(October 1944)

Pines, 1940 Series
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Volume
?
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
Bi-monthly
On-sale date
1944
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Standard Magazines, Inc.
Editing
Ned Pines
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Doc Strange / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Schomburg
Inks
Alex Schomburg
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero; war
Characters
Doc Strange [Dr. Thomas Hugo Strange]; Adolf Hitler; Nazi Guards
Synopsis
A parachuting Doc Strange assaults a Nazi Guard while a frightened Hitler fleeing Berlin raises his hands in surrender.
Reprints

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

The Commando Cubs / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Richard Hughes
Pencils
Bob Oksner [as Oksner] (signed)
Inks
Bob Oksner [as Oksner] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It says here the one German secret ...
Genre
children; war
Characters
The Commando Cubs [Ace Browning; Pokey Jones; Horace Cosgrove II; Whizzer Marlarkey; Spud O'Shea]; Professor Musselbownd; Renee Marat (shepherdess); Alderman Rauch (villain, German spy, town Alderman, death); German Commandant (villain); Major von Schroeder (villain); the Nazis (villains, some die)
Synopsis
The Cubs flush out a German spy, but the villain escapes with blueprints for a super-rocket plane. The Cubs follow him and grab the blueprints, but the Nazis trap the boys in a farmhouse, whom the boys later defeat with flaming arrows.
Reprints
Keywords
London Globe; Newbury

Indexer Notes

Removed letters credit for Richard Hughes. Hughes never lettered he was an editor/writer.

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

Doc Strange / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Joseph Greene ?
Pencils
Ken Battefield ?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Boys and girls! Junior Air Wardens of America!
Genre
superhero; war
Characters
Doc Strange [Dr. Thomas Hugo Strange]; Mike (Doc's teenage sidekick); Virginia (Doc's girlfriend); Henry and Sally (children); Jeep (a dog); Herr Von Zum (villain, German spy); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis
Doc chases a German spy carrying a map of munitions centers on the East Coast, but the superhero is captured by Nazis. After swallowing a dose of Alosun, he overwhelms his captors, downs a fleet of Nazi catapult planes, and captures a German U-boat.
Reprints
Keywords
Junior Air Wardens of America

Indexer Notes

Script and penciler credits by Craig Delich. The Who's Who indicates that Greene wrote and Battefield penciled this strip in 1944.

Mark Heike suggests Lin Streeter for the inker, but the Who's Who doesn't indicate Streeter worked on this feature, and no evidence is extant that suggests he did, so the ? remains.

Spy Chaser: A Story of Espionage (Table of Contents: 3)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
William McClellan
Pencils
? (spot illustration)
Inks
? (spot illustration)
Colors
? (spot illustration)
Letters
typeset

Genre
war
Characters
Philip West (teen hobbyist); George Banton (G-Man): German Spy
Synopsis
Philip thwarts a German spy looking for sensitive government information at a hobby show.

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

Lucky Lawrence / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Maurice Gutwirth]
Pencils
Maurice Gutwirth
Inks
Maurice Gutwirth
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Boy! This is the life!
Genre
war
Characters
Lucky Lawrence; Lucky's USMC Buddies; Japanese Soldiers; Native Chief; Island Natives
Synopsis
Lucky and his buddies are swept away by a tropical storm to a mysterious isle where they are captured by Japs who have stolen an idol from a native temple. The Leathernecks escape, and use their muscle and smarts to defeat the Japs and return the idol to the temple.

The Boy Wrangler: A Trail Drive Story (Table of Contents: 5)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Buck Barton
Pencils
? (spot illustration)
Inks
? (spot illustration)
Colors
? (spot illustration)
Letters
typeset

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Buck Wilson (teen wrangler); Tom Lang (trail boss); Hank Traver (rustler)
Synopsis
Buck thwarts a gang of rustlers and frees an old friend from their camp.

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

Lone Eagle / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You're just in time to watch ...
Genre
war
Characters
Lone Eagle; German Commandant; Nazis; Patros (leader of Greek guerillas)
Synopsis
Lone Eagle is on a mission to find a Nazi supply depot on Crete, but is forced to bail out when harassed by Messerschmitts. He learns that Patros is a traitor working for the Nazis and exposes him. The guerillas vow to continue the fight to free their homeland.

The Black Box: A Story of Africa (Table of Contents: 7)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Johnston Craig
Pencils
? (spot illustrations)
Inks
? (spot illustrations)
Colors
? (spot illustrations)
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Bob Green; Jim Green (Bob's brother); Witch Doctor; African Natives
Synopsis
Bob performs magic tricks to rescue his brother from African natives.

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

The Ghost / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
August Froehlich
Inks
August Froehlich
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
What are you going to do with a twenty room house, Betty?
Genre
superhero; war
Characters
George Chance [The Ghost]; Betty Morris (George's friend); Peter (George's servant); Yogi Sage (George's otherworldly aide); Nazis; Constable
Synopsis
Nazis are hiding in an old mansion on Long Island, and are intent upon destroying American ships in a nearby harbor. They capture George and his friends, but the Yogi Sage rescues them. George saves the fleet using his magical powers.
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Doc Strange
  2. 1. ["It says here the one German secret ..."]
    The Commando Cubs
  3. 2. ["Boys and girls! Junior Air Wardens of America!"]
    Doc Strange
  4. 3. Spy Chaser: A Story of Espionage
  5. 4. ["Boy! This is the life!"]
    Lucky Lawrence
  6. 5. The Boy Wrangler: A Trail Drive Story
  7. 6. ["You're just in time to watch ..."]
    Lone Eagle
  8. 7. The Black Box: A Story of Africa
  9. 8. ["What are you going to do with a twenty room house, Betty?"]
    The Ghost
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • John Loffink
  • Craig Delich
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Kathryn Wright
  • Ramon Schenk
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • James Ludwig
  • Gary L. Watson