(1939)

First Funnies, Inc., 1939 Series
 
Price
0.00 FREE
Pages
36
Indicia frequency
weekly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
First Funnies, Inc.
Brand
?
Editing
Lloyd Jacquet ?; Bill Everett (Art Director)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock
newsprint
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Indicia (transcription courtesy of Frank Motler):
Motion Picture FUNNIES WEEKLY—No. 1 Published weekly by First Funnies Inc. 45 West 45th Street, NEW YORK N. Y. Title and entire contents copyright 1939 by First Funnies Inc. Distributed exclusively by First Funnies Inc. 45 West 45th Street, New York N. Y.

Inside front and inside back covers are completely blank. Indicia is printed at the bottom of the first interior page.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Fred Schwab
Pencils
Fred Schwab
Inks
Fred Schwab
Colors
?

Indexer Notes

Some sources credit Martin Filchock with this cover, but the mustachioed cowboy on the "now playing" posters and (to a lesser degree) the surprise lines coming from the fellow on top of the ladder's head are dead giveaways for Schwab, who per Who's Who also wrote his own gag cartoons such as this one (art spotting by Henry Andrews). Overstreet apparently also credits Schwab.

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

blank page(s) / 1 page (report information)

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover is entirely blank.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

The Sub-Mariner / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Everett (signed)
Pencils
Bill Everett (signed)
Inks
Bill Everett (signed)
Letters
Bill Everett

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Here is the Sub-Mariner!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Sub-Mariner [Prince Namor] (introduction and origin); Anderson; Nelson (death); Carley (death); Princess Fen (flashback, introduction); Emperor Tha-Korr (introduction, un-named in story); Dorma (introduction)
Synopsis
Prince Namor, having learned of what the race of white men once did to his undersea kingdom, vows, and is encouraged, to make war on the surface dwellers.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Signed in the final panel. The indicia for this issue is at the bottom of the first page of this story, which is the first interior page of the issue. The box at the end of the last page (blanked out in the Marvel Comics version) reads "CONTINUED NEXT WEEK"

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

Fun-o-graphs / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
Vernon Miller
Pencils
Vernon Miller (signed)
Inks
Vernon Miller (signed)
Letters
Vernon Miller

Genre
children
Synopsis
Three illustrated items: cartoon cut-out activity; optical illusion; word game
Reprints

Indexer Notes

As per scan at http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/preview/index.php?did=16991&page=52

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

Kar Toon and his Copy Cat / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Martin Filchock
Pencils
Martin Filchock (signed)
Inks
Martin Filchock (signed)
Letters
Martin Filchock ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Not a bad looking cat
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Filchock wrote most of his own scripts, and early on most Funnies, Inc. staffers did their own lettering.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

Jolly the Newsie / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
George Peter ?
Pencils
George Peter (signed)
Inks
George Peter (signed)
Letters
?

Indexer Notes

Also signed "G. Peter" in the last panel.

The Wasp (Table of Contents: 6)

Spy Ring / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jay Fletcher ?
Pencils
Jay Fletcher (signed)
Inks
Jay Fletcher (signed)
Letters
?

Reprints

[Origin of the American Ace] (Table of Contents: 7)

American Ace / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Paul J. Lauretta (signed)
Inks
Paul J. Lauretta (signed)
Letters
?

Genre
aviation
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Signed with the artist's full name (although I cannot make out his middle name) on the final panel.

The seventh page was not reprinted directly, although the first six panels of the story in Marvel Mystery Comics #3 relate roughly the same events.

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

blank page(s) / 1 page (report information)

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover is entirely blank.

100% Drawing Power (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. ["Here is the Sub-Mariner!"]
    The Sub-Mariner
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Fun-o-graphs
  5. 4. ["Not a bad looking cat"]
    Kar Toon and his Copy Cat
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Jolly the Newsie
  7. 6. The Wasp
    Spy Ring
  8. 7. [Origin of the American Ace]
    American Ace
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
  10. 9. 100% Drawing Power
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Frank Lovece
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Mike White