(September 1944)

Charlton, 1944 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1944-07-26 ?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
The Frank Comunale Publishing Company
Editing
?

Issue Notes

On sale date taken from stamp on comic book currently in the image archive.

Cataloged from a scan at Digital Comics Museum.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Yellowjacket / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Yellowjacket
Reprints

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

Yellowjacket / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ken Battefield
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
All things have a beginning --
Genre
superhero
Characters
Yellowjacket [Vince Harley] (introduction; origin); Judy Graves; Jake Mallon (gang boss)
Synopsis
A gang of crooks chasing a girl, enter the house of Vince Harley, crime fiction writer and beekeeper. The girl slips away and the gang decide to finish Vince off by dumping a hive full of yellowjacket bees inside his house. He is immune to bee stings, can even control them, and gets the idea of how to fight the gang in a yellowjacket outfit.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The crude figures and faces are similar to Battefield's credited stories in this series.

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

Diana the Huntress / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Gus Schrotter
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Mount Olympus -- the hall of the gods...
Genre
fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters
Diana the Huntress (introduction); Hercules; Jupiter; Mercury; Discordia
Synopsis
On Mount Olympus, Zeus decides to let the gods come to the aid of the Allies in their fight against Japan and Germany. Diana is to help them in Greece.

Indexer Notes

The art here is similar to Schrotter's signed story in Heroic Comics (Eastern, 1943 series) #38. He has some special scrolls in the ears.

Message for the Cops (Table of Contents: 3)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

The Black Cat (Table of Contents: 4)

Famous Tales of Terror / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
? (adaptation); Edgar Allan Poe (story)
Pencils
Bill Allison
Inks
Bill Allison
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Pluto (black cat)
Synopsis
Adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe story "The Black Cat"
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The very open eyes and soft, rounded inking and also movement is similar to Allison's many credited stories, like Blue Circle Comics #2, Camera Comics #1, Cowboy Western #38.

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

Debunker / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Washington was first president of the U.S.
Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Three trivia facts with illustrations

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

King of the Beasts / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Harold DeLay (as Harold De Lay)
Inks
Harold DeLay (as Harold De Lay)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Danny King -- the King of the Beasts -- finds he must seize his whip from the hand of death!
Genre
adventure
Characters
Danny King (introduction); Russo; Lucy Flair; Whip Chandler
Synopsis
A lion tamer is fired for being drunk, and Danny King gets his chance to handle the big cats and the vengeful ex-lion tamer.

Indexer Notes

DeLay can be recognized by the "slow" movement of the rather short figures. Also faces and the layout style more like old book illustrations.

The Man Who Should Have Died (Table of Contents: 7)

Harbor Lights / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Arnold Hicks
Inks
Arnold Hicks
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
war
Characters
Jack
Synopsis
A sailor is taken captive aboard a Nazi u-boat and lives to tell his story.

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

Bee Lines / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Better count the crew, captain -- I just found the bomb bay doors open!
Genre
humor
Synopsis
8 gag panels

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

Filipino Kid / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Chu F. Hing
Inks
Chu F. Hing
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Peril strikes at the Phillipines from Japan --
Genre
war
Characters
Juan Manito [Filipino Kid]; Felipe
Synopsis
The Japanese march into Manila, and Juan takes up the fight against them.

Indexer Notes

Art was previously attributed to Gerald Altman, but the way the eyes, teeth, and ears are drawn more closely resembles those of Chu’s in his Green Turtle art from Blazing Comics (1944-1945). Some of the lettering on the torii on the splash page also matches the lettering on his signed Late Summer painting from 1934: http://chimericaneyes.blogspot.com/2014/01/about-artist-chu-f-hing.html

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Yellowjacket
  2. 1. ["All things have a beginning --"]
    Yellowjacket
  3. 2. ["Mount Olympus -- the hall of the gods..."]
    Diana the Huntress
  4. 3. Message for the Cops
  5. 4. The Black Cat
    Famous Tales of Terror
  6. 5. ["Washington was first president of the U.S."]
    Debunker
  7. 6. ["Danny King -- the King of the Beasts -- finds he must seize his whip from the hand of death!"]
    King of the Beasts
  8. 7. The Man Who Should Have Died
    Harbor Lights
  9. 8. ["Better count the crew, captain -- I just found the bomb bay doors open!"]
    Bee Lines
  10. 9. ["Peril strikes at the Phillipines from Japan --"]
    Filipino Kid
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