(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).

[no title indexed] (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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
From the top of one of the towering buildings of the World's Fair...
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.

[no title indexed] (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
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Major Ramsay - U.S.A. - has recieved a letter asking him to come to Scotland...
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

[no title indexed] (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
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Uncle Oscar and his nephew Bill are off on a business trip...
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.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Mighty fine hoss flesh, Kid.
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 a prize of $10,000.
Reprints
Keywords
Comet (a horse)

[no title indexed] (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
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Diana, I'm dying and I've left much unfinished!
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.

[no title indexed] (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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The largest pair of elephant tusks recorded...
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)

Editing
Related Scans
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
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Gregory Fischer
  • 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