(December 1939)

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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1939-10-31
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
Editing
Oskar Lebeck; George T. Delacorte, Jr. [as G. T. Delacorte, Jr.] (president); Helen Meyer [as H. Meyer] (vice-president); J. Fred Henry (vice-president); Margarita Delacorte (secretary)
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

Contents copyright, 1938, by Bell Syndicate, Inc.; 1938, 1939 by NEA, Inc.; 1939 by Stephen Slesinger; 1939 by R. S. Callender; 1939 by Phillips Lord, Inc.; 1939 by Stephen Slesinger, Inc.

The on-sale date is from the publication date recorded in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, 1940, New Series, Vol. 35, No. 3.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Masked Pilot / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Al McWilliams [as AMcW] (signed)
Inks
Al McWilliams [as AMcW] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
The Black Phantom

Winners of the August Popular Comics Contest (Table of Contents: 1)

text article / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (photos)
Inks
? (photos)
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

On inside front cover in black, white and red.

Winners of July Contest (Table of Contents: 2)

text article / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

On inside front cover in black and white.

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

Toby / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Stan] (credited)
Pencils
? [as Stan] (credited)
Inks
? [as Stan] (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Once more - A-B-C-D-E
Genre
adventure; humor
Characters
Toby; Oomog; Booey; Titus Wad (first appearance)

Push-Button Railroading (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

The Lionel Corporation / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Winners of the July Popularity Poll (Table of Contents: 5)

text article / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

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

Herky / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Clyde Lewis (credited)
Pencils
Clyde Lewis (credited)
Inks
Clyde Lewis (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
What are ya pickin th' weeds for, Dinny?
Genre
humor
Characters
Herky; Dinny
Reprints
  • from Herky Sunday (NEA Service, Inc.) 1938

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

Martan the Marvel Man / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
G. Ellerbrock (credited)
Pencils
William Kent (credited)
Inks
William Kent (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Far off in space on the planet Antaclea
Genre
adventure; science fiction
Characters
Martan the Marvel Man (first appearance, origin); Vana (first appearance, origin)

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

The Hurricane Kids / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Albert Hartje (credited)
Pencils
Will Ely (credited)
Inks
Will Ely (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Listen, Alan, how about setting out on a real trip
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
The Hurricane Kids [Alan Burnham; Dave Burnham]; Maya (first appearance); Omu (first appearance)

Indexer Notes

Maya and Omu are named in Popular Comics #47.

["Well, Herky, what do you think of your new sister by this time?] (Table of Contents: 9)

Herky / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Clyde Lewis (credited)
Pencils
Clyde Lewis (credited)
Inks
Clyde Lewis (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor
Characters
Herky; Honey; Herky's mother
Synopsis
Herky's mother asks him what he really thinks of his baby sister.
Reprints
  • from Herky Sunday (NEA Service, Inc.) 1938

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

Gang Busters / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Al McWilliams [as A. McWilliams] (signed)
Inks
Al McWilliams [as A. McWilliams] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
At exactly 12 o'clock noon
Genre
crime
Characters
John Winston (first appearance); Pete Baxter (first appearance); Tony Carter (first appearance); The Red Hood Gang [Dutch Orlando (villain); Kid Grant (villain); Spike Morganti (villain, death)]
Reprints

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

Herky / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Clyde Lewis (credited)
Pencils
Clyde Lewis (credited)
Inks
Clyde Lewis (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
He's off!! Ol' Doc Stork is on his way...
Genre
humor
Characters
Herky; Herky's father
Synopsis
Herky finds out he just got a baby sister.
Reprints
  • from Herky Sunday (NEA Service, Inc.) 1938

The Mystery of Mr. Wong [Part 4] (Table of Contents: 12)

Mr. Wong / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Tom Hickey (signed)
Inks
Tom Hickey (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Mr. Wong; Sgt. Street; Officer Flaherty; Officer Morgan; Professor Janney (villain); Valerie Edwards; Peter Harrison; Count Alexis Petrovitch [as Ivan Strogonoff] (identity revealed); Sing; Mr. Carslake
Synopsis
Professor Janney is revealed as the murderer.

Indexer Notes

An adaptation of the Monogram Pictures movie - Boris Karloff in "The Mystery of Mr. Wong."

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

Bronc Peeler / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Fred Harman (credited)
Pencils
Fred Harman (signed)
Inks
Fred Harman (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
This sign will attract these money hungry cowboys!
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Bronc Peeler; Pete [also as Coyote Pete]; Wheezie; Bullneck the Terrible

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

Masked Pilot / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bob Jenney (credited)
Inks
Bob Jenney (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
At a conference of high aviation officials
Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
The Masked Pilot; Tom; The Black Phantom (villain)
Synopsis
The Masked Pilot battles the Black Phantom.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 15)

Shark Egan / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Shark Egan has just finished a dicker with Mai Ti
Genre
adventure; historical
Characters
Shark Egan; Ace O'Doul; Mary McDermot; Kanaka Lew; Captain Mai Ti; Angkar; One-Eye Wendel [J. Wendel]; Grampus; Mr. Grype (villain); Koye (villain); Red Mack (villain)

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

Tailspin Tommy / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Hal Forrest (credited)
Pencils
Hal Forrest (credited)
Inks
Hal Forrest (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I have found in this valley potassium deposits of unusually rich properties
Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
Tailspin Tommy [Tommy Tomkins]; Skeets Milligan; Betty Lou Barnes; Paul Smith; Professor Otto Bumgartner; Miss Stanley; Mrs. Wilson; Jeems; Mr. Plotz; Mr. Trevor; Slade; Mr. Dunforth
Reprints
  • from Tailspin Tommy Sunday (The Bell Syndicate, Inc.) 1938

Penguin Pete at the Luna Park (Table of Contents: 17)

Penguin Pete / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Win Smith (credited)
Pencils
Win Smith (signed)
Inks
Win Smith (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Penguin Pete; Pudgie; Wilbur (a pig)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18)

The Comic Zoo / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
George Scarbo (signed)
Inks
George Scarbo (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Oh lookit, Billy, there's Charlie Kangaroo!!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Rudy; Billy; Charlie Kangaroo

Indexer Notes

Signed in last panel. You can only read part of the "g" and the "e" from George, and the "rbo" from Scarbo. The "o" is stylized with a vertical line going above and below the "o."

[Miscellaneous Advertisements] (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 20)

Captain Tornado / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Kenneth Kennedy] (credited)
Pencils
Newt Alfred ?
Inks
Newt Alfred ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Captain Tornado, Professor Bordani and his daughter Jane are risking their lives
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Captain Tornado (first appearance); Professor Bordani (first appearance); Jane Bordani (first appearance)

Indexer Notes

According to Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr., Hames Ware identified Newt Alfred as the artist for the story in Popular Comics #49. The art in this story looks very similar to the art in that story, especially the silhouettes of Jane on the first page in each story.

Calling All Boys - and Girls! Be a Gang Buster! (Table of Contents: 21)

Popular Comics Gang Buster Contest / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Indexer Notes

On inside back cover in black, white and red.

Boys, Girls! (Table of Contents: 22) (Expand) /

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Masked Pilot
  2. 1. Winners of the August Popular Comics Contest
  3. 2. Winners of July Contest
  4. 3. ["Once more - A-B-C-D-E"]
    Toby
  5. 4. Push-Button Railroading
    The Lionel Corporation
  6. 5. Winners of the July Popularity Poll
  7. 6. ["What are ya pickin th' weeds for, Dinny?"]
    Herky
  8. 7. ["Far off in space on the planet Antaclea"]
    Martan the Marvel Man
  9. 8. ["Listen, Alan, how about setting out on a real trip"]
    The Hurricane Kids
  10. 9. ["Well, Herky, what do you think of your new sister by this time?]
    Herky
  11. 10. ["At exactly 12 o'clock noon"]
    Gang Busters
  12. 11. ["He's off!! Ol' Doc Stork is on his way..."]
    Herky
  13. 12. The Mystery of Mr. Wong [Part 4]
    Mr. Wong
  14. 13. ["This sign will attract these money hungry cowboys!"]
    Bronc Peeler
  15. 14. ["At a conference of high aviation officials"]
    Masked Pilot
  16. 15. ["Shark Egan has just finished a dicker with Mai Ti"]
    Shark Egan
  17. 16. ["I have found in this valley potassium deposits of unusually rich properties"]
    Tailspin Tommy
  18. 17. Penguin Pete at the Luna Park
    Penguin Pete
  19. 18. ["Oh lookit, Billy, there's Charlie Kangaroo!!"]
    The Comic Zoo
  20. 19. [Miscellaneous Advertisements]
  21. 20. ["Captain Tornado, Professor Bordani and his daughter Jane are risking their lives"]
    Captain Tornado
  22. 21. Calling All Boys - and Girls! Be a Gang Buster!
    Popular Comics Gang Buster Contest
  23. 22. Boys, Girls!
    Johnson Smith & Co.
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