(January 1940)

Centaur, 1938 Series
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Volume
3
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
?
On-sale Date
1939-12-07
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Centaur Publications, Inc.
Editing
Lloyd Jacquet (credited) (editor); Joe Hardie (credited as Uncle Joe) (editor)

Issue Notes

January, 1940. Vol. 3, Number 1. AMAZING MYSTERY FUNNIES is published monthly by Centaur Publications, Inc., 420 De Soto Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri, Editorial and Executive offices: 215 Fourth Avenue, New York, N. Y.

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 441345.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Inks
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Fantom of the Fair
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Original indexer listed art credits as Robert Butts but is signed Gustavson.

Art credits verified by Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.

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

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
No. Grimes!! I won't sell the coal mines
Genre
superhero
Characters
Fantom of the Fair; Grimes; Carlton; Lefty; Hank
Synopsis
Grimes hires Lefty and Hank to sabotage Carlton's coal mine with dynamite blasts but the Fantom uncovers the culprits.
Reprints
Keywords
coal mines

Indexer Notes

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

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

Daredevil Barry Finn / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Tarpé Mills
Pencils
Tarpé Mills (signed)
Inks
Tarpé Mills
Colors
?
Letters
Tarpé Mills ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
H-mm--looks pretty bad
Genre
adventure
Characters
Barry Finn; Frogga; Dacia Zaroff; Fritz von Heim; Ogden Cadman Jr.
Synopsis
Dacia convinces von Heim to assault American ships with his submarine in order to boost his munitions manufacturing. Barry Finn encounters the submarine after Frogga wrecks its periscope but Dacia escapes.
Keywords
Columbia; submarine

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

Inner Circle / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Lochlan Field
Pencils
Lochlan Field (signed)
Inks
Lochlan Field
Colors
?
Letters
Lochlan Field ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Podin' me guv'nor
Genre
adventure
Characters
Inner Circle [Murdoch; Carlos; Swede; Colonel Rogers]; Pepe
Synopsis
Agent Murdoch discovers the Itorian secret society the Blue Hand are carrying out a wave of bombings in London. The Inner Circle raises a fighting forces of thirty men to invade Itoria and capture the Blue Hand's leaders.
Keywords
Blue Hand; Itoria; London

Indexer Notes

The Blue Hand and Itoria are obvious stand-ins for the real-life Black Hand and Italy.

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

Tippy Taylor on Fantasy Isle / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A fortune teller told me that I was going on a long trip soon
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Tippy Taylor; Hunk O'Clay; Mr. Doaks
Synopsis
Tippy and his pilot Hunk head towards Borneo to report on a typhoon but the storm crashes their plane. Washed up on the island of Phantasy, Tippy encounters dinosaurs and meets an old inventor who has built synthetic robots but needs special elements to bring them to life. Tippy begins the search in Tinilonia, a land where Tippy's height makes him a giant to the locals.
Keywords
Borneo; California; dinosaurs; Metropolis; Metropolitan Times; Phantasy; robots; Tinilonia; typhoon

Indexer Notes

Art is heavily inspired by Roy Crane.

The False Mask (Table of Contents: 5)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Ray Gill (signed)
Pencils
Sam Gilman (signed illo)
Inks
Sam Gilman
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Faces Jeffre
Synopsis
The criminal Faces Jeffre is a master of disguise but is found out by a grocery clerk who realizes Faces is far too precise in relaying information.
Keywords
New Jersey

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

Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Moore ?
Pencils
Carl Pfeufer ?
Inks
Carl Pfeufer ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
While waiting for Lugoff
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Don Dixon
Reprints
  • from Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire Sunday strip (Watkins Syndicate) xxxx-xx-xx - xxxx-xx-xx

Indexer Notes

Art credits from features appearance in Dell's The Funnies

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

The Bullet / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Ralph Butts
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The story opens in Dr. Vernon's hanger, where a sleek, bullet-like ship rests
Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
Craig Stewart; Khan; Dr. Raymond Vernon; Cole Hammond; Carlos Espada (dies); Captain de Cortez
Synopsis
After Dr. Vernon gives him the Bullet, an advanced plane, Stewart goes to Novania with his valet Khan to help his friend Hammond fend off a coup led by Carlos Espada. Stewart pilots the Bullet in an aerial battle against Espada and drives Espada's plane to a fiery end.
Keywords
Central America; Costa Nova; Novania; The Bullet

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

Jon Linton / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You don't mean that 'Satan-Rex' and this Eric Von Hochwalt are the same man?
Genre
science fiction; adventure
Characters
Jon Linton; Professor Kane; Burke; Lisa; Satan-Rex [Erich von Hochwalt]; Lak Dahl (dies); Lin-Yan
Synopsis
Lak Dahl dies after helping Jon. Satan-Rex captures Jon and his friends and brings them to the City of the Mists. Satan-Rex demands Jon become his ally and Jon agrees.
Keywords
Ahmn Machin mountain; Alaska; City of the Mists; iota-ray; rocket ship; Tibet

[Sir Basil Zaharoff] (Table of Contents: 9)

Stranger than Fiction / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
non-fiction
Reprints
  • from Stranger Than Fiction Sundays (Watkins Syndicate) xxxx-xx-xx

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

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Prince Albert - I have a plan that will regain your throne
Genre
fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters
Speed Centaur; Reel McCoy; Prince Albert of Avon; Sir Morbid (dies); Knights of Doom; Tweeps; Sir Wrechard
Synopsis
Speed and Reel help Prince Albert against his uncle Sir Morbid. Speed Centaur ends Morbid's threat by kicking over the entire mountain on which his castle rests.
Keywords
Avon

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

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Wow!! Adam's gadget is causing the Earth to spin at terrific speed!!
Genre
humor
Characters
Adam
Synopsis
Adam uses his super-sensitive molecule magnet to put the Earth back in order but accidentally returns people to the wrong parts of the world as cannibals invade his lab.
Keywords
cannibals; super-sensitive molecule magnet
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Fantom of the Fair
  2. 1. ["No. Grimes!! I won't sell the coal mines"]
    Fantom of the Fair
  3. 2. ["H-mm--looks pretty bad"]
    Daredevil Barry Finn
  4. 3. ["Podin' me guv'nor"]
    Inner Circle
  5. 4. ["A fortune teller told me that I was going on a long trip soon"]
    Tippy Taylor on Fantasy Isle
  6. 5. The False Mask
  7. 6. ["While waiting for Lugoff"]
    Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire
  8. 7. ["The story opens in Dr. Vernon's hanger, where a sleek, bullet-like ship rests"]
    The Bullet
  9. 8. ["You don't mean that 'Satan-Rex' and this Eric Von Hochwalt are the same man?"]
    Jon Linton
  10. 9. [Sir Basil Zaharoff]
    Stranger than Fiction
  11. 10. ["Prince Albert - I have a plan that will regain your throne"]
    Speed Centaur
  12. 11. ["Wow!! Adam's gadget is causing the Earth to spin at terrific speed!!"]
    Adam the Atom Smasher
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