(November 1938)

Centaur, 1938 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Centaur Publications, Inc.
Editing
Lloyd Jacquet (editor)

Issue Notes

Correct order of sequences and additional sequences info from Greg Huneryager, November 2008.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Skyrocket Steele / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Bill Everett (signed)
Inks
Bill Everett (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Skyrocket Steele Dodge; Sari Marston
Reprints

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

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Skyrocket Steele / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Everett ?
Pencils
Bill Everett (signed)
Inks
Bill Everett (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Bill Everett ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
An armed party under the direction of King Kurt...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Skyrocket Steele Dodge; Sari Marston; King Kurt; Invex, the Invisible Man (villain, introduction); Vance Roy (villain)
Synopsis
Steele and King Kurt arrive in the Guard Halls of Mannin, discovering utter destruction and an invisible man who overpowers them both. Suddenly, a masked stranger appears, tells both of his captives that he has captured Sari, then fires a self-propelled bomb at the two.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Also signed - as "Bill Everett" - in the final panel.

Adventures of Newsreel Cameramen (Table of Contents: 3)

The Newsreel Man / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Frollo ?
Pencils
Frank Frollo (signed)
Inks
Frank Frollo (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Rodman I'm sending you and your friend...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Tom Norton (cameraman); Bill Rodman (cameraman); cameramen's boss; Captain Johnson (of "The Sea Wolf", death); General Fong (Chinese soldier); other Chinese soldiers; ship's crew members [Red; Joe; others un-named] (villains, some die)
Synopsis
Tom and Bill's boss sends them out on a story aboard a ship to shoot some war films, unaware that many of the crew members are planning a mutiny. After the mutiny and death of the Captain, the pair are set adrift and picked up by Chinese troops who take them where the war action is.
Reprints
Keywords
Hong Kong; Sea Wolf (a ship)

Indexer Notes

There is no "A" in the masthead.

Story is billed as "A gripping adventure story of two roving reelers --complete".

Oddity: Norton is called "Bill" in panel 5 on page 2.

The Lama of Kadak (Table of Contents: 4)

Joe Brailey / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Victor Dowling
Pencils
Victor Dowling
Inks
Victor Dowling
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Far in the Himalayan Mountains...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Joe Brailey [aka Briley]; Maudie; Kang; Mon-Yan-Sen (young child named the new Lama)
Synopsis
Joe has set up camp in Tibet while on his quest to find snow leopards, and makes his way with Maudie to the monastary at Kadak, where Maudie playfully plays with the Lama's hat, and is nearly killed for it until a young child puts it on. Later, the duo get to see the ceremony during which the new Lama of Kadak will be chosen.
Reprints
Keywords
Himalayan Mountains; Tibet

Indexer Notes

The letterer transposes the letter "I" in place of the letter "A" in many places and just plain leaves the "A" put of Joe's name.

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

Dirk the Demon, 24th Century Archaeologist / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Everett
Pencils
Bill Everett
Inks
Bill Everett
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
We find Dirk in his own private den in the castle...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Dirk the Demon [Dirk Cay] (introduction); Baron Cay (introduction, Dirk's father); Laddie; Teddy; Reggad; un-named old man (gold prospector, death)
Synopsis
Dirk and his friends steal his father's hydroplane and stumble across a handgun dated 1937. Even more mysterious is the fact that he and his friends discover an air-sealed tight room loaded with gold, guarded by an old prospector, who has been trapped in the room since the 1930's!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The strip is fully titled "Dirk the Demon, 24th Century Archaeologist".
Also signed - as "Bill Everett" - in the final panel.

How Terry Kilgison Flew Around The World In A Day (Table of Contents: 6)

Terry Kilgison / text story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Lloyd Jacquet (credited as Lloyd Dyoll)
Pencils
Terry Gilkison (signed as TG) (3 spot illustrations)
Inks
Terry Gilkison (signed as TG) (3 spot illustrations)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The amazing inside story...
Genre
aviation; science fiction
Characters
Terry Kilgison (American ace); Tom Norb (reporter); un-identified narrator (reporter); "The Guy"
Synopsis
The amazing inside story of how the American Ace broke all records in flying around the world and how he won the million dollar flying race against his will.
Keywords
New York Planet; Osaka; Wings Club

Indexer Notes

Pages 3 and 4 are found after sequence 7.

Note that 'Dyoll' is 'Lloyd' spelt backwards, and that 'Kilgison' is a barely-concealed anagram of 'Gilkison'. It seems possible that the third spot illustration, captioned 'When...in walks Terry Kilgison!' features a caricature of the artist at right.

[The Arrival of the Weekly Rocket-Ship Excursion on Mars] (Table of Contents: 7)

2038 A. D. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
A. S. Van Eerde (signed)
Pencils
A. S. Van Eerde (signed)
Inks
A. S. Van Eerde (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
A. S. Van Eerde ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Well - Here we are again...
Genre
humor; science fiction

Indexer Notes

Humorous look at Earth tourists visiting Mars.
A two page spread.

Tracks in the Snow (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Howard L. Hastings (credited as H. L. Hastings)
Pencils
Howard L. Hastings (credited as H. L. Hastings)
Inks
Howard L. Hastings (credited as H. L. Hastings)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Trapper Joe Mearns battled thru...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Joe Mearns (trapper); Charlie Big-Moose (full-blooded Indian and runner for the Hudson Bay Company); un-named half-breed
Synopsis
Joe muses in his lonely, isolated cabin in the wintery wilderness over the fact that two motherless children have staked him to trap furs for the money and he has little to show for it.
Reprints
Keywords
Hudson Bay Company

Indexer Notes

Bails has Hastings as writer of his own stories.

Fishermen's Luck (Table of Contents: 9)

Bob Colby / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Martin Filchock (credited) (signed as Filchock)
Pencils
Martin Filchock (credited) (signed as Filchock)
Inks
Martin Filchock (credited) (signed as Filchock)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bob Colby took his chances...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Bob Colby (adventurer); un-named boat's Captain; Mary Ann (Captain's daughter); un-named Sheriff; four bandits [Goose (a hijacker); rest un-named] (villains)
Synopsis
Bob runs across a boat's Captain who has just sprained his ankle and helps him home, where he confides to Bob that some newspaper reporters have hired his boat to go fishing, and now he can't take them. Knowing the man needs the money desperately for he and his daughter, Bob agrees to take the men out to fish.
Reprints
Keywords
Mary Ann (a boat); The Wren (a boat)

Man-Hunt (Table of Contents: 10)

'Wild Tex' Martin / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Will Eisner (credited as William E. Eisner)
Pencils
Will Eisner (credited as William E. Eisner)
Inks
Will Eisner (credited as William E. Eisner)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Reach!! Ya ol' buzzard...
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Sheriff "Wild Tex" Martin; Rufe (land owner); Ned (Martin's Deputy); 'Breed' Crow (villain)
Synopsis
Old Rufe refuses to tell 'Breed' Crow the location of his land charter to one of the richest gold fields in the world, and is shot. Tex comes to Rufe's aid and he and his deputy track Crow to Rufe's cabin in the gold fields.
Reprints
Keywords
Split Canyon

Good Books (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Skyrocket Steele
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. ["An armed party under the direction of King Kurt..."]
    Skyrocket Steele
  4. 3. Adventures of Newsreel Cameramen
    The Newsreel Man
  5. 4. The Lama of Kadak
    Joe Brailey
  6. 5. ["We find Dirk in his own private den in the castle..."]
    Dirk the Demon, 24th Century Archaeologist
  7. 6. How Terry Kilgison Flew Around The World In A Day
    Terry Kilgison
  8. 7. [The Arrival of the Weekly Rocket-Ship Excursion on Mars]
    2038 A. D.
  9. 8. Tracks in the Snow
  10. 9. Fishermen's Luck
    Bob Colby
  11. 10. Man-Hunt
    'Wild Tex' Martin
  12. 11. Good Books
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
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