(December 1939)

Centaur, 1938 Series
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Volume
2
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1939-10-27
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Centaur Publications, Inc.
Editing
?
Color
color cover; color interior
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was on-going series

Issue Notes

December, 1939. Vol. 2, Number 12. KEEN DETECTIVE FUNNIES is published monthly by Centaur Publications, Inc., 420 De Soto Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri, Editorial and Executive Offices: 220 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y. Entered as second class matter at the Post Office at St. Louis, Mo. Single copies 10c. Yearly subscription $1.00 in the U.S.A. (other countries $1.50). Copyright 1939 by Centaur publications, Inc. Contents must not be reproduced without permission. No actual person is named or delineated in this fiction magazine. 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 4. Second class periodical. Copyright number 435460.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Jerry O'Keefe / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Frank Frollo (signed)
Inks
Frank Frollo (signed)
Colors
?

Genre
detective-mystery

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

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

[Four Gangs against the Masked Marvel] (Table of Contents: 2)

Masked Marvel / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ben Thompson (signed)
Inks
Ben Thompson (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery; superhero
Characters
Masked Marvel; ZR; ZY; ZL (dies); Anton Roche (villain)
Synopsis
Anton Roche, previously captured by the Masked Marvel, is freed from police custody by three rival gang leaders. They fear the Masked Marvel and want Roche to lead them in capturing him. The gang leaders sell each other out, planning simultaneous crimes. The police ask the Masked Marvel to have one of his men lead a police detachment at the site of each crime. All three of the gang leaders are captured, but ZL is killed in the fighting. The leaders reveal Roche's location, and the Masked Marvel captures him and dumps him out of an airplane with a parachute over the state penitentiary.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

ZL was mostly bald, which was rather unusual for a Mystery Man, even an assistant one.

[The Countess Who Feared Radio] (Table of Contents: 3)

Spark O'Leary / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Charles Pearson [as Chas. Pearson] (signed)
Inks
Charles Pearson [as Chas. Pearson] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Spark O'Leary; Drusilla Melick (villain)
Synopsis
Spark sees the Countess de Rossini at a ball with a huge diamond, but she refuses to speak on the radio for him, even after her diamond is stolen. He manages to capture a bit of her tale of the crime on his microphone before she notices him, and a friend of the Countess calls in to say that the woman she heard on the radio did not sound anything like Countess de Rossini. She is revealed to be blackmailer Drusilla Melick, who confesses when confronted with the truth.

[The Fiend's Organ of Destruction] (Table of Contents: 4)

Dan Dennis, F.B.I. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Sam Gilman [as Gilman] (signed)
Pencils
Sam Gilman [as Gilman] (signed)
Inks
Sam Gilman [as Gilman] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Dan Dennis; Tick; Inspector Teague; The Fiend (villain)
Synopsis
The Fiend, previously captured and now in an asylum cell, still holds the secret of his musical organ of destruction. Dennis strikes a deal with the Fiend, exchanging the plans for leniency, but while police escort the Fiend to his hide-out other criminals intercept them and capture the Fiend themselves. The get the plans but are paralyzed when the Fiend demonstrates the organ for them. Just then, Dennis arrives, distracts the Fiend with ventriloquism, and uses the organ against its creator. Inspector Teague arrives to find Dennis waiting for him with the paralyzed criminals.

Indexer Notes

Pgs 1, 3-4 and 6 are red/black duotone, while pages 2 and 5 are black and white.

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

Comicrimes / activity / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Max Neill (signed)
Inks
Max Neill (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery

Indexer Notes

Each page has one or more puzzles setting up the circumstances of several crimes and asking the reader to work out how the crimes were done. The answers are printed upside-down in the bottom left-hand corner of each page.

Foggy Night, Part II (Table of Contents: 6)

Jerry O'Keefe / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Frollo [as Frollo] (signed)
Pencils
Frank Frollo [as Frollo] (signed)
Inks
Frank Frollo [as Frollo] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Jerry O'Keefe; Shorty
Synopsis
O'Keefe, a state trooper, gets into trouble with several smugglers. They've already captured his friend Shorty and take them both to their cabin hideout. They manage to escape. Because of concealing fog, the smugglers can't see them. But Jerry can see the head smuggler backlit by the light of the cabin and shoots him, allowing Shorty to get free and bring the police.

Indexer Notes

Pages 1, 3-4 and 6 are red/black duotone, while pages 2 and 5 are black and white.

Fair Exchange (Table of Contents: 7)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Sam Gilman (credited)
Pencils
Sam Gilman (credited)
Inks
Sam Gilman (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
Pickpocket gang leader Slim Anderson complains that his three boys aren't bringing in enough loot and that all of the "hicks" in town for the World's Fair should be easy pickings. The boys claim that things have gotten a lot harder because the papers have played up the danger so much the hicks are onto them. They dare him to try it himself. Later, they seem to have great success with a friendly hick, but when they get back to their hideout, they find out the hick was Slim himself, who stole all of their belongings while he let them steal his!

Indexer Notes

There are illustrations of the pickpockets on each page of the text story.

The Doctor's Revenge (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Claire S. Moe [as Clair S. Moe](signed)
Pencils
Claire S. Moe [as Clair S. Moe](signed)
Inks
Claire S. Moe [as Clair S. Moe](signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
crime
Synopsis
A respected doctor is abducted by gangsters just as his son heads off to medical school. The doctor is forced to do reconstructive surgery on the gangsters' boss to help him hide. He loses his practice as a result of accusations that he is protecting criminals, so he fakes his death and when his son tries to avenge him, he reveals himself and poisons the gangster who started it all. Father and son are happily reunited in the end.

Indexer Notes

Pages 1, 3-4 and 6 are red/black duotone while pages 2 and 5 are black and white.

There is no "e" in "Clair" in the signature, although her name is written with the "e" in Jerry Bails' Who's Who, which confirms the script credit.

Lesson #3 (Table of Contents: 9)

How to be an Amateur G-Man! / activity / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction; detective-mystery
Synopsis
Various bits of information about fingerprints, invisible ink, the history of the F.B.I., J. Edgar Hoover, the words "cop" and "g-man," crime statistics, costs to the American public, and even some bits explaining the difference between what real crime-fighting is like versus what goes on in comic books. Some items are questions that will be answered in lesson #4, and some are answers from questions asked in lesson #2.

The Devil-God Murder Cases (Table of Contents: 10)

Detective Degan / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Charles Pearson [as Chas. Pearson] (signed)
Inks
Charles Pearson [as Chas. Pearson] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
John Degan; Li Wan (villain)
Synopsis
Two mysterious murders lead John Degan to look into a large bronze idol retrieved by an expedition to Tibet that included both victims. When he sees blood and bullet marks on the idol, he consults Chinese scholar Li Wan, who explains that a high priest in a trance could animate the statue. Later, Degan wonders why Li Wan knew so much and returns to find him in a trance controlling the idol. Li Wan's guards fight Degan, but he dodges a hatchet that one guard throws which then strikes Li Wan in the head, killing him.

Indexer Notes

Pages 1 and 3-4 are black/red duotone while pages 2 and 5 are black and white.

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

Junior Detective / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
There's a new kid in town
Genre
humor; detective-mystery

Indexer Notes

red/black duotone

Script credit suggested by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

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

The Eye Sees / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
How did work go today, daughter?
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Eye (introduction); Ann Matte (Matte's daughter); E. D. Mattes (wealthy trader); Talu (Ann's old teacher); Islam Herat (villain); Herat's gang (villains, all die)
Synopsis
Formerly wealthy trader E. D. Mattes and his daughter Ann have been exiled from their home in Afghanistan by Islam Herat, who took over Mattes's business. In New York, Mattes laments that Ann must work and he has nothing left but her.The Eye appears and tells Mattes that if he obeys, all things are possible. Herat plots the death of Mattes so he can capture Ann. The Eye intercepts his assassins in their airplane and blows them out of the sky. Mattes pretends to be his own ghost to get Herat to confess.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

No origin or explanation is given for the Eye, and whatever Talu might have told Ann is unrevealed.

Script credit suggested by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

The Case of the Whispering Light (Table of Contents: 13)

Dean Denton, Scientific Detective / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Dean Denton; Carol; The Conquerer (villain)
Synopsis
A movie star disciple of a new seer called Astra is murdered. Dean realizes that the "magic" crystal balls given to Astra's wealthiest disciples are only loudspeakers controlled through beams of light. He and Carol go to Astra's "Temple of Light." He recognizes the voice of "Astra" as belonging to his old enemy the Conqueror. Denton is captured, and Carol causes a distraction, allowing him to escape. He broadcasts the truth to the remaining followers of Astra, which lures the Conqueror to the station. Denton gets the drop on the Conquerer when he arrives and turns him over to the police.

Indexer Notes

Script credit suggested by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14)

Cop Capers / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Terry Gilkison (signed)
Pencils
Terry Gilkison (signed)
Inks
Terry Gilkison (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction; crime
Synopsis
Strange and amusing trivia involving jail sentences and criminal behaviors around the world.

Indexer Notes

Script credit suggested by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

This Beautiful Desk for $1.00 (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

Remington Noiseless Deluxe Portable Typewriter / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

Johnson Smith & Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Jerry O'Keefe
  2. 1. Uncle Joe's Christmas Treat: Free Gifts for All
  3. 2. [Four Gangs against the Masked Marvel]
    Masked Marvel
  4. 3. [The Countess Who Feared Radio]
    Spark O'Leary
  5. 4. [The Fiend's Organ of Destruction]
    Dan Dennis, F.B.I.
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Comicrimes
  7. 6. Foggy Night, Part II
    Jerry O'Keefe
  8. 7. Fair Exchange
  9. 8. The Doctor's Revenge
  10. 9. Lesson #3
    How to be an Amateur G-Man!
  11. 10. The Devil-God Murder Cases
    Detective Degan
  12. 11. ["There's a new kid in town"]
    Junior Detective
  13. 12. ["How did work go today, daughter?"]
    The Eye Sees
  14. 13. The Case of the Whispering Light
    Dean Denton, Scientific Detective
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Cop Capers
  16. 15. This Beautiful Desk for $1.00
    Remington Noiseless Deluxe Portable Typewriter
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
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