(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. Second class permit. Copyright number 420185.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Green Mask / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Lou Fine
Inks
Lou Fine
Colors
?
Letters
?

A Modern Robin Hood (Table of Contents: 1)

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

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

Characters
The Green Mask [Michael Shelby] (introduction); "News" Blake; Rocky Vilon (villain; introduction; death); Cyrus Boomer (villain; introduction)
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: 2)

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

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

Characters
Rex Dexter (introduction; origin); Montague Dexter (introduction); Pres. Grover (introduction); Cynde (introduction); Boris Thorax (villain; introduction)
Reprints

How To Become a Detective (Table of Contents: 3)

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

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

Characters
Billy Bounce (introduction)

[The Coming of Chen Chang] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

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

Characters
Chen Chang (villain; introduction); Wong (villain; introduction); Richard Kendall (introduction)

[Skulduggery on Smoky Mountain] (Table of Contents: 5)

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

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

Characters
Wing Taylor (introduction); The Chief (villain; introduction); Clutch (villain; introduction)

[Trapped By the Top] (Table of Contents: 6)

Zanzibar / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Characters
Zanzibar (introduction; a magician); The Top (villain; introduction)
Reprints

The Case of Tintype's Will (Table of Contents: 7)

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

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

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: 8)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Will Eisner (signed)
Letters
typeset

[Trouble At Gun Hollow] (Table of Contents: 9)

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

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

Characters
The Waco Kid (introduction); Brazos Teale (villain; introduction)
Reprints

Another Bombing Outrage (Table of Contents: 10)

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

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

Characters
Inspector Bancroft (introduction); Inspector Grainger (introduction); Stuart Bledsoe (villain; introduction)

[The Coming of the Blue Beetle] (Table of Contents: 11)

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

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

Characters
The Blue Beetle [Dan Garret] (introduction); Mike Mannigan (introduction); The White Face Gang [John Brandes; others] (villains; introduction)
Reprints

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: 12)

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

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

Characters
D-13 [Richard Anthony] (introduction; a secret agent); Manata (villain; introduction)
Reprints

[The Valley of the Dead] (Table of Contents: 13)

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

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

Characters
Capt. Danny Scott of the Bengal Lancers (introduction)

[Saboteurs on the S. S. REGINA] (Table of Contents: 14)

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

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

Characters
Lt. Drake of Naval Intelligence (introduction); Lobardi (villain; introduction); Kutch (villain; introduction); a girl (villain; introduction)
Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Green Mask
  2. 1. A Modern Robin Hood
    Green Mask
  3. 2. [Origin of Rex Dexter of Mars]
    Rex Dexter
  4. 3. How To Become a Detective
    Billy Bounce
  5. 4. [The Coming of Chen Chang]
    Chen Cheng
  6. 5. [Skulduggery on Smoky Mountain]
    Wing Turner
  7. 6. [Trapped By the Top]
    Zanzibar
  8. 7. The Case of Tintype's Will
    Hemlock Shomes and Dr. Potsam
  9. 8. The Haunted House
  10. 9. [Trouble At Gun Hollow]
    Waco Kid
  11. 10. Another Bombing Outrage
    Inspector Bancroft
  12. 11. [The Coming of the Blue Beetle]
    Blue Beetle
  13. 12. [The Panama Canal Affair]
    D-13
  14. 13. [The Valley of the Dead]
    Capt. Danny Scott
  15. 14. [Saboteurs on the S. S. REGINA]
    Lt. Drake
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
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  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Peter Croome
  • Gregory Fischer
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