(September 1939)

Centaur, 1938 Series
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Volume
2
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1939-08-05
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. Second class permit. Copyright number 427061.


[Dive of Death] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Fantom of the Fair (also inset); Speed Centaur (inset)
Reprints
Keywords
World's Fair

Indexer Notes

Story title taken from actual story upon which the cover is based.

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

Amazing Facts about Pioneer American Homes (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset
Editing
Joe Hardie

Characters
Speed Centaur; The Masked Marvel

Indexer Notes

Partially illustrated page, first featuring an article by the Editor, Uncle Joe, on Colonial American homes. Secondly, there is a publisher's plug for the latest mags published by Centaur. Thirdly, there are three very brief advertisements concerning postage stamps, a quiz booklet and film developing. Finally, at the bottom of the page, is an illustrated promo for Keen Detective Comics and Amazing Mystery Funnies with illos of Speed Centaur and the Masked Marvel.

Dive of Death!.. (Table of Contents: 2)

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
Fantom of the Fair; Mr. Adams (Fair show owner); Jane Adams (Adam's daughter); Tony (Adam's employee); Marcos (villain, Fair show owner, death); Marcos' henchman (villain, death)
Synopsis
A struggling Fair show owner has words and more with a fellow competitor who seems to be stealing every idea that he has had. The rival goes so far as to rig a death dive trap for the girl, and might have succeeded if not for the intervention of the Fantom.
Reprints
Keywords
Golden Palace; World's Fair

Indexer Notes

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

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

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Get Professor Gray on the televisor!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Captain Tim; Professor Gray; Dr. Ralon (death); Nelson (Ralon's assistant); un-named girl (villain, Ralon's first created human, death); girl's men (villains, all die)
Synopsis
Dr. Ralon confirms to Professor Gray that he has succeeded in bringing to life, through his evolutionizing machine, human beings from animals, when a girl and some men enter his lab and kill him. Tom and Gray soon learn that the girl was the first of Dr. Ralon's creations and that she had gone mad, killing the doctor.
Keywords
acetylene gun; Air-Sub 'DX'; electronic pistol; Lanton City

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

The Inner Circle / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Flying over the polar region...
Genre
adventure; spy
Characters
The Inner Circle [Major Paul Ramsay; John Bain (Canadian engineer); Kirby; un-named pilots]; radium thieves (villains)
Synopsis
Ramsay and Bain head up to Great Bear Lake to meet with agent Kirby in regards to several hijackings of planes loaded with radium.
Keywords
Great Bear Lake

Indexer Notes

Inker credit by Craig Delich.

Continued next issue.

Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire Part 2 (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
Bob Moore (signed)
Pencils
Carl Pfeufer (signed)
Inks
Carl Pfeufer (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; science fiction
Characters
Don Dixon; Dr. Lugoff; Princess Wanda; Dagmar (villain); Taal (villain, Dagmar's cousin)
Synopsis
Dagmar threatens to kill Wanda and Dr. Lugoff unless Don consents to become co-ruler of her kingdom. But the Queen's jilted suitor, Taal, has other plans.
Reprints
  • from Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire Sunday strip (Watkins Syndicate) ?

Indexer Notes

Pfeufer signed his name in the 2nd panel on page one and panel 5 on page four.

Story concluded in Volume 2 #11.

Rocketship Race (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Lloyd Jacquet [as Lloyd Victor] (credited)
Pencils
George A. Fish [as G. A. F.] (signed) (spot illustration)
Inks
George A. Fish [as G. A. F.] (signed) (spot illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Thomas Piper; Mac (Piper's mechanic); Riginald Saunders
Synopsis
Tom was determined to win the Rocketship Derby Race, even though his competitor, Regie Saunders, was known for not sticking to the rules!
Keywords
Champion (a rocketship); Rocketship Derby Race; The Flash (a rocketship)

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

Speed Centaur / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
We find 'Speed Centaur' waiting in a cave...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Speed Centaur; Reel McCoy; Jack Pott gang [Jack Pott (leader); Jim "Droopy" Raws; rest un-named] (villains)
Synopsis
To try and catch up with the Jack Pott gang, Speed assumes the disguise of a true horse and he and Reel follow one of the gang's torpedo's into town. Speed then uses his voice to convince the thug that he is a talking horse, and the thug buys the horse from Reel and takes it and Reel to the gang's hideout.
Keywords
Nob Nose Mountain

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

Daredevil Barry Finn / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Tarpe Mills (signed)
Inks
Tarpe Mills (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hmmm -- looks like all the foreign countries...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry Finn; Joan Hart; Professor Walton (scientist, death); Sulla (villain, Zaroff's assistant); Dr. Zaroff (villain); Dacia Zaroff (villain, Zaroff's daughter); Joseph Stalin (villain, cameo); Adolf Hitler (villain, cameo); Benito Mussolini (villain, cameo)
Synopsis
Zaroff visits an English scientist who has invented a process for enlarging any insect to any size that he wishes. Seizing upon the opportunity, Zaroff kills the scientist, seizes the machine for his own purposes, and meets with leaders from the major warring powers, offering (for a price) the use of this invention. Then, accompanied by Dacia, Zaroff sails to New York, planning to release a horde of the giant insects upon the United States, bringing disease, plague and death.

Indexer Notes

Script revision from Mills to ? by Craig Delich.

Knuckle Down! (Table of Contents: 9)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Martin Filchock ?
Pencils
Martin Filchock [also as Filchock] (signed)
Inks
Martin Filchock [also as Filchock] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery; sports
Characters
Pat Mullen (a baseball pitcher); Mr. Mullen (Pat's father); Mrs. Mullen (Pat's mother, cameo); Champ (villain, a boxer); Champ's manager (villain)
Synopsis
Concerned because his name and bout is being pushed out the sports section of the newspaper by the Union school, Champ and his manager conspire to get the team's star pitcher to throw the game in the Junior Baseball Championships.
Keywords
Daily News

Indexer Notes

Data from Jerry Bails index cards and Howard Keltners Golden Age index.

Act Now On This Bargain Offer. (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Dive of Death]
    Fantom of the Fair
  2. 1. Amazing Facts about Pioneer American Homes
  3. 2. Dive of Death!..
    Fantom of the Fair
  4. 3. ["Get Professor Gray on the televisor!"]
    Air-Sub 'DX'
  5. 4. ["Flying over the polar region..."]
    The Inner Circle
  6. 5. Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire Part 2
    Don Dixon
  7. 6. Rocketship Race
  8. 7. ["We find 'Speed Centaur' waiting in a cave..."]
    Speed Centaur
  9. 8. ["Hmmm -- looks like all the foreign countries..."]
    Daredevil Barry Finn
  10. 9. Knuckle Down!
  11. 10. Act Now On This Bargain Offer.
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
This issue was most recently modified by:
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