(January 1940)

Fiction House, 1940 Series
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Volume
?
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
every other month
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Love Romances Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
Fiction House Magazines
Editing
Malcolm Reiss (Editor); William E. Eisner (Art Director); S. M. Iger (Feature Editor)
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

The One-Eyed Monsters of Mars (Table of Contents)

Flint Baker / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Lou Fine
Inks
Lou Fine
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Flint Baker
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Lou Fine cover pencil and ink credits confirmed by one-time owner of the original art, Roger Hill, and confirmed to him by a conversation he had with Will Eisner (5 January 2010).

Read About This Amazing Free Offer (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The One-Eyed Monster Men from Mars (Table of Contents: 2)

The Planetary Adventures of Flint Baker / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

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

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Fletcher "Flint" Baker (introduction, origin); Harry Parks (freed convict, introduction); Phil Godwin (freed convict, introduction); Cliff Grant (freed convict, introduction, death); Mimi Wilson (New York Globe reporter, introduction); King of Mars [aka the Ruler of Ru] (introduction); Princess Viga (the King's daughter, introduction); Sarko (villain, introduction, death); Sarko's monster horde (villains, many die)
Synopsis
Flint has completed the rocket ship begun by his father and is ready to take off for Mars, but first has three prison convicts freed to serve as his crew. They land on Mars and find the corpse of a former explorer, who leaves a letter warning anyone finding his note to stay away from the dark side of Mars.
Reprints
Keywords
New York Globe

Indexer Notes

Script credit by Craig Delich. The Who's Who indicates that Briefer wrote this feature when he illustrated it, and no information extant suggests that he didn't.

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

Auro Lord of Jupiter / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Malcolm Kildale
Inks
Malcolm Kildale
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Early in the twenty-first century, a cruise ship...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Auro [Hardwich] (introduction, origin); Tara (pet saber-tooth tiger); Professor John Hardwich (Auro's father, introduction, death); Mrs. John Hardwich (Auro's mother, introduction, death); Martha Gale (an assistant pilot, introduiction); King of Neptune (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
After a rocket ship crash that kills his parents, Auro is raised by a saber-tooth tiger. He is approached by a young woman named Martha to help save her friends who have been taken as slaves by the fiendish ruler of Neptune.
Reprints
Keywords
Neptune

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

The Red Comet / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Ken Jackson (signed)
Pencils
? [as Ken Jackson] (signed)
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hurtling through space with the speed of light...
Genre
fantasy-supernatural; science fiction
Characters
The Red Comet (introduction); un-named Police Captain (introduction); The Munitions King [J.G.] (villain, introduction, death); Munition King's war-profiteers (villains, introduction for all, all die)
Synopsis
While the public is amazed and elated that no crimes have been committed for two weeks, the Police feel that their jobs are less secure because of the crime busting activities of the Red Comet. His magical powers seem to draw him like a magnet to the criminal element, and he has rounded them up with amazing speed, taking each to a different uninhabited but inhabitable planet in the universe and dropping them off to fend for themselves.
Reprints
Keywords
The Star

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from ? to Jackson by Craig Delich, indicated by the Who's Who.

Inker revision from Ken Jackson to ? by Craig Delich. The Who's Who indicates that Jackson only penciled the feature in 1940 (so did Alex Blum) and there is no evidence elsewhere to contradict this.

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

Captain Nelson Cole of the Solar Force / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Alex Blum [as Alex Boon] (signed)
Inks
Alex Blum [as Alex Boon] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Sudden danger threatens the inhabitants of the solar...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Captain Nelson Cole (introduction); Bud (Cole's sidekick, introduction); unnamed President of the Solar Congress; Zan (villain, dictator of Volcus, introduction); Zan's woman (villain, introduction); Zan's Army of robots (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
The loss of several Solar Ships forces the President of the Solar Congress to appoint Captain Cole to lead a force against the enemies from outer space. They are captured and the dictator, Zan, intends to turn them into dehumanized robots.
Reprints
Keywords
Cosmic Ships; Dynogetic Gas; Planet Volcus

The War Lords of the Moon (Table of Contents: 6)

Spurt Hammond, Planet Flyer / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Spurt Hammond (introduction); The Lunerzons (villains, women warriors, introduction for all); The Mooniacs (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
Spurt and his companions must fend off the attacks of the Luzerons, who occupy the polar regions of the Moon, and who are in the business of robbing interplanetary transports.
Reprints
Keywords
Moon

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

Buzz Crandall and the Space Patrol / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Crossing through space in their atom-powered ship, Buzz...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Buzz Crandall (introduction); Dr. Curan (scientist, introduction); Nancy Curan (Dr. Curan's daughter, introduction); The Sharkmen (villains, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Buzz and his crew must face the Sharkmen, semi-intelligent living under the murky waters of Neptune, who have captured Dr. Curan and other members of his Neptune expedition.
Reprints
Keywords
Neptune

Indexer Notes

Possible artists for this strip in 1940 include Nick Cardy, Gene Fawcette, and Charles Sultan.

The Man Who Stole a World! (Table of Contents: 8)

Quorak, Space Pirate / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Alvin Charles [as Albert Charles] (signed)
Inks
Alvin Charles [as Albert Charles] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Quorak (villain, Earth scientist, introduction); Lt. Gary Blake (introduction); Dean (astronomer, introduction); Joan Perry (introduction, radio operator, only appearance); unnamed World President (introduction)
Synopsis
A former Earth scientist takes up residence on a far distant planetoid, and threatens to rule the universe and destroy all traces of civilization. His forst target is the Planet Pluto, which he attempts to pull from its orbit by a strange infra-red ray invention of his.
Reprints
Keywords
India; Planet Pluto; Planetoid Spectremus; year 2000 A.D.

Indexer Notes

Art credits added by Craig Delich, credited in the Who's Who.

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

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

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

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The One-Eyed Monsters of Mars
    Flint Baker
  2. 1. Read About This Amazing Free Offer
  3. 2. The One-Eyed Monster Men from Mars
    The Planetary Adventures of Flint Baker
  4. 3. ["Early in the twenty-first century, a cruise ship..."]
    Auro Lord of Jupiter
  5. 4. ["Hurtling through space with the speed of light..."]
    The Red Comet
  6. 5. ["Sudden danger threatens the inhabitants of the solar..."]
    Captain Nelson Cole of the Solar Force
  7. 6. The War Lords of the Moon
    Spurt Hammond, Planet Flyer
  8. 7. ["Crossing through space in their atom-powered ship, Buzz..."]
    Buzz Crandall and the Space Patrol
  9. 8. The Man Who Stole a World!
    Quorak, Space Pirate
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Merlin Haas
  • Jim Stangas
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Mitchell Maglio
  • Ralf Haring
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.