(February 1945)

Rural Home, 1945 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Rural Home Publishing Co.
Editing:
?
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Crash Kid / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?

[Stolen Pie] (Table of Contents: 1)

Hobo-Ken / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Dan Gordon
Pencils:
Dan Gordon
Inks:
Dan Gordon
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Hobo-Ken
Synopsis:
Hobo-Ken steals a pie and shares it with the cop who chases him.
Keywords:
hobo; pie

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Art ID from Who's Who of American Comic Books website.

The Strange Case of the Black Dragon Gods! (Table of Contents: 2)

Crash Kid / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bob Oksner
Inks:
Bob Oksner
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Crash Kid [Rusty Adams] (introduction); Pook (Rusty's pal); Ho Lin Fong; Lum Fo (villain)
Synopsis:
The Crash Kid joins forces with the daughter of a murdered oriental businessman to track down and halt the activities of the Black Dragon Cult.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credits by Bill Black.

[Shrunken Uniform] (Table of Contents: 3)

Mussel-Man / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Dan Gordon
Pencils:
Dan Gordon
Inks:
Dan Gordon
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
satire-parody; superhero
Characters:
Mussel-Man
Synopsis:
Mussel-Man is late getting to a crime because he has to iron his uniform. He lands in a puddle and his uniform shrinks.

Indexer Notes

Superman parody, includes "Up, up and away!" dialogue. Art ID from Who's Who of American Comic Books website.

[Saving the Football Game] (Table of Contents: 4)

Hardy of Hillsdale High / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Charles Quinlan
Inks:
Charles Quinlan
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
teen
Characters:
Ted Hardy; Cal Vetter; Zelda; Lizzie Jones
Synopsis:
Ted Hardy transfers from a rural school to a big city school, where he tries to fit in. He gets his chance in the final football game of the season.
Keywords:
football; high school

Indexer Notes

Art ID from signed Hardy of Hillsdale High story in Cannonball #2.

[Dangerous Dancing] (Table of Contents: 5)

Hank the Hero / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Dan Gordon
Pencils:
Dan Gordon
Inks:
Dan Gordon
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Hank
Synopsis:
Hank outfights a dozen Japanese soldiers on an island in the Pacific, but breaks his leg while jitterbugging when he gets home.
Keywords:
jitterbug dance; Pacific; Statue of Liberty; World War II

The Crash Kid Scores a Scoop (Table of Contents: 6)

The Crash Kid / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Don Grange (credited)
Pencils:
Bob Oksner ?
Inks:
Bob Oksner ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Crash Kid [Rusty Adams]; Pook; Tommy Brown; Mr. Comedy [Tim Carmody] (villain)
Synopsis:
Mr. Comedy pulls a robbery each day and the Crash Kid has to figure out where he will strike next.
Keywords:
acronym; newspaper; robberies

Indexer Notes

Text story with two illustrations. Same artist as the other Crash Kid story in the issue.

The Strange Deaths of the Painted Grin (Table of Contents: 7)

Crime Crusader / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Crime Crusader [Jonathan Jones] (intro); Kewpie O'Toole; Flip Baroni; Van Park; Joseph Miller; Lloyd Cosgrove; Verne Stanton
Synopsis:
The Crime Crusader investigates a series of murders. Each corpse has a grotesque grin and a stuffed animal is found near the body.
Keywords:
circus; clown; dream; fire; hypodermic syringe; murder; serial killer

[Foiling the Bank Robbery] (Table of Contents: 8)

Officer O'Heck / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Dan Gordon
Pencils:
Dan Gordon
Inks:
Dan Gordon
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Officer O'Heck
Synopsis:
Officer O'Heck chases a little kid for riding his bike on the grass and accidentally breaks up a bank robbery.
Keywords:
bank robbery

Indexer Notes

Art ID from Who's Who of American Comic Books website.

The D.A. Dares Danger (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Elliott Sanders (credited)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Andy Prescott; Mysto the Magician; Spud Mahoney
Synopsis:
A District Attorney uses a card trick to distract a thug who wants a statement that the D.A. has in his possession that proves he is a murderer.
Keywords:
color-blind; playing cards

Indexer Notes

Text story with one illustration.

[Raid on Algiers] (Table of Contents: 10)

Thunderbrand / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Brand [Thunderbrand] (first appearance); Barbarossa; Giacomo; Teng-ha; Hassan
Synopsis:
Young Brand wins a sword fight and earns the right to find out how he came to be part of a pirate ship's crew. A lost golden scepter holds the secret of his identity. A raid against Algiers goes badly and Brand has to rescue Barbarossa, the captain.
Keywords:
1500; Algiers; dungeon; pirates; ships; swords; torture

Indexer Notes

Art ID from Who's Who in American Comics website.

[The Rabbit Hunt] (Table of Contents: 11)

Gunsite Gus / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Dan Gordon
Pencils:
Dan Gordon
Inks:
Dan Gordon
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Gunsite Gus
Synopsis:
Gunsite Gus goes hunting for rabbits, but the one he finds tricks him into having his shotgun smashed by rocks.
Keywords:
rabbit hunt; shotgun

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover. The characters act like Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny in the Warner Bros. cartoons.

Birthstone Ring Given Away (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Gold Crown Spot Remover / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

New True-Love and Friendship Ring (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Empire Diamond Co. / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

New Enlargement 3¢ Stamp (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

Dean Studios / advertisement / 0.34 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Crash Kid
  2. 1. [Stolen Pie]
    Hobo-Ken
  3. 2. The Strange Case of the Black Dragon Gods!
    Crash Kid
  4. 3. [Shrunken Uniform]
    Mussel-Man
  5. 4. [Saving the Football Game]
    Hardy of Hillsdale High
  6. 5. [Dangerous Dancing]
    Hank the Hero
  7. 6. The Crash Kid Scores a Scoop
    The Crash Kid
  8. 7. The Strange Deaths of the Painted Grin
    Crime Crusader
  9. 8. [Foiling the Bank Robbery]
    Officer O'Heck
  10. 9. The D.A. Dares Danger
  11. 10. [Raid on Algiers]
    Thunderbrand
  12. 11. [The Rabbit Hunt]
    Gunsite Gus
  13. 12. Birthstone Ring Given Away
    Gold Crown Spot Remover
  14. 13. New True-Love and Friendship Ring
    Empire Diamond Co.
  15. 14. New Enlargement 3¢ Stamp
    Dean Studios
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Craig Delich
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Dan Kocher
  • Merlin Haas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Gary L. Watson