(July 1939)

Centaur, 1938 Series
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Volume:
2
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1939-06-07
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Centaur Publications, Inc.
Editing:
Joe Hardie [as Uncle Joe]
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

July, 1939. Vol. 2, Number 7. AMAZING MYSTERY FUNNIES is published monthly by Centaur Publications, Inc., 420 De Soto Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri, Editorial and Executive offices: 220 Fourth Avenue, New York, N. Y.

On sale date from the publication date found at the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 34, 1939, Number 3. Second class permit. Copyright number 419902.

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Fantom of the Fair / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Paul Gustavson [as Gustavson] (signed)
Inks:
Paul Gustavson [as Gustavson] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Paul Gustavson

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Fantom of the Fair
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit verified and courtesy of Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.

Uncle Joe Says: (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Pencils:
Ben Thompson (signed)
Inks:
Ben Thompson (signed)
Letters:
typeset
Editing:
Joe Hardie

Characters:
The Masked Marvel

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover.

There is an editorial letter from Uncle Joe in which he discusses a publication called The Weekly Torch, published by one of his readers, and also a publication brought in by one of his artists called Scienti-Tales, published by John Giunta and Louis Maurino.

There is a small ad from the Acme Fireworks Corporation, asking readers to send for their fireworks catalog.

There is a very small ad from Club Photo Service in regards to developing photos.

There is also an ad from Centaur Publications for two books titled "The Lone Ranger" and "The Lone Ranger and the Mystery Ranch", as well as two new books "The Lone Ranger and the Gold Robbery" and "The Lone Ranger and the Texas Renegades".

There is an illustrated promo from the publisher for the July, 1939 iss ue of Keen Detective Funnies, featuring a new character called the Masked Marvel (head view shown).

["From the top of one of the towering buildings of the World's Fair..."] (Table of Contents: 2)

The Fantom of the Fair / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Pencils:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Inks:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Paul Gustavson

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Fantom of the Fair (introduction); Andy (a painter); Collins (a Policeman); Russel (a Policeman); Johnson (a contractor); Occo (villain, a contractor); Marco (villain)
Synopsis:
The Fantom, mentioned in a book written in Icelandic thousands of years ago, appears on the scene at the World's Fair to stop a crooked contractor who is attempting to fraudulently prevent another contractor from fulfilling his contracts.
Reprints:
Keywords:
1939 New York World's Fair

Indexer Notes

In his very last appearances, he was called Fantoman.

All credits verified and courtesy of Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.

["Major Ramsay - U.S.A. - has recieved a letter asking him to come to Scotland..."] (Table of Contents: 3)

The Inner Circle / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Lochlan Field [as L. Field] (signed)
Inks:
Lochlan Field [as L. Field] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
spy
Characters:
The Inner Circle [Major Paul Ramsay; Colonel MacAlister Ewan; Lt. Michel Dupre (French soldier); John Bain (Canadian engineer); Rolfe Gunderson (Norwegian explorer-scientist); Ian Ahern (Irish soldier)]; Nick; un-named Pilot; un-named ship skipper; Mr. Rossi (villain); Sparks (villain); Cook (villain)
Synopsis:
Major Ransay receives a letter asking him to come to Glasgow, Scotland immediately, and after he arrives, he is met by a Colonel Ewan. Ewan asks him to join a group of people called the Inner Circle, which seeks to right wrongs in the world and straighten them out if at all possible. The first mission is to be in Hong Kong, victimized by a series of bombings.
Keywords:
Croydon Airport; Glasgow (Scotland); Hong Kong; Sino-Rossi Fisheries

["Uncle Oscar and his nephew Bill are off on a business trip..."] (Table of Contents: 4)

2039 A. D. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
A. S. Van Eerde (signed)
Inks:
A. S. Van Eerde (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Uncle Oscar; Bill (Oscar's nephew)
Synopsis:
Bill and Uncle Oscar are off on a business trip around the solar system, but are pulled over by a rocketcycle cop. When Uncle Oscar threatens the cop, he is sent before a judge who levies a strong sentence and fine for him.

Indexer Notes

Jupiter

Part 1: The Conqueror (Table of Contents: 5)

Air-Sub 'DX' / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Captain Tim; Professor Gray; Rita; Dr. Montan (mention only); Turjak (villain); Turjak's henchman (villain)
Synopsis:
Upon hearing that Dr. Montan may yet be alive, according to a diary entry in which the doctor talks of "living diamonds" on Mystery Isle, Tim and company head out to check out the story. But when their ship is forced down miles from their destination, they believe that they were expected, and that "The Conqueror," who has returned, may in fact be Dr. Montan!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Air-Sub DX; Mystery Isle

Indexer Notes

in black & white, except the title and the first panel of each page, which is in red ink.

Haunted House (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Rex Lawrence (credited)
Pencils:
Ben Thompson ? [as Ben] (signed) (spot illustrations)
Inks:
Ben Thompson ? [as Ben] (signed) (spot illustrations)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Bill Wentworth; Elsie; Clyde
Synopsis:
One day, as Bill, Elsie and Clyde were passing the old Dietrich place, they mused that no one had ever really proced whether the house was really haunted or not as other people had said. So, Bill and Clyde decide to spend a night in the house, not realizing they would become victims of a prank.
Keywords:
Main Street; The Dietrich Place; Whittlesey's store

Indexer Notes

Art identification by Craig Delich.

The C-20 Mystery (Table of Contents: 7)

Bobby O'Neill / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Bobby O'Neill (Policeman); Micky O'Neill (newsreel cameraman, Bobby's brother); Jerry Beech (Coast Guard radio operator); Shannon (member of the Coast Guard); un-named Police Inspector; Burke (Policeman); Rosa May (dope peddler, death); Rita May (Rosa's sister); Danny Overman (villain, death); Dutch Silver (villain); Harry (villain); Sid (villain)
Synopsis:
While investigating a murder at the Cicero Warehouse, Bob and Micky are led to a dying dope peddler who keeps repeating "C-20", and Bob realizes that it is the number of a scow located nearby. Therein are discovered gang members dead or dying at the hands of Rita May, the drug peddler's sister, who she felt had ruined her sister. As the tale unfolds, Dutch Silver, whose gang brings the drugs into the area, arrives on the scene and there is a shootout.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Printed in red tones (black, white and red).

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

["Mighty fine hoss flesh, Kid."] (Table of Contents: 8)

Grizzly Dunn / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Grizzly Dunn; Sam; un-named Sheriff; pair of racehorse cheaters (villains)
Synopsis:
A pair of racing dudes challenge Grizzly's horse to a race for the prize of $10,000 going to the winner.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Comet (a horse)

Indexer Notes

Artist verification uncertain, but Who's Who indicates that Rafael Astarita drew the strip circa 1937-circa 38.

["Diana, I'm dying and I've left much unfinished!"] (Table of Contents: 9)

Jack Strand / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Frollo (signed)
Pencils:
Frank Frollo (signed)
Inks:
Frank Frollo (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Jack Strand; Diana Carlin (Jack's fiance); Dr. Homer Carlin (Diana's Uncle, death); Strand; Psyk (villain)
Synopsis:
When Diana's uncle was dying, he passed onto Strand the Key of Souls and the duty to keep Psyk confined to the House of Souls. But soon after being given the Key, Diana is kidnapped by Psyk, and Strand follows her into the House of Souls.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Continued next issue.

The Pardon (Table of Contents: 10)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Claire S. Moe (signed)
Pencils:
Claire S. Moe (signed)
Inks:
Claire S. Moe (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Adolphe Bernhorn (Swiss goat hero); Ernst Bernhorn (Adolphe's father); Gretchen Nisson; Bernhorn's great-grandfather (death)
Synopsis:
Gretchen runs across young Adolphe, who has just found an edelweiss, the sign of betrothal. Both have been taught to hate one another, Adolphe because a Nisson had killed his great-grandfather and buried him in a glacier. But a freak accident soon reveals the truth.......100 years late.
Reprints:

["The largest pair of elephant tusks recorded..."] (Table of Contents: 11)

It's Really a Fact / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Bob Wood (signed)
Pencils:
Bob Wood (signed)
Inks:
Bob Wood (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Bob Wood

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Steve Brodie
Reprints:
  • from Funny Pages (Ultem, 1937 series) v2#?.

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

Page consists of six cartoons, all relating unusual facts.

You Too Will Want To Read These Exciting Books (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

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

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

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Fantom of the Fair
  2. 1. Uncle Joe Says:
  3. 2. ["From the top of one of the towering buildings of the World's Fair..."]
    The Fantom of the Fair
  4. 3. ["Major Ramsay - U.S.A. - has recieved a letter asking him to come to Scotland..."]
    The Inner Circle
  5. 4. ["Uncle Oscar and his nephew Bill are off on a business trip..."]
    2039 A. D.
  6. 5. Part 1: The Conqueror
    Air-Sub 'DX'
  7. 6. Haunted House
  8. 7. The C-20 Mystery
    Bobby O'Neill
  9. 8. ["Mighty fine hoss flesh, Kid."]
    Grizzly Dunn
  10. 9. ["Diana, I'm dying and I've left much unfinished!"]
    Jack Strand
  11. 10. The Pardon
  12. 11. ["The largest pair of elephant tusks recorded..."]
    It's Really a Fact
  13. 12. You Too Will Want To Read These Exciting Books
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Katie
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Ramon Schenk
  • James Ludwig
  • Denys Howard
  • Tony Oliva
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lee Randall (R.I.P.)
  • Lou Mougin
  • James Ludwig