(January 1940)

Fiction House, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
every other month
On-sale Date
1939-10-06
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Glen Kel Publishing Co., Inc.
Editing
Malcolm Reiss (editor)

Issue Notes

On sale date from the publication date found at the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 35, January-December 1940, Numbers 1-4. Second class permit. Copyright number 432186.

Prey of the Slavers (Table of Contents)

Kaänga / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Lou Fine
Inks
Lou Fine
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
jungle
Characters
Käanga
Reprints

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

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

Prey of the Slavers (Table of Contents: 2)

Kaänga / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Alex Blum (under house name Alex Boon)
Inks
Alex Blum (under house name Alex Boon)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Kaänga, mysterious white man of the jungle, is...
Genre
jungle
Characters
Kaänga (introduction and origin); Ann Mason (introduction and origin); Prof. Mason (death; Ann's father)(introduction, death); Bill Blacton (villain, introduction, death); Slattery
Synopsis
Kaänga rescues Ann from the slaver, Blacton, and tells her how he came to live in the jungle.
Keywords
apemen; safaris; slave auctions; slavers; stereotyping of African natives

Indexer Notes

The diaeresis (the two dots over the letter "a") in Kaänga's name are not placed consistently between the story and the cover.

Kaänga appeared previously in Fiction House's JUNGLE STORIES pulp; The story title is taken from the cover blurb.

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

White Panther / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Taylor Martin (signed)
Inks
Taylor Martin (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In a ruined city deep in the jungle...
Genre
jungle
Characters
The White Panther (introduction and origin); White Panther's father (introduction); Dr. White (introduction); Dr. White's daughter (introduction); Professor Zaroff (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
The White Panther is dispatched by his father to help Dr. White recover curative gems and to protect the Whites from Zaroff, an unethical competitor.
Keywords
cannibals; caverns; stereotyping of African natives

Indexer Notes

Signed by "Taylor Martin" and since several of the artists involved did sign their names to their features in this first issue, we'll guess Martin.

The Slave Raiders (Table of Contents: 4)

Tabu, Wizard of the Jungle / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Fletcher Hanks (credited as Henry Fletcher) (signed)
Pencils
Fletcher Hanks (credited as Henry Fletcher) (signed)
Inks
Fletcher Hanks (credited as Henry Fletcher) (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Fletcher Hanks

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Deep in the heart of the jungle reigns a man with a sixth sense...
Genre
jungle
Characters
Tabu (introduction and origin); witch doctor (introduction); a band of slavers (villains, introduction, death)
Synopsis
In return for rescuing a witch doctor, Tabu is given a "six sense" and amazing powers which he uses to combat evil and injustice in the jungle. He tracks and defeats a group of slave raiders, terrorizing them with his powers and attacks by obedient animals, finally transforming himself into a "tree-vine" and crushing them to death.
Reprints
Keywords
slavers

Indexer Notes

Spelled "Taboo" on cover.

Story title taken from cover.

Queen of the Lost Empire (Table of Contents: 5)

Camilla / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Chuck Winter (signed as C. A. W.)
Inks
Chuck Winter (signed as C. A. W.)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The young scientist, Jon Dale, seeks a lost civilization in Africa...
Genre
jungle
Characters
Camilla (introduction and origin); Jon Dale (introduction); Dr. Birch (introduction); Ruth Birch (introduction); Omar (tiger)
Synopsis
Explorer Jon Dale discovers a lost city in the jungle, ruled by Queen Camilla. Daily human sacrifices are necessary for Camilla and her people to retain their immortality. Jon stops the sacrifice of a captured scientist's daughter and the people of the city, including Camilla, perish.
Keywords
human sacrifice; immortality; lost civilizations

Indexer Notes

The story title is taken from the cover blurb.

This story is re-worked and re-told in the next issue.

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

Captain Terry Thunder of the Congo Lancers / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Art Peddy (signed as Art Peters)
Inks
Art Peddy (signed as Art Peters)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Deep in the African jungles, overlooking the headwaters of the river used by the slave trade...
Genre
jungle
Characters
Captain Terry Thunder (introduction and origin); the Congo Lancers [Kerrigan; Doyle; Red] (introduction and origin); a band of slavers (introduction, villains)
Synopsis
Terry and his lancers are assigned to a fort, deep in the jungle, and are charged with interrupting the slave trade.
Keywords
British army; slavers; slavery; Yambezi garrison

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

Wambi / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Henry Kiefer
Inks
Henry Kiefer
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Wambi, jungle boy, the mysterious denizen of the jungle tree-tops...
Genre
jungle
Characters
Wambi (introduction); Ricco (introduction, villain); Sven (introduction, villain); Tawn (elephant); Kimba (leopard); Balu (leopard)
Synopsis
Gunrunners sell guns to the natives in Wambi's jungle, which they then use to steal gold from local prospectors. Wambi reports the crimes to the local constabulary who defeat the natives.
Keywords
gold panning; gunrunning; rowboats; stereotyping of African natives

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

White Hunters of the African Safari / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
George Wilson (signed as Geo. Wilson)
Inks
George Wilson (signed as Geo. Wilson)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A wealthy Englishman enters a bar-room in Capetown.
Genre
jungle
Characters
Buck (introduction); Rex (introduction); Slim (introduction); Mr. Cog; Mr. Cog's daughter; Ralph
Synopsis
Cog bails out petty criminals Buck, Rex, and Slim to use as overseers of his safari. Cog drives the natives too hard and they rebel. His new overseers manage to rescue him and his daughter.
Keywords
safaris; stereotyping of African natives

Indexer Notes

This is signed George Wilson, so we're inclined to use that as our guess. It's such amateurish stuff that almost anybody could have done it.

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

Simba, King of the Beasts / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
This is the story of Simba, king of...
Genre
animal; jungle
Characters
Simba (lion) (introduction); Slita (lion) (death)
Synopsis
Aging Simba saves the life of his rival, Slita, and then barely manages to prevent being usurped by the younger Slita. Simba concedes his pride Slita and departs.
Keywords
safaris; stereotyping of African natives

[Drums of the Leopard Men] (Table of Contents: 10)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Dick Briefer (signed)
Inks
Dick Briefer (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Dick Briefer ?

Genre
jungle
Characters
Buck Barton (introduction); Marc Vandell (introduction); The Leopard Men (introduction, villains); Zan Markov (introduction, villain, death); Kito
Synopsis
Safari guide Buck Barton infiltrates a leopard cult to rescue his client.
Keywords
leopard cults; safaris; shrunken heads; stereotyping of African natives

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

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Prey of the Slavers
    Kaänga
  2. 1. ["Read about this amazing free offer"]
  3. 2. Prey of the Slavers
    Kaänga
  4. 3. ["In a ruined city deep in the jungle..."]
    White Panther
  5. 4. The Slave Raiders
    Tabu, Wizard of the Jungle
  6. 5. Queen of the Lost Empire
    Camilla
  7. 6. ["Deep in the African jungles, overlooking the headwaters of the river used by the slave trade..."]
    Captain Terry Thunder of the Congo Lancers
  8. 7. ["Wambi, jungle boy, the mysterious denizen of the jungle tree-tops..."]
    Wambi
  9. 8. ["A wealthy Englishman enters a bar-room in Capetown."]
    White Hunters of the African Safari
  10. 9. ["This is the story of Simba, king of..."]
    Simba, King of the Beasts
  11. 10. [Drums of the Leopard Men]
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
  13. 12. ["3 more comic magazines that you'll enjoy like a million --"]
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