a bullet in his back. Billy rides for help, and finds a group of rangers, who bear down on the gang. (continued)
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Indexer Notes

Letters credit identified by Greg Theakston and later Harry Mendryk on the Jack Kirby Museum web page http://kirbymuseum.org/blogs/simonandkirby/archives/2369, 31 October 2008 (retrieved 15 December 2014).

Strips #45 to #48.

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

Jest Laffs / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bob Kane (signed); ?
Inks
Bob Kane (signed); ?
Letters
?

Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

Seven unrelated gags by different artists, the fourth of which is signed by Bob Kane.

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

Famous Detectives / character profile / 1 page (report information)

Script
Lee Harris (signed as Harris)
Pencils
Lee Harris (signed as Harris)
Inks
Lee Harris (signed as Harris)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'm certain the readers of this magazine would be interested...
Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Ben Rosenberg (detective); Lee Harris; Charles Palatino (villain); Vincent Ceffelli (villain, Palatino's partner)
Synopsis
Writer / artist Lee Harris interviews Ben Rosenberg, famed detective, highlighting his career and his tracking down of two felons. Harris draws himself into the feature.
Reprints
  • in Alter Ego (TwoMorrows, 1999 series), Vol. 3, #125 (June 2014) (in black-and-white)
    in Jerry Iger's Classic Jumbo Comics (Blackthorn, 1985) June 1985

Indexer Notes

Out of proper sequence.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Uncle Otto; Hawks of the Seas; Peter Pupp; Sheena
  2. 1. ["Hello Kids! Greetings from Jumbo Jim (Jumbo says "Hi-ya")"]
  3. 2. ["Hello, folks--before we start out on this..."]
    Peter Pupp
  4. 3. ["Merrystone's soldiers are scheming to seize the Hawk..."]
    Hawks of the Seas
  5. 4. ["It's a pleasure to meet you, young man."]
    Bobby
  6. 5. ["Can you paint Paddy in the bright and..."]
    Puzzle Phun
  7. 6. ["On February 24, 1815, the stout ship Pharoah..."]
    The Count of Monte Cristo
  8. 7. The Man Who Lived Twice (Part 1)
    Spencer Steel
  9. 8. ["In the world of science a long forgotten..."]
    The Diary of Dr. Hayward
  10. 9. ["Sanitary hot dog factory--visitors invited"]
    Uncle Otto
  11. 10. ["One of the loveliest girls in Hollywood, Fay..."]
    Stars On Parade
  12. 11. ["If you split, I'll give you the combination."]
    Jest Laffs
  13. 12. ["Say, Pee Wee, what do you call a guy..."]
    Pee Wee
  14. 13. ["In search of the mysterious Sheena, Bob Reynolds..."]
    Sheena
  15. 14. Build the Flash
    Modern 'Planes and Model Building
  16. 15. ["Gosh, Gilda, this is the tenth time I've..."]
    Gilda Gay
  17. 16. ["Jane loved to strut in diamonds and satin"]
    Puzzle Phun
  18. 17. Lost in the Arctic
  19. 18. ["Paris 1482. The narrow street of the ancient..."]
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  20. 19. ["Chapter one. Escape. The story of a sturdy..."]
    The Adventures of Tom Sherrill
  21. 20. ["Transovania has declared war and early one morning..."]
    ZX-5 Spies In Action
  22. 21. ["Tom McAuliffe of Buffalo, the armless golfer, played..."]
    Heroes of Sport
  23. 22. Island of Gold
  24. 23. Jumbo Jim's Prize Party
    advertising a cartoon contest for readers
  25. 24. ["Inspector Day (sic) has come upon a smuggling ring..."]
    Inspector Dayton
  26. 25. ["The sherrif (sic) and his men are trapped in..."]
    Wilton of the West
  27. 26. [no title indexed]
    Jest Laffs
  28. 27. ["I'm certain the readers of this magazine would be interested..."]
    Famous Detectives
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