(August 1944)

Fox, 1940 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1944-07-07
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Fox Feature Syndicate, Inc.
Brand
A Fox Feature Publication FF
Editing
Victor Fox
Color
color
Dimensions
7 1/2" x 10 1/4" (pre-War); 7 1/4"? x 10 1/4"? (post-War)
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

published at 8 Lord St. Buffalo, NY
editorial offices: 10 E. 43rd St, NY, NY
On-sale date is publication date in Catalog of Copyright Entries, 1944 Periodicals, page 282


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Green Mask / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
E. C. Stoner
Inks
E. C. Stoner
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Green Mask [Johnny Green]

[Origin of the New Green Mask] (Table of Contents: 1)

The Green Mask / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Our country's need for able-bodied men...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Green Mask; Johnny Green; Phil; Mrs. Schuyler; Punchy; Curly(a dog); Michael "Slug" O'Banion; Lenny the Gyp; Butch; Wiley; Dorgan
Synopsis
15 year old Johnny Green's father Walter was superhero Green Mask, but he's in the armed forces now. When gangsters working for O'Banion kill his pal Punchy and Johnny's dog Curly, Johnny's "righteous wrath explodes and transforms" him into the Green Mask. The Green Mask defeats the gangsters, then falls asleep. He reverts to young Johnny--who has no idea what happened. Johnny discovers Punchy and Curly aren't dead after all.

Indexer Notes

This is the first story of the "new" Green Mask. The alter ego of the previous Green Mask was Michael Shelby, but this has apparently been ret-conned to make him Walter Green (who is never shown in the new series). The Johnny Green/Green Mask transformation is similar to Billy Batson/Captain Marvel, except Johnny is unaware that he transforms into the superhero when angry.

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

One Round Hogan / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Al Zere
Inks
Al Zere
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Tim Hogan, ex-Marine, spends his compensation money vainly searching for a job
Genre
sports
Characters
Tim "One Round" Hogan; Tony Magenta; Mamma Magenta; Spike McVey; Chuck; Blimp; Kane
Synopsis
Ex-Marine Tim Hogan goes to work for restaurateur Tony. After defeating Spike and his gangsters, Tim becomes a professional boxer with Tony's backing. Although gangsters try to distract Tim during the bout, news that he's been cited for bravery in the war encourages him to win the fight.
Keywords
boxing

Indexer Notes

First One Round Hogan story. He teams up with his regular corner man Blimp, but his manager is not yet identified as Spigot Barnett.
Art credit from JVJ index card attached to online scanned version.

The Screwy Sleuth (Table of Contents: 3)

Dick Transom / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Hap Harris ?
Pencils
Al Zere
Inks
Al Zere
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; detective-mystery
Characters
Dick Transom; Simeon Foxface; Joe; FBI man
Synopsis
Private detective Dick is hired by Foxface as his bodyguard. Foxface says he carries a secret formula on his person at all times, and Dick accidentally gives this away (it was hidden in a pen). Dick apprehends the man he thinks took the pen, only to learn his prisoner is an FBI agent and Foxface is the leader of a gang of saboteurs and the formula is stolen. Dick captures Foxface before he can flee the country.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Later stories were bylined "Hap Harris" but he is not credited here (if indeed Hap Harris is a real name and not a house byline).

Art credit from JVJ index card attached to online scanned version.

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

Camp Capers / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Al Zere
Inks
Al Zere
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Positively no loitering
Genre
humor; military
Synopsis
6 gag cartoons, all with military themes.

Indexer Notes

Art credit from JVJ index card attached to online scanned version.

The Devil's Loop (Table of Contents: 5)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure

[Save Paper] (Table of Contents: 6)

Jr. Air Warden / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Al Zere
Inks
Al Zere
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

No dialogue in this strip.
Art credit from JVJ index card attached to online scanned version.

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

The Joy Family / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Hal George ?
Pencils
Al Zere
Inks
Al Zere
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Dawgone the dawgone job!
Genre
humor; domestic
Characters
Mr. [Cuthbert] Joy; Judy Joy; Junior Joy; Boss; Joe
Synopsis
Mr. Joy quits his job in disgust, planning to reopen the rural Candlewick Inn. He discovers this is a derelict resort hotel apparently being used as a gangsters' hideout. However, the "gangsters" are a movie company and they pay the Joy family enough to get out of their financial bind. Mr. Joy goes back to his office job.

Indexer Notes

"Hal George" gets credit on other Joy Family stories, but not this one. It was probably a house byline.

Art credit from JVJ index card attached to online scanned version.

This is a fairly blatant imitation of "Blondie." In future stories Mr. Joy is named Cuthbert.

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

Rocket Kelly / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
When Gen. Stillwell started his campaign to clear China's life line...
Genre
aviation; war
Characters
Captain Patrick "Rocket" Kelly; Corporal Wacky; the Professor; Chief Daikal; Puna
Synopsis
During World War II, Patrick Kelly is assigned to fly in the Burma theatre of war. He and his gunner Wacky crash land and are captured by Japanese-allied natives. The Professor, another prisoner, helps them escape using a rocket engine that is attached to their airplane.
Keywords
Burma Road; General Stillwell; World War II

Indexer Notes

next appearance in THE BOUNCER (Fox, 1944 series) #nn

Kelly's sidekick is spelled "Wacky" and "Whacky" at different times in the story.

Death In a Padded Cell (Table of Contents: 9)

The Green Mask / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Green Mask; Johnny Green; Stephen Mallory; Oliver Danby; Dr. Blair; Ben; Ned; Alan Spencer; Leonard Spencer; Mrs. Leonard Spencer
Synopsis
Teenager Johnny, mistaken for Alan Spencer, is abducted and taken to Dr. Blair's asylum. Johnny gets angry and becomes the Green Mask. He learns Steven is being held prisoner there so his brother can squander his fortune. The Green Mask rescues the real Alan. Lawyer Denby, mastermind of the plot, tries to eliminate all of the witnesses and evidence. The now-insane Steven escapes and murders Leonard and Danby before the Green Mask kills him.

Indexer Notes

Steven is called Steven Mallory although his brother is named Leonard Spencer and the Green Mask also refers to Steven's "brother Tom" who is never seen. Alan Spencer is Leonard's nephew but it appears he's also supposed to be Steven Mallory's son? No explanation is given for the variance in names.

Uncensored! Fun and Revelry (Table of Contents: 10)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

ad for The Pleasure Primer- a rare collection of entertainment, guide to fun and revelry. a Primer for Hale and Hearty Living. Stories by Voltaire, Ovid, Balzac and others.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Green Mask
  2. 1. [Origin of the New Green Mask]
    The Green Mask
  3. 2. ["Tim Hogan, ex-Marine, spends his compensation money vainly searching for a job"]
    One Round Hogan
  4. 3. The Screwy Sleuth
    Dick Transom
  5. 4. ["Positively no loitering"]
    Camp Capers
  6. 5. The Devil's Loop
  7. 6. [Save Paper]
    Jr. Air Warden
  8. 7. ["Dawgone the dawgone job!"]
    The Joy Family
  9. 8. ["When Gen. Stillwell started his campaign to clear China's life line..."]
    Rocket Kelly
  10. 9. Death In a Padded Cell
    The Green Mask
  11. 10. Uncensored! Fun and Revelry
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • David Wilt
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  • Craig Delich
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