(December 1944)

Charlton, 1944 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
On-sale Date
1944
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
The Frank Comunale Publishing Company
Editing
?
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was ongoing

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Yellowjacket; Harbor Lights / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Ken Battefield ?
Inks
Leo Bachle ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Yellowjacket [Vince Harley]; Theresa (inset)

Indexer Notes

The eyebrows and lower lips are so similar to the cover of #9, and to a signed Johnny Canuck story in the Canadian "Dime Comics" that this could be the same artist.

The Steel Coffin Case (Table of Contents: 1)

Yellowjacket / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Yellowjacket [Vince Harley]
Reprints

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

Yellowjacket / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ken Battefield
Inks
Paul Gattuso
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
When an educated crime exponent turns teacher and passes his evil learnings on to his more illiterate colleagues and expects his pupils to reward him with various loot [...]
Genre
superhero
Characters
Yellowjacket [Vince Harley]; Topaz (villain); Bugs Dugan (villain); Fingers Fips (villain)
Synopsis
Just released from prison, Topaz starts a school and turns teacher to pass along his evil learnings to his more illiterate colleagues, expecting his students to reward him with the fruits of their felonious crimes.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Title taken from the cover.

This is the only story that has some of Gattuso's gaping faces, and many faces also look like Battefield's work.

Out of Commission (Table of Contents: 3)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
war

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

Debunker / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Lightning never strikes...
Genre
non-fiction

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

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

Script
?
Pencils
Leo Morey
Inks
Leo Morey
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Frightful famine lurks in war's wake, an Allie assault drives Hitler's hoard from the Hellinic isles...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Diana the Huntress; Hercules; Jupiter; Mercury; Discordia; Tony Palma
Synopsis
American trucks with food shipments to Greece are attacked by Kashgar and his bandits.

Indexer Notes

Figures and female faces match his later signed story in Adventures into the Unknown (American Comic Group, 1948 series) #104.

The Fall of the House of Usher (Table of Contents: 6)

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

Script
? (adaptation); Edgar Allan Poe (original story)
Pencils
Gus Schrotter
Inks
Gus Schrotter
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Edgar Allan Poe; Roderick Usher; Madelaine Usher
Synopsis
Poe visits the gloomy house of Usher and wonders what has come over his old friend, who roams the house like a madman.

Indexer Notes

Adapted from the Edgar Allan Poe story

The art here is similar to Schrotter's Diana the Huntress stories.

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

Bee Lines / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hello, matey -- what office?
Genre
humor
Synopsis
8 gag panels

Circus Saboteur (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Harold De Lay
Inks
Harold De Lay
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Danny King; Russo; Crane [Cross] (villain); Dubble
Synopsis
A sudden outburst of mysterious tragedies occur, as if someone is trying to ruin the circus.

Indexer Notes

This is by DeLay, who can be recognized by the "slow" movement of the rather short figures. Also faces and the layout style more like old book illustrations. Originally credited to William M. Allison. Allison has more wide open eyes, like in his Poe story in #1.

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

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

Script
?
Pencils
Rudy Palais
Inks
Rudy Palais
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gun flashes pierced the midnight gloom beyond Graves Light, silent sentinel at the stormy gateway to Boston --
Genre
adventure
Characters
Steve Hardesty; Jake Burns; Theresa Burns
Synopsis
Theresa overhears her brother and other smugglers planning their move to grab cocaine from a smuggler ship moored in the harbor, and she informs Steve of the harbor police.

Indexer Notes

The pouchy eyes, often out of focus with a marked line down the cheek in sideview are certain signs of Palais. Also the movement of hands.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Yellowjacket; Harbor Lights
  2. 1. The Steel Coffin Case
    Yellowjacket
  3. 2. ["When an educated crime exponent turns teacher and passes his evil learnings on to his more illiterate colleagues and expects his pupils to reward him with various loot [...]"]
  4. 3. Out of Commission
  5. 4. ["Lightning never strikes..."]
    Debunker
  6. 5. ["Frightful famine lurks in war's wake, an Allie assault drives Hitler's hoard from the Hellinic isles..."]
  7. 6. The Fall of the House of Usher
  8. 7. ["Hello, matey -- what office?"]
  9. 8. Circus Saboteur
  10. 9. ["Gun flashes pierced the midnight gloom beyond Graves Light, silent sentinel at the stormy gateway to Boston --"]
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  • Tony R. Rose
  • Bob Hughes
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
  • Gary L. Watson
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  • Ramon Schenk
  • Steinar Ã…dland
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