Exciting Comics #v1#1 (1)
(April 1940)

Pines, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1940-02-15
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Better Publications, Inc.
Editing
Ned Pines [as N.L. Pines] (president)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover, newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing

Issue Notes

Some info verified using a DCM scan (http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/).

On sale date from the publication date found at the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 35, 1940, Number 2. Second class permit. Copyright number 444832.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Major Mars / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
L. North (swipe)
Inks
L. North
Colors
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Major Mars; Grag (robot)
Keywords
ray guns; robots

Indexer Notes

cover is swiped from panel 4, page 12 of "Major Mars" story.

The Mask Strikes (Table of Contents: 1)

The Mask / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Norman Daniels (plot)
Pencils
Raymond Thayer (signed)
Inks
Raymond Thayer (signed)
Colors
Raymond Thayer ?
Letters
?

Characters
The Mask [Tony Colby] (first appearance, origin); Silk Davis (first appearance); Carol Smith (first appearance); Olly Snate (first appearance, villain)

Indexer Notes

Same story as the first Black Bat prose tale in Black Book Detective vol 9#2 (July 1939).

[The Beast Plague from Jupiter] (Table of Contents: 2)

Major Mars / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Max Plaisted
Inks
Max Plaisted
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Major Mars (introduction); Grag (introduction, a robot); Joan Jilson (introduction); The Space Emperor [Kells] (villain, introduction)

Indexer Notes

Only appearance. Story was adapted from the story "Captain Future and the Space Emperor", written by Edmond Hamilton, which appeared in the first issue of Captain Future, dated Winter 1940. The pulp appeared about two months prior to the comic. Both pulp and comic were published by the same company.

In No-Man's-Land (Table of Contents: 3)

Sergeant Bill King / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Leonard Sansone
Inks
Leonard Sansone
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
war
Characters
Sergeant Bill King (introduction); the Nazis (villains)

[The Black Inferno] (Table of Contents: 4)

Jim Hatfield, Texas Ranger / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Jim Hatfield (first appearance, a Texas Ranger); Capt. McDowell (first appearance); Padre Borasho (first appearance, villain, death); Sen. Crocker (first appearance, villain); Slade (first appearance, villain)

Payoff in Lead (Table of Contents: 5)

Gunner Thompson / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Gunner Thompson (first appearance, only appearance)

Deep Sea Drama on Parade (Table of Contents: 6)

Hy Hardy, Ace Newsreel Cameraman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ken Browne (signed)
Inks
Ken Browne (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Hy Hardy (first appearance, only appearance)

A Real Waddy (Table of Contents: 7)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Sam Brant (credited)
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

[The Forbes Case] (Table of Contents: 8)

Dan Williams, Private Investigator / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ray Lowry (signed)
Inks
Ray Lowry (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Dan Williams (first appearance); Caroline Forbes (first appearance); John Blodgett (first appearance, villain)

[I'm gone on a trip around the world...] (Table of Contents: 9)

Make-Believe Mickey / comic story / 2.5 pages (report information)

Script
Klaus Nordling
Pencils
Klaus Nordling [as Nord] (signed)
Inks
Klaus Nordling [as Nord] (signed)
Colors
Klaus Nordling
Letters
?

Genre
humor
Characters
Make-Believe Mickey (first appearance)
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Major Mars
  2. 1. The Mask Strikes
    The Mask
  3. 2. [The Beast Plague from Jupiter]
    Major Mars
  4. 3. In No-Man's-Land
    Sergeant Bill King
  5. 4. [The Black Inferno]
    Jim Hatfield, Texas Ranger
  6. 5. Payoff in Lead
    Gunner Thompson
  7. 6. Deep Sea Drama on Parade
    Hy Hardy, Ace Newsreel Cameraman
  8. 7. A Real Waddy
  9. 8. [The Forbes Case]
    Dan Williams, Private Investigator
  10. 9. [I'm gone on a trip around the world...]
    Make-Believe Mickey
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