(March 1939)

Centaur, 1938 Series
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Volume
2
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Centaur Publications Inc.
Editing
?
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

Vol. 2, Number 3. March, 1939. AMAZING MYSTERY FUNNIES is published monthly by Centaur Publications, Inc., 420 De Soto Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri. Editorial and executive offices: 220 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Skyrocket Steele / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Bill Everett (signed)
Inks
Bill Everett (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Skyrocket Steele Dodge
Reprints

Hello Boys and Girls (Table of Contents: 1)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Chuck Thorndike
Inks
Chuck Thorndike
Letters
typeset
Editing
Joe Hardie

Indexer Notes

Top half of the page is a letter to readers of the magazine by Uncle Joe, talking about what lies in the future as far as life as we know it is concerned. The bottom half is an illustrated advertisement from Centaur Publications, Inc. for two separate instruction books on how to learn how to draw by Chuck Thorndike ("The Secrets of Cartooning" and "The Art of Cartooning"), and the book, "Turn Your Humor Into Money", by Sydney K. Margous, all covers reporduced.

Part 1 - The Professors Enemy! (Table of Contents: 2)

Air-Sub 'DX' / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Burgos (signed)
Pencils
Carl Burgos (signed)
Inks
Carl Burgos (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; science fiction
Characters
Professor Gray; Tim; Rita; Curley (villain); Kirk (villain)
Synopsis
On their way home after the "Air-Sub" has undergone a series of tests, Professor Gray and the crew fly over Curley's land, who immediately issues orders to bring the DX down, but not to destroy it.
Reprints
Keywords
Crab-Subs; Dissolving Gun; Reflectascope; Tago-Lor; Teleray

Indexer Notes

Burgos also signed his last name only on the last panel, and next issues story is titled "Invasion".

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

Dirk the Demon / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Everett ?
Pencils
Bill Everett (signed)
Inks
Bill Everett (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You can land just to the right of the main building...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Dirk the Demon [Dirk Cay]; Princess Nemo; Prince Marcus
Synopsis
Dirk and the Princess arrive for her wedding to Prince Marcus, but they find the place overtaken by men in strange masks. They're captured, but Dirk escapes and frees the royal couple.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Most data added by Henry Andrews 2009-07-10.

Story takes place in 2330 A.D.

Vanishing Men (Table of Contents: 4)

Phantom o' the Hills / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Arthur Pinajian (signed)
Pencils
Arthur Pinajian (signed)
Inks
Arthur Pinajian (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Phantom of the Hills; Thunder (Phantom's horse); Pete (posse member); Lem (posse member); bank robbers [Joe; rest un-named] (villains, some die); un-named Sheriff (villain, bank robber's boss)
Synopsis
The Sheriff and his posse chase a group of bank robbers into the hills, where they disappear, which they seem to do every time they commit a crime! When the posse decides to pitch camp and await the outlaws to show themselves, the Sheriff decides to look around, and is spotted by the Phantom making his way to the lair of the bandits!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script and art credits by Craig Delich, verified by the Who's Who.

Dictator's Mistakes (Table of Contents: 5)

text story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Rex Lawrence] (credited)
Pencils
George A. Fish [as GAF] (signed)
Inks
George A. Fish [as GAF] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Professor Gardner (super-scientist); Luaram (villain, Dictator of Almania, death); Almanian War Cabinet (villains)
Synopsis
Dictator Luaram is determined not to let a Professor's invention, an infra-atomic bomb, leave the nation, and, instead, be used by the mad fiend to rule the world! But the wily Professor has an ace up his sleeve to deal with the mad man.
Keywords
Almania; Great Palace; infra-atomic bomb; North American Continental Republic

Indexer Notes

Rex Lawrence is a by-line used by a writer at Centaur on many of their text pieces.

The Madhouse Murder Mystery (Table of Contents: 6)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
E. F. Webster ? (signed)
Pencils
E. F. Webster (signed)
Inks
E. F. Webster (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; crime
Characters
"Bull" O'Rourke (Chief of Detectives); Inspector Chic Farrel (Police ace investigator); Bruce Baron (actor, death); Mary Black (nurse); Dr. Raynard (hospital staff member); Hooded Black-Cloaked figure [Marstar; aka Dr. Delamorte] (villain, brain specialist); Quando (Hooded figure's assistant)
Synopsis
Inspector Farrel is ordered by the Chief to investigate the report of a suicide at the Hillcrest Sanitarium, and pauses to question the nurse on duty when she is suddenly seized by a mysterious hooded figure in black and taken to a dungeon in the sanitarium for an immediate brain transplant.
Keywords
Hillcrest Sanitarium

Indexer Notes

Some pages in red tones, others in black and white.

Ethel Felder Webster is the full name of this artist/writer for Centaur. It is a good bet that she wrote this story.

Delamorte's name is also spelled on the splash page as Delamort.

Pay Off For Mr. Ghost (Table of Contents: 7)

Pat O'Day / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Buresch [as Joseph E. Buresch] (signed)
Pencils
Joe Buresch [as Joseph E. Buresch] (signed)
Inks
Joe Buresch [as Joseph E. Buresch] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Buresch ?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Pat O'Day (detective); un-named Police Captain; Jerry Mays (reporter); Mr. Billings; Billing's wife; The Ghost [Billing's butler]; Jane (Billing's maid); Greta (Billing's cook)
Synopsis
The Captain ordered Pat to accompany a news reporter over to the Billings place to investigate spooky goings-on, and the pair believe one of Mr. Billing's servants is to blame. However, they discover that all three are in on the plan to scare the Billings' because they haven't been paid, and this investigation would result either in bad publicity for the Billings, or the servant's salaries getting paid.
Reprints
  • from Detective Picture Stories (Comics Magazine Company, 1936 series) #?.
Keywords
Craig Estate; The News

Indexer Notes

The Who's Who confirms Buresch wrote this feature.

The Mysterious Poacher (Table of Contents: 8)

Captain Dale / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Howard L. Hastings [as H. L. Hastings] (signed)
Pencils
Howard L. Hastings [as H. L. Hastings] (signed)
Inks
Howard L. Hastings [as H. L. Hastings] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Captain Dale; un-named Corporal; Charlie Bigmoose (Indian tracker); Gus Lucas (poacher)
Synopsis
Captain Dale and his buddy scouted the area for missing animals, and discovered many of them beheaded or missing entirely, and suspect that a poacher was at work.

Indexer Notes

The Who's Who confirms that Hastings wrote this feature.

Fantastic Projects! (Table of Contents: 9)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Terry Gilkison
Inks
Terry Gilkison
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction
Reprints

Indexer Notes

One page illustrated look at rail transportation of the past, present and future.

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

Skyrocket Steele in the Year X (about 2500 A.D.) / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Everett ?
Pencils
Bill Everett (signed)
Inks
Bill Everett (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Back on Earth, after their adventure on the planetoid Mannin...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Skyrocket Steele Dodge; Invex (the Invisible Man); Sari Marston (Steele's girl); Paul Marston (Sari's brother, spy for the Red Men of Venus); Martin (castle guard); Vance Roy (villain, mention only)
Synopsis
Invex reports to Steele that his formula for his new creation, the "Invisa-Ray", has been stolen from the safe. Unknown to either, Steele's girl has taken the formula and uses it on herself in order to trail Vance Roy unawares and see what evil plans he has in store. And what she discovers is too horrible to contemplate: the Yellow Star Army has seized control of the entire planet.
Reprints
Keywords
Invisa-Ray; Mini-cab; Yellow Star Army

Indexer Notes

Concludes next issue.

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

Eddie the Odd / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Munson Paddock [as Cecelia Munson] (signed)
Inks
Munson Paddock [as Cecelia Munson] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Flung from a meteor, which is spinning wildly...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Eddie the Odd; Bill (a bird); Bert (a bird)
Synopsis
Flung from a meteor and landing on Earth, Eddie is spotted by two large birds, one of whom wants to take Eddie for his kids to play with. But the bird gets tired and drops Eddie into a nudist camp.

Indexer Notes

Cecelia Munson was a house name at Fox Publications, often used by Munson as writer and artist.

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

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Skyrocket Steele
  2. 1. Hello Boys and Girls
  3. 2. Part 1 - The Professors Enemy!
    Air-Sub 'DX'
  4. 3. ["You can land just to the right of the main building..."]
    Dirk the Demon
  5. 4. Vanishing Men
    Phantom o' the Hills
  6. 5. Dictator's Mistakes
  7. 6. The Madhouse Murder Mystery
  8. 7. Pay Off For Mr. Ghost
    Pat O'Day
  9. 8. The Mysterious Poacher
    Captain Dale
  10. 9. Fantastic Projects!
  11. 10. ["Back on Earth, after their adventure on the planetoid Mannin..."]
    Skyrocket Steele in the Year X (about 2500 A.D.)
  12. 11. ["Flung from a meteor, which is spinning wildly..."]
    Eddie the Odd
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Lou Mougin
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.
  • Gregory Fischer
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lee Randall (R.I.P.)
  • Lou Mougin
  • James Ludwig