(May 1939)

Fox, 1939 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1939-03-17
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Bruns Publications, Inc.
Editing
Victor Fox
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was ongoing

Issue Notes

Indicia:
WONDER COMICS is published monthly by Bruns Publications, Inc., V. S. Fox, President, 480 Lexington Avenue, New York, N. Y. Editorial, Executive and Advertising Offices: 480 Lexington Avenue, New York, N. Y. Copyright 1939 by Bruns Publications, Inc. Application for entry as second-class matter is pending. Volume 1, No. 1, May, 1939. Single copies: 10ยข; Subscription, 12 months: $1.

On sale date from the publication date found at the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 34, 1939, Number 2. Second class permit. Copyright number 409807.


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

Winged Wonders / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
? [as Floyd Kelly]
Pencils
? [as Floyd Kelly] (signed)
Inks
? [as Floyd Kelly] (signed)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The new Dehavilland
Genre
non-fiction; aviation

Indexer Notes

Illustrated text lettered like a comic. Inside front cover.

[The Origin of Wonder Man] (Table of Contents: 2)

Wonder Man / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script
Will Eisner
Pencils
Will Eisner [as Erwin Willis] (signed)
Inks
Will Eisner [as Erwin Willis] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Wonder Man [Fred Carson] (introduction; origin); Brenda/Nora Hastings (introduction; name changes halfway through story); Reggie "Playboy" Berold (introduction); General Attila (villain; introduction)
Synopsis
Fred Carson, timid radio engineer and inventor, was given a ring by an old Tibetan which makes him impervious and the strongest man on Earth. His boss asks him to accompany his daughter Brenda (or Nora- the text is inconsistent) as she joins the Red Cross to help in a foreign war. When they arrive, the base comes under attack. Carson becomes Wonder Man, defends the base, puts an end to the war and feeds the populace.
Reprints
  • Reprinted in black & white in the fanzine Alter Ego #48 (May 2005).

Indexer Notes

DC sued Fox to prevent further Wonder Man appearances.

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

Shorty Shortcake / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
S. M. Iger
Pencils
S. M. Iger [as Jerry Williams] (signed)
Inks
S. M. Iger [as Jerry Williams] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The Rio Grande, a sluggish moody river...
Genre
humor
Characters
Shorty Shortcake (introduction); Suzy (introduction); Skippy (introduction); Mr. De Welth (introduction); Weems (introduction); Tiny (villain; introduction)
Synopsis
Shorty is captured by smugglers while walking near the Rio Grande. While he tries to escape from Tiny, Suzy and her dog Skippy seek the help of Mr. De Welth, richest man in the world, and his butler Weems to find Shorty.

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

Wonders That Are True / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Shark Killer!
Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Illustrated text, lettered like a comic.

[Fire At Sea] (Table of Contents: 5)

Patty O'Day / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Adolphe Barreaux?
Pencils
Adolphe Barreaux (signed)
Inks
Adolphe Barreaux (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Patty O'Day (introduction); Ham (introduction); Lord Michael Farnsworth [Lord Mike] (introduction)
Synopsis
Reporter/camerawoman Patty O'Day parachutes onto a cruise ship to get footage of a fire. The crew doesn't want her filming, but a mysterious man calling himself Lord Farnsworth helps her escape, asking her to mail a letter for him when she returns to the shore.
Reprints

Buffalo Bill (Table of Contents: 6)

Men Who Made the West / text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Will Eisner
Pencils
Will Eisner
Inks
Will Eisner
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
William F. Cody [Buffalo Bill]

Indexer Notes

Illustrated text, lettered like a comic.

[The Oasis of Li-Wang] (Table of Contents: 7)

Dr. Fung / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Powell?
Pencils
Bob Powell [as Arthur Dean] (signed)
Inks
Bob Powell [as Arthur Dean] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Dr. Fung (introduction); Dan Barrister (introduction); Li-Wang (villain; introduction; death)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Dr. Fung and his assistant Dan encounter the mad scientist Li-Wang. Dan is captured, but escapes and finds that Dr. Fung has located Wang's laboratory and come up with a plan to destroy it and thwart Wang's dreams of conquest.

The Wrath of Allah (Table of Contents: 8)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Will Eisner [as William E. Eisner] (signed)
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

Lone Hand (Table of Contents: 9)

"Wild Tex" Dawson / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Will Eisner?
Pencils
Will Eisner? [as Leon Spuds] (signed)
Inks
Will Eisner?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Tex Dawson (introduction; origin); Cactus Kirby (villain; introduction)
Synopsis
Tex finds a wanted criminal masquerading as the town Sheriff when he takes a new job on a cattle ranch.
Reprints

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

Sport Album / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Chuck Wilson (signed)
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gar Wood
Genre
non-fiction; sports
Characters
Gar Wood; Fred Jacoby; Lefty Grove

Indexer Notes

Signed twice- once as "by Chuck Wilson" in cursive but consistent lettering, once (at the bottom) as "Willson" [sic] looking more like a signature.

1000 Prizes Given Away Free! (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Wonder Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Movie Memos / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Glenda Carol (signed)
Inks
Glenda Carol (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Deanna Durbin; Wallace Beery; Joe E. Brown; Stan Laurel; Oliver Hardy

Indexer Notes

Text with illustrations, lettered like a comic.

[The Menace of the Mask] (Table of Contents: 13)

K-5 Spies At War / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Will Eisner [as Ned Coe] (signed)
Pencils
Will Eisner [as Ned Coe] (signed)
Inks
Will Eisner [as Ned Coe] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
spy; war
Characters
K-5 (introduction); Rick Anthony (introduction; death); The Mask [Sen. Stanley] (villain; introduction; death)
Synopsis
K-5 is sent to find out who's behind a group of gun runners in a foreign war.
Reprints

Gang-Buster Appointed By Gov. Harmon (Table of Contents: 14)

"Gang-Buster" Robinson / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? [as Harold Vance] (signed)
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
crime
Characters
Richard G. Robinson ["Gang-Buster" Robinson] (introduction; origin); Spike McGinty (villain; introduction)
Synopsis
Robinson is hired to rid Capital City of crime. On his first case he busts a gang that killed a city cop.
Reprints

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

Some Fun / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Mr. Jones, take a letter
Genre
humor

[The Hijacked Pocket Battleship] (Table of Contents: 16)

Spark Stevens / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Kane [as Rob't Kane] (signed)
Pencils
Bob Kane [as Rob't Kane] (signed)
Inks
Bob Kane [as Rob't Kane] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Spark Stevens (a sailor; introduction); Chuck Lawton (introduction)
Synopsis
Spark Stevens and Chuck Lawton, two Navy sailors who are friends but constantly squabble, are instrumental in recovering their ship when it is captured by criminals.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17)

Prof. Penpusher's Cartooning Class / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? [as Heza Nutt] (signed)
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Wonder Stamp Club (Table of Contents: 18)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

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

Belly Busters / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
Bob Kane? [as Kane Roberts]
Pencils
Bob Kane? [as Kane Roberts] (signed)
Inks
Bob Kane? [as Kane Roberts] (signed)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
What do you think of the President's foreign policy?
Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover. Credit is speculation based on the signed name.

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

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Wonder Man
  2. 1. ["The new Dehavilland"]
    Winged Wonders
  3. 2. [The Origin of Wonder Man]
    Wonder Man
  4. 3. ["The Rio Grande, a sluggish moody river..."]
    Shorty Shortcake
  5. 4. ["Shark Killer!"]
    Wonders That Are True
  6. 5. [Fire At Sea]
    Patty O'Day
  7. 6. Buffalo Bill
    Men Who Made the West
  8. 7. [The Oasis of Li-Wang]
    Dr. Fung
  9. 8. The Wrath of Allah
  10. 9. Lone Hand
    "Wild Tex" Dawson
  11. 10. ["Gar Wood"]
    Sport Album
  12. 11. 1000 Prizes Given Away Free!
    Wonder Comics
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Movie Memos
  14. 13. [The Menace of the Mask]
    K-5 Spies At War
  15. 14. Gang-Buster Appointed By Gov. Harmon
    "Gang-Buster" Robinson
  16. 15. ["Mr. Jones, take a letter"]
    Some Fun
  17. 16. [The Hijacked Pocket Battleship]
    Spark Stevens
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    Prof. Penpusher's Cartooning Class
  19. 18. Wonder Stamp Club
  20. 19. ["What do you think of the President's foreign policy?"]
    Belly Busters
  21. 20. [no title indexed]
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