(March 1940)

Fawcett, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.15 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1940-02-14
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Fawcett Publications, Inc.
Brand
A Fawcett Publication [Triangle]
Editing
Bill Parker

Issue Notes

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 444735.

World's Biggest Comics Book (Table of Contents)

Master Man / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Harry Fisk
Inks
Harry Fisk
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Master Man; White Rajah (vignette); Devil's Dagger (vignette); Frontier Marshall [Bill Crane] (vignette); El Carim (vignette)

Attention! Boys and Girls (Table of Contents: 1)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
? (ad copy)
Pencils
? (photograph)
Inks
? (photograph)
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Master Comics contest for two Rollfast bicycles.

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

Master Man / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Newt Alfred
Inks
Newt Alfred
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Introduction to the readers of the world's biggest comic book - the world's greatest hero!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Master Man (first appearance; origin); unnamed doctor; unnamed nurse; unnamed orphan boy; unnamed orphan girl; gangsters (villains); Mayor Dole; unnamed Mayor's daughter
Synopsis
Growing up as a weak child, an unnamed doctor introduced him to Vitacap, a capsule of vitamins and all forms of energy to become the world's strongest man. As an adult he builds an all rock castle on the world's tallest mountain. He dedicates to help people, first by rescuing a nurse and two orphans from a fire at an apartment complex caused by gangsters. Mayor Dole asked Master Man to save his daughter from those same gangsters which he does. Master Man turns down the Mayor's offer to stay in the city, and returns to his castle.

The Jeweled Crown of Ramistan (Table of Contents: 3)

White Rajah / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
White Rajah [David Scott] (introduction, origin); Sin-Gee (a white elephant); Father Scott (David's Father); Old Rajah of Ramistan; unnamed heade hunters;
Synopsis
David and his father come his plantation in India. One day while on a stroll, David's pony is spooked by Sin-Gee. Sin-Gee saves David from a fall but he becomes lost in the forest. Unable to find his son, David's father leaves India in grief, forcing David to learns to live on his own. He learns how to protect himself and become a great peacemaker for throughout the jungle. On a visit to Ramistan, David and Sin-Gee helps the Old Rajah retrieve the Jeweled Crown of Ramistan from head hunters.

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

Devil's Dagger / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ken Battefield
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The city of Carterville is dominated by two mysterious figures....
Genre
superhero
Characters
Devil's Dagger [Ken Wyman] (introduction); Jeff Marlowe (villain, introduction); Marlowe's gangsters; Burton; Sandra Cole; Simon Craig; Pat Gleason
Synopsis
Jeff Marlowe, underworld boss of Carterville wanted to steal from the scientist Simon Craig his diamond making machine. Burton, city editor for the Daily Blade sends his reporter, Ken Wyman (son of a wealthy family) to cover Craig. On the way Wyman saves Sandra Cole from some of Marlowe's gangsters. Meeting with Craig, he saves the scientist from Marlowe's gangsters as well. With his chauffeur Pat Gleason, Wyman decides to challenge them and stop their plans as the Devil's Dagger.

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

Morton Murch, The Hillbilly Hero / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Newt Alfred
Inks
Newt Alfred
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Fears like Mort's dreamin'...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Morton Murch (introduction, origin); Mrs. Murch; Lem; Queen Silva
Synopsis
Morton makes a homemade balloon and ends up traveling from his town in Hoopieville, West Virginia and discovers the floating island of Felicia in the South Atlantic. There he meets Queen Silva, who is impressed with his ability to fly. When an enemy air force threatens to attack the island, Morton helps make a large net to snare the places from his balloon, capturing the enemy forces.

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

Shipwreck Roberts / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Mike Suchorsky
Inks
Mike Suchorsky
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Shipwreck Roberts, adventurous free-lance diver, who searches the ocean for sunken treasures...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Shipwreck Roberts (introduction); Doctor Drown (villain, introduction); Romez (Drown's hunchback henchman); Mr. Jones; Deep Sea Doodle; Drown's beasts [Giantocrab; two brontosauruses; Colostopus]
Synopsis
Shipwreck Roberts is contracted by Mr. Jones to find out why so much shipping has sunk in the same area of the ocean. Together with his partner, Deep Sea Doodle, they discover that Doctor Drown has been using an experimental yacht that he sank to the ocean's floor to direct sea beasts of his creation to sink ships and steal their cargo. Roberts and Doodle overpower Drown and his henchmen Romez to bring them to justice before they sink a passenger ship.

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

Frontier Marshall / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Pipe th' dude.
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Frontier Marshall [Bill Crane] (introduction, origin); Ned Crane; Marshall Whipple; Helen Wright; unnamed rustlers; unnamed fugitives from justice; unnamed bandits; Jim Trask; unnamed Trask's men; Mesquite Mike; unnamed robbers
Synopsis
Bill's father Ned, the Marshall for Big Savage, is gunned down by bandits. Bill assumes his father's role as Marshall and has to fight off challenges from a potential rival, Marshall Whipple. He then faces down a string of criminals, lead by Jim Trask before finally defeating Trask, with the help of one of Trask's men, Mesquite Mike. Mike accepts Crane's offer to become a deputy.

Sooner or Later (Table of Contents: 8)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (illustration)
Inks
? (illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure

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

Master Puzzlers / activity / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (illustrations)
Inks
? (illustrations)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Indexer Notes

Answers for the puzzles at the bottom of the page upside down.

If You Want a Whale of a Time for a Dime (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Introducing Mr. Clue (Table of Contents: 11)

Mr. Clue / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Mr. Clue (introduction); Mayor Roger Brett (death); Police Chief Flynn; Tony Terror; Tommy; Bill
Synopsis
Mr. Clue is brought up to a city where its mayor, Roger Brett, is assassinated. Digging around for leads to find answers for the clues he found at the shooting scene, he discovers that the murderer was Police Chief Flynn, saving Tony Terror from the electric chair.

Boy Newsreel Reporter (Table of Contents: 12)

Streak Sloan / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Marty Nodell
Inks
Marty Nodell
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Streak Sloan (introduction); Cap Wabash; Black Jack Bannon (villain)
Synopsis
Newsreel cameraman Streak Sloan, while in Alaska on a whale oil ship, comes across a pirate named Jack Bannon and his crew. Bannon is raiding and stealing ships' cargos using a submarine stationed in a secret harbor in the Arctic. Streak and the crew are overpowered and taken captive by Bannon and his crew. The Coast Guard arrives to take on Bannon's men and Streak himself captures Bannon aboard his submarine.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13)

El Carim / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Formes ?
Pencils
Sven Elven
Inks
Sven Elven
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Relaxing after his last performance, El Carim listens to the radio.
Genre
superhero
Characters
El Carim (introduction); Jane Grey; Harrington Grey
Synopsis
El Carim comes to the aid of Jane Grey to help find her father, Harrington, who was kidnapped. In their efforts to free him, they too are captured by the kidnappers. Awaking from being knocked out, El Carim breaks free, tricks the kidnap leader with a false magic command which results in their capture.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14)

Rick O'Shay / comic story / 6.8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Henry Kiefer ?; Jack Binder ? (see notes)
Inks
Henry Kiefer ?; Jack Binder ? (see notes)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Reports of a blood curdling native revolt bring Rick O'Shay...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Rick O'Shay (introduction); Sidi-Ahmed; Mekki; unnamed Franconian soldiers; unnamed Sidi-Ahmed Arab rebels
Synopsis
Rick O'Shay is contacted by Franconian troops to investigate a potential rebellion led by Sidi-Ahmed. Rick and Mekki track Sidi-Ahmed down only to be captured by Sidi-Ahmed. They escape and return with Franconian troops and overpower Sidi-Ahmed's forces, with Rick himself capturing Sidi-Ahmed.

Indexer Notes

Heritage Auctions identified the artist of this story as Jack Binder in 2018.

Hey, Kids! (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.2 page (report information)

Here's How You Can Win Master Comics' World's Biggest Contest! (Table of Contents: 16)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (photograph)
Inks
? (photograph)
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Continuation of contest on inside front cover with submission coupon to enter the contest.

You're Sure to Get a Prize If You Buy the April Whiz Comics (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

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

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. World's Biggest Comics Book
    Master Man
  2. 1. Attention! Boys and Girls
  3. 2. ["Introduction to the readers of the world's biggest comic book - the world's greatest hero!"]
    Master Man
  4. 3. The Jeweled Crown of Ramistan
    White Rajah
  5. 4. ["The city of Carterville is dominated by two mysterious figures...."]
    Devil's Dagger
  6. 5. ["Fears like Mort's dreamin'..."]
    Morton Murch, The Hillbilly Hero
  7. 6. ["Shipwreck Roberts, adventurous free-lance diver, who searches the ocean for sunken treasures..."]
    Shipwreck Roberts
  8. 7. ["Pipe th' dude."]
    Frontier Marshall
  9. 8. Sooner or Later
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Master Puzzlers
  11. 10. If You Want a Whale of a Time for a Dime
  12. 11. Introducing Mr. Clue
    Mr. Clue
  13. 12. Boy Newsreel Reporter
    Streak Sloan
  14. 13. ["Relaxing after his last performance, El Carim listens to the radio."]
    El Carim
  15. 14. ["Reports of a blood curdling native revolt bring Rick O'Shay..."]
    Rick O'Shay
  16. 15. Hey, Kids!
  17. 16. Here's How You Can Win Master Comics' World's Biggest Contest!
  18. 17. You're Sure to Get a Prize If You Buy the April Whiz Comics
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