(August 1939)

Fox, 1939 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1939-06-15
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Bruns Publications, Inc.
Brand
FP
Editing
Victor Fox
Color
Color
Dimensions
7 1/2" x 10 1/4"
Paper Stock
Glossy Covers; Newsprint Interior
Binding
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

MYSTERY MEN COMICS, Vol 1, No. 1. Published monthly by Bruns Publications, Inc., V. S. Fox, President, 480 Lexington
Avenue, New York, N. Y. Office of publication, 29 Worthington St., Springfield, Mass. Application for entry as second-class matter at the Post Office at Springfield, Mass., pending. Price 10 cents per copy. Subscription rates: 12 issues in the United States, its possessions, Mexico, South America, Spain, $1.50. Elsewhere, $2.50. The Publisher accepts no responsibility for unsolicited material. Copyright 1939, by Bruns Publications, Inc. Printed in the U.S.A.

On sale date confirmed from the publication date found in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 34, 1939, Number 3. Class B periodical. Copyright number B 420185.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Green Mask / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Lou Fine
Inks
Lou Fine
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A strange figure suddenly appeared - a shot rang out - and the fiend was stopped in his tracks.
Characters
Green Mask [Michael Shelby]

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

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

Script
Victor Fox ?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
?; typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
An open letter to you

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

A Modern Robin Hood (Table of Contents: 2)

Green Mask / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Walter Frehm
Inks
Walter Frehm
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Wuxtra! Read all about it... wave of deaths sweep country - wuxtra!
Characters
The Green Mask [Michael Shelby] (introduction); "News" Blake; Rocky Vilon (villain, introduction, death); Cyrus Boomer (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
The Green Mask, along with News Blake, exposes a gang engaging in insurance fraud.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

takes place after 1st story in Green Mask, The (Fox, 1940 series) #1

[Origin of Rex Dexter of Mars] (Table of Contents: 3)

Rex Dexter / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Dick Briefer ?
Pencils
Dick Briefer (signed)
Inks
Dick Briefer
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
One of the features of the Fair in 1939, was the rocketing of a space-ship to the planet Mars.
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Rex Dexter (introduction, origin); Montague Dexter (introduction); Pres. Grover (introduction); Cynde (introduction); Boris Thorax (villain, introduction); Vesoff
Reprints
Keywords
Mars; New York City; Tarsis

How To Become a Detective (Table of Contents: 4)

Billy Bounce / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Norman Lee (signed)
Pencils
Norman Lee (signed)
Inks
Norman Lee
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
My last lesson finished, I, Billy Bounce, will go out to detect crime...
Genre
humor
Characters
Billy Bounce (introduction); Midget Moe

[The Coming of Chen Chang] (Table of Contents: 5)

Chen Cheng / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Munson Paddock [as Cecilia Munson] (signed)
Inks
Munson Paddock
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Wong! My spies inform me that Richard Kendall will seek a position with the Atlas Construction Company!
Genre
crime
Characters
Chen Chang (villain, introduction); Wong (villain, introduction); Richard Kendall (introduction); Decker; Mr. Denby

[Skulduggery on Smoky Mountain] (Table of Contents: 6)

Wing Turner / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
George Tuska
Inks
George Tuska
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I want you to fly a shipment of gold to Chicago.
Characters
Wing Turner (introduction); The Chief (villain, introduction); Clutch (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Thieves bring down a plane supposedly carrying $50,000 in gold.
Keywords
death beam

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

Real Life Personal Interviews with Famous Detectives / character profile / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Lee Harris [as Harris] (signed)
Inks
Lee Harris [as Harris] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I - never hadda chance!
Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Detective Barney Ruditsky

[Trapped By the Top] (Table of Contents: 8)

Zanzibar / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
George Tuska (signed)
Inks
George Tuska
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Zanzibar has decided to spend the evening at home reading when he is suddenly...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Zanzibar (introduction, a magician); The Top (villain, introduction)
Reprints
Keywords
First National Bank

The Case of Tintype's Will (Table of Contents: 9)

Hemlock Shomes and Dr. Potsam / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Fred Schwab ?
Pencils
Fred Schwab
Inks
Fred Schwab
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Stick around folks!
Genre
humor; detective-mystery
Characters
Hemlock Shomes (introduction); Dr. Potsam (introduction); Elmer T. Tintype (introduction); Sloppy Joe (introduction)
Synopsis
Hemlock Shomes and Dr. Potsam travel to Old Man Tintype's mansion and try to figure out which one of the many men who claim to be his son actually killed him.

The Haunted House (Table of Contents: 10)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Will Eisner (signed)
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I guess if Mickey wasn't new in the neighborhood...
Characters
Mickey; Jerry; Pete; Joe Donner; Sgt. Matterson
Keywords
Baxter Heights

[Trouble At Gun Hollow] (Table of Contents: 11)

Waco Kid / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Arthur Peddy (signed)
Inks
Arthur Peddy
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The Kid, riding to investigate reports of trouble at Gun Hollow, stops when he sees...
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
The Waco Kid (introduction); Brazos Teale (villain, introduction); Craig Bridger (introduction); Flash (horse, introduction)
Reprints

Another Bombing Outrage (Table of Contents: 12)

Inspector Bancroft / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Art Franklin
Inks
Art Franklin
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bancroft, we must solve the mystery of these repeated bombings!
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Inspector Bancroft (introduction); Inspector Grainger (introduction); Stuart Bledsoe (villain, introduction)

[The Coming of the Blue Beetle] (Table of Contents: 13)

Blue Beetle / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Will Eisner ?
Pencils
Charles Nicholas (signed)
Inks
Charles Nicholas
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
While Dan Garret was patrolling his beat, a car, with the muzzle of a machine gun protruding from a window...
Characters
The Blue Beetle [Dan Garret] (introduction); Mike Mannigan (introduction); The White Face Gang [John Brandes, others] (villains, introduction); Mr. Vander; Donnell; Abe
Reprints
Keywords
National Bank

Indexer Notes

Blue Beetle wears business suit, mask, and hat in this story; no apparent super-powers; story chronologically follows 1st story in Blue Beetle (Fox, 1939 series) #1

This Blue Beetle was published by Fox, then Holyoke, then Fox again, and then Charlton before Charlton revamped Dan Garrett Blue Beetle with a new origin and powers in 1964, and later replaced him with a new Blue Beetle (Ted Kord) in 1967.

Throughout his early appearances, the Blue Beetle's last name varied between "Garret" and "Garrett", while Mike Mannigan sometimes had his last name spelled "Manigan".

[The Panama Canal Affair] (Table of Contents: 14)

D-13 / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Will Eisner ?
Pencils
Bob Powell [as S. R. Powell] (signed)
Inks
Bob Powell ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In the office of the governor of Panama, Richard Anthony, secret agent D-13, listens to a mysterious plot...
Genre
spy
Characters
D-13 [Richard Anthony] (introduction, a secret agent); Manata (villain, introduction); Sancho
Synopsis
Richard foils a plot to sabotage the Panama Canal.
Reprints

[The Valley of the Dead] (Table of Contents: 15)

Capt. Danny Scott / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
John Lindermayer
Inks
John Lindermayer
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hello, Captain Scott!
Characters
Capt. Danny Scott of the Bengal Lancers (introduction)
Synopsis
Capt. Scott and the Bengal Lancers are given the task of capturing a group of cutthroats harassing caravans.
Keywords
Valley of the Dead

[Saboteurs on the S. S. REGINA] (Table of Contents: 16)

Lt. Drake / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Klaus Nordling [as F. Klaus] (signed)
Inks
Klaus Nordling
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A sabotage ring, operating between the U.S. and Europe, has wrought considerable damage to American vessels.
Genre
spy
Characters
Lt. Drake of Naval Intelligence (introduction); Lobardi (villain, introduction); Kutch (villain, introduction); a girl (villain, introduction)

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

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

Remington Noiseless Deluxe Portable Typewriter / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["A strange figure suddenly appeared - a shot rang out - and the fiend was stopped in his tracks."]
    Green Mask
  2. 1. ["An open letter to you"]
  3. 2. A Modern Robin Hood
    Green Mask
  4. 3. [Origin of Rex Dexter of Mars]
    Rex Dexter
  5. 4. How To Become a Detective
    Billy Bounce
  6. 5. [The Coming of Chen Chang]
    Chen Cheng
  7. 6. [Skulduggery on Smoky Mountain]
    Wing Turner
  8. 7. ["I - never hadda chance!"]
    Real Life Personal Interviews with Famous Detectives
  9. 8. [Trapped By the Top]
    Zanzibar
  10. 9. The Case of Tintype's Will
    Hemlock Shomes and Dr. Potsam
  11. 10. The Haunted House
  12. 11. [Trouble At Gun Hollow]
    Waco Kid
  13. 12. Another Bombing Outrage
    Inspector Bancroft
  14. 13. [The Coming of the Blue Beetle]
    Blue Beetle
  15. 14. [The Panama Canal Affair]
    D-13
  16. 15. [The Valley of the Dead]
    Capt. Danny Scott
  17. 16. [Saboteurs on the S. S. REGINA]
    Lt. Drake
  18. 17. ["Thousands of kids are reading Wonderworld Comics"]
    Wonderworld Comics
  19. 18. ["This beautiful desk for only $1.00"]
    Remington Noiseless Deluxe Portable Typewriter
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Mark Boyer
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Del Gruber
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Peter Croome
  • Gregory Fischer
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin