(February 1940)

Fawcett, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia frequency
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Fawcett Publications, Inc.
Brand
A Fawcett Publication [Triangle]
Editing
Bill Parker
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

No copyright registration or renewal appears to be on record for the issue. As such, the exact publication date is unknown. However, it most likely went on sale in December 1939. Whiz Comics was a monthly series, and the publication date reported to the U. S. Copyright Office for #3 is January 12, 1940.

According to the indicia, Fawcett's corporate address was 1100 West Broadway Louisville, KY. Its general offices were in the Fawcett Building in Greenwich, CT. The address of the editorial offices was 1501 Broadway, New York City.


[Gangway for Captain Marvel!] (Table of Contents)

Captain Marvel / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
C. C. Beck
Inks
C. C. Beck
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Captain Marvel [Billy Batson]
Reprints
Keywords
automobiles

[Introducing Captain Marvel] (Table of Contents: 1)

Captain Marvel / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Parker
Pencils
C. C. Beck
Inks
C. C. Beck
Colors
Bill Parker
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Captain Marvel [Billy Batson] (introduction, origin); Shazam (wizard, death); Sterling Morris (President of Amalgamated Broadcasting Company); Hammond (Amalgamated Broadcasting Company receptionist); Dr. Thaddeus Bodog Sivana [aka The Phantom Scientist] (villain); Ebenezer Batson (villain, in flashback)
Synopsis
After being taken by a mysterious stranger to meet the ancient wizard, Shazam, and gaining the powers of Captain Marvel, Billy Batson learns of a mysterious boss called the Phantom Scientist, and decides to report it to the head of Amalgamated Broadcasting Company.
Reprints
Keywords
Amalgamated Broadcasting Company (later called Station WHIZ); Historama; Seven Deadly Enemies of Man; Shazam; Skytower Apartments

Indexer Notes

This is the 3rd reprinting of this story (with five added pages), first being in ashcan Flash Comics #1, then ashcan Thrill Comics #1. In all respects, the characters are not introduced in this story, except possibly for Captain Marvel (known as Captain Thunder in the ashcans). So the term "introduction" has been removed from all characters except our hero.

[Ibis Lives Again] (Table of Contents: 2)

Ibis the Invincible / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Parker
Pencils
C. C. Beck
Inks
C. C. Beck
Colors
Bill Parker
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Ibis the Invincible [Prince Amentep] (introduction); Princess Taia (introduction)
Synopsis
From the Egyptian wing of a famous American museum, young Prince Amentep rises from the dead as prophesied, and, with the help of the Ibistick, begins helping people in need. He then boards a ship, embarking on a search for the Princess Taia.
Reprints
Keywords
Ibistick

Indexer Notes

Story continues next issue.

[Origin of Golden Arrow] (Table of Contents: 3)

Golden Arrow / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Parker
Pencils
Pete Costanza
Inks
Pete Costanza
Colors
Bill Parker
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Golden Arrow [Roger Parsons](introduction, origin); Prof. Paul Parsons (introduction, death); Gloria Parsons (introduction, death); White Wind (his horse, introduction); Nugget Ned (prospector, death); Brand Braddock (villain, introduction); Bronk Braddock (villain, introduction); Brute Braddock (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
A band of criminals shoot down a hot air balloon piloted by Professor Paul Parsons, his wife and son, in order to get a secret gas formula. The young son is rescued by a lioness, which is shot by an old prospector who raises the child to manhood. That young man, now called Golden Arrow, tracks down the men responsible for his parent's deaths.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Artist revision from Greg Duncan to Pete Costanza by Craig Delich 2011-28-11 per P.C. Hamerlinck in Alter-Ego #6 (Autumn, 2000).

[The Coming of Spy Smasher] (Table of Contents: 4)

Spy Smasher / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Parker
Pencils
C. C. Beck
Inks
C. C. Beck
Colors
Bill Parker
Letters
?

Genre
spy; superhero
Characters
Spy Smasher [Alan Armstrong] (introduction); Admiral Corby (introduction, Naval Intelligence Officer); Eve Corby (introduction, Adm. Corby's daughter); The Mask (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Spy Smasher goes on the trail to capture the Mask, who is after designs of the new naval mine layer from a safe in Admiral Corby's home.
Reprints
Keywords
Gyro-Sub (introduction)

[The Radium Theft of Dr. Death] (Table of Contents: 5)

Scoop Smith / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Parker
Pencils
Greg Duncan
Inks
Greg Duncan
Colors
Bill Parker
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Scoop Smith (introduction); Dr. John Galt (introduction, hospital President); Blimp Black (introduction, cameraman); Bruce Lane (introduction, newspaper Editor); Dr. Death [Dr. James Kirk!] (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Scoop is hired to recover $35,000 in radium stolen from a local hospital.
Reprints

[Incident At Maloana] (Table of Contents: 6)

Lance O'Casey / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Parker
Pencils
Bob Kingett
Inks
Bob Kingett
Colors
Bill Parker ?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Lance O'Casey (introduction); Mr. Hogan (Lance's chimp, introduction); Skipper Jones (retired sea Captain, introduction); Barracuda Brent (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Finding the owner of the Moloana Trading Company severely injured, Lance learns that natives made the attack and kidnapped an American girl and her father in the process. Lance and Mr. Hogan track down the kidnapper and rescues the pair.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Continued in the next issue.

Seals of Doom (Table of Contents: 7)

Dan Dare / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Parker
Pencils
Greg Duncan
Inks
Greg Duncan
Colors
Bill Parker
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Dan Dare (introduction); Carol Clews (introduction); un-named Police Chief; Seminole Sam (death); Carlos Peseta (villain); Manuel (villain, Peseta's servant); Portugese Pete (villain)
Synopsis
Dan is engaged to investigate the murder of a man on the estate of wealthy Carlos Peseta, but, in the process, uncovers a drug smuggling operation.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Continued in the next issue. Preliminary stoiry title given in last panel is "$500,000 or Else".

[Lucky Seven Cash Contest] (Table of Contents: 8)

activity / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
various
Inks
various
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Captain Marvel [Billy Batson]; Ibis [Prince Amentep]; Lance O'Casey; Dan Dare; Golden Arrow [Roger Parsons]; Scoop Smith; Spy Smasher [Alan Armstrong]
Synopsis
Illustrated contest page in which readers are asked to name their favorite Whiz Comics character in a 50 word or less letter. There are $25 in cash prizes awarded: $10 for 1st place, $5 for 2nd place and $1 each for the next 10 places. Deadline for entry is given as January 15, 1940.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Sequence added by Craig Delich 2012-6-25.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Gangway for Captain Marvel!]
    Captain Marvel
  2. 1. [Introducing Captain Marvel]
    Captain Marvel
  3. 2. [Ibis Lives Again]
    Ibis the Invincible
  4. 3. [Origin of Golden Arrow]
    Golden Arrow
  5. 4. [The Coming of Spy Smasher]
    Spy Smasher
  6. 5. [The Radium Theft of Dr. Death]
    Scoop Smith
  7. 6. [Incident At Maloana]
    Lance O'Casey
  8. 7. Seals of Doom
    Dan Dare
  9. 8. [Lucky Seven Cash Contest]
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  • Matthew Head
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
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