(January 1939)

Fiction House, 1938 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
On-sale date
1938-11-28
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Real Adventures Publishing Co., Inc.
Editing
Malcolm Reiss; S. M. Iger (feature editor); Will Eisner (art director)
Color
Black and White (#1-8); Color (#9 onwards)
Dimensions
Tabloid:10.5 x 14 1/2 (#1-8); 8.5 x 10.5 inches (#9); Standard Golden Age U.S. (#10 onwards)
Paper Stock
Newsprint
Binding
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format
Was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Oversized, 10.5" x 14.5". Full color cover, black and white interior.

On sale date from the publication date found at the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 34, 1939, Number 1. Second class permit. Copyright number 395901.

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Will Eisner
Inks
Will Eisner
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Sheena; the Hawk; Spencer Steel; Doctor Hayward
Reprints
Keywords
sleds; snow

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

Bobby / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
S. M. Iger
Pencils
S. M. Iger
Inks
S. M. Iger
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bobby, you'd better hurry, it's time for you...
Genre
humor; children
Characters
Bobby; Mr. Von Snitzel; Mr. De Flicker; Laurel & Hardy (Cameo); Marx Brothers (Cameo); Bert Wheeler (Cameo); Edward G. Robinson (Cameo); Charlie McCarthy (Cameo); Edgar Bergen (Cameo)

Indexer Notes

from Wags (UK) 1937 series

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

Inspector Dayton / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? [as George Thatcher]
Inks
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Tony, you've got to tell me who beat...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Inspector Dayton; Anderson Case
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Different artwork than was in Jumbo #1 under George Thatcher by-line.

Treasure of the Dead [Part 1] (Table of Contents: 3)

Hawks of the Seas / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Will Eisner [as Willis B. Rensie]
Pencils
Will Eisner
Inks
Will Eisner
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
The Hawk; Governor Lathrop; Captain Clogg; Jeremy; Doctor Snyde
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Reprinted -- re-translated into English -- in Will Eisner's Hawks of the Seas (Kitchen Sink Press, Inc., 1986 series) #1

[pantomime gag strip] (Table of Contents: 4)

Uncle Otto / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Will Eisner [as Carl Heck]
Pencils
Will Eisner [as Carl Heck]
Inks
Will Eisner [as Carl Heck]

Genre
humor
Characters
Uncle Otto

Indexer Notes

strip is wordless.

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

Stars on Parade / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Audrey Blum Bossert [as Lora Lane]
Pencils
Audrey Blum Bossert [as Lora Lane]
Inks
Audrey Blum Bossert [as Lora Lane]
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Errol Flynn, while rehearsing a boxing sequence for...
Genre
non-fiction
Keywords
celebrity

Indexer Notes

Audrey Blum Bossert is more commonly known as Toni Blum. Various stars appear.

The Army Pursuit (Table of Contents: 6)

Modern Planes and Model Building / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
? [as Les Marshall]
Pencils
? [as Les Marshall]
Inks
? [as Les Marshall]
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction; aviation
Reprints

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

Peter Pupp / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Kane
Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In the last installment Peter and his friends...
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Peter Pupp; Zula; Budah
Reprints

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

Heroes of Sport / comic story / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? [as Tom Swift]
Inks
? [as Tom Swift]
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Irvin Jaffee is a native New Yorker. As...
Genre
non-fiction; sports
Characters
Irving Jaffee; Simon Byrne

Indexer Notes

Although the second strip, dated 8/16/37, is signed ERWIN, supposedly an Eisner pen name, it is WAY too crude to be even the earliest Eisner IMHO. Universal Phoenix Features.

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

News Facts / cartoon / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
? [as George]
Pencils
? [as George]
Inks
? [as George]
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
London, England. On a recent visit here, Robert...
Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Robert Taylor; others

Indexer Notes

Universal Phoenix Features

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

Puzzle Phun / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
Donald DeConn
Pencils
Donald DeConn
Inks
Donald DeConn
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Complete the faces of Cinderella, her sisters, and...
Genre
children
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11)

The Count of Monte Cristo / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Lou Fine [as Jack Cortez]
Inks
Lou Fine [as Jack Cortez]
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
For a hundred glorious days, the armies of...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Edmond Dantes; Abbe Faria
Reprints

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

Pee Wee / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
S. M. Iger
Pencils
S. M. Iger
Inks
S. M. Iger
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Tommy, how did ya get so many freckles?
Genre
humor; children
Characters
Pee Wee; Tommy

Indexer Notes

10/18/37 and 11/22/37. Universal Phoenix Syndicate.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13)

Gilda Gay / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Bernard Baily
Pencils
Bernard Baily
Inks
Bernard Baily
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Ah, there's Gilda. Hello, Gilda, say when you...
Genre
humor
Characters
Gilda Gay

Indexer Notes

8/24/37. First strip date is illegible. Universal Phoenix Features.

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

Bobby / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
S. M. Iger
Pencils
S. M. Iger
Inks
S. M. Iger
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gee whiz! Just when the tenth chapter of...
Genre
humor; children
Characters
Bobby
Reprints

Indexer Notes

from Wags (UK) 1937 series.

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

Sheena / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Will Eisner [as W. Morgan Thomas]
Pencils
Mort Meskin ?
Inks
Mort Meskin ?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
There is grave trouble in the Latonga tribe...
Genre
jungle
Characters
Sheena; Bob Reynolds; natives
Reprints

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

Jest Laffs / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Bob Kane
Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Shall I tuck you in?
Genre
humor
Reprints

[pantomime gag strip] (Table of Contents: 17)

Uncle Otto / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Will Eisner [as Carl Heck]
Pencils
Will Eisner [as Carl Heck]
Inks
Will Eisner [as Carl Heck]
Letters
?

Genre
humor
Characters
Uncle Otto

Chapter 14: A Water Attack (Table of Contents: 18)

The Adventures of Tom Sherrill / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Donald DeConn
Pencils
Donald DeConn
Inks
Donald DeConn
Letters
?

Genre
children
Characters
Tom Sherrill; Sneerface; Jim
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Dick Briefer
Inks
Dick Briefer
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Clopin, king of the Paris underworld, suddenly halts...
Genre
drama; historical
Characters
Clopin; Esmeralda; Jehan; Gringoire
Reprints
Keywords
adaptation

Indexer Notes

adapted from novel by Victor Hugo

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 20)

ZX-5 Spies In Action / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Will Eisner [as Major Thorpe]
Pencils
Will Eisner [as Major Thorpe]
Inks
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Upon ZX-5's timely information, the Chesterlian troops move...
Genre
spy
Characters
ZX-5; "her highness"
Synopsis
ZX-5 is recognized while trying to escape back to Chesterland.
Reprints

Slave Safari (Table of Contents: 21)

Ken Hammond / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Lin Davies
Pencils
Lou Fine
Inks
Lou Fine
Letters
?

Genre
jungle
Characters
Ken Hammond

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 22)

Spencer Steel / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ed Laughlin [as Dennis Colebrook]
Inks
Ed Laughlin [as Dennis Colebrook]
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gee, Spence was to meet me here in...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Spencer Steel; Doaks; Fence Andrews; Mouthpiece
Moffitt
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 23)

The Diary of Dr. Hayward / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Lou Fine [as Curt Davis]
Inks
Lou Fine [as Curt Davis]
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Yes gentlemen, before you is a man posessing...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Stuart Taylor; Dr. Hayward; Lora Hayward; Ali Pasha

Indexer Notes

from Wags (UK) 1937 series 80?-83?

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 24)

Wilton of the West / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Lou Fine [as Fred Sande]
Inks
Lou Fine [as Fred Sande]
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hmm. That Indian is out cold. I'll get...
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Wilton; Miss Marcia; Geoffrey

Indexer Notes

Universal Phoenix Features

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 25)

Jumbo Jim's Prize Party / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
?
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. ["Bobby, you'd better hurry, it's time for you..."]
    Bobby
  3. 2. ["Tony, you've got to tell me who beat..."]
    Inspector Dayton
  4. 3. Treasure of the Dead [Part 1]
    Hawks of the Seas
  5. 4. [pantomime gag strip]
    Uncle Otto
  6. 5. ["Errol Flynn, while rehearsing a boxing sequence for..."]
    Stars on Parade
  7. 6. The Army Pursuit
    Modern Planes and Model Building
  8. 7. ["In the last installment Peter and his friends..."]
    Peter Pupp
  9. 8. ["Irvin Jaffee is a native New Yorker. As..."]
    Heroes of Sport
  10. 9. ["London, England. On a recent visit here, Robert..."]
    News Facts
  11. 10. ["Complete the faces of Cinderella, her sisters, and..."]
    Puzzle Phun
  12. 11. ["For a hundred glorious days, the armies of..."]
    The Count of Monte Cristo
  13. 12. ["Tommy, how did ya get so many freckles?"]
    Pee Wee
  14. 13. ["Ah, there's Gilda. Hello, Gilda, say when you..."]
    Gilda Gay
  15. 14. ["Gee whiz! Just when the tenth chapter of..."]
    Bobby
  16. 15. ["There is grave trouble in the Latonga tribe..."]
    Sheena
  17. 16. ["Shall I tuck you in?"]
    Jest Laffs
  18. 17. [pantomime gag strip]
    Uncle Otto
  19. 18. Chapter 14: A Water Attack
    The Adventures of Tom Sherrill
  20. 19. ["Clopin, king of the Paris underworld, suddenly halts..."]
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  21. 20. ["Upon ZX-5's timely information, the Chesterlian troops move..."]
    ZX-5 Spies In Action
  22. 21. Slave Safari
    Ken Hammond
  23. 22. ["Gee, Spence was to meet me here in..."]
    Spencer Steel
  24. 23. ["Yes gentlemen, before you is a man posessing..."]
    The Diary of Dr. Hayward
  25. 24. ["Hmm. That Indian is out cold. I'll get..."]
    Wilton of the West
  26. 25. [no title indexed]
    Jumbo Jim's Prize Party
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Bob Hughes
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Gregory Fischer
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.
  • Jim Walls
  • Len Wolinsky