(September 1939)

Fox, 1939 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1939-07-10
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Fox 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. 2, is published monthly by Fox Publications, Inc. Office of publication, 29 Worthington Street, Springfield, Mass. Editorial and Executive offices, 480 Lexington Avenue, New York, N. Y. Entered as second-class matter at the Post Office at Springfield, Mass., under the Act of March 3, 1879. Price 10 cents per copy. Subscription rates: 12 issues in the United States, and its possessions, Mexico, South America, Spain, $1.50. The Publisher accepts no responsibility for unsolicited material. Copyright, 1939, by Fox Publications, Inc. Contents must not be reproduced without permission. No actual person is named, or delineated in this fiction magazine. The names of all characters that are used are fictitious. Use of a name which is the same as that of any living person is accidental. Printed in the U.S.A.

On sale date 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 422098. Copyright given to Bruns Publications, Inc.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Rex Dexter / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Lou Fine
Inks
Lou Fine
Colors
?
Letters
?

Reprints

[The Tong War of San Sin] (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Walter Frehm (signed)
Inks
Walter Frehm (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Green Mask [Michael Shelby]; "News" Blake (reporter); Chu Fan (antique dealer, death); Foo Young (merchant, death); Sing Tew (merchant, death); Fong Lee (former King of Chinatown, introduction); Lotus Lee (Fong Lee's daughter, introduction); San Sin (villain, dope and smuggling racketeer, introduction); Lo Fang (villain, San Sin's henchman, introduction)
Synopsis
The Green Mask, alarmed at the Tong wars erupting in Chinatown, seemingly joins forces with the nefarious San Sin in order to find a way to rescue Fong Lee's daughter from his evil clutches.
Reprints
Keywords
Chinatown; S.S. Canton

[Crisis On Capris] (Table of Contents: 2)

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

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

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Rex Dexter; Professor Landar; Cynde (spaceship pilot); The Caprisians (villain, monsters, introduction for all, many die)
Synopsis
A mysterious plague threatens to destroy all life on Earth, and the only cure is radium: but the Earth doesn't have sufficient quantities in order to deal with the disease. Therefore, Rex and Cynde head to the Planet Capris to obtain the valuable material.
Keywords
Capris (a planet)

Indexer Notes

? removed from writer credit by Craig Delich. The Who's Who confirms Briefer wrote this strip.

Story time frame is 2000 A.D..

[So I close this meeting of junior detectives...] (Table of Contents: 3)

Billy Bounce, the Kid Detective / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Fred Schwab [as Norman Lee] (signed)
Pencils
Fred Schwab [as Norman Lee] (signed)
Inks
Fred Schwab [as Norman Lee] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
children; crime
Characters
Billy Bounce; Butch (villain); un-named crook (villain)
Synopsis
Butch and his pal see easy dough by snatching Billy for ransom.

Indexer Notes

Revised writer and artist credits by Craig Delich. Norman Lee was a pen name used in this issue by Schwab, confirmed by the Who's Who.

[River Lily the Pirate] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

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

Genre
adventure; crime
Characters
Richard Kendall; Chen Chang (villain); Chang's thugs [Wong; rest un-named] (introduction for all); River Lily (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
River pirate Chang orders his thugs to capture Kendall and take him to the mysterious River Lily aboard the "Dragon Heart".
Keywords
Dragon Heart (a ship); Tacoma (a ship); Yangtze River Line

Indexer Notes

Artist credits confirmed by the Who's Who.

[The Stolen Transport Planes] (Table of Contents: 5)

Wing Turner, Air Detective / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? [as Floyd Kelly] (signed)
Inks
? [as Floyd Kelly] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
aviation; detective-mystery
Characters
Wing Turner; Senor Zanko (villain, smuggler, introduction); Chico (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Wing is called in to discover the whereabouts of six missing transport planes.
Reprints
Keywords
Rocky Mountains

Indexer Notes

Floyd Kelly is a house by-line used by several artists at Fox, including George Tuska, Jack Kirby and Dennis Neville (among others).

Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. notes that George Tuska did not draw this story (2009-2-28).

Ben Rosenberg (Table of Contents: 6)

Real Life Personal Interviews with Famous Detectives / text article / pages (report information)

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

Genre
non-fiction; crime
Characters
Ben Rosenberg; Charles "Pal" Palatino (villain); Vincent Ceffelli (villain)
Synopsis
Detective Ben Rosenberg tracks down two notorious robbers that have been commiting crimes on Broadway in 1932.

Indexer Notes

Part text and part spot illustrations.

Harris also signed this feature as "Harris".

Famed Statue Missing (Table of Contents: 7)

Zanzibar the Magician / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Zanzibar; Zeus (introduction); Hercules (introduction); Venus (introduction); Greek warriors (villains)
Synopsis
Zanzibar investigates the theft of the famed statue: the Venus de Milo.
Keywords
Daily Gazette; time travel

Indexer Notes

Tuska created this feature.

[The Spookington Castle] (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
Fred Schwab [as Fred] (signed)
Pencils
Fred Schwab [as Fred] (signed)
Inks
Fred Schwab [as Fred] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Fred Schwab

Genre
humor; detective-mystery
Characters
Hemlock Shomes; Dr. Potsam; Dr. Spookington (mention only, introduction); Mrs. Spookington (introduction); un-named criminal (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Hemlock and the good doctor visit Spookington Castle in order to try and collect a $10 reward for the return of the kidnapped Mrs. Spookington.
Keywords
Super-Sleuth Detective Agency

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

The Long Arm of Vengeance (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Will Eisner [as William E. Eisner] (credited)
Pencils
? (spot illustrations)
Inks
? (spot illustrations)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure; crime
Characters
Barney (seaman); Eban (helmsman); Captain Clark (death); Marlin (villain, 1st Mate, death)
Synopsis
The crew of the Falcon spot a derelict or ghost ship off the starboard bow and Barney, Marlin and Clark go aboard to investigate, discovering the corpse of the Captain of that ship......a Captain that promises justice for Marlin.
Keywords
The Falcon (a ship)

[Wanted: The Waco Kid] (Table of Contents: 10)

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

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

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
The Waco Kid; Sheriff Elliot; Killer Barkus (villain); Barkus' gang (villains)
Synopsis
As the Waco Kid rides along, he spots a wanted poster: on himself, for bank robbery and murder!
Keywords
Mustang City; Red Gap Canyon

[Baron Garza's Plan] (Table of Contents: 11)

Inspector Bancroft, Ace Investigator of Scotland Yard / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Art Franklin (signed)
Pencils
Art Franklin (signed)
Inks
Art Franklin (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Inspector Bancroft; Chief Inspector Grainger; un-named man (death); un-named Customs Officer; Baron Garza (villain, introduction); Garza's thugs (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
Bancroft is summoned by letter to a derelict house, to find a dying man who says he was shot by a Baron Garza. Investigating, he discovers the Baron and his thuigs are behind a gun smuggling racket.
Keywords
Drovian Embassy; London; Tatania (a ship)

Indexer Notes

Art identification by Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. (2009-2-28).

Writer addition and art revision from Art Peddy ? to Franklin per Craig Delich (2014-6-16), verified by the Who's Who.

[The Armored Truck Robbery] (Table of Contents: 12)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Blue Beetle [Dan Garret]; Mannigin (Policeman); Tim (newsboy); un-named Chief of Police; a group of thugs [Jake; Blackie; rest un-named] (villains)
Synopsis
A group of thugs rob an armored car of its $80,000 payload and capture the Beetle in the process.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Blue Beetle has a costume similar to his official one, but wears no mask.

[The Peace Pact Problem] (Table of Contents: 13)

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

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

Genre
spy
Characters
D-13 [Captain Richard Anthony]; Sir Norbert Chandler (European Statesman, introduction); un-named King of Duraguay (introduction); Von Wenger (villain, introduction); Hans (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
The airplane carrying Captain Anthony and Sir Chandler is suddenly attacked by other aircraft, and forced to land, the purpose of which is to force two opposing nations to sign a pact with each other.
Keywords
Duraguay; Gothland

Indexer Notes

Writer credit by Craig Delich, verified by the Who's Who.

[The Trap of Sula Khan] (Table of Contents: 14)

Captain Denny Scott of the Bengal Lancers / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
John Lindermayer [as L. Mayer] (signed)
Inks
John Lindermayer [as L. Mayer] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Captain Denny Scott; James (young boy); Doctor Ellis (mention only, death); Sula Kahn (villain, a slave dealer); Afanga (villain)
Synopsis
Captain Scott and James enter the town of Gulam, unaware that a sinister figure named Kahn and his men are out to kidnap the boy.
Keywords
Gulam; Victoria Valley

Indexer Notes

Art credits verified by the Who's Who.

[The Alien Smugglers] (Table of Contents: 15)

Lt. Drake of the Naval Intelligence / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure; military
Characters
Lt. Drake; un-named whaler Captain (villain); whaler's crew (villains)
Synopsis
Lt. Drake is put onto a case involving the smuggling of oriental aliens into San Francisco, and he discovers that the aliens are being sewn into large fish to avoid detection..
Keywords
Tanbark (a whaler)

Indexer Notes

Writer credit by Craig Delich, verified by the Who's Who (and the art credits, too).

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Rex Dexter
  2. 1. [The Tong War of San Sin]
    Green Mask
  3. 2. [Crisis On Capris]
    Rex Dexter of Mars
  4. 3. [So I close this meeting of junior detectives...]
    Billy Bounce, the Kid Detective
  5. 4. [River Lily the Pirate]
    Chen Chang
  6. 5. [The Stolen Transport Planes]
    Wing Turner, Air Detective
  7. 6. Ben Rosenberg
    Real Life Personal Interviews with Famous Detectives
  8. 7. Famed Statue Missing
    Zanzibar the Magician
  9. 8. [The Spookington Castle]
    Hemlock Shomes and Dr. Potsam
  10. 9. The Long Arm of Vengeance
  11. 10. [Wanted: The Waco Kid]
    The Waco Kid
  12. 11. [Baron Garza's Plan]
    Inspector Bancroft, Ace Investigator of Scotland Yard
  13. 12. [The Armored Truck Robbery]
    The Blue Beetle
  14. 13. [The Peace Pact Problem]
    D-13, Secret Agent
  15. 14. [The Trap of Sula Khan]
    Captain Denny Scott of the Bengal Lancers
  16. 15. [The Alien Smugglers]
    Lt. Drake of the Naval Intelligence
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Steven Rowe
  • Henry Andrews
  • Craig Delich
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Peter Croome
  • Gregory Fischer
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin