(August 1939)

Centaur, 1938 Series
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Volume
2
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1939-07-06
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Centaur Publications, Inc.
Editing
Joe Hardie
Color
color cover; color interior
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

On sale date from the publication date found at the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 34, 1939, Number 3. Class B periodical. Copyright number B 427060.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Speed Centaur / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Paul Gustavson
Inks
Paul Gustavson
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Gustavson

Genre
superhero
Characters
Speed Centaur; Fantom of the Fair (inset)

Indexer Notes

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

["Uncle Joe Says":] (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
Joe Hardie
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Speed Centaur; The Masked Marvel

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover.

Besides the indicia, there is an editorial letter from "Uncle Joe", who wonders what life will be like in 1959, and uses radio as an example of that that medium has improved over the years.

There is a house advertisement for the line of Centaur Comics, and tells readers that if they buy any three Centaur books, they will get a copy of Uncle Joe's Funnies absolutely free.

There is a tiny advertisement from Club Photo Incorporated offering readers 5" x 7" enlargement of any two photos they submit along with 25 cents.

There is an illustrated promotional advertisement for Speed Centaur in Amazing Mystery Funnies and The Masked Marvel in Keen Detective Funnies.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

Speed Centaur / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Malcolm Kildale (signed)
Inks
Malcolm Kildale (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Far to the north, vast wastes of land...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Speed Centaur (introduction, origin); Norton (a trapper, death); Reel McCoy (newspaper reporter); Police Officer Quinn; "Killer" Diller (villain); Diller's gang (villains)
Synopsis
After an earthquake in a chain of uncrossed mountains occurs, destroying a city in the process, a lone trapper, checking his traps, comes across a youthful centaur, whom he takes back to his cabin. He learns the centaur is the sole survivor of the City of Centaurs, destroyed in the earthquake and so takes on the responsibility of raising the centaur and encouraging him to fight crime, which he does, teaming up with a reporter.
Keywords
City of the Centaurs; Daily Views; The City of Rockets

Indexer Notes

Script revision from Kildale to ? by Craig Delich.

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

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

Script
?
Pencils
Lochland Field
Inks
Lochland Field
Colors
? (red tones)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
We find Major Ramsey in London...
Genre
spy
Characters
The Inner Circle [Major Paul Ramsay; Ian Ahern; unnamed agent]; General Rask (of Strath); Captain Mann (of Strath); Pasrcastol (villain, Courbian Minister of Propaganda); Targib (villain, Courbian officer)
Synopsis
Major Ramsay and Ahern head to South America, specifically to the nation of Strath, to help the leaders there protect themselves from neighoring Courbia, which is threatening to attack unless Strath agrees to lay down its arms. Ramsay and Ahern successfully kidnap the Courbian propaganda minister to gain leverage in the pending crisis.
Keywords
Belcade; London; St. Courbia; Strath; Triast (a city); Yort (a city)

Indexer Notes

Inker credit revised from ? to Field by Craig Delich.

The story is printed in reds, blacks and whites.

The story is a thinly veiled retelling of the taking of the Sudetenland with Ramsay and Ahern foiling the plot.

Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire [Part 1] (Table of Contents: 4)

Don Dixon / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Moore (credited)
Pencils
Carl Pfeufer (credited)
Inks
Carl Pfeufer (credited)
Colors
? (red tones)
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; science fiction
Characters
Don Dixon; Dr. Lugoff; Wanda (Princess of Pharia); Dagmar (villain, Marsh-God); Dagmar's monsters (villains); Taal (villain, the Queen's assistant)
Synopsis
Don, Lugoff and Wanda enter the Haunted Swamp after rescuing Princess Wanda from the wrecked aero-sphere in the Hidden City. They encounter a wraith-like figure, and Don chases after it, disappearing beneath the murky waters. He recovers in the presence of Dagmar and learns that his two compatriots have also been captured, and unless Don agrees to become her King, his two friends will die.
Reprints
  • from Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire Sunday strip (Watkins Syndicate) ?
Keywords
Haunted Swamp; Hidden Empire

Indexer Notes

Continued from ?.

Continued next issue.

First page printed in reds, blacks and whites, while rest of story is uncolored.

Inker credit revised from ? to Pfeufer by Craig Delich.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

Do You Know? / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction
Reprints
  • from early Chesler / Ultem material ?

Indexer Notes

Several amazing facts are illustrated: where cotton originated, why babies suck their thumbs, and why crows appoint sentinels... all of which are mysteries and the answers are unknown.

Counter-Spy (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Lloyd Jaquet [as Lloyd Dyoll] (credited)
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
spy
Characters
Mat Reilly (Annapolis officer); Reilly's un-named Annapolis classmate; Harry Rustleman (Annapolis officer, court-martialed)
Synopsis
Mat and his buddy were discussing Harry Rustleman, a classmate of theirs who had been court-martialed for possibly being a spy, served time in prison, then released. Neither of them believed Harry guilty, even though incriminating evidence had been found in his apartment. Soon, the latest newspaper revealed the truth, making them that Rustleman had been used by Naval Intelligence to pass off fraudulent plans to the enemy.
Keywords
El Capitan Club; Manila

Indexer Notes

Masthead in color but illustrations are in black and white.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

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
Jack Strand goes to Psyk's world of the subconscious...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Jack Strand; Diana Carlin; Peter Smith (villain, Dr. Carlin's former secretary, death); Psyk (villain)
Synopsis
Now in Psyk's power, Jack comes across a man supposedly dead: Diana's late father's former Secretary, Peter Smith, wsho had drowned, but was being kept alive by Psyk's control of his subconscious. He asks Jack to kill him in order to be released from Psyk's power, but it's actually a ploy to steal Jack's ray contained in the stone in his lapel pin. Meanwhile, Psyk is sending Diana back to the United States to transfer Psyk's will to the President and other officials. Jack stops the attempt, but is arrested for the murder of Peter Smith, who accompanies Diana.
Reprints
Keywords
White House

Indexer Notes

Story is supposedly continued in the next issue, but the feature does not appear therein.

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

Stranger Than Fiction! / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Walter Gallia (signed)
Inks
Walter Gallia (signed)
Colors
? (red tones)
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction
Characters
President John Tyler; Mrs. James Ryan; Bessie Kreuger (mention only)

Indexer Notes

Possibly a reprint from syndication, but may just be a similar title.

Series of four illustrations, each relating an interesting facts, such as President Tyler being the first U.S. bowling champion, never having lost a match in 19 years of competition.

Inker credit by Craig Delich.

Printed in black, red and white.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

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

Script
Carl Burgos (signed)
Pencils
Carl Burgos [as Burgos] (signed)
Inks
Carl Burgos [as Burgos] (signed)
Colors
? (red tones)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Upon receiving a diary, written by Dr. Montan...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Captain Tim; Professor Gray; Rita; The Living Diamonds; The Conqueror [Dr. Montan] (villain, death); The Mech (villain, a giant robot); The Ocres (villains, mention only)
Synopsis
Tim, Rita and Professor Gray are nearing Mystery Island, where Tim expects to find the mysterious Conqueror, and they get their wish when Montan captures the Air-Sub and takes all three prisoner. Montan places Rita in a glass tube and nearly kills her with music until Professor Gray agrees to help Montan develop Super Gas. Howsever, Montan is stopped by one of the Living Diamonds, and the trio regain control of the Air-Sub.
Keywords
Air-Sub DX; Mystery Island

Indexer Notes

First page printed in red, black and white, rest in black and white.

Continued from the previous issue.

Next month's adventure is titled "Arctic Adventure" in the final panel.

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

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
Up from unknown caverns...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Fantom of the Fair; Professor Carter; Sir Conway (big game hunter and explorer, death?); Sergeant Collins (policeman); Ticonda (villain, an ape, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Professor Carter warns Sir Conway to return the giant white ape back to the Arctic regions where he discovered him before the ape breaks out of his enclosure and wrecks the Fair. Unfortunately, the drugs given to weaken the beast wear off too soon and the ape breaks out of the Fair's zoo and causes havoc until the Fantom steps into the picture.
Reprints
Keywords
1939 New York World's Fair

Indexer Notes

Continuity from previous issue's story is noted in the splash.

Script and lettering credits courtesy of Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.

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

Homing Instincts / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Series of illustrated facts concerning the homing instincts of the carrier, pigeon, dogs, cats, horses and geese.

Act Now! On This Bargain Offer. (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Speed Centaur
  2. 1. ["Uncle Joe Says":]
  3. 2. ["Far to the north, vast wastes of land..."]
    Speed Centaur
  4. 3. ["We find Major Ramsey in London..."]
    The Inner Circle
  5. 4. Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire [Part 1]
    Don Dixon
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Do You Know?
  7. 6. Counter-Spy
  8. 7. ["Jack Strand goes to Psyk's world of the subconscious..."]
    Jack Strand
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Stranger Than Fiction!
  10. 9. ["Upon receiving a diary, written by Dr. Montan..."]
    Air-Sub DX
  11. 10. ["Up from unknown caverns..."]
    Fantom of the Fair
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Homing Instincts
  13. 12. Act Now! On This Bargain Offer.
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Lou Mougin
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Katie
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Ramon Schenk
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Lou Mougin
  • James Ludwig