(January 1963)

Western, 1962 Series
Price
0.25 USD
Pages
84
Indicia Frequency
quarterly
On-sale Date
1962-10-18
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
K. K. Publications, Inc.
Brand
Gold Key
Editing
?

Issue Notes

Cover code: 30007-301. On-sale date from 1962 Periodicals, Copyright Office, Library of Congress.

[The Smiling Cavalier] (Table of Contents)

Boris Karloff / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
? (painting)
Inks
? (painting)
Colors
? (painting)
Letters
typeset

Genre
horror-suspense; detective-mystery
Characters
Boris Karloff (photograph, inset)
Reprints
Keywords
brush; Don Juan; painting

Indexer Notes

Based on the interior story, The Smiling Cavalier.

[Pictures Come to Life!] (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
?
Pencils
? (photograph)
Inks
? (photograph)
Letters
?

Indexer Notes

Foreword and listing of contents, inside front cover, black & white

Blind Man's Bluff (Table of Contents: 2)

Boris Karloff / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
George Evans
Inks
George Evans
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
horror-suspense; detective-mystery
Characters
Boris Karloff (host); Jim Blake (death); Buzz Murphy (death); Judy Davis
Synopsis
During a race, Buzz Murphy, driving very recklessly because Jim is in the lead, causes Jim to crash. Afterwards, Buzz asks Jim's fiancée out for a drink while he is in the hospital. The next day while Buzz is driving on the racetrack Jim suddenly shows up behind him and causes him to die in a crash. The people at the wreckage comment that Jim had died in the hospital just before the crash.
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The Dreamer (Table of Contents: 3)

Boris Karloff / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Mike Peppe
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; detective-mystery
Characters
Boris Karloff (host); Dr. E. Korvo; Mark Pearson (death); Diane; Dr. A. B. Haven
Synopsis
Mark Pearson shows up at Dr. Korvo's (a psychiatrist) office after hours begging him to help him. He has a recurring dream about being on a ship when it sinks. Dr. Korvo agrees to try to help him and hypnotizes him because he has amnesia.
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The Smiling Cavalier (Table of Contents: 4)

Boris Karloff / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Paul S. Newman
Pencils
Tom Gill
Inks
Herb Trimpe
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
horror-suspense; detective-mystery
Characters
Boris Karloff (host); Laurie Callan; Don Juan
Synopsis
Laurie Callan loves to visit the museum and try to sketch the 17th century masterpiece "The Smiling Cavalier" but she never seems to be able to get it right. One night when she accidentally remains in the museum after it closes the paintings come to life. The "Smiling Cavalier" (Don Juan) and the other two "Smiling Cavalier" paintings come out and chase Laurie until she can escape. The night guard that lets her out looks just like the Don Juan "Smiling Cavalier".
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Indexer Notes

Script credit from Robin Snyder's The Comics!, Vol 22, no. 11 (Nov 2011)

The Man from Nowhere (Table of Contents: 5)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jerry Robinson (illustrations)
Inks
Jerry Robinson (illustrations)
Colors
? (illustrations)
Letters
typeset

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Kaspar Houser (death); Earl Stanhope
Synopsis
The story of the mystery of Kaspar Houser. Nothing is known of his childhood, his strange sense of smell, his strange eyesight and the truth of various attacks on him that ended with his death.
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The Island (Table of Contents: 6)

Boris Karloff / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Dan Spiegle
Inks
Dan Spiegle
Colors
?
Letters
? [WCL (Gold Key/Dell West Coast Letterer)]

Genre
horror-suspense; detective-mystery
Characters
Boris Karloff (host); Cecil Matthews (death); Fred; Mr. Johnson; Charlie
Synopsis
Cecil Matthews is a bank employee who is sick of his job. He steals $30,000 and flies to Hawaii where he plans to charter a plane to Papinee, an island he found in an old "Islands of Paradise" book. The bank notices the theft before he can get to Papinee so he hijacks a mail plane to fly him there. Once there he kills the pilot and settles in at the deserted village. What Cecil doesn't know is that the reason the village is deserted is that the Island of Papinee was chosen by the Government to use in a missile test. The next day he is destroyed when the bomb is detonated on the island.
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The Phantom Plane (Table of Contents: 7)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (illustrations)
Inks
? (illustrations)
Colors
? (illustrations)
Letters
typeset

Genre
detective-mystery
Synopsis
The story of the "Lady Be Good", a Liberator bomber from World War II. The "Lady Be Good" disappeared from Soluch in North Africa in May 1943 and wasn't seen again until May 1959 when it was found in the Sahara Desert. The tracks of its men intersected with the tracks of two other forces: Italian soldiers and British soldiers. The trail was eventually lost and it was never known how the plane got to the Sahara Desert or what happened to its crew.
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The Devil's Armchair (Table of Contents: 8)

Boris Karloff / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Paul S. Newman
Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
Mike Peppe
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
horror-suspense; detective-mystery
Characters
Martha Harris (death); Mr. Duval; Stanley Harris; Lucy Rambeau (death); Jean Maraque
Synopsis
Martha Harris buys an antique chair for her husband's birthday. He loves the chair but when she or her friend try to sit in it they are jabbed. She tries to take the chair back but is told that it is cursed and that she must keep it forever. It was used by a man named Jean Maraque to kill a young lady who spurned him. Martha does not believe the story and is killed when she tries to throw the chair out.
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Indexer Notes

Script credit from Robin Snyder's The Comics!, Vol 22, no. 11 (Nov 2011)

Find the Traitor (Table of Contents: 9)

comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bob Fujitani
Inks
Bob Fujitani
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
General Luis Amendez (death); Perez; Colonel Menderes
Synopsis
General Luis Amendez is driven through a quiet city to his presidential palace. He rules with an iron fist where people are afraid to even speak around him. When he finds a letter saying that he must die and that the people will be free he tells the police to find the individuals behind the letters and to kill them, but if the police can't find them, they will be killed themselves. The police find that the one writing the letters is General Amendez himself (he suffers from schizophrenia). They kill the General to keep from being killed themselves.
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The Black Pit (Table of Contents: 10)

Boris Karloff / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Sparling
Inks
Jack Sparling
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; detective-mystery
Characters
Boris Karloff (host); Mort Fallon; Mr. Stoker; Jamie Walsh; Dan Walsh; Matt Walsh; Jamie's father
Synopsis
Mort Fallon wants to write an article on the 10th anniversary of a mine collapse. Jamie Walsh agrees to take Mort on a tour of the mine and only agrees to take him to the site of the collapse when Mort offers him $100. While on their way there they hear "tommyknockers" (the souls of miners who lost their lives there) warning them to leave.
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A Very Strange Burial (Table of Contents: 11)

Boris Karloff / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Giovanni Ticci
Inks
Alberto Giolitti
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Boris Karloff (host); Sydney Clybourne (death); Malcolm Billings (death); Alf; Caleb Mason; Mosesh; Sekoo (death)
Synopsis
Sydney Clybourne walks in front of a car and is killed. When the police investigate the accident they find a book on him with a story from Sydney's time in Tanganyika. Sydney was on a safari there with Malcolm Billings when they heard a story about a strange ritual that a local tribe goes through whenever their chief dies.
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Indexer Notes

New pencils identification by Alberto Becattini (December 2010).

The Amazing Peter Hurkos (Table of Contents: 12)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Paul S. Newman
Pencils
Tom Gill
Inks
Tom Gill
Letters
Tom Gill ?

Genre
non-fiction; biography; history
Characters
Peter Hurkos
Synopsis
Peter Hurkos, the man with the x-ray brain, helps the Dutch authorities in the city of Nijmegen identify the arsonist terrorizing the area.
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Indexer Notes

Inside back cover, black and white. Script credit from Robin Snyder's The Comics!, Vol 22, no. 11 (Nov 2011)

Thriller Pin-Up No. 2 (Table of Contents: 13)

Boris Karloff / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
? (painting)
Inks
? (painting)
Colors
? (painting)

Genre
horror-suspense; detective-mystery
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Back cover. Reprint of the front cover without photograph, logo or caption.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [The Smiling Cavalier]
    Boris Karloff
  2. 1. [Pictures Come to Life!]
  3. 2. Blind Man's Bluff
    Boris Karloff
  4. 3. The Dreamer
    Boris Karloff
  5. 4. The Smiling Cavalier
    Boris Karloff
  6. 5. The Man from Nowhere
  7. 6. The Island
    Boris Karloff
  8. 7. The Phantom Plane
  9. 8. The Devil's Armchair
    Boris Karloff
  10. 9. Find the Traitor
  11. 10. The Black Pit
    Boris Karloff
  12. 11. A Very Strange Burial
    Boris Karloff
  13. 12. The Amazing Peter Hurkos
  14. 13. Thriller Pin-Up No. 2
    Boris Karloff
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