(January 1953)

Toby, 1953 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1952-09-05
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Minoan Publishing Corp.
Brand
A Minoan Magazine
Editing
?

Issue Notes

On-sale date is publication date in Catalog of Copyright Entries, 1952 Periodicals, page 203.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Purple Claw / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Ben Brown ?
Inks
Ben Brown ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense; superhero
Characters
The Purple Claw [Dr. Jonathan Weir]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The cover does not refer to any of the stories in this issue.

The Power of the Purple Claw (Table of Contents: 1)

The Purple Claw / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ben Brown (signed as Brown)
Inks
David Gantz (signed as Gantz)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Out of the thickly overgrown, mysterious jungle of Africa ...
Genre
horror-suspense; superhero
Characters
The Purple Claw [Dr. Jonathan Weir] (origin) (introduction); Dr. Gool (villain, death); Tom Bradley (undead); Alice Bradley
Synopsis
The first two pages relate how in 1943 Dr. Weir told an African witch doctor how to combat malaria and in gratitude was given the Purple Claw. The main story tells how Dr. Gool uses a radioactive fluid to raise the dead, who obey him. He tells Dr. Weir of his evil plan to conquer the world. The undead, and Dr. Gool, are easily defeated by the Purple Claw.
Reprints

The Devil Is a Dame! (Table of Contents: 2)

The Purple Claw / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ben Brown (signed as Brown)
Inks
David Gantz (signed as Gantz)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Why did you have to come snooping around for, flatfoot?
Genre
horror-suspense; superhero
Characters
The Purple Claw [Dr. Jonathan Weir]; Brima Stone (villain, death); Lug Garrison (death); Mayor Jones; Chief Matthews
Synopsis
Brima Stone is a she-devil who uses an enchanted gun supplied by Satan as well as her demonic minions to commit crimes that overcome the city. Luckily Doctor Jonathan Weir (aka The Purple Claw) arrives to stop her.
Reprints

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

The Purple Claw / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
David Gantz (layouts); Ben Brown
Inks
David Gantz
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Stark terror filled the ancient streets...
Genre
horror-suspense; superhero
Characters
The Purple Claw [Dr. Jonathan Weir]; Senor Garcia; Viceroy Don Francisco (death, flashback); Don Miguel (death, flashback); Donna Isabel (wife of Don Miguel, death, flashback); Don Carlo (villain, death)
Synopsis
Taking a holiday trip to Zocalo, Jonathan involves himself in the murders of people; the act tolled by the clock at midnight, supposedly by the ghost of Don Carlo.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Layout credit by Craig Delich.

Doorway to Darkness (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Jonas Correy was a clever man.
Reprints

Problems of Space Travel (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ed Smalle
Inks
Ed Smalle
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The world is rapidly approaching the era of space travel.
Genre
non-fiction
Reprints
Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Purple Claw
  2. 1. The Power of the Purple Claw
    The Purple Claw
  3. 2. The Devil Is a Dame!
    The Purple Claw
  4. 3. ["Stark terror filled the ancient streets..."]
    The Purple Claw
  5. 4. Doorway to Darkness
  6. 5. Problems of Space Travel
This issue was modified by, among others
  • David Banuelos
  • Pat Conolly
  • Craig Delich
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Mike White