(December 1939)

Centaur, 1938 Series
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Volume
2
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1939-11-04
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Centaur Publications Inc.
Editing
Joseph Hardie [as Uncle Joe]
Color
Color
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 in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 34, 1939, Number 4. Second class periodical. Copyright number 435647.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Inks
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Gustavson
Editing
Joe Hardie

Genre
superhero
Characters
Fantom of the Fair (also inset); "Speed" Centaur (inset)

Indexer Notes

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

Meet the Artist Who Draws "Speed Centaur" (Table of Contents: 1)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 0.6 page (report information)

Script
Joseph Hardie [as Uncle Joe] (signed)
Pencils
Malcolm Kildale (illustration); Bill Everett (Amazing Man)
Inks
Malcolm Kildale (illustration); Bill Everett (Amazing Man)
Letters
typeset
Editing
Joe Hardie

Genre
biography
Characters
Malcolm Kildale; Amazing Man [John Aman]

Indexer Notes

The inside front cover has a half-page text feature on Malcolm Kildale, accompanied by a small (self?) portrait of the artist.

Also features small advertisements for stamp collectors and film developing.

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

Amazing Man / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.4 page (report information)

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

The 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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
She'll be a slave driver!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantom of the Fair; Mike (factory worker); Jane Benton (steel mill owner); Rusty (disgruntled factory worker); George (villain, Jane's cousin)
Synopsis
Jane's cousin has his eyes set on total control over a steel mill and makes Jane look bad by disrupting work in the mill in order to slow down production and gain control.
Reprints
Keywords
Pennsylvania

Indexer Notes

"As winter draws near, the World's Fair closes its gates until the spring... the Fantom turns elsewhere in his work of safeguarding human life and upholding justice", the story being set in a steel mill in Pennsylvania.

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

The true face of The Fantom is shown at the end of this story.

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

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
I realize now, that it is Dorian, whom you really care for...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry Finn; Frogga; Dr. Allam West; Dorian West; Sulla (villain, Zaroff's assistant); Dacia Zaroff (villain, Zaroff's daughter); General Kyota (villain)
Synopsis
Having been spurned by Joan, Barry and Frogga leave on a luxury cruise to Hawaii to get their minds off the lady, unaware that Dorian is also going through bad emotions over Barry as well. Meanwhile, Dacia and General Kyota plan to ship a highly corrosive acid (mixed with oil) to where the U.S. Pacific Fleet is stationed, intent on destroying it.

Indexer Notes

Script revision from Mills to ? by Craig Delich.

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

Space Patrol / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Basil Wolverton (signed)
Pencils
Basil Wolverton (signed)
Inks
Basil Wolverton (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
While cruising near the planet Venus...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Nick Nelson (Space Patrol member, introduction); Kodi (Nick's Martian assistant, introduction); Owen Kosterman (villain, space bandit, introduction, death); The Spider Men (villains, all die)
Synopsis
Nick Nelson and Kodi pursue "notorious space bandit" Owen Kosterman to the jungles of Venus, and encounter a couple of couple of cannibalistic spider men.
Keywords
Venus

The Hidden Empire (Part 4) (Table of Contents: 6)

Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Don Dixon; Dr. Lugoff (ruler of all the swampland below the water); Princess Wanda; Queen Tania; King Taal; Queen Dagmar (villain); Kul of Fens (villain, ruler of all the swampland above the water); The Marsh Men (villains)
Synopsis
An uneasy truce is in place after Queen Dagmar is ousted as leader of the Marsh Kingdom, but that doesn't stop her from aligning herself with Kul of Fens to get her retribution.
Reprints
  • from Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire Sunday strip (Watkins Syndicate) ?
Keywords
Fenians

Indexer Notes

This is a continuing story line.

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

Looking Over Your Magazines / text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
John Giunta (signed)
Pencils
John Giunta [as J. Giunta] (spot illustrations) (signed)
Inks
John Giunta [as J. Giunta] (spot illustrations) (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

A text feature created by Editor Joe Hardie, devoted to reviews of fan magazines, all reviewed by a fan publisher, John Giunta. Fanzines reviewed include FANTASY NEWS (James V. Taurasi), NEW FANTOM, THE FANTAST (C.S. Youd), FANTASCIENCE DIGEST (Bob Madle, Jack Agnew) and SPACEWAYS (Harry Warner, Jr.).

There is also a small illustrated advertisement from Spencer Fireworks Company, offering readers free catalog and fireworks just for showing off the company's catalog to others.

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

John Linton, Flyer Scientist, Adventurer / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Harry Francis Campbell (signed)
Pencils
Harry Francis Campbell (signed)
Inks
Harry Francis Campbell (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It is the year 2009 A.D.!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Jon Linton (scientist); Dr. Kane (Don's teacher); Lisa Kane; Timothy Burke (head of International Secret Service); Eric von Hochwalt (physicist, mention only); Satan Rex (villain, Master of the City of the Mists); Lak Dahl (villain, aide to Satan Rex, acting as a traitor)
Synopsis
Jon and Burke set off to thwart the plan of madman Satan Rex, who seeks to destroy the Earth by throwing it off its orbit, and into the path of the Sun.
Keywords
Ahmn Machin Mountains; City of the Mists; Gobi Desert; Green Mist; Hawks Field; Lak Dahl's Valley; N-Ray; Visigram

Indexer Notes

A continuing story, set in the year 2009 A.D.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

Stranger than Fiction! / text article / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Daniel Webster; Pig-Face Wamba; Philip Fowler; Gussie Merz; Catherine Hood; King George V (also wife and son)

Indexer Notes

A illustrated page of nine surprising and curious facts.

Script credit from Craig Delich.

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

Speed Centaur / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
At their usual meeting place...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Speed Centaur; Reel McCoy; Prince John of Avon; The Ten Knights of Doom (villains); Prince John's Uncle (villain, mention only)
Synopsis
After mopping up crime in the "City of Rackets," Speed decides to take a well deserved vacation. With Reel, he explores a cave beyond the one he uses as a base of operations and which carries them back in time. As they travel down a road, they are challenged to do battle with Ten Knights of Doom.
Keywords
Nob Nose Mountain

Indexer Notes

To be continued.

Script credit revised from Kildale to ? by Craig Delich.

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

Adam the Atom-Smasher / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Fred Schwab
Inks
Fred Schwab
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
An atom?
Genre
humor
Characters
Adam [Smasher]; on-looker
Synopsis
A scientist invents a super atom bombarder which can harness the energy of 10,000,000,000,000,000 atoms per second and will cause the Earth to spin around 1400 times faster, causing one day to pass every minute. The ignoramus the scientist is explaining this to doesn't really understand the concept but wonders what effect the device will have on people.

Indexer Notes

Continued next issue.

Act Now On This Bargain Offer. (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Fantom of the Fair
  2. 1. Meet the Artist Who Draws "Speed Centaur"
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Amazing Man
  4. 3. ["She'll be a slave driver!"]
    The Fantom of the Fair
  5. 4. ["I realize now, that it is Dorian, whom you really care for..."]
    Daredevil Barry Finn
  6. 5. ["While cruising near the planet Venus..."]
    Space Patrol
  7. 6. The Hidden Empire (Part 4)
    Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Looking Over Your Magazines
  9. 8. ["It is the year 2009 A.D.!"]
    John Linton, Flyer Scientist, Adventurer
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Stranger than Fiction!
  11. 10. ["At their usual meeting place..."]
    Speed Centaur
  12. 11. ["An atom?"]
    Adam the Atom-Smasher
  13. 12. Act Now On This Bargain Offer.
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
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  • Tony R. Rose
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  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
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