Funny Pages #v4#1
(January 1940)

Centaur, 1938 Series
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Volume
4
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1939-11-27
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Centaur Publications Inc.
Editing
Lloyd Jacquet; Joseph J. Hardie (publisher)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Editor/Publisher credits from Statement of Ownership (see sequence #3).

Indicia:
January, 1940. Vol. 4, Number 1. FUNNY PAGES 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. 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 at the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 35, January-December 1940, Numbers 1-4. Class B periodical. Copyright number B 441346.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Arrow / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Paul Gustavson
Inks
Paul Gustavson
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Arrow [Ralph Payne]

Indexer Notes

All Gustavson credits from Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.

Learn to Play Checkers! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

How to Win at Checkers / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Hey Fellas! Here's the Amazing Man! (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

Amazing-Man Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

Statement of Ownership (Table of Contents: 3)

statement of ownership / 0.17 page (report information)

Script
Joseph J. Hardie
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Publisher, Joseph J. Hardie, 220 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y.;
Editor, Lloyd Jacquet, 220 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y.;
Managing Editor, None;
Business Manager, Raymond J. Kelly, 220 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y.
Owner: Centaur Publications, Inc., 220 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y.;
Raymond J. Kelly, 220 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y.;
S. J. Fried, 291 Broadway, New York, N. Y.;
Joseph J. Hardie, 220 Fifth Ave., New York, N. Y.;
E. L. Angel, 220 Fifth Ave., New York, N. Y.
Signed by:
Joseph J. Hardie, Publisher.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 29th day of September, 1939.
Berta M. Holcepl, Notary Public
Kings County Clerk's No. 337, Register's No. 1009? [smudged]
New York County Clerk's No. 15, Register's No. 1H11? [smudged]
Commission expires March 30, 1939
[smudged, but the "3" is clear enough even though that would put the expiration earlier than the date of this document! Perhaps a typo?]

Lower right of inside front cover. Per Frank Motler, E L. Angel is Evangeline Angel, wife of Warren Angel who was the head of Kable News. Therefore Centaur was likely distributed by Kable at this point.

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

Mantoka / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Cole [as Richard Bruce] (signed)
Pencils
Jack Cole [as Richard Bruce] (signed)
Inks
Jack Cole [as Richard Bruce] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
My son, the time has come for your young body to replace this ancient one's!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Mantoka (introduction; origin); Mantoka's father;
Synopsis
Mantoka's father, the tribe shaman, passes his powers on to Mantoka. When the hunters of the tribe start to go missing, Mantoka finds that they have been captured by a white man who is forcing them to work in his mines.
Reprints

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

Egbert / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Art Pinajian
Pencils
Art Pinajian
Inks
Art Pinajian
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hey Pinky- How about a ride, huh?
Genre
humor
Characters
Egbert; Pinky
Synopsis
Egbert gets a sled ride from Pinky.

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

The Arrow / comic story / 6 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
Hello Hans!!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Arrow [Ralph Payne]
Synopsis
The Arrow captures some murdering racketeers.

Indexer Notes

All Gustavson credits verified and courtesy of Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.

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

The Circus and Sue / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Claire S. Moe (signed)
Pencils
Claire S. Moe (signed)
Inks
Claire S. Moe (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Margo has come to Renee again...
Genre
drama
Characters
Sue; Margo; Renee; Andre; Jacques; the Maestro
Keywords
soap opera

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

Phantom Rider / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Cole ?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The boss says to git some of you boys and go out to the buryin' with him...
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Phantom Rider; Sherrif Warder; Blarsted
Synopsis
When Blarsted, the most powerful man in Mesquite, drives out the Sherrif, the Phantom Rider comes to his aid.

Indexer Notes

Art previously attributed to Martin Filchock, but Jim Amash of the Timely-Atlas list spoke with Filchock and confirmed that he never worked on the Phantom Rider nor with Jack Cole. This arguably calls into question the Cole credit as well, which was from the same source (Henry Andrews 2009-03-16).

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

Magic Made Easy / activity / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Make magic your hobby!

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

Uncle Joe's Joke Page / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Martin Filchock (signed)
Inks
Martin Filchock (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Changed
Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

Text jokes, two with illustrations.

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

Mad Ming / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Harold DeLay (signed)
Inks
Harold DeLay (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
G-Man Gene matches wits with Wu Chang, the Mad Ming
Genre
adventure
Characters
Mad Ming [Wu Chang] (introduction); Gene (introduction); Jinny (introduction); Stubs (introduction); Lee (introduction); Sergeant Stone (introduction)
Synopsis
G-Man Gene is called in when Stubs finds a body he thinks is a federal man. Jinny insists on going with him, and they discover an opium smuggling operation. After tracing it to Wu Chang, Jinny steals his papers for evidence. Furious, Wu Chang kidnaps her, but Gene calls in Sgt. Stone and rescues her during a raid.

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

Your Page / activity / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?; Rose Marie Imes; Claude Cook; John Choffey; Roland Santurri Cranston; Thomas Harris; Ethel Arnold; Larry McVay; Thomas Main; Carolton Burchet; Harry Powell; Raymond Fielding; Edwin Jones; Stephen Eugene Piles; Morty Rothenburg; Armstead Hudnell; Meyer Roiter; Jack Grau; Teresa Bilotta; Lenore Hutchings; H. Lasseter; Ann Oustod; Emile Hamel; Jack Malott; Uphouse Tatarunis; Tommy Tomlinson; Joe Miller
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
This is your page- so use it!
Synopsis
Numerous drawings sent in by readers.

Indexer Notes

Readers are invited to send their drawings to Ed Wood, Centaur Publ. Co. 220 Fifth Ave., New York City.

Lesson #13 (Table of Contents: 13)

Cartooning The Perfect Hobby! / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

White Goddess [conclusion] (Table of Contents: 14)

Diana Deane in Hollywood / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure
Characters
Ora [Joan Trevor]; Briny Bill (death); Gary Hale; Zuma (villain; death)
Synopsis
Zuma shoots and kills Briny Bill from a hiding place, cutting short his reunion with Ora. However he falls from his perch and is killed by a gorilla. Gary begins to take Ora, now Joan Trever once more, back to England as Bill wished. But the two have fallen in love, and Joan agrees to go with Gary to America as his bride.

Indexer Notes

From a movie produced by Allan Dorne, directed by Lee Barton and starring Diana Deane as Ora [Joan Trevor].

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

The Owl / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
When crime breaks out, The Owl prowls...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Owl [Jack]; The Owl's father; Zeb Hale (death)
Synopsis
The fastidious librarian in a large southern city is secretly The Owl, who lives with his father in the nearby swamp. The Owl's father lost his legs because of a racketeer and spent his life designing the Owl's flying suit. They track a kidnapping gang to Zeb's farm and the Owl runs their car off a cliff.

Indexer Notes

Neither the Owl nor his father are named in the story. While Filchock generally wrote the stories he illustrated, Jerry Bails' Who's Who specifically lists him as only the artist here (Henry Andrews 2009-03-10).

The Owl's first name was Jack, but his last name was never revealed.

Uncle Joe's Joke Page (Table of Contents: 16)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?

Synopsis
This is a text page filler with two spot illos. The text consists of eight joke dialogues.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

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

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

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Arrow
  2. 1. Learn to Play Checkers!
    How to Win at Checkers
  3. 2. Hey Fellas! Here's the Amazing Man!
    Amazing-Man Comics
  4. 3. Statement of Ownership
  5. 4. ["My son, the time has come for your young body to replace this ancient one's!"]
    Mantoka
  6. 5. ["Hey Pinky- How about a ride, huh?"]
    Egbert
  7. 6. ["Hello Hans!!"]
    The Arrow
  8. 7. ["Margo has come to Renee again..."]
    The Circus and Sue
  9. 8. ["The boss says to git some of you boys and go out to the buryin' with him..."]
    Phantom Rider
  10. 9. ["Make magic your hobby!"]
    Magic Made Easy
  11. 10. ["Changed"]
    Uncle Joe's Joke Page
  12. 11. ["G-Man Gene matches wits with Wu Chang, the Mad Ming"]
    Mad Ming
  13. 12. ["This is your page- so use it!"]
    Your Page
  14. 13. Lesson #13
    Cartooning The Perfect Hobby!
  15. 14. White Goddess [conclusion]
    Diana Deane in Hollywood
  16. 15. ["When crime breaks out, The Owl prowls..."]
    The Owl
  17. 16. Uncle Joe's Joke Page
  18. 17. ["This beautiful desk for only $1.00"]
    Remington Noiseless Deluxe Portable Typewriter
  19. 18. ["Boys, Girls! Select new & unusual gifts..."]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
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