(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)

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

Script
Bob Kane (signed)
Pencils
Bob Kane (signed)
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
Reprints

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

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Merrystone's soldiers are scheming to seize the Hawk...
Genre
historical
Characters
The Hawk, Fluth; Sagua; Merrystone
Reprints

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: 3)

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: 4)

Puzzle Phun / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Donald DeConn [as de conn] (signed)
Pencils
Donald DeConn [as de conn] (signed)
Inks
Donald DeConn [as de conn] (signed)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Can you paint Paddy in the bright and...
Genre
children
Reprints

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

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

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

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
Reprints

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: 6)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Edwin Laughlin [as Dennis Colebrook] (credited)
Inks
Edwin Laughlin [as Dennis Colebrook] (credited)
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Spencer Steel; Doakes; Lucky Lucifer; Judge Grayson
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Kirby [as Curt Davis] (credited)
Inks
Jack Kirby [as Curt Davis] (credited)
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 Hayward
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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: 9)

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

Script
Audrey Blum [as Toni Rossett] (signed)
Pencils
? [as Lora Lane] (credited)
Inks
? [as Lora Lane] (credited)
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)
Reprints
Keywords
celebrity

Indexer Notes

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

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: 10)

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: 11)

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: 12)

Sheena, Queen of the Jungle / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Will Eisner [as W. Morgan Thomas] (credited)
Pencils
Mort Meskin [as Meskin] (signed)
Inks
Mort Meskin [as Meskin] (signed)
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
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script is reportedly by Eisner.

Strips #11 to #15.

Build the Flash (Table of Contents: 13)

Modern 'Planes and Model Building / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre
non-fiction
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Strips #17 and #23.

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

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: 15)

Puzzle Phun / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
Donald DeConn [as don] (signed)
Pencils
Donald DeConn [as don] (signed)
Inks
Donald DeConn [as don] (signed)
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: 16)

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 - possibly reprinted from various pulp magazines.

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

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
Characters
Quasimodo; Jehan; Esmeralda; Phoebus; Claude Frollo
Reprints

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: 18)

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

Script
Don DeConn [as don] (signed)
Pencils
Don DeConn [as don] (signed)
Inks
Don DeConn [as don] (signed)
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: 19)

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
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Artwork mostly by Eisner.

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

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Tom McAuliffe of Buffalo, the armless golfer, played...
Genre
non-fiction; sports
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Four single tier strips by three different artists.
Strip #1 - dated 12-6-37, by Laughlin.
Strip #2 - dated Oct. 28, 1937, by Eisner.
Strip #3 - dated 5-3, by Eisner.
Strip #4 - dated -37, signature indecipherable.

Island of Gold (Table of Contents: 21)

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: 22) (Expand) /

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

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

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"
Reprints

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: 24)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Kirby [as Jack Curtiss] (signed)
Inks
Jack Kirby [as Jack Curtiss] (signed)
Letters
?; Jack Kirby (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
Reprints

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: 25)

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: 26)

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

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

Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Ben Rosenberg (detective); Lee Harris; Charles Palatino (villain); Vincent Ceffelli (villain, Palatino's partner)
Reprints
  • in Alter Ego (TwoMorrows, 1999 series), Vol. 3, #125 (June 2014) (in black-and-white)

Indexer Notes

Out of proper sequence.

Reprinted from page 85 of Blackthorn's 1985 B/W reprinting of Jumbo Comics #1.

Highlights the career of Ben Rosenberg, famed detective, and his tracking down of two felons.

Writer?/artist Lee Harris drew himself into the story, interviewing Rosenberg.

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