(December 1939)

Centaur, 1939 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
On-sale Date
1939-11-13
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Comic Corporation of America
Editing
?

Issue Notes

Data from Jerry Bails index cards and Howard Keltner's Golden Age index.

On sale date from the publication date and volume number found in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 34, 1939, Number 4. Class B periodical. Copyright number B 435648.

Comic Corporation of America's address given as 29 Worthington Street, Springfield, Massachusetts. Editorial and executive offices address given as 220 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York. Printed in U.S.A.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Aman the Amazing-Man / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Bill Everett [as Everett] (signed)
Inks
Bill Everett [as Everett] (signed)
Colors
?

Genre
superhero; war
Characters
The Amazing Man [John Aman]
Reprints

Uncle Joe's Christmas Treat: Free Gifts for All! (Table of Contents: 1)

text article / 0.8 page (report information)

Script
? [as Uncle Joe]
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Includes indicia.

A questionnaire for readers to fill out about what they expect to get for Christmas.

Special Offers for Boys and Girls (Table of Contents: 2)

advertisement / 0.2 page (report information)

Script
? (ad copy)
Pencils
? (illustrations)
Inks
? (illustrations)
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Shares page with the questionnaire.

Advertisements include special offers for Cross-Words Card Game and Picture Puzzle Book from Centaur Publications; a promotional advertisement for Amazing Mystery Funnies; advertisements for stamp collectors from Tatman Coin Company of Springfield, Massachusetts; Christmas fireworks from the Spencer Fireworks Company of Polk, Ohio; and for developing roll film from Club Photo Service of LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

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

Aman the Amazing-Man / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In Tibet, 25 years ago, the Council of Seven selected an orphan...
Genre
superhero; war
Characters
Amazing-Man [John Aman]; Pierre (French soldier); the Nazis (villains, many die)
Synopsis
Learning about war being declared in Europe, the Amazing Man changes into the Green Mist, heads for the airport, and takes his fighter plane across the Atlantic to fight German planes in France. Involved in a aerial dogfight, Aman is shot down and captured by the Germans, who send him to Concentration Camp 23365AC.
Reprints
Keywords
concentration camp; France; Germany; howitzer; Lewis .30 Caliber Aircraft Machine Gun

Indexer Notes

Title from Lou Mougin (May, 2009).

The Return of the Cat Man (Table of Contents: 4)

Cat-Man / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Cat-Man [Barton Stone]; Doris Gorman (writer); Joseph Gypsy Greco (wanted man)
Synopsis
Disguised as an old lady, Cat-Man will catch Gypsy at his hotel hide out.
Keywords
Phenix Hotel

Indexer Notes

Title and credits from Lou Mougin, May 2009.

Chapter II (Table of Contents: 5)

King of the South Seas / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Harold Hughes (signed)
Inks
Harold Hughes (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Jeffers (mate); The King (pirate); Butang; Doris McAllister; William Dites; Sir Oliver King; Marangi
Synopsis
The King's men board and capture a passing steamer in the South Seas.
Keywords
Sandakan; So Chung

Indexer Notes

Title from Lou Mougin, May 2009.
Hughes is credited as artist on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

Iron Skull / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Crime wave followed crime wave after the great World War of 1950...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Iron Skull; Magno (Villain); Steve (guard, dies); Scarti (gangster, dies)
Synopsis
Magno is organizing the crooks to wipe out Iron Skull.
Keywords
Chicago; electromagnet; loop district

Indexer Notes

Title and character info from Lou Mougin, May 2009.
Burgos is credited as writer and artist on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

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

Magician from Mars / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
John Giunta (signed)
Inks
Mike Mirando (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Here's...the Magician from Mars...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Magician from Mars [Jane Q-X3]; Zeke (cowboy)
Synopsis
The Magician from Mars saves a man jumping from a bridge and a cowboy at the rodeo.
Keywords
air train; Frael Airport

Indexer Notes

Title and credits from Lou Mougin, May 2009.
Guinta and Mirando are both credited on art on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

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

Minimidget the Supermidget / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
John Kolb (signed)
Inks
John Kolb (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Look at that big yellow car, Ritty...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Minimidget; Mitty; The Power (villain); Jose; Mike; Spud
Synopsis
The midgets are taken prisoner and brought to The Power on his stronhold at castle Rock.
Keywords
anti-aircraft guns; Castle Rock; torture

Indexer Notes

Later known as Minimidget. Title from Lou Mougin, May 2009.
Originally only credited as writer, but John Kolb is credited only on art by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

Loco Lobo (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
David C. Cooke
Pencils
? [as B. T.] (signed)
Inks
? [as B. T.] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Drake Hanley; Sheriff Carey Phelan
Synopsis
Even in the deep mesa, the hand can be faster than the eye.

Indexer Notes

Sequence info from Lou Mougin, May 2009.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10)

Chuck Hardy; Land Beneath the Sea / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Thomas (signed)
Pencils
Frank Thomas (signed)
Inks
Frank Thomas (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Oxan, there seems to be much gaiety in the courtyard!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Chuck Hardy; Oxan; Jerry Peterson; King Kustan; Princess Istrid; Leer; Kolo (Istrid's lizard); two-headed Reptilis
Synopsis
Chuck and his friends are starting on an expedition with Leer as guide, and he is ordered by Princess Istrid to kill them on the way.
Keywords
Aquatania; Roara; steam-rifle

Indexer Notes

Title from Lou Mougin, May 2009.
Thomas is credited on both script and art by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

The Football Mystery (Table of Contents: 11)

Mighty Man / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Martin Filchock; Frank Filchock (story idea suggestion)
Pencils
Martin Filchock (signed)
Inks
Martin Filchock (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
sports; superhero
Characters
Mighty Man (12 foot giant)
Synopsis
Mighty Man plays football against a team of men who have been operated on to obey the will of a mad scientist.
Keywords
Denver; football; steel vault

Indexer Notes

Title and script credit from Lou Mougin, May 2009.

Presumably Frank Filchock was the younger brother (?--possibly cousin) of Martin Filchock (Frank born in 1916, Martin in 1912, both in Pennsylvania, USA). Frank Filchock was a professional football player in the United States, but was suspended by the National Football League in 1947 after becoming involved in a cheating scandal (his suspension was reversed in 1950). Filchock spent most of the rest of career as a player and coach in Canada.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Filchock

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12)

The Shark / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Lew Glanzman (signed)
Pencils
Lew Glanzman (signed)
Inks
Lew Glanzman (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
On the outskirts of a fishing town, trouble's afoot...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Shark; Kirk (fisherman); Johnny (gang chauffeur); The Fishermen Gang (gangsters); Phil Davis (fisherman, dies)
Synopsis
The Shark is an amazing under-sea creature serving justice, has webbed hands and feet, and the son of a mermaid and Neptune.
Keywords
television

Indexer Notes

Title from Lou Mougin, May 2009.
Glanzman is credited on both script and art by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Aman the Amazing-Man
  2. 1. Uncle Joe's Christmas Treat: Free Gifts for All!
  3. 2. Special Offers for Boys and Girls
  4. 3. ["In Tibet, 25 years ago, the Council of Seven selected an orphan..."]
    Aman the Amazing-Man
  5. 4. The Return of the Cat Man
    Cat-Man
  6. 5. Chapter II
    King of the South Seas
  7. 6. ["Crime wave followed crime wave after the great World War of 1950..."]
    Iron Skull
  8. 7. ["Here's...the Magician from Mars..."]
    Magician from Mars
  9. 8. ["Look at that big yellow car, Ritty..."]
    Minimidget the Supermidget
  10. 9. Loco Lobo
  11. 10. ["Oxan, there seems to be much gaiety in the courtyard!"]
    Chuck Hardy; Land Beneath the Sea
  12. 11. The Football Mystery
    Mighty Man
  13. 12. ["On the outskirts of a fishing town, trouble's afoot..."]
    The Shark
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