Target Comics #v4#9 [45]
(January 1944)

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Volume
4
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
60
Indicia Frequency
Monthly from November to June inclusive; bi-monthly July to October inclusive
On-sale Date
1943-10-27
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Novelty Press, Inc.
Editing
Stanley H. Beaman

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is from the publication date recorded in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, 1944, New Series, Vol. 39, No. 1.

18 Men and a Boat (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Tom Gill (signed as T. GEE)
Inks
Tom Gill (signed as T. GEE)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
If that Jap sees us, our goose is cooked [sic]
Genre
war
Characters
John Morrill; Target (inset)
Keywords
World War II

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

letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Dear Gang: The real-life, honest-to-gosh, heroic adventure story that you've been...
Synopsis
Editor's page with some reader's letters printed.

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover. Entire sequence added by Craig Delich (Feb. 2006).

Letters by Rhoda Zimet and Arthur Ginsberg.

[Bad Dream] (Table of Contents: 2)

The Cadet featuring Kit Carter / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
George Kapitan
Pencils
John Jordan
Inks
John Jordan
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Dan Merry's curiosity explained quite a few things for him, but he was...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Kit Carter; Dan Merry; Dick Mann
Synopsis
Kit and Dan, as they traipse through the woods, encounter a well-known writer and are invited to his cabin. While in the cabin, Dan trips over a bearskin rug, is knocked unconscious, and has a nightmare.
Reprints
Keywords
dream sequence

Indexer Notes

Story title and genre added by Craig Delich (Feb. 2006). Creative credits hidden in bush in bottom panel of first page noted by Gary Watson, May 2008.

18 Men and a Boat (Table of Contents: 3)

John Morrill / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Tom Gill ?
Pencils
Tom Gill [as T. Gill] (signed)
Inks
Tom Gill [as T. Gill] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
On December 10, 1941, the Pacific war struck at the Philippines.
Genre
biography; war
Characters
John Morrill [1st appearance]; Taylor; Steele; Meeker; Richardson
Synopsis
John Morrill and his crew begin a harrowing journey on a 36-foot diesel boat from the Philippines to Australia after they are ordered to scuttle their mine sweeper.
Keywords
Manila; Philippines; Quail (mine sweeper); World War II

Indexer Notes

Story title placement, feature, genre, credits and synopsis added by Craig Delich (Feb. 2006).

Based on the true story of Lt. Commander John Morrill, U.S.N., in collaboration with Pete Martin.

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

Targetoons / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
Milt Hammer
Pencils
Milt Hammer (signed)
Inks
Milt Hammer (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
There goes one of those lightning bugs...
Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

Entire sequence added by Craig Delich (Feb. 2006).

The Black Market (Table of Contents: 5)

Bull's-Eye Bill / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
John Daly ?
Inks
John Daly ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The Black Market strikes at Target Ranch and only ends when Bill gets home and...
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Bill; Black Market Gang; Ike; Mr. Hand; Brad
Synopsis
Bill returns home on special duty from the military to help break up a cattle rustling operation.
Keywords
Target Ranch

Indexer Notes

Story title and genre added by Craig Delich (Feb. 2006).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

Candid Charlie, Wizard of the Lens / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
B. Gordon Guth (signed)
Inks
B. Gordon Guth (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hi ya, fellas...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Candid Charlie [Charles Click] (intro); Mrs. Click (Charlie's mother); Miss Van Gilt; Reggie; Mr. Van Gilt; Clarence Grey
Synopsis
Charlie inadvertantly stumbles across a missing heiress and helps free her from kidnappers.
Keywords
Lensville

Indexer Notes

Feature revision and genre added by Craig Delich (Feb. 2006).

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

Targetoons / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
Milt Hammer
Pencils
Milt Hammer (signed)
Inks
Milt Hammer (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Tony - ya certainly kin take it!
Genre
humor
Characters
Tony

Indexer Notes

Entire sequence added by Craig Delich (Feb. 2006).

River Rising (Table of Contents: 8)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Young Tommy Burke pedalled his bike frantically down the hard road toward...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Tommy Burke; Jake Ingle; Mr. Burke; Mrs. Burke
Synopsis
Tommy, despite several obstacles, rescues his parents from a raging flood.
Keywords
Burke Valley; Illinois River

Indexer Notes

Entire sequence added by Craig Delich (Feb. 2006).

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

Adventures in Stamps / text article / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Eugene L. Pollock (signed)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Have you heard that the Japs overprinted two stamps to celebrate the anniversary of...
Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Archer Harman
Keywords
The Bahamas

Indexer Notes

First half of this page are classified ads for stamps.

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

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[Lumberjack Adventure] (Table of Contents: 11)

Dan'l Flannel / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Edward Ryan ?
Inks
Edward Ryan ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A new kind of rustling goes on in the woods beyond Homespun Center---when a change of...
Genre
humor
Characters
Dan'l Flannel; Uncle Dud; Gug; Brickhead
Synopsis
Dan'l and Dud take jobs as lumberjacks. They then try hard to win the bonus for cutting the most trees in a week; however, they fail to win and later discover that they were cheated.

Indexer Notes

Story title and genre added by Craig Delich (Feb. 2006).

On the Beam! (Table of Contents: 12)

The Target / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
George Kapitan
Pencils
Bill Allison
Inks
Bill Allison
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The reat pleat and the stuffed cuff get mixed into a spy-chasing story that ends with a spy-chasing story that ends with the criminals doing a jitter-bug dance of desperation [...]
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Target [Niles Reed]; The Targeteers [Dave Brown; Tom Foster]; unnamed army intelligence major; Dan McCunn; Steff (villain); Nazi spies (villains)
Synopsis
Military Intelligence sends Niles to a local night club to see if he can garner information on suspicious-looking men that have regularly been hanging out there. He discovers that a comdeian's valet is linked with Nazi spies, and the Targeteers go to town on them, learning that the spies were using purported fan mail to relay U.S. naval secrets back to Germany.
Reprints
Keywords
La Jolie Night Club; New York City

Indexer Notes

Script credit suggested by the Who's Who.

[Organizing the French Resistence] (Table of Contents: 13)

Pete Stockbridge, the Chameleon / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bill Allison
Inks
Bill Allison
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
At an underground meeting of the Free French---Chameleon is helping the men to...
Genre
war
Characters
Pete Stockbridge (the Chameleon); Karl; Hans; the Gestapo; Chief Ratter; Frank; Jon
Synopsis
French resistance fighters are captured by the Gestapo and the Chameleon embarks upon a daring plan to free the arrested resistance fighters.
Keywords
France; World War II

Indexer Notes

Story title and genre added by Craig Delich, February 2006. Art credits changed by Gary Watson, June 2009. Original indexer had "John Meditz?"

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

Targetoons / cartoon / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ray Gill
Inks
Ray Gill
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hey Hennessy - they're packing our camouflage!
Genre
humor
Characters
Hennessy

Indexer Notes

Entire sequence added by Craig Delich (Feb. 2006). Art credits from Gary Watson, May 2008. Formerly credited as "Milt Hammer?"

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

Junior Sales Club / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

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

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. 18 Men and a Boat
  2. 1. ["Dear Gang: The real-life, honest-to-gosh, heroic adventure story that you've been..."]
  3. 2. [Bad Dream]
    The Cadet featuring Kit Carter
  4. 3. 18 Men and a Boat
    John Morrill
  5. 4. ["There goes one of those lightning bugs..."]
    Targetoons
  6. 5. The Black Market
    Bull's-Eye Bill
  7. 6. ["Hi ya, fellas..."]
    Candid Charlie, Wizard of the Lens
  8. 7. ["Tony - ya certainly kin take it!"]
    Targetoons
  9. 8. River Rising
  10. 9. ["Have you heard that the Japs overprinted two stamps to celebrate the anniversary of..."]
    Adventures in Stamps
  11. 10. ["16 Pan American sets - 10ยข"]
  12. 11. [Lumberjack Adventure]
    Dan'l Flannel
  13. 12. On the Beam!
    The Target
  14. 13. [Organizing the French Resistence]
    Pete Stockbridge, the Chameleon
  15. 14. ["Hey Hennessy - they're packing our camouflage!"]
    Targetoons
  16. 15. ["Boys - Girls! Solve this puzzle"]
    Junior Sales Club
  17. 16. ["Action - that's what counts!"]
  18. 17. ["Be a commanding general!"]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Lou Mougin
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Del Gruber
  • Merlin Haas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Peter Croome